Reports Related to Connected Ministries

United Methodist Foundation of Louisiana 

Wesley Conference Center 

Dulac Community Center 

North Rampart Street Community Center 

Louisiana United Methodist Children & Family Services 

MacDonell United Methodist Children’s Services, Inc. 

Methodist Health System Foundation, Inc. 

Louisiana Interchurch Conference 

Retired Minister's Homes Board 

UMCOR Sager Brown

 


 

United Methodist Foundation of Louisiana 

United Methodist Foundation of Louisiana

Purpose: The Foundation was established in 1975 for the purpose set forth in The Book of Discipline of the United Methodist Church:

  • To promote planned giving programs on behalf of local churches and conferences; and
  • To invest and administer funds in a manner consistent with the Social Principles of the United Methodist Church.

Planned Giving. The Foundation has helped nearly 400 donors establish planned gifts throughout its 40 plus years. These gifts are worth more $30 million and will support the future of the United Methodist Church. In 2019, $1,298,017 was donated to create new charitable gift annuities and endowments to benefit United Methodist churches and agencies. Payouts made to Charitable Gift Annuitants and Trust holders was $399,172, while distributions to churches from Endowed gifts totaled $453,839.

Grants. Giving to others is a priority for the Foundation. We model that by double-tithing—giving 20 percent of our annual gross operating income to various ministries through grants. In 1992, the Foundation approved its first grant for $2,500 to Cornerstone United Methodist Church. Since then, the Foundation has awarded approximately $6 million in grants to United Methodist ministries. In 2019 more than $360,000 was allocated to funding grants.

Loans. Another mechanism for helping the United Methodist Church in our conference is church loans. The Foundation offered its first church loan to First United Methodist Church of Slidell in 1993 in the amount of $357,000. At the end of 2019, the Foundation had loaned approximately $36 million since the first loan, to 125 churches and other United Methodist ministries. Foundation loans offer competitive interest rates and do not charge points or origination fees.

Seminary Scholarships. More than 100 pastors are now serving in the Louisiana Annual Conference because of the Foundation’s Seminary Service Loan program. The Foundation funded a significant part of these pastors’ theological training through a grant/loan that is repaid by serving five years in the Conference.

Church visioning and pastoral leadership. In 2013, we began the intensive, two-year Leadership Excellence Advancement Program (LEAP) for pastors and to date, have graduated 27 pastors from that program. We have also provided scholarships for 16 pastors to participate in the five-year program, Advanced Pastoral Leadership (APL) in Texas. Many of the graduates of these programs have committed to participating in a continued leadership advancement program through 2019.

Kelly Johannessen
Director of Communications
United Methodist Foundation of Louisiana


Wesley Conference Center 

Wesley Conference Center

The Wesley Center is the Spiritual Retreat and Conference Center for the United Methodist Church in Louisiana. We are committed to supporting the mission of local congregations to equip and empower people to be disciples of Jesus Christ for the transformation of the world.

We partner with various ministries throughout the Louisiana Conference, in an effort to create and sustain vital congregations, by providing a place set apart, where they can meet away from the busyness of life, sequestered from the distractions of the world. Our welcoming atmosphere with affordable lodging, effective meeting rooms, quality meals, spaces for reflection, and a supportive staff, offer churches a place where they can:

  • Empower and equip lay and clergy leadership
  • Engage disciples in mission and outreach
  • Nurture small groups
  • Build strong youth ministries

Focusing on these things has enabled The Wesley Center’s ministry to thrive. In 2019, approximately 30,000 meals were served, 9,650 overnight accommodations were furnished, and 223 events were hosted. The United Methodist connection accounted for 36% of the events hosted and provided for 38% of the operational income through usage fees, apportionment contributions, and other designated gifts. Additionally, we saw continuing signs of financial sustainability and celebrated an operational surplus. A major capital improvement that was completed in 2019 was the installation of a swimming pool.

