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Carrollton UMC assists homeless of New Orleans through Nikki’s Blankets NOLA and Lindy’s Place

Carrollton UMC assists homeless of New Orleans through Nikki’s Blankets NOLA and Lindy’s Place
November 04, 2015

Carrollton United Methodist Church sits at the corner of Freret and South Carrollton Avenues, under beautiful oak trees and amidst the hustle and bustle of the city of New Orleans. In addition to supporting the ministries of The Wesley Foundations of Tulane and Loyola Universities, the congregation has recently joined forces with two significant ministry efforts--Lindy’s Place and Nikki’...

United Methodist Habitat build dedicated Nov. 7

United Methodist Habitat build dedicated Nov. 7
November 02, 2015

The 2015 Baton Rouge District Build for Habitat for Humanity is finished! Since Sept. 12, teams of volunteers from local United Methodist churches in the Baton Rouge area have worked to complete a home for Neal Tillman, a single father raising his son with the help of his grandmother, Jeanette.   Neal’s house is the 36th United Methodist sponsored home in the Baton Rouge area. This fall,...

Louisiana Conference endows three scholarships for Africa University students

Louisiana Conference endows three scholarships for Africa University students
October 26, 2015

Africa University in Zimbabwe recently announced that three students are the recipients of the Louisiana Annual Conference Endowed Scholarships for the 2015-2016 academic year.   The students are Hellias Mufuta Malandji (second year), Rumbidzai Sithole (fourth year) and Louise Ekoto Onadelo (first year).   According to a recent ranking done by Webometrics, Africa University is fourth on ...

Centenary College Choir to sing at First UMC, Alexandria

Centenary College Choir to sing at First UMC, Alexandria
October 22, 2015

The Centenary College Choir is performing in the sanctuary at First United Methodist Church, 2727 Jackson St. in Alexandria on Nov. 22.  The concert is free and open to the public.   The 2015-2016 program highlights a varied style with the theme “It’s About Time” and explores the intersection of time and eternity while promoting peaceful social action in the present. Energetic spirituals...

Creating New Spaces: Reaching New People events continuing this month

Creating New Spaces: Reaching New People events continuing this month
October 22, 2015

Nearly 40 United Methodist laity and clergy from 13 congregations gathered Oct. 21 at the Wesley Foundation on the campus of Southeastern Louisiana State University to explore and discuss how to create new spaces for people to encounter Christ in new ways. Do you feel called to create a new experience to reach new people? Does your church want to open a second site or satellite campus? ...

Members of Lakeview UMC, Shreveport assist Caddo Parish schools

Members of Lakeview UMC, Shreveport assist Caddo Parish schools
October 22, 2015

Through the Reimagining our Schools initiative, Caddo Parish is targeting and providing help to 12 chronically underperforming schools in the parish. The United Methodist Men’s group from Lakeview United Methodist Church in Shreveport is sponsoring two of the 200 children who have been identified by the program for mentoring and financial support; and the church’s congregation is working...

St. Andrew’s UMC fall festival enjoyed by more than 400

St. Andrew’s UMC fall festival enjoyed by more than 400
October 22, 2015

More than 400 people enjoyed a fall festival held Oct. 18 at St. Andrew’s United Methodist Church in Baton Rouge. Guest enjoyed a Trunk or Treat provided by church members who decorated their car trunks and gave out candy to the children in attendance. A band comprised of church members, known as “Monkey Finger,”  entertained the crowd with rock and roll music.   Sunday school classes ...

AC2016 is now June 8-11

AC2016 is now June 8-11
October 14, 2015

Mark your calendars! The dates for the 2016 Louisiana Annual Conference have been changed!   The new dates for AC2016 are Wednesday, June 8 (Starting late afternoon) to Saturday, June 11, 2016. The event is scheduled to end on Saturday in the early afternoon. Next year's conference will return to the Gold Dome on the campus of Centenary College in Shreveport. Our featured speaker and...

