Great Pumpkin Ride, Walk-Run Benefit FOR St. Jude’s: 7 a.m., Covenant United Methodist Church, 300 E. Martial Ave., Lafayette. Events include bicycle rides from 1 mile to 100 miles, parking lot ride for little ones with bicycle safety clinic, fun jumps and more.

Leader LIVE!: 8 a.m. to 3:30 p.m., Northlake Christian School, 70104 Wolverine Drive, Covington. A free program, with the goal of “equipping women to impact their world for Christ.” For more information, visit

Prayer Meeting: 5 p.m., The Gate Church, 240 South 14th St., Port Allen, with dinner to follow.

Conference Musical: 6 p.m., Trinity African Methodist Episcopal Church, 1420 S. Darla Ave., Gonzales, celebrating the beginning of a new conference year and the Rev. Orin J. Blouin’s reappointment. Featuring choirs, soloists and praise teams. Members of the American Legion Howard Johnson Post 557 will be guests.


Holy Communion Service: 7 a.m. to 9 a.m., Israelite Baptist Church, 1841 Thomas H. Delpit Drive, Baton Rouge.

Homecoming Service: 7:45 a.m. and 11 a.m., True Light Baptist Church, 3836 North St., Baton Rouge, with the Rev. Maurice White of Zion Travelers Baptist Church as guest speaker.

Official Church Opening: 10 a.m., I Walk By Faith Ministry, 1434 N. Burnside Ave., Gonzales, led by the Rev. Deidre Carter.

Women’s Day: 10:55 a.m., New Zion Baptist Church, 2319 Third St., New Orleans, with the theme “Women Committed to Doing the Work of the Lord.” Gloria Chapman of True Vine Baptist Church of Westwego will be the guest speaker.

‘No One Left Behind’ Tour 2012: 11 a.m., Miracle Place Church, 2080 Main St., Baker, and 2:30 p.m., Miracle Place Church, 2130 Florida Blvd., Denham Springs, featuring Team Intense: Changing the World One Life at a Time.

communion Service: 11 a.m., Star of Bethlehem Baptist Church, 1204 St. Joseph St., Baton Rouge. Also, church to hold 103rd church anniversary service at 11 a.m. Nov. 11.

Labyrinth Workshop: 2 p.m. to 3:30 p.m., The Red Shoes, 2303 Government St., Baton Rouge. Maida Owens will share ideas for building temporary labyrinths, and participants will build and walk a five-circuit medieval labyrinth using canned food donations that will go to the Greater Baton Rouge Food Bank. $5. Participants should also bring canned food.

CROP Walk: 2:30 p.m., Catholic Life Center, 1800 S. Acadian Thruway, Baton Rouge. The Communities Responding to Overcome Poverty Walk covers 2 miles beginning and ending at the center. Registration will start at 1:30 p.m. followed by praise, worship and music. Bring nonperishable food items for the Greater Baton Rouge Food Bank. Monetary donations are also encouraged, with 25 percent going to Catholic Charities and the Holy Grill and the rest going to Church World Services or Catholic Relief Services. Donations of $10 or more will come with a free T-shirt while supplies last.

Pastor Appreciation service: 3 p.m., Hope Christian Baptist Church, 9915 Avenue A, Baton Rouge, in honor of the Rev. Frank Rideau Jr. The Rev. Perry Wright Jr. of the Promise Land Baptist Church will be the guest speaker.

Pastor Appreciation Program: 4 p.m., Greater Hollywood Baptist Church, 8819 Sligo Road, St. Francisville, in honor of the Rev. John Thompson.

Communion Service: 5:30 p.m., New St. Luke Baptist Church, 538 South Blvd., Baton Rouge.

Joe Shannon appalachian Performance: 6 p.m., Parkview Baptist Church, 6301 Camphor St., Metairie, with Joe Shannon, Appalachian musician and storyteller from Boone, N.C., sharing old hymns, ballads and stories. Shannon is the producer and host of Mountain Home Music, a concert series dedicated to honoring music and musicians from the Appalachian region.


Taize Prayer Service: 7 p.m., Rosaryville Spirit Life Center, 39003 Rosaryville Road, Ponchatoula, a nondenominational candlelight service.

St. Louis Jesuits Concert: 7:30 p.m., Loyola University-Louis J. Roussel Performance Hall, 6363 St. Charles Ave., New Orleans, part of Loyola University New Orleans’ Centennial celebration. Tickets range from $5 for students to $60 VIP tickets that include a reception with the artists and a signed copy of the group’s book, “The St. Louis Jesuits: Thirty Years.” For tickets, visit,


Fall Revival: 7 p.m. each night, Greater Mount Carmel Baptist Church, 1414 Sora St., Baton Rouge, with the Rev. Danny Donaldson and the Rev. Roslyn Satchel Augustine as the revival preachers. The church’s Voices of Adonai will provide the music.


