Announcements

E-mail from the Pastor, September 17, 2020

Hi Church,

This Sunday we are continuing in the season of Pentecost which provides Bible Texts aimed at giving us examples or guidance in how to live a life empowered by the Holy Spirit. The Holy Spirit engrafts the character of love that we receive from Jesus at the time of salvation. This allows us the ability to live transformed lives. Paul says these are "living sacrifice lives" that owe nothing to anyone except love.

As we start a new study in Paul's letter to the Philippians, we are revisited again with this idea of love being lived out in the flesh in dramatic fashion. You can read about Paul's initial experience at Philippi in Acts 16 where the church begins with a woman named Lydia.

I expect that weather will allow us to gather outside this Sunday. Expect a wonderful day and a glorious worship. Bring your lawn chairs, your masks, and dress appropriately for the weather.

Sincerely,

Rev. Timothy Bees

First Baptist Church Of Dubuque

563-582-5088




E-mail from the Pastor, September 12, 2020

Hi Church!

I decided early that we will be gathering inside for worship tomorrow. I would have preferred to be outside, but conditions won't allow that. So we will be inside. Masks will be required. Social distancing is required. Early arrival is recommended, because it makes seating easier.

We don't want to make anyone feel compelled to come indoors because we realize that folks have health factors that would not make attending wise. We will have a video option online by 10 a.m. for those who opt not to come.

Sincerely,

Rev. Timothy Bees

First Baptist Church Of Dubuque

563-582-5088




E-mail from the Pastor, September 11, 2020

Hi Church,

I was hoping that our plan to meet outside would make worship simpler to pull off in the midst of the COVID pandemic. But then the weather took a drastic change for the worse. In consultation with Ron the decision on what to do is as follows.

1. Worship outside. This way we can spread out and we will therefore be safer. Dress according to weather. Masks and social distancing are required.

2. If weather doesn't cooperate, we will meet indoors. Masks and social distancing are required.

3. A notice will be sent out on Sunday morning by 8:30 a.m. which option we will choose.

4. Holy Communion will be celebrated.

5. New members will be welcomed.

This week's text is the last of the Romans study: Romans 14:1-12. "Welcoming the Other"

Please pray for the Quintana family today at 3:30 p.m.

Sincerely,

Rev. Timothy Bees

First Baptist Church Of Dubuque

563-582-5088




Prayer request e-mail from Pastor, 9/11/20

Hi Church!

I want to thank all of you who took time to pray for the Quintana family the other day. I received an email from Christine requesting that today at 3:30 we all take some time to stop and pray for their family. Pray for the them to be reminded of the love of God, the grace of Jesus Christ, and the presence of the Holy Spirit through these present troubles.

Here is a prayer of Martin Luther:

"O Father and God of all comfort, through your word and Holy Spirit grant us a firm, glad, and grateful faith. By it may we easily overcome this and every other trial, and at length realize that what your dear Son Jesus Christ himself says is true: Be of good cheer, I have overcome the world. Amen.

 

Thank you in advance for your faithfulness to God, Jesus and the Holy Spirit and this community First Baptist Church.

Sincerely,

 

Rev. Timothy Bees

First Baptist Church Of Dubuque

563-582-5088
 




E-mail from the Pastor, September 6, 2020

Hi Church,

I regret to inform you that today's worship has been cancelled. Even if the rain lets up by 10 a.m. the conditions will be still be sloppy. Let us pray that next week's conditions will be much better.

Sincerely,

 

Rev. Timothy Bees

First Baptist Church Of Dubuque

563-582-5088




E-mail from the Pastor, September 4, 2020

Hi Church,

Just a reminder that we are planning on meeting for worship this coming Sunday, but in an outdoor venue on our campus. Looking ahead, I see that the weather forecast is not good. I have a rain icon on my phone for Sunday right now. If it rains, we will not meet.

I will send out an email by 9:00 a.m. if we are not meeting.

The online option will still be available. We are taping tonight.

If we meet please bring your own chairs and whatever you need to protect yourself from the sun and keep cool. If you want to park in the lot you must be here before 10 a.m.

Our text continues Paul's call to live a life of sacrifice for others. He tells us that love for our neighbors fulfills the law. God's new creation is uncompromising in its requirement of living as other-centered people.

Pray that we can meet. Look forward to seeing you all on Sunday! If not this week, perhaps the next.

Sincerely,

Rev. Timothy Bees

First Baptist Church Of Dubuque

563-582-5088




E-mail from the Pastor, August 28, 2020

Hello Church,

Stay cool my friends, stay cool. It may seem counter intuitive, but we will be starting an out door worship service on September 6. You can read more about it in the attachment. This week, however, we are still online only.

Our text for Sunday is Romans 12:9-21. We will continue to learn what it looks like to shape our lives as "living and holy sacrifices" given to God. Paul is using sacrifice as a picture of the Christian life. Jesus did the same when he drew another picture in the gospel of Matthew: "If any of you wants to be my follower, you must give up your own way, take up your cross, and follow me." [Mt. 16:24] Both texts point to a change in life-style that is costly. Even though you and I have been born in a "Christian" nation, there are behaviors, views, ideas, and such that we were born into, that we are innocent of, that need to go the way of the garbage can. They can be good and are not necessarily judged as being evil by our family of origin or our culture. But when we come to Jesus our lives as living sacrifices and picked up crosses must send them packing.

We have just three more weeks in this wonderful letter of Paul.

Please note the announcement in the newsletter that Candi and Mark have united with our church in membership. This is great news! Why not send them a card or call them and tell them how pleased you are with their decision?

Stay safe my friends!

Sincerely,

Rev. Timothy Bees

First Baptist Church Of Dubuque

563-582-5088




E-mail from the Pastor, August 20, 2020

Hi Church!

I have to admit that last Sunday was a downer. Having to cancel the service again was not in my plans. In talking to Ron we both agreed that while we knew of the possibility, we just didn't think we were going to have it happen to us. Neither of us thought we were above contracting COVID, we just thought that with precautions we would be able to avoid it.

So where are we going from here? That's a good question. For now, our main source for worship will be the online option every Sunday morning. Now the Board had discussed some other options prior to opening, so perhaps those options will be revisited.

Until then, sit tight, social distance, wear a mask when you go out, and limit your social interactions as much as possible.

As of today, freshmen are reporting to local high schools. We need to be in prayer for student, teachers, para's, support staff, and admin. teams as they navigate the unknown.

"I've told you this so that my peace will be with you. In the world you'll have trouble. But cheer up! I have overcome the world." John 16:33

We give thanks that Claudette and Christine, and I have tested negative for the COVID-19 virus. Our member who tested positive is doing well in quarantine and will get retested in ten days.

Sincerely,

Rev. Timothy Bees

First Baptist Church Of Dubuque

563-582-5088




Update on COVID-19 E-mail

Hi Church,

I wanted to give you some updates on our status with Covid-19.

First, I spoke with our attendee who tested positive. They are doing really well. Basically, this is an asymptomatic situation. This person is in quarantine for 14, and can get retested after ten.

Second, continuing the good news, both Claudette and I were tested and we both had negative results.

Thanks for your prayers. Keep praying for our church. God bless you all!

Sincerely,

Rev. Timothy Bees

First Baptist Church Of Dubuque

563-582-5088




E-mail from the Pastor, August 15, 2020

Hi Church,

It has been nice gathering people together over the last few weeks. Everyone has helped out with wearing masks and personal distancing. As awkward as this situation is, everyone went with the flow. Thanks!

I learned this week that one of our attendees has tested positive with the COVID-19 virus. This individual was tested this past Thursday and received the results yesterday. This person was in worship last week. The test doesn't inform us when the individual contracted the virus, only that they have it at the time of testing.

So I talked with Ron Brass this morning and I have informed the rest of the Board that Ron and I think it best to indefinitely discontinue meeting for worship on Sunday morning. We will return to our video option instead on Sunday morning at 10.

I want to remind everyone that our lives are in God's loving hands and that there is no cause for fear. We just need to follow the necessary steps for safety.Claudette and I are going to get tested. In signing up for that we learned that around 70% of people are asymptomatic. They carry without symptoms. You can reserve a time to get tested through the testiowa.com website.

Let's maintain our faith in God. Let's continue to pray for one another. Let's be careful out there.

Sincerely,

Rev. Timothy Bees

First Baptist Church Of Dubuque

563-582-5088
 




E-mail from the Pastor, August 16, 2000

Hi Everyone,

The Watchword for this coming Sunday and the following week is from Psalm 67:5: Let the peoples praise you, O God; let all the peoples praise you." The Psalmist is reminding us that as God's people our unnatural response is to praise God. I say unnatural because we typically look to praise things and events that gratify us personally. Following God and being intimately connected with God requires that we see him in the everyday mundane stuff of life. When we get out of bed in the morning let's praise God that we have a breath in our lungs, or that we have a thought in our brain, or that we have a bed to climb out of. Or we can praise him for the fact that we are part of his church, the part called First Baptist. When we get our praise on, then maybe other people will be infected by our praise and begin to praise him also.

