The Louisiana Now, is published on an as needed basis with news, opportunities and witnesses of the United Methodist churches in Louisiana.
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Below you will find magazine/newspaper archives.
Enjoy the Spring 2015 edition of the Louisiana Now magazine, featuring highlights, guest speaker biographies, an agenda and “everything you need to know” about AC2015: Come and See, this year’s Annual Conference slated June 7-10 at Centenary College in Shreveport.
Also, read more about United Methodist newsmakers, Rev. Matt Rawle, William Gallaher, PhD and Susan Nelson, MD.
Social media and technology are the focus of the Winter 2015 issue of Louisiana Now.
“A faith community committed to reaching out to its community must be sensitive to the way people live and adjust its outreach to meet them where they are. It must not assume that what has worked in the past will work today,” writes Rev. Larry Hollon, general secretary of United Methodist Communications. “A common thread runs through this tapestry of social change. The thread is a new technology and the media it supports.”
This Winter 2015 issue of Louisiana Now lifts up examples of how 21st-century technology is being effectively utilized by United Methodist churches throughout our conference. Also, you will find links to a wealth of resources that will help your church use technology effectively and enhance church ministry and outreach.
Enjoy the Fall edition of the Louisiana Now magazine!
Find out more about how local churches can engage schools and communities in innovative and life-changing ministry.
Enjoy the Summer edition of the Louisiana Now magazine!
Find out more about General Conference 2016 and an upcoming preaching excellence plan .
The Conference Communications Department has launched a new print publication! Replacing the monthly Louisiana Now! conference newspaper, this quarterly magazine—also entitled Louisiana Now!—is filled with interesting feature stories about cutting edge ministry in our own conference. Vibrant pictures and uplifting stories makes this new publication enjoyable to read—and should serve as the right complement to the weekly Conference e-letter.
In the Dec. 20 edition of the Louisiana Now!
Enjoy the Nov. 22 edition of the Louisiana Now! in which you will find a feature on the history of Weekend of the Cross, a four-day mission event spreading through the Louisiana Conference; highlights of the ministry of Southern University’s Wesley Foundation; Louisiana Volunteers in Mission opportunities for 2014-2015; opportunites for laity to serve and General/Jurisdictional Conference delegates AND as Lay Servant Ministers; and a reminder to churches to take offerings for UMCOR’s typhoon response, and to lift up World AIDS Day, Sunday, Dec. 1.
Find interesting stories on Peace with Justice grant winners, Wesley Foundation students now serving in youth ministry, and Local church outreach efforts!
In the Sept. 20 edition of the Louisiana Now!, find features about GRACE Camp (for children of incarcerated persons); national and local participation in the 50th anniversary of the March on Washington; coping with the transition to college life; feeding the homeless of New Orleans through St. Mark’s UMC; coming PrimeTimers events sponsored by GBGM; and conference-wide events equipping United Methodists for service and ministry.
In this issue of the Louisiana Now! find:
In this issue of the Louisiana Now! find a recap of the 2013 Louisiana Annual Conference held June 2-5 at Centenary College in Shreveport:
Campus ministry is a vibrant and critical component of the mission of the Louisiana Annual Conference of The United Methodist Church. Find out more about what is happening with mission and ministry on 11 college campuses throughout the state in this special edition of the Louisiana Now!.
In this edition of the Louisiana Now!, find important updates about the Louisiana Volunteers in Mission (LAVIM) conference initiative:
In the April 5 edition of the Louisiana Now!, you will find:
A helpful article on “Three Simple Rules” to train church leaders and volunteers!
Enjoy this special edition of the Louisiana Now! featuring Dillard University, a New Orleans based United Methodist institution of learning.
In the February 8 edition of the Louisiana Now!, find out more about:
Find out how to sign up for these conference-sponsored Coming Events!
In the Jan. 11 edition of the Louisiana Now!, find helpful information about:
In the Dec. 7 edition of the Louisiana Now! , find stories and opportunities of exciting missions through the Louisiana Volunteers in Mission ministry!
In the Nov. 9 edition of the Louisiana Now!, you will find:
• Coverage of the Service of Installation of Bishop Cynthia Fierro Harvey held Oct. 20 at First UMC in Baton Rouge.
• A feature on Rev. Randy Nichols, an elder in the Louisiana Annual Conference, serving extension ministry as director of the Capital Area Alliance for the Homeless.
• Information on Hurricane Sandy and Bishop Cynthia Harvey’s call to local churches to set aside Nov. 11 as a day to take a special offering to help with the response.
• A call for Disaster Response Teams serving Louisiana in the wake of Hurricane Isaac.
• Updates on the 2013 Louisiana Skeeter Run slated for March 2, 2013. Save The Date!
