Communications and News

Join the crowd with a free Conference mobile app now!
May 29, 2013

Also, if you wish to download on to your phone from the websites, go to: http://bit.ly/LAUMCApp to get the app for an I Phone (I Tunes/App Store) OR http://bit.ly/LAUMCDroid to get the app for an Android (Google Play)  

Summer Grove UMC hosts faith-based soccer league
May 21, 2013

Summer Grove United Methodist Church in Shreveport recently completed its third season of Upward Soccer. This year the project attracted 110 children playing on different teams within Summer Grove’s league. During practices, team leaders offered devotions for the children, who were given scripture verses to memorize. The season ended with fellowship, fun and food at a church-hosted ...

St. Matthew's UMC permanent endowment fund reaches goal of $500,000
May 15, 2013

Pictured above are Mike Murphy (planned giving chair), James Bourgeois (church council chair), Jerry Gast (board of trustees chair), Rev. Dr. Ken Reed (past CEO UM Foundation of La.) and John Crifasi (permanent endowment president). St. Matthew’s United Methodist Church in Metairie recently celebrated reaching its target goal of $500,000 for a permanent endowment fund. More than 100 ...

Bishop Harvey visits U.S. - Mexico Border
May 08, 2013

Bishop Harvey's reflection on the visit to the U.S. - Mexico border View photos from Forum of Bishops visit to the border Bishop Cynthia Fierro Harvey from the Louisiana Episcopal Area joins others in worship May 7 in Friendship Park on the U.S. side of the border fence. United Methodist bishops from all over the world visit the U.S. - Mexico border to immerse themselves in the reality ...

Foundation 'leaps forward' at annual meeting
May 01, 2013

“Leaping Forward!” was the theme of this year’s Annual Meeting of the United Methodist Foundation of Louisiana, held April 23 at the Country Club of Louisiana. The meeting was a celebration and review of the Foundation’s latest programs to develop leadership for effective ministry among clergy and laity. Rob Fairly, president of the Foundation, and Chairman of the Board Irwin Felps led ...

Waging Peace concert honors Woodland
May 01, 2013

The Interfaith Federation of Greater Baton Rouge will sponsor a community musical event May 5 at 4 p.m. at Broadmoor Baptist Church, 9755 Goodwood Ave. Rev. Phil Woodland, retired United Methodist pastor, will be honored during the event for his “vision of peace and his help in the founding of the Interfaith Federation.” This musical work is dedicated to him and the others who have ...

Exploration 2013's Blog Day shares ways of hearing God's call
April 16, 2013

The Revs. April Casperson and Juan Huertas on stage at Exploration 2011. God’s call can be heard in a series of small daily moments, through the voice of a fellow church member, a pastor or a campus minister, or during a mission trip. And more than 30 United Methodists who have heard the call to ordained ministry blogged and Tweeted about their personal experiences to generate buzz ...

Mount Zion UMC holds annual Walk of Faith
April 16, 2013

Rev. Sonya Lars, pastor of Mount Zion UMC prepares for Walk of Faith Mount Zion United Methodist Church in New Orleans hosted several special events during this year’s Holy Week. Celebrations included a three-night revival with Rev. Dr. Tom Watson with Watson Memorial Teaching Ministries and guest choirs from First Street Peck UMC and Watson Memorial choir; a reenactment of the Last ...

Noel UMC feeds 600 for Easter
April 16, 2013

The 2013 Easter celebration and meal held at Noel United Methodist Church was enjoyed by more than 600 people in the Shreveport community. Guests were served a delicious meal and shared in fun activities. Four bicycles were given away to children present at the celebration. More than 100 volunteers helped to support this neighborhood event.  

Centenary Archives digitizes Louisiana United Methodist publications
April 11, 2013

Chris Brown ’01 (Centenary Archivist) and Kayla Ruth ’15 (Centenary Archives student worker) FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE (March 28, 2013) Contact: Dena Pruett, Centenary External Relations, 318.869.5715   Centenary Archives digitizes Louisiana United Methodist publications   SHREVEPORT, LA — The Centenary College of Louisiana Archives and Special Collections recently has digitized and...