This week our text comes from Romans 11. It starts with a question about whether or not God has rejected his people. It looks like that is true when the historical record is examined. But that is not the heart of God to leave people as orphans. God is committed to mercy and love for all of humankind.

Join us in worship this week as we explore this idea. You can join us online on Sunday morning at 10, or you can gather with us in the sanctuary at the same time. In either capacity, you are part of us as we worship the same, everlasting God in Jesus Christ. In Jesus name!

Rev. Timothy Bees

First Baptist Church Of Dubuque

563-582-5088




E-mail from the Pastor, August 9, 2020

Hi Church!

This Sunday marks our fourth gathering since we were shut down because of COVID. Last week we had some difficulties when it came to assisting people in finding seats. We will strive to do better. You can help us by arriving earlier than usual. We need to practice the fruit of the Spirit during this time in our history: "love, joy, peace, forbearance, kindness, goodness, faithfulness, gentleness and self-control." Amen?

Claudette and I want to thank everyone for their kind cards, emails, and chats on our twentieth anniversary here at FBC. It is hard to believe that it has come to twenty years already. Why is it that when we were young, time seemed to drag by and now that we are in the twilight stages, time seems to be speeding by?

This week, we will jump back in to Romans. Our text comes from Romans 10:5-15 which is heavy in Old Testament quotes from Leviticus, Deuteronomy, and Isaiah. Paul seems to be taking us on a ride from the written law to the spoken gospel. Spend some time before Sunday meditating on this passage. It could be helpful to read Deuteronomy 28, 29, and 30 to set up what Paul is trying to get across.

Lastly, I am beginning to whittle down my library and beginning either this Sunday or the next, I will have books set up in the church library that you all can peruse and take for free. They will be there through the end of August.

Spend time in God's word this week and be lifted up instead of spending time in your news feed being torn down. You have already made up your mind about what you think about what's going on. Turn to the source of life, the Bible that continuously challenges us to live a life that does not coincide with our surrounding culture.

"Command those who are rich in this present world not to be arrogant nor to put their hope in wealth, which is so uncertain, but to put their hope in God, who richly provides us with everything for our enjoyment. Command them to do good, to be rich in good deeds , and to be generous and willing to share. In this way they will lay up treasure for themselves as a firm foundation for the coming age, so that they may take hold of the life that is truly life." 1 Timothy 6:17-19

Sincerely,

Rev. Timothy Bees

First Baptist Church Of Dubuque

563-582-5088




E-mail from the Pastor, August 1, 2020

Hi Church,

I apologize for the lateness of this communication. Sometimes the intricacies of life intercept the normal routines.

As I am sure you are aware, this Sunday marks the 20th Anniversary of my pastorate here at FBC. The sermon, loosely patterned on 1 Corinthians 1:26-31, is about pastoring and the church.

New items in FBC@Home are the new church directory and a food give-a-way on August 22.

By the way, this Sunday will test our first use of the self-contained communion set. We will celebrate holy communion either through the video online or in our worship service.

Blessings to you all. It has been a privilege to be your pastor this past twenty years.

Sincerely,

Rev. Timothy Bees

First Baptist Church Of Dubuque

563-582-5088




E-mail from the Pastor, Sunday July 26, 2020

Hello Everyone,

We will meet again for round two of our regathering. From what I can gather, last week went well. Let's have a repeat. We will continue to tinker with the worship format to see what works in the "new normal." The true "new normal" is our new creation in Christ. That is the new normal that we each must learn to navigate with the help of the Holy Spirit. That is sort of the gist of this Sunday's sermon. Paul is wrapping up his extended proof of salvation or as the NLT states it, our being made in right standing before God. Our text is Romans 8:26-39.

Last week we were near capacity with our COVID precautions limiting seating. Thanks everyone. See you Sunday!

Sincerely,

Rev. Timothy Bees

First Baptist Church Of Dubuque

563-582-5088




E-mail from the Pastor, Sunday, July 19, 2020

Hi Church,

This Sunday is our first Sunday back together as a Church. There will be considerable safety precautions taken as we gather. You can read about them in the FBC@Home.

We ask that you arrive early so that seating can be worked out before the start of the service.

We will have a baptism either on site or off site depending upon the condition of our baptistery by Sunday.

Our service is focused on the middle section of Romans 8, verses 12-25. We will talk about our adoption as God's sons and daughters and the requisite lifestyle.

See you Sunday.

Sincerely,

Rev. Timothy Bees

First Baptist Church Of Dubuque

563-582-5088




E-mail from the Pastor, Sunday, June 12, 2020

Hi Church,

We have reached the midpoint of July. It has been hot, hot, hot. What else would we expect from an Iowa July?

This week, our Romans Text gets to the payoff of everything that has been said before. Romans 8 is considered by some to be one of the most significant chapters in the Bible. It is so important that the people who pick the Lectionary texts decided to include the whole chapter by breaking it up over the coming weeks: 8:1-11, 8:12-25, and 8:26-39.

We are still moving forward on meeting as a church next Sunday, July 19. The numbers have been climbing in Dubuque because of the testing. That still means the numbers have been climbing. The Board will weigh this when we gather on Wednesday, July 15. We will then decide if there is still a green light or has there been a change to red. In either event, I will inform you next Thursday or Friday.

Enjoy the outside. Stay safe. Wear a mask. Keep your distance. God is good!

Sincerely,

Rev. Timothy Bees

First Baptist Church Of Dubuque

563-582-5088




E-mail from the Pastor, July 3, 2020

Good Afternoon Church!

I hope you are are all doing well. Here we are at the first Sunday in July. Amazing! As you celebrate the fourth, please stay safe. Our worship this Sunday includes Holy Communion, so gather your bread and juice for when you watch. The text continues on in Romans 7:15-23. This is a very difficult reading. There are many thoughts about what it means. I will attempt to do my best unpacking it. I decided to call the sermon "Law and Disorder."

We are still planning on holding service in the building on July 19. We do have another Board meeting on July 15 and we will make a final decision at that time.

Enjoy your weekend and holiday.

Sincerely,

Rev. Timothy Bees

First Baptist Church Of Dubuque

563-582-5088




E-mail from the Pastor, June 26, 2020

Hi Church,

We are approximately three weeks out from meeting for worship in our building. Please keep leadership in prayer as we work through the many details.

This week is the Fourth Sunday after Pentecost. Our text this week continues in Romans chapter 6. We will be looking at verses 12-23. If last week was about our justification, then this week we move into what is called sanctification. The two cannot be easily separated because they work hand in hand. Basically, sanctification is our journey to holiness empowered by the Holy Spirit over the rest of our lives. There is no growth chart for this experience. Over time God shapes and molds us though our study of his word, our experiences in life, our church life, and our growing prayer time.

Please keep Aundrea Leppert in prayer. Her grandfather passed and the ceremonies are today. There is an obit in today's paper.

Our two local high schools will hold graduation ceremonies on Saturday outdoors at Dalzel Field.

Blessings to everyone.

Sincerely,

Rev. Timothy Bees

First Baptist Church Of Dubuque

563-582-5088
 




E-mail from the Pastor, June 21, 2020

Hi Church!

It has been an eventful week. We have decided to move toward re-opening the building in July for worship. You can read more in the attached FBC@Home. As we make this move I want to stress that each of us are in different places when it comes to comfort in dealing with the virus. I have used the stop light image for a few weeks now. Some people are in the Red Light: taking extreme caution; some are the Yellow Light: cautious but willing to venture out in a case by case situation; and some people are Green Light all the way. Neither category is better or worse than the other.

This Sunday is Father's Day! So congrats to all the dad's out there. Be careful and stay safe!

Our text this week is Romans 6:1-11. Paul is doing some Sunday School in these eleven verses. It is a very teachable moment.

By the way, VBS is going on today and tomorrow. Check out the links on our website. Thanks to Christine for pulling this together.

Lastly tonight at Washington Park, Radius Church/Dream Center is hosting a Juneteenth celebration. In case of rain, and it looks to be the case, it will be moved to Hotel Julien. The program features food, music, and panel discussions. I will be on one of the panels. The program runs from 5-7 pm.

Okay, that's it for this week.

Sincerely,

Rev. Timothy Bees

First Baptist Church Of Dubuque

563-582-5088




E-mail from the Pastor for Sunday, June 14, 2020

Hi Church,

It is a beautiful Friday and I hope you have a chance to enjoy it. This Sunday we will begin a Summer-long exploration of one of the most significant books of the New Testament, Paul's letter to the Romans. This week we will look at Romans 5:1-8, which gives us a description of what is called "justification." I will explain more in this week's sermon.

I have been approached about some of the demonstrations that have occurred around town. I usually hear about them too late and don't necessarily know who is sponsoring them. I do know that Radius Church and the Dream center are sponsoring an event on June 19th. It will sort of take the place of this year's Juneteenth since the MCFC will not be sponsoring that this year. I will send something out about this in a little while.

