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Rye Hill Baptist Church
11512 Old Hwy 71 South
Fort Smith, AR, 72916

08:00am - Early Service
09:45am - Sunday School
11:00am - Worship Service
06:00pm - Evening Service
Frankly Speaking:

December, 2014

Dear Church Member,

I truly love the Thanksgiving Season! When I stop to think about how wonderful God is and the many blessings He bestows on us, my heart and cup runs over with gratitude. Think about it. God saved us, re-made us, loves us, and is going to let us spend all of eternity with Him in heaven. Not only that, but I have a beautiful wife, son, and daughter I love immensely, an awesome church family, a great church staff to work with, a spirit-filled, growing church that I am allowed to preach in every week, and many Christian friends that support me and pray for me every day of my life. My friend, we have so much to be thankful for! We are a blessed people and a blessed nation. My prayer is that we will take some time this Thanksgiving Season to pause and testify about the things we are thankful for. The Psalms do a super job of reminding us of these things.

Because it gets dark so early and is colder, we are going to make a change in our Outreach Program. We are going to use this schedule for the winter months. We are going to call it “Soul-Winning Saturdays.” Once a month we are going to get together for the sole purpose of winning someone to Christ through outreach. You will have four options in this new visitation program. First, you can visit church prospects or people that have visited our church. Second, you can help make sandwiches and go to the north-side of our city and look for people to pray with or talk to. Third, you can visit Sunday School absentees and prospects. Fourth, we will start right here in our neighborhood and knock on doors for the sole purpose of finding new prospects and winning souls to Christ. The great thing is there is something for everyone! No matter how you are gifted, you can find your spot in ministry. I would especially encourage our Leadership in the church and our Faith Witnessing graduates to be involved in this Outreach Ministry. Can you imagine what could happen if we seriously got behind this? I believe with all of my heart that God would be well pleased, we would see our baptismal waters move more often, and more people who join our church fellowship! Would you please pray about this exciting new approach to Outreach Ministry and pray specifically about stepping up and being involved in this ministry. I have been praying about it for over a month and believe it would be another step in the right direction for our church. Our first Soul-Winning Saturday will be December 20th at 10:30 a.m. Thank you so much for your support and consideration.

We need to really focus on some fervent prayer for the Lakota Baptist Church. Satan is attacking their congregation from many angles and they desperately need our prayer support. I plan to fly out of here on Thursday, December 4th, and stay there to preach and meet with them until Monday, December 8th. I cannot put into words how much the Lakota Baptist Church and the natives need our heart-felt prayers at this time. I will be speaking or preaching there four times so please keep me in your prayers. They have asked me to share the Lord’s Supper with them while I am there. Please pray for this special service! They have not observed the Lord’s Supper in over two years. I still strongly believe God sent us up there for this time and His purpose. Bro. Brandon will be preaching the Early Service that Sunday, December 7th, and Bro. Steve will preach the Late Service. I really believe when all is said and done that the Lakota Baptist Church will be a better church after going through the fire. Thank you so much for adopting them and supporting them with strong prayers.

Our December calendar is packed plum full. Be sure to keep the church calendar close to you. I really love the Christmas Season and look forward to seeing what God is going to do. Every week God sends us new church visitors, decisions are being made every week, our church is continuing to grow at a good pace, and we are saving money for a new Sanctuary. To God be the glory, great things He has done. From the Franklin house to yours, may you have a very Merry Christmas and please remember that Jesus is still the reason for the Christmas Season! We love each and every one of you! May God bless you and your family.

In Christ,
Michael Franklin