Communications and News

Louisiana churches lend aid to neighbors in wake of record floods

Louisiana churches lend aid to neighbors in wake of record floods
March 14, 2016

In the wake of flooding that has affected more than 43 of the 64 parishes in the state of Louisiana and a majority of conference districts, Louisiana’s United Methodist churches are serving as the hands and feet of Christ in meeting the needs of those affected by the devastating rains.   In hard hit Ouachita Parish located in the Monroe District, volunteers from Foundry UMC in ...

Floods

Floods
March 12, 2016

The images and the stories of this week's floods across the state are heartbreaking.   The Louisiana Conference Disaster Response team is doing its best to respond to the needs and requests. They are working closely with UMCOR to distribute needed supplies, assess damage and determine the next steps in what will be a long term recovery effort.  We have received an initial $10,000 ...

Louisiana churches provide shelter, distribute buckets and health kits

Louisiana churches provide shelter, distribute buckets and health kits
March 12, 2016

In an unprecedented flooding event that has prompted 43 parishes to declare a state of emergency and that has affected much of North and Central Louisiana, as well as a number of the state’s southeastern parishes, Louisiana’s United Methodist churches are “stepping up” to meet the needs of those affected by the devastating rains.   St. Andrew’s United Methodist Church in Sterlington is ...

Conference events cancelled, UMCOR assisting with cleaning buckets and grant funding
March 10, 2016

A Message from Bishop Cynthia Harvey: Our prayers continue for all those impacted by the rising waters across the state of Louisiana. Our Early Response Teams have been mobilized, flood buckets are on the way from the UMCOR Depot, and an emergency grant has been granted from UMCOR for immediate response and deployment. Assessment of the impacted areas is in process and as soon as we ...

First UMC, Minden provides shelter during Louisiana storms

First UMC, Minden provides shelter during Louisiana storms
March 10, 2016

As travelers made their way Wednesday along North Louisiana roads and highways, many found themselves trapped as one road after another became flooded and impassable. By 9 p.m., First United Methodist Church in Minden had opened their doors to a dozen adults and children needing shelter from the storms that had dumped anywhere from 9-11 inches of rain on the area surrounding the North ...

Conference Health Care Task Force to hold informational meetings in March and April
March 09, 2016

One of the major expenses and issues that most people are facing today is health care coverage, and for United Methodist clergy and the churches that provide their benefits, the concerns are no different.  As was announced earlier, Bishop Cynthia Harvey, in keeping with the conference Board of Pensions and Health Benefits A Plan Forward, appointed a task force to examine the health plans...

Raymond UMC hosts new Kids' Club

Raymond UMC hosts new Kids' Club
March 08, 2016

With the assistance of a Conference Fresh Expressions grant, Raymond United Methodist Church in Jennings is hosting a new Kids' Club that serves elementary aged children. The ministry provides community children with fun activities, Bible lessons, service opportunities, fellowship and a meal.   The group has grown to nearly 20, mostly fourth and fifth graders. Pictured here are the ...

Senior High Retreat draws 318 participants

Senior High Retreat draws 318 participants
March 08, 2016

The Wesley Center is Woodworth was “hoppin’” this past weekend with 318 youth and adult participants enjoying the 2016 Conference Senior High Retreat. This awesome event, leading others into abundant life in Christ, was the “best ever” according to many of the youth participants. Alana Rembert, CCYM senior from the Lake Charles District, wrote on Facebook, “My last Sr. High Retreat and ...

Louisiana Conference announces new Cabinet positions

Louisiana Conference announces new Cabinet positions
February 26, 2016

At the 2015 Louisiana Annual Conference, the delegates voted to accept a new conference structure that would align the work of the Conference with its vision, mission and core values.  After two years of diligent work, the assigned task force aligned the work into four areas: Clergy Excellence, Congregational Vitality, Administrative Ministries and the work of the Bishop and Cabinet. See...

First UMC, Crowley holds ribbon cutting for renovation project

First UMC, Crowley holds ribbon cutting for renovation project
February 25, 2016

First United Methodist Church in Crowley recently held a re-consecration celebration and ribbon cutting ceremony for the church’s newly renovated Fellowship Hall. The project, completed in January, began in June of 2015. Pictured here are members of the Building Committee with Rev. Lewis Morris, senior pastor, and Rev. John Cannon, Acadiana District Superintendent, who is shown cutting ...

Wesley UMC celebrates 150 years of ministry

Wesley UMC celebrates 150 years of ministry
February 25, 2016

This year, Wesley United Methodist Church in Baton Rouge will celebrate 150 years of ministry as a congregation.   According to church history, Wesley’s first church building was constructed in 1866 when newly emancipated slaves “removed themselves from the balcony of First Methodist Church,” then located at Laurel and Fourth Streets.  Church forefathers built the first Wesley church ...

Free online course helps engage more people with General Conference

Free online course helps engage more people with General Conference
February 23, 2016

Nashville, Tennessee:  Exploring General Conference, a free online course from United Methodist Communications, is designed to help participants learn more about the official decision-making body of The United Methodist Church and to explore many of the aspects of General Conference in anticipation of the 2016 session. The course is comprised of five modules, which are designed to take ...

AC2016 is June 8-11, Slaughter is keynote speaker

AC2016 is June 8-11, Slaughter is keynote speaker
February 18, 2016

AC2016: Rooted and Grounded will be held June 8-11 at Centenary College in Shreveport. This year's scripture verse is Ephesians 3:14-21, and the event will be held primarily in the Gold Dome on Centenary's campus. Rev. Ann Sutton, pastor of Northwood United Methodist Church in Lafayette and noted artist, has created a beautiful logo in watercolor for this year's event. Watch this ...

Munholland UMC, Metairie serves community with ‘drive-thru’ ashes

Munholland UMC, Metairie serves community with ‘drive-thru’ ashes
February 11, 2016

United Methodist churches from throughout the Louisiana Conference held traditional Ash Wednesday services in their sanctuaries, as well as offering unique “outside the sanctuary” opportunities for folks to receive the imposition of ashes.   One such church was Munholland United Methodist Church in Metairie, who for the second year, offered a “drive-thru” option for people “on the go.” ...

United Methodist Women of Gretna UMC raise funds, awareness of human trafficking

United Methodist Women of Gretna UMC raise funds, awareness of human trafficking
February 08, 2016

In solidarity with United Methodist Women throughout the denomination, the UMW of Gretna United Methodist Church recently “opened their umbrellas” and helped to raise $250 for donation toward the prevention of human trafficking. Concerned about the increase in human trafficking during big events such as the Super Bowl, United Methodist Women everywhere opened umbrellas as a sign of ...

United Methodist centenarian honored on WAFB-TV’s ‘Pass It On’ segment

United Methodist centenarian honored on WAFB-TV’s ‘Pass It On’ segment
February 04, 2016

Mildred Bowie, a member of St. Mark United Methodist Church in Baton Rouge, was recently featured on WAFB-TV’s “Pass It On” segment in recognition of her involvement in the community and in the ministries of her church.   Perhaps a more impressive fact about Mildred is that she just celebrated her 100th birthday!   The camera crew from WAFB caught up with Mrs. Bowie-who was bowling at ...

Asbury UMC, Lafayette presents $43,282 to Wesley’s Table, a ministry of La. Memorial UMC, Opelousas

Asbury UMC, Lafayette presents $43,282 to Wesley’s Table, a ministry of La. Memorial UMC, Opelousas
February 02, 2016

Louisiana Memorial United Methodist Church of Opelousas made the decision in 2015 to start the Wesley’s Table ministry, a feeding program focusing on neighbors within walking distance of the church.   Five teams committed to purchase, cook, serve and clean up after a free Sunday breakfast offered weekly. By the end of the year, those enjoying breakfast and fellowship every Sunday during ...

