Category Archives: Family


“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~


Gail Morris Smith began her chemotherapy yesterday.  Please pray for her and for her family as they stick with her.

Mr. Harlon Toney is doing well.  He has an appointment on the 19th.  Thank you for praying for this man.

Sandy Wilcox went home from the hospital and is trying to eat.  She may have the needed tests later when she gets stronger.

Charlsee Hawkins, another classmate, has pneumonia.  Please pray she recovers completely soon.


Bridgett Frazier Denicola

May 20, 1979 – January 9, 2017

John Quincy Wheat

November 19, 1934 – January 7, 2017

Jesse James Grice, Sr.

May 14, 1937 – January 10, 2017

Debbra Raborn Smith

April 16, 1960 – January 09, 2017

Bible Reading Plan – Genesis 35-37 and Psalm 11
Associational WMU Meeting
  • Monday, January 16
  • Memorial service for ladies who served in WMU
  • East Fork Baptist Church
  • 10 A.M.
  • Potluck lunch to follow


“Just as our bodies have many parts

and each part has a special function,

so it is with Christ’s body.

We are many parts of one body,

and we all belong to each other.”

~Romans 12:4-5 NLT, 2nd Ed.~

“Serve the Lord with Gladness”


Last night, David and I met a lady who gladly told us she attends church every Sunday morning, Sunday evening, and Wednesday evening.  She is 91 years old!  She lives a life that has served and is serving with gladness,

Anna Lee



On coming to the house,

they saw the child with his mother Mary,

and they bowed down and worshiped him.

Then they opened their treasures

and presented him with gifts of gold,


and myrrh.  

And having been warned in a dream

not to go back to Herod,

they returned to their country by another route.

~Matthew 2:11-12~

Hymn of the Day – “We Three Kings”


Remember the Don Alexander family in your prayers.  Contact Dawson Primes to help.

(This fire was at the location of the site of where David and I lived our from 1967-1970, long before the house was built.)


William Joseph “Billy” Guzzardo
Robert “Bob” Lee Holmes


Scripture Writing – Philipians 2:9-12

Article shared by our son-in-law, Boyd

I think there is a message/opportunity for all of us here.

Children in Action and other regular services for adults and youth will be held tonight at FBC, Kentwood.  I’m looking forward to seeing the children at 6 P.M.


What does God have planned for you today?

Anna Lee




Wednesday, Part 2

In my haste, I did not publish part 1 for today.  I just realized that.  Better late than never!


David and I got to see our grandson, Braden Alford, receive the Eagle Scout Honor last night.  We were so thankful David got permission to travel there after months of not being able to do so.  God’s timing was perfect!


Scripture Writing – Day 14 – Matthew 1:21-25

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Mission Opportunities for Students – “Bring the Savior to the Slum” –


“Joy to the World”

I hope that despite any losses, sadness, or problems you may have in your life, you can still find the JOY of JESUS!

Anna Lee


“You will all be joined together,

and you will give glory to God

the Father of our Lord Jesus Christ.

Christ accepted you,

so you should accept each other,

which will bring glory to God.”

~Romans 15:6-7 NCV~


Mr. Philip Harrell has his ups and downs.  Today, he did not feel his best.  Please pray for him and “Miss” Annie Bell.

The Harrells said their son-in-law’s mother in Johnson Station, MS had a stroke overnight.  Earlier this week she had her children pray that she would spend Christmas in heaven this year.  That surely sounds like a lady who is ready to “go home”.  Please pray for Don Yarborough and his family.

Update on Mrs. Anne Hurst:

Anne Hurst met with the Doctor again on Friday because of a poor health week at home.  More test made and new prescriptions.   Praying for a better week ahead.  She asks for continued prayer.

Those of us who were not affected by the flooding in August and who do not travel in those areas can go on with our lives as usual.  That’s not true for everyone though.  I’m reminded of some friends who are hoping to be in their home for Christmas.  Tonight, we learned that David’s brother and sister-in-law will get a temporary trailer before Christmas.  They are still sleeping in a camper on the back of a pick-up.  It was their way to stay close to their house.  I also recently heard there are still people who are living in tents.  It is good to hear of improving conditions for some of them and wonderful to hear of groups who are still helping individuals, churches, schools, etc.  What can I do to help?  What can you do to help?  What are we willing to do?


Two Baptist Press stories I want to point out to you:

  1. “Gatlinburg fire suspects elicit churches’ sympathy” –
  2. “Journey to pastorate included jail time for Fla. pastor” –

Special Dates

  • 14th – Birthday Party for Jesus in Children’s Missions (6 P.M.)
  • 15th – Third Thursday at the Cabin (6:30 P.M.)
  • 18th – Cantata music by adults and children – 6 P.M.
  • 20th – “Young” Ladies’ Birthday Party at The Cafe (11 A.M.)
  • 21st – Church-wide Christmas Caroling (5 P.M.)
  • 24th – Christmas Eve Service (5:30 P.M.)
  • 25th – No services at FBC


Lottie Moon Christmas Offering

The tree is up in the sanctuary.  Red and green ornaments will be placed on the tree as money is received.  When we accomplish our goal, the next ornaments will be gold and represent gifts toward our Hallelujah goal.


