First Baptist Church, South Haven
Worship Gathering: 5/3/20
Thank you for joining us for worship this morning! While our place of worship has changed from the usual place and time, we are grateful to know that the Body of Christ can worship anytime, anywhere. As a reminder If you have a need for assistance during this time (grocery delivery, meals, etc.), please do not hesitate to call/text Kim Collins on her cell phone. We have church members ready and willing to help. We can get through this together. Our God is able.
Locations & Times
  • First Baptist Church
    10781 76th St, South Haven, MI 49090, USA
    Sunday 6:00 AM

Worship Video 5/3/2020

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Weekly Bulletin: 5/03/20

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Foolish or Wise Planning
James 4:13-17
Pastor Jerry Koller
Ben Franklin said, “If you fail to plan, you are planning to fail.”

Have you ever considered that there are right and wrong ways to plan?
James points out three aspects of the planning process.
· Two of these aspects we should avoid.
· One should be carefully followed.
· In two of the aspects, God is not included in the picture.
· In one, He is the focus.
· By today’s standards, verse 13 would be a very, very generic business plan.
· There is no mention of what this business is in verse 13.
The first negative element of planning is self-sufficiency.
Self-sufficiency leaves God out of the picture.
The second aspect deals with disobedience.
· Sin is any thought, word or action that stands in opposition to the holiness of God.
· It does not acknowledge God as God nor does it abide by God’s standards and moral laws.
In this letter, which includes this passage, James is addressing Christians who are scattered throughout the world. He is addressing believers in Christ.
As such, one would expect those in Christ to do what is good.
Doing good is one of the reasons why we were created in Christ Jesus.
We cannot work our way to heaven.
Good works are the fruit we bear as a result of being in Christ.
Good works are always directed to others.
They are done on behalf of the One we love and serve. As such, good works are an expression of love—love of God (for they are done for His glory) and love for our fellow man.
Why would someone purposely choose not to obey the will of God?
· Selfishness is concern for your own welfare with disregard for others.
· Selfishness does not seek to do good works for others.
· Arrogance declares our ways are better than God’s ways.
The third aspect of planning is obedience.
In other words, your plans should include seeking and doing the will of God.
The phrase “...If it is the Lord wills…” is not just a little spiritual phrase that falls from our lips.
· It reflects an attitude of the heart.
This attitude closes the door on self-sufficiency, selfishness, and arrogance.
It is an attitude that seek first the kingdom of God—and His righteousness.
It is an attitude of the heart that reflects submission.
It is an attitude of the heart that results in obedience. It says we will live or do this or that if that is the Lord’s will.
Planning that seeks to know the will of God so that we may obey it is not foolish planning. It is wise planning. And we should always be wise planners.
Heaven forbid that we would plan to sin.
We are here for you!
We realize that this can be a difficult and stressful time for many of our church members. As this stay-at-home order continues to be in effect and many of you are unable to work, financial hardships can be an issue. Concerns and worry about the virus, financial issues, being stuck at home, etc. can be creating emotional and psychological stress. Your spiritual wellness many be struggling as we are unable to worship together and connect with church family on a regular basis.

We are here for you!! If you need assistance in any way, please do not hesitate to reach out to us. Let us know how we can pray for you! You can submit a confidential request through our website ( or by emailing either Pastor Jerry or Kim directly. In addition, we have persons willing to shop for those who cannot go to the store themselves or help in other ways too.

While we do not have unlimited financial resources, we do have some funds available. If you are in a good spot and willing/able to help others in need, perhaps you would consider a donation to our Benevolent Fund to help those who are struggling during this time.

We are all in this together! If you have suggestions or ideas about how we can support one another, please let us know.
COVID-19/ Coronavirus Status
· Current Status: In addition to all FBC activities being cancelled until further notice, we are prohibiting access to the building to everyone unless specific permission has been granted by Pastor Jerry. If you need to come to the church, please contact Pastor Jerry in advance.
· Communication is Important! The key to getting through this is to communicate and continue to support each other however we can. Kim Collins will be working from home as much as possible. Please do not hesitate to contact her via church email, or by calling/texting her cell at 269-767-2226 if you have any questions or need assistance (grocery delivery, meals, etc.)during this time. We have church members ready and willing to help.
· Be Safe: Please be smart in safeguarding yourselves—not only for your sake, but for the sake of others. If you are sick, stay home.
· Be Faithful: Please be financially faithful. Even if you cannot gather with us, please remember that we still have expenses that need to be met.
· Be Prayerful: Please be in prayer for one another and for our nation at large.
Happy Birthday!
· Larry Dobberstein (5/3)
· Chelsea Hagger (5/3)
· Kim Wilburn (5/8)
· Connie Hollis (5/9)

Online Giving is Now Available!