Safe Sanctuaries trainings slated for February, March

Safe Sanctuaries trainings slated for February, March
February 02, 2016

Several years ago, the Louisiana Conference approved a resolution that required each local church to write and adhere to a Safe Sanctuaries policy for their congregation.  This is done to insure that our ministries provide a safe place for all, especially our children and youth.  Each year our congregations are to report that they have and follow a safe sanctuaries policy.   The ...

St. Charles UMC, Destrehan sends medical equipment to clinic in West Africa

St. Charles UMC, Destrehan sends medical equipment to clinic in West Africa
January 27, 2016

St. Charles United Methodist Church in Destrehan recently found a unique way to serve Hope Services, one of several ministries in Africa assisted by the New Orleans area congregation. Hope Services is a faith-based clinic and hospital for women and children in Cameroon, West Africa.    Several months ago, East Jefferson General Hospital in Metairie contacted one of the members of St. ...

Louisiana Prison Chapel Foundation offering is slated for Feb. 7

Louisiana Prison Chapel Foundation offering is slated for Feb. 7
January 26, 2016

On Feb. 7, United Methodist churches will take a special offering for the Louisiana Prison Chapel Foundation (LPCP), which has been building chapels in Louisiana prisons for more than 15 years. These chapels have become a place of birth and nurturing of the spiritual journey of thousands of inmates. Fourteen chapels and a Religious Education building are open and bursting with activity ...

New Church Leadership Institute emphasizes importance of ministry “outside the church building”

New Church Leadership Institute emphasizes importance of ministry “outside the church building”
January 25, 2016

During the conference-sponsored New Church Leadership Institute, participants heard, “There is no direct correlation between a pastor sitting in his or her office to adding new people to the church; there is, however, a direct correlation between the pastor being out in the community and adding new people to the church.”   “Clergy, think of yourselves as being appointed to a community—...

Kilbourne UMC mentors at-risk teens in rural town

Kilbourne UMC mentors at-risk teens in rural town
January 21, 2016

The members of Kilbourne United Methodist Church know that in small, rural towns, local churches must be a resource and a haven for those in poverty. Sometimes, they are the only places for people to turn.   In response to the great need in the community, Kilbourne UMC sponsors an after-school group for teens attending Kilbourne High School. This particular group of youth, ranging in age...

Lafayette churches collaborate on ‘Day of Service’

Lafayette churches collaborate on ‘Day of Service’
January 19, 2016

Asbury, Covenant, Louisiana Avenue and Northwood United Methodist Churches joined forces Jan. 16 for a “Day of Service,” participating in several community outreach projects serving the Lafayette community.   The tasks included installing home fire alarms (in conjunction with the Red Cross), sewing pillows for breast cancer patients, assembling boxes for children picked up through the ...

University UMC, Baton Rouge joins in interfaith worship and ‘march for peace’ on MLK Day

University UMC, Baton Rouge joins in interfaith worship and ‘march for peace’ on MLK Day
January 19, 2016

Engaging with their community in a significant way, members and leaders of University United Methodist Church joined the Interfaith Federation of Greater Baton Rouge yesterday for a Martin Luther King Day worship service and “March for Peace” in downtown Baton Rouge. Rev. Colleen Bookter, associate pastor for University UMC, was interviewed by WAFB-TV during the event. View the story ...

LSU Wesley Foundation sends team to Lydia Patterson Institute

LSU Wesley Foundation sends team to Lydia Patterson Institute
January 15, 2016

A team of 20 LSU Wesley Foundation students recently returned to Baton Rouge after a work and relationship building mission to the Lydia Patterson Institute, a United Methodist college preparatory school located in El Paso, Tex.   While the Wesley team was at Lydia Patterson, the group tarred a leaking roof, cleaned air filters, fixed stairs, repaired broken chairs in the chapel, ...

Moss Bluff UMC boasts all ages in UMW group

Moss Bluff UMC boasts all ages in UMW group
January 12, 2016

Moss Bluff United Methodist Church knows that the membership of their United Methodist Women’s group is unique in many ways—especially when it comes to the age range of its members.   “Thanks to the efforts of our members, youth director and faithful moms, we have active members from teens to octogenarians. Everyone participates in our UMW programs, projects, social events and circle ...

Summer Grove UMC uses Fresh Start grant and memorials to feed those in need on ‘Tasty Tuesdays’

Summer Grove UMC uses Fresh Start grant and memorials to feed those in need on ‘Tasty Tuesdays’
January 11, 2016

In December, the Sisters in Service women's group from Summer Grove United Methodist Church held a Christmas party for clients of the church’s food pantry.     Monthly dinners for the clients, known as “Tasty Tuesdays,” have been held at the Shreveport church for several months. The Christmas dinner was the largest one to date with over 50 people in attendance.    “The meals were started...

Perkins Ministers Week 2016 is Feb. 1-2 on SMU campus

Perkins Ministers Week 2016 is Feb. 1-2 on SMU campus
January 09, 2016

Perkins Ministers Week 2016, to be held at Perkins School of Theology on the SMU campus in Dallas, is slated Feb. 1-2. The event, focusing on the theme “Reach Deep,” is a series of lectures, workshops and worship for clergy and church leaders.   Rev. Dr. Walter Brueggemann, William Marcellus McPheeters Professor Emeritus of Old Testament at Columbia Theological Seminary, will serve as ...

Bishop Harvey shares hopes, prayers for 2016

Bishop Harvey shares hopes, prayers for 2016
January 05, 2016

In a recent article in Baton Rouge’s The Advocate, Bishop Cynthia Fierro Harvey shared her hopes, prayers and resolutions for 2016. One of 10 faith leaders quoted, Bishop Harvey said: “Looking toward 2016, United Methodists in Louisiana continue to focus on our mission to make disciples of Jesus Christ for the transformation of the world. We pray that our congregations throughout the ...

Important notice for all clergy planning to retire at 2016 Louisiana Annual Conference
January 05, 2016

If you are clergy planning to retire at the 2016 session of the Louisiana Annual Conference, please turn in your retirement request to the Bishop's Office no later than Monday, Feb. 1, 2016. The deadline helps us make sure that pension related issues are taken care of in a timely manner.   Please send a copy of your request for retirement letter to: Your District Superintendent Jan ...

Louisiana Conference sends Early Response Teams to Texas

Louisiana Conference sends Early Response Teams to Texas
January 05, 2016

As Louisiana United Methodists continue to pray for those affected by recent tornadoes and storms, Rev. Bob Deich is leading an Early Response Team from the Louisiana Conference working primarily with debris removal near Rowlett, Tex.   "Team Louisiana," pictured here, moved quickly to respond to a request for aid from the North Texas Conference in the wake of an EF-4 tornado that ...

Bishop’s Laity Retreat  is March 11-12

Bishop’s Laity Retreat is March 11-12
January 04, 2016

Dr. Gil Rendle, senior vice president of The Texas Methodist Foundation, will lead this year’s Bishop’s Laity Retreat to be held March 11-12 at The Wesley Center in Woodworth.   Rendle has an extensive background in organizational and leadership development. He is an ordained United Methodist minister and an independent consultant who has worked with issues of change and leadership in ...

Cokesbury sponsors VBS showcase events in February/Scholarships available for funding Vacation Bible School

Cokesbury sponsors VBS showcase events in February/Scholarships available for funding Vacation Bible School
December 17, 2015

Get ready for next summer! Vacation Bible School, that is! Cokesbury will present three Vacation Bible School events in Louisiana during March of 2016. The first of the two events will be held from 3-5 p.m. on Feb. 21, 2016 at United Methodist Church, 101 Live Oak Dr. in Lafayette. The second showcase will be held from 10 a.m.-12 n.n. on Feb. 23 at First UMC, 930 North Blvd. in Baton ...

Fresh Expressions grants given to five local churches to support community outreach ministry

Fresh Expressions grants given to five local churches to support community outreach ministry
December 15, 2015

Fresh Expressions grants were recently awarded to Aldersgate United Methodist Church in Slidell, Bethany UMC in New Orleans, Chatham UMC, Raymond UMC in Jennings and Winan UMC in Franklinton.   Fresh Expressions is a grant program offered through the Conference Board of Discipleship that provides grants of up to $500 available to local churches to use in seeding new ministries. The ...

