Congregational News

This is a space for staff and leadership to share information with the congregation. Most often you will be linked here from the Outlook or the weekly email blast. Feel free, however, to check in here directly through the MyFBCD section—a website area especially set aside for members and regular attenders.

Don't have a MyFBCD password? Just call the church office at 404-373-1653 to request a password.


SEPTEMBER 21, 2016

M.A.P. (ministry action plan) presentation and vote

Opportunities are scheduled for the Congregation to review the MAP plan and ask questions. See dates below.

Recommendations and Proposed Budget are being sent to the Congregation on Thursday, September 22 via church email.
Paper copies of the 2017 Ministry Action Plan (budget) are available in the church office.
 
Sunday, October 2, 9:15 a.m.
2017 MAP Information Sharing Session during the Learning Groups hour in Carreker Fellowship Hall
(Combined Worship follows in the Sanctuary at 10:30 a.m.)

Wednesday, October 5, 6:30 p.m. in Carreker Hall
2017 MAP Information Sharing Session

Sunday, October 9
Congregational Vote on the 2017 MAP at the end of both 8:45 a.m. Fresh Start and 11:15 Sanctuary worship.
(no discussion at this time; voting only)

REVIEW RECOMMENDATION DOCUMENTS
Review the FBCD MAP Recommendation_Year 2017


June 22, 2016

An email with the following message was sent to the FBCD congregation the morning of June 22, 2016.

MESSAGE FROM DEACONS COUNCIL AND PERSONNEL COMMITTEE

Dear First Baptist Decatur Family:
 
We have received some important news that we wanted to share with the full congregation right away.
A message from Roger Paynter follows:
 
Dear Deacons and Personnel Committee members:

It is with a heavy heart that I must write and notify you of my immediate resignation as the Interim Senior Pastor of First Baptist Church Decatur. There are situations that have arisen in my family that need my attention to a degree that I would be prevented from giving the kind of pastoral attention that you need and deserve. Please know that I am very grateful for the opportunity you have provided for me to serve your church in this time of healing. It has been my great privilege to work alongside you. I will be watching and praying for you from from afar as you continue to seek to be the faithful people of God at 308 Clairemont and beyond. You are an extraordinary people and I know that God will continue to do strong work among and through you.

Respectfully yours,
Rev. Dr. Roger A. Paynter


Roger’s decision was shared with the personnel committee and deacon leadership, the deacons last night, and FBCD ministers and church staff. Roger has emphasized that his decision is unrelated to First Baptist Church Decatur and that he has every confidence in the future of our church. Please keep Roger in your thoughts and prayers as he attends to personal issues.  

Though it is difficult to have Roger step away at a time when healing is underway, we are moving forward, and ask for your active involvement in the work of FBCD. Plans are in place for preaching in coming weeks. David Gushee looks forward to preaching this Sunday, June 26, as we celebrate Parker Ebling-Artz’ ministry.

The personnel committee and deacon leadership are working together to confirm next steps in both the interim process and the search process for a permanent, full-time Lead Pastor.
 
Love in Christ,
 
Kathy Kinlaw
Deacons Council Chair
 
Karen Owen
Personnel Committee
 
Bob Williamson
Executive Pastor


february 3, 2016

Please join us for a brief Congregational Meeting following worship February 7

In preparation for the brief Congregational Meetings at the close of each worship service on Sunday, February 7, please review the names of proposed church officers and committee members on whom we will vote.
Please note that these committees are “standing committees” for which the church asks congregational approval.
There are other important ministry teams at the church. Once the vote has occurred, we will publish the full list of Officers, Committees and Teams at First Baptist Church Decatur so that each of these groups and the individuals involved in those ministries are acknowledged and easily accessible.

Thanks to First Baptist Church Decatur’s Church Nominating Committee for all of their hard work and to all who are willing to serve in these ministry areas. Church Nominating Committee members include: Bob Focht, Katie Kennedy, Kathy Kinlaw, Scott Pyron, Katie Roberts and Ann Smith.

Recommendations from the Church Nominating Committee for 2016:

Church Officers
•  Treasurer – Roger Ozaki                                         
•  Assistant Treasurer – Cecil Cannon                                
•  Clerk – Katie Kennedy
•  Assistant Clerk – Milton Brown                
 
Personnel Committee
New Members for 2016:
•  Bill Neal
•  Lisa Tyler
 (joining current members:  Aubray Abrams, Jay Copeland, Courtney Mwangura, and Karen Owen; Ronnie Jowers, Finance chair; Lou Ann Brown, past Deacon chair; and Kathy Kinlaw, current Deacon chair)
 
