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Vacation Bible School

Save the date! This year we will be holding a Vacation Bible School for children ages 4 to 12. [Younger children may attend with a parent or adult guardian present]. The dates will be Monday to Thursday, July 22 to July 25, from 9 a.m. to 11:30 a.m. If you are interested in volunteering, please contact Christine at 583-4623.




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