Communications and News

L.E.A.D. (Leadership, Evangelism, Administration and Discipleship) slated for Nov. 15-16
September 24, 2013

Make plans to attend L.E.A.D. 2013 to be held at The Wesley Center in Woodworth, La. from Nov. 15-16. Workshops are centered on “reaching a new generation” and include such topics as enhancing your social media skills; building a youth and young adult ministry; social justice; and “reaching our young, black men.” Pastor Raymond D. Bailey, founder of a motivational public speaking group ...

Bishop invites us to journey through New Testament
September 23, 2013

In mid-September of 2012, Bishop Cynthia Fierro Harvey invited each of us to read through the New Testament during 2013. Many of you have enjoyed the journey, reading a chapter a day. Perhaps some of you never got the chance to start the journey; maybe some of you would like to start it again! Please join tens of thousands of United Methodists throughout Louisiana by reading the New ...

Bishop meets with Baton Rouge District
September 18, 2013

Bishop Cynthia Fierro Harvey and members of the Cabinet met yesterday evening at First United Methodist Church, Denham Springs with clergy and laity from throughout the Baton Rouge District. The meeting was the second in a series of events to be held throughout the next church year, providing United Methodists in each of the six districts with the opportunity to interact with the ...

Camp offers 'grace' to children of incarcerated parents
September 09, 2013

Attending summer camp is a common right of passage for children. Halcyon days filled with activities, friends and the beauty of nature provide lasting memories for kids. The camp environment is an ideal place to provide a nurturing environment that is also educational and fun. Having this kind of experience is perhaps even more important for children who are at-risk. GRACE Camp, a ...

Asbury UMC feeds homeless through St. Mark's UMC
September 05, 2013

Volunteers from Asbury United Methodist Church in Lafayette served (really served!) the homeless of New Orleans on March 3 at St. Mark’s UMC on Rampart Street. The group is one of several that have joined St. Mark’s in its ministry which helps about 200 homeless each Sunday. “It was truly a blessing to us and we look forward to teaming up with St. Marks again on Oct. 13,” said Vicki ...

Cultural competency seminar is Oct. 4-5
September 05, 2013

Cultural Competency: A Leadership Skill will be held Oct. 4-5 at Newman United Methodist Church, 5700 Oran Ave. in Alexandria. Sponsored by the Louisiana Conference Commission on Religion and Race and by the General Commission on Religion and Race, the event is for clergy and laity who have served, are currently serving in, or are interested in serving in “cross racial/cross cultural” ...

Foundation sponsors pastors for leadership class
September 05, 2013

From left to right: Rev. Ben McGehee, Rev. Ashley McGuire, Rev. Brian Mercer, Rev. Josh Milliron and Rev. Karli Pidgeon The United Methodist Foundation of Louisiana is sponsoring five young Louisiana pastors in the Advanced Pastoral Leadership program, a five-year training course designed to assist emerging clergy leaders in developing their potential for fruitful leadership. ...

Gretna UMC hosts all-male fashion show
August 28, 2013

Gretna United Methodist church “turned up the spotlights” on Aug. 18 for their all-male model “fashion show with a purpose.” “Men Firing up the Runway” drew a 150-plus-member audience that enjoyed a rollicking good time while collecting food items and raising funds for the local food bank. “The church wanted to do something for the community, to embody generosity for our neighbors,” ...

Russian church aided by LAVIM team
August 28, 2013

A Louisiana Volunteers in Mission team traveled to First United Methodist Church in Ekaterinburg, Russia this past June to spend 13 days sharing the gospel of Jesus Christ, participating in worship and completing construction work on First UMC’s church building. Members of the team joined with Russian VBS teachers to present five days of “action-packed” Vacation Bible School programming...

