Announcements

Sad news

FBC Community,

Denise Matthew's mother, Arlene Brown passed away early this morning. Denise and Rod are in Marion, Iowa with her stepdad.

Prayers for Denise and family are greatly appreciated.

God's Grace!

Ernest




Update on Vera Louise

Hello everyone,

I just spoke with Vera Louise. Her tongue surgery went well. She is a little sore but seems to be doing well. They did a biopsy on the growth and sent it off to Iowa City.

Please continue to lift her up in your prayers.

Take care.

Christine




Church e-mail, 1/26/23

Hello everyone,

Hope this finds you well on another chilly day.

I have an update on Rev. Johnson's daughter, Kara. Her surgery went very well and the surgeon was pleased with the results. She has been home since Friday. She has even signed up for Goldie's ten mile run on April 2nd. Pastor Johnson says that he will be running the 5K! The medical team is amazed by her progress. Pastor Johnson says "The amazing one is our Lord who answers prayers and heals." Amen.

Continued prayers are much appreciated.

Also, Pastor Tim will be preaching on February 26th for the TBA date.

I have attached the FBC @ Home.

Hope to see you on Sunday! Don't forget it's the Annual Meeting so plan to stay after church if you can.

Blessings,

Christine




Preaching Schedule for February

Hello Friends,

Here is the preaching schedule for February.

February 5- Rev. Loren Shellabarger

February 12- Rev. Timothy Bees

February 19- Rev. Loren Shellabarger

February 26- TBA

Peace,

Christine




Sad news from Ron

FBC Community,

I have sad news to pass along today.

Please see note from Ron Brass below;

Rose’s brother, Robert (Bob) Renken, passed away early this morning, after several years of battling cancer. He and wife, Marsha, have been living in Iowa Falls, Iowa. He was 86. We were fortunate to spend time with Bob and several family members yesterday.

Prayers for Rose and family would be much appreciated.




FBC @ Home- Sunday, January 22

Hello Church,

What a little storm we had last night! But, oh what a beautiful scene this morning! Aren't you glad we know the One who calms the storm and brings the joy of the morning?

I've attached the FBC @ Home as I'm filling in for Linda while she's on vacation. This week we will be continuing The Factory Series. If you'd like to read the scripture before Sunday, it will be Galatians 5:19-23.

Hope to see you soon.

Blessings,

Christine




E-mail from Christine

Hello Church,

Attached is your FBC @ home for this week. We have had a prayer request from Pastor Johnson. Kara is going in for surgery on the 17th to have part of her liver removed. Please continue to hold her up in your prayers.

Blessings,

Christine




E-mail about Candi

Hi All

Just letting you all know that Candi Kamm's mother, Dorothy Rathbun, passed away yesterday morning. Dorothy was the wife of Rev. Bill Rathbun. Bill was one of the first pastors at the newly built FBC on Judson Dr. Please keep Candi, Mark and the family in your prayers.




E-mail from Linda

Hi All

Hope you are enjoying this nice winter reprieve.

Attached is your weekly newsletter.

Hope to see many of you Sunday.

Happy New Year!




Christmas Holiday Schedule

Christmas Eve Service 6 p.m.

Christmas Day Service 10 a.m.

January 1st Service 10 a.m.

There will be no Discipleship/Sunday School classes on Christmas Day and New Year's Day. There will be no Potluck on New Year's Day.




E-mail from Pastor Johnson

Dear Friends,

Attached is the last FBC@Home I’ll be sending you.

Blessings

Pastor Johnson




E-mail reminder from Ernest

The Westminster Food Give Away is tomorrow morning, Saturday December 17th.

FBC Volunteers are asked to arrive by 8:30 AM.

Thanks to all who are willing to volunteer!

Ernest

 




E-mail from Pastor Johnson

Dear Friends,

Thank you to everyone for the wonderful reception on Wednesday Evening.

I’ve attached next week’s FBC@Home.

Grace and Peace

Pastor Johnson




E-mail from Pastor Johnson, December 10th

Dear Friends,

Attached is next week’s FBC@Home.

Grace and Peace

Pastor Johnson




E-mail from Pastor Johnson

Dear Friends,

Attached is next week’s FBC@Home.

Our main worship service for Christmas will be our Christmas Eve Service on Saturday evening. We will also have a service on Christmas Morning.

Grace and Peace

Pastor Johnson




E-mail from Pastor Johnson

Dear Friends

Happy Thanksgiving! Attached is next week’s FBC@Home.

Grace and Peace

Pastor Johnson




OCC Update

Hello everyone,

On Friday, we had several members from Great Adventure Church volunteer at collection week. And today, we were very blessed to have Coach Rick and the Swim Team members load the truck of boxes for us! Many hands make light work.

After Saturday’s collection time ended, the count for Operation Christmas Child boxes was up to 1228. This is always a special week of meeting new friends, greeting returning friends & churches, and working and praying together for the children.


Remember every box we share equals a child who comes to know that they are loved by God! So keep lifting up this special mission in your prayers at home!

Love & Blessings to You All,

Christine




E-mail from Linda

Hi All

Attached is this week's FBC@home.

As of early Friday morning we have collected 1135 OCC boxes.

Thank you to all who have helped with this great project. The boxes leave for Manchester mid morning on Monday. Thanks again for all your help.

Hope to see you Sunday.




E-mail from Pastor Johnson, November 11th

Dear Friends,

Attached is next week’s FBC@Home.

With Gratitude

Pastor Johnson




Pastor Johnson e-mail

Dear Friends,

It’s good to be back and I had a good break.

I’ve attached next week’s FBC@Home

Grace and Peace

Pastor Johnson




E-mail from Linda, October 27th

Hi All

Attached is your weekly FBC @home.

FYI - Pastor Johnson and Geri will be returning to Dubuque Tuesday, November 1.

Hope you all are doing well and getting ready for winter. See you Sunday.




E-mail from Linda

Hi Everyone

Your weekly fbc@home is attached.

This week our worship service schedule will be changing a bit. We have decided to try doing some things a bit differently. The church bulletin will have the new order. Let us know what you think of the changes.

Enjoy the nice weather that's coming up. Hope to see many of you on Sunday.




E-mail from Linda

Hi All

Hope you have had time this week to observe the beautiful fall colors.

Attached is this week's FBC@Home.

Please note: The 5:30 potluck, before our of Future Focus meeting, will be held in the church foyer. Food for the potluck will be on a table in the church library. We hope to see many of you attend.




E-mail from Linda

Hi All

Attached is your weekly FBC@Home. Be sure to check out the October 16th Future Focus meeting. It is an important meeting for our church and it's future direction. Hope many of you can be there. See you Sunday!




Message from Linda

Hi All

Attached is your weekly FBC@home.

This Sunday we will be having our first Sunday of the month potluck. There will be plenty of good food and desserts. Please join with us. Hope to see you Sunday.




E-mail from Pastor Johnson

Dear Friends,

I’ve attached next week’s FBC@Home. Please invite everyone who has a connection with First Baptist to attend the meeting on the 16th of October.

Blessings

Pastor Johnson




Message from Linda

Hi All

Attached is your weekly FBC@home. Please note the Cemetery Walk in Galena this weekend. Ernest Jackson will be part of the cast.

Hope to see many of you Sunday at church.




E-mail from Pastor Johnson, September 10, 2022

Dear Friends,

Attached is next week’s FBC@Home. Tomorrow I’m starting a series on How to Have Joy in Your Life.

Blessings,

Pastor Johnson




Celebration of Life Service for Char

A celebration of life will be held Thursday, September 8 at 1:00 pm at First Baptist Church, 2143 Judson Dr, Dubuque, IA, followed by an open house reception at the Luther Manor Communities Clubhouse at Grand Meadow Dr. and Waterview Ln, in Asbury, IA. Attendees are invited to wear a splash of aqua or teal, Char’s favorite colors.

Flower arrangements and mementos are welcome. In addition, donations in Charlotte's honor may be made to the Charlotte Happ Memorial at the following organizations close to her heart.

 

Quilts of Valor, c/o Cindy Billmeyer

18836 Breezy Ridge Rd.

Dubuque, IA 52002

 

First Baptist Church of Dubuque

2123 Judson Dr.

Dubuque, IA 52001

 

You may visit Charlotte Elaine DeClue-Happ  to leave a tribute, gift or message for the family. 




