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First Baptist Church, South Haven

Worship Gathering: 8/27/2023

Worship Gathering: 8/27/2023

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.
Nick at Night
John 3:1-9
Pastor Jerry Koller
The Pharisees were a very influential group of Jewish leaders.
· This group placed great emphasis on upholding personal piety.
· They would follow all sorts of rules that they believed would lead to righteousness.
· And they expected other Jews to follow them as well.
· They accepted the written word of God as authoritative, but they also made room for the oral traditions of men.
· They believed is a resurrection from the dead and an afterlife that includes reward or punishment based on how one lived.
The Sanhedrin was the Jewish Supreme Court made up of 70 men and the high priest.
He came to Jesus at night… (John 3:2) Why?
The NAS and ESV both say Jesus replied, Truly, truly I say to you.
· This word is also translated Amen.
· It reflects a statement that is of pivotal importance,
There are only two places in the entire Gospel of John where the phrase "kingdom of God" is mentioned: in verse 3 and in verse 5.
· The kingdom of God and the kingdom of heaven refer to the same thing.
· The only way one can be born again, or from above, is by the regenerating work of God the Holy Spirit.
· Water and spirit are referring to the same thing.
· It is a reference to the cleansing and renewing work of the Holy Spirit in the lives of those whom God has chosen.
Flesh here is not the same as in John 3:7. Here it refers to a heart that is alive, not non-living like stone.
Likening the work of the Holy Spirit to the wind, Jesus was showing that just as man cannot control the coming or going—or even the source of the wind, so man cannot control or even see how the Spirit moves in one’s heart.
I hear what you are saying Jesus, but I just can’t wrap my mind around it.
Nicodemus is mentioned in two other occasions in his Gospel:
· John 7:51
· John 19:39
Some believe these two passages give support to the idea that at some point, Nick became a secret follow of Jesus.
It is easy to get hung up in various “religious” beliefs.
No matter how clear one may present the good news to someone else, without the washing and renewing of the Holy Spirit, that person will not only be unable to see the kingdom of God with spiritual eyes, he or she will not be able to enter into it on their own.
It is possible to have an affection for the things of God, to have an affection for the people of God, and a recognition that what God has revealed in His word is true, but still fall short as far as calling upon the name of Jesus for salvation.
God still has divine encounters with people all the time.

Happy Birthday!

· Abby Bocock (8/27)

Happy Anniversary!

· Paul & Pat Fitton (9/3, 46 years)

Next Week’s Servants (9/3)

· Café Bakers: Tina Wilburn (casserole) | Allie Wilson (donuts)
· Café Attendant: Tina Wilburn
· Nursery: Annette Koller, Patty Bales

Reminder: 1st Sunday of the Month

Next Sunday is the first Sunday of the month and as such, we will celebrate Communion. At the end of the service, you will have an opportunity to give to the Benevolent Fund. If you feel compelled to do so, please put your gift in the container at the back of the sanctuary. Thank you for supporting those in need.

Annual Church Picnic: 9/17/2023

Join us for a fun afternoon of lunch and activities.   FBC will provide: · Burgers, brats and hot dogs · Pop and water · Paper products   Please bring a lawn chair. This event will be entirely outdoors, so please dress accordingly for the weather.   Get Involved! · Bring a side dish and/or dessert to share. · We will need help transporting, setting up and returning tables and chairs between FBC and Bumbleberry.   Please SIGN-UP ONLINE so we can plan accordingly. For questions or more information, contact the church office.

Fall is Coming - Mark Your Calendars

We have several activities continuing (now is a great time to join) or resuming in the near future:
· Men’s Bible Study Continues: Tuesdays | 7-8:30pm | Mission Café
· Women’s Bible Study Continues: Wednesdays | 5:00-6:30pm | Conference Room
· Children’s Sunday School Resumes: Sunday, 9/17 | 9:30-10:15am | Children’s Worship Room


If you are interested in joining us after church each week for a light lunch and discussion of the morning’s worship message, please SIGN-UP ONLINE or contact Kim [text/call 269-767-2226 or email] and let us know by Sunday, September 10. If there seems to be enough interest and participation, we will resume this group in October.

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 | Children's Worship Room
· 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 | 5:00-6:30pm | Conference Room
· 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.

coming soon
Annual Church Picnic | Sunday, 9/17 after worship |
Bumbleberry Acres
· Vincent Bryant (son of Miriam Bryant) is recovering from surgery.
· Butch & Gail Sternum (friends of Roberta Newton) - Gail is recovering from hip surgery and fell and broke her ankle. Butch is in need of a liver transplant, but refuses to have one.
· Gloria Groce (Vasha Ferguson’s cousin in Alabama) suffers with PMR (Polymyalgia Rheumatica), an autoimmune, inflammatory rheumatic disease.
· James & Melissa Kirby (nephew of Bruce & Vasha Ferguson) who recently bought a new house and are having plumbing and a/c issues. Please pray that their issues can be easily resolved.
· Caroline Bocock has been terribly ill as she is dealing with a Lyme Disease outbreak. She has begun a treatment regimen that looks promising. Please pray that it is effective and that she will be feeling better soon.
· The Marshall Family: Continue to pray for Nolan who is still struggling.
· 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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