By Adam Philley
As a church, we’ve collected thousands of dollars to support those affected by the hurricanes this month. We’ve shipped tools and needed supplies to Houston and Orange, Texas. We even managed a warehouse on Courtesy Lane for several weeks to provide a place for our community to drop off supplies they’d purchase at their convenience. As rate of donations declined, we began storing donations in our own bus barn.
Hopeforhoustonnow.com still has the most up to date list of needed items.
This weekend, of Sept 22, 23, and 24 will be the last few days where we will open our doors to accept drive up deliveries on the weekend. We will have a trailer out in front of the church for Sunday worship one more time to collect donations. If you can help us welcome our community members this weekend, please sign up using the following link, or call the office to let us know you’ll be assisting.
On behalf of the recipients of assistance, thank you for all the love you have shown in your generosity with your gifts and time.
If you’re in the downtown area on October 7 at 10:40 in the morning, look up to the top of the Beck Building. If you have your binoculars handy, you might be able to see me, your friendly neighborhood pastor rappelling 232 feet down the side of the building!
Last month, the call went out for brave souls to go “over the edge” for the Fuller Center, a local non-profit organization focused on building homes, lives and communities. I pledged to do my best to raise $2000 for the Fuller Center. If I made it half way, I could rappell down the Beck Building.
I’m both nervous and excited to announce our first goal of $1000 has been reached! With your help, we’ve raised almost $1200! If you’d like to make a donation and have not yet had the opportunity, you can write a check to Broadmoor UMC and put Fuller Center in the memo.
Thanks to everyone for lending a hand and supporting the Fuller Center!
Grace and peace,
P.S. Don't worry. I'll be careful.
It's the beginning of a new and exciting year for United Methodist Women!
The UMW Executive Board will meet Tuesday Sept 5 at 9:30 in Bride's Room.
Our first general meeting will be Tuesday, September 5 at 10:30 in the chapel. Come join us as get acquainted and share ideas for this upcoming year.
We will also enjoy a brief program on John Wesley. Hilda Holder and Allison Wray will share their photographs and talk about their recent trip to England where they followed in John Wesley's footsteps.
All are invited - members and non members alike.
Following the program, box lunches will be provided by Jason's Deli.
Cost will be $10.00 per person.
Reservations are needed so we can order correct number of lunches.
To RSVP, please contact Allison Wray
by Friday, September 1.
For every small group, Sunday School, or Bible Study:
Plan to do something special to put the word into action as you finish up a session, book or study. It could be doing something as a group here at church, making a monetary donation or volunteering as a group in the community.
There are many small things that would make a huge difference and there are larger things that people could work together.
Serve using a list of needs or discover your own special niche in the community.
Let us know what you’ve done, email us a picture and a story to email@example.com.
We need your help donating items to our school supply drive that supports Arthur Circle Elementary School. We have attached a complete list of needs.
If you are 25 or older and interested in joining our Valet Parking Team, please contact Derek Lane at (318)773-3281 or firstname.lastname@example.org.
There are two valet parking shifts.
The first shift begins at 8:10 a.m. on Sunday morning before the 8:30 traditional workshop service, and the second shift begins around 10:40 a.m. before the 11:00 worship services. This a wonderful hospitality-based ministry to be a part of and is very helpful to those who need a little extra hand on Sunday morning.
Schedule Your Photography Session Now Online!
Broadmoor United Methodist Church is creating a new pictorial church directory and we want YOU in it! On Sunday, August 13 we will begin scheduling family photography sessions in the welcome center. The photography dates will be September 12-16 and September 19 & 20. Please try your best to find a time that works for your family during these dates that the professional LifeTouch photographers will be at the church. Each family that participates will receive a complimentary church directory and 8x10 photo with the opportunity to purchase additional portraits. LifeTouch has been a trusted provider of family photography for over 80 years, and we are excited to have the opportunity to create an updated directory with them. If you have any questions about the directory, please call the church office at 861-0586.
Groups from Broadmoor and throughout Louisiana have been participating in mission trips to Ekaterinburg, Russia since 1991 to lead Vacation Bible School for children, Bible studies for adults, visiting in orphanages, and preparing food baskets for the elderly. The political climate may be different now, but our mission is the same: to reach out to those in need and share the gospel of Jesus Christ.
Our delegation of six will be leaving for Ekaterinburg on June 17th to take materials and supplies for 120 children representing five churches in the Ekaterinburg area. In addition, we will order 100 copies of Max Lucado’s book In The Grip of Grace (Russian translation) to distribute for our adult Bible studies. We will also be preparing food baskets for the elderly members of the congregation that will be distributed after worship on Sunday.
