Announcements

Upcoming Summer Movie Morning


 



Lectionary Links

Hello everyone,

Here are the lectionary links for next Sunday:

Lectionary Reading Links for the Upcoming Week, July 3rd

2 Kings 5: 1-14, Psalm 30, Isaiah 66:10-14, Psalm 66:1-9, Galatians 6:1-6, 7-16, Luke 10:1-11, 16-20

Blessings,

Christine




E-mail from Linda

Hi All,

As you know Pastor Johnson is on vacation this week. I was unable to open the pages he left me for FBC@home so there is one blank page. I am sending what I do have. It has all the pertinent information. Sorry.

Hope to see you on Sunday.




Thursday E-mail from Pastor Johnson

Dear Friends,

I’ve attached the FBC@Home for the coming week.

Blessings and Peace

Pastor Johnson




Movie Tomorrow




Freedom Sunday




No Potluck This Sunday and Invitation to Live Stream

Dear Friends,

I made a mistake on the FBC@Home. There will be no pot luck tomorrow.Also, I’ve been planning on doing some live streaming of my graphics work. I’m going to give it a try on Monday at 9:00 a.m. I’ll be working on another design for the prayer cards I showed on Sunday. If you’re interested in having a look at what I’m doing, you can get to my YouTube channel by the link below.

https://www.youtube.com/channel/UCpCndjrE-hXYJUfv878Tbrg

I have a hope of having a regular live stream on Monday mornings. The dream is to create a 15 second TikTok video in three hours on Monday mornings, presenting a short Bible passage with graphics and music to inspire young TikTok followers. I’m not quite ready to do the TicTok thing yet, but I want to get started. By streaming I hope to inspire church leaders to use graphics in new ways to proclaim the Gospel of Jesus Christ.

I don’t know why people watch streams of people playing video games, or sewing, or writing, but they do. Perhaps there will be some interested in what I do. If you have oodles of free time, and would like to see me struggle through learning how to stream, please consider tuning in on Monday morning. I’ll be overjoyed if even one person pops in. You have to start with one person.

Blessings and Peace

Pastor Johnson




E-mail from Pastor Johnson, 6/10/22

Dear Friends,

I’ve attached next week’s copy of FBC@Home.

I’ve also attached a promotional poster for our outdoor worship on the Sunday before the 4th of July, calling it Freedom Sunday. This Sunday is usually a letdown Sunday, but let’s celebrate it fully. I’ll be passing out this poster to the neighbors around the church. Please, if you are able, print copies to pass out to your neighbors. Also please send a copy by email to friends and relatives.

Grace and Peace
Pastor Johnson




E-mail from Pastor Johnson

Dear Friends,

I’ve been sicker than a dog for these last few days, though I don’t know how dogs get sick. That’s because Geri and I had a covid booster shot a couple of days ago. The shot doesn’t effect Geri too much, but I really do get sick. They say it’s a sign that my immune system is working, but it sure doesn’t feel like that. But I’ll be ready for Sunday, but maybe not as perky.

Our pot luck will be after church tomorrow morning, not in the evening as is said in the @Home.

I’ve attached the FBC@Home.

Blessings and Peace

Pastor Johnson




Potluck Time Change to Indoors After Church

Our Monthly Potluck was scheduled to be held outdoors. We are changing to indoor and start time will be right after Worship Service. Burgers and hot dogs will be grilled. Bring your normal side dishes.

Thanks

Ernest




E-mail from Linda

Hi All

Sunday is Pentecost Sunday. In the past we have said wear red to church if you are able. This Sunday is the same. Wear red to celebrate Pentecost.

Our first of the month potluck will be held Sunday. Hamburgers and hot dogs will be provided. Bring a dish to pass. Food will be ready to eat at 5:30 pm. Come earlier if you would like to socialize. We will gather outside so please bring a chair. In case of bad weather we will still meet but inside. Thanks. Hope to see many of you Sunday.




E-mail from Pastor Johnson

Dear Friends,

I’ve attached our new FBC@Home.

Peace and Grace

Pastor Johnson




E-mail from Pastor Johnson, May 21, 2022

Dear Friends,

Yesterday morning I drove back to Dubuque from the Twin Cities. It was rainy and cloudy, and beautiful. The green of Spring has fully arrived, and the fields were amazingly black. We could just make out the green coming out an all the fields.

I’m always amazed how seeds are put in the ground, and a little later a plant comes to life. It’s astonishing that it works every year, unless the weather gets in the way. Each one of those seedlings is a minor miracle, the kind of miracle that feeds the world.

I’ve attached the FBC@Home.

Blessings

Pastor Johnson




Save the Date!


 



E-mail from Rev. Johnson, May 13th

Dear Friends,

I’ve attached next week’s copy of the FBC@Home.

And, a reminder. Tomorrow morning is our church cleanup day. It should be a beautiful day.

Blessings

Pastor Johnson




E-mail from Linda

Hi FBC family,

Happy Mother's Day.

Attached is the fbc@home for tomorrow and the coming week.

I hope to see many of you tomorrow.




Letter from Rev. Johnson

Dear Friends,

Attached is next week’s FBC@Home

Grace and Peace

Pastor Johnson




E-mail from Pastor Johnson, Thursday, April 21st

Dear Friends,

It was a beautiful day today. Thank you, Lord. We’ve been praying for a day like today.

Attached is next week’s FBC@Home

Grace and Peace

Pastor Johnson




Westminster Hunger Drive- Help Needed


 

Hi All

In the past, many of you have helped with the free food giveaway at Westminister Church. The next food giveaway will take place at Westminster on April 23. Attached is a flyer with the pertinent information. If you are available to help, please let me know and I will answer any questions you might have. You will need to be at Westminster Church by 8:30 am.

Thank you.

Linda




Good Friday

Dear Friends,

A blessed Good Friday to you. Easter is coming! I’ve attached a copy of next week’s FBC@Home. Please remember to send the citations for the Easter Invitational video to neighbors, friends, and relatives:

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=1pbnxfNUxcA

Grace and Peace

Pastor Johnson




Children's Easter Event


 



E-mail from Pastor Johnson

Dear Friends,

Tomorrow is Palm Sunday. It’s a great day of celebration in the church. Next week is Holy Week, and there will be lots of activities.

I’ve attached the notes for Sunday Evening Bible Study. I’ve also attached the bulletin for Maundy Thursday, And, of course you’ll find the FBC@home.

Blessings and Peace,

Pastor Johnson




Message from Pastor about Easter Invitation

Dear Friends,

The invitational video for Easter Sunday services is up on YouTube, our Facebook page, and our website. Please share this video with everyone you know who has an email address.

There are three ways of sharing. You can simply forward this email to everyone you know. The second way is to copy the site address below and paste it on your own email to family, friends, and acquaintances. The third way is to click the “Share” icon that is below the YouTube video, and then follow the prompts, giving you ways of sending email and posting the video on your Facebook page, etc.

https://youtu.be/1pbnxfNUxcA

Also, when you watch this video, remember to subscribe to the channel and hit the thumbs up icon.

Grace and Peace

Pastor Johnson




Easter Invitation

Hello Friends,

The Easter invitation is now on the First Baptist YouTube and ready for you to e-mail out the link. Blackbird, An Easter Invitation

Happy Inviting!

Christine




Bible Study

Dear Friends,

I’ve attached notes for tomorrow’s Bible Study. I’ll also have printouts for the class at 6:00.

Blessings

Pastor Johnson




E-mail from Pastor Johnson, April 1st

Dear Friends,

I’ve attached the FBC@Home for next week.

If you’d like to look at the Easter invitational video just click this YouTube link:

https://youtu.be/Mfh2l8m_Mn4

A big thanks for Emily Ott with her violin.

This coming Sunday is communion Sunday and there will also be a pot luck. If you can, please bring something to share, if you can’t, enjoy the food. There’s always enough.

 

Grace and Peace

Pastor Johnson




Sunday Evening Bible Study

Dear Friends,

Here are notes for tomorrow evening’s Bible Study.

See you Sunday,

Pastor Johnson




E-mail from Rev. Johnson

Dear Friends,

I’ve attached next weeks FBC@Home. I don’t yet have my notes prepared for Sunday Evening Bible Study. I’ll send them by a later email.

Grace and Peace,

Pastor Johnson




Good Friday Service Announcement


 

We are invited to join the 111th Annual Good Friday Service. This will be held at St. Luke's United Methodist Church. The service will be offered as both an in-person service and an online streaming event.

