Free lunch this Sunday (plus other activities for internationals)

Please join us for free lunch this Sunday August 28 starting at 11:45 a.m. after our morning worship! If you can please bring something to share with the church family. But most of all bring yourself and a friend! We also have our regular Sunday morning activities including Bible study and worship. 

Come for our regular activities this Sunday!

  • Bible study* at 9:15 a.m.
  • Worship together at 10:30 a.m.

We have a Bible study class for beginners in simple English and a class for people who know the Bible well. There are also special classes and activities for children and youth.  

If you live on or near Louisiana State University the church bus can pick you up and give you a ride. Important note! If you want to come and need a ride… let us know and ask. The church bus does not run on Sunday morning – but someone can come pick you up if you need a ride and ask.

  • Highland Road bus stop (near neighborhood WalMart) at 8:45 a.m.  
  • Milford + Gourrier (between El Cid and Embassy apartments) at 8:50 a.m.
  • (Bus stop in front of Christ the King Catholic Church – on Highland + Dalrymple – at 8:53 a.m.)
  • Edward Gay apartments at 8:53 a.m.
  • Nicholson bus stop at 8:55 a.m.
  • Tigerland (on Alvin Dark across from Circle K) at 8:58 a.m.
  • Brightside bus stop at 9:00 a.m.

Please allow 5-10 minutes for the bus or car to arrive because of weather or traffic. You can also drive yourself. We are at 5775 Highland Road, 70808. If you drive yourself turn into the back parking lot.

We look forward to seeing you this Sunday!

Activities for children and teenagers

There are many activities for children and youth* during the school year. You can see the complete calendars for children (5th grade and younger) and for youth (6th-12th grade) at www.Ubc-br.org. To learn more contact (1) Deb McElgin at Deb@Ubc-br.org for children or (2) Anna Wright at [update]

Children (= elementary and younger)

Sunday August 14 = Promotion Sunday! Join us for a light breakfast in the Youth Room (upstairs education building) at the start of Sunday school as we pass our rising 6th graders on to the Youth Program.

Youth (= middle + high school)

Every Sunday evening = Click here for youth activities calendar!

Note = Anna Wright will serve as the interim minister with youth (teenagers).

Disaster resources – Friday August 19

People are asking questions about (1) what can we do? and often (2) how do I get help… how does this friend receive help? So one thing people need is information. Especially information for people who need help.

So we will sometimes post some information about resources and websites and so on.

(1) What do I do? Someone had water in her home or apartment

Register with FEMA! Anyone can register! If you are denied… you can appeal

Can register online at http://FEMA.gov (or) there will be FEMA locations in Baton Rouge starting Monday

Register with SBA = Small Business Association -> (website?)

Apply for low interest loans… for small businesses or regular home owners

(2) Here are a few useful websites

Louisiana Flood Relief 2016 => with links and articles  = https://www.laflood2016.com/resources/

Crisis Cleanup = https://www.crisiscleanup.org/survivor or https://www.crisiscleanup.org/volunteer or call 1-800-451-1954

Supposed to be good source of receiving help or offering help as a volunteer

(3) I need help buying food

Pre register for Disaster Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program (D-SNAP) = https://dsnap.dcfs.la.gov/CustomerPortal/CPLogon.jsp

Basically “food stamps” from the government that you can use to purchase food -> a little confusing!

(4) Flood Victims! Help with clean up!

Did you suffer water damage because of the flood? and do not have flood insurance? Habitat for Humanity of Greater Baton Rouge will gut sheet rock and spray to prevent mold.  You can call their office 225-927-6551 or email lynn@habitatbr.org. Warning = This sounds like you need to do “stage 1 clean up” first… clean out everything from your home… rip out wet carpet… and so on.

Watch this space! University Baptist Church is not able to help people yet. What we can do is share information and direct people toward resources and groups that can help them.

(5) Want to help on Saturday? need help Saturday?

This one is “information only”. Together Baton Rouge is organizing a “Gut Check Saturday” for people who want to volunteer… and people who need help cleaning out their home. Be at First United Methodist Church tomorrow Saturday August 20 starting at 8:30 a.m. Home owners by 9:00 a.m. Please visit this web page for more information! and to say you are coming. It is important to bring tools + equipment if you have them. https://togetherbr.nationbuilder.com/gutcheck?utm_campaign=invite2&utm_medium=email&utm_source=togetherbr

 

 

Where and how to give?

Many people (friends + family) from outside Louisiana are asking how they can contribute.

There are several good answers. And probably less good answers. If people wish to contribute funds to support relief efforts…

(1) Cooperative Baptist Fellowship – We are working very closely with them. So if you want to support what two churches in Baton Rouge are doing… along with other churches in Louisiana…

https://cbfblog.com/2016/08/16/cbf-disaster-response-requests-supplies-gifts-and-prepares-for-response-following-louisiana-flooding/ which takes you to https://www.classy.org/checkout/donation?eid=91303 

(2) You can certainly contribute to the American Red Cross. Nothing at all wrong with big national organizations.

