Communications and News

Faith Crossing and Friendship UMCs merge
August 16, 2012

  Faith Crossing UMC in Denham Springs has met for the last three years in a 4,000 square ft. warehouse off of Rushing Road. The lease for the warehouse was expiring in the summer of 2012, and the church was having difficulty finding more permanent facilities or land for Faith Crossing.   “There was nowhere for us to go. We had put out several offers, but nothing materialized,” said ...

Youth ministry empowers teens
August 16, 2012

Youth ministry must be top priority for every United Methodist church   According to Rev. Ed Fashbaugh, author of Creating an Authentic Youth Ministry, “teen empowerment” is more than just putting young people on the church council. Empowerment is guiding teens in their own faith formation and allowing them to awaken to God’s presence and call in their lives.   Rev. Fashbaugh also ...

Article on Bishop Hutchinson’s retirement in The Advocate, Baton Rouge
July 29, 2012

Go here to read the article in the advocate  http://theadvocate.com/features/faith/3381092-123/riding-out-the-storm

Bishop Cynthia Fierro Harvey assigned as Episcopal leader for the Louisiana Conference
July 21, 2012

View coverage on our facebook page here!  Bishop Cynthia Fierro Harvey, Deputy General Secretary for United Methodist Committee on Relief (UMCOR), has been assigned as the new Episcopal leader for the Louisiana Annual Conference. Harvey was one of three new bishops elected during the South Central Jurisdictional Conference held July 18-21 in Oklahoma City.  Bishop Fierro Harvey and newly...

Hutchinson Farewell Dinner
July 03, 2012

  More than 340 guests paid tribute to Bishop William W. Hutchinson and Mrs. Kay Hutchinson for 12 years of service to the Louisiana Annual Conference during a Retirement Celebration held June 29 at the Renaissance Hotel in Baton Rouge. Bishop Hutchinson retires this summer. The Hutchinsons will be moving to Las Cruces, New Mexico. The evening, emceed by former Conference Lay Leader ...

Adam Hamilton's teachings on Church Leadership
June 04, 2012

Rev. Adam Hamilton Rev. Adam Hamilton advised Louisiana’s United Methodists to “never give up” in their mission to make disciples for Jesus Christ. Hamilton served as guest teacher during the 2012 Louisiana Annual Conference, being held June 3-6 at Centenary College in Shreveport. He presented Sunday evening and Monday morning. “A successful pastor, or layperson, is willing to ...

Conference offering helps Russian church

Conference offering helps Russian church
May 07, 2012

During the 2012 Louisiana Annual Conference in Shreveport, an offering of more than $47,000 was received and dedicated to the repairing of First United Methodist Church in Ekaterinburg, Russa. Local churches are still receiving donations for this worthy project. The Louisiana Conference has been supporting the congregation of the First United Methodist Church in Ekaterinburg, Russia ...

Alston voted GC Committee Chair
April 27, 2012

Rev. Ellen Alston, head of the Louisiana Conference delegation to General Conference 2012, was voted to chair the Legislative Committee for Superintendency. “This is a prestigious honor and great responsibility that very few delegates receive, and we are proud to celebrate with her as she leads our global church in considering proposals on term-limits for bishops, status of Bishops after...

Position Vacancy for President and CEO of Hope Ministries
April 12, 2012

A competitive nationwide search is underway for a permanent executive to lead HOPE Ministries to its next level of accomplishments. HOPE Ministries, headquartered in zip code 70805 in Baton Rouge, Louisiana, is a private community-based 501(c)(3) not-for-profit organization resulting from a merger of United Methodist Mission Center and Friends of Families, with origins dating to 1988. ...

Edwards named New Orleans D.S.
April 11, 2012

     Rev. Hadley R. Edwards has been appointed as New Orleans District Superintendent starting this July 1.      Rev. Edwards is a native of Fulton, Missouri and a 1977 graduate of Fulton High School. In 1981 he graduated from Central Methodist College, Fayette, Missouri with a B. A. Degree in Religion. While in Fayette, during his college career, Edwards pastored St. Paul and ...