A Study of Anthony de Mello: 6:30 p.m. to 8 p.m., The Red Shoes, 2303 Government St. Baton Rouge. “Awareness: The Perils and Opportunities of Reality,” a study of spiritual thinker Anthony de Mello, who argues people live their lives spiritually asleep, will be held each Tuesday in November. Joan McCaskill will facilitate the study. $40. For more information, visit http:///


Grief in the Holidays Program: 6:30 p.m. to 8 p.m., St. Luke’s Episcopal Church, 8833 Goodwood Blvd., Baton Rouge, in the church’s Witter Hall, with informational exhibits available, beginning at 6 p.m. The program will focus on the loss of a child and the holidays.

Free Computer Training: 6 p.m. to 8:30 p.m., Mirror of Grace Outreach, 921 N. Lobdell Blvd., Suite E, Baton Rouge, in the church’s library. Free class on Microsoft Word. For more information, call (225) 300-4528.

Friday-Nov. 10

Crafts Change Lives-Christmas in November Sale: 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Friday and 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. Saturday, First United Methodist Church, 930 North Blvd., Baton Rouge. The event in the church gym will feature items made by women of Cambodia, such as purses, pashminas, tableclothes, table runners, billfolds, coin purses, jewelry, silk scarves, neckties, tote bags and more for sale. Proceeds will help the women of the Cambodia Methodist Church develop economic self-sufficiency and provide college scholarship for students.

‘Radical Christian Life-Equipping ourselves for Social change’ webcast: registration begins 4:30 p.m. Friday, with opening address at 6 p.m.; on Saturday, registration begins at 7 a.m., with first session beginning at 8 a.m., St. James Episcopal Church, 205 N. Fourth St., Baton Rouge. The workshop, led by Joan Chittister, will be presented at various sites in New York and partner sites, such as St. James, with a number of theologians, spiritual directors and activists as speakers. Registration available online at The fee is $10 for Friday and $15 for Saturday.

Friday-Nov. 11

‘PASSIONATE DESPERATION’ WOMEN’S RETREAT: Check-in Friday from 3 p.m. to 6 p.m., Pearl River Baptist Association Retreat Center, 1376 McNeill-Steep Hollow Road, McNeill, Miss. Presented by Women of Hope Christian Ministries. Particpants should bring a Bible, bed linens, towels and a lawn chair. Coffee and tea is provided; participants are encouraged to bring juice or light snacks, if not fasting early in the retreat. $65 fee includes two nights’ accommodations and breakfast on Sunday. Participants from out of town can arrive on Thursday, for an additional $15. For more information, visit

Youth and Young Adult Empowerment Conference: 6 p.m. to 8:30 p.m. Friday, 9 a.m. to 2 p.m. Saturday and beginning 11 a.m. Sunday, Greater First Church-Baptist, 4669 Groom Road, Baker. Conference will cover such topics as healthy relationships, dating, bullying and the spiritual life. Speakers will include Johnathan Hill of Fairview Baptist Church, Ethyl; Willie McCorkle III, president of the Student Government Association, Southern University and the Rev. Charles Burris Jr., Greater Morning Star Baptist Church and other special musical guests.

Nov. 10

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

Arts & Crafts Fair: 10 a.m. to 4 p.m., Oak Grove Baptist Church, 17450 Old Jefferson Highway, Prairieville, showcasing about 20 local artists and craftsmen. Works will include pottery, paintings, photography, paper fine arts, jewelry, textiles, woodworking, and more. There will also be plate dinners for sale and concessions.


MEETING OF HOPE OF ISRAEL: 4:15 p.m. to 5:30 p.m. Nov. 11, Israeli dance workshop; 4:30 p.m. to 5:30 p.m., singing, dancing and learning, Lakeview Christian Center, 5885 Fleur De Lis Drive, New Orleans. For more information, call (504) 738-3119 or (210) 410-1034.

Dave Ramsey’s Financial Peace University: 5 p.m., Nov. 11, Westside Community Church, 7631 First St., Addis, a nine-week course on gaining control of finances and having long-term financial success. For more information or to register, call (225) 963-1943.ONE DAY MINI RETREAT: 9 a.m. to 3 p.m., Nov. 13, Rosaryville Spirit Life Center, 39003 Rosaryville Road, Ponchatoula, led by Sister Rose Bowen. $35. For more information or to register, call (225) 294-5039, ext. 101; visit or email

ADOPTION MATTERS-BROWN BAG LUNCH: noon, Nov. 15, Catholic Life Center, 1800 S. Acadian Thruway. Bring lunch and come for a free one-hour information session covering all aspects of adoption. Space is limited, registration is free, at