First Baptist Church, South Haven
Worship Gathering: 4/2/2023
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

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.
Final Words
1 Peter 5:6-11
Pastor Jerry Koller
One of the first topics in the summary is humility—something that he just talked about in the previous verse where he said, ...All of you, clothe yourselves with humility toward one another, because, “God opposes the proud but gives grace to the humble.” (vs. 5)
Peter has not mentioned the word humility more than once. However, he does mention the word humble three times.
Humble is a verb. It is an action we are to take.
The term, under God’s mighty hand was a common Old Testament reference to God’s power.
Anxiety is a general term that includes cares, worries, or concerns., things that make us nervous or uncertain. It is an emotion that is often uncomfortable and can cause fear or dread.
· The word cast literally has to do with placing upon or throwing upon something or someone.
· There is an element of giving up something present in this meaning.
Peter states: Be self-controlled and alert. (vs. 8a)
· Some translations use the phrase be sober minded.
· Being self-controlled/sober means not allowing our perception to become distorted.
· Alert comes from a word that literally means to stay awake. It means to be vigilant or watchful. Alert means one is to be carefully observant or attentive. It means being on the lookout for potential danger.
The translation “adversary” is a stronger description.
Peter mentions three important things in regard to the devil:
· He prowls.
· He roars.
· He seeks to devour.
The word seek means to find out by thinking, meditating, or reasoning. The word devour means to swallow up.
It is true that the devil is a powerful adversary, but we have to stop projecting attributes that belong to God alone to him.
· Resisting means to take a stand against.
· It means to oppose or resist.
In verse 10, he offers a word of encouragement.
· God is the source of all grace.
· God is the One who called you.
· He is the One who will bring you to eternal glory when Jesus returns.
· He is the One who will restore you.
Restore simply means to set right what has gone wrong, put in order, to complete.
· Suffering is not eternal. Your glorification will be eternal.
· Stay humble.
· Throw your anxiety upon God for He cares for you.
· Be self-controlled.
· Be on the alert.
· Our adversary devil may be looking for your weaknesses, but you don’t have to show him anything.
· Persevere in all circumstances, for Jesus is coming again.
· When He returns, will set everything in order.
Happy Birthday!
· Alice Avery (4/2)
· Jim Cagle (4/3)
· Linda Pries (4/4)
Thank You!!
We thank Rocky Starland for replacing the faucet in the Mission Cafe sink.
Baptism Sunday: 4/23/2023
If you or your child would like to be baptized, we will do so during the worship service on April 23. Please contact Pastor Jerry to make arrangements.
Free Books
We are eliminating the library as there is zero demand for it and the books that we have are just collecting dust. If you’d like to browse the contents and take what you want before we pass them on outside of the church family, please do so on or before Sunday, 4/2.
Next Week’s Servants (4/9)
· Easter Sunday—Café Closed; please join us for our Easter Breakfast from 9:15-10:00 AM.
· Nursery: Sandi Cagle, Connie Hollis

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
· No class 4/2 or 4/9
· 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 4/9 or 4/16
· 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
· 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