First Baptist Church, South Haven
Worship Gathering: 7/4/2021
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: YouTube

View today's message later this week on our YouTube channel by clicking here.

Weekly Bulletin

View this week's bulletin including general announcements and weekly prayer requests by clicking here.
With All Sincerity
Romans 12:9
Pastor Jerry Koller
And the second is like it: ‘Love your neighbor as yourself.’
Our vertical relationship with God is expressed in our horizontal relationship with others.
The command to love God comes from the Shema, a Jewish confession of faith.
The second part—loving our neighbor, also comes from Lev. 19:18, whose immediate context deals with how God’s people were to treat one another.
From John 13:31 through the end of John 17, Jesus teaches His disciples about many things concerning His departure, about heaven, about the Holy Spirit, and so on.
The ‘new’ aspect is seen in the manner or fashion we are to love our neighbors. · · The Law gives the command to love one another as we love ourselves.
· Jesus’ new command is for us to love one another as He loves us.
· This new command does not do away with the old but expands upon the original.
While it is possible that you could love your neighbor as you love yourself and still miss God’s mark, loving others as Jesus loves us will always hit the mark.
Loving Others as Jesus Loves Us: The Foundation
Let love be without hypocrisy. (NASB)
· The word hypocrisy means to disguise or to conceal under a false appearance.
Let love be genuine. (ESV)
· Genuine means not fake or counterfeit.
God is love. (1 John 4:6,16)
· There is perfect love within the Godhead—between Father, Son, and Holy Spirit.
When Jesus tells us to love one another as He has loved us, we need to realize that He loves us as the Father loves Him.
This is the standard by which our love must be measured.
The Elements of Love (1 Cor. 13:4-9)
Love is not jealous
· Jealousy here is referring to an immature, fleshly jealousy that is fueled by pride and leads to envy, spite, frustration, unmet expectations, and bitterness.
Love does not brag
· This carries with it the idea of vocal boasting and reflects a perceived air of superiority and pride.
Love is not arrogant
· This has to do with thinking of yourself more highly that you should while at the same time, looking down upon others as being inferior.
Love does not act unbecomingly
· This has to do with the idea of suffering shame because of your actions or behavior.
Love does not seek its own
· It does not seek special recognition or any degree of honor because love’s primary concern is with theobject of its affection.
Love is not provoked
· Provoked is a word that conveys a similar idea as that of being patient or long-suffering. It refusal to be goaded into mistaken action.
Love doesn’t hold grudges
· The root of this word is a term used in commercial bookkeeping. Love does not keep a record of the evil and wrongs others do to you.
Love rejoices in truth
· It does not take pleasure in the wrongdoings committed by others.
Love bears all things
· Love protectively covers all things so that minimum harm is done to the object of its affection. There is a protective quality in love.
Love believes all things
· Even in the worst of situations, love finds something good in which to rejoice.
Love hopes all things
· There is a quality in love that refuses to accept defeat. Godly love always has room for hope.
Love endures all things
· This word means “to remain under the load.” Love possesses an incredible resilience that enables it to bear up under the load of circumstances that would normally crush all other commitments.
Love never fails
· Its usefulness never ceases.
If we hope to follow Jesus’ command to love others as He loves us, our love must be sincere.
Happy Birthday!
· Deb Jenks (7/4)
· Marge Dumbaugh (7/4)
· Cristina Beck (7/8)
· Tyler Follman (7/11)
Nursery Helpers Needed
We will soon resume having the nursery open during worship. Volunteers are needed. If you’re willing to serve in this manner, please contact Kim in the church office as soon as possible.
Benevolent Fund Update
Beginning 7/1, contributions to this fund will no longer be tax deductible. Please see Pastor Jerry’s letter that was emailed on 6/22 or check it out on our website for further details.

Blood Drive: 7/22

When the temperature goes up, the blood supply goes down. That’s why dedicated donors like you are the pulse of summer! Help us keep a healthy blood supply in our Michigan hospitals this Summer.   Join us for our next Blood Drive on Thursday, 7/22 from 1:00-6:00 PM in the Gym.  Appointments Preferred. Call 866-642-5663 or register online
Can You Help?
We are seeking individuals who are willing to serve at the Mission Cafe on Sunday mornings from 8:45am-10:15am. If you're willing to fill this role, please contact Kim as soon as possible. Since we are now fully open, Jean Robinson is also recruiting bakers/cooks to make items for the Cafe. If you're willing to be put on the schedule, please contact her.
Library Update
We are scaling back our library services. We will continue to maintain our fictional section, but we ask that if you borrow a book that you please return it to the same spot on the shelf where you got it from. In addition, we will not be accepting any new donations.
Flower Bed Maintenance Needed
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.

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
The church office will be open on Wednesdays from 10:00 AM-4:00 PM if you need to stop in for any reason.
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!


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
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.

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.

men's basketball
· Saturdays, 1:30-2:30pm in the Gym
· Contact Tracy Marshall to participate.

on summer break | will resume this fall
· Children's Sunday School
· Youth Group
· Tuesday Evening Women's Bible Study
· Linda Rooker is recovering from a successful hip replacement surgery. Pray for a speedy healing and minimal pain.
· The family of Curtis Walton (adopted son of Vasha Ferguson's sister, Deborah) who passed away on 6/23 following a battle with Covid-19. Please pray especially for his wife Tina who is now caring for their six children alone.
· The Family of Jim Seagren (friend of Stan & Jean Robinson) who passed away on 6/21 after a lengthy battle with cancer.
· Dan & Tracy Marshall and their family upon the death of Tracy's grandfather, Herbert Ely, on 6/18.
· Ben & Marge Benham and Dean & Linda Newell and their families upon the death of Marge's sister-in-law and Linda's aunt, Carol Whittington, who passed away suddenly on 6/7. This was very unexpected and they are all struggling with the loss.
· Frank Buchert is receiving rehab at Meadow Woods Nursing Home in Bloomingdale. Pray that he’ll gain strength.
· Taylor Brown (12 year-old great granddaughter of Frank & Mary Buchert, grandniece of Curt & Patty Bales) has been diagnosed with Aplastic Anemia and is recovering from a successful bone marrow transplant. Pray for a speedy recovery, successful results, and for Taylor and her mom who are in isolation at the Atlanta Children’s Hospital until early September while Taylor heals and her immune system is rebuilt.
· Doug Zantello is recovering from foot surgery. Pray for minimal pain and a speedy recovery.
· 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