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Decatur Presbyterian has a vibrant church life both in worship and play. Choose an album and scroll through the pictures to see what we mean! Be sure to follow DPC on Facebook ,  Instagram  , and Twitter for more great photos.

DPC Flower Guild: Weekly Flowers in the Sanctuary

January 22, 2023

Given in honor of Our Children: Chet Allen & Liz and Eric McCaslin by Mary Ann and Hikie Allen.  Created by the DPC Flower Guild

SAM (Senior Adult Ministry) Event: Famed Newsman, John Pruitt, at his Talk and Book Signing for his new novel: “Tell It True”

 

 

Duet Together!

Piano and flute Concert featuring Mary Lynn Darden, Faris Goodrum and Rev. Elizabeth Betsy Stow, flute)

New Members: The McHughs

Morgan and Michael with Sons Charles and Asher, (Asher Baptised on 1/22/23)

2023 DPC Officer Retreat

Epiphany Brunch

Everyone had a great time at the Epiphany Brunch.  Thanks to the whole crew who made it happen and Kathy Morse.

 

 

 

Decatur Tree Lighting

The Outreach Team gave out hot chocolate to people going to the Square for the Tree Lighting

Decorating the Sanctuary  2022

Lighting the Advent Wreath

Advent Festival

 

Honoring Lori and Matt McMahan for 25 Years of Wonderful Music 

 

Inauguration of Rev. Victor Aloyo Jr.: CTS President

November 12, 2022

DPC Sanctuary

 

2022 Kirkin O’ the Tartans

October 30, 2022

The History of Kirkin’ o’ the Tartan
The ceremony of Kirkin’ o’ the Tartan is of American origin, though based on Scottish history and legend. After Bonnie Prince Charlie’s Scottish forces were defeated by the English at the Battle of Culloden in 1746, Scotland once again came under British rule. To control the Scots, a special act was passed that forbade the carrying of arms and the wearing of kilts, plaid, or any tartan which represented Scottish heritage. Orders were given for British troops to kill upon sight any person dressed in Highland garb or displaying the tartan.
As the Legend Goes. . .
This act prompted the stubborn Scots secretly to carry a piece of their tartan with them as they went to the Kirk. The minister then slipped a blessing (a Kirkin’) into the service for the tartans. The prohibition against tartan lasted for nearly 50 years. At the repeal of the act, the Church of Scotland celebrated with a Service of Family Covenant, at which time the tartan of each family was offered as a covenant expression for the Lord’s blessing.

 

SAM Train Excursion to Blue Ridge 

 

Blessing of the Pets 2022

Decatur Presbyterian Church conducted its annual Blessing of the Pets event Saturday October 15.  The Blessing of the Animals, traditionally held in October, is often associated with St. Francis of Assisi who is known as the patron saint of animals and ecology.  Decatur Presbyterian Church also recognizes how pets are an important part of our families and this day gives everyone a chance to appreciate how pets are vital part of our spiritual lives. 

The Blessing of the Animals is a wonderful opportunity for people of all backgrounds in all our surrounding communities to come together, meet and greet our beautiful animals that we love so much and confirm their blessings by the Spirit of God.” said Senior Pastor, Rev. Dr. Todd Speed at Decatur Presbyterian Church.

Pastors Aides Decorate Pumpkins 

2022 DPC Choir Picnic

 

Lunch with a Purpose: Cornerstone Class

Members of the Cornerstone Sunday school class gathered at the home of Steve and Sara Jo Craw in August for a barbeque lunch with a purpose! The class is supporting DPC’s identify as a “Matthew 25 Church” by looking for ways we can support programs that benefit those in need through our financial contributions and hands-on work.
 
Cheryl Sullivan invited Marlene White, Executive Director of DCM (Decatur Cooperative Ministry), to a class one Sunday. Marlene shared plans for renovation efforts at Hagar’s House, the shelter for women and their families down the street from DPC. Our church has long supported Hagar’s House and often provided dinners there.
 
