NEW ST. JOSEPH MISSIONARY BAPTIST CHURCH: The Men of Strength Conference will be held Saturday and Sunday at New St. Joseph Missionary Baptist Church, 1100 Branch-Joseph/Odeon Ave., New Orleans.
The conference hours will be from 10 a.m. to 1 p.m. Saturday, when the guest speakers will be Pastor Michael Jiles, of Bethlehem Baptist Church in Braithwaite; Pastor Randy Stevenson, of New Millennium Community Church in Gretna; and Deacon Edward Sapp, of New St. Joseph Missionary Baptist Church.
The conference will continue during the 11 a.m. worship service on Sunday, when the guest speaker will be Pastor Eddie Michael Payne, of First Agape Baptist Church, New Orleans.
For information, call Pastor David L. Perry, of New St. Joseph, at (504) 758-1327.
FIFTH AFRICAN BAPTIST CHURCH: Groundbreaking for a new worship center for Fifth African Baptist Church will take place at 12:30 p.m. Sunday at 3419 S. Robertson St., New Orleans, next door to the current 1923 facility.
The new church will boast an 800-seat sanctuary, welcome center, The Fifth Café, and extensive conference and classroom meeting space.
Fifth African Baptist Church was first organized in 1869 on Howard Avenue between Jackson Avenue and Philip Street. The congregation relocated to Central City in 1912. Fifth Baptist was among the first Uptown congregations to reopen after Hurricane Katrina.
The new worship center will face Louisiana Avenue, built on four residential lots acquired since 1996. The existing building will house a fellowship hall and space for youth programs.
Participants in the groundbreaking will include the Rev. Dale J. Sanders, pastor of Fifth African Baptist Church; Judge Terri F. Love, of the Louisiana Fourth Circuit Court of Appeal; New Orleans City Councilwoman LaToya Cantrell; and Clayton Boudreaux, of Boudreaux Builders.
“There was no better time to embark upon this expansion than the 10th anniversary of Hurricane Katrina,” said Sanders, pastor of Fifth Baptist for 20 years. “We have been blessed to consistently exceed our building capacity each Sunday. It confirms our importance to this community and uncovers how much work is left to do.”
TRIDENTINE MASS: The Roman Rite Mass, known as the “tridentine” or Latin Mass, will be offered at 12:30 p.m. Sunday at St. Stephen Church (Good Shepherd Parish), 1025 Napoleon Ave., New Orleans. The Good Shepherd Choir will be heard in the Missa Cantata, under the direction of Brian Morgan, director of music and principal organist, in the Gregorian “Missa de Angelis.” Phyllis Treigle will be soprano soloist, with Bart Folse as chanter. For information, call the rectory office at (504) 899-1378.
OUR LADY OF DIVINE PROVIDENCE: Our Lady of Divine Providence Church, 1000 N. Starrett Road, Metairie, will celebrate its 50th anniversary the weekend of July 4-5. There will be apple pie a la mode and American flag pins after the 4 p.m. Mass on July 4 and after the 10 a.m. and noon Masses on July 5.
ADVENTIST HEALTH FAIR: Adventist Community Services will host its annual health fair on Sunday. Services provided will include free blood pressure/ glucose screening, various resource vendors, children’s craft table, space walks, and a small garage sale.
Adventist Community Services Center is sponsored by Westbank United Seventh-Day Adventist Church at 2401 General Meyer Avenue in Algiers.
For additional information, call (504) 330-3395.
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