Communications and News

Centenary Partners with Perkins School of Theology

Centenary Partners with Perkins School of Theology
September 18, 2017

When Dr. Craig C. Hill, Dean of the Perkins School of Theology, walks around the campus of Centenary College, a school affiliated with the United Methodist Church in Shreveport, Louisiana, he has flashbacks.  “Everything here reminds me of my days at Illinois Wesleyan University,” says Hill who received a Bachelor of Arts degree in Religion from the school in Bloomington. “It was the ...

Blessed to Bless

Blessed to Bless
September 13, 2017

Story by Mark Lambert “The first thing that hit me was that smell.” As an Early Response Team member certified through the Louisiana Conference, Susan Laborde had smelled the inside of a flooded home many times. But this one was different. This house in southwest Louisiana was her first as an ERT member since going through her own devastating flood one year earlier. “I just sat there ...

Laity Retreat: Deepening Faith & Igniting Ministry

Laity Retreat: Deepening Faith & Igniting Ministry
September 13, 2017

A letter from Terrel DeVille, Louisiana Conference Lay Leader Greetings to All, I want to personally invite you to attend a very special event being held for you and members of your congregation. This special event at the Wesley Center focuses on Deepening Faith/Igniting Ministry (Living the Great Commandment) and is sponsored by your Board of Laity and Discipleship Team of the ...

Now Accepting Teams For Harvey Relief

Now Accepting Teams For Harvey Relief
September 08, 2017

At this time, the Office of Missional Outreach and Engagement is accepting teams (4 or more persons) to register and assist those impacted by Hurricane Harvey in the Lake Charles District.  Initially, the call for volunteers was limited to only ERT trained responders. "While the first priority is to have fully trained ERT responders, we have adjusted the strategy to address the need, ...

Hope for Houston Now

Hope for Houston Now
September 07, 2017

Kenny Beauvais was in a shuttered department store 12 years ago in Shreveport, sorting through building-sized stacks of clothes people had donated for Hurricane Katrina victims. There were few volunteers, little direction and even less organization to the earnest relief effort.   “I was the only one sorting clothes,” Kenny said, looking back at the 2005 experience. “Later, I found out ...

BMCR Fall Revivals

BMCR Fall Revivals
September 04, 2017

The Louisiana BMCR (Black Methodists for Church Renewal) will be holding Fall District Revivals to revive, renew, and restore churches in Louisiana. "As Black Methodists, we are working to make sure our churches are on fire and ready to reach out and serve in the name of Christ," said Rev. Karlie Pidgeon, pastor of Cornerstone UMC in New Orleans. "This will help us reinvigorate, revive ...

ERT Training

ERT Training
September 04, 2017

The Louisiana Conference is need of certified ERT responders, specifically for the Lake Charles district and the area impacted by Hurricane Harvey. Early Response Teams (ERT's) fill a specific need in the early days after a disaster to clean out flood-damaged homes, remove debris, place tarps on homes, and otherwise help to prevent further damage while providing a caring Christian ...

World Communion Sunday, Oct. 1

World Communion Sunday, Oct. 1
September 04, 2017

World Communion Sunday is October 1, 2017. Around the globe, countless gifted and qualified people face financial obstacles that hinder them from preparing for the vocation God has given them, especially youth and young adults. For ethnic students who will be the first generation in their families to attend college, or for those people of color who haven’t historically had access to ...

A Trailer Full of Love

A Trailer Full of Love
September 02, 2017

It was Tuesday morning in Sulphur, Louisiana, and Rev. Austin Rinehart, an associate pastor of Henning Memorial United Methodist Church, was worried about Tropical Storm Harvey as it approached Louisiana. His southwest Louisiana community didn’t have enough beds to shelter the anticipated number of local evacuees, many of whom still bore the scars of Hurricane Rita in 2005. Plus, ...

A Coordinated Response
September 01, 2017

Watch as Rev. Laraine Teel Waughtal, Director of the Office of Missional Outreach and Engagement, and Rev. Roger Templeton stand near Harvey flood waters in Lake Charles to discuss the coordinated effort to respond to those in need. They also discuss the Conference ERT response, answer some frequently asked questions and explain how we are committed to both Louisiana and Texas.   The ...

