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.

 

Waiting on the World to Change

CSN– A message from the pastor

First Grace – where the city worships
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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.

 

Handed Down (All Saints Sunday)

CSN – All Saints Sunday

First Grace – where the city worships

All Saints Sunday at First Grace
 
Sunday School (all ages) meet at 10:00AM   
Worship

11:10 AM English Language Worship

Scripture

2 Timothy/2 Timoteo 1:3-7
Message
“Handed Down”
   Pastor Shawn
__________________________
Please bring a picture of a loved one you would like to remember to place on the All Saints Altar on Sunday.
__________________________________
Ladies, the United Methodist Women’s Unit needs your support as we host the Annual meeting of the United Methodist Women of the New Orleans District on next Saturday, November 3,2018, here at our church. Please contact Margaret Washington or Janet Roberts.
The Adult Choir will resume rehearsals on Wednesday, November 6.
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.com or pick-up a registration form in the narthex after worship on Sunday.

First Grace is a member of TOGETHER NEW ORLEANS. This interfaith group is calling for the support of Amendment 2, the Unanimous Jury Verdict for Felony Trials. Amendment 2 changes an old Jim Crow law. Please vote YES on Amendment 2 on November 6. Yard signs are available in the Narthex after worship. 

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 “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 Each Monday, 6:00-7:30 PM in the upstairs conference room. Contact Toni Antrum,  toni.hackett.antrum@gmail.com 

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.

Jesus stopped, You can too!

CSN – Shomade & Children-Youth Sunday

First Grace – where the city worships
Shomade & Children Sunday at First Grace 
Shomade Groups meet at 10:00AM  
No Sunday School  
Worship

11:10 AM English Language Worship

Scripture
Mark/Marco 10.46-52
Message
Pastor Shawn
__________________________
The Adult Choir will not rehearse on Wednesday, October 31.  
Bake Sale/Cake Auction Sunday after worship. All proceeds and donations from the auction will go to the Youth ministry.
Ladies, the United Methodist Women’s Unit needs your support as we host the Annual meeting of the United Methodist Women of the New Orleans District on next Saturday, November 3,2018, here at our church. Please contact Margaret Washington or Janet Roberts.

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.
First Grace is a member of TOGETHER NEW ORLEANS. This interfaith group is calling for the support of Amendment 2, the Unanimous Jury Verdict for Felony Trials. Amendment 2 changes an old Jim Crow law. Please vote YES on Amendment 2 on November 6. Yard signs are available in the Narthex after worship.
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 “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 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, “Braving the Wilderness” Brene Brown-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 Community Meals are back on for October! Come volunteer with us as we serve up a delicious meal. Join us on Tuesday, October 30th for a scrumptious shepherd’s pie for Halloween as we welcome chef Gayle Waylett back to New Orleans.  Volunteers are welcome anytime between 10am and 2:30pm for set up, cooking, serving and clean up.  Dessert contributions are always welcome, and especially Halloween candy for the 30th.  See you there!
Team Namaste (My Spirit Honors Yours) Help to minimize that awkward feeling that one might feel the first time they enter our sacred space by greeting them with your warm smile, a name tag, and the peace of Christ. Contact: Dallas McGlinn celebrateblessings@hotmail.com.

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.