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First Baptist Church, South Haven

Worship Gathering: 5/5/2024

Worship Gathering: 5/5/2024

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.
Don't Lose Heart
2 Corinthians 4:16
Pastor Rob Zantello
Putting the verse in context with the rest of the chapter
"Therefore" means you need to find out what it is there for
To get context for Chapter 4 we need to understand stand Chapter 3
Chapter 3 can be broken down into 5 different sections
1. Letters of recommendation vs 1-3
2. Competence from God vs 4-6
3. Glory of the New Covenant vs 7-11
4. Veiled and unveiled faces vs 12-16
5. Transformation into Christ's image vs 17-18
Paul spends the majority of the chapter contrasting the old and new covenants.
We then go on to Chapter 4 where Paul discusses the nature of Christian ministry and the hope and resilience that come from faith.
Chapter 4 can be broken down into 6 different sections.
1. Ministry and Integrity vs 1-2
2. The Gospel and Human Blindness vs 3-4
3. Jesus Christ as the focus vs 5-6
4. Suffering and power vs 7-12
5. Hope in Resurrection vs 13-15
6. Eternal Perspective vs 16-18
Now that we know what is going on we can go over vs 16
1. So we don't lose heart
Paul's ministry was full of weakness and discouragements.
· Paul was a persecutor of Christians [Acts 8:3, Acts 9:1-2, 1 Corinthians 15:9, Galatians 1:13]
· Struggled with Sin [Romans 7:15-24]
· Thorn in the Flesh [2 Corinthians 12:7-10]
· Conflict with Barnabas [Acts 15:36-41]
· Physical weakness or Illness [Galatians 4:13-14]
· Perceived as a poor speaker [2 Corinthians 10:10, 1 Corinthians 2:1-4]
· Multiple sufferings and hardships [2 Corinthians 11:23-29, 2 Corinthians 6:4-10]
· Criticized for his appearance [2 Corinthians 10:10]
· Dependence on Others [Philippians 4:10-19, 2 Corinthians 11:8-9]
· Contentions with Authority [Acts 16:37-40, Acts 22:24-29]
· Internal Church Conflicts [1 Corinthians 1:10-13, Galatians 2:11-14]
· Feelings of Inadequacy [1 Corinthians 15:9, Ephesians 3:8]
2. "Though our outer self is Wasting away"
3. "Our inner self is being renewed day by day"
This is the idea that theologians call "Sanctification."
1. Initial Sanctification
2. Progressive Sanctification
3. Completer or Ultimate Sanctification
What is this saying to us?

Happy Birthday!

· Kim Wilburn (5/8)
· Connie Hollis (5/9)

Next Week’s Servants (5/12)

· Café Bakers: Lisa Follman (casserole) | Marianne Foskett (blueberry muffins)
· Café Attendant: Marge Dumbaugh
· Nursery: Tracy Marshall, Paul Fitton
· Sound Tech: Gabe Bocock

Flower Bed Maintenance Needed

Spring is finally here and we need help maintaining the church’s flowerbeds. If you're willing to adopt-a-flower bed for the summer, please contact the church office or feel free to stop by the church at your convenience and pull weeds from whatever flowerbed catches your eye. If you contact us in advance, we can arrange for the shed to be open so you can get tools; otherwise feel free to bring your own.

Attention Graduates

As we prepare to recognize our college and high school graduates this year, we want to be sure that we don’t miss anybody. If you will be graduating, please contact the church office no later than Sunday, May 26. Also, if you let us know when your graduation open house is, we would be more than happy to publish it in upcoming bulletins. We are planning to recognize our graduates during the morning worship service on Sunday, June 2. For questions or more info, contact Kim in the office.

May = We Care Pantry Collection

May is designated as our church’s month to collect items for the local food pantry. Suggested items include canned soups, vegetables, fruit, beef stew, and tuna; pasta; spaghetti sauce; and other non-perishable items. Items can be left in the foyer.

Blood Drive: 5/23

Thursday, 5/23 | 1:30-6:00pm | FBC Main Foyer 🍦"A Pint for a Pint" - Culver’s of South Haven is partnering with us again and 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. 🗓️ APPOINTMENTS PREFERRED, walk-ins welcomed.  ✅ Call 866-642-5663 or sign-up online

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
· Blood Drive - Thursday, 5/23 | 1:30-6:00 PM | FBC Foyer | sign-up online
· Graduation Sunday - June 2
· Alicia Haste (26-year-old friend of Allie Wilson) has extensive injuries and is recovering from a motorcycle accident.
· 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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