District Superintendent from Cuba tours Louisiana Conference

District Superintendent from Cuba tours Louisiana Conference
October 12, 2015

Rev. José Ramon Ruiz-Perez, district superintendent from Sancto Spiritus District of Cuba, recently concluded his visit to Louisiana Conference congregations. Those churches included St. Andrew's , Amite UMC, University and Broadmoor UMCs in Baton Rouge; Northwood and Louisiana Ave. UMCs in Lafayette; St. Luke-Simpson UMC in Lake Charles; and Live Oak UMC in Watson. Pictured with Pastor ...

L.E.A.D. event draws 70 participants

L.E.A.D. event draws 70 participants
October 12, 2015

Rev. Dr. Henry L. Masters, Sr., keynote speaker for the recent L.E.A.D event and pastor of St. Luke Community United Methodist Church in Dallas, Tex., stressed to event participants the importance of regaining the “effectiveness of the black church through training and accountability.” Making disciples for Jesus Christ is the mission of the church, said Masters, but “preparing people for...

Connectional Table launches #CTTalks in preparation for General Conference 2016

Connectional Table launches #CTTalks in preparation for General Conference 2016
October 11, 2015

The Connectional Table is launching a series of weekly videos this month to help inform United Methodist church leaders and General Conference delegates leading up to the 2016 General Conference next May. The videos are part of an online forum called #CTTalks.   “#CTTalks is intended to provide a way of engaging information about General Conference, rather than simply reading it,” said ...

Dillard alumnus Garrett Morris to deliver Founder’s Day address Oct. 18

Dillard alumnus Garrett Morris to deliver Founder’s Day address Oct. 18
October 11, 2015

Actor, comedian Garrett Morris will deliver the Founders’ Day Address at Dillard University on Oct. 18, at 3 p.m. in Lawless Memorial Chapel. Tracing its history back to its predecessors Straight College and New Orleans University, Dillard is commemorating 146 years as an institution of higher education. “This Founders’ Day Convocation has added significance because we are celebrating ...

Louisiana Clergywomen enjoy SCJ Consultation

Louisiana Clergywomen enjoy SCJ Consultation
October 06, 2015

A contingent of clergywomen from the Louisiana Conference joined Bishop Cynthia Fierro Harvey and others for the recent 2015 South Central Jurisdiction Clergywomen’s Consultation—“Telling Our Story” held at the Royal Sonesta Houston Hotel.   Bishop Harvey preached during the opening of the consultation and participated in a panel with Bishop Janice Huie during the event. The panel ...

North Cross UMC helps with cleanup of historic cemetery in Madisonville

North Cross UMC helps with cleanup of historic cemetery in Madisonville
October 05, 2015

North Cross United Methodist Church recently partnered with the community initiative "Keep Madisonville Beautiful." The project involved helping with the cleanup of an historic cemetery in Madisonville.    Church members of all ages enjoyed learning about the history and stories of those who are buried there. Some of the plots date back to the late 1700's. “We feel strongly that part ...

Neely UMC member featured in BASF magazine for his volunteer efforts with Kids Hope USA

Neely UMC member featured in BASF magazine for his volunteer efforts with Kids Hope USA
September 29, 2015

Fred Neal, a member of Neely United Methodist Church in Baton Rouge, was featured in the Summer edition of BASF Geismar’s Louisiana Pipeline, the company’s employee and retiree magazine. A retired chemical engineer, Neal has been serving as a Kids Hope USA mentor at Polk Elementary School in Baton Rouge. “When I retired from BASF, I considered being a substitute science teacher. But I’...

Broadmoor UMC’s ecumenical food ministry still going strong after 31 years

Broadmoor UMC’s ecumenical food ministry still going strong after 31 years
September 17, 2015

For 31 years, Broadmoor United Methodist Church in Baton Rouge has made the mission of feeding hungry people a top priority.   Three decades ago, the church started a small food pantry that was located on the church campus to provide meals to church members in need. It soon became clear to church leadership that the demand for food extended well beyond their membership, so in 1996, ...

Bishop Harvey traces the travels of the Apostle Paul, looks forward to Holy Land tour in 2016

Bishop Harvey traces the travels of the Apostle Paul, looks forward to Holy Land tour in 2016
September 15, 2015

Bishop Cynthia Harvey and her husband Dean Harvey have returned from their travels with nearly 45 United Methodists from the Louisiana Conference as well as Texas and Alabama as they retraced the steps of the Apostle Paul’s fourth missionary journey through Italy, Greece and Turkey. The tour ended on Sept. 21. The group sailed the Mediterranean Sea stopping at historic Corinth, Rhodes ...

United Methodist teen from First UMC, Shreveport shares mission experience in Costa Rica

United Methodist teen from First UMC, Shreveport shares mission experience in Costa Rica
September 10, 2015

Sadie McGuire, a member of First United Methodist Church in Shreveport and a senior at Magnet High School, spent her spring break this year in Costa Rica as part of a mission team with other members of her youth group.   Last summer, Sadie and a group from First UMC worked to help build the future headquarters of Costa Rica Mission Projects in San Isidro, constructing cabins for future ...

Bishop Harvey, First Grace UMC choir participate in interfaith service of remembrance for Katrina

Bishop Harvey, First Grace UMC choir participate in interfaith service of remembrance for Katrina
August 25, 2015

Bishop Cynthia Fierro Harvey, a group of United Methodist pastors from the New Orleans area and the choir from First Grace United Methodist Church in New Orleans participated in an interfaith service marking the 10th anniversary of Hurricane Katrina, which struck the Louisiana coast Aug. 29, 2005.   The service was held Monday evening at St. Louis Cathedral, located in New Orleans’ ...

Bulletin insert helps ‘tell the story’ for Return to the 7th Ward Aug. 30 special offering

Bulletin insert helps ‘tell the story’ for Return to the 7th Ward Aug. 30 special offering
August 19, 2015

During AC2015: Come & See, as part of the CF&A report, the Louisiana Annual Conference voted to receive a special offering to support Return to the 7th Ward, a new ministry initiative in New Orleans. The Louisiana Annual Conference deeply felt the impact of Hurricane Katrina in its ministry to the 7th Ward in New Orleans. The local churches in that historic area were greatly affected by ...

Bishop Harvey is communion celebrant for opening worship, speaker at women’s luncheon during MARCHA 2015 Assembly

Bishop Harvey is communion celebrant for opening worship, speaker at women’s luncheon during MARCHA 2015 Assembly
August 18, 2015

Bishop Cynthia Fierro Harvey served as a celebrant for communion during the opening worship service of the MARCHA 2015 Assembly, held Aug. 13-16 at the Crowne Plaza in Madison, Wisconsin. During the gathering, Bishop Harvey also spoke to and shared fellowship with a group of women in attendance at MARCHA 2015. The meal was sponsored by United Methodist Women. MARCHA, or Metodistas ...

2015 L.E.A.D. slated Oct. 9-10 in Baton Rouge

2015 L.E.A.D. slated Oct. 9-10 in Baton Rouge
August 17, 2015

2015 L.E.A.D., a Louisiana Conference gathering designed for predominantly African American churches and their pastors, will be held Oct. 9-10 at the Crowne Plaza Hotel, 4728 Constitution Ave. in Baton Rouge.   Keynote speaker for the event is Rev. Dr. Henry L. Masters, Sr., senior pastor of St. Luke Community UMC in Dallas, Tex.   Workshops on “Leadership”(led by Rev. Joe Connelly), “...

Parker Memorial UMC, New Orleans hosts concert featuring Deacon John/Gilliam reads from Where Wild Things Grow

Parker Memorial UMC, New Orleans hosts concert featuring Deacon John/Gilliam reads from Where Wild Things Grow
August 17, 2015

While Louisiana Conference churches remember the 10th anniversary of Hurricanes Katrina and Rita, Parker Memorial United Methodist Church, 1130 Nashville Ave. in New Orleans is holding two events as part of this remembrance. On Aug. 29 at 7 p.m., legendary gospel and blues performer Deacon John will perform a “healing” concert at Parker Memorial UMC. In addition, on Aug. 30, Rev. ...

School of Congregational Development is success in Indianapolis and in Baton Rouge

School of Congregational Development is success in Indianapolis and in Baton Rouge
August 17, 2015

Wesley United Methodist Church is Baton Rouge served as Louisiana’s satellite site on Aug. 15 for CrossXRoads, this year’s School of Congregational Development.   An enthusiastic group listened to broadcasts which focused on knowing your community, preaching to younger congregations and outreach. Rev. Joe Connelly, pastor of Wesley UMC, is shown below. At the same time, at CrossXRoads ...

