Friday, November 21, 2014

Week at a Glance (11/23-11/29)

Sunday, November 23, 2014

               9:30 a.m. Sunday School

10:15 a.m. Welcome Time (Clark Hall)

               10:45 a.m.  Worship Celebration

               12:00 p.m. Special Ladies’ Luncheon & Comedy Hour

               5:45 Awana Clubs-Grand Prix


Monday, November 24, 2014

               6:00 p.m. Vern’s Woodshop


Tuesday, November 25, 2014

               7:00 p.m. Community Thanksgiving Service at

First Church of God

7:00 p.m. AA Support Group (Latchaw)


Wednesday, November 26, 2014

               No Bible Studies


Thursday, November 27, 2014 – Happy Thanksgiving

               Office Closed    


Friday, November 28, 2014

               Office Closed


Saturday, November 29, 2014

               9:00 a.m. Vern’s Woodshop

Friday, November 14, 2014

Week at a Glance (11/16-11/22)

Sunday, November 16, 2014
               9:30 a.m. Sunday School
               10:45 a.m.  Worship Celebration
               12:00 p.m. Lunch Bunch
               5:45 Awana Clubs-Fun With Food Night
Monday, November 17, 2014
               6:00 p.m. Vern’s Woodshop
Tuesday, November 18, 2014
               7:00 p.m. AA Support Group (Latchaw)
Wednesday, November 19, 2014
               10:30 a.m. Prayer Meeting
               11:00 a.m. Bible Study
               7:00 p.m. Evening Bible Study (Latchaw)
Thursday, November 20, 2014
               6:00 p.m. Girl Scouts (Latchaw)
Friday, November 21, 2014
Saturday, November 22, 2014
               9:00 a.m. Hanging of the Greens
               9:00 a.m. Vern’s Woodshop

Thursday, October 30, 2014

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 Frankling 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

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.