Families & Fellowship

Support for families is an important ministry at Duluth First United Methodist Church.  Parenting classes with childcare provided offer help and support to families.  Activities for the family to do together are also a part of the church calendar.

A variety of events are offered for Christian fellowship for all ages – singles, couples and families.  Movie night, dinners, Trunk or Treat, and Christmas Caroling are just a few examples of the fellowship events at Duluth First United Methodist Church.



UPCOMING FAMILIES & FELLOWSHIP EVENTS


Wednesday Night Dinner in Hinton Hall:  September 22nd

Join us for Wednesday Night Dinners in Hinton Hall, as the Dinner Belles and Beaus prepare excellent meals at very reasonable prices. Enjoy fellowship around the table with family and friends. The menu for September 22nd is “Breakfast for Dinner” Night and the menu is breakfast quiche, choice of bacon and/or sausage, cheese grits, tater tots, French toast, and biscuits. 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.

If you have been to the grocery store, out to eat, or purchased any items lately you have seen firsthand that everything is costing more these days. In order to be good stewards of the church, we have to slightly raise the prices of the Wednesday Night Dinner meals. The last time we raised prices on Wednesday Night Dinners was in 2012!

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



Missions Ministry's “Drive-Up Food Drive” Food Collection for the Hands of Christ Duluth Co-op: September 23rd
Our church’s Missions Ministry will be hosting Drive-Up Food Drives for the Hands of Christ Duluth Co-op, a local missions ministry, on every-other Thursday. The next Food Drive will be held on Thursday, September 23rd, from 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 goods at a donation station set up underneath the portico in the back of the Family Life Center.

Critically needed food items for Thursday, September 23rd, are canned fruit, chunky soups, peanut butter, jelly (plastic jars please), and oatmeal.

To learn more about the Duluth Co-op, please click on https://duluthco-op.org.



Wednesday Night Dinner in Hinton Hall:  September 29th

Join us for Wednesday Night Dinners in Hinton Hall, as the Dinner Belles and Beaus prepare excellent meals at very reasonable prices. Enjoy fellowship around the table with family and friends. The menu for September 29th is tacos (chicken or beef) with flour tortillas, choice of refried beans or black beans, yellow rice, lettuce, tomato, cheese, salsa, chips, guacamole, and dessert, 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.

If you have been to the grocery store, out to eat, or purchased any items lately you have seen firsthand that everything is costing more these days. In order to be good stewards of the church, we have to slightly raise the prices of the Wednesday Night Dinner meals. The last time we raised prices on Wednesday Night Dinners was in 2012!

The new 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.



Boy Scout Troop 419’s 5th Annual “Cars for Campouts” Classic Car Show:  October 2nd
BSA Troop 419 will hold their 5th Annual “Cars for Campouts” Fundraiser Car Show on Saturday, October 2nd, 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 is $10, and registration the day of the show is $15. Register at https://tinyurl.com/cars4campouts2021. 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 would like to get involved and support BSA Troop 419, we are looking for businesses or individuals who would like to sponsor us with cash, merchandise or prizes for our car show entrants. We have several levels of participation available and we really need your support because we have lost many previous sponsors due to the COVID-19 pandemic. For specifics, please contact Mike Ringham at 770-815-4206 or by e-mail at mikeringham419@gmail.com. Proceeds from the event help make our BSA Troop 419’s program one of the best in the council and with your support, will continue to do so.



“Blessing of the Animals” Service:  October 3rd
Bring your pets to the annual Blessing of the Animals service on Sunday, October 3rd. This service will be held at 3:00 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. October 4th is the Feast Day of St. Francis and Blessing of the Animals is often celebrated on the Sunday nearest that day.



Trunk-or-Treat:  October 31st
Halloween is coming! Get your trunk ready for giving out Halloween treats! Join us on Sunday, 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.  This year there is a competition between the Sunday school classes. A trophy will be awarded to the best trunk. Everyone that provides a trunk receives a thank you gift.
 
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.
 
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.
 
For additional information, please contact Rev. Beth Brown Shugart by e-mail at bshugart@duluthumc.org or call 770-476- 3776, ext. 128.



Our 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.