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First Baptist Church of Petit Jean
“Come to the Mountain for His Word”

February, 2023

February Just a Little Month?

After a busy last quarter of the year with thanks Giving and CHRISTmas, we
made it to New Year’s Day and then survived the cold month of January.
Even though we only had a little cold weather and some form of winter
precipitation, we survived and have (almost) arrived at the little month of
February.
With only twenty-eight or twenty-nine days and in the last part of the winter
you might think it of relatively little or no significance. But hold up… Are we
going to forget the single most celebrated weather forecasting day of the
year, Groundhog’s Day? And what about the fourteenth, Thanksgiving Day
for our sweethearts, Valentine’s Day?
All my life this small month has been important to me and our family. Mom
shared a birthday with the groundhog on the 2 nd of the month, and Dad’s
birthday is on the thirteenth which means every six to eight years he gets to
celebrate on Friday the Thirteenth. This month is so important that every
four years it is given an extra day to make up for the deficiency. Every
month as well as every day is important and apostle Paul reminds us in
Philippians 4:4 with these words, “Rejoice in the Lord always, and again I
say rejoice.” Oh, have you heard? February is Ann Vance’s birthday month?
If not, stay tuned you will! Another reason to rejoice!

We Lift Up In Prayer
Phyllis Adams, Wayne Adams, Paul Bess, Barry Carter, Sam Cody, Mary Ann
Eades, Cindy Griffith, Dot King, James Meadows, Annie Rozivka, Barbara Scott,
Bro. Bill Scroggs, Loren Silva, Smiley Family. Sharon Steinmetz, Phyllis Taylor,
Lillian Tousley, Billy Vance, Donna Weatherly, Harley West, Bill Wilson.
Unspoken requests & Missionaries, National leaders & our country.

Happy Birthday Ann Vance February 1

 

First Baptist Church of Petit Jean
“Come to the Mountain for His Word”

January 2023

Happy New Year

Once again, we have finished a pass around the sun and are beginning a new year. As I was
staring at the newest calendar and the date of 2023, I came to the reality that we are fast
approaching one fourth of this century being completed. I remember when we were looking
forward to celebrating the 200th anniversary of the United States. Now forty-six years have
passed since that milestone. I remember in the nineteen eighties someone had predicted a
massive earthquake occurring along the New Madrid fault in northeast Arkansas that would
affect the Mississippi river and much of eastern boundary of Arkansas. Most of us can
remember twenty-three years ago when there was a scare concerning the calendar rolling over
to the year 2000.
It seems each decade and even each year has its own challenges and opportunities. What will
we face in this new year? Will this be the best year yet? It can be the best year yet, and for
some people it will be. How our day, month and year turns out will at least in part be because
of how we choose to approach it. The best way to begin and to continue is found in Matthew
6:33 where Jesus says, “Seek ye first the kingdom of God and His righteousness, and all these
things shall be added unto you.”
Whatever comes our way, GOD will be with us and lead us through it. He will not be stunned or
surprised by whatever comes our way as Hebrews 13:8 reminds us, “Jesus Christ is the same
yesterday, today and forever.”

We Lift Up In Prayer
Phyllis Adams, Wayne Adams, Paul Bess, Barry Carter, Sam Cody, Mary Ann Eades, James
Meadows, Gloria Renfroe, Annie Rozivka, Barbara Scott, Bro. Bill Scroggs, Loren Silva, Smiley
Family, Steinmetz Family, Lillian Tousley, Billy Vance, Donna Weatherly, Harley West, Bill
Wilson. Unspoken requests, Missionaries, Military & Law Enforcement, State and National
Leaders and The USA.

Our Prayer Dear Lord, it seems like our prayer concerns continue to grow and grow. We know You are a big and all powerful
God, and that You can meet each of these needs. Thank you, Lord, for Your mercy, grace, and loving-
kindness. Please be with each of these, our friends and family, as they struggle with their different
illnesses and problems. We ask an extra measure of blessing for each of them. In Jesus’ precious name
we pray. Amen

Happy Birthday 

Jan. 2 Frank Young
Jan. 4 Gina Sellers
Jan. 21 Matthew Steinmetz

 

Happy Anniversary

Jan. 13 Beau and Sharon Steinmetz 

 

 

First Baptist Church of Petit Jean
“Come to the Mountain for His Word”

December 2022

The Mission

The journey to Calvary (not even Bethlehem) began in the garden, and not even the
garden of Gethsemane, but the garden of Eden. Jesus’ trip to Bethlehem and ultimately
the cross of Calvary became necessary because of Adam and Eve’s sin in the garden
of Eden. The Method of redemption required a, sacrifice. GOD in HIS infinite wisdom,
compassion and mercy made ready the perfect lamb, HIS own Son.
The trip from Eden to Bethlehem was preceded by a Messenger. The angel Gabriel was
sent by GOD to Mary to announce to her the special favor she had with the Lord (Luke
1:26-28). The Message was received by Mary and ultimately Joseph as he loved Mary
and listened to the messenger sent to him. Mary rejoiced as she began to understand
her role in the mission of GOD and said in Luke 1:46-47, “My soul doth magnify the
LORD, and my spirit hath rejoiced in GOD my Saviour.”
The Method, the Messenger, and the Message was part of the Mission of GOD to bring
salvation to each of us. “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).

