During the early church-building days of New Orleans, it was easy to identify not only the faith of a congregation but also its ethnic roots. In 1840, St. Paul Lutheran Church was founded in a Chartres Street firehouse to support a growing number of Germans settling in the city’s 3rd District. Celebrating its 175th anniversary, the historic Faubourg Marigny sanctuary now stands at 2624 Burgundy St. at the corner of Port Street.
Through epidemics, the Civil War and civil rights struggles, the St. Paul congregation has grown into a culturally diverse community. They invite everyone to join them for “Love Alive @ 175,” including several anniversary events during the month of May.
The church courtyard will be filled with historic displays, the sounds of jazz, food and drink from 6 p.m. to 8 p.m. May 16. The New Orleans Center for Creative Arts jazz ensemble will perform.
A traditional church service featuring special guests will take place at 10:30 a.m. May 17. Along with the St. Paul choir and bell choir, the New Orleans Volunteer Orchestra and the Sam Kohler New Music Ensemble will perform, as well as former St. Paul organist Tom Mitts and renowned soprano Phyllis Treigle.
A concert followed by a wine and cheese social will be held at 4 p.m. May 17, featuring Tom Mitts and Janet Neumann on the pipe organ and Matt Wood on harpsichord and piano.
Throughout its 175 years, St. Paul Lutheran has proudly served the people of New Orleans in many ways, including ministering to yellow fever victims, caring for orphans and the creation of the first AIDS care team in the city.
St. Paul also operates a school, a food-and-shelter voucher program for homeless people and offers concerts and musical events on Sundays and occasions throughout the year. For information visit stpaul marigny.org.
Little Library fun
Todd Bol, founder of the Little Free Library organization, and Margret Aldrich, author of The Little Free Library Book, will take part in a potluck dinner at 6 p.m. Saturday, May 16, at the Family Life Cente at Aurora United Methodist Church, 3300 Eton St. in Algiers.
Library stewards, builders, users and their families and friends are welcome. Bring a favorite dish to share and reserve a space by emailing email@example.com.
Seabrook neighbors invited
The Seabrook Neighborhood Association will meet at 6 p.m. Monday at Willing Workers Baptist Church, 5714 Eads St.
The C.G. Jung Society will join therapists William Thiele and Anna Maria Signorelli for the discussion “On the Cusp of Joy and Despair” at 7:30 p.m. Tuesday at Parker United Methodist Church, 1130 Nashville Ave. The meeting is free for members, $15 for adults and $10 for students.
Lynne Jensen writes about New Orleans community events and people. Contact her at firstname.lastname@example.org.