Deadline for religion bulletins is noon Monday. Email

Baton Rouge

Fridays through March 23

St. James Gumbo: 11 a.m. to 1 p.m., St. James Episcopal Church, 208 N. Fourth St. Lunches of chicken and sausage or shrimp gumbo, salad, bread and a dessert served. Dine-in or drive-thru. Phone in orders at (225) 387-5141 between 8 a.m. and 10 a.m. Fridays or order during the same hours at Crawfish étouffée will be available on the final Friday, March 23, while supplies last.

Saturday, Feb. 17

Free Health Screening: 8:30 a.m. to noon, Mount Pilgrim Baptist Church, 9700 Scenic Highway. Free kidney screenings, which you should have if you are 18 or older and have one or more of the following: diabetes, high blood pressure or a parent, grandparent, brother or sister with these conditions or kidney disease. Free urine and blood test for kidney function, glucose and protein, blood pressure and BMI. Educational information will be available. Fasting not required. Appointments required. Call (504) 861-4500 or (800) 462-3694.

Prayer Brunch: 10 a.m., Greater Mount Gideon Baptist Church, 205 Alice St.  The Rev. Manley Metoyer will speak at Wisdom Speakers first Prayer Brunch. Donation $7. For more information, call the Rev. Emma Woods at (225) 937-1159.

Youth Day: 11 a.m., Berean Seventh-day Adventist Church, 4555 Fairfields. The Youth and Young Adults Ministry will observe Youth Day. Co-youth leader Mark McCarter will speak. 

Show: 6 p.m. to 7 p.m., Martin Luther King Christian Academy, 4295 Prescott Court. The ministry will host a "Kings and Queens of Africa" style show. Refreshments will be served. A $5 donation is requested.

Feb. 17-18

Celebration: 6 p.m. Saturday, 3 p.m. Sunday, Promised Land Baptist Church, 7234 Plank Road. An anniversary celebration for Sister Shirley Johnson & The Gospel Determinators. Special guests will be Brother Jermaine Hawkins and The Harvey Spirituals and others.

Sunday, Feb. 18

Wall of Fame: 7 a.m., New Jerusalem Baptist Church, 1627 Thomas H. Delpit Drive. The church will hold its 15th Annual African-American Wall of Fame Service. East Baton Rouge Parish Mayor-President Sharon Weston Broome will be inducted. Special music will be by the sanctuary choir. A brunch will follow in the fellowship hall.

Young People's Worship Service: 11 a.m., Beech Grove Baptist Church, 9455 Elm Grove Garden Drive. The Rev. Emma Woods will speak for the Black History Month Program.

Black History Program: 11 a.m., Second Mount Olive Baptist Church, 11741 Perkins Road. All are invited.

Counselor Training: 1 p.m. to 5 p.m., Our Lady of Mercy Catholic Church, 445 Marquette Ave. This training will prepare religious emblem counselors to work with Boy Scouts, Cub Scouts, Girl Scouts and American Heritage Girls. Additional information, including application, is available at For more information, contact Kathy Gora at (225) 266-9001. 

Family & Friends Day: 3 p.m., Rock Zion Baptist Church, 3996 Billops St. The Rev. Leroy Taylor, pastor at Greater Rose Hill Baptist Church in Hammond, will speak. Those attending are encouraged to wear African attire.

Anniversary: 6 p.m., Promised Land Baptist Church, 7234 Plank Road. Service honoring the Rev. Earnest Thibodaux, pastor.

Wednesday, Feb. 21

Lenten Reflection: 6:15 p.m., St. Agnes Church, 749 East Blvd. The Rev. Miles D. Walsh, pastor of Sacred Heart of Jesus Church, will introduce St. Agnes Lenten Reflection Series, "… in the midst of my suffering … Salvation.” Confessions at 5 p.m., Mass at 5:30 p.m., Divine Mercy Chaplet at 6 p.m. with Lenten Reflection immediately following. All are invited.


Thursday, Feb. 22

Women in Spirit: Noon, St. Joseph's Cathedral, Parish Hall, 412 Main St. The Rev. Tom Clark, pastor of Immaculate Conception Church, will speak on “Come and You Will See (John 1:39).” Women in Spirit is an interfaith program for women seeking spiritual renewal. Complimentary light lunch will be served. To RSVP, email, or call (225) 387-5928.

Saturday, Feb. 24

Film Showing: 3 p.m., Gloryland Baptist Church, 2575 Michelli Drive. The documentary, "Thummin and URIM," by Odell Wilmer Jr., based on a true story of deliverance from addiction of drugs and incarceration, will be shown. Free and open to the public. Refreshments will be served. (225) 226-5993.

Musical Performance: 6 p.m., The Promised Land Baptist Church, 7234 Plank Road. The Mass Choir will host a "Trip Down Memory Lane Musical," along with the Rev. Dr. Perry Wrights Jr., the Rev. Sterling Wrights, The Voices of Distinction, The Inspire Gospel Singers and the Lighthouse Jrs. This is an open door program. 

Sunday, Feb. 25

Black History Program: 8 a.m., Rose Hill Missionary Baptist Church, 1384 W. Grant St. Judge John Michael Guidry will speak.

Black History Program: 9 a.m., Greater Divine Missionary Baptist Church, 6045 Hooper Road. 

Special Speaker: 9 a.m., River Community Church, 36367 Perkins Road. Valerie Elliot Shepard will speak. The daughter of missionaries Jim and Elisabeth Elliot, Shepard has spent 40 years as a pastor's wife raising eight children, home schooling and teaching Bible studies. She authored a children's book, "Pilipinto's Happiness" and is working on a book about her mother and father.

