First Baptist Church, South Haven
Worship Gathering: 6/7/20
Thank you for joining us for worship this morning! While our place of worship has changed from the usual place and time, we are grateful to know that the Body of Christ can worship anytime, anywhere. As a reminder If you have a need for assistance during this time (grocery delivery, meals, etc.), please do not hesitate to call/text Kim Collins on her cell phone. We have church members ready and willing to help. We can get through this together. Our God is able.
Locations & Times
  • First Baptist Church
    10781 76th St, South Haven, MI 49090, USA
    Sunday 6:00 AM

Worship Video

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Weekly Bulletin

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An Easy Yoke
Matt. 11:25-30
Pastor Jerry Koller
Matthew says: At that time.
· “on one occasion”
Jesus is giving praise to God the Father.
· Whenever Jesus prayed, He always addressed God the Father.
· Jesus prays to the Father as an expression of function.
· When Jesus praises the Father, He is expressing divine love.
Jesus refers to the Father as Lord of heaven and earth.
· This divine title reflects the sovereignty of God.
For what is Jesus praising the Father?
The “things” being referred to as hidden or revealed have to do with the Gospel, with the plan of salvation.
· It has to do with both the Father and Son’s role in this divine plan.
· It has to do with how this plan has been revealed over time as well as to whom it is revealed.
· God is not the primary source of the hiding.
· He is the primary source of the revealing.
· The hiding is a result of sin.
These truths are only revealed to us by God.
All things have been committed to me by my Father.
· “All things” is connected to the “these things” mentioned in verse 25.
No one knows the Son except the Father… This reflects relationship.
· ...and no one knows the Father except the Son...
·...Anyone who has seen me has seen the Father... (John 14:9)
Who then, apart from Jesus, can know the Father?
...Those to whom the Son chooses to reveal him.
Weary and burdened are not descriptions of people who are exhausted by the toils and troubles of life.
· It is also not a reference to people who are burdened by sin.
When Jesus says to take His yoke, He does so as an alternative to a yoke that has already been placed on someone.
· The joining—or yoking—was that of a teacher and a pupil.
The yoke that Jesus offers is very different.
· He is not a hard taskmaster.
· His yoke is not burdensome and oppressive.
· Jesus’ yoke comes from a humble heart.
· Jesus lived out what He taught others to do.
· He stoops to the lowly.
· He practiced what He preached.
3 Ways to Respond to Jesus’ Invitation
1. We Come.
· Those who do not come will remain weary and burdened.
· We come to Jesus because there is no other name under heaven by which we can be saved.
· The only way to fill the holes in our souls is to come to Jesus.
2. We Take.
· We take Jesus’ yoke.
· He invites us to be yoked with Him.
3. We Learn from Him.
· That is what being a disciple is all about.
· The Holy Spirit helps us grow and mature in our faith.
· He helps us live out our faith for the glory of God. We are never left on our own.
· Have you come to Jesus?
· Cast off all other yokes and take His upon your shoulders.
· Remember, you are His disciple.
· Learn from Him.
· Keep learning.
· Put into practice what you learned.
We are here for you!
· Communication is Important! If you need assistance in any way, please do not hesitate to reach out to us. Let us know how we can pray for you. We have persons willing to shop or serve in other ways too. We also still have rolls of toilet paper available. Contact Kim Collins ( or 269-767-2226) or Pastor Jerry ( or 269-767-2188) if we can help in any way.

· Financial Assistance: While we do not have unlimited financial resources, we do have some benevolent funds available if you’re struggling financially. If you are in a good spot and willing/able to help others in need, perhaps you would consider a donation to our Benevolent Fund to help those who are struggling during this time.

· Current Status: Our building is closed, but several classes are meeting online and Pastor Jerry’s weekly sermon messages are available on our Facebook page and YouTube. If you need to come to the church, please contact Pastor Jerry in advance.

· Be Safe: Please be smart in safeguarding yourselves—not only for your sake, but for the sake of others. If you are sick, stay home.

· Be Faithful: Please be financially faithful. Even though we cannot gather together, please remember that we still have expenses that need to be met.

· Be Prayerful: Please be in prayer for one another and for our nation at large.
Happy Birthday!
· Vasha Ferguson (6/11)
· Dylan Goff (6/11)
· Abby Hendrix (6/14)
Send a Note of Encouragement
If you'd like to send a bit of encouragement to John Ellis while he is at boot camp, his address is:
PVT Ellis, Johnathon
2nd PLT Savages
Charlie Battery, 1st BN 79th FA
5970 South Boundary Road
Fort Sill, OK 73503
Church Parking Lot Repairs
Our parking lot is in dire need of resurfacing. Maintenance like this is necessary every 4-5 years and resurfacing is less expensive than repaving. The estimate to resurface the lot is $10,650.00. We are proceeding with scheduling this repair on either 6/8 or 6/12 since we have a very low traffic volume right now. When the repair is done, the parking lot will not be able to be used for 48-72 hours. If you need to come to church, please avoid these days. If you are able to make a donation to help fund the cost of this maintenance, your financial contribution would be greatly appreciated. Be sure to mark “Parking Lot” on your gift. A huge thanks to those of you who have already made a commitment!
Summer Camp Cancelled
We are sad to share that summer camp at both Higher Ground at Lake Louise (formerly Camp Lake Louise) and Lake Ann Camp have been cancelled for the summer. The health and safety of campers was a top priority and the camp boards at both places came to the difficult decision that they it would be necessary to suspend all activities. Both camps anticipate resuming in 2021.
Check Out Our Web Page
We are keeping our web page ( updated regularly. Please use it as a tool. Under "Resources" we have a page for FBC Members only which has our latest emails and letters from Pastor Jerry. If you try to access this page, you will need the password "Know Him" to see the content.
Flower Bed Maintenance Needed
Spring is finally here and we need help maintaining the church’s flowerbeds. If you're looking for a reason to get out of the house and yet still maintain your social distancing, feel free to stop by church at your convenience and pull weeds from whatever flowerbed catches your eye. If you contact us in advance, we can arrange for the garage to be open so you can get tools, otherwise feel free to bring your own. Once life returns to normal, we'll work on adopting flower beds as we have in the past.