• Coverage of the conference-wide Junior High Retreat held Oct. 26-28 in Woodworth, La.
• Photos from two recently held leadership conferences--Leading Beyond the Walls, held Oct. 26-27 in Alexandria, and L.E.A.D. 2012, held Nov. 2-3.
• A one-page insert featuring United Methodist Women!
• Information of Making Our Lives Hospitable to the Holy, a seminar sponsored by Centenary College and led by Enuma Okoro, slated for Dec. 3!
In the October 12 edition on the Louisiana Now!, find out more about:
In the Sept. 14 edition of the Louisiana Now!, you will find:
In the August 17, 2012 edition of the Louisiana Now!, you will find:
Information concerning the L.E.A.D. 2012 leadership event and how to register
In the July 13 edition of the Louisiana Now! you will find:
In the June 22 issue of the Louisiana Now!, you will find:
In this edition of the Louisiana now! Find:
In the May 11 edition of the Louisiana Now! find:
The April 20 edition of the Louisiana Now! is dedicated to Christian Education!
In the March 16 edition of the Louisiana Now! find:
In this edition of the Louisiana Now! find out the latest information on:
In this edition of the Louisiana Now! find out the latest information on:
Enjoy this special edition of the Louisiana Now! which features the academic program and student life of Dillard University in New Orleans, Louisiana, a United Methodist institution.
Find out updated information on the following Conference-wide events:
And access these helpful resources for United Methodists:
The December 23rd edition of the Louisiana Now! is totally focused on bringing you the latest news and opportunities found through Louisiana Volunteers in Mission. In this edition you will find:
In this edition of the Louisiana Now!, we lift up exciting ministries like:
Local church pastors, administrative assistants and webservants . . . please post a link to this paper on your church website, email the document to your members and visitors, or email the link to the paper to your members and visitors. We want to share the Louisiana Now! with every United Methodist in our conference! Your help is essential and much appreciated!
In this edition, find information about:
Imagine No Malaria 5K and Fun Walk/Runs sponsored by our conference and slated for April 21, 2012
How the United Methodist Church is saving lives through the Imagine No Malaria initiative
A successful job seekers ministry sponsored by a local church that is reaching out to young adults
A recent Youth Summit for 400 students sponsored by the African American United Methodist Pastors United for Christ
The Nov. 1 endorsement of proposed general church structure changes by the Council of Bishops
Restoring Justice, a recent conference focusing on the church’s response to the victims of crime and the impact of crime on society
Exciting events and news about ministry from local churches throughout our Louisiana Conference
Find valuable resources like:
A FREE online service for conference churches providing exciting ideas and help in the area of worship services
Programs offered through the General Board of Global Ministries for older adults
Information about the Louisiana conference-wide 5K/Mile Walks slated for April 21, 2012 benefitting Imagine No Malaria (next year’s Change the World project)!
A United Methodist News Service about United Methodists serving the growing Latino ministry in New Orleans
A story on a group of Russian United Methodist volunteers who recently worked on several construction projects in Louisiana
UMCOR’s assistance for our neighbors in Alabama in the wake of devastating tornados
Find valuable church resources such as:
Upcoming gatherings and speakers for On the Move, Faithful and Strong, Rekindling the Vision and Passing the Mantle churches
An innovative leadership project that helps create vital congregations
Four ways to better equip vital congregations
Information on the 2012 Congress on Evangelism slated for Jan. 3-6 in Nashville, Tennessee
Information on two Older Adult Ministry Conferences slated for March 2012 in the Louisiana Conference
And exciting stories about ministry from our local churches throughout the Louisiana Conference!
· The conference-sponsored Town & Country Ministry Academy which recently graduated nine churches
· Six important reasons why young people 15 and older leave the church
· A recent fire which destroyed the youth center at First UMC in Pineville
· How a United Methodist church in Herndon, Virginia fosters and maintains a nationally recognized level of vitality as a “missional church”
· Recent Youth Ignite! events which attracted more than 600 youth throughout the Louisiana Conference
Find out about important church resources and events like:
· A gala hosted by the Baton Rouge District on Oct. 28 at Broadmoor UMC
· The Fresh Expressions of Church grant program, sponsored by the Louisiana Board of Discipleship
· Learning to Lead in 2011 slated for Nov. 11 at the Baton Rouge Marriott
· Methodist Madness, a fall festival hosted by nine Shreveport District churches on Oct. 30 at Shreveport’s Festival Plaza
· A free health fair sponsored by First UMC, Baton Rouge on Oct. 12 in the church’s new Conference Center
· A Youth and Children’s Summit sponsored by St. Mark UMC, Baton Rouge on Oct. 15
And, local churches will benefit from these resources:
Find important resources for local churches in the September 9 edition of the Louisiana Now! Read about:
Also read about: