Communications and News

First UMC, Denham Springs collects food items for Mighty Moms ministry
April 21, 2014

One in four children in Livingston Parish lives with hunger. During Lent, First United Methodist Church in Denham Springs collected canned ravioli, toaster pastries, Vienna sausages, canned chicken and Ramen noodles each Sunday to be distributed through Mighty Moms, a nonprofit organization feeding hungry children. The ecumenical team of volunteers started as group of mothers praying ...

Multicultural worship is focus of conference
April 21, 2014

More and more of Louisiana’s United Methodist churches are located in multicultural neighborhoods, presenting new challenges in reaching out and “engaging with our surrounding communities in significant ways.” These multicultural communities represent an incredible opportunity to create churches which are more representative of the Kingdom of God. The General Board of Global ...

Deacon offers invocation for State Senate
April 15, 2014

Rev. Lindy Broderick, center, is pictured with Senator Sherri Smith Buffington, District 38, and Senator John Alario, Jr., senate president, after leading the opening prayer in the Louisiana Senate on April 2. Senator Buffington made the request that allowed Rev. Broderick, a provisional deacon in the Louisiana Conference of The United Methodist Church, to give the invocation. “I will...

Denicola takes position with Oregon-Idaho Conference
April 15, 2014

Rev. Ralph Ford, Executive Director of Administrative Services for the Louisiana Conference, announced April 14 that Belinda Denicola, Assistant Treasurer/Pensions Officer, has applied for, been offered and accepted the position of Conference Treasurer and Benefits Officer for the Oregon-Idaho Conference of The United Methodist Church. Belinda’s last day in the Louisiana Annual ...

Laundry Love helps low income and homeless residents of Alexandria
April 14, 2014

by Bill Sumrall First UMC, Alexandria Communications Assistant First United Methodist Church of Alexandria is showing Christ’s love to low income and homeless individuals through a ministry known as Laundry Love. "I first heard about Laundry Love a few years ago," said the Rev. Donnie Wilkinson, senior pastor of First UMC. "I was doing some research for simple, practical things that ...

Luling UMC hosts women’s retreat
April 14, 2014

Luling United Methodist church hosted First Union Presbyterian Church for a women’s retreat at the church on March 29. Forty-nine participants enjoyed fellowship, Bible reflection, prayer and worship during the event entitled “Come to the Well.” The day-long event was led by Rev. Deanna Matthews Young, associate pastor for Christ Church UMC in The Woodlands, Tex. Rev. Young “has a ...

Missionaries coming to Louisiana!
April 14, 2014

United Methodist missionaries are sent to the ends of the Earth, and even to the Louisiana Annual Conference. Seven missionaries from five locations will be the guests of churches here in Louisiana this summer. They are available to tell their story at your church. To host a missionary, a church will be responsible for their housing, meals and local travel. Hosts must be willing to ...

St. Luke Simpson UMC leads multi-church LAVIM mission to Honduras
April 14, 2014

St. Luke Simpson United Methodist Church in Lake Charles sent a 45-member Louisiana Volunteers in Mission team to Portrerillos, Honduras for two weeks in February. Members from St. Luke Simpson, The Well, First (Lake Charles) and Grace Community UMCs comprised the team which is returning to Portrerillos for the fourth year. Volunteers provided a dental clinic, a medical clinic, a ...

Wesley Chapel UMC holds food drive
April 14, 2014

Wesley Chapel United Methodist Church in Ruston (Monroe District) recently collected non-perishable food items for Christian Community Action, a local agency that helps families in need. A large number of item were delivered to the agency by Rev. Charles Penuell, pastor, and several church members including Jan Rose, Missions Chairman.

Conference team members reflect on visit to Lydia Patterson Institute
April 08, 2014

Bishop Cynthia Fierro Harvey and a small contingent from the Louisiana Annual Conference strengthened relationships with the Lydia Patterson Institute in El Paso, Tex. during a recent trip to the school. The Lydia Patterson Institute (LPI) is a United Methodist nonprofit institution of learning dedicated to providing quality bilingual cross-cultural academic education. Accompanying her ...

