December 2018 Newsletter

News from

First Baptist Church of Petit Jean

“Come to the Mountain for His Word”

December, 2018

 From the Desk of Pastor Bill Scroggs

Tis The Season

As we approach the Christmas holidays it is truly a time to reflect on the ultimate gift. The gifts we give each other and even the gifts we give to God pale in comparison to His gifts to us.  We are reminded of the magnitude of His love to us in Romans 5:8 Paul tells us, “But God commendeth his love toward us, in that, while we were yet sinners, Christ died for us.”

 It is a ‘But God’ moment because while we give gifts to those we like and or who are friends, or to whom we are related , God gave the greatest gift of all to us who didn’t even deserve anything from Him. The gift God gave to us is His son Jesus who in obedience to His father gave His life to pay the price for our salvation. When we think of the best, most extravagant gift we can offer to Him it all seems so small and insignificant.

 Yet all He wants from us is to receive the free gift He gave to us. On that first Christmas there was no room for Him. How about you? Can you make room for Him in your heart?

Bro. Bill Scroggs

We Lift Up In Prayer

Phyllis Adams, Wayne Adams,  Pauline Belk, Fern Bess, Paul Bess,  Linda & Phil Chapman, Bob Cody, Glen Cromer,  Lattie Debarr,  Gwyn Gasaway, Lew Gasaway, Agatha Gasaway, Dick George, LaNelle George, Dina Gasper & Ellen Long,  Cecil Jones, Ben Lancaster,  Pat McCoy, Cylinda Curtis, Danielle Morgan, Barbara Scott, Jay Scroggs, Bro. Bill & Reta Scroggs, Matthew Steinmetz,  Marvin VanEchaute, Loyd Vance   

Happy Birthday

 December 15,  Bob Cody

 December 24,  Billy Vance


Lottie Moon Christmas Offering


Charlotte Digges “Lottie” Moon was a Southern Baptist missionary to China with the Foreign Mission Board who spent nearly 40 years living and working in China. As a teacher and evangelist she laid a foundation for traditionally solid support for missions among Southern Baptists, especially through it’s Woman’s Missionary Union. She was an early feminist pioneer for women’s equality, but her reputation in Baptist memory is one of a traditional moralist.

Participation in this Christmas offering means that your gifts provide salaries and living expenses for missionaries, education for their children, language training and funds for their ministries enabling them to work and live in global cities and extreme places. Your gifts help missionaries raise up and equip local believers to become effective leaders. Training in biblical church-planting strategy leads them to become church planters among their own people — and the nations. Please pray for this mission effort.

We have a healthy start toward reaching our goal of $1800.00, but your help is needed!                  



                                               The gift of love. The gift of peace.


                                               The gift of happiness.  May all these


                                                be yours at Christmas and throughout the


                                                coming year!   Merry Christmas!