Category Archives: Third Thursday


Remember the wonders he has done,

his miracles,

and the judgments he pronounced.

Mrs. Estelle Raborn is home again from North Oaks.  Please be in prayer for her and Mr. Bobby each day.

Pray for two of our grandchildren who will make their first international flights without their parents Monday and Tuesday.  They are very experienced travelers having flown regularly since they were babies.

Frankie L. Gehringer, Jr.

May 12, 1932 – June 09, 2017

Peggy “Peggy Sue” Mitchell Newman

November 12, 1961 – June 10, 2017

Reading the Bible – Ecc. 5-8 & Psalm 9


Thanks to those who brought red beans and rice.  They have been delivered to The Hope Center in Roseland and to God’s Storehouse in Amite.  Thank-you for helping meet emergency food needs by local families.


There will be a number of Vacation Bible Schools this week.  If you are on Facebook, you can check my posts of VBS opportunities in different area churches or you can check the posts of various churches to see when each one is having VBS this year.


It’s time to begin thinking of the 350 shoeboxes we will be packing at the end of October.  Please keep your eyes open for hairbrushes, bath soap, calculators, jump ropes, bandanas, small cars and trucks, and small dolls.  You may bring your items to me or to my classroom next to the choir room.  We will need your assistance each month for the next five months.  Let’s get busy and begin accumulating the items we will need for 350 shoeboxes.  Operation Christmas Child is part of Samaritan’s Purse which is under the leadership of Rev. Franklin Graham.  Let’s do our part in accumulating and packing items.  In November, our church will again be a collection site for area churches, clubs, and individuals.  We have ladies available to shop for you if you want to help financially.  I will give you another list of items in about six weeks.


There will be no Third Thursday meeting this week or in the next two months.  We will resume the Third Thursday of September.  I will be happy to share my piano for some sweet hymn singing by everyone.


Have a wonderful Monday.  Remember, to love your neighbor as yourself today.

Anna Lee


Greater love has no one than this:

to lay down one’s life for one’s friends


I forgot to share David‘s good news from Friday afternoon.  His eyes are doing great!  The retina specialist said he was graduating David to six months without an appointment.

Speaking of graduating, Mallory did that yesterday, but we did not get to watch it.  The church did not have the wi-fi necessary.  We did see a few pictures and hope to hear a report from the family today.

There have been a couple of area deaths, but I’m waiting for obituaries from the funeral home before I share them.


Read the Bible today – Ecc. 9-12 & Psalm 10


Vacation Bible School is available at several churches today/this week for your children/grandchildren.


Bible Drill class for children will be tonight at 6 P.M.


There will be no Third Thursday Gatherings this summer, but we will resume in September.  I do have my piano in the cabin thanks to a wonderful group of young, strong friends from church.  I’ll be looking forward to a good ole hymn singing time.  Come with a list of favorites!


Have a blessed Lord’s Day!

Anna Lee






… to them I will give within my temple and its walls

a memorial and a name

better than sons and daughters;

I will give them an everlasting name

that will endure forever.


Today, our oldest granddaughter  will graduate from Christian International School of Prague at 11:30 A.M. (our time).  This will be a big step for her as she leaves Prague in a couple of days to come stateside for the summer and then go to Baylor University for her first semester.  It also will be a tremendous change for her parents and siblings as the family unit of everyday life will be broken as the first child leaves home.  As you pray for her, please pray for her parents and siblings.


VBS ended with a loud bang and lots of energy at FBC, Kentwood last night.  We are so thankful for all the children who attended and pray their lives were enriched. We were blessed by many wonderful volunteers, adults and youth, who made every activity possible.  Parents were faithful in getting their children to the church each day.  There was great success when everyone worked together.  We were blessed to have children make decisions that will change their lives eternally.  I would gladly start again Monday because there was so much that I personally gained to.  Each private conversation and hug meant so much to me.  It was a blessing when they told what they learned.  Yes,  hearts were certainly touched this week.


The Third Thursday gatherings will be on hold until September.  This is the first summer break we have ever taken, but our family activities and company schedule is more complicated this year.  I always look forward to the next gathering and realize that if we wait until September for our next meeting I will really have high expectations for that gathering.


Bible Reading for Today – Ecclesiastes 1-4 , Psalm 8, and video on Ecclesiastes found at


Today, please pray for those on your personal prayer list.

Anna Lee


Children, obey your parents in everything,

for this pleases the Lord.


Pray for Shea Williams as she has gall bladder surgery today in Jackson.

Pray for Bobby Spinks and others from the NOBTS who will be on a mission trip.  Thank-you to the WMU ladies who collected items for him to share while in the area of the Amazon River.


