Announcements

Godly Play Cancellation

Hello everyone,

Just a reminder that there will be no Godly Play this evening. It has been cancelled due to my continuing illness.

Thank you.

Christine

 




Message from Linda

Hi All

Attached is your weekly fbc@home.

Please note that the FBC Board is encouraging all church attendees to wear a mask because of the rising numbers of Covid cases.

Thanks.




One More Thing

Hi All

Just wanted to let you know that Rev. Johnson is anxious to meet all of you. He has ask me to call each of you to see if he might be able to visit you at home so I will be making those calls and setting up appointments.

Also, some of you might not know this but Hank and I will be taking our annual visit to Florida on Jan. 25th - Mar. 1. I have informed the board that I would like to resign from this Administrative Assistant position. At present time, it is about 4 hours a week and one of the main functions is fbc@home and the bulletin. If any of you have an interest in filling this position, please let me or Ernest know. Thanks.




From Linda- FBC @ Home

Hi All

I hope you are enjoying this little reprieve in the weather.

The weekly fbc@home is attached.

Interim Pastor Rev. Johnson would like to share his cell phone no. with you. Contact the church office if you would like the number.

Please feel free to call him at this number. He says he loves to talk.




Scripture Readings for upcoming week

Weekly Scripture Meditation [1.16.22]

The whole church is invited to do something together. Read through the lectionary readings for the upcoming week, meditate upon them and see what God might say to you and to us. The texts for Sunday, January 16th are:

Isaiah 62:1-5Psalm 36:5-10, 1 Corinthians 12:1-11, John 2:1-11




FBC @ Home from Linda

Hi All,

Attached is the fbc@home. If you ever have items you would like too see included in fbc@home, please let me know.

Reminder: Final preparations of Judson House, Saturday, January 8 at 10:00 am. Volunteers needed.




FBC Church is Cancelled Today - Online Worship will be Available

Church is cancelled today 2 January, 2022, due to winter weather conditions.  Loren Shellabarger is our Guest Preacher for today. Loren and Hector will record the service and post it online. Loren will send notice to this email group when the online service is ready.

Stay safe and be careful if you go out.

Ernest

Moderator, FBC Dubuque




Sunday, January 2, 2022

Hi Church!

This week's sermon will take place in the New Year. There will be a new speaker, the Rev. Dr. Loren Shellabarger. He will be preaching the next two weeks until the interim minister arrives.

Here is the latest fbc@home.

I am busy cleaning out the office.

Have a great week, and a wonderful New Year!

Sincerely,

Rev. Timothy Bees

First Baptist Church Of Dubuque

563-582-5088




Message from Linda

There will be Sunday School starting next Sunday, January 2nd, 2022 at 9:00 am. Sunday School will be held each upcoming Sunday unless otherwise announced. Ernest and Ron will be leading this class. All adults are invited.

If you need an electronic copy of the student guide for adult Sunday school, please contact Hector at: hcquintana@msn.com.

Also FYI there will be no first of the month potlucks until further notice.




Sunday, December 26, First Sunday after Christmas

Hi Church,

We are coming up to a full weekend. It all starts on Friday evening with our traditional candlelight service. We have done some things differently this year. One thing is to add Holy Communion to the mix. The service begins at 7:00 p.m. There will be refreshments and goodies after the service in the Fellowship Hall.

Then on Saturday morning [Christmas Day], we have our traditional fun worship. Emily and Seth will lead us in some familiar songs. Then we will watch a video from the olden days that proclaims Christ. We will have some goodies after this service too.

Then comes Sunday. I am going to use various Bible texts to talk about the church, not necessarily our church, but the Church in general. I am going to use three videos that will showcase what three Big Ten Schools do that replicate what all churches should be doing.

Wow, three days of stuff. Don't forget to add in your own family stuff that might be going on as well. If all that doesn't drive you to prayer, I don't know what will.

I look forward to seeing you at some or all of the upcoming events. In either event, have a holy and blessed Christmas.

Sincerely,

Rev. Timothy Bees

First Baptist Church Of Dubuque

563-582-5088




Sunday School Announcement

There will be no in-person Sunday School on December 26th due to the Christmas holiday.




Sunday, December 19, 2021, Fourth Sunday in Advent

Hi Church,

Wow, Christmas is eight days away! This Sunday is the Fourth Sunday in Advent. The New Year is just sixteen days away. Life is coming at us fast! Yet, we want it to slow down so that we can savor the season and hear what God wants us to hear. This is the constant dilemma for us as Christians in the modern world.

