Lent Sermon Series

Lent 2020A Pecan Street Mission Sermon Series “Walking” is often used throughout Scripture as a way of speaking about our life with God. Walking with God, like physical walking, is an exercise that requires practice. Too often, we focus simply on the beliefs of the Christian faith without practicing how we live those out. This Lent, we’ll examine some of the core practices – often called spiritual disciples or holy habits – that help Christians put hands and feet to our faith. Through practicing these essentials habits of the Christian life and integrating them into our daily walk with God, we may find that following in the footsteps of Jesus is an everyday endeavor. Join the Decatur Methodist Family this Lent as we “practice” walking our faith together. Sunday, March 1“Worship & Prayer:A Living Hallelujah”Psalm 95:1-7 Sunday, March 8“Study: The Importance ofListening & Paying Attention”2 Timothy 3:14-17 Sunday, March 15“Serve: Here I Am Lord, Send … Read More

#ChurchToo Conference

Friday, February 28 6:00-9:00 pmSaturday, February 29 9:00 am-6:00 pmThe Denton Wesley Foundation1501 Maple St. Denton, TX 76210 The 3rd Annual #ChurchToo Conference is an honest gathering to tell the truth about spiritual, systemic, and interpersonal abuse and to create with survivors hope and healing. During this we will explore theologies, practices, and communities that we can create and cultivate that center the healing and experiences of survivors. We will hear from renowned speakers and workshop leaders presenting on topics such as survivor-based theology, LGBTQ+ inclusion, purity culture, and more. Dinner and lunch are provided in the price of all tickets. Purchase tickets at eventbrite.com Find more information on Facebook

Ash Wednesday

Wednesday, February 26 Drive-Thru Ashes 6:30-8:00 am in the FUMC Parking LotService of Imposition of Ashes 6:00 pm in the SanctuaryCommunity Meal 6:30 pm in Asbury Hall Lent, the 40-day season of preparation for Easter, begins with Ash Wednesday. On this day, Christians remember that we were created from the dust and to the dust our bodies will return at the end of this life. It is a day to stare our mortality straight in the face, remembering that life is fragile but oh so holy. With ashes we confess that we live in brokenness and frequently fall short of God’s intention for our lives- yet, Easter brings a celebration that God’s love is stronger than even these forces of death. Join us as we embark together as a community of faith on this journey through the season of Lent.

February Sermon Series

BeLoved

February 2020A Pecan Street Mission Sermon Series When asked about the most important of all the commandments, Jesus said, “It’s simple really – Love God and love your neighbor as yourself. All of Scripture hangs on this.” (Matthew 22:36-40). In February, the month of love, join the Pecan Street Mission community as we explore what it really means to be-loved. If God is Love, then loving God with everything we have and loving our neighbor are intrinsically wrapped up in our ability to be deeply loved ourselves. Over these three weeks we will consider what it means to love, to be love, and to be loved. Through it all, we might just find the most radically transformational practice of faith is to simply be-loved. Sunday, Feb. 9 Love: Love God Deuteronomy 6:4-12 Sunday, Feb. 16Be Love: Love Neighbor1 John 4:7-21 Sunday, Feb. 23Be Loved: Love SelfMark 1:9-11

January Sermon Series

January 2020 sermon series

January 2020A Pecan Street Mission Sermon Series Negative and damaging messages about sex and our bodies come from all corners of society: magazines and billboards, T.V.’s and computer screens, our own well-intentioned families, and yes, even and especially the Church. All too often, people have suffered pain, guilt, and judgment as a result of a toxic fixation on sex, the body, and physical pleasure. Shame has driven conversations into either the open vulgarity of locker rooms or the hushed darkness of bedrooms. What might it look like to begin re-forming a constructive theology of sex & bodies? What if shame was taken out of the picture? What if we began to embrace sexuality as a gift to be celebrated rather than a burden to be ashamed of? This January, join the Pecan Street Mission community as we dive into bold conversations exploring what God says about our bodies, how sexuality … Read More

Downtown Community Candlelight Worship

Community Candlelight Worship

Sunday, December 22, 20197:00 p.m. @ the Decatur Courthouse Square Come celebrate the second annual Downtown Community Candlelight Worship on the Decatur Courthouse Square! We’ll gather with the downtown community at 7:00 p.m. to sing, pray, worship, light candles, and celebrate the good news of God’s Light breaking into the darkness of our world! Bundle up, bring your family & friends, and join us in this community-wide Christmas celebration! Our neighbors at Trinity Street Coffee Bar will be serving free coffee & hot cocoa throughout the evening to keep everyone warm!

December 2019 Advent Series: Not a Silent Night

December 2019 Advent sermon series

Advent 2019 Every year at Christmas we are surrounded by images of the serene young Mary in clean, beautiful robes, holding a perfectly calm baby. We imagine that first Christmas where “all is calm and all is bright.” But come on – any mother who has given birth knows just how “calm” that night must have really been. Mary’s experience, not unlike our own lives, was likely a night of joy mixed with pain, love mixed with adversity, hope mixed with uncertainty, and peace mixed with sorrow. This was true in Mary’s life and ours, blessings and pain intermingled as God shows up in our holy, beautiful mess. This Advent, we’ll prepare our hearts for Christmas by looking at the life of Jesus through Mary’s eyes. We’ll tell her story by starting not at the beginning, but at the end. Each week we’ll seek to experience the story of that … Read More

New Year’s Mission Trip: December 30, 2019 – January 3, 2020

2020 New Year's Mission Trip

Did you know just on the other side of the border from El Paso, families are living in extreme poverty? Single mothers and elderly grandparents are raising kids on dollars-per-day, living in self-constructed shelters made of wood pallets and chicken-wire. For the past 26 years on the outskirt desert regions of Ciudad Juarez, Proyecto Abrigo (Project Shelter) has been partnering with U.S. mission teams to build concrete-block homes for these families. With a new home, families no longer have to worry about their infant children freezing to death during the wintery desert nights. With a new home, parents no longer worry about their wood-pallet shelter going up in flames because their children were trying to keep warm near the wood-fire stove. A home not only changes lives, a home saves lives. This winter, Pastor Ricky Harrison will be leading a mission team to Proyecto Abrigo over the New Year’s holiday … Read More

November 2019 Sermon Series: The Holy Ordinary

November 2019 sermon series

November 2019 A Pecan Street Mission Sermon Series How do you find God in your ordinary, everyday life? Through simple, common elements like light, water, and bread God shows up in our lives every single day. These basic necessities of human existence are also extraordinary, mysterious conduits that carry God’s love to us. This November, we’ll utilize Psalm 23 and these physical elements of light, water, & bread to explore how God makes even the most ordinary of moments extraordinarily sacred and holy. With light we will remember the saints who have come before us and who still surround us in the great cloud of witnesses. With water we will remember how God consistently brings new life by leading people through uncharted and tumultuous seas. With bread we will remember how God faithfully shows up around the table in order to nourish our bodies & spirits. Every single day of … Read More

October Series: “Jesus Talks Money”

October 2019 sermon series Jesus Talks Money

October 2019A Pecan Street Mission Sermon Series You know what probably got Jesus kicked out of lots of dinner parties? All his talk about money. Out of the 38 parables Jesus tells, 16 are about money (that’s 42% of his stories, all about money). If you add up every verse in the Gospels, 1 out of 10 (288 in all) deal directly with — you guessed it — money. The Gospel of Luke, in particular, preserves some of Jesus’ most uncomfortable teachings and parables about money. Just try out these memory verses: “You cannot serve God and wealth” (Luke 16:13); “Sell all that you own and distribute the money to the poor…then come, follow me” (18:22); “Look, half of my possessions, Lord, I will give to the poor” (19:8); “To all those who have, more will be given; but from those who have nothing, even what they have will be … Read More