Bishop Swanson to speak at gathering
August 27, 2013

A Gathering of Urban and Rural Practitioners will be held Jan. 16-18, 2014 in Houston, Tex. Participants will take home insights from gifted speakers and relevant workshops, best practices for leading renewal in today's challenging urban and rural context, and new connections with peers facing similar issues. Speakers and workshops will cover such diverse topics as Congregational ...

Jordan UMC celebrates 115 years
August 27, 2013

“Building Our Future with Stones from the Past” (Joshua 4: 1-7) was the theme for a recent “homecoming” service at Jordan United Methodist Church in Baton Rouge, celebrating 115 years of ministry. During the service, church members who have passed on were recognized; the children of Jordan, led by Mrs. Evie Clark, placed stones on the altar representing former pastors; and a keynote ...

LAVIM volunteers serve in Cambodia
August 27, 2013

Megan Ferrando and Laura Wellen with Cambodian youth Fourteen volunteers from Louisiana and California served on a Volunteers in Mission team in Cambodia the last two weeks of July. The team traveled through Cambodia visiting Methodist projects, worshiping with local congregations, conducting a mini-VBS program, touring historical sites and facilitating a week-long youth ...

Warren UMC hosts 'Back-to-School Bash'
August 27, 2013

Warren United Methodist Church in Lake Charles held its annual “Back to School Bash” on Aug. 10 from 10 a.m.-2 p.m. at the historic 125-year-old church. During the annual event, members gave away 100 backpacks filled with school supplies to children in grades K-12. Children also enjoyed food, music, games, snowballs and face painting. On hand for the event were members of the Lake ...

Kairos seeks to add juvenile ministry in Louisiana
August 21, 2013

Dan Hicks and Ronnie Berg Fourteen months ago, Ronnie Berg was sitting in Rayburn Correctional Center in Angie, La. surrounded by 10 inmates during a Kairos Inside retreat. Berg, a member of First United Methodist Church in Covington and an active Kairos volunteer, was suddenly aware of one striking similarity among the men—they were all from the New Orleans area. “In fact, ...

United Methodist Communications Offers New Online Courses
August 21, 2013

United Methodist Communications is offering two new online training courses beginning Sept. 18, specifically designed to meet the growing demand for training in social media and new technologies, as well as tools to aid in church vitality. Online training opportunities are being utilized to reach out to local churches and provide them with communications resources that can help them be ...

Group surprises member with finished quilt
August 14, 2013

Members of the Tunica United Methodist Church Ladies' Vintage Quilting Group are shown as they surprise a fellow group member, Suzie Jarrell, with the group's first quilt on July 31. Suzie is battling cancer. Rev. Mike Clark, pastor of Tunica UMC, blessed the quilt and offered a prayer of comfort and healing for Suzie. Proceeds from the sale of the group's second quilt--which is nearly ...

Sixty enjoy Andrew Chapel's summer camp
August 14, 2013

Sixty children participated this July in a three-week long summer camp sponsored by Andrew Chapel United Methodist Church, Denham Springs. Participants visited the local nursing home with gifts for patients and did local mission projects for those in need in the community. Local 4-H leaders and teachers tutored campers in Math and English, and Vacation Bible School was held daily after ...

Baton Rouge district sponsors Habitat project
August 12, 2013

Churches in the Baton Rouge District will construct its 30th Habitat for Humanity Home in the fall of 2013. Starting with wall layout by our “Silver Hammers” on Sept. 11 and the Blessing of the Build and wall raising at 8 a.m. on Sept. 14, the district-wide project will provide a deserving family with a home in the Baton Rouge community. Volunteers will work from 8 a.m.-2:30 p.m. each ...

Buddy Camp serves close to 100 kids
August 12, 2013

Nearly 100 campers attended Buddy Camp's Fiesta 2013 held July 29-Aug. 2 at First United Methodist Church, Alexandria. In its 14th year, Buddy Camp places first through fifth graders, both with and without developmental challenges, into “Buddy” pairs for a week-long summer day camp. The camp is staffed by volunteer professionals, including nurses, therapists, youth counselors and ...

