Communications and News

Update on the McCormick's In Africa

Update on the McCormick's In Africa
June 22, 2017

A year ago, during Annual Conference 2016, family and friends of the Louisiana Annual Conference watched David and Elizabeth McCormick become recognized as new missionaries of The United Methodist Church. Earlier in the year, the McCormicks, along with 27 others,  were commissioned in Portland, Oregon during the denomination’s 2016 General Conference. The McCormicks have moved to ...

Keeping an Eye on Cindy

Keeping an Eye on Cindy
June 20, 2017

Tropical Storm Cindy, the first named storm of the 2017 Atlantic hurricane season, is expected to make landfall along the Louisiana coastline Wednesday evening. Cindy is expected to bring a significant amount of rain to the southern portion of Louisiana, affecting areas as far west as Lake Charles and as far east as New Orleans.  The Conference office of Missional Outreach and ...

Complete Your Church Library

Complete Your Church Library
June 19, 2017

From time to time, the Conference Office comes across old Journals and other periodicals that need to find a new home. If your church has a library and you are missing journals or even old United Methodist Church Books of Discipline, please contact Kyle Wooldridge in the Conference office as to the availability: Kyle Wooldridge (225) 346-1646, ext. 208 kwooldridge@la-umc.org

Happening | 25th Anniversary

Happening | 25th Anniversary
June 16, 2017

This July, the Louisiana United Methodist Happening will celebrate its 25th anniversary. It all started in July of 1992 when three adults (Robert Chance, Carolyn Dove, and Terri Wehlander) and twelve youth (Julie Betz Floyd, Ashley McKenzie O’Leary, Kristen Myers, Leslie Stephens, James Williams, Jennifer Cockrell, Wendy Fortuna, Josh Johnson, Katie Lawson, Amy Moore, Heather Shanks, ...

A Pledge Made, A Promise Kept

A Pledge Made, A Promise Kept
June 13, 2017

Louisiana Annual Conference is proud to announce its fulfillment of a million dollar pledge to Africa University. The announcement came during Annual Conference 2017, the same year that marks the 25th anniversary of the founding of Africa University.   "I am delighted to complete the commitment begun so many years ago," said Bishop Cynthia Fierro Harvey. "I am reminded of my first trip...

Bishop Harvey Delivers Episcopal Address at Annual Conference 2017
June 09, 2017

<br /> <br /> Amazing Grace!  Sisters and brothers, it is by God’s grace that we have come this far.  Just think about what has happened since we were last together... In early July, Baton Rouge experienced the tragic shooting of Alton Sterling, a young African American man; this was only one of a rash of shootings that received national attention.  In July, we gathered ...

Important Announcement Regarding the New Orleans District

Important Announcement Regarding the New Orleans District
June 07, 2017

Bishop Cynthia Fierro Harvey is pleased to announce the appointment of Rev. Jan Holloway Curwick as District Superintendent of the New Orleans District.  This appointment comes after an extensive review of the missional and administrative needs of the District, and after consultation with the New Orleans District Superintendency Committee.  The previously announced shared ...

Building Spiritual Muscles

Building Spiritual Muscles
June 05, 2017

Sabrina Short is the latest Louisiana United Methodist author. Short, who attends Thomas United Methodist Church in Kenner Louisiana, and is married to Rev. Kaseem Short, is the author of Building Spiritual Muscles, A Six-Week Journey to Shape a More Powerful Faith. Together with Chris Wilterdink, Short designed a six-session Bible Study and discipleship resource designed for youth. ...

Imagination Expo

Imagination Expo
May 11, 2017

United Methodists from all across Louisiana are gearing up for Annual Conference 2017, June 7-10. Annual Conference is a time for church leaders to come together, hear the state of the church, worship as one and fellowship together as a Conference. Every year, lay leaders are appointed to attend Annual Conference from every church in the Conference. The laity has various events ...

Congregational Transformation

Congregational Transformation
May 10, 2017

The mission of the Louisiana Annual Conference is simple, yet complex. "Make disciples of Jesus Christ for the transformation of the world." To address the complexity and work toward the Conference's preferred future, which is to reach out and draw in people from all walks of life, resulting in vital, vibrant and alive congregations, the conference’s work in New Church Development and ...

