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Magazine/Newspaper Archives


Feb 01, 2016



In the Winter 2016 edition of the magazine, read inspiring stories about churches serving in ministry with local and global communities in need!

Oct 01, 2015



In this Fall 2015 edition of Louisiana Now, enjoy reading these inspiring ministry stories that embody the Mission and Core Values of the Louisiana Annual Conference!

Jul 20, 2015



Step back 10 years to the summer of Katrina and Rita to remember where we were—and to celebrate where we are today in the Louisiana Annual Conference!
 
Also, enjoy a recap and pictures from AC2015: Come and See, this year’s Annual Conference held June 7-10 at Centenary College in Shreveport, La.

Apr 16, 2015

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.


Jan 26, 2015

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.

 


Sep 30, 2014

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.

 


Jul 01, 2014

Enjoy the Summer edition of the Louisiana Now magazine!

Find out more about General Conference 2016 and an upcoming preaching excellence plan .


Mar 14, 2014

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.


Dec 20, 2013

In the Dec. 20 edition of the Louisiana Now!

  • First United Methodist Church of Baker and Bethel UMC of Greenwell Springs prove that smaller churches can have “big” outreach through community feeding and childhood development programs.
  • The New Church on Louisiana Avenue in Lafayette, pastored by Rev. Robert Johnson, brings renewed life to a declining church after four short months.
  • The conference office of Congregational Development and Transformation is helping to make sweeping, conference-wide changes through vital programs and strategic planning with church leaders in each of our six districts.
  • Find out what a tearful teenage boy taught Sarah Thebarge (cancer survivor and author) about Advent.
  • See snapshots from the conference-wide “Prepare for the Child” initiative. • View job postings for NOLA Wesley Foundation campus minister and youth/student director for Trinity UMC in Ruston.

Nov 22, 2013

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.

 


Oct 25, 2013

Find interesting stories on Peace with Justice grant winners, Wesley Foundation students now serving in youth ministry, and Local church outreach efforts!
 


Sep 20, 2013

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.


Jul 26, 2013

In this issue of the Louisiana Now! find:

  • A story of interesting coincidence . . . On June 4, the first candidate--a woman--ordained by Louisiana's first woman bishop was mentored by the first woman ordained in the Louisiana Conference!
  • Sarah Luginbill is back at Grace Community UMC after six months of serving as the UMVIM team coordinator in Haiti. Read her story.
  • Congolese doctors serving in HIV/AIDS clinics recently toured the Louisiana Conference sharing information about their work.
  • Information about Youth Ignite, Louisiana Volunteers in Mission and the work of the Episcopal Residence Committee.
     

Jun 07, 2013

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:


May 24, 2013

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!.


May 10, 2013

In this edition of the Louisiana Now!, find important updates about the Louisiana Volunteers in Mission (LAVIM) conference initiative:

  • Diane Reich, LAVIM Advisory Committee, explains the evolving structure of Louisiana Volunteers in Mission in the wake of the elimination of the Conference LAVIM office.
  • Reports from LAVIM volunteers to India, Cambodia, Cuba and the Bahamas discuss the work that has been done . . . and the work yet to be done in those countries.
  • A complete update from Willie Berman, Mexico VIM director, gives conference volunteers an overview of the exciting work taking place to better the lives of Mexico’s citizens . . . and gives ways we can play a role in this vital work!
  • Hear from McNeese Wesley Foundation volunteers who spent their spring break working for Bahamas Methodist Habitat . . . and McNeese nursing students who provided medical services in Rio Bravo, Mexico this winter.
  • Read about valuable resources and training provided by United Methodist Volunteers in Mission in a column written by Debbie Vest, South Central Jurisdiction UMVIM director.
  • Find out more about Primetimers (educational and mission service experiences for older adults) and Individual Volunteers (a way to serve beyond the mission team).
  • Read about an ongoing local mission in New Orleans which provides meals to the city’s homeless citizens.
  • Learn more on how to host a global missionary at your local church!