We will be having lots of company from overseas this summer, so a decision has been made not to have the Third Thursday gathering again until September.  In other words, we will not meet this summer.


Bible Reading for today – Job 38-39 & Psalm 145.


The “cough” has attacked me.  Pray I win and soon!

Anna Lee


“Now faith is confidence in what we hope for

and assurance about what we do not see.

This is what the ancients were commended for.”

~Hebrews 11:1-2 NIV~


The “Cete” Dillons are home!  “Miss” Ruby has come a long way in a week and a half.  Thank God for her progress.

Pray for Linda K. Graves of the East For community and Mandeville.  She will not be able to sing for us at the cabin tonight.  We’ll miss her.  Pray she has a good day.

Pray for Carol Jean Conerly as she undergoes some medical tests.

Pray for Bobbie Magee as she continues to improve.  Cards and phone calls would also be appreciated.

Andy and Betty Taylor are both improving.  Please keep praying for them.



Mike Goings, brother of Deborah Bales, passed away yesterday.  Please pray for his family.



Read the Bible – Zephaniah, Psalm 134, and video on Zephaniah found at



God is not unjust;

he will not forget your work

and the love you have shown him

as you have helped his people

and continue to help them.

~Hebrews 6:10 (NIV)~

“Serve the Lord with Gladness”



Third Thursday at the Cabin at 6:30 tonight!

Anna Lee



“And afterward, I will pour out my Spirit on all people.

Your sons and daughters will prophesy,

your old men will dream dreams,

your young men will see visions.

Even on my servants, both men and women,

I will pour out my Spirit in those days.


Rylin Wilkinson, who fractured his skull last Wednesday night, was released from the hospital yesterday.  Please keep praying for him and his mother.

Please continue to pray for the Cete Dillon family.


Children in Action (Missions class) will meet tonight at 6 P.M.

Third Thursday at the Cabin meets tomorrow night at 6:30 P.M.


I will sing about the LORD’s faithful love forever;

I will proclaim Your faithfulness to all generations with my mouth.

~Psalm 89:1 HCSB~

“Great is Thy Faithfulness”



Read the Bible – Habakkuk. Psalm 133, and video “Habakkuk” at


It’s my prayer that this site will encourage you and guide you as you pray for others.

Anna Lee


But as for me, I am filled with power,

with the Spirit of the LORD,

and with justice and might,

to declare to Jacob his transgression,

to Israel his sin.

~Micah 3:8~


Bristol Ann Smith

May 14, 2017 – May 14, 2017

Read the Bible – Nahum, Psalm 132, and video on Nahum found at
Baptist Press
The LORD your God is with you,
the Mighty Warrior who saves.
He will take great delight in you;
in his love he will no longer rebuke you,
but will rejoice over you with singing.”
~Zephaniah 3:17 (NIV)~
“Jesus Saves”
  • Lyrics –
    • We have heard the joyful sound:
      Jesus saves! Jesus saves!
      Spread the tidings all around:
      Jesus saves! Jesus saves!
      Bear the news to every land,
      Climb the mountains, cross the waves;
      Onward! ’tis our Lord’s command;
      Jesus saves! Jesus saves!
    • Waft it on the rolling tide:
      Jesus saves! Jesus saves!
      Tell to sinners far and wide:
      Jesus saves! Jesus saves!
      Sing, you islands of the sea;
      Echo back, you ocean caves;
      Earth shall keep her jubilee:
      Jesus saves! Jesus saves!
    • Sing above the battle strife:
      Jesus saves! Jesus saves!
      By His death and endless life
      Jesus saves! Jesus saves!
      Shout it brightly through the gloom,
      When the heart for mercy craves;
      Sing in triumph o’er the tomb:
      Jesus saves! Jesus saves!
    • Give the winds a mighty voice:
      Jesus saves! Jesus saves!
      Let the nations now rejoice:
      Jesus saves! Jesus saves!
      Shout salvation full and free;
      Highest hills and deepest caves;
      This our song of victory:
      Jesus saves! Jesus saves!
  • Story –
  • YouTube – (I love to hear the harmony of four-part singing.)


Third Thursday at the Cabin – This week at 6:30!  We will have Margie Williams and Kathy Dykes sings old hymns as a duet in addition to other musicians.

Enjoy the blessing all around you today.  Realize they come from God.

Anna Lee


My aim is to evangelize

where Christ has not been named,

so that I will not build on someone else’s foundation,

but, as it is written:

‘Those who were not told about Him will see,

and those who have not heard will understand.’

