Friday, September 24, 2021

Help Wanted: part-time Building Maintenance worker

Help Wanted: Building Maintenance

First Baptist Church of Franklin is seeking a part-time Building Maintenance worker.

Flexible days, hours
Some experience and/or know how necessary
Duties to include, but not limited to: plumbing, electrical, painting,
        masonry, and seasonal upkeep of property grounds.
Integrity and reliability a must.
Hourly rate TBD in accordance with experience and skills
Questions or to apply, call Pastor Powell at 814-432-8061,
        or email:

Thursday, June 24, 2021

Upcoming Event: What Every Christian Should Know About: The Bible @ 1st Baptist of Meadville

In this three-part series, Pastor Powell delves into important questions about the Bible: What is it?  How did it come to be?  What does it contain?  How we can understand it?  How can we utilize it in our lives?

  The series focuses upon the following topics: Revelation, Inspiration, and Inerrancy (part 1), Composition, Organization, and Literary Style/Genres (part 2), Interpretation, and Application (part 3).

At First Baptist Church of Meadville

353 Chestnut St.  Meadville, PA 16335

6:00-8:00 PM

Thursday, July 22nd, 29th, and August 5th  


This event is free and open to the public, no reservations necessary, and will include time for Q&A

For more information, please call 814-432-8061

Friday, May 14, 2021

Update to 1st Baptist COVID-19 policy

 In response to the new recommendations from the CDC regarding social distancing and mask wearing for those who are fully immunized, 1st Baptist will no longer require that those who are immunized wear masks in the common areas of the church (we had previously lifted that requirement in the sanctuary when the local infection numbers declined).    

Given the available space in our sanctuary, open pews will still be socially distanced for the time being for the benefit of our young people and any others who are not immunized as they retain a higher level of risk.

Let us give thanks to the Lord, and honor to those in the healthcare field and other essential workers whose faithful service has helped us reach this point or near normalcy.

Tuesday, March 30, 2021

Help Wanted: 1/2 time Church Secretary

Having given 13 years of full-time service to our church, our Office Manager Cheryl Rila has decided to switch to working part-time starting in May, thus opening up at 1st Baptist a 1/2 time Church Secretary position.  The days/hours for this position are flexible, we're more interested in finding the right person than filling a specific time slot.  A friendly personality and moral character are just as important as computer skills as the Church Secretary will often be the face of the church to people from the community who reach out to us.  If you have any interest in the position, please call Pastor Powell at 814-432-8061 or email him at 

Tuesday, March 23, 2021

The Venango County Christian Ministerium's Palm Sunday 2021 worship service

  Below is the link to the VCCM's Palm Sunday service, which was pre-recorded this year.  We look forward to worshiping together with a crowd of fellow believers from many churches at this year's Thanksgiving Service, by God's grace we will be able to do so.

Friday, March 19, 2021

Update to Church mask policy and the return of in-person Bible Study

 The Governing Board has decided, effective this Sunday 3/21, to return to the policy we utilized last summer of requiring mask wearing in the common areas (entrance area, hallways, bathrooms, etc.) while maintaining social distancing in the Sanctuary where only every 3rd row is being used, making mask wearing there optional. 

 The reasons are two-fold: (1) The majority of those attending church on any given Sunday morning have now been vaccinated, and (2) the daily infection rate for Venango County has returned to about 10 or less as it was last summer before the Fall surge began.  Those who have not yet been vaccinated, or who have other health concerns, are encouraged to continue to wear a mask as long as necessary.

In addition, in-person Bible study will resume on the Wednesday after Easter, April 7th, at the prior times of 11 AM and 7 PM.  Because Latchaw is a smaller room than the Sanctuary, mask wearing during Bible study may be necessary, depending on the number attending.

Facebook Live will continue to be utilized for both the Sunday worship service and both Bible studies, we intend to continue to offer that option for participation even when pandemic considerations have ceased. 

