“All of you, take up My yoke and learn from Me,

because I am gentle and humble in heart,

and you will find rest for yourselves.

For My yoke is easy and My burden is light.”

~Matthew 11:29-30, HCSB~


Caysen Tyne Miller has arrived and weighed in at six pounds, ten ounces.  Both parents and baby are doing well.  I know all the grandparents and great-grandparents are vey excited.

Nancy Carruth‘s procedure went well yesterday.  Lab results will be in in about two weeks. Later, Nancy had to be admitted to the hospital because of pain and nausea.  Please pray for Nancy and her family.

Macy Gueldner

Georgia Barnette Week of Prayer, Day 4 -

  • I met Pat at a WMU meeing in Ponchatoula recently.
  • She was a good speaker and certainly is devoted to this new ministry.

Baptist Press -

Hope Center Hours

  • Tuesday – Friday – 9:00 – 5:00
  • Saturday – 9:00 – 1:00

Devotional, Scripture, and a Song

  • “Giving it to God” –
  • [He] went away sorrowful,                                                                             for he had great possessions.                                                                                                                ~Mark 10:22~
  • “My Faith Looks Up to Thee” –


  • Third Thursday meeting – this week at the cabin at 6:30
  • Ladies’ Night Planning Meeting – Sunday afternoon
    • I have met a new family.  That is not unusual, but the lady will be doing the demonstration for our next meeting.  I know you will be happy to see what she does.  There’ll be no more hints for now.
    • Share the date and time.
  • Young Ladies’ Birthday Party – one week from today
  • Craft Party for Operation Christmas Child
    • Sept. 27th at 1 P.M.  
    • Bring broken crayons, the more the better.
  • Food for Hope Center can be taken to the church today or by Sunday.  I will do pickups Wednesday night and the first of next week.
  • Friday’s Bible Study will focus on Mary and Martha.  Please readLuke 10: 38-42 and John 11:1-44; 12:1-8 before that time.

Look for God’s blessings in your life today.  Thank God for each one.  Let God use you to be a blessing to others.

Anna Lee

Tuesday Evening Addition

Food for Hope Center

I feel some of you would like to be a part of the food ministry at Hope Center in addition to the food that will be received from Second Harvest.  Any food that is left at FBC, K tomorrow will be delivered Thursday morning.  Any additional food delivered by Sunday will be delivered Monday.  Catch the excitement!  Be a part of God’s Work at Hope Center.

Volunteers at Hope Center

We have signed up volunteers from at least eight churches.  God is working in so many hearts!


Tuesday Evening

Caysen Miller

Nikki and Josh Miller went to Baton Rouge for the birth of their son, Casen Tyne Miller.  I’ll give more information in the morning.


Hope Center gave hope on the very first day!

We had a great opening this morning with lots of volunteers as well as some community and church people.  This afternoon we made some sales.  All went well.  Now on for the report that is greater than I ever dreamed it would be.
We were able to give one family food today to meet their need even before Second Harvest has delivered the first food to us.  Thanks to the church in Roseland for making this possible.  We also helped a number of people learn about the food pantry including a man who was on the way home after a week at the hospital.
We also had some nice clothes donated by several people including a man who was there this morning.  An employee of a business came for other reasons, but said she would help get some donations from the store.  Several community people also said they would pass the word about Hope Center.  We receive some cash donations.  What a blessing this day has been to my heart!
I almost forgot.  There is a large magazine display filled with new Bibles and old church literature from classes as well as magazines like “Home Life” and “Journey”.  I know at least five Bibles and a number of magazines were taken.
Two ladies visited this afternoon.  In talking with them, I learned they were looking for a church home.  Bro. Byrum Humphrey was there, so I took them to him.  He located two Two Rivers’ churches near them on his phone. They left with names and addresses to get them involved in the church of their choice.
I feel so blessed tonight!!!   I got to see God working over and over on the very first day of operation for Hope Center.  God is so good!  The workers are very dedicated!  People who had needs got help!  The story does not end here.
When I checked my email, I found a question from a school leader who wanted to know if we would accept donations of food from a school organization?  Yes, indeed we will!.    We will be able to help people before we are ready to distribute food from Second Harvest and between the times they bring us food.
The opportunities are overwhelming!  This is all without a single flyer posted or an article in any newspaper.  God showed us all day long that Hope Center is needed and will be able to meet physical needs and spiritual needs.  I could go on and on, but I’ll stop by saying I feel so blessed to have witnessed these things and other things on the first day!


