CSN – Lemonade

First Grace – where the city worships
Mother’s Day at First Grace
 
Sunday school meets at 10:00AM   (all ages)  
Worship

9:30 AM Spanish Language Worship

11:10 AM English Language Worship

 

Scripture:
Exodus 2:1-10
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Annual Church Picnic
Sunday, June 3, 2018, immediately after worship
City Park’s Reunion Pavilion

Bounce Houses
Games
Face Painting

Jambalaya by Richard Rogers
Pork shoulder by David Harms
Grilling by David Haydel

Members are asked to bring fried chicken, a side dish, salad, dessert, or drinks.
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Children and Youth Ministry is starting a girls step team and
inviting new members for the boys step team. All boys and girls nine years of age and older are invited to join. Practices are Tuesday and Thursday this week from 6:00pm-7:30pm.

 
LEARNING

  
Pastor’s Study Everything Happens for a Reason And Other Lies I’ve Loved” by Kate Bowler. Tuesday, 6:15-7:30PM  in the upstairs conference room. Please purchase the book.  

Seekers Class where questions are encouraged, listening is required and hearts are accepted.   Come and join co-leaders Dan Thelen and Kahlida Lloyd in what will be a time of exploring how God can meet us right where we are and help us grow through seeking and discussion. Classes are at 10:00AM each Sunday in the Parlor.

THE GATHERING – FIRST GRACE ADULT SUNDAY SCHOOL CLASS
Contact Adria Kimbrough at adriakimbrough@gmail.com.  Join us in the upstairs conference room!

May 13   Bringing First Fruits
Purpose: To give God our first and best. (Scripture: Leviticus 2:14; 23:9-22)
May 20  Shomade Sunday 

Couple’s Ministry 
meets each month on the first Monday and is using
“7 Inhibitors of Intimacy” along with “Marriage Today” by Jimmy Evans.
For additional information, please contact Jennifer Moss,

First Grace Parents Prayer Line Every Tuesday at 8:30 PM. Call 641.715.3580, Access Code 838575#.
Men’s Morning Call, Tuesday, 7:15-8:15AM at Morning Call Café in City Park,

“Everything Happens for a Reason” Kate Bowler-All are welcome.
Disciple II continues each Thursday at 1:00 PM in the Parlor. Led by Toni Antrum.
Monday Meditation 6 PM -6:45 PM, each week in the Chapel.

Monday Meditation is a guided meditation by Dan Thelen (dthelen2520@gmail.com).

Green Tip Consider using bar soap instead of body wash. Bar soap is less expensive, and it saves packaging waste. The average bar of soap lasts for about 20 showers, whereas a 16 0z bottle of body wash lasts for an average of 8 showers. Also body wash costs about 4 times as much as soap. If every household in the U.S. replaced a bottle of body wash with a bar of soap, roughly 2.5 MILLION pounds of plastic containers could be diverted from the waste stream.
SERVING
  
Name Tag Ministry To volunteer with the distribution of name tags on
Sunday, contact Dallas McGlinn at dallasmcglinn@gmail.com or Robin
Ask Me Ministry Want to help new members or guests plug into the
dynamic life at First Grace? Contact Eric Craig at ericmcraig28@gmail.com or
Debbie Holman at skipdebliz@cox.net.

 

Desmond Project Looking for a way to make a difference in our community. The Desmond Project provides a healthy, nutritious meal to the men, women and children at the New Orleans Mission every Saturday evening. Contact Jackie Vinson at blaqjacque@gmail.com.
SOCIAL JUSTICE
Sanctuary Opportunities
While Jose takes Sanctuary in First Grace,
the Sanctuary Hospitality Committee has been asked to support
Jose’s family the following ways: Family Transportation (sign up
(https://mealtrain.com/0nv3k4), and a monthly phone bill (drop off
pre-paid visa cards with the church office any time).

