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First Baptist Church, South Haven

Worship Gathering: 5/28/2023

Worship Gathering: 5/28/2023

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.
Self, Others, and the Word
Titus 1:7-9
Pastor Jerry Koller
Elders are stewards of God’s work. The characteristics mentioned in verse 7 come from a negative perspective. These 5 characteristics should not be a part of who the elder is.
No one should be able to accuse an elder of being overbearing (arrogant or self-willed).
An elder must not be given to wine (a drunkard; not be addicted to wine).
· This Greek word is made up of two parts. The first has to do with being near or beside.
· The other part simply means wine.
· An elder should not be a person who literally spends too much time beside the wine.
He must not be characterized as being violent (pugnacious) – one who is quick or eager to argue, quarrel, or fight—especially in a physical way.
An elder must not be greedy for gain or fond of sordid gain (what is unethical or dishonest).
The second group of characteristics deal with an elder’s relationship with others.
They are to be hospitable.
Hospitality is creating an environment that makes someone feel like family rather than a stranger.
An elder must be one who loves what is good (those things God loves).
An elder must be self-controlled (curbing one's desires and impulses).
He must be upright or just which has to do with rendering to each person his or her due.
An elder’s relationship with others is to be one that is devout or holy.
· Holy in this sense has to do with living in a way that reflects a reverence for God - in such a way as to bring glory and honor to God.
Paul sums up this characteristic in his letter to the saints at Colossae....
The sixth and final characteristic mentioned in verse 8 is that of being disciplined (mastered from within).
· as a result of training and practice.
In these, elders are to be above reproach. No one should be able to accuse them of falling short of these characteristics.
In verse 9, we find the third group of characteristics that deal with an elder’s relationship with the word of God.
Holding fast the faithful word is exhibited in three specific areas of responsibilities.
· Follows What He Was Taught—Do not merely listen to the word, and so deceive yourselves. Do what it says. (James 1:22)
· Able To Encourage Others—This word also has to do with instruction or even warning.
· Able To Refute—To refute means to prove to be false or incorrect.
There are some passages of scripture such as this, which have primary as well as secondary applications.
As far as our relationship to self is concerned:
· We must not allow ourselves to become arrogant or self-willed.
· We must not allow ourselves to be quick-tempered. My dear brothers, take note of this: Everyone should be quick to listen, slow to speak and slow to become angry, for man’s anger does not bring about the righteous life that God desires. (James 1:19-20)
· We must not spend time on things that can distort your thinking and judgement.
· We must not allow ourselves to become violent.
· We must not become greedy for gain.
· All of us should practice hospitality.
· All of us should love what is good.
· All of us should be just or upright.
· All of us are to be devout.
· All of us are to be disciplined.
As far as principles regarding our relationship with the word of God is concerned:
· Each of us must hold firmly to the trustworthy word.
What impact does it have on your life?
· Are you applying what you do know about God’s word?
· Are you a doer of the word or are you just a hearer who lets it go in one ear and out the other?
What do you know about the word of God?
· Do you know what it says?
· Do you know what it addresses?
You cannot follow what you cannot know.
· Nor can you encourage others to love God and love one another.
· Nor will you be able to detect false teaching as effectively if you are not very familiar with Scripture’s trustworthiness.

Happy Birthday!

· Camille Tate (5/28)
· Lauren Collins (5/29)
· Nathan Hagger (5/29)
· Cameron Wilson (6/4)

Next Week’s Servants (6/4)

· Café Bakers: Sharon Danapilis (casserole) | Marge Benham (muffins)
· Café Attendant: Tina Wilburn
· Nursery: Paul Fitton, Tina Wilburn

Graduation Open House

Sunday, June 11 | 2:00-5:00pm | Upstairs at FBC
for Cameron Wilson, son of Jeff & Allie Wilson

Retirement Party

The congregation is invited to celebrate with Connie Hollis on Sunday, 6/4, from 1:00-4:00pm in the gym at FBC. as she retires after teaching for many years at Wood Elementary School

Teens: Bible on the Beach

What: A morning of Bible time on the beach studying the book of Ecclesiastes

Who: Anyone youth group age and up

When: Thursdays at 9:15am from June 8-August 17

Where: Meet at Kids Corner Park in South Haven then walk down to the beach. After the Bible study, we will meet at McDonald's for breakfast for anyone who wants to join. Please bring money to pay for your own food.

For questions or more information, contact Julie Newell.

Celebrate Freedom: Hot Dog Giveaway

Monday, July 3 | Kids’ Corner Park
To celebrate Independence Day, we will be giving away free hot dogs and sharing the freedom we have in Christ with our community… don’t miss our annual event which will be here in just a few short weeks!
Get Involved!
« MONETARY SUPPORT NEEDED...We are hoping to give away at least 1000 free hot dogs at this event. If you would like to make a donation towards the purchase of hot dogs, please leave it in the jar in the foyer or note “Hot Dogs” in the memo of your check. We hope to purchase hot dogs from Village Market (in Allegan) again this year as they’ve sold them around Memorial Weekend for 88¢ in the past.
« HELP NEEDED @ EVENT...It takes a lot of servants to make this event successful. We will need people to set-up, cook, serve, and clean-up. Sign up online or at the Welcome Center!
« For questions or more information, contact the church office.

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
· On break until Fall.

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

women’s craft group
Thursdays | 6:30pm | Craft Room
· Contact Tracy Marshall for questions or more information.
· Alice Avery, Judi Beckwith, Doris Sutherland and their families upon the death of their brother, John Albers, on May 6 in Texas.
· Sadie (29 year-old friend of Steve & Lisa Follman) had a liver transplant shortly after birth and is now having a lot of health complications. She is receiving palliative care. Also keep her family in prayer.
· Terry Buckley (father of Keith Buckley) is being evaluated for heart issues.
· Leslie Robinson (friend of Bruce & Vasha Ferguson) who had back surgery on May 1 and has been unable to walk since.
· 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

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