Apr 05, 2013

In the April 5 edition of the Louisiana Now!, you will find:

  • Information about the 2013 Louisiana Annual Conference slated June 2-5 at Centenary College in Shreveport. Learn more about the agenda, speakers, worship services, special offerings, meeting schedules, meals, amendments and more!
  • News about appointments made at the District and Conference levels for the 2013-14 conference year.
  • A story about the conference senior high retreat, held March 1-3.
  • Celebrations for Bishop Cynthia Fierro Harvey, who recently received the Wiley College Women of Excellence Award . . . and her upcoming role as a featured speaker for Exploration 2013, to be held Nov. 15-17.
  • Information on the Christian Community Development Conference coming to New Orleans Sept. 11-14.
  • Reports about the ongoing work of the church in Haiti---and from the United Methodist-sponsored Relevance X 2013 leadership conference which focused on young adults.

A helpful article on “Three Simple Rules” to train church leaders and volunteers!


Mar 08, 2013

Enjoy this special edition of the Louisiana Now! featuring Dillard University, a New Orleans based United Methodist institution of learning.


Feb 08, 2013

In the February 8 edition of the Louisiana Now!, find out more about:

  • Peace With Justice grant winners in the Louisiana Conference—Asbury UMC in Bossier City, First Grace Community Alliance in New Orleans and Bethany UMC, also of New Orleans.
  • The new Connectional Table, a governing body of The United Methodist Church. As a member of the table, Pete Aguila, a member of University UMC in Baton Rouge, serves as chair of the Finance and Budget Review Group for the General Church.
  • The “Intercept Human Trafficking Campaign” sponsored by United Methodist Women, including a report on conference involvement and a commentary by Bishop Cynthia Fierro Harvey.
  • Creative outreach programs sponsored by First UMC in Shreveport, Noel UMC in Shreveport and Olla UMC.

Find out how to sign up for these conference-sponsored Coming Events!

  • The 2013 Louisiana Skeeter Run, slated for March 2 in 10 cities throughout the state! (Read the inspiring story of a malaria survivor who was helped by Imagine No Malaria programs.)
  • The 2013 African American Summit, to be held Feb. 24-25 at The Wesley Center in Woodworth.
  • Tending Our Lives Together VIII, a clergy retreat slated for Feb. 25-26 at The Wesley Center.
  • Early Response Team Training, scheduled for March 9 at Trinity UMC in Ruston.
  • The 2013 Clergy Spouse Retreat, Feb. 22-23 at The Wesley Center.
     

Jan 11, 2013

In the Jan. 11 edition of the Louisiana Now!, find helpful information about: 

·        Operation Happy New Year, a community outreach sponsored by First UMC, Covington that serves 500+ meals to those in need.
·        An ongoing food distribution mission sponsored by St. Mark UMC, Alexandria.
·        The 2013 Louisiana Skeeter Run slated for March 2 in 10 locations throughout the conference. Register today at www.louisianaskeeterrun.org
·        The latest information on new and revitalized congregations in our conference from the Office of Congregational Development and Transformation.
·        Scholarship opportunities for college-bound United Methodist students!
·        America’s Sunday Supper, offering United Methodist churches a model for community discussions and outreach to military families.
·        News and projects of Louisiana Conference United Methodist Women.
·        The district realignment process currently taking place in the Louisiana Annual Conference.
·        Beginning 2013 in prayer: A message from Bishop Cynthia Fierro Harvey

Dec 07, 2012

In the Dec. 7 edition of the Louisiana Now! , find stories and opportunities of exciting missions through the Louisiana Volunteers in Mission ministry!


Nov 09, 2012

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!
 


Oct 12, 2012

In the October 12 edition on the Louisiana Now!, find out more about: 

·        Fifth anniversary celebrations for Luke’s House, a free health clinic helping the underserved in post-Katrina New Orleans
·        Early Response Teams, and why visiting group come back to Louisiana “again and again”
·        Who will serve as race directors in 10 cities throughout the state in the upcoming Louisiana Skeeter Run, slated for March 2, 2013
·        A distribution in Belle Chasse of UMCOR supplies by New Orleans District churches
·        A group mentoring component that will be added to the conference candidacy process in the near future
·        How to apply for a confidential clergy counseling grant
·        Multi-cultural grants available to local churches (applications are due October 15)
·        Bishop Cynthia Fierro Harvey’s plans to meet you as she travels the conference attending District Gatherings
·        The Service of Installation for Bishop Harvey, slated for October 20 at 11 a.m. at First UMC in Baton Rouge
 
The is still time to sign up for two information-packed leadership workshops this fall! Find out more information and how to sign up for:
 
·        Leading Beyond the Walls, slated for Oct. 26-27 in Alexandria, La.
·        L.E.A.D. 2012, Catch and Release, slated for Nov. 2-3 at The Wesley Center in Woodworth, La.