“Come to Me,

all of you who are weary and burdened,

and I will give you rest.”

~Matthew 11:28, HCSB~


Norma Lee Varnadors

Born: March 08, 1921
Died: September 14, 2014

Norma Lee Mixon Varnado, 93 of Kentwood, LA passed away on September 14, 2014. Born March 8, 1921 in Bolivar, LA, “Maw Maw Ni Ni” was a seamstress for many years as well as a retired employee of the Tangipahoa Parish School System. She was often referred to as, “the garden lady of Kentwood.” She took great pride and care of her garden which many people admired. Many had the pleasure of enjoying the fruits and vegetables of her tender labor. Norma Varnado is survived by her four children, Bill Varnado and his wife, Angela; Mary Lou Blanchard; Mike Varnado and his wife, Barbara; Carol Frey and her husband, Chris. She is also survived by six grandchildren and three great grandchildren, Bekki Blanchard and her son Devin; Mark Frey; Jessica Puissegur, her husband Scott, and their daughter Ally; Stephen Varnado; Alan Varnado and his son Braylon; and Charles Varnado. Norma Varnado is preceded in death by her husband, Robert L. “Tibby” Varnado; parents, Leslie and Lula Mixon; and four siblings, Hilton Mixon, Tincie Hayden, Pearl Mixon, and Agnes Mitchell. Visitation will be held Wednesday, September 17th, at McKneely Funeral Home in Kentwood, LA beginning at 9 AM followed by the funeral service at 11 AM. Funeral service will be conducted by Pastor Danny Smith and Pastor Joey Miller. Burial will take place at Woodland Cemetery, Kentwood, LA. For an online guestbook, visit

Georgia Barnett Offering for Louisiana Missions

Week of Prayer – September 14-21

Tuesday – “Still Waters” – Hammond & New Orleans

Hope Center Thrift Store in Roseland

Grand Opening

9:00 this morning

Drop by to take a look around any day.

Hope Center Food Bank

Second Harvest

Coming Soon

Baptist Press –

Devotional, Scriptures, and a Song

  • “A Heart for Prayer” –
  • “When You said, “Seek My face,”                                                                    my heart said to You, “Your face, Lord, I will seek.”                                                                                                                ~Psalm 27:8~                         “He gathers the lambs in His arms                                                             and carries them close to His heart.”                                                                                                                                                ~Isaiah 40:11~                   
  • “Near to the Heart of God” –

What blessings does God have for you today?  Don’t miss recognizing them!

Anna Lee



“For I am not ashamed of the gospel,

for it is the power of God for salvation

to everyone who believes,

to the Jew first and also to the Greek.”

~Romans 1:16, NASB~


Please continue to pray for the family of Ray and Beverly Blackwell.  I’m sure it is much more difficult to have two patients than to have only one.  Pray for the health of these two and strength and knowledge for those making decisions and helping care for them.

Connor Corkern is having a difficult time, but hoping to get better without going into the hospital.  Pray for him and for his family as they continue the battle.

Please continue to pray for Mike Hurst as he battles cancer.  Pray for the family with him and the family many miles away.

Mrs. Norma Varnado passed away last night.  The last months have been difficult for her and her family, but she is at peace now.

Operation Christmas Child

  • Thirteen million shoeboxes have been distributed since OCC began.  That many boxes placed end-to-end would circle the world 855 times!
  • When Hannah Bell met Yuri Lopez, who received a shoebox in a Honduran orphanage, at an OCC event in Scottsdale, AZ last year, she was inspired to collect shoeboxes herself. She set a goal of 100 shoeboxes, which she met by reaching out to her church’s youth group, a local preschool, her dad’s co-workers, and out of state friends. Eight year old Hannah collected 116 shoeboxes and donations to support the cost of shipping. “I learned that helping children can make a difference in the world…helping is the big picture in my heart!” –Hannah Bell, Scottsdale, Arizona
  • Working with Operation Christmas Child is a true blessing.  Every box is a gospel opportunity and will change a life forever!  -Sharra K., OCC supporter
  • “My name is Uma from Nepal. I am 13 years old and I’m in 9th grade. I have 7 siblings and it’s very difficult to attend school regularly because we cannot get enough school supplies. I was so excited to see school supplies in the gift box. I did not have any to go to school, but Operation Christmas Child provided me with them. I am so happy to get these. Now I can be regular in my school!”