We Lift Up In Prayer
Phyllis Adams, Wayne Adams, Barry Carter, Anna Cody, Connie (from Stix), Mary Ann Eades,
Agatha Gasaway, Chester Head, James Meadows, Gloria Renfroe, Barbara Scott, Bro. Bill &
Reta Scroggs, Loren Silva, Smiley Family, Steinmetz Family, Lillian Tousley, Billy Vance, Donna
Weatherly, Harley West, Unspoken requests, Missionaries, Military & Law Enforcement,
State and National Leaders and The USA.

Our Prayer Dear Lord, it seems like our prayer concerns continue to grow and grow. We know You are a big and all powerful God, and that You can meet each of these needs. Thank you, Lord, for Your mercy, grace, and loving-kindness. Please be with each of these, our friends and family, as they struggle with their different
illnesses and problems. We ask an extra measure of blessing for each of them. In Jesus’ precious name
we pray. Amen.

Happy Birthday

Nov. 29 June Andrews Nov. 29 Stephanie Engledowl
Dec. 1 Chyenne Long Dec. 7 Jane Ellen Shirley
Dec. 7 Jerry Scott Dec. 15 Bob Cody
Dec. 17 Kenneth Robertson Dec. 22 Helen Charton
Dec. 24 Bill Vance Dec. 29 John Criddle

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Ariel, Our Girl !
Ariel Morgan, sang “The Star-Spangled Banner” in Church for our Veterans Day celebration. She first
sang the song as a solo without music. She then led the congregation in singing the first verse. Great
job!

This eight-year-old has been chosen to be a part of the Mighty Pups Choir from Morrilton Elementary
school. Forty students were chosen from the 2nd
and 3rd grades. They are required to memorize all the words and music to all of
the songs and to sing a cappella. Ariel was really proud that the choir was invited
to sing at Dickey Stephens Park. More occasions include nursing homes, the State
Capital and others. What a wonderful experience these children are having and a
special “Hats off” to the teacher leading this group.
For our church music, twin brother, Easton, joins Ariel.
Two of their favorites are “I’ll Fly Away” and “Victory In
Jesus”. We are so proud of both of them and look
forward to hearing them sing every chance we get! It is fun to
watch the foot tapping, hand clapping expressions, too!

The Mighty Pups Choir will be singing at the State Capital
December 6th . This event is open to the public.

 

 

First Baptist Church of Petit Jean
“Come to the Mountain for His Word”

November, 2022

November

Twenty-twenty-two is trickling down. We only have a couple of months until we get to tear off
the last day of the calendar. But… there is a lot of time left to cover in these months. We have
several days of celebration in November and leading up to our celebration of the birth of our
LORD and Savour, Jesus CHRIST. The trouble is it is all going to fly by as has 2022. I am
reminded of our Dixie Jackson motto for this year, “While it is Still Light.”
There are still sixty-one days left ahead to work while there is still light. In reality, there are only
sixty-one days until 2023. This is not the time to put on the brakes, but to run through the finish
line. We have been blessed with some victories this year, but again it is not the time to rest,
but time to embrace the task(s) ahead. There has been much done, but plenty of opportunity
for all in the days ahead. And guess what, next year promises to have challenges of it’s on.
Remember these words from the writer of Ecclesiastes 9:10, “Whatsoever thy hand findeth to
do, do it with all thy might.” This is a word to the living, because time is short.

We Lift Up In Prayer
Phyllis Adams, Wayne Adams, Barry Carter, Anna Cody, Connie (from Stix), Mary Ann Eades,
Stephanie Engledowl, Agatha Gasaway, Kay George, Chester Head, James Meadows, Gloria
Renfroe, Barbara Scott, Bro. Bill & Reta Scroggs, Loren Silva, Smiley Family, Steinmetz Family,
Lillian Tousley, Billy Vance, Patti Vance, Duke Walker, Donna Weatherly, Harley West,
Unspoken requests, Missionaries, Military & Law Enforcement, State and National Leaders
and The USA.

Our Prayer Dear Lord, it
seems like our prayer concerns continue to grow and grow. We know You are a big and all powerful
God, and that You can meet each of these needs. Thank you, Lord, for Your mercy, grace, and loving-
kindness. Please be with each of these, our friends and family, as they struggle with their different
illnesses and problems. We ask an extra measure of blessing for each of them. In Jesus’ precious name
we pray. Amen.

