CSN – Lent 2018 at First Grace – Week 2

First Grace’s 2018 Lenten Discipline

Week 2

 

Some background…
Each week of Lent, First Grace will be given one of the “Ministries of Life Together” that Rev. Dietrich Bonhoeffer wrote for his flock. We are invited to read, reflect and practicethe ministry for the week in all aspects of daily life. Perhaps you will add to the ministries that Bonhoeffer wrote of. He spoke of the Ministry of Listening, The Ministry of Holding One’s Tongue, The Ministry of Meekness, The Ministry of Helpfulness, The Ministry of Bearing the Burden of Each Other, and the Ministry of Proclamation-Speaking the Truth in Love.
DIETRICH BONHOEFFER was a German pastor and theologian known for his opposition to National Socialism-Nazism and Adolf Hitler. His ties to the July 20, 1944 conspiracy to assassinate Adolf Hitler and to overthrow the Nazi regime led to his arrest. In April 1945, weeks before the war ended, Bonhoeffer was hanged.
His theological writings are regarded as classics throughout the Christian world. One of those writings is Life Together-a Discussion on Christian Fellowship. Bonhoeffer had opened an underground seminary where he served as dean. He wrote Life Together for the seminarians who were having a difficult time-living together and being the church for each other.
Bonhoeffer was engaged in a most serious, dangerous and joyful life-giving endeavor-living the Gospel of Jesus Christ. For him and for us the gospel is one of both social transformation AND personal transformation. These two transformations do not happen in unison. Bonhoeffer confronted the ills in society and the ills in himself. His faith as a disciple of Jesus Christ enabled him to do both. Like the first disciples of Jesus, he was silenced, imprisoned and executed. Yet Bonhoeffer was known roundly as the kindest and most generous of souls. He even provided pastoral counseling for his Nazi prison guards.   He is truly among the cloud of witnesses.
(Our thanks to Rev. John Winn who introduced me to this book when I entered pastoral ministry. Rev. Winn’s paraphrasing with a few edits is employed for this Lenten study.)

 

First Grace’s 2018 Lenten Discipline
Week 2
page 2

THE MINISTRY OF ACTIVE   HELPFULNESS

Paraphrased from
LIFE TOGETHER  by Dietrich Bonhoeffer
THE SECOND SERVICE that one should perform for another in a Christian Community is that of active helpfulness.
This means, initially, simple assistance in trifling, external matters. There is a multitude of these things wherever people live together. Nobody is too good for the meanest service.
WE MUST BE READY to allow ourselves to be interrupted by God. God will be constantly crossing our paths and canceling our plans by sending us people with claims and petitions. We may pass them by, preoccupied with our more important tasks, as in the Good Samaritan story when the priest passed by the man who had fallen among thieves, perhaps—reading the Bible.
IT IS A STRANGE fact that Christians and even ministers frequently consider their work so important and urgent that they will allow nothing to disturb them. They think they are doing God a service in this, but actually they are disdaining God’s “crooked yet narrow path.” They do not want a life that is crossed and balked. But it is part of the discipline of humility that we must not spare our hand where it can perform a service and that we do not assume that our schedule is our own to manage, but allow it to be arranged by God. Only where hands are not too good for deeds of love and mercy in everyday helpfulness can the mouth joyfully and convincingly proclaim the message of God’s love and mercy.
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In his 20s Jean Vanier left the navy as a captain, in his 30s left the university as a professor of philosophy and has lived with the mentally and physically disabled for more than 50 years. He is the founder of L’Arche Communities.
SOME COMMUNITIES START BY SERVING THE POOR. When they begin, their members are full of generosity-though sometimes a bit aggressive toward the rich-and have rather utopian ideals. Gradually, they discover the need for prayer and an inner life, they realize that their generosity is being burned up and that they are in danger of becoming a collection of hyperactives who put all their energy into external things… If this group does not grow into discovering the deepening of prayer and the bonds of love flowing into celebration, they risk becoming a militant group struggling for justice.
OTHER COMMUNITIES START WITH PRAYER-like many of the communities of (the praise and worship} and charismatic movement. But gradually they discover the need to serve the poor and to develop a real commitment to them…… If this group does not discover the waters of compassion flowing from the pain of the poor and others, they risk becoming legalistic and sterile.
…Opening to God in adoration and opening to the poor in welcome and service are the two poles of a community’s growth, and signs of its health. And the community itself must grow towards a stronger sense of its own identity…a body in which every member can exercise their gift and be recognize for it.
A growing community must integrate three elements: a life of silent prayer, a life of service and above all a life of listening to the poor, and a community life through which all its members can grow in their own gift.   Jean Vanier,
Bonhoeffer’s “Four Services” have been modified
to be gender inclusive byJohn Winn

