First Baptist Church, South Haven
Worship Gathering: 5/23/2021
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
    Sunday 10:30 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.
A Dead Faith
James 2:14-26
Pastor Jerry Koller
Relationships are the way in which two or more concepts, objects, or people are connected, or the state of being connected.
One of the foundational principles of the Christian faith is that a person is incapable of obtaining salvation on his or her own. Salvation is a gift from God.
Different Target Audiences
· Paul stressed faith as the means of salvation.
· James wrote to individuals who had already entered into faith in Christ by the means of grace.
The first question is phrased in such a way as to reveal his view regarding faith. In his view, faith and works go hand-in-hand.
The second question asks whether or not this kind of faith—a faith that has no works—can result in salvation.
· One declaration can be clearly defended or substantiated by visible proof.
· The other declarations are really nothing more than declarations.
Most of the early church consisted of Jewish converts.
They had their own confession of faith (the Shema).
Demons can agree to the first sentence in the Shema. It’s the second statement they have a problem with...
Justified here means to give proof, to verify or validate.
· Abraham’s faith was working.
· It was working with his works.
· Just because someone says he or she has faith does not mean he or she is really saved.
· The proof—the validation—the evidence—is in how that faith is expressed in life.
· God created us as material and immaterial beings.
· God did not intend for the body and the spirit to be separated.
· These conditions will remain until Jesus returns again.
· Just as the body without the spirit is dead—faith without works is also dead because they go hand-in-hand.
Faith is not static or inactive. It is active. It is to be lived.
We show how we love God by how we live out our faith.
If faith does not affect how you live, your faith is useless.
Happy Birthday!
· Camille Tate (5/28)
· Nathan Hagger (5/29)
Happy Anniversary!
· Rocky & Sandi Starland (5/27, 48 years)

Summer Camp Fundraiser

Yum, yum, yum!!!  We are excited to announce the return of our fundraiser for summer camp scholarships!  You can order all your favorite...· Butter Braids ($15): Apple, Bavarian Cream with Chocolate, Blueberry & Cream Cheese, Cherry, Cinnamon, Cream Cheese, Four Cheese & Herb, and Strawberry & Cream Cheese· Caramel Rolls with Cinnamon Glaze ($15)· Cinnamon Rolls with Cream Cheese Icing($15)· Cake Rolls ($15): Chocolate Créme, Lemon Créme, Pumpkin, and Red Velvet· Otis Spunkmeyer Cookie Dough ($17):  Chocolate Chip Toffee Crunch, Chocolate Chip, Mint Chocolate Chunk, Peanut Butter, Strawberry Shortcake, Triple Chocolate Chunk· Double Chocolate Brownies ($17)...from a camper or new this year, you can place your order online (all orders will still be delivered in person and not shipped).  If you're not local, but will be visiting church in the next few months, we can always store them in the church's freezer for you until then.  If you'd like to place an order, click on the link below. If you don't wish to support a specific child, please choose "Any FBC Camper" and the funds will be dispersed as needed.  Orders must be place by June 7. Thank you for your support!
Graduation Open Houses:
· Abby Bocock: Saturday, June 5, from 3:00-7:00pm at Bumbleberry Acres (6785 Baseline Road, South Haven)
· Kaiden Beckwith: Saturday, June 12, from 4:00-7:00pm at the home of Bob & Kim Collins (1074 39th Street, Allegan)
Men’s Basketball
If you’re interested in playing basketball on Saturdays from 1:30-2:30pm in the FBC, contact Josiah O’Conner.
Children’s Worship HVAC Unit
We are continuing to raise funds to replace the HVAC unit which services the first floor of the addition. So far, we have collected $24,107.69! We are estimating that we will need $35,000 for the new unit. We appreciate those of you who have contributed towards this project. If you’d like to make a donation, you can do so online or by noting HVAC on your check.

Blood Drive: 5/27

Blood donations are down.  Please consider giving at our next drive on Thursday, May 27, from 1:00-6:00pm, in the FBC Gym.  All safety measures will be followed.  To sign up, go to
Flower Bed Maintenance Needed
Spring is finally here and we need help maintaining the church’s flowerbeds. Feel free to stop by the church at your convenience and pull weeds from whatever flowerbed catches your eye. If you contact us in advance, we can arrange for the shed to be open so you can get tools; otherwise feel free to bring your own.
Attention Graduates
As we prepare to recognize our college and high school graduates this year, we want to be sure that we don’t miss anybody. If you will be graduating, please contact the church office no later than Sunday, May 30. Also, if you let us know when your graduation open house is, we would be more than happy to publish it in upcoming bulletins. We are planning to recognize our graduates during the morning worship service on Sunday, June 6. For questions or more info, contact Kim in the office.
Camp Scholarships
If you are willing to provide a full or partial camp scholarship, please contact Kim Collins or make a donation to FBC with “Camp” noted on your check. We have students going to both Camp Lake Louise and Lake Ann Camp.
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. You can register online at: We also have students going to Lake Ann Camp the week of August 2-7. Lake Ann holds camp for grades 4-12 simultaneously. You can register online at If your child plans to go, please let Kim Collins know as soon as possible.

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:
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.
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.
Mission Cafe
· 9:00-10:15am on Sundays
The Mission Café is a great place to have a breakfast treat and coffee, enjoy lively conversation and have fun while helping support missions at First Baptist. All items are store bought and served safely. Featuring:
¨ Donuts
¨ Bagels
¨ English Muffins
¨ Snacks
¨ Hot & Cold Beverages
¨ And more!
For your convenience, we accept cash, check and debit/credit cards!

FBC App Now Available

You can download the app by clicking the link below from your cell phone or tablet. By using the app, you can conveniently view recorded Sunday worship services; look up addresses and phone numbers for other church members; update your personal information; register for events; tithe online; send prayer requests; and more.  We're excited to bring another avenue of communication to you!  If you have any questions or issues, please contact Kim.

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
upcoming activities
· Blood Drive: 5/27

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
· On Summer Break
· Contact Tracy Marshall or Brandy Zantello 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.
· The Family of John Supp (friend of Molly Blaney-Dehmer) who passed away on 5/17 following a motorcycle accident.
· Curt Bales is recovering from outpatient sinus surgery to help with infection and breathing issues.
· Mary Buchert had a consultation on May 20 to see if she can have a cochlear implant. Her hearing has been greatly diminished.
· The Family of Brian Cheville (friend of Ken & Tina Dell) who passed away on 5/13 following a battle with Covid.
· Doug Zantello fell off scaffolding while working on Rob & Brandy's new house and broke his heel. Pray for minimal pain and a speedy recovery.
· Taylor Brown (12 year-old great granddaughter of Frank & Mary Buchert, grandniece of Curt & Patty Bales) has been diagnosed with Aplastic Anemia. Great news is that her sister is a perfect match and the condition is not considered not hereditary. Taylor's infection has been way down. She will start chemo on May 27 to get ready for the transplant. The transplant will take place on 6/2. She and one parent will then go to the Ronald McDonald House for 3 months. The parents can't switch places so whichever goes in must stay the full 3 months. We thank you for your prayers as they are working!
· Jim Seagren (friend of Stan & Jean Robinson) is back in the hospital and the cancer has spread everywhere. Please pray for peace for him and his whole family.
· 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