First Baptist Church, South Haven
Worship Gathering: 12/27/2020
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.
Do You Remember?
Psalm 143:5
Pastor Jerry Koller
Remembering is a good thing, especially when it comes to God and His faithfulness.
Biblical scholars call Psalm 143 one of the Seven Penitential Psalms– songs of confession and humility before God (along with Psalms 6, 32, 38, 51, 102, and 130).
In verses 1-2, David cries out for God’s mercy.
In verses 3-4, he addresses his affliction.
In verses 5-6, he focuses on God.
In verses 7-10, he asks God to rescue him from his situation.
In verses 11-12, he asks God for deliverance for God’s namesake—for His glory.
For David, remembering was not a random action.
“Days of old”can be a subjective time period.
Perhaps he was remembering how God has interacted with His creation since the beginning of time. The second half of our Scripture would surely substantiate this view for David said I meditate on all your works
· He reflects deeply upon it.
· He thinks intensely about it.
· David meditates on all God’s works because God’s works far surpass his present circumstances and trials.
You and I are here today in this local church as a result of the work God began 154 years ago when a number of men and women had a burden to formally organize a Baptist church so that together they might serve God and expand His kingdom here in South Haven.
· Their vision to establish a Baptist church was realized in 1870 – with 31 charter members.
· You and I Are the Church
· Solid Foundation
· A Holy Temple in the Lord
Our culture has cultivated a mentality that believes new is better and that the old needs to be replaced.
Let us not deplete our physical and emotional energy by fearing what lies ahead.
· God still has a purpose for us.
· He still has a mission for us to accomplish.
· He is still doing a work in and through us.
· Remember the days of long ago.
· Meditate on all His works.
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 better:

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 Acres, 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!
· Annette Hatfield (12/27)
· Jeff Wilson (12/28)
· Brianna Dobberstein (12/30)
· Zoie Zantello (12/30)
· Tyler Norman (1/2)
· Norma Leins (1/3)

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:
Pop Cans = Scholarships
Don’t forget that your beverage can & bottle donations are used to fund teen scholarships for youth retreats, summer camps, special activities, etc. Please bring your recyclable items to the church anytime!

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.
· Steve Follman is recovering from surgery for a total knee replacement.
· Ken & Tina Dell and their family upon the loss of Tina’s mother, Paula Chambers, on 12/15 following complications from Covid. Ken and Tina are also recovering from Covid.
· Rafael Cabrera (friend of Bob & Kim Collins) has a kidney transplant scheduled for 1/6. 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.
· 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