CSN – Tyronne B. Walker – Black History Speaker

 

First Grace – where the city worships

 Shomade Sunday at First Grace

 Shomade Groups meet at 10:00 AM

No Sunday School  

Worship
9:00 AM Spanish Language Worship
11:10 AM English Language Worship

 

Scripture: Joshua 1:9

Message

“Prepared to Be A Blessing”

Guest Speaker
Tyronne B. Walker

________

Tyronne B. Walker serves as Senior Advisor to the Mayor and Communications Director. Upon the Honorable Mitch Landrieu’s election as New Orleans’s 61st Mayor on May 3, 2011, Walker was appointed to the positions of Special Assistant to the Mayor and Faith-Based Advisor.

During his tenure with the Landrieu Administration, Walker has served the community in a variety of roles including Project Manager on the Mayor’s Innovation Delivery Team and Director of CeaseFire New Orleans. He has also assisted in writing and leading the city’s NOLA for Life Murder Reduction Strategy. Prior to serving in his current role, he serves as Senior Advisor to the Mayor for Local Affairs where he oversaw Local Government Affairs and Community Engagement.
Outside of working in public service, Walker has demonstrated success in the private sector as Chief Operating Officer of the Law Office of Wayne E. Woods and Alpha Title Company and owner of Walker Strategic Solutions, LLC, a full service consulting firm he started in 2015that specializes in strategy development, project management and political campaigns.
Walker is a native of the New Orleans’ 9th Ward and is a proud graduate of Brother Martin High School. Walker went on to earn his Bachelor of Arts Degree in Political Science from Saint Michael’s College in Colchester, Vermont. Following his graduation from St. Michael’s College, Walker returned to New Orleans to aid in recovery efforts following Hurricane Katrina.

Walker is active in civic leadership serving on a number of boards in founding roles including Miller-McCoy Academy for Mathematics and Business and Son of a Saint Foundation. Walker serves as President of the Sigma Lambda Chapter of Alpha Phi Alpha Fraternity, Inc. and is a member of the Franklin Avenue Baptist Church.

 

The United Methodist Women will meet at 10:00 AM on Saturday, February 24th at 10:30AM

Pastors Lenten Bake Sale – All baker’s are invited to please bring baked good’s this Sunday to sell.  All sales to benefit Hagar’s House. 

 

Shomade Groups meet at 10:00AM on Sunday morning.

 

 

 

THE VAGINA MONOLOGUES First Grace Drama Ministry presents a benefit production of Eve Ensler’s The Vagina Monologues on:
Saturday February 24th 6pm and
Sunday February 25th 4pm
Tickets $10 at the door,  Proceeds benefit Hagar’s House
Email Sarah at VDAYNOLA@gmail.com for more information or to volunteer. V-Day is a global campaign to end violence against women and girls. Planning to come? Let us know on Facebook and share the event! https://www.facebook.com/events/518687298509304/

 

Lydia Kimbrough one of our youth is leading a food drive for our Loaves and Fishes Food Pantry and Tuesday Meal. Lydia and her friend McKenzie Gullage have named it HOPE. Donations will be accepted through March 11, so bring your non-perishable food donations in quickly!   Email spreadsomehope17@gmail.com for more information.

 

Join First Grace’s new Fitness and Philanthropy group! Join the team to walk, jog, or run the Crescent City Classic on March 31 on behalf of a local nonprofit. Join us on Saturdays, 8:30 at City Park at the water fountain across from New Orleans Museum of Art. All experience levels welcome! Email Nora Ellertsen at noraellertsen@hotmail.com or Katie Poynter at kpoynter@gmail.com for questions.

LEARNING

 Learning to Love Being Kind. Pastor’s Tuesday Night Study-

The Spirituality of Imperfection 6:15 PM-7:30 PM, beginning, 1-16-2018, upstairs conference room. All invited. We are focusing on Micah 6.8: And what does the LORD require of you but to do justice, to love kindness, and to walk humbly with your God?   Our daily spiritual discipline is: “to practice loving kindness, while not giving up on justice, by trusting God with our vengeance.” 

