Our work will be guided by a commitment to social justice and be informed by past and ongoing research. United Methodist Committee on Relief has awarded a $300,000 grant to support Louisiana Conference disaster response efforts in the wake of the Spring Floods of 2016. Portland, Oregon: The United Methodist Council of Bishops met on May 21 following the close of General Conference for worship and prayer for the ongoing unity of The United Methodist Church.
It is late (very late) on May 21 and I await my “red eye” departure from Portland on UNITED. United Methodist members and leaders, global health innovators and an “American Idol” star took the stage today to celebrate the success of Imagine No Malaria, an initiative of the people of The United Methodist Church aimed at ending malaria deaths. Lauren Hudson, currently serving as an intern for the LSU Wesley Foundation in Baton Rouge, is still basking in the excitement of having provided her chalk recording at General Conference 2016 during Bishop Cynthia Fierro Harvey’s sermon the morning of May 16 in Portland, Oregon. A faithful group of women are helping Ingleside United Methodist Church engage with the global community by sewing and packaging hygiene kits for girls living in Uganda.
Louisiana Avenue United Methodist Church is impacting the city of Lafayette through an active “street” ministry. Bishop Cynthia Fierro Harvey is pleased to announce Todd Rossnagel as the Director of Communication Strategies for the Louisiana Annual Conference. The first ever Louisiana United Methodist Conference Communications Livestream, held April 16 in Shreveport, was a huge success! Thirty-nine pilgrims across six state lines, both clergy and laity, attended the 2016 Five-Day Spiritual Academy on April 3-8 at the Wesley Center. Members of the Louisiana Annual Conference Native American Ministries Committee gathered at Clanton Chapel UMC in Dulac on April 2. First United Methodist Church in Zachary recently formed “Friends and Needles,” a ministry group that uses sewing and other needle crafts to work on mission projects. The Louisiana Annual Conference is sending Dave and Elizabeth McCormick to Mozambique as GBGM missionaries. More than 200 confirmands from throughout the Louisiana Annual Conference joined Bishop Cynthia Fierro Harvey, clergy, youth and children’s workers and volunteers for Confirmation Day with the Bishop on April 2 at The Wesley Center in Woodworth. A group of 28 Sunday School students and adult volunteers from Springhill United Methodist Church traveled to Little Rock recently to visit the Heifer Village and to learn more about the Heifer Project’s work around the world.
SATSUMA, LA--Livingston Parish United Methodist churches will join forces to offer one Easter Service for all of their neighbors in the parish.
In the wake of flooding that has affected more than 43 of the 64 parishes in the state of Louisiana and a majority of conference districts, Louisiana’s United Methodist churches are serving as the hands and feet of Christ in meeting the needs of those affected by the devastating rains.

In an unprecedented flooding event that has prompted 43 parishes to declare a state of emergency and that has affected much of North and Central Louisiana, as well as a number of the state’s southeastern parishes, Louisiana’s United Methodist churches are “stepping up” to meet the needs of those affected by the devastating rains. A Message from Bishop Cynthia Harvey: Our prayers continue for all those impacted by the rising waters across the state of Louisiana. As travelers made their way Wednesday along North Louisiana roads and highways, many found themselves trapped as one road after another became flooded and impassable. With the assistance of a Conference Fresh Expressions grant, Raymond United Methodist Church in Jennings is hosting a new Kids' Club that serves elementary aged children. The Wesley Center is Woodworth was “hoppin’” this past weekend with 318 youth and adult participants enjoying the 2016 Conference Senior High Retreat.
First United Methodist Church in Crowley recently held a re-consecration celebration and ribbon cutting ceremony for the church’s newly renovated Fellowship Hall. This year, Wesley United Methodist Church in Baton Rouge will celebrate 150 years of ministry as a congregation. United Methodist churches from throughout the Louisiana Conference held traditional Ash Wednesday services in their sanctuaries, as well as offering unique “outside the sanctuary” opportunities for folks to receive the imposition of ashes. In solidarity with United Methodist Women throughout the denomination, the UMW of Gretna United Methodist Church recently “opened their umbrellas” and helped to raise $250 for donation toward the prevention of human trafficking. Louisiana Memorial United Methodist Church of Opelousas made the decision in 2015 to start the Wesley’s Table ministry, a feeding program focusing on neighbors within walking distance of the church. Several years ago, the Louisiana Conference approved a resolution that required each local church to write and adhere to a Safe Sanctuaries policy for their congregation.
The members of Kilbourne United Methodist Church know that in small, rural towns, local churches must be a resource and a haven for those in poverty.
Adding this amount to existing Conference funds, this gives the response approximately $500,000 to move forward in our work. Tommy O’Rear, a member of Sibley United Methodist Church and coordinator for UM-Ignite, has witnessed first-hand the benefit of congregations pooling their resources and energy to make a difference in the lives of others.
John’s United Methodist Church in Baton Rouge—began to notice soon after opening their doors in 2012 that a significant number of clients were Spanish-speaking. The committee supports the Native American ministries of the Louisiana Annual Conference, including Clanton Chapel and Clanton preschool, the Dulac Community Center, and scholarships for Native Americans entering seminary. Joined by their children, Eva and Annie, the couple will be giving themselves to three years of service. Faith Crossing United Methodist Church in North Walker, Livingston UMC, Corbin UMC in Walker and James Chapel UMC in Holden will meet as one congregation Sunday morning, March 27 at 10 a.m.

Our Early Response Teams have been mobilized, flood buckets are on the way from the UMCOR Depot, and an emergency grant has been granted from UMCOR for immediate response and deployment.
The ministry provides community children with fun activities, Bible lessons, service opportunities, fellowship and a meal. This awesome event, leading others into abundant life in Christ, was the “best ever” according to many of the youth participants. Mark United Methodist Church in Baton Rouge, was recently featured on WAFB-TV’s “Pass It On” segment in recognition of her involvement in the community and in the ministries of her church. Charles United Methodist Church in Destrehan recently found a unique way to serve Hope Services, one of several ministries in Africa assisted by the New Orleans area congregation. 7, United Methodist churches will take a special offering for the Louisiana Prison Chapel Foundation (LPCP), which has been building chapels in Louisiana prisons for more than 15 years. Under the new structure, current Director of Communications, Betty Backstrom, will assume the role of Communication Liaison in a part-time status. The work, accomplished with the aid of a tractor, was part of an ongoing recovery effort in which ERTs are playing a big role. 165 in North Monroe through flooding rains last week, he began to get that sinking feeling that he could be in trouble.
These chapels have become a place of birth and nurturing of the spiritual journey of thousands of inmates. I choose to call it a reminder of the resounding cry of the faithful followers of Jesus Christ we call UNITED Methodist who gathered for the past 11 days in Portland. Michael Battle led the group into Engaging the World, looking at spirituality and community in terms of reconciliation. Could you benefit from hearing a discussion on “best practices” for Social Media, Texting and Emails? The pastor of Faith and Wilhite United Methodist Churches in West Monroe recalled that he could see that water was covering the road.

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