Church Directory Update

Who is that?
You will soon be able to check out your new FBCD Church Directory!

The FBCD Church Directory photo session sign up was a huge success. Thanks to everyone who signed up.

How to sign up now
If you missed the sign up at the church or online, please call the church office at 404-373-1653 to be put on a list for a photo session. You will be contacted.

unearthed: third Friday worship

Unearthed: an evening of communal and personal searching through worship, prayer and art

Please join us on the third Friday of every month at 8 p.m. in Carreker Hall for unearthed: an evening of communal and personal searching through worship, prayer and art.
Our desire for this space is to come together to ask questions, to seek in our personal lives and in our life as a community for what God may be speaking to us.
Friday nights at 8 p.m.
The upcoming dates for unearthed:
April 21
May 19

On April 21
Join us at FBC Decatur on April 21st as we discuss what it means to be resurrected, bringing what is dead inside us back to life. All are welcome for music, hands-on worship and community discussion.
8 p.m. in Carreker Hall

Meet the New Verdery Counseling Center Director at Open House

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FBCD welcomes Monique Wischusen as the new Verdery Counseling Center Director. Monique is a licensed Marriage and Family Therapist who received her Bachelor of Science in Psychology from the University of New Orleans and her Master of Science in Marriage and Family Therapy from the University of Southern Mississippi.

Monique assists couples, families, and individuals to gain insight into what is driving their symptoms and behaviors. She believes that the mind, body, and spirit are connected and must all be included in the healing and growth processes. Monique respects the client’s individual journey and she enjoys working with a broad spectrum of clients with a wide variety of religious beliefs and cultural backgrounds.

You may contact Monique for more information or an appointment at (404) 369-1041.
Visit the new Verdery Counseling Center page online here.

Open House on sunday, April 23, 11:00–1:30 p.m.

You are invited to an open house for the Verdery Counseling Center to welcome Monique Wischusen and tour the center. Light refreshments will be served. Drop in anytime between 11 a.m. and 1:30 p.m.

First Baptist University May Term

First Baptist University May Term

First Baptist University

food for thought, care for the soul

First Baptist Church Decatur invites the Decatur community and all who are interested to participate in Christian education and support program which began in January 2017.

First Baptist University (FBU) is offering 7-8 week classes and care groups on Wednesday nights. A new May five-week short term begins Wednesday, May 3.
David Gushee will teach the FBU May term course: Who Is Dietrich Bonhoeffer?

Amplify Decatur benefits DCM

Featuring Lucinda Williams and her band

Featuring Lucinda Williams and her band

Amplify Decatur Festival on the Square & Concerts at historic Eddie’s Attic

Amplify Decatur Music Festival features Lucinda Williams and her band — outside on the downtown Decatur Square.

Every dollar raised at the Amplify Decatur Music Festival will be directed to Decatur Cooperative Ministry, which helps families facing homelessness settle into safe, stable homes and build healthy lives. First Baptist Church Decatur is a sponsor of the 2017 Amplify Decatur fundraiser for DCM.

On the Decatur Square
Saturday, April 22, 2017 - opens 3 p.m./show begins at 4 p.m., ends at 11 p.m.

For complete information on the festival, go here.
For ticket details and purchase, go here.

Preview Amplify Decatur on YouTube here.

The 2017 Amplify Decatur Concert Series will also feature several nights of music at historic Eddie’s Attic. Tickets and more information are available at
The Eddie's Attic lineup of ticketed shows:
Friday, April 21 - Caroline Herring, Billy Joe Shaver
Saturday, April 22 – Scott Miller
Sunday, April 23 – Bob Sima, Angie Keilhauer
Sunday, April 30 – Bobby Long with Parker Pohill, Bob Dylan vs. The Band cover night

Maundy Thursday Interfaith Gathering

You are invited to an interfaith gathering for families to learn about and experience Maundy Thursday.

Thursday, April 13, 2017
5:45-7:00 p.m.

In Carreker Hall at First Baptist Church Decatur

We will gather around tables at 5:45 p.m. for food, dialogue, and a bit of education about the Christian holiday of Maundy Thursday, then participate in and/or observe a Maundy Thursday service. Children and adults of all ages are warmly invited. The service will be hands on and child-friendly, and we also welcome the delightful outbursts of the ones too tiny to fully participate.

Cost: No charge, although donations are appreciated to help offset cost of the meal.
If you can't be there right at 5:45 p.m., please feel free to arrive late and join in when you are able.

Sponsored in partnership with First Baptist Church Decatur and DAMES, Faithfully.

