First Baptist Church, South Haven
Worship Gathering: 2/19/2023
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


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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

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Prayer Requests

Please let us know how we can pray for you or if you are in need of specific care or encouragement.
Be Prepared
1 Peter 3:8-13-17
Pastor Jerry Koller
Our entire existence has been one of preparation. Preparation is also one of the functions of the Church.
This passage opens with a rhetorical question—one whose answer is so obvious that an answer need not be given.
Peter already addressed such suffering in the previous chapter.
In verse 13, Peter mentions doing good. In verse 14, he mentions doing what is right. Are these two concepts one and the same?
· Doing good (good works) is a by-product of our salvation, as Ephesians 2:10 points out.
A more complete understanding of the phrase what is right would be for righteousness or for the sake of righteousness.
· Righteousness has to do with being in a right standing with God which only He can bring about.
· Doing good may fall within the parameters of righteousness, but it cannot bring one into a right standing with God.
· Righteousness begins with God, is brought about by God, and is measured by God’s standards.
· Righteousness is reserved for the people of God, not for those outside His kingdom.
Not only are you blessed, there is no need to fear. "Do not fear what they fear; do not be frightened.”
God told the prophet, not fear what they fear, and do not dread it. (Isa. 8:12) Instead, this is what they should be conscious of:
This truth is carried into 1 Peter 3:15
I am sure these words crossed Peter’s mind, for he was there when Jesus said it.
· We are to set apart Jesus as Lord and we are to be prepared to make a defense to everyone who asks you to give an account for the hope that is in you.
· Always is a continuous process.
· The phrase “be ready” means "standing by," ready to meet the opportunity (challenge) at hand.
· A defense is a properly, well-reasoned reply. It is a reasoned argument that provides evidence or proofs.
Biblical hope is something that will come true because it is a strong and confident expectation.
Notice the two parameters that must guide this defense. But do this with gentleness and respect (or reverence).
· Gentleness has to do with having a mild disposition.
· As one gives a defense, they are to do so in a calm and collective manner.
The saints are to give a defense of their faith with gentleness and respect
· A clear conscience means one that is pure or free from being convicted of some wrongdoing.
· Slander has to do with under-handed tactics "customized" to smear someone's reputation (revile, abusively insult).
Adopt the motto "Be Prepared."
Because you are in Christ Jesus, you are blessed. There is no need to fear men.
Rest in the fact that Jesus is our sanctuary. In Him we have rest.
Always set apart Jesus as Lord in your hearts.
Always be prepared to present a proper, well-reasoned, well-thought-out response for who you have a living hope in you may in a spirit of gentleness and respect.
Keep your conscience clear before God and as far as it is possible, keep it clear before men.
Happy Birthday!
· Linda Rooker (2/19)
· Rob Zantello (2/19)
· Brandy Zantello (2/24)
· Don Jenks (2/24)
Next Week’s Servants (2/26)
· Café Bakers: Marge Parmenter (casserole) | Marge Benham (muffins)
· Café Attendant: Marge Parmenter
· Nursery: Holly Norman, Allie Wilson
Aftermath Schedule
Aftermath will NOT meet on Sundays, 2/19 or 2/26. It will resume on Sunday, 3/5.
Egg Cartons Wanted
Kyle & Sarah McKamey are looking for egg cartons. If you have any you're willing to pass on, please call/text Kyle (269-214-0742).
Ways YOU Can Bless Dan and Tracy Marshall
We have a few ways that people can help Dan and Tracy Marshall as they continue to seek medical assistance for their 8-year-old son, Nolan, and spend 24/7 at the hospital with him. Here are a few ways you can help:

BRING THEM A MEAL/SEND A RESTAURANT GIFT CARD: If you are able to deliver dinner to them, please sign up at They will have a cooler near the front door available to place items in. No need to ring the bell, just drop off and go.

HELP WITH RILEY: Spend some time with Riley after school on Monday, Wednesdays, and/or Fridays. He gets off the bus at 3 and would love for someone to play video games with him; take him to the local arcade, listen and hold cards for him while he practices his trombone, possibly help with homework, etc. The scheduled time spot for this is 3-6pm, but there is some flexibility in that. Please just reach out to Kim or Erin and let them know what works for you. Their contact info is on the sign-up page. If you're able to take a shift, please sign-up at [Tip: Click on the "month" tab to see what days are available.]

FUNDRAISER: We will host a fundraiser in the near future involving a meal and possibly a silent auction and more. We're still working out the date and other details. In the meantime, if you're interested in helping with the event or donating items for it, please contact Kim Collins or Erin (Blough) Hibma. More details coming soon.

AMAZON WISH LIST: At the suggestion of friends, Dan & Tracy have put together an Amazon wish list (although items can be purchased anywhere and snack items can be in smaller quantities) of snacks and activities that will be helpful for Nolan in the hospital as well as Riley at home during this stressful time. You can view the list at

Please continue to keep Dan, Tracy and their boys in prayer. They're weary. They're stressed. They are being bombarded from a million different ways. While it's okay to text them words of encouragement, please know you may not get an answer back. Also, if there are any questions or suggestions for ways to help, etc. please contact Erin or Kim as we are trying to alleviate some of their load and coordinate whatever we can.

Thank you for loving and supporting them in this journey!
Trivia Night Fundraiser
If you’d like to support True Vine Equestrian Center, we encourage you to participate in their Trivia Night fundraiser: Saturday, February 25 | 6:00pm | Lawton Evangelical Church, 425 S. Nursery Street, Lawton, MI 49065. Sponsor a table with up to 10 people for $100. Each table provides their own refreshments. Mulligans $1 each up to 10. Childcare available. Raffle prizes and more! Sign-up online or see Rob Zantello for more information.

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.
· No class 2/19 or 2/26; resumes on 3/5
· 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.
· Shirley Means (Miriam Bryant's sister) who is hospitalized for the second time this month with heart problems and breathing issues. She is in Henderson, Nevada.
· Candace (daughter of Vasha Ferguson's friend, Leslie Robinson) is 44 years old and recovering from a stroke at a nursing home. She is unable to walk, her short-term memory and movement on her right side are impaired; speech is good.
· Caroline Bocock was evaluated and returned home from an appointment with the Lyme Disease specialist in Washington DC. She has begun a regiment of medications to hopefully get the Lyme’s outbreak under control.
· Nolan Marshall (son of Dan & Tracy) was discharged from the hospital by Dan & Tracy because the hospital was not able to provide the help he needed in a safe environment. They continue to wait for a residential facility to have an opening.
· 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 is doing well. She is working with physical therapy on weight bearing activities.
· 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.
· Annette Koller is recovering from knee replacement surgery.
· 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