Saturday, May 17

anniversary celebration: Noon. Greater First Church-Baptist, 4669 Groom Road. The church celebrates its eighth anniversary, the theme of which is “Moving Forward in Faith,” under the leadership of Senior Pastor Anthony Kelley. The annual Family and Friends Day Picnic will be held on the church grounds from noon to 4 p.m. There will be outdoor recreation, food and fellowship. The celebration continues Sunday, May 18, with worship at 11 a.m. The Rev. Ernest Slaughter, pastor of the New Canney Creek Missionary Baptist Church, in Jackson, Mississippi, will be guest speaker. A fellowship meal will follow in the church’s Emmett W. Bashful and Huel D. Perkins Fellowship and Activity Center. All are invited. For more information, contact Gerald or Debbie Sigers at (225) 272-1072 or Brenda Johnson at (225) 778-4788 Monday through Friday.

Baton Rouge


Garage Sale: 7 a.m. to 1 p.m., St. Andrew’s United Methodist Church, 17510 Monitor Ave. All proceeds benefit church missions.

Infertility Network Seminar: 9 a.m., Healing Place Church, 19202 Highland Road. Program to teach participants how to launch their own infertility support group or ministry.

Be-You-Tiful Women’s Retreat: 9 a.m. to 2 p.m., Jefferson Baptist Church, 9135 Jefferson Highway. Admission is $10. Call (225) 923-0356.

Paint and Pray: 9:30 a.m., The Chapel in the Oaks, 9611 Siegen Lane. The workshop is an event to raise funds and spend time in prayer for Adisyn, the founder of Red Oak Ministries, and the women she works to set free from human trafficking in Asia.

Looking Beyond the Mirror Brunch: 10 a.m., Beacon Light of Baton Rouge Church, 7513 Prescott Road.

‘So I am’ Worship Workshop: 10 a.m., Elevate Church of Baton Rouge (Miracle Place Church-Central), 9466 Greenwell Springs Road.

Women Praying for Women: 11 a.m., Boudreaux’s, 2647 Government St. Women Praying for Women’s annual Spring Prayer Luncheon. Guest speaker is Anna Donahue, of Anna Donahue Ministries. Guest vocalist is Joyce Burges. Cost is $25. To register and pay online go to

Chronic Illness Support Group: 11 a.m., St. Margaret’s Episcopal Church, 12663 Perkins Road. HopeKeepers of Baton Rouge is a nondenominational support group for anyone affected by chronic pain or illness, mental or physical. Call (225) 337-1633.

Mr. & Miss Empowerment Pageant: 4 p.m., Elevate Church of Baton Rouge (Miracle Place Church-Central), 9466 Greenwell Springs Road. A.V. Mitchell will perform. Britney Temple will host. Tickets are $5.

Spring Coronation Tea: 4 p.m., St. Mary Baptist Church, 1252 N. Acadian Thruway E. Fourth District Baptist Auxiliary Spring Coronation Tea.


Holy Communion Service: 7 a.m., Israelite Baptist Church, 1841 Thomas H. Delpit Drive. Call (225) 344-3553 or

Worship services: 9 a.m., Mount Moriah Family Baptist Church, 15366 Old Hammond Highway.

Pastor Anniversary: 7 a.m., New Beech Grove Baptist Church, 4420 Crown Ave. Guest speakers will be Pastor Christopher Huddleston, of St. James Church of Slaughter, and Bishop Vincent Manyweather, of California.

NEW Worship Time: 9 a.m., Ravens All Faith Church, 1913 North St. New worship services time begins. Lord Supper Worship. Call (225) 571-1179.

church anniversary: 11 a.m., True Vine Baptist Church, 905 Grebe St. Celebration of church’s 82nd anniversary. Special guest is Dr. Chris S. Gordon, president of Louisiana Missionary Baptist State Convention and pastor of New Zion Baptist Church in New Orleans.


Visit to heritage house manor: 10 a.m., 1335 Wooddale Blvd. Greater Mount Gideon Mission Ministry will visit with the Rev. Emma Woods, director, with words of encouragement by the Rev. Gus Henderson.


Adoption seminar: 3-6 p.m., Southeastern Louisiana University Baton Rouge Center — School of Nursing, 4849 Essen Lane. The Maternity & Adoption Department of the Catholic Charities of the Diocese of Baton Rouge’s presents “A Holistic Approach to the Adoption Journey” with adoption expert Janie Cravens as keynote speaker. This seminar will offer insight for all touched by adoption — adopted people, adoptive families, prospective adoptive families, birth parents, social workers, counselors, child welfare workers, attorneys and judges. Tickets are $25 and can be purchased at or by calling (225) 336-8708.

Saturday, May 10

Wait No More Louisiana: 10 a.m., Istrouma Baptist Church, 10500 Sam Rushing Drive. Program on the process of adoption from foster care and ways to support adoptive families.

tea time: 11 a.m., St. Paul Lutheran Church, 2120 Tara Blvd. Celebration of 25 years of tea time. For reservations, call (225) 766-0340.

Music & Madness: 7 p.m., Greenwell Springs Baptist Church, 19421 Greenwell Springs Road. Doors open at 6 p.m. for gospel music concert by Mark Lowry and The Martins. Tickets are $18-25 and will be available at the door or by calling (855) 223-1008.

