FREE Kidney Health Screening: 8:30 a.m. to 12:30 p.m., Shady Grove First Missionary Baptist Church, 16443 Plank Road, Baker, for people with diabetes, high blood pressure and/or a family history of these conditions or kidney disease. Participants must be 18 years old or older. Pre-register by calling (504) 861-4500.

Prayer Breakfast: 9:30 a.m., InterDenominational International Fellowship, 538 South Blvd., Baton Rouge.

Crafts Change Lives — Christmas in November Sale: 10 a.m. to 2 p.m., First United Methodist Church, 930 North Blvd., Baton Rouge, in the gymnasium with such merchandise from women of Cambodia as purses, pashmina shawls, tablecloths, table runners, billfolds, coin purses, jewelry, silk scarves, neckties and tote bags. Proceeds will return to Cambodia to help the women of the Cambodia Methodist Church develop economic self-sufficiency and provide college scholarships.

Arts AND Crafts Fair: 10 a.m. to 4 p.m., Oak Grove Baptist Church, 17450 Old Jefferson Highway, Prairieville, showcasing about 20 area artists and craftsmen with such works as pottery, paintings, photography, paper fine arts, jewelry, textiles and woodworking. Dinner plates and concessions will also be available.

Plymouth Rock Baptist Church Community Outreach Block Party: 11 a.m. to 2 p.m., at the corner of Marshall and Captain T.T. Harris streets in Plaquemine. Includes food, a clothes give-a-way, games, rides and music.

33rd Choir Anniversary: 6:30 p.m., Union Grove Progressive Baptist Church, 327 Tuscaloosa Ave., Baton Rouge.


Youth and Young Adult Empowerment Conference: 9 a.m. to 2 p.m. Saturday and 11 a.m. to 1:30 p..m. Sunday, Greater First Church-Baptist, 4669 Groom Road, Baker, with such conference topics as “Healthy Relationships: We’re Just Friends and Other Dating Lies,” “Bullying: It’s Impact on Teens and Adults” and “Listening to God: Spiritual Formation.” Speakers include Johnathan Hill, of Ethyl; Willie McCorkle III, president of Southern University; and the Rev. Charles Burris Jr. of Baton Rouge.


Youth Service: 7 a.m., New St. Luke Baptist Church, 538 South Blvd., Baton Rouge.

Family and Friends and Park Elementary Day: 8 a.m., Donaldson Chapel Baptist Church, 2501 Gracie St., Baton Rouge, with the Rev. Segmund Freeman as guest speaker.

Youth Usher Fourth Anniversary: 9 a.m., Friendship Chapel Baptist Church, 2111 North St., Baton Rouge, with 1st Circuit Court of Appeal Judge John Michael Guidry as speaker.

Pastor’s 18th Appreciation: 9 a.m. and 3 p.m., Greater Antioch Baptist Church, 2139 Nebraska St., Baton Rouge, in honor of the Rev. Levert Kemp Sr. with the Rev. Alvin Lewis as guest speaker in the morning and the Rev. McCullen Williams in the afternoon.

Veteran Mass: 10 a.m. to 11:30 a.m., St. Alphonsus Catholic Church, 14040 Greenwell Springs Road, Greenwell Springs, in honor of all U.S. military personnel, past and present with Brig. Gen. Richard W. Averitt, retired, as guest speaker.

Kirking of the Tartans and Tribute to Veterans: 10:45 a.m., Broadmoor Presbyterian Church, 9340 Florida Blvd., Baton Rouge, featuring bagpipe and drum fanfare, a roll call of the clan and a reading from the Scot Confession of 1560. Kirking of the Tartans is a Scottish-American custom of blessing tartans, which represent families. A fish fry and a performance by the Caledonian Dancers will follow the celebration in the Activities Building, where during lunch, the Claymore Club will demonstrate Scottish sword fighting. $10 per adult with a $30 cap for each family. Proceeds will go toward youth scholarships for summer camps.

Appreciation Service: 11 a.m., Greater Mount Gideon Baptist Church, 205 Alice St., Baton Rouge, for the church’s assistant pastor, the Rev. Manley Metoyer. The Rev. Charles Bovia will be guest speaker.

Pre-Thanksgiving Program and Fifth States Program: 11 a.m., Sherobee Baptist Church, Jones Vaughn Creek Road, St. Francisville, with the Rev. Earnest Lusk as guest speaker.

Winter Orientation: 1:30 p.m., The Ministry of Love School of Ministry, 5956 Hooper Road, Baton Rouge. Classes will be at 6:30 p.m. starting Nov. 27. (225) 356-2713, ext. 304.

Women’s Day: 2 p.m., Greater Morning Star Baptist Church, 1002 Mavis Drive, Baton Rouge, with Leatha Kay as guest speaker.

Pack All Pews: 3 p.m., Little Zion Missionary Baptist Church, 2518 Maringouin Road W., Livonia.

Tikvah Yisrael (Hope of Israel) Meeting: 4:15 p.m. to 5:30 p.m., Lakeview Christian Center, 5885 Fleur De Lis Drive, New Orleans. The Messianic women’s group meeting will focus on Messianic Judaism in the First Century and begin with an Israeli Dance Workshop followed by singing, dancing, learning and refreshments. (504) 738-3119.

