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First Baptist Church, South Haven

Worship Gathering: 6/23/2024

Worship Gathering: 6/23/2024

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.
Parameter 2: Truth
John 4:23-24
Pastor Jerry Koller
Worship is an active response to God whereby we declare His worth.
Truth: Jesus and Pilate’s Interaction:
What is truth? Such a subject is as old as man.
· In our current day, truth has become a subjective thing.
· Man has struggled with truth for almost as long as he has existed.
· Man exchanged the truth of God for a lie.
The Theological Dictionary of the New Testament devotes 21 pages to the Greek word that is translated truth.
The New Testament Greek Lexicon:
· Truth is what is true in any matter under consideration. It is true in reality, in fact, and in certainty.
· Truth is what is true in things that are a part or an attribute God.
· This includes (from God’s perspective) such as the duties of man, that which is moral and religious truth.
· Truth is that which is taught in the Christian religion, respecting God and the execution of his purposes through Christ.
All truth rests in God, for He is truth. He has revealed truth to those created in His image.
· Truth includes that which pertains to God Himself.
· Truth includes God’s acts and His directives to us.
· Truth includes God’s standards of what is moral and ethical—what is right and what is wrong.
We are to worship according to the truth God has revealed to us—especially to those who are in Christ.
Romans 1:18 tells is that godless and wicked men suppress the truth by their wickedness.
· Suppress: to put out of one’s consciousness.
What causes suppression? Wickedness.
· Wickedness can be defined as any attitude or action that is contrary to God or His word.
God revealed truth to man, but man made a conscious decision to ignore it.
· Wicked and godless men who suppress the truth of God believe in their hearts they are not fools.
Some components of worshipping in truth:
1. We Must Worship the Truth
No one comes to the Father except through Him. He is the way.
Jesus is truth incarnate.
Jesus is also the life:
2. We Must Worship in Light of Truth
3. We Must Worship Truthfully
· The character of our worship must be genuine.
· There must be no pretending.
· We must never simply go through the motions.
· It must be sincere.
The time has come, and we are still living in that time.
If we desire to be true worshippers of God, we must worship in spirit and truth—whether it is in private worship, public worship, or corporate worship.
God the Father seeks worshippers who worship according to His parameters rather than parameters of their own making.

Happy Birthday!

· Catherine Neikirk (6/23)
· John Seitz (6/25)
· Roberta Newton (6/27)
· Carson Rooker (6/27)
· Josiah O’Conner (6/27)

Happy Anniversary!

Bob & Camille Tate (6/23, 34 years)
Adam & Marge Parmenter (6/23, 33 years)

Next Week’s Servants (6/30)

· Café Bakers: Sharon Danapilis (casserole) | Allie Wilson (donuts)
· Café Attendant: Allie Wilson
· Nursery: Sandi Cagle, Annette Koller
· Sound Tech: Bill Foskett

School Supplies Collection: Now thru 8/11

It seems crazy early, but we have been requested to do a school supplies collection for El Ayudante in Honduras for their upcoming school year []. Denise Hodge (daughter of Stan & Jean Robinson) who serves at this mission-based clinic asks that the backpacks be of good quality so they will last the entire school year. Other items needed are: spiral notebooks, dry erase markers, compasses, protractors, and packs of pens and pencils. We will be collecting items through Sunday, 8/11. Please consider making a donation if you are able. Thank you!

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.

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.

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

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 sunday school
· on summer break

youth sundary school
· on summer break

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.
· Roberta Newton is recovering from surgery to remove kidney stones.
· Sandy (Tracy Quist’s mom) has had cancer for 13 years and it has spread to her bones, lungs and brain. She is recovering from surgery to remove a brain tumor and is getting radiation treatments again, and the first one had some major side effects. Please pray for Tracy’s mom and dad to put all hope and trust in God and to resist worry, that the treatment will help, and her side effects will be minimal.
· Chet & Renee Goff and their family upon the loss of Renee's cousin, Matthew McIntosh, on 6/9 after battling the same rare disease (VCP) that Renee and her brother have.
· Donna Jinkins (neighbor of Jean Robinson) continues to decline and the only hope for her is if she can have a liver transplant and there is concern that she'd be strong enough for surgery if one even becomes available. Please keep her and her family in prayer.
· Cookie (Gena Poole's aunt) who is recovering from surgery to remove blood from the outside of her brain. Pray for Gena as this has added more to an already full plate for her!
· Lennon McKamey (son of Kyle & Sarah) needs surgery on his shoulder due to two tears on his left labrum. He has an appointment on 6/18 and hopes to have surgery soon after.
· Jean Pietrzak (Sandi Starland's sister) is recovering from a fall in which she injured her neck. She's in trauma care with orthopedic and neurology care.
· 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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