Thursday, August 21, 2014

Week at a Glance (8/24-8/30)

Sunday, August 24, 2014
                9:30 a.m. Sunday School
                10:45 a.m.  Worship Celebration
                12:00 p.m. Lunch Bunch
                4:00 p.m. Awana Meeting (Clark Hall)
                6:00 p.m. History of the English Bible (Latchaw)
Monday, August 25, 2014
                6:00 p.m. Vern’s Woodshop
Tuesday, August 26, 2014
                7:00 p.m. AA Support Group (Latchaw)
Wednesday, August 27, 2014
                10:30 a.m. Prayer Meeting
                11:00 a.m. Bible Study
                7:00 p.m. Evening Bible Study (Latchaw)
Thursday August 28, 2014
Friday, August 29, 2014
                6:30 p.m. Softball Game (Mitchell Field, Oil City)

Saturday, August 30, 2014
                9:00 a.m. Vern’s Woodshop

Thursday, August 14, 2014

Week at a Glance (8/17-23)

Sunday, August 17, 2014
                9:30 a.m. Sunday School
                10:45 a.m.  Worship Celebration
                12:00 p.m. Fun in the Son Picnic (Seneca Hills)
                12:00 p.m. Lunch Bunch
                6:00 p.m. History of the English Bible (Latchaw)
Monday, August 18, 2014
                6:00 p.m. Vern’s Woodshop
                6:30 p.m. Softball Game (Mitchell Field, Oil City)
Tuesday, August 19, 2014
                7:00 p.m. AA Support Group (Latchaw)
Wednesday, August 20, 2014
                10:30 a.m. Prayer Meeting
                11:00 a.m. Bible Study
                7:00 p.m. Evening Bible Study (Latchaw)
Thursday August 21, 2014
                6:00 p.m. SWAG Playground Outreach
Friday, August 22, 2014
Saturday, August 23, 2014
                9:00 a.m. Vern’s Woodshop
                3:00 p.m. Potluck

Thursday, July 31, 2014

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, June 24, 2014

SWAG at 11th Street Playground

Next gathering is on July 10th. Hope to see you there!

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,

For more information call 432-8061 or 432-8161
Dates: June 12th, 19th, July 10th, 17th, Aug. 14th, 21st

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.