First Baptist Church, South Haven
Worship Gathering: 11/14/2021
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.

Online 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 Your Heart
Proverbs 3:5-6
Pastor Jerry Koller
Trust is a rich word that encompasses many traits or characteristics, such as confidence, faith, belief, honesty, reliability and relationship.
Trust Involves Heart
· intellect
· emotional life
· volitional life
· spiritual life
When it comes to trusting “someone,” the factors basically remain the same even though the process takes more time to develop, especially when we are dealing with the Creator and Savior of mankind.
Trust Has an Object—God: Father, Son, and Spirit.
Trust Incorporates Knowledge—Many people have difficulty trusting God because they know very little about God, very little about...
God’s Person
· God is Sovereign
--- Sovereignty has to do with position.
--- Sovereignty has to do with power.
--- Sovereignty also has to do with providence.
--- God has absolute rule because He has absolute authority.
In His sovereignty, God has a plan for salvation, for spirituality, for growth, for suffering, marriage, family, and so on.
God’s Purposes - for mankind as a whole, for the church, and for each individual believer.
God’s Promises - God has given us a multitude of promises to claim that relate to His person, plan, principles and purposes.
It is because of His person that His plan works, that His principles are true, that His purposes are valid, and that His promises can be depended on absolutely.
Trust Involves Heart—We take God to “heart” and allow Him to permeate our minds, our emotions, our will and our spirit.
Trust Includes Action—We must do something with in light of what we know and what we have received.
· Lean in this case means to rely on for support.
· When we choose to lean on our own understanding, we place ourselves above God.
Rather, in all your ways acknowledge him.
· Acknowledge has to do with being in agreement with God’s rights, God’s status and God’s authority.
· It is to be in agreement with God who has revealed Himself to us.
· In the original Hebrew, “in all your ways acknowledge him” is more literally “in all your ways know him.”
He will make your paths straight (NIV)
· A straight path, in biblical terms, would be living life (walking) in a righteous fashion.
· It is living the way God intended for you to live.
Happy Birthday!
· Dan Marshall (11/14)
· Griffin Rooker (11/16)
· Ken Dell (11/19)

Next Week’s Servants (11/21)
· Café Bakers: Patty Bales (casserole) | Tracy Marshall (donuts)
· Mission Café: Marge Dumbaugh
· Nursery: Paul Fitton, Sandi Starland
Pumpkinfest Trunk or Treat Pictures Wanted
If you took pictures at our Trunk or Treat, please give copies to the office either via Google dropbox, on a thumbdrive, or stop by and have Kim take them directly off your device. Thank you!
Military Christmas Box Collection
We are collecting items to send in Christmas boxes to our FBC military members [John Ellis, Stephen Koller & Mitch Rooker] - plus if we get enough items, we’ll send additional boxes to Stephen to share with those he is stationed with in the Middle East. If you’d like to donate items, please bring them to church by Sunday, December 12. Some suggested items are:

· Hostess/Little Debbie Snacks (swiss cake rolls, zebra cakes, honey buns, etc.)
· Packaged candy (no chocolate, except M&M’s)
· Pre-packaged Holiday Cookies
· Candy Canes
· Cheese Logs (non-perishable)
· Crackers for Beef and Cheese (Ritz, Club, etc.)
· Cracker Sandwiches
· Beef Jerky or Sticks (pork and pork by-products are not allowed)
· Pumpkin/Sunflower Seeds, Nuts
· Trail Mix
· Mints or Gum
· Granola or high protein bars
· Pringles/canned chips
· Individual Drink Flavor Sticks
· Coffee
· Flavored Creamers (individual sizes)
· Dried Fruit
· Peanut Butter
· Toilet Paper
· Toothbrushes & Toothpaste
· Chapstick
· Baby Wipes
· Sunscreen
· Men’s Socks
· Waterless hand sanitizer
· Anything else you think would be yummy, helpful, or enjoyed!
Thank You
We are greatly humbled by the generosity of our congregation. So far, this year’s offering, combined with pledges, is a total of $41,479. 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 fund, please drop your gift in the regular offering with the notation of “Oktoberfest.”
Aftermath Begins Next Week: 11/14
Today | After Worship | Upstairs