Urban ministry conference slated for New Orleans
April 11, 2013

The Christian Community Development Association will hold its 25th annual national conference Sept. 11-14 at the Hyatt Regency, 601 Loyola Ave., in New Orleans. The event, especially helpful to local churches in urban settings and transitioning communities, offers practical training for creative and missional expressions of the church. Workshop tracks include: New Neighbors; Education-D...

Appointments made for District Superintendent, Administrative Services
April 02, 2013

Rev. Ellen Alston Rev. Dr. Van Stinson Rev. Dr. Ralph Ford Several appointments have been made for District and Annual Conference leaders for the 2013-14 conference year. All of these appointments start July 1, 2013. Rev. Ellen Alston, currently the Alexandria District Superintendent, will move to serve as the Monroe District Superintendent. The Alexandria District is being ...

Bishop Harvey receives Women of Excellence Award
March 28, 2013

Bishop Cynthia Fierro Harvey received the 2013 Women of Excellence Award during Wiley College’s annual convocation held March 26 on its campus in Marshall, Tex. The convocation was one component of a week-long observance filled with “women of excellence” activities. This year’s conference activities focused on achieving excellence through a “march of solidarity”; worshipping for ...

Cabinet reports new district lines
March 20, 2013

The cabinet has continued to "tweak" the district lines to accommodate charges but more importantly to respond missionally to the needs of our churches and districts. The list below outlines the district lines. As always, throughout the year there could be additional "tweaks" as we continually address the missional needs of the annual conference. In Christ, Bishop Cynthia Fierro Harvey ...

Churches can book visits from global missionaries
March 20, 2013

Rev. Ann Sutton, Louisiana Conference mission secretary and pastor of Northwood UMC in Lafayette, invites all local churches to consider inviting several missionaries to visit during their time in our conference this summer and fall. “They have been sent to the ends of the earth and now they are coming to us. These missionaries can be your guest,” said Rev. Sutton. Marsha Alexander, ...

Structure revision team hosts listening post
March 20, 2013

The Baton Rouge District will host the first listening post for the Louisiana Conference Structure Revision Team on April 14 at First United Methodist Church in Baton Rouge. The event will be held in the church's Conference Center at 3 p.m. The purpose of this event is to give people an opportunity to provide feedback on the conference structure and how it could better meet the missional...

Faith Crossing UMC hosts mobile pantry
March 18, 2013

Faith Crossing United Methodist Church, serving the Walker/Denham Springs area, recently distributed food items to 351 families in need—triple the number served last month! “We estimate that the food will help to feed anywhere from 1,500 to 1,700 folks. Church volunteers unloaded and distributed two full semi-trucks,” said Rev. Leslie Stephens, pastor. The church is excited about the ...

Sojourner Truth nominations sought
March 11, 2013

Every year, the Louisiana Commission on the Status and Role of Women (COSROW) recognizes a woman in the Louisiana Annual Conference who has made contributions as a caring Christian in her congregation and community in the spirit of Sojourner Truth, who broke barriers for many in the area of justice and compassion. The SoJourner Truth Award, presented during the COSROW luncheon at Annual ...

5 Day Academy draws national participation
February 19, 2013

Participants from Nevada, Georgia, Texas, Ohio, Mississippi, Iowa and Louisiana gathered at The Wesley Center from Jan. 6-11 for the 2013 Louisiana 5 Day Academy for Spiritual Formation for a week of worship, learning, celebration and prayer. The theme for this year was Spiritual Leadership in Times of Change and lectures were presented by Daniel Wolpert (Director of The Minnesota ...

Certified Lay Ministry training slated April 20
February 19, 2013

The position of Certified Lay Minister (CLM) was approved by the General Conference in 2004.The first two CLM’s in the Louisiana Conference were certified in 2010. Five were certified in 2011 and one in 2012 for a total of eight Certified Lay Ministers in the Louisiana Conference. We need trained lay persons who have strong spiritual centering and want to take a stronger leadership role ...