Happy Birthday
Nov. 2 Danny Engledowl
Nov. 6 Phyllis Adams 
Nov. 15 Greg Gasaway 
Nov. 18 E Kaye Jones 
Nov. 29 June Andrews
Nov. 29 Stephanie Engledowl

 Happy Anniversary

N0v. 6 Wayne and Phyllis Adams

N0v. 25 Cecil and E, Kaye Jones

Nov. 25 Jerry and Barbara Scott  

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Thanksgiving Proclamation, 3 October 1789
Thanksgiving Proclamation [New York, 3 October 1789]
By the President of the United States of America. a Proclamation.
Whereas it is the duty of all Nations to acknowledge the providence of Almighty God, to obey his will,
to be grateful for his benefits, and humbly to implore his protection and favor—and whereas both
Houses of Congress have by their joint Committee requested me “to recommend to the People of the
United States a day of public thanksgiving and prayer to be observed by acknowledging with grateful
hearts the many signal favors of Almighty God especially by affording them an opportunity peaceably to
establish a form of government for their safety and happiness.”
Now therefore I do recommend and assign Thursday the 26th day of November next to be devoted
by the People of these States to the service of that great and glorious Being, who is the beneficent
Author of all the good that was, that is, or that will be—That we may then all unite in rendering unto
him our sincere and humble thanks—for his kind care and protection of the People of this Country
previous to their becoming a Nation—for the signal and manifold mercies, and the favorable
interpositions of his Providence which we experienced in the course and conclusion of the late war—for
the great degree of tranquility, union, and plenty, which we have since enjoyed—for the peaceable and
rational manner, in which we have been enabled to establish constitutions of government for our safety
and happiness, and particularly the national One now lately instituted—for the civil and religious liberty
with which we are blessed; and the means we have of acquiring and diffusing useful knowledge; and in
general for all the great and various favors which he hath been pleased to confer upon us.
and also that we may then unite in most humbly offering our prayers and supplications to the great
Lord and Ruler of Nations and beseech him to pardon our national and other transgressions—to enable
us all, whether in public or private stations, to perform our several and relative duties properly and
punctually—to render our national government a blessing to all the people, by constantly being a
Government of wise, just, and constitutional laws, discreetly and faithfully executed and obeyed—to
protect and guide all Sovereigns and Nations (especially such as have shewn kindness unto us) and to
bless them with good government, peace, and concord—To promote the knowledge and practice of
true religion and virtue, and the increase of science among them and us—and generally to grant unto all
Mankind such a degree of temporal prosperity as he alone knows to be best.
Given under my hand at the City of New-York the third day of October in the year of our Lord 1789.
Go: Washington

 

 

First Baptist Church of Petit Jean
“Come to the Mountain for His Word”

October 2022

October

October is an exciting month and even now retailers are setting up displays for
Christmas and crowding out the fall celebrations. Of course, there are pumpkins and
pumpkin spice ‘everything’ is creeping up everywhere. This week I even learned at
least one store has a display for Egg Nogg, or as my granddaughter says, ‘Christmas
milk.’ As we push the holidays together there is a danger of missing the celebration on
October 23 rd as well as other dates of importance. If you can find them, you may want
to get your turkey for Thanksgiving, however they may still be available for Christmas
since it is forecasted for the birds of choice to be six dollars a pound.
With the rush and fuss of retailers in a hurry to get ahead of the competition we need to
follow suit and start giving thanks so as not to miss Thanksgiving and not to mention
missing the reason for the season in December. The best way to get ahead and stay
ahead is to follow these words of the apostle Paul in 1 Thessalonians 5:18, “In
everything give thanks; for this is the will of God in Christ Jesus concerning you.”

We Lift Up In Prayer
Phyllis Adams, Wayne Adams, Barry Carter, Mary Ann Eades, Stephanie Engledowl, Agatha
Gasaway, Gwyn Gasaway, Kay George, The Hale Family, Chester Head, Belinda & Herb Martin,
Gloria Renfroe, Barbara Scott, Bro. Bill & Reta Scroggs, Loren Silva, Smiley Family, Steinmetz
Family, Lillian Tousley, Billy Vance, Patti Vance, Duke Walker, Donna Weatherly, Harley West,
Unspoken requests, Missionaries, Military & Law Enforcement, State and National Leaders
and The USA.

Our Prayer Dear Lord, it
seems like our prayer concerns continue to grow and grow. We know You are a big and all powerful
God, and that You can meet each of these needs. Thank you, Lord, for Your mercy, grace, and loving-
kindness. Please be with each of these, our friends and family, as they struggle with their different
illnesses and problems. We ask an extra measure of blessing for each of them. In Jesus’ precious name
we pray. Amen.