Thursday, March 18, 2021

Upcoming Event: Good Friday Crosswalk, April 2nd 10 AM

 Good Friday Crosswalk

April 2nd, 10 AM

Begins at St. Patrick Catholic Church

Featuring readings of the 14 Stations of the Cross

with a hymn at each stop

All are welcome, please utilize a mask during the walk; thank you.

Sponsored by the:

Upcoming Event: Ecumenical Good Friday Service, April 2nd at 7 PM


“It is Finished.”

An Ecumenical Good Friday Service

April 2nd, 2021

7:00 p.m.


Franklin Church of the Nazarene

393 Pone Lane

Franklin, Pa 16323


Sponsored by the

* All are welcome, mask wearing and social distancing will be utilized; thank you

Friday, March 5, 2021

Upcoming Seminar: The Church and Politics - The Kingdom of God vs. the Kingdom of the World, April 22nd, 29th, and May 6th


A Seminar created by Pastor Randy Powell

Where: First Baptist Church of Franklin, 1041 Liberty St.

When: Thursday April 22nd, 29th, and May 6th

7:00-8:30 PM

* Mask wearing requirements remain in effect; thank you.

Dozens of scriptural texts and Church history will be explored, along with insights from Blinded by Might and The Myth of a Christian Nation to examine the proper relationship between the Church and Politics.

What is the cost, to the Church and the Gospel, of a political marriage?

How can we love our enemies if we call them an ‘enemy of the people’?

No reservation needed, free and open to all,

an opportunity for Q&A each evening.

Questions: Call 814-432-8061

** Those unable to attend may view via Facebook Live on 1st Baptist’s FB page and subsequently via YouTube on Pastor’s blog (

Wednesday, February 24, 2021

1st Baptist has more Healthcare Hero yard signs available


We did a 2nd print run of yard signs, they are still $10 each (with $3 per going to Emmaus Haven our county's homeless shelter).  Call the office, 432-8061, to arrange pick-up.  As always, continue to lift our healthcare workers up to the LORD in prayer.

Tuesday, February 16, 2021

Can you help? Rides to COVID vaccinations needed for area seniors

 UPMC will be offering special COVID-19 Vaccine Clinics in the upcoming weeks and are anticipating a need for transportation for the Older Adult Population. Venango County has been approached to help provide some of this transportation.  

If you would have anyone interested in helping, please have them contact me at the following number – 814-432-9767.

Thank you,

Kit Woods

Venango County Human Services

Tuesday, January 26, 2021

Tax preparation assistance from AARP


AARP Tax Assistance will be available at First Baptist Church in Franklin, the Cranberry Mall, and in Titusville. 

There is NO walk-in service. All tax assistance is by appointment only

Call the appropriate phone number, leave your name and telephone number, and someone will return your call to schedule your appointment and give you any needed instructions.

For appointments at First Baptist Church call 1-814-346-1827. Appointments on Thursdays and Fridays, 2/11/21 through 4/15/21 (closed Good Friday-4/2/21)

For appointments at the Cranberry Mall call 1-814-346-1610. Appointments on Tuesdays and Wednesdays, 2/16/21-4/14/21.

For appointments in Titusville call 1-814-827-2188 (preparer's home number)

Sunday, January 3, 2021

Reading the Bible in a Year


In 2021 the congregation of 1st Baptist will be participating in a 5 day a week reading program that will cover the entire Bible in one year.  Each M-F a Facebook Live video will be posted on the church FB page from Pastor Powell covering the days readings.  Those who wish to participate can read the passage on their own (schedule below) or listen/read along with Pastor Powell.  Use whichever 5 days work for you, at whatever time of day works for you.

For those of you who have never read the whole Bible, here's a chance to both take a step forward in obedience and receive a blessing from the Word of God.  For those of you who have walked these trails many times before, you already know the joy of the journey.

The first readings (Genesis 1-2, Psalm 19, and Mark 1) begin tomorrow, January 4th.

