CSN – Terence Blanchard


First Grace – where the city worships

This Sunday at First Grace

 Sunday school (all ages) meet at 10:00 AM.

9:00 AM Spanish Language Worship
11:10 AM English Language Worship

Galatians 3:28

First Grace welcomes our
Prophetic Pulpit Speaker
Mr. Terence Blanchard


 Terence Blanchard the New Orleans-born and -based artist has traveled many paths musically composing over 50 soundtracks and even, in 2013, debuting Champion: An Opera in Jazz. Champion is the true story of a gay boxer in the 1960s, welterweight world champion Emile Griffith, and his fateful fights with rival Benny Paret.

He began playing piano by the age of five, switched to trumpet three years later, and played alongside childhood friend Marsalis in summer band camps. While in high school, he took extracurricular classes at the New Orleans Center for Creative Arts with Roger Dickerson and Ellis Marsalis. From 1980 to 1982, Blanchard studied under Paul Jeffrey and Bill Fielder at Rutgers University in New Jersey while touring with Lionel Hampton’s orchestra. In 1982 Blanchard replaced Wynton Marsalis under his recommendation in Art Blakey’s Jazz Messengers, working in that band up to 1986 as lead soloist and musical director. He then co-led a prominent quintet with saxophonist Donald Harrison, recording seven albums for the Concord, Columbia, and Evidence record labels in five years, including a stirring in-concert tribute to the Eric Dolphy/Booker Little ensemble. “Growing up I was listening to the Head Hunters and Weather Report, which had a strong effect on me. I always listened to groove-based music-Jimi Hendrix, Parliament Funkadelic and then later listening to Prince and D’Angelo and later what [jazz trumpeter] Russell Gunn was doing.”


The Spirituality of Imperfection-Pastor’s Tuesday Night Study, 6:15 PM-7:30 PM, beginning, 1-17-2018, Upstairs Conference Room, parking lot side. This on going pastor’s study, “…relates the continuing story of both the inevitability of pain and the possibility of healing within the pain.” (The unavoidable cross and the inevitability of resurrection.) Our time together will give you a community to be honest with, help you develop self-awareness, along with some tools to work with, and help you understand what God has to do with your healing, hope and peace of mind.

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

January 7 A Sincere Faith
Purpose: To demonstrate faith that lives out its conviction.
(Scripture: Daniel 1:3-21)
January 14 A Bold Faith
Purpose: To sustain a faith that is not eroded by pressure or crushed by oppression. (Scripture: Daniel 3:19-23, 26-28)
January 21 A Prayer for an Obedient Faith
Purpose: To purify our faith by confessing our collective and individual sins to our loyal God. (Scripture: Daniel (:4-8, 15-19)
January 28 Shomade Sunday

Couple Ministry – meets each month on the first Monday and is using “7 Inhibitors of Intimacy” along with “Marriage Today” by Jimmy Evans. The series will run through May 7th. The next meeting is rescheduled to January 15th, 2018. 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, “Illusions” by Richard Bach -All are welcome.

Disciple II continues each Thursday at 1:00 PM in the Parlor. Led by Toni Antrum. New day and time.   

Monday Meditation 6 PM -6:45 PM, each week in the Chapel.
Monday Meditation is a guided meditation by Dan Thelen (dthelen2520@gmail.com).  Resumes on January 8th.

Green Tip   

It’s time to recycle your Christmas tree!
Orleans Parish:  Those residents served by Richard’s Disposal (most of the city) place your tree curbside before 5am your regularly scheduled second collection day the week of Jan 11 and Jan 13.
Those served by Empire Services (French Quarter and Downtown Development District) should place theirs curbside before 4 am on Thurs, Jan 11.
Jefferson Parish:  Place trees curbside on Jan 10. Trucks will make one pass through each neighborhood between Jan 11 and Jan 13.
Remember to remove ALL ornaments, tinsel, stands, lights. Only natural, unlocked trees accepted.

Tuesday Meal
The meal is served at 12:30 PM and volunteers are always needed.   You may contact Marilyn Prince at marilynprince1949@yahoo.com or contact the church office.  Tuesday Meal will resume on January 16th.  

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 
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:  https://goo.gl/forms/KWyO3919xvIpLouq2.  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 https://mealtrain.com/0nv3k4 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. FGSanctuaryCommittee@gmail.com. will email you his grocery list a few days before you’re scheduled.
Monthly Phone Bill– Donate at the donation link at https://mealtrain.com/0nv3k4.  Or, mail or deliver a pre-paid visa card to Attn: Sanctuary Committee, First Grace UMC, 3401 Canal St, New Orleans, LA 70119.
5 Ways to make a gift
1.    Online:   On Realm/Vanco Services


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.


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