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First Baptist Church, South Haven

Worship Gathering: 4/7/2024

Worship Gathering: 4/7/2024

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.
Attributes of God:
Love (part 2)
Pastor Jerry Koller
Review: Foundational Characteristics of Love
· Love cannot exist outside relationships.
· Love always has an object.
· Love is an expression of giving.
A fourth foundational truth regarding this attribute of God is that Love takes pleasure in its object.
Our issue with love is that we have a tendency to relegate love to an emotion or a feeling.
Does God have emotions or feelings? Some scholars say no.
There is an attribute of God called Impassability. The idea of impassibility is that God does not possess passions or emotions like you and I do.
· Emotions and feelings can affect our thinking as well as our actions.
· Feelings and emotions can change based on circumstances.
· God does not change. He is immutable. Therefore, He cannot possess them for those very reasons.
In the Scriptures, God displays Compassion, Grief, Hate, Jealousy, Joy, and Love.
· Scripture uses anthropomorphic language to describe God in ways we can relate to or understand to some degree.
· These are very different from those emotions and feelings we possess.
· These feelings and emotions cannot affect God’s thinking, plans, or actions in any way because God does not change.
Unlike us, God does not fall in love. God does not fall out of love.
· He does not fall in or out of love because God is love.
We have the capacity to fall in and out of love. Both are based on circumstances.
· God is not affected by circumstances. He never changes.
Another issue we have with love has to do with those to whom we express love.
· We develop love.
· Through a relationship, we see in someone things that appeal to us, things that are attractive to us.
· We place value on them.
· The more we value them, the easier it is to express love.
The love of God cannot be influenced.
· God loves those He chooses to love based on His own sovereign will. · The cause of His love is Himself.
· He loves whom He pleases.
God loves the sinner as well as the saint.
There is also a love that God gives to those He chooses to be in Him. It is a love that is expressed to those who have a saving relationship with Him (see Romans 5).
· The Holy Spirit is not given to all mankind (just to those who have been justified).
· This love is not poured into the hearts of all men (but only to those to whom the Spirit has been given).
Some would say that this is not fair. However, if God is fair, He should give everyone exactly what they deserve.
· The love of God is poured into those whom He has chosen.
Love in 1 Corinthians 13:
There are 7 characteristics that address love from a positive perspective. The 7 characteristics address what love is.
Love is patient,
love is kind.
It always protects,
It always trusts,
It always hopes,
It always perseveres.
Love never fails.
There are also 7 characteristics of love that are addressed from a negative perspective. These 7 characteristics address what love is not.
It does not envy,
It does not boast,
It is not proud.
It is not rude,
It is not self-seeking,
It is not easily angered,
It keeps no record of wrongs
There is 1 characteristic of love that is addressed from both a negative and positive perspective. Love does not delight in evil but rejoices with the truth.
· These are not characteristics of God’s love.
· These characteristics do not describe the love we are to have toward God.
· These are characteristics of the love we should have for one another.
· May we be thankful for God’s love.
· May we love God with our heart, soul, mind, and strength.
· May we love one another like Jesus loves us.

Happy Birthday!

· Brooks Norman (4/11)
· Tracy Marshall (4/14)

Happy Anniversary!

· Chet & Renee Goff (4/10, 31 years)

Next Week’s Servants (4/14)

· Café Bakers: Susie Price (casserole) | Beth Bocock (donuts)
· Café Attendant: Marge Dumbaugh
· Nursery: ___(2 People Needed)___
· Sound Tech: Don Jenks

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.

Summer Camp Fundraiser

We encourage you to support our Summer Campers while they earn funds for Summer Camp!

Butter Braids & Rolls—$18
· Apple
· Bavarian Crème
· Blueberry & Cream Cheese
· Cherry
· Cinnamon
· Cream Cheese
· Four Cheese & Herb
· Raspberry
· Strawberry & Cream Cheese
· Caramel Rolls
· Cinnamon Rolls

Cookie Dough—$20
· Chocolate Chip
· Chocolate Chip Pecan
· Chocolate Chip Toffee Crunch
· Peanut Butter
· Strawberry Shortcake
· Snickerdoodle
· Triple Chocolate Chunk
· White Chocolate Macadamia Nut

Cake Rolls—$18
· Carrot Cake
· Chocolate Crème
· Lemon Crème
· Pumpkin
· Red Velvet
· Strawberry Cheesecake

Amish Pretzels—$20
· Soft Pretzels
· Pretzel Bites

Orders must be received by Sunday, April 28 and will be delivered around May 15. See a camper, order online, or contact the church office to get your yummy treats soon. Checks can be made payable to First Baptist Church and given to Kim in the church office.

Hearing Assistance Devices Now Available

We have hearing assistance devices available during the morning worship service which 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
· 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
· 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
· 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
· 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 successfully had fluid removed from around his heart and is doing much better.
· Bruce Ferguson had his medications adjusted and is continuing with his doctors for further treatment.
· Lennon McKamey (son of Kyle & Sarah McKamey) hasn’t had any more blackouts and has completed testing; he has a follow up appointment in June.
· Rhonda Dobberstein is receiving radiation treatments for breast cancer that will continue through the end of April.
· 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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