Our Caring Ministry Team is made up of devoted and caring members of our congregation who minister to those members of our community that either cannot make it to worship for communion; or are in need of pastoral care due to some painful circumstance in their life (i.e. grief, brokenness, or illness). The team is led by Bonnie Simmons. Every Caring Minister receives training from the pastor and the Council member responsible for this ministry. Currently Bonnie is that person. Bonnie coordinates visits with the pastor and our Caring Ministers. If you know of anyone needing spiritual care, please contact either the pastor or Bonnie for more information. We will be glad to visit and offer the grace of God to those in need. Bonnie can be reached at firstname.lastname@example.org or (504) 615-0992.
Our Christian Education Team is responsible for the educational programs of the congregation for all ages. The team is led by Sunny Dean. Currently we have classes for children ages pre-K to 12th grade on Sunday mornings during the school year. We also have an Adult Bible Study that studies the lessons assigned for that Sunday’s worship service. Periodically, we will also host educational forums on a variety of topics of current interest. Some fun facts about Sunny are: (1) Her favorite movie is “The Wizard of Oz,” (2) her favorite song is “With a Little Help From My Friends,” (3) her favorite scripture is John 3:16, (4) her favorite candy bar is “Butterfinger,” and (5) her favorite ice cream is “anything with caramel – not chocolate!” She tells us she loves the family atmosphere at Grace and is hoping to share the good news with as many people as possible! Sunny can be reached at email@example.com or 504-491-7826.
Our Evangelism Team is responsible for bringing the Gospel to all people, especially the unchurched, and the enlistment of all of God’s people in the work of spreading the Gospel and the deepening of the faith of the members of this congregation. Shelley and Mark Babcock lead this team. Here are some fun facts about them: (1) Shelley’s favorite movie is “Butch Cassidy and the Sundance Kid” (she also loves anything with Fred Astaire) and Mark’s is “Doctor Zhivago,” (2) Shelley’s favorite song is “Daydream Believer” (The Monkees) or “You Don’t Mess Around with Jim” (Jim Croce) and Mark’s favorite song is “Stairway to Heaven” (Led Zeppelin), (3) her favorite scripture passage is Philippians 4:6-7 and his is Psalm 23:5-6, (4) Shelley could eat a whole box of “Junior Mints” while Mark prefers to snack on a “Butterfinger,” and (5) her favorite ice cream is Häagen-Dazs® “Coffee” flavor (oddly she doesn’t drink coffee, but she shared that she keeps one-scoop containers of the ice cream in her freezer… you know… in case of an emergency), and Mark’s enjoys a 1/2 scoop of cafe au lait paired with a 1/2 scoop of salted caramel in a waffle cone (that sounds heavenly, doesn’t it?). They shared that they love Grace because it’s such a welcoming congregation and the educational outreach and music are all done extremely well! As for what they want their team to accomplish this year… They want to share a simple message: “All good things come from God.” For more information about evangelism, you can email Shelley at firstname.lastname@example.org or Mark at email@example.com.
The Fellowship Teamis responsible for strengthening the fellowship between congregation members spiritually and socially and the general upbuilding of mutual cooperation, trust and enjoyment among the active and associate members of the congregation. The team sponsors several events throughout the year, some strictly for adults and others geared toward the entire family. Diana Johnson leads the team. Here are some fun things to know about Diana: (1) One of her favorite movies is “Breakfast at Tiffany’s,” (2) her favorite song is “The Triumphal March” from Aida, (3) her favorite scripture is John 3:16, (4) her favorite candy bar is “Fanny May” (a Chicago treat), and (5) her favorite ice cream is good old Chocolate! She tells us she loves Grace because of the “feeling of a community of the faithful!” This year as Fellowship Team Chair, Diana is hoping to help Grace strengthen that feeling of community. She can be reached at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Mark Wester leads the Property Team. This ministry is responsible for the normal upkeep, repair and maintenance of the church property and grounds. Periodically, we host a Grace Workday from 8:30 – Noon. Our members are encouraged to spend a few hours helping to clean the inside of the church or work on the beautiful landscaping that surround our buildings. Here are some fun facts about Mark: (1) His favorite movie is “Field of Dreams,” (2) his favorite ice cream flavor is chocolate, (3) his favorite song is “I Can Only Imagine,” (4) his favorite scripture is Ephesians 2:8, and (5) he loves sports — especially the Saints and LSU! Mark can be reached at email@example.com or (504) 780-0246.
Bryan Byrne leads our Social (Outreach) Ministry Team. This servant-oriented ministry is responsible for strengthening the attitudes and deeds of the congregation in the areas of social, hunger, and justice mission directed at any needs outside of the congregation. Some other areas of mission include a partnership “Fuel the Future, Feed the Child” with First Baptist Church of New Orleans to feed hungry children in the New Orleans school system; regular collection of food for our local food pantry, Second Harvest; and days of service working with the St. Bernard Project or Habitat for Humanity building homes in the New Orleans area and Animal Rescue of New Orleans (ARNO) to help care for dogs and cats at this “no-kill” shelter. Bryan can be reached at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Our Stewardship Teamis led by Yvonne Johnson. This ministry is responsible for initiating programs for the development of good stewardship attitudes in the members of the congregation in regard to time, talents, and treasures. The team also provides for the training and utilization of members of the congregation for the work of Christ’s Kingdom, and to ensure the financial stability of the congregation and its work through a developed program of dedicated; proportionate, first-fruits giving. Here are some fun things to know about Yvonne: (1) Her favorite movie is “Sound of Music, (2) her favorite song is “I Can See Clearly Now,” (3) her favorite scripture is Romans 5:1-5, (4) her favorite candy bar is “Butterfinger,” and her favorite ice cream is chocolate and caramel! She loves Grace because it’s like a big family where people sincerely care about you and support you. She noted that the Holy Spirit is at work here all of the time. She is hoping that the Stewardship Team can engage members to serve and give more out of desire, not duty. Yvonne can be reached at email@example.com.
Our Worship Team, led by Ken and Mary Pauley, is a vital ministry responsible for planning and administering a quality worship experience; and developing and incorporating the diverse artistic gifts and talents of the congregation into our worship services. The team works in conjunction with the pastor and the staff responsible for music (i.e. organist, choir director, etc.). The congregation is currently developing a contemporary music format that will be incorporated in some of Sunday worship services. Some fun facts about this dynamic duo are: (1) Ken’s favorite movie is “Dances with Wolves,” and Mary’s is “To Kill a Mockingbird,” (2) his favorite song is “Sweet Judy Blue Eyes” and hers is “What a Wonderful World,” (3) they both love the 23rd Paslm, (4) his favorite candy bar is “Kit Kat” and hers is “plain dark or mill chocolate and NOT gooey,” (5) they both enjoy vanilla ice cream! When asked what they loved about Grace, Ken said that “Grace is a loving, caring church,” and Mary added that “Grace is family!” This year they are hoping to bring meaningful, uplifting and exhilarating worship to Grace and really challenge their team. The first task on their “to do” list is to find a new choir director! Ken can be reached at firstname.lastname@example.org and Mary can be reached at email@example.com.