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Special note = Pastor Rick Wright mostly better after the accident

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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 – go 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

 

 

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*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

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What do you do during a hurricane? English Conversation – Friday July 08

(Please remember to bring your nametag if you have one.)

We don’t want to worry people but summer is hurricane season in Louisiana. We hope that there will not be any. But everyone needs to know what to do if a hurricane comes.

We invite you to English Conversation again this Friday July 08 starting at 7:30 p.m. at the home of:

Sam and Sarah Rogers
259 Duplantier, 70808
(225) 769-6967

You can drive there yourself or you can ride on the church bus which picks up from:

  • Edward Gay apartments (outside gate) at 7:10 p.m.
  • Alaska Street at 7:12 p.m.
  • Tiger Towers (outside front gate) at 7:13 p.m.
  • Nicholson apartments (covered bus stop) at 7:15 p.m.
  • Tigerland (please let Rick know exactly where to stop) at 7:20 p.m.
  • Brightside (bus stop near Circle K gas station) at 7:22 p.m.

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

Directions (very close to campus this week):

  1. Drive southeast from Louisiana State University along Highland
  2. Turn left onto Duplantier
  3. At the end of Duplantier make a u-turn and go back down Duplantier in the opposite direction
  4. House 259 is the 2nd(?) house on the right

Map of 259 Duplantier, 70808 at Mapquest

Are you graduating this semester? Please let us know!

If you are graduating this semester from high school or undergraduate or graduate school please let us know! We would like to recognize your achievement and also celebrate with you. We will recognize our high school and university graduates during worship on Sunday May 22.

Contact Rick Wright at Rwright[AT]Ubc-br[DOT]org or call him at (225) 766-9474 ext 222 so we can recognize our wonderful graduates!

English Conversation – Friday April 08

Come practice your English and learn more about American culture at English Conversation this Friday April 08 starting at 7:30 p.m. at the home of:

Ann and Aaron Biggers
1030 Pastureview Drive, 70810

(225) 766-6422

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

  • Edward Gay apartments at 7:10 p.m.
  • (new stop) Alaska Street at 7:12 p.m.
  • Tiger Towers outside front gate at 7:13 p.m.
  • Nicholson family apartments bus stop at 7:15 p.m.
  • Tigerland near the Circle K parking lot at 7:20 p.m.
  • Brightside bus stop at 7:22 p.m.

Please allow 5-7 minutes for the bus to arrive because of bad weather or traffic.

Directions (from Louisiana State University):

  1. Drive southeast along Highland Road
  2. Drive past Bluebonnet
  3. Turn left onto Oak Hill Parkway (into Oak Hills neighborhood)
  4. Turn right onto Pastureview
  5. Look for house 1030 on the right

Or:

  1. Drive southeast along Burbank
  2. Turn left onto Bluebonnet
  3. Turn right onto Highland
  4. Follow directions #3-#5 above

Map of 1030 Pastureview, 70810 at Mapquest

Regular Sunday schedule and activities this week – also free lunch

Please join us for free lunch this Sunday March 06 starting at 12:30 p.m. after our morning worship! We also have our regular Sunday morning activities including Bible study (in simple English) and worship (in simple English). We return to our regular Sunday morning schedule this Sunday.

  • Bible study at 10:15 a.m.
  • Worship at 11:15 a.m.
  • Free fellowship lunch after worship

The church bus can pick you up at:

  • Highland Plantation bus stop near neighborhood WalMart at 9:50 a.m.
  • Edward Gay at 10:00 a.m.
  • Tiger Towers outside front gate at 10:03 a.m.
  • Nicholson bus stop at 10:05 a.m.
  • Tigerland (let us know which street) at 10:10 a.m.
  • Brightside bus stop (across from store and gas station) at 10:15 a.m.

**Important note** We did not have our jiaozi (dumpling) party this year to celebrate the Lunar New Year. So we would like to celebrate the Lunar New Year with traditional New Year foods. We would like our friends from East Asia to please bring noodle dishes (hot or cold). Thank you!

Not too early to learn about gardening! English Conversation – Friday February 04

It’s February and the weather is cold! But it is not too early to learn about gardening and growing your own food. Learn gardening words at English Conversation this Friday February 04 starting at 7:30 p.m. at the home of:

Neil and Rebekah Odenwald
4633 Bluebell Drive, 70808

225-343-8504

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

  • Highland Plantation – bus stop near neighborhood WalMart – at 7:00 p.m.
  • Edward Gay apartments at 7:10 p.m.
  • Tiger Towers outside front gate at 7:13 p.m.
  • Nicholson family apartments bus stop at 7:15 p.m.
  • Tigerland in the Circle K parking lot (although we can stop in front of your apartment if you tell us exactly where it is) at 7:20 p.m.
  • Jennifer Jean at 7:22 p.m.

Please allow 5-7 minutes for the bus to arrive because of bad weather or traffic.

Directions from Louisiana State University (nice and close to campus this week):

  1. Drive southeast along Highland Road
  2. Turn left onto Lee Drive
  3. Look for Bluebell on the right – after you pass Baton Rouge High School
  4. Turn right onto Bluebell
  5. House 4633 is the second on the left – it is hard to see from the road and has a nice garden on the right side

Map of 4633 Bluebell, 70808 at Mapquest