This Sunday our text is the Magnificat, Luke 1:39-55. Mary meets Elizabeth and John leaps with joy inside Elizabeth's tummy. Awesome stuff! Read about it before this Sunday.

This Sunday is also our last Sunday School before the New Year. The festivities begin at 9:00 a.m.

We will be introducing a new song at the candlelight service. It is called "Morning Star." Here is link to help you get familiar with the tune.

Lindsay Megill sings Morning Star


Lastly, This Saturday is a Food Distribution opportunity at Westminster. If you are going to help out, here are some pointers:

1. Arrive at 8:00 a.m.

2. Park across the street in the UD lot.

3. Dress for the weather, this is a drive-through event.

4. Masks are optional for vaccinated folk, but highly recommended.

5. You will be done no later than noon.

 

Looking forward to seeing you all on Sunday.

Blessings!

Rev. Timothy Bees

First Baptist Church Of Dubuque

563-582-5088




Sunday, December 12th, Third Sunday in Advent

Good Afternoon Church!

It has been a busy week here at Judson House and beginning this weekend it seems that things will get even busier. As the year winds down and Christmas approaches this is to be expected.

Our text this week is again about the ministry of John the Baptist. This is strange stuff for the Christmas Season, but then we must be reminded that we are actually in the Advent Season which is different.

The text for Sunday is Luke 3:7-18. Why not read it before Sunday?

This Saturday is "Cookies with Claudette." Claudette has been baking all week. Enjoy!

Hope to see you all this coming Sunday!

Sincerely,

Rev. Timothy Bees

First Baptist Church Of Dubuque

563-582-5088




Sunday, December 5, Second Sunday in Advent

Hi Church,

As of today we are 25 days away from Christmas! There is absolute chaos here in Judson House as Ernest and his team are here to paint the the upstairs. You are getting everything ready for the interim.

Check out this week's issue of FBC@Home that I have attached. There are some new items to look at.

This week the sermon is called "Advent Anger." There are two texts, both of which could be unsettling: Malachi 3:1-5; Luke 3:1-6. Jesus is the "refiner's fire." We don't talk much about this side of Jesus. I had a book entitled, "The Other Side of the Good News." The idea that Jesus will hold people accountable doesn't go down well in today's world, if it ever did. But that is what the Scriptures reveal about our God. Loving, yes! God, however, also has expectations for those who claim to be God-followers. Spend some time reading these texts before Sunday.

This Sunday will be the last meeting of the Community Bible Experience at 6:00 p.m. There has been a lot of ground covered in our reading for this meeting: 1-2 Peter, Jude, John, 1-3 John, and Revelation.

This Sunday is our first potluck in a very long time. Please bring a dish to pass so that we will have plenty to eat.

Sincerely,

Rev. Timothy Bees

First Baptist Church Of Dubuque

563-582-5088
 




Sunday, November 28, First Sunday in Advent

Hi Church,

This coming Sunday is the first Sunday in Advent. The word "Advent" is not found in the Bible. My NIV Exhaustive Concordance goes from "Adventurers" to "Adversaries." No "Advent." But it is in my dictionary: "Advent: A coming or arrival, as of any important event or person."

In his multi-volume "The Complete Library of Christian Worship," Robert Webber writes this about Advent: "Advent is a corporate spiritual journey that calls for expectant waiting and readiness for the coming of Christ. When the church travels this journey and treats it as a discipline of life and prayer, the joy of Christmas is immeasurably intensified."

Perhaps Dr. Webber promises too much. In any case, the reality of Advent is a call for us to be on our guard year-round. We, as Christians, are to be expectant people, awaiting our Lord and Savior, Jesus Christ. The Moravians have this in their Advent Litany:

"Lord, for thy coming us prepare;

May we, to meet thee without fear,

At all time ready be:

In faith and love preserve us sound;

O let us day and night be found

Waiting with joy to welcome Thee."

Our text this week comes from the gospel according to Luke, chapter 21, verses 25-36. Prepare yourselves to be interrupted as God breaks into our world.

Sincerely,

Rev. Timothy Bees

First Baptist Church Of Dubuque

563-582-5088




Community Bible Experience

Just a quick reminder that there will be no Community Bible Experience meeting this evening at 6 p.m. 




