May 2011

Bro. BillPetit Jean Baptist News
May 2011

Mothers Day 

by Bro. Bill Scroggs

Isn’t it interesting that Mothers Day is right smack dab in the middle of storm season? What better way to describe the life of a mom? She has to be a calming force in the home under all circumstances.

She has to be a multi-faceted administrator of the home; willing to fight a whirlwind to protect her young from the dangers lurking in the shadows.  She often has to go out on a limb against great odds to protect her charges.

I remember things Mom did to keep peace in corralling the five of us children. She had to handle multiple details many times as Dad attended training or worked long hours to make a living to support our family.

Mom was a chaste keeper at home, raising us and training the five of us as we grew toward adulthood.

I remember not only the clothes she made for the girls, but also I remember the suits she made for Doug and me. I remember one suit she made that had much more durability than any you would find in any store even today.

I will always remember Mom playing ball with me and throwing grounders in an effort to enhance my fielding abilities. Every skill she taught us prepared us for not only the moment but also for life itself. Whether the lessons were for sharing, cooking, giving, or communicating, she had a ready-made audience with her five children.

You can probably imagine the time with her two calm, well-behaved sons (Doug and me) that left Mom more time to try to straighten out the girls. Seriously, Mom was more than fair in all her decisions as she tried to prepare us for life. More than anything else, she supported Dad and taught us to respect him as our earthly father, but even greater, she pointed us all to God, our Heavenly Father.

Happy Mother’s Day to all the mothers raising our next generations and serving God as a special tool in His arsenal.  The love and care you give/gave to your children is as unto the Lord. Remember in Matthew when Jesus said, “When you did it unto the least of these my brethren you have done it unto me.”

Thank you, Mom, for giving to the Lord. Thanks to you, I was a life that was changed.


        We Lift Up In Prayer

Pray for Betty Scroggs who has a cancerous tumor on her liver.  She sees the doctor on May 9 to find out what her options for treatment are.

Be in prayer for all the victims of the storm damage and flooding this past week.

Gabriel Johnson is in Children’s Hospital (PICU) being treated for serious burns.  Please pray for Gabe and his parents.

 Bill Wilson, Marcie Drye, Chereé Chapman, Ina Martin, Dr. Berton Heleine, Flora “Bill” Clay, Myron Mann, Jim St.John, Joan Ray, Fern Bess and Jim Thompson are dealing with heart problems.

            Linda and Fil Chapman, Cookie Larrick, James Meadows, Lisa Martin, Dorothy Privett, Dianne Hall, Destiny McArt, Jake Walpole, Michael Johnson, Jo Woodson, Aubrey Bradbury, Ruth Follis, Al Bembry, Frances Cunningham, and Keith Pinson are battling serious health problems.

            Nancy Hubbard, Karen Rager, Vicki Branscum, Jeff Scaccia, Fred Steinmetz, Floyd Vance, Dale DeSpain, Gabby Smellmann, Dennis Stewart, Dena Murph, Jerry Elmore, Dr. Herbert Roland, Rev. Larry Hudson, D J Eades, Mary Hopson, Herb Huber, Dena Murph, Keith Rosenthal, Cathy Flowers, Evalee Hukill, Roy Castillion, Suzy Ward, Glen Brison, Teresa Schroepher, Garrett Hayden, Steve Willbanks, and Sandra Dozier are battling cancer.

            Tommie Adkins, Virgil Donovan, and Reta Scroggs are struggling with severe forms of arthritis.

            Heavenly Father, we have so many who are in need of Your help and comfort.  Those on our prayer list and those who are suffering from lose due to storms and flooding.  Lord, You know the need of each person and You know best how to help them.  We pray that you touch each life and allow them to feel Your loving presence with them as they go through their trials.  In Jesus’ name we pray, Amen.

 Missionary Moment

 As ministry catalyst for the Minnesota-Wisconsin Baptist Convention, Dave Wedekind assists churches to enlist, train, and mobilize volunteers to be on mission in various ministries and during disasters, always looking for divine appointments to share Jesus. Penetrating the lostness in these states is an overwhelming task. Dave and the rest of the state missionaries in Minnesota and Wisconsin know that your prayers and your willingness to partner with sister churches through the Cooperative Program are vital to this effort. Set aside some time this week to pray for Dave and JEANNE, his wife, as they encourage churches to be on mission for Christ. Ask God to move in the hearts of people in Minnesota and Wisconsin that they will be receptive to the Gospel as it is shared. STATEMENT 2 Samuel 8:9-11 – David was a careful manager of the things he received. He dedicated the spoils of battle to God. Let us dedicate to God all things He lets us acquire. Our gifts, which support the ministries of our church, can represent our dedication of all things to God.   