Week of Prayer for Georgia Barnett Offering for State Missions Sept. 14 -21

   “Our people must learn to devote themselves to doing what is good.” Titus 3:14

The WMU of Two Rivers Association will celebrate this week at FBC, Kentwood at 10:00 this morning with Sylvester Humphrey, volunteer coordinator of the new Hope Center, as our speaker.  Hope will open at 9:00 in the morning in Roseland with a thrift store and a Second Harvest Food Bank.  Applications for the food can be completed beginning in the morning. The dates of food distribution are not schedule yet, but I will keep you update.

Today, final preparations of the building are being made.  Later, volunteers will be needed to work each day.  Hope Center will be open Tuesday – Friday, 9:00 – 5:00.  What a blessing Hope Center will be to people of our area!  What is blessing each volunteer will receive!

You may ask how Hope Center and the Georgia Barnett Offering are related.  Some of the start-up funds have been provided through our state missions office.  Additional funding will be provided by the churches of Two Rivers Association and by individuals.

Third Thursday - We will be meeting Thursday at the cabin at 6:30.  Join us for a wonderful evening of food, fellowship, devotional, prayer, and music.

Devotional, Scriptures, and Songs

            The Lord judge between you and me.

                                                             ~Genesis 16:5~                                                                                                                      “Where sin increased,                                                                                                                                                         grace increased all the more,                                                                                                                                      so that, just as sin reigned in death,                                                                                                                        so also grace might reign through righteousness                                                                                            to bring eternal life through Jesus Christ our Lord.”                                                                                                                                                                      ~Romans 5:20~

Thank-you for reading this today and for praying.  You are so important.  Remember our 2014 Georgian Barnett theme, “Do Something”.  

Anna Lee


“He comforts us when we are in trouble,

so that we can share that same comfort

with others in trouble.

We share in the terrible sufferings of Christ,

but also in the wonderful comfort he gives.” 

~2 Corinthians 1:4-5 CEV~


Mrs. Maxine Turner and her sister, Frances Strickland, are now living at Landmark Nursing Home in Hammond.  Please pray for them and for the family as they make the adjustment.

Hope  Center Thrift Store

  • Tuesday – Friday 9 A.M.  - 5 P.M.
  • Grand Opening Ceremony – Tuesday at 9 A.M.
  • Second Harvest Food Program Coming Soon

Devotional, Scriptures, and a Song

  • “Gentle Jesus” –
  • “Unless you are converted and become as little children,                                                               you will by no means enter the kingdom of heaven.”                                                                                                                                                                   ~Matthew 18:3~                                                         “Let the little children come to Me,                                                                                                            and do not hinder them,                                                                                                                                    for the kingdom of Heaven belongs to such as these.”                                                                                                                                                            ~ Matthew 19:14~
  • “Jesus Loves the Little Children” –

Looking Ahead – Opportunities

  • Tonight – Team Kid @ FBC, K at 5:30.
  • Monday – Fall Food Round-Up for La. Baptist Children’s Home                                                                    Associational WMU at FBC, K @ 10:00; Covered Dish
  • Tuesday –  Opening Ceremony for Hope Center @ 9:00                                                                                       Young at Heart @ New Zion Baptist Church @ 10:30
  • Thursday – Third Thursday @ The Cabin at 6:30 P.M.  
  • Friday – Bible Study @ 10:00  - Mary and Martha –                                                                                              Read Luke 10: 38-42 and John 11:1-44; 12:1-8
  • Sunday – Breakfast at Pine Ridge United Methodist Church to benefit a needy family – 8 A.M.

Team Kid – Tonight at FBC, K at 5:30

Operation Christmas Child

  • Craft Days
    • Sept. 13 – Great day of ladies working together for a common purpose
    • Sept. 27 @ 1 P.M. – Next craft day
  • Packing Day – November 1 

Have a great Lord’s Day!

