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Sunday, May 21

Hello Church!
What a glorious, gloomy, chilly, and rainy day.

On days like this we need a comforter. It just so happens that in Sunday’s text, John 14:15-21, John uses the Greek word “parakletos” for the first time. This is a hard word to pin down when it comes to its meaning. It has therefore been variously translated as: ‘comforter,’ ‘teacher,’ ‘advocate,’ ‘counsellor,’ ‘helper,’ and ‘guide.’ Any way you slice it, Jesus has promised to be with us. He is our comforter.

This Saturday morning the men of the church are gathering for a breakfast in the Fellowship Hall at 8:00 a.m. This time will be dedicated to planning where the men’s group is headed. So men bring a friend let’s make this ministry awesome!

Be in prayer for Linda Chapman. Her recovery is experiencing a number of bumps in the road. Both she and Hank appreciate prayer for this situation.

Hope to see you all on Sunday.
Blessings!

Rev. Timothy Bees
First Baptist Church Of Dubuque
563-582-5088

Sunday, May 14, 2017

Dear Church,
This Sunday is Mother’s Day! Holidays like this are always tricky because they can evoke the whole gamut of emotions. Whatever emotions a holiday like this arouses in you, take some time and talk to God thanking him for the life that you have because of your mom. Like any other endeavor, motherhood is a fragile identity. Some women do it well and others don’t. It isn’t a black and white reality. My mom was great at some things and not so great when it came to others. But I thank God for her. She, along with my dad, demonstrated a life of faith to me and my siblings. For that I am forever thankful.

Using John 14 we will talk about relationship, our relationship with God the Father and God the Son and God the Holy Spirit. Relationship is the means to deal with anxiety in this chapter. I hope you will join us this Sunday.

Tonight is the FBC movie night at 6:30. We will be showing “Miracles from Heaven” Come with a friend and remember the popcorn and water are always free.
Blessings!

Rev. Timothy Bees
First Baptist Church Of Dubuque
563-582-5088

Sunday, May 7

Hi Church!
I want to thank everyone who signed up to accomplish a task for the work day on Saturday. You are helping the church beautify the campus. A beautiful campus honors a beautiful God. Volunteering is a beautiful thing that honors and beautiful God. If you are getting this message and this is the first time you have heard about the work day, come on out this Saturday at 9:30 a.m. and you can help too.

Saturday morning begins with a men’s breakfast at 8:00. We will slowly transition into the full work day at 9:30. If this is the first time you have heard about the breakfast, come on out. It will be fun.

Sunday is a “first” Sunday. So we will celebrate the Lord’s Table this week and also hold a “fellowship meal” after worship. This being May, means the theme of the meal is Cinco de Mayo. Mexican food will be the main course. Bring your favorite iteration and let’s feast together.

Lastly, Worship focuses on John 10:1-10 what Jesus says about himself. He ends with the statement “My purpose is to give them a rich and satisfying life.” That comes from the New Living Translation which attempts to make the scriptures readily understandable for our time. We will see how I handle this one.

Hey come out for the fellowship. Come out to honor Jesus. Come out to share in his marker meal for Christians. Come out to hear the teaching. Come out to sing songs.
See you Saturday and also Sunday!
Blessings,

Rev. Timothy Bees
First Baptist Church Of Dubuque
563-582-5088

Sunday, April 30

Hi Church!
This week Jim Ott will be preaching. He is using Luke 17:1-10 which is packed with some pretty awesome stuff: the human propensity for sin, our need for increased faith, and a description of servant hood. It will prove to be a dynamic and challenging time of worship.

Tonight we have been invited to Emily Ott’s recital at Clarke University. It will be held at the Jansen Music Hall at 5:00 p.m.

On Saturday, the Hands & Feet event begins down at the Port of Dubuque at 7:15 a.m. We will gather at the Star Brewery area.

Lastly, a reminder that on Sunday, following the worship, we will hold out quarterly summit. Please make plans to attend. It is a time of learning about what leadership is doing and a time to voice concerns as well.

See you Sunday!

Rev. Timothy Bees
First Baptist Church Of Dubuque
563-582-5088

Sunday, April 23

Hello Church,
In the historic church this Sunday is the Second Sunday of Easter of which there are seven in all ending with Pentecost Sunday. Pentecost is the celebration of the coming of the Holy Spirit. That being said, in our text this Sunday we will see Jesus breathing the Holy Spirit on his disciples. Hmm, interesting.

John’s gospel pairs the receiving of the Holy Spirit with the injunction for receiving “peace.” So what is that all about? What is the peace that Jesus refers to here? What is the tangible reality of said peace? Was that just for the disciples behind locked doors or is it for us too? Do you want peace in your life? Can you get it through your own actions or is it something that comes from above, from God? These are the questions we are going to attempt to unpack this Sunday.

This Saturday the men are getting together for breakfast and to discuss the future of a men’s ministry to strengthen the men of the church. Come eat and be in the planning stage of something new.

Blessings!
Rev. Timothy Bees
First Baptist Church Of Dubuque
563-582-5088