September 23, 2020

Here at Bible Baptist Church we believe that God has called us to assemble, but we also understand the necessity for precautionary pandemic measures. We are trying hard to find a way to balance both of those. We try to keep as much air as possible moving through the building, including keeping our doors open while we sing. We encourage people to wear masks. We have removed pews from our auditorium, and spaced people further apart inside of it. We have placed televisions in others rooms so that people may watch the service via closed circuit. We are sanitizing our entire building twice a week.
We have a duty to God, so we are open. We also realize we have a duty to our community, so we seek to be careful. We invite you to join us - Sunday morning at 11 AM, Sunday evening at 6 PM, and Wednesday evening at 7 PM.

May 5, 2020

In accordance with Governor Reynold's relaxation of restrictions on all religious assemblies last week, Bible Baptist Church will open our auditorium back up for services in a limited manner. We will continue with our drive in services on Sunday morning at 11 AM, but on Sunday night at 6 PM and Wednesday night at 7 PM we will conduct in person services. In conjunction with the guidelines issued by the Centers for Disease Control and the Iowa Department of Health, we have taken the following steps:

1) We are limiting our in person attendance to less than half of our auditorium capacity.
2) We will require six feet or more between of separation in all directions between family groups and individuals.
3) We encourage senior citizens, those with health conditions, and others who are uncomfortable to remain at home.
4) We encourage all who are attending to conduct in in-home self temperature check before coming, and to consider wearing a mask and gloves.
5) We will not pass anything between individuals such as offering plates or printed materials.

6) We have doubled our normal cleaning rotation.

7) We will keep all doors propped open other than restroom doors, and maintain ventilation systems at all times.

8) We ask that all socialization take place outside of the building, and that appropriate distances be maintained at all times. 

If you considering joining us for a service, please know you are welcome. We have limited our own members attendance in order to make room for you. We hope to see you at a service soon.

We are praying for Dubuque.

April 9, 2020

Beginning Easter Sunday, April 12, Bible Baptist Church will begin meeting for church in the parking lot. Following guidance issued by the city of Dubuque, we ask that all in attendance remain in their cars with their windows rolled up. Tune your FM radio to 104.7 so that you may listen to the service. The church building will not be open. Pastor Brennan will conduct the service from the hill at the corner of the parking lot. Each Sunday morning service will begin promptly at 11 AM. Parking lot attendants will be available to help organize the parking beginning at about 10.30 AM. All are welcome. 

March 17, 2020

Last week, when I presented to the church our CV-19 Action Plan, I explained that we would attempt to remain open as long as we could reasonably and safely do so. We made some immediate adjustments, which we instituted just this past Sunday, and we had a good weekend serving the Lord together. In that Action Plan we explained that we would close if the government asked us to do so, or if the local school system closed. As I write this on Tuesday afternoon, both of those have taken place. Dubuque Community Schools are closed, and our governor has mandated that we close in a proclamation issued today:

"E. Mass Gathering: Social, community, spiritual, religious, recreational, leisure, and sporting gatherings and events of more than 10 people are hereby prohibited at all locations and venues, including but not limited to parades, festivals, conventions, and fundraisers. Planned large gatherings and events must be canceled or postponed until after termination of this disaster."

In accordance with these facts, I am suspending all of our ministries and services here at Bible Baptist Church. I am not afraid to stand on principle. I know you are not either. This is not one of those times. This is not persecution, rather it is the government mandating its biblical responsibility to ensure the safety of its citizens. Indeed, our obedience in this is good citizenship, and love in action toward our neighbors.

Through this, we will endeavor as much as is feasibly possible to show the love of Christ to our city. That will no longer be done by way of our public services and ministries, but we are actively seeking the means and opportunity to do so in a way that complies with the above facts.

-Pastor Tom Brennan