October 2019 Newsletter

First Baptist Church of Petit Jean

“Come to the Mountain for His Word”

October, 2019

It’s Beginning to Look A Lot Like CHRISTmas!

Bro. Bill Scroggs

We have not even crossed all the days of October off our calendars and yet Christmas is in our face in almost every retailer. I mean it is almost two months before Thanksgiving and yet all of the trimmings and trappings to assure a Griswold Christmas are scattered from aisle to aisle.

The commercialization of Christmas has taken away the awe of the miracle in the manger. To retailers it is about the bottom line and paying for the merchandise they have amassed preparing to bring ‘Joy’ to their bank accounts. It’s enough to make my ‘Grinch’ side rare up, but then I got to thinking, ‘Wait, don’t let the world get my Joy.’ I will not let my feelings about the celebration of the birth of The Messiah be made just another retail effort.

I choose to use the extra two months two wish folks a Merry CHRISTmas. I will extend to cashiers and workers a Merry CHRISTmas to ensure that we keep CHRIST in CHRISTmas. I can rejoice this extra couple of months and who knows I might just decide to keep it going all year long (at least until they put me in the nut house.)

It is just one more way we can “Rejoice in the Lord always; again I say, Rejoice!” (Philippians 4:4).      


We Lift Up In Prayer

Phyllis Adams,  June Andrews, Pauline Belk, Paul Bess,  Latrisha Biggerstaff, Linda & Phil Chapman, Cylinda Curtis, Bob Cody, Llewellyn Gasaway, Agatha Gasaway, Dick George,  Ben Lancaster, Brooklyn Lankford,  Sharon Leon, Lynn Moore, Danielle Morgan, Annie Rozivka,  Jay Scroggs, Bro. Bill & Reta Scroggs, Linda Smith, Matthew Steinmetz,   Marvin VanEchaute, Ann Vance, Loyd Vance, Frieda Ward, Jevin Womack, our missionaries, our Military, and The United States of America.



Abigayle Curtis has been chosen to represent the sixth grade at a Leadership Conference in Hot Springs on October 6th & 7th.  We are so proud of her and encourage her to continue using her leadership skills.  Way to go, Abigayle

Happy Birthday                  

11th  Georgia Bruck                                  

 23rd  Doug Scroggs

Happy Anniversary                                                                                                        

12th  Bro. Bill & Reta Scroggs




Many of you have had your picture made and have turned in the address and phone numbers that you want to appear in the directory.  If you have not done these things, please contact Doug Scroggs (501-626-3359) about a convenient time for him to get with you.  We need to get this project completed!



Several projects for the church building have been completed.  The siding has been replaced where damage had been done due  to hail.  We, also, have now replaced the exterior doors on the South side of the building and had the trim placed around them for a finished look. With everything in place, the church building and parsonage have  been power washed for a clean fresh appearance. Notice how nice the steeple looks!  Another project completed is the purchase of two birch cabinets for the sound room. These match the walls and look very nice.  They will be used for storing choir music.      





Our missions project for this quarter has been the Dixie Jackson Missions.  This effort serves our mission needs in Arkansas.  We have a total of  $1106.06 towards our goal of $1400.00.  It is not too late to add to this total if you feel led to give.



Our collection of food on a table in the Fellowship Hall is growing.  So many of you are faithful to pick up an extra non-perishable item or two at the grocery store to donate to this project of helping those in need.  Our collection is taken to Oppelo First Baptist Church for distribution. Donations can also be given in the form of a check payable to our church or Oppelo First Baptist Church. Keep up the good work!