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For the latest information from local, county, state, and national officials, CLICK HERE.

 

 

To see a thank you message to churches from the Mayor of Bettendorf, CLICK HERE

 

*** UPDATED MAY 25, 2020 ***

To the body of Christ at First Baptist Church Bettendorf

From Pastor Cory - 5/25/2020

 

Isaiah 56:7 For My house will be called a house of prayer for all the peoples.

 

Let’s re-gather for Worship at FBC on SUNDAY, JUNE 7th at 10:15.

 

We would like to encourage everyone to wear a mask, continue 6-foot social distancing, and regularly wash hands during phase one of our re-opening (see FBC Phases below).

 

What to expect when we regather at First Baptist Church.

  • Please continue to practice the 6-foot social distancing rule
  • You will see people wearing facemasks
  • The pastor will wear a facemask except while preaching
  • Praise team may not be wearing masks while leading
  • There will be hand-sanitizer available, please also continue to wash hands regularly
  • You will see foot-traffic entry and exit pathways identified
  • You will see every other sanctuary pew taped off
  • And tables for families set up in the Fellowship Hall in distanced fashion
  • Please stay on the level of the church you come to for worship, if you enter upstairs, please stay upstairs and if downstairs, please stay downstairs
  • Please do not shake hands, greeters and ushers will not be shaking hands
  • Tithes & Offerings may continue to be given online CLICK HERE, mailed to the church (3593 Middle Rd, Bettendorf IA 52722), or dropped in an offering plate, but we will not be passing the plate
  • No bulletins will be used, all sermon notes & announcements will continue to be online
  • Food Pantry setup may be ongoing and visible in the foyer, what a blessing!
  • You may see cameras and equipment operating for our livestream.

 

Our initial plans for reopening is charted in the 3 phases outlined below. All of this, of course, is susceptible to possible changes depending upon government guidance and the situation with the pandemic.

 

Phase 1: June, focusing on worship. We are planning to regather for Worship in June as soon as we have the facility set up. Your options for Worship will be a gathering: 1) in the sanctuary, 2) families with children may prefer to gather at the tables in the Fellowship Hall downstairs (see picture below), and 3) livestream will be continuing for at-risk folks who need to continue to stay home. If we get to capacity in the Sanctuary, we will use the Fellowship Hall and other rooms as overflow. The service will also be shown live in the “Blue Room” and “Youth Room” of the education wing. These two rooms will be dedicated as “masks only” rooms. There will be no Sunday morning small groups or other activities at the church in Phase 1, but please keep doing your discipleship with your teachers!

 

Phase 2: Summer ministries (June & July) focusing on discipleship and mission. June 7 Family Ministry Night “The Righteous Shall Live By Faith” CLICK HERE. Preparing for VBS. Continuing to promote online small group studies. Working with discipleship leaders to determine discipleship options.

 

Phase 3: The Fall Season (August and beyond). The goal, Lord willing, is to be back in full swing with regular ministries and gatherings this Fall.

 

I look forward to coming together again as the corporate body of Christ. We want to do so in ways that provide for the health and safety of everyone. If your are sick or at high risk of getting sick, we encourage you to use your own best judgment in order to stay safe and keep others safe.

 

If you have any questions or concerns, feel free to write Pastor Cory at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. or John at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it..

 

Praying for the body of Christ, praying for the nations,

Glorifying Christ in Worship, Discipleship, and Mission

Pastor Cory

COVID 19 FH 5b

 

*** UPDATED APRIL 28, 2020 ***

Hello saints and believers in our Lord Jesus Christ at FBC Bettendorf,

 

We are preparing for a time when we can gather together again as a body of Christ for Worship, Discipleship, and Mission. I praise God for His faithfulness to us during this time. FBC leadership is making preparations for when and how we will reunite. We will take appropriate measures to keep people, from the youngest to the oldest, both safe and healthy. We will also seek and implement ways to continue to encourage one another in the faith. We will share details about times and meeting places in future communications. Please continue to pray to God for His wisdom (James 1:5; 5:13).

 

Below are some links to recent Iowa government orders and timeframes. For now, this means that at least for the next two weeks (May 3 & 10) we plan to hold Sunday worship service via FBC Live Online.

