The Rev. Van Smith Jr. and his wife Leola R. Smith (PP)
RECOVERY SUPPORT ADDIS WOMEN’S GROUP: 6 p.m., Church at Addis, 6781 LA 1. A support group for women seeking mental freedom from destructive habits. (225) 776-1652 or facebook.com/recoverysupportaddis.
RECOVERY SUPPORT ADDIS MEN’S GROUP: 7 p.m., Church at Addis, 6781 LA 1 South. A support group for men seeking mental freedom from addictive behavior. (225)218-5630 or churchataddis.com/mens-recovery-support/.
ISRAEL PILGRIMAGE: 9 a.m., St. Paul the Apostle Catholic Church, 3912 Gus Young Ave. An informational meeting regarding a pilgrimage to Israel in October 2016.
DAUGHTERS OF NAOMI: 9:30 a.m., Camphor Memorial United Methodist Church, 8742 Scenic Highway. “Lessons on Leadership” will be presented by Paula Fabre, principal of St. Francis Xavier Catholic School. The Daughters of Naomi is a mentoring group for women ages 9-18.
FOURTH DISTRICT YOUNG PEOPLE WORKSHOP: 10 a.m., Greater Mount Gideon Baptist Church, 205 Alice St. A session for adult leaders, workers and ministers. (225) 778-1710.
MISS SWEETHEART / PRINCE CHARMING CORONATION: 3 p.m., Promised Land Baptist Church, 7234 Plank Road. Sponsored by the Youth Choir Ministry.
A JOURNEY IN BLACK HISTORY MUSIC: 4 p.m., Elm Grove Baptist Church, 1069 North 38th St. A musical featuring special guests Clarence Jones and Heritage along with Minister Timothy Britten and Shabach.
WALL OF FAME: 7 a.m., New Jerusalem Baptist Church 1627 Thomas H. Delpit Drive. Joseph A. Delpit will be inducted into the African- American Wall of Fame at the service by Mayor Kip Holden. Delpit is the 12th inductee into the church’s Wall of Fame, an honor given to a contemporary black leader who has contributed to the growth and well being of the community. Delpit, 75, is a native of Baton Rouge and the son of Edmae Butler and the late Thomas H. Delpit. He is married to the former Precious Robinson and is the father of five, grandfather of 12 and great-grandfather of four. Since 1959, Delpit has owned and operated the Chicken Shack, a restaurant started by his father in 1935, with only 34 cents capital. Delpit is now president of Chicken Shack Systems, Inc., a fast-growing food chain. He is also president of two health service companies, a consulting company and an investment company. Delpit’s memberships include St. Francis Xavier Catholic Church Finance Board; Southern University System Foundation Board member; former chairman of The Old South Baton Rouge Partnership; chairman of Metropolitan Community Housing and Development Organization; member of the Baranco-Clark YMCA Board of Management; a life member and former president of the Baton Rouge Chapter of the NAACP; former president and member of the board of directors of the Capital City Kids Baseball Clinic; City-Parish Bi-Racial Committee; Mental Health Society Board of Management; and Capitol Region Planning Commission. He is a charter and life member of McKinley High School Alumni Association and the project management chairman for the restoration of the Old McKinley Building Project. Among his honors are: Outstanding Services in Southern University’s Alumni Federation and Southern University’s Center for Business and Economic Development; Business Man of the Year, 1973; Louisiana Education Association Award; Alpha Kappa Alpha Sorority Award; NAACP National Freedom Award; McKinley High Alumni Award; the Office of Economic Opportunity Sergeant Shriver Award; Baton Rouge Business Man of the Year Award presented by the News Leader, and Outstanding Service Award from the YMCA Baranco-Clark Branch. Delpit counts among his achievements: first black councilman for Baton Rouge; member of the Greater Baton Rouge Port Commission, and four-term state representative of District 67, also elected in 1984 as speaker pro tempore of the Louisiana House of Representatives.
