Tuesday, November 14, 2023

Christmas Concert: 12/16 @ 7 PM


Free, no tickets necessary, offering to benefit Mustard Seed Missions of Venango County

Saturday, October 28, 2023

Upcoming three-part Seminar: The Holy Land, December 4th, 11th, and 18th at 6-8 PM


What Every Christian

 Should Know About:

The Holy Land

A three-part educational discourse

 created by Pastor Randy Powell

First Baptist Church of Franklin

1041 Liberty St.  Franklin, PA 16323

6:00-8:00 PM

Monday, December

 4th, 11th, and 18th

The primary focus of this seminar will be the stories of the places visited by Pastor Powell in May of 2023, featuring the hundreds of photos he and his wife took during their pilgrimage to the Holy Land including: The Sea of Galilee, Jordan River, Cana, Megiddo, Nazareth, Jericho, the Dead Sea, Qumran, Masada, Bethlehem, Jerusalem, and more.

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

This seminar will be broadcast via Facebook Live on the church’s page for those unable to attend in-person, and subsequently uploaded to YouTube.

Friday, October 27, 2023

Upcoming Event: County-Wide Thanksgiving Service, 11/19 at 6 PM, Salvation Army Church of Oil City


“I will listen to what God the LORD says:

He promises peace to his people, his faithful servants.”

A County-Wide

 Thanksgiving Service

Sunday, November 19th

at 6 PM

At Salvation Army Church, Oil City

217 Sycamore St.

Featuring: Congregational Singing,

Scripture Readings, Prayers of Lament

for Peace in the Holy Land, and a message from 

Rev. Tim Harmon of 2nd Presbyterian Church of Oil City

                                        This event is free and open to the public

                                                             all are welcome

An offering will be collected to support the food pantries

 of Franklin, Oil City, and Seneca

Tuesday, August 1, 2023

Upcoming three-part Seminar: The Dangers of the First Fruits of Zion - September 11th, 18th, and 25th from 6-8 PM


             What Every Christian Should Know About:

The dangers of the false teachings of the

First Fruits of Zion and their Torah Clubs 

By Pastor Randy Powell

At First Baptist Church of Franklin

1041 Liberty St. Franklin, PA 16323

6:00-8:00 PM

Monday, September 11th, 18th, and 25th

Free event, no reservations necessary
All are welcome, each session will include time for Q&A
Sessions will be broadcast on Facebook Live:
       First Baptist
      And then uploaded to YouTube:
        Pastor's YouTube Channel
        For further information:

Thursday, March 23, 2023

Franklin Area Crosswalk and Good Friday worship service


Good Friday Crosswalk

April 7th, 10 AM

Begins at St. Patrick Catholic Church, ends at Christ UMC

Featuring readings for the 14 Stations of the Cross, with a hymn at each stop


Good Friday Franklin Area

Community Worship Service

April 7th, 7 PM

At Galloway Church

196 Seysler Rd, Franklin, PA 16323


All are welcome to join us in remembrance and worship.

Sponsored by the:

Tuesday, March 21, 2023

Palm Sunday county-wide worship service: 5 PM at New Life Family Worship Center


"My help comes from the LORD"

Psalm 121

County-Wide Palm Sunday Service

April 2nd, 2023, 5:00 p.m.


New Life Family Worship Center

100 E. Atlantic Ave.  Franklin


Sponsored by:

Offering to benefit:

Featured Speaker: Dr. Pastor Lora Adams-King

The service concludes with our county’s pastoral leaders joining

together to sing, “Majesty” and “I Love You, Lord”

Wednesday, March 15, 2023

New Bible Study: The Gospel of Luke - begins 3/22 at 7 PM


The Wednesday evening Bible Study group will begin the Gospel of Luke on 3/22 at 7 PM.  

Those able to join us in-person are welcome to attend, this study is for non-Christians interested in learning about the Gospel and God's love for them, new Christians looking to learn more about Jesus' life and ministry and how it impacts their lives, and Christians who have known faith for many years but still have a desire to grow in wisdom.  In other words, anyone can join us.

We will look at look verse-by-verse, reading and discussing as we go.  Questions are welcomed.

For those not able to attend in-person, the study will air each week on Facebook Live at this page: First Baptist Church where it can be viewed at anytime from 7 PM onward.

Also, for those interested in the audio only, it will be available at Pastor Powell's blog: Bible Study podcasts within a day or two.  This site currently has audio recordings of studies for most of the Bible organized in one hour segments from previous weekly groups.