Louisiana Avenue United Methodist Church serves as ‘hands and feet of Christ’ in Lafayette community

Louisiana Avenue United Methodist Church serves as ‘hands and feet of Christ’ in Lafayette community
August 12, 2015

An active homeless ministry, a community-wide march for unity and an interfaith prayer and communion service for more than 3,000 people are just a few of the ministries through which Louisiana Avenue United Methodist Church is impacting the city of Lafayette.   The church’s “brown bag” ministry helps to feed the growing population of homeless in downtown Lafayette, said Rev. Robert ...

Witherington to lead workshop slated Oct. 16-17 on Reading and Understanding the Bible

Witherington to lead workshop slated Oct. 16-17 on Reading and Understanding the Bible
August 04, 2015

Noted New Testament scholar Ben Witherington will lead a workshop to be held Oct. 16-17 focusing on his recent book, Reading and Understanding the Bible. The event will be held in the conference center at First United Methodist Church, 930 North Blvd. in Baton Rouge.    

Youth share experiences from Youth 2015

Youth share experiences from Youth 2015
August 04, 2015

More than 4,500 youth and adult workers with youth participated in Youth 2015 held June 24-27 in Orlando, Fla. at the Marriott World Center—370 of those youth hailed from the Louisiana Annual Conference. Members of the youth group from Jefferson United Methodist Church in Baton Rouge in attendance at Youth 2015 “put their heads together” and wrote the following account of the ...

Dillard University features rap and religion guru Dr. Monica Miller at Sept. 30 fall lecture

Dillard University features rap and religion guru Dr. Monica Miller at Sept. 30 fall lecture
July 28, 2015

Rap and religion will converge this fall at Dillard University when Dr. Monica Miller gives two lectures on those subjects. On Sept. 30, Miller, the assistant professor of Religion and Africana Studies and the director of Women, Gender and Sexuality Studies at Lehigh University, will deliver a public lecture at 3 p.m. and then speak to Dillard President Walter M. Kimbrough’s class at ...

Heading back to the 7th Ward

Heading back to the 7th Ward
July 16, 2015

Story by Betty Backstrom Rev. Hadley Edwards, right, visits with ‘Mr.’ Noel outside his home in the 7th Ward In the wake of Hurricane Katrina, countless stories were written and broadcast in the national media about the catastrophic flooding that affected nearly 80 percent of New Orleans. The Louisiana city’s “9th Ward” suddenly became a household topic, symbolizing the depth of the ...

Disaster Response, Then and Now

Disaster Response, Then and Now
July 15, 2015

Story by Betty Backstrom Ella Doyle lifts her head in prayer and tells fellow parishioners to “hold your head up” during an outdoor worship service at Hartzell Mt. Zion United Methodist Church in Slidell, La. The church’s sanctuary was ruined by the Aug. 29, 2005 storm surge from Hurricane Katrina. Doyle rode out the storm in a boat with her husband and two sons. 9/26/05 A UMNS photo by...

Rita: the forgotten storm

Rita: the forgotten storm
July 14, 2015

Story by Betty Backstrom Thousands of residents in southwest Louisiana struggled for years to emerge from the devastation of Hurricane Rita, often called “the forgotten storm” by residents of the state.   “Hurricane Katrina was such a terrible event that permanently affected people’s lives.  So a lot of people throughout the country, and even in Louisiana, didn’t realize the extent of ...

Louisiana Memorial UMC feeds community through Wesley’s Table

Louisiana Memorial UMC feeds community through Wesley’s Table
July 13, 2015

It's hard to say no to cheese grits. Especially when they're served hot, with smiles — and free. Last Sunday morning starting at 8:30, the smiles began at the double door of the fellowship hall across the street from Louisiana Memorial United Methodist Church. "Good morning — come right on in!" boomed Billy Miller, a senior member of one of Opelousas' oldest churches. He held open a ...