Sep 14, 2012

In the Sept. 14 edition of the Louisiana Now!, you will find:

·        Photos and coverage of Hurricane Isaac’s impact on South Louisiana
·        Information on how local churches are responding
·        Greetings from our new bishop, Bishop Cynthia Fierro Harvey
·        Up to date information on how you can assist with recovery from Isaac
·        A story about a home built in Bossier City in memory of an Asbury UMC teen
·        Information on LaHarpe Thompson UMC’s outreach efforts
·        Coverage of cleaning bucket assembly at Broadmoor UMC, Shreveport
·        Information on the LA 5-Day Academy for Spiritual Formation slated Jan. 6-11, 2013 at The Wesley Center in Woodworth, La.
·        Details on Leading Beyond the Walls to be held Oct. 26-27 in Alexandria, La.

Aug 31, 2012

 

In the August 31 edition of the Louisiana Now!, find feature stories about:
 
·        The Shepherd’s Market, a client-choice food pantry housed at St. John’s United Methodist Church in Baton Rouge
·        The Academy for Spiritual Leadership and its new director, Rev. Frances Hooton
·        A Louisiana team’s recent mission to First United Methodist Church in Ekaterinburg, Russia
 
Also enjoy:
 
·        A special section focusing on Louisiana’s United Methodist Women
·        A farewell column to the Louisiana Conference from Bishop William W. Hutchinson entitled “The Shoes of an Angel”

Aug 17, 2012

In the August 17, 2012 edition of the Louisiana Now!, you will find:

·        An inspiring story of a Centenary College alumna who has postponed graduate school to work with primary school students in Morogoro, Tanzania
·        A “save the date” article about the 2013 Louisiana Skeeter Run, slated for March 2, 2013 statewide
·        Bishop William W. Hutchinson’s introduction of incoming Episcopal leader, Bishop Cynthia Fierro Harvey
·        An article on making Youth Ministry a top priority for your local church
·        Exciting stories of ministry from Hope Community, University (Baton Rouge), Henning Memorial, St. Paul, Asbury (Franklin), Squyres, Wesley (DeRidder), St. Charles, St. Matthew’s and Roberts UMCs
 
And get details about the following events, workshops and trainings to enhance your church’s ministry:
 
·        Effective Church Stewardship and Fund Raising, slated for Sept. 15 in Metairie, La.
·        Successful Church Mergers . . . and More!, set for Sept. 16 in New Orleans, La.
·        Women Performing for Women 2012, benefitting Hagar’s House, slated for Sept. 27 at First Grace UMC in New Orleans, La.
·        Leading Beyond the Walls, set for Oct. 26-27 in Alexandria, La.
·        L.E.A.D. 2012, to be held Nov. 2-3 at The Wesley Center in Woodworth, La.

Jul 27, 2012

 

In the July 27 edition of the Louisiana Now!, you will find:
 
·         News regarding the election and assignment of Bishop Cynthia Fierro Harvey as Episcopal leader for the Louisiana Annual Conference!
·         Additional news from the South Central Jurisdictional Conference, including the involuntary retirement of Bishop W. Earl Bledsoe of North Texas and the merger of two separate conference areas.
·         A special column from Bishop William W. Hutchinson introducing and welcoming Bishop Harvey to Louisiana
·         A feature story on the merger of Faith Crossing and Friendship UMCs in the Denham Springs/Walker area
·         News about Abbeville UMC’s recent community Vacation Bible School
·         Helpful tips on welcoming and the use of Pinterest in your church’s social media mix
·         Information on St. Mark UMC’s upcoming 123rd anniversary celebration, and a focus on nine church members over the age of 90 still active in the Baton Rouge congregation
·         An announcement about the next conference Early Response Training slated for Aug. 11 at First UMC in Denham Springs

