December 2018 Newsletter

Petit Jean Baptist News

“Come to the Mountain for His Word”

December  2017

Joy To The World

The turkey is cold. Most of the deserts are gone or well picked over. The Hogs season is over with another last-minute heartbreaking loss. The head coach of the Razorbacks has been dismissed.  Black Friday has come and gone. December is upon us, which promises to be just as busy as this past month.

Starting next Saturday, we will join our neighbors to sing at the state park to start the Christmas season.  Next Sunday evening we will welcome Dr. Emil Turner and his new wife as he comes to share his thoughts and challenge concerning the Lottie Moon Christmas offering.  For all the busyness, it is a blessing to get to participate in this offering. This lets us have a part in sharing the real joy to the world.  We are blessed to be able to join thousands of other churches to help spread this Joy in a greater way than we would be able to by ourselves.

The apostle Paul reminds us of the privilege of giving with these words in 2 Corinthians 7:9, “Each person should do as he has decided in his heart — not reluctantly or out of necessity, for God loves a cheerful giver.”  So, as we receive joy from giving, the recipients can get the Joy of the Lord from our sharing.


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, Dina Gasper & Ellen Long, 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.




             Lonnie Gasaway          December 7

             Bob Cody          December 15

             Billy Vance          December 24


Christmas  Caroling

Come join the fun on Saturday, December 16th.  We will gather at the church at 5 o’clock for soup and chili then board Clayton’s school bus (which is all decked out for Christmas) for a jolly good time.  A tour of the mountain will include stops to sing for our shut-in friends and end with a special stop for hot cocoa and cookies!   Everyone is invited to come make a joyful noise (or just ride and watch) and enjoy some Christmas spirit!





Our church choir will perform the cantata “God Is With Us” on Sunday, December 17, during our regular worship service.  This musical gives us the story of His birth and reminds us that He is always with us and will never leave us. Please plan to join us for this celebration of Christmas!





The community will begin this year’s Christmas celebration with the annual

“Christmas on the Mountain” on Saturday, December 2, at 2 o’clock.   The Community Choir, directed by Phyllis Adams, will perform the musical “Miracle in a Manger”, featuring Anna Cody as soloist.  Following the musical, the audience will have the opportunity to join the choir in singing some of the familiar Christmas songs.  Come join us in this celebration of Christmas!




Lottie Moon Christmas Offering 2017

Starting in 1888, the Lottie Moon Christmas Offering® was established to empower the international missions efforts for Southern Baptists. After more than a century, the annual offering continues its steady growth. The National Goal this year is $160 Million. Your giving enables missionaries to be sent to make disciples and multiply churches among unreached peoples and places for the glory of God.


Here at Petit Jean First Baptist Church our goal for 2017 is $3000.  Pray for this mission effort and let God guide your giving.  We CAN reach this goal!


You may ask about the purpose of the mission offering. The answer to the question gives insight into what can be accomplished to tell the story of Jesus when believers work together in supporting missions with their prayers and giving. Here are a few examples of how this happens:

  • It costs an average of $46,700 to support a missionary for one year.
  • The national goal for 2017 is $160 million.
  • There are more than 6,000 unreached people groups in the world, defined as one where the people have limited or no access to the Bible in their own language and one where the majority has not heard about Jesus.
  • Church starting is a primary emphasis for international missionaries.
  • Not all missionaries are preachers!  Nurses, doctors, agriculturists, musicians, teachers, athletes, administrators … and the list goes on!