April 24, 2019                                                                                              Volume XXXVIII  No. 05


We are always in transition:  Getting older; learning more or forgetting what we learned; arranging and rearranging our homes, our schedules, our commitments, our priorities.  There are political changes, climate changes, and leadership changes.  While the world around us is in a constant mode of change, our faith reminds us that God does not change.  Hebrews 13:8 states that “Jesus Christ is the same yesterday, today, and forever!”  Isaiah 40:28 states that “The Lord is an everlasting God … He doesn’t grow tired or weary.  His understanding is beyond human reach…” and verse 31 affirms that “those who hope in the Lord will renew their strength;”

     May 5th is Donna McMillan’s last Sunday as our accompanist after 32 years.  Frank Porter will be filling in until June 2nd when Rachel Klaus assumes the position.  Over the next few weeks we will continue learning, serving, and worshiping.  We will continue work on the parsonage for our new parsonage family of 5.  The pastor’s office will be cleaned & painted.  Ann and I plan to complete our packing and preparation to relocate to our own home nearby by June 8th.  June 23rd will be my last Sunday as your pastor.  The Huertas family plan to move into the parsonage the last week of June.  Pastor Juan’s first Sunday will be July 7th.

     A NEW 6-Session Adult Bible Class will meet each week from this Sunday, April 28th until June 9th at 10 AM in the Fellowship Hall.  Part I of this series is entitled, “What Is the Bible?” Part II will be “Introducing the Old Testament,” and part III will be “Introducing the New Testament.”  This first course is a broad overview of the Bible, including chapters on how to select a Bible suitable for your needs, how the Bible is organized, how the collection of books that comprise the Bible were chosen, different ways that people approach the text, and what archaeology has to tell us about the text and its stories. May God richly bless you as we continue our journey of faith and discipleship.    Pastor Don       


                                             YOUTH MINISTRY NEWS! Niki Barr    

                                                       Youth Calendar

  • Sat., Apr 27th Rummage & Gumbo Sale 7-11am in AB gym. Donations are being accepted TODAY-Thurs, Apr 25th. Please no donations on Friday! Youth will price today & Thursday from 4-6pm in the gym. On Friday, Youth bring sleeping bags, pillows, & change of clothes for our overnight pricing lock-in. We will finish pricing & help with the gumbo. We need extra adults to help at the cashier table, with clothes, & loading/unloading leftover items at Dulac Community Center starting at 11am. Please contact Niki, 870-5976, if you can help!
  • April 28th UMY from 5-7pm in the gym 
  • May 5th  UMY from 5-7pm in the gym
  • May 12th No UMY on Mother's Day
  • May 19th YSF Sunday! Youth will be leading both services. Afterwards, we will go to the Adams house at 207 Parnell Drive for a slip & slide End of School party! Bring a bathing suit, sunscreen, & towel.   
  • May 26th   No UMY Memorial Day weekend

​                                  Women’s Tea and Purses with Purpose
                                    Saturday, May 11th from 10 am-Noon

Calling all ladies! We are in need of donations of food & gently used purses for our silent auction. If donating a purse, please place a small gift worth $15 or more inside. Tickets for the event will be sold in advance for $10 each. You may purchase through the office @ 868-7787, Niki B @ 870-5976, or Judy M @ 790-9707. All proceeds go to Options for Independence to raise money for a generator for the girls’ house.  

                                    United Methodist Men’s Chicken Dinner
                                            May 5th in the Activity Building
                                                 Pick up 10:45am-12:45 pm
                                             Tickets on sale now! $10 each

​         United Methodist Men's next meeting will be Tuesday, May 21st at 6:30 PM in FH

                                             DONNA MCMILLAN RECEPTION
There will be a reception for Donna McMillan on Sunday, May 5th after the second service. We will celebrate Donna’s 32 YEARS of service at FUMC Houma as our Pianist & Organist. We will honor her service & wish her well before she moves to Nashville. 

​​United Methodist Women
UMW will meet on May 7th at 9:30 am in FH
UMW Mission U on July 18-20th at the Wesley Center in Woodworth, LA

                                         Was Young Once Spring Luncheon
                                      Thursday, May 9th from 11​-1:30 pm in FH

                                        Senior Recognition Pot Luck May 19th
Bring out your best dish to celebrate the class of 2019 after the 2nd service in the AB  


                                                         Children's Ministry 

April 28th Cherub Choir sings at the 2nd Service       

May 5th  Cherub Choir practice at 4 pm in AB403
May 5th  Parent time-
parents can come talk about their week in the Gym Chapel from 4-4:45pm. 

May 12th Cherub Choir sings at the 2nd service on Mother’s Day

May 18th End of the Year Cherub Choir party at Pinocchio’s from 5-7pm. 

                                           Children’s Ministry Summer fun:
June 2ndCherub Choir Practice & Children’s Council meeting @ 4pm. Children’s Council is an open group for parents or congregation members who have a passion to teach children about God’s love for his people. Join us!
June 16th Cherub Choir sings at the 2nd service for Father’s Day.
June 22nd-23rd Super Hero Lock-In/Pajama Sunday for children going into Kindergarten-5th grade! Children wear your pajamas & enjoy a night of games, food, & a movie. Cost of attendance is can goods.
June 30th Da Swamp from 3-5pm & Brooke’s Snowballs afterwards. Parents need to attend to help with transportation.
July 24th Blue Bayou Waterpark trip! Sign-up your family to attend Blue Bayou by July 1st. Sign-up sheet will be located in the front of the church. See Niki for details. 


                                    Scholastic DINO-MITE  Spring Book Fair  

A huge “Thank You” to our Dino-Mite volunteers that helped make our Book Fair a great success: Kim Babin, Deana Shipley, Judy Matherne, Pat Lemley, & Sara & Tyler Barr! Our kids loved having a special guest, Pete the Cat, come & visit! We made over $800 & 123 books were purchased for our classrooms! Proceeds go toward our Children’s Ministry. Thank you for your support!


                                                To Mars and Beyond VBS
 VBS for children going into Kindergarten- 6th will be Sun, July 7th–Thurs., July 11th.VBS Celebration will be on Sun, July 14th. Children will sing at 11:05am service followed by pizza in AB & water fun outside! Volunteers needed: Music, Team Leaders, Helpers, Meals, & Kitchen Coordinator. On-line registration is open! Cokesburyvbs.com/houmaumc or get an application from the VBS table in the front of the church.  We are in need of 2 liter bottles. Any questions contact Niki Barr, 870-5976, to become part of our Children’s Ministry Mission to spread the word of Jesus’s love to his children! 



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.                                               

                                                            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:


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 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!


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 April, we are collecting paper towels & toilet paper for The Haven 


            In May, we are collecting socks for The Bunkhouse


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

Communion bakers NEEDED

Communion serversNEEDED at the 8:45am service
Lay Readers - NEEDED- additional Lay Readers at both services

                 Call the church at 985-868-7787 or email at Wesley.houma@gmail.com  

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. For more information: www.gracecamp.net

Louisiana UM Children & Family Services Mother’s Day Collection on May 12th

TFAE, Terrebonne Foundation for Academic Excellence, Run & Food Fest-Sat, May 11th. Looking for VOLUNTEERS to help pick up trash for the event. Call Rev Don 991-9462



                                   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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First United Methodist Church of Houma

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