June 20, 2019                                                                                              Volume XXXVIII  No. 07


                                                      “Change Opens New Possibilities . . . “
     I was very happy serving the Horseshoe Drive UMC in Alexandria, when the District Superintendent called informing me that the Cabinet wanted to send me to Houma.  The move to Houma brought many changes and challenges.  We have been blessed being a part of this community.  As partners working together, we have both made changes, and worked together to adjust to changes beyond our control.  We have drawn upon each other’s gifts and experiences for the common good.  
     After 11 years together as pastor and congregation, there is a need to change our relationship.  I will be stepping aside for a younger and gifted pastor to assume your church’s pastoral leadership.  Beginning June 27th, Ann and I will be doing some traveling to visit family and friends across the country.  When we return, we will become strong supporters and helpers to your new pastoral leadership, Rev. Juan Huertas.  I have a special respect and appreciation for Pastor Juan’s leadership and experience.  We are excited about the refreshed and expanded parsonage being “filled” with Pastor Juan and Shannon’s children:  Lucus 9, Isabelle 12, and Seth 15.  These changes are coming our way beginning with the Huertas family moving in on June 26th, and Pastor Juan’s first Sunday service on July 7th.
     I look forward to seeing many of you this Sunday in worship as I share my final pastor’s message entitled:  “What are you doing here?”                       
                                                                      Pastor Don 


                                         Honoring Pastor Don & Mrs. Ann
Pastor Don is retiring & his last Sunday will be THIS SUNDAY June 23rd. SPPR will have a reception on that date to honor Pastor Don and Mrs. Ann Ross. It will be held in the Activity Building immediately following the 11:05am service. Please make every effort to attend this reception!    Staff Pastor Parish Relations Committee                                                            


                                                  ASK PASTOR JUAN
We are collecting questions from the congregation to ask our new Pastor, Rev. Juan Carlos Huertas, as a way to get to know him.  His answers will be recorded to show on Sundays and on our Face Book and Website.  You may send your questions to: Wesley.houma@gmail.com, or fill out the yellow question sheet found at the entrances to the Sanctuary, then place the sheet either in the offering plate, or in the box on the Secretary’s Office door.


                                             YOUTH MINISTRY NEWS! Niki Barr    


Youth Calendar

  • June 19 Bowling at Creole Lanes from 1-3pm. Parents don’t forget to sign-up your youth to get free summer bowling passes through www.Kidsbowlfree.com. You get 2 games free each day! (Just pay for renting bowling shoes, $3.50) 
  • June 26th-29th Youth Council Retreat in Lucedale, MS. Mrs. Juana Woodard is opening up her Mississippi home to us to plan our year! Any youth going into 7th-12th grades are invited to join us. 
  • July 7th-11th VBS any helpers need to be at church for 5pm daily. Service hours are available! 
  • July 12th Youth Pool Party at the Riggins’ from 6:30-9:30pm.
  • July 14th VBS Celebration at the 2nd Service. 
  • July 17th Mystery Mission. Be at church for 9am & we will be done by 3pm. 
  • July 24th Blue Bayou Waterpark trip- Sign-up in the front of the church. 


                                            NEW CHURCH DIRECTORY
       A new pictorial directory will be made this summer.  Lifetouch Pictures will here to take pictures July 17th-19th from 2-9 pm & July 20th from 10-5 pm in the FH. Schedule your appointment EARLY! Online scheduling can be done at https://booknow-lifetouch.appointment-plus.com/yqlyx2h8/. Scheduling can also be done by calling the office at 868-7787 Mon-Thurs 8am-3pm.
     VOLUNTEERS NEEDED at the registration table to help families check in during the photo sessions. If you can help anytime during the Lifetouch photo sessions on Wednesday, July 17th through Saturday, July 20th, please call the church office at 985-868-7787. 

​​United Methodist Women
  UMW Mission U on July 18-20th at the Wesley Center in Woodworth, LA



                                                         Children's Ministry
                                           Children’s Ministry Summer fun:
June 22nd-23rd Sign your child up to attend our Super Hero Lock-In! It is for children going into Kindergarten through 6th grade! We will be doing Super Hero challenges & arts and crafts!  We will provide pizza for supper. Contact Niki @ 870-5976 for more information. A permission form is required. 
June 30th Da Swamp from 3-5pm & Brooke’s Snowballs afterwards. Parents need to attend to help with transportation.

No Cherub Choir or Children’s Council in July! 

July 7th-11th To Mars and Beyond VBS for children going into Kindergarten to 6th grade.
July 14th VBS Celebration- the children will sing at the second service followed by pizza in the gym and water fun outside! ​
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. 



To Mars and Beyond VBS
 for children going into Kindergarten- 6th

will be Sun, July 7th–Thurs., July 11th from 5:30-7:45pm

         VBS Celebration on Sun, July 14th at 11:05         

We have been so blessed with people serving in several areas but are still in need of food preparers. On-line registration is open at Cokesburyvbs.com/houmaumc or go to the VBS table in the front of the church to fill out an application.  We are in need of 2 liter bottles for this year’s VBS. Contact Niki Barr, 870-5976, to become part of our Children’s Ministry Mission to spread the word of Jesus’ 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:


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


 The Nursery (for children up to 10 years old) is open for Wednesday night activities from 5:30-8 pm. ***RSVP to Jessica 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 June, we are collecting paper towels & toilet paper for The Haven 


               In July we are collecting school supplies such as binders, notebooks, paper, pencils, pens, etc. for ages 12-18 for MacDonell UM Children’s Services. For more information about MacDonell http://www.macdonellchildren.org/


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




                                   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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