Life In the Spirit Seminar: 9 a.m. to 3 p.m., St. Alphonsus Catholic Church, 14040 Greenwell Springs Road, Greenwell Springs, with lunch provided.

Learn to Discern God’s Voice Within: 9 a.m. to noon, St. Joseph’s Academy, 3015 Broussard St., Baton Rouge, a morning retreat with the Rev. Father Mark Thibodeaux as presenter. $40. (225) 383-3349.

Daughters of Naomi meeting: 9:30 a.m. to noon, Camphor Memorial United Methodist Church, 8742 Scenic Highway, with Zachary Police Officers Lynette and Roderick Ennis presenting “Being Aware of Your Surroundings to Stay Safe.” (225) 933-7475.

Winter Drama Workshop open house: 10 a.m. to 11 a.m., Eden Park Branch Library, 5131 Greenwell Springs Road, Baton Rouge. The Bible Theater workshop is for students ages 12 or older who are interested in acting, simple costuming and public speaking from a Christian perspective and is offered from 10 a.m. to noon Saturdays. Registration will be ongoing until Feb. 12. (225) 200-9745.

Clothing Giveaway: 10 a.m. to 2 p.m., Greater Beulah Baptist Church, 955 E. Polk St., Baton Rouge. Clothing is available for men, women and children of all sizes.

Fourth District Baptist Association Young People Department Meeting: 10 a.m. to noon, Mount Zion Baptist Church, 1920 Progress Road, Baton Rouge.

First Love Missionary Baptist Church Nursing Home Ministry Visit: 10 a.m., Northridge Care Center, 3612 Baker Blvd., Baker, with the Rev. Frank Rideau Jr. and Maxine Williams-Rideau as speakers.

Martin Luther King Jr. Day Parade: 1 p.m., William and Lee Park, Louisiana Ave, Port Allen, sponsored by the West Baton Rouge Parish Mass Choir.

“Judas the Apostle” Book Signing: 2 p.m. to 4 p.m., Barnes & Noble Bookseller, 2 Union Square, Baton Rouge, with Van R. Mayhall Jr., a Baton Rouge author and lawyer, signing copies of his international thriller.

One Day Drama and Public Speaking Workshop: 2 p.m. to 3 p.m., East Baton Rouge Parish Greenwell Springs Road Regional Branch Library, 11300 Greenwell Springs Road, Baton Rouge, taught from a Christian perspective by Bible Theater. Offered for ages 12 through adult. (225) 200-9745.

Priests for Life Prayer Vigil and Annual Pro-Life Mass: 2 p.m., St. Patrick Church, 724 Camp St., New Orleans. At 2:20 p.m., participants will walk to the Federal Courthouse for a peaceful sidewalk prayer vigil protesting the Roe v. Wade decision and the Obamacare HHS abortion drug and contraception mandate. The Benediction at St. Patrick will be at 3:40 p.m. followed by the “Memorial Mass for the Unborn & Victims of Abortions” at 4 p.m.

Taste Fest: 4 p.m. to 8 p.m., West Baton Rouge Parish Community Center, 749 N. Jefferson Ave., Port Allen, sponsored by Union Baptist Church Pastor’s Appreciation Committee. $10. (225) 778-0251.


King Celebration: 8 a.m., Mount Gideon Baptist Church, 38289 Henry Road, Prairieville, with Judge John Michael Guidry as the speaker.

Visit from We The People Network Inc.: 10 a.m., Hope Christian Baptist Church, 9915 Ave A, Baton Rouge, with the Rev. Frank Rideau Jr. as guest speaker.

Holy Communion Service: 11 a.m., New Salem Missionary Baptist Church, 318 Eddie Robinson Sr. Drive, Baton Rouge.

Lord Supper: 11:30 a.m., St. James Missionary Baptist Church, 10151 Noel Thomas Lane, Slaughter.

Martin Luther King Jr. Commemorative Services: 9:30 p.m. and 11:15 a.m., Unitarian Church of Baton Rouge, 8470 Goodwood Blvd., Baton Rouge, featuring the LSU Martin Luther King Dance Ensemble.

MONTHLY LITURGICAL WORSHIP SERVICE: 1 p.m., Chapel of the Holy Spirit, 1100 Broadway, New Orleans, sponsored by the Orthodox Church in America’s New Orleans Mission. A fellowship time with refreshments and snacks will follow the service.

Pastor’s ninth Anniversary celebration: 3 p.m., St. Peter Baptist Church, Angola Road, St. Francisville, in honor of the Rev. Olton A. Scott and his wife, Daisy, with the Rev. Jesse B. Bilberry Jr. as speaker.


M.L. King Jr. celebrations

  • 10 a.m., Plymouth Rock Baptist Church, 58830 Iron Farm Road, Plaquemine, with the Iberville Parish Ministers’ Conference as host, the Rev. Fred Jeff Smith as speaker and Clarence Jones and Heritage providing music.
  • 2 p.m., Freeman Baptist Church, 4628 La. 955, Ethel, with the East Feliciana Parish Ministers Conference as host and the Rev. Perry Jones Jr. as speaker.
  • 2:15 p.m., Belfair Teen Center, 4390 Fairfield St., Baton Rouge, with the Boys & Girls Club of Greater Baton Rouge and the Belfair Teen Center as sponsors and Judge John Michael Guidry as speaker.
  • 6 p.m., Christian Assembly Church, 42158 La. 941, Gonzales, with Judge John Michael Guidry as speaker. Donations will be collected for the church’s Haitian mission.


