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Hope for the Holidays – A Candle Lighting Service of Remembrance: November 19th

Monday, November 19th; noon & 7 pm in the Sanctuary

Make plans to join us for Hope for the Holidays - A Candle Lighting Service of Remembrance, on Monday, November 19th, with services at noon and 7 p.m. in the Sanctuary. Join us for a program of reflection followed by candle lighting in memory of your loved one(s).

We understand the holiday season may be a challenge for individuals and families who have lost someone special. Duluth First UMC has established a meaningful time for people to come together…to reflect, to remember and to honor those lives that have meant so much.

Churcdh Offices Closed/Activities Canceled: November 22nd & 23rd

Thursday, November 22nd, and Friday, November 23rd

The church offices will be closed and all regularly scheduled activities will be canceled on Thursday, November 22nd, and Friday, November 23rd, in observance of the Thanksgiving holiday. The church offices will re-open on Monday, November 26th.

Wednesday Night Dinner in Hinton Hall: November 28th

Wednesday, November 28th; 5 to 6:30 pm in Hinton Hall, Family Life Center

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 November 28th is chicken fried chicken with gravy, mashed potatoes, fried okra, collard greens, cornbread, and dessert. For the kids - chicken tenders & 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. You can now pay for your dinner(s) with a credit card or debit card.

“Surviving the Holidays” – A Grief Share Program: November 28th

Wednesday, November 28th

Holiday celebrations take on a different meaning when you are grieving. Are you in need of finding a way to survive the holidays? Do you wonder how to celebrate when your loved one is gone?

Join the Grief Share Support Group on Wednesday, November 28th, for a special “Surviving the Holidays” class beginning at 6:30 p.m. in rooms F-153/154, located on the 1st floor of the Family Life Center. This class may be beneficial in helping you plan a holiday schedule that is best for you during the holiday season.

For additional information, please contact Brenda Bridges at 770-476-5126, Sue French at 770-476-9106, or call the church office at 770-476-3776.

"Coffee with Jesus" Adult Bible Study

Wednesday evenings; 6- 7 pm, rooms F-145/146

What would it be like to have coffee with Jesus? How would that conversation go? What would you ask?

Coffee with Jesus is a study based on a comic strip of the same name. In the comic strip you will meet several characters who honestly engage with Jesus about their successes and failures, wants and needs, effectively showing what conversation with God – or prayer – might look like.

The class begins Wednesday, October 10th, at 6:00 p.m. in F-145. To register, please contact Rev. Beth Brown Shugart by e-mail at bshugart@duluthumc.org. The cost of $20 includes the textbook.

“Book Bunch” Story Time for 3 Year Olds

Wednesday Evenings, 6:15 to 6:45 pm in the church library

Book Bunch, a story time for three year olds, meets in the Family Life Center library on Wednesday evenings from 6:15 to 6:45 p.m. Each month will have a different theme and activity, so come and join the fun!

For more information, please contact Leslie Yokeley, Director of Children’s Ministries, by e-mail at lyokeley@duluthumc.org or call 770-476-3776, ext. 138.

Youth Ministry Bible Studies for Middle School and High School Students

Wednesday evenings, 6 to 7 pm in the Youth Center

Weekly Youth Ministry Bible studies for Middle School and High School students are held Wednesday evenings from 6 to 7 p.m. in the Youth Center (“The Fish Tank”). Middle School students (grades 6-8) will meet together, and High School students (grades 9-12) will meet together. These studies will be based on issues that our youth face in their everyday lives, and will concentrate on applying Biblical principles to their everyday lives.

For additional information, please contact Rev. David Burchett, Director of Youth Ministries, by e-mail at dburchett@duluthumc.org or calling 770-476-3776, ext. 119.

“Parenting the Love and Logic Way” Class: Through December 5th

Wednesday evenings, 6 to 7 pm, rooms E-134/136

Duluth First UMC is excited to be offering the class Parenting the Love and Logic Way on Wednesday evenings through December 5th, from 6 to 7 p.m. in rooms E-134/136. Designed for parents of preschool and elementary age children, this class helps you navigate the daily challenges of being a parent. Rev. Lynne Smith of North Georgia Family Counseling Centers is the facilitator. The wellbeing of families is her primary focus.