Information concerning the L.E.A.D. 2012 leadership event and how to register


Jul 13, 2012

In the July 13 edition of the Louisiana Now! you will find:

·         Coverage of the Retirement and Farewell Dinner held for Bishop William W. Hutchinson and Mrs. Kay Hutchinson on June 29 in Baton Rouge
·         More pictures from the 2012 Louisiana Annual Conference held June 3-6 in Shreveport
·         A report from Rev. Ellen Alston on the 2012 General Conference held April 24-May 4 in Tampa
·         The Laity Address delivered by Dr. Sarah Kreutziger during the 2012 Annual Conference
·         An announcement about the consecration of New Song UMC’s new church facility in Prairieville
·         Information about the new chair and members of the Board of Trustees for the United Methodist Foundation of Louisiana
·         Important information on how Louisiana churches can stay prepared during hurricane season
 

Jun 22, 2012

In the June 22 issue of the Louisiana Now!, you will find:

·         Photos from the 2012 Louisiana United Methodist Annual Conference held June 3-6 in Shreveport
·         Bishop Hutchinson’s Episcopal Address
·         The sermon delivered by Bishop Hutchinson during the Ordination and Commissioning Service held June 5 at First UMC in Shreveport
·         Photos of clergy retirees and those ordained and commissioned at annual conference
·         Photos of those recognized as local pastors during the event
·         Names of those remembered during Monday night’s Memorial Service in the Gold Dome

Jun 08, 2012

In this edition of the Louisiana now! Find:

The 2013 Clergy Appointment List
The 2012 Clergy Retirees
Scholarship and Award winners
A feature on Asbury UMC and the Katy Build

May 25, 2012

 

 
·         A feature about ongoing work in India with medical and construction teams.
·         The latest information about mission in Mexico.
·         How Early Response Teams are helping tornado and flood stricken areas throughout the United States.
·         A full listing of mission opportunities for 2012 and 2013 offered through LAVIM!
 
 
 

May 11, 2012

In the May 11 edition of the Louisiana Now! find:

 
·         Highlights and photos from the Louisiana Skeeter Run held April 21 in eight cities throughout the conference
·         A wrap-up of decisions made at the 2012 General Conference held in Tampa, Florida
·         A special insert featuring the latest news and information about United Methodist Women in Louisiana
·         Information about conference efforts to raise $100,000 for repairs to First UMC in Ekaterinburg, Russia

Apr 20, 2012

The April 20 edition of the Louisiana Now! is dedicated to Christian Education!

 Helpful information and resources include:
 
·         Reframing Christian education with and for adults in today’s church
·         What’s new for the future for Christian formation?
·         Alternatives to traditional Vacation Bible School
·         Developing Christian leaders through United Methodist Certified Lay Ministry
·         Information on the United Methodist professional certification process

Apr 06, 2012

In the April 6 edition of the Louisiana Now!, you will find:
 
 
· Everything you need to know about the 2012 Louisiana Annual Conference to be held June 3-6 at Centenary College in Shreveport.
· Information about progress made through Imagine No Malaria, and a reminder that there is still time to register for the Louisiana Skeeter Run!
· A story about clergy children from the segregation era in Louisiana reunited at a Connectional Table meeting.
· How your church can help with the conference response to areas of Louisiana deeply affected by recent storms and flooding.
· The announcement of Rev. Hadley R. Edwards as the New Orleans District Superintendent starting in July.
· Information on the May 19 Early Response Training.

Mar 16, 2012

 In the March 16 edition of the Louisiana Now! find:

·         Helpful information from Dr. Lovett Weems on how churches can become fruitful congregations.
·         Important updates on the Louisiana Skeeter Run: Change the World event, slated for April 21 in eight cities throughout the Louisiana Conference
·         Information on a unique outreach initiative that uses social media
·         A special insert on the Louisiana Annual Conference Camping Program (Camps Caney, Istrouma and Uskichitto)
·         An artist’s creation that pays tribute to Hurricane Katrina survivors and the volunteers that helped to restore Louisiana’s churches and homes
 
