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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 FELLOWSHIP EVENTS

United Methodist Women Presents Friends of Refugees Luncheon: June 25th

Calling all men, women and children to a luncheon in the Fellowship Hall on Sunday, June 25th, following the 11:00 service. Come learn about our Friends of Refugees in Clarkston, a missions ministry supported by Duluth First United Methodist Church. A representative from World Relief, and Camille Smith, a member of Duluth First UMC who works with Embrace, a program for birth support, will enlighten us about what happens in Clarkston.

After lunch and the speakers, we will pack the kitchen and bathroom kits that you have so graciously donated the items for. Please sign up in the Gathering Room or outside the Grand Hall by Sunday, June 18th, if you plan to attend the luncheon.

Sunday School All Together Class on Art and Theology; Speaker – Rev. C. Kay Fuino:

July 2nd

Rev. C. Kay Fuino will kick off the summer Sunday School All Together Art and Theology series on Sunday, July 2nd, beginning at 9:30 a.m. in the Grand Hall. Christian Theology has its origins in the land of Palestine, particularly in the region of Judea as a continuation of Judaism. Understanding how it spread, the major areas and regions and the major periods of Christian history are important to see where we are now and how things have changed. Knowing the background will be beneficial to see how art and music have been used to express faith and belief as each week one of our speakers emphasizes various areas.

For the month of July, our Contemporary Worship service in the Grand Hall will move to the 11 o'clock hour in order to give everyone an opportunity to attend the Sunday School All Together classes.

You are welcome to stay through the coffee fellowship time and join us so that you can tell your friends and neighbors all that Duluth First United Methodist Church has to offer. See you this summer!!

BBQ Lunch and Patriotic Sing-Along

July 2nd

The Chancel Choir is leading a patriotic sing-along after a BBQ lunch in the Fellowship Hall on Sunday, July 2nd. Lunch begins at noon. Lunch will include a pulled pork BBQ sandwich, baked beans, cole slaw, dessert and a beverage. There is no cost for the lunch but donations will be accepted to cover the food cost.

Sunday School All Together Class on Art and Theology; Guest Speaker – Brady Beard:

July 9th

Brady Beard will be our Sunday, July 9th, guest speaker for the summer Sunday School All Together Art and Theology series held in the Grand Hall at 9:30 a.m. Brady Beard is entering his third year as a doctoral student in the Graduate Division Religion at Emory University. His work focuses on the Hebrew Bible, ancient Mediterranean Religions, and ancient near eastern iconography. He holds a Master of Divinity degree from Princeton Theological Seminary, and served on staff at Princeton United Methodist Church in Princeton, NJ and Chambers United Methodist Church in Trenton, NJ. Brady is a certified candidate for ordination with the Pacific Northwest Annual Conference.

For the month of July, our Contemporary Worship service in the Grand Hall will move to the 11 o'clock hour in order to give everyone an opportunity to attend the Sunday School All Together classes.

You are welcome to stay through the coffee fellowship time and join us so that you can tell your friends and neighbors all that Duluth First United Methodist Church has to offer. See you this summer!!

Children's Music & Worship Arts Camp:

July 10th - 14th

This summer's Children's Music & Worship Arts Camp will be held on July 10th - 14th, from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. each day. Sponsored by the Ministry of Music & Worship Arts, this summer camp is open to rising 1st through 6th graders. The camp cost is $125 per child, with multi-child (from the same household) discounts available.

You can register and pay online by clicking on Children's Music and Worship Arts Camp Registration. Credit/debit card payments are processed through PayPal, or you can pay by check. For more information, please contact David Daniel, Minister of Music & Worship Arts, by e-mail at ddaniel@duluthumc.org or call 770-476-3776, ext. 116

Senior Fellowship Program & Luncheon:

July 11th

The Senior Fellowship will meet for its next monthly program and luncheon on Tuesday, July 11th, from 11 a.m. to 1 p.m. in the Fellowship Hall. NOTE: There willl be no program and monthly luncheon on June 13th. This is a great way for senior adults to come together for food, fun and fellowship. The program on July 11th will feature Bingo and a pot luck luncheon.

The meeting begins at 11 a.m. and the program starts at 11:15 a.m. All senior adults are welcome to attend the program or the lunch or both. For more information, please contact Nettie McCauley by e-mail at nettie.mccauley@gmail.com or call 678-576-9218.

Sunday School All Together Class on Art and Theology; Guest Speakers – Morgan Meis & Stefany Anne Golberg: July 16th

Morgan Meis and Stefany Anne Golberg will be our Sunday, July 16th, guest speakers for the summer Sunday School All Together Art and Theology series held in the Grand Hall at 9:30 a.m. Morgan Meis is a contributor to Page Turner at The New Yorker. He has a PhD in Philosophy and has written for The Smart Set, n+1, The Believer, Harper’s Magazine, and The Virginia Quarterly Review. He won the Whiting Award in 2013. Morgan is also an editor at 3 Quarks Daily, and a winner of a Creative Capital | Warhol Foundation Arts Writers Grant. He is the author of Dead People, with Stefany Anne Golberg. He can be reached at morganmeis@gmail.com.

