Thursday, April 28, 2016

Week at a Glance (5/1-5/7/16)

Sunday May 1, 2016
               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)
5:45 p.m. Awana – Awards Night (Miller Aud/Clark Hall)
Monday, May 2, 2016
Tuesday, May 3, 2016
               5:00 p.m. Diaconate Meeting
               7:00 p.m. AA Support Group (Latchaw)
Wednesday, May 4, 2016
               10:30 a.m. Prayer Group
               11:00 a.m. Bible Study
               7:00 p.m. Bible Study (Latchaw)

Thursday, May 5, 2016
               7:00 p.m. National Day of Prayer (Cranberry Mall)
Friday, May 6, 2016
               7:30 p.m. Celebrate Recovery (Latchaw)
Saturday, May 7, 2016
7:00 p.m. Mother’s Day/Spring Concert (doors open at 6pm)

Tuesday, January 26, 2016

40 Days of Prayer to begin on Ash Wednesday

The Venango County Joint Ministerium is once again sponsoring 40 Days of Prayer beginning on Ash Wednesday, February 10th, followed by prayer at a different location with a locally focused topic for the next 39 days, culminating with a service of praise at Cranberry High School on Palm Sunday.  People are encouraged to attend as many of the services as they are able to, and to participate at home, by themselves or with family and friends, when not able to attend by praying for the need of the day's topic in our county.  The booklets we will be utilizing for these days of prayer are available through your local church, or by contacting Fishermen's Net at 437-5355, or by purchasing the app on your smartphone.

 2/10- Children, Grace Lutheran of Franklin 7 PM
2/11 Homeless, 1st Baptist of Franklin 7 PM
2/12 Women, St. Stephens of Oil City, 7 PM
2/13 Single People, Christ Episcopal of Oil City 2 PM
2/14 International Visitors, Hasson Heights Presbyterian of Oil City, 4 PM
2/15 Gangs, Abundant Life Fellowship, Franklin 7 PM
2/16 Marriages, Christ UMC of Franklin 7 PM
2/17 Sick People, The Caring Place of Franklin 7 PM
2/18 Educators, Seneca UMC 7 PM
2/19 Health Care Workers, Franklin Alliance 7 PM
2/20 Ministries, Fishermens Net @ Grace UMC of Oil City 8:30 AM
2/21 The Poor, First Church of the Nazarene, Franklin 6 PM
2/22 Refugees, Grace UMC Oil City 7 PM
2/23 Pastors, Victory Heights United Brethren 11 AM
2/24 Prisoners & Families, St. John's Episcopal of Franklin 7 PM
2/25 College Students, Venango SEED, Robert Rhoades Center @ Venango Campus 3:15 PM
2/26 Physically Disabled, 1st Church of God of Oil City 6:30 PM
2/27 Mothers, ABC Life Center @ 1st Baptist of Franklin 11 AM
2/28 Gov't Leaders, Galloway UMC 6 PM
2/29 News Media, Salvation Army Church of Franklin, 1 PM
3/1 Orphans, 1st Church of God, Franklin Noon
3/2 Business People, Heckathorn UMC 1 PM
3/3 Men, Cornerstone Bible, Oil City 7 PM
3/4 Native Peoples, East Grove UMC Noon
3/5 Judges & Law Enforcement, Church of the Nazarene, Oil City 3 PM
3/6 Unemployed, 1st Presbyterian of Oil City 6:30 PM
3/7 Youth, Youth for Christ, Seneca
3/8 Substance Abusers, Celebrate Recovery @ Free Methodist of Oil City 7 PM
3/9 Depressed People, Free Methodist Church of Siverly 7:30 PM
3/10 Fathers, Victory Heights United Brethren, 7 PM
3/11 Agricultural Workers, Seneca UMC 7 PM
3/12 Arts & Entertainment, 1st UMC Franklin
3/13 The Military, Grace UMC of Rocky Grove 7 PM
3/14 Broken Families, Fox St. Church of God, Rocky Grove 2 PM
3/15 Laborers, 1st Presbyterian of Franklin 2 PM
3/16 Athletic Industry, Trinity UMC of Oil City Noon
3/17 Ethnic Communities, Calvary UMC Oil City Noon
3/18 The Unborn, ABC Life Center @ Christ UMC of Franklin 7 PM
3/19 Elderly People, Oakland UMC 11 AM
3/20 Palm Sunday, The Coming Generation, Cranberry HS 7 PM

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, 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: