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

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

October, 2014

Dear Church Member,

Lori and I had a wonderful time on vacation this past week at Orange Beach, Alabama. It was such a blessing to rest, relax, and enjoy the true beauty of God’s creation! I want to thank Bro. Steve and Bro. Brandon for preaching for me while we were gone. They always do an excellent job and I am so proud of them both. I appreciate Bro. Steve covering the hospital and surgeries for me. We have such an awesome staff that work so well together and always help out anyway they can. Be sure to let them know how much you appreciate them.

We are really excited about the month of October! Our Wednesday nights are going to rock with discipleship. I will begin a five week study called “Faith”, in which you will learn how to witness to people, as well as, share the gospel with others. We will begin at 7:00 p.m. in Lee Merry ’s Sunday School classroom. It is open to anyone Jr. High through Senior Adults. We are praying for a dozen or more people to meet with us in this very important discipleship class. The other class is called, “I Am A Church Member”, Bible Study led by Bro. Steve in the church sanctuary at 7:00p.m. This discipleship class will teach you what it truly means to be a functioning church member. We hope to double our Wednesday Night Adult attendance in these two classes. Would you seriously and prayerfully consider being a part of one of these two classes in the month of October? We believe in our heart of hearts that our church will be better, do better, and continue to grow for God’s glory because of this discipleship emphasis. You never get to old to learn more about discipleship, witnessing, and being a good church member.

We need more of you to really consider coming to our Early Service at 8:30 a.m. on Sunday mornings. Our Late Service at 11:00 a.m. is filling up again and we have had to open the back up several times over the last month. We know it is harder to get around earlier and we greatly appreciate those who come early every Sunday, but our Late Service is getting crowded again and we have already reached more than 80% capacity in regular attendance. The parking is less crowded, you get out of church before 11:00a.m., it is less crowded, you have longer Sunday afternoons, and your presence allows more room for church guests. Please just give it a chance for a few weeks and we think you will like it.

We are so blessed with some awesome Sunday School teachers and classes. Our attendance is well over 200 consistently now. Praise the Lord! We shared with our teachers last month that everyone needs to be willing to do whatever it takes to see that our Sunday School attendance continues to grow. It might mean that we may have to switch classrooms with each other to make room for some of our larger classes. Isn’t that such a blessing to be growing like we are at this time in our church’s life! God is so good, all the time! If you haven’t tried one of our Sunday School classes at 9:45 a.m. every Sunday morning, here is your personal invitation. It is a super small group time where you get to know one another, pray for one another, and get close to one another in great Christian fellowship. We have several classes for all age groups. Just give it a try and we believe you will be pleasantly surprised by how close you could get to fine Christian people and get even more of your needs met. Let’s continue to do whatever it takes to see our Sunday School classes grow. Keep inviting friends, relatives, work associates, and neighbors to Sunday School and church!

Scott and Cindy Warren delivered the rest of our coats, blankets and sleeping bags this past weekend. We appreciate their missions heart and helping us out so much! Enclosed is a sweet letter I received from Pastor David Brisson. Keep praying for this special church that we have adopted for one year. They have had 10 professions of faith the past three months! Hallelujah!

We are having an awesome guest speaker this Sunday night, October 5th, at 6:00 p.m. Mr. Tam Pham will be sharing his testimony with us that night about how God gave them a true miracle to get him and his family out of Vietnam in 1975. I read his story and had tears in my eyes and goose bumps after reading it. You will not want to miss this wonderful time of testimony and witness of God working in his families lives. Tam and his wife have been attending our church for a couple of months now. They are truly missionaries and servants of God’s grace.

Please pray for me as I continue my OBU classes at our Associational Office on Monday nights. I am taking “Christian Ethics” this semester but chose not to take an on-line class because of the time it took to do two classes. Hopefully I will now graduate in the Spring of 2015. Church outreach, pastoral ministries, winning the lost, and studying are more important to me personally.

I will begin a new series entitled, “Survey of the Old Testament”, this Sunday October 5th. We will preach Sunday morning and Sunday night on Genesis through Malachi in some form or fashion until we finish.

In Christ,
Michael Franklin