Find important resources and registration information for:
·         The Discerner’s Academy, slated for March 23-25 at The Wesley Center
·         Older Adult Ministry Workshops being held in March in Baton Rouge and Pineville
·         The 2012 Clergy Spouse Retreat led by Patti Ezell March 30-31 at The Wesley Center
·         Everyday Excellence, a seminar in culture making with Andy Crouch March 23-24 at Centenary College

Mar 02, 2012

 In this edition of the Louisiana Now! find out the latest information on:

        A recent mission to Cambodia with members of First United Methodist Church of Baton Rouge
        General Conference tackling restructuring of denomination
        A true love story featured in a popular movie, The Vow
        The First UMC, Pineville and their Backpacks for Children ministry
        The conference-wide Louisiana Skeeter Run slated for April 21, benefitting Imagine No Malaria, which has just launched a registration microsite
        Highlights about the 2012 Louisiana Annual Conference, slated for June 3-6 at Centenary College in Shreveport
        A job search for a new Campus Minister for the Northwestern State University of Louisiana Wesley Foundation
 
 
Find out the latest on coming events and helpful resources for local churches and congregations:
        Claiming Our Call as Laity, a conference-wide laity retreat slated for March 16-17 at The Wesley Center, featuring Gil Rendle and Bishop Hutchinson
        Creative Ministries with Boomers and Older Adults, to be held March 22 at First UMC in Baton Rouge and March 23 at First UMC in Pineville
        Information on nominations for the Harry Denman Evangelism Award
        Evangelism and Professions of Faith Convocation, sponsored by the Board of Ordained Ministry, slated for March 19-20 at The Wesley Center
        The Discerners Academy, to be held March 23-25 at The Wesley Center
        Everyday Excellence, a seminar featuring Andy Crouch March 23-24 at Centenary College in Shreveport
        A free online service in the area of worship offered through Worship Design Studio
        The Clergy Spouse retreat, slated for March 30-31 at The Wesley Center and featuring Patti Ezell

Feb 17, 2012

In this edition of the Louisiana Now! find out the latest information on: 

  • The conference-wide Louisiana Skeeter Run slated for April 21, benefitting Imagine No Malaria, which has just launched a registration microsite
  • The launch of a newly designed, updated website for the Louisiana Annual Conference
  • Open Air Ministry, an ecumenical ministry for homeless persons living in Baton Rouge
  • Highlights about the 2012 Louisiana Annual Conference, slated for June 3-6 at Centenary College in Shreveport
  • Operation Happy New Year, a community meal program sponsored by First UMC in Covington
  • Youth delegates to last year’s annual conference who have felt the call to  ministry
  • A job search for a new Campus Minister for the Northwestern State University of Louisiana Wesley Foundation
 
Find out the latest on coming events and helpful resources for local churches and congregations: 
  • Claiming Our Call as Laity, a conference-wide laity retreat slated for March 16-17 at The Wesley Center, featuring Gil Rendle and Bishop Hutchinson
  • Creative Ministries with Boomers and Older Adults, to be held March 22 at First UMC in Baton Rouge and March 23 at First UMC in Pineville
  • Information on nominations for the Harry Denman Evangelism Award
  • Evangelism and Professions of Faith Convocation, sponsored by the Board of Ordained Ministry, slated for March 19-20 at The Wesley Center
  • The Discerners Academy, to be held March 23-25 at The Wesley Center
  • Everyday Excellence, a seminar featuring Andy Crouch March 23-24 at Centenary College in Shreveport
  • A free online service in the area of worship offered through Worship Design Studio
  • The Clergy Spouse retreat, slated for March 30-31 at The Wesley Center and featuring Patti Ezell

Jan 27, 2012

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.


Jan 13, 2012

Find out updated information on the following Conference-wide events:
 

  • The Louisiana Skeeter Run: Change the World, slated for April 21 statewide and benefitting Imagine No Malaria
  • Claiming Our Call as Laity, a two-day retreat which will guide and train laity in discerning the primary field of mission for their local churches
  • Confirmation Day with the Bishop, for all confirmands, slated for March 10 at The Wesley Center in Woodworth
  • Two Senior High retreats scheduled for February and also to be held at The Wesley Center

And access these helpful resources for United Methodists:
 

  • An extensive listing of scholarship opportunities for college-bound United Methodist students
  • The quarterly newsletter insert giving the latest information and resources on United Methodist Women
  • Information on the Harry Denman Evangelism Award, and how to submit nominations