At the picnic, class members exceeded the goal of $1,000 by donating $3,150!  This will provide seed money for DCM to raise all the funds needed.
 
Students from the Savannah College of Art and Design (SCAD) have helped redesign the guest rooms and kitchen of the night shelter. Their concept for color and spaces was that the shelter “should be rooted in reviving an oasis.” So Cornerstone Class members at the picnic created colorful pictures of giraffe and sea horses, butterflies and bees, koi fish and peacocks, using alcohol marker and pages from coloring books for adults. 
 
These eight “masterpieces” have been framed and will be presented to DCM with hopes these cheerful pictures are enjoyed by the families who find comfort at the shelter.
 

Art is displayed by Cheryl Sullivan and Dave Williams (top row) and Jim Hudgins and Lucia Sizemore. These are images of plants and flowers, animals and insects from a coloring book for adults to decorate residents’ rooms at Hagar’s House and were created by Linda LaBron, Kathy Morse, Cheryl Sullivan, Mimi Thurman, and Fran Wiggins

 

So Many Things Going on at DPC in September: Take a Look

  • Women’s Ministry
  • SAM Lunch and Learn
  • All Hands 

Rev. Dr. Todd Speed 15th Anniversary Lunch

On Aug 7th, we celebrated Rev. Todd Speed’s 15th anniversary as our Senior Pastor and 15 years since Todd, Melanie and their four sons became part of the DPC church family.  The congregation had the opportunity to greet Todd and Melanie at the Kick-Off Lunch immmediately after the service.

 

DPC SAM Trip to Atlanta Botanical Gardens for ‘Origami in the Garden’

July 19th, 2022

Emily Wilmesherr and Todd Speed led a Senior Adult Ministry trip to the Atlanta Botanical Garden July 19, followed by lunch at Mary Mac’s Tea Room.

The overcast rainy morning enhanced their comfort as they enjoyed a guided tour of imaginative metal origami installations throughout the garden.

Decatur Presbyterian Church Picnic: July 17, 2022 at Mason Mill Park

SAM (Senior Adult Ministry) Lunch & Learn Event April 2022

Remembering the Saints of Decatur Presbyterian Church, Nov 7, 2021

Kirkin ‘O’ The Tartans, October 31, 2021

The History of Kirkin’ o’the Tartan
The ceremony of Kirkin’ o’ the Tartan is of American origin, though based on Scottish history and legend. After Bonnie Prince Charlie’s Scottish forces were defeated by the English at the Battle of Culloden in 1746, Scotland once again came under British rule. To control the Scots, a special act was passed that forbade the carrying of arms and the wearing of kilts, plaid, or any tartan which represented Scottish heritage. Orders were given for British troops to kill upon sight any person dressed in Highland garb or displaying the tartan.
As the Legend Goes. . .
This act prompted the stubborn Scots secretly to carry a piece of their tartan with them as they went to the Kirk. The minister then slipped a blessing (a Kirkin’) into the service for the tartans. The prohibition against tartan lasted for nearly 50 years. At the repeal of the act, the Church of Scotland celebrated with a Service of Family Covenant, at which time the tartan of each family was offered as a covenant expression for the Lord’s blessing.

Blessing of the Pets October 16, 2021 

The Blessing of the Animals, traditionally held in October, is often associated with St. Francis of Assisi who is known as the patron saint of animals and ecology.  Decatur Presbyterian Church also recognizes how pets are an important part of our families and this day gives everyone a chance to appreciate how pets are vital part of our spiritual lives. Please bring your own chairs for this event.

The Blessing of the Animals is a wonderful opportunity for people of all backgrounds in all our surrounding communities to come together, meet and greet our beautiful animals that we love so much and confirm their blessings by the Spirit of God.” said Senior Pastor, Rev. Dr. Todd Speed at Decatur Presbyterian Church.