Anna Lee


Commit your work to the Lord,

and your plans will be established.

~Proverbs 16:3~


Trust in the Lord with all your heart,

and do not lean on your own understanding.  

~Proverbs 3:5~

And this gospel of the kingdom

will be proclaimed throughout the whole world

as a testimony to all nations,

and then the end will come.  

~Matthew 24:14~


Operation Christmas Child

  • “My neighborhood church collected items during vacation bible school. I pick stuff up all year round and have a bin full to fill shoebox. This year I took my 5 year old nephew to the store to pick up some toys he thought other children might like. He was so excited to take his bag of toys, school supplies, and hygiene items and donate them!” – Melanie S.“I was shocked that someone I didn’t even know would take the time to pray for me.” – Divine, shoebox recipient
  • On the shoebox gift distribution day, there was a girl who was very poor and her shoes were broken. When she opened the shoebox there was a pair of shoes her size. She put them on and couldn’t stop crying for joy. – Pastor Pedro, Colombia
  • “Blessed is he who considers the poor; The Lord will deliver him in time of trouble. The Lord will preserve him and keep him alive, and he will be blessed on the earth. You will not deliver him to the will of his enemies. The Lord will strengthen him on his bed of illness; You will sustain him on his sickbed.” Psalm 41:1-3
  • Today at 1 P.M., FBC, K will have a craft day to make items to go in the shoeboxes.  Join us in the fellowship hall to help (no special skills required).

Hope Center 

  • The grass is cut.
  • The sidewalk has been uncovered.
  • The gravel has been donated and spread.
  • The mailbox is up.
  • Two signs will be delivered today.
  • The clothes are hung.
  • The air condition is working!!!
  • Etc.
  • The dedication is set for Tuesday at 9 A.M.
  • “To God be the Glory”

Baptist Press

Devotional, Scriptures, a Quote, and a Song

  • “Think of Them No More” –
  • “I, even I, am He who blots out your transgressions for My own sake; and I will not remember your sins.”                                   ~Isaiah 43:25~                                                                                                                                                 “Where sin increased,                                                                                           grace increased all the more,                                                                                   so that, just as sin reigned in death,                                                                  so also grace might reign through righteousness                                       to bring eternal life through Jesus Christ our Lord.”     ~Romans 5:20~                                                                                                                                               “Greater love has no one than this,                                                                      that he lay down his life for his friends.”                            ~ John 15:13~
  “When God saves us,                                                                                                 our sins are forgiven forever.”                              ~Our Daily Bread~
  • “Grace Greater Than Our Sins”                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                     What a Friend We Have in Jesus”                                                                                                                                                                                                      

Women’s Ministry

  • Associational meeting at FBC, K Monday at 10:00 A.M.
  • Bring a “dish” for lunch.
  • Speaker – Sylvester Humphrey, Coordinator of Hope Center
  • Focus – Week of Prayer for State Missions
  • All ladies are invited and encouraged to attend.

Fall Food Round-Up

Sunday is your last opportunity to take staples or checks to your local church for pick-up early Monday morning.  The children of the LA Baptist Children’s Home will be blessed by the food you contribute.

There are many names listed on the prayer lists of individual churches.  Please pray for each family and for the family of those who are not listed, but have a need.                                                                                                                                                                                                                           Be a blessing to others today as He blesses you!

Anna Lee


“But from there, you will search for the LORD your God,

and you will find Him when you seek Him

with all your heart and all your soul.”

~Deuteronomy 4:29, HCSB~


Joe Easley

I heard some good news yesterday.  Joe Easley, who has been terribly sick, is better.  I thank God for a good day for Joe and for his  friends and fellow church people who have been so faithful to a man who has been so faithful to God.  Have a good day today, Joe.

Joe’s Grandson

Joe’s grandson was involved in an accident over the weekend.  The early news was that the young man broke this back.  That is true, but it seems the break was on the front and fixable.  Thank-you, Jesus.

Nancy Carruth

Nancy, of Greensburg,  got some medical results yesterday from tests she had been undergoing.  She will need additional testing and some procedures, but thankfully, her health can be improved through modern medicine.  We’re praying for you, Nancy.