Dreaming of Vital Congregations Film Series
April 09, 2012

  MEDIA ALERT   GBOD Communications Office Steve Horswill-Johnston, Executive Director (615) 340-1726 (O) (615) 429-3431 (C) stevehj@gbod.org Feb. 6, 2012   WHAT: To stimulate discussions about the next generation of church leaders WHO:  UMC clergy and lay leaders, General Conference delegates HOW: Fourth in a five-part film series from the General Board of ...

Response to flooding in Acadiana District
April 09, 2012

Torrential rains and subsequent flooding that affected parts of the Acadiana District on March 13 prompted Governor Jindal to declare a state of emergency for four parishes in Louisiana. The Conference Disaster Response Ministry is moving forward to offer help to residents in the areas around Carencro, Churchpoint, and south of Opelousas. More than 350 homes have been damaged by flood ...

Ordinands recall memories of Holy Land trip
April 06, 2012

       Twenty ordinands with the Louisiana Annual Conference traveled Jan. 11-20 with Bishop William W. Hutchinson and a group of United Methodists to the Holy Land.      The Louisiana Conference has initiated a tour of the Holy Land every other year, with our new ordinands as special guests. This experience enriches the ministry of new pastors during their time in ministry among us, and...

Louisiana's United Methodist Camping Program
March 20, 2012

This summer, hundreds of children and youth will experience the fun of camping in a Christian environment at one of three United Methodist camps in Louisiana. . . Camp Istrouma outside of Baton Rouge, Camp Uskichitto in LeBlanc and Camp Caney near Minden offer a wide range of outdoor fun and Christian fellowship for children and youth every summer. Find out more about what is ...

Rooted Baton Rouge
March 20, 2012

Three United Methodist pastors serving in Baton Rouge recently launched a cutting edge bible study and outreach initiative targeting young adults based in the capital city. Rooted Baton Rouge is the brainchild of Revs. Katie McKay Simpson, 29, Drew Sutton, 30, and Juan Huertas, 33.   Participants in the six-week Lenten Bible study recently met at a mixer organized by the three ...

Backpacks for Children

Backpacks for Children
March 06, 2012

First United Methodist Church, Pineville continues “Backpacks for Children” program Members of First United Methodist Church in Pineville continue to support “Backpacks for Children,” an outreach to children in need through the Central Louisiana Food Bank. For $135 per school year, the Food Bank sends a backpack filled with kid-friendly food home with a child every weekend. This ...

Cambodian Connection
March 06, 2012

More than four months of construction, three years of planning and $40,000 of fundraising culminated Oct. 2 in the dedication of the new Samreth Methodist Church in Cambodia, as congregants from churches throughout Kampong Thom Province gathered to celebrate with their supporters and partners in ministry from First United Methodist Church in Baton Rouge. Nine members of the Baton ...

Tornado and Storm relief offering
March 06, 2012

United Methodist Committee on Relief has been in contact with conference Disaster Response personnel in hard-hit areas, including Indiana, Kentucky, and Tennessee, and received initial early assessments of the damages caused by the severe weather that struck 12 states. UMCOR is posting updates to the website (www.umcor.org) and to the Facebook page (www.facebook.com/UMCOR) on a regular ...

Claiming our Call as Laity
February 28, 2012

United Methodists throughout Louisiana will gather March 16-17 at The Wesley Center in Woodworth for “Claiming our Call as Laity.” This two-day retreat sponsored by The Conference Board of Laity will be led by Dr. Gil Rendle and Bishop William W. Hutchinson.  Dr. Rendle, renowned national speaker and facilitator, will guide and train laity as they discern the primary field of mission for...

Call to Ministry
January 26, 2012

    Chris Follins and Katy Delia For six of the 20 youth delegates to the 2011 Louisiana United Methodist Annual Conference held in Shreveport, the highlight of the event was sensing a call to ministry.   “It was something I never anticipated,” said Jodie Harper, conference director of Youth Ministries, who served as adult leader of the youth delegation during the June ...

Operation Happy New Year

Operation Happy New Year
January 26, 2012

    Operation Happy New Year meal distribution Five years ago, the members of First United Methodist Church in Covington began to take a closer look at how their church was engaged with its surrounding community.   “We realized that we had ‘disconnected’ from the community in which we live. Although our church was functioning, we seemed to be engaged only with ourselves,” said ...

Louisiana Methodist Children’s Home Receives Second Reaccreditation

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