CSN -Pancake Break and Advent

First Grace – where the city worships

This Sunday at First Grace
 
No Sunday School 
Worship

11:10 AM English Language Worship

 
Scripture
John 1.1-5/Juan 1.1-5 (NKJV)

   Message

“Advent Week One– the Darkness and the Light”
Pastor Shawn
__________________________

 

  
Hagar’s House Pancake Breakfast
Sunday December 2, 9:00AM-10:30AM in the Fellowship Hall, (suggested donation $10.00/adults, $5.00/children).  Pancakes, live music, special jolly guest, birthday fun, & a small holiday craft market.
HagarsHouse@gmail.com or 504.210.5064 with questions.
Youth “Gift Wrapping” fundraiser on Sunday December 16th in the fellowship Hall immediately following service. Please bring your gifts to church to be gift wrapped. 
The Children’s Christmas Porgram “Las Posadas”will be on Friday December 14, 2018 in the church fellowship hall at 7:00pm.
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 “Every Body, 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 3 Each Wednesday, 10:00 AM – 12:00 Noon. Contact Ron Bailey, 504.488.0856.  

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, NEW BOOK “Standing Naked Before God: The Art of Public Confession” by Baskette, Molly Phinney-All are welcome.

Monday Meditation 6 PM -6:45 PM, each week in the Chapel. Monday Meditation is a guided meditation by Dan Thelen (dthelen2520@gmail.com).

SERVING
Tuesday Meal Ministry is serving it’s next meal on Tuesday, December 18th. Volunteers are welcome anytime between 10AM-2:30PM. Come cook, serve and have fun with us! Donations of desserts are always welcomed.

Loaves and Fishes Food Pantry In addition to our Tuesday Meal, we are blessed to be able to hand out snack packs to the homeless and grocery items to those whose pantries are empty. We are low on the following items. If you are moved and able to contribute, please bring this list on your next trip to the grocery store!

15 oz sized canned peas, corn, green beans, etc.
Vienna sausage
Canned tuna & chicken
Red Beans & rice
Boxes of macaroni and cheese
Boxes of dirty rice or jambalaya
Fruit cups and/or Granola bars
Peanut butter and cheese crackers
Spaghetti Sauce and spaghetti
Peanut butter
Items donated may be brought to church on Sunday or left at the office M-F, 10AM-3PM. Thank you for your unwavering support.
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.

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

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.

Green Tip Plastics do not biodegrade and are being found in the ocean in huge quantities. Ocean creatures are dying from ingesting plastics and are being killed or maimed by being trapped in them. Try to find alternatives to plastic. Recycling helps but doesn’t completely solve the problem. 

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 -Homosexuality and the United Methodist Church

First Grace – where the city worships

Dear First Grace membership,

Bishop Cynthia Harvey of the United Methodist Conference of Louisiana will meet with United Methodist from the New Orleans District on:
Saturday, December 1st,
from 10 am to noon
at Gretna United Methodist Church,
1309 Whitney Avenue, Gretna, LA.
The purpose of this session is to provide an overview of the report by the Commission on a Way Forward. In essence, the Commission was tasked with offering a plan(s) for the United Methodist Church to faithfully address the inclusion/exclusion of homosexuals in the United Methodist Church especially inregard to marriage and ordination.
February 23-26, a special conference of representatives of the worldwide body of United Methodist will meet with the purpose of faithfully resolving the matter. At this conference, it is possible that the UMC will 1) split, 2) change the language of the Book of Discipline for full-inclusion, or 3) Remain at status quo. I do not have an answer for you regarding what will most likely happen. I can say, that there is a large, wealthy well organized contingency of predominantly white, conservative churches that want to splinter off and create their own denomination they are calling The Wesley Covenant.
Additional information can be found at: Mission, Vision and Scope of the Commission on a Way Forward. Additionally, you can order a copy of the book, Anatomy of Peace, used by the Commission for much of its work. Also, please go to: https://www.la-umc.org/listeningsessions .
On Saturday, Bishop Harvey will:
  • Provide a general overview of the plans that will be considered by delegates with a specific focus on the Council of Bishops recommended plan.
  • Provide clarity on the process of what is happening now as well as what processes will take place before and during the Called Session of General Conference 2019.
  • Offer ideas how individuals and churches can discuss the issues facing the church.
You have an opportunity to submit a question for consideration, which will help shape the presentation itself. Click here to submit a question  . Given the purpose of the Listening Session, the primary focus will be centered on information and clarification of the process rather than discussions of biblical interpretations or theological debates on homosexuality.
Please keep this matter in prayer,
Pastor shawn

