Communications and News

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 ...

New Orleans church UMW hosts gospel brunch
February 11, 2014

The United Methodist Women of First Street Peck Wesley United Methodist Church in New Orleans held a Gospel Brunch on Feb. 9 at the church. The fundraiser was "AWESOME," according to Rev. Connie Breaux. Pictured at the event are, left to right, Rev. Martha Orphe, pastor of First Street PW UMC, Michael Ward, violinist, Annabella Watson and Rev. Connie Breaux, minister of music.

St. Andrew’s UMC hosts men’s retreat
February 11, 2014

St. Andrew’s United Methodist Church in Baton Rouge hosted a United Methodist Men’s retreat Jan. 31-Feb. 1 at Solomon Retreat Center in Loranger. Participants from four area churches joined the men from St. Andrew’s UMC, who gathered for their sixth straight year. Friday evening featured a study of The Book of Habakkuk led by Faimon Roberts, followed by fellowship around an open ...

St. Paul UMC, Shreveport celebrates UMW Sunday
February 11, 2014

The United Methodist Women of St. Paul UMC in Shreveport celebrated United Methodist Women Sunday on Jan. 26 during the 11 a.m. worship service. Guest speaker for the occasion was Pinkie Clinton, director of Grace Community Outreach Ministry, a local homeless shelter in Shreveport for women and men. Thomasas Brown-Jernigan serves as president of St. Paul's UMW.

COSROW sponsors advocacy training
February 06, 2014

The Louisiana Conference Commission on the Status and Role of Women is sponsoring A General COSROW Training on Monitoring and Advocacy on March 15 from 10 a.m.-2 p.m. at First United Methodist Church in Baton Rouge, 930 North Blvd. Led by Audrey Krumback, director of Gender Justice and Education for General COSROW, the event will focus on learning how to monitor and report on the status...

Asbury UMC, Natchitoches partners on tri-centennial concert
February 04, 2014

Asbury United Methodist Church, Natchitoches and Cane River Creole National Historical Park are partnering to present a free concert Feb. 7 at 7 p.m. celebrating the Natchitoches tri-centennial. The concert will feature musicians from New Orleans Jazz National Historical Park playing selections from their acclaimed CD collection, “Freedom is Coming: Songs of Freedom, Resistance, and the ...

St. Paul’s UMC, Monroe donates $23,000 to children’s home
February 04, 2014

A total of $23,000 was raised by the United Methodist Men’s chapter at St. Paul’s UMC in Monroe for the Louisiana Methodist Children’s Home in Ruston. The money was raised in October at “To-Do at the Zoo,” an annual event featuring 20 of St. Paul’s favored chefs serving food from the pavilion at the Louisiana Purchase Garden and Zoo in Monroe. Live entertainment for all ages added to ...

Centenary names new Provost and Dean
January 28, 2014

SHREVEPORT, LA — President David Rowe announced the appointment of Dr. Jenifer K. Ward as Centenary’s Provost and Dean of the College. Ward will begin her new role July 1, leaving her post as Dean of the College at Cornish College of the Arts in Seattle. “We are delighted to have Jenifer join our Centenary family and come back home to the South,” said Rowe. “It was readily apparent in ...

DISCIPLE Bible volunteers needed for prison ministry
January 28, 2014

During the 2012 Louisiana Annual Conference, DISCIPLE Bible Outreach Ministries of Louisiana was founded to take DISCIPLE Bible Study into state prisons. With support from conference United Methodist Men, Mike Grace, a member of St. Andrews UMC in Baton Rouge, is chairing the effort of recruiting volunteers for this vital ministry. Volunteers should have completed or should currently ...

YSF grant deadline is Feb. 6
January 28, 2014

Local churches and youth groups!  Go online today to apply for a conference-sponsored Youth Service Fund grant. These grants are ideal sources of funding for outreach projects FOR youth, designed BY youth, to BENEFIT youth. Find the 2013 grant application (which must be postmarked or emailed by Feb. 6) here.

2014 Louisiana Skeeter Run is Oct. 11!
January 27, 2014

The third annual Louisiana Skeeter Run, focused on raising funds and awareness for Imagine No Malaria, is slated for Saturday, Oct. 11, 2014! Last year’s event was enjoyed by approximately 2,500 volunteers and participants and raised nearly $78,000 for this life-saving initiative sponsored by The United Methodist Church. This year’s events will be held in cities in each District ...

