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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:

September, 2014

Dear Church Member,

We have truly had an outstanding summer here at Rye Hill Baptist Church. God has blessed us in several areas of ministry. The most important area to God’s Kingdom is professions of faith. This summer has been the absolute best we have seen, period. Through Children’s Camp, Vacation Bible School, Youth Camp, our Mission Trip to South Dakota, and our Worship Services, God has given us over 50 souls born into His Kingdom! Hallelujah! To Him be the praise and glory! We have also been able to stay strong in Sunday School and Worship. This past Sunday we had 216 in Sunday School and 310 in both Worship Services! Thank you Jesus! Carla just shared with me that we have had 15 rededications, 6 baptisms, 4 surrender to missions and 29 join our church family in June, July and August. God is so amazing! You talk about a Summer Revival! From the bottom of my heart, THANK YOU for being so faithful to prayer, to our God, and His church this summer.

We had a great time on our Outreach Visitation last week. God blessed us with 17 people knocking on doors! Every team got into at least one home. The excitement of teams reporting about their visits was wonderful to see and hear. We had a family join a week ago and the sweet mother came to visitation the following week. We had another sweet lady go visiting with us that wasn’t even a church member, then joined the church this past Sunday. Praise the Lord! We appreciate everyone that helped us fulfill the Great Commission for our Lord and church. Bobby and Angie Archer fixed us an awesome taco dinner. We appreciate them so much! My hope is that you will prayerfully consider helping us reach the south- side of Ft. Smith for God’s Glory. On September 11th, we will be going to Chaffee Crossing to knock on doors of the new houses and apartments there, as well as visit our church prospects and referrals. Please set that date aside for Outreach and Church Visitation.

Do not forget our all church breakfast on Saturday, September 6th at 8:30 a.m. Our men will fix another full and hot breakfast for us. This is another fellowship we have once a quarter, since we went to two Worship Services. Bro. Steve is going to do some special music and Bro. Paul Walker will be our guest speaker.

Visitors and church prospects are always welcome! Please sign up this Sunday if you are planning to attend. After our breakfast, we are asking all of our Sunday School teachers to stay for a very important meeting. We are growing big time in our Sunday School Program and we want to stay ahead of future growth. Teachers, PLEASE do your best to be here that Saturday. We must have everyone on the same page to be able to continue to grow for God’s glory! Every growth consultant I have ever heard has said “Show me a healthy Sunday School and I will show you a healthy Church.”

We are looking forward to a change in our Wednesday Night Adult Bible Study program for the month of October. I will be teaching the “Faith” Witnessing program in Bro. Lee Merry’s Sunday School Classroom. This will be an excellent time of learning how to share your faith with others plus can you imagine the blessings He will bestow on us if we are even more conscience of sharing our faith? Bro. Steve will be teaching a book entitled, “I Am A Church Member,” by Thomas Rainer, in the Sanctuary at the same time. (7:00p.m.) My prayer is that we will double our Wednesday night church attendance for the month of October. Please pray for both of these discipleship teaching classes for our adults.

This Sunday, August 31st, will be the last day to accept coats, sleeping bags and blankets for the Lakota Baptist Church in Pine Ridge, South Dakota. They are planning to hand everything out at the end of September. We greatly appreciate everyone who gave to this mission cause! Your generosity and kindness is such a blessing to our church and the Native American Reservation.

Lori and I are going on vacation September 15th-23rd. As you can see, we have had a very busy summer and are looking forward to some time of rest. The beach is calling our names and we are excited about some down time. Bro. Steve and Bro. Brandon will be preaching in my absence. Let’s keep our momentum going this fall and support these two fine men of God while we are gone. I cannot tell you how excited we are about our fall programs. We just need a little vacation to recharge the batteries and to get going full steam ahead this fall. I absolutely love pastoring this wonderful church and love each one of you with my whole heart! We are thanking God for what He has done but we truly believe our best years are still in front of us.

In Christ,
Michael Franklin