Small Group Studies for Adults

We offer a variety of small group studies throughout the year. Study groups for women meet on Tuesday evenings and Thursday mornings. There are groups on Wednesday evenings (seasonal; April - August) with a variety of topics. For additional information, please contact Rev. Beth Brown Shugart, Associate Pastor, by e-mail at

    “All the Good: A Wesleyan Way of Christmas” Study: November 28th Through December 19th

    You are invited to begin the Advent season with Rev. Dr. C. Kay Fuino during the Sunday School hour for a four-week Advent journey guided by the practices in John Wesley’s means of grace. During the All the Good: A Wesleyan Way of Christmas study you will enjoy discovering treasured nuggets of Methodist history and their connections to the message of Christmas. Scripturaly grounded, historically educational, and personally warm and engaging, All the Good not only reminds us of the good news as we prepare for Christmas, but invites us to respond to it as well.

    The authors are leaders in United Methodist Education from Divinity schools like Duke and Candler. The outline includes:

    • Week 1: Practicing Advent; Preparing the Way;
    • Week 2: Praying in Advent;
    • Week 3: Practices of Mercy: Embodying God’s Love for Others;
    • Week 4: Christmas is Only the Beginning: God Sends the Church to the World. 

    If you are ready to have a deeper experience of Advent this season, please join the All the Good study. The class will meet in the Fellowship Hall and online via Zoom beginning November 28th, the first Sunday of Advent, from 9:30 to 10:30 a.m.

    To join the online Zoom class, please click on the following link shortly before 9:30 a.m. on the Sunday:

    You will need a Bible and a participant book, and you may want to have a journal for questions and notes each week. Participant books are $12 and may be ordered by registering with Tracy Brinker by e-mail at or by calling 770-476-3776. Please register by Wednesday, November 10th. If you have any questions, please contact Rev. Dr. C. Kay Fuino by e-mail at or call 770-476-3776, ext. 117.

    Information Station:  A Class for New Members and Those Considering Church Membership: January 9th through 23rd

    Information Station, a class for new members and those who are considering church membership, will meet on January 9th, 16th, and 23rd from 9:30 to 10:30 a.m. Classes will be held in the Conference Room, located on the 3rd floor of the Family Life Center. Classes include history and information about The United Methodist Church, opportunities for involvement at Duluth First UMC, a tour of the church campus, and a good time of fellowship.

    For additional information, please contact Rev. Beth Brown Shugart by e-mail at, or call 770-476-3776, ext. 128.

    "Abundant Life" Online Adult Sunday School Class

    Everyone knows that “the small group experience” is a rewarding and vital component of our individual faith journey and spiritual growth. Duluth First United Methodist Church wants to provide as many options as possible for you to achieve that benefit, regardless of your current circumstances or ability to attend in person. 

    The Abundant Life class will meet via Zoom during the normal Sunday School hour (9:30 to 10:30 a.m.). Using “tried and true” study materials and discussion formats long pioneered in the SOS Class, the group will focus on the three pillars of Prayer, Bible Study, and Christian Fellowship.

    If you are interested in “getting in on the ground floor”, please contact Beth Shugart by e-mail at or Jim Woods by e-mail at for more information.

    “The Sesquicentennial History of Duluth First United Methodist Church” Book Study:  Through December 8th

    The Sesquicentennial History of Duluth First United Methodist Church is a new book written by our church historian, Pete Fleming. Pete is offering an 11-week class, through December 8th, that will discuss a different chapter of the book each week.

    • October 6th:  Chapter 3; 1920-1939
    • October 13th:  Chapter 4; 1939-1952
    • October 20th:  Chapter 5; 1953-1961
    • October 27th:  Chapter 6; 1961-1970
    • November 3rd:  Chapter 7; 1969-1980
    • November 10th:  Chapter 8; 1980-1992
    • November 17th:  Chapter 9; 1993-2000
    • December 1st:  Chapter 10; 2000-2016
    • December 8th:  Chapter 11 2016-2021

    The class meets from 6 to 7 p.m. in rooms F-145/146, located on the 1st floor of the Family Life Center. The book is $35 per copy and is available at the receptionist’s desk during church office hours.

    United Methodist Women's Book Club Selections for November and December

    The United Methodist Women’s Book Club continues in November and December. Join us as we continue this reading adventure!  The colder weather is the perfect time to snuggle up indoors with a book.

    You may pick up a book in the dresser located outside of Rev. Beth Brown Shugart’s office located on the 1st floor of the Family Life Center. Please do not forget to sign the check-out sheet. An online Zoom meeting will be held in January after the holidays to discuss the books.

    Subjects and book titles for November and December are:


    • Coffee, Tea & Holy: One Woman’s Journey to Experience by Amanda Hudson
    • The Underground Girls of Kabul: In Afghanistan by Jenny Nordberg


    • Small Great Things (a novel) by Jodi Picoult
    • The Leavers (a novel) by Lisa Ko
    • The Girl with Seven Names: Escape from North Korea by Hyeonseo Lee with David John
    • She Persisted: 13 American Women Who Changed the World (for children) by Chelsea Clinton


    • Becoming Grandma-the Joys and Science of the New Grandparenting by Lesley Stahl
    • Before We Were Yours (a novel) by Lisa Wingate


    • Hidden Figures-The Untold Story of the African American Women Who Helped Win the Space Endeavor by Margot Lee Shetterly (adult and youth versions)
    • Becoming by Michele Obama


    • Cured but Not Healed by Kymberly Clemons-Jones

    Response magazines do not have to be checked out, but please keep them no longer than one week so that others can read them.

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

    The Gathering, a new small group opportunity open to anyone and everyone, meets on 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 on 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.