Blood Drive:  April 14th

An American Red Cross Blood Drive will be held at Duluth First United Methodist Church on Wednesday, April 14th, from 3 to 7 p.m. in the Fellowship Hall.

The benefits of donating blood are:

  • It feels great to donate!
  • You get free juice and delicious cookies.
  • It’s something you can spare. Most people have blood to spare...yet, there is still not enough to go around.
  • You will help ensure blood is on the shelf when needed.  Most people don’t think they’ll ever need blood, but many do. You will be someone’s hero!  In fact, you could help save more than one life with just one donation.


If you are already committed to giving a gift of life, please:

  • Make an appointment online by clicking on BLOOD DRIVE ONLINE REGISTRATION;
  • Make an appointment by calling 1-800-RED CROSS (1-800-733-2767);
  • Contact Tracy Brinker by e-mail at tbrinker@duluthumc.org, or by calling 770-476 3776, ext. 112.
  • Last, but not least, as a “walk-in” on Blood Drive Day.

“...use your hands for good hard work, and then give generously to others in need.”
Ephesians 4:28b (NLT)

Wednesday Night Drive-Thru Dinner:  April 14th

We are no longer taking dinner orders for April 14th. If you have already placed your dinner order please pick up your meals between 5 to 6 p.m. Enter the rear parking lot from the rear-side entrance off of Norman Circle and pick up your meals at the side entrance of the Family Life Center near the playground.

Missions Ministry's “Drive-Up Food Drive” Food Collection for the Hands of Christ Duluth Co-op: April 14th

The Missions Ministry is hosting Drive-Up Food Drives for the Hands of Christ Duluth Co-op, a local missions ministry. Food drives are held when a Wednesday Night Drive-Thru Dinner is being held. We are excited to offer a meaningful and safe way for your family to serve our community during this uncertain time. We will be collecting a variety of canned, jarred, and boxed food goods, as well as personal care items, for the Hands of Christ Duluth Co-op. To learn more about the Duluth Co-op, please click on Hands of Christ.

The next food drive will be on Wednesday, April 14th, from 5 to 6 p.m. A listing of critically needed items will be posted closer to the date of the food drive.

We will have the donation station set up underneath the portico in the back parking lot of the Family Life Center. Please enter the rear parking lot from the rear-side entrance off of Norman Circle and pull under the portico from that side. You will be directed to pull in under the portico after the previous vehicle has pulled out.

*SAFETY NOTE: In order to ensure the safety of all participants and adhere to CDC guidelines regarding social distancing, we will have one family at a time drive up to drop off their donations. Please pack your items in your car trunk, and our volunteers will collect the items directly from there. Thank you!

Wednesday Night Drive-Thru Dinner: April 21st

We know you love our Wednesday night dinners at Duluth First UMC. Due to social distancing and wearing masks, eating together in Hinton Hall is not a viable option at this time, so we are offering Wednesday Night Drive-Thru Dinners! They are similar to curbside pick-up at your favorite restaurant where you order ahead, pay online, and drive by to get your dinner.

The menu for April 21st is Salisbury steak, mashed potatoes, turnip greens, fried okra, biscuits, and dessert. For the kids (ages 11 years and younger) – hamburgers and fries. Prices are:  adults - $6; seniors - $5; family - $19 (parents and their children only); children (ages 11 years and younger) - $4.

All reservations must be received by 5 p.m. on Friday, April 16th. In order to keep everyone safe, we are taking orders for meals and payments online only. A link to the online order and payment form can be found by clicking on Wednesday Night Drive-Thru Dinner Online Order Form.

Please pick up your meals between 5 to 6 p.m. Enter the rear parking lot from the rear-side entrance off of Norman Circle and pick up your meals at the side entrance of the Family Life Center near the playground.

Baby Recognition Sunday: April 25th

Baby Recognition Sunday at Duluth First UMC will be held on Sunday, April 25th. The United Methodist Women (UMW) will welcome and recognize all new babies born to our church family during the past year. If your family (immediate or extended) has welcomed a new addition between March 2020 and March 2021, please let us know by filling out the BABY RECOGNITION SUNDAY 2021 FORM. Please provide complete information so that invitations may be sent to the parents. All babies will be honored and welcomed at the 11:00 Traditional Worship service. A donation to missions may be made in honor of a specific baby or in honor of all new babies collectively.
 
This time of recognition is open to all our church family and parents do not have to be members of our congregation. Jesus said, “Let the little children come unto me.” We want to echo that invitation. The JAM (Jesus Among Mommies) Circle sponsors this special ceremony along with the entire UMW unit. All babies signed up will be honored, and a donation is not required. Please complete the form below and put it in the Baby Box in the Gathering Room, in Hinton Hall, or in the collection plate on Sunday mornings. The final day to submit names is Sunday, April 18th. Please contact Victoria Ladd by e-mail at victoriasladd@gmail.com for additional information.

