Pub Theology

Beer, Conversation, and God Pub Theology is based on a simple premise: Good things happen when people sit down at the same table together and talk honestly about things that matter – and frankly, having a beer doesn’t hurt. “Theology” simply means “words about God” – and all talk about God invariably includes talk about everything else. Movies, books, art, politics, business, biology, the economy, food, beer, life, and death – God is in it all. So if you’re tired of shallow conversations about the weather and crave authentic conversation about the weighty things of life, then Pub Theology is for you. All questions are good questions – doubts and skepticism deepen authentic conversation. Bring yourself, just as you are. No judgements, no assumptions, just show up exactly as you are. The intent is simply to grow, to learn, and maybe to make some new friends along the way. Beer, … Read More

Roots & Branches: September Series

Sunday Mornings @ Pecan Street The Gathering Circle: 10:00-11:30am @ the Methodist Activity Center (MAC) Bldg. September Conversation Series In the 1700’s a pair of brothers, dissatisfied with their institutional religion and dry faith, set out to bring to life in a fresh way the Good News of God’s love for all people. As they rode on horseback across England, the Wesley brothers gave birth to an expression of faith that held together the heart & the head, social justice & personal piety, God’s Kingdom here on earth and in the life hereafter. In the fields of day laborers, with the children of coal miners, among the poor and the marginalized – Methodism was born. For nearly 300 years, people called “Methodist” have been attempting to live out the way of Jesus within this unique theological tradition. Join Pecan Street Mission this Fall as we explore the roots of our … Read More

Anti-Racism Book Study: Fall 2021

Fall 2021 Schedule Meets weekly on Monday Evenings from Sept. 20 – Nov. 22 Study Overview Heather McGhee’s specialty is the American economy—and the mystery of why it so often fails the American public. From the financial crisis to rising student debt to collapsing public infrastructure, she found a common root problem: racism. But not just in the most obvious indignities for people of color. Racism has costs for white people, too. It is the common denominator of our most vexing public problems, the core dysfunction of our democracy and constitutive of the spiritual and moral crises that grip us all. But how did this happen? And is there a way out? McGhee embarks on a deeply personal journey across the country from Maine to Mississippi to California, tallying what we lose when we buy into the zero-sum paradigm—the idea that progress for some of us must come at the … Read More

Summer Service Events

Summer Service Events Mobile Food Pantry: First Saturdays, 7:00-10:00am June 5 July 3 August 7 September 4 What to Expect At 7:00am we’ll need a couple hands to help grab tables & other supplies out of the Wesley Center Garage. Then we’ll setup our assembly line in the main parking lot, divide up into spaced out work stations to load food into boxes, pack approx. 200 boxes of food, then around 8am begin loading food boxes into vehicles as they are directed to drive through the parking lot. We will have food handling gloves available for everyone to wear. Please wear closed-toe shoes and come dressed to be outside the whole time (so hat, sunglasses, jacket, water, etc.) Decatur Cares Summer Food Program Every Tuesday in June and July 11:00am – 1:00pm at FUMC Decatur Fellowship Hall What to Expect Each summer, Decatur Cares helps provide meals to the families of students in … Read More

Anti-Racism Summer Events

Anti-Racism Summer Series Events Immigration 101: An Evening with Immigration Attorney Alice Gruber Monday, June 7, 5:30-7:00pm in Asbury Hall “The Best of Enemies” Screening and Community Conversation Friday, June 25, 6:00-9:00pm in Asbury Hall “Cesar Chavez” Screening and Community Conversation Friday, July 23, 6:00-9:00pm in Asbury Hall Racism in Social Services and Non-Profit Work: An Evening with Elizabeth Randle, Executive Director of CASA of Wise and Jack Counties Monday, August 2, 5:30-7:00pm in Asbury Hall Racism in Higher Ed, Campus Ministry, and the Church: An Evening with Rev. Marcus Jones, Director of the MSU Wesley Foundation Monday, Sept. 13, 5:30-7:00pm in Asbury Hall

