First Baptist Church, South Haven
Worship Gathering: 11/28/2021
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.
A Living Hope
1 Peter 1:3-5
Pastor Jerry Koller
“What is hope?” The dictionary defines hope in a number of ways.
· It is to wish for, to expect, but without certainty of the fulfillment.
· It can mean to desire very much, but with no real assurance of getting your desire.
The Hebrew and Greek words which are translated “hope” eliminate the element of uncertainty or the possibility of failure.
· Hope means a strong and confident expectation.
The first note Peter strikes in today’s Scripture is one of praise: Praise be to the God and Father of our Lord Jesus Christ!
To bless or to praise God means to proclaim His merit or His worth.
· It is to attribute to God what is rightfully His.
Circumstances should never dictate whether or not we praise God.
We are to praise God because He alone is worthy to be praised.
· We should praise God because He is God. Period!
In his great mercy he has given us new birth into a living hope through the resurrection of Jesus Christ from the dead.
Hope is a Result of God’s Mercy
· Mercy included forgiveness for those who wrong you, compassion for the suffering and assistance for the needy. It includes extending kindness and love to others unconditionally.
· Mercy is not a feeling or an emotion that does nothing.
· Mercy deals with some kind of action.
It is Secured Through the Resurrection
During this Advent season, do not allow circumstances to dictate whether or not you praise God.
· Praise Him because He is worthy.
· Praise Him because of the great mercies He has bestowed upon us.
· Praise Him because He has given us His one and only Son, Jesus Christ.
· Praise Him because by grace, through faith, we have received a new birth.
· Praise Him because through the resurrection of our Savior, we have received a living hope that will be fully revealed and experienced when Jesus returns.
· Praise Him because this inheritance can never spoil, perish, or fade.
Happy Birthday!
· Sandi Cagle (11/30)
· Paul Fitton (12/3)
Happy Anniversary!
· Jason & Loretta Avery (11/28, 29 years)
Next Week’s Servants (12/5)
· Café Bakers: · Pat Fitton (casserole) | Lisa Follman (donuts)
· Mission Café: Tina Wilburn
· Nursery: The Bocock Family
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 $42,179. 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.”
Cook Needed for Local Ministry
Open Door is a local ministry that provides a free meal to anyone every week on Tuesday afternoons. 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. Currently, meals are boxed in takeout containers and then 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 to see 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 cook for about 100 people once a month. If you’d like to learn more about this ministry opportunity, please contact me (269-767-2883). ~Rocky Starland
Christmas Eve Service: Friday, 12/24
Join us for a special time of worship on Christmas Eve!
Friday, December 24 | 6:00 pm | FBC Sanctuary
If you would like to participate in the service (sing, dance, instrumental, etc.), please contact Pastor Jerry as soon as possible.
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!
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.
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!

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.


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
· Trivia Night - Saturday, 12/11 | 6:00pm | upstairs in Plaza
· Christmas Eve Worship Service - Friday, 12/24 | 6:00pm | FBC Sanctuary
· John Ellis is stationed in Washington state and is still having heart and/or lung related issues. He is continuing testing and asks for prayers that the Army process would be swifter and speed up as he feels like he is regressing more and more as he is waiting for answers.
· Fany one of the tutors at El Ayudante (where Missionaries Amir & Denise Hodge serve in Honduras) who lost her 14 year-old daughter on 11/15.
· Elliot Keys (8 year-old son of Ashley Ampersee who is a coworker of Tracy Marshall) is going home! He is doing fantastic and pretty much back to his normal self, relatively speaking. He still has a long way to go physically, but his cognitive ability has been an amazing answer to prayer. He doesn't have a release date yet, but his home is being prepped for wheelchair accessibility so it's ready for him when he is discharged.
· 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.
· 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.
· Pastor Jerry Koller is recovering from corrective foot surgery.
· Steve Follman is recovering from a successful hip replacement surgery.
· 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