CSN – Orland Bishop

First Grace – where the city worships

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

11:10 AM English Language Worship

Scripture

John/Juan 1.1-5

      

“First Grace Got Talent”
Second Annual Talent Show
Friday, October 12th, 7:00pm Fellowship Hall
Pre-Sale Tickets beginning Sunday in the Narthex
$7.50 Adults, $10.00 at door & Children $5.00 per family.
A Drama Ministry Production
First Grace 11th Anniversary
Theme: A Peculiar People: “But you… are…a peculiar people…
called out of darkness into the marvelous light.” 1 Peter 2.9
When:
Sunday, October 21, 11:10 AM
Speaker: Dr. Cynthia M.A. Butler-McIntyre,
National President Delta Sigma Theta Sorority, Inc.
Colors: Denim and White—with a splash of you.
Meal: Down-home, real good, potluck. Sign-up to prepare a dish, or tidy-up.

Hagar’s House is 10 years old! Hagar’s House is 10 years old! Any house that has been lived in for 10 years will need some sprucing up now and again. Because of this, we will be spending all of next week renovating some of the house and yard and are looking for volunteers. If you love remodeling, painting, cleaning, beautifying and organizing spaces, please sign up to help out! Among other things, we need people primarily to help paint ceilings on Oct. 10th, paint walls on Oct. 11th and paint trim and floorboards on Oct. 12th. Please email Jennie Hammatt with your preferred day and time to sign up (jennienka@gmail.com). She’ll be leading the effort next week.  

Calling all college age students. There will be a gathering on October 28th in the church chapel from 7:00 – 8:30pm to fellowship and take a break from studying.

Junior High Retreat for Louisiana Youth is Friday November 2, 2018 – Sunday November 4, 2018. All youth in 6th grade and up are invited to go. Parents please contact Marice Bailey if you are interested in your child traveling with us.

The Choir Ministry will be preparing music for the Advent and Christmas seasons and are opening the rehearsals to those who are interested in singing with the choir during these seasons. Rehearsal starts on Wednesday, October 3, 2018, from 7:55PM to 9:00PM and will end on December 19th, 2018. The last date to register for the rehearsals is October 10th 2018. If you are interested in participating, please see Minister Jeremy Jackson after worship or send an email to, firstgracemusic@gmail.com.
___________________________
LEARNING
The Seekers meet The Gathering: The Quest for True Community
each Sunday at 10:00 AM in the Fellowship Hall. Our two Adult Sunday Classes led by Adria Kimbrough (The Gathering), Dan Thelen and Kahlida Lloyd (Seekers) will come together for a study of how we can more deeply be the church “Where the City Worships.”  We will be drawing wisdom from a book called “Everybody, Always” by Bob Goff that explores what it means to truly be love “in a world full of setbacks and difficult people.” Class ends December 16th. Join us!

Disciple 1 A 32-week course that proclaims the transforming power of Scripture while teaching Bible study skills that take participants deeper into the Scripture. Each Monday, 6:00-7:30 PM in the upstairs conference room. Contact Toni Antrum, toni.hackett.antrum@gmail.com

Disciple 3 A 32-week study where you will read the major and minor Old Testament prophets, except Daniel, and will read the thirteen Letters traditionally attributed to Paul. Each Wednesday, 10:00 AM – 12:00 Noon in the Parlor. Contact Ron Bailey, 504.488.0856.
Pastor’s Tuesday Night Study   Each Tuesday 6:15- 7:30 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, with breathing practices and a viewing of the documentary film on Folsom Prison entitled, THE WORK, which addresses the capacity to overcome our brokenness and live out of healing and empathy. Class is in the upstairs conference room

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).   

SERVING
Bienvenidos Ministry If you are interested in learning about and/or sharing your ideas on welcoming and supporting  Spanish speakers contact Matt mcandler@gmail.com  or Virginia vcandler@gmail.com
Loaves and Fishes Food Pantry is in need of the following items
15 oz sized canned peas, corn, green beans, etc.
Vienna sausage, Canned tuna & chicken
Red Beans & rice
Boxes of macaroni and cheese or dirty rice or jambalaya
Spaghetti Sauce and spaghetti
Fruit cups and/or Granola bars
Peanut butter and cheese crackers

You may bring your donation to worship on Sunday, or to the office M-F.   

