Community Groups

  • Thursdays, begins August 15
  • 12 Noon-1:30 PM
  • Facilitator: Rev. Jane
  • Location: La Madeleine
  • Sundays, begins August 18
  • 5:30 PM
  • Location: Off Campus
  • Facilitated by Rev. Brady

This transformative 34-week study of the Bible is a great way to gain a fresh understanding of the scriptures and their place in our journey as Christian disciples. Participants will gain an understanding of the entire Bible as you journey with others, growing and sharing together. As you read, you will experience God’s love and transforming power. Cost: $15 for workbook. Pay at the first group meeting.

The Good and Beautiful God: Falling in Love with the God Jesus Knows 

  • Sundays, begins September 22
  • 9:45 AM
  • Location: Spiritual Formation Center, Second Floor
  • Facilitated by Clay Johnson & Marianne Hebert

“God wants me to try harder.” “God blesses me when I’m good and punishes me when I’m bad.” “God is angry with me.” We all have ideas that we tell ourselves about God and how he works in our lives. Some are true–but many are false. James Bryan Smith believes those thoughts determine not only who we are, but how we live. In fact, Smith declares, the most important thing about a person is what they think about God. The path to spiritual transformation begins here. This study of the Gospels invites you to examine your beliefs about God and how they compare to Jesus’ beliefs.  Purchase and bring your own book.

Creed: What Christians Believe and Why

  • Sundays, begins August 18
  • 6 weeks, 5:30 – 6:30 PM
  • Location: Adult Building, Room 107
  • Facilitated by Tasha Whitton

Adam Hamilton believes that powerful answer to many of our complicated questions of faith are contained in the Apostles’ Creed, an early Christian statement of foundational Christian beliefs. This study explores not only what Christians believe but why it matters.  Purchase and bring your own book.

Spiritual Writing

  • Sundays, begins September 8
  • 6 weeks, 5:00–6:30 PM
  • Location: FUMC Sanctuary Building, McKenzie Library
  • Facilitated by Lynn Mitchell

Writers, Readers and Seekers – Inspiration awaits at the spiritual writing class led by published authors.  All you need to bring are paper and pencil. Free and open to all. Each lesson stands alone so attend any or all classes.

September 8 – Bob Mann is a journalist and political historian who holds the Douglas Manship Chair of Journalism at the LSU School of Mass Communications.  He is the author of 10 books including _Becoming Ronald Reagan: The Rise of a Conservative_ , due for release October 1, 2019.

September 15 – Danny Heitman, columnist of “At Random” for The Advocate, is an award-winning journalist, and author of _A Summer of Birds: John James Audubon at Oakley House. _   

September 22 – Dr. Terry Ellis is a minister who writes the blog “GraceWaves,” and has written numerous articles and lessons for Christian publications.  He currently runs Chrysalis Interventions for addiction recovery.

September 29 – Barbara Sims is a freelance writer and was a pioneer in broadcast journalism while working for Sam Phillips at Sun Records.  She is author of _The Next Elvis. _ She taught English at LSU for over 30 years. 

October 6 – Leo Honeycutt is a well-known television and radio personality who has written four books, including _Edwin Edwards: Governor of Louisiana. _   He is currently writing a book on health care.

Call Lynn Mitchell at 225-281-3710 for information.

  • Sundays, begins September 29
  • 6 weeks, 5:00-7:00 PM
  • Location: Spiritual Formation Center, Main Floor
  • Facilitators: Mary Rotenberg and Beth Mahaffey

If you would like to explore ways to support your spiritual journey through your children’s teen years, this group is for you.  Mary and Beth present helpful information while giving you practical instruction on spiritual practices you can utilize every day. If you are interested please email Mary Rotenberg.

John Wesley: Holiness of Heart & Life

  • Sundays, begins October 6
  • 6 weeks, 5:30 – 6:30 PM
  • Location: FUMC Adult Building, Room 107
  • Facilitated by Rev. Jane

A Way Forward Book Club

  • Sundays, Begins August 18
  • 5:30 – 6:30 PM
  • Location: FUMC Sanctuary Building, Room 109
  • Facilitated by Caitlyn Bender

Books will be chosen and announced monthly.  For more information or to register please email Caitlyn Bender.

Drop-In Christian Conversations

  • Wednesdays, begins August 21
  • Noon – 1:00 PM
  • Location: Main Street Market, Fifth and Main
  • Facilitated by Rev. Brady

The drop-In Christian conversation is based on “The Good and Beautiful God” by James Bryan Smith. Bring your lunch or buy one from one of the vendors at the Main Street Market. Join in the fellowship and discussion any Wednesday.


  • Wednesdays, begins September 4
  • 6:00 – 8:00 PM, 13 weeks
  • Location: TBA
  • Facilitated by Amanda Lyons and a team of caring people who have been there and understand.

DivorceCare is a friendly, caring group of people who will walk alongside you through one of life’s most difficult experiences. Don’t go through separation or divorce alone. Find more information and sign up here

Young Women’s Bible Study and Spirituality Group

  • Wednesdays, begins August 21
  • Ongoing, 6:00-7:30 PM
  • Location: Mary Rotenberg’s Home
  • Facilitated by Mary Rotenberg

If you are from the ages of 25-35; single, married, or married with babies, this group is for you.  It’s ecumenical by design and spiritual in context.  Dinner is offered each week.  If you are interested please email Mary Rotenberg

C.O.R.E. Mom’s Ministry

  • Wednesdays, begins in September
  • Ongoing throughout the school year, 8:30 – 10:00 AM
  • Location: FUMC Spiritual Formation Center, Main Floor
  • Facilitated by Katie Goodson

This spiritual journey group for mothers raising children has amazing fellowship, prayer and study sessions every Wednesday throughout the school year. If you’d like to participate, please email Katie Goodson

Disciple II

  • Thursdays, begins August 15
  • 5:30-7:30 PM
  • FUMC Adult Building, Room 113
  • Facilitators: Lisa Baumgartner *Disciple 1 is a prerequisite

This study proclaims the transforming power of Scripture while teaching Bible study skills that take participants deeper into the Scripture. The importance of keeping Bible study related to witness is reinforced while participants are encouraged to practice spiritual disciplines arising out of Scripture for the purpose of changing habits and transforming lives. The study also emphasizes the rhythm of coming to God and going for God, of being in the Word and in the world individually and corporately. 
Cost: $15 for workbook. Pay at the first group meeting.

Disciple III

  • Thursdays, begins August 15
  • 11:30 AM-1:00 PM
  • Facilitators: Sandra Jones
  • Location: FUMC Adult Building Room 113 *Disciple 1 is a prerequisite

Participants in this 32 week study will read the major and minor Old Testament prophets, with the exception of Daniel, and will read the thirteen Letters traditionally attributed to Paul. To establish the historical context in which the prophets spoke for God, daily reading assignments draw also on the books of Deuteronomy through Chronicles. Cost: $15 for workbook. Pay at the first group meeting.