“Oh, Happy Day!” Fundraising Concerts for UMCOR:

October 1st & 2nd

What do Fiddler on the Roof and Sister Act have in common? Or how does one bring Oh Brother, Where Art Thou? and Godspell together? You'll find out when you attend “Oh Happy Day: Singing Our Faith from Stage & Screen", fundraising concerts to benefit the United Methodist Committee on Relief (UMCOR).


The concerts will be held on:

  • Saturday, October 1st, at 7:30 p.m. in the Sanctuary;
  • Sunday, October 2nd, at 4:00 p.m. in the Sanctuary.

There will be music from some of your favorite musicals - some uplifting, some heartbreaking, and quite a few that will bring a big smile. Admission to the concerts is FREE, but we will take donations for UMCOR with gratitude.


UMCOR, the relief and development arm of The United Methodist Church, is involved globally in direct ministry to persons in need, whether it be those suffering in Ukraine or from natural disasters such as famine, hurricane, flood, fire or other challenges. UMCOR also provides technical support and training to address emerging and ongoing issues related to disaster relief and recovery. For more information about UMCOR, please visit their website.

"Walk Together" Wednesdays: Begin October 5th

Get ready for Living Well with our Wednesday morning “Walk Together”.  Get your walking shoes on and join us in Hinton Hall at 10 a.m. each Wednesday morning, beginning on October 5th, to help your body keep Living Well by walking. You can walk a short time or a long time, but you will walk with others. You can walk a while and sit a while, or keep going to reach a personal goal. If it’s nice we will walk outside, if it’s not great we will walk indoors.

Bring your water bottle or your coffee cup to join in the fellowship and get your body going. We will always begin with prayer and you will leave with a scripture card for the week. This is for everyone - you just need to get to the church to walk with us! No need to register, just show up and enjoy Living Well! For more information please contact Rev. Dr. C. Kay Fuino by e-mail at ckfuino@duluthumc.org.

Wednesday Night Dinner in Hinton Hall:

October 5th

The Dinner Belles and Beaus prepare excellent meals at very reasonable prices. Enjoy fellowship around the table with family and friends.

 

October 5th is “Breakfast for Dinner” Night and the menu includes breakfast quiche, a choice of bacon or sausage, cheese grits, tater tots, French toast sticks, biscuits and sausage gravy, and dessert. For the kids – the same.

 

Dinner service hours are 5 to 6:30 p.m., with to-go boxes available from 6 to 6:30 p.m.

 

The prices for Wednesday Night Dinners are: $8.00 for adults; $7.00 for seniors; $5.00 for children under 11 years of age; $23.00 for family meals (immediate family members only); $5.00 for salad bar only, which includes the salad bar, a choice of baked potato or sweet potato, dessert and a drink.

“Learn a Little” Wednesday Evening Classes for Adults

Learn a Little classes are one-night classes for adults, held on Wednesdays beginning from 6 to 7 p.m. in room F-145 (unless otherwise noted), located on the 1st floor of the Sheldon Family Life Center. They cover a wide variety of subjects. Upcoming dates and topics include:

  • October 5th: Racial Justice and Healing, led by Brian Tillman, Associate Director of Congregation Excellence, North GA United Methodist Church Conference.
  • October 12th:  History of Photography, led by David Cook.

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

Wednesday Evening Activities for All Ages

DuluthKids is an exciting Wednesday night opportunity for kids ages Kindergarten through 5th grade. We meet from 6 to 7 p.m. in the Youth Center (“The Fish Tank”), located on the 1st floor of the Sheldon Family Life Center, for fellowship, Bible study, mission opportunities, games and music with the youth praise team! Programming is age-appropriate with curriculum designed for kids. 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.

Book Bunch, a story time for three and four-year olds, meets in the Sheldon Family Life Center library, located on the 2nd floor, on Wednesday evenings from 6:15 to 6:30 p.m. Children will hear a story being read from a guest reader and will have an opportunity to check out a book from the library. 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.

Students (6th through 12th grades) are invited to join us for Youth Bible Study during the school year as we dive into the Word of God and grow together as a community!  Bible Study is held on Wednesday nights from 6 to 7 p.m. in room F-149, located on the 1st floor of the Sheldon Family Life Center. For more information, please contact Min Lee, Assistant Director of Youth Ministries, by e-mail at mlee@duluthumc.org, or call 770-476-3776, ext. 119.

All parents of children and youth are invited to meet on Wednesday evenings from 6 to 7 p.m. in rooms F-206/207, located on the 2nd floor of the Sheldon Family Life Center for our Parenting Town Hall Discussions. We will discuss topics and issues that affect all parents in an open discussion format. For more information, contact Rev. David Burchett by e-mail at dburchett@duluthumc.org.

The Yarn Arts Ministry meets on Wednesdays from 6 to 7 p.m. in rooms F-204/205, located on the 2nd floor of the Sheldon Family Life Center. The primary purpose of the Yarn Arts Ministry is to knit and/or crochet baby blankets, but the group is certainly not limited to that.

Boy Scout Troop 419’s 6th Annual “Cars for Campouts” Classic Car Show & Cruise In:

Rescheduled to October 8th

BSA Troop 419 will hold their 6th annual Cars for Campouts fundraiser car show on Saturday, October 8th (please note new date), from 9 a.m. to 2 p.m. in the church’s parking lot. If you have a special vehicle – muscle cars, classics, resto-mods, exotics, bikes, and one-offs – please bring it and participate.

Preregistration by October 7th is $20, and registration the day of the show is $25. Register at https://tinyurl.com/cars4campouts2022. Sixty participant-judged awards will be presented. If you just want to see some cool vehicles, feel free to attend as admission for spectators is free. Food and beverages will be available.

If you have any questions, please send an e-mail to carshow@bsatoop419.org, or call Mike Ringham at 770-815-4206. All proceeds from the event help make BSA Troop 419’s program one of the best in the council, and with your support, will continue to do so.

Senior Adult Fellowship: October 11th

Senior Adult Fellowship will meet on Tuesday, October 11th, from 10 to 11:30 a.m. in rooms F-145/146, located on the 1st floor of the Sheldon Family Life Center. The program will feature guest speaker Rev. Dr. C. Kay Fuino, Associate Pastor, who will bring information about the Liberian school named in her honor. 

Wednesday Night Dinner in Hinton Hall:

October 12th

The Dinner Belles and Beaus prepare excellent meals at very reasonable prices. Enjoy fellowship around the table with family and friends.

 

The menu for October 12th is meatloaf, mashed potatoes, green beans, butter peas, rolls, and dessert. For the kids – hamburgers and fries.

 

Dinner service hours are 5 to 6:30 p.m., with to-go boxes available from 6 to 6:30 p.m.

 

The prices for Wednesday Night Dinners are: $8.00 for adults; $7.00 for seniors; $5.00 for children under 11 years of age; $23.00 for family meals (immediate family members only); $5.00 for salad bar only, which includes the salad bar, a choice of baked potato or sweet potato, dessert and a drink.

Women’s Fall Spiritual Retreat Day: October 13th

As we fall into new weather and routines, it is important to take time to fall into our spiritual rhythm too. On Thursday, October 13th, Rev. Dr. C. Kay Fuino will lead a time of retreat on Listening to God, based on Psalm 46:10, “Be still, and know that I am God.”  Our lives often seem to be on the speed cycle and we need to attend more deliberately to the gift of life and choose to reorient our lives to God in meaningful ways. We will take time for silence, journaling, art, music and conversation to see God in our lives and feel God’s joy in who we are each moment.

The retreat on October 13th begins at 10 a.m., with a break for lunch at noon, and ending by 2 p.m. to allow those who need to pick up children to be on time without having to hurry. Lunch will be provided for those who register ahead of time. The cost for the retreat is $25 and includes lunch. You may register by e-mailing Rev. Dr. C. Kay at RevCKay@gmail.com. Please feel free to contact Rev. Dr. C. Kay with any questions by e-mail at RevCKay@gmail.com or ckfuino@duluthumc.org, or call 770-617-0777.

Wednesday Night Dinner in Hinton Hall:

October 19th

The Dinner Belles and Beaus prepare excellent meals at very reasonable prices. Enjoy fellowship around the table with family and friends.

 

October 19th is Taco Night. The menu includes a choice of chicken or beef tacos on flour tortillas, a choice of refried beans or black beans, yellow rice, lettuce, tomato, cheese, salsa, chips, guacamole, and dessert. For the kids – the same.

 

Dinner service hours are 5 to 6:30 p.m., with to-go boxes available from 6 to 6:30 p.m.

 

The prices for Wednesday Night Dinners are: $8.00 for adults; $7.00 for seniors; $5.00 for children under 11 years of age; $23.00 for family meals (immediate family members only); $5.00 for salad bar only, which includes the salad bar, a choice of baked potato or sweet potato, dessert and a drink.

Join Us for Children's Choirs:

Beginning October 23rd

Join us on Sunday afternoons, beginning October 23rd, for children’s music from 3:30 to 4:15 p.m. This will be a time for singing, instruments, games, and lots of fun for kids preschool (age 4) through 5th grade. We will gather each week in the Sanctuary, divide into age-group classes, then reassemble at the end for a final song together and parent pick up.

For more information, or to volunteer as a leader, please contact David Daniel, Minister of Music &  Worship Arts, by e-mail at ddaniel@duluthumc.org.

Wednesday Night Dinner in Hinton Hall:

October 26th

The Dinner Belles and Beaus prepare excellent meals at very reasonable prices. Enjoy fellowship around the table with family and friends.

 

The menu for October 26th is Chicken Parmesan, noodles, fresh zucchini, English peas, garlic toast, and dessert. For the kids – chicken tenders and fries.

 

Dinner service hours are 5 to 6:30 p.m., with to-go boxes available from 6 to 6:30 p.m.

 

The prices for Wednesday Night Dinners are: $8.00 for adults; $7.00 for seniors; $5.00 for children under 11 years of age; $23.00 for family meals (immediate family members only); $5.00 for salad bar only, which includes the salad bar, a choice of baked potato or sweet potato, dessert and a drink.

"Blessing of the Animals" Service:

October 30th

Bring your pets to the Blessing of the Animals service on Sunday, October 30th. This service will be held at 2:30 p.m. on the Fellowship Terrace, located in front of the Fellowship Hall. In case of rain the service will be held under the back portico entrance of the Family Life Center.

Blessing of the Animals witnesses to God’s and the Church’s love, care and concern for creation. St. Francis of Assisi, the author of the hymn All Creatures of Our God and King was an important person in reminding us of honoring all of God’s creation.

Trunk-or-Treat: October 31st

Halloween is coming! Get your trunk ready for giving out Halloween treats! Join us on Monday, October 31st, for Trunk-or-Treat, a fun and safe trick-or-treat experience at the church from 5 to 6:30 p.m. in the front parking lot. 
 
Bring your friends and family to our Trunk-or-Treat event. Come in costume, park your car, and pop the trunk! Set-up time begins at 4:30 p.m. and trick-or-treating begins at 5:00 p.m. Share a trunk load of goodies with your friends and neighbors, or just join in the fun as a trick-or-treater!
 
A hot dog supper will be offered in the Fellowship Hall, and donations will be accepted. You are also encouraged to bring canned food donations for the Hands of Christ Duluth Co-Op because It is Spooky to be Hungry!
 
