Read this week's letter from Pastor David.
On October 20th from 5:00-6:30pm, there will be a BBQ fundraiser benefitting First School, First Camp, and the Kitchen Ministries under the church’s portico.
Take-out options include:
- Pulled Pork ($10)
- Ribs ($10)
- Full slab of Ribs ($20)
- or Brunswick Stew ($5/pint)
All plates include Baked Beans, Chips, and Texas Toast.
HOW TO ORDER
You can pay in advance by clicking here and putting your total in the "BBQ Dinner Plates" box under "Category and Funds." In the comment section, please list what your take-out order will include. This helps us prepare the right amount of food.
DATE AND TIME:
Tuesday, October 24, 2017
HOW TO WELCOME THE STRANGER
Do you want to learn more about the renewal of FBC Decatur's Refugee Ministry and how you can help immigrants in our local community?
Then you are invited to join us to learn more about what the Bible says about welcoming the stranger, our church's historical response to immigrants, immediate and long-term opportunities for involvement, a friendly Q&A session, and more.
There has been a small team from FBCD meeting regularly over the past few months, coordinating with Clarkston city officials, meeting with multiple agencies, and strategizing the best path forward for our church's involvement in this area of ministry to those in our community.
WHAT TO EXPECT
We have designed this evening for those interested in learning more about specific steps they can take to be the hands and feet of Jesus to those resettling in the area, whether through donation drives, family sponsorships, English tutoring lessons, housing assistance, transportation help, and more.
We're excited to share our progress with you and our vision for moving forward! No matter the depth of your interest or involvement, we invite you to join us!
Couples Needed for Training Seminary Students
McAfee School of Theology is looking for couples to participate in a class project for master’s level theology students who are learning to work with couples in congregational and ministry settings. We need married or dating couples who are willing to take part in an interview together during October or November.
The interview will be recorded and will take 60-90 minutes. It can be scheduled at a place and time convenient for you. During the interview you’ll be asked questions about your relationship, including how you became a couple and what the strengths and challenges of your relationship are. You will also be asked to complete a survey asking questions about your relationship.
The goal of this project is not to evaluate your relationship, but rather to evaluate the student’s ability to work with couples in an effective and meaningful way. All of the information you provide will be kept confidential.
If you are interested, please email or call Dr. Chanequa Walker-Barnes at email@example.com or (678) 547-6442.
Join us on Wednesday, October 25th from 4:30-7:00pm for our annual Fall Festival! We will have carnival games, inflatables, and food available for purchase.
This event is geared for the whole family, so come on out for a great night of fellowship, food, and fun!
Interested in volunteering for the Fall Festival? Click here to sign-up for a time slot.
Join us for our Fall Work Day on Saturday, September 30th here at FBC Decatur! From 8:30-12:00pm, we'll be getting together to accomplish a bunch of small projects around the church's campus.
So come, bring a friend and grab a paint brush or rake, and help us make this place look awesome.
In recent years, America’s criminal justice system has become the subject of an increasingly urgent debate. Critics have assailed the rise of mass incarceration, emphasizing its disproportionate impact on people of color. As James Forman, Jr., points out, however, the war on crime that began in the 1970s was supported by many African American leaders in the nation’s urban centers. In Locking Up Our Own, he seeks to understand why.
Forman shows us that the first substantial cohort of black mayors, judges, and police chiefs took office amid a surge in crime and drug addiction. Many prominent black officials, including Washington, D.C. mayor Marion Barry and federal prosecutor Eric Holder, feared that the gains of the civil rights movement were being undermined by lawlessness―and thus embraced tough-on-crime measures, including longer sentences and aggressive police tactics. In the face of skyrocketing murder rates and the proliferation of open-air drug markets, they believed they had no choice. But the policies they adopted would have devastating consequences for residents of poor black neighborhoods.
A former D.C. public defender, Forman tells riveting stories of politicians, community activists, police officers, defendants, and crime victims. He writes with compassion about individuals trapped in terrible dilemmas―from the men and women he represented in court to officials struggling to respond to a public safety emergency. Locking Up Our Own enriches our understanding of why our society became so punitive and offers important lessons to anyone concerned about the future of race and the criminal justice system in this country.
If you have never participated in an even from Georgia Center for the Book, visit their website, and consider joining us on September 18th to hear James Forman Jr.!
Hey FBCD family,
We've been keeping our eye on Hurricane Irma as it's made its way toward Florida over the last few days. Now as it makes its way toward us here in Atlanta, we have decided to close the church offices Monday and Tuesday of this week (9/11-9/12).
Most of Georgia is under a Tropical Storm Warning, businesses are choosing to shutter their doors early, and schools are cancelling classes. It might be best for all of us to stay home.
If you're scheduled to have an event or meeting at the church, then we suggest checking with your group leaders or event hosts as to whether your meetings/events are rescheduled.
Stay safe, church! We'll see you Wednesday for dinner at 5:30pm :)
Grace and peace,
D.E.A.M. (Decatur-area Emergency Assistance Ministry) is a ministry supported primarily by 22 area churches that seek to meet the emergency needs of the less fortunate in the community.
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.
Most needed food items:
- Soup (Cream of Chicken, Cream of Mushroom, Chicken Noodle, and Chicken and Rice)
- Canned Baked Beans
- Canned Pork n Beans
- Canned Pineapple
- Canned Yams
- 1-lb. packages of Yellow and/or Brown Rice
- Small boxes of Corn Muffin mix
Most needed non-food items:
- Toilet paper
- Bar soap
Assigned churches are: HT Pantry (FBC Decatur and North Decatur United Methodist), and Avondale Pantry (Lutheran Church of the Messiah).
Thank you for participating in this meaningful ministry through FBCD!