First Baptist Church, South Haven
Worship Gathering: 12/12/2021
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.
Joy Before Us
Hebrews 12:2
Pastor Jerry Koller
In the most general sense, happiness is based on circumstances. Joy, on the other hand, is not really an emotion. Therefore, it is not subject to circumstances.
Definition: Joy is a supernatural delight in God.
· Joy is something that is supernaturally developed by the Holy Spirit.
· It does not come about naturally.
This attitude delights in God.
· To delight is to find extreme pleasure or satisfaction in someone or something.
Hypostatic Union is a theological term that is used to describe the union of the two natures of Jesus. It comes from the word hypostasis which means the substantial quality or nature of someone or a thing.
Council of Chalcedon: Christ is one person who exists forevermore in two complete natures: God and man.
Whenever this union occurred, Jesus’ humanity was not altered in any way by His deity. Whenever this union occurred, Jesus’ deity was not altered in any way by His humanity. He is fully God and fully man.
Jesus is the founder and perfecter of our faith.
· A founder is a conceiver, a mastermind, an originator.
Jesus is also the perfecter of our faith. This word has to do with the idea of one who accomplishes something.
Because of the joy that was set before him, Jesus was motivated to do something.
The two natures of Jesus are in perfect balance. One does not become greater at the expense of the other depending on the circumstances.
· There is not one switch for Jesus’ divine nature and another for His human nature.
Scripture says Jesus endured the cross, despising the shame.
· Despising can also mean thinking little or nothing of.
· The NET translates it disregarding its shame.
When His work on earth was done, Jesus returned to the Father where He is seated at the right hand of the throne of God.
· This is a metaphor for a position of prominence or preeminence.
· It is a position of superiority, a place of supremacy and sovereignty.
The idea of Him being seated is a reference to the completion of His work.
From the very beginning of chapter 15, Jesus addresses the importance of abiding.
In today’s Scripture passage, the author of Hebrews likens this life of faith to a race.
· Every runner must run the race that is set before him or her.
· As we run, we are to lay aside, or cast off, anything that hinders us from running the race as we should.
· Without endurance, without effort, a runner will not finish the race.
· Finishing the race requires obedience as well.
· May this Advent season encourage you to rest in the Hope you have in Christ.
· May it encourage you to rest in the peace Jesus leaves and the peace He gives.
· And may this Advent season encourage you to live every day in the joy of Christ.
Happy Birthday!
· Anthony Criffield (12/14)
· Jason Avery (12/16)
· Chet Goff (12/16)
Summer Camp Fundraiser
We are hosting a "take an envelope" fundraiser to support our future campers. There is a tree outside the sanctuary which has numbered envelopes. If you'd like to participate, then the number on the envelope that you pick is the amount of money you would like to donate. [Example: If you take the number 6, then you'll donate $6.] You can take as many envelopes as you'd like. And if all the envelopes are taken, then we will raise $5500 for future campers!! This would enable many of our students to bring a friend with them to camp - what an exciting way to possibly introduce someone to Jesus for the first time! Envelopes can be dropped in the offering bucket or mailed back to church. For questions, please contact Rob Zantello or the church office.
Pictures Needed
As Rocky Starland is wrapping up the final video for our 150th anniversary history series, he is looking for specific pictures from these events:
· 2002 Point Youth Ministry in the garage
· FBC dragon boat races during Harborfest
· 2005 Kings Kids blueberry festival float/train
· 2004 FBC participation in 4th of July parade
· 2000, 2008, 2009 softball champs and/or teams
If you have any, please contact Rocky (269-767-2883 | or the church office so we can get them scanned and returned to you. Thank you!
Next Week’s Servants (12/19)
· Café Bakers: Janette Hendrix (casserole) | Alyssa Newell (banana bread)
· Mission Café: Marge Dumbaugh
· Nursery: Holly Norman, Connie Hollis
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.”
Annual Meeting: 1/16/2022
Our Annual Meeting will be held on Sunday, January 16, immediately following the morning worship service. 2022 budget information will be emailed to all members by December 15. If you do not receive this via email, please let Kim know. Pastor Jerry is also putting together an Annual Report that will cover all ministries which will be emailed as well. We will not have a potluck after the meeting.
1. Approval of the 2022 budget.
2. Affirmation of the 2022 Elder Ministry Team (which is the same as 2021): Jason Avery, Brian Bocock, Steve Follman, Janette Hendrix, and Rob Zantello
For questions or more information, please 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.
Reminder: Zoom Account Available for You to Use
As we approach the holidays, we just wanted to remind you that the church has a corporate Zoom account which allows for unlimited people to participate for an unlimited amount of time (unlike the free version). If you'd like to access our account and use it for Zoom meetings to connect with family and friends during the holiday season (or anytime really), please contact Kim to set-it up.
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!

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
· Christmas Eve Worship Service - Friday, 12/24 | 6:00pm | FBC Sanctuary
· Women's Bible Study - Wednesdays | 6:30pm | begins 1/12
· Annual Meeting - Sunday, 1/16 | after worship | sanctuary
· We express our deepest sympathy to Marge Benham and Dean & Linda Newell and their family upon the peaceful passing of Marge's husband and Linda's father, Ben Benham on 12/8. A memorial service will be held in January. The family greatly appreciates all the prayers and support given throughout Ben's struggle with Alzheimer's disease.
· Joshua Johnson has been released from the hospital and is recovering from Covid at home.
· 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