Since there is a focus on missions, Lottie Moon Christmas Offering, this month, I’ve chosen a Christmas Carol that tells us to go and tell, two of the components of missions.

“Go, Tell It on the Mountain”


 “Go, Tell It on the Mountain”!

Anna Lee





“Every good gift and every perfect gift is from above,

and comes down from the Father of lights,

with whom there is no variation

or shadow of turning.”

~James 1:17 NKJV~


David had three good doctor visits in the last week.  I told you Dr. O’Sullivan, the retina specialist, said David’s eyes looked the best he has seen since we started there.  Monday, David saw Dr. Paddock to get a lens prescription for the right eye.  Glasses will be ready in a couple weeks.  Wednesday, he saw the heart electro physiologist who did the heart ablations.  If David has one more good visit, in three months, he will be released by that doctor.  Thanking God for traveling this journey with us and carrying us when we had those days when the medical reports were so difficult to hear.  We knew there would be more good days and thankfully, David is driving again, able to lift more, etc.  How wonderful it is to get to this phase of life at the Christmas season!

I need to report that David and I delivered 639 stamped Christmas cards from Kentwood and Spring Creek churches to the Tangipahoa Parish Jail Wednesday.  While waiting for someone to come out to us, a lady who came in shortly after us commented on my purse (that I had made for Momma).  Later. she heard us talking to the prison employee about the cards.  As we turned to leave, she very sincerely thanked us for providing the cards so the inmates can write to their family members.  She was there to turn in some paperwork.  Apparently, one of her children is an inmate.  She was so appreciative of the cards you helped to provide.  I will remember her comments as I affix stamps to cards next year and in the years to come.  (Remember, right after Christmas is a good time to get some religious Christmas cards for next year.) . What a blessing it was to meet her and to see through to a mother’s heart!  Thanks-you to all who provided cards or stamps for this mission project.

Yesterday, FBC Kentwood provided Christmas and a devotional for the residents of Kentwood Manor.  Another group will be going on the 21st at 5 P.M.  Please join us!




“And they devoted themselves to . . . prayer . . . And every day the Lord added to them those who were being saved”.                                                                                        ~Acts 2:42, 47~

“O Come, All Ye Faithful”


Now is the time for the faithful of the Lord to “share the good news that Christ was born”!

Anna Lee




But be sure to fear the LORD

and serve him faithfully with all your heart;

consider what great things he has done for you.

~1 Samuel 12:24~


New Baby! – Tanner Cayle Miller, son of Josh and Nikki, was born at 9:45 yesterday morning.  He weighed 6 lb. 13 oz. and is 20 in. long.  His big brother is excited!


Coach Elton Shaw came home last night. Please pray for him as he continues to improve.

Mrs. Anne Hurst also came home.  Ten days was a long stay for her.  Pray for her continued health.

David received another good report yesterday!  We are so thankful!  The doctor was as excited for David as we were.  God was given all the credit.

Jean Gunnells Trout

August 22, 1944 – December 02, 2016


Spring Creek Baptist Church will present “Meeting at the Manger” tomorrow morning at 11 A.M.  You are invited to attend.  It’s always a blessing to see children in a Christmas program.

Two Rivers WMU will have their annual Lottie Moon Tea at FBC, Kentwood Sunday afternoon at 2 P.M. for all ladies from 3 to 103.  You are invited to come begin the Week of Prayer for International Missions with us.


Scripture Writing – Isaiah 11:1-5 –


Then Jesus declared, “I am the bread of life. Whoever comes to me will never go hungry, and whoever believes in me will never be thirsty. — John 6:35 (NIV)

“Come Thou Long-Expected Jesus”


Do something today that will impact a life forever.

Anna Lee



I will give thanks to the LORD

because of his righteousness;

I will sing the praises

of the name of the LORD Most High.

~Psalm 7:17~

Mrs. Margaret Callihan is now hospitalized in North Oaks where she will possibly have surgery next week.  Please keep her in your prayers.

Tomorrow morning, the ladies of Pine Ridge will host their monthly breakfast.  Donations will be used to help a family in need.
Thankfulness, Day 26 – Today, I’m thankful for the freedom of worship we have and all the area churches that have impacted my life or the life of my ancestors.  There is great joy in going into the church where your family attended and served three or four generations ago.  It helps you connect with people you didn’t know.  I’m thankful to say my family has a rich history of church service, which I hope I’m passing down to my descendants.  I have made several meaningful church connections since we moved to the Pine Ridge community.
Scripture WritingPsalm 118:8-14
Homebound Video Ministry – If you know of church members who are unable to attend church, please give me their names.  Thank-you!
“Let the little children come to Me, and don’t stop them, because the kingdom of God belongs to such as these.”                                                                                           ~Luke 18:16b~
“Jesus Loves the Little Children”



Have a wonderful weekend!