The Annual Decatur Easter Egg Hunt

The Decatur Easter Egg Hunt

Saturday, April 8
On the front lawn of First Baptist Church Decatur

Hop on over to the front lawn at Clairemont and Commerce in Decatur. The Easter bunny arrives at the front lawn at 10:30 a.m. and the Easter egg hunt begins at 11 a.m. The hunt will be age graded this year. Be sure to arrive on time because the Easter bunny waits for no one!

Other features this year are craft activities for children, a photo booth (bring your own camera), music and story time. The Decatur Farmer's Market will be open, too!

PICNICS on the lawn and CHIPPER JONES author event
Bring a blanket and enjoy a picnic style lunch on the lawn between the egg hunt and the author event with Chipper Jones at 2 p.m. You may bring your own picnic or purchase food which will be available from Amazed Catering and vendors of the Decatur Farmers Market.

Co-sponsored by the Decatur Business Association and First Baptist Church Decatur.

Attenders of FBCD are encouraged to bring candy donations to the church office by Wednesday, April 5.

Dr. Jeff Willetts Preaching Palm Sunday

Palm Sunday
April 9
In FreshStart at 8:45 in Carreker Hall
and in Sanctuary Worship at 11:15 a.m.

Dr. Jeff Willetts, Dean of McAfee School of Theology, holds his Ph.D. in philosophy from the University of Wales. Dr. Willetts will preach both services on Palm Sunday. Learn more about Dr. Willetts here.

Reception and Q&A
10-11 a.m.

Pastor Gushee will host a reception and informal Q&A time for Dean Willetts in Carreker Hall during the Bible study hour.

Chipper Jones introduces new book

Chipper Jones will present an author talk at First Baptist Church Decatur on Saturday, April 8 at 2:00 p.m. This event is presented by Georgia Center for the Book and FBCD Conversations Team.

Ballplayer, a new memoir by former Braves third baseman Chipper Jones, immerses us in the best of baseball. Chipper Jones was just a country kid from small town Pierson, Florida. A kid who grew up playing baseball in the backyard with his dad and dreaming that one day he’d be a major league ballplayer. Jones tells the story of his rise to the MLB ranks and what it took to stay with one organization his entire career with great detail and humor.

See more at Georgia Center for the Book here.

April 8, 2017 at 2:00 p.m.
In the FBCD Sanctuary

Lilies for Easter Sunday

Lilies for Easter Sunday in memory or in honor of someone

You may purchase a lily for $10 in memory of a loved one or in honor of someone special for Easter Sunday. Orders must be received by Friday, April 7. The proceeds will go to missions and worship arts. Write a check to First Baptist Church of Decatur, noting lilies in the memo line. You may also turn in your form, and pay online at the Giving page (note lilies in the comments section). Lilies may be picked up after FreshStart or Sanctuary worship Easter morning

Orders for Easter lilies are due by Friday, April 7.

Bike Fest at the Market

March 15, 4-7 p.m.
At the Decatur Farmers Market on the FBCD Front Lawn

Celebrate life on two wheels at the Decatur Farmers Market’s first ever BIKE FEST! Learn about biking in Decatur with Decatur Active Living, register your trusty steed with Decatur Police Department, and enter our raffle to win a very, very "fabulous" prize!

Bike valet available!
First 100 people to ride their bike to market will get a Bike Fest button!

Eat your veggies, ride your bike, and live forever!


Donate to the DEAM Pantry

Donate to the DEAM Pantry

September is DEAM month at First Baptist Church Decatur when we stock the DEAM pantry. The Decatur-area Emergency Assistance Ministry provides emergency help for local residents to prevent homelessness and hunger. Help stock the DEAM pantry in the bins at church. Please contribute items listed.

New! Young Adult Community Group

on sundays at 10 a.m.

On Sunday, March 5th, a new Sunday morning community group started, led by our young adult minister, Matt Snyder. Weekly conversations are topic-centered on the intersection between the Bible, spirituality, and current events. Interested in learning more? Email Matt here or drop in this Sunday morning.

Meets in S-203 (second floor of the Sanctuary building; enter at the portico entrance from the main outdoor parking lot)

NOTE: for Sunday, March 19, FBCD will have one worship time at 11:15 a.m. and no 10 a.m. small groups due to the traffic issues surrounding the Publix GA Marathon in Decatur that morning. Mark your calendars!

Gathering and Gab

"Gathering and Gab" for all who are young at heart

Young at Heart is sponsoring a coffee on Thursday, March 9 at 10 a.m. Come join us and enjoy old friends and meet new friends in the Parlor at FBCD. There will be lots of good coffee, sweet rolls and conversation. Bring friends and neighbors. Cost: $2 per person.