Rev. Dr. Brian Bosworth

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
November 2019: Light in the Darkness - Hi Church, The cooler weather serves as a reminder that we are approaching one of the richest and yet most stressful times of the year - the holiday season!  Activities at the church increase, holiday parties begin to show up on the already full calendar, and plans for family gatherings begin to make demands on our time.  If we add a layer of grief to this years activities, it can be overwhelming! There is no single formula for navigating a holiday season during a time of grief.  Every person and every scenario is different.  And while the following events are scheduled with those facing a difficult year in mind, they can bring meaning to others as well.  Blue Christmas services are designed to acknowledge the… Read More
Rev. Ricky Harrison November 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
October 2019: Gather - Hi Church, Can I brag on our staff?!  We meet monthly to calendar and share in the excitement in our areas of ministry.  This helps us work together as a team and to support one another in ministry.  This month, I told them to wear their jeans because we were going to put our hands to work. We shared a meal and began our programming plans for Christmas and beyond (look for those else where in the newsletter).  After our meal, we cleaned out a classroom and two closets near the Fellowship Hall.  As we put our hands to work, we also took time to encourage one another and pose for a silly picture in some chili pepper hats that we found while cleaning.  Our… Read More
Rev. Ricky Harrison October 2019: Save the Date - Proyecto Abrigo New Year’s Mexico Mission Trip Trip Date: Dec. 30 – Jan. 3, 2020 Where: Proyecto Abrigo (proyectoabrigo.org), Juarez, MX Cost: $200/Adult or $150/Accompanied Minor Watch for more info coming soon!     In Christ, Ricky Harrison       Read More
September 2019: Lift Me Up! - Last Friday evening, Kelly and I spent some time with our daughters in Carrollton.  After the grandkids were finished swimming and splashing us, they retired to the house for a movie.  The movie in the player was not what they wanted to watch, so I was summoned to the TV room to assist with the selection of a new movie.  The movies were on a shelf out of reach of little girls.  Desiring to make her own selection, four-years-old Parker said, "Lift me up, Moku, lift me up!" There is an important message for all of us in her request.  The role of the body of Christ is to lift each other up.  Sometimes, we lift each other up by surrounding one another in prayer,… Read More
August 2019: Hello Church - Hi Church! Kelly and I have received such a warm welcome from each of you.  From the goodies waiting for us at the house on moving day, to the name tag effort so we can get to know your name, to the wonderful reception following our first Sunday, every detail has been attended to with such grace and care!  We are overwhelmed at the warmth of your spirit which has helped us feel right at home!  Thank you! In an effort to continue to get to know you better, the SPRC members have scheduled several small group meetings in which you can share your hopes and dreams with me.  I invite you to sign up for one of these 1.5 hour meetings.  We will provide… Read More