First Baptist Church, South Haven
Worship Gathering: 11/29/2020
We are currently only having VIRTUAL WORSHIP SERVICES. In addition, all in-person activities have been cancelled. Watch our emails or check the website for how to participate virtually. 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. And a building is just that - a building. The Church is the people, not the place where we worship. In these troubled times, our witness for Jesus Christ can be evident to those around us as we take wise precautions, while simultaneously living out our faith with what it means to have a peace that passes all understanding. May you be blessed this week as we see God at work through these unprecedented times. 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

Weekly Bulletin

View this week's bulletin including general announcements and weekly prayer requests by clicking here.
The God of Hope Gives
Matt. 11:28-29
Pastor Jerry Koller
Hope is a characteristic or attribute of God.
· Because God is a God of hope, He is the source and dispenser of hope for you and I.
It is my prayer that as we look at this in greater detail, you will have a greater appreciation for what Jesus said and offered so that your love for Him may grow deeper and result in a life of praise and worship.
The word “I” is a personal pronoun.
· It is a simple substitute for the proper name of a person.
The word hope is commonly used to mean you wish for something to happen.
· It typically reflects some kind of personal desire that may or may not be fulfilled.
· When used in connection with God, it is the confident expectation of what God has said and promised.
I “will”
· If you are weary and burdened and come to Jesus, He will do something.
I will” give
· God gives as a part of His nature.
· Giving is motivated by love.
· Giving is an expression of love.
I will give “you”
· The word “you” is a word that identifies a particular group.
· It includes all who are weary and burdened.
· It includes all those who are weary and burdened that come to Him.
I will give you “rest.”
…taking a break from some kind of activity
…pausing for relaxation or to be inactive.
Rest has to do with being freed from the burden and weight of following the ways of the world or the teachings and traditions of men in order to find meaning and purpose in this life as well as in the life to come
· Verse 29 calls it, rest for our souls.
· The rest Jesus offers is not a result of our efforts as much as it is a result of His efforts.
· It is a rest that is the result of Christ’s work which leads to salvation.
Notice, we were alienated and enemies of God (were—past tense). But now (present tense) Christ presents us to God as those who are holy—without blemish—free from accusation. Christ made this possible through His shed blood, through His death on the cross—through His resurrection from the dead.
Come to me, all you who are weary and burdened, and I will give you rest.
I will give it to you if you come because I am a God who gives and because I love you.
I will give you rest. In Me, you have peace with God. You will have rest for your souls.
Oktoberfest Offering
We are greatly humbled by the generosity of our congregation. So far, this year’s offering, combined with pledges, is a total of $33,007.00. We thank you for your faithfulness, especially during such challenging times, and look forward to seeing how God will use our building in the year ahead as we continue to “Know Him and Make Him Known.” If you would still like to make a contribution to this offering, please mail your gift to church or donate online. If you make an online donation, please also let Kim know your gift is for Oktoberfest as there isn’t a way to designate this on the website.

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.
Happy Birthday!
· Sandi Cagle (11/30)
· Cindy Thompson (12/02)
· Paul Fitton (12/03)
· Tina Wilburn (12/06)

Blood Drive: 12/3

We are hosting another blood drive on Thursday, 12/3, from 1:00-6:00pm in the gym at FBC. Masks are required, social distancing is expected and all precautions will be taken to make this a safe event. The need for blood is great. If you're able to donate, we encourage you to do so. Sign up to donate at:

Attention Amazon Shoppers

The Christmas shopping season is coming! Please remember us for your online Amazon purchases and designate “First Baptist Church South Haven” as your charity of choice.  We will receive 0.5% donation from all purchases which is used for our youth scholarships.  You can do so by going to the following link:

Online Giving is Available!

If you would like to support our ministries by giving an online donation via debit/credit card or your bank account, you can do so by using this link:

Items Needed for We Care Pantries

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. For a list of items and pantry locations, please visit their website at
We Care Thanksgiving and Christmas Meal Baskets Needed
Would you like the opportunity to make a difference this holiday season? You can provide a meal basket to a family in need during the holidays. Check the We Care website [] for items needed and for ways you can give a special meal. Email to sign up to receive or donate.
We Care Christmas Gift Give-Away
Christmas is coming and that means We Care's Project Christmas Hope (South Haven) and St. Nicholas Village (Bangor) are gearing up. They are in desperate need of gifts for children, ages 0-16. If you would like to help out, you can drop off gifts at the We Care offices Tuesday, Wednesday or Thursday from 9:30-12:30 each week from now until December 15. There will be donation locations throughout the South Haven and Bangor communities within the next few weeks - check their website for a complete list coming soon. Some gift suggestions: dolls, hair products and accessories, bath or hygiene sets, LEGO, Gift cards worth $10 to any store or restaurant, sports balls, radio-controlled cars, and stuffed animals. Go to to see the full list. Thank you for helping to bless our community's kids!
Opportunities this Week
· 10:30 AM - Virtual Worship Available (Online Only)
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· YouTube:

· 6:45 PM - Women’s Virtual Bible Study
· Studying Get Out of Your Head by Jennie Allen
· Contact Tracy Marshall to participate.
· Tina Dell is going through withdrawals from a narcotic drug called Norco and she says it "is bad" and she is struggling.
· Todd Wiersum (brother-in-law of Linda Newell), is hospitalized due to Covid, on a ventilator and in critical condition. Please pray for healing and support for the family. Linda’s sister has cold symptoms and is doing better, but is still in quarantine so cannot be there.
· Robert Pollard (stepfather of Susan Seitz) has returned home following an ICU hospitalization and continues to heal from Covid. Susan’s mother, Loretta, doesn’t have any symptoms so far.
· Chet & Renee Goff and their extended family members: 1) Renee's mom has pneumonia; 2) Chet's mother is hospitalized due to very high sugar, a mini stroke, and a positive Covid test with no symptoms; 3) Chet's brother has Covid and is home resting well; 4) and their son Dylan tested positive for Covid and currently has no symptoms. Their immediate family is all quarantining. Please pray that no one else becomes infected and especially not Renee as she has other medical conditions. They have what they need at this time.
· Hailey & Grady Watson upon the birth of their daughter, Emberly Grace, on 11/11.
· Howard Robinson (brother of Stan Robinson, father of Bruce Robinson) is recovering from a stroke followed by surgery. Howard has been struggling since his first stroke several months ago from which he has not regained speech ability.
· Mary Ann Jones (Vasha Ferguson’s godmother) is currently hospitalized as she is recovering from a fall. She is also suffering from dementia and is undergoing testing.
· Leslie Robinson (friend of Vasha Ferguson) continues to have multiple health issues.
· Deborah Kirby (Vasha Ferguson's sister) has been moved to a rehab center following a massive stroke. Pray that medicare/medicaid insurance can be upgraded to cover needed treatment. She also has a wound that is not healing and is being tested for diabetes and cancer. Please pray for good results.
· Ginny Dorsey (Rhonda Dobberstein's mother) is receiving radiation for cancer.
· Lynn Rarick continues to deal with hip issues. Pray that a resolution can be figured out.
· 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