Communications and News

Billboards, radio spots and online ads will promote Oct. 11 Louisiana Skeeter Run
September 08, 2014

A media plan including radio and billboard advertising, as well as online ads, will promote the Oct. 11 Louisiana Skeeter Runs in Baton Rouge, Lake Charles, Mandeville and Ruston! The media buy is funded through a grant from United Methodist Communications, the third such grant from UMCOM supporting the Skeeter Run, which is in its third year. UMCOM has issued media grants to the ...

Centenary student organization sponsors New York Times best selling author Judy Shepard
September 08, 2014

SHREVEPORT, LA — Centenary College’s student-led organization, Outreach, is sponsoring speaker and New York Times best selling author Judy Shepard to present “The Legacy of Matthew Shepard” on Saturday, Sept. 6 in the Whited Room on Centenary’s campus at 10 a.m. Shepard’s son, Matthew, was killed in 1998 while a student at the University of Wyoming in a murder motivated by anti-gay ...

Conference UMM up for recognition for prep of 10,300 meals for Stop Hunger Now
September 08, 2014

The Louisiana Conference United Methodist Men have been nominated for a denominational UMM competition that honors annual conferences, districts and local churches for significant ministries to men and youth. The Conference UMM were nominated for the assembling of 10,300 dehydrated meals for Stop Hunger Now, a global humanitarian aid organization. The packing—done side by side with a ...

Dillard hosts 'brain food' lecture series
September 08, 2014

(New Orleans), LA – A conservative Republican, an economic activist, an award-winning ballet soloist and a noted civil rights attorney will be featured speakers during Dillard University’s 2014 “Brain Food” Lecture Series. Launching Sept. 18, the series’ inaugural speaker will be Michael Steele, first African American Chairman of the Republican National Committee. The lecture, which is ...

Worship planning retreat with Dr. Marcia McFee is Sept. 28-Oct. 1
September 03, 2014

Plan vital worship for the whole year by attending a worship planning retreat at The Wesley Center in Woodworth, La. with United Methodist worship expert, Dr. Marcia McFee, Sept. 28-Oct. 1. Individual pastors or teams welcome! (2 CEU's available). For more information, visit

Backpack ministry serves border students
September 02, 2014

Willie Berman, GBGM Missionary and Manos Juntas Director, is asking for continued support with a “backpack” ministry program which is part of the Methodist Border Friendship Commission outreach. While stores are still offering school supplies on sale, please help the program by buying extra for these deserving students. Below is the school backpack supplies list. If churches can store ...

Emory University’s Candler School of Theology celebrates 100 years
August 26, 2014

Emory University's Candler School of Theology, founded in July 1914, celebrates its centennial beginning Aug. 28 with an opening convocation in Cannon Chapel, the publishing of a new book on its history, the dedication of a new building for Pitts Theology Library, and a series of events throughout the academic year, culminating with a centennial academic conference in the spring. Named ...

GBGM missionaries to Panama visit Louisiana Conference Sept. 17-23
August 26, 2014

Cindy and David Ceballos, long-term Individual Volunteers through GBGM, are coming to Louisiana Sept. 17-23. During their itineration, they will be based out of Lafayette, and travel for visits to churches in Baton Rouge, Eunice and Natchitoches. The couple will speak the evening of Sept. 18 at Ingleside UMC, Baton Rouge; the evening of Sept. 19 at First UMC, Eunice; the morning of Sept....

Dillard celebrates 50 years of 'Upward Bound'
August 25, 2014

NEW ORLEANS, LA – Dillard University will celebrate the 50th anniversary of its Upward Bound program during a breakfast scheduled for Sept. 20 at 10 a.m. in the Student Union. Founded in 1964, Dillard’s Upward Bound initiative is one of 17 pilot programs in the country and is the first in Louisiana. Upward Bound is a Federal TRIO Program and was initially created as part of President ...

