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First Baptist Church, South Haven

Worship Gathering: 10/15/2023

Worship Gathering: 10/15/2023

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.
Opportunity for Repentance
Rom. 12:18
Pastor Jerry Koller
To forgive another means to cancel the debt of what is owed in order to provide the opportunity for repentance and restoration of the broken relationship.
Review: Two weeks ago, we looked at the biblical mandate to forgive others as the Lord has forgiven us.
· Last week, we looked at forgiving others even when the cost is great.
· Last week, we looked at some essentials of forgiveness from Romans 12:17-21.
Cancelling the debts of what is owed in order to provide an opportunity for repentance from a personal perspective:
1. Don't Assume Personal Responsibility for Changing Other People.
· Keep a healthy balance.
· Let all things be done properly and in an orderly manner. (1 Cor. 14:40)
· We need to exercise control to some degree.
· We get out of balance over the issue of control when we assume personal responsibility to change other people.
· This does not mean we have absolutely no responsibility.
2. Do Accept Whatever Role God Wants You to Assume in Bringing About Change.
· 2 Views: “I can do nothing to change anyone. Therefore, I will never do anything," or “I know I can change the person. Give me a chance and I will guarantee he/she will change.”
· You and I are the tools God often uses in bringing about change in the world and in the hearts and minds of man.
· If it is possible...
· so far as it depends on you...
· If it is possible, be at peace with all men.
When is it not possible?
· It is when it does not depend on us.
· It is when we have no personal control over it.
Notice the word "repentance."
· We can't make anyone repent from the heart.
The meaning of repentance:
1. Webster's Dictionary defines the verb "repent" as: regretting one's past sins or actions; to change one's actions because of regretted past actions.
· This definition lacks too much and is not very concrete.
· To regret is to be sorry or to be remorseful.
· It can mean someone is very sorry that he or she got caught.
The dictionary says repentance is also "changing one's actions because of regretted past actions."
· Is the person now more careful that his sin does not become exposed?
· Biblical repentance is much more comprehensive than just being sorry.
· It is more than just changing a behavior because of a past regret.
There is no Scripture passage that explains what repentance means or how to do it.
· The New Testament idea of repentance has its roots in the Old Testament.
· When people heard the command to repent, they knew what it meant because repent was a normal word with a normal meaning.
· The Old Testament prophets preached that Israel needed to forsake and turn away from her sins.
· It included turning to God.
· It was a serious reckoning whereby one turned to God with his entire person and strength. characterized as being obedient to God's will.
· ...places complete trust in Yahweh. All false gods and idols were to be put away.
· ...involves a forsaking of every evil thing. Old Testament conversion carried with it a new attitude to everything.
· You cannot eliminate God from repentance.
· You cannot remove mind or heart from repentance, for to carry it out requires the entire person, not just the intellect or emotions.
The New Testament concept of repentance closely coincides with the Old Testament concept of conversion.
· Jesus said, “The time has come,” he said. “The kingdom of God is near. Repent and believe the good news!” (Mark 1:15)
· Jesus preached a transformation of man's nature.
· Jesus preached on turning away from evil at all costs.
Jesus preached a message of repentance which called for total surrender, total commitment to the will of God the Father. Therefore, one did not just turn away from evil, one also turned unconditionally to God.
The idea expressed of repentance here is to turn away from evil.
The idea expressed of repentance here is to turn to God.
This verse shows that repentance is a gift of God.
Without repentance, there is no conversion.
What About Unbelievers? There are still God-ordained truths that are manifest in the concept of repentance, whether it's in the life of the believer or the unbeliever.
· A Desire to be Humbled or Broken by the Weight of Guilt Over a Wrong Committed.
· A Desire to Turn from and Forsake Wrong (Evil) Practices.
· A Desire to See Wrongs Righted.
This desire will be visibly evident by the way the offender now lives his/her life.

Happy Birthday!

· Beth Bocock (10/16)
· Evelyn Mills (10/17)
· Tom Craig (10/20)
· Rocky Starland (10/21)

Happy Anniversary!

· Curt & Patty Bales (10/20, 22 years)

Next Week’s Servants (10/22)

· Café Bakers: Pat Fitton (casserole) | Marge Benham (muffins)
· Café Attendant: Marge Parmenter
· Nursery: Tina Wilburn, Connie Hollis
· Sound Tech: Don Jenks

Pumpkinfest Needs Prior to 10/29: Can You Help?

· Pick Up Cones: We need someone to pick orange cones up from the City's Department of Public Works on Friday, 10/27. Time can be picked by you, but we need to fill out a request form with this information ASAP, so please contact Kim if you can help.
· Pull Games from Storage: If you're available to stay after church THIS SUNDAY for a short amount of time and help pull our games from the storage containers outside to the gym, please plan to do so. They need to be evaluated and have maintenance work done prior to our set-up on 10/29. Rain date will be 10/22.
· Game Repair: If you're able to help make any necessary repairs to games before 10/29, please contact Kim (email or call/text 269-767-2226).

Hanging of the Greens

We will host our annual “Hanging of the Greens” and decorate the church for the holiday season on November 18 starting at 9:00am. Depending on how many people help, this activity usually takes 3-4 hours. For questions, please contact the church office.


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.

Trivia Night: 11/18

Saturday, November 18 | 6:00pm | Upstairs at FBCA Fundraiser for True Vine Equestrian Center We invite you to join us for our annual Fall Trivia Night, featuring all new categories, as we raise funds for True Vine Equestrian Center []. * $100 per table.  (Proceeds benefit True Vine Equestrian Center) * 8-10 people per table (Table hosts will coordinate or bring snacks and drinks for their group) * Heads or Tails: 2 Rounds/ $5 to play each * $1 mulligans - up to 10 per table. * Door Prizes and More! * Childcare is available. * For questions or more info, contact the church office southhavenfbc@gmail.com269-637-1291.

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.

church office open
Wednesdays | 11:00am-4:00pm

bible study
Thursdays| 9:30-11:00am | Conference Room
· Contact Tina Wilburn for questions or more information.

women’s craft group
Thursdays | 6:30pm | Craft Room
· Contact Tracy Marshall for questions or more information.

coming soon
· Youth Group: Among Us Event | Sunday, 10/29 | 1:30-3:30pm |Upstairs
· Pumpkinfest | Tuesday, 10/31 | 6:30-8:30pm | FBC Gym
· Oktoberfest | Sunday, 11/5 during worship | Potluck to follow
· Fall Trivia Night | Friday, 11/10 | 6:30-9:30pm | FBC Upstairs
· Hanging of the Greens | Saturday, 11/18 | more details to follow
· Susie (friend of Tracy Marshall) is hospitalized with a serious sepsis infection and dealing with a multitude of health issues that are creating additional complications. Please pray for peace and rest for her, and wisdom for the doctors.
· Gretchen, Jay & John (acquaintances of Rocky & Sandi Starland) upon the unexpected loss of their son, Robert, who took his own life in early October. Gretchen is the ballet teacher of Rocky & Sandi's granddaughter.
· Rocky & Sandi Starland and their family upon the death of Sandi's cousin, Peter Greko, on 10/1.
· Tara Yousef (niece of Doug & Julie Zantello), her four children, and their extended family upon the loss of her 36-year-old husband Steven on 9/27.
· 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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