Tuesday, April 18, 2017

Talking about Sex in Church

For the next three weeks (April 23, 30, and May 7) we'll be talking about sex in Church.  The text of 1 Corinthians chapter 5 will be our guide as we seek to understand the dangers of sexual immorality within the Church.  Few things are as misunderstood or as controversial as sex and sexuality.  Please join us as we allow the Word of God to teach us about this important topic.

Thursday, March 30, 2017

April, 2017 King's Herald

To view our church newsletter, click on link below:
King's Herald-April, 2017

Week at a Glance 4/22-4/29/17

Saturday, April 22, 2017
               1:30 p.m. FCA Spring Mtg. – Meadville FBC

Sunday April 23, 2017
               9:30 a.m. Sunday School (Latchaw)
10:30 a.m. Welcome Time (Clark Hall)
               10:45 a.m.  Worship Celebration
               12:00 p.m. Potluck/Business Meeting (Clark Hall)
Monday, April 24, 2017
               5:30 p.m. Girl Scout Leader Meeting
               6:00 p.m. Girl Scouts
Tuesday, April 25, 2017
               6:00 p.m. FEE Crafting (Clark Hall)
7:00 p.m. AA Support Group (Latchaw)
Wednesday, April 26, 2017
               10:30 a.m. Prayer Meeting (Latchaw)
11:00 a.m. Bible Study
7:00 p.m. Bible Study (Latchaw)

Thursday, April 27, 2017
Friday, April 28, 2017
Saturday, April 29, 2017



Tuesday, March 28, 2017

Educational Series - Five minutes each week

Beginning with Sunday, April 23rd, Pastor Powell will begin a new topic in his "five minutes a week" educational series.  The topic will be explored at the end of the worship service for five minutes each week until completed.  The first topic will be: What Every Christian Needs to Know about Islam.
Subsequent topics in the series, "What Every Christian Needs to Know about..." will follow, including: Judaism, Buddhism, Hinduism, Communism, Capitalism, Philosophy, Humanism, Secularism, the History of the Church, and more.  All materials are created by Pastor Powell.

Why learn about other religions, ideas, and philosophies?  Christians needs to know what they believe, and they need to know what other people believe.  How else can we deepen our own faith, share that faith with others, and defend our faith against those who would tear it down?  Jesus declared that, "I am the truth", his disciples should likewise exhibit a love of truth and fact.

Wednesday, March 15, 2017

Summer Youth Events Scheduled

First Baptist Church will have three summer events for the youth of the church (more details on each to follow).  The first will be on Saturday, June 24th, at Waldameer Amusement  and Water Park in Erie.  The whole church is invited to join the youth for this day of fun.  On Friday, July 21st, the youth will be going to Two Mile Park for a one day camping trip, and on Saturday, August 12th, we'll be taking the youth on a bike trip on the river trail.

Lenten Prayer Service - Thursday, March 16th at 7 PM

We will be hosting a Lenten Prayer service sponsored by the Joint Ministerium on Thurday the 16th of March at 7 PM.  The focus of this time of prayer will be our local government here in Venango County.  All are welcome to join us in prayer.

Thursday, February 23, 2017

Upcoming: Parents' Night Out! - Friday, March 17th

First Baptist Church is offering parents an opportunity to have a date night, hang out with friends, or just get a break from it all by opening up our church on Friday, March 17th from 5:30-8:30 for kids age 4 and up.  Dinner will be provided for the kids (Pizza!), so no need to worry about that.  We'll be playing games, running around like crazy to use up all that energy, and learning a thing or two about God in the process.

Those planning on bringing their kids should please RSVP by calling 432-8061 (Or better yet, tell Pastor Powell in person on Sunday at church).

Tuesday, December 20, 2016

Christmas Eve candlelight service and parsonage open-house

Our traditional Christmas Eve 7 PM candlelight service will feature plenty of Christmas music both for the congregation to sing and special music from the choir, culminating with Lois Ann Schaeffer's rendition of O Holy Night!  Please join us, everyone is welcome.