In the first quarter of 2020 we launched a capital fundraising campaign. We had hoped to secure enough funds to purchase new mattresses, improve lighting, add device charging stations, as well as a 40 bed bunkhouse. Prior to the COVID-19 crisis, we had already raised $32,000 toward our goal of $200,000. Once the crisis is behind us, we hope that you will consider joining our efforts in making these improvements.

As with many ministries, the COVID-19 crisis has impacted our financial stability. However, we have been blessed to receive the Paycheck Protection Program loan and the Economic Injury Disaster Loan (EIDL) advance. We have also applied for a larger EIDL loan through the Small Business Administration. Research for partnerships, applications for grants, and other assistance will continue in an effort to ensure the Wesley Center’s viability in the midst of the pandemic.

We continue to be committed to fulfilling our mission. No matter what might come in the future, this is our Holy Place, set aside for God’s mission in Louisiana. We are grateful for the continued support of the Louisiana Conference through apportionments and are praying for all of you, our local churches and our leaders. God’s mission will continue!

Roseanne Borland, Executive Director
Rev. Dr. Don C. Cottrill, President
Wesley Center Board of Trustees


Dulac Community Center 

Dulac Community Center

The Dulac Community Center (DCC) continues to help members in the community and surrounding communities. We have volunteers in mission who have been traveling to the DCC from all over the world. The staff and director have been always willing to help the members in need. We partner with many different other organizations. One in particular is the Terrebonne Churches United/Good Samaritan Food Bank. With the help of this organization, we are able to help feed low income families and families in need.

Our goals for the coming year is to attract more community volunteer participation at the Center, and offer more programs that are responsive to the needs of the community.

Since the Covid-19 virus pandemic, we were forced to limit activities; our food pantry is open by appointment only, and the DCC is open only a few hours a day, three-four times a week.

Mary Billiot
Executive Director, Dulac Community Center


North Rampart Street Community Center

North Rampart Street Community Center 

Greetings,

NRCC has always been in line with the mission, vision, and core values of the La. Annual Conference. We are still very much committed to working with and improving the lives of women, children, youth, and families of Greater New Orleans and throughout the state. Through our After School program and Summer Camp. We are empowering our children, and youth with strong educational academics, reading, tutoring, computer, art, music, drama, recreation, swimming, social, mentoring, and conflict resolution skills. We are also empowering our parents, and community with neighborhood meetings and health fairs about healthy living, health & safety, health & wellness, neighborhood awareness, and resources.

Our future goals and objectives are to continue strengthening and building our After School and Music program. Maintain our good relationships with local universities, colleges and food banks that are vital to our programs. Expand our volunteer housing program by bring in more groups. Address some of the concerns and make needed repairs to our historical building.

Our liaison from The Women Division Inc. in New York came down to do a board training to help our board become more focused. She made the board aware of NRCC positives and the areas in need of improvements. She also focused on policies, procedures and fundraising that re-energized the board that is now moving in a positive direction while continuing to serve the families in our community.

To God be the glory,

Jeffery D. Parker (Coach)
Executive Director

NRCC Board of Directors

Casey Adams, President
Dr. Glenda Johnson, Vice-President Larry MIguez, Treasurer
Kazell Williams, Secretary
Linda Harris, Board Member
Erica Simon, Board Member
Rev. Irvin Boudreaux, Ex-Officio


Louisiana United Methodist Children & Family Services

Louisiana United Methodist Children & Family Services 

Today, during this pandemic and unrest, I am pleased to report good news! We have good news for last year, good news for today, and good news of the future regarding our care for Louisiana’s children and families. Founded by Louisiana’s Methodists in 1902, we pursue our Mission as enthusiastically as ever before: We guide children and families home to experience God’s love by following the teachings of Christ.

Four years ago, in December 2015, we created Methodist Foster Care. In four years, we have doubled the care we provided in 2015. In 2019, Methodist Foster Care provided as much care as our three children’s homes.

Doubling services in four years was necessary because Louisiana has more children who require care and fewer providers to meet the needs. We step into the gaps and care for children who need intensive residential care and therapeutic foster care unavailable elsewhere. We seek to double again.

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Creating New Ways to Care for Children

In addition to providing more care in 2019, we created new ways to care for children. During 2019, Methodist Foster Care grew into three programs.

We continue to grow the Therapeutic Foster Care program. We added a Kinship Navigator program, and we created Louisiana’s Foster Care Support Organization. With these three foster care programs, we now touch the lives of every child in Louisiana’s foster care system – directly for those children in our care,
and indirectly by supporting relative caregivers and foster caregivers throughout Louisiana.

We need your help!

Help us care for children! Point people to RecruitFosterCare.com.

Today, there are not enough temporary homes available for Louisiana’s children. We are continually recruiting, training, certifying, and supporting new therapeutic foster families. If you are interested, please visit RecruitFosterCare.com. Please help us by telling people about RecruitFosterCare.com.

Capital Campaign and Construction Continue

We continue to build the new Methodist Children’s Home of Southeast Louisiana. Phase I is completed. We expect Phase II construction to be completed, the buildings furnished and ready for children to move in by December 2021. Visit MCHSELA.com to learn more!

Completing Phase II in southeast Louisiana will give us a permanent children’s home in Louisiana’s three large regions, the bootstrap, heel, and toe of our state. Fundraising efforts continue under very challenging circumstances.

Preparing for the Next 100 Years of Ministry to Children and Families

We continue preparing our organization for our next 100 years of ministry. In these three regional facilities, we will continue providing the most intensive, comprehensive residential care in Louisiana. These campuses will also serve as the regional support centers. They are the basecamps for the array of prevention, early intervention, support, and intensive treatment services we provide now and will develop for Louisiana’s children and families in the future.

We continue to invite all United Methodists who love children to join us in our exciting work!

We are saving the lives and lifetimes of Louisiana’s children and families.

The Persistent Pursuit of Our Mission

Learn more about us at LUMCFS.org. You will find that in all we do, we have one purpose. Whether we are perfecting intensive residential treatment, expanding our therapeutic foster care, or creating new services for Louisiana’s most vulnerable children, we persistently pursue our Mission: We guide children and families home to experience God’s love by following the teachings of Christ.

Respectfully and gratefully submitted,
Rick Wheat
President and CEO
Louisiana United Methodist Children and Family Services, Inc. 
RecruitFosterCare.com


MacDonell United Methodist Children’s Services, Inc. 

MacDonell United Methodist Children’s Services, Inc.

MacDonell United Methodist Children’s Services continues its mission of providing a safe haven for youth and young adults as well as offering healing ministries including both clinical and spiritual care.

Accomplishments and celebration of work completed

  • MacDonell completed its renovation of Keener Hall, which will be used for an Extended Foster Care Program for youth aging out of foster care.
  • MacDonell maintains a Non-Medical Group Home with twelve male beds.
  • MacDonell has recently taken over management of the Girls Dorm., which has (12) female beds.
  • Occupancy rate remains over 90% was 95% in 2019 with average daily census of 11.4.
  • MacDonell cared for 21 boys during 2019. Goals that are a priority for the upcoming year

Goals that are a priority for the upcoming year

  • Transition to Qualified Residential Treatment Program, which includes initiating an approved evidenced based treatment program and accreditation.
  • Diversity of Revenue Streams through partnerships with other non-profits.
  • Continuation of financial solvency.
  • Increase community giving; pursue alternative and additional fundraising opportunities.

Concerns and challenges facing board or agency

The biggest concern facing MacDonell and the Louisiana Foster Care system new Federal Legislation which passed in 2018 called the Family First Act. Louisiana’s Department of Children and Family Services is currently planning on implementing these changes for next year. MacDonell along with all of the residential home provides will have to add staff, seek accreditation, implement new therapeutic guidelines or close. An additional concern is DCFS is planning on reducing the number of group home beds, thus MacDonell will have to look to provide new services to compliment the changes in the foster care system in Louisiana. The local economy remain week due to its dependence on the oilfield causing a decrease in support and donations.

Items for action/vote by the Annual Conference

Continued prayers and donations through the Churches of the Conference are appreciated.

Kevin Champagne


Methodist Health System Foundation, Inc. 

Methodist Health System Foundation, Inc.

Methodist Health System Foundation (MHSF) strives to help produce self-sustaining individuals and communities. Through the operations of our school-based health centers and prudent grant funding of healthcare initiatives, this work is solely focused on fostering our vision.

We are excited about the progress and success of our community partners throughout our mission zone. Their work is remarkable, inspiring and impactful. Increasing the scope of our collaborative efforts expands MHSF’s ability to address complex healthcare challenges in more innovative ways.

We are particularly proud of our school-based health services in St. Bernard Parish as they continue to expand. Through a strong, committed partnership with school leaders, the St. Bernard Parish Public School System and Nunez Community College, we served over 2,600 patients with 10,669 visits last year. Responding to demand, we are increasing behavioral health services to meet the broad needs of the targeted population and continue our tradition of easily accessible, quality healthcare services.

We have celebrated 15 years as a faith-based legacy foundation, and remain committed to the people we serve. Your continued support and prayers encourage our work and provide a catalyst for improving our community’s health and well-being.

Sincerest Regards,
Patrick E. Mottram, Chairman
Wendy M. Beron, President

 

Louisiana Interchurch Conference

Louisiana Interchurch Conference (LIC)
To Live the Faith We Hold in Common

The 50th Annual Assembly of the LIC was held on March 2-3, 2020, at the Catholic Life Center in Baton Rouge, LA. The theme was: “Visioning for Unity, Striving for Justice”, with keynote speaker Jim Winkler, President and General Secretary of the National Council of Churches. Bishop Cynthia Fierro Harvey serves ex officio as a Board Member and was also finishing up a term as Immediate Past President at this Assembly. Additional Conference representatives present at the Assembly were: the Rev. Dr. Van A. Stinson who serves as Treasurer of the LIC and the UMC Board Designate; and UMC delegates Rev. Monica Monk, Rev. Jessica Lowe, & Rev. JoAnne Pounds.

The LIC Board met in September of 2019 in Monroe, LA, with the theme: ““The Black Church, Prophetic Ministry and Social Justice”.” The keynote speaker was: The Rev. Dr. Leslie Copeland- Tune. Dr. Copeland-Tune had recently been hired to fill the newly-created position of Chief Operating Officer for the National Council of the Churches of Christ in the USA.

The Bread or Stones campaign‘s on-going mission is to equip congregations with practical ways to reduce child poverty. Mr. Rob Gorman serves enthusiastically as volunteer Chair for this and for the LIC Public Policy Task Force. Mr. Samuel Rottman works on a contract basis to help coordinate. We encourage all churches to visit www.breadorstones.com to join this campaign for children.

The theme for the 2020 Week of Prayer for Christian Unity was: “They Showed Us Unusual Kindness” (reference Acts 28:2). With the focus of celebrations occurring mainly during January 18th - 25th annually, it was commemorated with several events around the state. We encourage you to start now to plan events for your area. The Stewardship of the Environment Commission continues advocating for the Restore Act that involves coastal restoration by working in coalition for rebuilding the gulf coast. Farmer’s Advocate, Mrs. Betty Puckett, stands ready to offer advice to farm families on an as-needed basis. Through the generosity of Farm Aid, LIC offers small emergency grants to farm families facing tragedies or disasters. The Criminal Justice Commission continues to focus on implementation of the Justice Reinvestment Act for adult offenders, and ending capital punishment in Louisiana. Through a grant received last year, Dr. Stephanie Gaskill finished up a research project this summer regarding in- depth studies of persons convicted of violent offenses and some with sex offenses who’ve completed their incarceration. The project grant was entitled: the “Worst of the Worst.” The goal was to learn how those re-entering society have been helped or hindered by the faith community.

