Bible & Book Center to close after May 4

The owners of the Bible & Book Center, 4242 Government St. in Baton Rouge, have sold their building and will be closing the store. Its final day of operation will be May 4.

“We’ve had the building for sale for about three years,” co-owner Janet Dearman said, explaining on Thursday how the economy has been a factor in the decision-making and not allowed the store to employ much help.

“Just the way the economy with the big-box stores and online, our sales have gone down,” Dearman said. “The last three years, its been my mom and I and our nephew who have been working.”

Co-owner Billie Sykora, who turns 81 soon, has operated the store for decades, catering especially to the needs of predominantly African-American congregations.

The Chapel on the Campus, the church where Dearman and Sykora are members, will sponsor a remembrance night, scheduled for 6 p.m. May 2 at the store.

The family “would love to hear stories of how the bookstore has touched people’s lives,” Dearman said. “Our church is wanting to get as many people as they can to come to just thank her for all the years my mom and dad put into this.”

Worship rallies move to biker shop in Scott

Freedom Biker Church of Lafayette is moving its weekly 11 a.m. Sunday worship services or “rallies” to Cajun Harley-Davidson, 724 S. Frontage Road in Scott, beginning May 12.

Moving from 2939 Cameron St. in Lafayette to Cajun Harley-Davidson will give the church more space for the worship and community programs, the Rev. Rowdy Daigle said in an email.

“When we started Freedom Biker Church, it was meant to be an outreach to the biker community in Acadiana, and I can’t think of a place where we as bikers like to congregate more than at the bike shop,” Daigle said.

Freedom Biker Church in Lafayette was started in 2011 by Daigle and his wife, Angela.

The Christian congregation is part of the larger Freedom Biker Church network which has branched out into several cities across the U.S. and Canada.


Prairieville church selects art winners

River Community Church, 36367 Old Perkins Road in Prairieville, has recognized the winners for its children’s community art and photograph show.

Thirty-two artworks from area artists aged 5 to 13 were entered in the show and judged by Karin Rittvo, an elementary school art teacher in the East Baton Rouge school system.

Those receiving ribbons were:

  • Art, ages 5 – 9 group — first place, “Fire” by Henry Magee; second place, “Van Gogh Sunflowers” by Campbell Shipley; third place, “A Nice Day” by Sara Summers.
  • Art, ages 10 – 13 group — first, “Mary – Holy Woman” by Emily Bush; second, “Georgia O’Keefe Flower” by Plausie Brumfield; third, “The Basketball Player” by Taurean Cotton.
  • Photography, ages 5-9 group — first, “Wildflower at Home” by Charity Campbell; second, “Flowering Garden” by Serenity Campbell; third, “Artsy Butterfly” by Harmony Campbell.
  • Photography, ages 10-13 group, first, “Hydrangea at Biltmore Estates” by Anneliese Smith; second, “Got Milk?” by Angel Melancon; third, “Eye of the Zebra” by Arianna Arman.

The exhibit will be on display through May 12 with viewing from 8:30 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. Sunday or by appointment. Ccontact Katie Hartzog at

Compiled by Advocate staff