Senior High Retreat is Feb. 21-23
January 27, 2014

Senior High youth in 9th- 12th grades are invited to join their peers from all over the Louisiana Annual Conference Feb. 21-23 to grow together, learn together and worship together at the 2014 Senior High Retreat! Senior High Retreat is held every year in the winter and is hosted by the Lousiana Annual Conference Office of Youth Ministries. You don't want to miss it! Find out more here....

'Preparing for the Child' is a success
January 15, 2014

Throughout the season of Advent, United Methodist churches in the Louisiana Conference participated in "Preparing for the Child" by collecting items for layette kits for distribution through United Methodist Committee on Relief. Local churches served as collection sites for the items, which were delivered to or picked up by the UMCOR Sager Brown Depot in Baldwin, La. In addition to the ...

Louisiana group currently touring Holy Land
January 15, 2014

Nearly 100 United Methodists from throughout Louisiana are currently visiting the Holy Land with Bishop Cynthia Fierro Harvey until Jan. 22. The group will tour key Biblical cities including Galilee, Nazareth, Jericho and Jerusalem. Bishop Harvey is pictured, center, beside the Jordan River with Revs. Cheri Godwin, Chris McLain, Betsy Eaves, Jared Williams and Steve London. The five are...

Algiers UMC hosts community event
January 14, 2014

  Algiers United Methodist Church sponsored “Community Day at the Point” this past November, providing free household items, health screenings and delicious burgers to a large crowd of area residents. This annual event—started by the New Orleans congregation shortly after Hurricane Katrina devastated the area—is held every year on the front lawn of the church. “The goal for the first ...

Conference-wide growth, change happening with Congregational Development and Transformation
January 13, 2014

According to Rev. Dr. Rob Weber, the work of the conference office of Congregational Development and Transformation is continuing and expanding in many areas throughout the state at a rapid rate. After completing one final class of Town and Country Ministries, the office has looked carefully at the training procedures needed to assist Louisiana’s congregations that find themselves in a ...

Thirkield UMC celebrates 25 years of outreach
January 07, 2014

The Mission Department of Thirkield United Methodist Church (New Orleans District) is celebrating 25 years of giving food boxes to needy families in the community of Bogalusa, Louisiana. Each month, two families get enough food to last a month. Rev. Louis A. Smith serves as pastor for Thirkield UMC. Members of the church’s Mission Department include, left to right, Stanley Brown, Pamela...

Wesley UMC, Houma feeds 106 senior citizens
January 07, 2014

Members of Wesley United Methodist Church in Houma recently prepared 106 meals for senior citizens living a residence known as “High Rise.” This outreach event has become an annual tradition for the congregation, attempting to serve these residents between the holidays of Thanksgiving and Christmas. “These are times when the residents can be left on their own,” said Rev. Terry Lindsey, ...

New Church on Louisiana Avenue brings renewed life to declining church
December 30, 2013

On Sunday, Nov. 24, Rev. Rob Weber stood in the back of the small sanctuary of a church that had been close to closing its doors--and witnessed what he could only describe as “nothing short of a miracle.”   In just four short months, a new and vibrant congregation was born in the place of one that had been struggling (fewer than 20 people in attendance) and declining, reported Weber, ...

VBS Exploration! heads to Louisiana in January
December 19, 2013

Make plans to attend one of three Cokesbury-sponsored events throughout the conference. Cokesbury is proud to present "VBS Exploration!" events at three local churches throughout the Louisiana Annual Conference in January. Congregations are invited to come and explore in preparation for upcoming Vacation Bible Schools.   The events will feature VBS kits and materials from 12 different ...

For clergy planning to retire in 2014
December 11, 2013

Sisters and Brothers, If you are planning to retire at the 2014 Session of the Louisiana Annual Conference we would like to have your retirement request in the Bishop's Office by Monday, January 6, 2014 and no later than Friday, February 28, 2014. The early deadline helps us make sure that all preparations for your retirement are completed in a timely manner. Please send a copy of your...

Fresh Expressions grant winners named
December 11, 2013

The Louisiana Conference Board of Discipleship (CBOD) recently announced seven recipients of this year’s Fresh Expressions of Church micro-grants. The $500 grants will assist the winners in supporting community outreach initiatives. In the Shreveport District, one recipient is the Benton UMC Community Garden. The project will partner with area food pantries, other churches, the local ...

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