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Highlands Jessicas Cafe New Life Christian Church
Aug 02, 2018

Highlands Café Feeds Body and Soul

Highlands Jessicas Cafe New Life Christian Church

Sunshine fills the glass atrium at Jessica’s Cafe, embellished with tropical palm trees, vibrant flowers and energetic people giving off a feel-good vibe. The aroma of freshly baked breads and homemade delicacies fill the air.

This cafe is not your typical eatery – it’s a free brunch buffet open to the public on Sundays where all are invited to simply enjoy. The menu varies weekly, with items such as roast turkey with gravy, seasonal vegetable frittata, garden lasagna, pasta dishes, smoked ham, fresh breads, muffins and more.

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Jessica, a Filipino immigrant born into poverty, has had many life struggles, but found peace and solace through God. She and her husband, Pastor Marti Mcgrail of the non-denominational New Life Christian Church, have served food to the community and parishioners since 2000.

The couple works tirelessly to share God’s love not only locally but around the world, through mission trips, community service and social media. They help the poor build wells for clean drinking water in remote parts of Africa, and sponsor Samantha’s Fund, which donates money to both St. Jude’s Children’s Hospital and Shriners Hospital for Children.

At both the café and church, “You can expect to be welcomed into a loving atmosphere that is joyful, light and very comfortable,” Jessica said.

“I frequent Jessica’s Garden Cafe almost every Sunday. It’s a place where support is offered in faith and in life,” said parishioner Christine Card. “I get opportunities to meet new like-minded people. It is a place where all walks of life congregate and break bread as family – and the food is delicious!”

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New Life Church is part of a designated group of champion churches endorsed by Joel and Victoria Osteen. Both the church and Jessica’s Café are located at 125 Bay Ave., Highlands. Sunday service begins at 10 am; the Cafe is open from 11:30 am to 2 pm. For information, visit