Happy Birthday 
October 23 Doug Scroggs 

Happy Anniversary

October 12 Bro. Bill and Reta Scroggs

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WHO DID IT?
I Know many people who are GIVERS.  That is, they get JOY by
performing the little projects that make a difference for people
like me to enjoy. 
I love driving into the new parking lot and thinking how many skills you must have to oversee
Such an undertaking for the CHURCH.  Instantly I focus on the grounds and see how
Perfectly they are kept and all the weed eating, and bush trimming  I think they are of the
JONES clan.   I even saw someone weeding the flower bed!   I know she doesn’t feel well, but
her JOY is the flowers and my ungreen talent praises God for her.
There are other secret givers to  caring for the plants and  their expertise is so appreciatedd
WHO took on  changing the Altar flower arrangements and the banners that remind us of our 
 purpose as the seasons change?
WHO takes the money offerings to the bank?  WHO takes out  the trash for pick up?   Who
keeps track of flag protocol?  I SALUTE YOU!!
What about the beautiful informative bulletins that keep us on the right track?  And Who
Keeps up with the official business of Petit Jean First Baptist Church?   Did you see who took
the donated groceries to the Oppelo Food Bank?
Who passes out those beautiful bulletins?  It is her JOB and she is dedicated to the cause!
WHO sends those encouraging cards to give us a boost when we are facing trials, surgery,
Or so many other events in our lives?   Nothing like bringing a smile during difficult times!’ 
Have you got your new Church Directory?  So much time and effort  on keeping us  lined up
For pictures, and making sure you give the right information.   A collective effort of ???
WHO DID THAT?
Do you know who fixed the Leaking Baptistry and  the Leaking commode?  Who is in charge of
LEAKS around here?  WHO?  Did you meet the heating and cooling man to let him in for
maintenance?
And, that new mailbox, very shiny!
Did you say Breakfast?  Who provides a cooked breakfast not only for the congregants, but
The whole community?  Sunday morning Coffee?  Those life changing desserts, Who made
That?   Don’t Forget the GRITS!
Hats off to YOU ALL!  
No one can do ALL these things, but collectively as a Church Family we work and grow
Together!  God directs us to give of ourselves  to his Glory!  NOW I am sure I have missed 
A few folks so volume two will catch you doing your thing for the Glory of God!  
It’s the family!  That’s WHO!

 

First Baptist Church of Petit Jean

“Come to the Mountain for His Word”

September, 2022

                                                                                                                                      

The Last Third

There are only four months left in 2022 or do you say, “There are four months left in 2022!” Too many times we become a glass half empty person instead of being grateful for what we have in our cup.  We still have the whole season left in our football year. We still have three very important holidays (Veteran’s Day, Thanksgiving Day and Christmas Day) left in the months ahead.

We are blessed to already have reached our goal for The Dixie Jackson State Missions Offering and look forward to our Lottie Moon Offering for International Missions.

However, before we jump too far ahead, we need to remember this year’s Dixie Jackson slogan, “While It Is Still Light,” based on the verse John 9:4 that says, “I must work the works of him that sent me, while it is day: the night cometh, when no man can work.”

I/We must recognize the truth of these words of Jesus in John 4:35, “Say not ye, There are four months, and then cometh harvest? behold, I say unto you, Lift up your eyes, and look on the fields; for they are white already to harvest.

No matter how much is left we must work while it is light.                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                  We Lift Up In Prayer 

 Phyllis Adams, Wayne Adams, Barry Carter, Mary Ann Eades, Stephanie Engledowl,   Agatha Gasaway, Gwyn Gasaway, Kay George, The Hale Family, Chester Head, Belinda & Herb Martin, Gloria Renfroe, Barbara Scott, Bro. Bill & Reta Scroggs, Jay Scroggs, Loren Silva, Smiley Family, Steinmetz Family, Lillian Tousley, Billy Vance, Patti Vance, Duke Walker, Donna Weatherly, Harley West, Unspoken Missionaries, Military & Law Enforcement, State and National Leaders and The USA.

Our Prayer                                        

Dear Lord, it seems like our prayer concerns continue to grow and grow.  We know You are a big and all powerful God, and that You can meet each of these needs.  Thank you, Lord, for Your mercy, grace, and loving-kindness.  Please be with each of these, our friends and family, as they struggle with their different illnesses and problems.  We ask an extra measure of blessing for each of them.  In Jesus’ precious name we pray. Amen.

Happy Birthday                               

September 11,  Barbara Scott                               

September 22,  Bubba Vance

Happy Anniversary

  September 5, Bill & Ann Vance

 

First Baptist Church of Petit Jean

“Come to the Mountain for His Word”

August, 2022                                                                                                                                          

Oh Boy! Back To School!

I know we have seen some nice hot weather and as August approaches we have some things to which we look forward. Bands start rehearsing and football practices begin even in the hottest of weather.  And we all know what that brings, back to school sales and then school begins. Some students have been looking forward to the new school year while others have dreaded the very thought ever since the vacation began.

Some youngsters miss it so much they are even playing school with their siblings and or their dolls and stuffed animals. While this may look like play, GOD may be working in the hearts of some of these children to call them to be teachers.   By the same token HE may be calling some who are playing with their dolls and stuffed animals to be nurses, doctors, veterinarians and some are learning how to become a nurturing Mom or Dad.

The more seasoned we become the more we know learning starts earlier (in the womb) than most people think and lasts long after we graduate from school.  Since we know school never ends we must remember these words from James 1:5, “If any of you lack wisdom, let him ask of GOD, that giveth to all men liberally, and up braideth not; and it shall be given him.” Oh, Boy! Back to school! I know I must ask daily.  