Want to help?  Here’s how:

  • Donate bags of candy. Place your donations in bins located in the Dorothy L. Rainey Fellowship Hall or on the 1st floor of the Sheldon Family Life Center.
  • Help with logistics that night (give out treats, direct traffic, help with the photos, collect food donations). Contact Rev. Beth Brown Shugart to volunteer.

Whatever you do, make sure you join us on Halloween for this fun filled, family-friendly event! This is a great way to reach out to the community. Come be a part of the fellowship and check out the amazing trunks and costumes.
 
If you have any questions, please contact Rev. Beth Brown Shugart by e-mail at bshugart@duluthumc.org, or call 770-476-3776, ext. 128.

Operation Christmas Child 2022:

Through November 13th

We are gearing up for this year’s Operation Christmas Child, our annual participation in Samaritans Purse’s mission for God’s children around the world. Despite the continuing issues associated with the pandemic in 2021, Samaritans Purse delivered over 10.1 MILLION shoeboxes in over 170 countries and territories.  Since the inception of the program in 1993, over 198 MILLION shoeboxes have been delivered to children around the world.

At the local level, the Southeastern Team (Alabama, Georgia, Florida) collected over 950,00 shoeboxes while the East Metro Team (Gwinnett and DeKalb Countries) collected over 26,000 shoeboxes in 2021.

By filling shoeboxes with toys, school supplies and hygiene items you not only give to children in need the only gift they will likely receive for Christmas, but also help deliver hope, joy and the gospel of Jesus Christ to them and their families.

Many children who receive these shoebox gifts will also enroll in Operation Christmas Child’s 12 lesson discipleship program, The Greatest Journey.  This program teaches children about God’s amazing love and guides them through what it means to faithfully follow Jesus Christ. 

Empty shoe boxes are available in the Gathering Room and in the hallway by Hinton Hall. You will find ideas on how to pack a shoebox gift, what not to include and labels inside each box. 

Remember to include the $10 processing donation. This donation not only covers the processing of the shoebox and shipping, but also supports the in-country ministry training and materials for The Greatest Journey activities.  Again this year, we also have adhesive labels that will allow you to register your shoebox(s), make your donation and track your shoebox. See more information included in the empty shoebox.

It is also possible to fill a shoebox online by selecting items and paying for it electronically.  These online shoeboxes address special needs that are delivered to hard to cover locations.  Please see instructions for doing so at www.samaritanspurse.org/occ.

Please return your filed boxes to the Dorothy L. Rainey Fellowship Hall stage or Hinton Hall no later than Sunday, November 13th.

This will be such a worthwhile and fun project for our Sunday School classes, Women’s Circles, our Youth groups and families with their children to undertake. Let’s try to better Duluth First UMC’s total of 160 boxes we packed last year!

For more information or if you have any questions, please contact Charlie Doerlich by e-mail at chaz3d@gmail.com, or call 678-662-2115.

Christian Beginnings Preschool and Kindergarten 2022-2023 Registration is Underway

Registration for Christian Beginnings Preschool and Kindergarten’s 2022-2023 school year has begun!  What better way for your child, or a friend’s child, to learn their ABC’S, numbers, shapes, God’s love for us and so much more, than in a caring, loving, Christian environment. They will have fun and make friends while attending our accredited, award winning school.  We hope you will come join us!  If you know of anyone looking for a wonderful preschool, please send them our way.

Our preschool and kindergarten program is for children ages 6 weeks (by September 1st, 2022) through kindergarten.  Registration is underway and the registration fee will be $180.00 per student.


Registration forms are available for download by clicking on CHRISTIAN BEGINNINGS PRESCHOOL AND KINDERGARTEN REGISTRATION FORMS.


If you would like more information regarding Christian Beginnings Preschool and Kindergarten, or if you would like to schedule a tour, please contact Pat Szathmary at pszathmary@duluthumc.org or call 770-497-1743.

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 boverstreet@duluthumc.org or call the church office at 770-476-3776.