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Here you will find information concerning First Baptist Church and its ministries. We hope you find your time spent here a blessing. First Baptist is a warm and loving church, and we want you to feel comfortable and at liberty to call on us for anything you need. Feel free to browse through the various areas of our website and learn about our fellowship.

If you are considering a new place of worship or a relocation to our area, we would love to have you be our guest.

When you visit First Baptist, you will find:

  • A caring congregation that will gladly welcome you
  • Preaching/teaching that is centered on the Word of God
  • Ministries to meet the spiritual needs of every age

We practice open communion at First Baptist. That means if you have accepted Christ as your Savior, you are welcome to join with us during communion. We celebrate the Lord's Table during the first Sunday of each month. Our communion bread is nut-free, gluten-free, and dairy-free so that all of the Church body is able to partake together in unity. 

Please note: At this point in time, due to the COVID-19 Virus, all activities at First Baptist Church have been cancelled. Gov. Kim Reynolds has declared a State of Public Health Disaster Emergency. Until that is revoked, no gatherings of over ten people are allowed. As such, we will not meet until the expiration of the declaration on April 16, 2020.

That means that there will be no Palm Sunday or Easter Sunday celebration in community.

A recorded sermon will be available via our website.



If you are interested in more videos of our pastor's sermons, click on the either the 'Facebook' or 'YouTube' icons near the upper right side of each website page.

The following link to Lauren Daigle's Come Alive (Dry Bones) may be used for this week's worship at home. 

 This coming week, as we the Church meditate together on the suggested lectionary scripture readings, you might also enjoy using this link to listen to Lauren Daigle's rendition of "Here's my Heart Lord".


Contact Information  
First Baptist Church
2143 Judson Dr.
Dubuque, Iowa 52001
Phone (563)583-6289

E-mail from the Pastor, Sunday, March 29, 2020 Fifth Sunday in Lent

Hi Church!

The watchword for the coming week is: 

"I wait for the LORD, my soul waits, and in his word I hope." Psalm 130:5

I pray that everyone is safe and not going crazy by the lack of public discourse. As I call around the church I have not heard anything unsettling from any of our members. Praise God! If you haven't received a call or email, you will next week.

We will continue our present situation through April 16 per Gov. Reynolds. You can read more in the attached file.

I have attached an updated five-day prayer list for the church. Please print it and discard the previous copy.

We will be recording the weekly sermon tonight. It is based upon Ezekiel 37:1-14. "Can these Bones Live?"

As I read the text this week, it came to me how much we depend on God for our life. God recreates life in the long-dead bones in the valley. Our hope rests in God and in nothing else. Our hope as individuals and as a community.

With this time of isolation, let us turn to the God of life who is always ready to listen to us. God is good!


Rev. Timothy Bees

First Baptist Church Of Dubuque


E-mail from the Pastor, sent Sunday, March 22, 2020

Hi Church,

It is just weird to not gather together on a Sunday morning. That's what Claudette and I discussed this morning. Even if we are on vacation, it is a rare Sunday that we don't attend somewhere.

I received an email this week  from Pastor Jay Ilton [ILTON] who serves at St. John's Lutheran Church here in Dubuque. He had received a notice from a pastor in NE Iowa about how they were going to ring their church bell at 8 p.m. every evening as a reminder to "gather together in prayer every evening at this time in efforts of being spiritually unified while we are physically distant from one another."  

Evidently this is going to happen in Dubuque as well. We don't have a bell that we can toll, but we can commit to gather for prayer at 8 pm each evening in our own homes. My suggestion would be to pray in the morning for the church community according to the list I sent out. Then in the evening stop and pray at 8 pm for Dubuque.

God is good! 

Rev. Timothy Bees

First Baptist Church Of Dubuque


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