Austin Rose

Austin Rose of the Atlanta area has parents who grew up in Amite.  A year ago, he was found to have a serious health issue.  Last weekend, his friends honored his with a sign and recognition at the football game that said, “HE WON”!  Austins family in LA and GA thank you for your prayers and support during this difficult year.

Steve Hatchel of Texas

Please continue to pray for Boyd’s dad and the rest of the family.

Craft Day for Operation Christmas Child

Ladies of all ages are invited to the fellowship hall of FBC, K tomorrow.  Crafts for the “shoeboxes” will be made so they can be delivered to children at Christmas.  Ladies OF ALL AGES are welcome to help.

Baptist Press –   The article, “Let’s Roll” (, reminds us to “Do Something”.

Baptist Press

Devotional, Scriptures,  Quotes, and a Song

  • “The Small Giant”  -
  • The Lord . . . will deliver me.                                                                                                            ~1 Samuel 17:37~                                                                                   This is the victory that has overcome the world, even our faith.                                                                                                                    ~ 1 John 5:4~    
  • His confidence is not in what he has but in who is with him.                                                                                                                         ~Samuel~             Don’t tell God how big your giants are.                                                               Tell your giants how big your God is.                                                                                                             ~Poh Fang Chia~                                                                        
  • “Faith is the Victory” –

Thanks for praying for these needs and for the needs of others who are on our hearts, but not listed here.  God appreciates when we pray specifically, not that He needs the information/reminder, but that we are going beyond saying “all the needs around us”

Remember, our theme for the Week of Prayer for state missions is “Do Something”.  What are you doing today?

Anna Lee


Thursday Addition

I forgot to include a request from Kathy Wales.  She requests prayer for Jadyn Robicheaux. Jadyn is the young daughter, 8-10 years old, of Kay Woodard, a former resident of Kentwood.  The family now lives in Houma.  Jadyn was recently diagnosed with leukemia and is hospitalized in New Orleans at Children’s Hospital.


“The harvest is abundant,

but the workers are few.

Therefore, pray to the Lord of the harvest

to send out workers into His harvest.”

~Matthew 9:37-38, HCSB~

(As soon as I read that verse,

I thought of the volunteers at Hope Center.

I thank God for each person who has freely given their time now

knowing there is a harvest ahead.)

9/11 – Let’s pray for our country.  May it return to its strength and great image in the eyes of its people and those around the world.  I think the first step in the right direction will be to put God back in His rightful place.

Jadon’s Journey

Johnnie Santangello 

“Lil’man” is doing well.  Keep praying for him as he battles a brain tumor.

“Seven Life Lessons from Truett Cathy”


Ray and Beverly Blackwell

Alan Ray continues to be at rehab in Hammond.  Beverly is now on day nine at North Oaks. They both need and would appreciate our prayers.  Pray for their sons as they meet with medical professionals.


Baptist Press


Devotional, Scriptures, and Songs

  • “Born to Rescue” –
  • For even the Son of Man did not come to be served,                           but to serve, and to give His life a ransom for many.                                                                                                           ~Mark 10:45~                           “‘Come follow Me,’ Jesus said,                                                                         ‘and I will make you fishers of men.’”                                                                                                                                         ~Matthew 4:19~                        
  •  “Jesus Calls Us” –
            “Jesus Saves”                                                                                                                   


  • Fall Food Round-Up for La. Baptist Children’s’ Home                                                                  Take food to one of the area churches by Sunday for early pick-up on Monday
  • Ladies’ Bible Study                                                                                                                                                Read Hosea 1-3 before the 10 A.M. meeting Friday.
  • Craft Day for Operation Christmas Child                                                                                                Saturday @ 1 P.M. in the Fellowship Hall of FBC,K for all ladies and girls                      You do not have to be crafty to do some of these projects.   All items will be put in the shoeboxes for needy children.
  • Hope Center                                                                                                                                                               Volunteers are invited to show-up beginning at 8:00 this morning.  There is a job for everyone!
  • Week of Prayer for Georgia Barnett Offering – next week!                                                         Sylvester Humphrey, volunteer director of Hope Center, will be our speaker Monday at FBC,K.   Bring a covered dish for lunch.

May each of us see God’s blessings and protection for us individually and collectively today!

Anna Lee