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

GriefShare Support Group Meeting

Wednesday evenings, 6:30 to 8 pm

GriefShare Support Group, a weekly seminar and support group for people who are grieving the death of someone close to them, is a 13-week session that includes video discussion and group discussion. GriefShare, which begins a new series of sessions on Wednesday, August 22nd, will meet Wednesday evenings at 6:30 p.m. in room F-151, located on the 1st floor of the Family Life Center. You are given a workbook for journaling, note taking and grief study.

You are welcome to begin attending our GriefShare group at any point. Each session is “self-contained,” so you do not have to attend in sequence. You will be able to pick up any session you missed in our next 13-week cycle. Please visit the GriefShare website at www.griefshare.org for more information or contact Brenda Bridges at 770-476-5126 or Sue French at 770-476-9106.

“Hope…. The Next Step” Support Group Meeting

Wednesday evenings, 6:30 to 8 pm

The thirteen-week GriefShare class, with video/workbook, provides the tools and instruction on how to move forward in your life while you are grieving a recent loss. The new support group, Hope...The Next Step, moves beyond the learning aspect and focuses on the emotional support and encouragement to use those learned tools in a long-term manner. Both the GriefShare class and Hope...The Next Step support group will be led by two Stephen Minister co-facilitators. Suggestions for Hope...The Next Step are completion of two or three GriefShare class sessions and 2+ years after an experienced loss.

Hope...The Next Step support group meets on Wednesday evenings from 6:30 to 8:30 p.m. in room F-150, located on the 1st floor of the Family Life Center. For more information on the support group, please contact Sandra Town at 404-735-3752 or by e-mail at sandy_10_30@earthlink.net.

United Methodist Women’s Christmas Brunch - “Why Me, Lord?”: December 8th

Saturday, December 8th; 9:30-11:30 in the Fellowship Hall

The United Methodist Women (UMW) of Duluth First United Methodist Church will present their annual Christmas Brunch on Saturday, December 8th, from 9:30 to 11:30 a.m. in the Fellowship Hall. The program will examine the birth of Jesus from the perspective of Mary, Joseph, and a shepherd.

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…”

The women of our church (of all ages) and their guests are invited to our annual Christmas Brunch. Enjoy Christmas piano music as you arrive and Christmas carols to sing. Dr. David Daniel and company will provide more beautiful Christmas music throughout the program. Hear the amazing Christmas story as it unfolds through the eyes of those closest to the event. A delicious brunch and holiday treats will be served. We only ask for a $5 donation to help with the cost of food. Girls under the age of 10 are free.

Our love offering will be given to Fugees Family, an organization 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, first started coaching soccer teams and then established Fugees Academy for 6th through 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, packing 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. The goal is to delve deep into a subject to promote comprehension. Graduating seniors who have gone through the program 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. Please help us support this amazing program.

Bereavement Support Group: December 10th

Monday, November 12th; 7 to 8:30 p.m. in rooms F-204/205

The Bereavement Support Group meets on the 2nd Monday of each month. The next meeting will be held on Monday, December 10th, from 7 to 8:30 p.m. in rooms F-204/205, located on the 2nd floor of the Family Life Center. Everyone who has had a loss is welcome to attend. The group is led by Stephen Ministers.

For more information please contact Brenda Bridges at 770-476-5126, or call the church office at 770-476-3776.

Senior Fellowship Program & Luncheon: December 11th

Tuesday, November 13th; 11 am to 1 pm in the Fellowship Hall

The Senior Fellowship will meet for its monthly program and luncheon on Tuesday, December 11th, 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 meeting begins at 11 a.m. and the program starts at 11:15 a.m. Lunch is $3 per person and begins at noon. All senior adults are welcome to attend the program or the lunch or both. For more information, please contact Sarah Shafer at 770-277-4695.

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