September 2015 Newsletter

 Petit Jean Baptist News

“Come to the Mountain for His Word” 

September 2015 

Fall is Here

By Bro. Bill Scroggs

Just because we have enjoyed temperatures below 70 at night, and it did not even make it to the 90’s during the day, does not mean fall is here.

Some things pointing to fall being here, in addition to the cooler weather is the arrival of the football season. Folks who are interested in the football season are counting the day until kickoff. The first down has not been played and the first team has not scored, yet much jaw-boning is taking place.

School has begun, and after only a couple of weeks both students and teachers are ready for the break that comes with Labor Day. Funny how a cease from work is called Labor Day.

We have just celebrated Christmas in August to help provide school supplies for our children in the Arkansas Baptist Children’s Home.

County fairs are being held around the area; allowing gardeners and crafters to be able to display their wares.

Also a sign of fall is the Dixie Jackson State Missions Offering. The beauty of this offering is we are helping our neighbors in the state of Arkansas, just as our neighbors helped us back in the mid to late 1980s when we were building our church. This year’s theme is “Unlimited.”

What we can accomplish together is unlimited when we join hands together with other believers around Arkansas and our Heavenly Father.

This year’s theme scripture is John 14:12-14, “Verily, verily, I say unto you, He that believeth on me, the works that I do shall he do also; and greater works than these shall he do; because I go unto my Father. And whatsoever ye shall ask in my name, that will I do, that the Father may be glorified in the Son. If ye shall ask any thing in my name, I will do it.”

Now that is a reason to celebrate!

Missionary Moments

Kansas City has always been home to Matt Marrs. He and his family have many years of experience ministering in the city in various capacities. Currently Matt serves as the Send City coordinator for Kansas City. He works with local leaders to coordinate church planting efforts and to recruit, assess, develop and guide potential planters to a place of service in Kansas City. He also helps established churches partner with plants in the city. Through the Cooperative Program, you can reach the 1.6 million lost people in Kansas City. Matt asks people to pray for more workers to plant the 70 churches in the city plan and for a continued united strategy among ministry partners.

 We Lift Up In Prayer

Jeanie Cash has had cancer removed from her lip.  Please keep her in your prayers as she heals.  We praise God, they got it all.

Andrew Gurnee, 17 months old, will undergo open heart surgery on September 2nd.  Please keep him and his family in your prayers.

Gwyn, Lonnie, and Agatha Gasaway have all had accidents this month.  They have all fallen at one point and Gwyn broke her arm. 

Dale Moore has been diagnosed with cancer.  Please keep him and his family in your prayers.

David Donovan, after undergoing treatments for cancer, will have surgery on October 1st to remove his bladder.

Blake Chapman, Robbie Collinsworth, and John Savage Morgan are serving in the military.

Fern Bess, Flora “Bill” Clay, Nancy Donovan, Paul Fitts, Ina Martin, Jim Thompson, and Lloyd Vance are dealing with heart problems.

Phyllis Adams, Shirley Bell, Al Bembry, Aubrey Bradbury, Ken Bratwell, Sandy Burr, Phil Chapman, Frances Cunningham, Keith Duncan, Mary Ann Eades, Ruth Follis, Agatha and Lonnie Gasaway, Dianne Hall, Gabriel Johnson, Michael Johnson, Cookie Larrick, Lisa Martin, Destiny McArt, James Meadows, Doris Reed, Jerry Schultz, Buddy Sherman, Abby Shrewsbury, Donna Smith, 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, David Donovan, Sandra Dozier, D J Eades, Suzanne Earl, Jerry Elmore, Linda Elz, Joey Martin Feek, True Fitch, Cathy Flowers, Ed Garrett, Garrett Hayden, Mary Hopson, Buddy Hoezleman, Herb Huber, Rev. Larry Hudson, Evalee Hukill, Lambert West, Dena Murph, Tina Parish, Sherry Parks, Denise Robinson, Dr. Herbert Roland, Keith Rosenthal, Jeff Scaccia, Tyler Schroepfer, Betty Scroggs, Gabby Smellmann, Fred Steinmetz, Dennis Stewart, Bill David Walker, Misty Walker, and Suzy Ward are battling cancer.

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

Dear Lord, we lift up to You our friends and family, praying that You will place Your healing hands on them.  Give them the peace and comfort of knowing that You are with them, loving them and caring for them.  In Jesus’ precious name we pray.  Amen. 


September 1         Jaycee Broege
September 11       Barbara Scott
September 13       Harley Mills Swain
September 17       Tyler Glover
September 18       Tyler Turner
September 22       Bubba Vance
September 24       Susan Brewer
September 26       Donna Diffrient
September 28       Karen Payne
October 3              Lew Gasaway
October 4              Rachel Engebrecht
October 7              Alanis Joy Pitts
October 8              Jeff Tony
October 8              Daniel Martin
October 11            Palmer Manning
October 12            Phil Chapman
October 12            Kayla Collinsworth
October 12            Jeff Adams
October 16            Nathan Adams
October 17            Lane Brewer
October 20            Linda Chapman
October 21            Katie Pratt
October 23            Doug Scroggs
October 24            Sarah Pottios Green
October 27            Robert Fitts
October 27            Sarah Engebrecht
October 30            Pat Donnell


September 1      Carroll and Nadine Satterwhite
September 2      Lane and Susan Brewer
September 5      Billy and Ann Vance
September 9      Shane and Racheal Engebrecht
October 12         Bill and Reta Scroggs
October 28         John and Virginie Walpole

Monthly Prayer Breakfast

Saturday, September 26

8:00 a.m.

Petit Jean FBC Fellowship Hall


 Petit Jean Extension Homemakers Club’s 2nd Annual Canoe Race

 9:00 a.m. Saturday, September 5th
Petit Jean State Park Boat House

Prayer Walk
(aka. Picking up rocks and sticks)

By Doug Scroggs

Fellowship and fun was combined with serious work during the end of August Prayer Walk held at Petit Jean First Baptist Church on August 29, 2015.  Power equipment supplied by “Strollin'” Nolen Owen (John Deere tractor), Bob “Stretch” and Anna Cody (Polaris UTV), and Jeanie Scroggs (Honda ATV) was combined with buckets and a yard cart brought by Wayne “Airborne” Adams for the occasion.  There was a good turnout for the effort, which primarily consisted of picking up rocks and limbs on the cleared property on the south side of the church and burning the debris.  After a couple of hours of hard work, during which Phyllis Adams tried to figure out exactly whose idea this project was, we met for an ending prayer and met on the parking lot for an hour of debriefing under the direction of Bro. Bill Scroggs.

            Our efforts were a huge success, as I did not run over any rocks or sticks while mowing after our work was complete.