CSN – Jazz Fest Sunday

First Grace – where the city worships

Jazz Fest Sunday at First Grace
  
Sunday school meets at 10:00AM   (all ages)  

Worship
9:30 AM Spanish Language Worship
11:10 AM English Language Worship

Scripture:
Psalm 104:33  

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Jazz Fest Sunday
A Musical Message
from
Doreen Ketchens
 
Doreen’s Jazz New Orleans is a group whose primary interest lies in spreading the culture and traditional music of New Orleans all over the world, through performances and education. Doreen Ketchens, the leader of the group, has been called “Queen Clarinet”, “The female Louis Armstrong”, and “Lady Louie” by critics who have heard her perform. She has performed with Ellis Marsalis, Jon Faddis, Trombone Shorty, Al Hirt, Dorothy Donagan, The Black Crows and Jennifer Warrens, to name a few. She has opened for such names as Macy Grey and Dr. John.
Her husband, Lawrence plays the Tuba, Valve Trombone and Piano with the group. He sometimes plays the Sousaphone and Drums SIMULTANEOUSLY! He also arranges and produces music. Lawrence has also performed with Pete Fountain, Trombone Shorty, Al Hirt, Jon Faddis, Teddy Riley, Danny Barker and countless others.
Doreen’s Jazz New Orleans has represented New Orleans and the United States around the world, performing in Africa, Asia, Brazil, Canada, Columbia, Europe, Mexico, Russia and the United States. They have performed for four United States presidents, including Bill Clinton, George Bush Sr., Ronald Reagan and Jimmy Carter. The band also boasts 23 volumes of CDs and 3 DVDs.
The newest addition, Miss Dorian Ketchens-Dixon is a very talented drummer. She premiered her talents at age four during the Sioux Falls, SD Jazz Festival. She now travels the world as the drummer for Doreen’s Jazz.
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Auditions for the First Grace Drama Club Ministry One-Act Plays will be held May 5th 2-4pm in the Fellowship Hall. All ages are welcome and no experience is necessary! Come be part of a truly fun fellowship and performance of original short plays June 15th and 16th! Contact Caroline Fourmy at caroline4me@gmail.com for questions.
Looking for a Mother’s Day gift? Look no further (than the back of the church)! Hagar’s House is selling homemade candles and other herbal products after service! As usual, all proceeds benefit the women and children of Hagar’s House.
Project Ishmael & La Semilla (ESL classes) invite you to a Community Resource Fair & Potluck Meal this Tuesday May 8, 5pm-7pm in the fellowship hall.  Meal is at 6pm.  Email ProjectIshmaelNola@gmail.com to volunteer or sign up to bring a dish.  We especially need First Grace folks to bring potluck dishes (before 5:30pm) & to help with hospitality.  Gracias!


Annual Church Picnic
Sunday, June 3, 2018 at the City Park’s Reunion Pavillion. More information coming soon.

LEARNING

Pastor’s Study Everything Happens for a Reason And Other Lies I’ve Loved” by Kate Bowler. Tuesday, 6:15-7:30PM  in the upstairs conference room. Please purchase the book.  

Seekers Class where questions are encouraged, listening is required and hearts are accepted.   Come and join co-leaders Dan Thelen and Kahlida Lloyd in what will be a time of exploring how God can meet us right where we are and help us grow through seeking and discussion. Classes are at 10:00AM each Sunday in the Parlor.

THE GATHERING – FIRST GRACE ADULT SUNDAY SCHOOL CLASS
Contact Adria Kimbrough at adriakimbrough@gmail.com.  Join us in the upstairs conference room!  

May 6 Giving From a Generous Heart
Purpose: To give eagerly. (Scripture: Exodus 35:20-29)
May 13   Bringing First Fruits
Purpose: To give God our first and best. (Scripture: Leviticus 2:14; 23:9-22)
   
Couple’s Ministry meets each month on the first Monday and is using “7 Inhibitors of Intimacy” along with “Marriage Today” by Jimmy Evans. For additional information, please contact Jennifer Moss, 504-616-7431.  Next meeting is Monday, May 7th in the Parlor 

First Grace Parents Prayer Line Every Tuesday at 8:30 PM. Call 641.715.3580, Access Code 838575#.

Men’s Morning Call, Tuesday, 7:15-8:15AM at Morning Call Café in City Park, 
“Everything Happens for a Reason” Kate Bowler-All are welcome.

Disciple II continues each Thursday at 1:00 PM in the Parlor. Led by Toni Antrum.    

Monday Meditation 6 PM -6:45 PM, each week in the Chapel. Monday Meditation is a guided meditation by Dan Thelen (dthelen2520@gmail.com).    
Green Tip Consider using bar soap instead of body wash. Bar soap is less expensive, and it saves packaging waste. The average bar of soap lasts for about 20 showers, whereas a 16 0z bottle of body wash lasts for an average of 8 showers. Also body wash costs about 4 times as much as soap. If every household in the U.S. replaced a bottle of body wash with a bar of soap, roughly 2.5 MILLION pounds of plastic containers could be diverted from the waste stream.

