Families & Fellowship

Support for families is an important ministry at Duluth First United Methodist Church.  Parenting classes with childcare provided offer help and support to families.  Activities for the family to do together are also a part of the church calendar.

A variety of events are offered for Christian fellowship for all ages – singles, couples and families.  Movie night, dinners, Trunk or Treat, and Christmas Caroling are just a few examples of the fellowship events at Duluth First United Methodist Church.


UPCOMING FAMILIES & FELLOWSHIP EVENTS


Wednesday Night Dinner in Hinton Hall: August 7th
The Dinner Belles and Beaus prepare excellent meals at very reasonable prices. Dinner is served from 5 to 6:30 p.m. in Hinton Hall of the Family Life Center. Enjoy fellowship around the table with family and friends.


The menu for August 7th is fried chicken, mashed potatoes, green beans, butter peas, biscuits, and dessert. For the kids - the same. We also offer a salad bar special - for only $4 you can enjoy a fully stocked salad bar, a baked potato/sweet potato, dessert and drink.

Prices are: adults - $7; seniors (age 60 and up) - $6; children ages 11 years and under $4; children under 2 years eat for free; no family (immediate family members only) pays more than $19.


Senior Fellowship Program & Luncheon:  Tuesday, August 13th
The Senior Fellowship will meet for its monthly program and luncheon on Tuesday, August 13th, from 11 a.m. to 1 p.m. in the Fellowship Hall.  This is a great way for senior adults to come together for food, fun and fellowship. The program on August 13th will “MAGICAL” as a special guest will entertain us talent

The meeting begins at 11 a.m. and the program starts at 11:15 a.m. Lunch begins at noon. A donation will be accepted for the lunch. All senior adults are welcome to attend the program or the lunch or both. For more information, please call Bonnie Tinnell at 770-476-8680.


Wednesday Night Dinner in Hinton Hall: August 14th
The Dinner Belles and Beaus prepare excellent meals at very reasonable prices. Dinner is served from 5 to 6:30 p.m. in Hinton Hall of the Family Life Center. Enjoy fellowship around the table with family and friends.


August 14th is Taco Night! The menu includes the choice of chicken or beef tacos on a flour tortilla, yellow rice, choice of black beans or refried beans, lettuce, tomato, cheese, salsa, chips, guacamole, and dessert. For the kids - the same. We also offer a salad bar special - for only $4 you can enjoy a fully stocked salad bar, a baked potato/sweet potato, dessert and drink.

Prices are: adults - $7; seniors (age 60 and up) - $6; children ages 11 years and under $4; children under 2 years eat for free; no family (immediate family members only) pays more than $19.


“Parenting in the Pew” Class Begins August 14th

Statistics show that children who regularly attend worship with their parents are more likely to continue to attend church once they become an adult.  “Christian education is valuable, but the discipline of the worship event is the beating heart of our Christian journey, our nourishment.”  The most important thing we can ever do for our children is to train them to worship our Heavenly Father.


Rev. C. Kay Fuino and Leslie Yokeley, Director of Children’s Ministries, will be leading a brief class called Parenting in the Pew, from August 14th - 28th. Parenting in the Pew is a great resource to help and encourage parents to train their children to worship. We will meet on Wednesday evenings from 6 to 7 p.m. in rooms F-206/207, located on the 2nd floor of the Family Life Center.  If you are interested in registering for this class, please contact Leslie Yokeley by e-mail at lyokeley@duluthumc.org.


“Train a child in the way he should go, and when he is old he will not turn from it.”  Proverbs 22:6


Marriage Maintenance Workshop & Retreat: Beginning August 18th

Give your marriage the attention it deserves and make plans to attend Duluth First United Methodist Church’s 2019 Marriage Maintenance Workshop & Retreat. The workshop & retreat are made up of four sessions, beginning on August 18th and concluding on October 20th. The sessions are:

  • Session One - Sunday, August 18th; 12:30 to 2:30 p.m. in the Fellowship Hall; lunch will be provided; introduction along with skills to practice before the next session.
  • Session Two – Friday, September 13th; 7 to 9 p.m. in the Fellowship Hall and Sanctuary; workshop and reaffirmation of your wedding vows.
  • Session Three – Saturday, September 14th, and Sunday, September 15th, at the Evergreen Resort at Stone Mountain Park; learning and growing as a couple – romantic dinner, social time and worship.
  • Session Four – Sunday, October 20th; 12:30 to 2:30 p.m. in the Fellowship Hall; lunch will be provided; a wrap-up session with tools to help you continue to flourish as a couple.

The cost of the Marriage Maintenance Workshop & Retreat is $500 per couple, which included all materials and classes, meals at Sunday sessions, admission to Stone Mountain Park, and overnight stay and meals at the Evergreen Resort. Registration forms are available at the Information Centers around the church. You can also register online (credit card/debit card payments only) by clicking on Duluth First UMC 2019 Marriage Maintenance Workshop & Retreat Online Registration.


The deadline to register for the workshop & retreat is Monday, August 4, 2019.


For additional information, please contact Rev. Beth Brown Shugart, Associate Pastor, by e-mail at bshugart@duluthumc.org, or call 770-476-3776, ext. 128.


