During a morning service at St. Francisville United Methodist Church on Jan. 10, Wayne Prejean, president of the Louisiana Conference United Methodist Men, presented the St. Francisville United Methodist Men with a certificate of appreciation for being the most active men’s group in the conference.

“St. Francisville United Methodist Men were honored to receive recognition from the Louisiana Conference UMM. It gives us an opportunity to reflect on the work God is doing in our lives and the work God is doing at St. Francisville United Methodist Church,” said John Ritchie, president of the SUM Men’s group. “We pray this gift sends us out to share God’s unequaled love to those around us.”

The Rev. Ashley McGuire, pastor at St. Francisville United Methodist, and Joe Kelley, longtime United Methodist Men leader in the Louisiana Conference, past president and prayer advocate for the Upper Room Ministry, were at the award presentation.

“With humility, Joe Kelley and John Ritchie accepted the recognition of past accomplishments on behalf of the United Methodist Men of St. Francisville,” McGuire said. “With passion, they were quick to continue the challenge of living a life of discipleship and service. It’s always a joy to pray for the men in God’s church, and I was blessed to be the pastor who stood with and prayed for them.”

The Louisiana Conference is the state chapter of United Methodist Men, and the St. Francisville United Methodist Men is the local chapter.

According to the 2012 United Methodist Book of Discipline, the groups are charged with the primary oversight for the coordination and resourcing of men’s ministry within the United Methodist Church.