SERVING

First Grace Community Alliance

To volunteer at Hagar’s House, our home for women & children,
email HagarsHouse@gmail.com.  To get involved with Project
Ishmael, our children’s immigration legal program, email

Name Tag Ministry To volunteer with the distribution of name tags on Sunday, contact Dallas McGlinn at dallasmcglinn@gmail.com or Robin Hayes at mshayes40@gmail.com.

Ask Me Ministry Want to help new members or guests plug into the
dynamic life at First Grace? Contact Eric Craig at ericmcraig28@gmail.com or
Debbie Holman at skipdebliz@cox.net.

Desmond Project Looking for a way to make a difference in our community. The Desmond Project provides a healthy, nutritious meal to the men, women and children at the New Orleans Mission every Saturday evening. Contact Jackie Vinson at blaqjacque@gmail.com.

SOCIAL JUSTICE

Sanctuary Opportunities

While Jose takes Sanctuary in First Grace, the Sanctuary Hospitality Committee has been asked to support Jose’s family the following ways: Family Transportation (sign up at  https://goo.gl/forms/KWyO3919xvIpLouq2), weekly groceries (https://mealtrain.com/0nv3k4), and a monthly phone bill (drop off
pre-paid visa cards with the church office any time).

Canal Street News

 

First Grace – where the city worships
This Sunday at First Grace

 Sunday school meets at 10:00AM   (all ages)  

 Worship 

9:30 AM Spanish Language Worship

11:10 AM English Language Worship

 Scripture:  

Matthew 5:45

“God send the rain on the just and unjust…”

 

Message:

“Everything Happens for a Reason”

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May 6th, 11:00 AM
Jazz Fest Sunday with
Doreen Ketchens

Doreen Ketchens, dubbed “Lady Louis” is one of the world’s greatest living Jazz clarinetists. Her group is Doreen’s Jazz New Orleans.
She began playing in Jackson Square with her first band, the Jackson Square All-Stars. Their band evolved into “Doreen’s Jazz New Orleans,” and, after much struggle with the chauvinism of traditional Jazz and club owners, they managed to find a winning formula playing and entertaining crowds via their street shows, Jazz festivals, and then, through direct sales of their music and videos on the Internet. Ketchens has been sharing traditional American Jazz in Africa, Asia, Canada, Europe, South America, Russia and the United States. They have performed with programs sponsored by Jazz at Lincoln Center and The US Department of State. See you Sunday.

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Auditions for the First Grace Drama Club Ministry One-Act Plays will be held May 5th 2-4pm in the Fellowship Hall. All ages are welcome and no experience is necessary! Come be part of a truly fun fellowship and performance of original short plays June 15th and 16th! Contact Caroline Fourmy at caroline4me@gmail.com for questions.
Annual Church Picnic Sunday, June 3, 2018 at the City Park’s Reunion Pavillion. More information coming soon.
LEARNING
Pastor’s Study Everything Happens for a Reason And Other Lies I’ve Loved” by Kate Bowler. Tuesday, 6:15-7:30PM  in the upstairs conference room. Please purchase the book.  

Seekers Class where questions are encouraged, listening is required and hearts are accepted.   Come and join co-leaders Dan Thelen and Kahlida Lloyd in what will be a time of exploring how God can meet us right where we are and help us grow through seeking and discussion. Classes are at 10:00AM each Sunday in the Parlor.

THE GATHERING – FIRST GRACE ADULT SUNDAY SCHOOL CLASS

Contact Adria Kimbrough at adriakimbrough@gmail.com.  Join us in the upstairs conference room!

April 29 Blessing, Glory, Honor, Forever
Purpose: To appreciate the symbolism and significance of Christ as the Lamb that was slain. (Scripture: Revelation 5:6-14)

May 6 Giving From a Generous Heart
Purpose: To give eagerly. (Scripture: Exodus 35:20-29)
May 13   Bringing First Fruits
Purpose: To give God our first and best. (Scripture: Leviticus 2:14; 23:9-22)
Couple’s Ministry meets each month on the first Monday and is using “7 Inhibitors of Intimacy” along with “Marriage Today” by Jimmy Evans. For additional information, please contact Jennifer Moss, 504-616-7431.  Next meeting is Monday, May 7th in the Parlor 

First Grace Parents Prayer Line Every Tuesday at 8:30 PM. Call 641.715.3580, Access Code 838575#.