GBHEM provides creative continuing education programs
August 25, 2014

During the recent Mid-Quadrennial Board of Ordained Ministry (BOM) training event held in Denver, annual conference continuing educators participated fully with chairs of BOM, Order of Elders and Order of Deacons, and Fellowship of Local Pastors by the invitation of the Clergy Lifelong Learning office at GBHEM. The purpose of their participation was to find opportunities to work ...

School, Health Kits needed for Haiti
August 25, 2014

In support of children’s education programs in Haiti and around the world, the United Methodist Committee on Relief (UMCOR) is launching a renewed call for school kits and health kits. In Haiti, UMCOR is one of various nongovernmental organizations partnering with Care International and its Partnership for Learning Program. Through this program, CARE is committed to helping 50,000 ...

UMC Cyber Campus offers online CEU classes starting in September!
August 25, 2014

UMC Cyber Campus is a gateway to theological education which provides a single entry point through an online catalog and aims to enhance global access to affordable high quality church-related educational resources. The campus strives to develop confident and knowledgeable Christian leaders on an ongoing basis. Please visit UMC Cyber Campus to see a full catalog of online theological ...

Foundation joins Louisiana Conference, UMCOM as sponsors of 2014 Skeeter Run
August 20, 2014

The United Methodist Foundation of Louisiana has issued a grant for $5,000 to the Louisiana Annual Conference supporting the 2014 Louisiana Skeeter Run. This grant will assist the conference with the operational expenses incurred when putting on the event, which is being held in six cities throughout the state. An additional grant from United Methodist Communications will help with web ...

Wissam Salsaa speaks at conference churches on Israeli-Palestinian crisis
August 20, 2014

Wissam Salsaa, a Christian Palestinian, visits with Jessica Lowe before his presentation Aug. 17 at First UMC, Baton Rouge Wissam Salsaa is a Christian Palestinian currently living with his wife and children in Bethlehem, located in the central West Bank. He was born less than 200 yards from the site commonly accepted as the birthplace of Jesus. He is a friend to many Louisiana United ...

220 enjoy Youth Ignite! at Camp Istrouma
August 19, 2014

Nearly 220 youth and youth workers from the New Orleans and Baton Rouge Districts participated in Youth Ignite! on Aug. 16 at Camp Istrouma in Central. Everyone gathered to celebrate the last days of summer and to welcome the new school year. Youth played indoor and outdoor games, swam in the pool, canoed in the lake and worshiped together. The theme IHOPE (based on Romans12:12) was ...

Ingleside UMC hosts food truck roundup, church-wide garage sale
August 19, 2014

Close to 500 church members, Capital Heights area residents and visitors from throughout Baton Rouge gathered at Ingleside United Methodist Church for the Baton Rouge Food Truck Roundup on Aug. 13. Trucks assembled in the church parking lot offering hamburgers, pulled pork tacos and nachos, unique coffees, gourmet cupcakes, gelatos and more. “Church members did a great job of hosting ...

Mt. Zion UMC, New Orleans celebrates 144th anniversary of ministry
August 19, 2014

Mount Zion UMC in New Orleans celebrated 144 years of ministry on July 27 during the 9 a.m. worship service. Rev. Hadley R. Edwards, New Orleans District Superintendent, spoke on “Changing Hearts for God.” The theme for the anniversary celebration was “A People of Vision Serving an Omnipotent God.” Dr. S. Carver Davenport, director of music, led the Mount Zion Sanctuary Choir through ...

GBGM missionary to Cambodia visits Louisiana Conference during itineration
August 18, 2014

Helen Camarce, GBGM missionary to Cambodia and treasurer for Methodist missions in Cambodia and Southeast Asia, visited 13 churches in the Louisiana Conference during her recent itineration to the United States. Camarce enjoyed her time in Louisiana, and was especially appreciative of "establishing relationships" with congregations. She has been a missionary for 14 years, with the last ...

Roberts United Methodist Church holds ‘Back to School Bash’
August 12, 2014

DENHAM SPRINGS – A tradition that goes back more than 65 years continued Saturday (July 26) at Roberts United Methodist Church. The Church held its annual “Back to School Bash” in preparation for the start of the 2014-15 school year. A diverse group of nearly 100 kids received free school supplies and heard motivational messages from representatives of the business community and local ...

