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First Baptist Church, South Haven

Worship Gathering: 3/10/2024

Worship Gathering: 3/10/2024

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
Pastor Jerry Koller
Dictionary Definition: Wisdom is the ability to apply knowledge, experience, and understanding through common sense and insight.
Biblical Perspective: God’s wisdom means whatever goals God sets, He always chooses the best goals as well as the best means to achieve those goals.
· He will always devise perfect ends as well as the means to achieve those ends
Never mistake knowledge for wisdom. One helps you make a living and the other helps you make a life.
Wisdom according to the book of James:
· Verse 13 begins with a question:
James is addressing wisdom as far as human beings are concerned and how we reflect wisdom as image-bearers. He points out how there is wisdom from above and wisdom from below.
1. Pure
· The word pure means to be “free from contamination or defilement.”
· It comes from the same root word from which we get our translation “holy
2. Peace-loving
· Peace-loving simply means being inclined or disposed to peace.
· The NASB calls this characteristic peaceable. Pure wisdom is peaceable.
· “Blessed are the peacemakers…”
· There are only two places in the New Testament where this Greek word is used—here, and in Hebrews 12:11
3. Considerate
· The NASB calls it Gentle.
· The idea behind this Greek word is that of courtesy and consideration, or to be fair and forbearing (being patient and self-controlled when facing adversity).
· This word also carries with it the idea of being moderate without compromise, gentleness without weakness.
4. Submissive
· The meaning of this word has to do with being teachable and compliant.
· There is a willingness to yield without anger and dispute.
5. Full of Mercy
· Mercy includes forgiveness for those who wrong you, compassion for the suffering and assistance for the needy.
· It includes extending kindness and love to others unconditionally.
6. Full of Good Fruits
· This refers to every sort of good work or deed that is an outpouring of genuine faith.
· Notice the word full. It not only applies to mercy, but it also applies to good fruits.
7. Impartial
· This word, apart from a Biblical context, was used to indicate an impartial, fair, and equal treatment of others without any favoritism which is something James addressed in 2:1-13.
· It literally means to be undivided, not to be parted, without uncertainty or indecision.
· This is why the NASB uses the word unwavering.
· When one is unwavering, there is no room for doubtfulness or inconsistency.
8. Sincere
· Another translation calls it Without Hypocrisy.
· It is not two-faced.
· There are no double standards.
· It does not pretend to be something it is not.
Why should we develop wisdom from above?
· We should develop wisdom from above so that we may align our lives—as children of God—with His goals, with whatever he chooses to do; whatever He plans.
· We should develop wisdom from above so that we may align our methods of achieving His goals to His because His ways are perfect and best.
How can we get it or develop it?
Trust God. Trust His promises.

Happy Birthday!

· Tina Dell (3/11)
· Cayden Poole (3/12)
· Grace Low (3/12)
· Lennon McKamey (3/13)
· Mary Buchert (3/16)

Next Week’s Servants (3/17)

· Café Bakers: Linda Newell (casserole) | Marge Benham (muffins)
· Café Attendant: Marge Dumbaugh
· Nursery: Tina Wilburn, Allie Wilson
· Sound Tech: Rocky Starland

Love Offering

We have received a request to help a church family member with a special situation as they pursue hiring a lawyer regarding custody issues for their child. There is reason to believe that the non-custodial parent, who is grossly behind on child support, is placing the child in danger due to substance abuse.The lawyer fee is $3500. If 35 people are able to donate $100, this need would be met. If you feel compelled to help, please make your payment to FBC with the note of "Love Offering: Lawyer" in the memo. Thank you!

Hearing Assistance Devices Now Available

We have purchased a few devices to help individuals with a hearing deficit to listen to the morning worship service better. The devices allow the user to control the volume based on their individual needs. They are available from the Sound Booth at the rear of the sanctuary and are cleaned and sanitized after each use. For questions, see Rocky Starland.

