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Church of the Nations update for Sunday 8/27

9:15 am – Pastor Jeff Day will have a get acquainted time this Sunday on how each of us came to live and study in Baton Rouge. This get together will he held during the normal Sunday school time. So please try to make it.
10:30am – Regular worship service in the Chapel
11:30 am – After the service Sunday our normal monthly Fellowship lunch will be held in the Fellowship Hall, since it is the last Sunday of August.

We hope to see you. You can bring a friend and family to all of the events above.

English Conversation Friday July 21, topic will be Baseball

Friday July 21, we will meet at the home of Barry and Leslie Kilpatrick, 11469 Sugar Lane, Baton Rouge 70810 at 7:30 pm for English Conversation.

The topic will be baseball. So come prepared to have fun while we learn a little about the history and rules of baseball.

Wear a jersey, t-shirt or hat of your favorite baseball team or of any sports team, if you have one.

See you Friday!

English Conversation for Friday 7-14, topic will be Happiness :)

Come practice your English this Friday 7-14 at 7:30 pm and be happy ūüėä
We will meet at Steve and Brenda Bonfanti’s home, which is located at 829 Woodstone Drive, Baton Rouge 70808. Their home is very close to the UBC church, only a couple of blocks further east off of Highland Road.

Hope to see you there!

Update on Church of Nations and English Conversations

Dear International Friends and Church of the Nations family,

As most of you know Pastor Rick started July 1st at a new position in another church and last week we gave him a goodbye reception.¬† It was a good reception and a big ‚Äúthank you‚ÄĚ to all of you who helped to give our beloved Pastor Rick and Armetta a wonderful sending forth on Sunday June 26th.¬†¬† Internationals were so well represented by those who attended, by those who spoke, and by those who wrote cards and gave words of appreciation and well-wishes.¬† We will all certainly miss Rick as a preacher, pastor, scholar, teacher, and friend.

However, as we send him forth to a new ministry we know he would want us to carry on and have Church of the Nations still be a beacon of light for those away from home, and be a family and show hospitality and friendship to each other and to other Internationals in our community who might need a home and family away from home.  In this transition time each and every one of you is important in this ministry and together we can continue the work that was so precious to Rick and that has touched many internationals for over 31 years.

Our church family is also missing our stalwart volunteers who have been with the Church of the Nations since its beginning ‚Äď Leo and Margaret Stanley.¬†¬† Leo is needing to stay close to home at this time because of health issues, and Margaret is taking care of him right now.¬† They will be with us as much as they can and ask for our prayers.¬† If you would like to visit them be sure and call first to be sure it is a good time for them.

So, this is a time the rest of us need to be faithful to being at church every Sunday and all helping to carry on the ministry.¬† Reverend Jeff Day (Pastor Jeff) has agreed to preach and be with Church of the Nations for now; Jeff has preached at Church of the Nations before, and was the man who was the Master of Ceremonies for Rick’s reception.¬† He is a good man with a good spirit and has always had a heart for people of many diverse backgrounds all coming together in love.¬† He will preach starting this Sunday (July 9, 2017) and we encourage everyone to be there to give him a warm welcome.

Other Church of Nations activities are also continuing, namely:

1) English Conversation this Friday night (July 7, 2017) at 7:30 at the home of¬†Charlotte Maness, 212 West Shady Lake Place, Baton Rouge 70810. Margaret Stanley and Pam Bennett look forward to seeing you there.¬† Topic will be “Beat the heat! How to be safe during the hot weather.” Anyone needing a ride can call Charles Forbes at 225-766-7738, but you need to do so by 5 p.m. on Thursday.

2) We will continue to have Bible study on Sunday morning starting at 9:15 a.m. and again if pickup is needed call Charles at 225-766-7738 before 12 noon on Saturday.

3) Regular Sunday service is at 10:30 a.m. and we will meet at our regular place in the chapel.¬† First Sunday’s we will be in UBC (big church).

4) We will also, as usual, have our fellowship lunch at the last Sunday of the month following Sunday service.  This month that will be on Sunday, July 30, 2017.

We would also like to give a special welcome to any new internationals who have found this website or who have newly arrived in Baton Rouge, and we invite you to these activities and look forward to meeting you.  If you have questions or concerns feel free to contact any of the following people

Martha and Charles Forbes Р  225/766-7738.

Michael and Carolyn and Cavanaugh –; 225/766-1657.

Herb and Pam Bennett –; 225/317-5898

Leo and Margaret Stanley –; 225/ 389-6569.

Hope to see you Sunday!

Church of the Nations Ministry Team

English Conversation this Friday 7/7. Topic will be “Beat the heat! How to be safe during hot weather”

Come practice your English and learn about American culture this Friday night starting at 7:30 pm at the home of Charlotte Maness, which is located at 212 West Shady Lake Place, Baton Rouge 70810. This is near the intersection of Bluebonnet Blvd and Highland Rd.