(3) And if you wish you can give directly to University Baptist Church = 5775 Highland Road, Baton Rouge, LA 70808… mark checks “flood relief”. Will be used to help support relief efforts. Like Broadmoor Baptist Church, we have families affected by the flooding. Some their homes were flooded. Some total loss. And many are housing family members whose homes were flooded so they also are under some strain. And we will sometimes help people outside our immediate church family.

(4) Of course there are many other worthy channels. But I am trying to keep this list short and simple.

At this time I am not able to say “please send supplies and stuff”. What we need… and where… shifts and changes from day to day. Shelters said “please do not bring things here… bring them to these other groups… from whom we receive them”. Today I heard a big shelter say “yeah okay bring stuff”. So nothing against that. Thank you for your thoughts and generosity. But I am not entirely sure where and how individuals should send items. That might change tomorrow. Stuff is the sort of thing larger organizations might do better. We do need stuff. The trick is how best to send it here. We need… are you ready? …

  • Food (grocery stores are closed or swamped or running out of some basics)
  • Water (mainly for people in shelters… homes flooded… expensive to ship)
  • Clothes (many people lost most or all of their clothes… underwear underwear underwear… can you imagine having one pair?)
  • Baby stuff (babies use stuff… lots of stuff)
  • Cleaning supplies (no kidding – hammers + box knives + boxes + fans + mops + brooms + you name it… everyone needs it… hardware stores are cleaned out… how are people supposed to clean + gut their homes?)
  • Pillows + bedding (a big need… but how do you ship that? where?)
  • People… people… people… who can help assess + clean homes + you name it (locals are out working + helping and are often swamped themselves… or flooded out)

This is not an officially sanctioned Church of the Nations or University Baptist Church list. But it mostly is. People are asking questions and I want to be able to give some quick simple answers until a big “Here is our plan! This is how you can help!” email goes out.

Hobbies! at English Conversation – Friday August 19

Note = Do not bring young children to English Conversation. (We have good reasons for this rule.) Also remember to bring your nametag if you have one!

Do you have a hobby? What hobbies are popular in your home country? What hobbies are popular in American culture? Come practice your English, make new friends, and learn about American culture at English Conversation this Friday August 19 starting at 7:30 p.m. at the home of:

Ron and Renee Rodi
5280 South Belvedere, 70808 

Rodi home

Important note = Please contact us (email works best) by Friday 12:00 noon if you want to come to English Conversation and need a ride. We will pick you up at one of our bus stops (see list below) only if someone says “I need a ride, please pick me up”. We will not go to every stop on this list. Remember that everyone is welcome and we are happy to pick people up… but people must tell us they plan to come and need a ride.

You can drive yourself or ride on the bus. The bus will stop to pick up people at the following places and times. Note change of location for last stop!

  • Boone (next to Place du Plantier apartments) at 6:45 p.m.
  • Highland Plantation bus stop at 6:50 p.m.
  • Milford + Gourrier (between El Cid + Embassy apartments) at 6:53 p.m.
  • Edward Gay apartments at 7:00 p.m.
  • Nicholson family apartments bus stop at 7:05 p.m.
  • Tigerland (on Alvin Dark across from Circle K store) at 7:10 p.m.
  • Brightside bus stop (across from Circle K gas station) at 7:13 p.m.

Directions from Louisiana State University (a little tricky – take directions with you!):

  1. Drive southeast on Highland Road
  2. Turn left onto Lee
  3. Turn right onto Hyacinth
  4. Hyacinth will turn to the right then turn to the left and become Whitehaven
  5. Turn right onto Belvedere
  6. Belvedere will turn to the left and become South Belvedere
  7. Look for house 5280 on the right

Map of 5280 S Belvedere Dr, 70808 at Mapquest

Come enjoy activities for internationals this Sunday!

Come for our regular activities this Sunday!  

  • Bible study* at 9:15 a.m. 
  • Worship together at 10:30 a.m. 

We have a Bible study class for beginners in simple English and a class for people who know the Bible well. There are also special classes and activities for children and youth.   

If you live on or near Louisiana State University… and you need a ride… please contact us and let us knowWe are not able to pick up people with the church bus right now. So if you plan to come and need a ride… let us know… and we will find someone who can come and pick you up in a car.

  • Highland Road bus stop (the new bus stop near the The Hub sign not the bus stop near WalMart) at 8:45 a.m. 
  • Gourrier (near El Cid and Embassy apartments) at 8:50 a.m.
  • Edward Gay apartments at 8:53 a.m.
  • Nicholson bus stop at 8:55 a.m.
  • Tigerland (on Alvin Dark across from Circle K) at 8:58 a.m.
  • Brightside bus stop (near Brightside View, also outside The Blox) at 9:00 a.m.

