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First Baptist Church, South Haven

Worship Gathering: 9/10/2023

Worship Gathering: 9/10/2023

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.
The One Who Returned
Luke 17:11-19
Pastor Jerry Koller
Jews typically had no dealings with Samaritans. In fact, the Jews despised the Samaritans.
· They were half-breeds: half Jew and half Gentile.
· Because of their intermarriage and compromise, the Samaritans were hated by their fellow Jews.
· Throughout the ages leprosy has been one of the most dreaded diseases and its victims the most shunned.
· To protect the community, physically and spiritually, those with leprosy were forced to live outside the cities and villages in isolation.
As debilitating as it may be physically, lepers were also outcasts socially and religiously.
· Socially they were considered living under a divine curse.
· Religiously, they were ritually unclean, whether they were Jews or Samaritans.
Only one of them came back when he noticed his healing and he came back ...praising God in a loud voice.
The text literally says “he fell on his face at the feet of Jesus.”
Then Luke adds an interesting little side note to the event—"and he was a Samaritan." (vs. 16)
The phrase “made you well” comes from a word that is translated preserved, recovered, restored, cured, and a few other ways.
· It is found 108 times in the New Testament.
· Out of those 108 times it is found, 88 times it is translated save, saved, saves, or saving.
It is the same word used by the Apostle Paul when he said,
Remembering the Past: Sin does not take into account whether one is a Jew, a Samaritan, or a Gentile, whether one is rich or poor—black or white—male or female.
· All have sinned and fall short of the glory of God.
Recognition of Mercy—Remember where mercy comes fromjust like the one man in our text recognized where his mercy came from.
· No one comes to the Father apart from Jesus.
· Spiritual healing is a gift from God. It is not earned or deserved.
Verbalization—We should be praising God for the mercy we have received.
· We should be thankful beyond measure for the gift of salvation.
Humility—We are to remain humble for it is easier to praise and give thanks when we are humble.

“Don’t be too big for your britches.”
Submission—Because we are kingdom citizen, we must be submissive to our King.
Live In Thanksgiving—We are to live out our faith in a spirit of thanksgiving and worship.
· Words followed by actions are so important.

Happy Birthday!

· Pete Danapilis (9/13)
· Sue Richmond (9/15)

Next Week’s Servants (9/17)

· Café Bakers: Sharon Danapilis (casserole) | Don Jenks (donuts)
· Café Attendant: Marge Dumbaugh
· Nursery: Sandi Starland, Allie Wilson

Pumpkinfest 2023

The votes have been tallied and while it was close, Pumpkinfest had the most preference so we will resume our indoor, carnival-style event this year. Please mark your calendar for October 31 from 6:00-9:00pm and plan to help us. Watch for sign-ups and more information coming soon!

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
· Children's Sunday School Resumes | Sunday, 9/17 | 9:
· Annual Church Picnic | Sunday, 9/17 after worship | Bumbleberry Acres
· Blood Drive | Thursday, 9/21 | 1:00-6:00pm | FBC Main Foyer
· New Bible Study | Thursdays, starting 10/5 | 9:30-11:30am | Conference Room
· Pumpkinfest | Tuesday, 10/31 | 6:30-8:30pm | FBC Gym
· Marge Parmenter is recovering from an infection.
· 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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