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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.


“Messiah in the Passover” Seder Meal and Program: March 25th

Make plans to join us for the “Messiah in the Passover” Seder Meal and Program on Sunday, March 25th at 5 p.m. in Hinton Hall. The “Messiah in the Passover” presentation is a powerful message not only of Israel’s freedom from slavery in Egypt, but of the redemption of individuals from the bondage of sin through the atoning work of Jesus. The program is designed to give participants a deeper understanding both of Passover and of the Communion table.

Tickets for the dinner and program are $15 for adults and $8 for students. All proceeds will benefit the June 2018 Genesis Youth Choir tour and mission trip. Tickets will be available from Genesis Choir members, as well as on Wednesday evenings and Sunday mornings. A nursery will be provided for children through Kindergarten age. For additional information or to order tickets, please contact David Daniel, Minister of Music & Worship Arts, by e-mail at ddaniel@duluthumc.org, or call 770-476-3776, ext. 116, no later than noon on Friday, March 23rd.

Holy Week Worship Services

Sunday, March 25th: Palm/Passion Sunday

  • Contemporary Worship Service: 9:30 a.m. in Hinton Hall
  • Rev. C. Kay Fuino, Associate Pastor
  • Scripture: John 12:12-19 (Common English Bible)
  • Sermon: "The Whole World is Following Him"
  • Traditional Worship Services: 9:30 & 11:00 a.m. in the Sanctuary

  • Rev. Terry Tippens, Senior Pastor
  • Scripture: John 12:20-33 (New Revised Standard Version Bible)
  • Sermon: "The Wondrous Attraction of the Cross"
  • Thursday, March 29th: Maundy Thursday Worship Service in the Sanctuary

    Join us in the Sanctuary on Thursday, March 29th, at 7:00 p.m. for our Maundy Thursday worship service. Maundy Thursday is the Christian holy day falling on the Thursday before Easter. Maundy, from the Latin mandatum (commandment), commemorates the Last Supper of Jesus Christ with the Apostles and institutes the Lord’s Supper, Eucharist, or Holy Communion. “Do this in remembrance of me.”

    Leading in worship will be Rev. Beth Brown Shugart, preacher, Rev. Terry Tippens, presider, Rev. C. Kay Fuino, liturgist, and the Older Elementary Choir and Chamber Chorale. Childcare is available.

    Friday, March 30th: Good Friday Tenebrae Service in the Sanctuary

    In the service of Tenebrae, or “shadows,” we hear the Passion narrative, extinguish candles, remove all items from of the communion table and pulpit, and cover the furnishings to emphasize the starkness of the events recalled.

    This year the service will be held on Good Friday, 30th, at 7:00 p.m. in the Sanctuary. The featured music for this service will be selections from Messiah and Brockes Passion, both by G. F. Handel. This is a wonderful service to bring a neighbor or a friend. Childcare will be available.

    Volunteers are needed for the readings and assisting with the darkening of the sanctuary. Those who have participated in the past have found it a meaningful time for their Holy Week journey. If you would like to volunteer, please contact Rev. C. Kay Fuino by e-mail at ckfuino@duluthumc.org, or call at 770-476-3776, ext. 117.

    Sunday, April 1st: Easter Worship Services

    Sunrise Service (new for this year):

    7:00 a.m. on the Fellowship Terrace

  • Rev. C. Kay Fuino, Associate Pastor
  • Scripture: John 20:1-9 (Common English Bible)
  • Sermon: “Early in the Morning”
  • Join us Easter morning at 7:00 a.m. on the Fellowship Terrace for an Easter Sunrise Service as the sun comes up. This service will include singing, prayers and devotion by Rev. C. Kay Fuino. As the sun shines forth we will carry the light of Christ into the Sanctuary and then gather in the Fellowship Hall for a time of warm refreshment. The service is casual and you will still have time to return later in your new Easter outfits for the regular Easter morning services at 9:30 and 11:00 a.m.
  • Contemporary Worship Service:

    9:30 a.m. in Hinton Hall

  • Rev. David Burchett, Director of Youth Ministries
  • Scripture: John 20:11-18 (New Revised Standard Version Bible)
  • Sermon: “Is There Really Such a Love?”
  • The worship band, prayer team and pastor will be energized and ready to join with you in the celebration of the resurrection of Jesus Christ.
  • Childcare will be available for this service.
  • Traditional Worship Services:

    9:30 & 11:00 a.m. in the Sanctuary

  • Rev. Terry Tippens, Senior Pastor
  • Scripture: John 20:1-18 (NRSV)
  • Sermon: “Individual Attention”
  • At the Traditional Worship services, the music will be as glorious as the day deserves with the choir lifting praises to God, ending with our annual Easter acclamation, Handel’s “Hallelujah!” chorus.
  • Childcare will be available for these services.
  • Wednesday Night Dinner in Hinton Hall: March 28th

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

    Wednesday, March 28th, is “Breakfast for Dinner Night” at Duluth First UMC. The menu will be breakfast quiche, bacon, sausage, cheese grits, tater tots, French toast sticks, biscuits, sausage gravy, fruit, 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.

    High Tea for Ladies and Girls: April 14th

    Do you seek a return to elegance? Would you like to relax in a beautiful English tea setting, and eat finger sandwiches, scones, cookies, and petits fours with soothing aromatic teas poured for you? The United Methodist Women of Duluth First UMC cordially invite you, your mother, daughter, friend, niece, grandmother, granddaughter, aunt – or all – to a High Tea for Ladies and Girls on Saturday, April 14th, from 3 to 5 p.m. in the Fellowship Hall. This will be a time for wonderful fellowship with your favorite ladies! Little ladies, age 6 and older, are included in the invitation, and childcare will be provided for children under age 6.

    Dress for the High Tea will be charming Spring elegance, with hats optional. Please arrive before 3 p.m., and you will be seated at a beautifully decorated table, with vintage tablecloths and fresh flowers, lovely teacups, and old and new friends!

    Please RSVP by April 10th if you plan to attend. You can sign up in the Gathering Room and outside of Hinton Hall on Sunday mornings March 18th and 25th, and April 8th, and in Hinton Hall during Wednesday night dinners. You can RSVP “Yes” to Cathy Haas by e-mail at cchaas77@gmail.com. Please tell us if you will have guests with you at the High Tea. They are welcome! There is no charge for the High Tea, and a UMW Love Offering will be taken for the Salt Light Family Promise shelter of Gwinnett County.

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