There will also be a "March for Justice" on June 13 at Asbury Park at 3 p.m. Families are invited to this event. I received this through a feed from the NAACP, but they are not sponsoring it. I don't have any other information on it.

Next week will be our Zoom/online/youtube VBS. Christine has been working diligently getting licensing approval and rounding up volunteers for this thing to fly. We will be videoing some of the elements tonight. See fbc@home for more information.

The Board meets next Wednesday and we will discuss opening in July.

Thanks for you continued support and commitment to FBC. It is much appreciated.

Sincerely,   

Rev. Timothy Bees

First Baptist Church Of Dubuque

563-582-5088

 

 

  




E-mail from the Pastor for Sunday, June 7, 2020

Hi Church,

The time has come for the church to pray for an understanding of the inequalities that specific populations in our country experience everyday. The "Race" issue is real and not anyone's figment of imagination. I have witnessed its effects on my wife and children over forty years of marriage. All they try to do is mind their own business and live life and yet IT finds its way into their life experiences. The church needs to pray and the church needs to act.

Our text this week is one of protection and peace in the midst of turmoil. It is Psalm 91, a favorite through the years of many Christians. I hope you will join us online on Sunday morning. 

On Wednesday, June 17 the Board will convene and the main topic will be about opening the building again for Sunday services. I am calling around to get your opinions on this. So far many people have expressed a desire to reconvene. But it is clear that as a church we are like the stoplight I mentioned last week: some are red, some are yellow and some are green. It is alright to be in either category. If you haven't heard from me yet, you will. I want as much data as possible for when the Board meets.  

I hope you are doing well as you stay safe. Some of you have continued to work through the pandemic. God bless you. 

"Those who live in the shelter of the Most High  will find rest in the shadow of the Almighty." Psalm 91:1  

Rev. Timothy Bees

First Baptist Church Of Dubuque

563-582-5088




E-mail from the Pastor, May 29, Pentecost Sunday

Hi Church,

We find ourselves in troubling times. We are in the midst of a pandemic that has claimed 100,000 American lives. We are watching our economy shake and shudder in ways that many of us have never witnessed. We have witnessed at least two troubling incidents that have resulted in the death of two Black men that, to me at least, are unacceptable in a supposed Christian nation. The ensuing riots and looting are also unacceptable. People arming themselves at public demonstrations to intimidate governors to open their states and representatives having their effigies being hung as well. Perhaps you think I shouldn't even mention this stuff. I believe this troubles our Savior's heart. My Pastor's heart grieves over this stuff and I wonder what role the church can and should play even as we are in a time of isolation and social distancing.

It appears to me, and you don't have to agree, that we have become a people more concerned with our individual rights then our great nation's liberties. It seems to me, that in this moment of crisis, we are more concerned with maintaining our position as Democrats, Republicans, Liberals, Conservatives and everything in between than with pulling together to find solutions.

I know that I am more a part of the problem than I am part of the solution. I am more of a sinner than I am a saint. More often than not I succumb to my fleshly opinions and perspectives than I yield to the heart of my Savior Jesus Christ. If not for the grace and power of Jesus sacrifice I would be totally without hope. I am not asking for a response to my thoughts so please, please, do not send any. I just know that some people out there want to know what I am thinking. I couldn't continue to send out weekly emails without ever mentioning any of this as if it wasn't happening. Silence isn't helpful.

If I have angered you, I apologize. That was not my intent. I know there are alternative views and readings that are contrary to mine. So be it. You have that right. That is what makes America great. But these are my two-cents and sometimes leaders of organizations have to express where they are, so I did it.

I find that these troubling times require me to look deep within, call up to heaven to our loving and patient Savior, and ask for God's miracle of unity and understanding.

Unity is one of the results of Pentecost which is this Sunday's text found in Acts 2:1-21. Read it. pray over it and allow it to fuel your imagination.

Sincerely and imperfectly presented,

Rev. Timothy Bees

First Baptist Church Of Dubuque

563-582-5088
 




E-mail from the Pastor, May 24, Ascension Sunday

Greetings Church!

I saw a sign that read, "The building is closed, but the church is open!" Our mission hasn't stopped. Thanks to all who provided food for Andrew. He and his brother walked over to our house the other day and raved about all the quality meals they have received. It was good to see Andrew up and walking!

This Sunday is Ascension Sunday, and we will be looking at what is called "Jesus' High Priestly Prayer" by some scholars. It is a priestly prayer because in John 17 Jesus prays and intercedes for his disciples and for us before God. This is one of the great chapters in the Bible and well worth your reading before Sunday. The sermon will focus upon verses 1-11. 

We have a number of people who have continued to work through the shut-down. We have Joey Ott, Rick Valcin, Olivia Willard, Richard Smith at Hy-Vee. Emily Ott at Michaels. Seth Enz at ACE. Hector Quintana and Cameron Ramsey and Robbie Keller at John Deere. As well as Rod Matthews, Willie Slayden, Chris Jackson, Cliff Wyatt, Rick and Kylie Loeffelholz, Claudette Bees, Christine Quintana and Bob Happ. If I left any one out please forgive me. 

Of special note, however, is Denise Matthews, who is on the front line as a nurse at Finley Hospital. 

Please continue to keep our faith community in prayer. If someone comes to mind, call or send them a card.

God is good!

Sincerely,    

Rev. Timothy Bees

First Baptist Church Of Dubuque

563-582-5088




E-mail from the Pastor, May 21, 2020

Hi Everyone!

Last night our church board met and discussed what our future is going to look like. Most of the time was spent attempting to decide when we would begin to regather as a community on Sunday mornings again. I would say that "caution" was a theme that ran through the evening. Using very helpful information that we received from our insurer, Church Mutual, as well as an informative article from Christianity Today: "When Your Church Opens, Here's How to Meet Safely,." we decided upon this strategy.

We will not meet through the month of June. We will continue to have an online presence with a weekly message and we hope to add more music. 

On Wednesday June 17 we will make a decision about July. If we do not open in July then on Wednesday July 15 we will make a decision about August.  

Our long-term goal is to be open by September.  

There was some some discussion about having a worship service outside in July and August.  

Let me stress that we will continue to review local conditions and seek relevant information on the COVID-19 virus. New developments could change our strategy, but for now we feel this is a safe and cautious approach to moving forward. No one likes this situation, but for now, this is where we are headed. 

Now we invite your responses. We really do want your feedback. We understand that as a Leadership Team we are not omnipotent. You can submit your thoughts in three ways. Just respond to this email and I will get it. Send a response to our Moderator, Ron Brass at brassrw@aol.com or send to our Church Clerk, Linda Chapman at lindalouise63@yahoo.com. 

Whatever you send will be looked at during the June Board Meeting on June 17.

Sincerely, 

Rev. Timothy Bees

First Baptist Church Of Dubuque

563-582-5088




E-mail from the Pastor, May 18, 2020

Hi church,

I pray this communication finds you well. Let me start with some praise. Yesterday Claudette and I dropped some food off at Andrew's house. He greeted Claudette at the door and looked really good. He expressed sincere thanks for the food and prayers his church family have provided.

Prayer is requested for Char. She begins five days of radiation treatment on her hip this afternoon. Her spirits are good and she is looking toward good outcomes from this bump in the road toward her recovery.

Thanks for being such a supportive faith community.

God is indeed good!

Sincerely,

Rev. Timothy Bees

First Baptist Church Of Dubuque

563-582-5088




E-mail from the Pastor, Sixth Sunday of Easter, May 17-24

Hi Church,

This week marks the 9th Sunday we have not been able to meet because of this pandemic. The number of new cases continues to rise here in Dubuque county, perhaps because of new testing. The governor wants us to carefully open up as a state. Maybe you are asking when we will begin normal worship again. I have no idea what "normal" will look like. But here is the way your leadership team will move forward:

1. This Wednesday we meet for our monthly Board Meeting to begin discussions. I have distributed a reading to help us discuss what we need to consider as we move toward gathering again for worship.

2. We will draft a survey to disseminate to everyone in our church network to see how you feel about what we do normally, would you participate in worshipping on site, etc.

3. We will meet again and make some decisions.

4. Public safety is really key in our decision making.

5. We ask that you cover us in prayer as we consider the many options that will loom before us.

As for this week's worship ... we will consider a text from the Gospel of John dealing with the Holy Spirit. Chapters 13-17 are called by scholars, "Jesus farewell discourse." He is saying goodbye to his disciples as he moves toward crucifixion. But he comforts them, since this news upsets them, with the news that he is praying to God to send an Advocate [Comforter], the Holy Spirit to be with them. They will not be orphans.

We are not orphans either. God is with us through the Holy Spirit.

Amen? Amen!

God is good!

