First Baptist Church, South Haven
Worship Gathering: 12/13/2020
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.
Good News of Great Joy!
Luke 2:10
Pastor Jerry Koller
"The celebration of Advent is possible only to those who are troubled in soul, who know themselves to be poor and imperfect, and who look forward to something greater to come." ~ Dietrich Bonhoeffer
Isn’t it interesting that the human emotion that was first encountered as a result of the angelic messenger was that of fear?
The phrases "Fear not!", “Do not Fear!” or “Don’t be afraid!” appear in the Bible exactly 365 times.
The presence of Jesus in our lives should manifest two basic characteristics: the absence of fear and the presence of joy.
Anytime something strikes terror in our hearts or grips us with the cold hand of fear, anytime we are anxious, troubled, or weary; anytime something seems to threaten us or our loved ones, the door opens for fear to enter.
Happiness is always circumstantial.
Joy is an internal attitude that resided in our spirit.
· It is a Spiritual Fruit.
· It is grounded in God.
Joy is a supernatural delight in God.
Joy delights in God even though circumstances change, people change, and emotions change.
· God is immutable.
· He is not subject or susceptible to change or variation in form, quality, or nature.
Let us fix our eyes on Jesus, the author and perfecter of our faith, who for the joy set before him endured the cross, scorning its shame. (Heb. 12:2)
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 $33,617.00. 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!
· Anthony Criffield (12/14)
· Jason Avery (12/16)
· Chet Goff (12/16)
· Teanna McIntosh (12/20)
We extend our condolences to Dean and Linda Newell and their family in prayer upon the death of Linda's brother-in-law, Todd Wiersum on 12/4.

Attention Amazon Shoppers

The Christmas shopping season is here! 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
Opportunities this Week
· 10:30 AM - Virtual Worship Available (Online Only)
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· 6:45 PM - Women’s Virtual Bible Study
· Studying Get Out of Your Head by Jennie Allen
· Contact Tracy Marshall to participate.
· Dean and Linda Newell and their family upon the death of Linda's brother-in-law, Todd Wiersum, on 12/4 following complications from Covid.
· John & Susan Seitz and their family upon the loss of Susan’s stepfather, Robert Pollard, following a Covid infection.
· Tina Dell has tested positive for Covid and is also going through withdrawals from a narcotic drug called Norco and she says it "is bad" and she is struggling.
· Randy Follman (brother of Steve Follman) is recovering from hip replacement surgery. He is doing well and will have the other side done in December. Pray for a speedy healing and full recovery
· 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