CROSSROADS NOLA: As promised, Pastor David Crosby, of First Baptist New Orleans, rappelled 300 feet down the side of the Capitol One high-rise in Baton Rouge on June 19, after helping Crossroads NOLA raise more than $67,000 on Give NOLA Day.

Pastors Waylon Bailey, of First Baptist Church Covington, and Ken Schroeder, of Mandeville’s First Baptist Church, also participated in the rappelling stunt. Their goal was to increase support for the hundreds of Louisiana children living in foster care while waiting for a permanent family.

Crossroads NOLA recruits, develops and supports foster and adoptive families. For information on becoming a foster parent or for other ways to get involved, visit

VAN HANH BUDDHIST CENTER: A three-day meditation retreat will be held Friday through Sunday at the Van Hanh Buddhist Center, 13152 Chef Menteur Highway, New Orleans.

The retreat will be led by Thay Thien Tri, of the Zen Center in Jackson, Mississippi, with assistance from Wendy Ann Gaudin, of Xavier University, and Allison Truitt, of Tulane University. Meals and lodging will be provided, all by donation.

The retreat opening will be from 6 p.m. to 9 p.m. Friday.

On Saturday, there will be chanting, meditation and breakfast from 6 a.m. to 9 a.m., followed by retreat activities from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. and a dharma discussion from 5:30 p.m. to 7 p.m.

Sunday will begin at 6 a.m. with chanting, meditation and breakfast, with the retreat closing at 1 p.m.

To register, send email to or call (504) 473-9922.