Topic is on how to avoid becoming ill during the extreme summer heat in Louisiana. We will share helpful tips on what to do to avoid becoming sick from the heat.

Hope to see you.

No English Conversation Friday June 30th

Just wanted to remind everyone that there will be no English Conversation this Friday, June 30th because of the July 4th Holiday.

Have a safe 4th.

Special note = Pastor Rick Wright mostly better after the accident


Most of you know that on September 3 Pastor Rick Wright fell off a ladder and was injured seriously. He was in trauma ICU (intensive care unit) then in the regular hospital then in the rehab hospital in New Orleans for a total of about one month. He was able to return home in October and was able to work part time as he continued to visit doctors and undergo rehabilitation. At this time he is “mostly better”. One doctor¬†says his brain is working well. His primary¬†doctor says he can start to drive again. He is beginning to feel normal again. Not 100% but close enough. The Wright family is deeply grateful to (1) our church family for all the prayers, support, cards, gifts, and meals and (2) the American volunteer ministers in Church of the Nations for all their wonderful hard work and service (leading and organizing activities while Pastor Rick was in the hospital and recovering). We are also grateful to ministers and pastors who preached for Church of the Nations in October and November. What a joyful gift!

(Why put this note on the website? It might help people in the church family know why Rick was missing for several weeks and why some Church of the Nations activities were cancelled. And why he never answered some emails from internationals!)

Celebrate Christmas! at English Conversation – Friday December 4

(1) Remember to bring your name tag if you have one and (2) Please do not bring young children to English Conversation. This is the last English Conversation meeting for 2015. We take a break during the rest of December and start again January 2016.

Santa Claus and “Nativity” scenes and Christmas Trees. What is Christmas? How do Americans celebrate this important holiday?¬†at¬†English Conversation this Friday December 4¬†starting at 7:30 p.m.¬†at the home of:

Sheldon and Rosalie Bivin
2311 Laurel Lakes Avenue, 70820

2322 Laurel Lakes Ave
(sorry, we do not have picture of the house¬†–
this picture shows the¬†gate, the house is about 1 km toward the left… on the right side)

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.
  • We will no longer stop at entrance to Oakbrook Apartments on Nicholson at 7:15 p.m.¬†However if someone needs the church bus to pick her/him up… we¬†will… but that person needs to call or email Rick Wright. “Hey Rick, I want to come to the activity, please pick me up at Oakbrook Apartments”. We are happy to do this. But we will stop at Oakbrook Apartments only if people tell us they are coming and need a ride.

Please wait 5-10 minutes for the bus to arrive because of weather or traffic.

**Very important! This is a “gated” street.¬†You need to stop at the gate and enter a code.¬†Then the host home will open the gate for you.¬†Please call or email Rick Wright for the code and take it with you!**¬†Update – The host will try to have the gate¬†open during English Conversation… but we are not sure if that is possible. So contact us first!

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

  1.  Drive away from campus on Burbank
  2. Turn right onto Brightside
  3. After a few kilometers turn left onto Riverbend Рgo into Riverbend neighborhood
  4. Stay on Riverbend all the way until it ends
  5. Turn left onto Twelve Oaks
  6. Turn right onto Laurel Lakes
  7. Look for house 2311 on the right



For Andreas

070815 Cuba Partnership

*CORRECTED* English Conversation is *back* for… what year is it? this Friday January 10

English Conversation is back again after our Advent-Christmas break! This is a great time to tell new people about English Conversation and invite them to experience this fun activity where you get to visit an American home and meet new friends.

What year is it? Not everyone thinks it is 2014! And how do we talk about dates in English? Come learn about calendars and how we talk about dates in English at English Conversation this Friday January 10 starting at 7:30 p.m. at the home of:

Barry and Leslie Kilpatrick
2932 Calanne Avenue, 70820

You can drive yourself – or you can ride on the church bus which will pick up from:

  • Highland Plantation bus stop at 6:50 p.m. ¬†
  • Edward Gay apartments at 7:05 p.m.
  • Tiger Towers outside front gate at 7:08 p.m.
  • Nicholson family apartments bus stop at 7:10 p.m.
  • Tigerland (on Alvin Dark¬†across from¬†Circle K store) at 7:15 p.m.
  • Brightside bus stop (across from Circle K gas station) at 7:18 p.m.

Please allow 5-10 minutes for the bus to arrive because of weather or traffic.

*CORRECTED* Directions (from Louisiana State University – bring map/directions because it is easy to become lost in this neighborhood):

  1. Drive southeast on Nicholson
  2. Turn right onto Brightside
  3. Turn left onto Riverbend (turn into Riverbend neighborhood)
  4. Take the fourth left onto Three Oaks
  5. Turn left onto Calanne
  6. Look for house 2932 on the left

Map of 2932 Calanne Avenue, 70820 at Mapquest