Women's Ministries

United Methodist Women: Celebrating Over 150 Years in Mission in 2021!
The Methodist Women's Ministry is an organized unit of United Methodist Women and a community of women whose purpose is to know God and to experience freedom as whole persons through Jesus Christ; to develop a creative, supportive fellowship; and to expand concepts of mission through participation in the global ministries of the church. The Methodist Women's ministry offers short term Bible studies, book discussions, retreats, and various programs. They also participate in missions both locally and internationally. For more information, please contact Rev. Dr. C. Kay Fuino at 770-476-3776, ext. 117, or by email at ckfuino@duluthumc.org.


United Methodist Women Officers
President:  Sue French
Vice President/Program Chairperson:  Terrie Adkins
Secretary:  Kathy Anderson
Treasurer:  Gail Waigand
Membership:  Karen Smith
Secretary of Program Resources:  Annette Pierce

Chairperson of Nominations:  Sharon Swisher

Yearbook Editor:  Victoria Ladd

Mission Coordinator for Spiritual Growth - Linda Kepler
Secretary of PR/Communications - Suzanne Gavett

Happy Sacks Liaison:  Terrie Adkins
Clergy Representative:  Rev. Dr. C. Kay Fuino


In addition to our district giving, we would like to highlight our giving over the last year. From our love offerings: Legacy Fund - $200-; Salt Light Center of Family Promise - $753 (High Tea); United Methodist Children's Home - $615 (Baby Recognition and Yard Sale); Wellspring Living -$125, Family Promise -$125, Murphy Harpst -$125, Happy Sacks -$500 (all from yard sale); World Thank Offering -$155;  Fugees Academy -$551 (Christmas Brunch); 18 Hygiene Kits for UMCOR (United Methodist Committee on Relief). We would like to thank each of you for your generous donations to these worthwhile missions.

For additional information about United Methodist Women, or to contact one of the UMW officers, please contact Sue French by e-mail at bramsu@bellsouth.net or call 770-476-9106.


Special Holiday Event

An Old Fashioned Christmas:  December 4th

Everyone is invited to An Old Fashioned Christmas on Saturday, December 4th, beginning at 2:30 p.m. in the Sanctuary. There will be Christmas Carols, Christmas readings, and our special guest, Santa Claus. Afterwards, join us in the Fellowship Hall for cookies and hot chocolate. An Old Fashioned Christmas is presented by the United Methodist Women of Duluth First UMC.



Listing of Circles


Agape Circle meets the 2nd Saturday of the month at 9:30 a.m. in members’ homes.

Leader – Karen Smith, 770-241-1651, smith-ga@att.net.


Hannah Circle meets the 1st Wednesday of the month at 7:30 a.m. at various locations for a meal and a meeting. The circle supports the Christmas box program and helps deliver meals to shut-ins.

Leader – Gail Robinson, 678-481-3137, mellgail@hotmail.com.


JAM (Jesus Among Mommies) Circle is for women with young children. The JAM Circle meets the 3rd Sunday of each month at 12:00 p.m. in the Duluth First UMC Family Life Center, room F-151. Come join us as we fellowship together and get involved with missions around our community. Leader – Victoria Ladd, 678-502-6352, torisanders01@gmail.com.


J.O.Y. (Jesus, Others, You) Circle

Leader – Pat Akin, 404-226-8116, pakinphn@gmail.com.


Mary-Martha Circle meets the 2nd Thursday of the month at 7:00 p.m. in the Duluth First UMC Family Life Center, rooms F-145/146 for programs. Leader – Gail Waigand, 770-623-4120, waigandgail@charter.net.


Rainbow Circle meets the 1st Wednesday of the month at 10:30 a.m. in in room F-145 for programs and fellowship. Rainbow Circle coordinates support and fellowship to senior members of Duluth First UMC. Leader – Ann Reifert, 770-622-8081, annreifert@bellsouth.net.


United Methodist Women Circles at Duluth First UMC
Click on UMW Circles to download a copy of the listing of Duluth First UMC's United Methodist Women circles.

United Methodist Women Yearbook
Please contact kwilli@duluthumc.org to have a copy sent to you.



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:
EDUCATION FOR MISSION
Coffee, Tea & Holy: One Woman’s Journey to Experience by Amanda Hudson
The Underground Girls of Kabul: In Search...in Afghanistan by Jenny Nordberg

SOCIAL ACTION
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

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

LEADERSHIP DEVELOPMENT
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

SPIRITUAL GROWTH
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.