Thursday, June 25, 2015

Week at a Glance (6/28-7/4)

Sunday, June 28, 2015
11:00 a.m. Church in the Park (Bandstand Park)
 Rain location at First United Methodist Church

Monday, June 29, 2015
Tuesday, June 30, 2015
1:00 p.m. Farmers’ Market Voucher Dist. For Seniors    
(Clark Hall)
               7:00 p.m. AA Support Group (Latchaw)

Wednesday, July 1, 2015
               10:30 a.m. Prayer Group
               11:00 a.m. Bible Study
               7:00 p.m. Bible Study (Latchaw)

Thursday, July 2, 2015
Friday, July 3, 2015 (Office Closed for Holiday)
                7:30 p.m. Celebrate Recovery (Latchaw)
Saturday, July 4, 2015 (Independence Day)

Monday, June 1, 2015

The LORD is my shepherd, all of my days.

Jo Beach has been a member of First Baptist for over 80 years, now in her 96th year, she is holding First Baptist's newest addition, Pastor Powell's daughter, Clara Marie, born this past April.

June King's Herald

To view our church newsletter, click on the link below:
King's Herald-June 2015

Tuesday, February 10, 2015

40 Days of Prayer for Lenten Season

The Joint Ministerium of Venango County is sponsoring the 40 Days of Prayer during the Lenten Season.  This is the second year of this effort that utilizes the Seek God for the City booklets to focus prayer on 40 different topics for 40 straight days from Ash Wednesday through Palm Sunday.  On Palm Sunday, there will be a service of praise and singing at Cranberry High School at 7 PM.

First Baptist Church is hosting two evenings of the 40: Friday, March 13th @ 7 PM with the theme of Educators, and Thursday, March 19th @ 7 PM with the theme of Prisoners and their Families (Celebrate Recovery, a para-church addiction recovery program that utilizes our facility each week is organizing that service).

Anyone can participate by attending any of the services that they can make it to, or by following along at home utilizing the booklet or smart phone app (search "Seek God for the City 2015").  The complete listing of the schedule is available following this link: Fishermen's Net which takes you to the website of one of our para-church partners Fishermen's Net.

Prayer is powerful, it changes things, and it changes us, please join us this Lenten Season as we once again come together across our county as a people of God to unite our hearts in prayer.

Tuesday, December 16, 2014

ABCOPAD continues to support 1st Baptist's efforts with Mustard Seed Missions

ABCOPAD, the American Baptist Churches of Pennsylvania and Delaware, has been very supportive of our ecumenical efforts to help those in need through Mustard Seed Missions of Venango County.  They have published some of Pastor Powell's musings on the organization in their newsletter and posted pictures of our work sites on their blog.  Always great to have support from the regional pastors for the local work that we're involved in, much thanks in particular to pastors, Mark Mahserjian-Smith, Jeffrey Johnson, and Frank Frischkorn from the regional staff for their encouragement, God bless you guys.

To view the blog posting from the ABCOPAD website click on the link below:

To view the newsletters with Pastor Powell's writing on MSM, click on the link below, the issues with the articles are October, November, and December of 2014.
ABCOPAD newsletter homepage

Wednesday, October 15, 2014

Pastor Powell's work with Mustard Seed Missions featured in ABCOPAD newsletter

The recent ABCOPAD (American Baptist Churches of Pennsylvania and Delaware) newsletter featured an article written by Pastor Powell about his work with Mustard Seed Missions.  To check out the newsletter, click on the link below, the article is on page 5.

