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First Baptist Church, South Haven

Worship Gathering: 3/19/2023

Worship Gathering: 3/19/2023

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



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.
Fires of Purification
1 Peter 4:12-19
Pastor Jerry Koller
Today’s Scripture begins with this statement: Beloved, do not be surprised at the fiery ordeal among you…
· The term beloved has to do with being divinely loved.
The word surprised means surprised, shocked, bewildered, startled.
· Peter identified the reasoning behind the fiery ordeal. The fiery ordeal ...comes upon you for your testing...
· Testing is used in a positive sense.
· It is a testing to validate something or someone.
· These sufferings are a validation that we are in Christ Jesus.
· Exultation has to do with extreme joy. It is a joy that is so great, it makes one want to jump in celebration.
To be in Christ is a privilege.
The saints are God’s elect
· Murder is a reference to homicide.
· Stealing is taking what does not belong to you.
· Evildoing has to do with one who maliciously does evil—like a criminal.
· A meddler is one who interferes in the lives of others.
There are only three places in the New Testament in which the title Christian is used: Acts 11:26; Acts 26:28, and 1 Peter 4:16.
The word judgment here has to do with the condemnation of wrong, or the decision (whether severe or mild) which one passes on the faults of others.
· There is no justification for sin.
· The ends do not justify the means.
· God will not allow sin to rule in the lives of His household.
· The phrase is saved is better understood as is being saved.
· Salvation has a beginning.
· Salvation has an end.
· Salvation also has an in-between time. It is called sanctification.
· I was saved, I am being saved. I will be saved.
· Sanctification is hard work.
· It is not easy living a holy life.
· It is not easy purging ourselves of sin.
· It is not easy resisting it.
· It is not easy participating in the sufferings of Jesus.
· Let us view the ill treatment, the persecution or the suffering we face, or may face, as a sign that we are truly His.
· Let us avoid suffering that comes as a result of sin by forsaking it in the first place.
· Let us give God praise because we bear the title Christian—follower of Christ.
· Let’s rejoice when the Holy Spirit brings us through the fires of purification.
· Let us live as a Christ follower should live, by continually doing what is right in the eyes of God.


Happy Anniversary!

· Don & Deb Jenks (3/26, 51 years)

Happy Birthday!

· Harper Norman (3/21)
· Patty Bales (3/25)


We extend our condolences to John & Susan Seitz and their family upon the loss of Susan’s mother, Loretta Pollard, on 3/16.

Youth Group on Break

Youth Group has finished for the season and will resume in the fall.

Can You Help?

While the Dan & Tracy are finally making some progress steps in getting care for Nolan, they still have a lot going on and continued prayers and help are appreciated.
· Take Them a Meal—Next week has openings!
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· Amazon Wish List—This list is constantly evolving as therapists or other professionals make suggestions of tools or other items.
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A “Night-In” Dinner Fundraiser

*HOSTED IN YOUR OWN HOME* || Please help Dan & Tracy Marshall and their family by hosting a simple dinner for 6-10 (or more) of your friends & family. You provide dinner and beverages and invite your guests to make a donation equivalent to what they would've paid to eat out for the evening. All proceeds go to help the Marshalls with medical and other expenses as they continue this journey with their 9-year-old son, Nolan. || We’re glad this option is flexible enough that friends, family or anyone who is moved to help - whether near or far - can participate! || If you’re willing to host, please plan to hold your dinner on or before Saturday, April 15. Donations can be made individually online or via checks payable to First Baptist Church. || To sign up to host and receive more information, please sign-up online or contact the church at or 269-637-1291.

Next Week’s Servants (3/26)

· Café Bakers: Eric Brower (breakfast sandwiches) | Jean Robinson (apple bread)
· Café Attendant: Jean Robinson
· Nursery: Bocock Family

Trivia Night | Spring 2023

Saturday, March 25 | 6:00-9:00pm | Upstairs at FBC We invite you to join us for a Spring trivia night featuring all new categories and questions! * 8-10 people per table.  * Table hosts will coordinate or bring snacks and drinks for their group.  * $1 mulligans - up to 10 per table. * Childcare is available. * $10 per table.  The winning table will receive the entire registration amounts collected as a prize. * Sign-up online, stop by the Welcome Center, or contact the church office. (email | call 269-637-1291) * For questions or more information, contact the church office.

Blood Drive

Thursday, March 30 | 1:00-6:00pm | Upstairs at FBC  Patients live when donors give. Please make your appointment to save 3 lives today. Blood is vital, precious, and in short supply. Appointments preferred, walk-ins welcome. Sign-up online or call 866-642-5663.

Easter Sunday | April 9, 2022

**We will have breakfast in the gym from 9:15-10:00 AM.  Sunday School will not meet so families can enjoy breakfast together.   **Following breakfast, join us for a special worship service at 10:30 as we honor our Risen Savior.   **Get Involved!  · Help is needed for the breakfast!  · We also need people to bring egg casseroles or quiches that feed 10-12 people.  · Sign-up online, at the Welcome Center, or by contacting Kim, and let us know if you are bringing one. · For questions or more information, contact the office.

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.

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 | Craft Room
· Contact Tracy Marshall for questions or more information.

coming soon
· Trivia Night - Saturday, 3/25 | 6:00-9:00pm | Upstairs at FBC
· Blood Drive - Thursday, 3/30 | 1:00-6:00pm | Upstairs at FBC
· Easter Celebration - Sunday, 4/9 | Breakfast 9:15-10:00am followed by worship
· John & Susan Seitz and their family upon the loss of Susan’s mother, Loretta Pollard, on 3/16.
· Nancy Scott and her family upon the loss of her mother, Evelyn Semand, on March 5. A memorial service will be held on May 20 at 2:00pm at FBC.
· Sue, Kyle & Sarah McKamey and their family upon the unexpected loss of Sue's grandson and Kyle's nephew on 3/2.
· Caroline Bocock has been terribly ill as she is dealing with a Lyme Disease outbreak. Some of her symptoms included being in excruciating pain, having blackouts, issues with sleeping, darkening vision, random skin issues, a constant headache since 11/5, and so much more. She is taking a regiment of medications to get it under control.
· Nolan Marshall (son of Dan & Tracy) is receiving outpatient therapy but hasn’t found an even keel yet. He has been allowed to return to the school environment with many boundaries in place. The Marshall family is still very much in crisis mode and continued prayers are appreciated as they try to adjust medications and work with Nolan to manage his diagnoses.
· Marge Benham is doing well. She is working with physical therapy on weight bearing activities.
· 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

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