S
eekers 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. NO CLASS ON MARCH 4TH.

 

 

THE GATHERING – FIRST GRACE ADULT SUNDAY SCHOOL CLASS

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

February 25 – Shomade Sunday

March 4 The Lord Will Provide

Purpose: To trust that, ultimately, God will provide. (Scripture: Genesis 22)

 

March 11 There is No God Like You

Purpose: To build on the promises God made to those who have come before us. (Scripture: 2 Chronicles 6:1-21)

 

March 18 The People Gave Thanks to God

Purpose: To express our thankfulness to God with heartfelt, awe-inspired worship. (Scripture: 2 Chronicles 7:1-11)

 

March 25 Shomade Sunday

 

 Couples 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, Monday March 5 at 7:00 PM.

 

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, “Illusions” by Richard Bach -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  NOLA Tree Project hosts the Big TREEsy Giveaway! Saturday, February 24th, 9:00am-Noon at  Sojourner Truth Neighborhood Center, 2200 Lafitte Ave., New Orleans. * 1 FREE Tree per Resident * Extra Trees Available $15 * 30 Types of Trees a *  Kids Table * Rain Barrel Building Workshop by Water Wise Nola * Tree Planting Workshop

 

SERVING

 The Care Ministry will meet on Wednesday, February 28 at 11:00AM in the Parlor. If you are interested in the work of this committee please contact Laurie Peller at lauriepeller@earthlink.net or by calling 504.344.6057. 

 Tuesday Meal

The meal is served at 12:30 PM and volunteers are always needed.   You may contact Marilyn Prince at marilynprince1949@yahoo.com or contact the church office.

 

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 – Pastor’s Lenten Bake Sale

 

First Grace – where the city worships

This Sunday at First Grace
 
Sunday School meet at 10:00 AM  (all ages) 

Worship
9:00 AM Spanish Language Worship
11:10 AM English Language Worship

 Scripture: Luke 18:9-14

________    

 

Pastors Lenten Bake Sale – All baker’s are invited to please bring baked good’s this Sunday to sell.  All sales to benefit Hagar’s House.

The Youth and Adult Choir will rehearse  immediately after worship on Sunday to prepare for Black History Sunday.
Shomade Groups meet next Sunday, February 25th at 10:00AM. If you are not in a Shomade Group please contact the church office.

Lydia Kimbrough one of our youth is leading a food drive for our Loaves and Fishes Food Pantry and Tuesday Meal. Lydia and her friend McKenzie Gullage have named it HOPE. Donations will be accepted through March 11, so bring your non-perishable food donations in quickly!   Email spreadsomehope17@gmail.com for more information.

Safe Sanctuaries training on Saturday February 17, 2018 for all children’s staff and Sunday school teachers from 9:00am – 11:00am in the fellowship hall.

THE VAGINA MONOLOGUES First Grace Drama Ministry presents a benefit production of Eve Ensler’s The Vagina Monologues on:

Saturday February 24th 6pm and
Sunday February 25th 4pm
Tickets $10 at the door,  Proceeds benefit Hagar’s House
Email Sarah at VDAYNOLA@gmail.com for more information or to volunteer. V-Day is a global campaign to end violence against women and girls. Planning to come? Let us know on Facebook and share the event! https://www.facebook.com/events/518687298509304/
 Join First Grace’s new Fitness and Philanthropy group! Join the team to walk, jog, or run the Crescent City Classic on March 31 on behalf of a local nonprofit. Join us on Saturdays, 8:30 at City Park at the water fountain across from New Orleans Museum of Art. All experience levels welcome! Email Nora Ellertsen at noraellertsen@hotmail.com or Katie Poynter at kpoynter@gmail.com for questions.
LEARNING

Learning to Love Being Kind. Pastor’s Tuesday Night Study-

The Spirituality of Imperfection 6:15 PM-7:30 PM, beginning, 1-16-2018, upstairs conference room. All invited. We are focusing on Micah 6.8: And what does the LORD require of you but to do justice, to love kindness, and to walk humbly with your God?   Our daily spiritual discipline is: “to practice loving kindness, while not giving up on justice, by trusting God with our vengeance.” 

S
eekers 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. NO CLASS ON MARCH 4TH.
THE GATHERING – FIRST GRACE ADULT SUNDAY SCHOOL CLASS
Contact Adria Kimbrough at adriakimbrough@gmail.com.  Join us in the upstairs conference room!
February 25 – Shomade Sunday

 Couples 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, Monday March 5 at 7:00 PM.

