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Baker

Sunday, Dec. 10

African Children's Choir: 6:30 p.m., Baker Municipal Auditorium, 3325 Groom Road. Hosted by His Grace and Christ Church, the choir will perform African songs and dances. Admission is free; donations will be taken. The choir is a nonprofit humanitarian and relief organization dedicated to helping Africa's most vulnerable children.

Until Dec. 14

Toy Donations: Miracle Place Church, 2080 Main St. As a part of its Christmas Wishes campaign, the church is collecting toys for distribution to those in need. For more information, call Treasure Henderson at (225) 247-3532.

Baton Rouge

Saturday, Dec. 9

Prayer Breakfast: 9 a.m., The Unity Center, 910 N. Acadian Thruway. The Louisiana Area Women in Ministry will host the prayer breakfast with a message of "It Takes a Village." Mayor-President Sharon Weston Broome will speak. Residents of the Eden Park area are extended a special invitation. Donation: $25. For more information, contact Dr. Mary Moss at (225) 772-0307.

Light Up The Night Christmas Gala: 7 p.m., Lod Cook Alumni Center, 3838 W. Lakeshore Drive. United Christian Faith Ministries' event includes fine dining, live music, games, prizes and a silent auction. Formal attire. Mix & Mingle hour starts at 6 p.m. Tickets are $60. Visit ucfministries.org for tickets. (225) 927-1161, church office; (225) 927-7059, events office.

Sunday, Dec. 10

Service: 7 a.m., Little Rising Sun Baptist Church, 1275 S. 16th St. Join the congregation for a pre-Christmas and an Appreciation Service honoring the Rev. Emma Woods. (225) 387-2421.

Service: 7:30 a.m., Greater King David Baptist Church, 7305 Harry Drive. (225) 927-4035.

African Children's Choir: 9 a.m., Florida Boulevard Baptist Church, 10915 Florida Blvd. The choir will perform African songs and dances. Admission is free; donations will be taken. The choir is a nonprofit humanitarian and relief organization dedicated to helping Africa's most vulnerable children.

Sunday School & New Members' Class: 9:30 a.m., Promised Land Baptist Church, 7234 Plank Road. The Lord's Supper Service at 11 a.m. (225) 358-7772.

Sunday School: 9:45 a.m., Greater King David Baptist Church, 222 Blount Road. Men's Day Service at 11 a.m. (225) 775-2343. 

Service: 10 a.m., The Church of Scientology Mission of Baton Rouge, 9716 Airline Highway. (225) 928-7804. 

Advent Open House: 10 a.m., St. Luke's Episcopal Church, 8833 Goodwood Blvd. In Pope Hall, adults will enjoy a big breakfast and Christmas tree, adorned with "Jesse Tree" ornaments made by children at the church. Under the tree will be gifts for the Christmas Outreach Ministry. All are invited. (225) 926-5343.

Youth Sunday Worship Service: 10:30 a.m., Highest Praise Family Worship Center, 1965 Highland Road. (225) 733-4648.

Service: 11 a.m., Campus of Camelot College, 2618 Wooddale Blvd. Join Power in the Word World Ministries with Ronnie L. Williams, pastor. pwwm.org.

Carol Dancing: 1 p.m. to 3 p.m., Unity of Baton Rouge, 15255 Jefferson Highway. Youngsters and adults are invited to participate in song and dance, learning the simple steps at the event. Refreshments will be provided. Free, but love offerings will be accepted. All ability levels welcome. The dance space is wheelchair accessible. (225) 362-2511 or (225) 755-3043.

Tuesday, Dec. 12

Nursing Home Visit: 10 a.m., Sherobe Missionary Baptist Church Mission Ministry, directed by the Rev. Emma Woods, will visit and share Christmas gifts with residents at the St. Francisville Country Manor Nursing Home. Sister Hannah McQuirter will give words of encouragement.

Wednesday, Dec. 13

Bible Study: Noon, Greater King David Baptist Church, 7305 Harry Drive. (225) 927-4035.

Woman's Auxiliary Meeting: 3 p.m., Greater New Guide Baptist Church, 3445 Fairfields Ave. The East Baton Rouge Parish Woman's Auxiliary will have its Christmas Fellowship Meeting. All are asked to bring a $5 love offering for mission outreach.

Bible Study: 6:30 p.m., Greater King David Baptist Church, 222 Blount Road. (225) 775-2343.

Christmas Musical Concert: 6:30 p.m., Greater King David Baptist Church, 222 Blount Road, in the Dr. John E. Montgomery II Auditorium. 

Lessons & Carols: 6:30 p.m., St. Luke's Episcopal Church, 8833 Goodwood Blvd. A special program presented by students of St. Luke’s Episcopal School. (225) 926-5343.

Midweek Service: 7 p.m., Promised Land Baptist Church, 7234 Plank Road. Bible study and children's church. (225) 358-7772.

Bible Study: 7 p.m., Campus of Camelot College, 2618 Wooddale Blvd. Join Power in the Word World Ministries with Ronnie L. Williams, pastor. pwwm.org.

Thursday, Dec. 14

Bible Study: 6:30 p.m., Highest Praise Family Worship Center, 1965 Highland Road. (225) 733-4648.

Lessons & Carols: 7 p.m., University United Methodist Church, 3350 Dalrymple Drive. Childcare provided. universitymethodist.org. (225) 344-0343.

Dec. 14-16

The Gift of Christmas: 7 p.m. nightly, The Church International, 2037 Quail Drive. The production includes high-tech effects, along with a cast and choir, a live nativity and more. Virtual scenery is used to bring the Christmas story to life. Free. (225)769-6760.

