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Advocate staff photo by ELIOT KAMENITZ--New River Parish columnist Lori Lyons in New Orleans, La. Monday, April 20, 2015.

The Youth Ministry of First Baptist Church in Luling recently attended Centrifuge Bible Camp at Carson-Newman University in Jefferson City, Tennessee. A total of 37 students from sixth grade through college and seven adult chaperones made the trip. Youth pastor the Rev. Daniel Martin led the group.

The theme of the week was “Alive & Free,” focusing on the Book of James. Each day, students were presented with a life question of how their daily actions profess whether they are a believer and doer of the word or just a hearer of Scripture with no outward proof of their convictions.

At Centrifuge, students are divided into groups for recreation and Bible study based on age ranges by grade completed. Recreation is facilitated within Bible study groups by a trained camp staff member. Each activity serves a specific purpose and is presented so students can apply it to their lives.

Students also participated in “Track Times,” designed to give students the opportunity to participate in something with which they are familiar or to try something new. Students are divided into “tracks” based on a list of activities they indicate during registration. Creative, active, performance and classroom-based activities are offered and led by a member of the trained staff.

The Youth Ministry meets every Wednesday from 5 p.m. to 7 p.m. at the church, 921 Paul Maillard Road, Luling.

Community involvement fair

The Retired and Senior Volunteer Program of the River Parishes and the United Way of St. Charles will host the St. Charles Community Involvement Informational Fair from 2 p.m. to 6 p.m. Wednesday, Aug. 12, at the Edward A. Dufresne Community Center in Luling.

St. Charles Parish residents of all ages are invited to attend the fair to learn about becoming more involved in the community. Representatives from ARC of St. Charles, St. Charles Parish Hospital Auxiliary, Child Advocacy Services, St. Charles Parish TRIAD, Special Olympics and other local agencies will be available to share information regarding community involvement and volunteer opportunities within their organizations.

“The purpose of the St. Charles Community Involvement Informational Fair is to educate St. Charles Parish residents of the many opportunities they have to get involved in their community and make an impact through volunteerism.

“United Way and RSVP are excited to present this event to showcase that volunteering in the community can make a difference at any age,” stated Kelsey Matthews, United Way of St. Charles volunteer coordinator.

Attendees also will have the opportunity to sign up for volunteer programs at RSVP and United Way. Light refreshments will be served.

Throughout the event, participating agencies will have the opportunity to film a short video clip with the St. Charles Parish Public Information Office in order to promote their organizations. Agencies interested in participating must complete the preregistration form by Aug. 5.

For more information about the event, contact Michelle Higgins, RSVP director, at (985) 783-8907 or Matthews at (985) 331-9063.

Fishing rodeo

The St. James Boat Club will hold its Junior Choupique Rodeo from 9 a.m. to noon Sunday at the Boat Club on the Blind River in Gramercy. The event is open to kids ages 1 to 15.

Registration is 25 cents. Copies of the rules and regulations will be handed out at registration.

Fishing will be limited to bank fishing only at the Boat Club Point Area. Awards will be given for first, second and third place for largest fish and for the most fish caught in each age group. Refreshments will be sold.

For more information, call the St. James Boat Club at (225) 869-8966 or Craig Calcagno at (225) 206-2476.

Lori Lyons reports on the River Parishes. Send information on news, events, accomplishments and story ideas to her at sportslyons@gmail.com.