​First United Methodist Church of Houma 

The Circuit Rider 

First United Methodist Church of Houma

February 22, 2018                                                                                               Volume XXXVII  No. 02


                                           Commitments bring us together
Couples commit to one another a shared future.
Athletes sign letters of commitment to play sports.
Military personnel commit to our country.
We commit to the bank when we purchase a car, boat, or home.
We commit to service organizations.
We commit to Jesus Christ as Lord of our lives.

     Without our awesome committed members, our congregation would not have a choir, a band, children and youth ministry, ushers & leaders in worship.  It is our faithful servant members who carry the responsibility of being the church in loving action.  The New Testament book of James reminds us to “be doers of the word, and not only hearers.”
     If you have not already done so, please take a few minutes to complete your 2018 Estimate of Giving/Pledge Card.  Your pledge enables your church to make commitments as we reach out in service ministry.
                                    Committed to serve Him in partnership with you – Pastor Don                    

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Lenten Services
will be held on Wed. at 6:30 pm through March 21st. We will gather for song, scripture, special music, message/study, and communion. Wed. Lenten Series: “7 Languages of God” & Sun. Lenten Series: “Timely Choices”

    Sun., March 25th Lenten Cantata will be presented by Chancel Choir at both services
    Thurs, March 29th Holy Thursday service at 6:30 pm
    Fri., March 30th Good Friday service at 12:15 pm
    Sun., April 1st Easter services at 6:45 am, 8:45, & 11:05 ​

                                             YOUTH MINISTRY NEWS! Niki Barr    

     Our Youth Group just finished doing The Wesley Challenge, 21 Days To A More Authentic Faith. It delved into the 21 questions that John Wesley used in the “Holy Club”. During the 3 weeks we explored topics on relationship with God, relationship with self, & relationship with others. We did self-reflections on all these areas & prayed for each other where we felt we struggle. In order to grow closer to God, we need to recognize our flaws so that we can improve & become the disciples that God yearns for us to be.  It is a great study for youth & adults! Our Youth Council is back up & running! Our youth have been very busy planning & working on their theme for the year, “Trend Setters”. Through a lot of discussion & discerning, the youth are creating an intimate worship setting that will happen at the end of every month in the FH Parlor. Please pray for our youth as they follow God’s direction & that the Holy Spirit will move & change hearts & lives!  

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!
  • Feb. 25th     Youth will meet in the gym for supper at 5pm then go to the FH Parlor for worship from 6-7pm. Devotion to be led by Robby Smith &Tyler Barr.
  • March 2nd-4th    Sr. High Retreat in Woodworth, LA. We will meet in the parking lot for 3:15pm & should return on the 4th around 4pm. 
  • March 11th   Pelican’s vs. Utah Jazz. We will meet at church for 1:30pm. Bring money for extra snacks. Youth will receive a hot dog, drink, Cheetos popcorn, & a free throw on the court!  
  • March 18th  Youth Council will meet after the 2nd service in the FH. We will go to the Irish-Italian parade & come back to church for the meeting. UMY from 5-7pm.
  • ​March 25th  Youth will meet in the gym for supper at 5pm then go to the FH Parlor for worship from 6-7pm. Devotion to be led by Sara Barr & Georgiana Randolph
  • March 31st Paintball in St. Rose, LA. Cost is $30. RSVP by March 11th. 


UMY MEALS  The Youth meal calendar is in the Narthex. We are in need of meals to feed about 12-15 youth & to be dropped off by 4:45pm on Sun. Call Niki @ 985-870-5976.

                                                         Children's Ministry 

  • February 25th Cherub Choir will sing at the 11:05 am service  

  • March 4th Children’s Council will meet  4-5 pm in the AB prayer room during Cherub Choir practice. All parents and those interested in working with children are welcome!
  • March 4th Cherub Choir will meet at 4pm in AB/403. They will sing on March 11th at the 11:05 am service. 
  • Every Wednesday during Lent families are invited to attend our Lenten Classes. For young families we will provide a meal from 5:30-6pm & from 6-7pm children in the 1st grade & younger will have activities in the Nursery; 2nd-6th grades will be in the FH.  Adult Lenten Services meet in the Sanctuary from 6:30-7pm. 
  • Mark your calendar for VBS!!! 

