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First Baptist Church, South Haven

Worship Gathering: 3/31/2024

Worship Gathering: 3/31/2024

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.
I Am. Do You Believe?
John 11:25-27
Pastor Jerry Koller
When Jesus told Martha that Lazarus was going to rise again, He was not giving her a common word of encouragement.
His response to Martha does not trivialize the fact that Lazarus was dead and that Mary and Martha were extremely grieved over the ordeal and loss.
Seven “I am” declarations in the Gospel of John:
· 6:35—Bread of Life
· 8:12—Light of the World
· 10:9—The Gate
· 10:11—Good Shepherd
· 11:25—Resurrection and the Life
· 14:6—Way and the Truth and the Life
· 15:5—The Vine
Jesus has always been and always will be exactly what God is.
· He has always been and always will be the resurrection and the life.
To resurrect something is to bring that something back to life.
· It is to return something or someone from the dead.
Without death, there is no need for a resurrection.
· Jesus died and rose again to conquer both sin and death in all its forms.
Martha realized there will come a time when on the last day, her brother would be resurrected, but that is not what He was emphasizing.
· Jesus was emphasizing that He has always been and always will be, in His very person, the Resurrection and the Life.
He who believes in me will live, even though he dies.
· Death, in verse 25, is a reference to physical death.
· Live or life, on the other hand, is a reference to everlasting life.
· From God’s perspective, you can physically die but have everlasting life.
…and whoever lives and believes in me will never die...(John 11:26)
· In verse 25, we have a view from the perspective of death.
· In verse 26, we have a view from the perspective of life.
· Die, in verse 26 a reference to everlasting death or everlasting separation from God. It is a spiritual death.
Jesus responded in this fashion because He wanted the very best for His dear friend.
Martha’s response:
1. Everyone will die physically.
2. Everyone is spiritually dead.
3. Jesus is the Resurrection.
4. Jesus is Life.

Urgent Prayer Request from Haiti

We received the following prayer request from Pastor Jephthe Lucien in Haiti, who we provide missionary support to on a monthly basis. Please keep him, his family, and his ministry in prayer during such a challenging time.

Dear Friends,

I hope this message finds you well. I am writing to bring your attention to the critical situation currently faced by the people of Haïti, particularly in the city of Port au Prince, and request your prayers for peace and security.

Port au Prince, as the capital city, is at the epicenter of both government activities and the operations of various gangs. Sadly, the escalating violence has resulted in an alarming loss of life on a daily basis. The situation is dire, and the need for prayers has never been more urgent.

In addition to the general population, our church community is also bearing the brunt of these challenging circumstances. Our church buildings in Port au Prince and orphanage buildings have been destroyed, forcing us to move to a rented space in a relatively safer area. However, even in our new location, we find ourselves overwhelmed as more orphans seek refuge with us, desperately escaping the violence and destruction around them.

The well-being of these vulnerable children is of utmost concern to us. With limited resources, we are doing our best to provide them with the care they need, but the pressure is mounting. Therefore, we humbly request your prayers and support as we strive to offer them solace and a secure environment.

Furthermore, the impact of the ongoing unrest has affected the functioning of our churches and the accreditation process for our university has come to a standstill. This not only hampers our ability to minister to our congregation effectively, but also hinders the advancement of education and opportunities for the youth.

In this trying time, we believe in the power of collective prayer. We earnestly ask for your intercession for the people of Haïti, specifically for peace and security to be restored in Port au Prince. Please pray for the orphans who have sought refuge with us, that they find comfort, strength, and hope amidst the chaos. Additionally, we kindly request prayers for the resumption of normal church operations and the successful completion of the accreditation process for our university.

Your thoughts and prayers mean the world to us during these challenging times. Let us come together in solidarity, seeking divine intervention and guidance for Haïti and our church community.

May the peace of the Lord be with you and may your prayers bring the much-needed hope and healing to the people of Haïti.

Yours faithfully,
Pastor Jephthe Lucien

Happy Birthday!

· Rhonda Dobberstein (4/1)
· Alice Avery (4/2)
· Jim Cagle (4/3)
· Linda Pries (4/4)

Next Week’s Servants (4/7)

· Café Bakers: Linda Newell (casserole) | Don Jenks (donuts)
· Café Attendant: Tina Wilburn
· Nursery: Annette Koller, Connie Hollis
· Sound Tech: Don Jenks

Last Call for Matching Donation

We have received a very generous offer to match donations received between now and March 31 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. Every little bit helps, and this is a great way to double your gift, and help this need be met! If you feel compelled to help, please make your payment to FBC with the note of "Love Offering: Lawyer" in the memo and turn your gift in between now and the end of the month. Thank you!