 Bro. Bill Scroggs

                                                                                                                                                                                            

We Lift Up in Prayer

Phyllis Adams, Wayne Adams, Barry Carter, Mary Ann Eades, Agatha Gasaway, Gwyn Gasaway, Kay George, Chester Head, Gloria Renfroe, Barbara Scott, Bro. Bill & Reta Scroggs, Jay Scroggs, Loren Silva, Smiley Family, Steinmetz Family, Lillian Tousley, Billy Vance, Patti Vance, Duke Walker, Donna Weatherly, Harley West, Unspoken Missionaries, Military & Law Enforcement, State and National Leaders and The USA.

                                                                           Our Prayer                                         Dear Lord, it seems like our prayer concerns continue to grow and grow.  We know You are a big and all powerful God, and that You can meet each of these needs.  Thank you, Lord, for Your mercy, grace, and loving-kindness.  Please be with each of these, our friends and family, as they struggle with their different illnesses and problems.  We ask an extra measure of blessing for each of them.  In Jesus’ precious name we pray. Amen.

Happy Birthday                               

August 1  Ariel Morgan                                                                       

August 1  Easton Morgan                                                                   

August 3  Jeffrey Curtis

August 6  Beau Steinmetz

August 10  Coe Wilson

August 11 Karen Long

August 25  Bill Wilson

August 30  Nolen Owen                                                             

 

Happy Anniversary     

August 6  Bubba & Patti Vance

August 22  Jerry & Helen Charton

Honoring Wayne Adams     Army Veteran  1964-1967

By the Conway County Piecemakers

 

 

First Baptist Church of Petit Jean

“Come to the Mountain for His Word”

July, 2022                                                                                                                                       

The Blessing of Freedom

Contrary to popular beliefs (of today) our country was formed using Christian principals. Many of our ancestors came to America for the freedom to worship as they pleased. GOD blessed America over and over again during the infant stages of our history and throughout the growth and maturity of our nation.  As our nation evolved from a fledgling pioneer country to a world power and as we became more affluent, we changed from “eating our bread by the sweat of our brow” (Genesis 3:19), to seeing how few hours we can work to enjoy leisure and recreation.

The wise writer of Psalm reminds us, “Blessed is the nation whose GOD is The LORD, The people HE has chosen as HIS own inheritance.” In our rush for leisure we have become a nation who has left off seeking GOD. With our freedoms many are seeking no god instead of loving and worshipping GOD. We have gone from being a righteous nation to being a more wicked nation. Proverbs 14:34 reminds us, “Righteousness exalts a nation, But sin is a reproach to any people.”

Our blessings have become a curse to our nation. We must follow 2 Chronicles 7:14, “If my people who are called by my name will humble themselves and pray and seek My face and turn from their wicked ways, then will I hear from heaven, and will forgive their sin and heal their land.”  May we choose to seek GOD so HE can bless America  again.                                                                                                                                                                                                                 Bro. Bill Scroggs                                                                                                                                

                                                      

We Lift Up In Prayer                                                                            

Phyllis Adams, Wayne Adams, Barry Carter, Mary Ann Eades,   Agatha Gasaway, Gwyn Gasaway, Kay George, Chester Head,  Henry Jones  Mari Pruitt, Gloria Renfroe,  Barbara Scott, Bro. Bill & Reta Scroggs, Jay Scroggs, Jane Ellen Shirley,  Loren Silva, Smiley Family, Steinmetz Family, Lillian Tousley,  Billy Vance,  Patti Vance,  Duke Walker, Donna Weatherly, Harley West, The Family of Ernestine McCabe, Unspoken requests,   Missionaries,  Military & Law Enforcement,  State and National Leaders and The  USA.  

                                                                          

Our Prayer

Dear Lord, it seems like our prayer concerns continue to grow and grow.  We know You are a big and all powerful God, and that You can meet each of these needs.  Thank you, Lord, for Your mercy, grace, and loving-kindness.  Please be with each of these, our friends and family, as they struggle with their different illnesses and problems.  We ask an extra measure of blessing for each of them.  In Jesus’ precious name we pray. Amen.

                             

    Birthdays                                 

     July 17      Wayne Adams

     July  21     Clayton Jones

      July  23     Danielle Morgan

       July  30     Cylinda Curtis

 

Changes Coming To FBCPJ

 Our newly expanded parking lot is still under construction.  Weather conditions in early June caused a delay in progress.  We will continue to look forward to it’s completion.  The other projects being considered at this time are a new and updated sound system and an electronic sign to be placed in front of the church to announce special events. 

 

The Heart of Happiness

We often witness the good things that happen to us as causing us to be “light-hearted”. When we’re light-hearted, we’re happy and we see the world in a totally different perspective than when we’re blue.  If you think about it, it’s not the world that changes so much it’s our thinking.

The things that bring you sustainable joy become your treasures, they become a moment in time that you long to return to over and over again.  They are the experiences that help you believe in God’s plans for the greater good in your life.  Your thoughts help to generate the atmosphere of possibilities and cause you to bow your head in prayer.