Unwrapping the Gift of Faith — Daily Dwelling in Possibility: 7 p.m., St. George Catholic Church, 7808 St. George Drive, Baton Rouge, a nightly mission presented by the Rev. Phillip Chircop.


Bluegrass music: 5:30 p.m., St. Charles Avenue Baptist Church, 7100 St. Charles Ave., New Orleans. The Inlaws, Jackson Ramsey and Simon Croff, will perform during the fellowship dinner and the service that follows. Dinner is $8 for adults and $4.50 for children younger than 12. Call (505) 861-9514 for dinner reservations.

PowerPoint: 6 p.m. to 8:30 p.m., Mirror of Grace Outreach, 921 N. Lobdell Blvd., Suite E, free computer training. (225) 300-4528.


Double Dog Dare You Crockpot Cookoff: 6 p.m., Christ Episcopal Church Of Slidell, 1534 Seventh St., Slidell, with the winner receiving the “Golden Spoon Award.” Competitors do not have to pay an entry fee. Admission to the tasting and voting is $10 per person with children, ages 6 and younger, tasting for free. To make an additional vote, the cost is $1 for one vote or $5 for six votes. Proceeds will go to “Project Easter,” which provides Easter baskets filled with books, toothbrushes, small toys and candy to disadvantaged children in Slidell. (985) 643-4531.

The Dixie Echoes in Concert: 7 p.m., Stevendale Baptist Church, 16545 Old Hammond Highway, Baton Rouge.

Friday-Jan. 26

Iberville Parish Christian Leadership School: 6 p.m. to 9 p.m. Friday and 8 a.m. to 3 p.m.. Jan. 26, Plymouth Rock Baptist Church, 58830 Iron Farm Road, Plaquemine, with the Rev. C. S. Gordon, president of the Louisiana Baptist State Convention, as featured presenter. Several other classes will be offered. For more information, email or call (225) 963-9673.

Jan. 26

Expecting Great Things in 2013 Prayer Breakfast: 9:30 a.m. to 11 a.m., New Ark Baptist Church, Q.T. Ellis Life Center, 1344 Terrace St., Baton Rouge. (225) 767-8982.

Tangi Christian Re-Singles Dance: 7 p.m. to 11 p.m., Springfield Volunteer Fire Department Hall, Terry St., Springfield, with Gary Bello performing. Bring snacks or two-liter drinks to share. Admission is $10. (225) 567-9567.


Southeast Regional Biblical InstituteSpring Semester: Baton Rouge College, 1900 Lobdell Blvd., Suite 111, Baton Rouge. The Beeson Divinity School Extension Division in Birmingham, Ala., will offeg two eight-week classes, Introduction to the New Testament, Course 1608, Jan. 28 to March 13; and Spiritual Leadership, Course 274, April 8 to May 27. Classes begin at 6 p.m. Pre-registration for the first class will be offered from 10 a.m. to noon. Jan. 26 and at 5 p.m. Jan. 28. (225) 772-0307 or email

“Faith — Seeing with New Eyes” Day Of Renewal: 8:30 a.m. to 2:30 p.m., Feb. 23, St. Pius X Elementary School Theater, 201 E Bayou Parkway, Lafayette, sponsored by The Living Spirit of Acadiana District Theresian. Speakers include Deacon Juan Carlos Pagán, program coordinator for the Office of Hispanic Ministry for the Diocese of Lafayette; Margaret Rucks, executive director of the Rucks Family Foundation; and Georgie Blanchard, a founding member of Joie de Vivre Community in Breaux Bridge. $25 in advance by Feb. 6, or $30 at the door, $15 for students. A light breakfast and lunch are included. (337) 739-2518.

Louisiana Skeeter Run: starting at 7:30 a.m. March 2, First United Methodist Church, 930 North Blvd., Baton Rouge. The event include 10K, 5K and 1 mile walk/runs to benefit Imagine No Malaria, an initiative of the United Methodist Church dedicated to eradicating malaria worldwide. The cost of registration is $25, but runners and walkers can register for an Early Bird fee of $20 if they register before Feb. 15. Runners younger than age 18 register for $15, with an Early Bird fee of $10. Go online at


Operation First Base: 2 p.m. to 4:30 p.m. Jan. 27, at various Baton Rouge area parks. These free baseball clinics, offered by the Istrouma Baptist Church Sports Organization and Missions program, are for children ages 6-14 and will feature baseball skills coaching, free equipment, food and a gospel presentation. Originally scheduled for Sunday, the clinics were postponed a week, because of wet fields. Locations:

  • BREC’s Ben Burge Park, 9350 Antigua Drive, for children from the Gardere Lane area.
  • BREC’s Alaska Street Park, 3014 Alaska St., for the McKinley area.
  • Fields at Istrouma Baptist Church, 10500 Sam Rushing Drive, for Cedarcrest area.
  • BREC’s Saia Park, 855 N. Donmoor Ave., for Mall City area.
  • BREC’s Howell Park, 5509 Winbourne Ave., for Istrouma-Brookstown area.
  • BREC’s Maplewood Park, 6200 Maplewood Ave., for Glen Oaks area.
  • BREC’s Anna T. Jordan Community Park, 1750 Stilt St. for Scotlandville.
  • Joe Myhand Park, 8201 Laws Road, Addis.

Donations of slightly used baseball gloves and bats sought. Call (225) 295-0775, ext. 118, or go to