Shreveport Skeeter Run hosts 300+ participants!
August 12, 2014

On Saturday, Aug. 9, more than 300 United Methodists, friends and community members participated in the 2014 Shreveport Skeeter Run. Thousands of dollars were raised to help the cause of Imagine No Malaria, and awareness for the initiative was bolstered through the efforts of many among our United Methodist churches in the Shreveport District. Many thanks to First UMC, Shreveport for ...

2016 General Conference logo unveiled
August 06, 2014

Nashville, Tenn.: The Commission on the General Conference has chosen a logo for the 2016 General Conference. United Methodist Communications developed the logo to complement the theme of the 2016 General Conference, "Therefore go," which the Commission chose in 2013. Stephanie Henry of the Upper New York Annual Conference chairs the Logo and Theme Committee. The theme is based on the...

Centenary named among nation’s top colleges
August 06, 2014

SHREVEPORT, LA —Forbes has named Centenary College of Louisiana one of the South’s “Top 100” colleges for 2014 in its annual ranking released Wednesday. The college climbed nine spots to 99 from the 2013 list.   "This national recognition is an important endorsement of our distinctive approach to providing a rigorous liberal arts education," said Jenifer K. Ward, provost and dean of the...

Online registration for the Shreveport Skeeter Run will end at midnight tonight!
August 06, 2014

So if you want the ease of online registration, please go to the registration website at by 12 Midnight, tonight!   If you aren’t prepared to register today, you may do so by going to Sportspectrum located at 6970 Fern Ave. in Shreveport (August 7, 12 noon-7 p.m. and August 8, 10 a.m.-5:30 p.m.). We will be conducting both early packet pickup for those who ...

Upper Room Ministries offers ministry opportunity for children and youth
August 06, 2014

In late June of this year, United Methodist clergy in the Rio Grande Valley asked Upper Room Ministries and the General Board of Discipleship to develop a resource to help them minister to the children and youth now streaming to the United States from Central and South America. In response, Upper Room is producing a 24-page prayer booklet. This booklet, initially published in Spanish and...

Seven sites every United Methodist should see around the globe
August 04, 2014

This pier on Bayou Teche in Louisiana is part of the Sager Brown Depot. Located in Baldwin, the depot ships $7 million worth of supplies and relief kits throughout the world for the United Methodist Committee on Relief. Photo by United Methodist News Service. If you want to see where ministry and mission converge, the bayou country of Louisiana is the home of the primary U.S. ...

St. Mark UMC celebrates 125th anniversary
July 30, 2014

St. Mark United Methodist Church, 6217 Glen Oaks Dr. in Baton Rouge, will celebrate its 125th anniversary on Aug. 17 at 10 a.m. The church, which is the second oldest historically black church in the Baton Rouge community, will celebrate the anniversary using the theme “Surrendering to the Holy Spirit,” with John 14:15-31 and Romans 8:22-27 as supporting scriptures.   Rev. Derrick ...

Winn endowment reaches $30K
July 30, 2014

The Journey Toward Excellence endowment has reached nearly one-third of its goal of $100K to honor the Reverend Doctors John and Carole Cotton Winn. Rev. Dr. Craig Gilliam of The Center for Pastoral Excellence is asking for more expressions of appreciation and gratitude in the way of gifts, to reach the goal. Journey Toward Excellence is an endowment supporting The Academy for Spiritual ...

Berman visiting conference churches
July 29, 2014

Willie Berman, General Board of Global Missions missionary to Mexico and director of the Manos Juntas ministry, is traveling through Louisiana this summer, visiting local churches. Louisiana Volunteers in Mission medical and construction teams are continuing to go to Mexico and are expecting to increase in numbers. Willie and his wife, Veronica, have shared this story during their tour...

