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Jesus came and ministered to everyone! He ministered to the Lost, the Broken, the Homeless, and the Hungry, therefore we do too. At Lea Joyner Church, we believe it is important to place our faith in Christ for salvation, but it is equally important to do as He did! 

 

We encourage all people to help us fulfill our Vision at Lea Joyner Church by “serving others with the Love of Christ” through the ways listed below.

 

Upcoming Mission Opportunities:

During COVID times, some or all of the events may be altered until further notice.

 

Ouachita Parish Outreach

– Grace Place –

Every 3rd Friday – 10:45-1:00

Purchase Bread and Cakes and/or Serve the Homeless (6 openings)
-See Linda Waalk or call the church office (343-0073) for details
 

  – Change to Make a Change –

Each month we choose a local, faith-based mission to sponsor. During worship on the 2nd Sunday of the month we invite them to speak to the congregation and we take up a special offering for their ministry. This gives us an opportunity to see our area’s needs and to participate financially. We encourage you to give your change to make a change in our community.
 

–  Benevolence Fund –

We know life can be hard, and that bad things frequently happen in the worst times. Many years ago, we began putting money aside to help those in our church community who are going through a tough time. Our ministerial staff oversees these funds and will assist when possible. Please call the church office if you need assistance.
 

Rays of Sonshine:

Women’s Addiction Recovery Residence

Throughout the year, we support Rays of Sonshine by providing essential items such as cleaning supplies, diapers, paper goods, clothing, and more. The women and children visit our 11:00 service several times a year.

 

– Food Bank of NELA

We partner with the Food Bank to help feed hungry families in our community by collecting funds, supplies, and organizing volunteer opportunities for our youth and adults in their warehouse. Call the church or see Linda Waalk for ways you can help.

 

Other Community Ministries –

We partner with numerous other outreach programs in our community, such as:

  • Desiard Street Bridge Ministry
  • The Simple Project
  • Habitat for Humanity
  • Christian Community Ministries
  • Jack Hayes Elementary School Supply Drive
  • Teddy Bears for Wellspring and Child Protective Services, who distribute the stuffed animals to abused and neglected children.

 

louisiana Outreach

 

Kairos Ministry

There are many opportunities for you to serve in Kairos Prison Ministry, including baking cookies, praying for the events, and working directly with the participants. All we ask is that you have a willing heart and a spirit of obedience and you can play a crucial role in God’s ministry of Changing Hearts, Transforming Lives and Impacting the World. Several times a year we schedule this weekend ministry opportunity.  See Sam Wiersma or call the church office for details.  

 

– St Marks in New Orleans –

Our team travels to New Orleans once or twice a year to prepare lunch for over 175 homeless men and women. The trip usually starts mid-morning on Saturday and returns by 5:00pm on Sunday.

Each participant pays $60 to cover travel, sleeping arrangements and 2 meals. 

(12 openings)

Contact Paula Burgess (537-0483) for details

 
 

– Seeker Springs

Each summer, we preparing and serving a meal to foster kids/teens during their summer camp at Seeker Springs in Northeast Louisiana.
For more information, see John Gummere or contact the church office.
 
 

North America  Outreach

 

Redbird

Our next trip to Redbird is scheduled for 2021. Our group participates in the Work Camp which strives to provide home repair for low-income community residents and maintenance for Mission buildings and grounds. Some examples of work projects are small room additions, painting, building porches or ramps, and groundskeeping. Other light duty work is available such as office work, craft and community store helpers, and recycling. A single fee covers the cost of each person’s lodging, meals, and materials used.   See Tommy Oglesbee or call the office for more information.
 
 

– Disaster Response

Lea Joyner UMC partners with area churches to assist during natural disasters. After an Easter morning tornado in Monroe, our Lea Circle group provided 50 hygiene kits for affected households. We also donated funds for undergarments and socks for those in need. When the hurricanes struck Louisiana in 2020, we collected supplies and money to help those affected by the storms. If you would like to participate in future disaster recovery, contact the church office at 318-343-0073.
 

Global Outreach

– Christmas Boxes

In November, we pack Christmas boxes for Samaritan’s Purse to be distributed to children in need overseas. Our annual goal is 100 boxes. See Dot Key for details.
 

– Grace Christian Children’s Centre in Uganda

Lea Joyner UMC periodically sends donations to Grace Christian Children’s Center, formerly known as Martha’s Kids. This ministry was started in 2008 and strives to give a loving, Christian home to the lost and forgotten children of the streets.
 
 

– Missionary Support for Saory Sein

The Lea Joyner Mission committee voted recently to support Saory Sein of Cambodia, who is serving two years as a missionary in rural Barbados. She is connected to programs at three Methodist churches that offer help with addiction, managing aggressive behavior, and learning life skills. She also travels with a nursing team to do clinics for those who might not otherwise receive medical care. When we notified her of our decision, Saory wrote: “May God bless you. I would like to say thank you so much and I send a warm hug to your UMC missions committee for supporting me and donating to my efforts as a missionary. It is a precious privilege to have the opportunity to serve as a young adult volunteer in this mission to serve God. Thank you.” For more information, contact Cyndy Hardaker through the church office at 318-343-0073.

 

We are always looking for ways to serve our community, so please let us know how we can help!

 
 

If you have any questions or suggestions,

please contact church office

318-343-0073 or leajoynerchurch@gmail.com