Finding out who we are, Then Living Extravagant Lives

CSN – Message from the Pastor regarding 9 AM Spanish Worship

Dear Members and Friends of First Grace,
On Sunday, August 12, members of our 9 AM Spanish Speaking Worship Service will join the 11:10 AM English Worship Service indefinitely.
About eight weeks ago, the Spanish speaking members began a discernment process with me regarding the future of the 9 AM Spanish Worship. During those eight weeks, and for various difficult reasons, more than half the worshipping congregation moved to South Carolina, Colorado, Virginia and Mexico. Of the remaining 10 or so adults and children, a decision was made to begin worshipping with 11:10 AM English Worship Service. Wow.
“We have one faith, one baptism, one God and Father of all, who rules and works through all and is present to all. Everything you are and think and do is permeated with Oneness…In Christ’s body we’re all connected to each other.” Ephesians 4.4-7; 25. Paul’s encounter with Christ and his faith made him courageously wild at heart and purpose. We should be too.
The vision for our 11:10 AM Worship is that we will continue being an English Worship experience that is culturally aware and sensitive. Matt and Virginia Candler and their three children are all bilingual and will lead the Bienvenidos Ministry to Spanish Speakers. Bienvenidos (Welcome) will provide electronic translation and a bilingual “Worship Friend” for Spanish speakers.You will have the opportunity to join this ministry at Sunday’s 4.10 Connection Fair after worship. In addition, one of the two songs during communion will be in Spanish, and the communion rite will reflect some Spanish language.
As you might expect, it is a lot to ask a Spanish speaker to worship in an English speaking setting. This decision was not made haphazardly, but thoughtfully. Just as it is for you, First Grace is our Spanish Speakers church home. They want to give this a go through December and then have another time of discernment.
I am so grateful for First Grace and your bold trust in the Gospel. I will see you Sunday at 11:10 with your open minds and wild hearts.
Until then, be good to yourself and hasta la vista,
Pastor Shawn

 

CSN – Sunday School open House & 4:10 Connection Fair

First Grace – where the city worships
Fall Kick-Off 
 Adult and Seekers Sunday School will meet.
No children’s Sunday School  
Worship

11:10 AM English Language Worship

 

Scripture
Ephesians/Efecios
 
 Message  
“Finding out who we are, Then Living Extravagant Lives” 
Pastor Shawn  
 

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Children and Youth Sunday School Open House

August 12th, 10:00AM-11:00PM in Sunday School rooms. Meet your child(ren) teachers and learn about the great things we have planned for the fall.
It’s time!  Time to re-connect at First Grace. Sunday, August 12 after worship is our CONNECTION FAIR.  The Connection Fair is your opportunity to connect, serve and grow with others in the ministries of First Grace. We all have gifts and talents God is waiting to employ.  There will be live music, food for children, and opportunities to meet leaders, connect with others and find ways serve. It will be a good time offellowship, fun, and door prizes! We hope to see you there! Questions?  Contact Kahlida Lloyd kahlidalloyd@gmail.com .

 

Pastor’s Tuesday Night Study; Tuesdays 6:15 AM to 8:30 PM
Breathing and Brene’ – An 8 week study of Brene’ Brown’s, Braving the Wilderness-the quest for true belonging and the courage to stand alone; along with breathing practices. We will also watch a documentary film on Folsom Prison entitled, THE WORK, which addresses the capacity to overcome our brokenness and live out of healing and empathy. Beginning August 21st.

 

YOUTH IGNITE! 2018 will be held on Saturday, August 18, 2018, at First Grace UMC from 9:00 am to 3:30 pm (registration begins at 8:30 am.)  Cost for the event is $30/person which includes a tee shirt, lunch, and street car fare.  All youth 6th grade and up are invited to attend.  This is a joint event with the Baton Rouge District.

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LEARNING

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

August 12 Global Economic Justice
Purpose: To identify the reason and ways of living generous lives in Christ.(Scripture: 2nd Corinthians 8:7-15)  
August 19 Loving and Just Behavior
Purpose: To affirm the marvelous marks of true love as followers of Christ.(Scripture: 12:9-21)
August 26  Shomade Sunday   

 

Seekers Class where questions are encouraged, listening is required and hearts are accepted. Contact Dan Thelen (dthelen2520@gmail.com) or Kahlida Lloyd, kahlidalloyd@gmail.com.  10:00AM each Sunday 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, “Braving the Wilderness” Brene Brown-All are welcome.