Care Ministry meets the 4th Wednesday of each month at 11:00 AM in the Parlor. Contact Laurie Peller at lauriepeller@earthlink.net

Name Tag Ministry To volunteer with the distribution of name tags on
Sunday, contact Dallas McGlinn at dallasmcglinn@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.

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 – Hispanic Heritage Sunday

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

11:10 AM English Language Worship

Scripture

Psalm/Salmos 133
 Message  
Hugo Torres, La Semilla
   __________________________  
 
Sunday, after Worship 
Join us for a Latino meal and live music in the Fellowship Hall.
Cost, by donation.
________________________________
 
Parents of youth 6th grade and up are encouraged to attend a
meeting in the sanctuary on Sunday (September 30) immediately after worship too discuss our trip to the National UMC conference
Couples Ministry will meet on Monday. October 1st, 7:00-8:30 PM in room A2. For more information contact Jennifer Moss at jennsmoss@gmail.com.
Junior High Retreat for Louisiana Youth is Friday November 2, 2018 – Sunday November 4, 2018. All youth in 6th grade and up are invited to go. Parents please contact Marice Bailey if you are interested in your child traveling with us.
The Choir Ministry will be preparing music for the Advent and Christmas seasons and are opening the rehearsals to those who are interested in singing with the choir during these seasons. Rehearsal starts on Wednesday, October 3, 2018, from 7:55PM to 9:00PM and will end on December 19th, 2018. The last date to register for the rehearsals is October 10th 2018. If you are interested in participating, please see Minister Jeremy Jackson after worship or send an email to, firstgracemusic@gmail.com.

   ___________________________  

LEARNING
The Seekers meet The Gathering: The Quest for True Community
each Sunday at 10:00 AM in the Fellowship Hall. Our two Adult Sunday Classes led by Adria Kimbrough (The Gathering), Dan Thelen and Kahlida Lloyd (Seekers) will come together for a study of how we can more deeply be the church “Where the City Worships.”  We will be drawing wisdom from a book called “Everybody, Always” by Bob Goff that explores what it means to truly be love “in a world full of setbacks and difficult people.” Class ends December 16th. Join us!
Disciple 1 A 32-week course that proclaims the transforming power of Scripture while teaching Bible study skills that take participants deeper into the Scripture. Each Monday, 6:00-7:30 PM in the upstairs conference room. Contact Toni Antrum, toni.hackett.antrum@gmail.com
Disciple 3 A 32-week study where you will read the major and minor Old Testament prophets, except Daniel, and will read the thirteen Letters traditionally attributed to Paul. Each Wednesday, 10:00 AM – 12:00 Noon in the Parlor. Contact Ron Bailey, 504.488.0856.
Pastor’s Tuesday Night Study   Each Tuesday 6:15- 7:30 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, with breathing practices and a viewing of the documentary film on Folsom Prison entitled, THE WORK, which addresses the capacity to overcome our brokenness and live out of healing and empathy. Class is in the upstairs conference room

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).   

SERVING

Bienvenidos Ministry If you are interested in learning about and/or sharing your ideas on welcoming and supporting  Spanish speakers contact Matt mcandler@gmail.com  or Virginia vcandler@gmail.com

Loaves and Fishes Food Pantry is in need of the following items
15 oz sized canned peas, corn, green beans, etc.
Vienna sausage, Canned tuna & chicken
Red Beans & rice
Boxes of macaroni and cheese or dirty rice or jambalaya
Spaghetti Sauce and spaghetti
Fruit cups and/or Granola bars
Peanut butter and cheese crackers

You may bring your donation to worship on Sunday, or to the office M-F.

Care Ministry meets the 4th Wednesday of each month at 11:00 AM in the Parlor. Contact Laurie Peller at lauriepeller@earthlink.net

Name Tag Ministry To volunteer with the distribution of name tags on
Sunday, contact Dallas McGlinn at dallasmcglinn@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.

