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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:

January, 2015

Dear Church Member,

It is with pure JOY that I write to you this last article for 2014. It has been one incredible year at Rye Hill Baptist Church. God has blessed us with such an amazing year of ministry. His Holy Spirit and Presence has been powerful in our services and in our ministries. Our attendance in Worship and Sunday School has continued to climb, our giving to the Budget and the Future Growth Fund has been awesome, we have church visitors in almost every Sunday service, our Outreach Program has gotten stronger, we graduated our first Faith class, our Music Program has grown tremendously, our Food Bank Ministry has expanded, and we have a new digital sign in place. It truly looks amazing! To God be the glory, GREAT things He has done! I want to first thank our wonderful church staff for all they do to make our church and ministries shine for our Lord and Savior. I cannot put in to words what they mean to me personally and how much support they give me and our church. We truly have one of the best church staffs in Arkansas. I also want to thank YOU, our members and our friends that are so faithful, always praying, and supporting our church ministries in so many ways! There is no way we could do what we do without committed Christian leaders and the faithful givers of Rye Hill Baptist Church. Our groups of faithful volunteers are super Christ and His Church is what makes us go and grow as the Body of Christ. Please believe me when I say from the bottom of my heart that I love each and everyone of you and appreciate you so much! God has done a great work assembling mighty warriors for His army of believers in our church. Christmas is the perfect example of how much our people and Sunday School classes have given to the hurting and needy. I can honestly say that in almost 11 years of ministry here you always rise to the occasion and meet peoples needs whenever it is a good cause and needy ministry. Thank you for answering the call of ministry on a consistent basis. I truly believe that 2015 has the potential of being our greatest year ever!

I really enjoyed my time in Revival at the Lakota Baptist Church December 4-8. God blessed us with 4 professions of faith, we baptized 3, 1 joined the church, and we had 7 rededications. Hallelujah! Bro. Mike Merrival was voted in as Interim Pastor this past Sunday night. That is a huge step in the right direction for the church. They had some new faces attending and it was such a blessing to see many familiar faces that are truly hungry for the Word of God. Please keep praying for them because their needs are great and there needs to be much discipleship and training of new leaders. Pray specifically for Bro. Mike Merrival, William Bear Shield, Church Treasurer, Thomas Merrival, a trustee and church moderator, and for their finances. They filled up the propane while I was there and it cost $888.00. When snow is on the ground, that will last about 2 months. That is a lot of money for a small mission church. I have fallen in love with the Lakota Natives and we plan to go back there this summer.

So many people have been asking me when are we going to get started on our plans for our new Sanctuary? I still believe that God has told me when we reach the one million dollar mark in our Future Growth Fund we will get a Building Committee together and begin the process. Right now, we have $743,530.47 in that happen in 2015. I also want to encourage everyone to prayerfully consider a gift to this wonderful cause sometime in the 2015 calendar. We as a church are doing our best to put money into this account every time we can. If God leads you in any way, would you consider doing the same? Bro. Steve and I really do not mind doing two Sunday morning services every Sunday, but we look forward to all getting back into one and worshipping as one together again! This is truly an exciting time in the life of our church. We appreciate every prayer and gift of love given, regardless of how small or great, towards this future Sanctuary of ours.

Thank you very much for all the Christmas cards, gift cards, Love Offering, kind words, and yes, even sugar-free candy we have received this Christmas season. You are such generous and second mile supporters of my family and I. We will be going to Lawton December 23rd-29th to spend time with the family. Bro. Steve will preach the Early Service and Bro. Brandon the Late Service on December 28th. I will be back in the office on December 31st and we will have a really special New Years Eve Candlelight Service that night at 7:00p.m. All of our ministry staff will lead out that night, so make plans to be here. You do not want to miss this awesome time to ring in the New Year. We will also have an All Church Finger Food Fellowship after the service. We hope we have a church house full that evening!

Lori and I want to wish every one of you a very Merry Christmas and a Happy New Year! Only in eternity will we truly know the impact we have had laboring in Godís field in Ft. Smith, Arkansas. You really do not know how proud I am to be the Senior Pastor of such an awesome Bible believing, God fearing, people reaching, spirit filled Body of Believers. Thank you for allowing me to fulfill my life long dream and having the honor of going to work every day for our Lord and Savior. May 2015 be the best year yet for the Rye Hill Baptist Church and the Kingdom of God.

In Christ,
Michael Franklin