Sincerely,

Rev. Timothy Bees

First Baptist Church Of Dubuque

563-582-5088
 




E-mail from the Pastor, Fifth Sunday in Easter, May 9, 2020

Hi Church,

This weekend our country will celebrate "Mother's Day." That is not something that can be found on the church calendar mixed in with Advent, Christmas, Lent, Easter, and Pentecost. But it is a worthy celebration. We will have some videos celebrating moms this coming Sunday.  

Our text for the week comes at the end of a stirring speech by someone named Stephen. He becomes the first martyr of the Church. He was initially picked to head-up a food distribution program, but according to the story his ministry appears to have expanded from its original intention. Tune in to find out what's going on with Stephen.

The Church Board will be gathering via gotomeeting on May 20. We will be discussing when, how, and particulars about moving toward opening the building and gathering together under one roof. We are watching our governor's directives as well as CDC guidelines. Be in prayer about how you will participate when it can happen again in person.

As Pastor, I want to thank you for continuing to take the church's financial status seriously by faithfully sending in your tithes and offerings. 

I look forward to the day when we can again gather together to worship in our building.

God is good!

Sincerely,  

Rev. Timothy Bees

First Baptist Church Of Dubuque

563-582-5088




E-mail from the Pastor, Fourth Sunday in Easter, May 3, 2020

Hi Church,

The country is slowly starting to open up again. We haven't decided as to when it will happen here at FBC. The Church Board will meet this month and have a conversation and then we will let you know what is going on. We will probably send out a survey to get as much input as possible as to your feelings about a public gathering.

This week is the first Sunday. Our video segment will include a time when we can take Holy Communion together. The service is focused on Acts 2:42-47 which gives us a view of the early church and the way it translated resurrection life into its everyday activities.

I want to thank you all for your prayers and cards for both my birthday, last Sunday, and Monday's hospital stay. I went back into the ER on Wednesday evening due to some chest discomfort. All test results were good. I was given another drug that has helped. I am feeling the best I have felt in over a month.

God bless you all.

God is good!

Rev. Timothy Bees

First Baptist Church Of Dubuque

563-582-5088




E-mail from the Pastor, Third Sunday in Easter, April 26

Hi Church,

This week I saw a comic in the Christian Century that showed a church building and its sign. On the sign it read: "Building closed. Church open." I might put that up on our own sign!

We keep rolling along with our social distancing. It is getting old. But it is also necessary. We are not out of the woods yet. Perhaps what Jesus said in John 16 is applicable:

"I have told you all this so that you may have peace in me. Here on earth you will have many trials and sorrows. But take heart, because I have overcome the world." John 16:33

Here are some shout outs:

Thanks to Mark Kamm for being willing to transport Andrew to Iowa City.

Thanks to Christine Quintana for her weekly work on the website as well as sending out children's Sunday School ideas every week.

Thanks to Seth as he records the sermon and puts everything together for the website.

Thanks to L.A. Jennings for working to get some concrete work done on the steps at church and to have new trees planted.

Thanks to Bob for working on the finances weekly.

Thanks to Andrew for paying the bills, and getting a new phone system.

While we are not gathering as we usually do, the work of the church continues.

We are thankful that Char, while not completely healed, is moving in the right direction.

We pray for Denise as she is on the front lines of this pandemic as a nurse.

Pray for Andrew as he goes to Iowa City on Monday for his second eye procedure. 

Pray for me, I have a stress test on Monday morning.

Pray for our church community for continued safety from this COVID virus.

God is good!

Sincerely, 

Rev. Timothy Bees

First Baptist Church Of Dubuque

563-582-5088




E-mail from the Pastor, Second Sunday in Easter, April 19, 2020

Hi Everyone,

"All praise to God, the Father of our Lord Jesus Christ. It is by his great mercy that we have been born again, because God raised Jesus Christ from the dead. Now we live with great expectation..." 1 Peter 1:3

We are now in the Season of Easter, fifty days ending with Pentecost on May 31. Peter's words are emblematic of this season, "Now we live with great expectation." 

Easter is a time of great expectation! It changes our perspective on the world around us. In the midst of this COVID-19 pandemic, it is easy to get down with the isolation, and all the bad news on TV. But the Word of God desires to lift us out of worry and anxiety because the tomb was empty and Jesus is alive! So live with great expectation over the coming days of Easter. 

Char Happ reports good news on her medical front. Her bone scan and her CAT scan are improving. Her lymph nodes are shrinking. She is grateful for what God is doing and thankful for your prayers.  

Keep yourselves safe through limited public engagement. Use this time to talk with God and to also listen to God as well.  

"Some day, we'll be together again!"

Sincerely,

Rev. Timothy Bees

First Baptist Church Of Dubuque

563-582-5088




E-mail from the Pastor, Good Friday

Hi Church!

It is a glorious day today. As I drove to work today I could see life happening. Plants are sprouting, buds are blooming, the cycle of life continues in the midst of this pandemic.

As I mentioned in the Maundy Thursday message, we are in the Great Triduum. Three days of continuous worship. Today is Good Friday and the goal of this day in the life of the Church is prayer, repentance, and the remembrance of Jesus' death on the cross. One way you can do this is to have a personal "seven last words of Christ" meditation time. Here they are: Luke 23:34; Luke 23:43; John 19:26-27; Matthew 27:46; John 19:28; John 19:30; Luke 23:46. Open in prayer and then read the verse out loud. Ask God what He has for you in this verse. Allow that to generate a follow-up prayer. Then move on to the next verse. Here is a suggested closing prayer:

O most blessed Jesus, Son of the living God: See us poor sinners through your passion and death, forgive us our sins which we have committed against you and our neighbor. Give us eternal life and everlasting joy through the blood of your cross. We give ourselves to you in faith and submission. Keep us always as your own and grant us eternal life through Jesus Christ our Lord. Amen [Robert E. Webber]

I want to thank Emily Ott and Seth Enz for helping to make this Easter Season special through their gifts of music and technology. 

Stay safe my friends!

Sincerely,

Rev. Timothy Bees

First Baptist Church Of Dubuque

563-582-5088




Maundy Thursday, April 9, 2020

Hi Church,

Hope everyone is sheltering well!

Tonight is usually a Maundy Thursday service here at FBC. But we can't do it this year. Here is a suggestion.

For dinner tonight make a simple meal of soup and bread. After the meal, read together John 13:1-17, 31-35. Pray through the church list or directory. Then about 6:30 or 7 go to fbcdbq.org and watch the Maundy Thursday message from the "latest message" link.

We can't be together, but we can be together in our individual actions.

Sincerely

Rev. Timothy Bees

First Baptist Church Of Dubuque

563-582-5088




E-mail from the Pastor, Sunday, April 5, Palm Sunday


 

Hi Church,

"Almighty God, you are the light and life of every soul and our only source of hope. Grant that in this time we may experience your transforming power preparing us for for the ministry of this day. In the name of Jesus. Amen"

The COVID-19 story continues to churn. It looks like we will not be gathering until some point in May. Amazing! In the mean time we, Seth and I, will continue to produce a sermon for each week unless or until one of us succumbs to the virus. Please continue to pray for one another. I like the fact that some of you have called people on their prayer day - AWESOME!

I mailed out a 10-day Easter devotional to be shared as a family. I think it would be great for us, beginning this Sunday, to work through this devotional daily so that we will be doing something as a community while we are far apart.

I will continue to check in by either email or phone over the coming weeks. So far everyone seems to be doing well.

I received a nice surprise at church today when I arrived. Some artists left some messages. (Sidewalk chalk drawings)

I read today that music icon Bill Withers passed. I don't know if he was a Christian or not. But he wrote simple songs expressing simple human emotions. Perhaps the one most pertinent for today is "Lean on Me."

Seems to me this song speaks to one of the tasks of the church, to be there for others.

Stay safe.

Sincerely,

Rev. Timothy Bees

First Baptist Church Of Dubuque

563-582-5088

 




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!

Sincerely,

Rev. Timothy Bees

First Baptist Church Of Dubuque

563-582-5088




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

563-582-5088




E-mail from the Pastor- sent Saturday, March 21, 2020

Hi Church,

This Sunday is the Fourth Sunday in Lent. Although we are not meeting, Seth was kind enough video this week's message for us. If you go to the church website, fbcdbq.org and page down to the prompt for this week's sermon, it will take you to the message for this week. It is based upon the story of David being called to be the replacement of Saul. This is a story of transition from one king to a new king.

While your keeping social distancing, why not clean out those closets and begin to gather quality items for this year's OCC Church Garage Sale. I think they call this multi-tasking. Avoiding germs and cleaning out the closets. The sale will be June 5-6. 

We are receiving the American For Christ Offering this month. Our goal is $700 and we have collected $400. Good job church! I would be remiss if I didn't mention Bob's reminder that you send in your tithes and offerings.

Stay safe!

Sincerely,

Rev. Timothy Bees

First Baptist Church Of Dubuque

563-582-5088




E-mail from the Pastor- Friday, March 20th

Hi Church!