 

 

CSN – Shomade and Children and Youth Sunday

First Grace – where the city worships
Shomade and Children and Youth  Sunday at First Grace 
 Shomade Groups meet at 10:00AM (no Sunday School)
 
Worship
11:10 AM English Language Worship

 

Scripture
Mark/Marco 9.38-40
 Message  
“To God Be The Glory”   
Pastor Shawn  
 __________________________   
 
Sunday, September 30th
Come celebrate Hispanic Heritage Sunday at First Grace United Methodist Church. The Service is in English with Spanish translation using headphones. Afterwards join us for a Latino meal and live music in the Fellowship Hall.
$5.00 Adults & $2.00 Children

 

Women Performing for Women (WPFW) Thursday evening, September 27th, 2018, 6:30-10:00PM at Café Instanbul, 2372 St. Claude Avenue. For tickets visit https://www.eventbrite.com/e/women-performing-for-women-2018-tickets-48454754475
 
Parents of youth 6th grade and up are encouraged to attend a
meeting in the sanctuary immediately following service on Sunday October 7, 2018 to discuss our trip to the National UMC conference
Junior High Retreat for Louisiana Youth is Friday November 2, 2018 – Sunday November 4, 2018. All youth in 6th grade and up are invited to go. Parents please contact Marice Bailey if you are interested in your child
traveling with us.
The Choir Ministry will be preparing music for the Advent and Christmas seasons and are opening the rehearsals to those who are interested in singing with the choir during these seasons. Rehearsal starts on Wednesday, October 3, 2018, from 7:55PM to 9:00PM and will end on December 19th, 2018. The last date to register for the rehearsals is October 10th 2018. If you are interested in participating, please see Minister Jeremy Jackson after worship or send an email to, firstgracemusic@gmail.com 

___________________________

LEARNING
The Seekers meet The Gathering: The Quest for True Community
Beginning Sunday, September 30th in the Fellowship Hall at 10am, our two Adult Sunday Classes led by Adria Kimbrough (The Gathering), Dan Thelen and Kahlida Lloyd (Seekers) will come together for a study of how we can more deeply be the church “Where the City Worships.”  We will be drawing wisdom from a book called “Everybody, Always” by Bob Goff that explores what it means to truly be love “in a world full of setbacks and difficult people.” Class ends December 16th. Join us!

Disciple 1 A 32-week course that proclaims the transforming power of Scripture while teaching Bible study skills that take participants deeper into the Scripture. Each Monday, 6:00-7:30 PM in the upstairs conference room. Contact Toni Antrum, toni.hackett.antrum@gmail.com

Disciple 3 A 32-week study where you will read the major and minor Old Testament prophets, except Daniel, and will read the thirteen Letters traditionally attributed to Paul. Each Wednesday, 10:00 AM – 12:00 Noon in the Parlor. Contact Ron Bailey, 504.488.0856.
Pastor’s Tuesday Night Study   Each Tuesday 6:15- 7:30 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, with breathing practices and a viewing of the documentary film on Folsom Prison entitled, THE WORK, which addresses the capacity to overcome our brokenness and live out of healing and empathy. Class is in the upstairs conference room

Couples Ministry Regular meetings are held on the 1st Sunday of each month. For more information contact Jennifer Moss at jennsmoss@gmail.com 

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).   

SERVING
Bienvenidos Ministry If you are interested in learning about and/or sharing your ideas on welcoming and supporting  Spanish speakers contact Matt mcandler@gmail.com  or Virginia vcandler@gmail.com

The First Grace Tuesday Meal will continue to provide delicious, home cooked meals to our community on Tuesday, September 25th.  Come join us! We invite you to volunteer with us any time on these days between 9:30am and 2:30pm.   Also, contributions of desserts are most welcome!  For questions, please email Dan Thelen at dthelen2520@gmail.com  

Care Ministry meets the 4th Wednesday of each month at 11:00 AM in the Parlor. Contact Laurie Peller at lauriepeller@earthlink.net

Name Tag Ministry To volunteer with the distribution of name tags on
Sunday, contact Dallas McGlinn at dallasmcglinn@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.

