November 2018 Newsletter


Petit Jean Baptist News

“Come to the Mountain for His Word”

November  2017

Giving Thanks

Each of us has been truly blessed beyond what we deserve. We woke up today in a pretty much comfortable house where we didn’t have to chop and tote wood to get it that way, (unless we wanted to). We went to bed having had adequate nourishment to allow us to sleep instead of lying awake wondering where our next meal is coming from.  We were able to sleep peacefully without the sounds of war in our ears, at least until daylight when the deer hunters began the annual harvest of venison.

As the Thanksgiving season approaches, the reminders of our blessings open our hearts to say ‘thanks’ verbally and to express our thanks in other ways.  A question I ponder about every year is, “why do we have only one day for thanksgiving? “  The answer lies in the fact that, as simple as it is, many people neglect to say it. In 1 Thessalonians 5:18 we are given this challenge as Christians, “Give thanks in everything, for this is God’s will for you in Christ Jesus.”   

Bro. Bill Scroggs                                              


We Lift Up In Prayer

We have many on our prayer list who are dealing with heart problems, battling cancer or just need a special prayer:  Phyllis Adams,  Pauline Belk, Fern Bess, Paul Bess, Mable Brannon,  Linda & Phil Chapman, Bob Clay  Lattie Debarr, Andrea Eckul,  True Fitch, Julia Frances, Samantha Frances, Gwyn Gasaway, Lew Gasaway, Lonnie & Agatha Gasaway, Bobby Hubbard, Caleb Hughes, Linda Jones, Ben Lancaster, Luis Leon, Sharon Leon,  Jay Scroggs, Bro. Bill & Reta Scroggs, Hank Shaw, Loyd Vance, Coe Wilson, Unspoken Requests, Our Missionaries, Our Military, All Law Enforcement Officers, Our Local & National Leaders, The United States of America and her people.


Gracious Heavenly Father, we come to you thanking you for each day you give us and for the many blessings we enjoy.   We pray that you will wrap your loving arms around each one in need of your healing touch and grant them peace and health, according to your will.  In Jesus name I pray, Amen.




 Happy Birthday to Phyllis Adams on Nov. 6 and to E.Kaye Jones on Nov. 23.

Happy Anniversary to Wayne and Phyllis Adams on Nov. 6 and

Henry and Kay Jones on Nov. 25


Harvest of Hope Food Drive

 We participated in the Conway County Care Center’s collection of oatmeal for this year.  Our total number of containers came to 31 and they were very pleased to receive them.  Thank you one and all for your support of this project. 




Annual Meeting

The 164th annual meeting of the Arkansas Baptist State Convention is Nov. 7 – 8 at the Russellville First Baptist Church.  The theme for this year’s meeting is “Encourage to Engage”.

There will be a special choir concert on Tuesday night of this meeting. 




Arkansas Baptist Children’s Home

Friends of Miss Hannah Hyatt cautioned her about giving her home and 80 acre farm in 1894 to the “Baptists” who were seeking to open an orphans’ home in Arkansas. But she unwaveringly replied, “I have made a covenant with the Lord and I will not break my vow.”

Following God’s direction, Hyatt handed over her Monticello home and farm to the Arkansas Baptist Orphan’s Home, now called The Arkansas Baptist Home for Children in Monticello. Hyatt became the Home’s first matron. The Home admitted its first four children in 1896.  By 1902, 54 children were living at the home. Two horses were purchased as well as 160 acres of adjoining land. 

In 1923, following a fire that burned the boys’ dormitory and the schoolroom, Mrs. George Bottoms of Texarkana provided major funding for two new dormitories. As a result of her generosity, the Home was renamed the Bottoms Baptist Orphanage in 1924.

The Arkansas Baptist State Convention in 1926 approved an annual offering be taken around Thanksgiving to support the ministry to orphans. The offering has long been a means of financial support for ABCHomes.

In 1938, fire destroyed the original Hyatt home, which served as the Homes’ administration building.  In its place, a new administration office was completed and dedicated in 1939. It still stands today.

Since the 1930s, most of the children in care were not orphans but dependent and neglected children. To better reflect this shift, the name was changed from the Bottom’s Orphanage to the Arkansas Baptist Home for Children in 1961. The children were no longer housed in large dormitories but in cottages, which reflected a more home like setting. Today the Arkansas Baptist Children’s Home operates several types of homes in different parts of our state. 




Happy Thanksgiving!