Any given Sunday at First Grace UMC in New Orleans

Any given Sunday at First Grace UMC in New Orleans
July 12, 2015

Story by Betty Backstrom Tia Tucker, left, and Robin Pearce sing in the choir of First Grace United Methodist Church in New Orleans. A UMNS photo by Kathy L. Gilbert.  8/15/10 Rev. Martin Luther King, Jr. is reported to have said, "Sunday morning is the most segregated hour of Christian America.”   But on any given Sunday in New Orleans, a walk through the doors of First Grace United ...

Asbury UMC in Bossier City partners with area churches in Katy Build project

Asbury UMC in Bossier City partners with area churches in Katy Build project
July 11, 2015

Two Bossier churches have joined together to turn a tragic ending into a triumphant beginning for local veterans. Emily Perdue, 16, Katy Watkins, 16, and Molly Reed, 15, were killed in an automobile accident in October of 2006 while driving on I-49 through DeSoto Parish. Through this tragedy, their church homes have found a way to keep their memory and servant hearts alive. First ...

Chatham UMC hosts Movies Under the Stars

Chatham UMC hosts Movies Under the Stars
July 09, 2015

In the spring, summer, fall and winter, church neighbors of Chatham United Methodist Church enjoy popcorn, sandwiches, cookies and soft drinks as they watch family-friendly films “under the stars.” Folks of all ages pull up a lawn chair or drive up in their car to watch a movie that begins at sunset.    The events take place on the “old high school front yard,” located across the street ...

Louisiana delegation prepares for 2016 General Conference in Portland

Louisiana delegation prepares for 2016 General Conference in Portland
July 07, 2015

Pictured, front row, are Rev. Andy Goff, Carolyn Dove, Rev. Juliet Spencer; second row, staggered, Rev. Ellen Alston, Rob Fairly Jr., Dr. Terrel DeVille, Olivia Pruett, Walter Weiss, Rev. Bernadine Johnson, Rev. Katie McKay Simpson, Pete Aguila, Rev. Juan Huertas, Amanda Price, Rev. Lynn Malone and Stacy Hood; and back row, Revs. James Mitchell and Matt Rawle. Not pictured are Rev. Pat ...

Cannon is new Conference Director of Congregational Development, Edwards to serve 7th ward/Goff and Spencer are new district superintendents

Cannon is new Conference Director of Congregational Development, Edwards to serve 7th ward/Goff and Spencer are new district superintendents
June 30, 2015

Rev. John Cannon has been serving as the Acadiana District Superintendent since 2014, and while continuing in this ministry, he now begins serving in a dual role as the Conference Director of Congregational Development. In this new capacity, he will be coordinating the strategy and resources for new-church starts and church transformation. Cannon will be working closely with the other ...

LAVIM team brings VBS to Russia

LAVIM team brings VBS to Russia
June 30, 2015

Every summer, countless children fill churches for an unforgettable week of Vacation Bible School. Whether it’s in Louisiana--or thousands of miles away in Russia--lives are impacted through songs, storytelling and scripture. On June 2, a Louisiana Volunteers in Mission team traveled to Russia to help the people of First United Methodist Church in Ekaterinburg put on VBS. More than 120 ...

A message from Bishop Cynthia Fierro Harvey

A message from Bishop Cynthia Fierro Harvey
June 26, 2015

I have been in the car most of the day with the radio tuned to CNN. First, the announcement of the Supreme Court; then the update on the escaped inmates in the Northeast, followed by a report of the terrorist attacks on three continents; and finally, the words of comfort from the funeral of slain Charleston pastor and senator Clementa Pinckney as the congregation sang, “It Is Well with ...

Centenary students meet with Haitian human rights lawyer

Centenary students meet with Haitian human rights lawyer
June 25, 2015

SHREVEPORT, LA — Centenary students who participate in intercultural courses explore social constructs unique to the cultures of their destinations. This May, students who traveled to Haiti examined how a group of leaders in Haiti actively pursue social justice for their people and demand change on an island that has experienced a lifetime of inequity. With the help of Beaird Professor ...

U.M. ARMY currently serving in Baton Rouge

U.M. ARMY currently serving in Baton Rouge
June 23, 2015

For more than 15 years, U.M. Action Reach-out Mission by Youth has been serving communities throughout the Louisiana Annual Conference. This summer, U.M. ARMY has served homeowners in Shreveport, Bossier City, Coushatta and Baton Rouge, working for a week in each spot. More than 200 participants from Texas and Louisiana have joined forces in these efforts. The hope of U.M. ARMY is to ...