 

Keep the faith! Preach the Word! Fight the good fight!

Pastor Cory

 

Government update:

https://www.desmoinesregister.com/story/news/health/2020/04/27/coronavirus-covid-19-update-iowa-gov-kim-reynolds-daily-briefing-shutdown-reopening-state-plan/3031798001/

 

https://governor.iowa.gov/press-release/gov-reynolds-signs-new-proclamation-continuing-the-state-public-health-emergency-0

 

See section 6 “Mass Gatherings” and paragraph A. on religious organizations. 

The order in effect until May 15 reads as if it is not restricting religious groups but still strongly encourages people over 65 to stay home, still enforces no groups over 10, and Scott county is among those still closed.

 

*** UPDATED APRIL 1, 2020 ***

GLORIFYING CHRIST IN WORSHIP - EASTER WEEK:

Join us Sundays at 10:15 am for our live-stream worship service HERE.

This Easter we will begin on Palm Sunday by revisiting the triumphal entry of King Jesus (from John 12:12-26). Then on Thursday, April 9 at 6:30 p.m., we will have a special live-stream Lord’s Supper Service at which time we will sit as Jesus’ feet, reading what Jesus taught His disciples the night before He was crucified (John chapters 13 – 16), closing with His prayer (John 17). On Easter Sunday we celebrate the Resurrection of JESUS CHRIST, the Lamb who was slain (from John 20:1-18).

I invite you to prepare for our Lord’s Supper Service by purchasing or otherwise making your own bread* and getting some grape juice. I will lead us through the Lord’s Supper during the live-stream service so that everyone at home can participate, Thursday, April 9, 6:30 p.m.

*Here is a recipe for unleavened bread, for anyone who would like to make some at home prior to the Lord’s Supper live stream Thursday April 9th. If you make the recipe, please snap some photos and email them to This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. for us to share on our website and Facebook page.  GET THE RECIPE HERE

 
Worship in Tithes & Offerings – Our Local FBC Church, Our State of Iowa, and World-Wide:
 
Click Here To Make Your Tithe Online

To Send Your Tithe By Mail:

     First Baptist Church

     3593 Middle Road

     Bettendorf, IA 52722

 
Giving Last Week:  $1824.00

     Required Weekly Giving:  $5,748.02

     YTD Actual Giving:  $71,464.65

     YTD 2020 Budget Need:  $74,724.26

     - $3,259.61 so far for 2020

 

After tithing, if the Lord would lead you to give more, here are some ways to do that:

  • You may make a designated offering to our FBC Benevolence fund which is dispersed by our deacons to help those in need who are part of our FBC community. You may do so by selecting that option while giving online or writing “Benevolence” in the memo line of your check written out to FBC.
  • Easter time is when we take up an offering for our North American missions efforts. It is called the “Annie Armstrong Easter Offering” https://www.anniearmstrong.com. If you would like to designate gifts to support Southern Baptist mission work in Iowa (https://bciowa.org) and North America, you may do so by selecting that option while giving online or designating your gift to “Annie Armstrong” in the memo line of your check to FBC.
  • “Send Relief” is our world-wide Southern Baptist disaster relief and crisis response ministry https://www.sendrelief.org. If the Lord would lead you to support gospel-sharing and human disaster relief efforts (including COVID-19 response), please give to this ministry. It’s even better than other relief agencies because we, as Southern Baptists, not only help those in need, but also share the gospel of Jesus Christ with them while doing so. To see how your Southern Baptist prayers and financial support help spread the gospel world-wide, check out https://www.namb.net and https://www.imb.org.

 

GLORIFYING CHRIST IN DISCIPLESHIP:

 

From Kayla - Update on FBC Children’s & Family Ministry:

FBC Children’s ministry is continuing online. Please see HERE.

This week we are starting a Daily Family Devotional that NAMB has released, called “Seeing Jesus Through the Uncertainty.” Watch Kayla and Ethan’s short video on the website explaining how it will work, and see the link for the daily family devotional, with simple activities and weekly memory verses. Some of our teachers have been posting lesson videos, and we have new songs up for your children to enjoy. We hope to hear from you as you go through it with your families!