Online Giving is Now Available!

We are excited to share with you that you now have the option to support our ministries by giving an online donation via debit/credit card or by donating via your bank account.  If you're interested in sending a gift via this safe and secure option, you can do so by using this link:
We Care Pantry Collections
The We Care Food and Personal Care Pantries continue to need supplies. We suggest calling ahead to make sure someone is there to receive your items. If you are able to help.

Food Pantry
First Congregational Church
651 Phoenix Street
Open Mon., Wed., Fri. 10am-12pm
Suggested items are:
· Cereal
· Dry Pasta
· Canned Vegetables
· Canned Fruit
· Tuna
· Spaghetti Sauce
· Crackers
· Rice-A-Roni
· Pork & Beans
· Canned Soup
· Peanut Butter
· Oatmeal

Personal Care Pantry
First Assembly of God Church
06500 Blue Star Hwy
Open Wed. 10am-1pm
Suggested items are:
· Shampoo
· Conditioner
· Body Soap
· Deodorant
· Toothbrushes
· Toothpaste
· Feminine Items
· Shaving Cream
· Razors
· Dish Soap
· Laundry Detergent
· Cleaning Supplies
· Trash Bags
· Toilet Paper
· Paper Towels

For questions, contact the church office. Thank you for helping those in our community who are in need.
Opportunities Via Zoom Video Conferences
Children's Sunday School
· Children ages 5 years through 5th grade
· Sunday mornings, 9:30-10:15 AM.
· If you'd like your child to be included, please call/text Janette at 269-767-5785 or by email at

Women's Bible Study
· The Armor of God by Priscilla Shirer
· Tuesday evenings, 6:40-8:00 PM.
· If you're interested in joining, please call/text Brandy at 269-906-0055 or via email at

Bible Study
· Studying the book of James
· Wednesday mornings, 9:30-11:00 AM.
· If you're interested in joining, please call/text Vasha at 269-906-0083, call her home number at 269-434-8196 or via email at

If you would like to use the church’s Zoom account to have an unlimited time slot to connect with your family/friends (instead of the 40 minutes Zoom allows for free accounts), please contact Kim for more information.
Weekly Prayer List
· Carlene Parker (cousin of Sandi Starland) is hospitalized in Florida recovering from a bad fall and then a stroke. Her daughters are now there, but cannot visit. Carlene is suffering severe agitation and is unable to communicate. Even the staff want the girls to be there, but the admin has refused their request. Prayers for all involved.
· Leslie Robinson, who lost her husband and pastor, Darrel Robinson, to Covid-19. She was in the hospital and released but quarantined. Her mother is also hospitalized. She's 90 years old and was in a recent car accident where she had to be cut out. Bishop Robinson was the pastor of Vasha Ferguson’s sister, Deborah Kirby. She was very close to him and his wife. So, please include her, the congregation and God's guidance for the continuation of the ministry in your prayers as well.
· Carla McKinney (niece of Jean Robinson’s neighbor) is hospitalized in very serious condition. The doctor thought she had Covid-19, but it is not that, so they are still running tests. She has not eaten for several days. She is in her late 30's and is also severely mentally and physically disabled.
· Eric Brower is recovering at home following two procedures to have a massive blood clot removed.
· The family of Chan (former neighbor of John & Debbie Owens) who passed away in her sleep on 5/14 during recovery from Covid-19.
· Mike & Laura Underwood and their family (daughter of Rocky & Sandi Starland) upon the passing of Laura’s father-in-law, Mike Underwood, on 5/7.
· Lynn Rarick continues to deal with hip issues. Pray that a resolution can be figured out.
· Elijah Truer (nephew of Doug & Julie Zantello) continues to recover from surgery requiring 14 pins and 2 plates for a broken leg following a skateboarding accident.
· Alyssa Zantello (niece of Doug & Julie Zantello) who is a physician's assistant and has traveled to New York City to help with the corona virus outbreak there. Pray for safety and protection as well as energy and stamina as she serves in this way.
· Crystal Jennings (sister of Tracy Marshall’s brother-in-law, Louie) is diagnosed with stage 4 breast cancer. She has begun chemo. Pray for treatments to be successful. Also pray that Louie isn’t a genetic carrier of the breast cancer gene and that it hasn’t passed to his daughters (Tracy’s nieces).
· Nancy Crowner (friend of Jean Robinson) is recovering from breast cancer surgery.
· Allen Quinn (34 year-old nephew of Jim & Marialice Quinn) is recovering from a massive brain stem stroke that resulted in Locked-In Syndrome. He continues therapy in Grand Rapids and is slowly improving.
· Anna, Gabe, Samantha and Caroline Bocock have all been diagnosed with Lyme disease.
· Check out our monthly prayer card on-line at under “Weekly Bulletins” for a list of those with on-going needs.
First Baptist Church
1635 76th Street
South Haven, MI 49090