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Care, Health & Support

The Ministry of Care: Reaching out and caring for children, youth, adults and seniors at Duluth First United Methodist Church.

The vision of the Ministry of Care at Duluth First United Methodist Church is to promote the Christian message of healing the body, mind, and spirit among all persons within our church and community.

"I will praise You, for I am fearfully and wonderfully made; marvelous are Your works, and that my soul Knows very well." Psalm139: 14

Ministry of Care Committees

& Support Groups

  • Alcoholics Anonymous Meetings are Monday through Friday at noon, and another group meets on Thursday nights at 8 p.m.
  • Bereavement Meals provides a meal for the member’s family at home on the day of a member’s funeral. This meal is provided when the member does not have another support group in the church, and/or when a funeral reception is not planned for the member.
  • Bereavement Support Group meets once a month. Currently, the group meets on the 2nd Monday of every month from 7 to 8:30 p.m. The group is an open-ended group addressing the needs of those needs of those who have experienced the death of loved ones. It is intended to provide support for a grieving individual’s journey. Stephen Ministers facilitate this group. Individuals come and go from the group as they feel they need support.
  • Card Ministry mails cards of support and/or celebration to members of the congregation in times of transition, illness, or sorrow. This ministry assures a member they are deeply cared and prayed for by the Duluth First United Methodist Church Family.
  • Caregivers United Support Group: Duluth First United Methodist Church has implementing an expanded Caregiver Ministry in our community. Many of members of our community neighbors have identified needing a place to talk with other Caregivers to share challenges, successes and to help us feel less alone in the struggle to care for their loved one. People caring for loved ones with debilitating or challenging diseases may feel they need emotional and practical support. We are bringing all caregivers together to share challenges, struggles, and resources and provide support to each other. All people who provide caregiving to someone have a place in this group. It may be caregiving for a spouse, parent, disabled or emotionally challenged child, sibling, friend, etc. We invite each caregiver to bring their valuable experiences and strengths that others may need as well as their challenges to this group. The Caregivers United Support Group can help you and needs your help to be successful.
  • As we age we find more of us care for someone in our family or community due to health challenges, aging, developmental issues or other special circumstances. In our church our Pastors are very proactive in reaching out to people who need extra support. This is not just the Pastors responsibility. St. Paul said we should bear each other’s burdens. We are called to care for each other every day.
  • Caregivers United can bring people together who are dealing with the same challenges to share with the group. We meet on Sunday afternoons from 2 to 4 p.m. in room B-113, the Counseling/Stephen Ministry Center. The group shares resources and prayer for each other and bring issues to discuss that the Caregiver can’t discuss anywhere else. Caregivers United is a safe place where each member shares a responsibility for confidentiality and support. If you are interested in participating in this group please contact Rev. C. Kay Fuino by e-mail at ckfuino@duluthumc.org or call 770-476-3776, ext. 117.
  • Dishes With Wishes provides short term meal support to individuals and families who are recovering from surgery, celebrating a new baby, coping with long-term illness, or other encountered life transitions. You may help by preparing, coordinating, or delivering home cooked meals for, or from, the Ministry of Care freezer. Food containers and dish ingredient cards are provided by Dishes With Wishes.
  • Grief Share is a 13 week study for adults grieving the death of someone close to them.
  • Homebound Visitation Ministry offers individuals, families and Sunday School Classes the opportunity to visit, prepare or deliver a meal, share a time of devotion and/or Holy Communion, do light yard work, run errands and/or handle minor repairs for homebound members. This ministry encourages Christ-centered personal encounters demonstrating Christian love with the homebound at least once a month.
  • Hugs for Soldiers Ministry provides opportunities to adopt a soldier, help with care packages, send cards, and collect school supplies for the children affected by military deployment and/or war. For more information, please visit the Hugs for Soldiers website at www.hugsforsoldiers.org and contact Angie Doerlich at 770-476-8754.
  • Narcotics Anonymous Meetings are Sundays at 7 p.m. in the Scout Hut.
  • Prayers and Squares Prayer Quilt Ministry provides two opportunities, one of giving and one of receiving, prayer. Quilters meet the 1st Tuesday and 3rd Thursday of each month to prayerfully cut, sew, and tie quilts, made to comfort those with a severe medical illness. Prayer Quilts are displayed Sundays/Wednesdays for Christ followers to pray for the individual as demonstrated by knots tied on the Prayer Quilt ties. A Prayer Quilt may be requested by/for an individual using the Prayer Quilt Request Form.
  • "Sermons to Go" Ministry records the Sunday Traditional Worship Service each week. The recordings are then distributed to the homebound, and to those who have had a special event in a Traditional Worship Service such as Baptism.
  • Transportation Coordination Committee is dedicated to organizing volunteers to assist with non-emergency transportation for members of Duluth First UMC. Transportation need examples are transportation to a medical/dental appointment, a church service, or church activity. Transportation needs are identified to the church office/Faith Community Nurse at 770-476-3776.
  • Wednesday Night Meal Delivery delivers a Wednesday Night Meal, prepared by the Dinner Belles & Beaus, for those who are homebound within the congregation. Wednesday Night Meals are available mid-August to mid-May, in keeping with the Wednesday evening church activities calendar. Deliveries are made to those who are both long-term homebound and short-term, in the Duluth area.
  • Health & Wellness and Faith Community/Parish Nurse: Promoting the Christian message of healing the body, mind and spirit among all persons within our church and community.

    Do you not know that you are God's temple and that God's Spirit dwells in you? 1 Corinthians 3:16

  • Blood Drives are held in January, April, July, and October. Help is needed in donating blood, helping with sign-up tables, refreshment table and calling possible donors.
  • Blood Pressure Screenings are held monthly at the Senior Fellowship meetings, the second Sunday, and the fourth Wednesday night (August through April). Trained medical professionals do the screenings.
  • CPR Training is provided through out the year. The American Heart Friends & Family and the Heart saver classes are available.
  • Congregational Lay Health Providers are individuals trained through Gwinnett Medical professionals to listen and assess the needs of the congregation. Their goal is to promote healthy life styles with a spiritual emphasis.
  • Critical Condition Classes are provided through out the year to help members and their families prepare for medical end of life decisions.

  • Flu Immunizations
  • Ladies and Men’s Health Night
  • Life Line Screening
  • M & M fund (Medicine & Mission)
  • Mobile Mammography
  • Health & Wellness Classes & Events
  • VBS First Aid Station
  • AA & NA Support Group Meetings
  • Heart Screen for Teens


    The role of the Faith Community Nurse/Parish Nurse was developed in response to the perceived need of many churches to address the interrelationships of faith and health by promoting “whole person health in members of their congregations”. This is by caring for the physical, emotional and spiritual needs of our members. The Parish Nurse serves on the staff of both the church and the Gwinnett Hospital System, and her role includes the following:

  • Health Educator & Advocate
  • Personal Health Counselor
  • Facilitator of Volunteers
  • Referral Source
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