First Baptist Church, South Haven
Worship Gathering: 7/31/2022
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.
And When You Have Turned Back
Matt. 26:57-58; 69-75
Mark 14:53-54; 66-72
Luke 22:54-62
John 18:15-18; 25-27
Pastor Jerry Koller
Setting: After the Passover meal, Jesus and His disciples sang a hymn and headed to the Mount of Olives. When they arrived, Jesus took Peter, James, and John with Him to keep watch while He prayed. Unfortunately, they fell asleep on the Job—twice. After Jesus prayed for the third time, He returned to find the three still sleeping. He woke them up because His betrayer had arrived along with a great crowd that had come to arrest Him.
After Judas betrayed Jesus with a kiss, soldiers stepped forward to take Jesus. Peter sees what is taking place and he draws his sword and starts swinging. He makes contact with one of the High Priest’s servants cutting off his ear. Jesus chastises Peter’s action for He knew His arrest had to take place. In a moment of compassion, Jesus heals the servant’s ear.
Significance of mentioning that a rooster crowed:
· After the Passover meal was finished, and before the group arrived at the Garden, Jesus talked about many things. At one point, the disciples became entangled in a discussion as to who was going to be the greatest among them.
Jesus tells Peter that his three-fold denial will happen before the rooster crows. Then, Peter will remember this prediction Jesus made.
In Peter's case, the denial is the verbal expression of fear or anxiety, not a true heart-belief. You can make someone say something by force or coercion, but you cannot make them believe it in their heart.
You can make someone say something by force or coercion, but you cannot make them believe it in their heart.
· Jesus is talking about a confession of the heart that leads to salvation—not whether we are reluctant to sharing the Gospel in a more aggressive manner.
· When one truly confesses Jesus is Lord, forgiveness and salvation are given. Jesus confesses this reality before the Father.
· When one rejects the truth, when one denies Jesus is Lord, when one stands before God on judgement day, Jesus will deny before the Father that He knows them.
Every time we choose not to obey what Jesus commands, we deny Him.
Jesus told Peter: And when you have turned back, strengthen your brothers.
· His fear may have caused him to fall, but that doesn’t mean his faith failed him.
· Jesus knew Peter would turn back after his failure.
· His experience would be used to help strengthen the faith of his spiritual brothers.
Peter’s denial is not the last chapter in his book. This is not the end of the story. God was not finished with Peter yet. There were things he still had to do. This failure, like those prior, do not define him. And they will not defeat him.
The same holds true for us as well. We are not perfect. We all stumble and fall. We all, at some point, deny Jesus by our actions. When we do, may we grieve. May we weep. May we confess our sin to God. May we turn from it. May we turn back to obedience. And may we use our experiences to strengthen one another’s faith.
Happy Birthday!
· Bailey Rooker (8/6).
Happy Anniversary!
· Jim & Sandi Cagle (7/31)
80th Birthday Party/Open House
You are invited to join us as we celebrate the 80th birthday of Bruce Ferguson on Saturday, August 6, between 4:00-8:00pm, at First Baptist Church. Cards are welcome, but no gifts please. If you plan to join us, please RSVP to Kim Collins via text/call (269-767-2226) by 7/30.

Family Scavenger Hunt (8/6)

Join us for a fun, free family activity and feel free to bring or invite friends! Meet at the church at 1:00pm to get your list of scavenger hunt clues. At least one person in your group will need a camera to take a picture of the group doing the scavenger hunt activity. All teams must return to church by 3:00pm.  Prizes will be awarded.  Sign-up online or at the Welcome Center. Rain date will be 8/20.
Next Week’s Servants (8/7)
· Café Bakers: Sharon Danapilis (casserole) | Sandi Cagle (donuts)
· Mission Café: Tina Wilburn
· Nursery: Sandi Cagle | Sandi Starland

Fundraiser: Door Repairs and Replacement

GOAL: $14,400 | RAISED: $6850 If you have noticed when you enter the church through our main entrance, the outside steel doors are in rough shape. It has been determined that they need to be replaced. In addition, all the fire doors in the east wing need repair or adjustments; so do the double steel doors in the gym on the east side of the building. If there is any way you could contribute to this expense, it would be greatly appreciated. You can simply mark your donation with “Doors” and drop it in the offering on Sunday morning or make an online contribution at
Flower Bed Maintenance Needed
We need help maintaining the church’s flowerbeds. If you're willing to adopt-a-flower bed for the summer, please contact the church office or 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.

We Care Fundraiser

You’re invited to attend a family friendly benefit concert featuring Jake Hoot, country music artist and the winner of the 2019 "Voice" competition. All proceeds will benefit We Care’s Christmas Hope Project this December. Christmas Hope is a community effort which supplies Christmas gifts for families struggling to make ends meet. Each year, Christmas Hope serves nearly 1000 children from our community with personal care items, multiple gifts, stocking stuffers, games, puzzles, craft projects, and more. Christmas Hope is also the central distribution point for the Toys for Tots program here in the South Haven area. The cost of the concert is $20. Tickets can be purchased by scanning the QR Code below or online.  Tickets can also be purchased the night of the concert.
Volunteers Needed
We would like to resume having Greeters and a Welcome Center attendant on Sunday mornings. If you are willing to serve in any of these areas, please contact Kim ASAP to be put on the upcoming schedule. Thank you!
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

· 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 | Children's Worship Room
· Ages 5 years old through 5th grade
· Contact Alyssa Newell for questions or more information.

youth group: live among us
· August 14 | 2:00-4:00pm | FBC upstairs
· Middle & High School students
· Contact Allie Wilson for questions or more information.

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

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

women’s craft group
· Thursdays | 6:30pm | Classroom 2
· Contact Tracy Marshall to participate.
· Ruby Robinson (Stan & Jean Robinson’s sister-in-law, Bruce Robinson’s step-mom) has been diagnosed with colon cancer and is evaluating treatment options.
· Koda Collins (soon-to arrive step-grandson of Kim Collins) has an extra urethra rapidly growing from and causing blockage in one kidney. His mom, Mercedes, has a c-section scheduled for 9/2. He is being closely evaluated but will most likely need surgery soon after birth.
· Chet & Renee Goff and their family upon the death of Chet’s mother, Paulette Eldred, on 7/12.
· Renee Goff continues to undergo testing and treatment for her VCP heart condition. She has an appointment to address new concerns on 8/10.
· Deborah Kirby (Vasha Ferguson' sister) has been diagnosed with congestive heart failure.
· Janis (the wife of Tina Wilburn's dad) has been diagnosed with cancer. She is hoping to get an appointment at the Mayo Clinic to evaluate treatment options
· Tia Rungaitis (sister-in-law of Josh Brower) is pregnant, due in September, and the baby has heart issues which will require operation immediately after birth. Pray for a successful pregnancy and that she carries to full-term.
· Roberta Newton is recovering at her daughter’s home from a fall that resulted in surgery for a broken femur.
· Carley Mielke (22-year-old granddaughter of Vicki Olson) has been released from the hospital and is recovering from major heart surgery at home. She still has a lengthy recovery but is doing well in the process.
· 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