Coppertop News

First Family—Printed and Online

April 4, 2020

First Family, FUMC’s monthly newsletter, is both published online and delivered to your homes. September’s First Family will join years of archived newsletters on this website. They are always there and they are searchable. We have also decided to activate all the links within First Family to allow you to simply click to bring you directly to websites and email addresses.

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Job Opening: Worship Band Director

August 17, 2021

First United Methodist Church (the Coppertop) is a progressive, 500-member congregation, located on Duluth’s Skyline Parkway. We have a long tradition of musical excellence in a wide variety of genres, and music is an integral and critical component of our worship services. We are a member of the Reconciling Ministries Network, a network of United Methodist congregations seeking full inclusion for, and participation of, members of the LGBTQ community. In addition, our congregation is an inclusive Equal Employment Opportunity employer that considers applicants without regard to gender, gender identity, sexual orientation, race, ethnicity, disability, veteran status, or any other characteristic protected by law.

We have an immediate opening for a part-time Worship Band Director for our worship band “Tapestry.”  The Worship Band Director is responsible for recruiting and training members for Tapestry, and directing them both in rehearsal and our worship services. We have one “blended” worship service each week and each service contains a creative mix of music. Because of the blended worship format, Tapestry plays an integral role in these services, along with our many other music groups and our organist. Tapestry plays during Sunday services most weeks during the school year and once a month in the summer. The Worship Band Director reports to the Director of Music Ministries, and is expected to maintain a collaborative relationship with our pastor and other music directors in using music to support the spiritual development and mission of the congregation.

The position is open September 1, 2021 or until filled.


  • BA or BS Degree in Music (performance or teaching) or equivalent experience in leading music ensembles
  • Ability to lead a music ensemble while also participating in the group
  • Ability to select music for eclectic tastes and appropriate for a theologically-progressive congregation

For a copy of the complete job description and/or to submit an application, please contact Velda Bell, Director of Music Ministries/Organist, at or 218-727-5021.

First United Methodist Church
230 E. Skyline Parkway
Duluth, MN 55811

Fall Roast Beef Dinner 10/7/21

March 8, 2020

Save the Date!
This year’s Fall Roast Beef Dinner will be held on Thursday, October 7, 4:30-6:30pm

We need your help volunteering. Please click on the link below for volunteer opportunities and to view the full Roast Beef Dinner poster. Please feel free to post it on your own social media platforms.
Volunteer Signup Form

Roast Beef Dinner Poster
Click to view or share full size poster

Sign up to volunteer: or call church office at 218-727-5021

Due to COVID-19 Safety Guidelines:
• The dinner will be 100% DRIVE-THROUGH!
• We will not be making chocolate chip cookies or cutting apples. (Apples will come precut from supplier.)
• Masks and gloves will need to be worn when in the church building.
• Food is only allowed to be eaten outside or in cars (not in the building).
• Tickets will not be sold in advance.
•Volunteers sign up online at this link:
or call church office (218) 727-5021.

Opportunities to Help:
Wednesday, October 6, 9am-noon—Apple Crisp Day
• Bake apple crisp
• Put foil in to-go containers

Thursday, October 7, all day—Dinner Day
7:30-10:30am – trim beef, prepare coleslaw, wash dishes
10:30-4:00pm – wash dishes, put rolls in bags, prepare drive-through outside, and help where needed
1-4:00pm – cut apple crisp and put in to-go containers
2-6:30pm – meat cutter, potato maker, gravy maker, corn maker, dishwashers
3:30-5:30pm – deliver meals
3:30-5:30pm – serving line crew-1st shift
5:30-7:30pm – serving line crew-2nd shift
3:30-6:30pm – directing traffic
3:45-6:30pm – drive-through order takers, car delivery volunteers, and youth runners
4:00-6:30pm – dishwashers
6:30-8:30pm – dishwashers
6:30-8:30pm – cleanup crews: kitchen, drive-through serving area inside & outside, volunteer room, roast beef dinner closet organization If you show up at different times, we will find a job for you!

Other Ways to Help:
• Flyers—post flyers around your work (available at church office)
• Facebook/email/word of mouth—invite friends to dinner via Facebook, email, word of mouth
• Prayers—pray for a God-filled successful event

This is a fundraiser. Please purchase a meal before or after your shift. (Youth volunteers enjoy the dinner compliments of FUMC)
Something for everyone—ALL ages can participate!
All volunteers: please park in the east parking lot (the daycare side of the building).

Thank you! Cindy Hedlund, 218-348-2634 (text or call)
or email at or call the church office at 218 727-5021.