Lake Vista United Methodist Church will be a lighthouse for Christ in the heart of the lakefront, drawing seekers from the Lake Vista neighborhood and beyond. We will provide a spiritual haven for all desiring a personal relationship with God and opportunities to be anchored in biblical truths and to grow toward Christian maturity.

December, 2014

 Church Family Night. Wednesday, December 3, 6:00-7:30 PM.

 Prayer Walk, Tuesday, December 9, 10:30-11:30 AM.

Youth Christmas party: Saturday, December 20th from 12:30-2:30.

The women’s SPA (Study Pray Act) Bible Study Brunch: Wednesday, December 10th at 9:00 AM

 AngelFish Ministry Returns! On Sunday, November 30th the AngelFish Tree went up in front foyer of the sanctuary.

Saturday, December 13th, Christmas party and worship time from 2:00-4:00 PM at Trinity UMC in Buras

Christmas Eve Service 5:00-6:00 PM.

New Year’s Eve Service 5:00-6:00 PM. At the service we will pray for Lake Vista UMC, New Orleans, the United States, and the world. Communion will also be served. This service is a great way to welcome in the New Year!

A Very Christmas Sunday! Sunday, December 14th Choir Christmas Music special during worship, Christmas Tea luncheon, 12:30 children caroling in Lake Vista, and finally, afterwards, a Happy Birthday Jesus! Party.

Merry Christmas pancake breakfast Sunday, December 7th from 9:00-10:00 AM

Children’s Choir Practice music program Sunday, December 21 during worship

Jean Frymire

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A Word from Woody. . .

"Interview with Jean Frymire on Christmas and Life "

Jean Frymire is a cherished part of our church whose membership goes back to the early 1950s. You may know her from sitting near her in church worship, or attending Sunday School with her. This year she has moved to The Atrium Assisted Living in Metairie, but will still be attending church when she can. Recently I was able to find out a little more about her fascinating life.

Lake Vista Lighthouse: Where were you born and raised?

Jean Frymire: I was born in Peking, China [where her father taught]. We moved to New Orleans when I was three years old. We moved uptown in the university section—on Octavia, one street off of Willow St.

LVL: What church did you attend?

JF: I went to St. Charles Ave. Presbyterian.  I grew up in that church.

LVL: How did you become Methodist?

JF: My husband Kermit had gone to Napoleon Ave. UMC and we went there a little until we moved to Lakeview. Then we visited both the Presbyterian and Methodist churches on Canal Blvd. A friend of his from Napoleon Ave. UMC said they were opening up Lake Vista UMC—it was just meeting in the community center at the time. My first child Karen was born and I needed to stay at home with her. So I didn’t go to church until she was old enough. We liked Lake Vista UMC and decided to stay. When I was able to start attending here they had church services in the Dorsey Bldg.

LVL: What were your parents like?

JF: I was an only child. My mother was very mothering. She had three sisters, and my father was a little on the austere side, very “professorish”. His students were all a little in awe of him. He taught at Tulane’s medical school—in the area of Parasitology and Tropical Medicine.  He got his Ph.D. in Parasitology, but he expanded his research to all tropical diseases.

LVL: What were Christmases like when you were growing up?

JF: We often had relatives down from Illinois [from where her mother’s relatives were; her father was from Missouri] and they were quiet, so we had quiet Christmases. One thing I remember was I was taught not to believe in Santa Claus—all my presents were to be understood to be from my family. My parents didn’t believe in telling me about Santa Claus—though all my friends believed in Santa Claus, and I had to keep my mouth shut.  We weren’t allowed to open presents until after breakfast. However, I had one present I could open before breakfast, and it was always a book. Once when I was in elementary school I got the book Hurlbut’s Story of the Bible.

LVL: How did you and your husband Kermit celebrate Christmas with your family?

JF: It could be difficult. My parents wanted to have breakfast together for about 8:00 and open presents around 9:00-9:30, and then eat a big lunch about 2:00. Kermit’s parents, on the other hand, wanted to go out and eat between 12:00-3:00 at New Orleans Country Club at a party hosted by a couple from the Lake Vista neighborhood.

LVL: So how did you resolve this?

JF: We went over to my mother’s dinner about 3:30 and we weren’t hungry—and she was upset because we weren’t hungry! Eventually the couple that hosted the party at the Club got older and no longer had the party.

LVL: What are some things for which you are thankful?

I think back to all the trips Kermit [who passed away in 1990] and I made from 1980-1990. I think back to them in my mind when I can’t sleep at night, and that puts me to sleep. We had a happy marriage, but we had a difficult time at first. When we got married Kermit was in law practice with his father, and his father had been ill for three years before he died, and this was a time when there was no health insurance for attorneys and his bills got high. When Kermit took over, he had all the work but no real money coming in because he had to pay his father’s bills. I’m thankful when Bob Kennon got to be Governor of Louisiana [1952-1956] that Kermit became the lawyer for Charity Hospital, and that helped us a lot—it was then that we could purchase the land for our house in Lakeshore East.

Thank you Jean for sharing with us about Christmas and your very interesting life. Lake Vista UMC is thankful for you and your beloved husband Kermit— the gift of both of you still blesses this church family today!




Yours in the Lord of Life,


Woody Walks the Talk