Announcements

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