​First United Methodist Church of Houma 

The Circuit Rider 

First United Methodist Church of Houma

August 22, 2018                                                                                               Volume XXXVII  No. 08


                                          "Be ye therefore Gospel Gossipers!"
      Last week I mentioned that the Book of James warns against gossip and the dangers of an untamed tongue.  What I suggested is that if we train our tongues to be gossipers of good news it would change the world around us.  It would be like starting a fire of good news.  Remember that old song:  “And soon all those around can warm up in its glowing.  That’s how it is with God’s love.  Once you have experienced it, you spread His love to everyone.  You want to pass it on.”
     This is what your church is dedicated to being:  The spreader of God’s grace and love.  We have exciting worship at 8:45 & 11:05 each Sunday. There are classes for children, youth, and adults where you can learn and share that good news.  There is a new confirmation class as noted below for those preparing to be confirmed.  Our Pumpkin Patch is about to open to the Houma Community.  [The pumpkins arrive at 11 AM on Saturday, September 29th.]  There are plenty of opportunities for you to be agents of God’s reconciling love in our patch.
     There are still 2 more weeks in the “Faith in Action” sermon series based on the New Testament Book of James.  This week will be “Attractions” and the following week will be “What Communities Do.”  Have a great day, and please spread a little Gospel Gossip. 

                                                     Pastor Don Ross


                                             YOUTH MINISTRY NEWS! Niki Barr    

Our youth group had a blast with messy games this past Sunday. We teamed up with Pharr Chapel UMC in Morgan City for a day of connectionalism & fun. There are so many opportunities for our youth to learn about God & his love for us:
          On Sunday morning, Confirmation Class with Rev. Don is upstairs in the main building, room 208. Youth that are in 6th grade & up are welcome to join. This is not about a “yes” or a “no” answer but about your relationship with Jesus Christ. Confirmation Class is not the end of the road for your spiritual walk but rather the beginning.
          Already Confirmed? Then head to Sunday School at 10 am upstairs in the gym where we are digging into the book of Exodus to see how the Israelites started & struggled in their relationship with God.
          UMY on Sunday night for youth in 6th-12th grade from 5-7pm in the gym. We eat, fellowship, play games, & talk about how God can work in our lives.

This past weekend I attended a youth training event in Pineville, LA. One of our main questions for the day was “Why”. Why do we do what we do? All of the above classes have a great answer to the “Why”--to grow in our faith. I get so excited every year about the God possibilities. Where will God use us next, where will we find him, or where will we interact with him? It’s like a Jack-in-the-box, you know the routine, the song, and you know it’s going to happen. And every time it just gives you a jolt. I know God will show up, he will be there because he is faithful. Make sure your youth are there to experience him and to grow in their faith.    

​                                                          Youth Calendar

  • September 23rd UMY from 5-7 pm in the gym. Friends are always welcome!
  • September 29th Pumpkins arrive at 11am. This is our biggest fundraiser for the year. Bring your whole family to help!  
  • September 30th UMY from 5-7pm, 1st UMY Worship Service this school year, lead by Georgiana Randolph & Megan Burnett

  • JR High Retreat: deadline approaching Sept. 30th! Youth in 7th & 8th are invited to attend Jr. High Retreat in Woodworth on Fri, Nov. 2nd-Sun, Nov 4th. Cost is $90. https://louisiana-reg.brtapp.com/JuniorHighRetreat2018 
  • ​October 7 No UMY due to Fall Break
  • October 12th  Youth & parents who signed up for the Mercy Me Concert meet in the church parking lot for 4pm. 
  • October 14th  UMY from 5-7pm in the gym. We will work in the pumpkin patch!
  • October 20th  Youth will lead activities for the families in the patch from 10am-1pm
  • October 21st UMY from 5-7pm in the gym
  • October 26th Cajun Country Corn Maze in Amite, LA. We will leave at 4pm. Drivers needed.   
  • October 28th UMY from 5-7pm in the gym  
  • October 31st Trunks of Treats from 6-7:30pm. Youth will be helping with the games for the night.

​​                                                     Confirmation Class
Confirmation Class from 10-10:50am upstairs EB 208. Any youth in 6th-12th are welcome to join. Rev. Don will explore questions on faith & on God to help youth on their spiritual journey. 



                                                         Children's Ministry 

​ Sunday School is in full swing upstairs in the main building, room 209, for 1st-5th graders. Children will get to know the Bible stories, play, & learn about God.

     Children’s Ministry Play with Sue Peace is coming in October! More details to come…

Sat., Sept. 22nd Family Treasure Hunt—Join us from 3-5 pm in the AB for some great family fun, there’s something for every age. Come with us on a Treasure Hunt to find ALL you need in Jesus!     


                               Enchanted Forest Book Fair was a success!
     We had some wonderful church members who helped make this year’s book fair the best we have had yet! A huge “Thanks” to our snack providers for our teacher preview: Kim Babin, Karen Rhodes, & Lynda Erickson. We also had some wonderful fairy readers/helpers: Karen Rhodes, Judy Matherne, Sue Peace, Deana Shipley, Juana Woodard, & Dena Johnson. Our UMCLC children had a great time singing, dancing, & meeting new characters. Lastly, I would like to thank my beautiful family for helping tear down & set-up the fair. Our Children’s Ministry is blessed by everyone’s hard work as we made over $900. We added 184 books to our UMCLC classes! Our next book fair, Dino-Mite, will be April 7th-12th.

