The Circuit Rider 

First United Methodist Church of Houma

​First United Methodist Church of Houma 

June 14, 2018                                                                                               Volume XXXVII  No. 06


                                                           Planting Seeds
  Planting seeds can be very exciting as the soil is prepared and seeds are planted.  Whether it is seeds for the garden or flower bed, or thoughts and ideas in individuals and groups, expectations build as the plants come up thru the soil and the positive changes are seen in the individuals and community.  We are enjoying flowers around town that people planted months or years ago.  We are benefiting today from decisions made years ago to improve our infrastructure.  I have often thought about those people who planted the seeds that resulted in the building of Houma’s Library and Civic Center, as well as our church facility.  With hurricane season upon us, I am grateful for those who voted for taxes that paid for the construction of levees and gates that protect us.

     Sunday, I will be preaching on “Sowing Seeds.”  In Luke Jesus teaches that the Kingdom of God is like a seed scattered on the ground, and like a tiny mustard seed, that starts out small, but grows into a large plant.  Fathers plant many ideas in their children that grow into major parts of their children’s lives.  This will be my first Sunday in the beginning of our 11th year together as pastor and congregation.  I hope to plant a few seeds that will grow into strong ministries serving the needs of this congregation and our larger community.  I remember that old gospel song that starts with:  “Sowing in the morning, sowing seeds of kindness, sowing in the noontide and the dewy eve; waiting for the harvest, and the time of reaping, we shall come rejoicing, bringing in the sheaves.” 

      Bring your family Sunday as we praise God for blessings planted years ago, and seek His strength and guidance as we sow new seeds today.            Pastor Don

P. S. Congratulations to Niki Barr on her certification in Youth Ministry. 



                                             YOUTH MINISTRY NEWS! Niki Barr    

  Summer activities are in full swing! We had 4 youth attend Annual Conference as Delegates from our district & our church. We heard from Dr. Maria Dixon Hall who was a phenomenal speaker encouraging us to value relationships over being right. We had some wonderful pie. Our youth were busy with leading different areas of worship for services. Under the leadership of Delvin Foret we had 5 youth building & painting background sets for VBS this past Monday & Tuesday. We had 8 youth attend Blue Bayou Waterpark yesterday. We definitely got our vitamin D in! Next week our Youth Council will go to Lucedale, MS to hear God’s call on where our group should go for 2018/2019 school year. Continue to pray for our youth as they discern where God is calling them to be in mission.      

​                                                          Youth Calendar

  •  No Sunday School for the month of July. 
  • June 18th-20th Youth Council Retreat in Lucedale, MS Any youth interested in being a part of our leadership may attend.  
  • June 21st-23rd LYMO
  • ​June 24th- 28th VBS from 5:30pm-8pm.
  • July 1st  VBS Presentation at the 11:05am service & Party from noon-3pm. Bring your bathing suit and get ready for some wet fun on a waterslide.    
  • July 4th-8th Delta Grace Mission Trip- We are super excited that Chris Adams will be our male chaperone for this trip! $100 registration & paperwork due by July 1st. Sign-up today!     
  •  July 11th Jumanji  1-4pm in the FH Parlor 
  • July 18th Bowling at Creole Lanes 1-3pm, get your free bowling passes at You are responsible for the cost of bowling shoes.  
  • August 1st  Tubing trip down the Bogue Chitto River in Franklin, LA. Permission form needed, $20, bag lunch, & drinks. We will stop at Steak n Shake for Supper.
  • August 5th Blessing of the Backpacks at both services  



                                                         Children's Ministry 

​ We had a great turn out for our Messy Games on June 3rd. We had lots of paint to play in & are so thankful to Amber Cheesebrough’s leadership for the day. There are lots more activities coming!

                                              Summer Calendar

  • No Children’s Council or Cherub Choir in July. 
  • June 17th The Cherub Choir will sing at 11:05 am
  • June 24th- 28th VBS from 5:30pm-8pm.
  • July 1st VBS Presentation at the 11:05am service & Party from noon-3pm. Bring your bathing suit and get ready for some wet fun on a waterslide.    
  • July 8th Picnic and nature trail from 4-6pm.
  • July 15th Da Swamp & sno-balls 4-6pm. Cost is $10+tax for 2-6 yr. olds, $13+tax for 7yr. olds & up, socks cost $3
  • July 22nd  We will eat together at McDonald’s on Barrow St, then go to Heritage Manor Nursing Home from 2-4pm. Children bring your favorite book. We will spread some cheer! The children will sing, read, & play Bingo with the residents. Heritage Manor will provide cookies and juice! 
  • August 5th Blessing of the Backpacks at both services 

​                                               UM Children’s Learning Center
                       There are openings for Fall in the 4 year old program

                                Calling ALL Volunteers! VBS is approaching!

​                                          Shipwrecked - Rescued by Jesus

                                            June 24-28th from 5:30-8:00pm

Registration is OPEN for children & volunteers or fill out a form in the Narthex.  We are looking for volunteers to help guide children to their stations, mission leader, kitchen help, recreation, & arts & crafts!  PLEASE consider helping guide these children's hearts to Jesus.  We are having an Adult VBS from 6-7:30pm.  Open to ALL adults, whether you have children in VBS or would like the fellowship.  Each night there will be a devotional time that goes along with the VBS theme & another topic of interest. Sign up by form or  We are looking for donations to help make this an amazing experience for the children, and we still have yard signs available.  Please let me know if you are interested in helping in any way!  There are lots of opportunities to help make this year's VBS amazing!!  For info 985-768-8147 or   


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                                       Was Young Once Senior Luncheon

                                          Thursday, July 12th at 11:30 am

                                                  FUMC Fellowship Hall

                                         RSVP to Jeanne Scott at 868-7787

                                                   United Methodist Men 

 UMM will not meet in July. Meetings will resume on August 21st at6:30 pm in FH

​​                                                United Methodist Women

UMW will not have a local meeting in July. The Louisiana Conference UMW Mission U will be held on July 25-28th at the Wesley Center in Woodworth, LA. 


                                                   Experience Conference
Your church registered 5 members to attend Experience Conference in Orlando Sept. 4th-7th. This conference is put on by worship leaders for worship leaders, clergy, & lay people interested in learning leadership & planning meaningful worship. to learn more. Contact Michael at or the church office. If you wish to contribute towards helping to defray the cost, please label your gift “Experience Conference.”

 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 June we are collecting hand sanitizer & soap for Hope Extreme, which provides after school & summer education programs. 

In July we will be collecting glue sticks & small boxes of crayons for FUMC members who are elementary school teachers. 

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

Lay Readers - NEEDED- additional Lay Readers at both services

GRACE Camp- God’s Really Awesome Camping Experience provides a week of Christian camping for children of prisoners. The aim is to expand their world in a special, fulfilling week. The week involves group activities, music, crafts, sports, nature, candlelight sharing and worship. For more information:  

Spring is in the air! Time for gardening- Landscape crew is looking for big clay pots, bricks, etc. to update the garden. 


                                                                     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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