Hope Community UMC hosts summer camp
August 12, 2013

Hope Community United Methodist Church in Baton Rouge ministered to the mind, body and spirit of more than 37 children during its H.O.P.E Summer Camp this past June and July. Children ranging in ages from five to 15 participated daily in a morning devotional, Christian education, academics, arts and crafts, and physical activities. The camp was visited by the BREC “Mobile Playground” ...

Camphor Memorial UMC supports Kids Hope
August 07, 2013

Edna Howard and Deaconess Hallique Dawson are pictured with Sarah Henry, principal of Progress Elementary Camphor Memorial UMC is one of four churches in the Baton Rouge community participating in the Kids Hope USA national program. Last May, Camphor completed its first year of the mentoring program at Progress Elementary in Scotlandville, La. The Kids Hope program matches volunteer ...

Harvey joins McNeese LAVIM team in Mexico
August 07, 2013

Bishop Cynthia Fierro Harvey joined a Louisiana Volunteers in Mission team from McNeese School of Nursing Aug. 2-4 serving the ministries of Manos Juntas along Mexico’s border. Led by Rev. Angela Bulhof, the team provided medical clinics and helped with socio-economic and medical surveys of area residents. Bishop Harvey worked alongside the team, conducting personal interviews with ...

70 attend discipleship coaching seminar
August 06, 2013

Seventy lay and clergy participants attended a Discipleship Coaching seminar July 12-13 at Grace Community United Methodist Church in Shreveport. The event was hosted by the conference Congregational Development and Transformation ministry. Grace Community’s Director of Worship Related Ministries and certified Discipleship Coach, Stacy Hood reflects, “Our first Discipleship Coaching ...

Sabrina Short named Conference Youth Strategist
July 31, 2013

Sabrina Short, a member of Thomas United Methodist Church in Kenner, will serve as the new Youth Ministry Strategist for the Louisiana Annual Conference. Her first official day on the job is Aug. 12. She replaces Jodie Harper, who has served as Conference Youth Director for the past three years. Harper is leaving the conference team to return to the field of nursing. A student at...

Nearly 500 serve through Weekend of the Cross
July 30, 2013

Bishop Harvey interviews Northshore WOC participant Coverage of WOC by the Shreveport Times  WOC volunteers visit with Northshore homeowner 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 ...

First UMC, Alexandria draws 180 at VBS
July 29, 2013

  First United Methodist Church in Alexandria averaged more than 180 children daily with more than 50 volunteers during this summer’s Vacation Bible School. The theme was Everywhere Fun Fair, offering children the opportunity to learn about God’s world and how to be good neighbors to people from all nations. The children heard Bible stories about being welcoming and forgiving, and made ...

Joshua team holds inaugural meeting
July 24, 2013

The Louisiana Annual Conference Joshua Team held its inaugural meeting on July 20 at the Wesley Center in Woodworth. Bishop Harvey led the meeting of the two-year pilot project team in a discussion of its purpose, and reminded the team of the core values introduced and adopted by the annual conference at its meeting in June. During the four-hour meeting, the group participated in a SWOT ...

United Methodist pastor named 2013 CNN Hero
July 24, 2013

Rev. Lisa Fitzpatrick shown at APEX with Burnell Pollard In a city that ranks third among the deadliest in the nation, Rev. Lisa Fitzpatrick is doing what she can to decrease violence in New Orleans, La. Co-founder of the APEX Youth Center, Fitzpatrick and her team of volunteers extend love and the concepts of conflict resolution to a number of the city’s at risk children, ...

Doctors serving HIV/AIDS clinics tour conference
July 23, 2013

Eugene Collins, Pierre Manya, Simeon Kashala and Rev. Fred Wideman A recent visit made to the Louisiana Conference by two Congolese doctors working in HIV/AIDS clinics in Africa shed light on the struggles faced in the global fight against the killer disease. “The doctors gave me--a seasoned public health professional--a new outlook. Seeing the work they did in a war zone, and ...