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 -Condolences to the family of Jackie Shields

First Grace – where the city worships

 

First Grace extends our condolences to the family of Jackie Shields who passed away recently.  
Services will be held Friday, November 30th
9:30 AM to 10:30 AM Viewing and Visitation
10:30 AM Celebration of Life
Repass
to follow in the First Grace Fellowship Hall
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 – 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  
Worship
11:10 AM English Language Worship    
Message
 Rev., Dr. Torin Sanders
__________________________
 
WHY IS TOGETHER NEW ORLEANS so effective in its faith-based community organizing efforts? Already, without being fully formed, we have secured millions of dollars in additional public school funding.How did we do that? Come find out our approach to broad-based organizing.TUESDAY, Nov. 27, from 6-8:30 PM, Bethany UMC, 4533 Mendez Street, in Pontchatrain Park. Questions? see Mike Robertshaw, Valerie Bouldin, or Pastor Shawn. First Grace UMC is a founding member of TNO.
  
#Giving Tuesday, November 27, 2018 (online) Consider donating $11.00 to celebrate 11 years.  Instead of shopping this holiday season, you can donate to Hagar’s House or Project Ishmael & ask us to send a card to your loved one: https://www.gofundme.com/manage/HagarsHouseGivingTuesday
Hagar’s House Pancake Breakfast, Sunday December 2, 9:00AM-10:30AM in the Fellowship Hall, (suggested donation $10.00/adults, $5.00/children).  Pancakes, live music, special jolly guest, birthday fun, & a small holiday craft market.  HagarsHouse@gmail.com or 504.210.5064 with questions.
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 “Every Body, 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 3 Each Wednesday, 10:00 AM – 12:00 Noon. Contact Ron Bailey, 504.488.0856.  

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, 
NEW BOOK “Standing Naked Before God: The Art of Public Confession” by Baskette, Molly Phinney-All are welcome.

Monday Meditation 6 PM -6:45 PM, each week in the ChapelMonday Meditation is a guided meditation by Dan Thelen (dthelen2520@gmail.com).   

SERVING

Tuesday Meal Ministry is serving on Tuesday, November 27th. Volunteers are welcome anytime between 10AM-2:30PM. Come cook, serve and have fun with us! Donations of desserts are always welcomed.

Loaves and Fishes Food Pantry In addition to our Tuesday Meal, we are blessed to be able to hand out snack packs to the homeless and grocery items to those whose pantries are empty. We are low on the following items. If you are moved and able to contribute, please bring this list on your next trip to the grocery store!

15 oz sized canned peas, corn, green beans, etc.
Vienna sausage
Canned tuna & chicken
Red Beans & rice
Boxes of macaroni and cheese
Boxes of dirty rice or jambalaya
Fruit cups and/or Granola bars
Peanut butter and cheese crackers
Spaghetti Sauce and spaghetti
Peanut butter
Items donated may be brought to church on Sunday or left at the office M-F, 10AM-3PM. Thank you for your unwavering support.

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.  

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

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.

Green Tip Plastics do not biodegrade and are being found in the ocean in huge quantities. Ocean creatures are dying from ingesting plastics and are being killed or maimed by being trapped in them. Try to find alternatives to plastic. Recycling helps but doesn’t completely solve the problem. 