MOPS:

MOPS is continuing to meet online, every Sunday night at 4pm. Follow their Facebook page at https://www.facebook.com/mopsgroupfirstbaptistbettendorf/ for updates and opportunities to join in on those meetings. You can email our MOPS coordinator Lauryn Jefferies at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. 

Sign up for FBC Newsletter here:

Be sure to keep up on all our FBC news and updates by subscribing to our FBC electronic newsletter here: NEWSLETTER

 

For Prayer:

If you would like to add Prayer Requests to the email prayer chain, please send them to Jim and Monica Leahr at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

 

Bible Studies Every Week:

Get in touch with your Sunday School and/or small group leaders if you haven’t already. Find ways to be in small group Bible study throughout the week. It is so important that we keep in touch with one another, as the body of Christ, through Worship, Discipleship, and Mission. 

 

GLORIFYING CHRIST IN MISSION:

 

FBC Food Pantry is Still Operating, Wednesdays 9-11 a.m. 

During these times of social distancing, one of the ways we continue to minister to our community is through our Food Pantry. Let’s rally around this ministry. Warren Nicholson (ph. 563-349-8374) is heading up the team of volunteers. They are pre-packing food in boxes and are distributing the food via a drive-up service.

 

We also have ladies in the church sewing masks for medical workers locally. Praise the Lord!

 

Let us keep praying for our families, our church, our city and nation. Let us keep praying for missionaries world-wide!

 

 

YOUR DEACONS:

If you have any concerns you can reach out to your deacon. Their contact information is below.

If your last name starts with one of these letters: A, B, C, D, E, F, G

Please reach out to either Bill or Drue.

Bill Perkins: 563-723-9632

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Drue Kampmann:563-650-2899

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If your last name starts with one of these letters: H, I, J, M, N, V, W, R

Please reach out to either Ethan or Gary.

Ethan Horner: 563-726-3151

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Gary Kampmann: 309-738-3732

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If your last name starts with one of these letters: K, L, O, P, Q, S, T, U, V, X, Y, Z

Please reach out to either Ryan or Joe.

Ryan Poyner: 563-388-9296

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Joe Jeffries: 563-271-0820

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FBC OFFICES CLOSED:

Out of an abundance of caution and in order to follow CDC guidelines, FBC Church Offices will be closed until further notice. The President and our Governor are calling for the stay-at-home order to last now to the end of April. If you have any office needs, please contact us by emailing either This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.or This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.. Questions concerning children and family ministry may be directed to This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it..

 

*** UPDATED MARCH 24, 2020 ***

Announcement from Pastor Cory:

Join us for FBC Worship Live! Thanks to everyone who joined us for worship last Sunday. Please join us again this coming Sunday at 10:15 am.  You can be a part of the worship service during the FBC Live stream HERE.

 

FBC Offices Closed: Out of an abundance of caution and in order to follow CDC guidelines, FBC Church Offices will be closed until further notice. If you have any office needs, please contact us by emailing either This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. or This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.. Questions concerning children and family ministry may be directed to This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it..

 

FBC Food Pantry is Still Operating, Wednesdays 9-11 a.m.

During these times of social distancing, one of the ways we continue to minister to our community is through our Food Pantry. Let’s rally around this ministry. Warren Nicholson (ph. 563-349-8374) is heading up the team of volunteers. They are pre-packing food in boxes and are distributing the food via a drive-up service.

 

From Kayla: Update on FBD Children’s Ministry:

FBC Children’s ministry is continuing online. Please see HERE.

We are posting object lessons from different children’s volunteers, videos of their favorite songs, and there’s a video explaining covid 19 to kids in a child friendly way.

We are adding every week new songs that the kids enjoy. 

You can check out our FBC Facebook too!

 

From the FBC Mission Team:

After much prayer and discussion, the Mission Team has decided to postpone the trip to Brazil. The M People on many reservations have closed themselves off from leaving the reservations and people entering due to the COVID-19 virus.  The Friesens have had to cancel their church services and Sunday School at this time. Please continue to pray for the Friesens and the M people, for their health and safety.

 

Your Deacons:

If you have any concerns you can reach out to your deacon. Their contact information is below.

