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First Baptist Church, South Haven

Worship Gathering: 12/24/2023

Worship Gathering: 12/24/2023

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.
Nothing Can Separate Us
Romans 8:35, 38-39
Pastor Jerry Koller
Seven Things that Contribute to a Feeling of Separation:
1. Trouble/Tribulation
· This is a translation of a word which carries the idea of being squeezed or placed under pressure.
· It is most often used of outward difficulties, but it is also used of emotional stress; severe adversity in general, the kind that is common to all men.
2. Hardship/Distress
· This concept comes from a compound Greek word which is composed of the terms for narrow and space.
· It carries with it the primary idea of strict confinement, of being helplessly hemmed in.
· It’s a feeling of being trapped or cornered.
3. Persecution
· This refers to affliction suffered for the sake of Christ, persecution received because of our faith in Jesus Christ.
4. Famine
· This means not having enough to eat.
5. Nakedness
· This refers to destitution in which a person cannot adequately clothe himself or herself.
· It also suggests the idea of being vulnerable and unprotected.
6. Danger/Peril
· To be in danger is simply to be exposed to danger in general.
7. Sword
· The sword was a symbol of death and suggests being murdered rather than losing your life in a military battle.
· It is the fear of losing your life at the hands of someone.
All seven of these characteristics deal with adversity outside our making. In other words, they have to do with circumstances or events we did not create.
“For I am convinced…” Personal experience convinces us of many things. Notice Four Extremes:
A. Death or Life
B. Devils or Angels
· Some translations use the word “principalities” instead of devils.
· This encompasses the entire spectrum of celestial beings.
C. Present or Future
· Powers—This word refers to mighty or miraculous deeds
· Even miraculous events can’t separate us from the love of God in Christ Jesus.
D. Height nor Depth
· Some scholars believe this may be a reference to what is in the universe—in space.
· It may be a reference to the entire aspect of creation that is above the earth, on the earth, or below the earth.
Any Other Created Thing
· To make sure no other stone is left unturned, Paul finishes his extreme list with the category “anything else in all creation.”
· The only One left that doesn’t fall into one of these categories is God Himself.
From today on, I pray you will stand on the truth, and rest assured, that Nothing will be able to separate us from the love of God that is in Christ Jesus our Lord.

Happy Birthday!

· Annette Hatfield (12/27)
· Jeff Wilson (12/28)
· Zoie Zantello (12/30)

Next Week’s Servants (12/31)

· Café Bakers: Lisa Follman (breakfast casserole) | Marge Benham (muffins)
· Café Attendant: Tina Wilburn
· Nursery: Closed due to Holiday
· Sound Tech: Bill Foskett

Attention Parents and Grandparents 

We would like to remind you that the Nursery is intended for children ages 0-4 years old. Children who are 5 years or older may go to Children’s Worship or the sanctuary with their parents. Having older children in the room is not conducive to a safe environment. Because of this, our nursery staff has been instructed that children who are not 0-4 years old are not allowed in the room and will be returned to their parents. If you believe we need to make an exception because of the maturity level of your child, please contact the church office. Thank you for your cooperation.

Holiday Schedule…

· The NURSERY will not be available on Christmas Eve Sunday, 12/24 or New Year's Eve Sunday, 12/31. Children are welcome to join their parent(s) in the sanctuary on these days.
· CHILDREN'S SUNDAY SCHOOL will not meet on 12/31.
· CHILDREN'S WORSHIP will not meet on 12/24 or 12/31.
· MEN'S BIBLE STUDY will not meet on 12/26.
· THURSDAY MORNING BIBLE STUDY is on break until Spring.

Church Office Closed

Kim Collins will be taking vacation and personal days through the end of the year as she continues to care for her mother. The office will be closed until Wednesday, 1/3/24. Prayer requests and other urgent matters will be handled; please call/text Kim at 269-767-2226 if you have such a need.

Attention Members: Annual Meeting Information

The 2024 budget proposal and explanation has been 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.

Alyssa Newell (daughter of Dean and Linda Newell) grew up attending First Baptist Church. She came to Christ at four years old and has been active in church programs and events since. Alyssa has served in the Children’s Church program since 2006, first as a junior leader and now leads it. She graduated in 2013 from Grace Christian School and attended Grace Christian University and Cornerstone University in Grand Rapids. She graduated with a bachelor's degree in early childhood and Elementary Education in 2019. She currently teaches kindergarten at Grace Christian School. She shares an apartment with her sister, Julie, and their cat Ginger, and enjoys reading and spending time with family. Alyssa looks forward to the opportunity to continue to serve the church on the Elder Ministry Team.

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
· No class 12/24
· Contact Alyssa Newell for questions or more information.

men’s bible study
Tuesdays | 7:00-8:30pm | Mission Café
· No class 12/26
· 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
· on break until spring
· 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 · health concerns; in the latter stages of dementia.
· 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.
· Nolan Marshall has had an increase in behavioral issues. Pray that they will be able to get things regulated and under control again soon.
· 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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