​First United Methodist Church of Houma 

The Circuit Rider 

First United Methodist Church of Houma

October 25, 2018                                                                                               Volume XXXVII  No. 10


                                                        Updates & Plans
-Parsonage work:  The new master bedroom addition, middle bedroom alterations, and the new air conditioning systems should be completed by the end of next week.  Updates to the kitchen, hall restroom, whole house generator, and painting inside and outside are not yet scheduled.  
-The New Chiller will be installed on Friday, Nov. 2nd
-Church Library has been moved from 2nd floor to Breezeway, Room 103
     Books are being moved, cleaned, and shelved as the Circuit Rider goes to press.
-All Saints Sunday is on November 4th.  We will read the names, toll the bells, and light a candle for congregational members and others who have died this past year, as we celebrate the lives of those who continue to light our pathways. 

Consecration Sunday will be on November 11th – There will only be ONE SERVICE at 10:30 AM.
    We are having a free catered luncheon, immediately after worship, so be sure to make your reservation. 

The Sermon Series on Job ends this Sunday.  We have learned from Job about Faith in God which is greater and longer lasting than faith in possessions.  This Sunday I will preach about “Insight” as we recall the healing of blind Bartimaeus, and Job’s fortune changing when he prayed for his friends.
     I look forward to each new day as God fills it will blessings and opportunities. 
     May you be one of those as we gather for worship this Sunday.                       Pastor Don


                                             YOUTH MINISTRY NEWS! Niki Barr    

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  • October 31st Trunks of Treats from 6-7:30pm. Youth will be helping with the games for the night.    
  • November 2nd-4th Jr. High Retreat
  • November 4th  UMY at the Adam’s house, 207 Parnell Dr, 6-8pm
  • ​November 11th & 18th UMY from 5-7 pm in gym
  • November 25th UMY Worship night. We will eat at 5pm & worship from 6-7pm in the Sr. High room led by Emma Myers & Robby Smith.​

​​                                                     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 

​ Cherub Choir Practice & Children’s Council meeting on Sunday, Nov. 4th. Cherub Choir will practice in 403 and Children’s Council will meet in the Chapel in the gym. Cherub Choir will sing on Sunday, November 18th at the 2nd Service.   


                                                             Trunks of Treats
We still have several parking spots available for Trunks of Treats! The sign-up poster is located in the front of the church with a bright orange take-home instruction sheet. We provide a safe place for children to trick or treat from trunk to trunk. We encourage non-scary costumes. 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. 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.



                                                  Pumpkin Patch Update 
There have been so many people help make our pumpkin patch a success this year. We are heading into the last week of our patch & I am so grateful to so many of our congregation members who have given of their time to help with our field trips or help sell pumpkins.  
      As the Patch comes to an end, we will need help with:
Volunteers: If you are interested in serving, sign-up under the blue & white tent or on the poster in the front of the church.
Pallets: There are several pallets that we have picked up and are ready for a new home. Make a donation & pick some up!
November 1st,if we have any pumpkins leftover you may make a donation & take them home! We will need help tearing down or moving: maze, hay, tables & chairs, & folding up the bounce house. 

 We have had several people come through our patch that were in need of prayer. We have listened and prayed with so many. So many people in our community are hurting or have loved ones that are struggling and do not know where to turn.  It has been my privilege to be able to pray with so many in their time of need & to capture family memories on cell phone cameras. This is our 8th year providing our community with a beautiful family experience through our patch & we are able to bless our community & beyond because of pumpkins. Who would have thought a pumpkin could bring so much joy! God did. May He continue to pour out his blessings on our church & community.     

                                             Did you know that our English Handbell Choir is up & running again under the capable leadership of Amber Cheesebrough? We have a gorgeous five-octave set of perfectly tuned, shiny bells, but not enough ringers. “Les Belles Clochettes” needs you! If you know your alphabet from A-G & can count to 4, YOU CAN PLAY HANDBELLS!  We are eager to enhance our worship experience with these beautiful instruments. We currently practice on Wednesday evenings at 6:00 with the exception of the 1st Wed. of the month, in AB/104. We hope to see YOU there!


                                         New Adult Sunday School Class
   We have started a new class in the Fellowship Hall on Sunday mornings for a growing number of families that would like to get to know the Bible better. We are starting in the book of Exodus and we would love for you to join us. See Niki for more details. 


                                                   Deck the Halls with Christmas Poinsettias
Donations are being accepted for Christmas poinsettias to decorate the church. Donations in honor or memory can be placed in the collection plate, brought, or mailed to the office.  

                                     Live Streamed Services on Facebook:


Be sure to click “LIKE” & “FOLLOW” at the top of the page so you’ll receive a notification when we go “live”. If you do not have Facebook & would like to view an archive of Live Streamed services go to www.fumchouma.com/facebook-live.html

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      United Methodist Women will meet on November 6th at 9:30 am in the FH 


                                           Was Young Once Fall Gathering
                                      Thursday, Nov. 8th at 11:30 am in FH

Come Early…..Frank Porter will be entertaining us with music from the 50s & 60s. Come & enjoy the food, fellowship, and New Testament Bible Trivia. Menu: turkey, rice dressing, sweet potato casserole, green beans, fruit salad & desserts. RSVP by Mon, Nov. 5th to Jeanne Scott at 868-7787

                                                   United Methodist Men 

          United Methodist Men will meet on November 27th at 6:30 pm in FH                          

​​                        HANGING OF THE GREENS & POTLUCK LUNCHEON
                                      December 2nd after the second service   

                                                    Mark your calendars!!!                                              

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

In November we are collecting fleece blankets for The Bunkhouse. More information  https://www.facebook.com/pages/Bunk-House-Inn 

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.                                                     


If you would like to receive the Circuit Rider via email, contact the office 868-7787 or Wesley.houma@gmail.com

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