District pre-conference meetings to be live-streamed Sunday, May 18 at 3 p.m.
April 08, 2014

This year’s District pre-conference meetings, held in preparation for the 2014 Louisiana Annual Conference, will be live-streamed at 3 p.m. on May 18 in specified locations in each district. Bishop Harvey will lead these sessions from Grace Community United Methodist Church in Shreveport as each District gathers to view and participate at the assigned locations. Though there will be ...

Searching for Bomb-Diggity ministries!
April 08, 2014

   Has your local United Methodist church created a ministry that has met the needs of the surrounding community in a dramatically different way?   Is there an initiative that your congregation has started that is uniquely touching lives and bringing others to Christ?   Is there a project or program, or even a difference in focus, that has changed the strength of your church’s ...

U.M. Army heading to Louisiana!
April 07, 2014

Armed with hammers and paintbrushes, hundreds of workers with a mission will descend on the Bossier City (June 15-21) and Ringgold (July 20-26) communities in the Louisiana Conference as part of U.M. ARMY (United Methodist Action Reach-out Mission by Youth). Youth age volunteers and accompanying adults each pay to spend a week helping those unable to help themselves. They will be busy ...

Conference group making 100 mile pilgrimage, Camino de Santiago
April 02, 2014

The Camino de Santiago is an ancient pilgrimage with origins throughout Europe to the Cathedral at Santiago de Compostelo, where it is believed the remains of St. James are housed.   On May 20, several clergy and lay members of the Louisiana Annual Conference embarked on a portion of this pilgrimage. Revs. Larry Norman, Ann Sutton, Nancy Wofford and Dawn Young are joined by Kip and ...

Nearly 400 youth, volunteers enjoy Confirmation Day with the Bishop
April 02, 2014

Close to 400 confirmands, clergy, youth workers and volunteers participated in Confirmation Day with Bishop Cynthia Harvey on March 29 at the Wesley Center in Woodworth. The theme "Here I am, send me" challenged confirmands to listen to thier individual call to serve, to nurture their faith and to strenthen their relationship with Christ. Classes were led by Bishop Harvey ...

Aldersgate UMC holds Lenten pilgrimage
April 01, 2014

During a half-day Lenten retreat, members of Aldersgate United Methodist Church in Slidell participated in a pilgrimage to six nonprofits and agencies serving the surrounding community. At each facility, participants learned about the focus of that agency (i.e. homelessness, poverty, hunger) and took time for personal reflection, closing with a prayer for the center.  If staff from the ...

Video invites communities to Rethink Easter
April 01, 2014

Nashville, Tenn.:  United Methodist Communications has created a series of videos and worship resources to help local churches Rethink Church and reach those who are searching for more than Easter eggs and chocolate bunnies this season.   Spreading a message of love, hope and joy by embracing the miracle of God’s love, the videos are airing regionally in select television markets and ...

Bishop visits Lydia Patterson Institute
March 31, 2014

Bishop Harvey and Lydia Patterson Students Bishop Cynthia Fierro Harvey and a small contingent from the Louisiana Annual Conference strengthened relationships with the Lydia Patterson Institute in El Paso, Tex. during a trip to the school last week. In mid-February, Dr. Socorro Brito de Anda, president of the Lydia Patterson Institute in El Paso, visited United Methodist churches in all...

Connections for Life event is April 25
March 31, 2014

Connections for Life, a nonprofit organization serving women who are in transition from dependence to independence, is sponsoring Fashion for a Cause on April 25 at The Woman’s Club, 259 East Blvd. in Baton Rouge. The fashion show and silent auction benefiting Connections will feature some of the organization’s clients as models, along with LSU students who are helping with the event. ...

Discipleship Coaching scholarships available
March 31, 2014

The Conference Board of Discipleship (CBOD) is offering scholarships to enable persons to attend Discipleship Coaching Training, sponsored by the conference office of Congregational Development and Transformation.  It is the hope of the CBOD that these scholarships will enable as many conference churches as possible to benefit from this discipleship initiative. When registering for a ...