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, “Illusions” by Richard Bach -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  Trees create an ecosystem to provide habitat and food for birds and other animals. Trees absorb carbon dioxide and potentially harmful gasses, such as sulfur dioxide, carbon monoxide, from the air and release oxygen. One large tree can supply a day’s supply of oxygen for four people. NOLA Tree Project hosts the Big TREEsy Giveaway! Saturday, February 24th, 9:00am-Noon at  Sojourner Truth Neighborhood Center, 2200 Lafitte Ave., New Orleans. * 1 FREE Tree per Resident * Extra Trees Available $15 * 30 Types of Trees a *  Kids Table * Rain Barrel Building Workshop by Water Wise Nola * Tree Planting Workshop

SERVING

Tuesday Meal

The meal is served at 12:30 PM and volunteers are always needed.   You may contact Marilyn Prince at marilynprince1949@yahoo.com or contact the church office.

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 – Lent 2018 at First Grace

 

First Grace – where the city worships
First Grace’s 2018 Lenten Discipline page 1

Some background…
Each week of Lent, First Grace will be given one of the “Ministries of Life Together” that Rev. Dietrich Bonhoeffer wrote for his flock. We are invited to read, reflect and practicethe ministry for the week in all aspects of daily life. Perhaps you will add to the ministries that Bonhoeffer wrote of. He spoke of the Ministry of Listening, The Ministry of Holding One’s Tongue, The Ministry of Meekness, The Ministry of Helpfulness, The Ministry of Bearing the Burden of Each Other, and the Ministry of Proclamation-Speaking the Truth in Love.

DIETRICH BONHOEFFER was a German pastor and theologian known for his opposition to National Socialism-Nazism and Adolf Hitler. His ties to the July 20, 1944 conspiracy to assassinate Adolf Hitler and to overthrow the Nazi regime led to his arrest. In April 1945, weeks before the war ended, Bonhoeffer was hanged.

His theological writings are regarded as classics throughout the Christian world. One of those writings is Life Together-a Discussion on Christian Fellowship. Bonhoeffer had opened an underground seminary where he served as dean. He wrote Life Together for the seminarians who were having a difficult time-living together and being the church for each other.

Bonhoeffer was engaged in a most serious, dangerous and joyful life-giving endeavor-living the Gospel of Jesus Christ. For him and for us the gospel is one of both social transformation AND personal transformation. These two transformations do not happen in unison. Bonhoeffer confronted the ills in society and the ills in himself. His faith as a disciple of Jesus Christ enabled him to do both. Like the first disciples of Jesus, he was silenced, imprisoned and executed. Yet Bonhoeffer was known roundly as the kindest and most generous of souls. He even provided pastoral counseling for his Nazi prison guards.   He is truly among the cloud of witnesses.

(Our thanks to Rev. John Winn who introduced me to this book when I entered pastoral ministry. Rev. Winn’s paraphrasing with a few edits is employed for this Lenten study.)

First Grace’s 2018 Lenten Discipline page 2
     THE MINISTRY OF LISTENING          

paraphrased from
LIFE TOGETHER
Dietrich Bonhoeffer

 

THE FIRST SERVICE that one owes to others in the Community consists in listening to them. Just as love to God begins with listening to God’s Word, so the beginning of love for the sisters and brothers is learning to listen to them.

It is because of God’s love that we not only have the Word of God, but also the ear of God. So it is that we learn to do God’s Work for our neighbor when we learn to listen to our neighbor. Christians, especially ministers, so often think they must always contribute something when they are in the company of others, as though this is the one service they have to render…the official opinion….listening can be much greater.

MANY PEOPLE ARE looking for an ear that will listen. They do not find it among Christians…Those of us who can no longer listen to our brothers and sisters will soon no longer be listening to God either; we will be doing nothing but prattle in the presence of God, too. This is the beginning of the death of the spiritual life…

There is a kind of listening with half an ear that presumes already to know what the other person has to say. It is an impatient, inattentive listening that actually disregards the neighbor and is only waiting for a chance to speak. Our attitude toward the other only reflects our attitude toward God. Secular education today is aware that often a person can be helped merely by having someone who will listen seriously… We should listen with the ears of God, that we might speak a word from God…