ABCOPAD newsletter

Wednesday, July 30, 2014

Wednesday night study of I & II Peter begins tonight at 7 PM

Our regular Wednesday night Bible study group is starting on I & II Peter tonight and will continue to look at it verse by verse until we've gone through both of them, a process that may take until Christmas.  As a teaser for our study, let me simply point out 6 pairs of couplings that Peter uses to emphasize one of his main points in the first letter: To follow Christ means to avoid evil AND to do good.  Here are the references: 1:13-16, "be holy", 2:1-2, "rid yourselves of all...crave pure spiritual milk", 2:11-12, "abstain from sinful such good lives", 2:24, "die to sins and live for righteousness", 3:11, "turn from evil and do good", and 4:2, "does not live...for evil human desires, but rather for the will of God".  Thus as we work our way through Peter's letters, one of the questions that we will seek to answer is: how do we follow this teaching in our lives?

As always, Bible study is open to the public, all are welcome, questions are encouraged.

Wednesday, July 9, 2014

History of the English Bible to be offered again in August

The History of the English Bible series that was taught on Wednesday nights this past spring, will be offered again by Pastor Powell on three consecutive Sunday nights in August.  The presentation will be from 6:00-7:30 PM on Sunday the 10th, 17th, and 24th. 

This event is free and open to the public, no need to RSVP, all are welcome. 

It will cover the history of the preservation and translation of the Bible from the original authors to the various English translations we have available today.  It will serve as an introduction to the mountain of evidence that testifies to the accuracy of our modern text.  It will always be a matter of faith to believe that the words of the Bible are God's word, but it need not be one to believe that they are the words of Moses, David, John, and Paul (etc.).  The lecture is full of visual examples of the ancient manuscripts and explanations of the issues associated with copying and translating this crucial text.  It is important that every Christian know and understand where the Bible that we place so much trust in came from, and why we can be confident in the words that it contains.

Tuesday, April 22, 2014

Good Friday Franklin Ecumenical Tenebrae Service - video

For the second year in a row the Good Friday Ecumenical Service was held utilizing the form of Tenebrae.  This service of light fading into darkness while the accompanying Passion narrative is read and successive candles are snuffed out symbolizes the growing darkness in the world as the Son of God progresses further from suffering to death.  The service reaches its climax with the reading of the death of Jesus, the putting out of the last candle, and the removal of the central Christ candle, the remaining light in the room, and then the closing of the Word of God.  In our service, this time of deep reflection is made more moving by the string quartet performing the Adagio for Strings by Samuel Barber.  After this, the Christ candle is returned to symbolize the hope of the resurrection to come, a final reading is given, and the people depart in contemplative silence.

The video is of course dark, as the room was, but the moving readings combined with the powerful musical string piece certainly still carry emotional weight.

To watch the video, click on the link below:

Tuesday, February 25, 2014

1st Baptist to participate in Seek God for the City, 2014

Our Church will be participating in the 40 Days of Prayer for Lent using the Seek God for the City format in conjunction with 40 churches through Venango County.  Each church will host a particular day and utilize their own style to pray for the issues outlined in the booklet. 
1st Baptist will host, Tuesday, March 18th at 7PM with the focus on those battling spiritual darkness, the plight of orphans, and several countries in Asia.  This date was chose because of our connection to the work of CYS caseworkers who struggle each day to help children with very difficult parenting situations.  Mustard Seed Missions has worked with CYS and I know personally the dedication of these workers, they need our prayer support.
You can access the complete calendar at the Venango County Christian Ministerium website:
Venango County Christian Ministerium

Friday, February 14, 2014

The History of the English Bible, a 2 week study, Feb 19th and 26th

Pastor Powell will be leading a short two week study on the History of the English Bible

Wednesday 7-8 PM, 1st Baptist, on the 19th and 26th

Week 1: From Moses to Erasmus, the Bible from Hebrew and Greek originals to the Latin of the Middle Ages

Week 2: From Luther to Wycliffe and Tyndale, to the modern translations

- includes powerpoint examples of the original documents as well as facsimiles to pass around and look at to help the story come alive and let God's people know that they have reason to feel confident in the accuracy and effectiveness of the Bible in their hands today.

Everyone is welcome.

Friday, January 3, 2014

Christmas Eve video of Awana kids

The Awana kids sang "Jesus, Joy of the Highest Heaven" during our Christmas Eve service.

