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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

Wednesday Night Dinner in Hinton Hall: November 29th

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 in the Family Life Center. Enjoy fellowship around the table with family and friends.

The menu for November 29th includes salisbury steak with gravy, mashed potatoes, butter peas, turnip greens, biscuits, and dessert. For the kids – grilled cheese and fries. 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.

Wednesday Evening “Toppings” Classes for Advent: November 29th, and December 6th and 13th

This year Wednesday night dinners will continue for three weeks (November 29th, and December 6th and 13th) after the Thanksgiving holiday. Each Wednesday evening the children will continue to meet and learn in Foundations of Faith. Beginning at 6:00 p.m. the adults are invited to meet in rooms F-206/207, located beside Hinton Hall, to hear new information and understanding on a variety of Advent topics.

Rev. Beth Shugart will help you learn more about the music we share during Advent, Rev. David Burchett will talk about Christmas traditions, and Rev. C. Kay Fuino will provide information about the Advent wreath, the Chrismons on our tree and even Santa Claus, as well as other Christmas traditions in the church. Please join us, bring a friend to dinner, and enjoy learning more about Advent during our time together.

Advent All Together Class Begins Sunday, December 3rd

Beginning with December 3rd, the first Sunday of Advent, and continuing to Sunday December 24th, Rev. C. Kay Fuino will lead an Advent Study in Hinton Hall during the 9:30 worship hour. The study will be based on James Moore’s Christmas Gifts That Won’t Break. This study is based on the candles of the Advent Wreath and the unbreakable gift of Christ.

It is not necessary to sign up for the study, however if you would like a participant book which included devotions and stories, please call Tracy Brinker at the church at 770-476-3776 and she will order the books. The cost of the participant guide is $15.00.

Wednesday Night Dinner in Hinton Hall - Taco Night: December 6th

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 in the Family Life Center. Enjoy fellowship around the table with family and friends.

Wednesday, December 6th, is Taco Night. The menu includes seasoned beef or chicken, 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.

United Methodist Women’s Christmas Brunch - “Why Me, Lord?”: December 9th

The United Methodist Women (UMW) of Duluth First United Methodist Church will present their Christmas Brunch and a program about Jesus’s birth from the perspective of Mary, Joseph, and a Shepherd, on Saturday, December 9th, from 9:30 to 11:30 a.m. in the Fellowship Hall.

Mary – “It all started that night when an Angel showed up…”

Joseph – “Why did this happen to me...”

Shepherd – “It was a cold night, the coldest night of the year…”

We invite women of any age to this lovely Christmas Brunch, and you can bring other women and girls as guests. We will have Christmas piano music as you arrive, and Christmas carol singing during the program. David Daniel and Kristen Shappert will provide beautiful Christmas songs for us. Mary and Joseph and the Shepherd will speak of their amazement as the Nativity story unfolds. We will have a delicious lunch and desserts. Please join us! There is no charge for the UMW Christmas Brunch.

We will take up a love offering which will be going to Fugees Family which helps child survivors of war rebuild their lives one step at a time by giving them the structure and support they need, through soccer and academics. Luma Mufleh, a Jordanian immigrant herself, first started coaching soccer teams and then established Fugees Academy for 6th-12th graders. The 86 students in Fugees Academy come from many different countries, and the Academy is housed in Clarkston United Methodist Church. The school’s curriculum is tailored to the refugees’ unique needs. It packs a normal K-8th grade education into 3 years of middle school. The 6th grade is the critical “catch up” year of transition, moving the child from functional illiteracy to a solid foundation of language skills upon which to build. They go deep into a subject to promote comprehension. The graduating seniors have gone on to college. Luma Mufleh and the teachers also support the families and make home visits to extend their compassion and love to all the family. Please donate your love offering for this amazing program!

Senior Fellowship Program & Luncheon: December 12th

The Senior Fellowship will meet for its monthly program and luncheon on Tuesday, December 12th, 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 will feature a Christmas music sing-along led by Dr. David Daniel, Minister of Music & Worship Arts, and Rev. Beth Brown Shugart, Associate Pastor.

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.

Girl Scout Troop 4489 Fundraising Dinner: December 13th

Girl Scout Troop 4489 will provide supper on Wednesday night, December 13th, as part of their annual fundraising efforts. Supper will be served 5 to 6:30 p.m. in Hinton Hall, located in the Family Life Center. The menu will include chicken and dumplings, green beans, fruit salad, biscuits, smores, and an ice cream sundae bar. Money raised at this dinner will go to support community efforts as well as provide funds for the girls’ activities throughout the year.

Mark your calendars now. You don’t want to miss this yummy dinner provided by the Girl Scouts of Troop 4489. Donations will be accepted at the door and at each table.

The Roadrunner’s Trip to the Georgia Governor’s Mansion: December 14th

The December trip for the Roadrunners will be on Thursday December 14th, and our destination is the Georgia Governor’s mansion to see this lovely home decked out for the Christmas season. The first floor of the mansion is open for tours for a limited time. There is no charge for this tour because as a government building it is “The People’s House.” We will see most of the rooms on the first floor, which are used primarily by the Governor and First Lady for official state functions. The second floor is the private living quarters of the Governor's family. Please be aware that no backpacks or oversized bags are allowed in the mansion. Following our visit to the mansion we will have lunch at Mary Mac’s.

Please sign up as soon as possible so we will have a seat for you on the buses. We will meet at the church parking lot to leave promptly at 9:30 a.m. on December 14th. There will be no trip in November so have a happy Thanksgiving. For more information or to make a reservation please call LuEtta Tucker at 678-315-4400 or Katherine Posey at 770-232-1637.

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