First Baptist Church, South Haven
Worship Gathering: 4/25/2021
Join us for in-person worship in the sanctuary or live on Facebook at 10:30am. The service will also be posted to YouTube and Archive Sunday after church.
Locations & Times
  • First Baptist Church
    10781 76th St, South Haven, MI 49090, USA
    Domingo 9:30 AM

Live Worship: Facebook

If you're unable to join us in person, you can view today's service live on our Facebook page beginning at 10:30 AM.

Virtual Worship: Archive

You can view today's message later this week on our Archive page by clicking here.

Virtual Worship: YouTube

View today's message later this week on our YouTube channel by clicking here. If you have difficulty with YouTube allowing the video to be played, please try Facebook or instead.

Weekly Bulletin

View this week's bulletin including general announcements and weekly prayer requests by clicking here.
How Big is Your Debt?
Luke 7:41-43
Pastor Jerry Koller
· We are introduced to a man named Simon.
· Simon was a Pharisee.
· He invited Jesus over for dinner.
· A certain woman heard that Jesus was in town.
· She is referred to as a "sinner."
· She had an alabaster vial of perfume that she took to Simon’s home.
· She situated herself at His feet and began to weep.
· The woman wiped the tears with her hair.
· She also kissed them and poured perfume on them.
“If this man were a prophet, he would know who is touching him and what kind of woman she is—that she is a sinner.”
Jesus’ parable is a story about a moneylender who had borrowed money to two people.
· These two debtors didn't have any means to repay their debt.
· The moneylender cancelled their debt.
When Jesus asked Simon which of the two debtors would love the moneylender more. Simon gave the obvious answer. Simon replied, “I suppose the one who had the bigger debt canceled.”
· “You have judged correctly,” Jesus said. (Luke 7:43)
The greater the obligation, the greater the sense of gratitude when the obligation is cancelled.
1. Our Inability To Pay Our Debt
· The greater the obligation, the greater the sense of gratitude when the obligation is cancelled.
2. God Alone Has the Ability to Cancel Our Debt
· Therefore, I tell you, her many sins have been forgiven…"Who can forgive sins but God alone?” (Luke 5:21)
4. Forgiveness is the Secret of Restored Beauty
· Then Jesus said to her, “Your sins are forgiven.” (Luke 7:48)
Happy Birthday!
· Allie Wilson (5/1)
· Steve Follman (5/2)
Happy Anniversary!
· Pastor Jerry & Annette Koller (4/25, 40 years)
Thank You!
Many of you will recall that we did a backpack collection quite some time ago for El Ayudante in Honduras. After a huge slow down due to Covid, the back packs finally reached their destination. Missionary Denise Hodge writes, “THE BACKPACKS HAVE ARRIVED! It always takes a while for things to get here but we're always so excited when they do. Thank you ,thank you!! They are so awesome and the kids will love them. Please let everyone on the team know that they arrived safely and thank you for your support of us and EA. Blessings, Denise”
Summer Camp
Students in 7-13th Grade are invited to attend Higher Ground at Lake Louise Camp this summer. Cost is $350 per student. Camp weeks are: 7 & 8th Graders - July 25-31; 9 & 10th Graders - July 11-17; 11, 12, & 13th Graders - August 1-7. Scholarships are available and fundraisers will be decided soon. If your child plans to go, please let Kim Collins know as soon as possible.
Church Office Hours
While Kim will continue to work primarily from home, the church office will be open on Wednesdays from 10:00 AM-4:00 PM if you need to stop in for any reason.

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:
Pictures Needed
As Rocky Starland continues to put history videos together, he is seeking church related pictures from 1970-present. If you have any available (church plays, Pumpkinfest, potlucks, etc.), please either drop them off in envelopes and put them in his church mailbox. Please include information about each picture: people's names, what the event is, and any other helpful details. Also be sure to put your name on the envelope so we can return the pictures when we are done. If you’d like to bring digital copies, please make arrangements with Kim.
We Care Food Pantry Collection
Please bring a canned good or other non-perishable item(s) with you when you come to worship each week for the We Care Food Pantry. It would be great if you would bring something substantial, such as a can of stew or something someone can use for a meal. Other suggested items are: meat–canned or frozen; cereal; dry pasta; canned vegetables; canned fruit; tuna; spaghetti sauce; crackers; rice/rice mixes; pork & beans; canned soup; and peanut butter. There will be a container in the foyer for your contribution.

FBC App Now Available

We are excited to share with you that FBC has a new app available where you can conveniently: 1) View recordings of our Sunday worship services (unfortunately a Live option is not available yet); 2) Update your personal information if you get a new phone number or move; 3) Register for events online (including our upcoming Seder Dinner); 4) Make an online offering to FBC ; 5) Send prayer requests; 6) Receive messages from FBC; and 7) Coming soon: the ability to check our activities calendarAfter the app is loaded, you need to click on the "Profile" option and enter your phone number without dashes or other characters to sync with the church's system.  If you use the email option, be sure to enter the email that the church uses (so the one you're receiving this email at!).  You can download the app by clicking this link from your cell phone or tablet. We're excited to bring another avenue of communication to you!  If you have any issues, please contact Kim and let her know.

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.
On the Calendar
children’s sunday school
· Sundays at 9:30 AM in the Resource Room
· Ages 5 years old through 5th grade
· Contact Janette Hendrix for questions or more information.

mission café
· Sundays before and after church

· Sundays at 10:30 AM in the Sanctuary
· Available live on Facebook beginning at 10:30 AM
· If you're unable to join us in-person, you can view the service later in the week on, or

children’s worship
· Sundays at 10:30 AM in the Gym
· Ages 5 years old through 5th grade
· Contact Alyssa Newell for questions or more information.

women’s virtual bible study
· Mondays, 6:45 PM online
· It's Not Supposed to Be This Way: Finding Unexpected Strength When Disappointments Leave You Shattered by Lysa Terkeurst.
· Contact Tracy Marshall or Brandy Zantello for questions, more information or to join the next study.

men’s group
· Tuesdays, 7:00 PM in the Library
· Contact Dave Hollis for questions or more information.

church office open
· Wednesdays, 10:00am-4:00pm

bible study
· Wednesdays, 9:30-11:30am in the Library
· Contact Vasha Ferguson for questions or more information.

women’s craft group
· Thursdays, 6:30pm in the Library
· Contact Tracy Marshall to participate.
· Taylor Brown (12 year-old great granddaughter of Frank & Mary Buchert, grandniece of Curt & Patty Bales) who has been diagnosed with Aplastic Anemia. She isn't making platelets, her blood pressure is low, and she is receiving transfusions. She is hospitalized in the Atlanta Children's Hospital for additional testing.
· Theresa Hampton & Family upon the loss of her husband, Darren, on 3/31. Darren is the son of former member Virginia Hampton-McKamey and Theresa is a girl scout leader at FBC.
· Joe Collins (father-in-law of Kim Collins) continues to recover from lingering Covid side effects.
· Steve Follman is recovering from surgery for a total knee replacement.
· 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