Funds raised, kits collected for 75th anniversary of UMCOR

Funds raised, kits collected for 75th anniversary of UMCOR
June 22, 2015

In recognition of UMCOR’s 75th anniversary, a total of $53,246.64 was collected through worship and individual offerings during AC2015: Come and See. An additional $5,100 was raised for UMCOR by the sale of a Community Mural, which was collaboratively created by conference members during AC2015. Also, 603 health kits and 817 school kits, along with surplus supplies for school kits, were...

Wallace given President's Award by NAACP, Houma chapter

Wallace given President's Award by NAACP, Houma chapter
June 22, 2015

Betty Wallace, long-time member of Wesley United Methodist Church in Houma, was given the President’s Award during a June 20 banquet held by the Houma chapter of the NAACP. The chapter is one of the largest in the state of Louisiana. “I have always believed that she was a tremendous giver and server of God. Very few times have I been in the presence of a person who is so humble and goes ...

Wesley Center introduces challenge course, zip line TEST
June 18, 2015

To enhance their already desirable facilities located in Woodworth, The Wesley Center has recently added a nine-element challenge course with a zip line feature. The zip line goes over the lake and is the second longest one in the state; the challenge course includes a 50-foot climbing tower. View this interesting video which introduces the challenge course and zip line at The Wesley ...

A Message from Bishop Cynthia Harvey

A Message from Bishop Cynthia Harvey
June 17, 2015

I have had a few days to process our experiences of this year’s Annual Conference session. I am so thankful for each of you and for your willingness to be present and to “Come and See” all that God is doing in our midst. My heart is full! I truly felt the presence of God stirring in our midst in a powerful way. As Dr. Elaine Heath completed her presentation on Wednesday, I felt her ...

Pope Francis presented with United Methodist Book of Worship signed by Bishop Harvey

Pope Francis presented with United Methodist Book of Worship signed by Bishop Harvey
June 17, 2015

During a May 13 audience with Pope Francis in St. Peter’s Square at the Vatican, Bishop Sudarshana Devadhar, Episcopal Leader for the New England Conference, presented the pope with a copy of the United Methodist Book of Worship. The book was signed by Council of Bishops officers, including Bishop Cynthia Fierro Harvey, who serves as secretary for the council.  More.

Wesley Center introduces challenge course, zip line

Wesley Center introduces challenge course, zip line
June 17, 2015

To enhance their already desirable facilities located in Woodworth, The Wesley Center has recently added a nine-element challenge course with a zip line feature. The zip line goes over the lake and is the second longest one in the state; the challenge course includes a 50-foot climbing tower. View this interesting video which introduces the challenge course and zip line at The Wesley ...

Harvey speaks at Laity Breakfast

Harvey speaks at Laity Breakfast
June 16, 2015

“I’m a strategic guy . . . I love control. (But) that is not the world we live in,” said Dean Harvey during his address given at AC2015’s Laity Breakfast held June 8 at Broadmoor United Methodist Church in Shreveport. Harvey, a certified financial planner, is the husband of Bishop Cynthia Fierro Harvey, Episcopal leader for the Louisiana Annual Conference. Never was this lack of control ...

Pastors: Don't forget to recycle!

Pastors: Don't forget to recycle!
June 16, 2015

Clair Carter, the new Wesley Foundation director at Northwestern State University, has a reminder to pastors to recycle items as they pack and move. Recycle your old electronics! Diverting e-waste from our landfills helps protect our environment and conserve resources. For every 1,000 cell phones we recycle, 35 pounds of copper, 12 ounces of silver, 1 ounce of gold, and ½ ounce of ...

Young adults meet, report to AC2015

Young adults meet, report to AC2015
June 16, 2015

Throughout AC2015: Come and See, young adults gathered for dinner and small group conversations to discuss how they can better work in partnership with the church body as the Louisiana Conference moves forward. More young adults in the Louisiana Annual Conference sessions were involved as either lay members from local churches, district delegates or observers, according to Rev. Don ...

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