“Go therefore and make disciples of all the nations…

teaching them to observe all that I commanded you.”

~Matthew 28:19-20a, NASB~


Susan Rimes continues to improve.  Let’s hope and pray with her that this surgery will enable her to live a healthier life.

Operation Christmas Child Shoeboxes

David and James took the 222 shoeboxes packed by our church to FBC, Franklinton Friday morning.  They saw, at the one collection site,  over 1,800 boxes that had already been collected and witnessed a very organized collection process.  Thank-you to each one who helped in any way.  Think of all the little children who will have an opportunity to “meet” Jesus because of the shoeboxes.  God bess you for your efforts!

Christmas cards with stamps on the envelopes will be given to the prisoners in the parish jails through the associational Women’s Ministry.

Cards have been donated, but need stamps.  Please place stamps, in multiples of ten in the jar on the table under the stairs to the balcony of FBC, Kentwood.  The deadline for the stamps is November 30th.  Thank-you for helping provide an opportunity for families to be reconnected at Christmas.  Thank-you to those who have already donated stamps.

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Devotional, Scriptures, and a Song

  • “The Warmth of the Sun” –
  • “I am weary with my groaning;                                                                               all night I make my bed swim;                                                                               I drench my couch with my tears.                                                                           My eye wastes away because of grief.”                                                                                                                  ~Psalm 6:6-7~                                                                   
    “The Lord has heard my supplication;                                                               the Lord will receive my prayer.”                                                                                                                            ~Psalm 6:9~   
  • “At Calvary”

Thankfulness: Day 22 – Retirement

Today, as I reflect back over the last few years, I can truly say I am thankful to be retired.  It’s not that I sit and rock all day though.  It’s that I have the opportunity to do so many things I could not do while I was working.  I think God that I had a job that allowed me to earn my retirement, health to be able to enjoy retirement, and all the opportunities these years have provided.  God has richly blessed me.

Have a great weekend!  Be a blessing to someone!  

Anna Lee


“God has listened;

He has paid attention to the sound of my prayer.”

~Psalm 66:19, HCSB~


Thankfulness: Day 21 – Third Thursday Gatherings 

David and I love to have others come to our Third Thursday gatherings.  As many as we have had, we almost always have some new people (two last night).  We consider ourselves so blessed to have these meetings and know we are blessed more than anyone else.  As I have said before, the meeting is the highlight of each month for us.  That’s saying a lot!  If you were present you know about “JOY”.  I think it leaves with our guests and lingers in our hearts after our gathering.  We are so blessed!  We are very thankful God has blessed us this way!

Macy Gueldner –

Karen Miller’s mom, Mrs. Rigby, was readmitted to the hospital in Tuscaloosa, Alabama yesterday.  Please continue to pray for Mrs. Rigby, her family, and friends.

Friday Morning Bible Study

  • Today – Hannah
  • Next week – no study

Tuesday – Birthday Party at The Cafe  

  • 11:00 A.M.
  • Honors “young” ladies from FBC, Kentwood

Hope Center

  • Three more freezers arrived yesterday.
  • An addition seems to be in our future.
  • Call me to volunteer for the next couple of weeks.

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Devotional, Scripture, and a Song

Have a fantastic Friday!

Anna Lee

Thursday Addition

Lloyd Hayden sent me these requests.  Whether you know them or not, please take a little time to say a special prayer for them.  Thanks.

Please add Shirley Little to the prayer list,she’s in ICU at Independence. Also add Jimmy McNeese who is being treated for prostate cancer and Mary Smith who is undergoing test. Continue to keep Alcyon on the list as she await’s results from test.


“Tell to the generation to come

the praises of the LORD,

and His strength

and His wondrous works that He has done.”

~Psalm 78:4b, NKJV~


Thankfulness: Day 20 – Today, I want to share how happy I am that God sees and plans the “big picture” of our lives. My newest example is that Boyd and Jennie, who were living in Prague, were offered a job for one year in the States.  God had it all arranged, even though those who do this special assignment are usually older and more experienced.  Since that time, Boyd’s dad was diagnosed with a brain tumor and passed away.  Being stateside made it much easier for the family to have some quality time with his family.  Now, Mallory has been burned and is being treated in one of the best burn centers.  It doesn’t just happen by accident that they are living only 20 miles from one of the best burn units in the country!  God is so good.  He sees the “big picture” and plans our lives in accordance to what is best for us!

