May 25, 2017

Volume 46 Issue 5

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Stories of Faith:  Congregational Care

For the last several years, James Goins has been one of Noel's most faithful    volunteers. Every Monday he arrives early in the morning to assist in counting the Sunday offering. He is also a Congregational Care Minister (CCM),  making hospital visits and serving      communion to Noel's homebound members. James has faithfully fulfilled his duties each month, always reporting on his visits and letting the pastors know of any special needs. 
So it was no surprise that after suffering a stroke on the morning of Monday, April 3, one of James' first concerns was to let Melissa Sloan know that he would not be in to count money that day.   Within a few days, while still hospitalized himself, James' concern turned to his CCM duties. He had been taking communion to Sally Montgomery and wanted to make sure that his illness did not     prevent her from receiving communion. His instructions were to either make sure that someone else took her communion or, "You can pick me up and take me."
Five weeks to the day after his stroke, James was once again fulfilling his congregational care ministry. I had the privilege of chauffeuring him to Sally's home at Savannah at The Oaks and receiving communion along with Sally as James led us in the liturgy and served us. His dedication to Noel and its ministries is a testament of his faith and his faithfulness.         Well done, James!
(If you feel called to learn more about becoming a CCM, please contact Mimi McDowell at or 221-5207.)


Deadline June 1!

Focus Groups -- Join Us!
You are invited to participate in one of our upcoming Focus Group sessions at Noel, either May 28, or June 11, immediately following 10:30 worship (snacks provided).  Our goal is to discern where God is leading Noel in the near future.

These sessions will be held in the Worship Center.  We will spend a very brief time at the beginning of the meeting sharing information about the current financial situation of our church before launching into the visioning process.

Please email, to sign up for one of these sessions.
Memorials & Gifts
Boy Scout Fund:  in honor of Capt. Randall Prothro, Ret., and in memory of James King by Mr. Tom Keith.
Hugo Holland Scholarship Fund: in honor of Jim Holland by Ann Holland.
Memorial Fund:   in memory of Barksdale Waller, Bill Bivins, Billie Haacker, Carita Jones, Carolyn Billings, Clayton   Hathaway, Darlene Pentecost, David Shively, Donald Easterwood, Doug Terry, George Huckabay, John Foster,    Luther Stevens, Margaret Toland, Mazie Gillen, Mike Smith, Norma Balcom, Roy McGettigan, and Wanda Harris by Mr. and Mrs. Mickey Shirley; and in memory of Doug Terry, and Mike Glen Smith by Mr. & Mrs. John Clary.
Scholarship Fund:  in memory of Darlene Pentecost, George Huckabay, Margaret Toland, Robert Earl Garrett, Roy McGettigan, and Wanda Harris by Mr. & Mrs. Gene Land; and in memory of Martha Keith by Mr. Tom Keith.
Souper Saturday Fund: in memory of Martha Keith by Mr. Tom Keith.
Trickett Memorial Garden Fund:  in memory of Maggie Sour by Christina Belcher.
NCAP-Give for Good Thank You!

From all of us here at Noel Community Arts Program and Noel UMC, thank you for your many generous donations that gave us an incredible final count of $16,323!    We are blown away!

On-line giving at Noel!  
S imply scan the QR code or pay on-line.   Re curring 
or one-time payments available.  Simple & time-saving.

Cont act  Melissa Sloan @ 
msloan@noelumc .org  or 221-5207.

Easter Offering Thank You!

We want to thank all of you who participated in the Easter Offering this year.  The offering raised was $55,857.07, which far exceeds the offering from previous years. Once again, your generosity proves your extraordinary commitment to Noel.  Thank you for the outpouring of your love for your Church and for the ministry it provides.
 Rev. Elaine Burleigh


We welcome your prayer requests.
Please send any requests 
to our Care Team at

Condolences to:
Clyde James, Rock James, and family upon the death of Clyde's mother, and Rock's grandmother, Carita Jones, on April 22.
Pesky  and Carol Hill upon the death of Pesky's mother, Gladis Lynch, on May 4.
Donald and Renee Webb, Ian and Amanda Webb, and families upon the death of Don and Renee's son-in-law, Jeff Vistain, May 14.
to Karen and Russ Hoppe upon the death of Karen's father, Robert Davis, on May 19.
Concerns Sue Benoit, Cam Bottelberghe, Kathryn Clawson, Jack Daniel,  Michael Forney, Charlie Garrett, Warren Grafton, Carol Hall, John Hall, Kaylee Hardy, Dawn and Germaine Jackson, Bryan Jennings, Karen     Jennings, Tia King, Claire Kramer, Janis Latham, Walter Lewis, David Mancini, Bob Maniero, Charlotte  Maniero, Mike McLallen, Paulette Norman, Doris O'Daniel, Don Phillips, Emma Roberts, Diane Tabler, Dawn Whittington, Don Whittington, and  Newlyn Wischan along with Noel's homebound   members & those in the Military.
Be a Food Pantry Volunteer!

Noel Neighborhood Ministries Food Pantry has many volunteer opportunities and times.  Whether you want to do computer/customer service or fill bags in the work room, we have a spot for you.  Below:  Michael Dickson and his daughter Harper, helping out.  Come join us!
Food Pantry - New Hours

The Saturday hours for the Food Pantry 
will be 10am-12pm, beginning in June 2017. 
Our Monday through Thursday hours remain the same at 10am-2pm.

Food Pantry - Starter Kits

Noel's Food Pantry is in need of starter kit supplies.  We have already given out 18 Startup Kits to local fire  victims  this year.  If you are able to donate supplies,  please drop them by the church office or the mission  boxes around the church.
Cleaning products (dish detergent, Dutch cleanser, toilet bowl cleaner, etc)
Toilet paper
Paper towels
Personal hygiene items
Laundry detergent
Gently used towels or linens
Gently used pots and pans, skillets, etc.
Gently used eating or serving utensils
Gently used dishes
Thanks for any donations!

Special Offering-May 28

Your gift educates Native American seminarians and empowers outreach into Native American culture. Special offering envelopes will be available during Sunday worship. Thank you!



Noel Memorial United

Methodist Church

 520 Herndon St., Shreveport, LA 71101 

318-221-5207  Fax: 318-425-7643


Office Hours:

Monday-Thursday 8:30 a.m.-5:00 p.m.

Friday 8:30 a.m.-3:00 p.m.

Closed daily during lunch 12:00-1:00 p.m.  



                           Senior Pastor  Rev. Elaine Burleigh

 Associates  Rev. Leah Gaughan, Rev. Mimi McDowell , Rachel Scott