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

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!
Rev. Timothy Bees
First Baptist Church Of Dubuque

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.
Rev. Timothy Bees
First Baptist Church Of Dubuque

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