Anniversary of the Birth of BahÁ’u’llÁh: 6 p.m., Baháe_SSRqí Faith Unity Center, 4270 Perkins Road, Baton Rouge, a holy day celebration honoring the 195th anniversary of the birth of the prophet founder of the Baháe_SSRqí faith. Include a potluck dinner party and program.

Community Thanksgiving Service: 6 p.m., Foster Road Baptist Church, 11333 Foster Road, Baton Rouge, with a joint choir and a fellowship, following the service, in the gym. Nursery provided.


Fourth District Missionary Baptist Association Annual Session: Mount Pilgrim Baptist Church, 9700 Scenic Highway, Baton Rouge.

  • Sunday — The Rev. Gregory Coates will speak during the opening session at 4 p.m. followed by Louis Jackson at 7 p.m.
  • Monday — The Fellowship Banquet will be at 7 p.m. with the Rev. Jerry Young, vice president-at-large of the National Baptist Convention USA Inc., as speaker.
  • Tuesday — Church Growth Night at 7:30 p.m. with the Rev. Isaiah Webster as speaker.
  • Wednesday — Christian Education Night at 7:30 p.m. with the Rev. Kelly Miller Smith, executive director of the National Baptist Sunday School Publishing Board, as speaker.
  • Thursday — President’s Hour at 7:30 p.m. Thursday with the Rev. Jesse B. Bilberry Jr. as speaker.
  • Friday — Pastors’ Night at 7:30 p.m. with the Rev. Rene Brown as speaker.


Interdenominational International Fellowship’s Monthly Service: 7 p.m., New Beach Grove Baptist Church, 4420 Crown Ave., Baton Rouge.


One Day Mini Retreat: 9 a.m. to 3 p.m., Rosaryville Spirit Life Center, 39003 Rosaryville Road, Ponchatoula, led by Sister Rose Bowen. $35. (225) 294-5039, ext. 101.

Visit from the Sherobee Baptist Church Mission Team: 10 a.m., St. Francisville Country Manor Nursing Home, 15243 La. 10 East, St. Francisville, with the Rev. Emma Woods preaching.

Latin Mass for the Deceased: 6:30 p.m., St. John the Baptist Church, 1101 O.C. Haley Blvd., New Orleans, sponsored by the Purgatorial Society of St. Patrick’s Parish, begins with Rosary followed by Requiem High Mass at 7 p.m.


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

Pastor’s 12th Anniversary Celebration Walk in the Word (Bible Study) Fellowship: 6:30 p.m., New Freedom Missionary Baptist Church, 388 N. Beck St., Baton Rouge, in honor of the Rev. Alando G. O’Conners. Greater New Galilee Baptist Church will participate. Call (225) 389-1202 for details of a Friday dinner at a Baton Rouge restaurant.


Adoption Matters-Brown Bag Lunch: noon to 1 p.m., Catholic Life Center, 1800 S. Acadian Thruway, Baton Rouge. Bring your lunch and join us for a free one-hour information session about adoption. Bottled water provided. Space is limited, but registration is free.

Mid-Week Worship Service: 7 p.m., Saint James Baptist Church, 10151 Par Road 5-110, Slaughter.


Young Ministers Association Celebrates 1 Year of Ministry: 7 p.m., First Baptist Church of Zachary, 4200 Main St., Zachary, with the Rev. Geoffrey O. Sykes as guest speaker and Zacardi Cortez, of Houston, as guest psalmist.

WXOK Heaven 1460 59th Year Anniversary Concert: 7 p.m., Istrouma Baptist Church, 10500 Sam Rushing Drive, Baton Rouge, featuring more than 10 area and national recording artists including Myron Butler, Earnest Pugh, William Murphy, Troy Sneed, Anita Wilson, Crystal Rucker, Deon Kipping, Alcide Simmons and The Voices of Heaven Mass Choir.

Nov. 17

The End of Bullying Begins with You: 9 a.m. to 1 p.m., Ebenezer Baptist Church, 1915 Fairchild St., Baton Rouge, a protest march against bullying for those ages 6 and older. Includes a lunch and door prizes for participants. (225) 355-3751.

Emotional Healing for the Christian Woman: 9 a.m. to noon, Oasis Christian Church, 4524 E. Brookstown Drive, Baton Rouge, sponsored by Zoë Christian Counseling and Life Skills Center along with Barbara Green Ministries. (225) 359-9540 or visit

Franklin Avenue Baptist Church Youth Revival: 4 p.m., Florida Boulevard Baptist Church, 10915 Florida Blvd., Baton Rouge, with choirs, games, fellowship and the Rev. Chip Luter III, of New Orleans, as guest speaker.

Youth Program: 6 p.m., Greater Hollywood Baptist Church, 8819 Sligo Road, St. Francisville, featuring youths performing poetry, dance and music.

Pre-Thanksgiving Musical: 7 p.m., Shekinah Glory Christian Fellowship Church, 10164 North Line St., Donaldsonville, featuring recording artist Troy Sneed and Collage 3, of New Orleans.

Tangi Christian Re-Singles Dance: 7 p.m. to 11 p.m., Springfield Volunteer Fire Department Hall, Terry St., Springfield, featuring the LAFX band. $10. Bring a snack and a two liter drink to share. (225) 567-9567.