We were informed that we now have a case of coronavirus here in Dubuque County. It has come to our doorstep. We knew it was coming. We know it will most likely infect a large number of people in our community. It will even touch us in our church community.

God has not been surprised by this. In the midst of this pandemic, let me assure you that God's grace is spreading further, deeper, and across all sorts of obstacles. His grace and love will, in the end , win out. He calls us to be faithful in this time of trouble. 

I am sending along a 5-day prayer chart that breaks up our member/friends into five days. Use it to pray for our church community. Keep them before our Lord and Savior, Jesus Christ. We can't go out, there's nothing on TV, why not pray, meditate, on scripture and how God has been good to you over the last few months. TV wants to scare us. God wants to love us. 

Sincerely,

Rev. Timothy Bees

First Baptist Church Of Dubuque

563-582-5088

(Prayer list is posted online under FBC @ Home.)




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

Good Morning Friends,

I pray that you are all safe and applying social distancing to the best of your ability. Here is the news about our church's plan to combat COVID-19.

Our church has suspended all activities until the end of March. At that time we will re-evaluate the situation. That means no Sunday School, or worship, or meetings of any sort until April 5th.

We plan to make available a sermon video on our website for the following Sundays: March 22 and 29.

The Board also requests that you prayerfully consider keeping up on your tithes and offerings. Our expenses haven't stopped, just our activities. You can mail them to the church at FBC, 2143 Judson Dr. Dubuque, IA 52001.

We will send out a weekly email containing fbc@home.

We ask that you self-monitor your health. Symptoms to be concerned about are:

Cough

Fever

Tiredness

Difficulty Breathing [severe cases]

If you are experiencing any of these symptoms please contact your physician.

As I close I want to remind you of Psalm 23:

"The LORD is my shepherd; I have all that I need."

Spend some time reading, meditating and praying through this powerful word from God over the coming days. The dividends you will receive with be amazing.

Please call or contact friends who might not be on this contact list.

Sincerely,

Rev. Timothy Bees

First Baptist Church Of Dubuque

563-582-5088
 




E-mail from the Pastor- Sunday, March 15, 2020

Hi Church,

Wow a lot of stuff has happened in our world since last Sunday. The Coronavirus has been declared a pandemic. Just about every major sporting event has either been cancelled or put on hiatus. Certainly this is a prayer point for us as Christians. Not the sports stuff, but the virus. But we also must act. So here is the plan for FBC. 

We will have the movie tonight at 6:30, "Hidden Figures." but there will be no refreshments. 

We will be suspending our after church snacks until the end of April. That also means that we will not have our April Fellowship Meal.  

If you are sick we encourage you to stay home and rest. If you are uneasy about gathering because of the virus, then please stay home.  

As I said in a previous email, when we come together, no hugging, no hand shakes, keep your distance, just say hello.

 Everyone says, "Wash your hands." I concur.

 Sunday's text is John 4:4-42. This is the well-known story of the Samaritan woman at the well. The sermon is called "Close Encounters." Two cultural taboos are in this story that Jesus intentionally breaks: First he speaks to a woman in public. Second the woman is a Samaritan, a culture that Jews would have nothing to do with. Why did he do this?

Looking forward to saying hello to you all on Sunday. Between now and then please be safe.

Sincerely, 

 Rev. Timothy Bees

First Baptist Church Of Dubuque

563-582-5088




E-mail from the Pastor, March 10, 2020

Hi Church,

In a recent article from Christianity today the lead was this, "Don't panic ... stop buying masks ... Wash your hands. And stop shaking hands at church."

 

In a recent conversation at the Pastoral Relations Committee, Denise Matthews gave this sage advice. "Wash your hands. If you feel ill, stay home."

 

So how do we handle this situation at FBC?

First, it is not time to cancel Sunday worship services. It could come to that. But it is not on the docket right now. 

 

Second, if you feel ill: coughing, sneezing, fever, nausea, achiness, or any flu-like symptom, please stay home. We love you, so please stay home.

 

Third, hand-washing is important after touching people or things. This is the number one way of preventing any illness. Hand-sanitizers are helpful, but hand-washing with soap and water is best.

 

Fourth, lets keep some distance by not shaking hands, or hugging until we are past this period. Just say hello, or if necessary, elbow bumps.  

 

These are just safety precautions that everyday people like you and me can act on to keep ourselves and our friends safe.

 

Lastly, pray for our church, our community and our nation, not out of fear but out of faith in a God that loves us and has our backs. Amen? Amen!

Sincerely,

 

 

Rev. Timothy Bees

First Baptist Church Of Dubuque

563-582-5088




E-mail from the Pastor-March 8, 2020

Hi Church!

For those of you who will need to reset your timepieces manually don't forget to turn them forward one hour Saturday evening before bedtime. Otherwise your Sunday morning will be an adventure. On this second Sunday in Lent we pause at a familiar story in the gospel of John retelling the secretive meeting between Nicodemus and Jesus. As usual, in John, Jesus makes communication difficult as he appears to talk about something on another level than where Nicodemus is coming from. But then, that's the whole point of the story, he is! Don't forget to consider giving toward our America for Christ offering which goes on through the rest of March. It's funds go to support ministries in the continental United States and Puerto Rico. Our goal as a church is $700. Our Fellowship Hall and adjoining bathrooms will have new floor coverings by the time you come on Sunday. Take a look and see the improvement! Thanks to those who gave toward this improvement. Have you been baptized? Are you a Christian who has not made this step of faith? Why not consider making Easter 2020 the day you follow through on this basic rite of our faith? Talk to the pastor about it. Make plans to attend the Easter Sunrise service at the Grand River Center, Easter morning at 6 a.m. 

Enjoy the weekend!

Sincerely,  

Rev. Timothy Bees

First Baptist Church Of Dubuque

563-582-5088




E-mail from the Pastor- Sunday, February 2

Hi Church!

Can you believe it! Tomorrow we step into month two of 2020! What is with the sense that as one ages, time moves along at a faster pace?

This Sunday is packed with stuff. In worship we will celebrate Holy Communion. We also invite you to give toward our Fellowship Fund designed to help people in need. Reminder that if you pay by check, please write a separate check for the fund because the accounts are in different banks.

Following worship we will retreat downstairs for our monthly meal. Please help out by bringing something to share with the group. We will also hold our Annual Meeting while we eat this Sunday.

During the service we will look into the Beatitudes found in Matthew 5:1-12.

Blessings!

Rev. Timothy Bees

First Baptist Church Of Dubuque

563-582-5088

 




Sunday, October 27,2019

Good Morning!
What a brisk day it is! I hope you are enjoying this wonderful Fall morning. There are a few preliminary news items for you, the church, before I talk about worship and Sunday.
 
1. Please be in prayer for both Dan and Kay Guzzle as Dan starts a round of Chemo today. We will have more on this on Sunday.
 
2. If you have a key to the church, it will no longer work. We re-keyed the campus this week. You will have to see me to be issued a new one.
 
3. I picked up the cases we pack shoe boxes in last night from Waterloo. Many people have stopped by the church to pick up their shoe boxes, people outside the church. If you need shoe boxes, we will have a case in the foyer on Sunday.
 
4. Following the worship service we will hold a Quarterly Church Summit. We will get a glance at a draft of the 2020 budget, as well as vote on the 2020 slate of Church Board members. Please plan on attending.
 
5. Worship this Sunday will be marked by the Divine Mercy we receive through Jesus Christ. Our text is Luke 18:9-14. I hope you will join with both me and the worship team as we gather to praise God in song and hear his word preached.
 
God Bless you!
Sincerely,
 
Rev. Timothy Bees
First Baptist Church Of Dubuque
563-582-5088



Sunday, October 20

Hi Church!
Another beautiful Fall day, I hope you can enjoy it!
 
Tonight at 6:30 is Godly Play, which is geared for children 5-12 years of age. If you have children who have not attended in the past it is recommended that you contact Christine Quintana prior to their attending at 563-583-4623.
 
On Sunday our focus text for the day is found in the Gospel of Luke, chapter 18, verses 1-8. Jesus proclaims that this little parable is about persistence in prayer and not losing heart. Prayer assists us in keeping our hearts where they need to be. We will further unfold this text in worship on Sunday.
 
I want to remind you that prior to worship there are some great opportunities for both children and adults in discipleship classes. Yes, 9:00 am can seem early, but it is worth the investment.
 
I hope to see everyone on Sunday. God is with you through all of your day.
Sincerely,
 
Rev. Timothy Bees
First Baptist Church Of Dubuque
563-582-5088
 
 
 



Email from the pastor - Sunday, October 13

Hi Church!
Claudette and I returned from El Paso on Monday evening. We had a wonderful time with old friends and old surroundings. The weather was averaging 84 during the day, so coming into Dubuque on Monday evening constituted a weather shock.
 
Before I get to Sunday, I want to mention two events that will occur yet this week:
1. Movie night on Friday at 6:30 p.m. We are showing "Friendly Persuasion" a civil war film that deals with how a family of Quakers live while being surrounded by war. One of the sons wants to enlist even though it would be against their pacifist groundings. The movie has some serious moments as well as some surprisingly humorous ones as well.
 
2. On Saturday there is going to be an OCC work day. The event runs from 1-4 p.m. and will have snacks and drinks. There will be various chores, some of which will be the assembly of school supplies, hygiene kits, and accessories for older girls. God has been good and the congregation has been generous as we have a garage that is overflowing with donations. Come and have fun as we work for collection week in November.
 
This Sunday we will be considering the importance of gratefulness. The story of the ten lepers in Luke 17:11-19 tells us something about our heart attitudes toward Jesus and all that he has done and provided. I hope you can join us this Sunday, help out on Saturday, and be entertained on Friday.
Blessings!
 
Rev. Timothy Bees
First Baptist Church Of Dubuque
563-582-5088



Email from the pastor - Sunday, October 8

Hi Church,
This Sunday is the first Sunday in both October and Autumn. Being the first Sunday there are two special things going on. First we will be celebrating Holy Communion during the worship service. Second will be the Fellowship Meal after worship in the Fellowship Hall. Please bring a dish to pass, but don't let the lack of a dish keep you from the meal.
 
Claudette and I leave today for El Paso. Christine Quintana will be speaking this Sunday on 2 Timothy 1:1-14. Christine brings a lot of talent, passion and a deep, abiding love for Jesus to everything she does at FBC. I believe that you are in for a treat as God will speak through her efforts.
 
Blessings to you all and know that you'all are in our prayers!
Sincerely,
 
Rev. Timothy Bees
First Baptist Church Of Dubuque
563-582-5088



Email from the pastor - Sunday, September 29

Hi Everyone!
Wow, what happened to September! Here we are the last Sunday in September and the first Sunday in Autumn. The theme for this Sunday is "Eternity Now." It comes from 1 Timothy 6:6-19. It asks the question, "Is it possible to experience Eternity now?"
 
The Bible says that where your treasure is there will your heart be also. Maybe this will assist you in figuring out where we might go to answer the above question.
 
Looking forward to seeing everyone.
God Bless!
 
Rev. Timothy Bees
First Baptist Church Of Dubuque
563-582-5088



Email from the pastor - Sunday, September 22

Hi Church,
We will be making a shift this coming Sunday. We were in Luke's Gospel and now we will move over to 1 Timothy. We will be talking about prayer. Paul writes that Christians should pray for everyone. Amazing that no one is outside the power of prayer. It doesn't matter if they are Christians or not, we are to pray for them.
 
Speaking of prayer, this coming Wednesday [9.25] we will hold our church prayer event at 7 p.m. downstairs in the Fellowship Hall. Have you attended yet? Why not try it and see if it is helpful for your walk with Jesus? It is an hour long with readings, singing, confession, and supplication.
 
Hope to see you this Sunday.
God's best!
 
 
 
Rev. Timothy Bees
First Baptist Church Of Dubuque
563-582-5088



Email from the pastor - Sunday, September 15

Hi,

This coming Sunday we will look at one of the most famous of the parables that Jesus ever told. Luke 15 holds the parable of the lost sheep, the lost coin and then the lost son, or as some call it the prodigal son. This Sunday we will look at the first two and consider what it means to rejoice. 

This Sunday following the worship service there will be a ladies tea. 

This Friday evening at 6:30 we will be showing the classic "On the Waterfront" starting at 6:30. Here is the excellent "modernized" trailer for the film.

Please click here to watch the movie trailer.

 

Blessings!
 
Rev. Timothy Bees
First Baptist Church Of Dubuque
563-582-5088



Email from the pastor - Sunday, September 8

Hi Church,
Good morning. Here is an update on what we know about the Bahamas. Family continues to check in. It appears that everyone has survived. Parts of Freeport are cut off because of debris blocking roadways.
 
I have received some inquiries about taking up a collection for the Bahamas. I am not against that idea, but it is beyond my pay grade. The Board will have to have a conversation about it. If you don't want to wait, I would suggest the International Red Cross as a possible recipient.
 
This Sunday represents the return of our discipleship program. Classes begin at 9:00 a.m. Again, as like last year, the text chosen for the day will be looked at in both venues. This week's text is Luke 14:25-33. The general theme of this section of Luke is "The Cost of Discipleship." Emily Ott is our worship leader this week. There will be a World Mission Offering video as well.
 
Looking forward to seeing everyone.
God Bless!
Rev. Timothy Bees
First Baptist Church Of Dubuque
563-582-5088



Email from the pastor - Sunday, September 1

Hi Church,
Many of us are on an academic calendar. With the beginning of school we feel more at home. September and the return to school represents the start of something new as we transition from the dog days of summer. This weekend is a three-day weekend celebrating Labor Day. For those of you traveling, our prayers go with you.
 
As for those who will be attending on Sunday, it will be a day of Holy Communion. We also ask that you consider giving toward the "fellowship offering" which is used to help those who find themselves in a hard place. We will also begin collecting for the World Mission Offering this week. Note that there are 60 days of prayer in FBC@Home.
 
The writer of Hebrews sums up his twelve chapters of theology this week with the bottom line, "What do we do with this Jesus?" Key to this is mutual love. Our text is Hebrews 13:1-8, 15-16.
 
Lastly, don't forget that we will have a "fellowship meal" following worship. Bring a dish to pass and get to know someone anew.
Blessings!
 
Rev. Timothy Bees
First Baptist Church Of Dubuque
563-582-5088



Sunday, August 25

Hi Church,
What a gorgeous day it is here in Dubuque!
 
This Saturday is the food distribution event at Westminster Presbyterian Church at 2155 University Ave. For those of you who have volunteered to help please arrive by 8:15-8:30 a.m. We will fill in as needed or observe so that we can be better prepared to help out at the next event.
 
This Sunday's worship service is focused on Hebrews 12:18-29. There is a lot going on in this section of Hebrews. There is a conversation comparing and contrasting the Old and the New Covenant [ Mount Sinai and Mount Zion in the text]. Hebrews is striving to point out how superior the New is over the Old. However the writer ends this section by pointing out that the God who is over both "is a consuming fire." So what impact does the consuming fire have on our day to day living? We'll find out Sunday.
 
We will be introduced to some new songs over the coming weeks of worship so come prepared to learn and worship our Lord and God!
Sincerely,
 
Rev. Timothy Bees
First Baptist Church Of Dubuque
563-582-5088



Email from the pastor - Sunday, August 18

Hi Church,
August is a big transition month where people are moving from the fun of Summer back into work mode with the start of the school season. Many of our friends will still be on vacation or traveling as we gather for worship this Sunday.
 
We are in the second week of a four-week series from the book of Hebrews. This week we will engage Hebrews 11:29-12:2. The majority of the message will focus on 12:1-2 where we are encouraged to run the race that is before us.
 
We will carry on with the important aspects of worship: singing meaningful songs, praying as a community, learning from scripture, talking with others, and serving with others. Along the lines of service, I want to remind everyone about the food give-a-way at Westminster on Saturday, August 24. I would like for you to prayerfully consider your participation in this outreach and make a commitment this coming Sunday by signing up for it. At this point, we will get a sense of what is going on during the event and then fill in as needed. Wear your FBC shirt as your serve and be blessed as you partner with Jesus in serving people who need assistance.
 
Blessings!
 
Rev. Timothy Bees
First Baptist Church Of Dubuque
563-582-5088



Email from the pastor - Sunday, August 11

Hi Church,
This is your friendly neighborhood pastor sending out a quick reminder about tonight and Sunday.
 
Tonight is movie night. We will be showing "Bajrangi Bhaijaan" at a new time 6:00 p.m. We moved the start time up 30 minutes because of the length of the film. This is an English subtitled film and the running time is over two hours. That said, it is worth the investment. Water and popcorn are still free.
 
Sunday is just around the corner. This Sunday we will be looking at "Faith" from Hebrews chapter 11.
 
I am getting ready to go to Cedar Rapids with two other church folks for day 2 of the GLS.
 
I want to mention two wonderful people that could use your prayers:
Amber Fergus
Char Happ
They both need God's healing touch.
 
See you tonight or Sunday.
Blessings!
 
 
Rev. Timothy Bees
First Baptist Church Of Dubuque
563-582-5088



Email from the pastor - Sunday, August 4

Hi Church,
It looks like we are headed into a beautiful weekend. One aspect of a beautiful weekend is the opportunity to worship God on a Sunday morning. Being the first Sunday we will be celebrating Holy Communion along with the other aspects of worship. Come with simple open hearts to receive from the Lord the Grace he has poured out through Jesus.
 
Our first picnic of the year will also take place on Sunday. The picnic will run from 5-8 p.m. out at the home of Barb and LA Jennings. Their address is 11044 Cottingham Road, Peosta. We will have the usual fare: hamburgers and hot dogs. Please bring something to share with the rest of the group. Also bring along a lawn chair to sit on and enjoy nature and food and fellowship.
 