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At First Grace we have been given the particular blessing of a deep and robust diversity in regard to ethnicity, age, straight, gay, trans, station in life, etc. Diversity is a blessing, difference is a burden… We come from different places and experiences, yet we all have hearts that know love and hurt. Our blessing and our burden invites us to listen to each other longer. If we do not understand someone, it does not mean that they are not communicating. At First Grace we get to learn the blessing of listening longer with an open heart and mind until we do understand a little better. The capacity to empathize and accept difference in new ways, will be God’s blessing for our efforts.
A Navajo Discipline: When I lived on the Navajo Reservation, I came to recognize a “strange” pattern of speech, or shall we say-an unexpected moment of silence. When a person is speaking to a traditional Navajo, the Navajo will leave a space of silence after the person has finished speaking. This space demonstrates an attentiveness to the one speaking, and an assurance that the person speaking has completed their thoughts. During this first week of Lent, maybe we can be borrow this discipline.
For me thoughts on effective listening see: The Art and Value of Listening from Psychology Today: https://www.psychologytoday.com/blog/high-octane-women/201209/the-art-and-value-good-listening?collection=107271 

 

Bonhoeffer’s “Four Services” have been modified
to be gender inclusive byJohn Winn

 

CSN – Endymion at First Grace–rain or shine

 

First Grace – where the city worships
This Sunday at First Grace
 
Sunday School meet at 10:00 AM  (all ages) 
  
Worship
9:00 AM Spanish Language Worship
11:10 AM English Language Worship

 Scripture: Esther 8:17-9:1

Message:
“The Mardi Gras Reversal”

________    

Endymion at First Grace– rain or shine

Children and Youth will be selling Restroom Passes– volunteers needed
Hagar’s House will be parking cars for $25
FOOD
Richard’s Mardi Gras Famous Jambalaya
David’s Mardi Gras Famous Pork Shoulder
David and Davis’ Mardi Gras Famous Burgers and Dogs
Bring a side dish to share
Bring a Mardi Gras Smile
and wear a hat, wig, cheap sunglasses, silly socks…

All parents It’s not too late to sign up to volunteer.  Volunteer for at least one hour with your child(ren)  to sell bathroom passes for the Endymion parade.  Please email firstgraceumcyouth@gmail.com

Ash Wednesday Service, 6:00PM on February 14th.
2017 Giving Statements have been mailed. If you have not received your giving statement please contact the church office.
Lydia Kimbrough one of our youth is leading a food drive for our Loaves and Fishes Food Pantry and Tuesday Meal. Lydia and her friend McKenzie Gullage have named it HOPE. Donations will be accepted through March 11, so bring your non-perishable food donations in quickly!   Email spreadsomehope17@gmail.com for more information.

Safe Sanctuaries training on Saturday February 17, 2018 for all children’s staff and Sunday school teachers from 9:00am – 11:00am in the fellowship hall.

 Black History Month Children and youth of the church will speak on their Contemporary African American Hero. If your child is interested, please contact Stephanie Bossiere at 504.912.4997.

Join First Grace’s new Fitness and Philanthropy group! Join the team to walk, jog, or run the Crescent City Classic on March 31 on behalf of a local nonprofit. Join us on Saturdays, 8:30 at City Park at the water fountain across from New Orleans Museum of Art. All experience levels welcome! Email Nora Ellertsen at noraellertsen@hotmail.com or Katie Poynter at kpoynter@gmail.com for questions.

Youth Choir Parents will meet on Sunday with Minister Jackson immediately after worship. All parents are asked to attend. Thank you.

Adult Choir rehearsal will resume after Ash Wednesday Service.

LEARNING

Learning to Love Being Kind. Pastor’s Tuesday Night Study-

The Spirituality of Imperfection 6:15 PM-7:30 PM, beginning, 1-16-2018, upstairs conference room. All invited. We are focusing on Micah 6.8: And what does the LORD require of you but to do justice, to love kindness, and to walk humbly with your God?   Our daily spiritual discipline is: “to practice loving kindness, while not giving up on justice, by trusting God with our vengeance.” NO CLASS ON MARDI GRAS. 

S
eekers 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!  

