Coppertop News

First Family Online Only

April 4, 2020

First Family is temporarily being published as an online only newsletter until we are able to safely allow our staff to return to the office. While there are most certainly disadvantages to not being able to distribute a physical First Family, the advantages of having it available on our website are numerous. April’s edition joins years of archived newsletters. They are always there and they are searchable. This editions had all the links activated—something we were never able to do with the print version.

Take look, share the link, bookmark the page. We grow stronger with adversity!


Church Rummage Sale — POSTPONED

February 17, 2020

More information will be posted as it becomes available. Thanks for your understanding.
Start saving your gently used but no longer needed items for the Church Rummage Sale, on Saturday, May 2. (No adult clothing, mattresses and box springs, textbooks or electronics, please!) All items must be clean and in good condition. You may bring things to church beginning after worship on April 26 and throughout that week. People are needed during the week to receive and arrange donated items, and on Friday and Saturday to help with the sale and check out. At least 4 pickup trucks and/or trailers will be needed late Saturday afternoon.  To volunteer for the sale, contact Anita Zager at


New Choral Scholar Program

November 23, 2019

The music program at First UMC is initiating a Choral Scholar Program funded by the Carol Donahue Scholarship Fund. We expect the Choral Scholar to attend the choir’s weekly Wednesday rehearsals and sing with the choir for Sunday morning services, as well as special services. Depending on the Choral Scholar’s interests and abilities, there will be opportunities for them to lead sectional rehearsals, conduct selected anthems, lead vocal warm-ups and sing solos. They will be paid an honorarium of $100 per month. If you or someone you know might be interested in this opportunity, please have them contact Velda Bell at or 218-727-5021. The Choral Scholar will be selected by Mike Goodlet and Velda Bell, with priority given to college students majoring in music.

 ~ Velda Graham Bell, Director of Music Ministries/Organist

Click for complete information: Choral Scholar Program

The Ardath Gibson Scholarship

March 9, 2020


Ardath Gibson (1915-2012) was a long-time member of the United Methodist Church and of First United Methodist Church, Duluth. As a trail-blazer in many ways, including being a graduate of the Minneapolis Business College, Ardath believed in the importance of education. Her interest in business and the sciences led her to endow a scholarship for students in these areas.

Purpose and Guidelines

The purpose of the Ardath Gibson Scholarship is to support students who are members of, or whose family is a member of First United Methodist Church. The student must be pursuing undergraduate or graduate education in health care, physical sciences, or business. The Gibson Scholarship Committee have discretion in deciding whether the studies a student is pursuing meet these criteria. Students applying for the scholarship must have a 3.0 or above GPA from their high school if they are applying for their freshman year, or from the college, university or graduate school if they are more advanced. The decision of the committee is final.

Applicants must complete this application form and return it, along with the required documentation to the Ardath Gibson Scholarship Committee at First United Methodist Church by the end of the business day on Sunday, March 15, 2020. Applications may also be filled out and submitted by email. Emailed forms and materials must be time stamped no later than 12:59pm. Late or incomplete applications will not be considered. We anticipate awarding the scholarship by the end of the year.

You can contact the church office for application forms 218-727-5021.