This past week we have grieved the tragic, violent death of George Floyd … we have watched protests … seen destruction take place … and named the racism that is among and within us.
This is how we as FUMC are responding:
• We name the sin of systemic racism and proclaim that discrimination in any form is evil and against the Gospel.
• We declare that ALL people are fully and equally created in the image of God
• As the sign at First UMC boldly proclaims: WE STAND FOR RACIAL JUSTICE & EQUALITY
• We will make bold proclamations on our website, Facebook and other places that we stand for racial justice and equality
• We will continue to make masks to give to the NAACP to distribute and explore joining the NAACP as a congregation
• We will learn together. There is a book study for the community on the book, “White Fragility.” 50 people are already participating and all of us will have opportunity later in the summer
• Zoom Meeting TODAY following worship for anyone interested in talking about recent current events (processing events & emotions, sharing ideas). All are welcome to join following the service.https://umn.zoom.us/my/jojocl
• We are starting a Social JUSTICE Action Committee:
A committee that is formulated specifically for this time, how we as individuals and as a congregation respond to racism in our society. All are welcome! Specifically invite youth/young adult voices! Jojo Coffin-Langdon will be the staff person to take the lead on this committee. Please email her if you would like to join. Families@FUMCduluth.com
• Be praying for love to guide us … for deep community to form us … for justice and equality to take root
Twin Ports United Methodist Ministries – Laity Sunday
Nine locations, one Methodist movement:
Asbury UMC, Faith UMC of Superior, First UMC, Forbes UMC, Hillside UMC, Hope UMC, Northwood UMC, Norton Park UMC, United Church of Two Harbors
Today, July 5, is a combined service of all nine United Methodist churches in the Twin Ports and is led completely by lay people from each congregation.
The service will be available at 10am. You can also look for links, on this page, on the homepage, and on our Facebook page.
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. July’s edition joins years of archived newsletters. They are always there and they are searchable. This edition has had all the links activated—something we were never able to do with the print version.
Take look, share the link, bookmark the page, download to have on your computer (and you can still print it if you wish). If you, or someone you know, would like to have First Family delivered, please email email@example.com