​First United Methodist Church of Houma 

The Circuit Rider 

First United Methodist Church of Houma

May 16, 2018                                                                                               Volume XXXVII  No. 05


                            PENTECOST SUNDAY – A DAY OF NEW BEGINNINGS
      This Sunday we celebrate the Day of Pentecost, [50 days after the Resurrection, and 10 days after the Ascension] when the Holy Spirit came down upon the disciples as they were gathered in one place.  They were filled with the power of the Holy Spirit, and many spoke in various languages words of praise declaring the mighty works of God.  This was the gift of God that Jesus had foretold them.  We recognize this day as the birthday of the church.  Filled with the power of the Holy Spirit, the disciples boldly went forth declaring the message of Jesus, and baptizing many new disciples.  Wear RED this Sunday and join in the joyous celebration!
     PARSONAGE CAPITAL IMPROVEMENT CAMPAIGN – CONGREGATIONAL MEETING THIS SUNDAY 10:15 – 10:45 AMWith the recommendations of the Parsonage Committee, the Trustees, and the Church Council, a special Congregational Meeting is being held this Sunday in the Fellowship Hall to present a Parsonage Improvement proposal.  The proposal includes:  the addition of a third bedroom, replacement and reconfiguration of the AC/Heating system, updates to the hall bathroom and the kitchen, replacement of the windows, repairs from water damage to the ceilings, complete repainting of the house inside and out, plus the outside of the garage; and the removal of the 6 pine trees.  (Possibly the installation of a gas generator.)  We will also discuss how we plan to fund this project.  Come Sunday to learn, ask questions, and offer your input.  We will need everyone’s support to go forward.  

                                                                 Pastor Don



                                             YOUTH MINISTRY NEWS! Niki Barr    

      As this school year ends, I wanted to say how proud I am of our youth. They worked so hard on our Trendsetters YSF service on May 6th. Youth Council planned & prayed over the service. They definitely stepped out in faith! After, we had our 2018 Senior Recognition Potluck. Our seniors & their parents said that the congregation is a part of their family. Thank you for supporting them! Every year, I ask the seniors how they would like to celebrate, & they always say a luncheon with the congregation. This speaks highly of how much our youth feel connected to our congregation. “Thank You” to our helpers for the potluck: Shirley Hebert, Tracy Purvis, Christine Brunet, Judy Matherne, & Amber Cheesebrough! The luncheon was very nice. We would like to thank Chip & Sylvia Riggins for providing their pool for our end of the school year party. We had an awesome time! Lastly, we still need of adult helpers at youth. We have an amazing group of youth. Our church policy requires 2 non-related adults. If you are feeling God calling you to youth ministry, come by & talk to me. It is so rewarding! We aren’t looking for perfection, just a willing heart to serve. God has given us gifts to use for his glory. God calls us & equips us for the task.   

​                                           April 28th Rummage Sale  
We made over $1,000! We thank everyone who donated items & a big “Thank You” to E.J. Bergeron who pulled the trailer with the left over items to Dulac, & Jenny Burnett & Myles Barr for helping during & after the sale! Our next sale is scheduled for Saturday, March 16th. 

Youth Calendar: 

  •  Sunday School-every Sunday from 10-10:50am upstairs in the gym. We meet in the                       Fellowship Hall before at 9:45am for donuts. Join us!
  • May 24th-May 25th Overnight Youth Council Party at Niki’s starting at 12pm-11am. Any youth interested in being on Youth Council are welcome to join! 
  • June 2nd Second Harvest Food Bank Rubber Ducky Derby-meet at 1pm at church & return by 7pm. You need money for supper
  • June 6th-9th  Annual Conference
  • June 13th   Blue Bayou Waterpark meet in the parking lot for 8am. We need extra adults to chaperone & help with transportation. Bring a Coke can to get $5 off admission. You will be responsible for 2 meals. 
  •  June 18th-June 20th  Youth Council Retreat in Lucedale, MS
  • June 21st-June 23rd LYMO
  • July 1st VBS Party from noon-3pm

                                                Youth Summer Mission Trip
​We will be going to Delta Grace in Sunflower, MS on Wed., July 4th - Sun, July 8th to repair homes. We are in need of an adult male to be a part of our team. Deadline for registration paperwork & down payment of $50 is Mon, June 1st. Balance of $50 due by Tues, June 26th. Scholarships available!


                                                         Children's Ministry 

Our Children’s Council has set some dates for the summer and we are gearing up to have a blast!

  • June 3rd at 4pm Cherub Choir in AB 403-pizza & juice for supper, Messy Games       5-7pm. Children wear clothes to get messy in. We will have a great time with all sorts of goop! Children’s Council meet in the AB prayer room at 4pm to talk about VBS & Backpack Blessing
  • June 10th Children bring your favorite book. We will go to Heritage Manor Nursing home to spread some cheer! Children will sing, read, & play bingo. Heritage Manor will provide cookies & juice!  
  • June 17th The Cherub Choir will sing at 11:05 am
  • June 24th- 28th VBS from 5:30pm-8pm.
  • July 1st VBS Party from 12-3pm. Bring your bathing suit  
  • 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 21st-July 22nd P.J. Lock-in for children in 1st-5th grade! We will have activities planned for the evening in the gym & will attend church in our P.J.’s! 

​                                               UM Children’s Learning Center
1. UMCLC is registering for Summer Camp which runs from June 4th-July 27th. They have openings for ages 6-10
2. 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 for children & volunteers http://vbspro.events/p/events/fumcshipwrecked or fill out a form in the Narthex.  We are looking for volunteers to help guide children to their stations, a missions 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 http://vbspro.events/p/fumccastaway 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 amber@cheesebrough.net             

                                     Live Streamed Services on Facebook:

www.facebook.com/fumchouma  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


                                                   TFAE and Run for God
 Our goal for Run for God was to complete a 5K while being able to share our faith & we did it! We had so many complements on our shirts, and were interviewed by The Courier. 6 church members completed the TFAE Run. We had a lot of fun & enjoyed all the great food. We hope to have another group start up in the fall & aim for another run. Sign-up list coming soon. From couch to 5K, you can do it! Join us! 

United Methodist Men 

                                  UMM will meet on June 12th at6:30 pm in FH


                                                   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. www.expereienceconference.com to learn more. Contact Michael at michaelcklaus@gmail.com 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. 

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 May we are collecting socks for the homeless/The Bunkhouse,which provides shelter for homeless single men &  has a meal program. Check out Bunkhouse Inn on Facebook.
    In June we will be collecting hand sanitizer & soap for Hope Extreme, which provides after school & summer education programs.  https://www.hopeextreme.org/ 

Children’s Moment - NEEDED- additional Children’s Moment providers 

Lay Readers - NEEDED- additional Lay Readers

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: http://gracecamp.net/?view=mobile  

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

​                                                Coastal Title Clearing Project
FREE legal help for homeowners living in heir property or family homes. Do you live in a family house a relative left you? Is the property located in Terrebonne or Lafourche Parish? Are you listed as the owner of the home? Call 985-851-5687 or 800-256-1660, online https://slls.org/gethelp/ or Southeast Louisiana Legal Services at 521 Roussell St, Houma (bring proof of income and picture ID)


                                                                     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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