One of the most significant qualities of these ministries is that supporters can know that what they contribute will go directly to the people and the people will know that these contributions came from Louisiana Methodists in the United States. The faces of the children, youth, or adults express the gratitude in their hearts as they receive their book, learn and sing in VBS, or receive a food basket.
Please consider making a contribution to the 2017 Russian Mission to Ekaterinburg, Russia in the following ways:
1. Purchase of Vacation Bible School supplies for 120 children (total cost- $2,500)
2. Purchase copies of Max Lucado’s book In The Grip of Grace (100 copies- $8.00 each)
3. Purchase food items for the elderly of the church ($800)
Please pray for safe travel and support this ministry by placing your checks in the offering plate or drop by the business office. Note "Russia Account" on your check and make payable to Broadmoor United Methodist Church.
Thank you for your support.
Area 6 of the Handbell Musicians of America includes Alabama, Arkansas, Louisiana, Mississippi and Tennessee. Area 6 will be holdingits biannual festival in Memphis on June 22-24. Members of the youth Celebration Ringers as well as members from the adult Carillon Choir will be attending. Adam Philley has served for the last 2 years as Louisiana State Chair and Mary Caldwell has served as Chair-Elect. For the next 2 years Adam has recently been elected to Chair-Elect with Mary moving in the Chair position. We are excited to have members from BUMC playing such a pivotal role on a regional level. We ask for your prayers as we send members of our music ministry to learn how to better their skills as they prepare to serve in worship.
I wanted to take a moment to thank everyone that supported the inaugural Nacho Mama's 5k.
Early Saturday morning the sun was shining, the runners were running, the walkers were walking, and the volunteers were smiling!
I received many compliments for the hospitable way our church hosted this 5k event. While I did organize this 5k, I can not take credit for the overwhelming Spirit of joy and encouragement that our guests felt. That credit is due to the wonderful members of Broadmoor UMC who let the love of Christ shine through them as they invite, nurture, equip, and serve.
People felt that love as they walked onto our property. They felt it as they ran through our neighborhood. They felt it as they ate nachos. I can't wait to share that love with you again next year. Once again, thank you for the ways you supported this race. It would not have been a success without the good people of Broadmoor UMC.
Grace and peace,
Rev. Peter Gaughan
All are encouraged to support our Youth Ministry summer mission projects through the annual Stock Sale, which will begin on Sunday, April 30 in the Fellowship Area and Anderson Foyer. Church members are invited to purchase "stock shares" in our summer projects, CSM Los Angeles and Weekend of the Cross. This investment isn't just financial, its spiritual. By purchasing $20 shares of stock in our youth ministry you will be investing in their spiritual development and their work to share God's love. You will see returns on your investment through a stronger youth ministry and, in turn, a stronger church. Please be in prayer about what you can offer to our ministry through the Stock Sale!
Common Ground is local organization putting "feet to faith" in the Cedar Grove neighborhood of Shreveport. They strive to provide a connecting space, a place of reconciliation for all, with an inclusive spirit that will serve to create transformative relationships. They host children's programs, mentor young people, serve a community meal, provide food and clothing, and garden together.
Broadmoor UMC is beginning a relationship with Common Ground, and we want you to be a part of it! We are specifically starting to serve at their closet that provides clothing for men, women, and children in need. We are looking to form a "volunteer staff" to help organize and sort their clothing donation closet weekly on Wednesday mornings from 7:30-9:30. Even if you can only work once a month, we would love to have you on the team! If you are interested in helping, simply show up at the Common Ground Community Center, located at 6806 Southern (corner of Southern and 68th Street). Contact (text) Diane Valentine at 617-7896 for more information!
On Saturday, April 1, 28 Broadmoor members met at the church and split into teams to work on a variety of local mission projects including making Easter cards and gifts for homebound church members, packing lunches for those in need at Hope House, and working in the Community Renewal Allendale Garden. This event was coordinated by Diane Valentine, and we hope to have another Service Day in the near future. Thank you to our volunteers for shining their light in the Shreveport community!
30 members of the Broadmoor UMC Chancel Choir performed the Rutter Requiem in Carnegie Hall on March 20, 2017. The performance was conducted by Dr. Anton Armstrong, director of the esteemed college choir of St. Olaf College. The Festival Chorus was made up of almost 200 singers from across the country featuring singers from high school, college, community and church settings. The choir would like to thank all those that supported both financially as well as with your prayers for a successful trip! The "home performance" of this work took place on the evening of April 9 in the BUMC sanctuary, featuring the Chancel Choir, chamber orchestra, and soloist Sarah Dunham. Thank you to Music Director Adam Philley for putting together a beautiful evening of music to begin Holy Week.