First Baptist Church, South Haven
Worship Gathering: 4/9/2023
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

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Raised From the Dead
Luke 24:13-32
Pastor Jerry Koller
Goal: to help us align what we believe with how we live.
Premise: Jesus Christ has risen from the dead.
Objective: that you will do the same, that you will remember His resurrection, believe what He said, and reflect this belief through how you live your life.
We are told that the two were kept from recognizing Him.
Perhaps the saddest words they uttered were when they said, “...we had hoped that he was the one who was going to redeem Israel…”
How sad it was that in spite of a mountain of evidence, all of which pointed to Jesus’ resurrection, the two were solidly convinced it was all over, and that Jesus was only a great prophet and teacher.
At this, Jesus rebuked these two men for their spiritual dullness. He called them foolish and slow of heart to not believe. Then He began to explain to them,
After Jesus left, the two looked at each other and asked Were not our hearts burning within us while he talked with us on the road and opened the Scriptures to us?
· Burning hearts is a metaphor for hearts that are stirred, hearts that are moved by the realization of truth.
· It is a metaphor of the recognition of truth in the deepest part of a person.
Let’s not miss the point as to why we celebrate Easter.
· It’s about a risen Savior.
· It’s about victory over sin and death.
· It’s about a heart that burns with love and obedience.
· It’s about living in the power of the resurrection.
What effect should that have on the way we live?
There are times when we are not very different than Cleopas and his friend.
· At times, we allow our circumstances to keep us from recognizing Jesus for who He is, what He has done, and what He has made available to us. What is it that clouds your vision of Jesus?
We often walk through life totally engrossed in our own little world. As a result, we often treat the Resurrected One as though He is a stranger who has invaded our space. Shouldn’t we be practicing His presence—living in the awareness that Jesus is always with us—at all times—in all places—in all circumstances?
At times, we are like Cleopas and his friend because we treat Jesus as if He were just a great prophet or a great teacher. We receive His teachings. We look at His examples. Then, like other teachers we have had, we choose whether or not we want to follow these teachings.
Let us realize, on this resurrection Sunday, that all of us on traveling on our own Emmaus Road.
· Let us realize that as we walk, it is important for us to intimately know Jesus and the power of the resurrection.
· It is important to know His word.
· Not believing in what Jesus said is foolishness.
· Not acting upon it reflects slowness of heart as far as believing is concerned.
May the resurrection remind you how God gives us a multitude of opportunities to see Him, see His handiwork, see His presence and love. All we need to do is open our eyes.
· When we look, we will recognize Him.
· And when we recognize Him, our hearts will be warmed.
Remember Jesus Christ, raised from the dead, and may you live in the power of the resurrection.
Happy Birthday!
· Brooks Norman (4/11)
· Tracy Marshall (4/14)
Happy Anniversary!
· Chet & Renee Goff (4/10, 30 years)
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.
Double the Money, Double the Blessing
We have a few generous donors who are providing matching funds for Dan & Tracy Marshall and their family up to $2300 for any gifts given by today. If you've been procrastinating about making a contribution to help them, now is the time to do it and instantly double your gift! You can do so via the FBC portal or by check/cash to FBC. Just be sure to note the gift with "Marshall Family." WHY HELP? Dan & Tracy have accumulated at least $15,000 in out-of-pocket medical expenses since the start of 2023 as they’ve sought medical help for their son Nolan. Want more info? Check out some of our previous emails and Facebook posts or contact Kim Collins.
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 (4/16)
· Easter Sunday—Café Closed; please join us for our Easter Breakfast from 9:15-10:00 AM.
· Nursery: Sandi Cagle, Connie Hollis
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!

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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 4/9
· 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.
· 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