Sunday, November 14th, 2021

Hi Church,

Do you realize that we are forty-six days out from Christmas? I am just trying to be helpful. But even more surprising might be that next week is collection week for Operation Christmas Child. Where did the time go? How can this be?

The packing party is this Saturday from 4 - 6 p.m. Then all next week Monday - Monday we will be open to receive people dropping off their shoe-box gifts.

This week we will finish out our series on 1 John. The text for this Sunday is 1 John 5:13-21. The last verse is important for understanding the book. "Little children, keep yourselves from idols." John has been dealing with a competing belief system about Jesus. He has been clear that we should not invent our own Jesus, but instead we should have faith in the real Jesus as he had come to know him. Any other representation of Christ that detours from the Jesus presented to us in Scripture is an idol.

I am having computer issues, so I am not able at this time to attach the current fbc@home.

Looking forward to seeing you all on Sunday.

Sincerely,

Rev. Timothy Bees

First Baptist Church Of Dubuque

563-582-5088




Sunday, November 7th, 2021

Hi Church,

I am writing this early on a Monday morning. Claudette and I will be leaving for Chicago soon. There will be two days of conference/retreat and then on Wednesday we leave for Nassau and a funeral. We will be back for Sunday services.

We aren't that far away from collection week for OCC. I apologize that the shopping list isn't up to date. We will get that out to you soon.

Claudette and I appreciated your "Pastor Appreciation Celebration" it really warmed our hearts.

This coming Sunday we will celebrate Holy Communion. This monthly opportunity is a wonderful reminder for each of us in how precious our Lord and Savior Jesus Christ is. The atoning sacrifice of God in Jesus Christ is a cornerstone of our faith.

The text for Sunday is 1 John 5:1-12 and the sermon title is "Faith Wins the Victory." It is our second to last sermon in this series on 1 John.

By the way, this Sunday, November 7, is the end of Daylight Savings Time. So don't forget to "fall back."

Hope you all have a wonderful week. God bless you all!

Sincerely,

Rev. Timothy Bees

First Baptist Church Of Dubuque

563-582-5088




Sunday, October 31, 2021

Hi Church!

Hope this email finds you well and safe.

There are a few things that I want to bring to your attention this afternoon.

First, I was talking to Linda and she would like to remind people to RSVP for the November 20 celebration. The committee needs an accurate count for the food.

Second, this Sunday is our Quarterly Church Summit following the worship service. We will present a preliminary 2022 budget and we will vote on the 2022 slate of board members.

Third, the message will continue to focus on "love" as we explore 1 John 4:7-21. The word "love" pops up, in some form, 28 times in 14 verses. Guess what I am preaching on?

Last, we will begin the sign-up for OCC collection week.

Sincerely,

Rev. Timothy Bees

First Baptist Church Of Dubuque

563-582-5088
 




Community Bible Experience

Hello Everyone,

I just finished this week's readings. I had to do some catch-up work to get it done. I found this week that I continually fell behind. The readings are perhaps some of the most important in the NT. They are tightly compacted arguments by Paul, especially in both Galatians and Romans. I want to encourage you to persevere, because while they can be frustrating, they are also potentially most rewarding. Hang in there!

Sincerely,

Rev. Timothy Bees

First Baptist Church Of Dubuque

563-582-5088




Sunday, October 24, 2021

Hi Church,

Hope you are all doing well.

I want to remind everyone that our October Quarterly Summit will be held on Sunday October 31 after worship. There are two things that will be preeminent: a preliminary draft of the 2022 budget, the election of the 2022 Board. I hope you will find time to commit to attending this important meeting.

The NAACP will be holding its Freedom Fund Banquet on Sunday, November 7. This is the main fundraiser for the NAACP. It is also the event where the winners of the following awards are announced: Minority Student of the Year Award, Thomas Determan SCOPE Award, and The Ruby Sutton Award. Contact Ernestine Moss for more information, or go to http://www.dubuquenaacp.com/freedomfundbanquet.

This week we continue in 1 John with the theme of love for our brothers and sisters and loves importance as a marker of our relationship with God. The text is 1 John 3:11-4:6.

There is Sunday School at 9:00 a.m. for both adults and children.

Sincerely,

Rev. Timothy Bees

First Baptist Church Of Dubuque

563-582-5088
 




Community Bible Experience #2

Hi Everyone!

How is your reading coming along? Just a reminder that for this coming Sunday evening the pages to be read and discussed are Pages 55-115. The books covered are: Acts and 1 & 2 Thessalonians.