LOOKING AHEAD    

ORLAND BISHOP
Orland Bishop is the founder and director of ShadeTree Multicultural Foundation in Los Angeles, where he has pioneered approaches to urban truces and mentoring at-risk youth that combine new ideas with traditional ways of knowledge. ShadeTree serves as an intentional community of mentors, elders, teachers, artists, healers and advocates for the healthy development of children and youth. Orland’s work in healing and human development is framed by an extensive study of medicine, naturopathy, psychology and indigenous cosmologies, primarily those of South and West Africa.
Author of the book “The Seventh Shrine: Meditations on the African Spiritual Journey: From the Middle Passage to the Mountaintop” Bishop states that “when I navigate the currents of the soul, I find myself within my ancestral pool. I find myself swimming in their grief, and the longing during the great event and initiation called the Middle Passage. I find myself in their collective soul journey from a place of homeland to a dream of the Promised Land.” This book is a telling of the soul striving of people of African heritage into the American experience of creating a community, a community created for the possibilities of new covenants within the larger collective sphere of human life. This book navigates the flow of the American stream from sovereignty to slavery to service of the higher mandate of the collective soul quest for a covenant of prosperity into which human beings can live.

CSN – Saturday Blood Drive

First Grace – where the city worships
This Sunday at First Grace 
 Sunday School (all ages) meet at 10:00 AM
Worship
11:10 AM English Language Worship

Scripture

James 2:1-13/Santiago 2:1-13

  Message  

Pastor Shawn  
 __________________________
 
Saturday Blood Drive for Tahj Tomorrow (September 8th) 9:00AM-3:00PM in the Fellowship Hall. 
 
Bienvenidos Ministry  If you are interested in learning about and/or sharing your ideas on welcoming and supporting  Spanish speakers on Sundays, please join us after church on September 16 in the fellowship hall for a pizza lunch/brainstorm.
La Iglesia de First Grace quiere que la gente que habla Español sienta cómodo durante los servicios de adoracion cada Domingo. Si desea ayudarnos, por favor, almuerze con nosotros el 16 de Septiembre, después de los servicios en las sala social. Thank you/!Gracias! Contact Matt mcandler@gmail.com y Virginia vcandler@gmail.com
Toddlers Day at The Park will be every 3rd Sunday. September’s gathering is on September 16th, 5:00-6:30 PM. Parents and toddlers will meet up at City Park in the grass by Morning Call.
Youth Committee meeting is scheduled for Wednesday September 12, 2018 from 6:00-7:00 PM in room A2. We are asking for parents of all youth 6th grade and up to attend this meeting.
Junior High Retreat for Louisiana Youth is Friday November 2, 2018 – Sunday November 4, 2018. All youth in 6th grade and up are invited to go. Parents please contact Marice Bailey if you are interested in your child
traveling with us.
The Choir Ministry in preparation for Advent and Christmas is opening their rehearsals to anyone interested in singing with the choir during these seasons. Rehearsals will be each Wednesday, October 10-December 19th at 7:30-9:0 PM.  The last date to register is October 10th. Please see Min. Jeremy Jackson after worship email firstgracemusic@gmail.com.
The United Methodist Women in conjunction with the League of Women Voters, New Orleans Chapter will host a voter registration drive on Sunday, September 9 immediately after worship.

___________________________

LEARNING

Disciple 1 A 32-week course that proclaims the transforming power of Scripture while teaching Bible study skills that take participants deeper into the Scripture. Starting Monday, September 17th, 6:00-7:30 PM in the upstairs conference room. Contact Toni Antrum, toni.hackett.antrum@gmail.com

Disciple 3 A 32-week study where you will read the major and minor Old Testament prophets, with the exception of Daniel, and will read the thirteen Letters traditionally attributed to Paul. Contact Ron Bailey, 504.488.0856.
Pastor’s Tuesday Night Study   Each Tuesday 6:15- 7:30 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, with breathing practices and a viewing of the documentary film on Folsom Prison entitled, THE WORK, which addresses the capacity to overcome our brokenness and live out of healing and empathy. Class is in the upstairs conference room

 

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

 

September 9 God Created Plants and Animals
Purpose: To contemplate the goodness and the order of God’s creation.
(Scripture: Genesis: 14-25)
September 16 God Created People
Purpose: To ponder how to live as the image of God.
(Scripture: Genesis 1:26-31)
September 23 Shomade Sunday

   

Seekers Class where questions are encouraged, listening is

required and hearts are accepted. Contact Dan Thelen
10:00AM each Sunday in the Parlor.   
 
Couples Ministry will meet on Monday, September 10th due to Labor Day
in room A2. Regulars meetings are held on the 1st Sunday of each month. For
more information contact Jennifer Moss at jennsmoss@gmail.com

 

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 Parlor.

