Communications and News

A letter to the annual conference from Bishop Cynthia Fierro Harvey
July 02, 2014

Wow! Just WOW! We had a great Annual Conference. I wanted to thank each and every one of you for your participation and your patience as we made significant changes to our work together, entering into a time of holy conferencing. It was great to see your engagement during our TED Talks as we learned from the TED presenters and from one another. I found the talks inspiring, and the ...

'Lemonade in the Shade' celebrates new space for LSU Wesley Foundation
July 01, 2014

All are invited to celebrate the new deck space in front of LSU’s Wesley Foundation, 333 East Chimes St., on July 9 at 6:30 p.m. Live music, light refreshments and, of course, lemonade as we celebrate this new space and the many volunteers who helped build it. For more information, visit https://www.facebook.com/events/326572624166525/.

Foundation rewards financial course grads
July 01, 2014

Earlier this month, the United Methodist Foundation of Louisiana awarded $333 to each of 23 families who completed Financial Peace University, a nine-week debt reduction class, offered by First United Methodist Church of Slidell. Dave Ramsey’s Financial Peace University, or FPU, is a life-changing program with a long history of helping families begin managing money God’s way. The ...

New Orleans youth center receives $119,600 for work with at-risk youth
June 30, 2014

Rev. Lisa Fitzpatrick, co-founder of the APEX Youth Center in New Orleans and a 2013 CNN Hero, has been recognized again for her groundbreaking work with decreasing violence among youth in a city that ranks third among the deadliest in the nation. Through its Sports Matter initiative, Dick’s Sporting Goods recently presented a check for $119,600 to the youth center, located at Simon ...

Love UMC in Kenner staffs booth in local farmers market to promote ministries
June 25, 2014

Love United Methodist Church in Kenner (formerly First UMC/El Mesias UMC) "brought the church to the people" by setting up a booth at the Rivertown Farmers Market this past weekend. Church volunteers staffed the booth which offered passers-by pamphlets on summer safety, ice cold water, and a chance to register for the church's Vacation Bible School. Church volunteers staffed the booth ...

New church start, restarts celebrated at 2014 Louisiana Annual Conference
June 25, 2014

Conference members prayed for new church starts and restarts during the Wesley Awards, held the evening of June 10 in the Gold Dome during Annual Conference. Rev. Rob Weber with Conference Church Development and Transformation introduced the pastors of these respective churches and led the corporate prayer. The pastors include Rev. Robert Johnson (New Church on Louisiana Avenue in ...

Offerings at Annual Conference total $46,424
June 25, 2014

A total of $38,333.11 has recently been contributed by Conference churches for much-needed supplies for UMCOR health kits. An offering received at the June 8 Communion Service (during the 2014 Louisiana Annual Conference), plus recent donations made after the Conference, bring the funds to the current total. A collection taken during the June 9 clergy session in Brown Chapel on Centenary...

Shreveport Skeeter Run is Aug. 9!
June 25, 2014

The Shreveport Skeeter Run--starting and ending at First UMC, at the corner of Common and Texas Streets—is slated for Saturday, Aug. 9! The Shreveport event is scheduled in conjunction with a special Mission Weekend hosted by First UMC in Shreveport! The Louisiana Skeeter Run is celebrating its third year of raising funds and awareness for Imagine No Malaria, with last year’s event ...

Pineville UMC assembles, delivers UMCOR cleaning buckets to Sager-Brown Depot
June 18, 2014

A total of 23 volunteers from Pineville United Methodist Church recently set out on a “road trip” to UMCOR Sager Brown in Baldwin, La. with the mission of delivering cleaning buckets to the depot. “I have been to UMCOR Sager Brown several times before, but I learned so much about the history of the place this time! It was remarkable,” said Cliff Kelley, chair of the church’s “Don’t ...

United Methodist pastor nominated for Blue Cross/Blue Shield Angel Award
June 18, 2014

Rev. Marcelle Crow, pastor of Reveille United Methodist Church in Monroe, is among 66 people statewide nominated for the 2014 Angel Award presented by the Blue Cross and Blue Shield of Louisiana Foundation. The pastor was nominated for her contributions at Hope Restored Community Center in Monroe. Find out more about the nomination at http://www.thenewsstar.com/article/20140613/NEWS01/3...

