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April 2019 Outreach by Becky Cureau

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The Interfaith Federation of Greater Baton Rouge will present the Annual Sounds of CommUNITY Concert, 4pm, Sunday, May 5, at Wesley United Methodist Church, 544 Government Street. The concert will feature performances from member churches represented in the Federation's diverse membership. There is no admission, but a freewill offering will be taken to support the Federation's programs. Additional information will be included in weekly announcements in April and on the bulletin board in the Coffee Room off the narthex.

The Islamic Center of Baton Rouge each year invites members of the community to join them in breaking the fast, called Iftar, on several week-end evenings during Ramadan. Ramadan is observed by Muslims worldwide as a month of fasting to commemorate the first revelation of the Quran to Muhammad according to Islamic belief, celebrated this year from May 6 to June 3.  The Interfaith Federation of Greater Baton Rouge, of which the Islamic Center is a long-time member, will again host two of the evenings.  I would especially like to invite members of our church to join me at the Center on Friday, May 17, when I will host on behalf of the Federation.  This is an opportunity to experience an Iftar, learn more about Ramadan, the Islamic faith tradition, and to interact with members of the Islamic Center.  In addition to participating in the ritual of breaking the fast, guests are invited to join or observe the evening prayers that take place in the Masjid Ar-Rahman mosque during the evening.  The Islamic Center is located at 285 E. Airport Avenue and guests are asked to arrive at 7pm to prepare for the meal that begins at sundown.  This is also an opportunity to show our support for the local Muslim community following the recent massacre at mosques in New Zealand. If you would like to be on the guest list on Friday, May 17, email me at rcureau@cox.net or speak to me at church before April 15.

Easter is coming, and the Greater Baton Rouge Food Bank will be a source of food for those in need in the Greater Baton Rouge area for this spring-time holiday.  Staple food items especially welcome for a holiday meal might include canned peas, green beans, corn, pie fillings, and packaged items like pasta, rice, stuffing mixes, and cake, cookie, and bread mixes.  Thanks as always for your donations, which can be placed in the Food Bank containers near the bulletin boards in the Coffee Room.