Copied from the Southern Baptist Convention website at

   Annie Armstrong Easter Offering

Praise the Lord!  Petit Jean First Baptist Church has exceeded our goal of $1,300 for the Annie Armstrong Easter Offering for North American Missions.  We have received $1,583.26 for this important mission effort.  We may not all be called to serve the Lord as missionaries, but we can assist by helping fund those who are.  Our prayers go out to all missionaries, on both home and foreign soils.  May God keep you strong and safe.

 Feeding Volunteers

During the month of April, the members of First Baptist Church of Petit Jean fed the volunteer doctors, nurses, and workers of the Conway County Christian Clinic.  The clinic serves those who cannot afford insurance or health care.  These doctors, nurses and citizens volunteer their time to help take care of these individuals.  Most come to the clinic straight from their jobs with no opportunity for dinner.  Churches and businesses in the Morrilton and surrounding area take turns feeding these volunteers.  April 7 and April 21 were the days our church fed these dedicated and giving people.  We praise the Lord for all they do.

       Bible Trivia


Answers to last week’s Bible Trivia


1.  Who had a vision of a sheet filled with all sorts of unclean birds and other animals?

Peter (Acts 10:9-13)


2.  Who used rods of poplar, hazel, and chestnut wood to make genetic changes in his cattle?

Jacob (Genesis 30:37-39); this is probably the first recorded example of genetic engineering.


3.  What king appointed an overseer to watch after the fruits of the olive trees and sycamores?

David (1 Chronicles 27:28)


4.  What prophet spoke of people who sow a wind and reap a whirlwind?

Hosea (8:7)


5.  What two long-dead men were with Jesus when a shining cloud covered them?

Moses and Elijah (Matthew 17:15)


 This Week’s Bible Trivia


1.  Who pretended to be a madman in order to escape from King Achish?


2.  What smooth-skinned man disguised himself so well that he passed himself off as his hairy brother?


3.  Who ordered his daughter-in-law Tamar burned because she acted like a prostitute?


4.  According to Paul, who masquerades as an angel of light?


5.  What son of David forced his half-sister to have sexual relations with him?

Copied from the Whimsical Quizzical Bible Trivia Book

Written by J. Stephen Lang



My young grandson called the other day to wish me Happy Birthday. He asked me how old I was, and I told him, “62.” He was quiet for a moment, and then he asked, “Did you start at ONE?”

After putting her grandchildren to bed, a grandmother changed into old slacks and a droopy blouse and proceeded to wash her hair. As she heard the children getting more and more rambunctious, her patience grew thin. At last she threw a towel around her head and stormed into their room,
putting them back to bed with stern warnings. As she left the room, she heard the three-year-old say with a trembling voice, “Who was THAT?”

A grandmother was telling her little granddaughter what her own childhood was like: “We used to skate outside on a pond. I had a swing made from a tire; it hung from a tree in our front yard. We rode our
pony. We picked wild raspberries in the woods.  The little girl was wide-eyed, taking this in. At last she said, “I sure wish I’d gotten to know you sooner!”

My grandson was visiting one day when he asked, “Grandma, do you know how you and God are alike?”

I mentally polished my halo while I asked, “No, how are we alike?”  “You’re both old,” he replied.

A little girl was diligently pounding away on her grandfather’s word processor. She told him she was
writing a story.  “What’s it about?” he asked.  “I don’t know,” she replied. “I can’t read.”

I didn’t know if my granddaughter had learned her colors yet, so I decided to test her. I would point out something and ask what color it was. She would tell me, and always she was correct. But it was fun
for me, so I continued. At last she headed for the door, saying sagely, “Grandma, I think you should try to figure out some of these yourself!”

When my grandson Billy and I entered our vacation cabin, we kept the lights off until we were inside to keep from attracting pesky insects. Still, a few fireflies followed us in. Noticing them before I did, Billy
whispered, “It’s no use, Grandpa. The mosquitoes are coming after us with flashlights.”



There are times when only a Mother’s love
Can understand our tears,
Can soothe our disappoints
And calm all of our fears.

There are times when only a Mother’s love
Can share the joy we feel
When something we’ve dreamed about
Quite suddenly is real.

There are times when only a Mother’s faith
Can help us on life’s way
And inspire in us the confidence
We need from day to day.

For a Mother’s heart and a Mother’s faith
And a Mother’s steadfast love
Were fashioned by the Angels
And sent from God above.

~Author Unknown~