FBC @ Home July 19- 26, 2020

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Seventh Sunday after Pentecost

July 19-26

 

WATCHWORD FOR THE WEEK:

“Thus says the LORD, the King of Israel, and his Redeemer, the LORD of hosts: I am the first and I am the last; besides me there is no god.” Isaiah 44:6

 

WEEKLY INVOCATION:

“O God, prepare us, through the active presence of thy Spirit, to come before thee worthily and to ask thee rightly; enlighten our understanding; purify our every desire; quicken our wills into instant obedience to thy Word; strengthen every right purpose; direct this hour of worship to the magnifying of thy name, and to the enduring good of us thy children and servants; through Jesus Christ our Lord. Amen. – From The Book of Worship

 

WEEKLY CALENDAR:

Sixth Sunday after Pentecost, July 19

10: 00 a.m. Worship [fbcdbq.org], Romans 8:12-25

Tuesday, July 21

6:00 a.m. Coaches Book Discussion, Village Inn

Seventh Sunday after Pentecost, July 26

10:00 a.m. Worship [ also fbcdbq.org], Romans 8:26-39

 

July Birthdays & Anniversaries

Christine Quintana 7.24

Christine & Hector Quintana 7.24

 

One Great Hour of Sharing

OGHS began seventy-one years ago in response to the devastation of World War II. In March 1949, a national broadcast on a Saturday evening asked Americans to give generously the next morning in their churches. A remarkable assembly of national leaders and celebrities gave their efforts to broadcast, and more than 75,000 churches responded the next day.

Today, OGHS serves people in over 80 countries around the world. Sponsored by eight Christian U.S. denominations and Church World Service, OGHS makes sure that we can respond to needs as soon as they happen and that tens of thousands of people receive support for ongoing relief, rehabilitation, and development.

The World relief Committee of the American Baptist Board of General Ministries reviews each development project request funded by the OGHS offering received from American Baptists. Gifts reach the ministries and people in need through a network of regional and international partnerships with the following: American Baptist Foreign Mission Society, American Baptist Home mission Societies, Baptist World Aid, and Church World Service.

More next week!

 

We are on track to reopen on July 19

We are planning on reopening the church for gathered worship on Sunday, July 19 at 10:00 a.m. While there are still some details to be worked out, here are some of the expectations on our first Sunday together.

  1. Masks are required for the safety of everyone.
  2. Seating will be on every other pew beginning with the second pew from the front.
  3. Seating will respect personal distancing, exception within family groups.
  4. Ushers will direct people when they come in. We will exit by pews.
  5. Fellowship will voluntarily occur outside the building not inside.
  6. Offering will be collected at a fixed location in the foyer.
  7. There will be no coffee or refreshments on Sunday.
  8. The nursery will not be available.
  9. We will continue to record a video on Friday evenings for Sunday viewing for those who plan on not attending.

The city of Dubuque sent out a health advisory on Thursday evening encouraging ALL residents to wear masks, personal distance, wash hands frequently, and be very careful. If you are running a fever, have a compromised immune system, and are feeling ill, or you are unsure of the situation we encourage you to stay home. There is no shame in caution during this pandemic.

 

Pray for the pastor and others as we work out the safest way to do this. May grace reign!

 

July Baptism

On Sunday, July 19th, our first worship back together, we will baptize Bella Quintana. She has articulated a faith story and has been patiently waiting through this pandemic for this event to occur. We will either have the baptism indoors as part of the worship service or we will go to an auxiliary site after the service. Our baptistry sprung a leak and as of this writing we are attempting to fix the situation.

 

2020 June Budget News

Needed for budget: $52,944.00

Actual: $57,982.06

Difference: +$5,038.06

 

Weekly Scripture Meditation: [7.26.2020]

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, July 26 are as follows:

Matthew 13:31-33, 44-52; Psalm 119:129-136; Romans 8:26-39; 1 Kings 3:5-12.

 
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