February 2020 Newsletter

News from

First Baptist Church of Petit Jean

“Come to the Mountain for His Word

February, 2020

Valentines Day, The Season of Love

“For God so loved the world that He gave His only begotten son that whosoever believeth in Him should not perish but have everlasting life” (John 3:16). If a world ever needed love to abound, it is now.

When Jesus walked this earth He not only talked about love, He demonstrated what love is really all about. The King of Kings set aside His position with The Father to become a man.  As a boy, He was able to not only hold His own, but even astonished the leaders and teachers in the temple. When Jesus began His ministry, He did not cozy up to the wealthy and influential, instead He walked with common men such as fishermen, tax collectors and others like us who needed a savior.

Jesus demonstrated the great love of The Father in many ways, but the greatest way is by laying down His life for us. Jesus showed His love for God by being willing to obey His Father’s desire for Him (Jesus) to become the ultimate sacrifice for us.  God demonstrated His supreme love for us by giving His own Son for us and as a parent I can’t begin to comprehend the depth and breadth of the love it took to allow His Son to go through all that pain, humiliation and even death on our behalf.

What tremendous love, greater than we could ever deserve or repay.

Bro. Bill Scroggs

We Lift Up In Prayer

Phyllis Adams,  Linda & Phil Chapman, Jerry Charton, Verlin Christmas,  Don Dutton,    Llewellyn Gasaway, Agatha Gasaway, Gwyn Gasaway, Dick George,  E. Kaye Jones,  Ben Lancaster, Sharon Leon, Herb Martin,  Joel Satterwhite,  Nadine Satterwhite,   Jay Scroggs, Bro. Bill & Reta Scroggs,  Billy Vance, Loyd Vance, Bill Wilson, Frank Young,  our missionaries, our Military,  law enforcement officers and The United States of America.

Happy Birthday to Ann Vance (February 1st)    




The Lottie Moon Mission Offering ended with a final count of $2738.41.  This far exceeded our goal and we feel very blessed that God has enabled us to help others through this offering.  March 1, 2020 will be the beginning of our Annie Armstrong Mission Offering.  We have set a goal of $1800.00 for this effort.  Please pray that hearts will be touched that we might reach this goal.  Dr. Emil Turner will be our speaker on February 23, 2020 to kick off the Annie Armstrong  Mission offering effort to help North American Missions.


We owe several people a big thank you!  The lovely nativity figures in the sanctuary and in our fellowship hall during the Christmas season were a gift from Kenneth and Ellen Robertson.  They are beautiful and we appreciate the opportunity to have had them for this past Christmas and for future use. 


Jeanie and Doug Scroggs provided the delicious meal for us during the holiday season and we sincerely thank them.  It was a lovely gift for us to enjoy!  We also thank Jeanie and Doug for their work to produce a church directory.  This took many hours of their time and the end result is great!  Thank you so much.  If anyone has not picked up your copy of the church directory, they are available in the fellowship hall. 




Patti Vance was recently able to spend some time in Oklahoma with her dad, Dick George, and reports that he is very weak.  Patti’s mom, Kay is the primary care-giver and needs our prayers as well.


James Bickerstaff is doing much better and things are about to get back to normal at their house in Ft. Wayne, IN.  He has been released completely from dialysis.  What a blessing!


It was good to see Frank Young and Lily this week.  Frank still has to keep his arm immobile for a few more weeks following shoulder surgery.  He is really anxious to get back to his normal activities. 


Nadine Satterwhite is facing some medical issues and may have surgery in the near future.  She misses the mountain and the people and would appreciate a card or call now and then to add sunshine to her day!


Joel Satterwhite (Nadine’s son) and wife, Melissa will be staying in Houston for several months while he under goes treatments for cancer at MD Anderson Hospital.  Following surgery to remove a portion of his tongue, he is now able to talk and swallow soft foods. This may have to be relearned following the treatments. 


Billy Vance is feeling much better.  Praise the Lord for that! He still has some tests ahead of him.  We pray they will show good results. 


Bill Wilson has had no change since our last report.  He still has a useless left arm and torn cuff on the right shoulder.   Due to stress, he now also suffers from shingles.     


Kaye Jones is beginning to make progress with her hearing problem. She said that she continues to hear some sound, but it is no longer the constant roar that it was.


Helen’s  husband, Jerry Chartan will soon begin treatments for cancer.  This will involve a lot of traveling as well as his reaction to the treatments.