Before the service, you are also invited to join us at the parsonage from 6:00-6:45 (connected to the church, just park at the church and come on in through the church itself) for cookies, fruit, coffee, etc. as well gather for fellowship and enjoy the many Christmas decorations in our Victorian home.

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Hope to see you all on Christmas Eve!

Friday, December 16, 2016

Stepping into history: A conversation with Jo Beach.

Joe holding newborn Clara in May of 2015

I had the privilege yesterday of visiting with a member of my church, something I do as often as I can for those who have difficulty in getting to church.  I went to the home of Jo Beach, who is in her 98th year and has been a member at First Baptist for over 80 years.  In our conversation, Jo talked about the past quite a bit, which is always fascinating to me as a lover of history.  Three things in particular stood out from that conversation: (1) That Jo's grandfather was a POW at the notorious Andersonville, Georgia prison in the Civil War.  Jo's grandfather never got over the horrors that he witnessed there, and was unable to work the rest of his life.  My grandfather was in the merchant marines in WWII which was 75 years ago, what an incredible step back into history that Jo's grandfather was a Civil War veteran, that war having ended 151 years ago. (2) Jo herself was born 16 days after Armistice Day, the end of WWI on 11/11/1918.  Her father was not yet conscripted, but would have soon joined the army to be shipped over to Europe, but the war ended. (3)  Jo was born near Cook Forest and her father worked at one of the lumber mills there.  The lumber mill only paid its employees with script redeemable at the company store.  One day, Jo's mother went to the store and demanded a portion of her husband's earnings in cash, to which the company employee replied, "What do you want cash for?"  Jo's mom made her husband quit his job, presumably after an interesting conversation, and the family moved before Jo started school here to Franklin where several of their extended family members already lived.

The next time you have a chance to talk to somebody who was born sixty years or more before you, take it, you won't regret the chance to get a glimpse at the window into the past that they can provide.

First Baptist adds new Youth Worker: Kari Yount

Local special-education teacher Kari Yount has accepted a part-time position at First Baptist to work with our youth with the emphasis upon Junior Church and the Awana program.  Kari and her new husband Catlin are currently in Florida enjoying their honeymoon, so it will be a few weeks until she posts for herself, but for now we'd just like to welcome the Yount family to the church and share our excitement at having someone so qualified and enthusiastic to work with our great kids.  Welcome to First Baptist, Kari!

First Baptist fifth-grader inspires toy drive for Children's Hospital.

One of the youngest members of First Baptist, Josie Seely, has helped inspire a toy drive with a collection taken up tonight here at the church.  It is awesome to see young Christians in our church reaching out to help the less fortunate in imitation of the compassion of our Lord.  Our new youth worker, Kari, certainly has some great kids to work with.

Tuesday, December 6, 2016

Wednesday, August 31, 2016

Friday, August 26, 2016

Awana begins September 11th

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The 2016-17 Awana club year will begin on Sunday, September 11th.  The club will run at its usual time, from 5:45-7:30, and will be for kids entering kindergarten through sixth graders.  Awana consists of three segments: game time (the kids' favorite, who can blame them), book time (when the kids memorize and recite their scripture verses), and council time (the weekly Bible lesson and songs).  We also throw in a variety of themed nights in the year like Crazy Hat Night.  Awana is open to the community, you certainly don't have to attend First Baptist to bring your kids to Awana, all are welcome.

In addition, this year we will begin our cooperative youth ministry with our neighbors down the street, Christ UMC.  Kids from the two churches in K-6 will attend Awana, and those from 7-12 will be a part of the MS and HS youth groups led by Pastor Jonathan Smith of Christ UMC.  We are excited for this opportunity to pool our ministry resources with our brothers and sisters in Christ as we together do Kingdom work.  Looking forward to a great year of Awana!

Monday, August 1, 2016