Frederick Douglass on Christianity

“I love the religion of Christianity—which cometh from above—which is a pure, peaceable, gentle, easy to be entreated, full of good fruits, and without hypocrisy. I love that religion which sends its votaries to bind up the wounds of those who have fallen among thieves.

By all the love I bear such a Christianity as this, I hate that of the Priest and the Levite, that with long-faced Phariseeism goes up to Jerusalem to worship and leaves the bruised and wounded to die. I despise that religion which can carry Bibles to the heathen on the other side of the globe and withhold them from the heathen on this side—which can talk about human rights yonder and traffic in human flesh here.... I love that which makes its votaries do to others as they would that others should do to them. I hope to see a revival of it—thank God it is revived.”

As quoted in The Cambridge Companion

to Frederick Douglass (2009)

From the Pastor's Desk

Dear SCAPC community,

I had the opportunity this past week to participate in a conversation with incarcerated residents at the Elayn Hunt Correctional Center. The goal of the conversations were to give the incarcerated the opportunity to gain experience in public speaking and effective communication, to gain experience in self-advocacy, to develop interpersonal engagement, and to discuss post-release opportunities.

For outside participants like me, the hope was to become better educated about the realities of the US Criminal Legal System, to meet and connect with incarcerated residents, to learn about the prison experience, to see how the correctional system does its work, and to remove some of the stigmas and barriers that divide incarcerated people from the rest of us. The Parole Project in Baton Rouge has partnered with the Frederick Douglass Project for Justice to offer a prison visitation program between everyday people and incarcerated people. To learn more about the Frederick Douglass project, click here. Formally launched in 2020, the Frederick Douglass Project for Justice embodies the values and legacy of the great 19th century champion of education through a focus on emancipation, equality, and justice.

Upcoming visitations to the Elayn Hunt correctional Center in St. Gabriel, Louisiana, are scheduled for September 15 and October 20, 2023. Application materials would need to be completed no later than a week before scheduled visits.

If you would like to be part of a SCAPC group to participate in this program, please email pierce@scapc.org. The visits take place on Fridays from 12:00 p.m. until 3:30 p.m. The visit consists of a tour of facilities and cell block, conversations with prison staff, a visit to the chapel, and structured meetings and conversations with incarcerated residents. These sessions have given visitors and incarcerated residents the opportunity to learn from each other, to form powerful human connections, to work for better understanding and empathy, and to provide additional support toward rehabilitation and redemption.

Grace and peace,


Strategic Plan Listening Sessions

The Strategic Planning Committee is holding listening sessions with various church groups as part of their input-gathering process. The purpose of the committee is to compose a plan of ministry outcomes envisioned through the year 2030. There will be another general session for the congregation this Sunday, August 27, at 9:30 a.m. in the Land Building Riverside Room, as well as during Wednesday Night Out on September 13 with dinner beginning at 6 p.m. in Frampton Fellowship Hall. (Dinner reservations will open on September 5 at scapc.org/wno). All are invited to attend these sessions and share their thoughts and ideas.

SCAPC 101 this Sunday

Our next SCAPC 101 will be held this Sunday, August 27, from 9:30-10:15 a.m. in the 2nd floor conference room. This class is designed as an orientation for new members and visitors interested in joining our church...or anyone wishing to learn more about SCAPC! We will talk about our basic beliefs as Presbyterians, the history of SCAPC, and how you can get involved in its ministries. It is also a great way to get to know new and longstanding members alike!

Ways Your Children Can Get Involved this Fall!


3 years– 12th grade

We have three different choirs that are split by age groups that both practice on Sundays. For questions about choir, contact Peggy Crain at mezzomommy@aol.com.

Children’s Choir 1

(3 years-Kindergarten)

Sunday rehearsals:

11:45 a.m.-12:15 p.m.

Learning Center, 2nd floor 

Children’s Choir 2

(1st-5th Grades)

Sunday rehearsals:

11:45 a.m.-12:15 p.m.

Choir Room, 3rd floor 

Youth Ringers & Singers

(6th-12th Grades)

Sunday rehearsals:

4:15-5:00 p.m.

Choir Room, 3rd floor

Click here to register for children's & youth choirs.


2nd – 5th grade

Sign up to acolyte during the 10:30am service. Duties include lighting chancel candles, bringing communion elements forward, assisting ushers with collecting the offering and collecting friendship pad.


Challenger Class – 4th and 5th grade

This year commitment includes meeting the family the day of the baptism, assisting in the service by asking questions to the children of the church and praying for and writing to the family periodically during the year. (cards provided)


Challenger Class – 4th and 5th grade

For communion, assist the session members in the front of the sanctuary by collecting the cups as communion is served.