We are excited to share with you that you now have the option to support our ministries by giving an online donation via debit/credit card or by donating via your bank account.  If you're interested in sending a gift via this safe and secure option, you can do so by using this link:
We Care Pantry Collections
The We Care Food and Personal Care Pantries continue to need supplies. We suggest calling ahead to make sure someone is there to receive your items. If you are able to help.

Food Pantry
First Congregational Church
651 Phoenix Street
Suggested items are:
· Cereal
· Dry Pasta
· Canned Vegetables
· Canned Fruit
· Tuna
· Spaghetti Sauce
· Crackers
· Rice-A-Roni
· Pork & Beans
· Canned Soup
· Peanut Butter
· Oatmeal

Personal Care Pantry
First Assembly of God Church
06500 Blue Star Hwy
Suggested items are:
· Shampoo
· Conditioner
· Body Soap
· Deodorant
· Toothbrushes
· Toothpaste
· Feminine Items
· Shaving Cream
· Razors
· Dish Soap
· Laundry Detergent
· Cleaning Supplies
· Trash Bags
· Toilet Paper
· Paper Towels

For questions, contact the church office. Thank you for helping those in our community who are in need.
Opportunities Via Zoom Video Conferences
· Children's Sunday School...Janette Hendrix is leading this class for children ages 5 years through 5th grade via Zoom on Sunday mornings from 9:30-10:15 AM. If you'd like your child to be included, please contact Janette.

· Youth Group...Allie Wilson is working on getting this group together via Zoom. If your middle or high school teen is interested in participating, please contact Allie.

· Women's Bible Study...Brandy Zantello is leading this group via Zoom on Tuesday evenings beginning at 6:40 PM. They are currently studying "The Armor of God" by Priscilla Shirer. If you're interested in joining, please contact Brandy.

· Bible Study...Vasha Ferguson is leading this group via Zoom on Wednesday mornings beginning at 9:30 AM. They are currently studying the book of James. If you're interested in joining, please contact Vasha.
Weekly Prayer List
· Ron Maxwell (Rocky Starland's cousin's son) continues to recover from Covid-19 and is doing well.
· Tyler Hester (grandson of Doris Sutherland, son of Shawn & Amy Prince) is doing well as he continues to heal from Covid-19. He is waiting to be cleared to return to work.
· Esther Sullivan continues to recover from successful surgery; test results show the mass that was removed is benign—praise God for answered prayer!
· Dan & Tracy Marshall and their family upon the death of Dan’s grandmother, Betty Nestrick, on 4/18.
· Lynn Rarick continues to deal with hip issues. Pray that a resolution can be figured out.
· Chan (former neighbor of John & Debbie Owens) is a 50-something year old woman with Down’s syndrome who is on a ventilator with Covid 19 in the Detroit area.
· The Family of Randy Hoffman (nephew of Alice Avery, Judi Beckwith & Doris Sutherland) who passed away on 4/14 following a very short battle with melanoma that spread to brain cancer.
· The Family of Phil Beckwith (uncle of Kim Collins) who passed away on 4/11 following a short battle with cancer.
· Jason Wilburn (son of Bill & Tina Wilburn) is suspected to have a bacterial or fungal infection in his lungs, along with possibly an underlying asthma issue. Doctors are trying to pinpoint the exact kind of infection so they can treat accordingly.
· Janie Kempski and her family (in-law to Curt & Patty Bales) upon the death of her husband, Mike, who passed away in his sleep on 4/6.
· Elijah Truer (nephew of Doug & Julie Zantello) continues to recover from surgery requiring 14 pins and 2 plates for a broken leg following a skateboarding accident.
· Alyssa Zantello (niece of Doug & Julie Zantello) who is a physician's assistant and has traveled to New York City to help with the corona virus outbreak there. Pray for safety and protection as well as energy and stamina as she serves in this way.
· Crystal Jennings (sister of Tracy Marshall’s brother-in-law, Louie) is diagnosed with stage 4 breast cancer. She has begun chemo. Pray for treatments to be successful. Also pray that Louie isn’t a genetic carrier of the breast cancer gene and that it hasn’t passed to his daughters (Tracy’s nieces).
· Dave & Linda Ferrell and their family upon the death of Dave's brother, Don Ferrell, who passed away on 3/29.
· Nancy Crowner (friend of Jean Robinson) is recovering from breast cancer surgery.
· Mike Underwood (Rocky & Sandi Starland’s son-in-law’s father) continues to have heart issues following surgery.
· Allen Quinn (34 year-old nephew of Jim & Marialice Quinn) is recovering from a massive brain stem stroke. He continues therapy in Chicago and is slowly improving.
· Anna, Gabe, Samantha and Caroline Bocock have all been diagnosed with Lyme disease.
· 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