Shalom Zone project funded through Conference Peace with Justice grant
March 31, 2014

Thanks to recent Peace With Justice grants issued through the Louisiana Conference, Shalom Zone Community, Inc. of First Street Peck Wesley UMC in New Orleans was able to resume its 2013- 2014 Let Peace Prevail Project. To fully operate this program, which serves children and youth ages 5-13, Shalom Zone depends on the city and the United Methodist Church for funding. With support from ...

Discipleship Coaching Training is April 25-26
March 30, 2014

  Discipleship Coaching Training is a workshop designed for congregations hoping to strengthen the process of developing mature disciples of Jesus Christ. The Discipleship Coaching process allows people to take ownership of and accountability for their own discipleship journey in a fresh and empowering new way. The next Discipleship Coaching Training will be held April 25 from 5-9 p.m....

United Methodist Men and Scouts enjoy weekend of activities May 9-10 at Wesley Center
March 26, 2014

The Louisiana United Methodist Men’s Annual Conference slated for May 9-10 will feature a golf tournament (at the Alexandria Country Club), relays (at The Wesley Center in Woodworth) and skeet shooting (at the Woodworth Environmental Education Center). On the same weekend, UMM is sponsoring a statewide scouting camporee and a scouting workshop for leaders. Featured speaker is Larry ...

Foundation begins new leadership class
March 25, 2014

The United Methodist Foundation of Louisiana began a new class of Leadership Excellence Advancement Program (LEAP) March 10-13 at the Feliciana Retreat Center in Norwood. This retreat was the first of six to be held during the two-year, intensive training course. LEAP is designed to develop potential for fruitful leadership among clergy. The 15 participants who started their training ...

Ambassador Young speaks at Dillard University April 2
March 24, 2014

Ambassador Andrew Young, along with a panel of notable leaders, will be featured during Dillard University’s 2014 Legacy Lecture Series slated April 2 at 7 p.m. in Georges Auditorium on the school’s campus. Dillard University’s Brain Food Lecture Series and the National Black College Alumni are hosting the event, which is free and open to the public. Event flyer.      

Davenport to be honored with Dillard concert
March 24, 2014

Hundreds of Dillard University Concert Choir alumni will gather March 29 at 7 p.m. in Lawless Memorial Chapel to honor longtime choir director Professor S. Carver Davenport. The campus is located at 2601 Gentilly Blvd., New Orleans, La. Professor Davenport is approaching his 40th year at Dillard University as Associate Professor of Music and Director of Choirs. Noted alumni returning to...

Vision, Core Values the focus of Bishop’s Laity Retreat
March 24, 2014

United Methodists from throughout the Louisiana Conference gathered March 21-22 with Bishop Cynthia Fierro Harvey at the Wesley Center in Woodworth for the Bishop’s Laity Retreat. “Beyond Daydream Discipleship: The Wesleyan Challenge for the People Called Methodists” was the theme for this event which featured Rev. Dr. David Lowes Watson as facilitator. Dr. Watson, a noted author on ...

CORR sponsors Action Fund Grants
March 17, 2014

The United Methodist Church's General Commission on Religion and Race (GCORR) is seeking to fund innovative, bold, high-impact initiatives that will increase intercultural competency or support vital conversations about race, cultural diversity, and systemic equity. Share your idea for transforming the Church and the world. Apply today for a $20,000 to $80,000 CORR Action Fund grant. ...

Foundation holds tax seminar for churches
March 17, 2014

More than 50 conference clergy and church administrators attended a tax seminar hosted by the United Methodist Foundation of Louisiana Feb. 20 at First United Methodist Church in Pineville. Amy Hume, a CPA with more than 30 years of experience helped clergy with issues relating to income tax return preparation, and taught church leaders and church business administrators about basic ...

Krumback leads COSROW training on advocacy and monitoring for conference committees
March 17, 2014

An enthusiastic crowd gathered March 15 for a General COSROW Training on Monitoring and Advocacy, held at First United Methodist Church in Baton Rouge. Audrey Krumback, director of Gender Justice and Education for General COSROW, facilitated the event which focused on training for conference committees and groups that deal with advocacy work. Krumback is shown leading the group during ...