Please allow 5-10 minutes for the bus to arrive because of weather or traffic. You can also drive yourself. We are at 5775 Highland Road, 70808. If you drive yourself turn into the back parking lot.

We look forward to seeing you this Sunday!

Welcome celebration for internationals *tonight*

BCM 3800 Highland Road

Welcome celebration for internationals! tonight Monday August 22 starting at 5:30 at the Baptist Collegiate Ministry (BCM), The BCM is at 3800(?!?) Highland Road (corner of Highland Road and Chimes Street) and next to Christ the King Catholic Church. If you need to drive… where to park? We suggest (1) along Dalrymple Drive (near the LSU law school) – you do not need a permit after 5:00 p.m. and it is a short walk to the BCM; or (2) the visitor lot across the street (enter it from Dalrymple Drive… you might need to pay a little bit at the small machine).

BCM parking highlighted

Mark your calendars and please invite new international friends. This year the Baptist Collegiate Ministry and Church of the Nations will lead this event together.

What?

  • Dinner (including a vegetarian dish for those who cannot eat meat)
  • Drinks
  • A chance to make new friends – many Americans and internationals
  • Short program
  • Great gifts (you can win one of our famous t-shirts)

This activity is free. All internationals are welcome! We do not know if we can provide transportation to this event. However it is on the university campus.

We plan to have Sunday morning activities

Several people have contacted us to ask if we will have Sunday morning activities tomorrow. Yes – we do plan. Sunday morning activities are not cancelled for Church of the Nations and University Baptist Church. We plan to have Bible study + worship on Sunday August 14. If that changes… then we will update this website. So check tonight… check tomorrow morning before 8:00-9:00 a.m.

The most important thing is that you are safe. If it is too difficult for you to come to the church… stay home! And contact us if you need help. We know there has been flooding around Louisiana State University. And we know that some neighborhoods around the university have a lot of water. We want you to be safe.

*CANCELLED* English Conversation – Friday August 12

English Conversation for Friday August 12 is cancelled because of the weather. We are very sorry. We are excited about the topic… enjoy seeing you… and are grateful to the American family that agreed to bring refreshments. But (1) it is dangerous to drive and (2) the rain will continue until tomorrow so (3) the roads will not be better by this evening. Please check this website around 5:00 p.m. Just in case anything changes.

Do you have hobbies? What are some different hobbies? What are the most popular hobbies in the United States? Come learn about American culture and practice your English at English Conversation this Friday August 12 starting at 7:30 p.m. in the “fellowship hall at:

University Baptist Church (fellowship hall)
5775 Highland Road, 70808 

See that low building in the middle of the picture? with 4 windows? that's the fellowship hall

See that low building in the middle of the picture? with 4 windows? that’s the fellowship hall

Important note = Please contact us (email works best) by Friday 5:00 p.m. if you want to come to English Conversation and need a ride on the church bus. We will pick you up at one of our bus stops (see list below) only if someone says “I need a ride, please pick me up”. We will not go to every stop on this list. Remember that everyone is welcome and we are happy to pick people up… but people must tell us they plan to come and need a ride.

You can drive yourself or ride on the bus. The bus will stop to pick up people at the following places and times. Note change of location for last stop!

  • Boone (next to Place du Plantier apartments) at 6:45 p.m.
  • Highland Plantation (now The Hub) bus stop (the bus stop that is not next to WalMart) at 6:50 p.m.
  • Milford + Gourrier (between El Cid + Embassy apartments) at 6:53 p.m.
  • Edward Gay apartments at 7:00 p.m.
  • Nicholson family apartments bus stop at 7:05 p.m.
  • Tigerland (bus stop on Alvin Dark across street from store) at 7:10 p.m.
  • Brightside bus stop (across from Circle K gas station) at 7:13 p.m.

Please allow 5-10 minutes for the bus to arrive because of bad weather or traffic. Directions from Louisiana State University:

Directions from Louisiana State University:

  1. Drive southeast along Highland Road
  2. Turn left onto Leeward Drive (after the big digital sign)
  3. Turn left into the first parking lot
  4. The fellowship hall is the low building in the middle.

Map of 5775 Highland Road, 70808 at Mapquest

Note = Return books to church library

Internationals enjoy using our church library. We are very glad about this! Every year the church library talks to Rick Wright and says these people in Church of the Nations borrowed some books… We do not know how to contact them… Can you ask them to return these books? We want internationals to use our church library. We also need people to return the books that they borrow – especially before they leave Baton Rouge! The summer is a good time to do this. Did you or a member of your family borrow books from the church library? Do you still have them? Please return them. Thank you!