Conversations with Barbara Brown Taylor


Barbara Brown Taylor – March 11, 2019 – 7:00pm
First Baptist Church of Decatur

The renowned and beloved New York Times bestselling author of An Altar in the World and Learning to Walk in the Dark recounts her moving discoveries of finding the sacred in unexpected places while teaching the world’s religions to undergraduates in rural Georgia, revealing how God delights in confounding our expectations.

In Holy Envy, Barbara Brown Taylor contemplates the myriad ways other people and traditions encounter the Transcendent, both by digging deeper into those traditions herself and by seeing them through her students eyes as she sets off with them on field trips to monasteries, temples, and mosques. Troubled and inspired by what she learns, Taylor returns to her own tradition for guidance, finding new meaning in old teachings that have too often been used to exclude religious strangers instead of embracing the divine challenges they present.

Re-imagining some central stories from the religion she knows best, she takes heart in how often God chooses outsiders to teach insiders how out-of-bounds God really is. Throughout Holy Envy, Taylor weaves together stories from the classroom with reflections on how her own spiritual journey has been complicated and renewed by connecting with people of other traditions---even those whose truths are quite different from hers. The one constant in her odyssey is the sense that God is the one calling her to disown her version of God---a change that ultimately enriches her faith in other human beings and in God.

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SunTrust Stadium Ballpark Tour


Do you want a behind-the-scenes tour of SunTrust Park, the home of the Atlanta Braves?

You’re invited to join Young at Heart (YAH) on March 11, 2019 from 9:30am to 3:00pm, as they go to SunTrust Park to get special access and a guided tour of the stadium. Afterward, the group will grab lunch and check out the Battery.

Cost is $20 per person and includes transportation to and from the stadium. Group max. is 35 persons (so sign up in advance!). There is handicap (wheelchair) access.

To sign-up, simply call or stop by the Welcome Center (404.373.1653) and let them know you’d like to join YAH for the Ballpark Tour.

Lunch with Suzii Paynter


Sunday, February 17 | 12:15-2:00pm | Carreker Hall

Suzii Paynter, the Cooperative Baptist Fellowship’s visionary Executive Coordinator for the past six years is retiring this spring. On Sunday, February 17, Suzii will be with us at First Baptist Decatur to preach in worship and help us celebrate the success of our 2018 Global Missions Offering.

Afterward, we will have lunch in Carreker Hall and hear more from Suzii about her career, the lessons she’s learned along the way, the challenges ahead for Baptists in the U.S., and the opportunities for First Baptist to be an effective witness in our community, around the world, and within CBF. 

The Missions Committee invites all FBCD folk to join us for lunch!

Cost is $10 per person and is due the day of the lunch (cash/check). Please RSVP by Wednesday, February 13 so we know how much food to make! Sign up below or by calling the front office at 404.373.1653.

Wednesday Night Schedule - February 2019


Do you want to learn how to grow deeper in your faith this year? Are you looking for a healthy community for your kids to build new friendships in? Or maybe you’re looking for an opportunity to make new friendships yourself while nurturing your body, heart, soul and mind.

If this sounds like you, then we invite you to join us for Wednesday nights at FBCD!

Weekly dinner begins at 5:30pm and is served until 6:15pm. Afterward, you’re invited to join in on one of the following opportunities:

  • Bible Study (How to Be Good at Life: Biblical Wisdom for the 21st Century)

  • Gentle Yoga (5:00pm)

  • Candlelight Yoga Meditation and Spiritual Flow (6:30pm)

  • Sanctuary Choir

  • FBCD Kids

  • Youth Group

To learn more about the above classes and where they’re located, visit

Volunteer at Warming Shelters


Did you know the average age of a homeless person is 9-years-old? With the cold weather at its peak, it’s imperative we help people find warm shelter.

FBCD is partnering with Compassionate Atlanta, Inc. and other local churches in DeKalb County (Saints Peter and Paul Catholic Church, North Decatur Presbyterian, and others) to address this need.

But they really need volunteers (like you!) to help.

We are reaching out to ask you to assist us with volunteering to serve on one of two shifts, provide supplies, supper, and transportation of people, and/or donating funds to cover some of the expenses, including security personnel

Click here for a list of duties.

How to sign up 

Signing up for a volunteer shift is EASY. SImply follow the link below to the NDPC’s Sign up GeniusL

We hope to hear from you soon. You can email Shelly Fine regarding volunteering at If you can help with driving, assisting the driver, and acquiring another bus that holds 20, email Rob Johnson at

Interested in Donating?

Donations can be made to the non-profit fiscal agent, Compassionate Atlanta, Inc. at Designate - A Home For Everyone under special instructions.

Disciple Bible Study: Psalms



When: Monday nights from 6:00 – 7:30pm.
Beginning February 18 through April 22
What: Invitation to Psalms
Who: Facilitator, Dr. David Jordan
Cost: $15.00
Benefit: Life-changing

Beginning Monday, February 18, we hope you join us on a journey through Psalms, one of the most amazing books of the Bible.

Spanning the whole range of human emotion and probing the depths of spiritual potential, Psalms is treasure house of biblical wisdom. Our Bible’s collection of 150 psalms gives us permission to embrace our feelings, to encounter the world more completely, to understand one another more fully, and to hear God more clearly.

This will be a ten week class using materials from Disciple Bible Study. Dr. David Jordan has enjoyed facilitating countless groups over the years with these excellent programs, so he knows you will find what we will share to be one of the best combinations of meaningful spirituality, biblical scholarship, and contemporary insight that you will ever encounter.

Cost for the class is $15.00 which covers the cost of the study book, Invitation to Psalms, by Michael Jenkins.

We hope you will join us on this terrific ten week journey into meaningful, excellent Bible Study.

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