Thursday, February 16, 2023

The Franklin Christian Ministerium's warning against the Torah Clubs and the First Fruits of Zion

To the Christian community in Venango County,                                                                                February 2023

Beloved brothers and sisters in Christ, as men and women called by God and entrusted with the responsibility to shepherd the sheep and protect the flock, it is our responsibility to shout out a warning when dangerous individuals, groups, or ideas affect our communities and churches.

This is sadly the case with regards to the spread here locally of Torah Clubs sponsored by the First Fruits of Zion.

While we enthusiastically support deep study of the Bible, including its Jewish cultural and linguistic roots, all such study should occur within the framework of a Church history-based orthodoxy, and an apostolic understanding of the Gospel.

Why do groups associated with the Hebrew Roots Movement, in general, like the First Fruits of Zion, in particular, fail this test?  Our accompanying documentation will demonstrate from primary sources, in their own words, that the First Fruits of Zion organization, and the Torah Clubs materials they publish, are replete with the following theological errors and/or heresies:

1.       A non-Trinitarian view of God in the forms of two ancient heresies rejected by the Early Church: Modalism and Subordinationism.

2.       A substandard hermeneutic {including the use of paraphrases and word substitutions resulting in more palatable texts} for interpreting scripture that contends that all relevant passages have been wrongly understood throughout Church History, and in fact mean nearly the opposite of what the Church has always taught.

3.       A hostility toward the Church which is seen as the ‘mission field’ in need of correction to bring it back to its supposed roots as a Torah observant movement within Judaism.

4.       That the books of Moses, the Torah, are more fully the words of God than other portions of holy scripture, making them the lens through which all scripture must be interpreted.  Even Jesus Christ, the eternal Word of God, has no authority to establish anything beyond the Mosaic Law.

5.       That Jesus did not fulfill the Mosaic Law, rather it is still operative and normative for all of God’s people, Jews and Gentiles alike.

6.       That there is no covenant with the Gentiles, thus all followers of Jesus Christ accepting the Gospel must be grafted into Israel by ‘becoming a Jew’ in spirit, and in Torah observance.

7.       That on this basis true Christian discipleship requires the keeping of the Mosaic Law, including the dietary (kosher), Sabbath, and festival provisions, which is how Christians demonstrate their love of God.


If the tree is diseased, so will its fruit be.  We would warn against the use of bible study materials produced by the Watchtower Tract Society (JW) or LDS (Mormon) organizations, even if locally 100% of the parent organization’s theology was not being adopted.  The risk that heretical teachings would gain a foothold is simply too great.  If the desire is to learn from Judaism or Messianic Judaism, a host of materials from an orthodox point-of-view are available for Christians to use in our churches, to use that which comes from the FFOZ is an unnecessary risk, plus a union with an organization whose stated goals would harm the Church and warp the Gospel.

In the end, while protesting that they do not offer a works-based salvation, and claiming that faith in Jesus is sufficient, this movement is built upon and structured around the claim that all faithful Christians will begin observing the Law of Moses once they become followers of Jesus, that faithful Christians will, in essence, live like Jews.  They may not outright claim the Law of Moses as the gatekeeper to salvation and Christian discipleship, but when you make it the gauge of genuine faithfulness you are adding it to the Gospel message, casting dispersion upon the faith of 99% of the world’s Christians, both past and present, and spreading doubt and division within the Church.  This movement is no benign appreciation of the scriptures, but rather an aggressively proselytizing misappropriation of them contrary to the established teachings of Orthodox, Catholic, and Protestant Churches alike.

Given this, our duty requires that we warn our congregations against participation in these groups, and call upon those who do so now, and especially those who are promoting them, to repent and return to the faith our ancestors rejoiced in as, “you are not under the law, but under grace.” (Romans 6:12)

By unanimous affirmation of the Franklin Christian Ministerium,

Rev. Shawn Clerkin, Vicar/Pastor, St. John’s Episcopal Church/Grace Lutheran Church, Franklin

Deacon David Betz, St. John’s Episcopal Church, Franklin

Rev. Dr. Darrell L. Greenawalt, Christ United Methodist Church, Franklin

Rev. Larry A. Myers, Polk Presbyterian Church

Rev. Eric Phillips, Redeemer Anglican Church, Franklin

Pastor Randy Powell, First Baptist Church of Franklin

Pastor Chad Troup, Fox Street Church of God

An Examination of the unorthodox beliefs of the First Fruits of Zion, their Torah Clubs, and the Hebrew Roots Movement in general - by the Franklin Christian Ministerium - our 10,000+ word primary source documentation of what the Torah Clubs and FFOZ believe and teach.