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First Baptist Church, South Haven

Worship Gathering: 6/30/2024

Worship Gathering: 6/30/2024

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.
The Place of Our Body in Worship
Pastor Jerry Koller
Worship is an active response to God whereby we declare His worth.
Uplifted Hands
At times, we limit corporate worship to just our minds or intellect
2 Basic Functions of Lifted Hands:
It Is A Posture Of Faith - Out-stretched hands physically show our faith that God will respond to our requests, to those who stretch out to His mercy.
It Expresses Praise for God’s Greatness
Lifted Hands in Benediction
One commentator stated: “The last glimpse the disciples had of our Lord Jesus Christ was as He was ascending to the Father with hands lifted on high! As their Mediator, soon to be crowned High King of heaven, He returned to the Father with hands lifted, interceding for those He loved and blessing them.”
Clapping? Two Reasons why we do it.
· Clapping is a way of using our hands as a musical instrument.
· We clap as an expression of praise to God.
· The word “worship” has to do with the idea of "kissing the hand" or "bowing down to someone” as a means of paying humble adoration or reverence.
Prostrating Ourselves—Like bending the knee, the act of prostrating oneself is designed as an outward symbol of an inward attitude of submission, gratitude, and humility.
We find this practice wonderfully illustrated for us in the life of Ruth.
In Genesis 19:1, when the two angels of the Lord came to Sodom, Lot, when he saw the two approaching, rose to meet them and bowed down with his face to the ground.
God isn’t interested in seeing you offering something that isn’t coming from your heart.
What is non-negotiable is the fact that God is spirit, and those who worship Him must worship in spirit and truth, for such people the Father seeks to be His worshipers.

Happy Birthday!

· Deb Jenks (7/4)
· Marge Dumbaugh (7/4)

Next Week’s Servants (7/7)

· Café Bakers: Janette Hendrix (casserole) | Roberta Newton (donuts)
· Café Attendant: Tina Wilburn
· Nursery: Allie Wilson, Hailey Watson
· Sound Tech: Josiah O’Conner

Blood Drive: 7/18

Thursday, 7/18 | 1:30-6:00pm 𝐌𝐚𝐢𝐧 𝐅𝐨𝐲𝐞𝐫 𝐚𝐭 𝐅𝐢𝐫𝐬𝐭 𝐁𝐚𝐩𝐭𝐢𝐬𝐭 𝐂𝐡𝐮𝐫𝐜𝐡 𝐨𝐟 𝐒𝐨𝐮𝐭𝐡 𝐇𝐚𝐯𝐞𝐧 [come in the doors under the carport] 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 during these uncertain times. APPOINTMENTS PREFERRED, walk-ins welcomed. Call 866-642-5663 or sign-up online at

ATTN: Members | Special Congregational Meeting: 7/21

Please join us for a Special Congregational Meeting on Sunday, July 21 after worship. It's been a year since the Special Meeting we had on 7-23-23, and the Leadership would like to give a financial update as well as inform everyone about some of the exciting things taking place with our partners - YDC/PAL and Caring Connections.

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.
· The family and friends of Alicia Haist (26-year-old friend of Allie Wilson) who passed away on 6/22 from injuries she sustained in a motorcycle accident in April.
· Patty Bales is recovering from foot surgery.
· 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. 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.
· Lennon McKamey (son of Kyle & Sarah) needs surgery on his shoulder. Please pray that preparing for surgery goes smoothly.
· Jean Pietrzak (Sandi Starland's sister) is doing much better. She still has a neck brace and is using a walker while continuing physical therapy.
· 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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