February 11 A Disciplined Faith
Purpose: To elevate our faith by allowing God to discipline our speech
(Scripture: James 3:1-12)

Couples 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, “Illusions” by Richard Bach -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  NOLA Tree Project hosts the Big TREEsy Giveaway! Saturday, February 24th, 9:00am-Noon at  Sojourner Truth Neighborhood Center, 2200 Lafitte Ave., New Orleans. * 1 FREE Tree per Resident * Extra Trees Available $15 * 30 Types of Trees a *  Kids Table * Rain Barrel Building Workshop by Water Wise Nola * Tree Planting Workshop

SERVING

Tuesday Meal
The meal is served at 12:30 PM and volunteers are always needed.   You may contact Marilyn Prince at marilynprince1949@yahoo.com or contact the church office.   MEAL WILL NOT BE SERVED ON MARDI GRAS.   

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 – #MeToo-The Need to Weep

 

First Grace – where the city worships
This Sunday at First Grace
 Sunday School meet at 10:00 AM  (all ages) 

 Worship
9:00 AM Spanish Language Worship
11:10 AM English Language Worship

Scripture: Psalm 55 

Message:
“#MeToo-The Need to Weep”

________    

Bake sale to benefit First Grace Children and Youth There will be a bake sale on this Sunday (February 4) immediately after worship. Stop by after worship and pick-up some delicious treats for you and your family. Credit cards accepted.

ENDYMION -Join the members and families of First Grace for a fun-filled day as we wait for Endymion to roll past First Grace. Featuring Jambalaya by Richard Rogers, Brisket by David Harms, clean restrooms, and a great view for people watching. Bring your lawn chairs, blankets, snacks and what you need to have a great time.
Volunteers are needed to help monitor the bathrooms, and to work with the food stations.  Donations of side dishes, snacks and drinks are welcomed. Please call the church office at 504.488.0856 or email firstgracenola@gmail.com if you can help.

All parents please sign up to volunteer at least one hour with your children to sell bathroom passes for Endymion parade on Saturday February 10, 2018.
There is a sign up sheet in the bulletin for members who want to volunteer.

Safe Sanctuaries training on Saturday February 17, 2018 for all children’s staff and Sunday school teachers from 9:00am – 11:00am in the fellowship hall.
Black History Month Children and youth of the church will speak on their Contemporary African American Hero. If your child is interested, please contact Stephanie Bossiere at 504.912.4997.
Join First Grace’s new Fitness and Philanthropy group! Join the team to walk, jog, or run the Crescent City Classic on March 31 on behalf of a local nonprofit. Join us on Saturdays, 8:30 at City Park at the water fountain across from New Orleans Museum of Art. All experience levels welcome! Email Nora Ellertsen at noraellertsen@hotmail.com or Katie Poynter at kpoynter@gmail.com for questions.
Youth Choir Parents will meet on next Sunday, February 11, 2018  with Minister Jackson immediately after worship. All parents are asked to attend. Thank you.
No Adult Choir rehearsal on Wednesday February. Rehearsal will resume Wednesday, February 14th at 7:15pm,after Ash Wednesday Service.

LEARNING

Learning to Love Being Kind. Pastor’s Tuesday Night Study-The Spirituality of Imperfection 6:15 PM-7:30 PM, beginning, 1-16-2018, upstairs conference room. All invited. We are focusing on Micah 6.8: And what does the LORD require of you but to do justice, to love kindness, and to walk humbly with your God?   Our daily spiritual discipline is: “to practice loving kindness, while not giving up on justice, by trusting God with our vengeance.”

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!  

Feb 4th Faith Without Works is Dead
Purpose: To embody our faith in God through our actions.
(Scripture: James 2:14-26) 

February 11 A Disciplined Faith
Purpose: To elevate our faith by allowing God to discipline our speech.
(Scripture: James 3:1-12)
 
Couples Ministry – meets each month on the first Monday and is using
“7 Inhibitors of Intimacy” along with “Marriage Today” by Jimmy Evans.
The next meeting is on Monday, February 5th at 6:00 PM. 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, “Illusions” by Richard Bach -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 To help finance its mission of assisting low-income families in financing and building homes, Habitat for Humanity operates ReStore, which sells donated tools, materials, architectural salvage and more to the public at reduced prices. It welcomes donated tools, lumber, plumbing, flooring, appliances, doors and more in good condition. Pick-up is available. Located at 2900 Elysian Fields Ave in New Orleans 504-943-2240.

SERVING
The United Methodist Women has been re-scheduled to Saturday, February 3 at 10:30AM in the parlor. All women are invited. Margaret Washington, President.
 
Tuesday Meal The meal is served at 12:30 PM and volunteers are always needed.   You may contact Marilyn Prince at marilynprince1949@yahoo.com or contact the church office.      

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.