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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

April, 2016

Dear Church Member,

What an awesome Easter Sunday we had with 476 in attendance in both services, and visitors all over the place. Praise the Lord! Our attendance and giving has been strong all winter long. God has blessed us with decisions for Christ on a weekly basis, many uniting with our church, and we have baptized three of the last five Sunday’s! Hallelujah! The Spirit of God has been very strong here and the music has been amazing! Please continue to pray a hedge of protection around our church because I promise you the devil hates what is going on here!

We had an outstanding Body Life Meeting two weeks ago. Because of your generous giving this winter, we were able to transfer $40,000.00 from our General Budget into our Growth Fund. Thank you Jesus! Clay McGill with Bild Architects presented our plans on a proposed, 800 seat, 17,000 square foot new Worship Center. Everyone was very excited about the drawings and they asked some really good questions. As of March 27th, we still have over one million dollars in our Growth Fund. This is after paying cash for the half acre of land from Ace Fence Co, and paying cash on the other 2.17 acres from Mr. Gaines. Hallelujah! God has truly answered our prayers in providing land for parking and putting things together for this building project. In our next Body Life Meeting on Sunday, April 17th, at 5:45 p.m., we will discuss how the church wants to pay for our new addition. You will be getting a survey in the mail within the next two weeks so our Finance Committee can have in-put on how everyone feels about it. Our Building Committee and Finance Committee will meet together to discuss this very important issue in this building process. We will not vote that night but will pray sincerely about God’s perfect will for the life of our church then vote by paper ballot in the next Body Life Meeting in May. Please be in fervent prayer for this extremely important decision in the life of the church.

It is time for us to get serious about our Spring Bible Conference April 24-27. We have some excellent preachers and wonderful revival music lined up for you. My prayer is that you will do your best to be at every Revival Service and that you will support Revival in prayer and participation in the activities that proceed it. We need ALL HANDS on deck on Saturday, April 16th, 2016. We will meet at the church at 10:30 a.m. to hand-out 2000 Bible Conference flyers to our surrounding neighborhoods. There are many new housing areas we wish to cover so we need your help that day. All you need to do is be able to walk a mile for us. Please prayerfully consider helping us with this vital Outreach Ministry! On Thursday, April 21, from 8:00am to 8:00pm we are going to open up the Church Sanctuary for a “Day of Prayer” for Revival. You can come and go and stay as long as you like. The key is, heart felt, fervent prayer for Revival. Prayer is the key for true Revival in our church! Please begin praying NOW and DAILY for our Spring Bible Conference. On Friday, April 22nd, I am calling for a day of fasting, (from sun-up to sun-down) and prayer for true Revival. Jesus told His disciples in Matthew 17:21 “This kind does not come out except by prayer and fasting.” We must do what the Bible and Jesus did if we want to see true Revival in our lives and in the church! Please begin thinking about and inviting people to our 2016 Bible Conference. Pray as if it is up to God, work as if it is up to you.

We unanimously voted for Scott Warren to be our volunteer Missions Minister in our last Body Life Meeting. Bro. Scott has a huge heart for missions and will help us coordinate mission work in the life of our church. Our first local Mission Project will be on Saturday, May 21st, at the Links Apartments on Zero Street. We will be doing a “Block Party” with the specific purpose of engaging people and inviting people to our church. If you are interested in helping us this day there will be an informational meeting on Sunday, April 3rd, at 7:00 p.m. in the reception room. My prayer is that people of all ages will join us for this first local Mission Project in the neighborhood. If you cannot be at this meeting then please contact the church or Bro. Scott to let us know that you want to help.

Dr. Jeff Thompson and Bro. Steve Stewart want to host a “Graduation Service” on Sunday evening April 10th, at 7:00pm for me. I officially graduated from Oklahoma Baptist University with a Bachelors Degree in Religious Education this past December. I wasn’t able to go to the graduation service in Oklahoma so they want to have one here in our church. Everyone is invited to attend that evening. I want to thank our church family for their huge support in this seven year process. Your prayers, your financial support with tuition and books allowed me to get a formal education in Christian work. I appreciate and love each and everyone of you.

I cannot tell you how excited I am about our future at Rye Hill Baptist Church. We have had a great winter for the Lord but I truly believe that the spring months could be the best time ever for us. Thank you so much for your faithfulness in prayer, your presence every week and in your giving to the Lord’s work. YOU are the reason God is blessing our church mightily and the Holy Spirit’s presence is so strong in the life of our church. I am so proud to be the Senior Pastor of such an awesome bunch of Christians! May God bless us as we continue to work for Him and give Him the glory for everything He has done and is going to do.

In Christ,
Michael Franklin