Louisiana Annual Conference

Mission and Ministry
United Methodist Church of Bound Brook, in Bound Brook, N.J., is dealing with Hurricane Ida flood damage, including to its thrift shop. Photo courtesy of the Rev. Chuck Coblentz.

United Methodist connection kicks in after Ida

Church damage reports mount in Louisiana and Northeast, but spared areas are helping, including a $100,000 donation from the Alabama-West Florida Conference to the Louisiana Conference.
Mission and Ministry
The Coast Guard conducts Hurricane Ida post-storm overflights along the Gulf Coast on Aug. 30. Assets conducted critical incident search and rescue overflights and assessed damage along the Gulf Coast Region of Louisiana following Hurricane Ida. Screenshot courtesy of the U.S. Coast Guard via Flickr.

Hurricane Ida takes out church buildings

Storm causes widespread damage in southeast Louisiana, including to United Methodist churches and parsonages.
Local Church
A single lit candle in a wreath signifies the first week of Advent. In the midst of the COVID-19 pandemic and other challenges, United Methodist churches are thinking creatively for the seasons of Advent and Christmas. Photo of Glendale United Methodist Church in Nashville, Tenn., by Steven Kyle Adair, United Methodist Communications.

Salvaging Christmas amid coronavirus concerns

Pastors already dealing with a stressful 2020 now must lead United Methodists through the seasons of Advent and Christmas as the coronavirus pandemic rages.
General Church
Bishop Cynthia Fierro Harvey delivers her first opening address as Council of Bishops president on Nov. 2 as the bishops begin their second online meeting across four continents. Bishop Harvey stressed that even during this time of natural disasters, political divisions and the COVID-19 pandemic, God’s compassion remains steadfast. Screenshot of Zoom meeting via Facebook by UM News.

Bishops called to bring stability in chaos

United Methodist bishops reminded that God’s compassion remains steadfast in this time of pandemic and political divisions.

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