Flood Bucket Locations

Flood Bucket Locations
August 30, 2017

The United Methodist Committee on Relief (UMCOR) is currently working with disaster coordinators and early response teams in Louisiana and Texas to provide relief to the many people whose lives have been impacted by hurricane/tropical storm Harvey. One way churches in Louisiana can help is to assemble cleaning kits, also known as flood buckets. These kits contain the supplies needed to ...

Southwest Louisiana Fearing More Flooding
August 30, 2017

Rev. Roger Templeton is asking for Christians all over the world to pray for God's guiding hand of mercy in south Louisiana.  Templeton, who pastors at Welsh Memorial United Methodist Church in Vinton and Maplewood United Methodist Church in Sulphur, experienced the eye wall of Harvey and says the rain "just hasn't stopped." Adding to the devastating rainfall is news of a controlled ...

Hurricane Harvey Relief Efforts

Hurricane Harvey Relief Efforts
August 25, 2017

A statement from Bishop Cynthia Fierro Harvey Greetings in the name of our Lord and Savior Jesus Christ. Usually, we are honored when someone chooses our name as a namesake. It is not so when it is a Hurricane. As I write, Hurricane Harvey continues to batter the South Texas Coastline near Corpus Christi, as another namesake, “the body of Christ” braces for a catastrophic weather ...

Preparing for the Worst, Praying for the Best

Preparing for the Worst, Praying for the Best
August 24, 2017

As Harvey threatens the east coast of Texas and portions of south Louisiana, the Louisiana Annual Conference is prepared to respond in numerous ways. Rev. Laraine Waughtal is the Conference's new Director of Missional Engagement and Outreach and she and her office stand ready. "We are monitoring the storm and the situation hourly," she says. "Our early responders are standing by and ...

Looking Back at Flood Recovery

Looking Back at Flood Recovery
August 18, 2017

By Betty Backstrom  Aug. 18, 2017 | Baton Rouge, LA A year ago, Louisiana experienced historic flooding that affected thousands, devastating homes and businesses to such magnitude that it was reminiscent of the physical damage caused by Hurricanes Rita and Katrina.   As expected, United Methodists throughout Louisiana stepped up, serving as the hands and feet of Christ for friends and ...

Bishop Harvey Looks Back at 2016 Flood

Bishop Harvey Looks Back at 2016 Flood
August 18, 2017

"It was about a year ago that we watched the flood waters rising around us. Some folks, even here where we are in Denham Springs were gathering the little bit that they could to get to safety. But, the people of God, once again, responded. You responded by helping people...you rescued people...you brought food...you brought everything these people needed for just this brief time in ...

A Word from Bishop Harvey on Charlottesville

A Word from Bishop Harvey on Charlottesville
August 18, 2017

As I watch the news feed from Charlottesville, VA come across my phone, my heart aches. Many of you have reminded us of perhaps the weightiest of questions asked at our baptism: "Do you accept the freedom and power God gives you to resist evil, injustice, and oppression in whatever forms they present themselves?" Answering this question with a firm 'yes' comes with great ...

Buddy Camp:

Buddy Camp: "A God-Send"
August 18, 2017

By Bill Sumrall First United Methodist Church Alexandria Michelle Smith's oldest son, Casen, joined Buddy Camp at FUMC Alexandria about 13 years ago as a camper. Casen has autism, and last week at age 18 he served as a counselor while his younger sisters Marley and Mazzie came as campers.  Over 100 children (campers), 100 counselors (teens), and 30 adults celebrated the final week of ...

Grants for Vital Conversations and Peace-Making

Grants for Vital Conversations and Peace-Making
August 18, 2017

Vital Conversations Grant  The Louisiana Annual Conference Commission on Religion and Race is seeking to fund initiatives up to $500 that will support vital conversations about race, cultural diversity, xenophobia, privilege, and systemic equality.  The Louisiana Annual Conference Commission on Religion and Race invite two churches (one must be United Methodist) of differing and diverse...

