CSN – Pastor’s Lenten Bake Sale

 

First Grace – where the city worships

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

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

 Scripture: Luke 18:9-14

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Pastors Lenten Bake Sale – All baker’s are invited to please bring baked good’s this Sunday to sell.  All sales to benefit Hagar’s House.

The Youth and Adult Choir will rehearse  immediately after worship on Sunday to prepare for Black History Sunday.
Shomade Groups meet next Sunday, February 25th at 10:00AM. If you are not in a Shomade Group please contact the church office.

Lydia Kimbrough one of our youth is leading a food drive for our Loaves and Fishes Food Pantry and Tuesday Meal. Lydia and her friend McKenzie Gullage have named it HOPE. Donations will be accepted through March 11, so bring your non-perishable food donations in quickly!   Email spreadsomehope17@gmail.com for more information.

Safe Sanctuaries training on Saturday February 17, 2018 for all children’s staff and Sunday school teachers from 9:00am – 11:00am in the fellowship hall.

THE VAGINA MONOLOGUES First Grace Drama Ministry presents a benefit production of Eve Ensler’s The Vagina Monologues on:

Saturday February 24th 6pm and
Sunday February 25th 4pm
Tickets $10 at the door,  Proceeds benefit Hagar’s House
Email Sarah at VDAYNOLA@gmail.com for more information or to volunteer. V-Day is a global campaign to end violence against women and girls. Planning to come? Let us know on Facebook and share the event! https://www.facebook.com/events/518687298509304/
 Join First Grace’s new Fitness and Philanthropy group! Join the team to walk, jog, or run the Crescent City Classic on March 31 on behalf of a local nonprofit. Join us on Saturdays, 8:30 at City Park at the water fountain across from New Orleans Museum of Art. All experience levels welcome! Email Nora Ellertsen at noraellertsen@hotmail.com or Katie Poynter at kpoynter@gmail.com for questions.
LEARNING

Learning to Love Being Kind. Pastor’s Tuesday Night Study-

The Spirituality of Imperfection 6:15 PM-7:30 PM, beginning, 1-16-2018, upstairs conference room. All invited. We are focusing on Micah 6.8: And what does the LORD require of you but to do justice, to love kindness, and to walk humbly with your God?   Our daily spiritual discipline is: “to practice loving kindness, while not giving up on justice, by trusting God with our vengeance.” 

S
eekers 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. NO CLASS ON MARCH 4TH.
THE GATHERING – FIRST GRACE ADULT SUNDAY SCHOOL CLASS
Contact Adria Kimbrough at adriakimbrough@gmail.com.  Join us in the upstairs conference room!
February 25 – Shomade Sunday

 Couples 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, Monday March 5 at 7:00 PM.

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.

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  Trees create an ecosystem to provide habitat and food for birds and other animals. Trees absorb carbon dioxide and potentially harmful gasses, such as sulfur dioxide, carbon monoxide, from the air and release oxygen. One large tree can supply a day’s supply of oxygen for four people. NOLA Tree Project hosts the Big TREEsy Giveaway! Saturday, February 24th, 9:00am-Noon at  Sojourner Truth Neighborhood Center, 2200 Lafitte Ave., New Orleans. * 1 FREE Tree per Resident * Extra Trees Available $15 * 30 Types of Trees a *  Kids Table * Rain Barrel Building Workshop by Water Wise Nola * Tree Planting Workshop

SERVING

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.

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.

SOCIAL JUSTICE

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.

CSN – Lent 2018 at First Grace

 

First Grace – where the city worships
First Grace’s 2018 Lenten Discipline page 1

Some background…
Each week of Lent, First Grace will be given one of the “Ministries of Life Together” that Rev. Dietrich Bonhoeffer wrote for his flock. We are invited to read, reflect and practicethe ministry for the week in all aspects of daily life. Perhaps you will add to the ministries that Bonhoeffer wrote of. He spoke of the Ministry of Listening, The Ministry of Holding One’s Tongue, The Ministry of Meekness, The Ministry of Helpfulness, The Ministry of Bearing the Burden of Each Other, and the Ministry of Proclamation-Speaking the Truth in Love.