Wednesday Night Drive-Thru Dinner: April 28th

We know you love our Wednesday night dinners at Duluth First UMC. Due to social distancing and wearing masks, eating together in Hinton Hall is not a viable option at this time, so we are offering Wednesday Night Drive-Thru Dinners! They are similar to curbside pick-up at your favorite restaurant where you order ahead, pay online, and drive by to get your dinner.

The menu for April 28th is fried catfish, au gratin potatoes, cole slaw, green beans, butter peas, hushpuppies, and dessert. For the kids (ages 11 years and younger) – fish sticks and fries. Prices are:  adults - $6; seniors - $5; family - $19 (parents and their children only); children (ages 11 years and younger) - $4.

All reservations must be received by 5 p.m. on Friday, April 23rd. In order to keep everyone safe, we are taking orders for meals and payments online only. A link to the online order and payment form can be found by clicking on Wednesday Night Drive-Thru Dinner Online Order Form.

Please pick up your meals between 5 to 6 p.m. Enter the rear parking lot from the rear-side entrance off of Norman Circle and pick up your meals at the side entrance of the Family Life Center near the playground.

A Time for Communion:  1st Sunday of Each Month

Due to the pandemic we have had to find a new way to take part in the communion meal. You are invited to a time of Holy Communion on the first Sunday of each month at 9:30 a.m. on the Fellowship Terrace, the outdoor space in front of the Fellowship Hall.  You must bring your own elements, bread and juice, to join in the Thanksgiving celebration with others in our congregation.  Please do not share with anyone other than your own family.

You will still need to social distance. You may sit on the wall or bring a chair. Families may sit together but please refrain from being close to others.  We want to continue our safety protocols that have kept us healthy and allowed our church to meet in person.  If you enter the church you will need to have on a mask.  In case of bad weather we will attempt to meet under the large portico at the back of the church.  Watch for updates on the church website. For any questions please contact Rev. C. Kay Fuino by e-mail at ckfuino@duluthumc.org, or call 770-476-3776, ext. 117.

Wednesday Night Drive-Thru Dinner: May 5th

We know you love our Wednesday night dinners at Duluth First UMC. Due to social distancing and wearing masks, eating together in Hinton Hall is not a viable option at this time, so we are offering Wednesday Night Drive-Thru Dinners! They are similar to curbside pick-up at your favorite restaurant where you order ahead, pay online, and drive by to get your dinner.

The menu for May 5th – Cinco de Mayo – is chicken fajita with peppers and onions on a soft flour tortilla, yellow rice, black beans, and dessert. For the kids (ages 11 years and younger) – soft taco and yellow rice. Prices are:  adults - $6; seniors - $5; family - $19 (parents and their children only); children (ages 11 years and younger) - $4.

All reservations must be received by 5 p.m. on Friday, April 30th. In order to keep everyone safe, we are taking orders for meals and payments online only. A link to the online order and payment form can be found by clicking on Wednesday Night Drive-Thru Dinner Online Order Form.

Please pick up your meals between 5 to 6 p.m. Enter the rear parking lot from the rear-side entrance off of Norman Circle and pick up your meals at the side entrance of the Family Life Center near the playground.

Vacation Bible School 2021 “Rocky Railway” - June 21st - 25th: Free and Online Only!

Registration is now open for Duluth First UMC’s Vacation Bible School 2021 – Rocky Railway: Jesus’ Power Pulls Us Through! You and your family can enjoy VBS together this summer with our FREE all-virtual VBS the week of June 21st through 25th. Kids in Pre-Kindergarten through rising 6th graders will be able to enjoy the Bible stories, songs, crafts, and snacks at home this year. All participants who register by Wednesday, May 19th, are guaranteed a t-shirt and CD as well as all of the supplies needed for the crafts and snacks, plus a few surprises.

Each morning the week of June 21st, a new video will be posted to the church’s YouTube channel to lead your kids in song, give them directions on making their craft, and share a new Bible story. Rising 5th and 6th graders will participate in the same VBS but will also have the opportunity to participate in a mission project.

We hope you and your family will be able to join us for Rocky Railway this summer. To register online, please click on VACATION BIBLE SCHOOL 2021 ONLINE REGISTRATION. If you have any questions, please contact Leslie Yokeley, Director of Children’s Ministries, by e-mail at lyokeley@duluthumc.org or call 770-476-3776, ext. 138.