 

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

 

Green Tip

The New Orleans Drop-Off Recycling Center is open on the 2nd & 4th Saturdays each month at 2829 Elysian Fields from 8am until 1pm. All food items should be thoroughly washed before recycling. Sorting is not required; please separate paper, metals, cardboard and plastics, which are disposed of through different processes.
SERVING

 Tuesday Meal Ministry Next meals served on August 21st and August 28th. Interested volunteers are invited to help prepare, serve, or clean up any time between 10:30am and 2:30pm.  We need desserts!  If you are interested in any of these ministry opportunities, please contact Dan Thelen at dthelen2520@gmail.com 

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 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.

 

Giving God Hope

Canal Street News

First Grace – where the city worships

This Sunday at First Grace
 
 Adult and Seekers Sunday School will meet.
No children’s Sunday School  
Worship

11:10 AM English Language Worship

 

Scripture: Jeremiah 18:1-6

1 The word that came to Jeremiah from the Lord: “Come, go down to the potter’s house, and there I will let you hear my words.” So I went down to the potter’s house, and there he was working at his wheel. The vessel he was making of clay was spoiled in the potter’s hand, and he reworked it into another vessel, as seemed good to him.
Then the word of the Lord came to me: Can I not do with you, O house of Israel, just as this potter has done? says the Lord. Just like the clay in the potter’s hand, so are you in my hand, O house of Israel.

 

 Message  
“Giving God Hope” 
Pastor Shawn  
 
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Children and Youth Sunday School Open House

August 12th, 10:00AM-11:00PM in Sunday School rooms. Meet your child(ren) teachers and learn about the great things we have planned for the fall.
It’s time!  Time to re-connect at First Grace. Sunday, August 12 after worship is our CONNECTION FAIR.  The Connection Fair is your opportunity to connect, serve and grow with others in the ministries of First Grace. We all have gifts and talents God is waiting to employ.  There will be live music, food for children, and opportunities to meet leaders, connect with others and find ways serve. It will be a good time offellowship, fun, and door prizes! We hope to see you there! Questions?  Contact Kahlida Lloyd kahlidalloyd@gmail.com .
The Youth Choir will rehearse today, immediately after worship.
Youth Committee meeting is scheduled for Wednesday August 8, 2018 from 6:00pm – 7:00pm in room A2 upstairs.

Toddlers Day at The Park Sunday August 5, 2018 from 5:00pm – 6:30pm. Parents and toddlers will meet up at Audubon park next to the Hyams Fountain (by the Tea Room and stables).

YOUTH IGNITE! 2018 will be held on Saturday, August 18, 2018, at First Grace UMC from 9:00 am to 3:30 pm (registration begins at 8:30 am.)  Cost for the event is $30/person which includes a tee shirt, lunch, and street car fare.  All youth 6th grade and up are invited to attend.  This is a joint event with the Baton Rouge District.

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LEARNING
THE GATHERING – FIRST GRACE ADULT SUNDAY SCHOOL
CLASS Contact Adria Kimbrough at adriakimbrough@gmail.com. Join us in the upstairs conference room.
August 5 God’s Justice
Purpose: To commit to leading a nonjudgmental and repentant life.
(Scripture: Romans 2:1-16)
August 12 Global Economic Justice
Purpose: To identify the reason and ways of living generous lives in Christ.(Scripture: 2nd Corinthians 8:7-15) 
 

Seekers Class where questions are encouraged, listening is required and hearts are accepted. Contact Dan Thelen (dthelen2520@gmail.com) or Kahlida Lloyd, kahlidalloyd@gmail.com.

10:00AM each Sunday 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, “Braving the Wilderness” Brene Brown-All are welcome.

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

 

Green Tip

The New Orleans Drop-Off Recycling Center is open on the 2nd & 4th Saturdays each month at 2829 Elysian Fields from 8am until 1pm. All food items should be thoroughly washed before recycling. Sorting is not required; please separate paper, metals, cardboard and plastics, which are disposed of through different processes.