Men’s Morning Call, Tuesday, 7:15-8:15AM at Morning Call Café in City Park, 
“Everything Happens for a Reason” Kate Bowler-All are welcome.

Disciple II continues each Thursday at 1:00 PM in the Parlor. Led by Toni Antrum.    

Monday Meditation 6 PM -6:45 PM, each week in the Chapel. Monday Meditation is a guided meditation by Dan Thelen (dthelen2520@gmail.com).    
Green Tip Consider using bar soap instead of body wash. Bar soap is less expensive, and it saves packaging waste. The average bar of soap lasts for about 20 showers, whereas a 16 0z bottle of body wash lasts for an average of 8 showers. Also body wash costs about 4 times as much as soap. If every household in the U.S. replaced a bottle of body wash with a bar of soap, roughly 2.5 MILLION pounds of plastic containers could be diverted from the waste stream.

SERVING 

Name Tag Ministry To volunteer with the distribution of name tags on
Sunday, contact Dallas McGlinn at dallasmcglinn@gmail.com or Robin
Ask Me Ministry Want to help new members or guests plug into the
dynamic life at First Grace? Contact Eric Craig at ericmcraig28@gmail.com or
Debbie Holman at skipdebliz@cox.net.
Desmond Project Looking for a way to make a difference in our community. The Desmond Project provides a healthy, nutritious meal to the men, women and children at the New Orleans Mission every Saturday evening. Contact Jackie Vinson at blaqjacque@gmail.com.
SOCIAL JUSTICE
Sanctuary Opportunities
The Sanctuary Hospitality Committee at FGUMC have been asked to support the following:
Family Transportation-A need for a few people who have reliable vehicles that can fit 3 or more people to rotate driving Jose’s family, especially to church on Sunday afternoons.  Please sign up here for more information:  https://goo.gl/forms/KWyO3919xvIpLouq2.  Or, mail or deliver an Uber or Lyft gift card to Attn: Sanctuary Committee, First Grace UMC, 3401 Canal St, New Orleans, LA 70119.
Weekly Groceries– Sign up at https://mealtrain.com/0nv3k4 to deliver a week’s worth of groceries for Jose (& his family).  Feel free to partner up with a few friends as each sign up is for a whole week of food. FGSanctuaryCommittee@gmail.com. will email you his grocery list a few days before you’re scheduled.
 
Monthly Phone Bill– Donate at the donation link at https://mealtrain.com/0nv3k4.  Or, mail or deliver a pre-paid visa card to Attn: Sanctuary Committee, First Grace UMC, 3401 Canal St, New Orleans, LA 70119.

CSN – Neighborhood Clean-up Day

 

First Grace – where the city worships

 Neighborhood Clean-Up Day

 

Come assist the Youth and Confirmands as they work to spruce up the neighborhood along with the Green Team on Saturday, April 21st at 9am. All members are invited but please, no younger children. We will walk into the surrounding areas to pick up litter then work on an art project about litter with the youth. Light snacks will be provided.

CSN – FG Directory – Corrected link to schedule session

 

First Grace – where the city worships

Photography Sessions for
 
First Grace Directory
Free 8 X 10 of each family
(no purchase
necessary) 
Thursday, May 10, 2018, 2:00 PM – 8:00 PM
Friday, May 11, 2018, 2:00 PM – 8:00 PM
Saturday, May 12, 2018, 10:00 AM – 4:00 PM
To register online visit

https://booknow-lifetouch.appointment-plus.com/yce3xjsy/

Volunteers will be in the Narthex before and after worship on
Sunday, April 22nd, April 29th and May 6th
to assist with online registration.

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Canal Street News

First Grace – where the city worships
This Sunday at First Grace
 
Sunday School meets at 10:00AM (All ages) 
Worship

9:30 AM Spanish Language Worship

11:10 AM English Language Worship

 

Scripture:

Micah 4:1-5

Message:

Morgan Guyton

“From Warriors to Gardeners”

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The Adult Choir will resume rehearsal on Wednesday, April 18th.
Shomade Groups will meet at 10:00AM on Sunday, April 22nd. If you are not in a Shomade Group please contact the church office.

