First Baptist Church, South Haven
Worship Gathering: 9/4/2022
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 later in the week.
Locations & Times
  • First Baptist Church
    10781 76th St, South Haven, MI 49090, USA
    Sunday 10:30 AM


Please use our website as a resource tool to stay informed and up to date on our most current activities.  **Please Note*** Under "Resources" we have a page for "FBC Members Only" which has our latest emails and any pertinent info from Pastor Jerry.  If you try to access this page, you will need the password "Know Him" to see the content.

Live Stream

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.


View today's message later this week on our YouTube channel.

Weekly Bulletin

View this week's bulletin including general announcements and weekly prayer requests by clicking here.

Prayer Requests

Please let us know how we can pray for you or if you are in need of specific care or encouragement.
I Can’t, but God Can
Zechariah 4:6
Guest Speaker: Adam Parmenter
Failure IS an Option: Rebuilding the temple
· Following God’s Direction
· Government Backing
· Opposition
· Distraction
· The Lord’s Declaration
What Fuel’s The Fight: God’s Spirit
· Not Might
· Not Power
· God’s Spirit
The Message for Us is the Same: Only by God’s Spirit
Transforms our Character (Fruit of the Spirit):
If I think of my life, my beliefs, priorities, attitudes, and actions: Am I confident that I am living “by the Spirit”?
If the answer is “no” or “not enough”, will trying harder be the solution?
Next Week’s Servants (9/11)
· Café Bakers: Marge Parmenter (casserole) | Vasha Ferguson (donuts)
· Mission Café: Marge Dumbaugh
· Nursery: Tracy Marshall, Holly Norman
Fall is Coming - Mark Your Calendars!
We have several activities resuming in the near future:
· Men’s Bible Study: Tuesday, 9/13 | 7-8:30pm | Mission Café
· Women’s Bible Study: Wednesday, 9/14 | 9:30-11:30am | Classroom 3
· Children’s Sunday School: Sunday, 9/18 | 9:30-10:15am | Classroom 3
· Youth Group: Sunday, 9/18 | 2-4pm | Upstairs
· Aftermath: Sunday, 10/9 | after worship | Upstairs
Retirement Party Invitation
Saturday, 9/24 | 5 PM – 7 PM | Saugatuck Brewing Company
The congregation is invited to join an open house style celebration to honor Steve Follman and his many years of service in the roofing and building product industry. If you know someone that knows Steve, has worked with him, or has been a customer of his please extend this invitation to them as well. Steve would love to see people from his past and present! Let’s celebrate him! In order to help with planning, please RSVP to Jessica Follman (616-914-0302) via phone call or text if you plan to attend.

Refresh Ladies Retreat

September 16-18, 2022 at Lake Ann Camp featuring guest speaker Rachel Inouye. “We are very happy to have Rachel back with her sense of humor, energy and her love for solid Biblical teaching that exposes the lies of the world and brings light, hope and meaning to life. Come ready to laugh, cry and find a new zeal for the journey of life as a follower of Christ.”  For questions or more information, contact Brandy Zantello (269-906-0055). You can register online at
Trivia Night: Fall Edition
Mark your calendars for November 12 from 6-9pm and plan to join us for a Trivia Night. We'll do a "Best Of" Part 2 (2015-2019). Reserve your table now. $10 per table which will go towards the Grand Prize.We strongly encourage you to invite unchurched people to join your table.There will be a surprise this year that will do with table food, so start planning and inviting!

Blood Drive: 9/22

Thursday, 9/22 | 1:00-6:00pm | Upstairs at FBC *Donate and be entered into a sweepstakes to win (2) tickets to the Detroit Lions vs. Green Bay Packers game on November 4, 2022 at Ford Field! APPOINTMENTS PREFERRED: sign-up online at or call 866-642-5663

Fundraiser: Door Repairs and Replacement

GOAL: $14,400 | RAISED: $6970 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
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
Sundays | 9:00-10:15am | Mission Cafe

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 11:00 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.
On the Calendar
mission café:
Sundays | 9:00-10:15am | Mission Cafe

children’s sunday school: resumes 9/18
Sundays | 9:15-10:15am | Classroom 3
· Ages 5 years old through 5th grade
· Contact Bailey Rooker for questions or more information.

Sundays | 10:30am | Sanctuary
· If you're unable to join us in-person, you can watch live on Facebook or view later in the week on Facebook or YouTube or listen to an audio only version on Archive.

children’s worship:
Sundays | 10:30am | Children’s Worship Room
· Ages 5 years old through 5th grade
· Contact Alyssa Newell for questions or more information.

aftermath: resumes 10/9
Sundays | after worship | Upstairs
· Join us for lunch and a discussion about the worship message.
· Contact Pastor Jerry for questions or more information.

youth group: resumes 9/18
Sundays | 2:00-4:00pm | FBC upstairs
· Middle & High School students
· Contact Allie Wilson for questions or more information.

men’s bible study: resumes 9/13
Tuesdays | 7:00-8:30pm | Mission Café
· Contact Paul Fitton or Larry Dobberstein for questions or more information.

bible study: resumes 9/14
Wednesdays | 9:30-11:30am | Classroom 3
· Contact Tina Wilburn for questions or more information.

church office open:
Wednesdays | 11:00am-4:00pm

women’s craft group:
Thursdays | 6:30pm | Classroom 2
· Contact Tracy Marshall for questions or more information.
· Ruby Robinson (Stan & Jean Robinson’s sister-in-law, Bruce Robinson’s stepmom) · has been diagnosed with colon cancer and is receiving chemo which is making her very sick. She is not able to work.
· Beth Bocock is recovering from a knee injury.
· Renee Goff has been fighting a nasty cold and has a staph infection on her face; please pray that antibiotics are effective. She also continues to undergo testing and treatment for her VCP heart condition.
· Gene Spence Jr. (Shirley Gregory’s brother) is 84 years old and recently lost his wife of 60 years. Please keep him in prayer during this time of loss.
· Vincent Bryant (Miriam Bryant’s son) fell and broke his ankle. Thankfully surgery is not needed. He is in a temporary cast and has a follow up appointment on 9/6 to most likely have a permanent cast put on until November.
· Chet & Renee Goff and their family upon the death of Renee’s stepfather, Steve, on 8/8; Chet’s Aunt Mary on 8/5; Chet’s mother, Paulette Eldred, on 7/12; and Chet’s uncle (Paulette’s older brother) on 7/13. Chet’s Aunt Suzie is recovering from hip replacement surgery following a fall but is doing well as she recovers.
· Janis (the wife of Tina Wilburn's dad) is receiving chemo and/or radiation treatments for cancer. She is tired, sometimes has pain, but overall is holding up.
· 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