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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:

May, 2015

Dear Church Member,

What a wonderful month of April we have had. Easter Sunday was one of the largest crowds we have ever had in the history of our church! God blessed us with 233 in Sunday School, 186 in the First Service, 284 in the Second Service, for a total of 470 in both services! Praise the Lord! We have also had 8 additions to our church family in the month of April. It seems like every Sunday, God is moving and people are joining the church. Hallelujah!

Our Body Life meeting this past Sunday night was one of the best I have ever attended, in my 35 years of service for our Lord. We officially voted unanimously to begin the process of building a 750 seat Sanctuary on our church property. I stand amazed at what God has done these past eleven years! To God be the Glory, GREAT things He has done! The past two months we have had an $11,000.00 and a $12,000.00 surplus in our General Budget giving. People are giving to our Future Growth Fund almost weekly. We voted to transfer $25,000.00 from our General Fund into our Future Growth Fund Sunday night. This will put our Future Growth Fund at over $800,000.00. Thank you Jesus. Juanita Culverson reported that our total cash assets just went over a million dollars! God is so good! Our next step is for the Nominating Committee to bring names to us that would be an asset on our Sanctuary in a hurry about this because of the importance of this work for the Lord. My thought is that if everything went really well, we could possibly break ground on our new Sanctuary in early 2016. It takes lots of praying, planning, and perfecting a huge project like this. Until then, we need to keep putting money into our Future Growth Fund every month. I am only guessing, but I think we could possibly build this new addition to our church for somewhere in the neighborhood of 2.5 million dollars. Please pray that the right people will be on the Building Committee, that we will stay united and in one accord through out the whole process, and that we will only seek the perfect will of God for His church and our community. I cannot tell you how excited Bro. Steve and I are about what God is doing in the life of our church! We both feel like we can commit to the starting, finishing, and paying for our new Sanctuary, unless God sees otherwise. We both believe that God has placed us here for this time and this purpose! In my heart of hearts, I believe that God is going to allow us to have this new addition paid for by the time we worship in this new Sanctuary for the first time. Please make this a matter of serious prayer as we continue to move forward for the cause of Christ.

Everyone has told me for the last six months how fun and exciting it s to be a grandparent. Well, after a week, we believe that they are 100% right. Keegan Jeffrey Franklin was born on April 21st, 2015 at Mercy Hospital at 7:40 a.m. weighing in at 7 pounds 7 ounces and 20 inches long. Jonathan and Jolie are so excited about their new addition and Lori and I could not be any happier. Thank you so much for your prayers these past few months. We cannot wait to start this new adventure with our first grandson. If everything goes well, we hope to dedicate Keegan Jeffrey Franklin to the Lord on Mother’s Day, May 10th, in the second service.

School is winding down and my last Bible class will be Tuesday, May 12th. It has been a long and challenging six and one half years, but graduating with honors from Oklahoma Baptist University in Shawnee, OK is about to come to fruition. I want to thank you once more for your prayers, patience, and financial support for me so I could receive my second Bachelors of Science Degree in Religious Education. I truly believe these classes offered by the Association has made me a better minister and preacher. I do plan to pursue a Masters Degree at Southwestern Baptist Theological Seminary, but plan to take a year off to dedicate my time to the church and the building of our new Sanctuary. You guys truly ROCK and we love how much you support our staff!

Mom is slipping some every time I go to see her. I know the end of her life here is coming soon but we thank God for giving us this extra time with her. Doctors told us December 14th that she only had one or two months to live. God and your faithful prayers have proven otherwise! It has been over four months and we just praise God for every day she is with us! Everyone has been so supportive and helpful but I have to give a BIG shout out to Bro. Steve. He has stepped up and had much of the responsibility and work load while I have been gone. I thank God for sending us such a committed servant and I love him as a brother! We are truly best friends and always have each others back. We really have one of the best church staffs in the State of Arkansas and I thank God for each one of them.

I just want to close by telling you how much I appreciate your prayers, strong support, and faithfulness to our church and Savior. Your weekly attendance, your generous giving, and your willingness to get things done for the Lord and His ministry makes me one proud pastor. Our church is growing and growing because of you! Let’s never forget where we came from, don’t take anything for granted, and keep giving God the glory and praise for what has been done. I truly love each and every one of you and look forward to coming to work each day and serving the Lord with you. I hope to see you Sunday as we get back to our “Old Testament Survey” series from the Book of Job. May God bless you and your family.

In Christ,
Michael Franklin