DIETRICH BONHOEFFER was a German pastor and theologian known for his opposition to National Socialism-Nazism and Adolf Hitler. His ties to the July 20, 1944 conspiracy to assassinate Adolf Hitler and to overthrow the Nazi regime led to his arrest. In April 1945, weeks before the war ended, Bonhoeffer was hanged.

His theological writings are regarded as classics throughout the Christian world. One of those writings is Life Together-a Discussion on Christian Fellowship. Bonhoeffer had opened an underground seminary where he served as dean. He wrote Life Together for the seminarians who were having a difficult time-living together and being the church for each other.

Bonhoeffer was engaged in a most serious, dangerous and joyful life-giving endeavor-living the Gospel of Jesus Christ. For him and for us the gospel is one of both social transformation AND personal transformation. These two transformations do not happen in unison. Bonhoeffer confronted the ills in society and the ills in himself. His faith as a disciple of Jesus Christ enabled him to do both. Like the first disciples of Jesus, he was silenced, imprisoned and executed. Yet Bonhoeffer was known roundly as the kindest and most generous of souls. He even provided pastoral counseling for his Nazi prison guards.   He is truly among the cloud of witnesses.

(Our thanks to Rev. John Winn who introduced me to this book when I entered pastoral ministry. Rev. Winn’s paraphrasing with a few edits is employed for this Lenten study.)

First Grace’s 2018 Lenten Discipline page 2
     THE MINISTRY OF LISTENING          

paraphrased from
LIFE TOGETHER
Dietrich Bonhoeffer

 

THE FIRST SERVICE that one owes to others in the Community consists in listening to them. Just as love to God begins with listening to God’s Word, so the beginning of love for the sisters and brothers is learning to listen to them.

It is because of God’s love that we not only have the Word of God, but also the ear of God. So it is that we learn to do God’s Work for our neighbor when we learn to listen to our neighbor. Christians, especially ministers, so often think they must always contribute something when they are in the company of others, as though this is the one service they have to render…the official opinion….listening can be much greater.

MANY PEOPLE ARE looking for an ear that will listen. They do not find it among Christians…Those of us who can no longer listen to our brothers and sisters will soon no longer be listening to God either; we will be doing nothing but prattle in the presence of God, too. This is the beginning of the death of the spiritual life…

There is a kind of listening with half an ear that presumes already to know what the other person has to say. It is an impatient, inattentive listening that actually disregards the neighbor and is only waiting for a chance to speak. Our attitude toward the other only reflects our attitude toward God. Secular education today is aware that often a person can be helped merely by having someone who will listen seriously… We should listen with the ears of God, that we might speak a word from God…

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At First Grace we have been given the particular blessing of a deep and robust diversity in regard to ethnicity, age, straight, gay, trans, station in life, etc. Diversity is a blessing, difference is a burden… We come from different places and experiences, yet we all have hearts that know love and hurt. Our blessing and our burden invites us to listen to each other longer. If we do not understand someone, it does not mean that they are not communicating. At First Grace we get to learn the blessing of listening longer with an open heart and mind until we do understand a little better. The capacity to empathize and accept difference in new ways, will be God’s blessing for our efforts.
A Navajo Discipline: When I lived on the Navajo Reservation, I came to recognize a “strange” pattern of speech, or shall we say-an unexpected moment of silence. When a person is speaking to a traditional Navajo, the Navajo will leave a space of silence after the person has finished speaking. This space demonstrates an attentiveness to the one speaking, and an assurance that the person speaking has completed their thoughts. During this first week of Lent, maybe we can be borrow this discipline.
For me thoughts on effective listening see: The Art and Value of Listening from Psychology Today: https://www.psychologytoday.com/blog/high-octane-women/201209/the-art-and-value-good-listening?collection=107271 

 

Bonhoeffer’s “Four Services” have been modified
to be gender inclusive byJohn Winn

 

CSN – Endymion at First Grace–rain or shine

 

First Grace – where the city worships
This Sunday at First Grace
 
Sunday School meet at 10:00 AM  (all ages) 
  
Worship
9:00 AM Spanish Language Worship
11:10 AM English Language Worship

 Scripture: Esther 8:17-9:1

Message:
“The Mardi Gras Reversal”