 

Toddler’s Fun Day is on Saturday April 21, 2018 from 12noon – 2pm. For all toddlers 8 months – 5 years old. All families with toddlers are invited. Puppet Show, Jumping Inflatable, kid’s games, face painting fun and food. **FREE ADMISSION**

Earth Day 2018

First Grace will be celebrating Earth Day on Sunday, April 22nd. Here are a few ways that you can participate and honor Mother Earth and God, her Creator.

Neighborhood Clean-Up Day.
Come assist the Youth and Confirmands as they work to spruce up the neighborhood along with the Green Team on Saturday, April 21st at 9am. All members are invited but please, no younger children. We will walk into the surrounding areas to pick up litter then work on an art project about litter with the youth. Light snacks will be provided.
Earth Day Flowers
The Green Team is requesting that the members bring flowers to church on Earth Day Sunday, April 22nd. These will be placed in the sanctuary to display for all the beauty of the Earth that God has given us!
Bike to Worship  
Bike to Worship will be fun for the entire family!  First Grace Bike to Worship: On Sunday April 22nd, join us and ride your bike to church! Interested in learning more or forming a meet up spot in your neighborhood? Email Emily emily.wcislo@gmail.com or Bella at artfulbiking@gmail.com for more details.
LEARNING
  

Pastor’s Study Everything Happens for a Reason And Other Lies I’ve Loved” by Kate Bowler. Tuesday, 6:15-7:30PM  in the upstairs conference room. Please purchase the book.  

Seekers Class where questions are encouraged, listening is required and hearts are accepted.   Come and join co-leaders Dan Thelen and Kahlida Lloyd in what will be a time of exploring how God can meet us right where we are and help us grow through seeking and discussion. Classes are at 10:00AM each Sunday in the Parlor.

THE GATHERING – FIRST GRACE ADULT SUNDAY SCHOOL CLASS

Contact Adria Kimbrough at adriakimbrough@gmail.com.  Join us in the upstairs conference room!

April 15 Follow Me

Purpose: To feast on Christ’s presence and word, and share the feast with others. (Scripture: John 21:15-25)
April 22 Shomade Sunday
April 29 Blessing, Glory, Honor, Forever
Purpose: To appreciate the symbolism and significance of Christ as the Lamb that was slain. (Scripture: Revelation 5:6-14)
Couple’s Ministry meets each month on the first Monday and is using
“7 Inhibitors of Intimacy” along with “Marriage Today” by Jimmy Evans.
For additional information, please contact Jennifer Moss, 504-616-7431.
First Grace Parents Prayer Line Every Tuesday at 8:30 PM. Call 641.715.3580, Access Code 838575#.

Men’s Morning Call, Tuesday, 7:15-8:15AM at Morning Call Café in City Park,

“Everything Happens for a Reason” Kate Bowler-All are welcome.
Disciple II continues each Thursday at 1:00 PM in the Parlor. Led by Toni Antrum.

Monday Meditation 6 PM -6:45 PM, each week in the Chapel.

Monday Meditation is a guided meditation by Dan Thelen (dthelen2520@gmail.com).

Pastor Shawn’s
Reading and other Recommendations for 2018
– Future Home of the Living God-a novel, Louise Erdrich,
Evolution stops as mysteriously as it began. Pregnancy and childbearing quickly become issues of state security… a moving meditation on the divine presence, female agency, and the power of love
– Everything Happens for a Reasonand other lies I’ve Loved,
Kate Bowler. A memoire. Bowler is young, faithful, living the dream then…stage IV colon cancer. Her journey from faith to new faith.
– Barking to the Choir-The Power of Radical Kinship, Gregory Boyle, Founder of Homeboy and Homegirl Industries-“I’ve learned from giving thousands of talks that you never appeal to the consciousness of your audience but, rather, introduce them to their own goodness.” A quote from the introduction.
– Aristotle and Dante Discover the Secrets of the Universe, Benjamin Alire Saez. A coming of age novel for tweens. My then 13 year old daughter insisted that I read this book. I’m grateful
– Parable of the Sower, and Parable of the Talents, Octavia Butler.
A two part, science fiction series about a teenage girl in America in 2030-75. While written in the 1990’s about America in 2030, it a feels a bit too real-environmentally and politically.
– Divine Therapy and Addiction-centering prayer and the 12 steps, This is actually an interview with Father Thomas Keating, a Trappist monk. It is practical and deep, and offers the spirituality of the 12 Steps without needing to be an alcoholic to benefit.
– Podcast: On Being. Te Nehisi Coates interviewed by Krista Tippet. Imagining a New America. Coates is one of the most important voices in America today.https://onbeing.org/programs/ta-nehisi-coates-imagining-a-new-america-nov2017/
SERVING
  
Name Tag Ministry To volunteer with the distribution of name tags on
Sunday, contact Dallas McGlinn at dallasmcglinn@gmail.com or Robin
Ask Me Ministry Want to help new members or guests plug into the
dynamic life at First Grace? Contact Eric Craig at ericmcraig28@gmail.com or
Debbie Holman at skipdebliz@cox.net.

