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Silent Film, “For Heaven’s Sake” Nov. 16

October 29, 2018

Harold Lloyd’s silent film “For Heaven’s Sake” Aaron David Miller, organist

Friday, November 16 at 7:00 pm


On Friday, November 16 at 7:00 p.m., First United Methodist Church (the “Coppertop Church”) and the Arrowhead Chapter of the American Guild of Organists will present Harold Lloyd’s silent film For Heaven’s Sake,accompanied on First United Methodist’s pipe organ by world-renowned concert organist Aaron David Miller.

This 1926 comedy stars well-known silent film actor Harold Lloyd. Lloyd ranks alongside Charlie Chaplin and Buster Keaton as one of the most popular and influential film comedians of the silent film era. For Heaven’s Sake was one of Lloyd’s most successful films and the 12th highest-grossing film of the silent era.

Organist Aaron David Miller will be improvising a soundtrack on First United

Methodist’s 55-rank Austin pipe organ. Miller is known for his highly imaginative and creative style, found in his performances, improvisations and compositions. He has

been a prize winner of several prestigious competitions and his performances have taken him across the country. He is particularly known for his improvisatory skill. Jazz great Dave Brubeck states that “Aaron has one of the most vivid musical imaginations I’ve heard. His improvisations are nothing short of spectacular…. Any musician, classical or jazz, will find Aaron’s creativity breathtaking.”

Tickets may be purchased at the door. Prices are $15 Adults; $10 Students (ages 13-18); $5 Children. For more information, please contact Velda Graham Bell at (218) 727-5021 or


Pies—Just in Time for Silent Film and Thanksgiving

November 5, 2018

On Friday, November 16, there will be pies for sale in the Atrium before and after the showing of the silent film For Heaven’s Sake, accompanied by our pipe organ. All proceeds will go to the Capital Campaign Organ Fund—our pipe organ’s electrical components are over 50 years old and in need of replacement. There will be pumpkin, strawberry-rhubarb, rhubarb, and apple pies made fresh in our kitchen for $15 each. If you would like to pre-order, please call the church office. If you would like to help make pies any time between 10am and 2pm (no prior experience necessary), please sign up in the office or contact LeAnn House:

On Tuesday, November 20, it’s the annual CHUM Pumpkin Pie Sale. Using excess pumpkin donated to the food shelf, we are raising money to buy needed items for the food shelf. There will be pumpkin pies for sale in the Atrium before and after the Interfaith Thanksgiving Service. If you would like to pre-order or volunteer to make pies (between 10 and 3pm), please call CHUM or the FUMC church office.

The Ardath Gibson Scholarship

October 29, 2018


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 concomitant 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 with a $1000 scholarship. 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 Friday, November 23, 2018. Applications may also be filled out and submitted by email. Emailed forms and materials must be time stamped no later than 12:59pm on November 23. Late or incomplete applications will not be considered. We anticipate awarding the scholarship by the end of the year.

Download or fill and submit the scholarship form.   GibsonForm19


Lennon-Berini Scholarship Application

October 29, 2018

Lennon-Berini Scholarship Application

The purpose of the Lennon-Berini Scholarship is to support student members of the First United Methodist Church who are pursuing a career in a people-centered career.  Applicants must have completed at least two years of college. The 2018 awards will be $1000 per recipient.

Applicants must fill out this form and return it along with the required attachments to the Lennon-Berini Scholarship at First United Methodist Church by 4pm November 23, 2018. Please put in the designated box in the church office or email application to Terry Wallin  Email applications must be sent by the end of day on November 23. Late or incomplete applications will not be considered.  

lennon-berini scholarship application Form

Carol Donahue Music Scholarship Application & Wreath Order Forms

October 29, 2018

Carol M Donahue Scholarship Application Form

Wreath Order Form

The Carol Donahue Music Scholarship of FUMC has five students receiving scholarships in 2018-2019: Tommy Kishida, studying piano and Saige Mattson, studying the French horn, both of FUMC. Three other students are from the Arrowhead Region: Nick Berglund, a young pianist from Proctor; Sam Brenner, an organ student from Cloquet; and Ben Fina, a piano student from Peace Church, Duluth. The scholarship committee encourages young people ages 12-18 to continue their musical interest by applying and auditioning for this scholarship, so they may broaden their musical skills and share those skills within their own church communities and schools.

Ongoing funding for the Donahue Music Scholarship will occur as the winter months are upon us, with a scone sale on November 18. Christmas wreaths and door swags will also be available in the narthex on November 25, December 2 and December 9 following worship.

If you know a music student age 12- 18 who is serious about their musical studies, the Carol M. Donahue Music Scholarship information and application can be found on the First United Methodist Church website.

The Carol M. Donahue Music Scholarship Committee thanks you for your continued support, gifts, and prayers for these young students.

For more information, you may contact Carol Donahue at:
218-879-3456 or email,

Committee Members: Barb Lindgren, Jenna Mattson,
Olliver Houx, Sarah Sapyta, Peg Lee, and Carol Donahue