                                                      Trunks of Treats
Sign-up your family to attend our Annual Trunks of Treats event on Halloween night in our church parking lot. The sign-up poster will be in the front of the church starting October 1st with a bright orange take home instruction sheet. Our church provides a safe place for non-scary costumes to trick or treat from trunk to trunk. We will have hamburgers/hot dogs for sale for $1, free popcorn, & free drinks. We also offer prizes for the best trunk & best costume for different ages/groups. We would love for you to be a part of this great event. Many opportunities to serve:
              Cupcake donations- Sign-up sheet will be in the front of the church, please let us                                    know how many you will be bringing for our cupcake walk. 
              Candy donations
              2 liter drinkscan be placed in the Box of Caring & Sharing all month long
              Kitchen helpersneeded to serve hamburgers & hot dogs & help clean-up.
              Work the cupcake walk or watch a bounce house for a while.
              Be a part of the planning committee. On Mon. Sept. 24th at 6 pm we will meet in                                     the  FH to plan activities




                                                  Pumpkins are coming!
There are many areas to serve & leadership opportunities for our pumpkin patch ministry:
Volunteers needed to help unload pumpkins on Sat., Sept. 29th at 11am. We will have grilled hamburgers & hot dogs for our volunteers! Please sign-up in the front of the church so we know how many to prepare for.
       Pallets: We need about 160 pallets in good condition. We have several pallets that need some repairing. Let us know if you can help!
Volunteers are needed to help with field trip games in the big field by the playground during field trips 9:45am-12.
Bag fillers: Come to the FH on Sun, Sept.30th at noon  
Phone calls & emails. We are looking for volunteers to help make phone calls & send out emails.

       Bakers- Need baked goods individually wrapped to sell in patch on the weekends. (Label with nuts or no nuts)
Ideas- if you have a great idea come talk to me!
      Volunteers needed to man the patch. Sign-up in the front of the church.

There are so many times in the patch that I have been truly blessed. I have had opportunities to have conversations with people in our congregation & in our community that have blessed me beyond measure.  The pumpkins go beyond October; we are able to serve in our community & beyond. Yes, the pumpkin patch is a lot of work but aren’t all good things worth the struggle? I am thankful for the patch. So many in our community are too because families have a place to gather, make memories, laugh, & play. Come be a part of an exciting ministry where the church gets out of the building & interacts with our community in a big way!      

                                            The Handbell Choir will practice on Wednesdays at 6pm . All are                                              welcome!




                                                                Our Acadiana District Charge Conference will be Sept. 23rd at

                                         3 pm at Asbury UMC. 


                                          LA Now!     The LA conference communicates to its membership through a conference e-letter–the Louisiana Now!  Sign up https://louisiana-email.brtapp.com/subscribe


                                     Live Streamed Services on Facebook:


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                                                   United Methodist Men 

                                        “Reaching Every Man” Workshop
                               Sat., Oct. 13th from 10 am-Noon with lunch
               Clergy & Laity leaders, Men & Women are encouraged to attend

UMM Smoked Chicken Dinner Fundraiser Oct. 21st
Smoked chicken & sausage with Mr. Bill’s BBQ beans & Mr. Delvin’s rice dressing for $10. Tickets available in office.

​​                                                United Methodist Women

United Methodist Women will meet on October 2nd at 9:30 am in the FH. 


 The Nursery (for children up to 10 years old) is open for Wednesday night activities from 5:30-8 pm. ***RSVP your nursery needs by Tuesday at NOON!

Gumbo for sale!
We have pints for sale for $5 & quarts for $10 in the Activity Building freezer. All proceeds go toward transportation costs for youth trips. 

​​                                                     CHURCH T-SHIRTS FOR SALE

Blue shirts kids sizes S-L $10; adult S-XL $11; 2-5X $13
Green shirts adult S-XL $11    
Bright yellow shirts adult S-XL $11; 2-5X $13

​                                                    SERVICE OPPORTUNITIES…..  
Box of Caring and Sharing 

In September we are collecting twin or full linens for Beautiful Beginnings.  http://communityservices.startcorp.org/beautiful-beginnings

In October we are collecting 2 liter drinks for Trunks of Treats on October 31st at FUMC Houma. 

Children’s Moment - NEEDED- additional Children’s Moment providers at both services

Lay Readers - NEEDED- additional Lay Readers at both services


                                   Name tag orders will be placed periodically. $10 will be collected                                         when you pick up your name tag in the church office. Order forms                                       are in the church foyer on the name tag board & in the office.            


                                                                     Planned Giving
The goal of planned giving is to help donors plan their estates and charitable giving in ways that benefit both family & the church. The federal tax code allows for several trusts and gift agreements that are used in making these planned gifts to charity and that provide some tax benefits for donors.
designate your church as the beneficiary of your asset by will, trust, or other instrument. It allows you to maintain control of your assets during life and to make a gift to your church at your death.
            Charitable Gift Annuity
transfers your cash or appreciated property to the Foundation in exchange for a promise to pay you fixed income (with rates based on your age) for the rest of your life, and then to your church in perpetuity. It allows you to avoid capital gains tax on the sale of your appreciated property and receive a charitable deduction now.
            Charitable Remainder Trust (CRT)
transfers your cash or appreciated property to fund a trust. The trust sells your property tax-free & provides you with income for life or a term of years. It allows you to receive a charitable deduction now.
            Beneficiary Clause Retirement Plan
designates your church as the beneficiary of your retirement plan. It allows maintaining control of your assets during your life and to make a gift to your church at your death.
            Life Estate Reserved
allows you to donate a house or property to the Foundation but retain the right to use it during your life. It allows you to receive a charitable income tax deduction now.
If you would like more information about Planning Giving, pamphlets are located in the foyer of the front of church.                                                     


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