Anna Lee


And whatever you do, whether in word or deed,

do it all in the name of the Lord Jesus,

giving thanks to God the Father through him.

~ Colossians 3:17 (NIV) ~


Thankfulness, Day 25 – I’m thankful for our cabin.  It’s been home to family, holiday celebrations, church meetings, Third Thursday gatherings, garden clubs, birthdays celebrations, anniversaries, teacher meetings, and more.  Most gathering were good, but some were sad.  God was here for all of them.  We are blessed with this special place. Thank-you, God, for allowing us to have this special building.  May you allow us to use it much more.


Scripture WritingPsalm 118: 1-7

Friday Morning Bible Study will meet as usual today.


Baptist Press bpnews,net

Louisiana Baptist Message –


And whatever you do, whether in word or deed, do it all in the name of the Lord Jesus, giving thanks to God the Father through him.                                    ~ Colossians 3:17 (NIV)~

“Precious Name” 


Take that “Precious Name” with you wherever you go today.

Anna Lee



Oh give thanks to the Lord, for he is good,

for his steadfast love endures forever!

~Psalm 107:1 (ESV)~


And whatever you do, in word or deed,

do everything in the name of the Lord Jesus,

giving thanks to God the Father through him.

~Colossians 3:17 RSV~


Mrs. Hazel Allen is now hospitalized.  As you pray for her, please pray for her family.

David Bryant

Today & everyday I’m thankful for my family and friends who have Prayed, messaged , called and visited me at the hospital and rehabs. It’s been a long and very emotional 5months but it’s getting better every day. If anyone has to say they almost died twice in 2 months I can be the one. God spared my life twice and kept me around for a reason. Thank you all and it not over yet but I’m getting there. My parents house is being remodeled due to the flood and it been very emotional for them also.

Thankfulness, Day 24 – Today I am thankful for memories of holiday traditions.  It is easy to ponder my family traditions, both when I was a child and when my children were growing up.  David and I have enjoyed large family gatherings and wonderful food.  It doesn’t matter what the traditions have been, it’s okay to make new ones.  I’m thankful that my family overseas can have a traditional holiday with other Americans and my Georgia family never wants for company, family or otherwise.


Scripture WritingJames 1:17-18

Baptist Press

Happy Thanksgiving!


Friday Morning Bible Study

  • 10 A.M. in the Fellowship Hall
  • John 12


Please give me a call if you have any names for the Homebound Video Services from FBC, K.  I need two things,

  1. Name with phone number
  2. Are they presently set up to watch videos and able to use their equipment?



Have a wonderful holiday, no matter how or where you celebrate.  It’s not about food or family.  It’s about God!

Anna Lee




Enter his gates with thanksgiving and his courts with praise;

give thanks to him and praise his name.

For the LORD is good and his love endures forever;

his faithfulness continues through all generations.

~ Psalm 100:4-5 (NIV)~

Mr. Cete Dillon also is sick.  He and “Miss” Ruby got medical care yesterday and hopefully will be able to enjoy their Thanksgiving company.

I got the Varnado name wrong yesterday.  It is Maxine Varnado.  I have not heard how her procedure went yesterday.

David and I visited the St. Helena Hospital and Nursing Home yesterday.  We saw four sweet ladies.  Two, Mrs. Juanita Pritchett and Mrs. Grace Chadwick, are from Roseland were we grew up,  Two, Mrs. Margaret Callihan and Miss Shira Easley, are from Kentwood.  We had four great visits and are so glad we made those visits.  Believe it or now, they made us feel better!  All four are improving.  “Miss” Grace will be 95 Sunday!

I have another update on the Operation Christmas Child shoeboxes. The 1,126 boxes collected or dropped off in Kentwood were added to those from the surrounding area in Hammond.  The new total was 13, 786.  Those shoeboxes filled two trucks and part of another one.  They may be at their next destination already.

“Young” Ladies’ Birthday Party – Yesterday, we had eleven ladies present including two birthday ladies.  We had a great time.

Friday Morning Bible study will be in John 12.  Feel free to join us at 10:00.

Children in Action WILL meet tonight at 6 P.M.  I love to teach missions to these precious boys and girls.

Scripture WritingLamentations 3:22-27 (Because of the Lord’s great Love, ….)

Baptist Press

“Above all these put on love, which binds everything together in perfect harmony. And let the peace of Christ rule in your hearts, to which indeed you were called in one body. And be thankful.”                                                                            ~Colossians 3:14-15, ESV~

“Count Your Blessings”

Thankfulness, Day 23 – Today, I’m thankful for transportation.  Some of my ancestors lived on this land four generations ago.  When I consider it takes 15 minutes to get to Kentwood today and longer to get to many other places we travel,  I am so thankful for my vehicle and the roads we travel on.

Anna Lee