Bethany UMC hosts Hattitude
July 28, 2014

Guests and members sported a host of hats at Hattitude 2014 held July 27 at Bethany United Methodist Church in New Orleans. The event promoted fun and fellowship while raising funds for church operational expenses. Various awards were presented to event participants. Pictured here is "Chan Man," third place winner in the children’s division.  

Weekend of the Cross Jr. offers volunteer opportunities for children of WOC volunteers
July 28, 2014

While parents were repairing and painting homes for the "most vulnerable" in the Ruston community, their children took part in Weekend of the Cross Jr. held at Trinity United Methodist Church. Evalise Schexsnayder, director of Children's Ministry for the Ruston church, organized events for the kids, which included bringing food to the area's Christian Community Action Center. Meanwhile,...

SCJ Disaster Academy is Sept. 7-11
July 24, 2014

If you are interested in serving people affected by disaster, at any stage of response and recovery, this event is for you. Experience workshops relevant to all levels of skill and interest including Early Response, Spiritual and Emotional Care, UMCOR and its programs, Site Assessment, Clean-Up, Roles in Response, Long-Term Recovery and more! And with early bird registration of $175 ...

Shepherd's Market marks two years of feeding souls
July 24, 2014

Theresa Sandifer, head bowed in the prayer that opens every shift of the Shepherd’s Market Food Pantry, lifted her eyes when a late-entering client walked through the door. She motioned with her hand and made room for him in the circle. On July 17, the market celebrated its second anniversary, and about a dozen volunteers took a moment to share slices of cake with about as many ...

Brown to serve as Global Mission Fellow
July 22, 2014

Arnold Vestal Brown, Jr., a member of Neeley United Methodist Church in Baton Rouge, was commissioned on July 19 as a United Methodist missionary, along with 41 other young adults from 11 different countries. As a Global Mission Fellow, Arnold will serve for appropriately 20 months in China teaching English, and five months in the United States sharing his ministry experience with ...

Palestinian Christian to visit conference Aug. 16-17
July 22, 2014

Dear Friends: I am writing to let you know of an upcoming opportunity to share some time with Wisam Salsaa, our good friend and outstanding tour guide for each of our Louisiana Holy Land tours. Most usually he has been the guide for the Bishop and for those on the Ordinands bus, but I think that most of us who have taken part in previous Holy Land tours with the Conference would remember...

Bishop Harvey to provide 'clarion call' at UM Global AIDS Fund Conference
July 21, 2014

Bishop Cynthia Harvey from Louisiana will provide a clarion call to action to those gathered at the 5th United Methodist Global AIDS Fund Conference, Countdown to Zero: Just Save One, to be held Sept. 11-13, 2014 in Denver, Colo. Bishop Harvey is the episcopal leader in a conference that believes the AIDS pandemic must be eradicated and has taken action to make that happen. Over the ...

Pray for the Children: A message from Bishop Cynthia Fierro Harvey
July 21, 2014

I have been watching the news and reading articles and letters that address the humanitarian crisis on the border. Thousands of unaccompanied children are filling facilities along the border and beyond. As I read, I feel helpless. My tendency is to want to DO something. Should I send health kits, clothes, shoes? Something? Then I am reminded of my days at UMCOR when well-intended ...

SELA Wesley Foundation student recalls experiences in Cambodia with LAVIM mission team
July 21, 2014

Megan Ferrando, a member of the Southeastern Louisiana University Wesley Foundation, recently wrote an article for the school’s newspaper (The Lion’s Roar) recalling her experiences on a LAVIM mission to Cambodia. Ferrando’s article is now up for a national award, according to Rev. Emile Tosso, Foundation director. Ferrando has helped facilitate the Cambodian Methodist Youth camp on two...

Spotted on Facebook and the Internet--New Faith Community at Carrollton
July 21, 2014

Rev. Gail Irwin is examining the question, "How can churches negotiate healthy closures that invite the re-purposing of their spiritual, material and social resources for new ministry ventures?" Her project, “From Death to Life: Churches Facing Resurrection,” will address this question through interviews with lay and clergy leaders, and drawing from her professional life. Rev. Irwin ...

