First Baptist Church, South Haven
Worship Gathering: 5/7/2023
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
    domingo 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.


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Weekly Bulletin

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Prayer Requests

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What Is Worship?
Joshua 5:13-14
Psalm 95:6
Pastor Adam Parmenter
Word in the Old Testament most often translated as “worship”
שָׁחָה / shachah - Bow, prostrate in submission
Joshua assumed a body posture lowering himself, then offers reverence to God. He bowed his body and he also bowed in his heart.
· What other kinds of events have shouting and singing celebration?
· What is the mood of this Psalm?
The Psalm writer offers an exited invitation: “come!”
VS 6 To what?
· Bow – Kara(bend, bow, sink to your knees)
· Worship – Shawkaw – prostrate
· Kneel – Barak – bless or kneel
To bow low is to humble yourself before when who is greater than you.
· Physical position, but more importantly a heart position.
Most common word translated worship in the New Testament:
In the New Testament, the most common Greek Word translated as worship is Proskuneo (προσκυνέω – pros-kü-ne’-ō).
· To kiss the hand as a sign of reverence
· To fall upon the knees and touch the ground with the forehead, showing reverence.
· Kneeling or lying flat on one’s face in homage
Uppermost on God’s heart is that when I worship, I bow myself low in reverence. The body position is not mandatory, but the heart position is.
God is always most concerned about the state of our heart:
The Bible doesn’t have a list of reasons why we bow ourselves to God in one place, but by searching the scriptures we can find some.
When I bow down to God, I declare the truth of God’s greatness and power.
I don’t like to bow. Neither did Adam and Eve.
It’s in our nature to rebel against God.
Bowing our hearts to God in reverence, places us in harmony with what is true and gives due respect to who God is.
Why bow? It places me under Him.
My admission of His greatness and my powerlessness, opens me up for His protection.
Why bow? It enhances my fellowship with God.
There is a joyful invitation to bow:
Bowing before our Lord is the best place to be. Even Jesus, God in human flesh, bowed Himself in the ultimate act of worship.
Happy Birthday!
· Kim Wilburn (5/8)
· Connie Hollis (5/9)
· Gabe Bocock (5/13)
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 (5/14)
· Café Bakers: Annette Hatfield (casserole) | Allie Wilson (donuts)
· Café Attendant: Marge Dumbaugh
· Nursery: Tracy Marshall, Sandi Cagle

Blood Drive: Thursday, 5/25

Thursday, May 25 | 1:00-6:00pm | Main Foyer 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 today! For questions or more info, contact Renee Goff (269-767-1636).
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
· Last class for this season will be on May 21, 2023.
· 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.

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.

church office open
Wednesdays | 11:00am-4:00pm
Schedule Change: The office will be closed May 7-13 while Kim is on vacation.

women’s craft group
Thursdays | 6:30pm | Craft Room
· Contact Tracy Marshall for questions or more information.
· Tina Dell is undergoing testing due to low hemoglobin.
· 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.
· 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