Thursday, April 17, 2014

Week at a Glance (4/20-4/26)

April 20 – April 26, 2013

Today, April 20, 2013 Easter Sunday
                9:30 a.m. Sunday School
                10:45 a.m.  Easter Worship Celebration
                No Awana Clubs-Easter Break
Monday, April 21, 2013
                6:00 p.m. Vern’s Woodshop
Tuesday, April 22, 2013
                7:00 p.m. AA Support Group (Latchaw)
Wednesday, April 23, 2013
                10:30 a.m. Prayer Group
                11:00 a.m. Bible Study (Latchaw)
                7:00 p.m. Evening Bible Study (Latchaw)

Thursday, April 24, 2013
                8:00 a.m. AARP Cleanup Day 
Friday, April 25, 2013
Saturday, April 26, 2013
                9:00 a.m. Vern’s

Thursday, April 10, 2014

Week at a Glance 4/13-19

April 13 – April 19, 2014

Sunday, April 13, 2014 – Palm Sunday
                9:30 a.m. Sunday School
                10:45 a.m.  Worship Celebration
                12:00 p.m. Lunch Bunch
                5:45 p.m. Awana Clubs – Awana Stores
                7:00 p.m. Seek God for the City – OCHS Auditorium

Monday, April 14, 2014
                6:00 p.m. Vern’s Woodshop
Tuesday, April 15, 2014 – Newsletter Articles Due
                7:00 p.m. AA Support Group (Latchaw)
Wednesday, April 16, 2014 – Quarterly Reports Due
                10:30 a.m. Prayer Meeting
                11:00 a.m. Bible Study
                7:00 p.m. Evening Bible Study (Latchaw)
Thursday, April 17, 2014 – Maundy Thursday
                7:00 p.m. Maundy Thursday Service (Sanctuary)
Friday, April 18, 2014 – Good Friday
                10:30 a.m. Franklin Good Friday Crosswalk
                7:00 p.m. Ecumenical Service-Franklin Alliance Church
Saturday, April 19, 2014
                9:00 a.m. Vern’s Woodshop

Friday, February 28, 2014

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

11th Street Playground Outreach has begun

Our playground outreach, in conjunction with 1st UMC and Community Connections has begun.  The first night had 15 kids even though it had rained all morning and afternoon.  The next time is the 20th of June, and the pattern repeats in July and August.  The 2nd and 3rd Thursday, 6:00-7:30 PM at the 11th St. playground, no pre-registration required, kids of all ages welcome.  We will have food, games, and a Bible story.
SWAG at the 11th Street Playground
Supper, Word, And Games

Every 2nd and 3rd Thursday, June-August
6:00-7:30 PM

Supper – A meal will be provided for the kids.
Word – A Bible story
Games – physical activity and crafts

Free and open to children of all ages, no pre-registration necessary

Sponsored by 1st United Methodist Church,     1st Baptist Church of Franklin,
 and Community Connections

For more information call 432-8061 or 432-8161
Dates: June 13th, 20th, July 11th, 18th, Aug. 8th, 15th

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

Wednesday, May 8, 2013

Awana Awards Night

May 5th was our annual awards night for Awana.  There was a high number of clubbers who earned their book awards, (nearly every kid who came for the majority of the year) as well as several who completed the extra credit sections as well.  Thanks to all who volunteered this past year, our numbers have never been higher!  We look forward to seeing this group of kids grow next year as God continues to bless the study of his Word.

The First Baptist Awana program, clubbers and leaders

Tuesday, April 23, 2013

Mustard Seed Missions recognized by Venango County Human Services

Mustard Seed Missions is an organization that partners with the Human Services department of Venango County in order to help those who might otherwise fall through the cracks.  MSM is supported by dozens of churches of all denominations throughout the county.  This award was given to MSM by the Human Services department, the acceptance speech is given by Pastor Randy Powell of First Baptist Church of Franklin, one of the supporting churches.  Those up front to accept the award are members of the committee that runs MSM, all of whose tireless efforts make this work possible...You can learn more about Mustard Seed Missions by visiting our website:

To watch the awards video, click on the link below:
Award video

Tuesday, April 2, 2013

Communication from the Kiryakov's, Missionaries in Bulgaria

I get a lot of phone calls, you never know who will be on the line or what they'll be calling about, but today's call was certainly unexpected.  Pastor Radoslav Kiryakov called today from Bulgaria to let us know how things are going for he and his wife Boyka.  Radoslav expressed much thanks to First Baptist for our support of his ministry, we are the only church that they have for support, and also for the cards and letters that have been sent to encourage them (thanks to Donna, Missions Rep. on the Board).  Boyka is doing somewhat better with her health needs, she still needs to go to Sophia later this year for an MRI to continue treatment and is taking regular medication.
The work in their small church continues, they have about 20 to 30 people, mostly older, but Radoslav was happy to report that a new family has been coming to church since Christmas that has two small children.  In Bulgaria evangelicals are looked at with some suspicion as it is assumed that they represent "the West" (America in particular) and may be some sort of Western cultural plot.  The atmosphere in Bulgaria is one of Orthodox that has been trying to recover from the extremely difficult years of persecution under Communist rule where Atheism was the only safe choice.  Pray for the Church in Eastern Europe; Orthodox, Catholic, and Protestant, as they try to teach a new generation about God's love for them.

Tuesday, January 15, 2013

1st Annual Franklin Ecumenical Retreat

We are excited to announce that the first annual Franklin Ecumenical Retreat, Waiting in Darkness, Longing for Light, is scheduled to take place at the Seneca Hills Bible Camp and Retreat Center on Saturday, May 18, 2013.  We have been incredibly blessed to procure guest speaker Rev. Don Piper, author of the New York Times' best selling book 90 Minutes in Heaven.  Men, women, and young adults of all faith communities, particularly those who wrestle with doubt, trouble, or turmoil in their spiritual lives, are encouraged to join us for a day of deep reflection, heartfelt prayer, and ecumenical worship. 

For more information and to register, visit the retreat website:

Wednesday, December 26, 2012

A church that makes their pastor proud

In a week it will be one year since I was called here to be the pastor of 1st Baptist of Franklin.  In that year I have witnessed many things which have confirmed to both myself and my wife Nicole that we made the right choice when we moved here.  The spirit of love and generosity that embodies this church is certainly at the top of the list.  My heartfelt thanks go out to all who have donated of their time, skills, money, and prayer to this ministry.  I have often been the recipient of your generosity, as with the Christmas gift my wife and I received, and countless other acts of kindness, you have my thanks.

When I became involved in Mustard Seed Missions, I found a church eager to follow me.  When I suggested changes, big or small, for the sake of the mission of this church, I found a thoughtful people willing to give it a try.  Along the way I have built new friendships both within these walls and without.
I have been strengthened by the words of encouragement and support of this people, thank you once again, you know how hard it is for me to accept compliments, I am the product of the path that the Lord has set me upon, when I do my job well it reflects upon the care with which my maker crafted me and the loving hands in which my life was entrusted along the way.

This has been a good year, the Lord is good, his people have proven worthy of the high calling of the cross of Jesus Christ.