CSN – Jazz Fest Sunday

First Grace – where the city worships

Jazz Fest Sunday at First Grace
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9:30 AM Spanish Language Worship
11:10 AM English Language Worship

Psalm 104:33  


Jazz Fest Sunday
A Musical Message
Doreen Ketchens
Doreen’s Jazz New Orleans is a group whose primary interest lies in spreading the culture and traditional music of New Orleans all over the world, through performances and education. Doreen Ketchens, the leader of the group, has been called “Queen Clarinet”, “The female Louis Armstrong”, and “Lady Louie” by critics who have heard her perform. She has performed with Ellis Marsalis, Jon Faddis, Trombone Shorty, Al Hirt, Dorothy Donagan, The Black Crows and Jennifer Warrens, to name a few. She has opened for such names as Macy Grey and Dr. John.
Her husband, Lawrence plays the Tuba, Valve Trombone and Piano with the group. He sometimes plays the Sousaphone and Drums SIMULTANEOUSLY! He also arranges and produces music. Lawrence has also performed with Pete Fountain, Trombone Shorty, Al Hirt, Jon Faddis, Teddy Riley, Danny Barker and countless others.
Doreen’s Jazz New Orleans has represented New Orleans and the United States around the world, performing in Africa, Asia, Brazil, Canada, Columbia, Europe, Mexico, Russia and the United States. They have performed for four United States presidents, including Bill Clinton, George Bush Sr., Ronald Reagan and Jimmy Carter. The band also boasts 23 volumes of CDs and 3 DVDs.
The newest addition, Miss Dorian Ketchens-Dixon is a very talented drummer. She premiered her talents at age four during the Sioux Falls, SD Jazz Festival. She now travels the world as the drummer for Doreen’s Jazz.
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 caroline4me@gmail.com for questions.
Looking for a Mother’s Day gift? Look no further (than the back of the church)! Hagar’s House is selling homemade candles and other herbal products after service! As usual, all proceeds benefit the women and children of Hagar’s House.
Project Ishmael & La Semilla (ESL classes) invite you to a Community Resource Fair & Potluck Meal this Tuesday May 8, 5pm-7pm in the fellowship hall.  Meal is at 6pm.  Email ProjectIshmaelNola@gmail.com to volunteer or sign up to bring a dish.  We especially need First Grace folks to bring potluck dishes (before 5:30pm) & to help with hospitality.  Gracias!

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 adriakimbrough@gmail.com.  Join us in the upstairs conference room!  

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 (dthelen2520@gmail.com).    
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.


First Grace Community Alliance

To volunteer at Hagar’s House, our home for women & children,
email HagarsHouse@gmail.com.  To get involved with Project
Ishmael, our children’s immigration legal program, email

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 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.


Sanctuary Opportunities

While Jose takes Sanctuary in First Grace, the Sanctuary Hospitality Committee has been asked to support Jose’s family the following ways: Family Transportation (sign up at  https://goo.gl/forms/KWyO3919xvIpLouq2), weekly groceries (https://mealtrain.com/0nv3k4), and a monthly phone bill (drop off
pre-paid visa cards with the church office any time).

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