If your last name starts with one of these letters: A, B, C, D, E, F, G

Please reach out to either Bill or Drue.

Bill Perkins: 563-723-9632

This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

Drue Kampmann:563-650-2899

This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

 

If your last name starts with one of these letters: H, I, J, M, N, V, W, R

Please reach out to either Ethan or Gary.

Ethan Horner: 563-726-3151

This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

Gary Kampmann: 309-738-3732

This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

 

If your last name starts with one of these letters: K, L, O, P, Q, S, T, U, V, X, Y, Z

Please reach out to either Ryan or Joe.

Ryan Poyner: 563-388-9296

This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

Joe Jeffries: 563-271-0820

This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

 

 

*** UPDATED MARCH 17, 2020 ***

From Pastor Cory to the body of Christ at First Baptist Church, Bettendorf.

 

As our society is dealing with the current Coronavirus issue, the mayor has declared that Bettendorf is to fall in line with CDC guidelines. Given our situation, we have decided to suspend regularly scheduled church services and all other ministries and gatherings until further notice.

 

As pastor, my heart is concerned for the body of Christ and our society. I encourage each Christian to continue to be the body of Christ in a new context. You will hear terminology from others in the world talking about all of the gatherings that have been “cancelled.” I want to remind all believers in Jesus Christ that it is actually impossible to “cancel church.” We may be suspending regular gatherings for a short and defined period of time, but we are still the church. I encourage you to find creative ways to continue to study the Word of God, to pray for one another, to minister to the lost and anyone in need. I have often said, “It is not the crisis nor circumstance that defines a Christian, but rather the way we respond to the trial.” We may have to practice “social distancing,” but let us remain committed to our Christian fellowship.

 

I am working with our staff to continue to provide Biblical teaching and encouragement for the body of Christ here at FBC. Please be sure that you are signed up to receive FBC’s newsletter which will be our primary communication tool during this time. We are planning to either livestream and/or record the Sunday morning messages. Further details forthcoming. Below you will find helpful resources.

 

I am praying for the Lord to do above and beyond all we can ask or imagine.  We will continue to glorify Christ in worship, discipleship, and mission.

 

In the name of our God and Savior, Jesus Christ.

Pastor Cory

 

Resources:

Sign up for FBC Newsletter here:

NEWSLETTER

 

Statement from Mayor of Bettendorf:

MAYOR STATEMENT

 

Declaration of a Public Health Disaster Emergency by the Governor of Iowa:

GOVERNOR DECLARATION

 

If you have any concerns you can reach out to your deacon. Their contact information is below.

If your last name starts with one of these letters: A, B, C, D, E, F, G

Please reach out to either Bill or Drue.

Bill Perkins: 563-723-9632

This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

Drue Kampmann:563-650-2899

This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

 

If your last name starts with one of these letters: H, I, J, M, N, V, W, R

Please reach out to either Ethan or Gary.

Ethan Horner: 563-726-3151

This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

Gary Kampmann: 309-738-3732

This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

 

If your last name starts with one of these letters: K, L, O, P, Q, S, T, U, V, X, Y, Z

Please reach out to either Ryan or Joe.

Ryan Poyner: 563-388-9296

This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

Joe Jeffries: 563-271-0820

This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

 

As Southern Baptists we will not shrink back from declaring the gospel of Jesus Christ to all nations. This week I received a “thank you” card from the Baptist Convention of Iowa noting that FBC Bettendorf was in the top 20 churches of Iowa in our Cooperative Program support.

All glory to the Lord. Even amidst this health crisis your missionaries are remaining faithful to the great commission world-wide.  Let us also remain faithful to supporting them by prayer and sacrificial giving.

 

View IMB President Dr. Paul Chitwood’s video below.

 

View Dr. John Piper’s resources concerning a Christian’s response to Coronavirus here:

JOHN PIPER 1

JOHN PIPER 2

 

I invite the church to go to our Facebook Page and brainstorm ideas about how we can “be the church” in the midst of this storm.

 

Remember that you can always take advantage of FBC's online giving.  The online giving portal is an easy way for you to make your tithe from the convenience of your home anytime that you wish.  You can do that from HERE.

 

IMB Missionary COVID-19 Update


 

 
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