Order Your Easter Lilies: Now Through March 17th

The Worship Committee invites you to remember or honor a loved one by purchasing a lily for Easter. The cost per plant is $20. The lilies will be used during our online worship services on Easter morning, April 4th.

Due to the ongoing pandemic, Easter services for 2021 at Duluth First United Methodist Church will be online only. You may pick up your lily/lilies in the church’s Atrium beginning Monday morning, April 5th. Printed copies of the Remembrance/Honor listings will be available with the lilies. Any leftover plants will be taken to our homebound members.

All proceeds go to Seeds of Hope, whose funds are used to help meet the needs of God’s people living in Duluth and Suwanee – often strangers, widows, orphans, homeless, those who are lost, and those who are without hope – who come to Duluth First United Methodist Church seeking assistance.

You can place your order for lilies online with a credit/debit card payment by clicking on EASTER LILY ONLINE ORDER FORM.

If you wish to pay by cash or check, please click on EASTER LILY ORDER FORM to download a copy of the form.

All orders must be submitted by 7:00 p.m. on Wednesday, March 17th.

Lenten Music & Devotionals:  Wednesdays through March 31st

At noon each Wednesday during Lent we will premiere a new Lenten devotional on:

Members of our congregation and church staff will share their reflections on music for the Lenten season, and you will hear either them or members of our Duluth First UMC music ministry sing or play those songs.


MARCH 3, 2021

"Seek Ye First"

Devotion and performance by Beth Patterson


FEBRUARY 24, 2021

"Thirsting for God”
TAIZÉ WORSHIP FEAST: 20 Complete Services in the Spirit of Taizé
Copyright 2004 Abingdon Press
David Daniel, Minister of Music & Worship Arts


FEBRUARY 17, 2021

ONLY DUST - Bradley Phillips, Copyright 1990

Amanda Phillips Pope, soprano

Prayer Labyrinth

Beginning Wednesday, February 17th, rooms F-204/205, located on the 2nd floor of the Family Life Center, will be a dedicated space for prayer. A prayer labyrinth will be available, along with a guided reflection. The prayer room will be open weekdays during regular church office hours (Monday - Thursday, 8:30 a.m. to 6 p.m., Friday, 9 a.m. to 3 p.m.) and on Sundays from 8 a.m. to noon, and 4 to 7 p.m. The Atrium and rear entrances (1st floor, Family Life Center) will be open for building access during the week and on Sunday morning. Only the rear doors will be open Sunday afternoon/evening.

S.A.L.T. Sunday School Class' “Plenty Good Room” Lenten Study

The S.A.L.T. Sunday School class began a Lenten study on February 21st using the book Plenty Good Room, by Marilyn E. Thornton. This six-session study provides biblical, social, and historical analyses of the African American spirituals: “Ev’ry Time I Feel the Spirit,” “This Lonesome Valley,” “Bow Down on Your Knees,” “Plenty Good Room,” “Ain’t Dat Good News,” and “Were You There?”

 

The book is available on Amazon in paperback and Kindle formats.  The S.A.L.T. Sunday School class meets online via Zoom every Sunday morning at 9:30 a.m. and in a hybrid format in room E-134 on the 1st and 3rd Sundays of each month. Anyone wishing to join in this study by Zoom may do so by contacting Ann Fleming by e-mail at afleming3832@att.net or by phone at 678-644-9108. Ann will send you a Zoom meeting invitation about 9:15 a.m. on Sunday morning, or you can simply join the hybrid class on the 1st and 3rd Sundays. Be sure to wear a facemask if you plan to attend the hybrid class.

"The 40 Day Prayer Challenge" Online Meetings

You are invited to join in a Lenten challenge, led by Rev. C. Kay Fuino, using the book Draw the Circle: The 40 Day Prayer Challenge, available on Amazon in either a paperback or Kindle version. During Lent there will be opportunities to come together on Monday afternoons or Wednesday evenings to talk about the prayer challenge and gain insight from others who are taking part.

 

Recurring Monday Afternoon Meetings Beginning February 22nd

 Recurring Wednesday Evenings Meetings Beginning February 24th

 You are welcome to do the prayer challenge without joining in on the discussion.

 

If you are interested in learning a new way to enhance your prayer life, please join the group on either Monday afternoons or Wednesday evenings by contacting Tracy Brinker by e-mail at tbrinker@duluthumc.org or calling 770-476-3776. Please let Tracy know if you plan to attend Monday or Wednesday sessions. You may decide to join the challenge later on, but if you do, please let us know even if you do not join the discussion group. It will be a great experience for our church to have so many in synchrony prayer during the forty days of Lent.

 

For more information, please contact Rev. C. Kay Fuino by e-mail at ckfuino@duluthumc.org, or call 770-476-3776, ext. 117.

"Letters from Jerusalem” At-Home Lenten Study for Kids

The Children’s Ministry is offering an at-home Lenten study for kids called Letters from Jerusalem. This resource is a 6-week series to use during the season of Lent.

Letters from Jerusalem takes you through the last week of Jesus’ life on earth. The disciples traveled with Jesus to Jerusalem to celebrate the Passover. They had no idea this would be His last week on earth. The devotions for each week are written as a letter from one of the disciples to their family back home.

If you would like to participate in this study to be used at home, please contact Leslie Yokeley, Director of Children’s Ministry, by e-mail at lyokeley@duluthumc.org.

The Butterfly Project 2021

Butterflies are a symbol of resurrection. To celebrate Easter, we will once again decorate the front lawn of Duluth First United Methodist Church with butterflies. This will be a wonderful visual for those passing our church and could generate questions and interest from the community. If you would like to be involved in this project, there are a couple of ways you can participate:

Paint a butterfly!

  • Paint and seal/weatherproof your butterfly, and return it to the church by Wednesday, March 31st.

Help install the butterflies on Saturday, April 3rd, at 5 p.m. Meet in the front parking lot of the church. For more information, please contact Rev. Beth Brown Shugart by e-mail at bshugart@duluthumc.org, or call 770-476-3776, ext. 128.