First Baptist Church, South Haven
Worship Gathering: 1/29/2023
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.
Life Matters
1 Peter 3:3-6
Pastor Jerry Koller
· Your adornment must not be merely external…(NASB).
· Do not let your adorning be external…(ESV)
Adornment: kosmos
· Decoration, according to what is in order
What is being addressed is the motivation or the perspective behind the adornment.
Verse 4 shows it is not the externals that are to be valued.
While these traits or characteristics are exhibited outwardly, they come from within, from the heart.
“Glamor is artificial and external; true beauty is real and internal. Glamor is something a person can put on or take off, but true beauty is always present. Glamor is corruptible; it decays and fades. True beauty from the heart grows more wonderful as the years pass.”
~Warren Wiersbe
The word spirit means the “disposition of the heart, or a frame of mind.”
Gentle has to do with a proper understanding of oneself that is expressed in relationship to other people.
· showing humility
· showing consideration
· insisting on one’s own rights
· not being pushy or overly assertive.
It is the word Matthew used when he quoted what Jesus said:
In Matthew 5:5, the word is translated meek.
Quiet is an adjective that means “tranquil or peaceful”
· It means “one’s heart is not disturbed.”
The Holy Spirit describes these qualities as precious in the sight of God.
Precious: excellence or of surpassing value
This is not something new, nor it is a new pattern to follow. This has been the way it is in God’s eyes for a very, very long time.
In verse 6, we find one of these holy women mentioned as an example. Sarah, who obeyed Abraham and called him her master…(1 Peter 36a)
· The word obey means to be obedient to, or to submit to.
Those who follow Sarah’s example of respectful submission are said to be her daughters.
The ESV - do good and do not fear anything that is frightening.
How we live may attract someone to God.
How we live is a reflection of our hearts.
We need to adorn our hearts with imperishable qualities that are of extreme value in God’s eyes.
Happy Birthday!
· Annette Koller (2/2)
Next Week’s Servants (2/5)
· Café Bakers: Sarah McKamey (casserole) | Vasha Ferguson (donuts)
· Café Attendant: Tina Wilburn
· Nursery: Rooker Family
New Member Class
We will soon be offering a New Members Class. If you are interested in learning more about FBC and considering becoming a member, then this class is for you! Please contact the church office ASAP to join.

We Care: Warm Your Heart Month

February is the month that We Care raises money for their heat assistance program. Check out their website to see how you can participate and help.
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.
· Contact Pastor Jerry for questions or more information.

youth group
Sundays | 1:00-3:00pm | 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.

reason class
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.
· Sandi Starland is recovering from knee replacement surgery.
· Tom Craig & Family upon the death of his wife, Darlene, on 1/10.
· Tina Dell & Family upon the loss of her brother, Matt Chambers, on 1/7.
· Marge Benham has been moved to The Timbers of Cass County care facility in Dowagiac as she recovers from surgery and receives therapy for two broken ankles. It is expected that she will be there for possibly 3-4 weeks. Marge has her cell phone and is able to receive calls and texts at 269-290-2498. Cards and visits are also welcomed. Visiting hours are 8am-5pm; sign in at the front desk; masks required. The address is: Marge Benham, Room 504 | c/o The Timbers of Cass County | 55432 Colby St. | Dowagiac, MI 49047.
· Roberta Newton is recovering at home following a procedure to repair a leaking blood vessel. 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.
· Nolan Marshall (son of Dan & Tracy) has been having medications adjusted as he is under the care of a new psychiatrist. He has been readmitted to school with parameters in place to hopefully keep him and his classmates safe. Please continue to pray that the right medication combination can be found and that his behavioral issues will be manageable.
· 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 has completed chemo and radiation; praise God that both tumors have shrunk significantly more than expected; evaluating additional treatment options.
· 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