​                                     VBS: Shipwrecked - Rescued by Jesus

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

Registration is now OPEN for children & volunteers at  http://vbspro.events/p/events/fumcshipwrecked or by filling out a registration form in the Narthex.  We are still looking for the following: volunteers to help guide children to their stations, a Missions leader, kitchen help, & MORE! 

We are also having an Adult VBS from 6-7:30pm.  This is 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 what the VBS theme is for that day, & another topic of interest.  Sign up at  http://vbspro.events/p/fumccastaway or in the Narthex. 

We will soon be looking for donations of supplies & prep time.  Please let me know if you are interesting in helping in any way!  Even if you can't be there, there are lots of opportunities to help make this year's VBS amazing!!  For info, contact me at 768-8147 or amber@cheesebrough.net Blessings, Amber Cheesebrough

                                     UM Children’s Learning Center (UMCLC) 

                                              Three UMCLC Announcements:
            1.  UMCLC is currently registering for Summer Camp which will begin June 4th & end                July 27th. They have openings for Summer Camp for ages 6-10

            2. There are openings in the Fall in the 4 year old program

            3. UMCLC is currently looking for a Financial Secretary. For a complete job description             contact the UMCLC office at 868-7793. 

                                            RUN FOR GOD & DANIEL PLAN
Run for God is a 12-week Bible Study program that allows runners to combine faith & endurance training in a way that helps take people, even those who have never run, through their first 5K. We meet every Tues. in the Library. It’s not too late to join! Our goal is to run in the TFAE for Excellence Run on May 12th. For more info contact Tracy @ 209-7150. 

United Methodist Women  
 La. Conference UMW 150th Anniversary Celebration Saturday, March 3rd

at Alexandria FUMC. For more information contact Joyce at 868-0100

 UMW will meet on March 6th at 9:30 am in FH

UMW Day of Giving on March 23rd
www.united methodistwomen.org/legacyfund

 UMW Palm Sunday Bake Sale on March 25th
in the breezeway 8:45am-Noon 

                                                  Women of Hope Conference

The Women of Hope Conference is being held at St. Timothy’s UMC in Mandeville, LA on March 16th-17th. Contact Niki to get your ticket or sign-up in the Narthex. You are responsible for meals & lodging. We currently have 5 women signed up to attend! This year’s speaker is Lisa Whelchel. RSVP by March 5th.   

United Methodist Men 

                                 UMM will meet on March 20th at6:30 pm in FH

At the UMM meeting on 1/16/18, all in attendance supported a motion to make a donation to the Landscape Fund in memory of Jerry Lemley. Jerry was very active with UMM & also served on many church committees.  He regularly volunteered his time passionately tending to our church grounds. The donation will be used to plant a tree on church property in Jerry's memory.


Our very own Chancel Choir will be singing in Carnegie Hall on May 26.  This is an incredible once-in-a-lifetime opportunity. We will join with several other choirs including the Nicholls Concert Choir with professional orchestra, & professional vocal soloists to present the beautiful Requiem by Gabriel Fauré. Dr. Kenneth Klaus will be conducting. The trip will be very special & expensive. If you would like to help defray cost, please mark your donation for the Choir Fund-Carnegie Hall. Thank you for always being an amazingly generous congregation!

                                                   Experience Conference
Your church registered 4 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.”

                     Praise Band practices on Thurs. from Feb. 22-March 22nd


 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 February we are collecting laundry detergent for Beautiful Beginnings

                    In March we are collecting hand lotion for the Council on Aging

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


​                                                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.                                                     


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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