Marriage Enrichment Course

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Are you looking for a way to make your marriage better? Are you a newly engaged couple looking to find a way to make your relationship last? Then this opportunity might be for you! 

Monique Wischusen, Licensed Marriage and Family Therapist and Director of the Verdery Counseling Center at  FBCD, will be offering a Free 6-Week Marriage Enrichment Course for couples starting August 5th - September 9th, at 10:00 - 11:00am in Room E206.

This course will help couples explore and strengthen their relationships using the Prepare/Enrich assessment and materials. Prepare/Enrich is a scientifically proven program that will make a significant impact in the lives of the couples. There is a $35 fee per couple to take the marriage assessment.

For questions, please contact Monique at 404-369-1041.

Vacation Bible School 2018

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This summer, we are going to do something new and different with Vacation Bible School. For now, we are calling it VBS: Reimagined.

VBS will be ONE Saturday, July 21st with both a morning session (traditional VBS structure) and an afternoon session (field trip to either the Atlanta Zoo or Georgia Aquarium).

VBS Theme: Water U Doing? 
We will learn about the story of Jonah, and how he was called by God to go to a place he didn’t want to go. Children will also learn about sanitation and hygiene in our country and other countries. Our mission project will be to collect travel-size toiletries to give to our clothing room so that they can distribute them to the guests that come to visit. We will go to the aquarium or zoo in the afternoon to spend time with God’s creation!

How to Register
Registration is officially CLOSED. But if you would still like to sign your kids up, you can email Pastor KK at kkoger@fbcdecatur.com

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Tour the CDC with Young at Heart

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Join Young at Heart for a Tour of the CDC

All are invited to join YAH for a tour of the CDC Museum on August 16th beginning at 10:00am. The bus will leave the church at 9:15am and the group will be stopping for lunch at Athens Pizza after the tour (cost of lunch not included).

If you’re interested in going, you must sign up by calling the front office (404-373-1653) no later than August 6th due to CDC security protocols.

Mission Moments: Refugee Ministry

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Refugee Team Ministry

On Sunday mornings throughout the summer, we're drawing attention to the various ways First Baptist Church of Decatur engages in mission both locally and globally. Most recently, we highlighted what we're doing in working with refugees in and around Atlanta.

Who is a refugee?

There are three primary things that make up a refugee: 1) They are a person not living in their home country; 2) They are living in fear of what might happen to them because of what they believe about God, the government, because of their race, or if they think something harmful is going to happen to them; and 3) Their country and its government isn't going to protect them.

What are a few reasons we should help refugees?

Half of all the refugees in the world are kids! Most of them end up living in a country next to their home country, or after several years, travel to another country like the United States.

Jesus was a refugee and had to flee his country (Mt. 2:13-15), and it probably one of the many reasons he spent so much time ministering to the marginalized and those in need of protection from systems of power. 

What can we do to help?

There are a lot of different things you can do, but a good place to begin is by educating yourself. Click here to learn more about refugees.

Two organizations we're organizing some partnerships with are Friends of Refugees and New American Pathways. After attending orientations with each organization, you can help sponsor a refugee family, help teach English, help setup apartments, greet new refugees at the airport, and more!

We hope in the near future to sponsor a refugee family at FBCD through these organizations. Keep your eyes and ears peeled to learn how you can help.

Read the FBCD Statement regarding the border crisis here.

FBCD Statement: Keep Families Together

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We, at First Baptist Church Decatur, stand with the Cooperative Baptist Fellowship and others in their repudiation of the current immigration policy that tears children away from families, and further, the misuse of Holy Scripture to justify such immoral acts.

FBC Decatur is not endorsing any political affiliation, view point, or leader. We are following the commands of our God to love and care for our neighbors (irrespective of where they are from), caring for "the least of these," and speaking truth to power when that power attempts to misuse scripture to justify political and immoral acts as has been recently done with Romans 13.

FBC Decatur stands with our fellow Baptists, Christians, and all God's people (believers and nonbelievers) who condemn the immoral treatment of others. We pray that our leadership will take note and take heart of the growing cast of voices demanding better and we speak from a Biblical heart when we say these and other immoral acts against any of God's people can not and should not be allowed if we are to claim "...One Nation Under God..." 

See the full statement from the Cooperative Baptist Fellowship (CBF) click here.

For more information around Romans 13, including historical and Biblical context, read the article "From Romans to Revelation: How Christians Began to Stand Against the Emperor" from FBCD's Senior Pastor, Dr. David Jordan.

 

CBS46 Feature

Darren Draper, FBCD Deacon Chair, was recently interviewed by our local news station CBS46 about the above statement. To watch that story, see the video below: 

Summer of the Spirit

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New Summer Worship Schedule

This summer we're changing things up at FBCD! During the summer months, so many people in our church community go to the beach, head to the mountains, and do what so many others do during the summer: RELAX! As a result, there are fewer volunteers available to help keep things running smoothly on a Sunday morning.

So in an effort to be better stewards of our time and energy, we're going to be merging both Fresh Start and Sanctuary worship together for June and July! Here is what the new schedule will look like June 3rd through July 29th:

Sunday School: 9:15am
Blended Worship (in the Sanctuary): 10:30am

We are incredibly excited for the opportunities this brings for our those in our church community to connect with one another. Our ministry staff has planned some fun worship experiences and additional opportunities, either before or after worship, for us to connect with one another.

See you this summer!