Louisiana Annual Conference

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.
Disaster Relief
Caton Darling, 17, secures a tarp over the roof of his family’s home in Lake Charles, La., after Hurricane Laura toppled trees that damaged the roof.

Amazing grace comes in many ways for storm survivors

Hurricane Laura destroyed churches, homes and businesses but failed to drown the United Methodist spirit of caring.
Mission and Ministry
Two views show extensive damage to University United Methodist Church in Lake Charles, La. Southwestern Louisiana has widespread destruction from Hurricane Laura, which made landfall Aug. 27 with winds of up to 150 miles per hour. Photos by Jerry Jackson, courtesy of the Rev. Angela Cooley Bulhof, University United Methodist Church.

Louisiana churches hit by Hurricane Laura

Though flooding was less than feared, ‘the wind was not our friend,’ bishop says.

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