Watchword for the week:
“All praise to God, the Father of our Lord Jesus Christ. It is by his great mercy that we have been born again, because God raised Jesus Christ from the dead. Now we live with great expectation.” 1 Peter 1:3
The watchword is meant to be with you through the week encouraging you, challenging you and bringing you closer to your Lord and Savior, Jesus Christ.
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.
Second Sunday of Easter, April 19
Anytime Worship [fbcdbq.org]
Tuesday, April 21
11:00 a.m. Coaches Book Discussion [online]
Third Sunday of Easter, April 26
Anytime Worship [fbcdbq.org]
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
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.
2020 March Budget News
Needed for budget: $26,472.00
America for Christ Offering
Thank you for keeping up with your tithes and offerings. This unorthodox way of doing church will be continuing over the next couple of weeks. So please keep up the good work and don’t forget the America for Christ offering. Blessings!
Weekly Scripture Meditation: [4.26.2020]
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, April 26 are as follows:
Luke 24:13-35; Psalm 116:1-4, 12-19; 1 Peter 1:17-23; Acts 2:14a, 13-35.
“Breathe on Me, Breath of God”
that I may love what thou dost love, and do what thou wouldst do.
[Edwin Hatch, John 20:22]
Forever Beginnings by Donald J. Shelby
“Meeting [Jesus] does not inevitably lead to his becoming our personal savior. We must make room in our life for him; we must choose him and accept him as our savior by claiming his presence. We must let him be Lord of our lives. That decision involves opening ourselves to Jesus, and receiving him into the most intimate dimensions of our lives. Because Jesus comes to us in love, he refuses to exploit or manipulate us, to be coercive or invasive, for to do so would contradict the very nature of love.”