Communications and News

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 Asbury 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 ...

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...

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 ...

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