Sunday, May 11

Worship services: 9 a.m., Mount Moriah Family Baptist Church, 15366 Old Hammond Highway.

Tuesday, May 13

Church Roundtable: 10 a.m., Istrouma Baptist Church, 10500 Sam Rushing Drive. Participants will discuss the rationale and assessments of multi-site churches and learn how associations and Louisiana Baptists can partner.

Saturday, May 17

Life Choice (Pre-Cana): 9 a.m., Catholic Life Center, 1800 S. Acadian Thruway. A program for engaged couples seeking to get married in the Catholic Church.

Clothing Giveaway: 10 a.m. to 2 p.m., Greater Beulah Baptist Church, 955 E. Polk St. Clothing is available for children and adults in all sizes. Call (225) 343-5610.

Community Health Fair: 10 a.m. to 2 p.m., Greater Mount Carmel Baptist Church, 1414 Sora St. A Faith Walk will be held at 9 a.m. from the church to Anna T. Jordan Park. For more information, call (225) 775-7372.

denham springs


Church Groundbreaking: 11:45 a.m., Hebron Baptist Church, 24063 La. 16. A groundbreaking ceremony for a new worship and children’s building, following the 10:30 a.m. worship service (approximately 11:45 a.m. Construction is set to begin within the next 30 days. A Homecoming celebration dinner will follow the ceremony.



gospel in the park: Noon to 8 p.m., Jambalaya Park. The event is to unite local communities in a day of praise through song. Free and open to the public. This event will support the River Road African American Museum in Donaldsonville.

Greenwell springs


Festival of Two Rivers 5K & Fun Run: 7 a.m., St. Alphonsus Catholic Church, 14040 Greenwell Springs Road. Parents are welcome to join in with their children.



Not Built to Break: 7 p.m., Abba Father Christian Center Church, 1242 S. Morrison Blvd. Annual women’s conference, includes continental breakfast. Guest speakers are Laura Mitchell, Dione Morgan, Dwan Mabry and Kip Andrews. Admission is free, but registration is required.


Saturday, May 10

Bag Mat Ministry: 9 a.m. to 2 p.m., Grace Presbyterian Church, 518 Roselawn Blvd. Volunteers can help make sleeping mats from recycled plastic shopping bags for the homeless.



Family Festival: 7 p.m., Immaculate Heart of Mary, 11140 La. 77. There will be a raffle for $1,000, barbecue chicken dinners for $7 and face painting. Call (225) 625-2438.


Pastor’s Anniversary: 7 p.m., New St. John Baptist Church, 5685 Robertson Ave. Fourth anniversary of Pastor Marques Braggs. Guest speaker will be the Rev. Geoffrey Sykes and musical guests will be Gerald Jemar Williams & Chozun and soloist Martiquee Redditt.


Saturday, May 10

Nun Run: 8 a.m., Rosaryville Spirit Life Center, 39003 Rosaryville Road. The 5K-trail run is part of Rosaryville’s 75th anniversary celebration and will raise funds for the center and the Dominican Sisters of Peace. There will be activities for children. Admission is $35 for individuals; $25 for groups.

Port Allen


Women’s Day program: 7 a.m. Shiloh Missionary Baptist Church, 950 Seventh St. Speaker is the Rev. Demetria Jones Smith, of Shiloh Baptist Church of Baton Rouge.

Pastor’s Banquet: 7 p.m., West Baton Rouge Parish Community Center, 749 N. Jefferson Ave. The banquet is to honor Greater St. Paul Baptist Church pastor, the Rev. Ernest Milese. Tickets are $20. Call (225) 436-1749.

May 13-15

Christian Leadership School: 6 p.m., Sunrise Baptist Church, 966 Maryland Ave. Registration is $10 for individuals; $100 for groups. Call (225) 687-2799 or email the Rev. Nelson Shaw Jr. at or Linda Coleman at Courses will be “Witnessing to the Unchurched” by the Rev. Carlton White, “Christian Stewardship” by Sister Sandra Lafleur and “Synoptic Gospel” by the Rev. Nelson Shaw. Submit registration forms and fees by May 7 to West Baton Rouge Ministers Conference, c/o Leadership School, P.O. Box 372, Port Allen, La. 70767.

St. Francisville


Spring Stroll: 9 a.m., Jackson Hall at Grace Episcopal Church, 11621 Ferdinand St. Feliciana Master Gardeners of LSU Ag Center will present the tour through eight private gardens in West Feliciana Parish. Master gardeners will be on hand at all of the gardens to provide information. Tickets are $20. Call (225) 635-3614.


Male Chorus Program: 11 a.m., Sherobee Baptist Church, 10064 Jones Vaughn Creek Road. Guest speaker will be the Rev. Gardling Ward. Call (225) 635-0161.

St. Gabriel

Friday, May 16

Friday Night Live: 7 p.m., St. Gabriel Town Hall, 5054 Iberville St. Free Spirit Church will host the services. Call (225) 368-5339.



Family & Friends day: 2 p.m., Mount Wade Baptist Church, 21255 Reames Road. Annual Family and Friends Day Celebration. The Rev. Eric Shaffer, of God’s Grace Missionary Baptist Church, will deliver the message.