 

Desmond Project Looking for a way to make a difference in our community. The Desmond Project provides a healthy, nutritious meal to the men, women and children at the New Orleans Mission every Saturday evening. Contact Jackie Vinson at blaqjacque@gmail.com.
SOCIAL JUSTICE
Sanctuary Opportunities
The Sanctuary Hospitality Committee at FGUMC have been asked to support the following:
Family Transportation-A need for a few people who have reliable vehicles that can fit 3 or more people to rotate driving Jose’s family, especially to church on Sunday afternoons.  Please sign up here for more information:  https://goo.gl/forms/KWyO3919xvIpLouq2.  Or, mail or deliver an Uber or Lyft gift card to Attn: Sanctuary Committee, First Grace UMC, 3401 Canal St, New Orleans, LA 70119.
Weekly Groceries– Sign up at https://mealtrain.com/0nv3k4 to deliver a week’s worth of groceries for Jose (& his family).  Feel free to partner up with a few friends as each sign up is for a whole week of food. FGSanctuaryCommittee@gmail.com. will email you his grocery list a few days before you’re scheduled.
 
Monthly Phone Bill– Donate at the donation link at https://mealtrain.com/0nv3k4.  Or, mail or deliver a pre-paid visa card to Attn: Sanctuary Committee, First Grace UMC, 3401 Canal St, New Orleans, LA 70119.

Canal Street News

First Grace – where the city worships

 

This Sunday at First Grace

Sunday School meets at 10:00AM (All ages) 

 Worship 

9:30 AM Spanish Language Worship

11:10 AM English Language Worship

 

Scripture: 
Luke 24:13-25 
_______________________

 

New Pastors Study

Everything Happens for a Reason

And Other Lies I’ve Loved

Starts, Tuesday, April 10th
6:15-7:30PM
in the upstairs conference room
Please purchase the book.

 

Adult Choir The choir will not rehearse on Wednesday, April 4th or 11th. The choir will resume rehearsal on Wednesday, April 18th.

First Grace Coffee Hour immediately after worship in the Fellowship Hall.
Toddler’s Fun Day is on Saturday April 21, 2018 from 12noon – 2pm. For all toddlers 8 months – 5 years old. All families with toddlers are invited. Puppet Show, Jumping Inflatable, kid’s games, face painting fun and food. **FREE ADMISSION**
Shomade Groups will meet at 10:00AM on Sunday, April 22nd. If you are not in a Shomade Group please contact the church office.

LEARNING

Seekers Class where questions are encouraged, listening is required and hearts are accepted.   Come and join co-leaders Dan Thelen and Kahlida Lloyd in what will be a time of exploring how God can meet us right where we are and help us grow through seeking and discussion. Classes are at 10:00AM each Sunday in the Parlor.

 

THE GATHERING – FIRST GRACE ADULT SUNDAY SCHOOL CLASS

Contact Adria Kimbrough at adriakimbrough@gmail.com.  Join us in the upstairs conference room!

April 8 The Risen Lord Appears
Purpose: To encounter Jesus in shared experiences. (Scripture: John 21:1-14)
April 15 Follow Me
Purpose: To feast on Christ’s presence and word, and share the feast with others. (Scripture: John 21:15-25)
April 22 Shomade Sunday
April 29 Blessing, Glory, Honor, Forever
Purpose: To appreciate the symbolism and significance of Christ as the Lamb that was slain. (Scripture: Revelation 5:6-14)
Couples Ministry – Will meet on Monday, April 9th in the Parlor.
For additional  information, please contact Jennifer Moss, 504-616-7431.
First Grace Parents Prayer Line Every Tuesday at 8:30 PM. Call 641.715.3580, Access Code 838575#.

Men’s Morning Call, Tuesday, 7:15-8:15AM at Morning Call Café in City Park,  “Everything Happens for a Reason” Kate Bowler-All are welcome.