Monday Meditation is a guided meditation by Dan Thelen (dthelen2520@gmail.com).

 

 

Green Tip

Do you filter your tap water at home? If so, check out the recycling programs at terracycle.com for PUR and Brita filters, pitchers and packaging.
The New Orleans Drop-Off Recycling Centercontinues on the 2nd & 4th Saturdays each month at 2829 Elysian Fields from 8am until 1pm.

SERVING

The First Grace Tuesday Meal will continue to provide delicious, home cooked meals to our community this month on Tuesday September 18th and Tuesday
September 25th.  Come join us! We invite you to volunteer with us any time on these days between 9:30am and 2:30pm.   Also, contributions of desserts are most welcome!  For questions, please email Dan Thelen at dthelen2520@gmail.com
The Community Garden GARDEN HELP NEEDED! We arecalling all volunteers for weekly First Grace Community Garden workparties at 6p on Sunday September, 9 and 18. We are adding and improving paths and beautifying communal areas. For more info contact Esther at 1stgracecommunitygarden@gmail.com.

Care Ministry meets the 4th Wednesday of each month at 11:00 AM in the Parlor. Contact Laurie Peller at lauriepeller@earthlink.net

Name Tag Ministry To volunteer with the distribution of name tags on
Sunday, contact Dallas McGlinn at dallasmcglinn@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.

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: Labor Day Sunday at First Grace

First Grace – where the city worships

This Sunday at First Grace
 
 Sunday School (all ages) meet at 10:00 AM
Worship
11:10 AM English Language Worship

Scripture
Deuteronomy 5.12-15/Deuteronomio 5.12-15  

 Message  
Pastor Shawn  
 __________________________

  

   

 

Pastor’s Tuesday Night Study; Tuesdays 6:15 PM to 7:30 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.
The United Methodist Women in conjunction with the League of Women Voters, New Orleans Chapter will host a voter registration drive on Sunday, September 9 immediately after worship.

___________________________

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

September 2 God created the Heavens and the Earth
Purpose: To reflect afresh about what it means to say that God created the universe. (Scripture: Genesis 1:1-13)

September 9 God Created Plants and Animals
Purpose: To contemplate the goodness and the order of God’s creation.
(Scripture: Genesis: 14-25)
September 16 God Created People
Purpose: To ponder how to live as the image of God.
(Scripture: Genesis 1:26-31)
September 23 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.   

Couples Ministry will meet on Monday, September 10th due to Labor Day
in room A2. Regulars meetings are held on the 1st Sunday of each month. For
more information contact Jennifer Moss at jennsmoss@gmail.com
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

Do you filter your tap water at home? If so, check out the recycling programs at terracycle.com for PUR and Brita filters, pitchers and packaging.
The New Orleans Drop-Off Recycling Centercontinues on the 2nd & 4th Saturdays each month at 2829 Elysian Fields from 8am until 1pm.

 

SERVING
The First Grace Tuesday Meal will continue to provide delicious, home cooked meals to our community this month on Tuesday September 18th and Tuesday September 25th.  Come join us! We invite you to volunteer with us any time on these days between 9:30am and 2:30pm.   Also, contributions of desserts are most welcome!  For questions, please email Dan Thelen at dthelen2520@gmail.com

The Community Garden GARDEN HELP NEEDED! We are calling all volunteers for weekly First Grace Community Garden work parties at 6p on Sunday September 2, 9 and 18. We are adding and improving paths and beautifying communal areas. For more info contact Esther at 1stgracecommunitygarden@gmail.com.

Care Ministry meets the 4th Wednesday of each month at 11:00 AM in the
Parlor. Contact Laurie Peller at lauriepeller@earthlink.net
Name Tag Ministry To volunteer with the distribution of name tags on
Sunday, contact Dallas McGlinn at dallasmcglinn@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.

 

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.

Shomade and Children & Youth Sunday

First Grace – where the city worships
Shomade Sunday
Children and Youth Sunday  
at First Grace 
 Shomade Groups meet at 10:00 AM
Worship

11:10 AM English Language Worship

 

Scripture
Psalm/Salmo 84 

 

 Message  
Pastor Shawn  
 __________________________
Pastor’s Tuesday Night Study; Tuesdays 6:15 PM to 7:30 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.
The United Methodist Women in conjunction with the League of Women Voters, New Orleans Chapter will host a voter registration drive on Sunday, September 9 immediately after worship.

