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
Dear Church Member,
It has been another great month at Rye Hill Baptist Church. Our Sunday School
attendance has stayed over 200, our Worship crowds have increased in the Early
Service and our Late Service is getting full once again. Bro. Steve and I have
really enjoyed teaching our special Discipleship Classes on “Faith” and “I Am A
Church Member” on Wednesday night. Our outreach visitation has been steady and
our giving this last year has been outstanding! For our general fund from
October 2013 to September 2014, our expenses were $501,551.87. Our tithes and
offerings for that same time period was $564,206.34. That means we took in
$62,654.47 more than we spent! Hallelujah! Everyone did an awesome job keeping
our monthly expenses down and giving generously from the heart. From the bottom
of our hearts, THANK YOU for your faithfulness in giving and commitment to His
Men, do not forget our Men’s Breakfast and Bible Study on Saturday, November 15th,
at 8:30 a.m. We will have a full hot breakfast that includes eggs, bacon,
sausage,pancakes, plus biscuits and gravy! Wow!
We will continue our Bible Study from Steve Farrar’s book, “True Courage.” Bro.
Steve and I will team teach Session 4, entitled, Flabbergasted or Faithful,”
from Daniel 2. Feel free to invite guests to join us for a great time of
Christian fellowship, food, and fun.
We are very excited about our Thanksgiving
Harvest Blessing Dinner on Sunday, November 23rd. We have had several families
join our church in the last year so let me explain this wonderful time of
fellowship for you. We will NOT have an Early Service (8:30 a.m.) that Sunday.
The reason is so we can all Worship together at 11:00 a.m. then all eat a huge
Thanksgiving Dinner together around 12:15 p.m. We WILL have Sunday School at
9:45 a.m. as usual. The church will provide turkey, ham, mashed potatoes,
gravy, rolls and the drinks. We ask our people to bring a salad, a vegetable, a
casserole, or a dessert. It is truly one of the highlights of our year.
We will need help setting up on Wednesday, November 19th, at 8:00 p.m. Our plans are to
set-up to feed 450 that day. It takes a small army to set up for that many so
please consider helping us out that night. Traditionally, we have also taken up
a Harvest Blessing Offering that Sunday. We want the Worship Service and
Thanksgiving Fellowship to be the main focus of the day.
With our second service getting full once again, after much prayer, the Lord has
told me to use the Harvest Blessing Offering this year to put in our Future
Growth Fund. Right now we have over $700,000.00 in that account. We have said
all along that when we reach $1 million dollars we would begin getting a
Building Committee together and start looking at a 750 seat new Sanctuary.
Everyone would love to get back into one Worship Service but it is going to take
sacrifice on everyone’s part. We have not asked for any commitment or monthly
giving above your regular tithes. The reason is because we believe that this
special gift should be a Free-Will offering with no pressure put on anyone. All
we are asking you to do is pray earnestly about what God wants you to do towards
helping us get back into one service again. Please do not let the Harvest
Blessing Offering keep you from coming or enjoying the Thanksgiving Dinner and
Service. We have always trusted God in the area of giving and He has greatly
blessed our church finances through His generous children. We are still praying
that God will help us build this debt-free! Thank you so much for your prayers
and support in this next huge step for our church. We really want to see us
being able to continue to grow for the glory of God. There will be special Love
Offering envelopes out for your convenience.
Our new digital church sign is here. We should begin working on the replacement
in the next few weeks. I cannot tell you how excited we are about this new
ministry. Please pray for us in this transition time.
Our church directories are in. They truly look great! See Carla or Lynn if you
haven’t received one for your family. The only problem now is the 18 families
that have joined the church since these photo’s were taken. What we are going to
do is set aside Sunday, November 16th, to take new members, new families, or
anyone else that wants their picture taken for our directory. These will be in
black and white and put on a page to be added to the current directory. We will
do this “in house” so it can be done quicker. There will be sign-up sheets out
in the church vestibule for specific time slots for that day. Please seriously
consider getting your picture made so we can continue to put names with faces.
Thank you, thank you, thank you to all of our Sunday School classes that have
moved to accommodate growth in our Sunday School program! We have moved SIX
classes since September 7th, to give us more space to grow. Praise the Lord! Your
cooperation has been such a blessing to our church! Let’s continue to make
small group Bible Study a priority in our church Sunday School and Discipleship
Once again, you have out-done yourself for Pastors Appreciation month. Lori and
I want to thank you from the bottom of our hearts for the kind words, sweet
cards, gift cards, and the generous love offering given to us. You will never
know how much you have encouraged us in the faith from your prayer and total
support of our ministry here!
We love you guys so much and pray that God will leave us here for a long, long
time. May God bless you and we hope to see you Sunday, as we continue our
“Survey of the Old Testament” preaching series.