 

SERVING
FG UMW Annual School Supply Drive

July 7th – August 5th

It is time for the Annual UMW school supply drive. We need your support.
Elementary Students
Crayons (box of 24)
#2 pencils
Glue stick
Pencil sharpener w/sharpener
Colored construction paper
Wide-ruled loose leaf paper
Colored, 2-pocket, 3-pronged folders
Blunt tip scissors
Middle/High School Students
Highlighters
#2 Pencils
Medium ballpoint pens
Composition tablets (black and white marble)
Spiral notebooks
College-ruled loose leaf paper
Colored, 2-pocket, 3 pronged folders
Ream of standard multi-purpose paper, 20lb
Donations may be left in the designated box located in the back of the sanctuary.   See Margaret Washington, Janet Robert or contact the church office to make donations or to volunteer. Thank you for supporting this effort!
  
Tuesday Meal Ministry Next meals served on August 21st and August
28th. Interested volunteers are invited to help prepare, serve, or clean up
any time between 10:30am and 2:30pm.  We need desserts!  If you are
interested in any of these ministry opportunities, please contact Dan Thelen
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.
5 Ways to make a gift
1.    Online:   On Realm/Vanco Services

https://onrealm.org/firstgracenola/Give/FYGZRMCPOI

(Annual givers, please designate pledge on the drop-down menu)

2.  Use  your smart phone and scan the UC Code below.
Note: The UC code reader app is free through the Apple Store or GooglePlay

3. Text Messaging

Send a text 73256 and in the body of the message type FIRSTGRACENOLA GIVING and follow the prompts. Standard text message rates do apply.

4.    Automatic draft:    Please set-up with your Financial Institution

5.    The Old Fashion Way: Write a check
First Grace, 3401 Canal Street, New Orleans, 70119

First Grace Statement of Affirmation

First Grace is an urban community of faith embracing all of God’s children as persons of sacred worth, regardless of station in life, race, ethnicity, sexual orientation, or gender identity. We invite and welcome all persons to join us as disciples who believe in the transforming love of God revealed in Jesus Christ from which nothing can separate us.

 

CSN – Grannies Respond / Abuelas Responden Caravan

First Grace – where the city worships

GRANNY CARAVAN  

Saturday, August 4th   
3:30 PM  
at 
First Grace 
Come meet and greet  the Grannies Respond/Abuelas Responden Caravan, coming from New York stopping in New Orleans on their way to McAllen Detention Center in Texas for a Day of  Action. They are demanding the Immediate reunion of children with families, the End of family detention, a U.S. immigration policy to reflect the Golden Rule of doing unto others as you would have them do unto you, and that All human beings be treated equally, fairly, and with decency. There will be a jazz funeral (to bury the bad stuff like greed, caging children, family separation, with shout outs from the crowd) and a second line.

 

By What Authority

Canal Street News

First Grace – where the city worships

This Sunday at First Grace
 No Sunday School 

Worship 

9:00 AM Spanish Language Worship

11:10 AM English Language Worship

 

Scripture: John 6:1-14

 

1 After this Jesus went to the other side of the Sea of Galilee, also called the Sea of Tiberias.2 A large crowd kept following him, because they saw the signs that he was doing for the sick. 3 Jesus went up the mountain and sat down there with his disciples. 4 Now the Passover, the festival of the Jews, was near. 5 When he looked up and saw a large crowd coming toward him, Jesus said to Philip, “Where are we to buy bread for these people to eat?” 6 He said this to test him, for he himself knew what he was going to do. 7 Philip answered him, “Six months’ wages would not buy enough bread for each of them to get a little.” 8 One of his disciples, Andrew, Simon Peter’s brother, said to him, 9 “There is a boy here who has five barley loaves and two fish. But what are they among so many people?” 10 Jesus said, “Make the people sit down.” Now there was a great deal of grass in the place; so they sat down, about five thousand in all.

