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Wednesday Night Dinner in Hinton Hall: August 22nd

Wednesday, August 22nd; Hinton Hall in the Family Life Center

The Dinner Belles and Beaus prepare excellent meals at very reasonable prices. Dinner is served from 5 to 6:30 p.m. in Hinton Hall of the Family Life Center. Enjoy fellowship around the table with family and friends.

The menu for August 22nd is BBQ pork on a bun, baked beans, cole slaw, potato salad, and dessert. For the kids - hot dogs and fries. We also offer a salad bar special - for only $4 you can enjoy a fully stocked salad bar, a baked potato/sweet potato, dessert and drink.

Prices are: adults - $7; seniors (age 60 and up) - $6; children ages 11 years and under $4; children under 2 years eat for free; no family (immediate family members only) pays more than $19.


“Book Bunch” Story Time for 3 Year Olds

Wednesday Evenings, 6:15 to 6:45 pm in the church library

Book Bunch, a story time for three year olds, meets in the Family Life Center library on Wednesday evenings from 6:15 to 6:45 p.m. Each month will have a different theme and activity, so come and join the fun!

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.


Youth Ministry Bible Studies for Middle School and High School Students Resume on August 15th

Wednesday evenings, 6 to 7 pm in the Youth Center

Weekly Youth Ministry Bible studies for Middle School and High School students are held Wednesday evenings from 6 to 7 p.m. in the Youth Center (“The Fish Tank”). Middle School students (grades 6-8) will meet together, and High School students (grades 9-12) will meet together. These studies will be based on issues that our youth face in their everyday lives, and will concentrate on applying Biblical principles to their everyday lives.

For additional information, please contact Rev. David Burchett, Director of Youth Ministries, by e-mail at dburchett@duluthumc.org or calling 770-476-3776, ext. 119.


“Parenting the Love and Logic Way” Class: Through December 5th

Wednesday evenings, 6 to 7 pm, rooms E-134/136

Duluth First UMC is excited to be offering the class Parenting the Love and Logic Way on Wednesday evenings through December 5th, from 6 to 7 p.m. in rooms E-134/136. Designed for parents of preschool and elementary age children, this class helps you navigate the daily challenges of being a parent. Rev. Lynne Smith of North Georgia Family Counseling Centers is the facilitator. The wellbeing of families is her primary focus.

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


“Parenting Beyond Your Capacity” Study

Wednesday evenings, 6 to 7 pm, rooms F-153/154

Parenting Beyond Your Capacity, a 12-week study on parenting teens, will begin on Wednesday evening, August 15th, from 6 to 7 p.m. in rooms F-153/154, located on the 1st floor of the Family Life Center. The study will be led by Rev. David Burchett, Director of Youth Ministries.

You can sign up for this study and reserve your book by contacting David by e-mail at dburchett@duluthumc.org or calling 770-476-3776, ext. 119, or you can sign up at the Wednesday Night Dinner on August 8th. This will be a DVD and discussion driven study based on the book Parenting Beyond Your Capacity by authors Reggie Joiner and Carey Nieuwhof.


“Explore Stephen Ministry” Information Meetings: August 22nd & 26th

Are you an encourager with a tender heart for helping people who are hurting or struggling with life’s challenges? Do friends and family often come to you when they need a listening ear, support and prayers? If you answered yes, perhaps God is calling you to serve as a Stephen Minister. Stephen Ministry at Duluth First UMC is looking for men and women with a desire to serve God by providing confidential one-to-one Christian care and support to people who are going through a crisis or a difficult time. No prior experience is needed. A training class will begin in October.

If you’re interested in learning about the role of a Stephen Minister, the training, time commitment and more, we encourage you to attend one of these Information Meetings: Wednesday, August 22nd, at 6 p.m. in room F-145 in the Family Life Center, or Sunday, August 26th, at 12:15 p.m. in the Chapel.

This is an opportunity to explore Stephen Ministry and to help you discern if this is where God is leading you. Completed applications (click on Stephen Minister Application to download a copy of the application) should be submitted to Rev. C. Kay Fuino by September 9th. For more information, please contact Cindy Bennett by e-mail at cindypworks@yahoo.com.


GriefShare Support Group: A New Series of Sessions Begins August 22nd

Wednesday, August 22nd

GriefShare Support Group, a weekly seminar and support group for people who are grieving the death of someone close to them, is a 13-week session that includes video discussion and group discussion. GriefShare, which begins a new series of sessions on Wednesday, August 22nd, will meet Wednesday evenings at 6:30 p.m. in room F-151, located on the 1st floor of the Family Life Center. You are given a workbook for journaling, note taking and grief study.

You are welcome to begin attending our GriefShare group at any point. Each session is “self-contained,” so you do not have to attend in sequence. You will be able to pick up any session you missed in our next 13-week cycle. Please visit the GriefShare website at www.griefshare.org for more information or contact Brenda Bridges at 770-476-5126 or Sue French at 770-476-9106.


“Hope…. The Next Step” Support Group Meetings Begin August 22nd

Wednesday, August 22nd

The thirteen-week GriefShare class, with video/workbook, provides the tools and instruction on how to move forward in your life while you are grieving a recent loss. The new support group, Hope...The Next Step, moves beyond the learning aspect and focuses on the emotional support and encouragement to use those learned tools in a long-term manner. Both the GriefShare class and Hope...The Next Step support group will be led by two Stephen Minister co-facilitators. Suggestions for Hope...The Next Step are completion of two or three GriefShare class sessions and 2+ years after an experienced loss.

Hope...The Next Step support group meets on Wednesday evenings from 6:30 to 8:30 p.m. in room F-150, located on the 1st floor of the Family Life Center. For more information on the support group, please contact Sandra Town at 404-735-3752 or by e-mail at sandy_10_30@earthlink.net.


“Moses: In the Footsteps of the Reluctant Prophet” Study Begins August 29th

Begins Wednesday, August 29th

Rev. C. Kay Fuino will lead a study of the book Moses: In the Footsteps of the Reluctant Prophet by Adam Hamilton. This study of the dramatic life of Moses, a life filled with one challenge after the next. Although Moses resisted God’s calling, by the end of his life he successfully fulfilled the role he was given. Join award-winning author Adam Hamilton as he travels from Egypt to Mt. Sinai, the Nile, the Red Sea and the wilderness exploring the sites of Moses’ life. As Hamilton shares historical information, archeological data and biblical text, you’ll gain a better understanding of Moses’ significance in your life today, and you’ll discover how you, too, can turn your own reluctance into boldness.

The study will begin on Wednesday, August 29th, at 6 p.m. and will meet in room F-145, located on the 1st floor in the Family Life Center. Please call the church at 770-476-3776 and register with our receptionist Tracy Brinker. The cost of the book for the class is $12 and may be paid by cash or check made out the church. Please contact Rev. C. Kay Fuino if you have any questions by e-mail at ckfuino@duluthumc.org or call 770-476-3776 ext. 117.


“Disciple Fast Track: Into the Word, Into the World” Begins September 9th

Begins Sunday, September 9th

Join Rev. C. Kay Fuino as we begin the next session of Disciple Fast Track with Into the Word, Into the World in September. This study will immerse you in the books of Genesis and Exodus for 12 weeks in the fall and the books of Luke and Acts for 12 weeks in the spring.

Into the Word helps deepen an understanding of Scripture and make connections between what you already know and what you are reading. Each week you will encounter three spiritual disciplines, learn what they are and how you can engage those disciplines. The first discipline varies from week to week, and then moves into Sabbath and prayer. In every session, you commit to how you respond to Scripture in terms of ministry in the world.

Into the Word identifies some needs in the world for which ministry is needed and suggests possible responses, then invites you to summarize the scripture message that will shape your ministry and to decide what response and commitment to make to that message. Each week you will be guided in experiencing the gift of Sabbath rest and renewal.

The class will meet on Sunday evenings beginning on September 9th from 5:30 to 7 p.m. in rooms F-205/206, located on the 2nd floor of the Family Life Center. Disciple Fast Track is designed for those with busy lives and the reading is very manageable for each day. Class members share what they have learned, watch a short video and are led through the weekly readings. Please join us even if you have had taken Disciple in the past, as it is a wonderful way to renew your studies.