Sad News- E-mails from Linda

It is with great sadness that I inform you all that our sister in the Lord, Char Happ has passed on.

She is now with our Lord.

Please continue to pray for her family.

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Hi Again

Just wanted to let you all know, the family of Char Happ is requesting no visitors at this time. We will keep you updated as we get word. Thanks.




Message from Linda

Hi All,

Please find attached the current fbc@home.

There will be a potluck on Sunday. Hamburgers and hotdogs will be provided.




E-mail from Pastor Johnson

Dear Friends,

It will be good to meet against with you tomorrow. Thank you for all your prayers. And thank you, Pastor Tim.

I’ve decided to postpone the Honest and Healing Conversations about race until the second Sunday in September.

I’ve attached next week’s FBC@Home.

Blessings and Peace,

Pastor Johnson




Hospitalization

Hi All

As some of you may know, Char Happ is in the hospital. The family would like prayers for Char as she continues to face various medical issues. Thanks.




Sad News/Prayer requests from Linda

Dear FBC Family,

Pastor Johnson and Geri have just received word that their daughter Cara, who has been undergoing tests, has Stage 4 Liver cancer. Pastor and Geri are asking us all to prayer for Kara, her three children and also for pastor and Geri. Cara is 45 years old.

Thank you.

The Honest and Healing Conversations about Race will be cancelled this Sunday, August 21.

Also, I have attached an abbreviated version of FBC@home.

 

Hi Again,

I just received word from Ron Brass that Rose's brother Bob, who has been in cancer treatment, lost his balance and fell last night. Early diagnoses suggests a possible stroke. Please add Rose's brother Bob to your prayer list. Thanks.




E-mail from Pastor Johnson, August 13th

Dear Friends.

I’ve attached next week’s FBC@Home.

Grace and Peace

Pastor Johnson




E-mail from Pastor Johnson

Dear Friends,

We received news that the Covid virus has hit the Quintana family again. Hector Jesus and Christine tested positive, Bella and Hector so far are negative. Please pray for that family, asking God to rid their bodies of the virus, and to give them patience through all the troubles regarding quarantine.

For safety’s sake, and because Hector was going to grill the meat for potluck, I’m asking to cancel the Pot Luck.

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

Grace and Peace

Pastor Johnson




Upcoming Movie Morning


 



E-mail from Pastor Johnson

Dear Friends,

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

Blessings and Peace,

Pastor Johnson




E-mail from Rev. Johnson

Dear Friends,

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

I’ve included information about the Honest and Healing Conversations about Race. If you have any questions or concerns about this program, please contact me. I have asked for prayer.

Grace and Peace

Pastor Johnson




From Pastor Johnson, July 16th

Dear Friends,

I’ve attached next week’s FBC@Home. I’ve included one of Geri’s devotions from her devotional book, A Closer Walk.

See you Sunday.

Blessings and Peace,

Pastor Johnson




E-mail from Rev. Johnson

Dear Friends,

I’ve attached a copy of next weeks FBC@Home. I’ve also attached a larger copy of the photo that’s in it.

I’m still recovering from a bike ride I took yesterday. I went from the parsonage, to Arterial, to Heritage trail for a mile, and returned. My bike has 21 speeds, but I only would have needed two… one for going 20 miles an hour… and one for going 3.5 miles an hour. There is one hill that goes on forever.

Tomorrows message comes from the Psalm 82. It’s been called the most challenging chapter of the Bible, and it has also been called the most important chapter in the Bible. Jesus quoted from it. Please read and contemplate on that passage in preparation for worship tomorrow.

Blessings and Peace
Pastor Johnson




E-mail from Pastor Johnson, July 2, 2022

Dear Friends,

Tomorrow should be a beautiful day for worship. It will be sunny and warm. We’ll be outside celebrating Christian freedom, Baptist Freedom, and gifts of freedom we have in our country.

Bring lawn chairs if you have them.

I’ll be presenting a special children’s message and I hope you’ll find my sermon enjoyable and meaningful.

Attached is next week’s FBC@Home.

Grace and Peace

Pastor Johnson




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