Schedule of Events

11:45 a.m. Prelude

Noon - Procession of the Cross with the Reproaches

12:15 p.m. First Word

12:35 p.m. Second Word

1:00 p.m. Third Word

1:25 p.m. Fourth Word

1:45 p.m. Fifth Word

2:10 p.m. Sixth Word

2:30 p.m. Seventh Word

2:50 p.m. A Time of Meditation

3:00 p.m. Tolling of the Tower Chime (33 tolls for 33 years of Jesus' earthly life)

Each "Word" includes a brief scripture reading, music solo, unison prayer, clergy reflection, hymn, and then the stripping of objects from the front of the sanctuary. This will continue until the end of the service when there is little left except the cross.

This year's service can be viewed online through St. Luke's website: https://www.stlukesdbq.org/ An active link will be posted on Good Friday. 

This year's Good Friday service has no COVID-19 restrictions. Masks are optional. St. Luke's installed a special UV filtration system  in June 2020 which was specially designed to handle COVID-19 particles. The sanctuary holds up to 400 people (balcony inclusive), and there will be normal hymn singing at the in-person service.




Volunteers Needed


 

Hello everyone,

Volunteers are needed to help with the Holy Trinity Lutheran Church Hunger Outreach on March 26th. Please see Linda to let her know if you are available to assist.

Thanks.

Christine




Pastor Johnson e-mail to Church

Dear Friends,

It’s a wonderful march here in Dubuque. I’m loving no snow on the ground! It’s a great time to be in Dubuque.

I’ve attached this notes for tomorrow’s Bible Study and next week’s FBC@Home.

See you tomorrow.

Grace and Peace,

Pastor Johnson




E-mail from Rev. Johnson

Dear Friends,

I’ve attached a copy of FBC@Home. I’ve also included the notes for Sunday Evening’s Bible Study. It begins at 6:00, running no more than an hour.

I’m looking forward to seeing you Sunday.

Grace and Peace

Pastor Johnson




Call to Prayer Service

Hello Friends,

In Lieu of the Lenten Bible Study tonight, we will be meeting in the sanctuary at 6 p.m. for a Call to Prayer Service. We will be reading scripture, singing songs, and praying for a peaceful resolution to the suffering in Ukraine. We will also be collecting an offering tonight and in the coming weeks to help the European Baptist Association, which is providing assistance to our Baptist Brothers and Sisters in need. If you can't make it in person, the Prayer and Scripture Guide is posted online. Please join us at home!

Hope to see you there!

Christine

 




Message from Pastor Johnson/Bible Study cancelled for this Sunday night

Dear Friends,

I’ve attached our weekly FBC@Home.

Also please note, after consulting with Moderator Jackson, I’ve decided to cancel Bible Study for tomorrow evening. I’m a bit overwhelmed right now, and I need to reduce this Sunday’s activities. I hope you understand.

Blessings and Peace,

Pastor Johnson




E-mail from Pastor Johnson

Dear Friends,

Here is the FBC@Home for this coming week.

Blessings

Pastor Johnson




Message from Pastor Johnson

Dear Friends,

I have attached this week’s copy of FBC@Home

Grace and Peace
Pastor Johnson




Correction- Weekly Readings for Meditation

Hello Friends,

Here are the lectionary readings for this week. FBC @ Home had the ones for last week listed. Sorry for any confusion.

Jeremiah 17:5-10, Psalm 1, 1 Corinthians 15:12-20, Luke 6:17-26

Blessings,

Christine




Message from Rev. Johnson

Dear Friends,

Here is this week’s FBC @ Home.

Blessings,

Pastor Johnson




E-mail from Pastor Johnson

Dear Friends,

I’ve attached a copy of this week’s FBC @ Home.

Please email me regarding anything you want added to our newsletter. Also, please feel free to suggest any improvements

Grace and Peace,

Pastor Johnson




Greetings from Rev. Johnson

Dear Friends,

I’ve attached a copy FBC @ Home. I’ve sent it as a pdf document. Please let me know if you have any trouble opening it.

You may also note that I’ve sent this to you without the whole church email list to protect everyone’s privacy.

Geri and I are loving our home here in Dubuque. Thank you, everyone. We’re especially happy right now because our oldest daughter, Kara, and her three children, Jackson, Kaitlyn, and Michael, have joined us here for the weekend.

See you Sunday,

Grace and Peace
Pastor David Johnson




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,