________    

Endymion at First Grace– rain or shine

Children and Youth will be selling Restroom Passes– volunteers needed
Hagar’s House will be parking cars for $25
FOOD
Richard’s Mardi Gras Famous Jambalaya
David’s Mardi Gras Famous Pork Shoulder
David and Davis’ Mardi Gras Famous Burgers and Dogs
Bring a side dish to share
Bring a Mardi Gras Smile
and wear a hat, wig, cheap sunglasses, silly socks…

All parents It’s not too late to sign up to volunteer.  Volunteer for at least one hour with your child(ren)  to sell bathroom passes for the Endymion parade.  Please email firstgraceumcyouth@gmail.com

Ash Wednesday Service, 6:00PM on February 14th.
2017 Giving Statements have been mailed. If you have not received your giving statement please contact the church office.
Lydia Kimbrough one of our youth is leading a food drive for our Loaves and Fishes Food Pantry and Tuesday Meal. Lydia and her friend McKenzie Gullage have named it HOPE. Donations will be accepted through March 11, so bring your non-perishable food donations in quickly!   Email spreadsomehope17@gmail.com for more information.

Safe Sanctuaries training on Saturday February 17, 2018 for all children’s staff and Sunday school teachers from 9:00am – 11:00am in the fellowship hall.

 Black History Month Children and youth of the church will speak on their Contemporary African American Hero. If your child is interested, please contact Stephanie Bossiere at 504.912.4997.

Join First Grace’s new Fitness and Philanthropy group! Join the team to walk, jog, or run the Crescent City Classic on March 31 on behalf of a local nonprofit. Join us on Saturdays, 8:30 at City Park at the water fountain across from New Orleans Museum of Art. All experience levels welcome! Email Nora Ellertsen at noraellertsen@hotmail.com or Katie Poynter at kpoynter@gmail.com for questions.

Youth Choir Parents will meet on Sunday with Minister Jackson immediately after worship. All parents are asked to attend. Thank you.

Adult Choir rehearsal will resume after Ash Wednesday Service.

LEARNING

Learning to Love Being Kind. Pastor’s Tuesday Night Study-

The Spirituality of Imperfection 6:15 PM-7:30 PM, beginning, 1-16-2018, upstairs conference room. All invited. We are focusing on Micah 6.8: And what does the LORD require of you but to do justice, to love kindness, and to walk humbly with your God?   Our daily spiritual discipline is: “to practice loving kindness, while not giving up on justice, by trusting God with our vengeance.” NO CLASS ON MARDI GRAS. 

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

February 11 A Disciplined Faith
Purpose: To elevate our faith by allowing God to discipline our speech
(Scripture: James 3:1-12)

Couples 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.

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.

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  NOLA Tree Project hosts the Big TREEsy Giveaway! Saturday, February 24th, 9:00am-Noon at  Sojourner Truth Neighborhood Center, 2200 Lafitte Ave., New Orleans. * 1 FREE Tree per Resident * Extra Trees Available $15 * 30 Types of Trees a *  Kids Table * Rain Barrel Building Workshop by Water Wise Nola * Tree Planting Workshop

SERVING

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.   MEAL WILL NOT BE SERVED ON MARDI GRAS.   

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.

SOCIAL JUSTICE 
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.

 

CSN – #MeToo-The Need to Weep

 

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

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

Scripture: Psalm 55 

Message:
“#MeToo-The Need to Weep”

________    

Bake sale to benefit First Grace Children and Youth There will be a bake sale on this Sunday (February 4) immediately after worship. Stop by after worship and pick-up some delicious treats for you and your family. Credit cards accepted.

ENDYMION -Join the members and families of First Grace for a fun-filled day as we wait for Endymion to roll past First Grace. Featuring Jambalaya by Richard Rogers, Brisket by David Harms, clean restrooms, and a great view for people watching. Bring your lawn chairs, blankets, snacks and what you need to have a great time.
Volunteers are needed to help monitor the bathrooms, and to work with the food stations.  Donations of side dishes, snacks and drinks are welcomed. Please call the church office at 504.488.0856 or email firstgracenola@gmail.com if you can help.