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 – What are you thankful for…

First Grace – where the city worships

This Sunday at First Grace
 
Sunday School (all ages) meet at 10:00AM  

Worship
11:10 AM English Language Worship

Scripture

   Matthew/Mateo 5:48      
Message
Pastor Shawn
__________________________

Beautiful people,  

YOUR CHURCH prepared and gave out 150 turkey baskets. Warren Easton, Ben Franklin and the Rotarians teamed up with us.  The laundry baskets of food were so over flowing with Thanksgiving bounty that people could not carry them.  That’s called a good problem.  I love good problems.
At your church every week…
On Monday, every visitor who leaves an address gets a handwritten note thanking them for visiting from Margaret.  Sheila, Brenda and Wendy change the Sanctuary colors.  That evening, Dan leads a meditation class, and Toni teaches Disciple One Bible Study.
On Tuesday, men in their 20s, 30s, 40s, 50s, 60s, and 70s meet to read and reflect openly about God, who we are and want to be; a few hours later mentally ill adults sit in the lobby of First Grace waiting to receive their medicines from a nurse; then, Karen and Ryan put together our emergency food bags, then THE BIG MEAL–George Lewis, Dan Thelan and Gayle Waylett lead a crew of Jean and Jerry, Flor, John, Barbara, Laurie, Carolyn, Gayle2, Ryan, Karen, Bob, Regina, Cheryl, Bob, Ron, Bongo, Jerry Lee Lewis on keys, Era, and many, many others…they prepare and serve a meal on white table clothes, real plates and silverware, and LIVE music; Then at night, the pastor leads his studies on spiritual disciplines; THEN 70+ Spanish speakers learn English.
On Wednesday Ron teaches Disciple Bible Study Two; Marice leads the Spanish Choir Rehearsal, THEN, Minister Jackson leads the Adult choir rehearsal.
THEN hundreds gather for Congreso– The Congress of Day laborers.
On Thursday  Al-anon meets,  the language classes meet again, various other meetings, sometimes the Church Council and Trustees Meet, and once a year we team-up with our neighbors to bless our neighbors with 150 Thanksgiving Baskets…
On Friday— the pastor buys donuts and random folks show up to put together the bulletin…sometimes the Drama Ministry puts on FIVE one act plays written by FIVE different people, with FIVE different directors and FIVE different casts on ONE night…and once in a while there is a talent show with a fire dance…
Five Days a week children and young adults on the autism spectrum move around First Grace like they own the place, their two clinics are upstairs; and immigrant children get legal help from Project Ishmael…
Seven Days a week an Intentional Christian Community of folks live in our church helping with several ministries, and women with their children live at Hagar’s House and put their lives back together again, with our church standing at their side. How long can they stay in our beautiful, supportive home? AS LONG AS THEY NEED TO.
I am sure I missed about 100 other ministries happening during the week, but we know God knows…
THEN…COME SUNDAY…children go to Sunday school to learn about a guy who got swallowed by a BIG FISH, a poor peasant girl who said yes to God in a mean world-and raised the Christ…Adults go to Kahlida and Dan’s Class or Adria’s Class to learn the ways of Christian life together. THEN…we worship-we joyfully give thanks. So much to give thanks for…
See you Sunday when we will give thanks for our life together and make our tithes/pledges and Capital Campaign commitments with GREAT thanksgiving. We have so many good problems. WOW. Thank you, God. Thank You.
See you Sunday,
pastor shawn
_______________________

Quarterly Mini Tour of First Grace begins immediately following service on Sunday. If you would like to participate please sign up at the Ask Me Table. Thank you! God Bless! Janet Roberts.

 
WHY IS TOGETHER NEW ORLEANS so effective in its faith-based community organizing efforts? Already, without being fully formed, we have secured millions of dollars in additional public school funding.How did we do that? Come find out our approach to broad-based organizing.TUESDAY, Nov. 27, from 6-8:30 PM, Bethany UMC, 4533 Mendez Street, in Pontchatrain Park. Questions? see Mike Robertshaw, Valerie Bouldin, or Pastor Shawn. First Grace UMC is a founding member of TNO. 

Toddlers Day in the Park will be at City Park on the playground near Morning Call Sunday November 18, 2018 from 5:00pm – 6:30pm. All parents with young children are invited to fellowship. 

Thanksgiving Day Camp for Ages 5-17 will be November 19-21 , 2018 from 10:00 am – 4:00pm each day. Please make preparations for your child to participate. Contact Marice at firstgraceumcyouth@gmail.comor pick-up a registration form in the narthex after worship on Sunday. 

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 “Every Body, 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 3 Each Wednesday, 10:00 AM – 12:00 Noon. Contact Ron Bailey, 504.488.0856.  

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, 
NEW BOOK “Standing Naked Before God: The Art of Public Confession” by Baskette, Molly Phinney-All are welcome.

Monday Meditation 6 PM -6:45 PM, each week in the ChapelMonday Meditation is a guided meditation by Dan Thelen (dthelen2520@gmail.com).   

SERVING

Tuesday Meal Ministry is serving on Tuesday, November 2oth and November 27th this month. Volunteers are welcome anytime between 10AM-2:30PM. Come cook, serve and have fun with us! Donations of desserts are always welcomed.

Loaves and Fishes Food Pantry In addition to our Tuesday Meal, we are blessed to be able to hand out snack packs to the homeless and grocery items to those whose pantries are empty. We are low on the following items. If you are moved and able to contribute, please bring this list on your next trip to the grocery store!

15 oz sized canned peas, corn, green beans, etc.
Vienna sausage
Canned tuna & chicken
Red Beans & rice
Boxes of macaroni and cheese
Boxes of dirty rice or jambalaya
Fruit cups and/or Granola bars
Peanut butter and cheese crackers
Spaghetti Sauce and spaghetti
Peanut butter
Items donated may be brought to church on Sunday or left at the office M-F, 10AM-3PM. Thank you for your unwavering support.

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.  

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

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.

Green Tip Plastics do not biodegrade and are being found in the ocean in huge quantities. Ocean creatures are dying from ingesting plastics and are being killed or maimed by being trapped in them. Try to find alternatives to plastic. Recycling helps but doesn’t completely solve the problem. 

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– A message from Janet Roberts

 

First Grace – where the city worships
Dear Members and Friends of First Grace,
When Fred and I were looking for a church home, we wanted a congregation that was diverse, an opportunity for us to learn more about God’s love, and enable us to reach out to those in need in the community.
First Grace is an extension of our home. My spirit is lifted, my heart is light. I know it has to do with the love of my church family. That love is extended to my family and friends who visit us.
My daughter, Felicia, said it best in a poem she shared at our last First Grace Talent Show:

 

I AM FIRST GRACE – Felicia Roberts
When you cannot find the bright side, I will sit with you in the dark. When the weight of your fears, worries, and anxieties pull you apart, I will put you together again and restore your heart, your mind, your body and soul, through everlasting love. I will make you whole again and again, no matter how many times you doubt and despair…

When your wants differ from His plan, when the voices you hear lead you astray, and weariness and longing replace your will to pray, He knows your truth and the words you do not say.

This place, these walls, these faithful souls to our right and left, and all around are a sacred space we have all been blessed and found – not a building not a congregation, but a calm in a storm, our precious salvation. Where you are not your fears, your sins, differences, and feet no longer roam. We are First Grace and He has blessed us all and given us this house to call our home.

 

I am committed to our First Grace family because it gives me hope for the future. I know that God has blessed Fred and me, and that we have experienced the beautiful quilt that makes up First Grace.
Through our Stewardship and Capital Campaign, it will be the church for others looking for their home away from home one hundred years from now.

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– a message from Sondra Brown