Bayou Blue UMC and Lucas Prestenback create 'Lunches of Love'

Bayou Blue UMC and Lucas Prestenback create 'Lunches of Love'
December 14, 2015

Lucas Prestenback, a member of Bayou Blue United Methodist Church in Houma and a student at Vandebilt Catholic High School, was given an assignment to complete in his eighth grade honors English class. The task was known as the “20 percent Project,” basically because the students were to spend 20 percent of their time in class working on the assignment.   In determining what the project ...

Longest night joint service is slated for Dec. 22 in Walker

Longest night joint service is slated for Dec. 22 in Walker
December 14, 2015

Christmas can be a painful time for some. It may be the first Christmas without a loved family member who has recently died; it may be a time that has always been difficult, said Rev. Warren Clifton, pastor of Faith Crossing United Methodist Church in Walker.  Clifton, along with a group pastors in the Baton Rouge and Monroe Districts, is planning a “Longest Night” or “Blue Christmas” ...

Raymond UMC, Jennings holds live nativity

Raymond UMC, Jennings holds live nativity
December 14, 2015

A cast of 25 youth and children from Raymond United Methodist Church in Jennings performed a live nativity for the community on Dec. 12. The event featured the children singing Christmas carols, followed by a gumbo supper.   Several days earlier, the youth group also performed for the residents of the community’s Camelot Brookside nursing facility.   “The church is very excited that we ...

Camphor Memorial UMC ‘Cooks Up’ a Cultural Gumbo for Community Children

Camphor Memorial UMC ‘Cooks Up’ a Cultural Gumbo for Community Children
December 12, 2015

The community of Scotlandville is situated between the Baton Rouge Metropolitan Airport and Southern University. Camphor Memorial United Methodist is located in this area, where many of the residents are underserved.  With funding for enrichment programs having been cut from many public schools, and knowing that area families were financially hard pressed to provide them on their  own, ...

Faith Crossing UMC helps the children on Hummingbird Lane ‘Take Flight’

Faith Crossing UMC helps the children on Hummingbird Lane ‘Take Flight’
December 10, 2015

Partnering with the Greater Baton Rouge Food Bank, Faith Crossing United Methodist Church in Walker sponsors a mobile food pantry one Sunday a month on church grounds. The food ministry has drawn many community neighbors to the church, where friendships have developed between those being served and the congregation.   Beth Lawson, a charter member of Faith Crossing UMC, was serving as ...

Kelley leads UMM retreat in California

Kelley leads UMM retreat in California
December 08, 2015

The United Methodist Men of Fountain Valley United Methodist Church recently hosted a weekend retreat at the UMC Aldersgate Retreat Center in Pacific Palisades, Cal. Joe Kelley, long-time UMM leader in the Louisiana Conference and Prayer Advocate for the Upper Room Ministry, led the instructional portion of the retreat focusing on “Reaching Every Man,” the retreat theme.   Nearly 30 ...

More than 350 enjoy community pancake breakfast, Christmas activities at Lakeview UMC, Minden

More than 350 enjoy community pancake breakfast, Christmas activities at Lakeview UMC, Minden
December 07, 2015

Lakeview United Methodist Church in Minden served pancakes to 228 children and 129 adults during a recent community-wide breakfast.   The popular event, which was free and open to the public, featured photos with Santa and craft time where the kids created manger ornaments. The children were also presented with a gift bag from the church. 

Loranger UMC celebrates 100 years of mission

Loranger UMC celebrates 100 years of mission
December 01, 2015

Members and guests of Loranger United Methodist Church recently celebrated one hundred years of community involvement during Sunday worship service. Five former pastors were recognized during the well-attended service, which was followed by a catered banquet.    Memorabilia from the past 100 years was displayed in many classrooms along with items from current mission and youth projects. ...

