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First Baptist Church, South Haven

Worship Gathering: 2/4/2024

Worship Gathering: 2/4/2024

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.
The Attributes of God
Psalm 102:25-27
Pastor Jerry Koller
· God is eternal, infinite, immaterial, and omnipresent.
· God’s attributes are in perfect balance.
· God is self-existent (aseity, or independence).
This morning, we will look at an attribute called Immutable or Unchangeable.
· Immutable simply means not subject or susceptible to change or variation in form, quality, or nature.
We can define the unchangeableness of God as follows: God is unchanging in his being, perfections, purposes, and promises. ~ Dr. Wayne Grudem
"All that God is He has always been, and all that He has been and is He will ever be." ~ Anselm
Every creature—including man—is continually becoming. Change is a part of everyday life. It is impossible to avoid.
Based on the attributes we have already examined, we can come to some conclusions as to why God cannot change.
· First of all, change (of any kind) takes place in chronological order. This means for change to take place, it must happen within the constraints of time.
· If change takes place in chronological order, within the constraints of time, God has to be unchangeable.
· When it comes to change, it is always for the better or for the worse.
· Change can only take place in a being composed of parts.
· Change is basically a shift in the relationship of the parts of the whole or some addition or subtraction of a foreign element into the original composition.
Does God sometimes change His mind?
Where would anyone get the idea that God changes His mind?
· The Lord relented…
· Relent means to give in, as to influence or pressure.
This brings us back to the question, Does God sometimes change His mind? How do we understand passages such as these that say The Lord changed His mind?
· Both statements, God cannot change His mind and God sometimes changes His mind cannot be true.
· Either God never changes, or God changes.
God makes Himself known to us in ways we can understand.
· The Holy Spirit uses anthropomorphic language to describe God and His workings.
· This also applies to the mind of God.
· His mind, as it were, is not like our mind.
· God always chooses what is right.
· God always chooses what is perfect.
· God always chooses what is best because that is who God is.
· God is the standard by which everything and everyone else is measured.
· Our eternal, infinite, immaterial, omnipresent, self-existent God is perfect.

Happy Birthday!

· Susan Seitz (2/6)
· Alyssa Newell (2/6)

New Babies

We congratulate Zach & Laure Tate upon the birth of their twins Natalie (7 lbs.) and Samuel (6.8 lbs.). Grandparents are Bob & Camille Tate and their Great-Grandmother is Joyce Bocock.

Next Week’s Servants (2/11)

· Café Bakers: Patty Bales (breakfast casserole) | Joyce Bocock (donuts)
· Café Attendant: Marge Dumbaugh
· Nursery: Tracy Marshall, Paul Fitton
· Sound Tech: Don Jenks

Annual Meeting Summary

The 2024 budget was approved. Elder Ministry Team members affirmed to actively serve for 2024 are Jason Avery, Patty Bales, Brian Bocock, Dan Marshall, and Alyssa Newell who was also affirmed to become a member of the EMT.

2023 Tithe Statements

We thank you for your faithful giving and support of our ministries throughout the year! 2023 Tithe Statements were emailed on Wednesday, January 24. If you didn't receive a copy or would prefer a paper copy, please contact Kim ( or call/text 269-767-2226) and let her know.

Young Adult Bible Study

Meets Weekly: usually on Wednesday evenings at Three Blondes Brewery
Ages: 17-25
Using Engage Bible Studies (offered by Community Bible Studies) - currently studying Mark.
Contact Gabe Bocock for more information or email
*this group is not affiliated with any church organization

You're Invited!

Saturday, February 10 | 2:00-4:00pm | Upstairs at FBC
Please join the Newell family and friends to celebrate the 30th birthday of Alyssa Newell. Bring yourself and your well wishes. Cards are welcomed, but the only gift needed is your presence. Refreshments and a place to sit and visit will be provided. Please RSVP to Julie Newell by February 5.

Trivia Night Fundraiser: True Vine Equestrian Center

Saturday, February 10 | Registrations starts at 5:00pm |
Calvary Community Church, 7829 5th Street, Mattawan
If you’d like to support True Vine Equestrian Center, we encourage you to participate in their Trivia Night fundraiser: Sponsor a table with up to 10 friends for $100. Each table provides their own refreshments. Mulligans $1 each up to 10. Childcare available. Bring extra cash to participate in fun games, raffles, and more! Sign-up online or see Rob Zantello for more information.

Inclement Weather

If we need to cancel church activities, we will communicate closures via email, text, phone, and on our Facebook page. Information may also be communicated on tv through WWMT (channel 3), WoodTV (channel 8), and Fox 17 (channel 17), but the other methods will be our first priority. If you are not receiving communication in one of these ways, please contact the church office.

Have You Considered?

Did you know that if your bank offers online services, you can set your tithe up as a regular ‘bill payment’ through your bank? This is a convenient option to help with continuity in giving and the ability for you to tithe even when you are on vacation or miss church. It eliminates having to wonder if you turned in your offering while you were gone! If you have questions or would like more information about how to utilize this convenient option, check with your banking institution or contact the church office.

Pop Cans = Scholarships

Don’t forget that your beverage can & bottle donations are used to fund teen scholarships for youth retreats, summer camps, special activities, etc. Please bring your recyclable items to the church anytime!

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

women’s craft group
Thursdays | 6:30pm | Craft Room
· Contact Tracy Marshall for questions or more information.
· Ginny Dorsey (Rhonda Dobberstein's mom) is recovering from a knee replacement surgery following a fall in which her knee was broken.
· Zach & Laura Tate upon the birth of their twins Natalie (7 lbs.) and Samuel (6.8 lbs.).
· Vincent Bryant (son of Miriam Bryant) is recovering from a second surgery on his left hand after an infection which resulted in one finger being amputated. He is also having issues with an ankle which is preventing him from driving. As a result, Miriam is transporting him to dialysis three days a week.
· Miriam Bryant has begun therapy for hip issues.
· Pete Danapilis is recovering from cataract surgery on his second eye.
· Nolan Marshall recently scored well on a CAFAS evaluation, but then took a sharp turn for the worse after testing. Because he got a great score, he is now below the threshold and is in danger of losing services. Even though he still has a severe impairment score, only the worst of the worst qualify. In addition, his wraparound coordinator is moving to a new position, and they will have to deal with a new person to advocate for him to keep these services. Please keep the Marshall family in prayer as they navigate through these issues.
· Anna Bocock’s Lyme tests came back that she has Epstein Barr in addition to one strain of Lyme. They are not able to treat the Lyme until the Epstein Barr is under control. She is currently very sick and is not responding to the treatments for the Epstein Barr. Pray that the treatments start working and she is able to get that under control so that she can move forward with the Lyme treatment within the next few months. .
· Caroline Bocock is doing much better! She passed her concussion test after a year of failing and has been approved to do anything she wishes. She will have more Lyme testing later this month, but the symptoms have almost completely disappeared since her treatment in July. Pray for continued improvements and for clear test results so she doesn’t have to do anymore treatments.
· Rhonda Dobberstein hs been diagnosed with breast cancer. She has a lumpectomy scheduled for 2/13 followed by radiation and estrogen treatments.
· 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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