Rev. Dr. Brian Bosworth

Rev. Donny Haywood November 2021: Offer Thanks - In the original Roman calendar, November was the ninth month of the year. It got it's name from the Latin word "novem" which means nine. But it became the eleventh month when the Romans added January and February. November has often been thought of as a somber month because it signaled the beginning of winter. People would spend the month storing up their harvest and preparing their food and homes to survive the winter. I don’t know about you, but November isn’t somber to me. And I’ve never thought of it that way. It’s not summer or spring, but November holds promise. We have the changing leaves and the cooler temps. We have a month of intentional Thanksgiving. It serves as a reminder of all… Read More
Rev. Donny Haywood October 2021: Time is Valuable - Grace and peace to you from God our Father. Newsletter articles are tough. What can I say in a page that is worthy of your time? Your time is valuable. And often, it seems like there is so little of it to go around. On Sundays, I try to respect the time that you have set aside for worship. I do not like to go over the gift of an hour. I grew up in churches where that was an every week occurrence. But it is my belief, that if you steal from people often enough, they will begin to quit coming. I love the Fall. We have begun to see milder temperatures (at least for a few days). High school football is once again… Read More
Rev. Donny Haywood August 2021: Contagious Gratefulness - Grace and peace in the name of Jesus Christ our Lord. I think that when we greet each other, it is understood that we are greeting each other to the glory of God. We are, in fact, created to be in relationship to God and to each other, and to praise God with our whole being. That’s one of the great joys of our lives. Created by God, for God. And everything we do is a thankful response for the life we have been given. It really puts our existence into perspective, don’t you think? Psalm 100:4-5 says, “Enter his gates with thanksgiving, and his courts with praise. Give thanks to him, bless his name. For the Lord is good; his steadfast love endures forever,… Read More
December 2020: Company’s Coming - Do you remember the excitement of trimming the tree, the baking, the gifting, and the joy as we prepared for Christmas morning?  The greatest joy  was seeing all the company gather for Christmas festivities.  This year more than ever, we anticipate the guest of honor – Jesus!  This is an upbeat, festive kind of series, one filled with anticipation and a personal preparation for the Christ in our own lives.  Let’s celebrate the joy of the wait with oodles of Christmas carols, bells, special music, and traditional Advent Wreath readings!  Join us each week in the Sanctuary or online @FUMCDecaturTX.  Week 1 – November 29, 2020 – This Place Is a Mess!Mark 13:24-37 Week 2 - December 6, 2020 – Clean-Up CrewMark 1:1-8 Week 3 – December… Read More
October 2020: Generosity - Generosity is one of our most powerful and transformative spiritual practices as Christians. When we invest our lives and our livelihoods in the work of God’s Kingdom, our lives and the lives of others around us are radically enriched. Generosity, much like discipleship, is not a solo endeavor. As individuals and as a community of faith, we are who we are today because of the extravagant generosity of those who have come before us, those who through investing their lives in ours taught us the joy of giving ourselves away. We in turn pass on lives of extravagant generosity to others. So what lies at the core of generosity that we pass along from generation to generation? What are the practices and principles which shape… Read More
September 2020: Focus - It seems that everywhere I turn, folks are fatigued, angry, or worn out!  And who can blame them.  Yesterday, I assisted my granddaughter in attending school from home via the internet.  The technologically challenged were frustrating -  even for someone who gets the basic premise of logins, applications, and software updates.  I found myself ready to give up and resort to complaining rather than struggling through with patience and a spirit of gentleness.   That got me to thinking of the apostle Paul, who managed to find joy in the face of discouraging situations.  In his letter to the Philippians he reminds the believers how to find joy in the face of adversity, saying "if there is any excellence and if there is anything worthy of praise,… Read More
July 2020: Stay the Course - In our worship series, Braving the Wilderness, we have been following the Israelites through their journey in the wilderness.  Each weekly story finds them in a new campsite facing issues of faith and survival.  I am sensing that we have arrived at a new campsite during this time of COVID-19 and social justice.  I have a couple of observations concerning our new campsite. First, many of us have come to a place of COVID fatigue.  So any new reminders that we are still in a pandemic with consequences to our public health is met with a variety of reactions.  It is also easy to find ourselves relaxing as our experience of the Covid spread in Wise County is different than that of our neighbors to the south… Read More
April 2020: New Expressions - My mind has been buzzing with all the ways our world has changed in just four short weeks.  There is not one aspect of our daily lives that has not been impacted by this unprecedented season.  New terms like essential and non-essential jobs, social distancing, and distance learning have become an overnight reality with a whole new set of norms impacting our daily lives.  Many of us don't yet understand the full impact of these new guidelines for social engagement.  Dare we go out or not?  Can we go to work or not?   I have heard from some of you who are struggling with the reality of social distancing.  One of the toughest realities is the separation from friends and social circles that we have learned to… Read More
March 2020: Emergency Management Plan - Our Emergency Management Plan Our leadership and pastors take our safety seriously.  We have written procedures and plans for evaluation in the event of fire; and how to deal with aggressive behavior, medical emergencies, and environmental emergencies.  We have also listed any emergency numbers needed in the event of an emergency.  In addition, they will be listed on our website for your review. We have prepared these instructions for each room across our campus.  Please make yourself familiar of the location of these procedures.  In addition, we have two Medical Defibrillators , located on the second floor near the stair well in the main building and in the lobby of the MAC.  Please make mental note of the location of these life saving units as well.… Read More
February 2020: Exploring Membership - Exploring Membership When Kelly and I went looking for a new church, we visited some churches in our neighborhood, some in our city, and some in the nearby city.  We were looking for a place to belong, a place that felt like home. It was difficult to get up Sunday after Sunday and attend a new church, hoping to find a place where many of our boxes would be checked.  And when we found the place we eventually called home, we had to return more than once or even twice to see any fruit from our efforts.  Even in the friendliest of environments, it is not always easy to invest the time necessary to build a lasting bond with new faces at church. Exploring Membership… Read More