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First Baptist Church, South Haven

Worship Gathering: 10/22/2023

Worship Gathering: 10/22/2023

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.
Lions, and Tigers, and Reconciliation. Oh My!
2 Corinthians 5:18-21
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.
Definition of reconciliation: to make friendly again; to adjust or settle; to renew a friendship.
Even though God delights in His children, sin breaks His heart. Even though He detests sin, His loving heart yearns for sinners to return to Him.
One of the driving forces behind forgiveness is reconciliation.
Forgiveness springs forth out of a heart of love (for Christ and His love for us - see 2 Cor. 5:14-21).
Reconciled" comes from a word whose primary meaning is "an exchange."
· It is a change on the part of one party induced by an action on the part of another.
Verse 18 continues: All this is from God, who reconciled us to himself through Christ and gave us the ministry of reconciliation.
· This ministry of reconciliation is not just a ministry of teaching people about the doctrine of the atonement, about presenting the facts regarding salvation.
We are therefore Christ’s ambassadors…
· Ambassadors are those individuals who have been commissioned to speak with authority on behalf of the one who did the commissioning.
We are to speak though God were making his appeal through us. We are His mouthpieces.
Therefore, (vs. 20) ...we beg you on behalf of Christ, be reconciled to God."
The Great Exchange; sin for righteousness.
The desire for reconciliation stems from God, not man. It is the change on the part of one party (God), induced by the action on the part of another (Christ Jesus.)
If there is not a desire for reconciliation, true biblical forgiveness can never take place.
4 Relational Barriers:
1. Tension
2. Separation
3. Enemy Status
4. Our Unpaid Accounts
· For the wages of sin is death…
With the barriers removed, we have:
1. Divine Rest
2. Peace with God
Three Barriers to Reconciliation
1. The Cost Factor
· The cost for the offended party if to forgive the debt and keep open the door of reconciliation.
· The cost for the offender is repentance.
2. Misunderstanding of Reconciliation
· Reconciliation is not peace at all costs.
· Peace at all costs is nothing but cheap forgiveness.
3. Fear
· It is possible to forgive someone even though there may be no hope of having the relationship restored because reconciliation requires repentance on the part of the offender.
· Forgiveness basically means to cancel the debt.
· Reconciliation makes friendly again; renews the broken relationship or friendship.

Happy Birthday!

· Pat Fitton (10/23)
· Holly Norman (10/28)

Happy Anniversary!

· Rob & Brandy Zantello (10/25, 20 years)

Next Week’s Servants (10/29)

· Café Bakers: Pat Fitton (casserole) | Marianne Foskett (banana bread)
· Café Attendant: Marianne Foskett
· Nursery: Allie Wilson, Paul Fitton
· Sound Tech: Don Jenks

Wheelchair Ramp Needed

Doug Zantello is coordinating the project of building a wheelchair ramp at the home of Renee Goff (5668 109th Avenue, Pullman). Pending good weather, we are hoping to have two workdays. On Friday, 11/3, the posts will be set and then on Saturday, 11/4 the remainder of the deck will be finished. Start time will be 9:00am. Please bring your own tools. If you are able to help, please let Doug know (call/text 269-427-7000) or contact Kim in the church office (email or call/text 269-767-2226) as soon as possible. Many hands make light work and the more help we have, the faster this project will go.

Oktoberfest Sunday: 11/5 - Be Prepared!

November 5 is our Oktoberfest Sunday. We plan to have an interactive service on this day and will have an open mic opportunity for the congregation to encourage others by sharing their personal blessings and how God has been faithful. Please come to worship prepared to do two things: present a financial gift of gratitude and share how God has blessed you this year.

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) · had a great turn around and the doctor is now talking about sending her to a rehab facility. Praise God for the good news!
· 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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