Annual Conference 2017 App

Annual Conference 2017 App
May 10, 2017

All you need to know about Annual Conference 2017 is as close as your phone. The Louisiana Annual Conference has launched an app specifically tailored for Annual Conference 2017. The app is free of charge and available for immediate download.  It delivers on-demand essential items such as the agenda, directions to various event locations throughout Shreveport/Bossier, a portal to ask ...

Community Conversations

Community Conversations
May 03, 2017

Broadmoor United Methodist Church will host “Community Conversations: A Safe Place for Dialogue” this Saturday, May 6 from 10:00 a.m. to 12:00 p.m. in the Casual Worship Center. Community Conversations is an opportunity for local people of various races, religions, and backgrounds to come together to explore and discuss topics that affect their lives in Baton Rouge. “Community ...

Prayers for Peace

Prayers for Peace
May 03, 2017

Brothers and Sisters in Christ, While the city of Baton Rouge, the world and even our church faces anxious times, as people of faith, we must be a non-anxious presence in the face of anxious times.  The Department of Justice has said they will not charge Baton Rouge officers in the fatal shooting of Alton Sterling. I am reminded of the words of the prophet Isaiah, "Do not fear, for I ...

"Continue To Pray For Our Church"
April 28, 2017

The United Methodist Church’s top court, the Judicial Council, has issued a ruling with regard to the election and consecration of Rev. Karen Oliveto, an openly gay Bishop in the Western Jurisdiction. The court, in a 6-3 vote, ruled that the consecration violates church law but that Bishop Oliveto "remains in good standing” until an administrative or judicial process is completed. You ...

Digitizing the Past for the Future

Digitizing the Past for the Future
April 26, 2017

This story is courtesy Centenary College of Shreveport: The Centenary College of Louisiana Archives and Special Collections has completed a collaborative project to digitize its collection of publications by the Louisiana United Methodist Women and their predecessor organizations. The digitized material includes annual reports (1884-2014) and newsletters (1963-2006) – 12,000 pages in ...

Praying for the Judicial Council and the UMC

Praying for the Judicial Council and the UMC
April 25, 2017

This week, the United Methodist Church's Judicial Council will be meeting in Newark, New Jersey. One of the agenda items includes questions related to the election, consecration, and assignment of a bishop in a same-sex marriage. You can read more about the case and the legal debate here. In the meantime, Bishop Cynthia Fierro Harvey is asking all of us to hold the judicial council and...

A Resurrection Story

A Resurrection Story
April 20, 2017

“We know that in all things, God works for the good of those who love him, who have been called according to his purpose.” (Romans 8:28 NIV)   Those “things” can sometimes be painful and destructive. Like the Louisiana floods of 2016. But even in the wake of those devastating floods, Francis Asbury United Methodist Church is having a “resurrection” of sorts.   Francis Asbury UMC took on ...

Ginghamsburg Returns to Louisiana

Ginghamsburg Returns to Louisiana
March 30, 2017

Susan Barbin is used to odd things in her house.  ​ After all, she has a rooster named Pearl who she rescued and nursed back to health and who sleeps inside a dog crate.  (And yes, if you ask Susan, the rooster does indeed provide the perfect alarm clock.) Susan Barbin and her pet rooster But she’s not used to a bunch of Ohioans repairing and rebuilding her flooded home.  “I ...

Office of Missional Outreach and Engagement

Office of Missional Outreach and Engagement
March 30, 2017

As flood waters began to rise in south Louisiana, Bishop Cynthia Fierro Harvey knew the state, its churches, and its residents had a long road ahead. From the immediate mucking out and rebuilding of homes to long-term response and care, the church needed a coordinated response and for that, the Bishop turned to Dr. Debra Davis. "She has been a God-send," says Bishop Harvey. "She was ...

Children's Ministry event trains, resources, inspires

Children's Ministry event trains, resources, inspires
March 29, 2017

The Children’s Ministry Learning Lab held Feb. 17-18 at Asbury United Methodist Church in Lafayette brought together those who minister to children and their families for training, resourcing and inspiration. A special “Newbie Night” on Friday helped newcomers to children’s ministry by covering topics such as nursery/child care, budgets, volunteers and special needs ministry.   In ...