CHURCH ANNIVERSARY: Mount Pleasant Baptist Church, 1743 Convention St. The church is holding a 149th anniversary event, spearheaded by the Deacon and Deaconess Ministry. The public is invited. The theme is “Through many dangerous toils and snares, we have come.”
YOUTH BLACK HISTORY MONTH PROGRAM: 11 a.m., Promised Land Baptist Church, 7234 Plank Road.
SOUL FOOD SUNDAY: 11 a.m., Star of Bethlehem Baptist Church, 1204 St. Joseph St. Pastor Henry J. Brown will give the message, with music by Margaret Vallet, of New St. John Baptist Church, and liturgical dance by Bold Anointed Sassy Sistas, of Star Hill Church, followed by food in the Fellowship Hall.
BLACK HISTORY CELEBRATION: 11 a.m., Greater Greene Chapel African Methodist Episcopal A.M.E. Church, 1232 N. 32nd St. Attorney Alvin Washington will speak.
SAINTS PROGRAM: 1:30 p.m., Most Blessed Blessed Sacrament Church, 15615 Jefferson Highway. The program will feature two American saints — St. Kateri Tekawitha and St. Damien, of Molokai. (225) 753-7046 or info.ccosbr.net.
RETURN TO LIFE SERIES: 2:30 p.m., St. Aloysius Church, 2025 Stuart St. A six-part series to provide spiritual healing for the separated and divorced. Open to all faiths. $50. Application required. (225) 343-6657.
VIP CELEBRATION: 4 p.m., Higher Ground Outreach Church, 3515 N. Sherwood Forest Blvd. Celebration of the “Super Heroes of Our Time — A Black History Month Tribute.” Featuring a program on why Louisiana has more Africa-American judges than any other state and “The Sensational Seven of Southern University,” of how seven engineering students did their part to help NASA integrate the south. There will also be a special thank-you to a local citizen.
BLACK HISTORY PROGRAM: 4 p.m., Cathedral World Worship Center, 5810 McCann Drive. Judge John Michael Guidry will speak.
SUNDAY EVENING WORSHIP: 6 p.m., Greater Mount Gideon Baptist Church, 205 Alice St. Speaker The Rev. Gus Henderson will speak. The Rev. Emma Woods and the Rev. Manley Metoyer will oversee. (225) 937-1159.
CHRISTIAN WOMEN’S CONNECTION LUNCHEON: 11 a.m., Oak Lodge Reception Center, 2834 S. Sherwood Forest Blvd. Meryl Bishop from South Africa will speak. Michele Holland is guest singer. Special feature will be the American Heart Association. Reservations required. $22. (225) 362-3588 or email@example.com.
COMPUTER CLASS: 5:45 p.m., Mirror of Grace Outreach, 921 N. Lobdell Blvd., Suite E. Classes are Intro to Computers, Microsoft Word, PowerPoint and Excel. Pre-Registration is required. (225)300-4528 or mirrorofgrace.org.
NOON PRAYER: Hop Christian, 5013 Windfall Court. (225) 355-8194.
APPRECIATION SERVICE: 4 p.m., New Jerusalem Baptist Church, 1627 Thomas H. Delpit Drive. A program of the Disciples Outreach Ministries to honor associate minister and minister of music, the Rev. Michael C. Pearl.
WELLNESS WEDNESDAYS: 6 p.m., Berean Wellness and Community Support Center, 5100 Osborne Ave. The topic is “Healthy Spirits.” (225) 355-4444 or bereanbatonrouge.com.
LENTEN SERVICE: 6:30 p.m., St. Andrew’s United Methodist Church, 17510 Monitor Ave. Communion will be served. Childcare provided. (225) 315-2818 or standrewsumc.net.
BENEFIT MUSICAL: 7 p.m., Promised Land Baptist Church, 7234 Plank Road. To benefit Sister Barbara Scott Thomas.
MALE CHORUS MUSICAL: 7 p.m., Nazarene Baptist Church, 1707 Spanish Town Road.
