FBC @ Home April 5 - April 12 2020



April 5-12


The newest information we have dealing with the COVID-19 Virus and our governing authorities’ suggestions, extends our cancellation of all activities at First Baptist Church until May 3.


April Birthdays & Anniversaries

Ernest Jackson 4.5

Vera Louise & John Tippe 4.8

Monica & Henry Grubb 4.19

Barb & L.A. Jennings 4.22

Emmie Loeffelholz 4.23

Pastor Tim Bees 4.26


2020 March Budget News

Needed for budget: $26,472.00

Actual: $30,827.06

Difference: +$4,355.06


Holy Week Devotional [for April 5-14]

We have mailed out a limited number of 10-day devotionals, “The Cross: How the Death and Resurrection of Jesus Change Everything,” designed to guide you through Holy Week April 5-14. Please use them as couples, families and singles each day so that we can “gather” around these meditations each day of Holy Week as a church. We may be socially distant, but spiritually together.


America for Christ Offering

Goal: $700

Collected: $400


Dubuque’s Civil Rights Tour [March 13-19, 2021]

Looking ahead to better times, this will be both an enjoyable and educational time of learning about history that many of us are unfamiliar with. Participants will visit significant sites in Nashville, Atlanta, Montgomery, Selma, Birmingham and Memphis related to the history of the Civil Rights movement. They will include: The National Civil Rights Museum at the Lorraine Motel, the 16th Street Baptist Church, the Birmingham Civil Rights Institute, the Edmond Pettus Bridge, the Rosa Parks Museum and Library, The Civil Rights Memorial Center, The Legacy Museum and the National Memorial for Peace and Justice. Seating is limited. Singles $1,786, doubles $1,360. Price includes: Deluxe motor coach transportation, 6 nights lodging, 6 breakfasts, 6 kickbacks, 3 dinners, all admissions, taxes, gratuities. Begin praying about your participation. Questions? Ask either Claudette or Tim Bees.


2020 Vacation Bible School [June 19-20]

We are planning a weekend [Friday-Saturday] VBS on June 19-20. We are going to use Group’s “Anchored” Curriculum. Please begin praying about this event. Please consider participating in some way or another as well. Contact Christine Quintana if you want to help out.


OCC Garage Sale [June 5-6]

We have planned to hold a garage sale designed to raise funds for Operation Christmas Child. Why does this ministry need funding? For shipping costs of boxes packed and additional items to pack in the boxes. Start gathering stuff.


Weekly Scripture Meditation: [4.12.2020]

The Church, as a whole, is invited to participate in reading and meditating on the lectionary texts for the upcoming Sunday. The texts for Sunday, April 12 are as follows:

John 20:1-18; Psalm 118:14-24; Colossians 3:1-4; Acts 10:34-43.


We can approach the Bible in two ways. We can approach it seeking information or transformation. We are usually seeking the first and not the second. I want to focus on the second.


Prepare to read by quieting yourself: quiet down, relinquish your agenda, stop thinking about what you have to do and get ready to meet with God.


Read for depth. Read to become personally involved with the text. Read to hold on to a verse or a word that God seems to be presenting to you personally.


Approach the text with openness. Allow the text to be the master instead of the other way around. This lays us open to unforeseen conclusions.


Humility is important. We approach scripture with a humble and willing posture. We stand before scripture and await its address to us.

Make listening for God’s voice the primary goal. “What is God seeking to say to me in all of this?


Let your response take place in the deeper levels of your being. Ask:

How do I feel about what is being said?

How am I reacting?

How am I responding down deep within myself?

What is going on inside me?

Why do I feel this way?

Why am I responding in this manner?

Why are these feeling arising now?


Remember Hebrews:

“For the word of God is alive and powerful. It is sharper than the sharpest two-edged sword, cutting between soul and spirit, between joint and marrow. It exposes our innermost thoughts and desires.” [4:12]


Suggested opening Prayer:

Here’s my heart Lord.

Here’s my heart Lord.

Here’s my heart Lord.

Speak what is true.


Here’s my life Lord.

Here’s my life Lord.

Here’s my life Lord.

Speak what is true.

Speak what is true.


[Here’s My Heart//Words and Music by Jason Ingram, Louie Giglio and Chris Tomlin.]

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