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First Baptist Church, South Haven

Worship Gathering: 4/21/2024

Worship Gathering: 4/21/2024

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:
1 Corinthians 14:33
John 14:27
Pastor Jerry Koller
· The word disorder is the translation of a word that means instability.
· It has to do with being unsettled or unstable.
· It also carries with it the idea of generating confusion or being out of control.
· Peace has to do with security, safety, prosperity, and happiness.
There are a number of places in Scripture where God is called the God of peace. (Rom. 15:33; 16:20, Phil. 4:9, 1 Thess. 5:23, Judges 6:24, Isaiah 9:6)
Peace is something God gives through God the Son, Jesus Christ. (see Hebrews 13:20-21)
In the Old Testament, peace is likened to the Hebrew term Shalom.
· Shalom has to do with wholeness, harmony, and completeness.
· It means a person, a situation, or a place is the way God intends for it to be.
The word leave means “to go away and leave something behind.”
· In this sense, you can say peace is a legacy, an inheritance, a gift.
Jesus leaves with us is a peace that was secured through His atoning death on the cross.
· To atone means to pay the price or to cover over sin.
The word “give” means “to give over to one's care, entrust, commit.”
There is a vertical and horizontal aspect to peace.
The peace we have been given is not the kind of peace the world offers.
· Jesus said, I do not give to you as the world gives.
3 Differences
1. The peace the world offers is temporal at best. The peace Jesus gives is everlasting.
2. The peace that the world offers looks nothing loke Shalom.
· It does not contribute to wholeness as far as believers in Jesus are concerned for it has no interest in securing peace with God.
· God uses all sorts of trials, tensions, and testing these things to help our faith grow, so that we may develop perseverance.
3. The peace the world gives does not help a person, a situation, or a place be the way God intends for it to be.
The peace Jesus leaves, and the peace He gives is unlike anything the world has to offer. No wonder why Jesus said, "Do not let your hearts be troubled and do not be afraid."
The Apostle Paul pointed out to the saints at Philippi:
The prophet Isaiah said of God:
We are challenged:
1. The peace of Christ changes homes.
2. The peace of Christ changes workplaces.
3. The peace of Christ changes our places of education.
4. The peace of Christ changes relationships.
5. The peace of Christ can also change our church.

Happy Birthday!

· Jared Koller (4/24)
· Linda Newell (4/24)
· Cody Hampton (4/25)

Happy Anniversary!

· Pastor Jerry & Annette Koller (4/24, 43 years)

Thank You!

This email is a little late in coming, but I wanted to let you know that after many shipping delays, we were able to successfully get the shipment of donations that we had been collecting for El Ayudante! So thank you so much for the backpacks that you and your church collected oh so long ago :) . We were able to get them and use them for the students going back to school at the start of this year! It's such a blessing for these students to have access to this sort of support that helps them succeed in attending school with the tools that they need. What a huge blessing! Thank you so much for being a part of loving the people of Honduras and sharing Christ in such tangible and intentional ways! We really appreciate you! God Bless!
~Beth Mohagen, Co-director of El Ayudante

Next Week’s Servants (4/28)

· Café Bakers: Grace Low (casserole) | Vasha Ferguson (donuts)
· Café Attendant: Marge Parmenter
· Nursery: Allie Wilson, Tina Wilburn
· Sound Tech: Don Jenks

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.

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
· 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
· Stan & Jean Robinson, Bruce & Janine Robinson and their families upon the loss of Stan's sister-in-law and Bruce's stepmom, Ruby Robinson, on 4/18.
· 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.
· 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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