After last week's session, I am looking forward to hearing your responses to this week's reading. Everyone contributed some outstanding stuff! What an awesome group!

See you all Sunday night at 6:00.

Sincerely,

Rev. Timothy Bees

First Baptist Church Of Dubuque

563-582-5088




Sunday, October 17th, 2021

Good Afternoon Church,

I received a note from Rose Brass thanking the church for prayers:

"I want to thank my church family for their prayers, kind words, and cards at the passing of my sister, Roberta. My sister was a beautiful gift from God. I will cherish the memories of our years together!"

This Sunday we will be looking at 1 John 3:1-10. There is some thematic repetition this week as it will be throughout the study of 1 John. The sermon title this week is "Born of God." We learn the about the love and mercy of God.

Denise Matthews will be sharing some updates concerning the Pastoral Search Committee during the announcement time.

Looking forward to seeing you all on Sunday.

Sincerely,

Rev. Timothy Bees

First Baptist Church Of Dubuque

563-582-5088




Website Recovery

Our website provider has experienced technical difficulties. We are working to restore our website but will not be able to recover all of the data. If you submitted an e-mail or prayer request, please resend it. It will take me a while to restore all of the other pages as well. Sorry for any inconvenience. Sincerely, Christine




Sunday, October 10, 2021

Hi Church,

We will be back this Sunday and will continue in 1 John. The text for this week is 1 John 2:18-29. The title is "People of the Lie." John has been giving people ways to test where they stand in their relationship with God. He is repetitive in his themes but always moving a theme forward.

I hope you found last week's preaching exceptional as Rev. Saxon shared with you her thoughts on the gospel.

In our 9:00 a.m. SS time we will be looking at our last lesson in Philippians: "Joy and Contentment" in Philippians 4:10-20.

Also at 6:00 p.m. we will reconvene with our, Community Bible Experience, after having gone through our first week of readings in the gospel of Luke.

I have attached this weeks FBC@Home. Please note that our next Quarterly Church Summit will be on Sunday October 31 following the worship service.

Enjoy the rest of your week. Read Scripture, pray constantly, enjoy the presence of the Lord in your life.

Sincerely,

Rev. Timothy Bees

First Baptist Church Of Dubuque

563-582-5088




Sunday, October 3, 2021

Hi Church!

Here we are at the first Sunday in October! Wow, and what a special day it will be. We are blessed to have our executive minister speak to us. She is Rev. Jacquline Saxon. She will be speaking on Luke 9:51-62. Her sermon title is: "It's Not a Picnic, But a Pilgrimage."

She will be meeting with the Pastoral Search Committee after worship.

This Sunday, being the first of the month, provides the opportunity of celebrating Holy Communion.

Please attend worship and support your church and your executive minister.

Sincerely,

Rev. Timothy Bees

First Baptist Church Of Dubuque

563-582-5088




Sunday, September 26, 2021

Good Morning Church!

There is a nice chill in the air. I was sitting in one of our bay windows this morning while reading and it came to my attention that I was cold. It was 66 in the downstairs area.

I want to again give thanks to David Olson ably filling in and preaching last week. Our trip to Chicago and our attendance at the celebration of life for Mike Feuerabend went well. We saw old friends, and visited some old haunts. Most importantly we were able to celebrate the life of a wonderful Christian man who lived his life of faith. He was caring and giving and patient.

This week our eyes turn again toward John's first epistle. The text is 1 John 2:3-14and it is entitled "God's New Commandment." 1 John has a repetitive nature to it. The author states something and then circles back to the original statement with new things added. If you read ahead you will find that John has already covered some of this and yet adds new details.

The Sunday School class that meets at 9:00 a.m. is in its third week. Each lesson stands on its own. We are studying Paul's letter to the Philippians right now. This week we will focus on Philippians 3:8-21 and the lesson is entitled "Joy in Knowing Jesus." Joy is an important word in Philippians.

Lastly, on Sunday evening at 6:00 we will gather for our initial meeting for reading through the New Testament. We spend so much time reading little snippets of scripture that we lose the grand sweep of the story. In our eight weeks, we will read chronologically through the New Testament and see where some of our favorite stories or verses fit within the epic story of Jesus. If you haven't signed up, just come Sunday evening. We will distribute the New Testaments, and go over procedures and pray together.

Wow! That's a lot of stuff. Hope to see you all on Sunday.

Sincerely,

Rev. Timothy Bees

First Baptist Church Of Dubuque

563-582-5088




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