Conversations with Janet Fitch

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Monday, July 22, 2019 | 7:00pm | Sanctuary

Janet Fitch bestselling author of White Oleander and Paint It Black, finishes the epic story of Marina that began in The Revolution Of Marina M and continues with Chimes Of A Lost Cathedral, her new novel.

Chimes Of A Lost Cathedral is the story of Marina’s journey through some of the most dramatic events of the last century---as a woman and an artist, entering her full power, passion, and creativity just as her revolution reveals its true direction for the future. Navigating the ordeal of war and revolution, betrayal and privation, and unimaginable loss, Marina at last emerges as the poet she was always meant to be.

Janet Fitch's first novel, White Oleander, a #1 bestseller and Oprah's Book Club selection, has been translated into 24 languages and was made into a feature film. Her second novel, Paint It Black, hit bestseller lists across the country and has also been made into a film.

Join us! Monday, July 22, 2019
 | FBC Decatur

Holy Land Tour Preparation Meeting


Thursday, July 25 at 6:00pm | Carreker hall

Are you planning to attend the Holy Land Tour in 2020? Then don’t miss this preparation session on June 27!

A Brief History of Israel

David will be leading our first in a series of preparation sessions for any people interested in joining in on the Holy Land trip in April of 2020. However, it needs to be emphasized that these sessions are not limited to only those wanting to go to the Holy Land – all are welcome!

If you are curious about the many complicated events and the rich and complex biblical background of this tiny slice of the Middle East, we would love to welcome you to be with us. Each month for the next twelve months, we will be delving into the history, culture, geography, current events and biblical background of Israel and Palestine as you might never have heard it.

David will also be sharing outside reading materials and worksheets that you will find helpful for your Bible reading and Sunday School preparation. So come and join us at 6:00pm in Carreker Hall!

YAH at the Gwinnett Stripers

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Tuesday, August 13, 2019 | 4:00-11:00pm


Love baseball? Join Young at Heart and the community at First Baptist as they watch the Gwinnett Stripers take on Columbus!

The Stripers are a feeder team for the Atlanta Braves, so you'll see players like: Shane Carle, Luiz Gohara, Touki Toussaint, and more!

If you purchased tickets for the June 18 match against Louisville, you may still use those tickets. If you are not able to attend the August 13 match and would like a refund, please contact Joyce Garrett about reselling your ticket (404-289-9680).

*There will be a bus leaving at 4:00pm. Seating is limited to the first 25 persons. The group will stop for dinner at the Varsity on Jimmy Carter Blvd. (meal not included).

Save the Date: FBCD Women's Retreat


October 11-13, 2019

Tanglewood Lodge and Cabin Center | Helen, GA

Interested in attending a retreat designed specifically for the women of First Baptist Decatur? The theme for this weekend retreat is ‘Rooted’, and together participants will explore the ways they are rooted in faith, rooted in their bodies, and rooted in community.

Cost is $75 per person. Scholarships will be available.
Space is limited to first 35 registrants.
Registration officially opens August 18, 2019.

If interested, please pre-register using the link below:

Brené Brown Book Study - Braving the Wilderness


Sundays, July 14 - Sept. 8, 2019 | 9:15-10:15am | S-304

Jump into a safe and potentially life-changing discussion of Brené Brown’s bestseller, Braving the Wilderness.

Every now and then, a book comes along that, though not specifically “religious,” provides opportunity for deeply meaningful discussion that evokes spiritual introspection and development. Braving the Wilderness, by Brené Brown is just such a book.

Here are some quotes to whet your appetite:

“We all experience moments that, when left unspoken and unresolved, send us searching desperately for belonging and settling for fitting in."

“Belonging so fully to yourself that you’re willing to stand alone is a wilderness - an untamed, unpredictable place of solitude and searching. It is a place as dangerous as it is breathtaking, a place as sought after as it is feared. The wilderness can often feel unholy because we can’t control it, or what people think about our choice of whether to venture into that vastness or not. But it turns out to be the place of true belonging, and it’s the bravest and most sacred place you will ever stand.”

The book study is FREE and open to everybody. All that is required is you purchase a copy of the book in advance or check it out from your local library!

No registration necessary. Just show up!

*Sponsored by the Pilgrims Sunday School Class

Yoga on the Lawn


Thursdays, 7:00-8:00pm

Do you practice yoga or want to get into it? Join us for “Come as You Are Yoga” on the front lawn on Thursday nights beginning June 13 from 7:00-8:00pm.

Join your Decatur neighbors as we share a common ground, moving and breathing together. This class is FREE OF CHARGE and there will be trained yoga instructors on hand to help guide participants during our time together.

Everyone is welcome – all ages, all abilities. A mat or towel is suggested.

FBCD Stories

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May 1, 8, 15, 22, 29 | 6:30pm in Carreker Hall

Get to know your church! Every Wednesday evening in May, during the after-dinner hour, we will be presenting informal talk-show-style interviews of your fellow churchgoers.

Some of these folks you know, some you don’t know, and some you THINK you know. Discover their life stories, what makes their hearts sing, how they came to be at FBC Decatur, what their dreams are for our church, their favorite books, movies, jokes, and more!

Come for dinner between 5:30pm and 6:30pm and stay for FBC Stories from 6:30-7:30pm in Carreker Hall (May 1, 8, 15, 22, and 29). For a full list of opportunities, please visit:

** Guests will be announced one week ahead of their appearance


Mickey Goodson & Carol Hadley

May 29, 2019

Norma Rushing

May 22, 2019

June Gay

May 15, 2019

Randall Hampton

May 8, 2019

Antonio Castillo & Scott Straw

May 1, 2019