First Baptist Church, South Haven
Worship Gathering: 12/20/2020
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
    domingo 6:00 AM

Weekly Bulletin

View this week's bulletin including general announcements and weekly prayer requests by clicking here.
All You Need Is Love
1 John 4:8
Pastor Jerry Koller
The Apostle John points out God is love. Now if God is love, then the opposite is true as well: Love is God.
Being in the image of God, we are created with the ability to understand and exhibit love—although the Fall of man has distorted our understanding and ability to exhibit it.
This is a way for us to know how wide and long and high and deep is the love of Christ.
Nature a word used to describe the mode in which the essential being of God expresses itself.
· It refers to the outward expression of God’s innermost nature.
· We call this the incarnation.
Love Demonstrated
· Demonstrate means to provide evidence for. It means to establish validity of something.
Love is the object of this passage – the Father’s love.
· Great is the love of the Father.
· Great can mean good.
· Great can also mean a very large amount.
Lavish means very generous; extravagant; extremely abundant.
· It means to bestow something in generous or extravagant quantities.
Keep these truths before you as you reflect upon and celebrate the birth of Christ and remember, love is all you need.
Annual Meeting
Information has been mailed to each household. If you did not receive yours, please let Kim know. You can read Pastor Jerry's letter regarding this by clicking here. There are four items on the ballot:
1. Approval of a Bylaw change.
2. Approval of the 2021 budget.
3. Approval of a new Elder, Brian Bocock, to serve on the Elder Ministry Team.
4. Affirmation of the 2021 Elder Ministry Team.
(Links are available for all of these on our website or in this week's bulletin.)
Please Note: Each member needs to return one ballot to the church office by January 17, 2021. For your convenience, a self-addressed stamped envelope was included in the mailing. IMPORTANT: A "Yes" or "No" checkbox for question #1 on your ballot regarding the Bylaw proposal change is missing. Please be sure to handwrite your answer of "Yes" or "No" next to this question so the ballot is fully completed.
Annual Reports: Due to the lack of activities at church this past year because of the pandemic, we will not have Annual Reports available. A final financial report will be prepared in January and sent once the year-end reconciliation has been finalized.
Elder Nominee: Brian Bocock
The 2020 ballot includes a request to approve a new Elder, Brian Bocock, to serve on our Elder Ministry Team. Here is some information to get to know him a little bette:
Brian has been a member of First Baptist Church his entire life, and is the son of Joyce and Edward Bocock. Brian has been an active member of the choir, church musicals, a soloist, and a nursery volunteer.
Brian is currently employed as Vice President of Product Management and Owner Relations for Naturipe Farms, where he performs supply strategies and analytics for all types of berries and acts as mediator for the corporate owners of the companies. He is also part owner of New Day Blueberry Farms and Bumbleberry Acre, with his family. Brian and his wife Beth have 5 children, ages 20-14. In his spare time Brian enjoys spending time with his family, driving around the family farms dreaming of future plans, and fishing. Brian is excited for the opportunity to bring his strengths of planning, budgeting, and analytics to the Elder Ministry team.
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!
· Teanna McIntosh (12/20)
· Joyce Bocock (12/23)
· Annette Hatfield (12/27)

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:

Christmas Meal Baskets Needed by 12/21

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.  Please respond by December 13. 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.

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)
· Facebook:
· YouTube:

· 6:45 PM - Women’s Virtual Bible Study
· Studying Get Out of Your Head by Jennie Allen
· Contact Tracy Marshall to participate.
· Paula Chambers (Tina Dell's mother) is at home recovering from Covid. She is on oxygen, has pneumonia and blood clots in both lungs.
· Rafael Cabrera (friend of Bob & Kim Collins) has a kidney transplant scheduled for 12/30. His wife, Rachel, will be a donor to another individual (who then has someone who will donate so Rafael gets his kidney since she isn't a match). Rachel's surgery will be in the morning followed by Rafael's surgery in the afternoon. Pray for a successful procedure, a speedy recovery for both of them, and that Rafael's body doesn't reject his new kidney.
· Ken Wagner (friend of Stan & Jean Robinson) has been in remission from lymphoma for a few years, but it's back. He will meet with the doctor on 12/17 to decide on treatment options.
· The family of Paul Haiderer (Sandi Starland's cousin) who passed away suddenly on Sunday, 12/6.
· 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