Disciple II continues each Thursday at 1:00 PM in the Parlor. Led by Toni Antrum.    

Monday Meditation 6 PM -6:45 PM, each week in the Chapel. Monday Meditation is a guided meditation by Dan Thelen (dthelen2520@gmail.com).    

Green Tip Next Saturday, April 14th is the 2nd Saturday Drop Off Recycling Day for the City of New Orleans. Items to be recycled include: paper, plastics, metals, cardboard and boxboard, glass up to 50 lbs, Mardi Gras beads, E-waste, batteries, lightbulbs and tires. This month is also a shred day where up to 50 lbs of personal/sensitive papers may be shredded. The recycling center is located at 2829 Elysian Fields and is open on the 2nd Saturday of the month from 8am until 1pm sharp. See nola.gov recycling center for more info and reduce, reuse, recycle!

Pastor Shawn’s
Reading and other Recommendations for 2018
Future Home of the Living God-a novel, Louise Erdrich,
Evolution stops as mysteriously as it began. Pregnancy and childbearing quickly become issues of state security… a moving meditation on the divine presence, female agency, and the power of love

Everything Happens for a Reasonand other lies I’ve Loved, Kate Bowler. A memoire. Bowler is young, faithful, living the dream then…stage IV colon cancer. Her journey from faith to new faith.

Barking to the Choir-The Power of Radical Kinship, Gregory Boyle, Founder of Homeboy and Homegirl Industries-“I’ve learned from giving thousands of talks that you never appeal to the consciousness of your audience but, rather, introduce them to their own goodness.” A quote from the introduction.
Aristotle and Dante Discover the Secrets of the Universe, Benjamin Alire Saez. A coming of age novel for tweens. My then 13 year old daughter insisted that I read this book. I’m grateful
Parable of the Sower, and Parable of the Talents, Octavia Butler.
A two part, science fiction series about a teenage girl in America in 2030-75. While written in the 1990’s about America in 2030, it a feels a bit too real-environmentally and politically.
Divine Therapy and Addiction-centering prayer and the 12 steps, This is actually an interview with Father Thomas Keating, a Trappist monk. It is practical and deep, and offers the spirituality of the 12 Steps without needing to be an alcoholic to benefit.
Podcast: On Being. Te Nehisi Coates interviewed by Krista Tippet. Imagining a New America. Coates is one of the most important voices in America today.https://onbeing.org/programs/ta-nehisi-coates-imagining-a-new-america-nov2017/

SERVING

Name Tag Ministry To volunteer with the distribution of name tags on Sunday, contact Dallas McGlinn at dallasmcglinn@gmail.com or Robin Hayes at mshayes40@gmail.com.

Ask Me Ministry Want to help new members or guests plug into the
dynamic life at First Grace? Contact Eric Craig at ericmcraig28@gmail.com or
Debbie Holman at skipdebliz@cox.net.

The United Methodist Women  will meet on Saturday,March 24th at 10AM. New members welcome. Margaret Washington, President.  

  
Desmond Project Looking for a way to make a difference in our community. The Desmond Project provides a healthy, nutritious meal to the men, women and children at the New Orleans Mission every Saturday evening. Contact Jackie Vinson at blaqjacque@gmail.com.
SOCIAL JUSTICE

Sanctuary Opportunities 

The Sanctuary Hospitality Committee at FGUMC have been asked to support the following:

Family Transportation-A need for a few people who have reliable vehicles that can fit 3 or more people to rotate driving Jose’s family, especially to church on Sunday afternoons.  Please sign up here for more information:  https://goo.gl/forms/KWyO3919xvIpLouq2.  Or, mail or deliver an Uber or Lyft gift card to Attn: Sanctuary Committee, First Grace UMC, 3401 Canal St, New Orleans, LA 70119. 

Weekly Groceries– Sign up at https://mealtrain.com/0nv3k4 to deliver a week’s worth of groceries for Jose (& his family).  Feel free to partner up with a few friends as each sign up is for a whole week of food. FGSanctuaryCommittee@gmail.com. will email you his grocery list a few days before you’re scheduled.
 
Monthly Phone Bill– Donate at the donation link at https://mealtrain.com/0nv3k4.  Or, mail or deliver a pre-paid visa card to Attn: Sanctuary Committee, First Grace UMC, 3401 Canal St, New Orleans, LA 70119.