Aftermath (definition): The outcome of an event especially as relative to an individual. During our Worship Service, we spend time together examining various passages of Scripture. Near the end of this time, general application is made as to how the Scripture can be applied to our lives. At best, the application is pretty general and may be applied to one individual differently than another.
Aftermath seeks to help individuals personalize the application, for we are all uniquely different. In addition, it provides an environment in which people can help others personalize the application through suggestion and experience. It can be an effective way to live out our faith together.
Begins Today Join us upstairs for a soup lunch. We will continue to meet weekly immediately after our Worship Service. Lunch and discussion will be limited to one hour.
Cook Needed for Local Ministry
Open Door is a local ministry that has been in operation for over 20 years. A free meal is provided to anyone once a week on Tuesday afternoon. Many churches in the South Haven area participate with the First United Methodist church who hosts this ministry in their kitchen and dining hall. Each week, a different church has volunteers come to cook and/or serve the food. Since COVID-19, meals have been boxed in takeout containers, where recipients can drive up and take the desired number of containers for their household. One of the cooks is retiring and there is a need to fill this spot. I was asked if someone from FBC would like to take on this ministry of cooking. There is a retired professional chef that would be willing to train this person or team of persons who would be cooking for about 100 people once a month. A different team comes in to “box” the meal and take it to the cars in the parking lot at 6pm. If you’d like to learn more about this ministry opportunity, please catch me at church on a Sunday or contact me at 269-767-2883. One afternoon a month to help in a local ministry that helps someone stretch their food budget is one of the most worthwhile ministries I have participated in since it started, along with We Care INC. Give it some prayer time and listen for God’s answer. ~Rocky Starland
We Care: Christmas Hope Program
We Care is accepting items for their Christmas Hope program which allows eligible parents to come and "shop" for their children from a supply of donated toys, stuffed animals, hats and mittens, stocking stuffers, crafts, family games, books and personal care items. All recipients are cleared through We Care to insure need and eligibility. If you would like to make a contribution, items can be brought to FBC and placed in the box in the foyer or dropped off directly to First Assembly of God Church (06500 Blue Star Highway). For questions or more information, contact 269-214-6208.

Blood Drive: 11/18

Thursday, November 18 | 1:00-6:00pm | FBC GymTurn a New Leaf...Fall Into Giving! Due to ongoing impacts of COVID-19 in our communities, we are facing an immediate need for blood donations with less than a 1 day supply of most all blood types for our Michigan hospitals.  APPOINTMENTS PREFERRED.  Call 866-642-5663 or visit

Trivia Night: 12/11

Saturday, December 11 | 6:00pm | Upstairs at FBC... Mark your calendars and plan to join us for a mini-trivia night that will be a primer for our normal event in March 2022.  We will have a "Best of Trivia" and use two categories each from our 2015-2019 events.  8-10 people per table.  Table hosts will coordinate or bring snacks and drinks for their group.  Childcare provided. Cost will be $10 per table payable in cash on the night of the event. Winners will receive the entire registration amount collected as a prize.  For questions or more information, contact Kim Collins.  Let us know if we should plan on you: Sign-up online / Stop by the Welcome Center / Contact Kim Collins.

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 | 9:00-10:15am

children’s sunday school
· Sundays | 9:15am | Resource Room
· Ages 5 years old through 5th grade
· Contact Janette Hendrix for questions or more information.

· Sundays | 10:30 AM | 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 | 10:30 AM | Gym
· Ages 5 years old through 5th grade
· Contact Alyssa Newell for questions or more information.

Sundays | 12:00pm | Upstairs
· Discuss the morning's sermon and message over lunch
· Contact Pastor Jerry for questions or more information.

youth group
· Sundays | 2:00-4:00pm | Classroom 2
· Middle & High School students
· Contact Allie Wilson for questions or more information.

men’s bible study
· Tuesdays | 7-8:30pm | Follman Home
· Address: 69416 40th Avenue, Covert, 49043
· Contact Paul Fitton for questions or more information.

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

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

women’s craft group
· Thursdays | 6:30pm | Library
· Contact Tracy Marshall to participate.

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

coming soon
· Blood Drive - Thursday, 11/18 | 1:00-6:00pm | FBC Gym
· Trivia Night - Saturday, 12/11 | 6:00pm | upstairs in Plaza
· Roy & Sue Richmond and their family upon the loss of Sue's mother, Mary Stainbrook, on 11/ 8 following a massive stroke.
· Penny Alexander (friend of Bruce & Vasha Ferguson) has stage 4 COPD and is struggling with a severe cold. Please pray for healing.
· Barb Harris (Allie Wilson's mom) is improving after receiving fluids and treatment for Covid. She continues to recover at home.
· Rose Ely (Tracy Marshall's grandma) fell and broke her femur at mid-thigh. She is now in a rehab facility, but is not eating well.
· The family of Aaron Umbanhower who passed away on 10/23 from Covid. Aaron was a previous member of our youth group and is the brother of Amber Wilburn (who is Tina Wilburn's daughter-in-law).
· Pastor Jerry Koller is recovering from corrective foot surgery.
· John Ellis is stationed in Washington state and is having some heart issues. Doctors believe it may be related to smoke inhalation from fighting wildfires. He is on light duty for the next month until test results are available.
· Steve Follman is recovering from a successful hip replacement surgery.
· Elliot Keys (8 year-old son of Ashley Ampersee who is a coworker of Tracy Marshall) continues to be hospitalized at U of M in Ann Arbor as he recovers from a car accident which resulted in one leg being amputated and part of his other foot being removed.
· Linda Rooker is recovering from a successful hip replacement surgery. Pray for a speedy healing and minimal pain.
· 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