Wesley Center makes Official Best of Louisiana 2014 program
June 18, 2014

The Wesley Center in Woodworth, La. was recently chosen for the Official Best of Louisiana 2014 half-hour travel show. A segment of the show was filmed in Woodworth at the Wesley Center, described in the “Official Best” press release as “one of the South’s loveliest Christian retreats and conference centers.” The release further states, “The center is open to all denominations and ...

LifeHouse Ministries receives grant for a community garden in Ruston
June 17, 2014

By Nancy Bergeron nancy@rustonleader.com When the Rev. Cathy Brewton first dreamed of what is now LifeHouse Ministries, her vision included a flourishing community garden filled with vegetables, fruit trees and flowers. The vision is becoming reality. LifeHouse has been awarded a grant from the Lincoln Health Foundation to develop the garden. “It’s right in our wheelhouse in terms ...

School of Congregational Development hosts satellite event in August
June 16, 2014

  The General Board of Global Ministries Office of Congregational Development focuses on resourcing, designing and implementing leadership development components that will assist United Methodist churches across the world embrace and welcome the growing diversity in their communities.    The School of Congregational Development Satellite Experience 2014 will provide staff supported ...

No, it's not The Oscars . . . it's The Wesleys!
June 11, 2014

Was that Billy Crystal? No, it was our very own Rev. Matt Rawle serving as host to the first ever “Wesley Awards,” held Tuesday night of Annual Conference. Winners of the award (a.k.a John Wesley bobbleheads!) hailed from United Methodist churches from throughout the Louisiana Conference, recognized for implementing creative ministries that embody our Conference Core Values and ...

Ordination/Commissioning service held last night at First UMC in Shreveport
June 10, 2014

Four persons were ordained elders and received into full connection with the conference. They are Edith DeVilbiss-Finch, Drew Sutton, Kathy Wafer and Johnny Hankins. Cathy Brewton, in white robe, was ordained deacon and received into full connection with the conference.  Ordained as elders and received into full connection with the conference were Edith Louise DeVilbiss-Finch, ...

Follow Facebook coverage of Annual Conference!
June 09, 2014

Bishop Cynthia Fierro Harvey told conference members, "The closer you get to God, the riskier it gets" during her Episcopal Address delivered last night at the 2014 Louisiana Annual Conference as part of the annual Communion Service. “Woven Together: Changing the World” is the theme for this year's Conference, being held at Centenary College in Shreveport, La. from June 8-11. Prior to ...

Summer fun starts at Conference camps
June 05, 2014

Kids--just like the group shown above at Camp Caney--are having a blast this summer at our three Conference camps! Louisiana Conference Camps are dedicated to creating quality environments of Christian hospitality and learning. We nurture persons so they may grow in wisdom and self-esteem; develop lifestyles of loving interdependence with each other and all of creation; and affirm and ...

Ordination/Commissioning Service will be live streamed!
June 04, 2014

The production team from First United Methodist Church in Shreveport will be live streaming the Ordination and Commissioning Service on Monday, June 9 beginning at 7:30 p.m. Those wishing to view the service online should be able to log on starting around 7 p.m. Simply go to www.firstshreveport.org/watch-online (The services will be archived on the First UMC website). Also, this year’s ...

Countdown to Annual Conference
June 03, 2014

From June 8-11, we will all gather at the Gold Dome in Shreveport for the 2014 Louisiana Annual Conference. Appreciation to those who have joined together to pray for the Conference following Psalm 139, and for the beautiful prayer guide written by John Winn and Carole Cotton Winn. Before you arrive in Shreveport, let me remind you of a few things: If you have not pre-registered, be ...

Prayer room is being sponsored by Academy of Spiritual Leadership during Conference
June 03, 2014

The Academy of Spiritual Leadership is hosting a prayer room during the 2014 Louisiana Annual Conference. Those attending Conference are invited to stop by the Prayer Room in Brown’s Chapel on the Centenary Campus during Annual Conference sessions.   The room will provide:  a quiet centering place to pray Spiritual Direction – sign-up by emailing Rev. Frances Hooton franhoot@gmail.com  ...

