April 2014 Newsletter

Petit Jean Baptist News

“Come to the Mountain for His Word”

April 2014


                            From the Desk of
   Bro. Bill Scroggs

A Good Time Was Had By All

On Sunday, March 23, we had our 2nd annual “Hat Sunday.” Some of us were more conservative than others, and some more creative than I was.

Most of the ladies chose hats that matched or enhanced their personalities. To a man, his hat reflects and reinforces who he is.

For the most part the men’s hats were fairly predictable. Mine had a Christian message as expected. Of course, Bro. Bob Cody wore a cowboy hat. Bro. Nolan Owens wore a green trademark John Deere hat. Bro. Wayne Adams’ choice was a fishing hat with a military jungle styled hat.

Two of our men stood out with their hats, and the most surprising was probably Bro. Lonnie Gasaway with his “convertible” hat that could be worn several different ways. He was quite the hit as he demonstrated it for all to see.

Of course, last year’s winner, Bro. Doug Scroggs, had to top his show-stopping entry of the Deer Track bandana from last year. This year, he donned a gold colored, tall wise man or priest-looking hat that complimented the silver in his beard.

Almost everyone remembered and participated for the fun of it. I have heard some are even planning for next year to challenge Bro. Doug and Bro. Lonnie for the most unique topping.

The buzz around this day of fun reminds us to say with the writer of Psalm 122:1, “I was glad when they said unto me, Let us go into the house of The Lord.”


Lonnie and Agatha Gasaway             

Doug Scroggs    

Wayne Adams



Phyllis Adams 

Kaye Drilling Jones                                    

Anna Cody



We Lift Up In Prayer

Please pray for the family of Robbie Aarons.

Blake Chapman and Robbie Collinsworth are serving in the military.

Fern Bess, Flora “Bill” Clay, Paul Fitts, Myron Mann, Ina Martin, Annie Rozivka, Jim St. John, Jim Thompson, and Lloyd Vance are dealing with heart problems.

Shirley Bell, Al Bembry, Ray Bertram, Aubrey Bradbury, Ken Bratwell, Sandy Burr, Phil Chapman, Frances Cunningham, Keith Duncan, Ruth Follis, Agatha and Lonnie Gasaway, Dianne Hall, Gabriel Johnson, Michael Johnson, Cookie Larrick, Lisa Martin, Destiny McArt, James Meadows, Carroll Satterwhite, Buddy Sherman, Johnathan Steinmetz, Robert Steinmetz, Billy Vance, and Jo Woodson are battling serious health problems.

Linda Beard, Vicki Branscum, Glen Brison, Roy Castillion, Linda Chapman, Cole Cody, Dale DeSpain, Sandra Dozier, D J Eades, Suzanne Earl, Jerry Elmore, Linda Elz, True Fitch, Cathy Flowers, Ed Garrett, Garrett Hayden, Mary Hopson, Buddy Hoezleman, Nancy Hubbard, Herb Huber, Rev. Larry Hudson, Evalee Hukill, Lambert West, Dena Murph, Tina Parish, Sherry Parks, Denise Robinson, Dr. Herbert Roland, Keith Rosenthal, Jeff Scaccia, Teresa Schroepher, Betty Scroggs, Gabby Smellmann, Fred Steinmetz, Dennis Stewart, Bill David Walker, and Suzy Ward are battling cancer.

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

Heavenly Father, we lift up our family and friends to You, praying for Your divine guidance in their lives, and for their caregivers.  We pray for Your healing touch and merciful grace.  We thank you Lord for all the answered prayers and for your many blessings on us all.  In Jesus’ precious name we pray, Amen.


 Missionary Moment

DON COLDWELL is a church planting intern in his home state of Maine. Mainers are an extremely independent group of people. They take care of themselves in every way possible and feel no need for any spiritual growth or upkeep. The church is no longer considered useful in Maine. That is why Don, his wife, LAURIE, and their three children are looking to impact Maine by planting churches. Pray that Don and Laurie will have the fortitude to keep working the fallow soil of Maine. Pray, also, that the two Haitian children they are adopting will be with them soon. The Cooperative Program enables missionaries to serve in the hard places both near and far away.


Bro. Roger Gaunt to Speak

 Annie Armstrong Easter Offering has begun and our Goal this year is $1,500. As of this morning we have received $1,100.  Please search your heart as we work to advance the Gospel in North America. May one of our dollars touch a lost soul.  On Sunday April 6th, our guest speaker will be Bro. Roger Gaunt. Please join us for this special time of mission focus.