First Grace – where the city worships
Dear Members and Friends of First Grace,
We, at First Grace, are a peculiar people.
I must admit that when I first heard the theme of the 2019 Stewardship Campaign, it seemed like a strange way to describe the beauty of First Grace. However, as I’ve thought about what I love about First Grace and this community, it is precisely that-we are different!
For me, that looks like a fiancé, Kevin, who is tattooed up and down his arms and a daughter that doesn’t’ exactly look like me because she is from Guatemala; however, we don’t stand out. More importantly, each one of us is celebrated, just as we are. Just as everyone at First Grace is celebrated.
We are a community that is beautiful, complex, and diverse–accepted and loved as part of the imprint of God on our world. And, that is why this community is important to me and why I choose to financially support First Grace. It matters to me and it matters to my family that First Grace continues–it’s a part of who we are. And, in order to ensure that First Grace continues, our financially support is important.
It’s interesting that as Kevin and I are thinking about how we build our life together, we are talking about these same things-acknowledging and individually committing to the day to day costs of our life together and to the costs related to the physical home that we live in-like what happens when the AC goes out or the carpet needs to be replaced.
As part of the First Grace family, the Stewardship Campaign and Capital Campaign are what First Grace relies on to make sure that we continue Sunday worship, Tuesday meals, children’s ministries and keep up the building that we use for all of those and more. Our church home is in need of repair, just as our own homes need maintenance and repair. The specific improvements that you will see are new carpet in the Sanctuary, new furniture for Sunday School Classrooms, and an enhanced Audio System in sanctuary and fellowship hall, as well as paying down our debt from the AC repairs and new piano for Minister Jackson.
On Commitment Sunday, November 18, you will be asked to consider your tithe to the church and a capital campaign contribution. Your commitment card will include a request for both. I would ask that you think about what you can do to keep our church home running and well maintained.
To steal from Dr. Butler-McIntyre’s sermon “We know we are a peculiar people by how well we love.” This church shows its love by accepting me and family and celebrating our peculiarity. And by accepting you and your families, with their unique qualities AND by financially giving to care for this place and its ministries.
With love to you all,
Sondra Brown

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– A message from the pastor

First Grace – where the city worships
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.

Canal Street News

 

First Grace – where the city worships

This Sunday at First Grace
 
Sunday School (all ages) meet at 10:00AM  

Worship 

11:10 AM English Language Worship

Scripture

       Suggested Weekly Gospel Reading from the Lectionary             Mark/Marco 12.38-44
Message
“Waiting on the World to Change”
Pastor Shawn
__________________________
WHY IS TOGETHER NEW ORLEANS so effective in its faith-based community organizing efforts? Already, without being fully formed, we have secured millions of dollars in additional public school funding.How did we do that? Come find out our approach to broad-based organizing.TUESDAY, Nov. 27, from 6-8:30 PM, Bethany UMC, 4533 Mendez Street, in Pontchatrain Park. Questions? see Mike Robertshaw, Valerie Bouldin, or Pastor Shawn. First Grace UMC is a founding member of TNO.
Do you know your Spiritual Gift? Want to learn more about Spiritual Gifts? A Spiritual Gifts Workshop will be held Thursday, November 15 at 6:30 PM in the Conference Room Upstairs. We ask that you take the 20-30 minute Spiritual Gifts Assessments before the workshop. Spiritual Gifts Assessments are available at the Ask Me table and can be emailed to you. Childcare will be provided. Contact Kahlida Lloyd at firstgraceconnect@gmail.com with questions. Hope to see you there!
Toddlers Day in the Park will be at City Park on the playground near Morning Call Sunday November 18, 2018 from 5:00pm – 6:30pm. All parents with young children are invited to fellowship.
Thanksgiving Day Camp for Ages 5-17 will be November 19-21 , 2018 from 10:00 am – 4:00pm each day. Please make preparations for your child to participate. Contact Marice at firstgraceumcyouth@gmail.comor pick-up a registration form in the narthex after worship on Sunday.
LEARNING
NEW New Members Classes— For new members and those wanting to learn more about First Grace. Sundays after worship in the parlor: Part 1 Nov 4; Part 2 Nov. 11.  Please join us for a time of discovering more about First Grace and your place in our community.  Questions?  contact Kahlida Lloyd, Minister of Congregational Engagement.  firstgraceconnect@gmail.com. Light refreshments will be served.
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 “Every Body, 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 3 Each Wednesday, 10:00 AM – 12:00 Noon. Contact Ron
Bailey, 504.488.0856.
    
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,

NEW BOOK “Standing Naked Before God: The Art of Public Confession” by Baskette, Molly Phinney-All are welcome.

Monday Meditation 6 PM -6:45 PM, each week in the ChapelMonday 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.  

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

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.

Green Tip Plastics do not biodegrade and are being found in the ocean in huge quantities. Ocean creatures are dying from ingesting plastics and are being killed or maimed by being trapped in them. Try to find alternatives to plastic. Recycling helps but doesn’t completely solve the problem. 

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.