Small Group Studies for Adults

We offer a variety of small group studies throughout the year, including Disciple Bible Study, a 30-34 week study to “equip the saints.” Study groups for women meet on Tuesday evenings and Thursday mornings. There are groups on Wednesday evenings (seasonal; April - August) with a variety of topics. For additional information, please contact Rev. C. Kay Fuino, Associate Pastor, by e-mail at

    Soul Keeping Study Begins February 19th

    Join us on Wednesday evenings, beginning February 19th, for a six-session study of the book Soul Keeping: Caring for The Most Important Part of You. Led by Rev. C. Kay Fuino, this Lenten study will help you discover ways to rediscover your soul and nourish it to deep satisfaction for your spiritual self.

    In the video-based small group study, Soul Keeping author John Ortberg helps Christians rediscover their soul—the best connection to God there is—and find out why it’s hurting and why neglecting it has set so many believers so far back spiritually. You will learn that caring for your soul is necessary for your Christian life.

    You will also learn what your soul is, why it is important, how to assess your soul’s health, and how to care for it in order to have a meaningful and beautiful life with God and others. When you nurture your soul, your life in this world will come to make sense again; you can find your way back to God from hopelessness, depression, relationship struggles, and a lack of fulfillment. Your soul’s resting place is in God.

    Sessions include:
        1.    What Is the Soul?
        2.    The Struggle of the Soul
        3.    What the Soul Needs
        4.    The Practice of Grace
        5.    The Practice of Gratitude
        6.    The Practice of Growth

    Please register by calling Tracy Brinker at 770-476-3776 by Tuesday, February 11th. The cost for the study guide (the DVD/digital video is sold separately) is $11 and may be paid for at the first class. The study meets at 6:00 p.m. in room F-145 on February 19th, March 4th-18th, April 1st and 8th. We will skip February 26th for the Ash Wednesday service, and also March 25th. Please contact Rev. C. Kay Fuino by e-mail at, or at 770-476-3776, ext. 117, if you have any questions about the study.

    Stephen Ministry Introductory Workshop:  March 7th

    On Saturday, March 7th, Duluth First UMC will host a Stephen Ministry Introductory Workshop from 9:00 a.m. to 1:00 p.m. in the Fellowship Hall. Check-in begins at 8:00 a.m. This half-day workshop, sponsored by Stephen Ministries St. Louis, is designed to enhance participants’ caregiving skills and to help congregations explore ways to expand their caring ministry. The workshop will be facilitated by Rev. Tiffany Wright, a national trainer for Stephen Ministry, from Dallas, Texas.

    The half-day workshop will feature three sessions:

    • Session 1:  Ministering to Those Experiencing Grief;
    • Session 2:  An Introduction to Stephen Ministry;
    • Session 3: How to Care in a Distinctively Christian Way.

    If you have ever thought about the possibility of becoming a Stephen Minister and would like to know more, we encourage you to attend this workshop. Duluth First UMC members are welcome to attend free of charge. To register, please contact Tracy Brinker by e-mail at, or call the church at 770-476-3776.

    Please feel free to share this information with your friends in other congregations. They can find workshop/registration information online at

    The Bible and a Book:

    Study Begins January 8th

    The Bible and a Book study, a weekly course which combines reading the book Blind Spot: Hidden Biases of Good People with a study of 1 John, will be led by Rev. Beth Brown Shugart. The class will be offered on:

    • Wednesday evenings at 6 p.m., beginning January 8th, and continuing through February 12th;
    • Thursday mornings at 10 a.m., beginning January 9th, and continuing through February 20th.

    The cost of the course is $20 per person and a copy of the book will be provided. Please register with our receptionist, Tracy Brinker, by e-mail at, or by calling the church at 770-476-3776. Registration closes on Sunday, January 5th.

    Disciple Bible Study Fast Track: “Remember Who You Are – The Prophets”

    This 12-week study of the Old Testament Major and Minor prophets calls the readers to think about how God is continually calling hearers and readers back to God and to a sense of people who are “set apart”.  This study is designed to establish the historical context in which the prophets spoke for God. The second 12-week study will look at the letters traditionally attributed to Paul. The class will be led by Rev. C. Kay Fuino and other facilitators.

    Disciple Fast Track is designed for manageable preparation on a daily basis and shorter group meeting times. This class will begin on Sunday, September 8th, from 5:30 to 7 p.m. in room F-204. The second half will begin in January 2020. It is preferable to have completed the first Disciple Bible Study or the initial Fast Track Study but all are invited to attend.  The book for the first 12-week session is $15 and may be ordered by calling the church and signing up for class with our receptionist Tracy Brinker by e-mail at, or call 770-476-3776. Please sign up by August 26th so books can be ordered in time for the first class.  Please let us know if you will need childcare on Sunday evenings.