Stefany Anne Golberg received her M.F.A. in Music/Sound from Bard College and holds a B.A. in Philosophy from The New School for Social Research. She is co-founder and former Director of the New York City arts collective Flux Factory and is a former Critic-in-Residence at Drexel University. Stefany’s essays and criticism have been published in The Washington Post, Lapham’s Quarterly, The Smart Set, New England Review, et al. She is the author of two collections of essays. Stefany is also a multimedia artist, writer, and founder of The Huckleberry Explorer’s Club. Stefany’s films – part of the ongoing series ‘The Wonderful World of Stefany Anne Golberg’ – have been screened in the US, Canada, and Burma. She has created large-scale installations, compositions, and films for venues such as the Whitney Museum of Art and the New Museum. Born and raised in Las Vegas, Stefany has lived in New York City, rural Pennsylvania, Belgium, and Sri Lanka. She currently lives in Detroit.

For the month of July, our Contemporary Worship service in the Grand Hall will move to the 11 o'clock hour in order to give everyone an opportunity to attend the Sunday School All Together classes.

You are welcome to stay through the coffee fellowship time and join us so that you can tell your friends and neighbors all that Duluth First United Methodist Church has to offer. See you this summer!!

Sunday School All Together Class on Art and Theology; Guest Speaker – Richard Purcell: July 23rd

Richard Purcell will be our Sunday, July 23rd, guest speaker for the summer Sunday School All Together Art and Theology series held in the Grand Hall at 9:30 a.m. Richard Purcell is currently a student in Emory’s Graduate Division of Religion pursuing a PhD in Hebrew Bible. He is primarily interested in studying the rhetoric and ideology of Old Testament texts within their ancient Near Eastern contexts, including the influence of ancient Near Eastern art and iconography on literary imagery.

For the month of July, our Contemporary Worship service in the Grand Hall will move to the 11 o'clock hour in order to give everyone an opportunity to attend the Sunday School All Together classes.

You are welcome to stay through the coffee fellowship time and join us so that you can tell your friends and neighbors all that Duluth First United Methodist Church has to offer. See you this summer!!

Sunday School All Together Class on Art and Theology; Guest Speaker – Tom Elliott:

July 30th

Tom Elliott will be our Sunday, July 30th, guest speaker for the summer Sunday School All Together Art and Theology series held in the Grand Hall at 9:30 a.m. Appearing in churches, coffee houses, and musical settings, Tom Elliott is a singer, songwriter, musician (guitar and piano), worship leader, and storyteller.

Tom’s music weaves together a wide range of musical styles ranging from adult contemporary to folk, rock, jazz, country, and praise with the elements of inspirational storytelling and humor. In 1999, Tom released his first CD entitled “God’s Time” featuring “The Miracle of the Seed” and “Love Grows Here.” His second CD, “Jubilee” (2010) is a collection of original worship music written over 20 years of ministry.

In addition to solo, Tom writes, co-produces, and performs regularly with Marcus Vess (Elliott/Vess), and plays in Cannon Chapel services at Candler. He is also a member of the “Wild at Heart” band, a praise and worship group of six clergy friends.

Tom Elliott is an Assistant Professor in the Practice of Practical Theology at Candler School of Theology, Emory University where he is the director of the Contextual Education II, Teaching Parish, and Ministry Internships and teaches in Methodist studies. A native of Atlanta, Georgia, Tom is married to Kelly and they have two grown and married children.

For the month of July, our Contemporary Worship service in the Grand Hall will move to the 11 o'clock hour in order to give everyone an opportunity to attend the Sunday School All Together classes.

You are welcome to stay through the coffee fellowship time and join us so that you can tell your friends and neighbors all that Duluth First United Methodist Church has to offer. See you this summer!!

Naming of Hinton Hall at Noon on August 6th; Traditional Worship Services Combined at 11:00 a.m., Contemporary Service at 9:30 on August 6th

During our “Focus On Our Future” Capital Campaign, Duluth First United Methodist Church member Dorothy Rainey made a generous gift to the church, naming the Grand Hall in honor of Dr. and Mrs. Coy and Linda Hinton. Coy and Linda served at our church from 2000-2006. Coy, as Senior Pastor, led the church in the building of our Family Life Center in 2003.

On Sunday, August 6th, Coy and Linda will be with us to celebrate the naming of Hinton Hall.

At 9:30 a.m., Coy will preach at our Contemporary Worship service in the Grand Hall.

We will combine our two Traditional Worship services for one service in the Sanctuary at 11:00 a.m., and Coy will preach there as well. (There will be no service in the Sanctuary at 9:30 a.m.)

Immediately after the 11:00 a.m. service, all are invited to the Grand Hall for a reception with light refreshments where you can greet Coy and Linda. We will have a brief ceremony honoring Coy and Linda’s ministry with us and celebrating Dorothy’s gift by naming the Grand Hall Hinton Hall, including new signage and a mounted wall plaque.

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