Category Archives: Operation Christmas Child


As a shepherd looks after his scattered flock

when he is with them,

so will I look after my sheep.

I will rescue them from all the places

where they were scattered

on a day of clouds and darkness.



Jerry Lindsay had back surgery yesterday.  The procedure went well.  The recovery will be long.  Keep him and his caregivers in your prayers.

Larry Hendry had rotator cuff surgery yesterday.  Keep him in your prayers as he recovers.

Sandy Wilcox Toney,  a high-school classmate and friend, is sick again.  Please pray for Sandy.  He husband. Doug Toney, has been on our prayer list for a long time, but now is much better.



Operation Christmas Child has send word that some of our shoeboxes were sent to the Philippines.  That interesting to know.


Scripture WritingTitus 3:3-7



“I have told you these things, so that in me you may have peace.

In this world you will have trouble.

But take heart! I have overcome the world.”

~ John 16:33 (NIV) ~

“All the Thrills My Soul is Jesus”


Friday Morning Bible Study at 10:00 today!


Have a wonderful day by being a blessing to someone!

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, ….)

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“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


Let us come before him with thanksgiving

and extol him with music and song.

For the LORD is the great God,

the great King above all gods.

~Psalm 95:2-3~


Please add Mrs. Ruby Dillon to your prayer list.  She has a very bad cough that she is trying to get rid of.

Sandy Bennett Morgan‘s blood count dropped again.

Asking for a few more prayers. Platelets dropped back down under 10,000. Had transfusion today and have to go tomorrow morning for 4 hour IV med to coat spleen. Med has lots of adverse side effects. Praying I get through it without any major issues.

J.D. Smith may possibly be released from the hospital today.  Pray for his recovery.

Mrs. Wilma Welch asked that we pray for Mrs. Marine Varnado of Spring Creek who will be receiving a stent today in Lake View hospital in Covington.


Scripture WritingPsalm 9: 1-2, 7-12


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Thankful, Day 22 – Today, I’m thankful for heat in my home in the winter and cool air in the summer.  As I write, my heater is running and my computer says it is 33 degrees outside.  I’m sure many of you share this thankfulness.


“Young” Ladies Birthday Party 

  • Honors ladies with November birthdays
  • 11 A.M. this morning at The Cafe

Children in Action

  • Missions class for children
  • Tomorrow night from 6:00 – 7:00



Let the peace of Christ rule in your hearts, since as members of one body you were called to peace. And be thankful.                                                                                ~Colossians 3:15 (NIV)~

“In Times Like These”


Pray for all the “shoeboxes” that were packed in our homes, schools, and churches.  They will be making a long truck ride as their next step in getting to boys and girls.


It’s time to look forward to rain tomorrow.  Some areas of our country are much dryer than we are.  Let’s pray they receive rain too.

Anna Lee







Operation Christmas Child Report and Death Notice

The final report from our FBC, Kentwood Drop-Off Location for “shoeboxes”.

  • 18 church/individuals contributed
  • 12 volunteers worked 154 hours during the past week
  • 1126 shoeboxes were shipped in 61 cartons

I’m thankful to each person who helped in the collection/packing of 325 shoeboxes at FBC, Kentwood.  I appreciate those who worked this week.  The drop-off location was new to us.  We learned how we can improve for the future.  It was good to know how much we got right the first year.

May God bless each of you and each boy or girl who receives a shoebox.  May they learn about Jesus partially because of the great efforts of all of you.



Elmer Ray White

July 27, 1939 – November 20, 2016

Please pray for this family.


But I, with shouts of grateful praise,

will sacrifice to you.

What I have vowed I will make good.

I will say, ‘Salvation comes from the LORD.’ ”


David Brabham told us that Stan Willians did okay with his first two treatments.  He’ll be at MD Anderson this week for round three.  Please continue to pray all goes well.

Pray for Buddy Waller as he sees his surgeon tomorrow.


Scripture WritingPsalm 107:28-32



OCC Drop-Off ends this morning.  If you have any “shoeboxes” to send this week, please turn them in at 9:00 or shortly after that.  Boxes will be closed up and sent off to their next stop.  Boxes at FBC, Kentwood will be picked up at 10:00 this morning.  Thank-you to all the individuals, groups, and churches who packed a box.


The Community Thanksgiving Service at the Kentwood United Methodist Church last night was wonderful.  Thanks to all who attended and all who participated.  The full house was great to see.


Children in Action WILL meet Wednesday night from 6:00 – 7:00.


Thankfulness, Day 21 – Today, I am thankful for my computer and for my computer expert, Jason.  Without them, I wouldn’t be typing this morning.


I always thank my God for you because of his grace given you in Christ Jesus.

