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First Baptist Church, South Haven

Worship Gathering: 12/3/2023

Worship Gathering: 12/3/2023

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.
There is Hope
Romans 15:13
Pastor Jerry Koller
Notice how the first mention of the word hope is used in connection with Almighty God. Paul calls God the God of hope.
· Hope is a characteristic or attribute of God.
God is the source and dispenser of hope.
…as you trust in Him.
· This little phrase clearly shows how God works in and through us.
· We have a greater understanding of what joy and peace are as we trust in Him.
Overflow means to be over and above, to abound; to have in abundance. It means to flow past (or beyond) the limits.
Biblical hope is something that will come true because it is a strong and confident expectation.
Hope is fixed on God.
The hope that Paul refers to has three elements to it.
· trust
· expectation of the future
· patience in waiting
The element of trust: Blessed is the one who trusts in the Lord…(Psalm 40:4)
Hope contains an expectation of the future.
Jesus is Hope personified.
Hope deals with patience in waiting.
God is a God of hope.
Hope comes through trust in God. You can trust Him. Will you trust Him more?
Hope contains expectations of the future.
Finally, hope comes through patience as we wait for God to complete His plan to redeem a people for Himself.
Let your hope overflow to the glory of God.

Happy Birthday!

· Paul Fitton (12/3)
· Tina Wilburn (12/6)
· Asa Norman (12/7)
· Amy Neikirk (12/8).

Happy Anniversary!

· Bill & Tina Wilburn (12/4; 30 years).

Next Week’s Servants (12/10)

· Café Bakers: Linda Newell (casserole) | Jean Robinson (banana bread)
· Café Attendant: Marge Dumbaugh
· Nursery: Tracy Marshall, Patty Bales
· Sound Tech: Bill Foskett

Attention Members: Annual Meeting Information 

The 2024 budget proposal and explanation will soon be sent to members via email in a PDF format. If you would like to have a paper copy, please contact the church office. In addition to voting on the budget and the 2024 Elder Ministry Team candidates, Alyssa Newell will be presented as a proposed candidate for the Elder Ministry Team. Elder Ministry Team members willing to serve for 2024 will be Jason Avery, Patty Bales, Brian Bocock, Dan Marshall, and Alyssa Newell (if approved). If you have any questions, please feel free to contact the church office.

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
Annual Meeting | Sunday, 1/21/2024 | after worship
· Judi Beckwith has been diagnosed with a gallstone. Her potassium levels are on the rise and other factors are showing another kidney issue looming in the near future.
· Jill Newton (daughter of Roberta Newton) is recovering from knee replacement surgery.
· Walter Hatfield is looking for a job. If you have any leads, please let him know.
· Ruby Robinson (Stan & Jean Robinson's sister-in-law) continues to deteriorate and has had to stop chemo for now because it has caused so many other health issues that her body cannot handle.
· Vincent Bryant (son of Miriam Bryant) is recovering from a procedure related to a second fistula. Please pray that it is successful.
· Crystal (friend of Tracy Marshall) had a "concerning spot" on her last PET scan. She's going in for a biopsy soon. Please pray that it's nothing.
· Susie (friend of Tracy Marshall) · was returned to ICU. Her blood count dropped very low again and the sepsis returned. They were able to get her levels back to normal and she was moved out of ICU and continues to be hospitalized.
· Nolan Marshall has stopped doing music therapy. He’s been struggling with school situations recently, but there has been improvement in how he is responding and handling them.
· 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.
· Joyce Bocock continues to do well. Prayers for continued improvement and relief from pain are appreciated.
· 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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