Theology Class

· Wednesdays | 7:00-8:00pm | Starting 3/20 · A 60 Week Class Commitment (broken into six 10-class segments); meets fall-spring, no summer classes. · This class will be closed once it begins because each class builds on the previous. · A workbook ($10 per segment/$60 total) and study materials will need to be purchased.  If you fully complete the program, the full amount will be refunded to you. · The book Systematic Theology by Wayne Grudem is a required book. It can be ordered from Amazon or Christian Book Distributors. · A brief video promo is available in the church office if you would like to learn more. · Please sign-up online or at the Welcome Center ASAP so we can plan materials accordingly. · For questions or more information, see Pastor Jerry.

Blood Drive: 3/21

Thursday, 3/21 | 1-6:00pm | FBC Main Foyer ☕️ Donate at this blood drive and receive a Biggby beverage coupon! ( while supplies last ) 🍦Culver’s of South Haven has reached out to partner with us and is giving a coupon for a free pint of ice cream to anyone who tries and/or successfully gives a pint of blood at this event. 💓You keep the pulse of the community going-what is donated today, by you or through your Versiti drive, helps patients here now, and in the future. Thanks for supporting us during these uncertain times. 🗓️ APPOINTMENTS PREFERRED, walk-ins welcomed.  ✅ Call 866-642-5663 or sign-up online

Seder Dinner

Wednesday, 3/27 | 6:00pm | FBC Gym Join us as we celebrate Holy Week with this special event on March 27 at 6:00 PM at First Baptist Church. Come and hear our guest speaker, Douglas Carmel, from Rock of Israel Ministries share the Gospel of Jesus Christ from a Messianic (born-again) Jewish perspective. · Experience a true Passover meal that the Jews would celebrate. · Learn about how Christ is the center of Passover. · There is no cost; however you MUST sign up at the Welcome Center or online by Sunday, March 24, so we can plan accordingly. · If you are willing to help with set-up, cooking and/or serve the meal, and/or clean-up, please contact Kim (269-637-1291 or · A love offering will be collected for our speaker. Bring your Jewish and ‘not so Jewish’ friends and neighbors!

Easter Sunday Celebration

Easter Breakfast We will have breakfast in the gym from 9:15-10:00 AM.  Sunday School will not meet so families can enjoy breakfast together.   Worship Celebration Following breakfast, join us for a special worship service at 10:30 as we honor our Risen Savior.   Get Involved!  · Help is needed for the breakfast!  · We also need people to bring egg casseroles or quiches that feed 10-12 people.  · Sign-up online, at the Welcome Center, or by contacting Kim, and let us know how you’ll help. · For questions or more information, contact the office.

Mark Your Calendar

· Spring Trivia Night: Saturday, April 13 | 6:00pm | Upstairs @ FBC
· More Details Coming Soon!

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.

coming soon
· Theology Class Begins: Wednesday, 3/20 | 7:00-8:00pm | Mission Cafe
· Blood Drive: Thursday, March 21 | 1-6pm | FBC Main Foyer
· Seder Dinner: Wednesday, March 27 | 6:00pm | FBC Gym
· Easter Celebration: Sunday, March 31
---> breakfast 9:15am-10:00am | gym
---> worship 10:30am | sanctuary
· Spring Trivia Night: Saturday, April 13 | 6:00pm | Upstairs @ FBC
· Bruce Ferguson had his medications adjusted and will follow up with his cardiologist for further treatment.
· Lennon McKamey (son of Kyle & Sarah McKamey) is consulting with a neurologist due to issues with blacking out and falling. Pray that a cause can be identified so proper treatment can be given. He is currently on anti-seizure medication and has additional testing scheduled for later this month.
· Steve & Lisa Follman and their family upon the loss of Lisa’s mother, Martha Dubuisson on 2/23.
· Patrick & Carol Shenberger (Tracy Marshall's dad and stepmom) as Carol's 18 year-old grandson committed suicide on 2/27.
· Rhonda Dobberstein praise God that the margins from cancer surgery are clear; will begin radiation.
· Ginny Dorsey (Rhonda Dobberstein's mom) has returned home and is receiving therapy. She is still in a lot of pain.
· Vincent Bryant (son of Miriam Bryant) is dealing with several health issues. He has been dealing with blood clots which have been interfering with his dialysis treatments. He continues to recover 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 that prevents 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.
· Nolan Marshall · was approved to receive services for another year. Praise God for answered prayers!
· 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.
· 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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