Petit Jean Baptist News
“Come to the Mountain for His Word”
Where Did I Lose it?
Reta and I have been married for forty-four and a half years. One of the first large purchases we made together was our wedding bands. We were young, poor, and in love. To avoid the chain jewelers with the slick advertisements, we went to a locally owned jeweler whose prices were better than the big boys and who talked to us as if we were as important as anyone else. I remember gold was at an exorbitant price of thirty-five dollars an ounce but Reta was worth it. We even sprang for the little bit extra it cost for the white gold bands because that was what my sweetheart liked better.
We have worn those bands now for almost four and a half decades. The price of gold has increased many times during these years, but price is nothing in comparison to the minutes, hours, days, weeks and years we have shared.
A couple of weeks ago as I came into the church on a Wednesday night I noticed my band missing. I was sick at heart as I looked in the car and then finished the service and hurried home to search for it there. It only took a couple of minutes to find it once I arrived at home, but where I found it was in a glove I had worn the previous day. As important as the ring is to me, Reta and our relationship is infinitely more important. Through this crisis I was reminded of how important my/our relationship with God is and how any break in our fellowship with God ought to create the same sense of panic until that relationship is restored.
The relationship with God is restored when we repent as written in 1 John 1:9, “If we confess our sin, God is faithful and just to forgive our sins and cleanse us from all unrighteousness.” When you lose your relationship with God, seek quickly to have it restored.
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, True Fitch, Gwyn Gasaway, Lew Gasaway, Lonnie & Agatha Gasaway, Dina Gasper & Ellen Long, Bobby Hubbard, Linda Jones, Ben Lancaster, Sharon Leon, Jay Scroggs, Bro. Bill & Reta Scroggs, Hank & Ann Shaw, Sharon Steinmetz, 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. Guide us as we enter a new year. In Jesus name I pray, Amen
Lottie Moon Mission Offering
Our goal of $3000.00 was met! Our final total was $4002.00. This was a big accomplishment for Petit Jean First Baptist, but we did it! Thanks to all who listened to their heart and gave so
generously. Our Annie Armstrong Mission Offering will begin in March. This goal has been set at $1600.
Ann Vance February 1 (all month)
Dear Church Family,
Please accept my greatest Thanks for the special monetary Christmas Gift. I enjoy serving my Lord at Petit Jean First Baptist Church. I am so grateful to have been given restored health to be able to make a joyful noise. May we find ourselves lifting him up!
In Christian Love,
We have some special little children who have been working extra hard in school and have been rewarded with good grades. Abigayle Curtis has another 9 weeks of straight A’s. Jeffrey Curtis has made great progress and his teacher remarked how very proud she is of him. We are all proud of these two! Keep up the good work!
Phil and Linda Chapman
Carriage House at the Verandah
5851 Gray Market Dr.
Lake Charles, LA 70605