Rev. Dr. Brian Bosworth

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
January 2020: Vision 2020 - Vision 2020 On November 12, 2019, the Church Conference voted to move to a simplified board structure for the governing of FUMC Decatur.  We voted to charter a thirteen member Church Council who would set vision, mission and adopt the core values of our local congregation.  They will govern by setting policy and holding our ministry teams accountable for driving toward our defined vision and mission. It is believed that this new structure will encourage wider participation in the ministries of our church.  In early 2020, we will begin forming Ministry Teams in areas of learning, growing, giving, and serving.    Some of our committees and teams will continue to serve without missing a beat, such as our Scholarship Committee, Christian Care Visitors, Care Team,… Read More
Rev. Ricky Harrison January 2020: Financial Peace University - Take control of your money with Financial Peace University (FPU)! This nine-lesson course uses biblical wisdom and common sense to help you tackle budgeting, pay off debt, and make your money work for you! FPU includes your member workbook and a year of free online resources through Financial Peace Membership. Join our first FPU class this Spring! Sign up in the Narthex. Dates: January 22 – March 25 Time: Wednesday Nights, 6:15-8:00pm Class Leaders: Lisa & Will Bosshard Cost: $99 Testimony from Will & Lisa To understand the HUGE change FPU made in our lives, we have to go back a few years to our beginning.  Back in 2007, whenever one of us received a raise we would figure out how to spend it; could we afford… Read More
December 2019: Not A Silent Night - “Not a Silent Night” 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… Read More
Rev. Ricky Harrison December 2019: New Year’s Misison 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 27 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… Read More