Communications and News

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 ...

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 ...

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