LAVIM holds team leader training
March 17, 2014

Close to 50 volunteers from throughout the conference attended the Louisiana Volunteers in Mission team leader training held March 14-15. “The group did a wonderful job of sharing their expertise and asking questions,” said Susan Reynolds. “There was much networking and strategic planning.” Worship and prayer were led by Revs. Mark Martin and Ben McGehee. Several in the group voiced ...

School of Congregational Development held Aug. 14-17 offers limited scholarships
March 17, 2014

The School of Congregational Development will be held Aug. 14-17, 2014 at Matthews United Methodist Church in Charlotte, North Carolina. The event theme is “The RACE,” focusing on strategies for Relevant, Authentic, Christ-centered Engagement with the world.   A limited number of partial scholarships for attending the event are available through the Louisiana Conference. If you are ...

Educational Expo slated April 10
March 13, 2014

Explore the latest in educational resources for families at “Growing Christian Families,” an educational expo hosted April 10 by Pharr Chapel UMC, 517 Federal Ave. in Morgan City. Pastors and church educational leaders will discover resources for Sunday school, children’s and youth ministry, family ministry and adult and church Bible study. The event starts at 6 p.m. at Pharr Chapel ...

Harry's Chapel UMC celebrates UMW
March 12, 2014

Harry's Chapel United Methodist Church in Bogalusa (New Orleans District) recently celebrated its United Methodist Women program during a special Sunday morning worship service Evangelist Ella Foster spoke during the service which was also highlighted by the installation of the church’s UMW officers for this year. Andrea Baham offered a musical solo; Rev. Louis Smith offered remarks and...

Covenant Bible Study events slated for April 8 and 29
March 11, 2014

Pastors, are you looking for a way to engage your congregation and leaders in Biblical study and experience? Make plans for you, your entire staff and church leaders to experience Covenant Bible Study, an initiative of Cokesbury. Louisiana Conference events will be held April 8 at 7 p.m. at Covenant UMC in Lafayette, and April 29 at 10 a.m. at First UMC in Baton Rouge, 930 North Blvd. ...

Harry Denman Evangelism Award nominations due Friday, March 28
March 11, 2014

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 clergy, laity and youth who are ...

Louisiana 5-Day Academy is 'soul enhancing event'
March 11, 2014

Robert Benson presents “Praying the Hours” at 5-Day Academy by Bill Sumrall Communications Assistant First UMC, Alexandria WOODWORTH, La. -- For its third year, Louisiana 5-Day Academy for Spiritual Formation was held, providing a retreat from daily life for reflection and rejuvenation.   "To me, this is a fruitful, soul-enhancing event," said Sara Simmonds, a member of First UMC in ...

Aldersgate Covenant gathering slated for May 16-17
March 10, 2014

A gathering of United Methodists for 20 hours of prayer, worship, and watching for a revival of the Holy Spirit is set to take place at the Church of the Resurrection in Leawood, Kansas, on May 16-17, 2014. The event is hosted by the Aldersgate Covenant, a diverse group of leaders in The United Methodist Church who first proposed the Church’s mission statement 20 years ago. A desire for...

Asbury UMC, Lafayette volunteers sew more than 100 dresses for girls 'around the world'
March 03, 2014

When Rita Boyd retired from teaching, her husband Rev. Ed Boyd presented her with an embroidery machine. Soon after, Rita purchased a new sewing machine, a serger and quilting machines. At that time, neither Ed--District Superintendent for the Acadiana District--nor Rita had an inkling of how the machines would impact her life, and impact the lives of children in poverty stricken ...

Conference churches partner with schools through Kids Hope USA
March 03, 2014

    Volunteers from Camphor Memorial United Methodist Church in Scotlandville are mentoring students at Progress Elementary School through the national program, Kids Hope USA.  Other local churches participating this year in the initiative are Neely UMC, Baton Rouge (Polk Elementary); University UMC, Baton Rouge (University Terrace Elementary); First UMC, LaPlace (Emily C. Watkins ...

