First Baptist Church, South Haven
Worship Gathering: 9/18/2022
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


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Live Stream

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Prayer Requests

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Being Foreknown
1 Peter 1:1-2
Pastor Jerry Koller
This letter begins with a greeting typical of the day. Peter, an apostle of Jesus Christ.
In the remainder of verse one, Peter identifies his target audience. He is writing this
This letter is written to Christians who are in a number of Roman provinces in Asia minor.
The Greek word that is translated elect has its origins in a word that has to do with picking out or choosing for one’s self.
· It also has to do with speaking out or calling by name.
In one of their older confessions, the Reformers stated: “God the Father gives us salvation by gratuitous election.”
Meaning of Gratuitous:
· Uncalled for; lacking good reason; unwarranted.
· Given or done free of charge. It is this meaning that applies here.
In verse two, we find three subclauses that describe in more detail what it means that God elected us.
· The elect are those who have been chosen according to the foreknowledge of God the Father.
The New Testament Greek Lexicon defines foreknowledge as:
· to have knowledge before hand
· to foreknow (of those whom God elected to salvation)
· to predestinate (to foreordain)
Foreknowledge is the knowledge God had before man was created as to whom He chooses or elects to salvation.
Ephesians 1 deals with God’s choosing. In verses 4-6, Scripture states:
the word translated sanctifying has to do with being set apart as holy unto God.
…for obedience to Jesus Christ and sprinkling by his blood.
…and sprinkling by his blood.
While Peter doesn’t expand on this sprinkling concept it is easy to assume he is drawing on Old Testament imagery.
The 10th plague that God poured out on Egypt while Israel was in captivity was the death of the firstborn of man and animals. God made provision for His people so that they might not suffer this plague. God instructed Moses to
Finally, the sprinkling of blood carries with it the idea of continual cleansing.
Throughout this letter, Peter will inspire God’s elect to continually deny themselves, to take up their cross and follow Him even though they will face—or are facing—trials and hardships because of their faith. We must do the same.
Next Week’s Servants (9/25)
· Café Bakers: Jean Robinson (pancakes) | Larry Dobberstein (donuts)
· Mission Café: Jean Robinson
· Nursery: Rooker Family
Fall is Coming - Mark Your Calendars!
We have several activities resuming in the near future:
· Children’s Sunday School: TODAY | 9:30-10:15am | Classroom 3
· Youth Group: Sunday, 9/25 | 2-4pm | Upstairs
· Aftermath: Sunday, 10/9 | after worship | Upstairs
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: $12,990 | RAISED: $6970  NEW DOORS:  You may have noticed that we have new exterior doors under the carport.  This was a necessary repair as the old doors were rusting through and had major maintenance issues. In addition, we’ve had some repairs done on the interior doors. The total cost is $12,990.00. If there is any way you could contribute to help cover 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.  NEW KEYS:  New doors means that we have new keys for our main entry.  If you have an old key and need a replacement, please contact Kim ASAP.  In addition, we’ll still collect the old keys, so if you have one, please leave it on Kim’s desk.
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!

Pumpkinfest Trunk or Treat: 10/31

WHEN? Monday, October 31 TIME? 5:30—7:30 pm WHO? Kids ages 2 yrs. old-5th grade (All children must be accompanied by an adult age 18 or older) WHERE? FBC back field & parking lot GET INVOLVED:Bring Candy...Please bring 2-4 bags (or more!) of candy with you to worship each week between now and 10/30.  If you need to drop off during the week, please plan to do so on Wednesdays between 11am-4pm. Host a Vehicle...If you don't know what a "Trunk & Treat" is, it's exactly what it sounds like - individuals bring their own cars and pass candy out from the back of it.  Participants are encouraged to wear a costume and decorate their trunks, pick up beds, etc.  Battery operated lights, glow sticks, etc. are all great to incorporate as it will be dark.  If you'd like to bring more than one vehicle, just let us know!  (Tip: We've heard that Dollar General has battery operated lights for only $2 a strand.)  To sign up and host a vehicle, please click here, scan the QR code, or contact Pat Fitton or Kim Collins. Questions?...If you have questions or need more info, please call/text or email: Pat Fitton (269-605-9255 | or Kim Collins    (269-637-1291 |
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
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 9/25
Sundays | 2:00-4:00pm | FBC upstairs
· Middle & High School students
· Contact Allie Wilson for questions or more information.

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

bible study
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.

coming soon:
· Pumpkinfest Trunk or Treat: Monday, 10/31 | 5:30-7:30pm | FBC Back Lot
· Trivia Night: Saturday, 11/12 | 6:00-9:00pm | Upstairs at FBC
· Joyce Bocock is consulting with an oncologist. Please continue to keep her in prayer.
· Gary Wilson (Jeff Wilson's dad) has had a recurrence of cancer. He is choosing not to pursue treatment. Please keep him and his family in prayer.
· Paula Hollis (sister of Dave Hollis) has cancer and started chemo in June. She seemed to be doing well, but then had an issue where she collapsed, was dizzy, couldn't walk or talk. She is admitted to the hospital undergoing testing to determine what is happening. She is 45 years old and has a 12-year-old son.
· Elizabeth (Rhonda Dobberstein's niece) is 7 months pregnant with a very high-risk pregnancy. She is bleeding and has surgery scheduled to stitch her cervix on Wednesday, 9/14. Please pray that all goes well, and the baby remains stable.
· Craig & Theresa Reese (Rhonda Dobberstein's brother and sister-in-law): Theresa, who is a paraplegic, remains hospitalized on oxygen with Covid and pneumonia. She is more alert some days than others. Craig is also recovering from Covid. He is overwhelmed and exhausted both mentally and physically from trying to juggle everything.
· Tia Rungaitis (sister-in-law of Josh Brower) had a successful pregnancy and delivery of baby Henry. He will have heart surgery on Friday, 9/16, in Ann Arbor to correct an issue he was born with.
· Tom Craig is recovering from surgery to have a pacemaker inserted.
· Linda Newell is recovering from surgery to have a rotator cuff repaired.
· 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 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.
· Vincent Bryant (Miriam Bryant’s son) is recovering from a broken ankle.
· 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