We believe that being a part of a small group or class is one of the best ways to nurture your life with God. Each Sunday at 11:00am in room CB109, you are invited to gather with others for conversation, study, and prayer. No registration is required. Facilitator Jennifer Rossnagel is more than happy to welcome you into this lively adult group. Questions? Contact Jennifer at email@example.com.
September 24, 2023
For to me, living is Christ and dying is gain. If I am to live in the flesh, that means fruitful labor for me; and I do not know which I prefer. I am hard pressed between the two: my desire is to depart and be with Christ, for that is far better; but to remain in the flesh is more necessary for you.Since I am convinced of this, I know that I will remain and continue with all of you for your progress and joy in faith, so that I may share abundantly in your boasting in Christ Jesus when I come to you again. Only, live your life in a manner worthy of the gospel of Christ, so that, whether I come and see you or am absent and hear about you, I will know that you are standing firm in one spirit, striving side by side with one mind for the faith of the gospel, and are in no way intimidated by your opponents. For them this is evidence of their destruction, but of your salvation. And this is God’s doing. For he has graciously granted you the privilege not only of believing in Christ, but of suffering for him as well—since you are having the same struggle that you saw I had and now hear that I still have.
Rev. Brady Whitton
Want to become a member? We believe the Christian faith and life are most fully lived out as part of a community and invite you to consider making First United Methodist your official church home. Our next membership class, Believe and Belong will be held on Sunday, October 8 from 12:00-2:00 p.m. in the Ory Parish Hall. You may attend in-person or online. Lunch is provided for those attending in-person.
Visit the Resource Table in the gym where you will find books to inspire your life with God:
John Wesley: Holiness of Heart & Life; Good & Beautiful God; and Making Sense of the Bible. If you have questions or want to learn more about God, contact Pattye at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Been visiting and looking to take the next step? A great place to start your journey is Discover First, where you will meet staff and members of our community who can help you learn more about our church. Join us in person or online on September 24 at 9:45 a.m. or 11:00 a.m. in the Ory Parish Hall (Café 930). No registration required.
The Care Ministry is reimagining how the Prayer Ministries at FUMC can grow and thrive. You are invited to participate in the visioning, planning, and implementation of in-person and online prayer opportunities. Whether you feel led to pray from home or at FUMC, we want to hear from you! Contact Reverend Kip Shuford, Associate Pastor of Visitation, at (225)
383-4777, ext. 248, or email email@example.com.
Make plans to attend the next Senior Adult Program and Lunch on Wednesday, October 11. Musical entertainment will be provided by the Florida Street Blowhards. The program begins at 10:30 a.m. in the Conference Center. Lunch and program only $10.00. To make reservations, call (225) 383-4777, ext. 229, or email firstname.lastname@example.org.
The Music Ministry of First United Methodist Church invites you to Sing the Love Amazing on Sunday, October 22 at 4:00 p.m. This community hymn festival will be led from the organ by James Bobb, Elliot and Klara Stockdal Johnson
Chair in Organ and Church Music at St. Olaf College in Northfield, Minnesota. Prof. Bobb was Holden Miller’s mentor while attending St. Olaf. Focusing on themes of unity and care of neighbor, the hymn festival features the FUMC Chancel Choir and the LSU Faculty Brass Quintet. Bridging the ecumenical Baton Rouge community, choirs from the following churches will also participate: Broadmoor United Methodist, St. Aloysius Catholic, St. Luke’s Episcopal, St. James Episcopal, University Presbyterian, University United Methodist. Your voice is vital to the success of this festival; make plans to attend and invite a friend to join you as we Sing the Love Amazing. This event is generously underwritten by First United Methodist members, Omer and Marybeth Davis.
A Bead and A Prayer - For centuries, Christians have been using beads and stones to pray. From the pebbles used by the desert fathers and mothers to the Catholic rosary, to the more recent Protestant (Anglican) prayer beads, Christians across the world have used these tools to connect to God. For four weeks in October (1, 8, 15, 22), Kay Martin will lead a workshop on this life-giving practice on Sundays
from 5:00-6:30 p.m. in Ory Parish Hall. Childcare provided. Click on the photo above to register.
Habitat for Humanity: Would you be interested in volunteering for a Habitat for Humanity build day with other local United Methodist
Churches in the area? Habitat for Humanity of Greater Baton Rouge became an affiliate of Habitat for Humanity International in 1989 as
an outgrowth of the Federation for Churches & Synagogues. Habitat is not a handout but a “hand up.” They offer low-income families the opportunity to purchase a simple, decent home at an affordable price. Express your interest by clicking the photo above and filling out the form. Your involvement could change lives. Stay tuned for more details!
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