Mission team returns from Russia
March 03, 2014

A team from First United Methodist Church in Shreveport and members of Broadmoor UMC, Shreveport have returned from a mission to Ekaterinburg, Russia. The mission, which began Feb. 16, focused on deepening existing relationships with First UMC, Ekaterinburg and involved strategic conversation about future needs of the church and the Russian community. James Gillespie, long-time ...

Social action event attended by 128
March 03, 2014

Nearly 128 participants attended the Feb. 8 social action event on poverty held at First United Methodist Church in Lafayette. The workshop, entitled “Poverty and the Christian Response,” was sponsored by the Conference Board of Church and Society, UM Women, UM Men and COSROW. The event focused on the importance of works of mercy and involvement in justice work. One speaker pointed out ...

Churches receive 2013 Interfaith Award
February 26, 2014

The Louisiana Conference Commission on Christian Unity and Interreligious Concerns recently announced the recipients of the conference-sponsored 2013 Interfaith Award. Each receiving a $200 grant, United Methodist churches and one interfaith organization were recognized for their respective efforts in fostering cooperation among various churches, denominations, ministries and faith ...

Ellerbe Road UMC raises funds for veterans home
February 26, 2014

Ellerbe Road United Methodist Church in Shreveport recently made a donation of $2,000 to the Northwest Louisiana Veterans Home located in Bossier City. The donation, the second the church has made to the veterans home, comes from funds the church raises through monthly “Cook’s Night Off” suppers. Held on the first Thursday of each month, the suppers started out as a community project ...

HOPE Ministries fundraiser features disabled athlete
February 24, 2014

Kyle Maynard, motivational speaker and author of New York Times best seller No Excuses, will be the featured speaker for The Power of Hope, slated for March 27 at 7 p.m. at the Renaissance Baton Rouge Hotel. Despite being born with arms that end at the elbows and legs near the knees, Maynard was the first man to crawl on his own to the summit of Mt. Kilimanjaro in Africa. His story has ...

One Great Hour of Sharing is March 30
February 24, 2014

Bishop Harvey is encouraging local churches to give to One Great Hour of Sharing on March 30, 2014. Gifts to One Great Hour of Sharing pay for the administrative costs of the United Methodist Committee on Relief. When disaster strikes, UMCOR is ready to respond because the administrative costs are paid through gifts to OGHS. Local churches may select an alternative date to receive an ...

Churches collect "Tabs for Tots"
February 17, 2014

Wesley UMC (Acadiana District) and Vacherie UMC (New Orleans District) are continuing the “Tabs for Tots” project which benefits St. Jude Children’s Hospital. Rev. Henry Bowden, retired United Methodist pastor from Lake Charles, recruited Wesley and Vacherie UMCs, along with churches from the Lake Charles District to become involved in this worthwhile initiative. Members are shown, ...

Mallalieu UMC hosts neighborhood book club
February 17, 2014

A book club for area children has become a popular community outreach for Mallalieu United Methodist Church in St. Martinville. The “Neighborhood Literacy Book Club” is a monthly ministry for kids in the community in grades K-5. Children work in groups with church volunteers to build reading fluency and comprehension skills. The kids make new friends while having fun playing reading and...

President of Lydia Patterson visits conference
February 17, 2014

Dr. Socorro Brito de Anda, president of the Lydia Patterson Institute, visited churches in all six Districts of the Louisiana Conference during her visit to the state Feb. 10-13. She is pictured with Bishop Cynthia Fierro Harvey and Rev. Don Cottrill upon her arrival in Baton Rouge. The Lydia Patterson Institute is a United Methodist nonprofit institution of learning dedicated to ...

High school leadership academy slated July 14-19
February 11, 2014

Rising juniors and seniors: Engage in hands-on learning and experience in developing leadership skills. Through participation in the High School Leadership Academy, you will begin thinking intentionally about your college preparation, professional goals, and life as a responsible leader in your community. Find out more about this unique opportunity, scheduled for July-14-19 at Centenary ...

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