September 2019 Newsletter

First Baptist Church of Petit Jean

“Come to the Mountain for His Word”

September, 2019

It is Beginning to Feel Like Fall

by Bro. Bill Scroggs

Now 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 this morning either rejoicing or whining about what coulda, shoulda, woulda been.

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 helping to 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 “I Am Dixie Jackson.” 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 1:35-42, ““The next day John was there again with two of his disciples. When he saw Jesus passing by, he said, ‘Look, the Lamb of God!’ When the two disciples heard him say this, they followed Jesus. Turning around, Jesus saw them following and asked, ‘What do you want?’ They said, ‘Rabbi’ (which means ‘Teacher’), ‘where are you staying?’ ‘Come,’ he replied, ‘and you will see.’ So they went and saw where he was staying, and they spent that day with him. It was about four in the afternoon. Andrew, Simon Peter’s brother, was one of the two who heard what John had said and who had followed Jesus. The first thing Andrew did was to find his brother Simon and tell him, ‘We have found the Messiah’ (that is, the Christ). And he brought him to Jesus. Jesus looked at him and said, ‘You are Simon son of John. You will be called Cephas (which, when translated, is Peter).’” (NIV)  Following Jesus really does begin with one. you!


We Lift Up In Prayer

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

 Happy Birthday                    

22nd   Bubba Vance      


 Happy Anniversary

 1st   Carroll & Nadine Satterwhite

 5th   Billy & Ann Vance



We are now working on our Dixie Jackson mission effort.  Dixie Jackson, the woman for whom the annual Arkansas Missions Offering was named was a beautiful example of living the Gospel.  Access to formal biblical training was limited in the town of Dardanelle, Arkansas, where she and her husband, James, lived and raised eight children.  However, she was passionate to learn and wasted no opportunity to study Scripture on her own.

Mrs. Jackson’s greatest fulfillment came from traveling the state, training women, and spreading the word about Arkansas Baptist mission efforts. With help, Mrs. Jackson established a Week of Prayer for Arkansas State Missions. This was so successful that it was repeated yearly with an offering eventually being added. Today we celebrate the Dixie Jackson Offering for State Missions in memory of this incredible woman.