Formed in 1970, and today composed of 16 Christian Denominations, Associate Member - The Order of St. Lazarus, and Church Women United, the LIC seeks greater Christian Unity through sharing a common faith in witness, worship, study, and service. Largely funded by the member churches, we are grateful for the support of the Louisiana Conference of the UMC and its commitment to ecumenical relationships that keep before the churches Christ’s vision of unity in mission, service and witness. The member churches strive to proclaim the Gospel message To Live the Faith We Hold in Common.

Executive Director: The Rev. C. Dana Krutz
Visit us on the web at: www.lainterchurch.org or https://www.facebook.com/lainterchurchconf.


Retired Minister's Homes Board

Retired Minister's Homes Board, Inc.

The Retired Minister’s Homes Board, Inc. is a valuable resource for retiring Methodist ministers and/or their widows that are in need of a home. We report so that our ministry is before all of the churches represented at the Louisiana Conference, and so that they are aware of the service we provide to our ministers. New delegates attending Annual Conference need to know what is available to the retirees.

When Methodist ministers retire they no longer have the housing support of a congregation, whether with a housing allowance or a parsonage. They may not have been able to build up equity in a home of their own, making housing an important factor in their retirement budget. We currently have thirty-one homes around the state dedicated for retired ministers, widows of retired ministers, and/or retired Methodist missionaries. Current residents pay a monthly occupant’s fee of 12 cents per square foot per month (a 1,200 square foot residence occupant’s fee is $144.00 per month). At this time we have four homes available for new occupants.

Our greatest financial help from comes when we receive the donation of a home that we can either use for one of the retirees or sell and invest the proceeds in a new home. You can also remember the Retired Ministers Homes Board, Inc. in your will, which is always a blessing. The Board will partner with churches or individuals to provide a home for a particular retiree.

We observed Retired Ministers Homes Board Sunday for many years; however, we did not in 2017, 2018 or 2019, as so many of our churches and their members have suffered great losses from flooding, hurricanes and other natural disasters, thus needing all of their resources to take care of their own needs. We do covet your continued support of the Retired Ministers’ Homes Board, so that we can continue this vital ministry to the retired ministers and/or their spouses.

If everyone gives a little, we can keep the maintenance fee affordable for our occupants.

Melba H. Stine, Secretary/Treasurer

 

 

 

UMCOR Sager Brown

UMCOR Sager Brown

A.   Accomplishments and celebration of your work that contributed significantly to: leading others into an abundant life in Christ; engaging communities, locally and globally; learning, living & telling the Gospel story; and reaching out and drawing people in from all walks of life resulting in vibrant, alive and vital congregations:

  • Response to domestic disaster (Cleaning buckets, hygiene kits, school kits)
    • Flooding, hurricanes, tornados, wildfires in California, Illinois, Pennsylvania, Texas, Tennessee, Missouri, Iowa, Arkansas, New Jersey, New York and Louisiana all received relief supplies to address needs
    • Boarder shelters in Texas, New Mexico, California and Arizona
    • Native American reservations in Oklahoma, North Dakota, South Dakota, Utah
    • Tongan communities in Utah
  • Relief supplies were shipped to the UMCOR South Sudan field office in September 2019
  • $3.4 million dollars in relief supplies distributed

B.   Measurable goals for the coming year and how they contribute to our preferred future:

  • Focus relief supplies efforts on domestic distributions
    • Focus for this year is to identify other means to distribute relief supplies outside of natural and manmade disasters.
  • Strengthen current relief supplies network in an effort to assure efficient distribution of relief supplie

C.   Concerns and challenges facing board or agency:

  • As part of the United Methodist Church, UMCOR Sager Brown faces some of the same challenges that many other United Methodist ministries are currently facing. We hope that a resolution to the internal debate faced by members of the church can be resolved in the most amicable manner with the smallest impact to our ministry.
  • Financial challenges which have become evident due to facility closure prompted by mandatory quarantine and isolation of staff and volunteers
  • Reduction in staff by a position

D.   Items for action/vote by the Annual Conference:

  • Not applicable

Amy Fuselier
Director
UMCOR Sager Brown

 

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