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



No Spanish Language Worship

11:10 AM English Language Worship


  John 20:1-18    


New Pastors Study

Everything Happens for a Reason

And Other Lies I’ve Loved

Starts, Tuesday, April 10th
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.    


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.


Contact Adria Kimbrough at  Join us in the upstairs conference room! 

 April 1 He Has Risen
Purpose: To realize that for nonbelievers, “the cross is foolishness” while we know “it is the power of God” for our salvation (Scripture: Luke 24:1-35)

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)

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. Due to Easter, the next meeting is scheduled for April 9th.     

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 (    

Green Tip Have you heard of the Green Project? It’s a New Orleans non-profit that is a warehouse of salvaged building materials for sale. It also has a paint recycling program! Check out their stuff or donate leftover materials and paint. See for more info.

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.


 Name Tag Ministry To volunteer with the distribution of name tags on Sunday, contact Dallas McGlinn at or Robin Hayes at

Ask Me Ministry Want to help new members or guests plug into the
dynamic life at First Grace? Contact Eric Craig at or
Debbie Holman at

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
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:  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 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. will email you his grocery list a few days before you’re scheduled.
Monthly Phone Bill– Donate at the donation link at  Or, mail or deliver a pre-paid visa card to Attn: Sanctuary Committee, First Grace UMC, 3401 Canal St, New Orleans, LA 70119.

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