Treasure the things that bring you great joy today and give God the glory for the pleasures and the treasures  He has put before you.  He is faithful to you wherever you are, whatever you might think.

Lord, help me see the good things you have provided for my happiness today.   Amen

                   

First Baptist Church of Petit Jean
“Come to the Mountain for His Word”

June 2022

JUNE?
Wow! It is hard to believe we are two years away from being locked down by COVID19. Every
few days, weeks or months, it seems like we are closer to getting back to normal, then a new
challenge pops up and we are not even sure what that looks like anymore. Sometimes it even
seems that someone or something does not want things to run on an even keel.
Since the pandemic we have had marriages and even a new Great-granddaughter approaching
her ‘two’s’ and the opportunities that will bring. Looking back fifty years ago in the month of
May I met Reta and life has never been ‘normal’ again, but I wouldn’t have it any other way.
The month of June is the official start of Reta’s retirement. When the new year came and we
were making plans for this, June seemed a long way off. Like the past fifty years, time flew
while we were having fun. Every section of our lives can be divided into ‘seasons’ that GOD has
brought us to and will bring us through. The apostle Paul in Romans 8:28 reminds us that, “we
know all things work together for good to those who love GOD and are called according to HIS
purpose.” One thing we can be sure of is that December also will be here probably before we
know it.
Bro. Bill Scroggs

 

We Lift Up In Prayer
Phyllis Adams, Wayne Adams, Barry Carter, Amanda Falls, Agatha Gasaway, Gwyn Gasaway,
Kay George, Chester Head, Lawrence and JD Henley, E.Kaye Jones, Mary Pruitt, Gloria Renfroe,
Kenneth & Ellen Robertson, Jeanie Scroggs, Bro. Bill and Reta Scroggs, Jay Scroggs, Loren Silva,
Smiley Family, Steinmetz Family, Lillian Tousley, Billy Vance, Patti Vance, Harley West,
Unspoken requests, Missionaries, Military & Law Enforcement, State and National Leaders
and The USA.

Our Prayer
Dear Lord, it seems like our prayer concerns continue to grow and grow. We know You are a big and all
powerful God, and that You can meet each of these needs. Thank you, Lord, for Your mercy, grace, and
loving-kindness. Please be with each of these, our friends and family, as they struggle with their different

illnesses and problems. We ask an extra measure of blessing for each of them. In Jesus’ precious name
we pray, Amen

Happy Birthday!
June 10 Anna Cody 
June 18 Wanda Owen 
June 20 Bro. Bill Scroggs 
June 21 Linda Jones
June 29 Sharon Steinmetz

 

Happy Anniversary

June 11 Nolen & Wanda Owen

June 21 Bill & Coe Wilson

June 26 Doug & Jeanie Scroggs

Changes Coming To FBCPJ

As you arrived at church yesterday or today, you must have noticed the beginning of
our new expanded parking lot. This space will provide us with more than twice the
space we currently have. A new drive will also provide you with a way to exit the
parking lot without passing right next to the crowded side door. It is all going to be nice
and a step forward for our church.

Our Congratulations To Reta

Thanks to the encouragement of many of our educators at First Baptist Church Petit Jean,
Reta is hanging up her whistle and lanyard. Even this week she has ‘temporarily’ lost her
keys.
Her career began actually in 1972 when she met and tried to teach me. While she wanted to
become a teacher following into the footsteps of an Aunt and Uncle that she admired, she
became distracted because of finances going to Business College. After our girls were born
Reta raised them as well as a gaggle of neighborhood and church kids. She taught Suday
School and Mission classes as well as Children’s Choir at church and community Children’s
Choir.
Her work with the Community choir led to her first long term substitute position which
opened other opportunities. Another long term choir substitution opened the door for Reta
to go into child-care for the choir teacher as well as Courtney. The choir teacher had
another child and another on the way and I encouraged Reta to take a Pre-K position at
Southside Batesville so she could get a break sometimes.
When we moved to Conway Reta started working at the Head-start Program and as time
went on she was able to get a position with the Conway ABC Pre-K program in 2006. She
has enjoyed her career impacting not only 3–5-year old’s, but the parents and new teachers
and other educators that have come across her path.
 Reta has a couple of books she has written and will be working on getting them published.
She will surely miss the students, but will still have her hands full working on the first
project she started… Me.

Bro. Bill Scroggs

 

First Baptist Church of Petit Jean

“Come to the Mountain for His Word”

May, 2022

 

You Might Need An Umbrella

For the past two months you could almost rubber stamp that prediction. You also could add to that several days, a jacket could be handy. Now moving into May, guess what? Rain is forecasted for at least six of the next seven days. If the March and April showers are any indication of our May flowers this ought to be a bumper year. Fortunately, the temperatures have warmed up and we can only hope for a few weeks of nice weather before our summer scorchers settle in.

All of the storms on our horizon can’t be fended off with boots, slickers and umbrellas. We are entering the primary season of our politics and there is so much hot air being expended it could lead to a long dry spell. There is so much lying, confusion, deceit, sin and downright orneriness, we had better get prepared.

