First Baptist Church, South Haven
Worship Gathering: 6/4/2023
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

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Claiming to Know God
Titus 1:10-16
Pastor Jerry Koller
The word “for” introduces a reason why certain characteristics must be present in the elders Titus is to appoint, including holding fast to the trustworthy or faithful word of God.
“Silenced” means to “stop their mouths.”
After quoting Epimenides, Paul states in verse 13: This testimony is true.
Titus was, Therefore, to rebuke them sharply, (vs. 13b).
· Rebuke has to do with clearly and compellingly exposing falsehood.
· Sharply has to do with being brief and to the point in a severe and rigorous manner.
· Rebuke not only contains an element of exposing lies or falsehoods, it also has a redeeming aspect to it.
· Titus was to rebuke them so that they will be sound in the faith (vs. 13c).
· Rebuke deals with correction as well as discipline.
Titus was to purge the church of false, dangerous teaching and bring those rebellious individuals who are promoting such teaching to a place of repentance so that they
The phrase the commands of those who reject the truth would be directed to those who were especially of the circumcision group.
As a reminder, he tells Titus in verse 15: To the pure, all things are pure.
· To the pure is a reference to those who have been cleansed from sin through the shed blood of Jesus Christ. In Christ, they are made pure.
· To the pure, all things are pure. In other words, they do not need ceremonial washings to make themselves clean.
· They have been made pure from within, not through externals.
The descriptions corrupted and do not believe go hand-in-hand. Each contributes to the other.
· Corrupted has to do with being stained or defiled—which is a stark contrast to what is pure.
The difference between the pure and the corrupt is one of the heart.
· Unfit has to do with failing to pass the test.
· The NASB translates it: worthless for any good deed. Their hearts are corrupt.
Do your actions give proof that you indeed know God in a saving manner? Or do your actions give proof that you do not know Him?
Jesus said the good man, the one who is made pure through the shed blood of Jesus Christ, brings out what is good for that is what is in his or her heart. We will bear fruit—good works that bring praise and honor to God.
What about you? What do your actions say about the condition of your heart?
Happy Birthday!
· Cameron Wilson (6/4)
· Vasha Ferguson (6/11)
· Dylan Goff (6/11)
New Grandbaby
Paul & Pat Fitton are delighted to announce the birth of their grandson, Beckham Robert Culbertson, on May 23, 2023. He is the first child of Lisa Fitton and her husband Graham Culbertson, who live in Columbia, South Carolina. Little Beckham weighed 6 lbs. 11 oz. and is 21” long. He joins his cousins Samuel, Christopher, Andrew, Lila and Margo. They hope he likes ice cream someday. For now, the five of them intend to eat lots of ice cream to celebrate his entry into the world. We congratulate the entire Fitton family on their newest addition!
Next Week’s Servants (6/4)
· Café Bakers: Lisa Follman (casserole) | Theresa Hampton (donuts)
· Café Attendant: Marge Dumbaugh
· Nursery: Bocock Family
Congratulations Graduates!
This morning, we celebrate our recent graduates:
· Gabriel Bocock graduated from Lake Michigan College with his Associates in Business. He plans to work at Bumbleberry Acres and New Day Blueberry Farms with future plans to take over the farms. He is the son of Brian & Beth Bocock.
· Samantha Bocock graduated from South Haven High School. She will be attending Carthage College in Kenosha, WI in the fall. She signed to play golf and plans to major in Anthropology and minor in History. She is the daughter of Brian & Beth Bocock.
· Cameron Wilson graduated from South Haven High School. He plans to get his journeyman’s license with the IBEW to be an electrical lineman. He is the son of Jeff & Allie Wilson.
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!

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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.
· We extend our condolences to Bruce & Vasha Ferguson upon the death of Vasha's godmother, Mary Ann Jones, on 5/30 in Washington.
· Leslie Robinson (friend of Bruce & Vasha Ferguson) is home and using a walker. Thank God for His mercy and faithfulness, and please continue praying for her full recovery.
· 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.
· 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