 


Dec 23, 2011

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:
 

  • Updates on serving in earthquake-torn Haiti
  • Information on a clergywomen’s pilgrimage to the Sat Tal Ashram in India
  • A focus on GBGM missionaries serving in Honduras
  • A feature on a senior project through the McNeese Nursing School being implemented in Mexico
  • Information about upcoming LAVIM teams to Cambodia and the work that is being done to build a ministry center outside of Siem Reap
  • Details on missions to Nepal, Indonesia and the Holy Land
  • A message from Willie Berman, VIM Mexico director
  • A full listing of mission opportunities for 2012
  • Information about mission leader development in Iona, Scotland

Dec 09, 2011

  • The conference-wide World AIDS Day events hosted by the Conference Global Health Task Force
  •  A nonprofit ecumenical spirituality center started by Rev. Cathy Brewton, a deacon in the Louisiana Annual Conference
  • Advent Apps to help you keep holy the season
  •  Local church efforts to be in ministry with the poor
  •  A new Christian Education Leadership incubator slated for 2012 that will benefit local churches
  • The Child Sized Church, a training focusing on children’s ministry in local churches slated for Jan. 7, 2012

Nov 25, 2011

In this edition of the Louisiana Now!, we lift up exciting ministries like:

  • Local churches throughout the Conference involved in exciting programs and outreach efforts changing the lives of those living in poverty in Louisiana.
  • Conference plans to host 5K Runs and half-mile Fun Walks on April 21, 2012 in benefit the Imagine No Malaria initiative of The United Methodist Church.
  • Louisiana’s United Methodist Women and the many outreach efforts they support locally and globally.
  • The Nov. 12 L.E.A.D. Conference, featuring Bishop Gregory Palmer and other well-known leaders who provided local churches with insight on excellence in evangelism, worship leadership, church administration and discipleship.
  • The Caring Hands ministry at Jennings UMC and the leadership of Rev. Sheri Zehner, pastor of St. Paul’s UMC in Harahan, both recipients of a conference Ecumenical Award
  • World AIDS Day services and programs hosted throughout the conference on Dec. 1, 2011

Nov 11, 2011

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


Oct 21, 2011

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!


Oct 07, 2011

· 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


Sep 23, 2011

  • LSU’s Wesley Foundation plays a key role in a campus-wide 9/11 event
  • How UMCOR’s case management response after 9/11 refined the denomination’s approach to survivors of Hurricane Katrina
  • A pastor seeks peace despite the hurt caused by losing her brother the 9/11 attacks


Also, read:

  • · A UMNS report on how Louisiana and other United Methodist conferences were affected by Tropical Storm Lee.
  • · The announcement of Rev. Fred Wideman, pastor of Broadmoor UMC in Baton Rouge, as an Episcopal candidate in 2012
  • · Teams are still needed for disaster response efforts in Rayne, La., as they recover from devastating tornados


And, local churches will benefit from these resources:

  • Study results providing tips on encouraging church vitality
  • The latest resources from the Lewis Center on reaching new disciples
  • Bishop’s College Day slated Sept. 25 at First UMC in Baton Rouge
  • Upcoming Leaves of Gold retreat at Mt. Sequoyah Retreat Center

Sep 09, 2011

Find important resources for local churches in the September 9 edition of the Louisiana Now! Read about:

  • A free webinar on expanding your church’s income sources
  • Bishop’s College Day, with 15 United Methodist Colleges presenting on scholarships, standardized testing and more
  • Tips on making disciples for Christ from the General Board of Discipleship
  • A free newsletter promoting disability ministries for churches
  • A local church in Virginia creating “out of the box” worship for seekers

Also read about:

  • A recent mission to Haiti by a Louisiana Volunteers in Mission team, and how to volunteer
  • A leadership class for Louisiana pastors sponsored by the United Methodist Foundation of Louisiana
  • A young United Methodist from Louisiana recently commissioned as a missionary to Salt Lake City
  • A Sept. 22 fundraiser for Hagar’s House in New Orleans
  • “100 Years of Social Change,” sponsored by St. Mark’s UMC, New Orleans on Sept. 24

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