STANDING COMMITTEES
 
Church History Committee
•  Judy Neal, Chair
•  Mickey Goodson
•  Charles Cope
•  Leslie Madden
•  Jenny McCurdy                                          
•  Todd Smith                         
Building and Grounds Committee
•  Aubray Abrams, Chair                                                     
•  Bob Hamilton         
•  Jeremy Lewis                                             
•  Scott Morris                                    
•  Jimmy Smith                                             
•  Jim Wallace                                   
Missions Committee
•  Jan Pratt, Chair
•  Members (areas of mission focus):
Ann Murphy (DEAM)
Carolyn Conner (Clothing Room)
Carrie and Nathan Dean (Edgewood Church)
Devita Parnell (CBF)
Debra Pyron (Conversations)
Don Hammonds (Food co-ops)
Gail Duke (Women’s Ministry)
Susan Bennett (Women’s Ministry)
Janis Lively (Sack lunches)
Eddie Campbell (Sack lunches/assistance ministry)
Judy Powell (Journey)
Kristen Davis (DCM)
Mai Cavalli (Season of Giving, MLK Day service)
Melanie White (Matupi Chin congregation outreach)
Mickey Goodson (Faith and Justice)
Susan Sellman (Development Disabilities Ministry)
Ann Smith (Missional Christmas, Women’s Ministry)
Ruby Langford (Women on Mission/ Clothing Room)
Risk Management Committee
•  Harriett Manley, Chair
•  Jesse Davis
•  Wayne Gresham
•  Randall Hampton
Verdery Counseling Committee
•  Larry Connelly, Chair                               
•  Mack Bowers                                  
•  Leo Gooden
•  Kay Jowers
•  Jenny McCurdy
•  Monique Wischusen          


january 11, 2016

New version of the bylaws is posted here

The bylaws of First Baptist Church Decatur specify that the by-laws are to be reviewed at a minimum of every five years by a group of church members as appointed by the Lead Pastor and Deacon Chair. A group was appointed in 2015 to review and recommend revisions as needed. The members of this by-laws review group include Carol May, Bob Focht, Fred Cavalli, Rob Johnson, Devita Parnell, and Jim Wallace (Chair).
A pdf document of the by-laws as approved by the congregation in the fall of 2015 are linked here. They are also available in printed form in the church office.

First Baptist Church Decatur By-laws


SEPTEMBER 24, 2015

New version of the bylaws is ready for review

The bylaws of FBCD specify that the bylaws are to be reviewed at a minimum of every five years by a group of church members as appointed by the Lead Pastor and Deacon Chair. The last review was held in 2010 and published in 2011. Therefore, a group was appointed earlier this year to review and recommend revisions if needed. The members of the bylaws review group include Carol May, Bob Focht, Fred Cavalli, Rob Johnson, Devita Parnell, and Jim Wallace (Chair).
You can find the documents to review online here, and they are also available in printed form in the church office.
The date for a congregational vote will be announced soon.

Documents to review — click on the green lines of text to access the PDFs about the Bylaws.

ANNOUNCEMENT TO FIRST BAPTIST CHURCH OF DECATUR REGARDING BYLAWS 9.23.15

BY-Laws as amended in red

Bylaws w.cross out and new in red

Note: the above links are no longer available. The newest by-laws are posted on the January 10 post above, or you may read them here.


SEPTEMBER 20, 2015

M.A.P. (ministry action plan) presentation and vote

Opportunities are scheduled for the Congregation to review the M.A.P. plan and ask questions. See dates below.

Recommendations and Proposed Budget are being sent to the Congregation on Tuesday, September 22 via the weekly church email.
Paper copies of the 2016 Ministry Action Plan (budget) are available in the church office.

Wednesday, September 23 - 6:30 pm
2016 MAP Information Sharing Session
 
Sunday, September 27
2016 MAP Information Sharing Sessions at 8:45 a.m. in the Sanctuary; 11:15 a.m. in Carreker Fellowship Hall
 
Sunday, October 4
Congregational Vote on the 2016 MAP at the end of both 8:45 a.m. Fresh Start and 11:15 Sanctuary worship.
 

REVIEW RECOMMENDATIONS

To review the Recommendation for the 2016 M.A.P., view the pdf here.

To review the Proposed Budget for the 2016 M.A.P., view the pdf here.


August 14, 2015

Deacon nomination process is beginning

Thanks to our FBC fellow members who have agreed to serve on the Deacon Council Nominating Committee this year.
(According to the current by-laws, this committee includes three members of the Deacon Council and three members who are not members of the Council.)

Deacons:
Larry Connelly
Andrea Robinson
Scott Winn
 
Members from the congregation (not currently deacons):
Amanda Faulkner
Bill Neal
Karen Ozaki

Look for updates in the church publications and on this page as the process for Deacon Nominations gets underway.


JULY 19, 2015

REVIEW AND VOTE ON BYLAWS

The 5-year review of the FBCD bylaws has been conducted and recommended amendments are shown on the copy of the bylaws posted on this web site. There is also a synopsis of the changes that appear with the bylaws that may be helpful if read before reviewing the complete bylaws. Discussion sessions will be held the next two Sundays, July 26 and August 2, to allow church members to ask questions and make comments on the amendments. These sessions will be held starting at 8:45 a.m. in the Sanctuary for those members that regularly attend the Sanctuary service and at 11:00 a.m. in Carreker Hall for those members who regularly attend Fresh Start services.  The vote to accept the bylaws is tentatively scheduled at the close of both worship services on August 16.

For a synopsis of the proposed revisions to the Bylaws, go here: Announcement to Church Regarding Bylaws

For the complete proposed revisions to the Bylaws, go here: FBCD Bylaws with Recommended Revisions

The links to the above documents have been removed. See the post on September 24 for the updated versions for review