The answer to our current situation is found in 2 Chronicles 7:14, “If my people, which are called by my name, shall humble themselves, and pray, and seek my face, and turn from their wicked ways; then will I hear from heaven, and forgive their sin and heal their land.”

God help us to listen and become obedient to YOU.

Bro. Bill Scroggs

 

CHURCH  DIRECTORY

For the next few Sundays Doug Scroggs will be making or remaking pictures for a new Church Directory.  If you prefer, your picture in the current directory can be used again.  We request that each family (members, and frequent guests) have a picture in the new directory.  We consider all of you a part of our church family.  Pictures will be made in the Fellowship Hall on Sunday mornings from 9 to 9:30 and after church.  If this time frame does not work for you, other arrangements can be made.  See Doug.                      

 

First Baptist Church of Petit Jean

“Come to the Mountain for His Word”

April, 2022

 

 Showers of Blessing

April showers bring May flowers… however our March showers have helped to bring our April flowers and we are grateful for the blessings we have.  While there is plenty to be discouraged and down about, we can all still find plenty to praise GOD and rejoice for. We are two years past the closing down of churches due to the COVID19 virus and even now there is much confusion about what happened and what is going on.

Looking back, we can see the faithfulness of GOD and the obedience of HIS children in HIS church here on the mountain. GOD has never allowed HIS church here to have want. In fact, HE has blessed us here at First Baptist Church Petit Jean to not only be taken care of, but also to bless others that had needs that came to our attention as well as blessing others through our three mission’s offerings, (Annie Armstrong, Dixie Jackson and Lottie Moon.)

The writer of Ezekiel 34:26 says, “I will make them and the places around My hill a blessing. And I will cause showers to come down in their season; they will be showers of blessing.”  Yes, there have been showers of blessings.

 Bro. Bill Scroggs                                                                   

 

We Lift Up In Prayer

Phyllis Adams, Wayne Adams, Barry Carter, Rettie Jean Cody, Amanda Falls, Agatha Gasaway, Gwyn Gasaway, Chester Head, E.Kaye Jones, Tommy Merrit.   Addison Payne,  Mary Pruitt, Gloria Renfroe,  Jeanie Scroggs, Bro. Bill & Reta Scroggs, Loren Silva, Steinmetz Family, Lillian Tousley,  Patti Vance, Marvin VanEchaute, Harley West,  Unspoken requests,  Children around the world, Missionaries,  Military & Law Enforcement,  State and National Leaders and The  USA.  

Our Prayer

Dear Lord, it seems like our prayer concerns continue to grow and grow.  We know You are a big and all powerful God, and that You can meet each of these needs.  Thank you, Lord, for Your mercy, grace, and loving-kindness.  Please be with each of these, our friends and family, as they struggle with their different illnesses and problems.  We ask an extra measure of blessing for each of them.  In Jesus’ precious name we pray, Amen.

 

Happy Birthday!

April 7, Agatha Gasaway

April 8,  Jeanie Scroggs

April 9,  Ken Andrews

April 20  Annie Rozivka

April 21  Daniel Weatherly

April 25  Darla Criddle

 

Happy Anniversary!

April 6  Ken & June Andrews

April 16  Bob & Anna Cody

 

EASTER  POTLUCK  LUNCH

On Easter Sunday, April 17th, we will have a potluck lunch in our Fellowship Hall.  Everyone is invited to stay and enjoy the food and fellowship.  There is a sign-up sheet on the piano by the south exit. 

                                                                          

Annie Walker Armstrong

July 11, 1850 – December 20, 1938

Annie Armstrong was a lay southern Baptist denominational leader instrumental in the founding of the Woman’s Missionary Union.  In 1934, WMU recognized her lifetime of work by naming the annual Easter offering for home missions in her honor.  Thus, the Annie Armstrong Easter Offering was born with every dollar going to support missions work throughout the U.S. and Canada.

 

 

First Baptist Church of Petit Jean

“Come to the Mountain for His Word”

 

March 2022

 

Pray, Pray, Pray

As we finish Ann Vance’s Birthday month, we watch her and her sister by another mother EK, each welcome a great grand to compound next year’s celebration.  We had two ice, snow, sleet and freezing rain events. The month ended with Russia attacking the Ukraine and shook up the world as if our country needed one more thing in addition to inflation and other uncertainties.

Our friend, Phil Chapman, joined the heavenly chorus on Wednesday the 23rd. Each of us probably has at least one favorite “Phil story” and most likely half involve him being a challenge to Miss Linda.  I loved singing in the choir with Phil. At one time he was 50% of the men’s section. When we got to playing too big Miss Linda would look at us with her ‘School Marm’ look and Phil would peer over his glasses and say, “I love you, Linda!”  That would melt her heart but, he knew he had better straighten up (at least for a minute.) We didn’t need to lose another good man, but we were blessed to know him. Thank you, Miss Linda, for sharing Phil with us.