First UMC, Mansfield hosts uniform drive
June 02, 2014

First United Methodist Church of Mansfield and Grand Cane UMC, along with other community churches, held a Community Block Party and uniform drive May 31 in First UMC's parking lot. Held for the third year, the event was organized by UM Share Ministries, an initiative of First UMC. Hundreds enjoyed fun, fellowship and hot dogs while providing an important need for students in DeSoto ...

LSU Wesley Foundation gets new deck
June 02, 2014

Volunteers have been busy working on building a new outdoor deck on the grounds of LSU’s Wesley Foundation in Baton Rouge. Many hands are making the work lighter, with students, members of University United Methodist Church and other “Good Samaritans” coming together to build the structure!

Louisiana United Methodists impacted by recent Aldersgate Covenant at Church of the Resurrection
May 21, 2014

The Aldersgate Covenant, a gathering of United Methodists for 20 hours of prayer and worship, provided “moments of inspiration” for participants from Louisiana. The event, held May 16-17 at the Church of the Resurrection in Leawood, Kansas, was hosted by a diverse group of leaders in The United Methodist Church who first proposed the Church’s mission statement 20 years ago. A desire for ...

'Border Backpack' ministry helps underserved children
May 19, 2014

Willie Berman, General Board of Global Missions missionary to Mexico and director of the Manos Juntas ministry, will be traveling through Louisana this summer, visiting local churches. Berman is currently working on his schedule. “Border Backpacks” is a program of the Methodist Border Friendship Commission. Berman invites local churches to be a part of this valuable ministry that helps ...

Daily devotional lifts up 2014 Annual Conference
May 19, 2014

Walking a Sacred Path Together is a collection of silent moments, scripture verses, prayers, readings and poetic meditations that will “prepare United Methodists before Conference, support us during Conference, and accompany us as we go forth.” Written and compiled by Revs. John Winn and Carole Cotton Winn, the devotional takes participants from June 1-15 with daily “food for thought.” ...

Pre-conference live stream meeting linked here gives Conference overview
May 19, 2014

This year’s District pre-conference meetings, held in preparation for the 2014 Louisiana Annual Conference, were live-streamed on May 18 in specified locations in each district. In addition to gatherings throughout the conference, individuals watched the live stream from their homes, likely making this the highest attended pre-conference gathering, ever! Bishop Harvey led the session ...

Weekend of the Cross to be held throughout the conference this summer!
May 19, 2014

  Nearly 20 years ago, the youth group from Trinity United Methodist Church in Ruston participated in Mountain T.O.P, an outreach project associated with the Tennessee Conference of The United Methodist Church. The youth were encouraged to “take what they had learned” back to their conference, repairing and painting homes for those who are most vulnerable in their communities. From that...

Tailgate party kicks off Annual Conference!
May 14, 2014

Immediately before the June 8 communion service at the 2014 Louisiana Annual Conference, conference members will gather outside the Gold Dome on Centenary’s campus for a Louisiana tailgate party! The event is from 5-7 p.m., and will feature music, local food trucks and a “whole lotta’ fellowship.” Everyone is encouraged to bring a lawn chair, get comfortable and celebrate our time ...

Annual Conference communion service features Episcopal Address, offering for health kits
May 13, 2014

The 2014 Louisiana Annual Conference will begin at 7:30 p.m. on Sunday evening, June 8 with a communion service featuring Bishop Cynthia Fierro Harvey’s Episcopal Address. Gathering music for the service will begin at 7:15 p.m. The offering designated for this service is for health kits distributed through UMCOR Sager-Brown in Baldwin. Each local church is to supply funds (not items) ...

United Methodist Men's Conference attended by more than 100 at Wesley Center
May 13, 2014

More than 100 members attended the Louisiana United Methodist Men’s Annual Conference held May 9-10 at the Wesley Center in Woodworth. The event featured a golf tournament (held at the Alexandria Country Club) and skeet shooting (at the Woodworth Environmental Education Center). On the same weekend, UMM sponsored a statewide scouting camporee and a scouting workshop for leaders. ...

