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
• 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
Join us online and also follow along with our online bulletin.
This week, on Sunday, September 27, First United Methodist Church, along with Hillside United Methodist Church again combine their congregations to bring everyone this wonderful online worship service. 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 Familyis again being published as a printed and delivered newsletter! You can also still find it right here on our website. September’s edition will join years of archived newsletters. 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 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 firstname.lastname@example.org
Out of an abundance of caution and care, and wanting to do no harm, we will not return to in-person worship until we feel it would be safe and healthy to do so. Thanks for being flexible and keeping worship a priority.
During September we will continue to worship online on YouTube every Sunday morning at 10am. The service can be watched any time after 10am Sunday morning, but we encourage as many of us as possible to watch together at 10am as a community of faith. Please make worship a soul destination.
September 13: Fall Kick-off Sunday, Sermon: “Reclaiming Jesus #1 —The Neighbor Question”
September 16, 6:30pm (Wednesday) Drive-In Worship—Blessing of the Animals (bring your pets with you, or a picture of them, and we will bless them from your cars. Come even if you don’t have a pet.)
September 20: “Reclaiming Jesus #2—The Image Question” September 27: “Reclaiming Jesus #3—The Truth Question”
Each weekend, Pastor Jeanine sends you the link to the online worship service. If you don’t get that email, there are other ways you can get to our worship video: • Go to our church webpage. You will find the link on the homepage in the red and blue “Online Worship” box: fumcduluth.com/
• Go to YouTube.com and search for First United Methodist Church Duluth Minnesota and it will come up (you can also find past services there). If you “Subscribe” to the channel, you can receive notices and reminders, and it’s easy to find us from your own YouTube account.
Food for all who need to stretch their food dollars:
Ruby’s Pantry-Coppertop has been distributing food at First United Methodist, the Coppertop Church at 230 East Skyline Parkway, on the third Thursday of every month since 2010. Ruby’s Pantry-Coppertop is a community partner of Ruby’s Pantry. There are no income guidelines and anyone may participate.
For a $20 donation (cash only; checks and EBT cards cannot be accepted), participants receive approximately two large boxes of food. Please bring your own boxes — laundry baskets work very well.
Contents of a share vary depending upon what food is available to Ruby’s Pantry at the time; some typical items are listed below. We often post information about food items at facebook.com/rubyspantrycoppertop on distribution day.
Food distribution at FUMC is on the third Thursday of every month, with registration from 4 to 6:30pm and distribution beginning at about 5:15 and continuing until the distribution ends at about 6:45pm.
Give an hour or more, anytime between 3 and 8 pm. Choose a task: welcome, traffic control, unloading truck, food repackaging, food distribution, carry-out helper, box recycling, clean-up. It’s easy and fun!
Volunteers are always welcome. If you are interested in volunteering or have questions, please call First Methodist Church at 727-5021.