THE LOUISIANA GOSPEL TRADITION CONCERT: 7:30 p.m., Florida Boulevard Baptist Church, 10915 Florida Blvd. An evening of gospel music featuring choirs from Florida Boulevard Baptist, Baton Rouge Symphony Chorus, Greater King David Baptist, Shiloh Baptist, Heritage, Celebration, LSU Gospel and Southern University Concert Choir. (225) 272-3740 or fbbc.org.
Saturday, Feb. 28
DEACONESS MINISTRY PRAYER BREAKFAST: 9 a.m., Magnolia Baptist Church, 960 E. Buchanan St. The theme is “Spreading The Good News” for the program, which will be held in the Fellowship Hall. The Rev. Marva F. Coleman, of The Straight Way Ministry, will speak. Donation is $6. (225) 383-2913.
CHRISTIAN LEADERSHIP SCHOOL: 6-9 p.m., Mount Zion Baptist Church of Scotlandville, 1920 Progress Road. Courses in Christian Stewardship with the Rev. Melvin Rushing and Understanding the Bible with the Rev. Nelson Shaw will be offered.
JOAN BORYSENKO - THE ART AND SCIENCE OF RESILIENCE: 7 p.m., The Red Shoes, 2303 Government St. In conjunction with Unitarian Church of Baton Rouge. $20. (225) 338-1170 or theredshoes.org/programs/joan-borysenko/.
Saturday, March 7
GUIDRY TO SPEAK: 8 a.m., Piccadilly Restaurant, 5179 Plank Road. Judge John Michael Guidry will speak at the session sponsored by New Galilee Baptist Church. Tickets are $15.
WHERE PSYCHOLOGY, HEALTH AND SPIRITUALITY MEET: 10 a.m. to 5 p.m., The Red Shoes, 2303 Government St. Participants will be taught tools to retrain the brain and nervous system to generate “heartfulness” as a natural companion to mindfulness through inspiration, meditation and information. $75. (225) 338-1170 or theredshoes.org/programs/joan-borysenko/.
Saturday, Feb. 28
WOMEN’S PRAYER BREAKFAST: 9 a.m., Breath of Life Christian Center, 11214 Bank St. Speakers will be First Lady Sheilta S. King, of the McKowen Baptist Church, and the Rev. Dr. Burnett G. King, Sr. $5. Sponsored by Women Eager to Serve. Overseers are Bishop Edward and Lady Karen Brooks.
DEACON AND DEACONESS ANNIVERSARY: 2 p.m., Beachum Grove Baptist Church, 8877 Battle Road. The Rev. Dr. Frederick Mack, along with the congregation of Beech Grove Baptist Church of Jackson, will be guests. (225) 683-8119.
7TH ANNUAL FESTIVAL OF TWO RIVERS: 5 p.m., St. Alphonsus Catholic Church, 14040 Greenwell Springs Road. A Taste of Central. Tickets are $25 in advance; $30 at the door. $10,000 raffle tickets are $100, includes two adult admissions. (225) 261-4650 or (225) 261-5299.
ANNIVERSARY SERVICE: 2 p.m., Asphodel Baptist Church, 4091 La. 68. The church will hold a pastor anniversary service for the Rev. Roy Miller and Lady Gloria D. Miller. The Rev. James Turner, of New Hope Baptist Church, will speak.
BLACK HERITAGE/HISTORY CELEBRATION: 2:30 p.m., Little Zion Missionary Baptist Church. Join Pastor A.J. Haynes Sr. for the event.
ENCOURAGEMENT DAY SERVICE AND PASTOR APPRECIATION: 3 p.m., Zion Traveler Baptist Church, 8824 False River Drive. In honor of the Rev. Van Smith Jr. and first lady Leola R. Smith’s 30th year. Christopher Huddleston and the St. James Baptist Church, of Slaughter, will be guests. Music will be provided by the Tri-Church choirs. A reception will follow in the B. Reed Annex.
CHURCH ANNIVERSARY: 3 p.m., St. Peter African Methodist Episcopal Church, 506 Morningside St. The Rev. Gwendolyn E. Snearl, pastor, will celebrate the church’s 183rd anniversary. Special guest will be Bishop Julius Harrison McAllister Sr., the 129th consecrated bishop of the AME and presiding prelate of the 8th Episcopal District. (225) 767-0065.
