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First Baptist Church, South Haven

Worship Gathering: 4/16/2023

Worship Gathering: 4/16/2023

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.
Abounding and Filled
Phil. 1:9-11
Pastor Jerry Koller
Paul prayed specifically for the saints at Philippi.
· Love always has an object.
· Love for God and love for one another
· Abound meansto be abundant; to exist in large quantities.
· The word knowledge applies to spiritual knowledge or to the knowledge of God.
God reveals Himself in a number of ways.
· Through creation.
· Through Jesus
· Through the Scriptures
God still reveals Himself through these three avenues. All three will help our knowledge of Him may abound.
The second way Paul prays that their love may abound is in depth of insight (discernment).
· The idea is one of perception, not only by the senses but also by the intellect.
· Learning is not just head knowledge. It is life knowledge.
The reason Paul is praying for these specifics: so that you may be able to discern what is best. (vs. 10a); Another word for discern is approve.
· Approve is a technical word that encompasses the idea of testing to see whether or not something or someone is the real deal.
· It is a testing that determines whether or not something or someone is counterfeit.
The intended outcome should lead to being pure and blameless until the day of Christ. (Phil. 1:10b)
The NASB uses the word “sincere” instead of pure. The Latin words for sincere is sine' cera, which literally means “without wax.”
· The Greek word has a similar meaning: “tested by the light of the sun.”
Blameless comes from a word that means “without blame; free from spot.”
· It also has to do with not slipping and falling.
In verse 11, he points out they the saints have been filled with the fruit of righteousness...(vs. 11a)
The fruit of righteousness can be illustrated in this way.
Paul’s prayer is that his Philippian brethren be filled with the fruit of righteousness that comes through Jesus Christ... (Phil. 1:11b)
A better translation of the word filled is “having been filled.”
· The idea behind this word has to do with “making full”, or to “fill up.”
God gets the credit, to the glory and praise of God. (Phil. 1:11c)
Returning back to verse 10, Paul’s prayer is that this entire process continues ...until the day of Christ. (Phil. 1:10)

Paul mentions that he was confident that ...he who began a good work in you will carry it on to completion until the day of Christ Jesus. (Phil. 1:6)
We should strive to know all that is knowable about God.
· We must pursue it.
· We must look for it.
· We have to be aware of it.
God doesn’t need to do a better job of revealing Himself to us. He doesn’t have to make Himself known more effectively. We need to do a better job of accumulating knowledge.
We should pray in accordance with what God has promised according to His sovereign plan.
· Prayer expresses and acknowledges our dependence on God resulting in the glory and praise of God.
· We pray as an expression of faith in our faithful God who will do what He has promised resulting in the glory and praise of God.
· We also pray because prayer helps us practice the presence of God so that He does not slip from our minds. His abiding presence empowers us to live for the glory and praise of God.

Happy Birthday!

· Janette Hendrix (4/19)
· Taylor Zantello (4/20)

Happy Anniversary!

· Dave & Connie Hollis (4/20, 38 years)


We extend our deepest condolences to Dave & Connie Hollis and their family upon the passing of Dave's sister, Paula Hollis, in Florida on 4/11after a lengthy battle with cancer. Please keep them and their family in prayer during this time of loss.

Thank You

I’m so thankful for the prayers, concern, love and cards that my FBC family has given me. The Lord is blessing me because of my church family. I love you all and appreciate your support over the past several weeks as I’ve healed.
~Marge Benham

Aftermath Schedule

This group will not meet this Sunday, 4/16. It will resume on 4/23. The last session for this season will be Sunday, May 7.

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 we have are just collecting dust. The remaining books have been moved the the Prayer Room to the left of the sanctuary. Feel free to take what you want.

Next Week’s Servants (4/23)

· Café Bakers: Sarah McKamey (breakfast casserole) | Joyce Bocock (donuts)
· Café Attendant: Marge Dumbaugh
· Nursery: Paul Fitton, Patty Bales

Summer Camp

Opportunities are available at Higher Ground at Lake Louise and Lake Ann Camp. Lake Ann hosts all grades every week through the summer. Lake Louise dates are:
· 7/8th Grade: July 23-29
· 9/10th Grade: July 9-15
· 11/12/13th Grade: July 30-August 5
Camp participants will have opportunities to earn funds for camp through participation in fundraisers. Contact the church office if you’re planning to attend and watch for more details coming soon. You can also check the camp websites: or

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 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.
· Dave & Connie Hollis and their family upon the loss of Dave’s sister, Paula Hollis, on 4/11, following a lengthy battle with cancer.
· Shirley Means (Miriam Bryant's sister) is receiving therapy and hopes to go home soon. She is in Henderson, Nevada.
· 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 continues to receive physical therapy as she recovers from two broken ankles.
· 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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