Communications and News

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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