I hope to see you at both events.
Blessings!
 
Rev. Timothy Bees
First Baptist Church Of Dubuque
563-582-5088



Email from the pastor - Sunday, July 28

Hi Church,
We are entering the last Sunday in July! That's kind of a big deal because that means we will hold our Quarterly Church Summit after worship this Sunday. Please plan to attend and to also participate. Questions from the congregation are always welcome. In fact they are encouraged. The church will function at its optimum when everyone is exercising their gifts and are fully engaged.
 
Hector Quintana is is preaching this Sunday. He is filling in for me. Thanks Hector. Let's give him plenty of support as he has prepared a message from the Old Testament prophet Hosea.
 
We had a wonderful week of VBS. You will hear more about this on Sunday. Thanks goes out to Christine Quintana for planning and leadership of the whole thing. Thanks to parents for letting their children attend. Peggy, Claudette, Rose, Hank and Teresa were vital contributors as well. It was another victory for Christ!
 
Blessings!
 
Rev. Timothy Bees
First Baptist Church Of Dubuque
563-582-5088



Sunday, July 21

Good Morning Church!
This coming Sunday we will spend some time perusing Paul's letter to the Colossians. We will deal with one of the greatest Christ-hymns in the Bible, Colossians 1:14-23. This is a glorious description of the many facets of Jesus as Paul combats the Colossian Heresy.
 
This coming week is our VBS week. Please keep people in prayer as we conduct VBS Monday through Thursday.
 
Next week we will be having our July Quarterly Church Summit following the morning's worship service.
 
It is good to be back from our vacation. We had a wonderful anniversary among friends and family.
 
Blessings to all!
 
Rev. Timothy Bees
First Baptist Church Of Dubuque
563-582-5088



Sunday, July 07

Hi All,

Hope you are enjoying these summer days and keeping cool.

Pastor Tim and Claudette are enjoying a few vacation days. Ron Schardt will be our guest speaker on Sunday.

Hope to see many of you Sunday.

 

Linda




Sunday, June 30

Hi Church!
Wow, here we are at the last Sunday in June! Parents, that means that in less than two months children will be back in school! The calendar just keeps rolling along!
 
This Sunday's service is about character. Paul in the fifth chapter of Galatians describes what it means to live in freedom. Freedom is not something that is lived in self-centered pursuits. Freedom is lived in the core value of love for others. It is an other-centered reality in the Christian vocabulary. Our text is Galatians 5:1, 13-25.
 
This Sunday we will be a mere three weeks away from our church's VBS program. In talking with Christine we are looking at a small-scale program to first address the needs of the children in this church, but also, second, to reach out to their friends and others. We have limited resources, but our God is an awesome God so who knows what will happen during July 22-25. Please begin to pray for the teachers and the children that they would clearly hear God's call on their lives during this special time.
 
I am especially cognizant of God's calling after our wonderful time of prayer last night. Seven people enjoyed the grace of God as we gathered and sang together, heard the scriptures read, and prayed together. Perhaps you will come to our next prayer gathering on July 24.
 
Blessings to you and yours!
Sincerely,
 
 
Rev. Timothy Bees
First Baptist Church Of Dubuque
563-582-5088



Sunday, June 16 ; Trinity Sunday

Hi Church,
Christianity is a Trinitarian faith. The Church Confessions to a one agree that the God we worship is One in three persons: Father, Son and Holy Spirit. This Sunday confesses our belief in this One, Triune God. We might not fully understand it, but it is what we believe.
 
This Sunday's text from Romans 5 has been chosen in the lectionary because all three persons of the Trinity are mentioned. We will be looking at what we benefit from these three persons of the one God.
 
Don't forget that tonight is movie night. We will be viewing the Billy Graham documentary at 6:30 p.m. Popcorn and water is free.
 
Saturday is Juneteenth. Join us at Comiskey Park from 1-4 pm. FBC will have a tent with give-a-ways and more.
Blessings!
 
Rev. Timothy Bees
First Baptist Church Of Dubuque
563-582-5088
 
 
 
 
 



Pentecost Sunday

Hi Church!
This Sunday is Pentecost Sunday. We will be looking at Acts 2:1-21 which details the coming of the Holy Spirit and the formation of the New Testament Church. The sanctuary has been decorated for this special day, and we are requesting that Sunday attenders wear RED. Let's gather, wear RED, and give glory to God this coming Sunday.
Blessings!
 
Rev. Timothy Bees
First Baptist Church Of Dubuque
563-582-5088



Email from the pastor - Sunday, June 2

Hi Church,
Today is Ascension Day! The day in the Church Calendar when Christians around the world celebrate the ascension of Jesus Christ. The appropriate texts to meditate upon today would be: Acts 1:1-11; Psalm 47; Ephesians 1:15-23; and Luke 24:44-53.
 
Last night we had fun viewing different video clips. It was "The Year of the Clip" as envisioned by Ron Brass. We had 15 clips: One was of a centipede eating a roach, one from "To Kill a Mockingbird," and we ended the evening with Kris Kristofferson singing a song about Jesus. It was a long, but fun night.
 
This Sunday we will be talking about freedom from Acts 16:16-34. Jesus releases a slave girl from demon possession, saves a jailer and his family, and miraculously is released from jail!
 
We will also be celebrating Holy Communion as well as sharing in a fellowship meal following worship. No theme for the meal this month, but you are invited to bring something to share with others. If you can't do so, please attend anyway, God always supplies.
 
Blessings!
 
Rev. Timothy Bees
First Baptist Church Of Dubuque
563-582-5088



Sunday, May 26

Good Afternoon Church!
Stay dry my friends, stay dry.
 
Sunday is our last Sunday School opportunity until next September.
 
In worship we will look at the story of Lydia and how the gospel embraced her and welcomed her into a new way of living. Her example is exemplary. It is found in Acts 16:9-15.
 
Please note the number of things mentioned in this week's FBC@... that are future oriented. This will give you some time to get them on your calendar.
 
God's best to you and yours.
Sincerely,
 
Rev. Timothy Bees
First Baptist Church Of Dubuque
563-582-5088



Sunday, May 19 ; Fifth Sunday of Easter

Hi Church,
There was lots of action here at the campus. The workers came out and finished up the landscaping around the parking lot. Now all we have to do is wait for the grass to come in. Thanks to all who participated in this project.
 
Our text for this Sunday is again found in the New Testament book of Acts. It is chapter 11:1-18. Peter defends his actions toward Gentiles against a group of Christians called the "circumcision party." Their pet peeve against Peter is that he went into a Gentile's home and ate with him.
 
This was a turning point in Peter's life and that of the Jerusalem church as well. God is reaching out and including people that it was never imagined to be included. That's the God we worship. Always pushing the envelope in getting the good news out and seeing people saved.
 
Why not attend this Sunday and worship with some of God's people?
Blessings!
 
Rev. Timothy Bees
First Baptist Church Of Dubuque
563-582-5088



Email from the pastor - Sunday, May 12

Hi Church!
It is a glorious day today! Here is what's upcoming at FBC.
 
Tonight at 6:30 we will show "Babette's Feast," a Danish film with English subtitles. This is an Oscar winner! "Babette's extraordinary gifts as a chef de cuisine and a true connoisseur, so characteristically French, breaks the towns distrust and superstitions, elevating them not only physically but spiritually. Old wrongs are forgotten, ancient loves are rekindled, and a mystical redemption of the human spirit settles over the dinner table." It runs about 105 minutes.
 
Sunday's worship features the text in Acts that details the resurrection of Dorcas/Tabitha. Christianity is all about new life and the putting away of death.
 
Look forward to seeing everyone on Mother's day!
Blessings,
 
Rev. Timothy Bees
First Baptist Church Of Dubuque
563-582-5088



Email from the pastor-Sunday May 5: Third Sunday of Easter

Hi Church,
We are reaching the mid-point of Eastertide this week. Our sermons will continue in the book of Acts with this week's text dealing with Paul's conversion or transformation. Paul was a loyal God-follower who becomes a loyal and devoted Christ-follower. Maybe this story has more to do with people raised in the Church than it does to people defined as "unchurched." We will see.
 
This Sunday we will also celebrate Holy Communion as well as share in a fellowship meal after service. We haven't had a theme for our meal lately, but this one, being the first Sunday in May, will be Cinco de Mayo. All food will be accepted, but it would be cool if you tested your culinary skills by bringing something to share that is Hispanic in origin.
 
This Saturday is a work day. The fun starts at 9:00 a.m. You can pick a project when you come and leave when it is finished. Bring tools along with you that you think you might need. We will also have some on hand. Let's pull together as a team to beautify God's campus.
 
Blessings!
 