Black History Program: 11 a.m., Spirit of Truth International Ministries, 8844 Greenwell Springs Road. Judge John Michael Guidry will speak. 

Founder's Day/Black History Celebration: 4 p.m., Bethel African Methodist Episcopal Church, 1358 South Blvd. The Theme is "Grace Is Sufficient.” The Rt. Rev. Julius H. McAllister Sr., the presiding bishop of the Eighth Episcopal District, will speak. The public is invited. (225) 344-6951.

Friday, March 9

Fish Fry: 4 p.m., St. Aloysius School, 2025 Stuart Ave. Fundraiser: 5 p.m. to 8 p.m. in the cafeteria. Drive-thru opens at 4 p.m. in front of the SAS Administration Building. There will be entertainment by a DJ, Trixie & Friends, and a 50/50 raffle drawing ($5 per ticket; minimum prize $2,500) in the Parish Hall. Dinners are $8 pre-sale, $10 at the door. Lunch $8 pre-sale. Minimum of 10 orders can be delivered to business location. Dinner and lunch tickets are not interchangeable. To donate/sponsor, contact Kim Blair at For more information or to buy tickets, visit

March 17-18

Anniversary: 6 p.m. Saturday, 3 p.m. Sunday, Arc of Safety Outreach Community Development, 3973 Choctaw Drive. Sister Shirley Johnson and the Gospel Determinators will hold their anniversary celebration. Brother Jermaine Hawkins, The Harvey Spirituals and others will be the special guests.


Sunday, Feb. 18

Black History Program: 11:30 a.m., St. John Missionary Baptist Church, 6148 Gilead Road. The Rev. Levi Wright, pastor of Mount Canaan Baptist Church, will speak. (225) 683-5070. 

Sunday, Feb. 25

Pastor's Anniversary: 1 p.m., St. John Missionary Baptist Church, 6148 Gilead Road. The Rev. Levi Wright, pastor of Mount Canaan Baptist Church, will speak. (225) 683-5070.

Greenwell Springs

Saturday, Feb. 24

Auction and Taste Fair: 5 p.m., St. Alphonsus Church, 14040 Greenwell Springs Road. Featuring an auction, taste fair and a $10,000 raffle. Tickets are $100 and are on sale now. Call (225) 261-4650 or (225) 261-5299 for more information.


Saturday, Feb. 17

Lenten Day of Reflection: 8 a.m. to 2 p.m., St. Pius X School Theatre, 205 E. Bayou Parkway. The theme for the session is "Embracing Change, Maintaining Values." Speakers include the Very Rev. Chester C. Arceneaux, Katie Austin and Kessie Thomas. Cost is $25 in advance, $30 at the door, and includes light breakfast, lunch and snacks. Download registration form at or mail check to: Roses of Acadiana District Theresians, 4400 Ambassador Caffery Parkway Box 179, Lafayette, LA 70508-6706. 

Saturday, Feb. 24

Women's Conference: 9:30 a.m. to 3 p.m., Our Parish Church, 328 Guilbeau Road. Valerie Elliot Shepard will speak on "Legalism to Grace, Resting in Christ and Walking with Christ in Joy." Cost is $20. The daughter of missionaries Jim and Elisabeth Elliot, Shepard has spent 40 years as a pastor's wife raising eight children, home schooling and teaching Bible studies. She authored a children's book, "Pilipinto's Happiness" and is working on a book about her mother and father.

New Roads

Fridays through March 23

Fish Dinners: 11 a.m. to 2 p.m., St. Augustine Catholic Church Hall, 809 New Roads St. The church is selling the $8 dinners, which include fried or grilled catfish, creole rice, green beans, cole slaw, roll and cake. 


Sunday, Feb. 18

Black History Program: 7:30 a.m., The Great Ebenezer Baptist Church, 58165 Barrow St. Minister Roger Arvie Jr., of Second Baptist Church, will speak.

Wall of Fame: 9:45 a.m., St. Peter Baptist Church, 58116 Court St. The church will hold its 16th annual African-American Black History Wall of Fame Service. Jason Russ, worshipful master of Widow Son Lodge No. 10 in Plaquemine, will be inducted. Special music will be provided by the church choir. The public is invited.

Port Allen

Saturday, March 17

Service: 4 p.m., Holy Family Catholic Church, 319 N. Jefferson Ave. The church will hold a St. Joseph's Altar after the 4 p.m. Mass. All are welcome. 

St. Francisville

Monday, Feb. 19

Conference: 7 p.m., McKowen Baptist Church, 7325 Jones-Connell Road. The East Feliciana Ministers conference will meet. The Rev. Dr. Burnett King Sr. will give the president's address.

Sunday, Feb. 25

Music Ministry: 8 a.m., Rosedown Baptist Church, 12907 La. 10. Music Ministry presents the Glory Train with special guest Jayla White.

Black History Youth Day: 4 p.m., Mount Pilgrim Baptist Church, 11907 La. 965. President John Thompson and the West Feliciana Ministers Conference will have their Black History Youth Day. All youth of the West Feliciana Parish are invited to attend.


Monday, Feb. 19

Black History Celebration: 7 p.m., Ebenezer Baptist Church, 1442 Midway Road. The East Feliciana Male Chorus will perform. Jamarcus Boyd will speak.


Sunday, Feb. 25

Anniversary Banquet: 4 p.m., First Baptist Church, 4200 Main St. Pastor Roy and Gloria Miller, of Asphodel Baptist Baptist Church, will celebrate their 20th anniversary of preaching at the Jackson church and 35 years of preaching in total. Tickets are $25. Contact Minister Jackie Williams at (225) 654-1577 or (225) 456-0448.