 

11 Then Jesus took the loaves, and when he had given thanks, he distributed them to those who were seated; so also the fish, as much as they wanted. 12 When they were satisfied, he told his disciples, “Gather up the fragments left over, so that nothing may be lost.” 13 So they gathered them up, and from the fragments of the five barley loaves, left by those who had eaten, they filled twelve baskets. 14 When the people saw the sign that he had done, they began to say, “This is indeed the prophet who is to come into the

 

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Children and Youth Sunday School Open House

August 12th, 10:00AM-11:00PM in Sunday School rooms. Meet your child(ren) teachers and learn about the great things we have planned for the fall.
Ministry Fair
 Sunday August 12th immediately after worship in the Fellowship Hall. Come learn about the many ministries and volunteer opportunities at First Grace.

 

Bible Study at Sixth Baptist Church, Dinner at 6:PM Tuesday, July 31, Study 7:00-8:00PM. All are invited. Pastor Shawn will lead the one night study on Jeremiah 18– potter and the clay. Theme:  How God is changing you. 6th Baptist is located at928 Felicity St.; River side of Magazine Street.
Youth Night for youth 6th grade and up is on Sunday evenings 5:00pm – 6:30pm in the Fellowship Hall.
Toddlers Day at The Park Sunday August 5, 2018 from 5:00pm – 6:30pm. Parents and toddlers will meet up at Audubon park next to the Hyams Fountain (by the Tea Room and stables).

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LEARNING
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,

“Braving the Wilderness” Brene Brown-All are welcome.

 

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 Saturday, July 14th is the monthly day for recycling drop offs at the New Orleans center at 2829 Elysian Fields Ave from 8am until 1pm. The center HAS BEGUN accepting glass again, up to 50 lb per resident. This month is also a shred day where up to 50 lb of personal or sensitive paper can be shredded. See Nola.gov website under “Sanitation” for more information about other items including tires and electronics.
SERVING
FG UMW Annual School Supply Drive

July 7th – August 5th

It is time for the Annual UMW school supply drive. We need your support.
Elementary Students
Crayons (box of 24)
#2 pencils
Glue stick
Pencil sharpener w/sharpener
Colored construction paper
Wide-ruled loose leaf paper
Colored, 2-pocket, 3-pronged folders
Blunt tip scissors
Middle/High School Students
Highlighters
#2 Pencils
Medium ballpoint pens
Composition tablets (black and white marble)
Spiral notebooks
College-ruled loose leaf paper
Colored, 2-pocket, 3 pronged folders
Ream of standard multi-purpose paper, 20lb
Donations may be left in the designated box located in the back of the sanctuary.   See Margaret Washington, Janet Robert or contact the church office to make donations or to volunteer. Thank you for supporting this effort!
  
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.
5 Ways to make a gift
1.    Online:   On Realm/Vanco Services

https://onrealm.org/firstgracenola/Give/FYGZRMCPOI

(Annual givers, please designate pledge on the drop-down menu)

2.  Use  your smart phone and scan the UC Code below.
Note: The UC code reader app is free through the Apple Store or GooglePlay

3. Text Messaging

Send a text 73256 and in the body of the message type FIRSTGRACENOLA GIVING and follow the prompts. Standard text message rates do apply.

4.    Automatic draft:    Please set-up with your Financial Institution

5.    The Old Fashion Way: Write a check
First Grace, 3401 Canal Street, New Orleans, 70119

 

Consider the Lilies

Matthew 6:25-34 

  1. “Therefore I say to you, do not worry about your life, what you will eat or what you will drink; nor about your body, what you will put on. Is not life more than food and the body more than clothing?
  2. Look at the birds of the air, for they neither sow nor reap nor gather into barns; yet your heavenly Father feeds them. Are you not of more value than they?
  3. Which of you by worrying can add one cubit to his stature?
  4. “So why do you worry about clothing? Consider the lilies of the field, how they grow: they neither toil nor spin;
  5. and yet I say to you that even Solomon in all his glory was not arrayed like one of these.
  6. Now if God so clothes the grass of the field, which today is, and tomorrow is thrown into the oven, will He not much more clothe you, O you of little faith?
  7. “Therefore do not worry, saying, ‘What shall we eat?’ or ‘What shall we drink?’ or ‘What shall we wear?’
  8. For after all these things the Gentiles seek. For your heavenly Father knows that you need all these things.
  9. But seek first the kingdom of God and His righteousness, and all these things shall be added to you.
  10. Therefore do not worry about tomorrow, for tomorrow will worry about its own things. Sufficient for the day is its own trouble.