Rev. Timothy Bees
First Baptist Church Of Dubuque
563-582-5088



Email from the Pastor - Sunday, April 28

Hi Church!
We have quickly arrived at the end of April! Amazing! We had a great week last week with all the Easter celebrations. This week is the second Sunday in Easter, or Eastertide, the season of Easter. You can read more about this in the attached FBC@Home.
 
I want to remind the sewers in the church that there is an OCC event this Saturday at 10 a.m. You will be turning t-shirts into shorts. Bring your sewing machines. A lunch will be provided.
 
This Sunday, following the worship service, we will hold our quarterly church summit. It would be very helpful if members would stay for the meeting to hear about and give input about the plans that are being hatched for the church.
 
From this Sunday, through the end of May we will be looking at texts in the New Testament book of Acts. This week's text is Acts 5:27-32. Is this a text that allows for civil disobedience? We'll find out together this Sunday.
Sincerely,
 
Rev. Timothy Bees
First Baptist Church Of Dubuque
563-582-5088



Email from the Pastor - Holy Week

Hi Church,
For us here at FBC, Holy Week begins tonight at 6 p.m. when we gather in the Fellowship Hall for a soup and bread dinner, afterward, at 7, we will go upstairs to the sanctuary for our worship service which will consist of scriptures being read from Matthew, the singing of songs and the celebration of Holy Communion.
 
On Saturday there will be an opportunity for parents and children to gather in the Fellowship Hall for lunch, cookie decorating, and weather permitting, and Easter Egg Hunt. Gather at 11 a.m.
 
Sunday starts early with the sunrise service down at the Grand River Center at 6:00 a.m. The day concludes with our regularly scheduled worship at 10.
 
That's a full four days giving individuals ample opportunity to worship the God who saved them when they were far from deserving to be saved. As John writes in his Gospel:
 
This is how much God loved the world: He gave His Son, His one and only Son. And this is why: so that no one would need be destroyed; by believing in him, anyone can have a whole and lasting life." John 3:16
 
We, the church, are his body. This week, above all weeks, we can respond with thanks by gathering together and saying thanks!
 
Hope to see you at some of these events.
Blessings!
He is risen!
Rev. Timothy Bees
First Baptist Church Of Dubuque
563-582-5088



Email from the pastor - Sunday, April 7

Greetings,
What a simply glorious day! This has been a long time coming. Thank God for days like this.
 
This Sunday is our last Sunday in Lent being that the next Sunday is referred to as Palm Sunday [April 14]. The sermon is called "A Fragrance of Life" and it's corresponding text is John 12:1-8.
 
This Sunday is special for two reasons: First, we will be celebrating communion. Time to worship and give thanks in a different manner than usual. Second, we will have our fellowship meal following the morning worship. Please bring a dish to pass. But, if you are unable to bring something, please stay and have table fellowship anyway.
 
This week's fbc@home is attached. I need to make a change on the announcement about Maundy Thursday. We will have a soup supper at 6:00 p.m. and then adjourn for a worship service at 7:00.
 
Also, due to a mix-up in when the sun rises on Easter Sunday [not my fault ... whew!], the service will now start at 6:00 a.m. instead of the previously posted 6:30. Again, the new time is 6:00 a.m.
 
There are lots of other things to read about so dig into this week's issue.
Blessings!
 
Rev. Timothy Bees
First Baptist Church Of Dubuque
563-582-5088



Sunday, March 31

Good Morning Church!
Hope this communication finds you embraced in the richness and grace of our loving God. This Sunday we continue the march through Lent with a very familiar story in Luke 15. It is one of a series of stories about something that has been lost. In Luke 15:11-32 we find the familiar story of the lost [prodigal] son. The question to ask of this story is which son is lost? Find out on Sunday.
 
I have attached this week's fbc@home. Please note the request for favorite Bible stories, verses, etc that have been meaningful, formative, important in you life. I am asking that people submit them along with the reason for their significance. You can write them up and give them to me on any given Sunday, or email me at this address.
 
Blessings and see you Sunday!
 
Rev. Timothy Bees
First Baptist Church Of Dubuque
563-582-5088



Sunday, March 24

Hi Church!
This coming Sunday is week #3 in Lent. All the texts for this week are rough. But, even in their roughness, the wonderful grace of God comes through. This week's sermon is called "Fed by the Glory" and it comes from Isaiah 55:1-9. Isaiah is a massive work of 66 chapters. It would be difficult for most people to read in one sitting. But it reveals so much about Jesus, that it is worth the time investment.
 
This Sunday we will roll out the 2019 plans for Operation Christmas Child. It is never too soon to consider what we want to accomplish for the kids this year. Get here early on Sunday so that you can see and hear what is planned.
 
I have an idea swirling around in my head and I need your help. I would like for you to think about a verse or chapter of the Bible that has significant meaning for you. Perhaps you would call it a core value. What is it? Think about it. I would like to get a sense of what texts the church community is guided by.
 
Blessings!
 
Rev. Timothy Bees
First Baptist Church Of Dubuque
563-582-5088



Email from the pator - Sunday,March 17

Hi Church,
What a beautiful day! The weather appears to finally be getting warmer. Like our faith which tells us to wait upon the Lord, it is also true of weather, wait upon the weather and it will change.
 
Today I graduated from the initial cardiac-care rehab program. I have a diploma and everything! There is still more to do. But praise be to God!
 
This Sunday, the second in Lent, we will jump all the way to the first book of the Bible, Genesis. We will dive into the story of Abraham, even though at this point in the story he is known as Abram. Confused? Then that's a good reason to come to church to decipher this confusion. The text is Genesis 15:1-12, 17-18 and the sermon is entitled "Journey Toward Trust."
 
FBC@ Home is attached and there is a item in there about scholarships for people in graduate or doctoral programs in ministry. If you know of anyone pursuing such education, alert them to Church Mutual's scholarship opportunities. The link is in the newsletter.
 
For those of you participating in Godly Play, tonight's addition has been cancelled due to illness. Stay tuned for further developments.
 
Have a great weekend everyone. Hope to see you Sunday. God is good!
 
Rev. Timothy Bees
First Baptist Church Of Dubuque
563-582-5088



Sunday, March 10

Hi Everyone!
This Sunday is the first Sunday of Lent. This is the season of self-reflection. It is the time to humbly seek God and admit our faults. It is a great lead-in to Easter.
 
This week our text jumps back to the Old Testament book of Deuteronomy. Deuteronomy means "second law." Moses reminds the new generation of Israel who had not gone through slavery in Egypt about the law that was given at Sinai, called Horeb in Deuteronomy. It is their refresher course before they enter into the Promised Land.
 
Our text is Deuteronomy 26:1-11. It details an offering and the confession that comes along with the performance of the offering.
 
Tonight is the second part of the movie "King: A Filmed Record ..." which takes the story from the march on Washington and the "I have a Dream Speech" to his assassination in Memphis. That starts at 6:30 and will run about 90 minutes.
 
See everyone on Sunday!
Sincerely,
 
Rev. Timothy Bees
First Baptist Church Of Dubuque
563-582-5088



Email from the Pastor - Sunday, March 3

Greeting Church!
How are you all doing?
This Friday we have the first installment of the movie, "King: A Filmed Record ..." It starts at 6:30 p.m. in the sanctuary. The second installment is next week.
 
Please note the special event coming up on Thursday March 7. There will be a special speaker out at Roosevelt Middle School. See the attached FBC@Home.
 
This Sunday is loaded with stuff. We will get to celebrate the Lord's Table, what a privilege it is to do so! Emily and Seth will be leading us in worship. We will hear a sermon on Luke's take on the Transfiguration of our Lord Jesus in Luke 9. After worship we will continue to worship our God by getting together for a fellowship meal. Come and bring a dish to pass.
 
I pray that God would plant a desire in everyone's heart to worship our gracious God with his people, our family here at FBC on this coming Sunday.
Blessings!
 
Rev. Timothy Bees
First Baptist Church Of Dubuque
563-582-5088



Email from the Pastor - Sunday, February 24

Hi Church!
It is already the final Sunday in February. That means that on Sunday evening we will be holding our Annual Walk through Black History program. The show is very close to being sold out or whatever one would say about free tickets.
 
This upcoming Friday, not tonight, will be the first of March. It will be a movie night here at FBC. We have decided to break the movie: "King: A Filmed Record ..." into two parts to be shown on consecutive Friday evenings.
 
This week at worship we will step into one of the hardest texts to be found in the teachings of Jesus. Luke 6:27-38. The sermon title is "Be Holy." Don't forget the discipleship classes that meet Sunday morning at 9:00 a.m.
 
Lastly, I want to remind everyone and invite you to participate in the special Lenten study of Philippians using the text "Because of this I Rejoice." There will be a sign-up in the foyer for participants. The study will meet on Wednesday evenings at 6:00. It begins on Ash Wednesday [March 6 to April 17]. Sign-up or send me an email. I want to make sure we have enough materials.
In Christ,
 
 
 
Rev. Timothy Bees
First Baptist Church Of Dubuque
563-582-5088



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