Innovative Plan for New Orleans District Announced

Innovative Plan for New Orleans District Announced
March 22, 2017

Mission field appointments are the priority for the bishop and the cabinet.  Often, during the appointive season, the bishop and cabinet are asked "what is a mission field appointment?"  Mission field appointments are a strategic and forward thinking way of placing the right pastor at the right place at the right time.  Appointments are made for today but with the future in mind.   The ...

Shreveport District plans Fruitful Conversations

Shreveport District plans Fruitful Conversations
March 21, 2017

The Shreveport District UMC is offering a time of interactive learning and development for Fruitful Conversations guided by Dr. Craig Gilliam and Betty Johnson. This event will help facilitate skills to have constructive, courageous conversations in our congregations, especially around challenging topics. From District Superintendent Rev. Wybra Price: We live, work and minister in an ...

St. Mark UMC makes big impact with Free Clothing Store

St. Mark UMC makes big impact with Free Clothing Store
March 20, 2017

St. Mark United Methodist Church in Opelousas is engaging with its surrounding community in a truly significant way with its main outward mission—a community free clothing store. “St. Mark has moved from serving God by doing general mission projects to specifically developing its main mission program—our Free Clothing Store,” said the Rev. Junius Egby, pastor.  The concept of the ...

Where Angels Dare to Dance

Where Angels Dare to Dance
March 20, 2017

An exciting new offering from Just Peace: Louisiana's own Dr. Craig Gilliam, who works on the staff of the Louisiana Annual Conference, in the area of clergy excellence, together with the Just Peace Network, are offering Craig's latest book Where Angels Dare to Dance as an E-book. They're also offering a 20% off coupon code at checkout between now and the end of the month: MARCH20 ...

Windows, Doors, Floors and Crawfish

Windows, Doors, Floors and Crawfish
March 17, 2017

The Rev. Jenny Seylar got her first taste of boiled crawfish while serving recently on a disaster response team in the Baton Rouge area. The team, which included four adults and four youth from First United Methodist Church in Tipton, Iowa, worked on the home of James and Karleen Butler in the Azalea Lakes subdivision. The house took on four feet of water during the catastrophic ...

Bold Imagination: Annual Conference 2017

Bold Imagination: Annual Conference 2017
March 14, 2017

More than 1,000 United Methodists will gather in the Shreveport/Bossier area for AC2017: Bold Imagination June 7-10 to worship, share in fellowship, “boldly” imagine and strategize their work in ministry to make disciples of Jesus Christ for the transformation of the world. Annual Conference will have some different characteristics this year. The business sessions will once again be ...

United Methodist physician turns author with 'God First'

United Methodist physician turns author with 'God First'
March 07, 2017

Bryan G. Sibley, MD, is a pediatrician in Lafayette, La. and has been an active member of Asbury United Methodist Church in the same city for more than 20 years. Married to Shelley Rosson Sibley, the couple has three children--Lauren, Garrett and Blair.  This already busy husband, father and doctor was about to get even busier when in the beginning of 2000, Dr. Sibley scheduled a ...

Lakeview UMC, Minden goes 'fishing for souls'

Lakeview UMC, Minden goes 'fishing for souls'
March 01, 2017

The Louisiana Department of Wildlife and Fisheries (Office of Fisheries) and Lakeview United Methodist Church in Minden recently hosted a free event called the "Get Out and Fish Community Fishing Program" at Turner’s Pond. Turner’s Pond, located on Lakeview UMC’s property, was stocked with 600 lbs of rainbow trout for this popular community event. The goals of the program are to ...

Lakeview UMC Honored

Lakeview UMC Honored
February 27, 2017

Lakeview United Methodist Church in Shreveport was recently honored by the Shreveport Public Assembly and Recreation for its continued efforts to add value to Shreveport communities and schools. Over the holidays,the church had gathered Christmas boxes for a local school. It was an effort that had been done in the past, but Pastor Klay Harrison challenged the church to triple their ...

God's Grace Came From Within

God's Grace Came From Within
February 23, 2017

DeWitt Perkins is a member of Cornerstone United Methodist Church in New Orleans, a church close to the path of tornadoes earlier this month.  Perkins is also a poet and he penned this poem about the tornado and the recovery that followed. It is a recovery that featured members of Cornerstone United Methodist Church, ERT responders from all across the Methodist connection as well as ...

