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Evening of Reflection

Marcie Buckle, a member of the diocesan Pastoral Planning Task Force and a consultant with the Louisiana Department of Education is the scheduled guest speaker for a Women of the Well evening of reflection, Tuesday night, December 10, at St. Patrick Church, 12424 Brodgon Lane, in Baton Rouge. Please join for a social gathering at 6:30 prior to the beginning of the two-hour program at 7. Visit for additional information.

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Planned Giving

Turn Your Annual Gift into a Forever Gift

Annual gifts are a critical lifeline to the Diocese of Baton Rouge. Without them, we couldn’t fully fund our work. If you’re an annual donor, you know firsthand the satisfaction that comes from making a difference—and we deeply appreciate your generosity. But as you look to the future, you may wonder what will happen to the programs made possible through your gifts once you’re gone. How can you make sure your generosity continues forever?

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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:

Growth at Rest

Growth at Rest

From the Stewardship Today Archives: May 2006


Following the conversion of Saul of Tarsus, for a season, the New Testament church enjoyed a time of both peace and prosperity. In the ninth chapter of the Acts of the Apostles, Luke writes the following: “The church throughout all Judea, Galilee, and Samaria was at peace. It was being built up and walked in the fear of the Lord, and with the consolation of the Holy Spirit it grew in numbers.” Very shortly, the Church would once again know great persecution. The Apostle James, the brother of John, was martyred by King Herod. The Apostle Paul, Barnabas and others were jailed and tortured, and throughout the first century, many of these Christians were killed because of their allegiance to Jesus Christ. News reports tell us that the Church’s faithful continue to be martyred to the present day, but here, in this quiet conclusion to chapter nine, it appears God blessed during a time of relative peace. What might that mean for us?

First, as is clear by the disagreements that surfaced between Peter and Paul, and between Paul and John Mark, unity of purpose provides room for diverse opinions. Second, peace within the church doesn’t ensure peace within the greater culture. During the time in question, the Roman world, for example, was at anything but rest. Next, great struggle and hardship aren’t necessarily required throughout a time of blessing and growth. As Luke notes, the church was at peace, but through the working of God’s Holy Spirit, “it grew in numbers.” Our young children experience tremendous growth while they rest. In God’s providence, during a season of peace, His Church did as well.

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