For more information or to sign up to acolyte,

be a junior baptism buddy, or communion server,

contact Michele Murphy at michele@scapc.org.

6 Spots Left: 40/50's Group Pickleball Social

40's and 50's, join us this Friday at the new Exchange Pickleball (2120 Rousseau St.) from 6-8 p.m. for a fun night of pickleball and socializing. Beginners through advanced players are welcome, and there will be a pickleball instructor on site to teach new participants the ins and outs of the game. Pickleball paddles, instruction, courts, and balls are included in the cost. Please RSVP today by issuing payment. The cost is $15 per participant, and can be sent via Venmo to @Michele-Murphy-12. Questions? Email Ashley Brown.

Youth Welcome Back Pool Party

This Sunday, August 27, from 4-6 p.m. the Talbot family is hosting our annual youth ministry’s Welcome Back Pool Party for 6th-12th graders. Parents and siblings of youth are also welcome to attend for what will be a great evening of swimming, socializing, sports, and pizza! Please reach out to chrishazlaris@scapc.org for more info.

Be a STAIR Tutor!

The STAIR program (Start the Adventure in Reading), which is headquartered at SCAPC, is recruiting volunteer tutors to provide one-on-one reading support to local 2nd and 3rd graders from mid-September through mid-December. This is a 1-2 hours/week commitment in which volunteers are paired with a student for a regular weekly session. All tutors participate in a training session. For details and to apply, visit the STAIR website.

PW PSL Fall Gathering

Saturday was a successful day for the Presbyterian Women of the Presbytery of South Louisiana as they held their Fall Gathering at First Presbyterian Church of Scotlandville. Nine different churches sent representatives. SCAPC's own Donna Davis gave the Daily Prayer and Kathy Randall served as PW Presbytery Moderator. The new Horizons Bible Study, "Sacred Encounters", was previewed. Two grants were given--one to Evergreen Life Services and one to Presbyterian Children’s Homes and Services--to continue their fine work. An offering of $500 was collected for Disaster Response. Thank you to all for supporting!

Save the Date: PW Simple Elegance

All ladies are invited to Presbyterian Women’s "Simple Elegance"---an evening of fellowship, dinner, and entertaining ideas---on Tuesday, October 10 from 5:30-8:30 p.m. at the home of Monique and Bob McCleskey. Guests are welcome! Details to follow.

Member News

WELCOME: Join us in celebrating the births of Joan Rhoades Holbrook and Olson Tune Holbrook, children of Cheney and Henry Holbrook and grandchildren of Carro and Billy Gardner, who were born on July 26; as well as Margot Elise Henry, daughter of Allison and Mike Henry, who was born on August 9.

OUR SYMPATHY is extended to Margo Phelps and her family on the death of her brother, Craig Sanders, who died on August 11.

Cuba Presentation

On Sunday, Frampton Fellowship Hall was packed with churchgoers for Cindy Bush's photographic tour of our sister churches in Cuba. Cindy spoke on the work SCAPC has done with these congregations, especially through water projects, and gave an update on how the Cuban people are faring in their current challenging environment. 


Last night, 15 confirmands gave their faith journeys before the Session: Harper Beezley, Harrison Currie, Lauren Fish, Adele Fort, Oscar Grabill, Elise Griffith, Bizzie Guy, Owen Heymann, Caroline Hillery, Logan Lanier, Elle Marshall, Parker Pugh, Elliot Rice, Rachel Ruiz, and Caroline Schmidt. They will be confirmed, along with James Gottsche (not pictured), during the 10:30 a.m. service on Sunday, September 10.

Youth Welcome Back Family Breakfast

Over 30 youth and their families enjoyed a breakfast feast on Sunday, prepared by an enthusiastic bunch of dads! Pictured here from left are Claiborne Schmidt, Youth Director Chris Hazlaris, Jeff Mazzanti, Dan Curry, Mike Knight, John Hope, and Scott Gottsche.

Spiritually Hungry Women

Members of the Spiritually Hungry Women group enjoyed lunch together at Maple Street Café last week!

YAF Cocktail Competition

Over 30 members of the YAF group (Young Adults & Families) enjoyed a Cocktail Competition at the home of Jessie Bruggers and Sean Chaney on Saturday. Winners pictured from left were Sean Chaney (Best Cocktail), Jennifer Keene (Best Presentation), Bria Rault (Best Mocktail), and Barrett Wheeler (Runner Up).

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