Missional Christmas 2018


Sunday, November 4, 2018 from 11:00am-1:30pm in Carreker Hall

Do you want to do your Christmas shopping early while knowing your purchases are going to a really good cause? If you answered yes, then you should come to our annual Missional Christmas market!

Carreker Hall will be transformed into a market place with a variety of items to purchase and bid on. Jewelry, handbags and textiles, gift cards, and artwork from local artists and Decatur merchants will be available. The money raised will go directly to the local and global missions sponsored or to the FBCD Mission Initiatives. 

If you are considering donating your handiwork to the marketplace, please contact Harriet Holland, hholland@fbcdecatur.com so a table can be reserved for you.

Donate a Sweatshirt to Refugees


During the month of October, the Pilgrims class is collecting sweatshirts for refugees in our local community. We’re asking that donations are either new or like-new (if used) and clean. All sizes are needed.

You may drop off your donations in the Front Office during normal business hours (M-F, 9-5; F, 9-12). Please specify they are for the sweatshirt drive.


Coffee with a Cop


Thursday, November 8th from 8:00-10:00am in Carreker Hall

Have you ever wanted to have a personal conversation with a police officer? Do you have questions or concerns involving your local community?

Then we invite you to join us for Coffee with a Cop!

Come join us for FREE coffee and sweets in order to meet and engage in some informal conversations with the dedicated men and women of the Decatur Police Department!

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Fall Festival 2018


Wednesday, October 24, 2018 from 4:00-7:00pm

Want something fun to do with your family after school? Join us for our annual Fall Festival celebration on the front lawn! This is a great event with carnival games for the kids, prizes, food, inflatables, and more.

Last year, we had a couple hundred people show up from all across the Decatur community. We’re excited to get to do this all over again!


Interested in helping out with being a game supervisor, assisting with parking, or something else? Contact Kristen Koger at kkoger@fbcdecatur.com and she’ll get you signed up!

Want to help us promote the event?

You can download a Fall Festival poster here. Post it in your workplace, at your kids school, community center, or anywhere else you can. Thanks!

Dinner and a Show


Dinner and a Show is back! Join us for performances of music from Rodgers and Hammerstein by Daniel Solberg and friends with dinner provided by Chef Steven.

Saturday, October 27th at 6:00pm in Carreker Hall

Tickets can be reserved by calling the front office (404.373.1653).
$15 per person or $35 for families of four (with children 12 and under)

Download the promotional poster here

Sneak Peak at the dinner menu: Poppy seed chicken, rice, green beans, cranberry salad, dinner roll, and chocolate cake

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.

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!

Donate to the Love Offering

We are in the process of collecting financial contributions to give to Bob at his retirement celebration. We are asking the all contributions be filtered through the Finance Office.

You can make checks payable to “First Baptist Church of Decatur” and write “For Bob Williamson” in the memo line, or you may contact Dilshad Premji (dpremji@fbcdecatur.com) with questions.

Thank you for your help in honoring Bob!


We’re looking for volunteers to bring a signature side dish to share at the lunch for Bob on October 28th.Side dishes can be of the vegetable, fruit, starch, or dessert variety, but must be your “specialty.”

The church will be furnishing the rest of the meal.

Please bring a recipe card to accompany your dish. The recipes will be placed in a book for Bob and Margie.

You can sign up in your Sunday School classes or by calling the front office. Thanks!

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 nbaines@fbcdecatur.com

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 kkoger@fbcdecatur.com

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 rhampton@fbcdecatur.com

Restorative Yoga - Health and Wellness


Every Monday at 3:30pm beginning September 10th
Meditation Gentle Restorative Flow Yoga

Restorative Yoga is a slow paced practice good for all-levels. This class is designed to decompress after a stressful day.  

Restorative Yoga has the ability to leave us nourished and well rested. We will warm the muscles and create space in the body to prepare it for relaxation. It is the perfect way to balance a strong yoga practice as well as for those with injuries, stress or who people who just need gentle yoga.

This class uses props, some of which will be provided. Please bring a towel, which will be used as a neck pillow. Some yoga mats, bolsters and blankets are available.

Cost is $6 per person. 
Please contact Dilshad Premji at dpremji@fbcdecatur.com if you are interested.


This is a part of a new Health and Wellness Program at FBCD. More details will soon be available on our website.