___________________________

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

August 26  Shomade Sunday  

September 2 God created the Heavens and the Earth
Purpose: To reflect afresh about what it means to say that God created the universe. (Scripture: Genesis 1:1-13)

September 9 God Created Plants and Animals
Purpose: To contemplate the goodness and the order of God’s creation.
(Scripture: Genesis: 14-25)
September 16 God Created People
Purpose: To ponder how to live as the image of God.
(Scripture: Genesis 1:26-31)
September 23 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.   

 
Couples Ministry will meet on Monday, September 10th due to Labor Day
in room A2. Regulars meetings are held on the 1st Sunday of each month. For
more information contact Jennifer Moss at jennsmoss@gmail.com

 

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 Parlor.

Monday Meditation is a guided meditation by Dan Thelen (dthelen2520@gmail.com).

 

Green Tip 

Do you filter your tap water at home? If so, check out the recycling programs at terracycle.com for PUR and Brita filters, pitchers and packaging.

The New Orleans Drop-Off Recycling Center continues on the 2nd & 4th Saturdays each month at 2829 Elysian Fields from 8am until 1pm.  

 

SERVING
The First Grace Tuesday Meal will continue to provide delicious, home cooked meals to our community on Tuesday August 29.  Come join us! We invite you to volunteer with us any time on these days between 9:30am and 2:30pm.   Also, contributions of desserts are most welcome!  For questions, please email Dan Thelen at dthelen2520@gmail.com
The Community Garden The garden is located on the parking lot
side of the church.  Next month’s community gathering will be
Sunday, September 16, at 6pm. For more info contact Esther at
 

Care Ministry meets the 4th Wednesday of each month at 11:00 AM in the Parlor. Contact Laurie Peller at lauriepeller@earthlink.net

Name Tag Ministry To volunteer with the distribution of name tags on
Sunday, contact Dallas McGlinn at dallasmcglinn@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.

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.

 

Canal Street News

First Grace – where the city worships
This Sunday at First Grace 
 Sunday School All ages meet at 10:00 AM
Worship

11:10 AM English Language Worship

 

Scripture
Gospel of John 6.51-59/Evangelio de Juan 6.51-59

 

 Message  
Pastor Shawn  
 __________________________
Thank You Ministry Leaders for a fantastic 4.10 Connection Fair. A
Special shout out to John Stewart for his office ministry assistance and
to the Connection Fair organizer, Kahlida Lloyd, Minister of Congregational
Engagement.

 

Pastor’s Tuesday Night Study; Tuesdays 6:15 PM to 7:30 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 in the upstairs conference room.

 

___________________________

LEARNING
THE GATHERING – FIRST GRACE ADULT SUNDAY SCHOOL
CLASS Contact Adria Kimbrough at adriakimbrough@gmail.com. Join us in the upstairs conference room.
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  
September 2 God created the Heavens and the Earth
Purpose: To reflect afresh about what it means to say that God created the universe. (Scripture: Genesis 1:1-13)
 

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
The First Grace Tuesday Meal will continue to provide delicious, home cooked meals to our community this month on Tuesday August 21 and Tuesday August 29.  Come join us! We invite you to volunteer with us any time on these days between 9:30am and 2:30pm.   Also, contributions of desserts are most welcome!  For questions, please email Dan Thelen at dthelen2520@gmail.com
The Community Garden invites you to a garden gathering &
workday this Sunday evening, August 19 at 6pm. The garden is
located on the parking lot side of the church.  Next month’s
community gathering will be Sunday, September 16, at 6pm. For more info contact Esther at  1stgracecommunitygarden@gmail.com
Care Ministry meets the 4th Wednesday of each month at 11:00 AM in the
Parlor. Contact Laurie Peller at lauriepeller@earthlink.net

Name Tag Ministry To volunteer with the distribution of name tags on Sunday, contact Dallas McGlinn at dallasmcglinn@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.

 

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 – 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  
 

__________________________

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.

____________________________  

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.

 

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  
 
__________________________

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.

____________________________  

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.