First Baptist Church, South Haven
Worship Gathering: 12/5/2021
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.
Our Legacy and Treasure
John 14:27
Pastor Jerry Koller
When we think of the term peace, most of us think about an absence of war.
· When we think of the term peace, some of us think about it along the lines of a feeling or an emotion.
· The peace Jesus is referring to is likened to the Hebrew term Shalom.
Shalom has to do with harmony – wholeness - completeness.
Where there is shalom, it means a person, a place, or a situation is the way God intends for it to be. Peace is both a legacy and a treasure.
Legacy—Peace I leave with you.
· A legacy is something that is received from someone who has died.
· It can be understood as an inheritance of a gift.
To atone means to pay the price for or to cover over sin so that we may receive forgiveness.
· It has to do with turning away the wrath of God.
Treasure— peace I give you.
· You can consider the peace Jesus gives us a gift.
Treasures are something that are highly prized - something precious - something highly valued by the owner - something considered valuable in a monetary sense.
The gift of peace that Jesus gives us is priceless. It is unlike anything the world has to offer. Jesus made this very clear when He said, I do not give to you as the world gives.
Whenever peace is contingent upon human ability and circumstances, it is temporary at best.
The Holy Spirit uses us to spread peace throughout the world primarily through human relationships.
There are somewhere between 55-60 “one another” passages mentioned in the New Testament that informs us of how we can contribute to helping things be the way God intends for them to be. All fall under Jesus’ all-encompassing command.
God uses us to bring about this peace so we must not shirk this responsibility.
You and I cannot guarantee that a person, a place, or a situation may be the way God intends for it to be. That is not our responsibility. Our responsibility is to share the peace Jesus gives and leave with others.
Peace I leave with you; my peace I give you. You and I have a legacy and a treasurer.
I do not give to you as the world gives. His peace is unlike anything the world offers.
When the cares of this world try to shake your spirit, focus on Jesus’ words: Do not let your hearts be troubled and do not be afraid. You have a legacy and a treasure.
Happy Birthday!
· Tina Wilburn (12/6)
· Asa Norman (12/7)
· Amy Neikirk (12/8)
· Carol Hover (12/10)
Next Week’s Servants (12/5)
· Café Bakers: · Eric Brower (breakfast sandwiches) | Marge Benham (muffins)
· Mission Café: Jean Robinson
· Nursery: Rooker 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 $42,279. 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.”
Attn: Members
The 2022 Budget proposal and explanation will not be printed and placed in church mailboxes as we have in the past. It will instead be sent to members via email in a PDF format. If you would like to have a paper copy, please contact the church office. Ministry reports will not be submitted by individuals, but updates will be given in the Pastor's Report, which will also be emailed. Elder Ministry Team members willing to serve for 2022 will be the same Elders that served in 2021 (Jason Avery, Brian Bocock, Steve Follman, Janette Hendrix, and Rob Zantello). If you have any questions, please feel free to contact the church office.
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.
New Women’s Study Begins
All ladies are invited to join a new Bible study beginning on January 12. The study will be held on Wednesday evenings beginning at 6:30 PM. Depending on what participants want to do, it will be in-person, online, or a hybrid of both. This group will be doing the study Elijah by Priscilla Shirer. Join this 7-session journey through the life and times of the prophet Elijah to discover how the fire on Mount Carmel was forged in the valley of famine. And how the emboldened, fiery faith you desire is being fashioned by God in your life right now. To sign-up or for questions, contact Tracy Marshall or the church office.
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
· Women's Bible Study - Wednesdays | 6:30pm | begins 1/12
· Linda Pries is scheduled for a total reverse shoulder replacement surgery on 12/14 which will require an overnight hospitalization.
· Susan Seitz is recovering from shoulder replacement surgery
· 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