"Crossing the Finish Line" 2022-2028 Capital Campaign at Duluth First United Methodist Church

And now faith, hope, and love abide, these three; and the greatest of these is love.

1 Corinthians 13:13 (NRSV)

Crossing the Finish Line

On Sunday, February 6th, we kicked off the Crossing the Finish Line 2022-2028 Capital Campaign. This is an exciting time for our church. With the pledges from this campaign, we have the very real possibility of paying off the mortgage and being debt free for the first time in decades.


Duluth First United Methodist Church, the church family, and the community have been profoundly blessed by the building of the Family Life Center, especially in the areas of faith, hope, and love.  Some examples are:

  • FAITH: Youth Group, Children’s Ministries, Scouting, Contemporary Worship Services, Sunday School classes, Bible studies, Prayers and Squares Prayer Quilt Ministry;
  • HOPE:  Happy Sacks, Grief Share, Stephen Ministry, food drives for Hands of Christ Duluth Co-op;
  • LOVE: Wednesday Night Dinners, Hugs for Soldiers, Yarn Arts Ministry, support for Seneca Street UMC in Buffalo, NY.

There are many more ministries that we have participated in which would not have been possible without the Family Life Center.  It is an integral part of our service to God, this church, and this community.


The outstanding mortgage is $1.3M with monthly payments of $20,000.  We will pay this debt off with this Capital Campaign which will see us Crossing the Finish Line. Imagine how much more we will be able to grow our ministries with the mortgage paid off.  What a celebration that will be! Isn’t it exciting to be a part of this endeavor?


The Campaign ran through March 20th. You can still make your pledge online by clicking on Crossing the Finish Line Online Pledge Form, or download a paper form by clicking on Crossing the Finish Line Paper Pledge Form.


Please pray for our Church, our Church family, and this Campaign. Prayerfully consider the amount of your pledge, and let us join together in Crossing the Finish Line.


Ann Fleming

Campaign Chairperson

Celebrating the Naming of the Sheldon Family Life Center

On Sunday, March 27, 2022, we named the Family Life Center the Sheldon Family Life Center. We are so thankful to Russ, Melanie, and Weston Sheldon for their generosity.

You will notice letters on the outside and inside of the church that say Sheldon Family Life Center, and also plaques just inside the back entrance on the first floor and also as you enter from the Atrium on the second floor.

If you were not able to be with us on March 27th, please take a moment to view a short video of the ceremony by clicking on Sheldon Family Life Center.