For in him you have been enriched in every way—

with all kinds of speech and with all knowledge—

                                                                                                   ~1 Corinthians 1:4-5 (NIV)~


“Count Your Blessings”


Thanks to all those who turned in stamps for Christmas cards.  I put stamps on about 200 envelopes last night.  Today, I will be purchasing more stamps for more cards.  I know the cards will make a difference in some lives by giving prisoners the opportunity to communicate with family members during this special time of year.

Anna Lee







Give thanks in all circumstances;

for this is God’s will for you in Christ Jesus.

~1 Thessalonians 5:18~


A new baby was born Friday, making our friends Matt and Shea first time grandparents.  I’m sure many of you will remember when Drew was born when they were living in Kentwood.  It seems like yesterday.  Now the next generation has started.

Matt and I are thrilled to announce the birth of our first grandchild, Caleb Judson Williams, who was born Friday evening to Drew and Morgan. We were able to skype with him a little while ago. He was rather bored and slept through the entire time, but we understand. 🙂 His parents kept us entertained instead. Dec. 5th can’t come soon enough for these two grandparents. His aunts (Lindsey and Melody) are pretty excited, too. Let the spoiling begin!

Thankfulness, Day 20 – I’m thankful for the first six days of collecting Operation Christmas Child “shoeboxes”.  It was pure joy receiving each box.  It was also a joy to get to spend sweet time with others as we waited.  I’m looking forward to collecting a few more today and them sending the boxes to their next destination in the morning.  I’m thankful for the first Drop-off week at FBC, Kentwood.  I am so anxious for the boxes to be in the hand of the boys and girls.



Thom S.


“Make allowance for each other’s faults, and forgive anyone who offends you. Remember, the Lord forgave you, so you must forgive others                                                                                                                                                       (Colossians 3:13 NLT, 2nd ed.)

“Christ Receiveth Sinful Men”


Community Thanksgiving Service

  • 5:30 this afternoon at the Kentwood United Methodist Church
  • Fellowship to follow


“Young” Ladies’ Birthday Party

  • Tuesday morning at 11:00
  • The Cafe
  • Honors ladies with November birthdays


Children in Action

  • Wednesdays at 6 P.M.
  • L-wing of FBC
  • Boys and girls from 3 to 5th grade


Friday Morning Bible Study

  • John 12
  • 10 A.M. in fellowship hall


Sunday School

  • A class for everyone
  • 9:45 A.M.


Have a wonderful Lord’s Day.  Enjoy the cooler temperatures.  The heaters at the church have all been checked out this week, so don’t let the cooler temperatures keep you away.

Anna Lee



The LORD is slow to anger but great in power;

the LORD will not leave the guilty unpunished.

His way is in the whirlwind and the storm,

and clouds are the dust of his feet


Rev. James Woodrow Sessions
  • December 7, 1937 – November 17, 2016
  • Valdese, North Carolina
  • Heritage Funeral Home


Thankfulness: Day 19 – I’m thankful FBC, Kentwood was chosen to be a collection site for Operation Christmas Child.  It has been a rewarding week.  Now, bring your boxes in.  You only have two more days.  If you haven’t packed any boxes yet, come by and pick up a box to two and pack them today.  You will have a rewarding feeling in your heart as you select the items that will go in your box.  Help introduce some children to Jesus!


Scripture WritingPsalm 28: 6-9



“And this is my prayer: that your love may abound more and more in knowledge and depth of insight, so that you may be able to discern what is best and may be pure and blameless for the day of Christ, filled with the fruit of righteousness that comes through Jesus Christ — to the glory and praise of God.”                                 ~Philippians 1:9-11 NIV~

“To God be the Glory”


Have a wonderful weekend!

Anna Lee








“. . . The urgent request of a righteous person

is very powerful in its effect.”

~James 5:16 HCSB~


Please pray for Buddy Waller today as he sees a surgery to set up surgery.  I think he will be appreciative of our prayers.

A number of people are undergoing medical testing.  Pray for this group of people.

David got a better report from the retina specialist Friday.  He is seeing better.  The retinas are remaining attached.  Swelling is going down in the left eye. The doctor cleared him for driving.  David is enjoying that freedom again.  The doctor also gave him permission to travel to higher elevation, so we will be able to travel to GA for our 14 year old grandson, Braden’s, eagle scout ceremony.  We are thanking God for healing and you for praying.


Scripture Writing 2 Corinthians 9:10-12


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Operation Christmas Child Drop-Off at FBC, Kentwood has now collected 851 shoeboxes.  We will be open through Sunday for those of you who are still packing “shoeboxes”.  Monday, out boxes will travel to the regional location in Hammond.


The church services are now being videoed for our new video ministry to the homebound.  The first videos will be delivered next month.  If you are aware of a homebound person who is interested, please call the church office with the name.  Thank-you!

Christmas stamps are being collected for Christmas cards we already have.  They will be delivered to local prisoners in December.  The deadline for turning in stamps is December 4th.  Thank-you to those who have already given money or stamps.

Children in Action will meet next Wednesday at 6 P.M. as usual.  Last night, we had a great time working on a craft, learning about a missionary family, practicing praying, and preparing an invitation to share with a friend.

The next “Young” Ladies’ Birthday Party will be Tuesday, November 22nd at 11 A.M.  All ladies are invited to join us there.


There will be a Community Thanksgiving Service Sunday, November 20th at the Kentwood Methodist Church at 5:30 P.M.  Fellowship will follow in the fellowship hall.


Your word is a lamp for my feet, a light on my path.                                                                                                                                          ~ Psalm 119:105 (NIV)~

“Wonderful Words of Life”


Thankfulness, Day 17 – Today, I’m thankful to add more years to my teaching career though Sunday School, Missions, Bible Study, etc.  I’ve shifted from a full-time teacher and Sunday School teacher to being able to teach regularly in various aspects of my church.  It’s my calling.  I love it!

Third Thursday at the Cabin – Tonight is the night!  6:30 is the time.  We hope to see many of you.

Anna Lee




2 My Father’s house has many rooms;

if that were not so,

would I have told you that I am going there

to prepare a place for you?

3 And if I go and prepare a place for you,

I will come back and take you to be with me

that you also may be where I am.

4 You know the way to the place where I am going.”

~John 14:2-4~



Jeanna Lee-Newton is better.  Her mother, Brenda Russell, thanks you for your continued prayers.

Robin Miller Jordan’s husband, Patrick, was released from rehab to go home.  Thank God for this wonderful news.

Pray for our country as we transition to a new administration.


Sharon Rohner Needham

March 21, 1948 – November 13, 2016


Shared by Butch Reviere –

My father-in-law, Rev. Willie J. Passman (a veteran of the Korean era) was received into the presence of our Heavenly Father just after 4pm yesterday, Nov. 14th. Visitation will be at Crain’s Funeral Home here in Franklinton Thursday from 5 til 9 and the celebration of his life and his Savior will be at Acy’s Creek Baptist Church Friday at 11:00am.


Thankfulness, Day 16 – Today, I’m thankful to have taught school so many, forty, years and to have hopefully impacted some knowledge, values, and Christian influence on hundreds of students.  It brings me great joy to see those students now and to get a hug and an update on their lives.


Scripture Writing2 Corinthians 9:6-9




Open my eyes that I may see wonderful things in your law.                                                                                                                                              ~Psalm 119:18 (NIV)~

“Open My Eyes that I May See”


You can drop-off your OCC “Shoeboxes” at FBC, Kentwood from 9 A..M. – 5 P.M.

Children in Action, missions class for children from 3 years -5th grade, meets on Wednesdays at 6 P.M. in the L-wing of FBC, Kentwood

Third Thursday at the Cabin – 6:30 tomorrow night
Friday Morning Bible Study – 10 A.M. in the Fellowship Hall of FBC, Kentwood


NEW – We are working on beginning a video ministry to the homebound members of FBC,K next month.  If you know of any one who might enjoy viewing our church services, please contact the church office or me.  We will need to know if you have equipment to show a video.


May God use each of us to be a blessing to others today.

Anna Lee



Surely your goodness and love

will follow me all the days of my life,

and I will dwell in the house of the LORD forever.

~Psalm 23:6~


Wonderful reports!

  • Sherman Cutrer‘s heart corrected itself.  He is back home.
  • Sandy B. Morgan‘s platelets are improving enough she is out of bleeding danger and has been allowed to go home.
  • Thank you, Lord!

The Operation Christmas Child Drop-Off Station collected boxes from seven groups/individuals yesterday.  We had plenty of help during the day.  The slow time between visits gave us the opportunity to visit.  I must say Day One was a success because of all the shoeboxes that are on the way to a boy or girl somewhere who may never have received a gift before or heard of Jesus.  I’m looking forward to Day Two!

Thankfulness Day 15:  I must say how thankful I am for Samaritan’s Purse and its Operation Christmas Child.  David and I have seen the gifts and delivery people as they traveled overseas, the gifts actually being delivered, and the workers as they traveled home.  I can only imagine how lives of boys and girls have been changed.  I’m sure many heard about Jesus and His love for the first time.

The Friday Morning Bible Study will complete John 11 this week.  Handouts will be available for the next chapter.  See you at 10:00.



Scripture WritingPsalm 147:1-7


Third Thursday at the Cabin – Come join us at 6:30 for our monthly gathering.  We love to have our friends here and love to make new friends.


Trouble and distress have come upon me, but your commands give me delight.                                                                                                                                         ~ Psalm 119:143 (NIV)~ 

(We can delight in the Lord despite our troubles!)

“Jesus is Coming Soon”


Knowing that Jesus is going to come soon should guide our footsteps today and every day!

Anna Lee