Louisiana youth director serves in Haiti
July 23, 2013

Sarah Marsalis Luginbill shown with Haitian interpreters Sarah Marsalis Luginbill may have returned to Louisiana from Haiti in June, but her heart is still in the country struggling to recover from a powerful earthquake that hit in January of 2010. Luginbill is back in Shreveport serving alongside her husband Scott as co-director of youth ministry for Grace Community United Methodist ...

Three women, three ministries
July 23, 2013

Bishop Cynthia Fierro Harvey ordains Rev. Betsy Eaves as Revs. William Peeples and Carole Cotton Winn look on Bishop Cynthia Fierro Harvey, Episcopal leader for the Louisiana Annual Conference, ordained Rev. Betsy Eaves as an elder in full connection on June 4, 2013. Rev. Carole Cotton Winn, Betsy’s mentor, laid hands on the ordinand’s shoulder as a blessing during the ...

Brushwood UMC steps up to 'bless the children'
July 16, 2013

Brushwood United Methodist Church in Dubberly, La. is a church without a sanctuary. Due to major structural problems, the building was torn down. The church and congregation, however, are more vibrant than ever. In response to the Louisiana conference  "Bless the Children" initiative, Brushwood UMC’s first strategic mission outreach is scheduled for Aug. 3. "Back to School Blessing" ...

St. Paul's UMC 'blesses the children'
July 16, 2013

As part of their response to the conference-wide “Bless the Children” initiative, St. Paul’s United Methodist Church in Monroe will participate in the “Backpacks for Kids” program through the Food Bank of Northeast Louisiana. In the 12 parishes served by the food bank, more than 60,000 children attend public schools. Approximately 39,000 of that population are identified as “at risk” by...

Episcopal Residence Committee update
July 10, 2013

The following is the first of several upcoming reports that will keep you, the laity and clergy of the Louisiana Conference, informed as to the work of the Episcopal Residence Committee. The committee was appointed last year in accordance with the Book of Discipline (paragraph 638) to oversee the functions of the Episcopal residence. Through inspections and careful study of the current ...

First UMC, Denham helps 'Mighty Moms'
July 10, 2013

Children attending Vacation Bible School at First United Methodist Church in Denham Springs in late June collected food items for “Mighty Moms,” a community grassroots effort focusing on feeding hungry children in Livingston Parish. “The Mighty Moms initiative has been featured on local TV and in The Advocate. First UMC has adopted this ministry as part of our missions efforts and part ...

New River UMC dedicates stained glass
July 09, 2013

The New River UMC recently held a dedication to celebrate new stained glass windows in the sanctuary. New River UMC, nestled among live oak trees, is located on Hwy 22 in Acy, Louisiana. The church has a history dating back to the early 1900s with a membership today of 73 members. In 1921, a small community group gathered as a Methodist group and were able to build a facility using ...

VBS lifts up Imagine No Malaria
July 09, 2013

  Broadmoor United Methodist Church in Baton Rouge focused on raising funds and awareness for Imagine No Malaria during this year’s Vacation Bible School. Caroline Capello (a friendly mosquito) and her helper Lyle Bordelon-Walker are pictured with one of the VBS classes. The photo also shows the mosquito thermometer used during the week to indicate the level of mission givings for ...

Roberts UMC hosts summer feeding program
July 01, 2013

Many of the children in the neighborhoods surrounding Roberts United Methodist Church in Denham Springs are eligible for free school lunch. To help feed these children during the summer months when school is out of session, church members have been providing meals and recreation to area children at the Lockhart Community Center, located less than a mile from the church. Arthur Perkins, ...

