In-Person Worship Resumes

Just a reminder! In-person worship will resume this Sunday, February 21, 2021 at 11:00 AM!

In-Person Worship Temporarily Cancelled

The difficult decision has been made to temporarily cancel our in-person worship beginning December 27, 2020 through February 14, 2021. While it is true that church worship is specifically excluded from any Pennsylvania Department of Health limitations, we “…are strongly encouraged to find alternative methods for worship, as in person gatherings pose a significant risk to participants at this time.
While this an incredibly difficult recommendation to make, particularly at this time of year, faith leaders must carefully weigh the health risks to their congregants given the immense amount of community spread of COVID-19.” As followers of Jesus Christ, we have chosen to follow the second greatest commandment to love our neighbor as we love ourselves. Here is our tentative schedule for this period of time:
• December 27, 2020 – NO in-person worship.
• December 28—31, 2020 – Church Office is closed.
• January 3, 2021 – NO in-person worship.
• January 10, 2021 – NO in-person worship.
• January 17, 2021 – NO in-person worship.
• January 24, 2021 – NO in-person worship.
• January 31, 2021 – NO in-person worship.
• February 7, 2021 – NO in-person worship.
• February 14, 2021 – NO in-person worship.
Opportunities for on-line worship will be made available on our YouTube channel and on our Facebook page. Church Office hours for January and February will be determined as we move forward. The Church building will be available for groups to meet as long as they comply with any limitations as imposed by any Pennsylvania Department of Health guidelines. These gatherings MUST be noted on the Church calendar so that the Church Custodian is aware and can make arrangements to clean after any group has met. All Leadership meetings during this time will be meeting on Zoom and will not meet in person. Thank you for your patience and understanding!

Merry Christmas

May you receive the gift of faith, the blessing of hope, and the peace of God’s love at Christmas and always.

Christmas offering this year will be divided between the Community Dinner Fund and Emmaus Haven of Venango County.

In June 2016, Emmaus Haven embarked on two essential and successful partnerships to begin their non-profit organization debt free. One was with Venango County Housing Services (VCHS) and one was with Mustard Seed Missions (MS) of Venango County.
Emmaus Haven is a temporary homeless shelter for men and women in Venango County that encourages the homeless to rebuild their lives personally, spiritually in a warm and safe setting. Presently there is a 6-bed unit building at 1269 Liberty Street, Franklin.
The average stay is 77 days, and the apartments are at 93% occupancy at any given time. There is a life coach who assists residents to obtain the life skills necessary for successful transition into permanent housing.
Emmaus Haven is in the process of refurbishing a former parish hall at 580 Colbert Avenue in Oil City. When completed it will accommodate up to 16 beds for homeless individuals, as well as a small internal apartment for full-time housing staff.

Survival Gift Bags

Survival Gift Bags are being delivered to “At Home Members” and members that do not feel comfortable in attending services at this time. We hope the bags will bring a smile to their faces and let them know that we are thinking of them and miss them.
The bags each contain:
Pretzel
We would Knot be the same without you.
Tea
Life is like a cup of tea…it’s all how you make it.
Paper Clip
To hold things together when it feels like it’s all falling apart.
Cotton Ball
To cushion the rough times, a symbol of support.
Toothpick
To pick out the good in everybody…including yourself.
Rubber Band
To help you be flexible and not break.
Lollipop
To help you lick your problems.
Life Saver
A reminder that we all need each other’s help sometimes
Kisses
A reminder that we all need hugs & kisses

Christmas Poinsettias

Order forms are on the back table.
Red poinsettias will be used to decorate our sanctuary this year for December 20th and Christmas Eve.
DEADLINE FOR ORDERING IS SUNDAY, DECEMBER 13th.
The cost is $6.50 and payment must accompany order. Please give names exactly as you want them to appear on the list that will be in the December 20th bulletin. Thank you!

Altar Flowers 2021

The Flower Chart is on the board at the back of the sanctuary for those who wish to sign up for altar flowers. Simply write your name next to the date you want flowers and fill out the form below. Please keep in mind that two can sign up for the same day as we have altar flowers as well as piano arrangements available. Circle one. The cost is still $25. Fill out and return to the church with your check for $25. Thank you!

Angel Tree

In celebration of the Greatest Gift (Jesus), we will have an Angel Tree in the back of the church. We will be helping two local families experience the love of God through our acts of kindness. There will be ornaments with each person’s gender, age, size and favorite color along with gift suggestions. All gifts must be returned to the church wrapped by December 13th so they can be distributed to the families by Christmas. Please tape the ornament to the gift so we will know who it belongs to. Let’s show these families that God loves them and so do we. If you have any questions, please contact the office at 432-8161.

Community Support


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 18×24 yard signs (with stand) printed locally in Franklin by PMP Printing. The sign was created by Nicole Powell.

First Baptist ordered 200 signs on 11/9 and they should be available for pick up on 11/18 between the hours of 8am-3pm, Monday through Friday (or call to arrange pick up times outside that window). We hope to have them placed in front of every church in the county, and many homes as well.

The signs will cost us approximately $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 countywide 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 First Baptist to individuals (the building has a mask wearing policy, thank you for your cooperation).

If interested, please contact First Baptist at 814-432-8061 or send an email to 1stbapfranklin@verizon.net.

Rev. Randy Powell
First Baptist Church

Assisted Listening Systems Available

We now have Assisted Listening Devices.
We have 6 units at this point and can order as many as we would like to. This will transmit the voices being spoken into the microphones at this point. Please feel free to take one and try out during the Sunday services. You will also have your own volume on this unit to turn up and down as you wish. We have several types of headphones to try as well; feel free to find what works for you. You may also feel free to bring your own set of headphones from home as these just use a regular headphone jack. If you would like to use one each week, we can label a bag with your name and you can use that same unit each week. The batteries should last approx. 6 weeks, so we are going to try that out for now and see how that goes. If you feel your batteries are going bad or getting low please notify Tammy or look at the back table with the devices for extra batteries. Please feel free to let Tammy know how you like or dislike them or which type of earpiece is your favorite. We are trying to be accommodating and receptive to everyone and find something that works well for each person individually. Lysol wipes will be used to disinfect the units each week between uses.