First Baptist Church, South Haven
Worship Gathering: 6/21/20
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.
Locations & Times
  • First Baptist Church
    10781 76th St, South Haven, MI 49090, USA
    Sunday 6:00 AM

Worship Video:6/21/2020

You can view the sermon video that correlates with today's notes on our YouTube page by clicking here.

Weekly Bulletin

View this week's bulletin including general announcements and weekly prayer requests by clicking here.
Four Fatherly Responsibilities
Joshua 24:14-15
Pastor Jerry Koller
· After living a very exciting life of faith, Joshua is about to die.
· He gathers the people and their leader before him to declare the word of the Lord.
· He recalls God’s interaction with Abraham, Isaac, and Jacob.
· He reminds the people of how Israel was delivered from the bondage of slavery in Egypt.
· He recalls how God lead the people through the wilderness.
· He recalls how God delivered Jericho into their hands.
· Joshua reminds the people that God gave them the land they are in.
These two verses contain the four important responsibilities.
When someone remembers, they may be recalling some kind of information that is stored in our memory.
Remembering can also mean keeping something in mind for attention or consideration.
Hebrew poetry includes parallelism. Verses 11 and 12 are basically saying the same thing using different words.
There are a number of meanings for the word fear in the Bible.
· Some meanings focus on concern.
· Some focus on dread or terror.
· Some focus on carefulness.
· Some have to do with reverence.
Fear includes having a healthy reverence for God and His infinite power.
· Reverence encapsulates a sense of awe, esteem, value, respect, and wonder in His majesty.
3. Serve
· Fathers, it is your responsibility to teach your family what it is to be a slave or a bondservant of Jesus Christ.
You can be a slave to one of two things: sin or righteousness.
Fathers, entrust to your children the plan of salvation for it will lead to holiness and life everlasting.
But as for me and my household, we will serve the LORD! so must this be your battle cry.
We are to serve Him with all faithfulness.
In the simplest of terms, an idol is anything that takes away your focus, your love, or your affection from God.
· Idols can be people.
· Idols can be inanimate things.
· Will you Remember?
· Will you Fear?
· Will you Serve?
· Will you Put Away Idols?
We are here for you!
· Current Status: Several classes are meeting online, and 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. Pastor Jerry and the Elder Ministry Team are evaluating when and how to proceed with reopening, but no decisions have been made at this time.

· Communication is Important! If you need assistance in any way (physically, spiritually, mentally, financially, grocery delivery, or otherwise), 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 help in other ways too. We still have rolls of toilet paper available, please feel free to buy some from us. We were anticipating a need and trying to be proactive to help keep our church family covered, but there wasn't as much demand as we expected and we don't want to "get stuck" with rolls that don't fit our dispensers. 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.

· 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!
· Catherine Neikirk (6/23)
· John Seitz (6/25)
· Roberta Newton (6/27)
· Carson Rooker (6/27)
· Andrea Sofield (6/27)
Happy Anniversary!
· Tom & Darlene Craig (6/22, 7 years)
· Bob & Camille Tate (6/23, 30 years)
Church Parking Lot Repairs
We thank those of you who have donated for your generosity and support of this project to resurface our parking lot. So far, we have received $3090 and have $5000 in pledges for a total of $8090. The cost to resurface the lot was $10,650.00. If you are able to make a donation to help us meet our goal of funding the full cost of this maintenance, your financial contribution would be greatly appreciated. Be sure to mark “Parking Lot” on your gift.
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
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!

You now have the option to support our ministries by giving an online tithe  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 Hendrix at 269-767-5785 or by 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 Tina Wilburn at 269-767-4685 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
· Molly Blaney (daughter of Lisa & Steve Follman) was having issues related to her gall bladder. She has been sent home with pain medicine and has an appointment with a surgeon to have it removed.
· Ramona Schultz (Kristen Schultz's 88 year-old mother-in-law) has a mass on her brain which is believed to be cancer. Treatment options are being evaluated.
· Pastor Jephthe Lucien and his family and their Haitian community as they grieve the loss of Jephthe's brother, Pastor Henoc Lucien. Cards can be sent to: Pastor Jephthe Lucien | c/o Jerusalem Baptist Mission Church | P.O. Box 601 | Round Lake Beach, FL 60073.
· Gloria Thompson (Bruce's Ferguson’s sister, and mother of Melissa Thompson for whom we are still praying) and her oldest grandson, Dominique; both have COVID-19.
· Shirley Jackson and her family upon the death of her husband, Art, on 5/31 following a battle with kidney cancer.
· Doris Sutherland (sister of Alice Avery and Judi Beckwith) has been having some chest pain and shortness of breath. She is waiting for test results.
· 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.
· Lynn Rarick continues to deal with hip issues. Pray that a resolution can be figured out.
· Crystal Jennings (sister of Tracy Marshall’s brother-in-law, Louie) started chemo for stage 4 breast cancer. She had scans to check how the hormone therapy was doing and there is no new growth and the lesions on her bones show signs of healing. Thank you for all the prayers and please continue to pray that the cancer will be eradicated..
· 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