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First Baptist Church, South Haven

Worship Gathering: 4/14/2024

Worship Gathering: 4/14/2024

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:
Pastor Jerry Koller
Mercy is a word that is common in both the Old and New Testaments and is an extremely complex concept that several Hebrew and Greek words are used to express the vastness of its meaning.
· Synonyms: compassion, lovingkindness, favor, and steadfast love
Mercy is “the gift of God’s undeserved kindness and compassion.”
Mercy is revealed in the actions God takes to relieve suffering and demonstrate His faithfulness and steadfast love.
· It is a gift.
· It is undeserved.
It is an expression of His lovingkindness and compassion.
· faithfulness, unfailing love, or good favor in its place.
Compassion is characterized by empathy, such as feeling bad for someone because of his or her circumstance.
Mercy can be described as compassion in action.
General Mercy is extended not only to all men but also to His entire creation.
Mercy is an expression of undeserved kindness.
· It is also an expression of His faithfulness and steadfast love.
Special Mercy is exercised towards mankind, helping and assisting them.
Sovereign Mercy is reserved for the heirs of salvation, those for whom God chooses—those who are in Christ Jesus.

This cup is the new covenant in my blood, which is poured out for you, for many, for the forgiveness of sins.
Mercy is also closely related to grace.
· God extending favor and kindness to those who do not deserve it.

Jesus said:
2 Categories of Mercy:

1. Benevolence: A compassionate treatment of someone suffering or in need.
The primary purpose of Jesus’ miracles was not benevolence. They were for authentication.
2. Mercy that is extended to an enemy.
We are to be merciful as God is merciful.
This includes extending mercy to our enemies.
Keep in mind the truth that God extended mercy to us while we were His enemies, for while we were sinners, Christ died for us.
God is a God of mercy. May you and I be people of mercy as well.

Happy Birthday!

· Tracy Marshall (4/14)
· Janette Hendrix (4/19)
· Taylor Zantello (4/20)

Happy Anniversary!

· Dave & Connie Hollis (4/20, 39 years)

Next Week’s Servants (4/21)

· Café Bakers: Patty Bales (casserole) | Tracy Marshall (donuts)
· Café Attendant: Marge Dumbaugh
· Nursery: Bocock Family
· 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.

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
· Summer Camp Fundraiser: April 7-28 | Butter Braids & Other Items
· Bible Study Resumes: Thursday, April 18 | 9:30am | Conference Room
· Ruby Robinson (Stan & Jean Robinson’s sister-in-law, Bruce Robinson’s stepmom) is in significant pain as her cancer has progressed and she is now receiving Hospice care. Please pray for peace and comfort.
· 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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