Take advantage of Cokesbury clearance sale!
July 21, 2014

The Cokesbury Summer Clearance Sale is going on now! Find great deals on books, Bibles, church supplies, gifts, vestments and more. Shop here!

A letter from the Bishops of the United Methodist Conferences of Texas
July 17, 2014

A letter from the Bishops of the United Methodist Conferences of Texas is calling on the people of The United Methodist Church to respond faithfully in the midst of the humanitarian crisis at our country’s southern border.  My colleagues and I have issued the pastoral letter (see below) to the United Methodists in Texas. It is our prayer that the letter wilI be incorporated into sermons...

Conference youth plan, organize at LYMO
July 16, 2014

Conference Council on Youth Ministries  (CCYM)--youth selected by their peers to represent each of the six districts in the Louisiana Conference--gathered at LYMO in July to see how they can reach youth and make an impact in The United Methodist Church through youth events. Participants also learned how to lead small groups, plan and execute events and engage in strategic planning. ...

Joint ministry assists elderly in Destrehan
July 16, 2014

Volunteers from New Life Community Church, the joint ministry of Luling United Methodist Church and First Union Presbyterian Church, recently visited Ormond Nursing and Care Center in Destrehan. While there, volunteers assisted the residents in a craft activity and also served them snowballs. The church regularly volunteers in the community through various outreach projects as part of ...

View inspiring 'Thank You' video from Imagine No Malaria to the people of The United Methodist Church!
July 15, 2014

Take a moment out of your day to view this "Thank You"  video created by United Methodist Communications commending efforts to raise funds and awareness for Imagine No Malaria. Find out a little more about how the funds from the Louisiana Skeeter Run, and other fundraising efforts, are spent to save thousands of lives.

Wesley Center offers affordable venue
July 15, 2014

Planning a meeting or retreat? The Wesley Center offers an exceptional experience for less than $100 per person per day. That includes one night’s lodging with a private room, three delicious meals provided by our new onsite caterers, and a comfortable meeting space. Our facilities are beautiful, the grounds are spectacular and the staff is eager to meet your every need. We serve church...

ERT trainings coming soon
July 08, 2014

Early Response Team webpage here. Early Response Team trainings will be held Aug. 2 at Grace UMC in Ruston and Aug. 16 at Northwood UMC in Lafayette. All classes will be led by UMCOR-certified trainer, Ken Musick, a member of St. Andrew’s UMC in Baton Rouge. Trainings will begin at 8 a.m. and end at or before 5 p.m. Not a first response group of emergency workers--nor a recovery rebuild ...

Free UM Handbook now available!
July 08, 2014

The United Methodist Handbook entitled, “Let's Go Fishing: Making Disciples of Jesus Christ for the Transformation of the World” is a 61-page, colorful publication filled with comprehensive information about The United Methodist Church. Fresh for the quadrennium, the new United Methodist Handbook is ready and available FREE from United Methodist Communications. Packed with ...

Mission u slated for July 23-26
July 08, 2014

“Mission u: Learning Together for the Transformation of the World,” slated for July 23-26 at The Wesley Center in Woodworth, is an opportunity to study current issues impacting society and to grow in understanding of the mission of the church in the current world context. Studies give particular attention to the responsibilities of women in the fulfillment of the mission work of the ...

New Orleans District youth attend empowerment event
July 08, 2014

Youth representing African American churches from throughout the New Orleans District attended Youth Empowerment this past weekend. The group enjoyed music, listened to interesting speakers and were treated to some giveaways! Accompanying the group was Sabrina Short, Conference Youth Strategist (first row, left).  

Plan to attend the Church of the Resurrection Leadership Institute 2014
July 08, 2014

Take time to register your team today to take advantage of this informative workshop. Slated for Sept. 24-26, the Institute will be held at the Church of the Resurrection in Leawood, Kansas. Workshop space is limited and many workshops fill quickly. Register today at Check us out on facebook and on twitter @rezleadership. Questions, call (913) 897-0120 or email ...

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