Saturday, Dec. 16

Spiritual Retreat: 10 a.m. to 5 p.m., Ambassadors of Light Yoga Center, 635 S. Acadian Thruway. The local group of the Dharmata Foundation is presenting the retreat with Anam Thubten. Cost is $50. The focus will be on letting go of negative mental patterns and expanding your heart and mind to bring about joy, peace and inner freedom. An introduction to the retreat will be held at 7 p.m. Friday, Dec. 15, at the center. Cost is $10. For more information, contact Cristian Elliot at (225) 921-3323 or visit dharmata.org

Sunday, Dec. 17

Christmas Cookies & Games: 10 a.m., St. Luke's Episcopal Church, 8833 Goodwood Blvd. All children and their families are invited to decorate sugar cookies and play fun Christmas-themed games in Witter Hall. (225) 926-5343.

Recognition Ceremony: 3 p.m., Shiloh Missionary Baptist Church, 185 Eddie Robinson Drive. Southeast Regional Biblical Institute will hold its fourth Recognition Ceremony Program, where 16 people will receive their diploma in Biblical Studies from Samford University Ministry Training Institute in Birmingham, Alabama. The Rev. Dr. DeeDee Coleman, pastor of the Russell Street Baptist Church of Detroit and president of the Council of Baptist Pastors of Detroit and Vicinity, will speak. Dr. Kevin Blackwell, director of the Ministry Training Institute, will confer the diplomas, and music will be provided by Clarence Jones and Heritage.

Thursday, Dec. 21

Longest Night Service: 6:30 p.m., St. Luke's Episcopal Church, 8833 Goodwood Blvd. A service of remembrance and healing. Coinciding with the winter solstice, the service is designed to honor and recognize a loss, whether it’s a person, a dream or any other. Open to everyone. (225) 926-5343.

Sunday, Dec. 24

Christmas Eve Services: St. Luke's Episcopal Church, 8833 Goodwood Blvd. A modified Sunday schedule of regular worship service at 10 a.m. followed by Christmas Eve services at 3:30 p.m., 5:30 p.m. and 10 p.m. (225) 926-5343.

Monday, Dec. 25

Christmas Service: 10 a.m., St. Luke's Episcopal Church, 8833 Goodwood Blvd. (225) 926-5343.

Clinton

Wednesday, Dec. 13

Bible Study: 7 p.m. to 8 p.m., St. John Missionary Baptist Church, 6148 Gilead Road. Every Wednesday. (225) 683-5070.

Denham Springs

Sunday, Dec. 17

Christmas Cantata: 6 p.m., The Church of Jesus of Latter-Day Saints, 25367 Riverton Drive. A musical celebration of the birth of Jesus Christ presented by the Denham Springs Stake Choir. Eight congregations will come together to sing carols of Jesus' birth. 

Ethel

Dec. 10-11

Christmas Production: 10:30 a.m. Sunday and 7 p.m. Monday, St. Mark Missionary Baptist Church, 5956 La. 19. The Rev. Joseph Washington, pastor, presents a Christmas production, 'What Do You Think of Christ?' (225) 683-5520.

Dec. 13-14

Christmas Production: Sunday and 7 p.m. Monday, St. Mark Missionary Baptist Church, 5956 La. 19. Rev. Joseph Washington, pastor, presents a Christmas production, 'What if Jesus Never Came?' Come and experience the presence of the Lord in this production. (225) 683-5520. Admission is free.

Livingston

Friday, Dec. 24

Christmas Eve Candlelight Service: 11 p.m., Unity Prayer Center, 28145 Frost Road. (225) 686-1519.

Plaquemine

Sundays

Church Musician Sought: 9:45 a.m., St. Peter Baptist Church, 58116 Court St. (225) 687-6618 or (225) 938-2474.

Sunday, Dec. 10

Concert: 4 p.m., St. Peter Baptist Church, 58116 Court St. The Annual "Sounds of Christmas" concert by the Iberville Parish Choir. (225) 687-6618 or (225) 938-2474.

Sunday, Dec. 17

Appreciation Service: 11 a.m., St. Matthew Baptist Church, 22910 Warren St. The church will honor Pastor Nolon C. Carlin on his 33rd anniversary. The Rev. Lionel Johnson, pastor of Mount Airy Baptist Church, will speak. (225) 687-6983.

Port Allen

Friday, Dec. 15

Christmas Concert: 7 p.m., Shiloh Baptist Church, 950 N. Seventh St. The West Baton Rouge Parish Mass Choir will hold its annual Christmas Concert. The Rev. Kenneth Johnson will speak. The public is invited.

Tickfaw

Friday, Dec. 31

Christmas Concert: 6:30 p.m., Good Fellowship Church/Mike Vaughn Ministries, 13101 La. 442 West. Mike Vaughn and Glynn Fendalason host a Southern Gospel Christmas Fest with artists Randy and Sherri Miller, of Nashville. Free concert; a love offering will be taken. Doors open at 5:30 p.m. and singing starts at 6:30 p.m. Concession stand available with plate lunches. For more information, call (985) 974-0507, or visit mvmgoodnews.com.

Zachary

Sunday, Dec. 10

Service: 8 a.m., Oak Grove Christian Center, 8755 Port Hudson-Pride Road. (225) 654-7392.

Service: 9 a.m., Open Door Fellowship Life Center, 4415 Ave A. (225) 654-1000.

Wednesday, Dec. 13

Bible Study: 6:30 p.m., Oak Grove Christian Center, 8755 Port Hudson-Pride Road. (225) 654-7392.