Coppertop News

Roadside Cleanup

September 29, 2022

Saturday, October 15, 2022, noon–2pm

First United Methodist Church sponsors one of the St. Louis County Roadside Cleanup locations, and twice a year schedules a time to make our community a little nicer.

Our cleanup area is a two-mile stretch of Maple Grove Road, from Lindahl Road to Solway Road.

The next cleanup time will be on Saturday, October 15, from noon to 2pm. We always need more help to make the workload a little lighter. Please call the church office at 218-727-5021 or contact Bill Alexander at if you are interested. You should dress for the weather, bring gloves, wear footwear suitable for walking in ditches, and meet us at the Faith Baptist Church parking lot at the corner of Midway and Maple Grove at noon. We will supply beautiful yellow vests and stylish garbage bags. Hope to hear from all of you.

First Family—Printed and Online

April 1, 2022

First Family,  FUMC’s monthly newsletter, is both published online and delivered to your homes. October’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.

Take a look, share the link, bookmark the page, or download to have on your computer if you wish. If you, or someone you know, would like to have First Family delivered, please email


Bring Food Donations on Communion Sundays

September 30, 2022

Communion Sundays—Bring Food for the Food Shelf

Every Communion Sunday (typically the first Sunday of the month) we are asking you to bring a donation of food (or a monetary donation) for the CHUM Food Shelf. That way, when we come to the communion table to be fed spiritually, we are also feeding others who are physically hungry. The Food Shelf cart will be available to hold donations. If you make a financial donation, please note “Food Shelf” in the check memo or envelope, and make checks out to FUMC. If you choose to give online, under the pledged giving option, type “Food Shelf” in the memo line. Thank you for loving our neighbors in need.

Ruby’s Pantry-Coppertop

April 6, 2022

Ruby’s Pantry-Coppertop
“Ruby’s Pop-Up Pantry”
3rd Thursday of each Month at
First United Methodist Church

230 East Skyline Pkwy, Duluth

Please note that the donation has been increased to $25.00 beginning in May due to inflation and the rising cost of transportation.

For a $25 donation (cash only, no EBT or checks at this time), participants will receive an abundant amount of food. This is a drive-through distribution. Use the parking lot entrance off of Skyline Parkway and follow directions from the friendly parking lot crew. Arrive with an empty trunk, so volunteers can load at least two boxes of food into your vehicle. Bringing two empty boxes to exchange would be appreciated.

There are no income or residency requirements to participate in Ruby’s Pantry—just a want or need to stretch your grocery dollars. There is no typical food share. We usually have a preliminary food list the day before distribution. Like us on Facebook to receive updates at

Interested in volunteering? Visit or call First United Methodist at 727-5021. Volunteers are needed throughout the afternoon and evening of the distribution day. Currently, all volunteers are masking to protect guests and volunteers.

Ruby’s Pantry 4:6:22

Seven MN Earthkeepers working to transform the world

April 5, 2021

Seven Minnesota United Methodists who feel called to environmental justice and creation care were recently commissioned as Earthkeepers and have begun working on projects to transform their communities and the world. FUMC’s Naomi Yaeger shared this about her project.

The average plastic bag is used for 12 minutes just one time. This is one of many pieces of trivia that Yaeger knows firsthand, and reducing waste is an issue she feels strongly about.

Years ago, she was on the national United Methodist Women Green Team and gave talks in churches. Then in 2010, she planned a no-waste graduation party for her daughter and a no-waste family reunion for 75 people.

But it was while serving on the sustainability committee for Duluth’s annual Rhubarb Festival last summer that she came to an important realization: “I found that most people don’t know the difference between compost, recyclables, and waste—and I really enjoyed teaching people about it,” said Yaeger, a member of First UMC in Duluth. “I thought, ‘This is probably a ministry for me.’”

Yaeger’s project will involve teaching groups in her area how to have zero-waste events. Her motto: “Duluth doesn’t do it dirty.”

“God created the earth and all the plants and animals,” she said. “It’s everything on earth we need to protect.”