Those who need our continue special prayers:

  • Mr. Bud Callihan – North Oaks
  • Mr. Bobby Lawson – home
  • Sherman Cutrer – doing well and soon to come home
  • Theresa Rhodus and her family – Lafayette
  • Mallory Hatchel – Richmond
  • Jimmy Schwartz – completing radiation this week
  • Martha P. Drago – getting ports today for treatment to begin soon
  • Macy Gueldner – home, but continuing treatments
  • Mrs. Nyra Rigby – home in Alabama
  • Ray Blackwell – home
  • John Alan Blackwell – home
  • Susan Rimes –  home
  • Don Dickinson – home
  • Anne Hurst – home

Pray for the youth of many churches as they attend the Youth Evangelism Conference which begins this weekend.

Community Thanksgiving Services 

  • Sunday, November 23rd at 6 P.M.
  • Kentwood Methodist Church
  • Fellowship to follow

Lottie Moon Tea

  • 2 P.M. Sunday, November 30th
  • Fellowship Hall of FBC,K
  • Ladies of all ages from all churches are invited.
  • Music, Skits, Missions, Lottie’s special cookies, etc.
  • Program involves people from a number of churches

Mission Project – Bring postage stamps in multiples of ten and place in the jar on the table under the stairs to the balcony of FBC, K or turn in to Anna Lee or the church office.  The stamps will be placed on Christmas cards for prisoners to send to their families.


Third Thursday Meeting – 6:30 tonight at the cabin

“Young” Ladies’ Birthday Party

  • 11:00 A.M. Tuesday at The Cafe
  • Honoring Fran Walker, Kim Schwartz, Velma Anthony, Billie Jo Hutchinson, Fay Gehringer, Rita Tate, Ruby Schwartz, Bessie Hayden, Theople Hurst, Kay Forman, and Hazel Smith

Friday Morning Bible Study

  • Meets tomorrow, but not the day after Thanksgiving
  • 10:00 A.M. at Fellowship Hall of FBC,K
  • Studying women of the Bible

Team Kid

  • No meeting on the 23rd due to the community Thanksgiving service
  • Meets of Nov. 30th and Dec. 7th before a Christmas break

Devotional. Scriptures, Quote, and a Song

  • “Can You Help?” –
  • Faith by itself,                                                                                                               if it does not have works,                                                                                           is dead.                                                                                                                                                      ~James 2:17~                                                                                          


Thanks for praying each day.  After praying, decide how you can best be a doer, not just a hearer, today.
Anna Lee


“Let the peoples praise you, God;

let all the peoples praise you.”

~Psalm 67:5, NKJV~


Please add Angie Nielsen’s dad, Mr. Ed Cotton, to your prayer list.  He had back surgery Monday and was having some complications and pain yesterday.

Thankfulness: Day 19:  Today, I’m thankful for generous people – those who give of themselves through time, money, cooking, cards, phone calls, etc.  They are an encouragement to others in so many ways.  I’m so thankful I know many of you!  The people who benefit from your generosity are countless.  God bless each our you!

Third Thursday Meeting 

  • Tomorrow night
  • Alford’s cabin
  • 6:30 P.M.
  • Come have your heart warmed.

Hope Center

  • Thanks to those of you who have generously donated items to hope.  Others are so blessed by your generosity.  You meet needs in the lives of others.
  • Don’t forget to check your winter clothing for the things you will not be able to wear this year.  Someone else may benefit from your discarded clothing.
  • If you can volunteer to work on a regular schedule (Ex. – Every Wednesday afternoon), please let me know.  It certainly helps with the scheduling.


Devotional, Scripture, and a Song

Thanks for giving of your time today to read and to pray.

Anna Lee

Tuesday Evening

         Susan Rimes

Susan’s surgery went well.  One section of the thyroid was easily and quickly removed.  Susan will stay overnight before returning to Kentwood tomorrow.

Mallory Hatchel

Mallory continues to improve.  We are very thankful for good news tonight.  Please continue to pray.  Friends and associates have been wonderful to the family. Thanks to all of you!



