Saturday, November 28, 2015

Week at a Glance (11/29-12/5)

Sunday November 29, 2015 – 1st Sunday of Advent
               9:30 a.m. Sunday School
               10:30 a.m. Welcome Time (Clark Hall)
               10:45 a.m.  Worship Celebration
               12:00 p.m. Scholarship Committee Meeting (Library)
               12:00 p.m. Lunch Bunch
No Awana - Thanksgiving Break
Monday, November 30, 2015
Tuesday, December 1 2015
               7:00 p.m. AA Support Group (Latchaw)
Wednesday, December 2, 2015
               10:00 a.m. County Voucher Distribution
10:30 a.m. Prayer Group
               11:00 a.m. Bible Study
               7:00 p.m. Bible Study (Latchaw)            
Thursday, December 3, 2015
               6:00 p.m. Girl Scouts
Friday, December 4, 2015
               7:30 p.m. Celebrate Recovery (Latchaw)
Saturday, December 5, 2015
               1:00 p.m. Church Tours through downtown (4:00 FBC)

Wednesday, November 25, 2015

Franklin Community Thanksgiving Service

The video below is from the annual Franklin Community Thanksgiving Service held at First Baptist on the 24th and sponsored by the Franklin Christian Ministerium.  The format of the service was to praise God in prayer for the attributes of God as outlined in the fruit of the Spirit from Galatians 5:22, followed by five mini-sermons from Psalm 118:1, "Give thanks to the LORD, for he is good; his love endures forever."  Interspersed with the prayer and preaching is congregational singing.  Much thanks to all who participated, including ten other local pastors.

Tuesday, November 17, 2015

Fourth Annual Victorian Christmas Concert, December 19th

Fourth Annual Victorian Christmas Concert
 Saturday, December 19th at 7 PM
First Baptist Church of Franklin

1041 Liberty St.
Featuring vocalists Kevin Downey & Brianna (Steves) Erdman.  Special guests include Dennis Geib, Nicholas Nasibyan, and Franklin's very own rising star, Tyler Carson, as they combine to deliver a full concert of Christmas show-stoppers. 
This is a free concert, with donation proceeds to benefit Mustard Seed Missions of Venango County.

Sunday, October 18, 2015

Message from Missionaries Steve and Melinda Moffit

Recently retired missionaries Steve and Melinda Moffit spoke at our annual fall meeting about the lessons learned during twenty-one years of service in Nairobi, Kenya with African Inland Mission's AIR division.  Steve and Melinda provided logistical support for missionaries working in the field.  First Baptist Church is proud of their service for the Gospel, and grateful for the sacrifices they made on the behalf of the Church to help spread the Gospel's message of salvation to all peoples.

Monday, September 28, 2015

Baptism at First Baptist

On Sunday we welcomed a new young person into the church through the ordinance of Baptism.  Ruthie Rangle made her public profession of faith and was baptized and accepted into membership.

Thursday, August 20, 2015

First Baptist has three graduates

My apologies for not getting these pictures off my iphone sooner, but this past June we had three graduates from the church.  Jeff and Jennifer Lewis, and Victoria Stachelrodt.  We're proud of you guys!

In back LtoR: Jennifer, Jeff Jr. Amanda, Sandy Lewis
In front: Jeff Sr. Lewis

Randy, Victoria, and Pennie Stachelrodt

Tuesday, August 18, 2015

Seven baptisms, thirteen total new members, Hallelujah

This past Sunday, First Baptist was blessed with the addition of thirteen new members to our congregation, seven of them through the waters of baptism.  It will be a day long remembered among our church family as these new pieces of the body of Christ grow and mature into tomorrow's pillars and leaders.  God has been good to us, as the pastor of this church, I'm proud to be tell people that I meet that the church that I am the pastor of is the First Baptist Church of Franklin.

Those who were baptized in order, were: Shelly Burchanowski, Parke Haskins, Rylan Haskins, Evan Wolfgong, Alyssa Paden, Abbie Seely, and Josie Seely.

To watch the baptism video, click on the link below:

Tuesday, July 7, 2015

This is a free concert, no tickets necessary, with a love offering taken to help the artists defray their expenses.  For directions to the church, please click on the Guest Information tab at the top of the website.  Temple Veil is a contemporary Christian duo, to hear a sample of their music, visit their website:

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.

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