Anti-Racism Book Study

Spring Mini-Session 2021 Anti-Racism Book Study   Overview Over 40-million people in the United States are immigrants, persons born in another country. Of those, around 11-million are estimated to be undocumented. Jose Antonio Vargas is one such person. Having spent 25 years living as an undocumented citizen, Vargas shares what it is like to experience life “without papers” in this nation of immigrants.  “This is not a book about the politics of immigration. This book––at its core––is not about immigration at all. This book is about homelessness, not in a traditional sense, but in the unsettled, unmoored psychological state that undocumented immigrants like myself find ourselves in. This book is about lying and being forced to lie to get by; about passing as an American and as a contributing citizen; about families, keeping them together, and having to make new ones when you can’t. This book is about constantly hiding from … Read More

Community Easter Sunrise Worship

Order of Worship Song: The Lion and The Lamb by Leeland Verse 1: He’s coming on the clouds Kings and kingdoms will bow down And every chain will break As broken hearts declare His praise For who can stop the Lord Almighty Chorus: Our God is the lion The Lion of Judah He’s roaring with power And fighting our battles And every knee will bow before Him Our God is the lamb The lamb that was slain For the sins of the world His blood breaks the chains And every knee will bow before the lion and the lamb Every knee will bow before Him Verse 2: So, open up the gates Make way before the King of Kings The God who comes to save Is here to set the captives free For who can stop the Lord Almighty Chorus Bridge: For who can stop the Lord Almighty Who can stop the Lord Almighty Who can stop the … Read More

Anti-Racism Book Study

Anti-Racism Book Study and Discussion Group Spring 2021 Overview ‘Whiteness’ is constantly at work and on-display in our world. Racism has long woven itself into the local and national fabric of our daily lives – yet even the most well-intentioned of those of us who think ourselves ‘white’ often have little awareness of this corrosive reality. In “Waking Up White,” Debby Irving offers her own sometimes cringe-worthy journey to help readers better understand the dynamics of race & racism from within a white body. This Spring, the Anti-Racism Book Group will utilize Irving’s story to unpack our own experiences of ‘whiteness’ and engage in conversation around what anti-racist actions, individually and collectively, we might pursue in response. To participate, contact Rev. Ricky Harrison ([email protected]) or let us know on FACEBOOK. This group will meet on Monday evenings from 5:30-7:00, in-person at the Outdoor Patio of the MAC Building at FUMC … Read More

Worship +2

worship +2

   Following Jesus doesn’t happen by accident – faith takes intentionality. Rather than simply attending church or going to church, Jesus calls us to be the Church. Across our Decatur Methodist Family, we are seeking to intentionally follow in the footsteps of Jesus by engaging in worship, connecting with community, and committing to service. This Fall, we are challenging every member of our community to Worship +2. Engage in Worship: Participate each week with one of our in-person or online worship communities. Connect with a Small Group: Find a Growth Group, Learning Group, or “Sunday” School Class to meet with each week for intentional spiritual formation and Christian education. Groups are the places where we can truly be “known” in an intentional, Christian community. Commit to Serve: Once a month, commit to putting your hands and feet to work for Jesus. Whether that looks like serving in worship, serving on … Read More

Cards for Teachers

   For the last two years, every single Preschool and Elementary School teacher in Decatur ISD has received a prayer card from our Decatur Methodist Family filled with a personal note of love and encouragement. As the new school year begins, help us lift up our educators with this small blessing. Help us pour love into the lives of our local educators!    Check out the signup links below and sign up to write a personalized note to as many teachers as you would like. You can use your own stationary, or pick up cards and envelopes from the church office. Sign Up to Write a Card at Any of the Links Below! Preschool and Kindergarten TeachersFirst Grade TeachersSecond Grade TeachersThird Grade TeachersFourth Grade TeachersFifth Grade TeachersSpecial Education and Elective Teachers   Follow this example image when addressing your cards. If you would prefer not to use your personal mailing … Read More