Methodist Communicators To Gather in New Orleans

Methodist Communicators To Gather in New Orleans
February 23, 2017

The United Methodist Association of Communicators are gathering in New Orleans March 22-24 for its annual convention and you are invited. This exciting 3-day event, held inside the Le Méridien hotel on Poydras Drive can help prepare clergy, church staff members and active lay people for how to excel in communicating church matters. At this years gathering there will be a specific ...

Honoring 783 Years of Praise
February 16, 2017

On Sunday, February 26, 2017 following worship at St. Mark United Methodist Church in Baton Rouge, the congregation and staff will have a “birthday bash” for eight ninety-five plus year old members in the fellowship hall at the church.  We wanted to take a moment and give thanks to these women and to St. Mark for choosing to honor 783 years of dedication to the Lord and to the United ...

Louisiana United Methodist helps edit Book of Discipline

Louisiana United Methodist helps edit Book of Discipline
February 13, 2017

Take a minute to read the inspiring story of Dianne Wilkinson, a member of Benton UMC, who served on the Committee on Correlation and Editorial Review for the 2016 General Conference, and because of that assignment, helped to edit the Book of Discipline. The call from the Bishop’s office came out of the blue.  It wasn’t the first time that I had been asked to work on a special project, ...

The Power and Necessity of ERT

The Power and Necessity of ERT
February 13, 2017

If there has been one constant in the state of Louisiana in the past year, sadly, it has been the number of natural disasters wreaking havoc on the landscape and, in turn, congregations all across the state. Last week, as tornadoes swept across the New Orleans area, the power of the United Methodist connectional system was evident once again in the form of ERT responders. ERT stands ...

Tornado Response

Tornado Response
February 09, 2017

The Louisiana Conference is making a call out to deploy in-conference ERTs in response to the tornado in New Orleans East.  We are currently looking for trained Early Response Team members who can serve on teams, as well as those who are trained and would be willing to lead teams. The primary tasks will be chain saw work, debris removal, and roof tarping. All Louisiana ERT chain saw ...

Tornado Outbreak

Tornado Outbreak
February 08, 2017

A message from Bishop Cynthia Fierro Harvey: As we wake this morning in Louisiana, we continue to assess the damage from the outbreak of yesterday’s tornadoes.  Six parishes have been impacted: Ascension, Livingston, Orleans, St. Tammany, St. James and Tangipahoa.   Our Early Response Teams are on the scene making initial assessments and a request has been made for emergency support ...

Fresh Expressions: Winning Programs

Fresh Expressions: Winning Programs
February 06, 2017

The Louisiana Conference Board of Discipleship has made its selections for the latest recipients of the Fresh Expressions ministry micro-grants. 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 winning projects were designed to support of the ...

Children’s Ministry ‘Learning Lab’ offers innovative training for workers with children and their families

Children’s Ministry ‘Learning Lab’ offers innovative training for workers with children and their families
February 04, 2017

The Children’s Ministry Learning Lab, slated Feb. 17-18 at Asbury United Methodist Church in Lafayette, will bring together those who minister to children and their families for training, resourcing and inspiration. A special “Newbie Night” will begin at 3 p.m. on Friday, helping newcomers to children’s ministry by covering topics such as nursery/child care, budgets, volunteers and ...

Hold Up Your Corner

Hold Up Your Corner
January 22, 2017

When civil unrest broke out in Ferguson, Missouri following the shooting death of 18-year old Michael Brown, the city would erupt into civil unrest as protesters clashed with police. Almost immediately, Rev. Dr. F. Willis Johnson found himself and his church, Wellspring United Methodist Church, at the center of one of America's most divisive racial matters in decades. Two years later, ...

Hope in Vernon Parish

Hope in Vernon Parish
January 22, 2017

Remembering the day they waked from sleep to receive the text message that screamed, “You only have minutes to evacuate!” is a sobering reflection for Sabine River residents Snookie and Mickey Young.  This day, however, their faces are relaxed and joyful as they watch team members from two North Texas Conference churches put finishing touches on the restoration project, a project the ...

Harry Denman Evangelism Award

Harry Denman Evangelism Award
January 12, 2017

For more than 30 years, The Foundation for Evangelism has celebrated United Methodist clergy, laity and youth for their outstanding personal evangelism and commitment to “offer them Christ” by sponsoring the prestigious Harry Denman Evangelism Award. The Louisiana Annual Conference, and more specifically the Conference Board of Discipleship, is looking for clergy, laity and youth who ...

Texas Cabinet sends disaster response team to Louisiana

Texas Cabinet sends disaster response team to Louisiana
January 10, 2017

Members of the Texas Annual Conference cabinet recently served on a disaster response team to Louisiana to assist in the wake of devastating floods that hit the state in March and August of 2016.   The Texas Conference is no stranger to flooding, said Rev. Scott Moore, executive director of the Texas Annual Conference Missions Center located in Conroe, Tex.   “We’ve been hit with our own...

Early Response Training in Louisiana

Early Response Training in Louisiana
December 30, 2016

Louisiana Early Response teams are “on the ground” across South Louisiana bringing personnel, equipment and supplies to areas affected by recent catastrophic flooding. “Trained volunteers are needed immediately for early response efforts,” said Rev. Bob Deich, pastor of Grace United Methodist Church in Ruston and coordinator of Early Response Teams for the Louisiana Conference. “Tasks ...

A Christmas Blessing from Pennsylvania

A Christmas Blessing from Pennsylvania
December 23, 2016

This Christmas, United Methodists in Louisiana are mindful of our neighbors who were deeply impacted by devastating floods in 2016. That care and concern has stretched across the denomination as individuals and churches send response teams, donations, and sometimes, a bit of Christmas cheer to help flood survivors. The children of Wayne United Methodist Church in Wayne, Pennsylvania ...

Peoples UMC serves single mothers in 'Central City' New Orleans

Peoples UMC serves single mothers in 'Central City' New Orleans
December 15, 2016

In keeping with the Mission, Vision and Core Values of the Louisiana Conference, Peoples United Methodist Church in New Orleans is engaging with the church’s surrounding community in a very significant way. People’s “Amanzi” women’s ministry is an outreach and witness ministry with a mission to improve the lives of single mothers, families and homeless women in the New Orleans Central ...

Little ones gather at Lee's Landing UMC's 'Pray-ground'

Little ones gather at Lee's Landing UMC's 'Pray-ground'
December 05, 2016

It’s a commonly heard story in Louisiana these days.   Like so many others, Lee's Landing United Methodist Church in Ponchatoula flooded in March of 2016.   While struggling to recover from the first event, the Baton Rouge District church was inundated a second time during the historic flooding this past August.   “We are slowly, but surely, rebuilding and getting everything back in ...

Louisiana Disaster Response

Louisiana Disaster Response
December 05, 2016

The floods of 2016 may have disappeared from news headlines, but communities all across Louisiana continue to rebuild.  The United Methodist Church has continued to respond and has uniquely positioned itself to help flood survivors from Monroe to Baton Rouge, Denham Springs to Lafayette and anywhere the church is called to help. "The United Methodist Church is known to be the last ones...

Michelle Willis Raises Money for Louisiana

Michelle Willis Raises Money for Louisiana
November 29, 2016

With a smile as large as the room, Michelle Willis proudly introduces herself as a musician from Zachary, Louisiana whose goal is to "make a positive difference in the world through music". The singer/songwriter visited the offices of the Louisiana Annual Conference to share just how true that statement is as she presented Bishop Cynthia Fierro Harvey a check for over $1,000.    The ...

Bishop Harvey Reflects on Tremendous Generosity
November 21, 2016

As we look ahead to the Thanksgiving holiday, Bishop Cynthia Fierro Harvey reflects on the tremendous generosity from Methodists all across the connection following the 2016 floods.   Thanksgiving from Louisiana Annual Conference on Vimeo.

Fire at David Haas Memorial United Methodist Church in Bunkie

Fire at David Haas Memorial United Methodist Church in Bunkie
November 21, 2016

Shortly after ten o’clock Sunday night, Rev. Brian Ridgedell received a knock on both the front and rear door of the David Haas Memorial United Methodist Church parsonage.   “Neighbors from across the street were knocking on the back door,” he said, “And one of the church members who happened to be driving by was knocking on the front door.”   As he rushed out, he quickly saw why they ...

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