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First Baptist Church, South Haven

Worship Gathering: 9/24/2023

Worship Gathering: 9/24/2023

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.
Zack, Come On Down!
Luke 19:1-10
Pastor Jerry Koller
· The name Zacchaeus means pure or innocent.
· He was a chief tax collector, also referred to as a chief publican.
· Zacchaeus was wealthy.
The word must mean “it is necessary, there is need of, it behooves, it is right and proper.”
Now there are a couple of ways we can interpret this verse.
· First of all, we can assume that there was a period of time that elapsed between when Jesus went to be a guest of a sinner to when Zacchaeus stood and said what he did in verse 8.
· Luke said he stood up. In other words, he stood up for himself.
· He was acknowledging the truth that Jesus was the Messiah.
· Some feel Zack is simply going through the motions.
· Some feel Zack was making a semi-sacrificial offer to get in good graces with the people in the city and with Jesus.
· Some see these commitments as expressions of repentance.
Salvation has come to Zacchaeus.
Seek and save! What a divine encounter.
1. Background Doesn’t Matter
The wage of any sin is death—whether one is a tax collector, an adulterer, a thief, and so on. All have sinned and fall short of the glory of God.
2. God Does the Seeking
· As far as salvation is concerned, it is God who does the seeking, not people.
· Jesus said the Son of man came to seek and save what was lost.
3. Changes Will Happen
· Old things pass away. All things become new.
· Sanctification is a process that the Holy Spirit works in us and with us.

Happy Birthday!

· Sue McKamey (9/24)
· Julie Zantello (9/28)
· Julie Newell 9/29)

Next Week’s Servants (10/1)

· Café Bakers: Patty Bales (casserole) | Jean Robinson (zucchini bread)
· Café Attendant: Tina Wilburn
· Nursery: Bocock Family

Annual Church Picnic Rescheduled

October 1 |12:30 pm | Bumbleberry Acres Join us for a fun afternoon of lunch and activities. FBC will provide: burgers, brats and hot dogs; pop and water; and paper products. Please bring a side dish or dessert to share that feeds at least 10-12 people and a lawn chair. This event will be entirely outdoors, so please dress accordingly for the weather.

Women’s Bible Study Begins a New Study Starting 10/5

Thursdays | 9:30-11:30am | Conference Room
Our Wednesday group is switching days/times and 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.


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. If there seems to be enough interest and participation, we will resume this group in October.


WHEN? Tuesday, October 31 TIME? 6:30—8:30 pm WHO? Kids ages 2 yrs. old-5th grade (All Children Must Be Accompanied by an Adult age 18 or older) WHERE? FBC gym WHAT? PumpkinFest provides a FREE festive, carnival-type atmosphere INDOORS.  Kids and their parents can enjoy an evening of FREE games, food and treats (no tricks!).  Hot coffee, popcorn, and cotton candy will be served.  If the weather is rainy or cold, this is a great alternative to trick-or-treating!  Or, stop by after you’re finished trick-or-treating, have more fun and get more candy!  This is a children’s event and costumes should be “G” rated—please no scary or violent attire.  SIGN-UP ONLINE OR IN THE FOYER AND LET US KNOW HOW YOU WILL HELP!

Got Candy?

We need a LOT of it brought in for PumpkinFest! 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!

Oktoberfest Celebration 2023

A Time to Give On Sunday, November 5, we will receive a special Oktoberfest Offering.  During our morning worship service, we will have an opportunity to present a monetary gift to God in thanksgiving for His abundant blessings and in joyful celebration of being a church who is committed to being what God wants us to be.  We will receive an extremely important Oktoberfest Offering which will be used solely for payment of our building mortgage (annually about $36,000.00).  Besides celebrating God’s goodness, our Oktoberfest Celebration will also be a time when we can recommit ourselves to fulfilling God’s calling “To Know Him and Make Him Known” and to the goal of living out our faith together.  We are looking forward to what 2024 will bring as we see how God will use our building to impact the lives of others in our community.  If you are unable to join us for the service, we hope you’ll consider either mailing or making an online contribution ahead of time.  Your offering is vital to our ability to pay the mortgage.  We thank you for prayerfully considering how you can contribute.   A Time of Fellowship Following our worship service on November 5, we will enjoy a time of food and fellowship with a Potluck Dinner.  Please bring a main/side dish AND a dessert to share that feeds at least 10-12 people. Sign up online at to let us know what you’re bringing and to avoid too many duplicate dishes. A Time to Help If you’re able to help with the potluck (set-up, serving, and/or clean-up), please SIGN-UP ONLINE at the linke below or contact 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 | Children's Worship Room
· Ages 5 years old through 5th grade
· Contact Bailey Finch for questions or more information.

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.

· Annual Church Picnic | after worship | Bumbleberry Acres

coming soon
· Annual Church Picnic | 10/1 | 12:30pm | Bumbleberry Acres
· New Bible Study | Thursdays, starting 10/5 | 9:30-11:30am | Conference Room
· Pumpkinfest | Tuesday, 10/31 | 6:30-8:30pm | FBC Gym
· Oktoberfest | Sunday, 11/5 during worship | Potluck to follow
· Hanging of the Greens | Saturday, 11/18 | more details to follow
· 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.
· 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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