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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


Matthew 5:45

“God send the rain on the just and unjust…”


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“Everything Happens for a Reason”


May 6th, 11:00 AM
Jazz Fest Sunday with
Doreen Ketchens

Doreen Ketchens, dubbed “Lady Louis” is one of the world’s greatest living Jazz clarinetists. Her group is Doreen’s Jazz New Orleans.
She began playing in Jackson Square with her first band, the Jackson Square All-Stars. Their band evolved into “Doreen’s Jazz New Orleans,” and, after much struggle with the chauvinism of traditional Jazz and club owners, they managed to find a winning formula playing and entertaining crowds via their street shows, Jazz festivals, and then, through direct sales of their music and videos on the Internet. Ketchens has been sharing traditional American Jazz in Africa, Asia, Canada, Europe, South America, Russia and the United States. They have performed with programs sponsored by Jazz at Lincoln Center and The US Department of State. See you Sunday.


Auditions for the First Grace Drama Club Ministry One-Act Plays will be held May 5th 2-4pm in the Fellowship Hall. All ages are welcome and no experience is necessary! Come be part of a truly fun fellowship and performance of original short plays June 15th and 16th! Contact Caroline Fourmy at for questions.
Annual Church Picnic Sunday, June 3, 2018 at the City Park’s Reunion Pavillion. More information coming soon.
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 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)

May 6 Giving From a Generous Heart
Purpose: To give eagerly. (Scripture: Exodus 35:20-29)
May 13   Bringing First Fruits
Purpose: To give God our first and best. (Scripture: Leviticus 2:14; 23:9-22)
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.  Next meeting is Monday, May 7th 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, 
“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 Consider using bar soap instead of body wash. Bar soap is less expensive, and it saves packaging waste. The average bar of soap lasts for about 20 showers, whereas a 16 0z bottle of body wash lasts for an average of 8 showers. Also body wash costs about 4 times as much as soap. If every household in the U.S. replaced a bottle of body wash with a bar of soap, roughly 2.5 MILLION pounds of plastic containers could be diverted from the waste stream.


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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