To our Friends & Co-laborers with CHRIST:                                   September 12, 2016


Well I write this on Monday in between funerals for two special Friendly Chapel people.  The 32nd and 33rd funerals this year – number 34 is on Wednesday and there are still almost four months left in this year…  I’m asking myself, why am I writing a newsletter about funerals for heaven’s sake?  Maybe it’s because I am just spent, or it’s because, like it or not, funerals are a big part of life.  Maybe it’s because the service this morning for Jack Payne was a celebration because nearly three years ago Jack chose to answer an invitation to accept CHRIST as his Savior at his sister-in-law’s funeral here at Friendly Chapel.  Jack was maybe the most excited 70 + year old follower of JESUS I’ve known.   Jack’s testimony was seen and there were five who by faith received CHRIST at his service!!  I guess I may be writing about funerals because it is about HEAVEN’S SAKE.  I may be writing about them because funerals aren’t cheap, but there is no expense from the Friendly Chapel end.  One of the last conversations I had with my dad, I asked him a question… I said, “Dad, I understand if it’s a church member’s funeral or maybe a member of the church member’s family we wouldn’t charge anything, but if no connection to the church shouldn’t we charge for the food, electricity, building use, or your services?  (I knew dad had performed 19 funerals that year that had no connection to the church.)  Dad smiled pulled out a little slide-out shelf from his desk, leaned back, put his feet up on the shelf and said, “Bub, are we called to serve or not?  If we are not called to serve then let’s take down the church sign.  We have a lot of facilities.  Let’s take down the church sign and start making some money.”  Maybe I am writing about funerals because the church sign is still up some 550 + funerals later.


Come kick-off the 30th annual fish fry with us on Thursday 22nd at 6:30 p.m. here in the gym.  We promise not to talk about funerals for Heaven’s Sake!!  We won’t promise not to talk about Heaven.  You know it will be the best Chili and Soup of the year thanks to the Cyperts.   Sis. Shirley Fisher and Sis. Cathy McGlothin’s desserts and Sis. Dorothy Romes cornbread isn’t bad either!


Romans 10: 9 & 10 ~ Ephesians 2: 8 & 9 ~ John 17:3 ~ John 3:16

in HIS grip,


Bro. Paul, Jr.

Arnetta Thomas’ first Sunday back in 5 months!  Received a double lung transplant on June 15, 2013!


27th  Annual Fish &Fowl Dinner Verizon Arena in NorthLittle Rock, AR Friday,

October 25,2013

58 pm



AllProceeds Benefit

BrotherPaul‘s Soup andShelter




Book of 10Tickets $80.00




Children’s Ticket $6.00


(Childrens ticketsarefor512 year-olds and mustbe purchasedatthe doorfordine inonly)






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Our 26th Annual Fish and Fowl Dinner, held on Oct. 19, 2012 was a huge success.

Our approximately 5500 guests were served Catfish, chicken, rice (compliments of Riceland Foods), french fries, baked beans (compliments of Allen Canning), coleslaw (compliments of Popeye’s Chicken), bread, pickles, and onions between 5 and 8 p.m. 

Over 450 volunteers from the community came to serve.  We thank each and everyone of you who made this such a special evening.  All proceeds from this event will be used to feed the hungry – given in the name of Jesus!



It’s Thursday and our men have just filed out after our weekly RC Duncan Bible Application Breakfast.  We had 70 men this morning; men from every walk of life and every denomination in our city.   Even a few men attend who aren’t real sure about this Jesus thing.  I know this much, as I look around that room; I don’t know where we would be from 6 am to 7:15 am on Thursday’s if it weren’t for Jesus, but it wouldn’t be here!  I think the men would tell you that this accountability group has made us better fathers, grandfathers, husbands, friends, and overall better Christian men.

We had six students from Kansas State come in to serve at the Soup Kitchen today.  These college students have been working at the Arkansas Food Bank all week.  I am guessing they have been on spring break.  They wanted to do something that was a little more hands-on for the less fortunate so we are hosting them today where they can serve in the Soup Kitchen.  They just left here; six young ladies who are indeed on spring break – just giving back.  Don’t try to sell me on this terrible young generation.  I never spent my spring break thinking of anybody but Paul Holderfield, Jr.   Dad often said, “We don’t have a kid problem in America, we have an adult problem.  We have kids who’ve never seen a real mom and dad.“   Dad said that people would ask him how we were going to stop all the crime?  Dad would tell them, “Well one of the best ways would be to stop raising criminals.  The cure to crime is not in the electric chair, but the cure to crime is in the high chair.”  (See Proverbs 22:6)

Tonight we have 20 high schools students coming in for four days from Missouri on a mission trip.  They are part of a Bible Study youth group that meets before school.  Their school each year permits those interested in taking a mission trip.  Don’t try and sell me on these sorry kids today.  My school may have allowed it back in 1971 but I wouldn’t have been interested.  I was my mission.   Oh and I forgot to tell you these kids attend a PUBLIC school!

Pray for us as we pray for you.

in HIS grip,

Bro. Paul, Jr.