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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:

April, 2014

Dear Church Member,

What a long and cold winter we have had this year! I thank God that it’s about over and we can look forward to spring and warmer weather. Even though we have had the worst winter in years, our attendance and giving has held up well. Thank you very much for being so faithful to be here every time you could and also for your consistency in giving from your heart. We truly appreciate all that you do for our church and our Savior!

Our 2014 Bible Conference is just one week away. We are extremely excited about our guest preachers and singers that will be with us beginning next Sunday morning. We really believe that God has given us the best line-up of preachers in the River Valley. I pray that you will do your best to be at every service you can possibly attend! There are several things that we need your help with in final preparations for Revival. The First is this Saturday, March 29th at 10:00 a.m. We need everyone that can possibly be here to help us hand out our Bible Conference and Easter Sunday flyers in selected neighborhoods in South Fort Smith. If you can walk a mile then you can do it. You do not have to talk to people. Just hang our church packet on the door and move on. We are going into new areas that have just been built looking for new prospects. Please prayerfully consider helping us with the delivery of 1,000 brochures in our surrounding area. Second, if you cannot be here this Saturday, then what we are asking you to do is pick up a bundle of 25 packets of information to be delivered in your neighborhood before next Sunday. Just about anyone can do this. Be sure to check with other church members that live in your neighborhood and plan which houses you are going to, so duplicates won’t be delivered to the same homes. Our goal for this Sunday is to have at least 50 families pick up 25 packets to be delivered. As your pastor, I am asking you to seriously consider this because your neighbors see you all the time and are familiar with you. It could be the most effective way to invite others in your neighborhood to our church. Third, we have called next Sunday, April 6, Friend Day. We are encouraging everyone to invite a friend to join you for either our first service, at 8:30 a.m. or our second service at 11:00 am. on the first day of our Bible Conference. Try hard to invite an un-churched or lost person as your guest. We all have friends, relatives, work associates or neighbors that do not go to church very often. Wouldn’t it be awesome if someone you invited got saved? Our church is inviting all of Ft. Smith and the surrounding areas, but there is no better contact than a personal invitation face to face! Start looking now for someone to be your guest on Friend Day this next coming Lord’s Day. Finally, everyone can do this; Pray, Pray, Pray! The Bible tells us to pray without ceasing! To see true Revival, we must put feet to our prayers plus use 2 Chronicles 7:14 as our guideline in praying: “If My people who are called by My name will humble themselves and pray and seek My face, and turn from their wicked ways, then I will hear from heaven, and I will forgive their sin and heal their land.” Man cannot bring true revival, but God and sincere prayer can. Please join me in praying at least twice a day from now until Revival ends for a supernatural moving of the Holy Spirit in our lives and in our church. Make plans also to be at our All Church Finger Food Fellowship on Sunday evening, April 6th after our Revival Service. Bring your favorite finger food dish with you and let’s have a great time of fellowship and fun together. We cannot wait for our Bible Conference to begin next Sunday. I pray that you will be here that very first service as well as the ones that follow. I will be preaching this Sunday on “Keys to Revival” from Psalm 32. Wouldn’t it be great if Revival broke out a week early! My Bible says that “With God, nothing will be impossible”. Luke 1:37

Other than my regular Bible class, our Bible Conference, visiting our Shut-Ins, beginning an on-line Bible class this week, planning a Mission Trip to an Indian Reservation in South Dakota, Easter Sunday, looking at a new digital sign and preaching four times a week, not much going on around here! Seriously, your prayers daily are so needed and much appreciated! We could not do all that we do without your prayers and strong support. Our wonderful Church Staff and your faithfulness is such a blessing and is the main reason God’s hand is on our church so powerfully. From the bottom of my heart, “Thank you!” It is an honor to serve with you and beside you doing the Lord’s work.

May God bless you and we look forward to seeing you this Sunday in God’s House with God’s People. I love each and everyone of you!

In Christ,
Michael Franklin