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

11:10 AM English Language Worship


   Matthew/Mateo 5:48      
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. 

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).   


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.

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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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