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

Saturday, March 25th; 5 pm, Hinton Hall

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 informationot 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.

Caregivers United Support Group: March 25th

Sunday afternoons; 2-4 pm, room B-113

The responsibility of providing round-the-clock care for a loved one is often an all-consuming job. Caregivers United Support Group was created for caregivers needing an outlet to share their challenges, struggles and successes as well as exchange practical information and resources. This support group is a place to connect with other caregivers and find encouragement and support! We invite all caregivers to join us on Sunday afternoons from 2 to 4 p.m. in room B-113.

The Worship Committee invites you to remember or honor a loved one with a lily on Easter. The lilies will be used to adorn the Sanctuary and Hinton Hall on Sunday, April 1st. The cost per plant is $15. You may pick up your lily following the 11:00 a.m. Easter service. Printed copies of the Easter Lily Remembrance/Honor listings will be available in the Grand Hall and in the Traditional Worship bulletins on Easter morning.

All proceeds go to Seeds of Hope, whose funds are used to help meet the needs of God’s people living in Duluth and Suwanee--often strangers, widows, orphans, homeless, those who are lost, and those who are without hope--who come to Duluth First United Methodist Church seeking assistance.

There are two options for ordering your Easter lily/lilies:

  • Paying by credit or debit card – click on Easter Lily Online Order Form.
  • Paying by check or cash – click on Easter Lily Check/Cash Payment Order Form to download a copy of the order form.
  • Place your form/forms, along with a check made payable to “Duluth First United Methodist Church” and marked “Easter Lilies” in the memo section, in the Church Staff Drop Box located in the Atrium. NOTE: All orders must be received by Sunday, March 25th, at 5:00 p.m.

    Wednesday Night Dinner in Hinton Hall: March 28th

    Wednesday, March 28th; 5 to 6:30 pm in Hinton Hall

    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.

    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.

    GriefShare Support Group Meets on Wednesday Evenings

    Wednesday evenings at 6:30 p.m. in room F-151

    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 began a new series of sessions on January 3rd, meets 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 during the 13-week cycle. Please visit the GriefShare website at www.griefshare.org for more information or contact Dana Thielmann at 678-641-7863, or the church office at 770-476-3776.

    “Hope... The Next Step” Support Group Meets Wednesday Evenings

    Wednesday evenings from 6:30 to 8:30 p.m. in room F-150

    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, 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 The Next Step support group will be led by two Stephen Minister co-facilitators. Suggestions for The Next Step are completion of two or three GriefShare class sessions and 2+ years after an experienced loss.

    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.

    Maundy Thursday Worship Service: March 29th

    Thursday, March 29th; 7 pm 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.

    Tenebrae Service for Good Friday: March 30th

    Friday, March 30th; 7 pm 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, 29th, 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.

    Easter Morning Sunrise Service: April 1st

    Sunday, April 1st; 7 am, Fellowship Terrace

    Rev. C. Kay Fuino, Associate Pastor

    Scripture: John 20:1-9 (Common English Bible)

    Sermon: “Early in the Morning”

    Join us for something new at the church on Easter morning as the sun comes up for an Easter Sunrise Service at 7:00 a.m. on the Fellowship Terrace. 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. Join us for this time of joy and start your day bringing the light of Christ into your life early in the day. For more information please contact Rev. C. Kay Fuino by e-mail at ckfuino@duluthumc.org, or call770-476-3776, ext. 117.

    Easter Morning Contemporary Worship Service: April 1st

    Sunday, April 1st; 9:30 am 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.

    Easter Morning Traditional Worship Services: April 1st

    Sunday, April 1st; 9:30 & 11 am 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.

    New Member & Inquirer’s Class Begins April 8th

    Begins Sunday, April 8th

    The 2018 New Member & Inquirer’s Class will meet beginning Sunday, April 8th, and continuing through Sunday, May 6th. This series, designed especially for new members and interested visitors, is held during the 9:30 church hour in room E-132, located just off the Gathering Room. This series has been held annually for more than 40 years. Each session stands on its own, so please come, even if you can only attend some of the sessions.

    The series will include something of the city of Duluth’s history and of the 147-year history of our own church. Rev. Beth Brown Shugart will tell us about the Methodist church and Methodism today. On other Sundays, led by Brenda Bridges, you will learn about Sunday school classes, different programs and missions of our church, and other opportunities for getting involved.

    On Sunday, May 20th, at 5 p.m. class members and their families, plus church staff, are invited to Kathryn Willis’ home in downtown Duluth. First, there will be a special tour of downtown Duluth where you will see historic buildings, our old church and cemetery, plus the beautiful Duluth Town Green and the exciting happenings now going on in the downtown area. Afterward we will go back to Kathryn’s house for supper, provided thanks to Beth Bell, her helpers, and Suzanna’s Kitchen.

    The New Member & Inquirer’s Class is open to everyone, but is designed especially for new members and interested visitors. Brenda Bridges and Kathryn Willis would love to have you come at least once and find out if this is for you. It is a great way to get to know new people, and learn more about our wonderful church and Methodism. So whether you are new, or are already a member, please visit! You are welcome any or all of the Sundays! For more information, please contact Kathryn Willis by e-mail at kwillis@parsonsgifts.com or call 770-476-3405.

    Bereavement Support Group: April 9th

    Monday, April 9th; 7 to 8:30 p.m. in room F-151

    The Bereavement Support Group meets on the 2nd Monday of each month. The next meeting will be held on Monday, April 9th, from 7 to 8:30 p.m. in room F-151, located on the 1st floor of the Family Life Center (please note the new meeting room loaction). 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.

    “Parenting the Love and Logic Way” Parenting Classes Begin April 11th

    Begins Wednesday, April 11th

    Rev. Lynne Smith, a facilitator of Parenting the Love & Logic Way and Early Childhood Parenting Made Fun, will be leading a parenting class in April. The dates are April 11th, 18th, and 25th at 6:00 p.m. in the Fellowship Hall. Parents and grandparents are welcome.

    Parenting the Love and Logic Way will be offered again in the Fall of 2018. The April class is a short introduction. If you would like to know more about the class, please check out www.loveandlogic.com.

    High Tea for Ladies and Girls: April 14th

    Saturday, 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.

    Mark your calendars and save the dates for the "Shipwrecked" 2018 Vacation Bible School at Duluth First United Methodist Church, being held Monday, June 18th, through Friday, June 22nd. Registration will begin March 18th and continue through May 20th. Vacation Bible School, held from 9 a.m. to noon each day, is for kids ages pre-Kindergarten through 5th grade. The cost is $30 per child with a maximum of $70 per family.

    Registration forms, as well as opportunities to sign up to be a volunteer at "Shipwrecked" Vacation Bible School, are available at the Information Centers and available for download by clicking on VBS 2018 Registration and Volunteer Forms. 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.

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