Friday, May 29, 2015

Week at a Glance (5/31-6/6/15)

Sunday, May 31, 2015
               9:30 a.m. Sunday School
               10:30 a.m. Welcome Time (Clark Hall)
               10:45 a.m.  Worship Celebration
               12:00 p.m. Lunch Bunch (Latchaw)
Monday, June 1, 2015
Tuesday, June 2, 2015
               7:00 p.m. AA Support Group (Latchaw)
Wednesday, June3, 2015
10:30 a.m. Prayer Group
               11:00 a.m. Bible Study
               7:00 p.m. Bible Study (Latchaw)
Thursday, June 4, 2015
Friday, June 5, 2015
               7:30 p.m. Celebrate Recovery (Latchaw)
Saturday, June 6, 2015

Thursday, May 21, 2015

Week at a Glance (5/24-5/30)

Sunday, May 24, 2015
               9:30 a.m. Sunday School
               10:30 a.m. Welcome Time (Clark Hall)
               10:45 a.m.  Worship Celebration
12:00 p.m. Lunch Bunch (Latchaw)
Monday, May 25, 2015
               Memorial Day-Office Closed
Tuesday, May 26, 2015
               7:00 p.m. AA Support Group (Latchaw)
Wednesday, May 27, 2015
10:30 a.m. Prayer Group
               11:00 a.m. Bible Study
               7:00 p.m. Bible Study (Latchaw)
Thursday, May 28, 2015
Friday, May 29, 2015
               7:30 p.m. Celebrate Recovery (Latchaw)
Saturday, May 30, 2015
               1:00 p.m. Jewelry Party (Clark Hall)

Friday, May 1, 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 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: