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First Baptist Church, South Haven

Worship Gathering: 1/8/2023

Worship Gathering: 1/8/2023

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.
It's Part of the Package
1 Peter 2:18-21
Pastor Jerry Koller
Beginning in verse 18, Peter is addressing a certain sub-group of saints.
· Slaves, submit yourselves to your masters.
Peter uses a different word for slaves in verse 18 than is typically used. This word has to do with a household slave or better, servant.
· These people were not permanent slaves, but neither were they merely servants.
· Their positions were semipermanent.
· They did not have legal or economic freedom, but they were often paid for their services and could eventually hope to purchase their freedom.
These household servants were to submit to their masters with all respect.
· In Peter’s day, most slaves had the same rights as women and children—which were very few at best.
· As believers, they had freedoms that society denied them. This doesn’t mean they were set free from serving their masters.
Servants were to respect masters who were not only to those (masters) who are good and considerate, but also to those who are harsh. (1 Peter 2:18)
· The word harsh carries with it the idea of being crooked, perverse, and unfair.
· Harsh masters are not straight forward but may be devious, unjust (ESV), or unreasonable (NASB).
Such treatment does not release the servant from submitting to his master with proper respect.
The phrase because he is conscious of God is probably similar in meaning to the phrase for the Lord’s sake in verse 13. which could be translated because of the Lord because it carries with it the idea that this is what God wants us to do.
The word beating comes from a word that means to strike with one’s fist.
The phrase struck Him with their fists comes from the same word that is translated beating in 1 Peter 2:20.
But if you suffer for doing good and you endure it, this is commendable before God. (1 Peter 2:20b) This statement supports what was said in verse 19. This is praiseworthy.
Not only is such suffering commendable; it is a part of our calling. It is a part of serving Christ.
As far as calling is concerned, Paul had this to say.
The phrase granted to you—comes from a word meaning grace, favor, or a privilege. Suffering for Christ’s sake is a privilege. Jesus said:
If He suffered, we will suffer.
Jesus is our example for how we are to endure suffering on His behalf. As such, we are to follow in His footsteps.
Part of following Jesus includes suffering on His behalf. It is a part of the package. But fear not, grace is given to us in our times of need.
May we be cautious not to suffer because of some wrong we commit and expect God to commend us for enduring.

Happy Birthday!

· Dave Hollis (1/11)
· Sarah McKamey (1/13)

Thank You

Thank you so very much for your partnership in missions and your excitement of what God is doing through El Ayudante to our 30+ surrounding communities. God continues to be moving and allowing us to be his conduits of hope and help to our area. Thank you for your involvement. May God bless you! ~The Staff of El Ayudante

Next Week’s Servants (1/15)

· Café Bakers: Annette Hatfield (casserole) | Allie Wilson (donuts)
· Café Attendant: Marge Dumbaugh
· Nursery: Holly Norman, Connie Hollis

NEW Class Starting Soon

Wednesdays | 7:00-8:00 PM | Conference Room beginning 1/25/2023
Beginning January 25, we will be introducing a new class entitled Reason.
Reason has to do with thinking logically. It requires us to use our mind. It requires knowledge. In the book of Isaiah, we read: “Come now, let us reason together,” says the LORD. (Isaiah 1:18)
Living our faith is not an exercise of mindlessness. God gave us a mind. He gave us the ability to think and reason. In this class, we will learn to use our minds more fully in regard to how we can understand our culture and live out our faith.
We will be using the book The God Question (Revised Edition), by J.P. Moreland. This book will need to be purchased by all participants as there will be required weekly reading from it. Please make sure you purchase the revised edition.
Pastor Jerry will be the facilitator. Each class will run for one hour (7:00 – 8:00 PM). Sign up online or at the Welcome Center. Other than purchasing the book, there will not be a cost involved in taking the class.

Aftermath Schedule

· Aftermath will meet today (1/8).
· It will not meet next week on 1/15, due to the Annual Meeting and Potluck.
· It will then resume on 1/22.

Men's Bible Study Resumes

Men's Bible study will resume on Tuesday, January 10, at 7:00pm in the Mission Café. New people are always invited and encouraged to join.

Annual Meeting: 1/15/2023

Our Annual Meeting will be held on Sunday, January 15, immediately following the morning worship service. 2023 budget information and proposed by-laws changes have been emailed to all members. Pastor Jerry is putting together an Annual Report that will cover all ministries which will be emailed in January. We will vote on the following:
1. Approval of the 2023 budget.
2. Affirmation of the 2023 Elder Ministry Team: Jason Avery, Patty Bales, Brian Bocock, Janette Hendrix, and Rob Zantello.
3. Approval of changes made to outdated by-laws procedures.
For questions or more information, please contact the church office.
After the meeting, everyone is invited to join us for a potluck lunch in Freeman Hall Gym. Please bring a dish and a dessert to share that will feed at least 10-12 people. Beverages will be provided.

Blood Drive: 1/26/2023

Donate blood - save a life! Blood provider for Michigan patients. Giving warms the heart! Donate and keep warm this winter with a limited edition Versit beanie, while supplies last.

Childcare Help Needed

If you are able to provide childcare in the FBC Nursery during the Wednesday morning Bible study from 9:30-11:30am, please contact Tina Wilburn or Kim Collins.

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:


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.

Sundays | after worship | Upstairs
· Join us for lunch and a discussion about the worship message.
· No gathering on 1/15
· Contact Pastor Jerry for questions or more information.

youth group
Sundays | 1:00-3:00pm | FBC upstairs
· Middle & High School students
· Stayed tuned for when we'll resume in 2023
· 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.

reason class: starts 1/25
Wednesdays | 7:00-8:00pm | Conference Room
· Contact Pastor Jerry 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
Annual Meeting & Potluck: Sunday, 1/15 | after worship
· Darlene Craig continues to be hospitalized as she recovers from a possible stroke, surgery to have a pacemaker inserted, and a severe infection.
· Roberta Newton is recovering from a procedure to repair a leaking blood vessel. She also has a large kidney stone that doctors are treating with medication because it cannot be operated on. Cards can be sent to Roberta Newton, P.O. Box 51, Palmadale FL 33944.
· Curt & Patty Bales and their family upon the loss of Curt’s mom, Norma Bales, on 12/21.
· Caroline Bocock received a really bad concussion on 11/5 while playing soccer. Doctors are concerned because she is still vomiting, dizzy, and having constant headaches. She has to see a Sports Medicine doctor before they will schedule a neurological appointment. Please pray that this appointment will be scheduled quickly and continue to pray for healing, wisdom for the doctors, and that the Lyme’s Disease hasn’t been triggered. Old symptoms are surfacing but can’t determine if they are concussion symptoms vs. Lyme’s symptoms because they are the same symptoms for both.
· Walter Hatfield is recovering from hernia surgery.
· Annette Koller is recovering from knee replacement surgery.
· Keith Buckley is recovering from injuries due to a fall off a ladder.
· Nolan Marshall (son of Dan & Tracy) got diagnosis results earlier than expected. He is in the process of having his current medications reduced. Dan & Tracy are trying to find a new psychiatrist and working with Nolan’s school to find a safe plan to keep him in the classroom while changes are in process and doctors are evaluating his needs and medicinal changes.
· Shannon French (son of Curt & Patty Bales) continues eye drop treatment for an infection. It looks the damaged part is creating new cells and hopefully healing.
· Joyce Bocock finished radiation on the large tumor in her spine. She is handling the medication for the endocrine therapy well.
· Pete Danapilis is recovering from a successful back surgery.
· Linda Newell is recovering from surgery to have a rotator cuff repaired.
· 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

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