Dillard President on Black History Makers list
February 19, 2013

New Orleans - Walter M. Kimbrough, president of Dillard University, joins 99 other African American history makers and industry leaders who are being honored during Black History Month by NBC's theGrio.com. The list was announced on the "Today" show on NBC News. This is the fourth year that NBC's the Grio.com has recognized African American industry leaders who are making a difference ...

First UMC takes to streets with "Got Ashes?"
February 19, 2013

Spearheaded by First United Methodist Church and the LSU Wesley Foundation, the imposition of ashes last Wednesday became an evangelical experiment when both groups “took to the streets” of Baton Rouge with this important Lenten ritual. Those administering ashes stood at the downtown corner of North Boulevard and Third Street, a local coffee shop and the Free Speech Alley located on LSU’...

High school leaders invited to Academy July 14-19
February 19, 2013

SHREVEPORT, LA — Centenary College is once again offering high school juniors and seniors the unique opportunity to attend the High School Leadership Academy. Held on campus July 14-19, this intensive, residential Academy will help students develop an understanding of service-minded leadership through the integration of living, learning, and action. "The Academy encourages students to ...

Church ministries awarded Peace with Justice grants
February 06, 2013

Asbury United Methodist Church in Bossier City, First Grace Community Alliance of New Orleans and Bethany UMC in New Orleans have been awarded the spring 2013 Peace with Justice Awards. The grants, totaling $4,900, were awarded by the Conference Board of Church and Society and funded through the Peace with Justice offering given annually by Louisiana’s United Methodist congregations. ...

Conference creates HIV testing manual/DVD
January 22, 2013

United Methodist churches and conferences can now easily organize an HIV testing event with the assistance of a manual and instructional DVD developed by the Louisiana Annual Conference. Spearheaded by members of the conference Global Health Initiative, the organizational tools were created with the assistance of a grant provided by the Domestic HIV/AIDS Fund for the United Methodist ...

Louisiana Conference men invited to national basketball tournament
January 22, 2013

NASHVILLE, Tenn.––Has your church always wanted to claim it is a national champion? It may make such a claim if its church-sponsored team can win a summer 3-on-3 national United Methodist Men basketball tournament. A total of 32 teams from United Methodist churches across the nation will participate in a 3-man basketball tournament to be held July 12-13 at Belmont University in ...

North Cross UMC leads Christmas Cookie Crusade
January 22, 2013

As part of their Christmas Eve celebration, North Cross United Methodist Church in Madisonville led a “Christmas Cookie Crusade” immediately after each of their services. Revs. Lamar and Erin Oliver got the idea for the project while driving home from the church’s 11 p.m. serve on Christmas Eve in 2011. They noticed that there were so many places open for business. Erin's commented, "I ...

Young Adults Invited to Apply for Mission Program
January 22, 2013

Young adults may now apply for the 2013 class of Mission Interns and US-2s. Feb. 15 is the deadline to submit application materials for these long-term mission assignments through the United Methodist General Board of Global Ministries. Mission Interns will now commit to 25 months of service that include 20 months of international service, followed by two and a half months of ...

Zachary United Methodist reaches out to Adopt a Soldier
January 22, 2013

  Members of Zachary United Methodist Church in Zachary launched Operation Adopt a Soldier in October. The congregation decided to adopt a platoon that was recently deployed overseas. During the three month campaign, ZUMC gathered enough items to send 44 boxes overseas. The items that the congregation was asked to provide included devotionals, puzzle books, stationary, health care ...

Bethany UMC tackles human trafficking
December 19, 2012

The newly formed Human Trafficking and Domestic Violence Committee for Bethany United Methodist Church recently participated in the first New Orleans Human Trafficking Working Group Conference. The conference, “Preventing Human Trafficking at the Super Bowl and Beyond: Mobilizing the New Orleans Community to Prevent and End Trafficking in Our Midst,” focused on strategies to raise ...

Peace with justice grants due Jan. 5.
December 19, 2012

Jan 5, 2013 is the deadline to apply for a Peace with Justice grant from the Louisiana Conference of The United Methodist Church. What is peace with justice? It is a faithful expression of shalom in the Bible. It calls the church to “strengthen its capacity to advocate publicly in communities and nations” throughout the world. The peace with justice program of The United Methodist Church...