The cost of the book for Genesis-Exodus is $15 and may be paid by cash or check made out to the church. Please call the church at 770-476-3776 and reserve your space in the class with our receptionist Tracy Brinker. If you have any questions, please contact Rev. C. Kay Fuino by e-mail at ckfuino@duluthumc.org or call 770-476-3776, ext. 117.


Blood Drive: September 5th

Wednesday, September 5th; 3 to 7 pm in the Fellowship Hall

Duluth First United Methodist Church and the American Red Cross will hold a blood drive on Wednesday, September 5th, from 3 to 7 p.m. in the Fellowship Hall. To schedule and appointment:

  • Click on Blood Drive Online Registration;
  • Call 1-800-RED-CROSS (1-800-733-2767);
  • Contact Tracy Brinker by e-mail at tbrinker@duluthumc.org, or call 770-476-3776, ext. 112.

  • “12 More Women of the Bible” Thursday Morning Ladies’ Bible Study Begins September 6th

    Begins Thursday, September 6th

    The Thursday morning ladies’ Bible study, 12 More Women of the Bible, will begin on September 6th at 10 a.m. in rooms F-147/148, located on the 1st floor of the Family Life Center. In this twelve-session study, you will look at the spiritual lessons learned from twelve women in the Bible and what they mean for you today. You will look at these women’s successes and failures, see how they drew near to God in the midst of trials, and learn how they overcame rejection and disappointment. Their stories will inspire you to persevere through difficult times and find joy in the hope that Jesus has provided.

    You’ll study the lives of:

  • Proverbs 31 Woman: How Not to Do It All;
  • Deborah: Fight Like a Girl;
  • Shulamite Woman: We Had God at Hello;
  • Ruth: Staying Focused in a World of Distractions;
  • Puah and Shiphrah: How to Fight Your Fears;
  • Esther: Letting God Be in Control;
  • Priscilla: Living a Life of Blessed Ordinary;
  • Mary and Martha: Finding Life in Death;
  • Bent Woman: We’ve Got God’s Complete Attention;
  • Woman with the Issue of Blood: When Persistence Pays Off;
  • Elizabeth: How to Win the Waiting Game;
  • Anna: How to Live a Life Devoted to God.
  • This is a twelve-week class and each session stands alone. Books will be available at the first class for $15. Please contact Fran Hearn-McGee by e-mail at dr_fran@bellsouth.net or call 678-773-5107 to register for this study or if you have any questions.


    Bereavement Support Group: September 10th

    Monday, September 10th; 7 to 8:30 p.m. in rooms F-204/205

    The Bereavement Support Group meets on the 2nd Monday of each month. The next meeting will be held on Monday, September 10th, from 7 to 8:30 p.m. in rooms F-204/205, located on the 2nd floor of the Family Life Center. Everyone who has had a loss is welcome to attend. The group is led by Stephen Ministers.

    For more information please contact Brenda Bridges at 770-476-5126, or call the church office at 770-476-3776.


    The Roadrunners to Visit the Biblical History Center in LaGrange: September 18th

    Tuesday, September 18th

    The Roadrunners are planning an exciting trip to the Biblical History Center in LaGrange on Tuesday, September 18th. The Biblical History Center, also known as the Antiquity Center, is an interactive museum of daily life in Biblical times with full-scale archaeological replicas from antiquity. We are scheduled for the Ancient Reconstructions tour at 10 a.m., the Biblical meal at 11:30 a.m., and a tour of the Biblical Life Artifacts Gallery at 1:00 p.m. This is a special experience that will show us what it might have been like to live in Jesus’s time.

    The Roadrunners will leave the church’s front parking lot at 8:00 a.m. on September 18th and return to the church by 5:00 p.m. The cost of the trip, which includes the meal, is $39 per person. Please make your reservation and payment for this trip at the Senior Fellowship gathering on Tuesday, September 11th. Please contact Katherine Posey by e-mail at kposey1964@bellsouth.net or call 770-232-1637 if you have any questions.

    The Roadrunners are looking for anyone interested in driving the church buses on any upcoming Roadrunners trips. If interested, please call the church office at 770-476-3776.


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