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This Sunday at First Grace

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


9:30 AM Spanish Language Worship

11:10 AM English Language Worship


Luke 24:13-25 


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.

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.


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 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 (    

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 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.


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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