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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:

November, 2014

Dear Church Member,

It has been another great month at Rye Hill Baptist Church. Our Sunday School attendance has stayed over 200, our Worship crowds have increased in the Early Service and our Late Service is getting full once again. Bro. Steve and I have really enjoyed teaching our special Discipleship Classes on “Faith” and “I Am A Church Member” on Wednesday night. Our outreach visitation has been steady and our giving this last year has been outstanding! For our general fund from October 2013 to September 2014, our expenses were $501,551.87. Our tithes and offerings for that same time period was $564,206.34. That means we took in $62,654.47 more than we spent! Hallelujah! Everyone did an awesome job keeping our monthly expenses down and giving generously from the heart. From the bottom of our hearts, THANK YOU for your faithfulness in giving and commitment to His church.

Men, do not forget our Men’s Breakfast and Bible Study on Saturday, November 15th, at 8:30 a.m. We will have a full hot breakfast that includes eggs, bacon, sausage,pancakes, plus biscuits and gravy! Wow!

We will continue our Bible Study from Steve Farrar’s book, “True Courage.” Bro. Steve and I will team teach Session 4, entitled, Flabbergasted or Faithful,” from Daniel 2. Feel free to invite guests to join us for a great time of Christian fellowship, food, and fun.

We are very excited about our Thanksgiving Harvest Blessing Dinner on Sunday, November 23rd. We have had several families join our church in the last year so let me explain this wonderful time of fellowship for you. We will NOT have an Early Service (8:30 a.m.) that Sunday. The reason is so we can all Worship together at 11:00 a.m. then all eat a huge Thanksgiving Dinner together around 12:15 p.m. We WILL have Sunday School at 9:45 a.m. as usual. The church will provide turkey, ham, mashed potatoes, gravy, rolls and the drinks. We ask our people to bring a salad, a vegetable, a casserole, or a dessert. It is truly one of the highlights of our year. We will need help setting up on Wednesday, November 19th, at 8:00 p.m. Our plans are to set-up to feed 450 that day. It takes a small army to set up for that many so please consider helping us out that night. Traditionally, we have also taken up a Harvest Blessing Offering that Sunday. We want the Worship Service and Thanksgiving Fellowship to be the main focus of the day.

With our second service getting full once again, after much prayer, the Lord has told me to use the Harvest Blessing Offering this year to put in our Future Growth Fund. Right now we have over $700,000.00 in that account. We have said all along that when we reach $1 million dollars we would begin getting a Building Committee together and start looking at a 750 seat new Sanctuary. Everyone would love to get back into one Worship Service but it is going to take sacrifice on everyone’s part. We have not asked for any commitment or monthly giving above your regular tithes. The reason is because we believe that this special gift should be a Free-Will offering with no pressure put on anyone. All we are asking you to do is pray earnestly about what God wants you to do towards helping us get back into one service again. Please do not let the Harvest Blessing Offering keep you from coming or enjoying the Thanksgiving Dinner and Service. We have always trusted God in the area of giving and He has greatly blessed our church finances through His generous children. We are still praying that God will help us build this debt-free! Thank you so much for your prayers and support in this next huge step for our church. We really want to see us being able to continue to grow for the glory of God. There will be special Love Offering envelopes out for your convenience.

Our new digital church sign is here. We should begin working on the replacement in the next few weeks. I cannot tell you how excited we are about this new ministry. Please pray for us in this transition time.

Our church directories are in. They truly look great! See Carla or Lynn if you haven’t received one for your family. The only problem now is the 18 families that have joined the church since these photo’s were taken. What we are going to do is set aside Sunday, November 16th, to take new members, new families, or anyone else that wants their picture taken for our directory. These will be in black and white and put on a page to be added to the current directory. We will do this “in house” so it can be done quicker. There will be sign-up sheets out in the church vestibule for specific time slots for that day. Please seriously consider getting your picture made so we can continue to put names with faces.

Thank you, thank you, thank you to all of our Sunday School classes that have moved to accommodate growth in our Sunday School program! We have moved SIX classes since September 7th, to give us more space to grow. Praise the Lord! Your cooperation has been such a blessing to our church! Let’s continue to make small group Bible Study a priority in our church Sunday School and Discipleship program.

Once again, you have out-done yourself for Pastors Appreciation month. Lori and I want to thank you from the bottom of our hearts for the kind words, sweet cards, gift cards, and the generous love offering given to us. You will never know how much you have encouraged us in the faith from your prayer and total support of our ministry here!

We love you guys so much and pray that God will leave us here for a long, long time. May God bless you and we hope to see you Sunday, as we continue our “Survey of the Old Testament” preaching series.

In Christ,
Michael Franklin