Conference vote impacts Retired Ministers Home’s Board
December 18, 2012

A mail ballot of the Conference members (delegates) from the 2012 Annual Conference session was conducted in October. The ballot was in regard to the tax status of the Retired Ministers Homes’ Board. Conference members approved the changes as presented in the motion from the Retired Ministers Homes’ Board. This decision allows the Board to apply for tax exempt status as a non-profit ...

Louisiana Methodist Children's home receives new license
December 17, 2012

Louisiana Methodist Children’s Home in Ruston, Louisiana has achieved licensure to operate as a Psychiatric Residential Treatment Facility (PRTF) by Louisiana’s Department of Health and Hospitals. “Our staff made this happen,” states Rick Wheat, president and CEO of Louisiana United Methodist Children and Family Services. “Louisiana Methodist Children’s Home is now licensed to provide ...

How you can respond to Louisiana's recovery from Isaac
December 04, 2012

Just as our brothers and sister in states affected by Hurricane Sandy will need Louisiana’s help, there are survivors of Isaac in our own state that still need the vital assistance provided by disaster response teams. Currently, the Louisiana Disaster Response Ministry is working approximately 50 cases in LaPlace and 50 cases in Maurepas, both hard hit by the Aug. 29 storm. Teams are ...

Ecumenical and Interfaith Ministry Recognition Awards
November 19, 2012

Is your local church congregation or ministry active in a shared ministry with other faiths, or church congregations or ministries of other denominations? You qualify for this award! Are you an active bridge builder who brings together ministries and people of different faiths or different Christian denominations? You qualify!   If you qualify, the Commission on Christian Unity and ...

Transition and Restructure teams hard at work
November 19, 2012

The Louisiana Annual Conference is currently involved in making significant transitions precipitated by proposed conference staff and budget changes--as well as studying and recommending an alternative structure of the organization for ministry and mission of the conference. In 2008 the appointive cabinet began to examine these questions: “What does it mean to be a vital congregation? ...

Extension ministry pastor leads agency serving homeless
November 06, 2012

Members of First United Methodist Church, Baton Rouge and clients of CAAH are shown after installing a community garden. Rev. Randy Nichols, serving through Louisiana Conference extension ministries, heads the Capital Area Alliance for the Homeless in Baton Rouge . . . Rev. Randy Nichols believes strongly that he is connected to his United Methodist roots and John Wesley’s ...

Skeeter Run enjoyed by 2,500!
November 06, 2012

Read about the Skeeter Run in Lafayette's The Advertiser. 2013 Louisiana Skeeter Run website Get the Louisiana Skeeter Run flyers and bulletin insert! See the 2013 Louisiana Skeeter Run winners. More than 2,500 runners, walkers and volunteers raised funds and awareness for Imagine No Malaria during the 2013 Louisiana Skeeter Run, held in 10 cities throughout Louisiana on Saturday, March...

200 attend Leading Beyond the Walls in Alexandria
November 05, 2012

More than 200 participants attended Leading Beyond the Walls held Oct. 26-27 at the Alexander Fulton Hotel in Alexandria, left. Teams from local churches considered alternate ways of doing church in order to reach those who are unchurched in their communities. The two-day leadership event was led by Carol Cartmill and Lori Trupp, both staff members of the 8,000 member United Methodist ...

Bishop asks conference to help with Sandy response
November 05, 2012

View Hurricane Sandy video Dear Friends in Christ, As we continue to hold our own brothers and sisters affected by Hurricane Isaac in prayer we now lift up in prayer our brothers and sisters who are recovering from the aftermath of Super Storm Sandy.   We know all too well about Hurricanes and Tropical Storms as we have been battered so badly ourselves. In the past eight years, our ...

United Methodists hear Dr. Marvin Moss at L.E.A.D. event
November 05, 2012

More than 65 United Methodists from throughout the Louisiana Conference attended L.E.A.D. 2012-Catch and Release, held Nov. 2-3 at The Wesley Center in Woodworth. The leadership workshop focused on “catching” seekers, helping them become disciples and then releasing them into the world to serve others. The keynote speaker for the two-day event was Rev. Dr. Marvin Anthony Moss, pastor of ...