  Answers to last week’s Bible Trivia

1.  What Country was home to the queen who paid Solomon a visit?
     Sheba (1 Kings 10), which is probably in what is now Arabia

2.  At what place was the Lord’s tabernacle set up?
     Shiloh (Joshua 18)

3.  What wicked city was destroyed by fire from heaven?
     Sodom (Genesis 19)

4.  What city in Sicily was visited by the apostle Paul?
     Syracuse (Acts 28: 12)

5.  In what town in Samaria did Jesus meet the woman at the well?
     Sychar (John 4)


This Week’s Bible Trivia

1.  Who were the first wealthy men to set eyes on Jesus?

2.  What king of Israel became legendary for both his wealth and his wisdom (and a lot of wives, to boot)?

3.  What man did Jesus tell to sell all his possessions and give the proceeds to the poor?

4.  According to Jesus, what is easier than a rich man entering the kingdom of heaven?

5.  Who was given money to say that Jesus’ disciples had stolen his body from the tomb?

Copied from the Whimsical Quizzical Bible Trivia Book
Written by J. Stephen Lang



News from Petit Jean State Park

Wildflower Week 2014

Dear Senior American Special participants, park volunteers, and others with special connections to Petit Jean Mountain, you are cordially invited to join us for “Wildflower Week 2014” at Petit Jean State Park! We hope to have numerous early spring wildflowers in bloom in the park in April, plus we are offering one or more free interpretive programs daily during Wildflower Week.

Please see our planned schedule below for details, and feel free to contact us if you have any questions or comments. All of our Wildflower Week programs this year will be free of charge and open to anyone who wants to attend.

Rachel Engebrecht, Interpreter

Monday, April 7
– Wildflower Week

3:30 pm Wildflower Week – Spring Wildflowers of Petit Jean:
Join Park Interpreter Rachel in the CCC Room of Mather Lodge for a visual sampling of colorful spring wildflowers that can be found on Petit Jean Mountain. This program will last about 30 minutes.

6:00 pm
Wildflower Week – Birds and Blooms Stroll: Meet Park Interpreter Mystina at the Visitor Center exhibit room for a short, easy walk nearby to look for some signs of the season – songbirds and wildflowers. Feel free to bring binoculars if you have them. This program will last about 45 minutes.

Tuesday, April 8– Wildflower Week

10:00 am Wildflower Week – Wild Edible Plants:
Join Park Interpreter Mystina in the CCC Room in Mather Lodge to discover which wild plants found in the park are edible and then you will get to put your taste buds to the test! This program will last about 45 minutes to 1 hour.

2:00 pm Wildflower Week – Wildflowers around the Pioneer Cabin:
Meet Park Interpreter BT at the Pioneer Cabin (Cedar Creek Trailhead) to investigate the wildflowers that grow here. This program lasts about 30 minutes and involves only a small amount of walking.

7:00 pm
Wildflower Week – Sunset Stroll: Meet Park Interpreter BT at the Richter Overlook on Red Bluff Drive. We will take a short stroll to the CCC Overlook to watch the sunset from one of the most scenic locations in the park. Along the way, we will be on the lookout for spring wildflowers. Bring a flashlight for the walk back to your car. This program lasts about 45 minutes. Sunset is at 7:38pm.

Wednesday, April 9 – Wildflower Week

10:00 am Wildflower Week –Wildflower Crafts:
Meet Park Interpreter Mystina in the CCC Room of Mather Lodge to make unique crafts using the wildflowers and other natural materials of Petit Jean State Park. This program will last about 45 minutes to 1 hour.

2:30 pm Wildflower Week – Wildly Useful Wildflowers & Herbs
: Join the Ozark Folk Center State Park’s herbalist, Tina Marie Wilcox, to learn of a world of wildflower benefits beyond beauty. Meet at the Rec Hall at 2:30 p.m. for an hour of enlightened entertainment.

6:00 pm Wildflower Week – Flower Pollinators:
What do bees, butterflies, and hummingbirds all have in common? They are all flower pollinators! Join Park Interpreter Mystina in the CCC Room in Mather Lodge to explore the amazing process of flower pollination and discover how the tiny pollinators help. This program will last about 30 minutes.