Saturday, Feb. 28
POINTE COUPEE CHRISTIAN EDUCATION LEADERSHIP SCHOOL: 8 a.m., First Baptist Church, 824 W. Main St. Course offerings are Doctrine of the Holy Spirit, Organizing the Church for Christian Education and Christian Evangelism. Course cards will be issued for class completion. Continental breakfast and lunch provided. (225) 328-6913.
WOMEN’S WEEKEND: 8:30 a.m., Macedonia Baptist Church, 58210 Plaquemine St. Presenters will the Rev. Shauna Johnson and Evangelist Barbara Green. The Women’s Day speaker will be the Rev. Dr. DeShannon Quiet-Wilmer, of The Place Ministries.
BLACK HISTORY MONTH PROGRAM: 11 a.m., St. Matthew Baptist Church, 22910 Warren St. The theme is “The Struggle Is Not Over.” The Rev. Geoffrey O. Sykes, of The Greater St. Mary Baptist Church, will speak and Union Chapel Baptist Church, of Clinton, will be guests. The Greater St. Mary Baptist Church Youth Choir will perform.
SPIRITUAL BOOK READING: 7 p.m., Rosaryville Spirit Life Center, 39003 Rosaryville Road. Sister Mary Noel will give a spiritual reading of Henri Nowen’s book. $20. (225) 294-5039 or firstname.lastname@example.org.
LENTEN SILENT RETREAT: 4 p.m., Rosaryville Spirit Life Center, 39033 Rosaryville Road. Directed by Sisters Cynthia Sabathier and Lucy Silvio, the event is an overnight retreat that consists of private reflection, communal prayer and guidance. Bring comfortable clothes, your Bible and a notebook. $50 non-refundable deposit required. $200, includes meals and room. (225) 383-3349 or stjocenter.org.
Monday, March 2
TAIZE PRAYER SERVICE: 7 p.m., Rosaryville Spirit Life Center, 39003 Rosaryville Road. A meditative worship that includes music, scripture readings and reflection.
BLACK HISTORY PROGRAM: 8:30 a.m., Scott United Methodist Church, 310 Atchafalaya St. The theme is “I Too Have a Dream.” Attorney Victor Woods will speak.
PRAYER BRUNCH: 10 a.m., Shekinah Glory Christian Fellowship Church, 10164 North Line St. Angie Armstead, of Kingdom Tabernacle of Donaldsonville, will speak. $10 suggested donation.
BIBLE STUDY: New Fellowship Baptist Church, 4756 La. 412 East.
DYNAMIC PREACHING: 2:30 p.m., Greater Bethesda Missionary Baptist Church, 32425 Bowie St. Pastor Louis C. Askins will present “Those Dynamic Preaching Ministers.” The theme is “The Seven Things That God Hates.” Proclaimers of the word will include Pastor John Batiste, of Brazile Baptist Church; Pastor Timothy Campbell, of Greater Mount Pilgrim Baptist Church; Pastor Louis S. Deggs, of Word of His Power Ministries; Rev. Charlie Geason, of Mount Bethel New Hope Outreach Ministries; Apostle Bobby Georgetown, of Even-Increasing Life Ministries; Pastor Ronald Johnson, of St. Joseph Baptist Church; Pastor Alton Preston of Lutcher Chapel United Methodist Church, and Pastor James Riley, of Mount Zion Baptist Church. The Rev. Charles Deggs, of St. Joseph Baptist Church, will serve as narrator, and Brother Oran Rowe, of Houston, will be special guest. (225) 686-3857 or (225) 776-5995.
BLACK HISTORY PROGRAM: 11 a.m., Mount Pleasant Baptist Church. Judge John Michael Guidry will be the guest speaker.
Thursday, March 5
MILLDALE’S MARCH BIBLE CONFERENCE: 5 p.m., Milldale Baptist Church, 11950 Milldale Road. Herb Reavis and Malcom Ellis will be the guest preachers.