Service of Installation for Bishop Fierro Harvey held Oct. 20
October 23, 2012

October 20, 2012 article in The Advocate on Bishop Fierro Harvey A Service of Installation for Bishop Cynthia Fierro Harvey was held at First United Methodist Church in Baton Rouge, La. on Oct. 20 at 11 a.m.   The church’s chancel choir, led by Lamar Drummonds, performed musical selections throughout the service. Choir of the Dawn, the children’s choir from Wesley UMC in Baton Rouge, ...

ERTs return 'again and again' to help
October 10, 2012

Two ERT teams from Texas serving in Braithwaite and LaPlace gather for a meal after working on Isaac damaged homes. The heart and soul of The United Methodist Church is steeped in the Wesleyan philosophy of “doing good” wherever possible. Early Response Teams are fueled by this directive and by Christ’s example when they respond to help those in need in the wake of disasters ...

Luke's House clinic celebrates fifth anniversary
October 10, 2012

Erica Washington, chair for Luke’s House board of directors, meets with James Comeaux, a member of Rayne Memorial and secretary/ treasurer for the board, and Lisa Lynde, executive director of Luke’s House. The 501 (c) (3) is a New Orleans based clinic providing free health care to the area’s underserved population. Nearly five years ago, the late Rev. Connie Thomas stood with ...

Urgent Interim Vote: Attention 2012 AC Voting Members
September 25, 2012

Attention all voting members (delegates) of the 2012 Louisiana Annual Conference. An interim vote of the Annual Conference is being held regarding the Louisiana United Methodist Retired Ministers’ Homes Board, Inc. You will be receiving an explanatory letter and a ballot through the mail for this urgent vote. Bishop Harvey is asking that you vote on this matter by mailing the ballot to ...

Disaster response teams needed for Isaac recovery
September 20, 2012

Give to the Louisiana Conference Bishop's Appeal! Register for Disaster Response team here! Visit the facebook coverage here! Volunteers from Trinity United Methodist Church offload cleaning buckets and health kits from the UMCOR Sager Brown Depot in Baldwin, La. Rev. Dave Carlton, pastor, smiles at the camera. The Rev. Dave Carlton, pastor of Trinity United Methodist Church ...

Isaac assessment team visits New Orleans District
September 06, 2012

Give to the Louisiana Conference Bishop's Appeal! Register for Disaster Response team here! Visit the facebook coverage here! Rev. Don Cottrill and Bishop Cynthia Fierro Harvey pray with Rev. Regina Hickman in front of First UMC in LaPlace. The church sustained a foot of standing floodwater during Hurricane Isaac. Rev. Regina Hickman, pastor of LaPlace United Methodist ...

Conference assessment team visits areas affected by Isaac
September 04, 2012

Give to the Louisiana Conference Bishop's Appeal! Register for Disaster Response team here! Visit the facebook coverage here! Homes in the Maurepas, Whitehall and Killian areas are hit by severe flooding. Troy Guitreau, member of the Maurepas Volunteer Fire Department, affirmed that “a lot of people in Louisiana are suffering” from the effects of flooding caused by Hurricane ...

Louisiana Conference welcomes Bishop Cynthia Fierro Harvey
September 01, 2012

Dean Harvey and Bishop Cynthia Fierro Harvey Bishop Cynthia Fierro Harvey begins her tenure as the Episcopal leader of the Louisiana Conference of The United Methodist Church September 1, 2012. Bishop Harvey was elected as a bishop in The United Methodist Church at the South Central Jurisdiction meeting this past July in Oklahoma City, Oklahoma. She was elected from the Texas ...

Louisiana Conference asseses storm damage, responds to needs
August 31, 2012

Register for Disaster Response team here! Sign for First UMC in LaPlace, LA is engulfed by flood waters from Hurricane Isaac Louisiana Annual Conference leaders are in contact with churches in storm affected areas and are still assessing damages from Hurricane Isaac. Some of the most serious flooding from heavy rains occurred in the city of LaPlace, located in St. John the ...

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