​First United Methodist Church of Houma 

The Circuit Rider 

First United Methodist Church of Houma

February 20, 2019                                                                                              Volume XXXVIII  No. 02


                                                              Guiding Principle
 A guiding principle determines where we go, what we do, and how we use our time and resources.  It may guide us away from certain activities or help us set priorities.  Your guiding principle is the lens through which you interpret your life experiences.  The Bible is a record of how different people over time have been guided by their lens of faith.  Joseph’s faith in God allowed him to see how God used his being sold into slavery by his brothers as a way of saving his brothers and family.  It is by faith we are saved.  Faith in a benevolent God who created us, forgives us, and will take care of us gives us meaning in life.  I will be preaching on “The Guiding Principle” this Sunday.
                                       Pastor Don Ross

LEADERSHIP:  Your church has several important leadership positions open.  “Is God calling you for such a time as this to get more involved leading & serving Him through the fellowship of this congregation?”  If you sense God calling you, send Pastor Don a text at 985-991-9462 or call the office 985-868-7887 with your answer to serve.

Make your plans to attend either the brief service from 12:15 – 12:45 or the full service from 6:30 – 7:15 PM.  Imposition of ashes & shared Communion will mark the beginning of Lent. 

This Lenten season we will have activities for our congregation members to do in their home & on Sunday nights. Starting this Sunday we will be passing out pizza boxes to our congregation with the first activity. One box per family unit. Beginning Sun, March 10th at 5 PM, we will gather in the FH for a lite meal & then move into family worship time at 5:30.  We will sit at tables as “family” units with our “Lent in a Box” material sharing & learning a unique aspect of Lent as we move toward Easter.  We will sing old familiar hymns, hear a special musical testimony, celebrate communion together, & go out singing at 6 PM.


                                             YOUTH MINISTRY NEWS! Niki Barr    

​     This month has been a hard one. Alex Martin was a former active youth member who played the drums in our band, attended Weekend of the Cross, Happening, & went to retreats. He passed away due to a rare form of cancer at the age of 25. Being with his family during this time was very difficult. Our youth group nicknamed him “Mr. Metro” for his constant style in any situation. He would make us laugh & brought so much joy to so many people. Alex's visitation & funeral service will be this Saturday starting at 9am in our Sanctuary. Please pray for his family during this difficult time.
     Our other news is that Emma Myers will be moving the beginning of March. Emma is a senior. Her family will be relocated to Texas. She has made a huge impact on our youth group, in our district, & in our conference. Emma has grown leaps & bounds from when she started in our group & became part of the glue that made us Houma UMY. We will miss her but know that she will grow where God has planted her. We love deeply so it hurts deeply when life moves us in a direction we did not expect. Neither one of these relationships have ended but instead we just say “See you later.”    

                                                       Youth Calendar

  • February 23rd Farewell Slumber Party for Emma at Niki's. Contact Niki for more details
  • February 24th Youth meet in the Gym for lunch after Sunday School & then to the parade. Our mission is to collect as many beads for TARC. We hope to be back at church around 4pm.   
  • March 3rd  No Sunday School or UMY due to Mardi Gras 
  • ​March 9th DCYM meeting @ Asbury UMC. Any youth interested in being a part of the district team see Niki for info. We will leave at 7am & should return by 3pm.   
  • March 10th  UMY from 5-7pm in the AB Gym
  • March 15th-17th  Senior High Retreat for youth in 9th-12th grades. The cost is $90. Register today, limited space available! 
  • March 17th UMY from 5-7 pm 
  • March 24th We are going to New Orleans to serve the homeless at St. Mark's. Sign-up today. Chaperones needed. No UMY
  • March 30th Confirmation Day with the Bishop at the Wesley Center in Woodworth, LA. 
  • March 31st UMY from 5-7 pm
  • April 6th Youth Ignite! Sign-up today. Registration closes March 30th. Cost is $20.

Girl Scout Sunday will be March 10th 


                                                         Children's Ministry 

                                         ​Hee Hawlelujah Play is up & going!

Play practice for the whole group is on Sundays in the Sanctuary: March 10th at 3pm, March 31st at 4pm. The older kids will have a second practice on Wednesdays at 6pm in the FH: Mar 13th & Mar 20th. We are so excited about this new ministry & thankful for our leaders: Sue Peace, Jeanne Scott, & Lorie Boes!       

                      Scholastic DINO-MITE  Spring Book Fair COMING SOON!!     

Our Spring Book Fair is coming in April! Dino Mite will open Sun, April 7th from 9:45-10:45am & April 8th-12th from 8am-5:30pm in the FH. Get ready to buy your special dino-mite books. These books are great Easter basket fillers! There are several ways to support this book fair:
      1. Volunteer sign-up sheets are in the front of the church or https://volunteer.scholastic.com/#/experience/signup/1FfYNantI
      2. Send change in to support All for Books! (Scholastic matches every $1 with a book to support a low income school & helps our teachers put more books in our classroom!)
      3. Look out for our UMCLC Teacher's Wish list & buy a book for our classrooms. Every year we have great new titles for our children to fall in love with reading!               

                                               Children's Ministry Calendar
March 10th Cherub Choir practice at 4pm in Sanctuary. Children’s Council will meet in AB Chapel at 4pm. Any parent or adult is welcome to attend!
 March 17th  Cherub Choir sings at the 2nd Service. 


                                            Stephen Ministry Exciting Adventure
Exciting Adventure:  An exciting adventure in learning & doing ministry began for 14 members of our congregation.  Our first class of Stephen Minister trainees have begun the task of studying, discussing, experiencing, & trying out the skills involved in sharing God's love & compassion with those who especially need these gifts   We thank God for these ministers & ask his continued help & blessing in their adventure.


​​                                  Christian Leadership & Influence Seminar
                                Saturday, February 23rd at FUMC Thibodaux
The seminar will be conducted by Al Franks, a Certified Lay Minister in the La. Annual Conference who has dedicated his ministry to assisting church leaders in better understanding their role in the life of the church, how the United Methodist Church is organized and how it best functions. This seminar will contain detailed information on the following topics: Christian Leadership, Staff Pastor Relations Committee, Church Council, Finance Committee, Board of Trustees, & Stewardship. The seminars will begin at 9 am and conclude at 2 pm with lunch served. 



                                             Our Les Belles Clochettes English Handbell Choir needs more ringers! It’s not difficult, and it’s fun! No previous musical experience is required. Practice is on Wed. evenings at 6pm, except for the 1st Wed. of the month, in AB403. Our very capable director, Amber would love to see and hear you!


                                              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. 

                                                            Music Academy
If you know anyone young, old, or in between, who would like to take voice lessons, violin lessons, or beginning piano lessons, please let Kenny Klaus know. These lessons are offered through our Music Academy. Lesson times are mutually agreed upon. You can reach Kenny at 688-5104.


                                        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

​​​                                                 United Methodist Women
     United Methodist Women's meeting will be on March 12th at 9:30 am in the FH 

                                                   United Methodist Men 

       United Methodist Men's next meeting will be Monday, March 18th at 6:30 PM in 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 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 Februarywe are collectinglaundry detergent  for  Beautiful Beginnings

​      In March, we are collecting hand lotion for the Council on Aging                                                            http://www.terrebonnecoa.org/

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

Communion servers NEEDED at the 8:45am service
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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