All parents please sign up to volunteer at least one hour with your children to sell bathroom passes for Endymion parade on Saturday February 10, 2018.
There is a sign up sheet in the bulletin for members who want to volunteer.

Safe Sanctuaries training on Saturday February 17, 2018 for all children’s staff and Sunday school teachers from 9:00am – 11:00am in the fellowship hall.
Black History Month Children and youth of the church will speak on their Contemporary African American Hero. If your child is interested, please contact Stephanie Bossiere at 504.912.4997.
Join First Grace’s new Fitness and Philanthropy group! Join the team to walk, jog, or run the Crescent City Classic on March 31 on behalf of a local nonprofit. Join us on Saturdays, 8:30 at City Park at the water fountain across from New Orleans Museum of Art. All experience levels welcome! Email Nora Ellertsen at noraellertsen@hotmail.com or Katie Poynter at kpoynter@gmail.com for questions.
Youth Choir Parents will meet on next Sunday, February 11, 2018  with Minister Jackson immediately after worship. All parents are asked to attend. Thank you.
No Adult Choir rehearsal on Wednesday February. Rehearsal will resume Wednesday, February 14th at 7:15pm,after Ash Wednesday Service.

LEARNING

Learning to Love Being Kind. Pastor’s Tuesday Night Study-The Spirituality of Imperfection 6:15 PM-7:30 PM, beginning, 1-16-2018, upstairs conference room. All invited. We are focusing on Micah 6.8: And what does the LORD require of you but to do justice, to love kindness, and to walk humbly with your God?   Our daily spiritual discipline is: “to practice loving kindness, while not giving up on justice, by trusting God with our vengeance.”

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.

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

Feb 4th Faith Without Works is Dead
Purpose: To embody our faith in God through our actions.
(Scripture: James 2:14-26) 

February 11 A Disciplined Faith
Purpose: To elevate our faith by allowing God to discipline our speech.
(Scripture: James 3:1-12)
 
Couples Ministry – meets each month on the first Monday and is using
“7 Inhibitors of Intimacy” along with “Marriage Today” by Jimmy Evans.
The next meeting is on Monday, February 5th at 6:00 PM. 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.
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 To help finance its mission of assisting low-income families in financing and building homes, Habitat for Humanity operates ReStore, which sells donated tools, materials, architectural salvage and more to the public at reduced prices. It welcomes donated tools, lumber, plumbing, flooring, appliances, doors and more in good condition. Pick-up is available. Located at 2900 Elysian Fields Ave in New Orleans 504-943-2240.

SERVING
The United Methodist Women has been re-scheduled to Saturday, February 3 at 10:30AM in the parlor. All women are invited. Margaret Washington, President.
 
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.      

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.

SOCIAL JUSTICE
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.

CSN – Help us go GREEN this Mardi Gras!

 

First Grace – where the city worships

Hello First Grace family!
This is your chance to become a Mardi Gras superhero!!

YLC Recycles and ARC of Greater New Orleans are piloting an exciting initiative aimed at reducing waste during 2 days of Mardi Gras parades in 2018. AND WE NEED YOUR HELP!

This year on February 3rd and 11th a team of volunteers will distribute 2 types of labeled recycling bags to the public before and during the day parades. One bag will be for cans and plastic bottles and the other for Mardi Gras throws. Members of the public who accept the bags with our instructions will be asked to turn them in at one of 6 stations in the pilot area or leave them on the route for pickup by our trucks and volunteers following the Krewe of Freret and Krewe of Thoth.

We need YOU to be a Mardi Gras Superhero — one who saves our storm drains from the perils of unwanted beads and our landfills from excess trash. The Mardi Gras Recycling group is recruiting 100 volunteers to be a part of history. Sign up for a shift below to be stationed in a tent or pass out bags, and whether this is your first Mardi Gras in New Orleans or you’re a seasoned pro WE WANT YOU! Don’t miss your opportunity to be a part of the history making team that made Mardi Gras in New Orleans even better!

Find out more by visiting YLC Recycles OR just sign up directly by clicking one of the shifts below! website here! http://ylcnola.org/mardigras/

Together we can help to make Mardi Gras a cleaner, healthier celebration of life!

Peace,
FG Green Team