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 or call 770-476-3776, ext. 138.

“Night Without a Bed” Family Promise Fundraiser

Can you help Rev. David Burchett raise funds for Family Promise of Gwinnett? The goal of Night Without a Bed, a Family Promise of Gwinnett campaign which runs from June 1st - 26th, is to raise awareness of family homelessness and help transition families into sustainable lifestyles.

Family Promise of Gwinnett County, Inc. brings existing local resources together to help homeless children and their families regain their housing and their independence, while maintaining their dignity. They mobilize congregations of faith, community volunteers, and social service agencies. Through intensive case management and counseling, we address the underlying causes of homelessness.  Together we are ending homelessness – one family at a time. With every donation and sponsor, we are able to continue our mission and achieve our goal of ending family homelessness in Gwinnett County.

For more information on this fundraiser, please visit and click on the “Night Without A Bed” graphic.  To donate to David Burchett’s page, please click on Help Rev. David Burchett Raise Funds for Family Promise of Gwinnett.  You can also find David’s page on the “Night Without A Bed” information page on Family Promise’s website.

FREE COVID-19 Vaccines Available at Duluth First UMC:  June 24th

Gwinnett, Newton and Rockdale County Health Departments will be offering FREE COVID-19 vaccines at Duluth First UMC on Thursday, June 24th, from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. in the Fellowship Hall. The vaccine being provided will be Moderna and there will be a maximum of 100 vaccines available on that day. This is for the 1st vaccine only, and instructions will be given on how to receive the 2nd vaccine.

Vaccinations, available for members of our congregation as well as individuals in the community, are for anyone 18+ years old who wants to receive the vaccine. The clinic is a walk-up clinic, so no reservations or online sign-up are required.

Patients will be screened for a temperature and other symptoms prior to entry. They will go to an intake station to have their paperwork checked and their ID and insurance card scanned, however, not having an ID or insurance is not an issue. Once through intake, they will go see the nurse to be immunized. Following immunization, patients will move to an observation area for the appropriate amount of time (15-30 minutes).

Retirement Reception Honoring Rev. Dr. C. Kay Fuino:  June 27th

As you may know, Rev. Dr. C. Kay Fuino is retiring as a full-time Associate Pastor on June 30, 2021. We are celebrating C. Kay’s retirement with a reception in her honor on Sunday, June 27th, at noon in the Fellowship Hall.  Please stop by the Fellowship Hall with your well wishes for C. Kay and to celebrate her 17 years of full-time service at Duluth First UMC.  You can also send cards to her at the church address, 3208 Highway 120, Duluth GA 30096.  Please note we no longer use the P.O. box number.

Do not dismay, as C. Kay is returning on September 7th as a part-time Associate Pastor of Congregational Care and offering spiritual direction. Her office will remain on the 1st floor of the Family Life Center.

Mark your calendars now for this special day and join us in the celebration! 

Missions Ministry's “Drive-Up Food Drive” Food Collection for the Hands of Christ Duluth Co-op: July 1st

Our church’s Missions Ministry will continue to host Drive-Up Food Drives for the Hands of Christ Duluth Co-op, a local missions ministry, during the summer months. The food drives will be held on the following dates and times:

  • Thursday, July 1st; 10 a.m. to noon
  • Thursday, July 15th; 10 a.m. to noon

The food drives were hugely successful when Wednesday Night Drive-Thru Dinners were offered, and we are excited to continue to offer a meaningful and safe way for your family to serve our community. We will be collecting a variety of canned, jarred, and boxed goods at a donation station set up underneath the portico in the back of the Family Life Center.

A listing of critically needed food items will be posted closer to the date of the food drive.

Online Patriotic Concert:  July 4th

Join us online on Sunday, July 4th, at 2:00 p.m. or anytime thereafter, for a concert of patriotic music presented by the church’s Chancel Choir and Chamber Chorale. You can view the concert on:

  • our YouTube channel (DuluthFirstUMCWorship)
  • Facebook page (@DFUMC.Music.WorshipArts).

New COVID-19 Policy

Based on the latest guidelines from the CDC, Duluth First UMC’s COVID protocol is revised as follows, effective immediately.

This applies to worship and all other church events and to all areas of the campus:

  • For those who have been fully vaccinated, masks and social distancing are not required.
  • For those who have not been fully vaccinated, masks are required and social distancing is encouraged.
  • The church will continue to make masks available for all who want or need them.

Many thanks to everyone for working together so graciously to be the church during this pandemic--from the time we went to online only on March 15, 2020, through our re-opening on June 28, and into this next phase starting right now and including this Sunday, May 23, 2021, and going forward.

Your cooperation in loving your neighbor as yourself is helping us to help people follow Jesus.

Terry Tippens,
Senior Pastor

The Gathering: A New Small Group Opportunity for Anyone & Everyone on Sunday Mornings

The Gathering, a new small group opportunity for anyone and everyone, meets Sunday mornings from 9:30 to 10:15 a.m in rooms F-206-207, located on the 2nd floor of the Family Life Center.  Join us as we build community and discipleship through study, discussion, fellowship, and prayer.

Rev. David Burchett and Min Lee will be leading The Gathering as we begin this journey of growing together and fostering Biblical community together.  If you have any questions, please don’t hesitate to contact Rev. David Burchett by e-mail at for more information.

Introducing a New Way to Stay Connected with Your Church:  MinistryOne Mobile App

Duluth First United Methodist Church’s Ministry One app for mobile devices allows you to:

  • Watch sermons on your mobile device.
  • Make donations to the church.
  • Easily update your contact information.
  • Connect with other members through the online directory.

To install the app on your mobile device, just follow these steps:

  1. Go to the app store on your mobile phone and search for CHURCH MINISTRYONE. The icon is purple with a white cross in the middle of it.
  2. Once it is downloaded, open the app and enter “Duluth First United Methodist Church” in the box just above the blue FIND YOUR CHURCH button, then click the button.
  3. When the church’s name comes up, click on it.  It will move to a larger screen and at the bottom of that screen, click SELECT THE CHURCH.
  4. It will ask you to allow the app to send you notifications. We would recommend clicking ALLOW.
  5. In the bottom right, click profile.  Sign in with your e-mail (the one you use for church communications) and your mobile phone number.  The spaces for your e-mail and phone number are below the words E-MAIL and MOBILE PHONE NUMBER.  Do not sign using the username/password function.
  6. Click NEXT and it will ask you for a way to send you a validation code.  Click TEXT ME THE CODE.  Enter the code and click NEXT.
  7. After you do this, it will take you back to the menu screen and you should now have a 7th box that says PEOPLE.  This is the directory.

If you would like a copy of the MinistryOne app installation instructions to print out, please click on MINISTRYONE APP INSTRUCTIONS.

Having problems and need help? Please contact Brian Overstreet, Church Administrator, by e-mail at or call the church office at 770-476-3776.