Lea Joyner Memorial UMC assists community programs through 'Change to Make a Change'
May 12, 2014

Lea Joyner Memorial United Methodist Church in Monroe is fulfilling a Conference "Core Value" and "engaging with the surrounding community" through "Change to Make a Change." Each month, the church invites a guest speaker from a local community service project to present during worship services. Representatives from such vital community programs as the local food bank, a school "...

Rayville UMC uses social media, local restaurant to reach area youth
May 12, 2014

Rayville United Methodist Church in the Monroe District is using social media to reach out to area youth in building attendance for a weekly breakfast at the town’s McDonald’s restaurant. “When we started in September, we attracted about 10 youth and four adults. But through the use of Facebook and personal invitations, the average number of youth has risen to 40—and we have exceeded 50...

Sandra G. O'Brien, CPA will be Comptroller/Assistant Treasurer for Annual Conference
May 07, 2014

Rev. Jan Curwick of the Office of Administrative Services announced on Tuesday that Sandra (Sandy) G. O’Brien has been hired as Comptroller/Assistant Treasurer for the Louisiana Annual Conference. She will begin work on May 19, 2014. Sandy comes to the conference with more than 30 years of experience as a Certified Public Accountant, including being the Managing Audit and Advisory ...

More than 1,300 runners, walkers and volunteers enjoy the 2014 Louisiana Skeeter Run!
May 06, 2014

More photo's from this years Louisiana Skeeter Runs here. Skeeter Run video: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=lrKmLHS9li8 Close to 250 conference youth, along with church and community members in the Alexandria area, participated in the Woodworth Skeeter Run held at The Wesley Center on Nov. 8. That brings our total to around 1,300 runners, walkers and volunteers that enjoyed this ...

Early Response Team training slated Sept. 7-10 in Oklahoma
May 05, 2014

UMCOR and South Central Jurisdiction Volunteers in Mission are sponsoring Disaster Response Academy 2014 Sept. 7-10 at Canyon Camp, 31600 Camp Rd., in Hinton, Oklahoma. Keynote speaker for the event will be Rev. David Severe, executive director for the South Central Jurisdiction. For more information and to register.  

Early Response Team works in Arkansas; former La. United Methodist ministers through Mercy Chefs
May 05, 2014

An Early Response Team comprised of Louisiana United Methodist volunteers left for Arkansas last Wednesday to help Vilonia United Methodist Church with cleanup in the wake of recent devastating tornados. Team members departed from First UMCs in Clinton and in Denham Springs. The groups met at Grace UMC in Ruston, and then convoyed to the storm-damaged area north of Little Rock. Rev. ...

First UMC, Pineville assists local students
May 05, 2014

First United Methodist Church in Pineville is making a difference in the lives of area children through the “adoption” of a local elementary school and through volunteer efforts at the Pineville Youth Center, which offers an afterschool tutoring program. “First UMC wanted to focus our mission efforts on something that would make a real difference in our community. Through research and ...

LAVIM team registration form now on Conference website
May 05, 2014

Louisiana Volunteers in Mission wants to support and promote your mission efforts! By sharing your mission project and team information, you will help communicate your mission work with other Louisiana United Methodists, and with the world. Knowing your information will help us to engage a network of prayer warriors, as well as help to facilitate assistance in case of emergencies. LAVIM ...

Welcoming Ministry 100 starts online May 7; also offered July, September and November!
May 05, 2014

How do you welcome visitors to your church? “Welcoming Ministry 100" (WL100) can help you expand your knowledge and skills in welcoming. This course will prepare you to lead your local church in establishing and maintaining a dynamic ministry of welcoming and radical hospitality. The course is also offered starting July 9, Sept. 10 and Nov. 5. For more information and to register.  

Bishop asks for prayers, offering to assist with UMCOR tornado disaster relief efforts
April 30, 2014

Deadly tornadoes that swept through the upper South and Midwest April 27 had United Methodists, among others, assessing damage and preparing to offer relief. By the next day, at least 16 deaths in Arkansas alone had been blamed on a fierce tornado that cut through 80 miles of suburban Little Rock, Ark., with the towns of Vilonia and Mayflower particularly hard hit. Rescue workers were ...