To watch the video, click on the link below:
Awana Kids video

Tuesday, November 12, 2013

Victorian Christmas Concert at First Baptist, December 14th

On Saturday, December 14th, First Baptist Church of Franklin will host a "Victorian Christmas" Concert featuring Dennis Geib, Kevin Downey, Brianna Steves, Max Schang, Nicholas Nasibyan, the choir of St. Patrick's Catholic Church, and more. Pre-concert entertainment will begin at 6:30 PM, concert at 7:00 PM.

The concert is free, no tickets are necessary, and there will be a collection taken to support Mustard Seed Missions of Venango County.

"baptizing them in the name of the Father and of the Son and of the Holy Spirit" - Matthew 28:19

As Christians, we have the privelage in publicly declaring our faith through the waters of baptism.  To watch the video of our most recent baptisms of Tammy and Jennifer, click on the link below:
Video of Baptisms at First Baptist

Tuesday, October 8, 2013

Gideon's International Bible distribution in Franklin during Applefest

The Venango County camp of the Gideon's International distributed 1,250 Bibles in front of First Baptist Church during Applefest.  Pray that these Bibles will not only be read, but understood, and that those who did not know of God's love for them will be willing to accept it. 
The work that the Gideon's are doing throughout the world is an integral part of the Church's evangelism, as they help put God's Word into the hands of those who don't have it.  Since 1908, the Gideon's have distributed 1.8 Billion Bibles worldwide.  To learn more about this ministry, click on the link below to visit their website:
The Gideon's International

Tuesday, July 23, 2013

Blitz Week of Mustard Seed Missions completed

July 15th-21st saw five different Mustard Seed Missions projects utilizing repair teams under the leadership of MSM project leaders and the volunteer labor of the Episcopal Diocese of Ohio's teen missions team.  During the week, 23 teens and 6 adults from Ohio, coupled with several MSM volunteers worked on projects all over the county including extensive work on the 3rd floor of Heart 2 Heart in preparation for the opening of Hope House, a soon to be operational homeless shelter.  Many thanks to all who helped make this week's work possible, including those who housed the teens (St. John's Episcopal, Mother Holly), those who made the meals for them, our own MSM volunteers who coordinated the work sites, and the many churches, civic organizations, and individuals who donated the funds to purchase the needed materials.  God continues to be at work amongst us when we continue to work together to help those in need.

Friday, June 14, 2013

Mustard Seed Missions interview with The Stream

The Stream in Titusville asked me to do an interview about Mustard Seed Missions, I was certainly happy to talk about the work that this church and so many other churches have taken on through this amazing service organization.  The show is 2 hours long, the segment about MSM starts at 1:34:45; simply click on the timeline once it starts to skip ahead.
To watch the interview, click on the link below:
The Stream MSM interview

Wednesday, May 22, 2013

Video of Pastor Don Piper, author of 90 Minutes in Heaven

Pastor Don Piper shared his message of hope and faith this past weekend here at First Baptist.  The video is in three parts, to watch it, click on the links below:

Don Piper - Part 1

Don Piper - Part 2

Don Piper - Part 3

Tuesday, May 21, 2013

Successful Retreat and Ecumenical worship featuring Pastor Don Piper

Thanks to all who helped make the retreat and worship service this past weekend possible.  Many hearts were blessed by Don Piper's testimony and encouraging words about finding a "new normal" after a traumatic experience.  We will be planning another retreat next spring, in cooperation with many of the other churches here in Franklin, details will be posted here and at when they are available.

Don Piper in the Seneca Hills chapel

Pastor Scott Woodlee from Franklin Christian Alliance
leading his workshop on Biblical Laments.
Pastor Piper and Pastor Powell before
 the start of the Ecumenical worship service.

Cheryl Rila (office manager) with Nicole Powell (retreat coordinator),
Pastor Randy Powell, and Pastor Don Piper