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First Baptist Church, South Haven

Worship Gathering: 9/3/2023

Worship Gathering: 9/3/2023

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.
A Sinful Woman
Luke 7:36-50
Pastor Jerry Koller
The only other mention of personal contact between Jesus and a Pharisee was when Nicodemus came to Jesus with questions, and he did this under the cover of night. Simon didn't look for cover.
This is a reference to something in which she was actively engaged at the present moment. It reflects her current state of living.
Two Misconceptions:
· Some believe that the woman in question was a prostitute. There is no real evidence that this was the sin condition of this woman. It is simply conjecture.
· Some feel this person was Mary Magdalene. There is no substantial proof to support either misconception.
Alabaster is a stone that looks like white marble. It was considered to be a precious stone, which is why Solomon used it in the Temple.
In that day, some meals were considered public events.
· One of the doors of the dining room would have been left open through which uninvited guests could pass in and out.
· Chairs were placed along the walls to accommodate visitors.
· Invited guests would have reclined at a table in the middle of the room.
· Based on Jesus’ discussion with Simon later in the passage, it would seem that she continued to kiss the feet of Jesus even as she poured perfume on them.
Following Simon’s teaching opportunity, Jesus turns His attention to the woman.
Back to Simon:
· What is important is that one was in more debt than the other.
· What is important is that neither had the means to repay their debt.
· What is important is that the moneylender forgave both men.
Now which of them will love him more? Simon gave the obvious answer. Simon replied, “I suppose the one who had the bigger debt canceled.”
· Jesus said, You have judged correctly.
To illustrate the significance of this woman’s actions, Jesus compares Simon to the sinful woman.
· Simon would not have considered himself on the same level as the sinful woman.
· Then Jesus revealed the condition of the woman’s heart by comparing what she did and what Simon did not do.
#1. The first lesson we must learn is that no one has the ability to repay our debt to God.
· A problem arises when we view sin in various degrees of seriousness.
· When this occurs, we tend to brush aside the sins that we think are not too offensive.
· As long as we continue to do this, the longer we can view ourselves as being self-righteous.
#2. The second lesson we must learn builds upon the first. While we are not able to repay our debt, God has the ability to cancel it. · Christ died for all of mankind. His death on the cross was sufficient for anyone’s redemption.
· This does not mean that everyone is going to heaven.
· Christ's death was sufficient for all mankind, but all mankind will not accept it as sufficient for themselves.
#3. This brings us to the third lesson. Forgiveness brings peace. Notice verse 50: Jesus said to the woman, “Your faith has saved you; go in peace.” (Luke 7:50)
A bit later in His ministry, Jesus told His disciples...


Happy Anniversary!

· Paul & Pat Fitton (9/3, 46 years)

Next Week’s Servants (9/10)

· Café Bakers: Sharon Danapilis (casserole) | Alice Avery (donuts)
· Café Attendant: Tina Wilburn
· Nursery: Paul Fitton, Sandi Cagle

Reminder: 1st Sunday of the Month

Today 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.

Got Candy?

While we are deciding between Pumpkinfest or Trunk or Treat, we will still need a LOT of candy brought in for either event! If possible, we are asking that each household bring in two or more bags of candy to church each Sunday through October 29. Please leave your candy bags in the pumpkin can outside the church office door. Thanks for your help!

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 - This group will begin a new Life Guide Bible Study, "Meeting the Spirit" on October 5. If you would like to join, please contact Vasha Ferguson or Tina Wilburn to have a book ordered.
· Children’s Sunday School Resumes: Sunday, 9/17 | 9:30-10:15am | Children’s Worship Room

True Vine Equestrian Center Fundraiser

Friday, 9/22 | 9:00 AM | Olde Mill Golf Club
You're invited to help support the True Vine Equestrian Center while having a fun day of golf! 8:00am - Registration; Shotgun start - 9:00am. Four-person scramble men and/or women. Individual entry $80; Full team (4) entry $300. 2:00pm pace and weather dependent. Lunch provided for registered participants. Events and prizes. For question contact True Vine (269-501-0529 | (269-767-0909).

Blood Drive

Thursday, 9/21 | 1:00-6:00pm | FBC Foyer Patients live when donors give Please make your appointment to save 3 lives today! Appointments preferred. Walk-ins welcomed. Sign-up online today at


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
· Scott Newton (Roberta Newton's son) is recovering from a bacterial infection and homebound.
· Kendra Newton (Roberta Newton's granddaughter) is recovering from back surgery in Florida.
· 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.
· 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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