Wednesday Night Dinner in Hinton Hall: August 21st
The Dinner Belles and Beaus prepare excellent meals at very reasonable prices. Dinner is served from 5 to 6:30 p.m. in Hinton Hall of the Family Life Center. Enjoy fellowship around the table with family and friends.


The menu for August 21st is meatloaf, au gratin potatoes, broccoli, carrots, rolls, and dessert. For the kids - pizza. We also offer a salad bar special - for only $4 you can enjoy a fully stocked salad bar, a baked potato/sweet potato, dessert and drink.

Prices are: adults - $7; seniors (age 60 and up) - $6; children ages 11 years and under $4; children under 2 years eat for free; no family (immediate family members only) pays more than $19.


Mission Opportunity:Mobile Food Packing Event at Oak Grove UMC on August 24th
Oak Grove UMC invites members of our congregation to join them on Saturday, August 24th, as they pack 150,000 shelf stable meals for hungry children around the world. Groups of any size are welcome to participate. There will be three 2-hour packing shifts and everyone ages 5 and older can participate. A donation of $50 per person (the cost of the food each person will pack in two hours) is suggested, but please do not let cost keep you from coming.

Oak Grove UMC is located at 1722 Oak Grove Road in Decatur. For more information or to register your group, please contact Amy Morgan by e-mail at amorgan@ogumc.org.


Wednesday Night Dinner in Hinton Hall: August 28th
The Dinner Belles and Beaus prepare excellent meals at very reasonable prices. Dinner is served from 5 to 6:30 p.m. in Hinton Hall of the Family Life Center. Enjoy fellowship around the table with family and friends.


The menu for August 28th is pulled pork BBQ on a bun, cole slaw, potato salad, corn on the cob, chips, and dessert. For the kids - hot dogs and chips. We also offer a salad bar special - for only $4 you can enjoy a fully stocked salad bar, a baked potato/sweet potato, dessert and drink.

Prices are: adults - $7; seniors (age 60 and up) - $6; children ages 11 years and under $4; children under 2 years eat for free; no family (immediate family members only) pays more than $19.


Senior Fellowship Program & Luncheon:  September 10th

The Senior Fellowship will meet for its monthly program and luncheon on Tuesday, September 10th, from 11 a.m. to 1 p.m. in the Fellowship Hall.  This is a great way for senior adults to come together for food, fun and fellowship. Mary Ellen Smith from Senior Provisions will be the guest speaker for the September 10th program and luncheon.

 

The meeting begins at 11 a.m. and the program starts at 11:15 a.m. Lunch begins at noon. A donation will be accepted for the lunch. All senior adults are welcome to attend the program or the lunch or both.  For more information, please call Bonnie Tinnell at 770-476-8680


Circle of Security® Parenting™ Program Begins September 11th
Do you ever wish that your child came with an instruction manual? Imagine what it might feel like if you were able to make sense of what your child was really asking from you. Each child is uniquely wired for the holy journey that he or she will travel. As parents, we create the container that holds the emotions, dreams, and development that equips each child for his/her journey. Join us for the Circle of Security® Parenting™ program, based on decades of research, which will guide you to create a container that nurtures a secure connection between you and your child — a connection that supports the foundation that can lead to a lifetime of health and happiness. This program is for parents with children ages 4 months through 5 years.

The Circle of Security® Parenting™ program will be led by Lynne Smith, who earned a B.A. in Spanish and Economics from Furman University (1988) and a Master of Divinity from Emory University Candler School of Theology (2006).  Lynne was ordained a Deacon in Full Connection in the North Georgia Conference of The United Methodist Church in 2009.  She facilitates educational workshops and works to support communities of faith as they nurture the wellbeing of the families that they serve.

The Circle of Security® Parenting™ program will offered on Wednesday nights, September 11th through December 4th, from 6 to 7 p.m. in room F-148, located on the 1st floor of the Family Life Center. The cost is $40 per person. The registration deadline is Sunday, August 25th, and the program is limited to 12 participants. To register, please contact Rev. Beth Brown Shugart by e-mail at bshugart@duluthumc.org, or call 770-476-3776, ext. 128.


Climate Justice: A Mission Study for ALL: September 14th
Three Simple Rules of John Wesley:
“1. Do no harm, 2. Do Good, 3. Attend upon the ordinances of God.”
 
“In the Climate Justice movement, the Christian commitment …is not separate from our commitment to Christ. As Christians, we have been given the challenge to reduce our carbon emissions to zero in our lifetimes.” (Malik Saafir, cofounder/ pres. of the Janus Institute for Justice).
 
Join us for Climate Justice: A Mission Study for ALL, on Saturday, September 14th. Learn how we can live out our Christian heritage to protect and preserve God’s bounty of our planet’s natural resources so future generations can continue to enjoy these gifts. Climate Justice is a mission study open to all members of our church and community: men, women and youth.
 
Climate Justice, led by speaker Beth Bond (niece of Annette Pierce) will be held from 9:30 a.m. to 1:30 p.m. in the Fellowship Hall. The cost is $5 per person at the door and snacks will be provided. If you plan to attend Climate Justice please sign up in the Gathering Room or outside Hinton Hall before the event.