Thursday, April 10– Wildflower Week

10:00 am Wildflower Week –
Easy Wildflower Hike at Seven Hollows: Join Park Interpreter BT at the Seven Hollows trailhead for a relatively easy walk into the forest in search of spring wildflowers. We will only go about ½ mile and take about one hour.

2:00 pm Wildflower Week – Wild about Flowers:
Join the park interpreters, plus other wildflower lovers, in the Rec Hall. We plan to share tips on photographing flowers, some of our best images, and thoughts about some of our favorite flowers. Then, weather permitting, we’ll take a short stroll outdoors and take a few photos. Please bring your camera if you have one. This program should last about one hour.

6:00 pm Wildflower Week – Wildflowers Off the Beaten Path:
Join Park Interpreter Rachel at the tennis court parking area for an approximately one hour nature stroll into a less frequently visited area of the park to look for “behind the scenes” plant life. It is recommended that you wear bug repellant and sturdy shoes and bring water to drink.

Friday, April 11 – Wildflower Week

11:00 am Wildflower Week – Woodland Wildflower Hike:
Meet Park Interpreter Rachel at the Pavilion A parking lot for this relatively easy 1-mile hike along a small portion of the scenic Winthrop P. Rockefeller Boy Scout Trail that will take about an hour. We will look for places where wildflowers may be blooming along Cedar Creek. Please wear sturdy shoes and bring water.

2:00 pm Wildflower Week – Making Room for Wildflowers:
A plant can’t grow if a piece of trash is in its way! But we can make a difference by joining in the spring “Great American Cleanup to keep the park clean and beautiful. Meet the park interpreters at the parking area across from the visitor center. We will be spending a couple of hours picking up litter and recyclables, while observing wildflowers along the way. Then we’ll meet back at the visitor center to discuss what we found and award certificates. Please wear sturdy shoes and bring water.

6:30 pm Wildflower Week – Wildflower Concentration:
Kids and the young at heart are invited to meet Park Interpreter Rachel in the CCC Room of Mather Lodge for a game in which you get to test your memory skills. This program will last about 30 minutes.

Saturday, April 12 – Wildflower Week

9:00 am Wildflower Week –Wildflower Hike to Cedar Falls:
Join Park Interpreter BT at the Mather Lodge breezeway to hike to the foot of this spectacular waterfall. We will be looking for wildflowers along the way. This is a 2 mile round trip hike and takes about 2 hours. This is a relatively strenuous hike, so please wear sturdy shoes and bring water.

11:30 am Wildflower Week –
The Reason for a Flower: Meet Park Interpreter Rachel at the demonstration area to hear her read a beautifully illustrated, extra-large children’s book by Ruth Heller. Then we’ll investigate the surrounding area to see what wildflowers are blooming! This program will last about 20 to 30 minutes.

3:00 pm Wildflower Week – Legends, Wildflowers and Exploring Stout’s Point:
Join the park interpreters at Stout’s Point (Petit Jean’s Gravesite Overlook)to discover stories related to the naming of this mountain during the early days of exploration. We will also do some exploring of our own and see what wildflowers may be in bloom at this scenic location. This program will last about 45 minutes.

6:00 pm Wildflower Week – Wild Edible Plants:
Join Park Interpreter Mystina in the CCC Room in Mather Lodge to discover which wild plants found in the park are edible and then you will get to put your taste buds to the test! This program will last about 45 minutes to 1 hour.

Sunday, April 13 – Wildflower Week

10:00 am Wildflower Week –
Nature Dress Up: Want to dress up nice using wild plants? Join Park Interpreter Mystina at the picnic area to make clover necklaces and mint perfume. This program will last about 30 to 45 minutes.



Events Calendar

Sunday Schedule

Sunday School             9:30 a.m.
Morning Worship         10:30 a.m.
Choir Practice               5:00 p.m.
Evening Worship           6:00 p.m.

Wednesday Schedule

Bible Study                    6:00 p.m.

Monthly Prayer Breakfast

Saturday, April 26   8:00 a.m.




April 4              Jacob Tony
April 4              Harry Diffrient
April 4              Racheal Adams

April 7              Agatha Gasaway

April 8              Jeanie Scroggs

April 9              D.J. Donovan

April 13            Wendy Bertram

April 15            Sammy Jones

April 20            Annie Rozvika

April 23            Rhonda Broege

April 24            Jan Martin

April 27            Stephanie Buckley

April 30            Nelda Huff



April 16            Bob and Anna Cody

April 20            Jerry and Cindy Trent

April 27            Russell and Gail Tanner