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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

May, 2016

Dear Church Member,

I want to begin by saying how much your presence and support at my Oklahoma Baptist University Graduation Service meant to me. The speakers, the reception, the decorations, the beautiful cards with such kind words, the gift certificates, and the cash was truly overwhelming! From the bottom of my heart, THANK YOU SO MUCH! You really had much to do with me being able to graduate with my second Bachelors Degree in Religious Education. I plan to take some time off and hopefully begin my Master’s Program at Southwestern Baptist Seminary online in 2017.

We had an awesome Body Life Meeting last week. I cannot tell you how proud I am of our Building Committee who have put in many hours of work doing their best to give us a new Worship Center we can be proud of. The Finance and the Building Committee will be making a joint recommendation in our May Body Life Meeting to continue the process of working on the details of the New Worship Center so we can get bids and the actual cost for the new Sanctuary. We will then come back in August to see what the actual bids are. We are under no obligation to build anything until the church meets, knows exactly what the cost will be, and votes by secret ballot, if this is the perfect will of God for our church.

This time line gives us plenty of time to pray for God’s perfect will to be done in the life of our church. After seeing the figures in our Body Life Meeting of income to expenses, I truly believe that it is possible to make this happen without cutting ministries, salaries, or staff. This new Worship Center would give us plenty of room to grow and reach more people for the cause of Jesus Christ. After being your Senior Pastor for twelve years, please believe me when I say that I am good either way. God called me to Rye Hill Baptist Church and my plan is to stay here as long as you want me to. I believe in the local church and will abide in whatever the majority of our people say. Please just pray, pray, pray, then vote your honest conviction of what you believe God wants us to do. I love this church and you with all my heart and only want what God wants and what is best for His church! If you have any questions concerning this process, please call someone on the Building Committee, Bro. Steve, or myself. We would be glad to talk to you on the phone or face to face about any questions you have concerning this HUGE decision in the life of our church.

I cannot tell you how excited we are about Bro. Scott Warren coming on as our volunteer Missions Pastor. He has truly hit the ground running and is working hard on three Mission Projects for 2016. Our first Mission Project will be a Block Party at the Links Apartments on Saturday, May 21st, from 10:00 am-2:00 pm. We need you to be at our next Missions Meeting on Sunday, May 1st, at 7:00 pm in the reception room. We really need at least 24 people to help us that day. Our next Mission Trip to South Dakota will be July 11th-18th. We are making this trip more of a spiritual emphasis and less project or work related. We are planning a city wide Revival the first Wednesday night there. Depending on how that goes we will continue the Revival with Bro. Steve and Bro. Scott preaching one of the services. We will spend more time at the prisons, more time in prayer, and more time one on one witnessing and inviting people to church. The only event that will stay the same is Vacation Bible School. We are also going to gather children’s shoes to take with us and the details of that will be in our next church bulletin next week. Finally, on Saturday, Oct. 1st, we will participate and host a One Day Mission for the city of Fort Smith. We will share the details of this Acts1:8 Mission Project and partner with our Concord Baptist Association in June’s Newsletter. We will have five sites to man and manage so we will be needing around 75 mission volunteers that day. Right now, just please save that day for us and we’ll share the details later on. Man, is this exciting, or what? Bro. Scott has really given us vision and enthusiasm towards the Great Commission! I promise you, you cannot go wrong by investing in Missions! We cannot wait to see what God is going to do.

We are in the process of starting a Widow’s Ministry in the life of the church. Our base scripture is found in James 1:27. Basically, we will have four areas of ministry to our widows:

  1. Visitation
  2. Transportation
  3. Small Maintenance
  4. A Support Group
We will have an organizational meeting the end of May or early June to explain all that we plan to do for our Widows. The actual Widow’s Ministry will not begin until late August or September. We still need time to work out all the details and identify all of our widows. Please be in prayer for a Widow’s Ministry Coordinator and people to volunteer their time to help our widows in need. I have heard of other churches that have made this a great ministry and after much prayer and seeking the Lord, we want to give it a try in our church. We will communicate details and meeting times in the near future.


Other than that, there’s not much going on here. LOL! Folks we are getting real close to being the Acts 2 New Testament Church that the Bible of Rye Hill Baptist Church and how proud I am to be your Senior Pastor! May God bless you and I hope to see you this Sunday in God’s House, worshipping with God’s people. I love you!





In Christ,
Michael Franklin