Happy Thanksgiving from Bishop Cynthia Fierro Harvey

Happy Thanksgiving from Bishop Cynthia Fierro Harvey
November 25, 2015

As you prepare for Thanksgiving, I am sure that like me, the memories begin to flood the corners of your heart.  Our table was always filled with amazing food and an abundance of love.  There was always a huge turkey, my mother’s amazing cornbread dressing, green bean casserole, corn, mashed potatoes and of course, rice, beans and tortillas.  And who can forget my Aunt Jeannie’s pies?  ...

Winan UMC, Franklinton hosts community cleanup day

Winan UMC, Franklinton hosts community cleanup day
November 23, 2015

Children and youth from Winan United Methodist Church participated in a community cleanup day on Nov. 7, picking up trash scattered along Alford Street in Franklinton, La. A group of nearly 20 participated in the event, including a number of adults from the church. The adults included Rev. Darlene A. Moore, pastor; Carver Lester, Winan's lay leader; and Children and Youth Coordinator ...

Conference Hispanic Task Force gathers at First UMC, Alexandria

Conference Hispanic Task Force gathers at First UMC, Alexandria
November 20, 2015

A conference-level task force met Nov. 14 at First United Methodist Church in Alexandria for the first of a series of conversations on Hispanic and multicultural ministry. The audience was largely comprised of clergy and laity from local churches located in the northern part of Louisiana. Glenda Regnart, executive director of the Central Louisiana Interfaith Immigration Center (CLIIC),...

United Methodist Men from First UMC, Denham Springs share meal with homeless veterans

United Methodist Men from First UMC, Denham Springs share meal with homeless veterans
November 20, 2015

The United Methodist Men from First United Methodist Church in Denham Springs hosted their third annual breakfast for the Raven House Outreach Shelter in Baton Rouge, feeding 34 homeless veterans on Veteran’s Day. The shelter provides lunch and supper for the veterans, but no breakfast. The United Methodist Men prepared the meal the night before at First UMC, heated it early in the ...

St. Mark UMC, Baton Rouge lifts up class leaders

St. Mark UMC, Baton Rouge lifts up class leaders
November 19, 2015

St. Mark United Methodist Church in Baton Rouge celebrated Class Leaders' Sunday on Nov. 1, recognizing 28 dedicated laity who lead 21 classes. “These members play a key role in the life of the church, and they are a great help to me,” said Rev. Derrick D. Hills, senior pastor. “I depend upon them to keep in contact with their group, to check on members who are absent more than two ...

St. Paul’s UMC raises $26,150 for Louisiana Methodist Children’s Home

St. Paul’s UMC raises $26,150 for Louisiana Methodist Children’s Home
November 16, 2015

For more than 10 years, the United Methodist Men at St. Paul’s United Methodist Church in Monroe have held a “To-Do” at Monroe’s Louisiana Purchase Zoo each October. During this year’s event, members and friends of St. Paul’s enjoyed food, fun and viewing the animals at the zoo. At the end of the day, $26,150 dollars was raised for the Louisiana Methodist Children’s Home in Ruston. A ...

Magnolia UMC donates pet rescue masks to Central Fire Department

Magnolia UMC donates pet rescue masks to Central Fire Department
November 09, 2015

Central's firefighters will soon have a new life-saving tool in their fire trucks--oxygen masks for pets.   The rescue masks are a gift of the congregation of Magnolia United Methodist Church, 16024 Greenwell Springs Rd. in Central. These masks fit cats and dogs and will be used by the Central Fire Department to save the lives of pets suffering from smoke inhalation.   "Magnolia's ...

United Methodist Foundation of Louisiana hosts national meeting in New Orleans

United Methodist Foundation of Louisiana hosts national meeting in New Orleans
November 09, 2015

The United Methodist Foundation of Louisiana recently hosted nearly 40 United Methodist foundations and related organizations for the National Association of United Methodist Foundation’s annual meeting, held in New Orleans Oct. 12-14.    Out-of-towners attending the event enjoyed experiencing Louisiana’s unique culture, people, food and music, while discussing how they can help churches...

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