Gitobu celebrates Easter at First UMC
April 30, 2014

  Like a number of United Methodist churches in the Louisiana Annual Conference, First UMC in Baton Rouge has had a long standing involvement with mission work in Cambodia. On Easter Sunday, Esther Gitobu, GBGM missionary to Cambodia, along with Sophany Heng, assistant coordinator for Women’s Programs in Cambodia , worshiped with First UMC, a congregation that has done so much to ...

Bishop Harvey leads consecration service at 2014 United Methodist Women Assembly in Kentucky
April 29, 2014

Bishop Cynthia Fierro Harvey led the consecration of deaconesses held the morning of April 27 during the 2014 United Methodist Women Assembly in Louisville, Kentucky. More than 6,500 United Methodist women attended this year’s event, held in the Kentucky International Convention Center. Keynote speaker for the Assembly was Hillary Clinton, who spoke for 45 minutes at the Saturday, April...

Evans selected CASA advocate of the year
April 29, 2014

Rev. James O. Evans, a member of the Louisiana Annual Conference, was honored as “Louisiana Advocate of the Year” at CASA’s state convention held this month in Baton Rouge. The 89-year-old retired United Methodist pastor represents children to the local courts with such effectiveness that he earned this recognition after serving for only two years as a volunteer Court Appointed Special ...

Conference for Christian Educators to be held in Nashville Oct. 17 – 20
April 28, 2014

  NASHVILLE - Christians Engaged in Faith Formation is hosting CEF2014: May the Circle be Unbroken Oct. 17 – 20 in Nashville. This is the premier conference for United Methodist Christian Educators and leaders in faith formation from other denominations. The four-day event offers an opening gala at the Country Music Hall of Fame on Friday. Keynote addresses, Bible studies, worship and ...

Connectional Table to Meet in Chicago April 27-30
April 28, 2014

Christian Conferencing Event to be Broadcast Online Chicago, Ill.: Members of the Connectional Table are converging in Chicago, Ill. April 27-30 for the semi-annual meeting of the 59-member body, which is responsible for guiding the vision, missions and ministries of The United Methodist Church. The meeting began Sunday, April 27 with committee meetings on evaluation and accountability ...

Prepare and Summer Institute registration opens for Summer 2014
April 28, 2014

Exciting opportunities and pressing challenges are abundant in collegiate ministry, but the greatest challenge is the need for trained, experienced leaders who can grow shared ministry with their students. Prepare and Summer Institute in June at Emory University’s Candler School of Theology in Atlanta, Ga., aim to address that need by training, equipping, and building a network for new,...

Registration opens for Imagine What’s NEXT 2014
April 28, 2014

For college students, looking into the future can seem daunting or overwhelming. But what would happen if 600 Methodist college students gathered to listen to God’s call on their lives and to discern where God beckons them? What if vocation meant the creative arts, mission and service, theological education, and radical hospitality? What if you partnered with others to make a difference...

Foundation celebrates “Innovation” in ministry
April 23, 2014

“Innovation” was the theme of this year’s Annual Meeting of the United Methodist Foundation of Louisiana, held April 22 at the Country Club of Louisiana in Baton Rouge. The meeting was a celebration and review of the Foundation’s latest innovative programs to develop leadership for effective ministry among clergy and laity. Rob Fairly, president of the Foundation, and Chairman of the ...

Application deadline for Spark 12 funding is May 16!
April 22, 2014

Spark12, sponsored by the General Board of Higher Education and Ministry, is designed to help to support the most promising ideas and individuals as they strive to bring innovative solutions to a world in need of transformation. Those selected as Spark12 fellows will receive funding. They will also have their ideas vetted by mentors with expertise in a related field and by peers eager ...

Federation community concert performed in memory of Rev. Freddie Henderson
April 22, 2014

The 24th annual Sounds of CommUNITY Concert, sponsored by the Interfaith Federation of Greater Baton Rouge, will be performed in memory of the late Rev. Freddie Henderson, beloved Louisiana Conference pastor who served as past president of the Federation and as the co-founder of the Federation-sponsored Holy Grill. The concert, slated for May 4 at 4 p.m. at Wesley United Methodist ...

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