Coppit to serve as LAVIM resource assistant
June 28, 2013

On behalf of the LAVIM Leadership Team, I am pleased to announce that Brenda Coppit will continue to work on our behalf in a new part-time position--Resource Assistant for Louisiana Volunteers in Mission. Brenda brings many years of experience working with our LAVIM projects, resources and people; we are grateful for the expertise she will share. As the Resource Assistant for Louisiana ...

Invite a missionary to your church
June 28, 2013

Sending missionaries to the "ends of the earth" sometimes means they come here to Louisiana. Three missionaries will be itinerating through the Louisiana Annual Conference this summer and fall. They could be a guest at your church! They are:  Marjorie Hurder - Marjorie is completing a two-year assignment in Utah as a US2. She has been dividing her service time between organizing a food ...

Conference seeks Youth Ministry Strategist
June 21, 2013

The Louisiana Annual Conference of The United Methodist Church is seeking a Youth Ministry Strategist to serve as part of the conference team. A detailed job description and a job application are posted on the conference website and may be linked to here. The deadline for the submission of the application is no later than July 17, 2013.  

More than half million pledged/collected for ministry during conference
June 17, 2013

A total of $485,034 was pledged by local churches, each turning in a financial and ministry commitment form for the “Bless the Children” initiative during Monday night’s worship service at the 2013 Louisiana Annual Conference. Commitments of money and service for ministry impacting children were selected by each local church. These pledges will be expended either within their own ...

Museum hosts hurricane 'prepare fair'
June 14, 2013

The Louisiana State Museum is hosting a hurricane “Prepare Fair” June 22 from 12-4 p.m. at the Presbytere, 751 Chartres in New Orleans. As part of the museum’s Coastal Conversations series and in support of its Living with Hurricanes: Katrina & Beyond exhibition, the museum is hosting the event to help communities plan for the hurricane season. Representatives from government agencies, ...

Matching grant helps Mount Sequoyah
June 12, 2013

LITTLE ROCK, ARK. - The United Methodist Foundation of Arkansas recently awarded a $300,000 matching grant to Mount Sequoyah Retreat and Conference Center in Fayetteville. The grant will support repairs, maintenance and upgrade of current facilities, processes and programs. "The supporters of Mount Sequoyah will raise $300,000 to be matched one-to-one with our grant," said Jim Argue, ...

2013 Annual Conference celebrates "Blessing in the Wilderness"
June 10, 2013

More than 1,000 United Methodists gathered at Centenary College in Shreveport, La. June 2-5 to celebrate “Blessings in the Wilderness” during the 2013 session of the Louisiana Annual Conference of the United Methodist Church. (To view photos and highlights of the event, visit our Facebook page and find our new mobile app which can be downloaded at http://www.la-umc.org/news/detail/1041. ...

Bishop Greg Palmer featured speaker at Conference
June 04, 2013

The 2013 session of the Louisiana Annual Conference continued June 3 in the Gold Dome on Centenary’s campus. To follow the latest happenings of the event, visit our Facebook page and find our new mobile app which can be downloaded at http://www.la-umc.org/news/detail/1041. Bishop Gregory Palmer Bishop Gregory Palmer, Episcopal leader of the West Ohio Area of The United Methodist...

2013 Louisiana Annual Conference begins!
June 03, 2013

The 2013 session of the Louisiana Annual Conference began Sunday, June 2 in the Gold Dome on Centenary’s campus. The conference session ends on Wednesday, June 5 after the Service of Sending Forth and Deconsecration of Space. News updates for the Conference can be accessed through the conference website, Facebook page and new mobile app which can be downloaded at http://www.la-umc.org/n...

Episcopal Address by Bishop Cynthia Fierro Harvey
June 03, 2013

The following address was delivered by Bishop Cynthia Fierro Harvey on June 3 during the 2013 Louisiana Annual Conference of The United Methodist Church, held in the Gold Dome on the Centenary College campus in Shreveport. Bishop Cynthia Fierro Harvey delivers Episcopal Address.  …And our adventure begins.  I have been looking forward to this since September 1. It seems like ...

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