Pray for Wayne as he continues to wait, to wait, to wait…  Pray for these new babies brought into the world for a time such as this. Pray for those dealing with the ice and the effects of it. Pray for the citizens of Ukraine and the world as this moment of confusion is all around us. Pray for Miss Linda and their family and friends during this time of loss.

Remember to pray as Jesus did in Matthew 6:10, “Thy kingdom come, Thy will be done on earth as it is in heaven.” Wouldn’t that be terrific?

Bro. Bill Scroggs

                              

Visionary Meeting

February 20, 2022

 A Visionary Meeting of First Baptist Church of Petit Jean was held at 5 o’clock on February 20 , 2022.  This was a follow-up of the January 23, 2022 meeting. The following 19 members were present:  Bro. Bill & Reta Scroggs, Bob & Anna Cody, Nolen & Wanda Owen, Jeanie Scroggs, E.Kaye Jones, Ann Vance, Clayton & Linda Jones, Bill & Coe Wilson, Gwyn, Greg, & Agatha Gasaway, Shawana & Daniel Weatherly and Bubba Vance.  The meeting was opened with prayer worded by Nolen Owen.   

Bro. Bill went over and explained the items on the list with little or no discussion.  The group settled on three topics for consideration at this time.  Improving the sound system was a high priority for a large number of people.  Daniel Weatherly will work on this project to include modern technology in all areas including help for the hearing impaired.  He will call on a professional to evaluate our facility for better sound quality and have the proper equipment installed.  This project may include audio and visual set up in the fellowship hall and classrooms.

Interest was shown in the topic for an electronic sign to be installed in front of the church.  Anna Cody will lead this project with several volunteering to help her. 

The third project for consideration is to increase our parking space.  Bro. Bill asked the men “to put their heads together” to come up with a workable plan.  This would include land West of the existing parking lot or land North of our church building.  If this requires the parsonage to be moved, make a decision on where.

The meeting ended with the reading of a Bible verse by Bro. Bill and prayer. 

 

First Baptist Church of Petit Jean

“Come to the Mountain for His Word”

February 2022

 

How Do You…

How do you celebrate life?  Life is not just celebrated by the years you have lived, but by the life you have put into your years.  Ann Vance likes to begin her celebration on the first day of her birthday month, if possible, a few days early.  She crams more life into a day than many folks put in a week or month.  Since her birth date is the first, she gets a head start.  

My mother was born on Ground Hog Day and as we would ask her if she had seen her shadow, she would always say, “I didn’t look”.  Mom loved life and was grateful for the five years GOD gave her after she found out she had liver cancer.  The writer of Psalm 90:10 tells us, “The days of our years are threescore and ten, and if by reason of strength they be fourscore years.”  In her last few months, she expressed how she had a good life and was glad to celebrate her 81st birthday.  We even laughed about it being her “Mighty First” birthday. 

Now Dad who will be 91 on the 13th of February will be commemorating the day by trying to figure out how we can get the garden tilled so we can get certain crops in the ground.  I think the key in life is to enjoy each day in our own way, celebrating and rejoicing in each day.  “Let everything that hath breathe rejoice praise the LORD.  Praise the LORD. (Psalm 150:6)                                                                                                                                               

Bro. Bill Scroggs

 

 

First Baptist Church of Petit Jean

“Come to the Mountain for His Word”

January 2022

Where Does This Road Go?

The other day I was turning onto a familiar road and instead of the normal sign, it said ‘555.’ Now as I have been on 67 and 167, I am afraid one day when giving directions I might use one of the previous designations to the same place and some folks might think I have lost my mind.  The truth is when asked where does highway 555 go I could correctly respond the same place highway 67 did.  

As we look down the highway of 2022 there is a lot of uncertainty that we will be facing.  However, no matter how many twists and turns we find we can be sure GOD has our best interests at heart.  Jeremiah 29:11 reminds us, “For I know the plans I have for you, declares The LORD. Plans to prosper you and not to harm you, plans to give you a hope and future.”

Whatever direction this year takes us, we can be assured that we are not alone.

 Bro. Bill Scroggs

 

What is Faith?

Faith is one of those words that is commonly used but not always understood. Some of that confusion comes from the many different ways the word faith is used in everyday conversation; a quick look at Dictionary.com shows seven different uses! One common way that people use the word faith is to refer to belief in something despite lacking any evidence for it. But is that what the Bible means by faith? The answer is a resounding no! So, when the Bible uses the word faith, what does it mean?

The closest that the Bible comes to offering an exact definition is Hebrews 11:1: “Now faith is the assurance of things hoped for, the conviction of things not seen.” From this particular passage, we see that the central feature of faith—confidence or trust. In the Bible, the object of faith is God and his promises. A clear example of this is Abram’s encounter with God in Genesis 15. In response to God’s promise of countless descendants, Abram “believed the LORD, and he counted it to him as righteousness” (Gen 15:6). Commenting on this, the Apostle Paul writes, “No unbelief made him waver concerning the promise of God, but he grew strong in his faith as he gave glory to God, fully convinced that God was able to do what he had promised” (Romans 4:20-21). Thus, faith means putting your trust in God and having confidence that he will fulfill his promises.