To print your own copy, click the link below, or stop by the church for a free copy.

5 Day Bible Reading Program for 2021 - from

The Facebook Live videos will be posted to the church page: 1st Baptist Facebook page

Tuesday, December 22, 2020

Christmas Eve candlelight service - 7 PM


The service will also be livestreamed on the church's Facebook page: Click Here

Due to COVID, social distancing and mask wearing will be required throughout.

Monday, November 23, 2020

Video of Venango County Christian Ministerium's Thanksgiving Service

 In a year of tumult and uncertainty, the ministerium chose to preach Psalm 100 for our Thanksgiving service, highlighting the goodness of the LORD and our ongoing need to offer Him thanks and praise. The service features numerous local ministry leaders representing churches throughout the county, sharing readings, prayers, and preaching.

Thursday, November 19, 2020

1st Baptist to extend mask requirement throughout worship service

 In accordance with the most recent recommendations from the Pennsylvania Health Department in response to the ongoing spike of COVID-19 cases, both nationally and locally, the Governing Board of 1st Baptist Church voted to extend our mask requirement beyond entering and exiting the sanctuary on Sunday morning.  Our policy will now require everyone present to wear a mask throughout their time in the building (excepting the person currently leading the service in prayer/song/preaching).  We know that this is a mild inconvenience, but we appreciate your cooperation.  This policy will remain in effect until further notice.  Thank you.

Tuesday, November 17, 2020

CSS Christmas food voucher registration to occur by phone this year

For the past several years, 1st Baptist has gladly hosted the CSS food voucher distribution day here in Franklin.  On that day we see hundreds of families who wait in line to get a voucher provided by the Venango County Emergency Food and Shelter Program.  This year the registration for that program will be conducted by phone only.  All those wishing to participate should call 211 (Northwest PA 211) and tell the operator they wish to register for the "CSS food voucher."

Lord willing, we will once against host our neighbors for the voucher distribution next year.

Sunday, November 8, 2020

An effort by the Venango County Christian Ministerium to show support to healthcare workers during this pandemic: signs available 11/17


In light of the new surge of COVID-19 cases both locally and nationally, many of the area ministers have been looking for a way to show support for both those who serve our community at UPMC Northwest in Seneca, and healthcare workers throughout our county. These brave men and women care for us when we need them, they need our support in return.

Our first step? We will be selling 18x24 yard signs (with stand) printed locally in Franklin by PMP Printing. The sign was created by my talented wife, Nicole Brzezinski Powell. {If you don't live in Venango County, please feel free to utilize the attached file to have signs/banners/etc. printed where you live; or at least, share the image on social media}

We have ordered 200 signs, they should be here at the church (1041 Liberty St. in Franklin) available for pick-up starting on the 17th. They may be picked up from 8-3 M-F, call 432-8061 for pick-up outside of that time window. We are hoping to have them placed in front of every church in the county, and many homes as well. The signs will cost us appx. $7 per, and we will sell them for $10 each, with the $3 profit becoming a donation to our local food pantries to coincide with the offering we will take at our county-wide Thanksgiving service on the 22nd. The easiest method would be to convince your church to buy a batch and then distribute them, but we will also sell them directly at the church to individuals (the building has a mask wearing policy, thank you for your cooperation).

Friday, November 6, 2020

Keeping an eye on the COVID numbers

 Given the recent spike in COVID cases in our county, we have rearranged the seating in the sanctuary to create 3 rows (front/back) between available seats, and one row (side/side).  This still leaves us with 17 available family spots, which should be sufficient.

Please spread out accordingly on Sunday, even if that means not sitting in 'your spot', which has only been only 'your spot' since COVID started, and really isn't your long-term spot anyway, so no biggie 😉

The board is monitoring the current case levels, and will take further action as warranted.  The mask requirement coming into and leaving the sanctuary remains in place.  Thank you for understanding and helping us keep everyone as safe as possible.