2017 Retiree Retreat

2017 Retiree Retreat
August 15, 2017

You are invited to come feast and fellowship with our retired clergy and clergy spouses.   Together, we will sing, laugh, play games, refresh friendships and make new memories.  Louisiana's retired Bishop Bill Hutchinson will celebrate Holy Communion before we have lunch together on Tuesday. When Sunday, October 8, 2017 Gathering at 4:00 PM -to- Tuesday, October 10, 2017 Adieu at 1:00 PM...

2018 Holy Land Trip

2018 Holy Land Trip
August 08, 2017

Join Bishop Harvey and the Louisiana Conference on this exciting Holy Land Journey tour January 22-29, 2018. The trip varies in cost, ranging between $2,698 - $2,946, depending on your airport of origination.  Details on the trip can be found here.  A downloadable brochure can be found here.  The Louisiana Annual Conference partners with EO, Educational Opportunities for these ...

The DNA of Christians

The DNA of Christians
August 08, 2017

“It is always about being the hands and feet and presence of Christ during the most difficult and vulnerable times in people’s lives,” said Rev. Laraine Waughtal, Director of the Office of Missional Engagement and Outreach for the Louisiana Conference. “ We are honored and privileged that Christ calls us to such a ministry as this.”    In her new role for the Conference, serving as the ...

Save the Dates: Annual Conference 2018

Save the Dates: Annual Conference 2018
August 07, 2017

Save the Dates!  The dates for Annual Conference 2018 have been secured. Mark your calendars for June 6-9 in Shreveport/Bossier.   Annual Conference is our time of holy conferencing together as a body. It includes worship, singing, prayer, learning, conversation, celebration, and praise to God. And yes, there are also business matters, including reports of our shared missions and ...

Wonder, Love and Praise: Sharing a Vision of The Church

Wonder, Love and Praise: Sharing a Vision of The Church
August 06, 2017

From the opening words of Wonder, Love, and Praise: “United Methodists are in need of a renewed vision today: not just a new view—which might be just the latest rationale for the latest operational program—but a renewed capacity to see and apprehend what “church” is all about. With our fellow Christians everywhere, we witness a rapidly changing church, both within our denomination and ...

The Hope for Transformation

The Hope for Transformation
July 31, 2017

Rev. Dr. Gloria Fowler is just weeks into serving as new Director of Congregational Transformation and New Church Development for the Louisiana Conference.   “I am excited to finally be in Louisiana to start this important work,” said Dr. Fowler, an ordained elder. “Bishop Harvey and the cabinet have discerned that it is time to focus on revitalizing our congregations, so that our ...

Office of Treasurer

Office of Treasurer
July 17, 2017

In June, Bishop Cynthia Fierro Harvey announced the appointment of Rev. Jan Curwick as the New Orleans District Superintendent. This appointment created a vacancy in the position of Conference Treasurer and Executive Director of Finance and Administrative Services.    Sandy O'Brien Mr. Kenny Beauvais, Chair of the Council on Finance and Administration of the Annual Conference (CFA), ...

Email Addresses

Email Addresses
July 11, 2017

In an effort to streamline communications across the various districts in Louisiana, email addresses for district contacts have changed.  Please take a moment to review these changes:  Lake Charles District: LCdistrict@la-umc.org Superintendent Rev. Tom Dolph tdolph@la-umc.org    Monroe District: MNdistrict@la-umc.org Superintendent Rev. Gary Willis gwillis@la-umc.org   Shreveport ...

Mission u: Education for the Transformation of the World

Mission u: Education for the Transformation of the World
July 11, 2017

“Mission u: Education for the Transformation of the World,” is slated for Wednesday - Saturday, July 19-22, 2017 at The Wesley Center in Woodworth. This is an opportunity to study current issues impacting society and grow in an understanding of mission in the current world context. The Louisiana Conference United Methodist Women Mission u event provides educational experiences that ...

Episcopal Address: 2017

Episcopal Address: 2017
June 26, 2017

View either a condensed version or the entire version of Bishop Cynthia Fierro Harvey's Episcopal Address from Annual Conference 2017.​

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 ...

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