Bible Study Resumes 4/18

You are invited to join our Bible study group on Thursday mornings from 9:30-11:30am in the Conference Room. We will begin the LifeChange Bible Study on Ecclesiastes. “Ecclesiastes is sometimes perceived as one of the most difficult books in Scripture but it's also one of the most rewarding. Launching you on an 8-week journey, this in-depth study addresses the quest for meaning, presence of evil, wisdom and foolishness, and other issues to help you understand God's ways in an often confusing and frustrating world. “ Books are $9 each. To sign-up, stop by the Welcome Center or contact Vasha Ferguson or Tina Wilburn.

Camp Fundraiser Coming Soon

We will sell butter braids, pretzels, cookies, and other yummy treats April 7-28. Watch for more details coming soon!

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.

🌷🐴🌱 Trivia Night | Spring 2023 🌱🐴🌷

Join us for our annual SpringTrivia Night. This event will be a fundraiser for True Vine Equestrian Center. [] Saturday, 4/13 | 6-9pm | Upstairs at FBC 💰 | $100 per table registration fee. (all proceeds go to True Vine) 👫 | 8-10 people per table (table hosts coordinate or bring snacks & drinks for their group) 🙋 | If you don't have a table, but want to join us, we have open seats - contact Kim and we'll find a spot for you! 🆓 | $1 mulligans - up to 10 per table = one free point per round 🪙 | Two rounds of Heads or Tails at $5 per play 👶🏻 | Childcare is available. ✅ | Sign-Up Online or stop by the welcome center. ❓ | For questions or more info, contact the church office ( or 269-637-1291).

Fundraiser for True Vine Equestrian Center | Kalamazoo Growlers Baseball Game

Friday, June 14 | 5:35pm | Homer Stryker Field, Kalamazoo
Tickets should be purchased at - use promo code TVEC. For questions, contact Rob Zantello.

We Care: Bountiful Baskets Collection

Help stock the pantry shelves for We Care! Pick up a complimentary basket from the We Care office (1301 M-43 Highway, Suite 2B, South Haven) and fill it with food, personal care, or baby items. A tag is attached to let you know what is needed. Return the basket to the We care office when it's full. This drive runs from March 1 - September 30. Take 1 basket or 100 and help those in our community who need extra support.

We Care Fundraiser: Comedy Night

Saturday, April 20 | Doors open at 6:30pm | Upper Level at the Maritime Museum
We Care Community Resource Center presents Spring Comedy Night! Enjoy a night out to laugh, meet old and new friends, and support a good cause. Comedian Jerry Donovan. Dinner and drinks included. Event starts at 7:00pm. $100 per ticket or a table of 8 is $750. To reserve your spot, go to and mark the memo "Comedy Night" or come to the office to pay with cash or check. For questions, contact the We Care office (269-637-4342) or email

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
· No Class 3/31
· Contact Bailey Finch for questions or more information.

youth bible study: mixtape theology
Sundays | 9:15-10:15am | Conference Room
· Ages 6th grade and older
· No Class 3/31
· Contact Julie Newell or Allie Wison 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 3/31; class will meet 4/7.
· Does not meet on the first Sunday of each month.
· 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
· Begins 4/18
· Study of Ecclesiastes
· 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
· 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
· Bible Study Resumes: Thursday, April 18 | 9:30am | Conference Room
· Pastor Jephthe Lucien, his family, his ministry, the children in his orphanages, and the people of Haiti as the country is under extreme duress due to violence and unrest.
· Terry Buckley was unable to have surgery due to excessive fluid around his lungs and heart. He will be hospitalized at the Cleveland Clinic for at least a week while they try to remove the fluid and will then be re-evaluated once the medications have time to work.
· Raelynn (great-niece of Gena Poole) has been taken off from oxygen support, the feeding tube has been removed, and she is holding her own without them. Prayers that she continues to do well on her own are appreciated.
· Jim Wheeler (Renee Goff's uncle in Kansas City) is doing great and is currently in a rehab facility as he regains his strength.
· Bruce Ferguson had his medications adjusted and is continuing with his doctors 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 continues testing.
· Rhonda Dobberstein has begun radiation for breast cancer treatment.
· Nolan Marshall was approved to receive services for another year. Praise God for answered prayers!
· Vincent Bryant (son of Miriam Bryant) is dealing with multiple health issues: blood clots which are interfering with his dialysis treatments; continues to recover from a 2nd surgery on his left hand which resulted in one finger being amputated; issues with an ankle that prevents him from driving.
· Miriam Bryant has begun therapy for hip issues.
· Anna Bocock’s has Epstein Barr in addition to one strain of Lyme. She is waiting for next month’s treatment to be done, will then take another blood test to see how the treatment performed, and once the tests come back, she will hopefully be able to move forward with the Lyme disease treatments.
· Caroline Bocock is having some symptoms resurface so she will need to have more treatments. They are waiting for her most recent test results to come back so they can determine which strain of Lyme’s needs to be treated next.
· 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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