Evergreen Life Services


Evergreen Life Services, formerly Evergreen Presbyterian Ministries, is “a charitable, non-profit organization that provides a full range of professional services to people with intellectual and developmental disabilities.” Founded in 1959, with corporate headquarters in Haughton, Louisiana, ELS now serves nearly 1,300 individuals, in over 20 locations in 8 states throughout the Southeast and beyond, and is a recent Works of Mercy Trust grant recipient. In addition to your welcome financial gifts, Evergreen Life Services offers opportunities to assist with regular fundraisers, special events, and your volunteer support. For additional information, please visit the ELS website:

One of the six recipients of this year’s Works of Mercy Trust grants is the Baton Rouge Youth Coalition (BRYC), an organization founded by high school teacher Daniel Kahn in 2009 to help “high-achieving but under-resourced high school students enter, excel in, and graduate from college so they can become full participants in society.” Staff members and volunteer supporters achieve this goal through activities as diverse as educational and recreational camps and retreats, service programs, partnerships with related organizations, instructional coursework, life skill preparation, and opportunities to work with professional mentors who serve in a great variety of business and government disciplines. More than two hundred young people are involved in various programs this year alone. Visit the informative website for additional information:


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Of Use to One Worthy of Worship

From the Stewardship Today Archives, September 2012

In the prophecy of Isaiah we find excellent examples of the descriptive and poetic language so typical of the major Old Testament prophets. For many students, a favorite metaphor is that of a potter and the chosen medium, the clay. “Woe to him who contends with his Maker; a potsherd among potsherds of the earth! Dare the clay say to its modeler, ‘What are you doing?’ ” more


From St. Gregory of Nyssa:

“Hope always draws the soul from the beauty that is seen to what is beyond, always kindles the desire for the hidden through what is perceived.” 


40 Days for Life

Baton Rouge’s 40 Days for Life—a time of prayer, fasting and community outreach—will begin Wednesday, September 26, and run through Sunday, November 4. Participants meet and pray peacefully outside the Delta Clinic of Baton Rouge, 756 Colonial Drive. For information, visit

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Works of Mercy Trust


In 1991, the year just prior to his passing, Bishop Stanley J. Ott initiated the Diocese of Baton Rouge’s Works of Mercy Trust, helping to fund area ministries through awards secured by the Works of Mercy endowment. Over half a million dollars have been given to date, and six worthy beneficiaries received grant awards this May. The following six organizations offer the kinds of ministry and service for which Bishop Ott was so well known, and each is a welcome addition to the list of past recipients: the Baton Rouge Youth Coalition (BYRC), Life of a Single Mom, the St. Joseph Hospice Foundation, Evergreen Presbyterian Ministries, the Urban Restoration Enhancement Corporation (UREC), and the Women’s Community Rehabilitation Center.


A blessing from St. Paul, that you may abound in hope: “May the God of all hope fill you with all joy and peace in believing, so that you may abound in hope by the power of the Holy Spirit.”

(Romans 15:13; New American Bible, Revised Edition)


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Planned Giving

Have You Notified Your Beneficiaries of Your Gift?

Naming a loved one or favorite charity such as the Catholic Diocese of Baton Rouge as a beneficiary of a life insurance policy or retirement plan assets is a heartfelt way to show you care. Be sure to go one step farther and notify those beneficiaries of the choices you’ve made.

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And, for additional information concerning Diocese of Baton Rouge Planned Giving options, please visit the “Plan My Legacy” page through the Office of Stewardship website:


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Listening Ears, Trained Tongue


“The Lord has given me a well-trained tongue, that I might know how to speak to the weary a word that will rouse them. Morning after morning he opens my ear that I may hear.” In our culture, there is almost no silence and so much noise, the voice of the Almighty is all but drowned out. Elite automakers illustrate their quiet ride with video of a driver raising electric windows and the growing silence within the car. Unfortunately, they follow this inviting picture with news of the latest Sirius or XM radio package, noting how well an iPod will interface with the car’s technology, before offering a sample of the concert sound that fills the interior with soaring treble and punishing bass. We have a great need for meaningful engagement, but little time for other people, maybe less for God. Were he to speak to us through another, would we even know?

Isaiah writes that ears are for hearing from God, and the tongue is for sharing with others the wisdom the Lord imparts. That’s different. God’s wisdom can certainly encourage us, but the prophet suggests such wisdom might, most significantly, be available for the encouragement of another. That would be a far different practice for most people. So, what might we learn here? Begin the morning, listening to the word of the Lord, at Mass, from Scripture, from the wise counsel of his servants, in his creation. And train not only your ears, but also train your tongue to be a conduit for the Lord’s wisdom that you might also “speak to the weary a word that will rouse them.”

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