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Sunday, August 20

Dear Church,
We find ourselves in trying times. The headlines are filled with national and global turmoil. Please pray for our country and our world. Pray with the understanding that what the world needs now is love, manifested in Jesus. The church, the body of Christ, has always been meant to be the sole source of that love. We have failed though out history to be that light. Maybe it was because we tried to be the light itself instead of reflecting the light that only comes from God through Jesus.

First Baptist can be a beacon of hope in a divided world. We own the desire to be a multi-racial church. We want to be a place where people come together across race and ethnicity in the name of Jesus. We aren’t perfect, but our intention is aligned with the heart of God.

So I invite you to worship together this Sunday as we look at the miracle exorcism that Jesus performs for a Canaanite mothers’ demon-possessed daughter. The story is found in Matthew 15:21-28. Jesus demonstrates that grace has no limits.

Tonight at 5:30 there is a ProtoStar-Family Campfire. There will be food and a Bible story.

Saturday morning at 8 am there is a men’s breakfast. We will be enjoying a breakfast burrito bar and a short devotional. You’ll be done by 9 or a little after. So guys, come on out and let’s gt to know each other.

We have reached the $8000 mark in our support of the Suns! God is good!

See you Sunday.
Blessings!

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

Sunday, August 6

Hi Church,
This weekend we have the distinct opportunity to participate in the Lord’s Table. We get to proclaim our love for Jesus and God’s great love for us through this historic and meaningful meal.
We are also turning the worship service over to our resident missionaries, the Sun Family. Come and learn about what is going on in Arizona. Also please remember to inform Bob of your financial commitment to the Suns, whether that would be a one-time gift or a monthly direct support. It would be grand to send them off on this their last Sunday with us with a clear idea of their yearly support level.
All this week the Art’s Camp has been meeting on our campus. Tonight there is a sleep-over. Then on Saturday the finishing touches will be put in order for the closing show at 7:00 p.m. This show is open to the public. Come and support the campers, and counselors.
Lastly, due to a technical glitch, I am not attaching this week’s newsletter. Printed copies will be available on Sunday.
Blessings!
Rev. Timothy Bees
First Baptist Church Of Dubuque

Sunday, July 30

Hi Church,
This weekend is packed with stuff!

Saturday, August 29 is the women’s sewing event at the church beginning at 4:00 p.m. Attenders will make pillowcase dresses. There will be a break at 5 for a light supper. End time is scheduled at 7.

Sunday morning Jim Ott will be preaching on the kingdom as he continues the story by looking at a variety of kingdom parables in Matthew 13.

Following the worship there will be a church quarterly meeting.

At 2 p.m. there is a “walk to set free” at the Roshek building. This benefit walk is to end human trafficking, sponsored by Set Free Dubuque. It is a silent walk and people are requested to wear black.

Pray for the art’s camp that begins on Monday and lasts through the week.

Blessings!

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

Sunday, July 23

Hi Church,
I pray that God will continue to richly bless you as you go about your daily duties. Blessings to all of you as you go on vacation and as you return from vacation. Some of you will be headed off for RAGBRAI, our prayers for you are safety and adventure.

This Sunday Sarah Sun will be leading in worship along with Ben on keyboard. Our test this week is the parable of the wheat and tares [weeds] from Matthew 13. It is the first parable to begin with “the kingdom of heaven is like …” It describes for all Jesus’ followers, for all time something about the kingdom. Come out and hear what God is up to in our time.

Special praise when it comes to cleaning the church. Someone has donated the funds to pay for cleaning services to clean the church each week. Praise God and thank you!

Lastly, something that didn’t make the newsletter is the women’s sewing opportunity on Sunday, July 29th from 4-7 p.m. The goal of the day is to make pillowcase dresses. There will be flyers at church with more info this Sunday.

I apologize that I will not be able to send out an electronic newsletter this week. We will have printed issues available at church.
Blessings!

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

Sunday, July 16

Greetings Church!
This Sunday we will be looking at a familiar parable in Matthew’s gospel. Some call it the parable of the sower and other’s call it the parable of the soils. In either case it unfolds the way God lavishes the good news of his kingdom on everyone and how not everyone sees it as good news. Hope to see you Sunday.

Tonight at 6:30 is the movie night. Water and popcorn are free. Come and watch “Faith Like Potatoes.”

Also tonight is a ProtoStar campfire.

Blessings!

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