~Romans 15: 20-21 HCSB~


Rylin Wilkinson, great-grandson of Lea Smith, is doing well.  He was able to sit in a wheelchair.  Pray he continues to quickly recover from his “deer” accident.

Mrs. Ruby Dillon will be at North Oaks for a few more days.  Please keep praying for her. Mr. “Cete’s” cold is much better.


Read the Bible – Micah 5-7 & Psalm 131



Wednesday Nights – Children in Action (Missions) Class meets at 6:00

Sunday Nights – Bible Drill Class meets at 6 P.M.

Third Thursday at the Cabin – This week; begins at 6:30.  We will have a new duet team this week, Margie Williams and Kathy Dykes.

Friday Morning Bible Study – 10 A.M.

“Young” Ladies’ Birthday Party – Tuesday, May 23rd at 11 A.M.


Don’t worry about anything,

but in everything, through prayer and petition with thanksgiving,

let your requests be made known to God.

~Philippians 4:6 HCSB~

“I Know Who Holds Tomorrow”


Who holds your tomorrow?  

Anna Lee



David also said to Solomon his son,

“Be strong and courageous, and do the work.

Do not be afraid or discouraged,

for the LORD God, my God, is with you.

He will not fail you or forsake you until all the work

for the service of the temple of the LORD is finished.


Phillip Strickland‘s mom reported they are pleased with the surgery results.  Phillip is progressing according to expectations.  Please keep praying for Phillip and the rest of his family.

Susan Rimes has been fitted with a back brace and is adjusting to wearing it. This plan replaces the idea of having some surgery.  Pray for her as she continues to make this change.


Janie F. Ashmore

October 31, 1944 – April 19, 2017

Read the Bible – Isaiah 13-17 & Psalm 112



“Feed the hungry, and help those in trouble.

Then your light will shine out from the darkness,

and the darkness around you will be as bright as noon.

The Lord will guide you continually,

giving you water when you are dry and restoring your strength.

You will be like a well-watered garden, like an ever-flowing spring.”

~Isaiah 58:10-11 NLT, 2nd ed.~

“Serve the Lord with Gladness”


Friday Morning Bible Study – Ezekiel 6


Don’t forget to bring red beans and rice for our local mission project.  You can put them by the bin for Bibles at the church.


I always say that the Third Thursday Gathering is my favorite event of every month.  Last night was no different.  In fact, it was so good I told David it ranked as one of the very best ones yet.  We are so thankful that others come here to help make this happen.  We couldn’t do this without you.  We had a people from eight different churches including one person who was new to our gathering and one who hadn’t been here in a while.  Thank-you to everyone who blesses us by coming.

Anna Lee





Therefore confess your sins to each other

and pray for each other so that you may be healed.

The prayer of a righteous person is powerful and effective.

~James 5:16~


Phillip Strickland is in a regular room at Ochsner.  He’s still dealing with pain, but hopefully that won’t last too long.  Please pray again today.

Ora Lee WIlson learned the place on her neck is not cancer.  She is thankful and appreciates all your prayers.  Later, she will have surgery to remove it and identify it, but has decided to wait a while.

Ryan “Rufus” Williams continues to slowly improve.  Please continue to pray.

Kenneth Birth continues to deal with back pain.  Pray it eases up some.

Sam Raborn had a tractor accident.  He broke his neck and has had surgery.  Please pray for him as he recovers.  While praying, thank God the accident was not any worse.


Janie Ashmore of the New Zion Community passed away.  Please pray for her family and friends.  I’ll post an obituary when one is available.

Jewel Jeremiah Smith, Jr.

September 13, 1931 – April 18, 2017

Mrs. Helen McCoy Robertson

  • April 18, 2017
  • Frisco City, Alabama


Bible ReadingIsaiah 9-12 & Psalm 111



“Where, O death, is your victory? Where, O death, is your sting?” The sting of death is sin, and the power of sin is the law. But thanks be to God! He gives us the victory through our Lord Jesus Christ. — 1 Corinthians 15:55-57 (NIV)

“Victory in Jesus”


Third Thursday – 6:30 tonight; Spaghetti’s cooking, Guitars practiced last night, etc.  We’ll be ready!  Y’all come!  Contact me for directions.

Bible Study tomorrow morning at 10:00 – Ezekiel 6


Sunday at FBC, Kentwood – Missions March for Annie Armstrong Easter Offering and collection of red beans and rice for food pantries.  That’s in addition to numerous Sunday School classes, wonderful preaching, a nursery (every service), and welcoming members.  Contact the church at 229-8111, another member, or me for more information.

Keep your prayer like active!

Anna Lee