Petit Jean Baptist News
“Come to the Mountain for His Word”
As I was thinking back, I could not remember Easter falling on April 1st, and for good reason. The last time Easter fell on the 1st of April, I was about ten months old. To be honest there are very few things I remember at that age, and I surely didn’t remember that. I remember spending at least parts of the Easter weekends with my grandparents and the other part trying to find shoes and Easter clothes for us five young’uns. We almost always were able to get a few pictures all dressed up in our new duds.
We got new shoes three times a year. First in the fall before school started which were supposed to last until Christmas, then Easter, which lasted until fall, unless they were completely worn out and then we got some summer play shoes which were always worn out by the time school started. Our shoes were always polished for Sunday, either by dad or on a few special occasions by granddad when we were at his house. When all of us and our cousins piled in on maw-maw and granddad, I remember the line of shoes he set up to be sure none were missed as he polished them all.
The funny thing about our Easter ‘Best’ is that we saw people at church in their ‘Easter Best’ that we never saw the rest of the year. And… if only the outside was changed for a day, how sad. The whole reason for the season is the resurrection of Jesus, God’s Son who died for our sins and rose again on that first resurrection day. He rose to show us His victory over sin, death and the grave! That is the greatest of all memories, that we can celebrate the living Lord not just today, but every day we live. When the disciples heard and comprehended the fullness of the event they said in Luke 24:34, “He is risen indeed!”
HE Is Risen Indeed! And… That my friends is no April fools joke. He Is Risen Indeed!
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, Walter Chapman, Lattie Debarr, True Fitch, Gwyn Gasaway, Lew Gasaway, Agatha Gasaway, Dina Gasper & Ellen Long, Larry Hubbard, Ben Lancaster, Sharon Leon, Jay Scroggs, Bro. Bill & Reta Scroggs, Hank & Ann Shaw, Billy Vance, Loyd Vance, 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.
16TH Bob and Anna
Who is Annie Armstrong?
by Kristen White
Each year, gifts to the Annie Armstrong Easter Offering support missionary salaries and training, church planting, and evangelism efforts in North America. While you may have heard of the Annie Armstrong Easter Offering, how much do you actually know about this incredible woman? Annie Walker Armstrong (1850-1938) was a remarkable advocate and supporter of missions. She lived in Baltimore, Maryland, during her 88 years of life. Influenced by her pastor and women important to her, Annie developed a passion for helping others in Jesus’ name. Here are a few other facts:
She was involved in ministries to children, poor, and sick people but also felt burdened that the church should do more to evangelize the world. In one year, Annie wrote 18,000 letters encouraging people to give to missions. Annie used her hands to write those letters, and she also used her hands to hold her Bible and learn more about how God wanted her to show His love to others. She also folded her hands to pray for people who needed to know about Jesus. We honor and imitate Annie’s love for lost people when we give to the offering named for her.
Report cards came out again and Jeffrey Curtis and Abigayle Curtis have made all “A’s”. Jeffrey’s teacher said that he has improved by “leaps and bounds”. Abigayle has worked hard to make excellent grades all year. Kids, we are so very proud of you!
Have you noticed our new flag pole? The American flag and the Christian flag now proudly fly over our church property. While looking at the flags, you will likely notice that work has begun on the cleared area. Our Grounds Committee has big plans for this area and recently planted 8 crepe myrtles along the front rail fence. If you would like to make a special contribution to this project please see Ann Vance, EKaye Jones or Gwyn Gasaway. They can also use your physical help!