“I give thanks to my God for every remembrance of you,

always praying with joy for all of you in my every prayer,

because of your partnership in the gospel

from the first day until now.”

~Philippians 1:3-5, HCSB~

Thanks for praying each day.

Please pray for Susan Rimes as she has surgery at 2:40 this afternoon at North Oaks.  She will be hospitalized overnight with plans to come home tomorrow.

Pray for Betty Simpson.  She has pulled a muscle in her back.  She home, but it just takes time to get over a problem like this.  Pray for Betty during this time.

Reminder:  Young at Heart at NZBC at 10:30 this morning.  Enjoy Yvonne Curtis’ beautiful singing.

Thankfulness: Day 18 – Caregivers!  If you have been ill or had a relative or friend who had a medical problem, you know they always have a primary caregiver, paid or unpaid, relative or no relation, part time or full time.  The caregiver is often behind the scenes and not desiring of attention, but so essential to the health of someone else.  I have known some wonderful caregivers.  They work long hours and serve as needed to do more tasks than you can imagine.  I thank God for caregivers who help other live a better quality life and more days than they would without the caregiver.

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Tuesday – Operation Christmas Child – Shoebox Collection Day #2

Devotional, Scripture, and a Song

Stay warm!  Spend part of this day praying and  doing for others (physical, emotional, spiritual needs).
Anna Lee

Monday Evening

Nicholas Anthony Saladino

Born: October 03, 1924
Died: November 16, 2014

Dr. Sara Louise Foulks

Born: January 22, 1930
Died: November 16, 2014

Evelyn Ruth Bennett

Born: October 31, 1927
Died: November 16, 2014

Monday Addition

Former Kentwood mayor, Mr. Nick Salidino, passed away yesterday.  I’ll post an obituary when it is available.

Thankfulness: Day 17 – Today, I am thankful for memories.  As a teacher, I have many.  The memory of former students, co-workers, and families is so special to me.  At the football game Friday night, David told someone we were there to see “grandchildren”, the children of some of my former students.  That’s the way it is with us living far from our children and their families and with no football players “on the radar”.   One of my special memories is of a young man who came to me twice with a medical issue that led me to call the Salidino family.  Later, upon moving I began to see the Salidino family periodically, and as recently as a couple weeks ago at The Cafe.  I’m thankful for knowing so many students and their families.  It’s a blessing to a retired teacher to think back, not about the subjects I loved to teach, but the people I know because of being a teacher.  I’m richly blessed.


“My heart’s desire and prayer to God

concerning them is for their salvation!”

~Romans 10:1, HCSB~

This is the greatest decision any person could ever make!

I’m so thankful to be able to report that Joe Easley was at Sunday School and church (NZBC) yesterday.   He even was able to be in the choir.  I know there were many people thanking God as for the progress Joe has made.  Joe and his family were surely saying “Thank-you” the loudest!

Mallory is back in the burn unit in Richmond.  We are so thankful the family is right where God placed them this year.  What a blessing it is for her to receive such specialized treatment.  She continues to take everything in stride.  She’s a real inspiration!

This is the week for Operation Christmas Child Shoebox collections to be turned in.  All those boxes will be on the way for little children soon.  I thank God for knowing each box is an opportunity to introduce a child to Jesus.  Pray with me that many of the children will be saved because of the boxes packed in many churches, schools, etc.

I have two announcements to share.

  1. Young at Heart will be at 10:30 Tuesday at New Zion Baptist Church.  Mrs. Yvonne Curtis will be the guest musician.  Young at Heart is for the senior adults in this area. You will be welcomed and blessed by being there.
  2. David and I invite you to our cabin for the Third Thursday gathering this week at 6:30. Young and old are invited to join us.

Devotional, Scripture, and a Song

  • “Defeated Adversary” –
  • Be sober, be vigilant;                                                                                     because your adversary the devil                                                         walks about like a roaring lion,                                                             seeking whom he may devour.                                                                                                                   ~1 Peter 5:8~
  • “Day by Day” –

(This great hymn was written over a hundred years ago.  It is still so meaningful to us because God doesn’t change.  He is just as faithful to us today as he was to those who lived when the hymn was first written, played, and sung.  We are all so much better because of God’s faithfulness to us!)

May you be a witness of God’s faithfulness this week.  May you see Him all around you.

Anna Lee