Coppertop News


7 MN Earthkeepers working to transform the world

April 5, 2017

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.”






Ruby’s Pantry

July 22, 2016

Ruby’s Pantry food distribution is held on the third Thursday of every month. Volunteers are needed to greet our guests, prepare food for distribution, and share the food with them. You may volunteer anytime between 3 pm and 8 pm and can come for as little as an hour to help out. Ruby’s Pantry Coppertop is now on Facebook. Like the page at

CHUM Rhubarb Festival a success

July 3, 2016

The festival raised over $60,000 (and still counting) for CHUM, serving those in our community who need our support. Thanks to everyone who helped. At FUMC, we made 52 jars of jam, 554 scones, and 507 pies!


Ruby’s Pantry

March 5, 2016

 Volunteers are needed each month to help with Ruby’s Pantry, a food distribution ministry held on the third Thursday of the month (Mar 17). Choose from registration/welcome, traffic control, unloading truck, bulk food repackaging, food distribution, carry-out help, box recycling, clean-up and other tasks. Come and go as you have time; even an hour of help is appreciated! Event goes from 3 pm unloading time to 8 pm clean-up.