Grace, Gravity, and Getting Old - Group Study

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Explore the challenges and rewards of getting older. Join Pilgrims group in the study and discussion of On the Brink of Everything: Grace, Gravity & Getting Old, by Parker Palmer, Sundays at 10 a.m., room S304, beginning October 7 and continuing through November 18.

Dr. Beth Jackson-Jordan, ACPE Certified Educator at Emory Healthcare, will lead the first and last Sundays and rotate through small group discussions of the book on the Sundays in between.

“Looking back on eight decades of life—and on his work as writer, teacher and activist— Palmer explores what he’s learning about self and world, inviting readers to explore their own experience. In prose and poetry— and three downloadable songs written for the book…— he meditates on the meanings of life, past, present, and future. ‘The laws of nature that dictate sundown dictate our demise. But how we travel the arc toward the sunset of our lives is ours to choose: will it be denial, defiance, or collaboration?’” (inside cover)

Visit the Pilgrims Unfinished online.

Donate to D.E.A.M. in September


Donate to D.E.A.M. during September

During the month of September, FBCD is collecting the following items to distribute to D.E.A.M. You may place these items in the bins located throughout the church.

  • Soup (especially Chunky Chicken & Chicken Noodle)

  • Canned Lima Beans

  • 1lb. packages of Dried Beans

  • 12oz. cans of Evaporated Milk

  • Canned Greens (especially Collards and Spinach)

  • Canned Yams

  • Small boxes of Cornbread Muffin Mix

  • Bar Soap, Toothpaste, and Deodorant

  • Toilet Tissue

Thank you for your help in giving toward this ministry!

BBQ Fundraiser 2018


It’s time to get your BBQ on!

Do you want an easy Friday night dinner that contributes to a good cause? Then have we got the treat for you!

Preorders are now being accepted for BBQ Dinners “To Go,” an annual fundraiser that collects funds for the First School and First Camp scholarship fund.

Choose from:

  • Pulled Pork Plates ($10)

  • BBQ Rib Plates ($10)

  • Rib Slabs ($20)

  • Brunswick Stew ($5/pint)

All plates are served with baked beans, chips, and Texas Toast.


BBQ Dinners can be picked up between 4:00pm-6:30pm on Friday, October 12th.

How to Preorder Meals

To preorder your BBQ plates, click here. Then follow the directions below.

  1. Complete all fields (Name, address, email, phone, etc.).

  2. Under category and funds, select “BBQ Dinner Plates” and enter the total amount for your purchase (Example: Two pulled pork plates = $20).

  3. Click “add.”

  4. Under donation frequency, select “one time donation.”

  5. In the comments field, please write your entire order (Example: two pulled pork plates).

  6. Under payment information, select credit/debit or eCheck and complete the required information.

  7. Click the box to authorize FBCD to charge your account.

  8. Click submit.

That’s it!

Again, please pickup your BBQ Dinners between 4:00pm-6:30pm on Friday, October 12th under the portico on the North side of the church building. Thanks!

Retirement Celebration for Bob Williamson


After 28 years of leading and serving our church community, Bob Williamson has announced his plans for retirement.

"I feel it is the right decision at the right time for the church and for me and our family,” Bob said. 

“A lot of prayer, thought, crunching of numbers, and openness to the leadership of God has been involved in this decision. I feel really good about the church, the staff, and the future of FBCD, so now seems to me to be the best time for me to step away. We will continue to pray for the church and the staff. My time on staff at FBCD has been the highlight of my career and calling. Thanks be to God!"

Bob's last day before retirement will be Wednesday, October 31st. We will have a retirement celebration for him in Carreker Hall on Sunday, October 28th following the 11:15am worship service.

We love you, Bob! There are not enough words to express our gratitude for your ministry in our community. From the bottom of our hearts: THANK YOU!

Hurricane Florence Relief Efforts


With Hurricane Florence barreling its way toward the Carolinas and parts of Georgia, you might be wondering what you can do to help.

There are a couple of ways you can get involved and places you can donate. We will be updating this list over the next several days.

Get involved through the Cooperative Baptist Fellowship (CBF)

You can make a donation through CBF toward its Hurricane Relief efforts through its Disaster Response team. Make a donation here.

Additionally, you can volunteer with relief efforts as opportunities arise. To learn more about CBF’s Hurricane Florence disaster response, please click here.

Donate to the Red Cross Disaster Relief

You can make a donation here to the Red Cross to help with their preparation and response for Hurricane Florence disaster relief.

Help Through the Atlanta Metro Baptist Association

The AMBA has developed a response strategy ahead of Hurricane Florence’s landfall. Here is its recommended ways of getting involved:

  • Pray

  • Send $25 or $50 Visa or Mastercard Gift Cards to Atlanta Metro Baptist Association (3070 Mercer University Road, Atlanta 30341). Please remember that those affected by the hurricane cannot buy food with a Lowe’s or Home Depot gift card!

  • Donate here through AMBA to help with recovery efforts

  • Text “AMBAONLINEGIVING Hurricane” to 73256 to give to the Hurricane Relief fund using text message. Standard text messaging rates may apply.

  • Provide a bus or van to take volunteers to and from Stone Mountain – Contact Larry Cheek at 770-289-3489

To learn more about ways you can help with Hurricane Florence relief efforts, check back to this page. We will update it as more opportunities come through.

Flu Shot Clinic at FBCD


Protect Yourself. Protect Your Loved Ones. Get Your Flu Vaccine!

On Tuesday, October 2nd from 10:00am to 1:00pm, FBCD is hosting a Flu Shot Clinic for our members and the local Decatur community. David Clark-Stuart, Pharm.D., will be on site administering flu vaccinations.

Most insurances will be accepted, including Medicare, or $25 cash.


Help Spread the Word!

Download THIS FLYER and post it in your workplace, apartment common room, or wherever else you can!

Faces of Beloved Community Exhibit

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This September First Baptist is hosting a nationally touring exhibit of photographs highlighting the people and places of CBF Global Missions. This powerful exhibit shows the beauty, richness and diversity of CBF’s work “to the ends of the earth.”

Drawing upon the best of thousands of photographs taken around the world, this special exhibit tells the Global Missions story through 40 high-quality images reproduced on canvas and displayed in a gallery setting. Not every area served by CBF is seen here, but what is seen is representative of the kinds of work our global missionaries do.

Through First Baptist’s support of Global Missions we play an important part in sharing the Gospel, touching lives and creating “beloved community.”

You can view the gallery until September 23rd in the 3rd Floor Gallery of the Sanctuary building.

Volunteer Opportunities

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Interested in giving some of your time at First Baptist Church of Decatur?

We have a lot of volunteer opportunities you might be interested in!

Welcome Center Volunteers –
Are you good at welcoming others, answering phones, and performing light administrative tasks? We need several individuals to become substitutes for our normal front office volunteers. If you’re interested in lending your talents Monday-Friday on an as-needed basis, please contact Nancy Baines at

Worship Kids Care Team –
Do you have a passion for working with kids? We need people who are willing to teach kids classes and help our staff on Sunday mornings. If you're interested, contact Kristen Koger at

Sunday Morning Production Team –
Do you have experience working behind-the-scenes during events or worship services? We're looking for individuals who are interested in giving their time running sound boards, managing screen content on Sunday mornings, and more. If you're interested in helping out, contact Randall Hampton at