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

9:30 AM Spanish Language Worship

11:10 AM English Language Worship



Micah 4:1-5


Morgan Guyton

“From Warriors to Gardeners”



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 or Bella at for more details.

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.


Contact Adria Kimbrough at  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 (

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
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


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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