Wanda Smith asks that we pray for her son and daughter-in- law who is expecting. They both have Covid-19. They live in Houma.
Pray for the many others families who have family members in hospital care, rehabilitation centers, extended care facilities, living alone, living far from family members, etc. Thankfully, some of our friends have shown improvement lately. Often, the improvement comes slowly and in baby steps. Help others recognize God’s love and care, even on the most difficult days and in the most difficult situations.
Jimmy Powers, Sr.
August 18, 1942 – January 17, 2021
Read the Bible chronologically in 2021 – January 19
GENESIS 37:1-38:30 MATTHEW 12:22-45 PSALM 16:1-11 PROVERBS 3:27-32
Hope Center – Just south of Roseland on Highway 51
I learned yesterday of another friend who works there. It takes a lot of volunteers to operate and serve the people of our area. It also takes special people to give a day of each week to work there. Hope Center is open Tuesday – Friday. Drop in and check them out at their new location.
People who love God and love others find many ways to serve in our communities. Everyone can do something that is a service that is needed by others.
Make daily calls to check on those who live alone
Help with chores and personal care
Do yard work for others
Pick up groceries or medicine
Perform household tasks
Read the Bible to those who can no longer read from themselves
Do weekly laundry
Operation Christmas Child – I know I have told you it is easy to pick one item and make regular, like weekly or monthly, purchases. I know individuals who do this with items such as coloring books or small cars. This idea may work for you too. Simply, select one item and buy one or more every time you shop. Other ideas would be: calculators, scissors, flashlights, AA batteries, large erasers, highlighters, socks, underwear, stick deodorant, hair brushes, toothbrushes, notebooks, small stuffed animals, small cloth dolls, glue sticks, Dial soap, small balls, pocket folders, sewing supplies, spoons, small plastic cups or bowls, marbles, pens, markers, index cards, lip gloss, bandaids, etc.
Today’s Prayer Focus – Our country
I believe in prayer. I also believe in “putting feet to our prayers”.
Read the Bible chronologically in 2021 – January 18
Lottie Moon Christmas Offering for International Missions
You can give any time of the year at your local Southern Baptist church.
Continue to pray forthose who are sick, the families who have lost a loved one, and forpeople to be more aware of taking care of their health.
Operation Christmas Child – Currently, I am making teddy bears to pack in shoeboxes. What are you doing now or planning to start soon? An early start each year gives plenty of time to accomplish many projects to help pack lots of boxes for a multitude of children!
Yesterday, I shared that we usually watch online church services early on Monday mornings because of poor internet reception during real time. I forgot to mention we changed internet services, but that didn’t help. Yesterday’s service started off the same as usual, but by the second song everything improved except for one minor problem. We watched it all the way to the end with no additional problems. We were also able to watch the evening service with no problems. Some of you must have prayed and someone above listened. Thanks-you!
Have a good, routine week!
Take time to pray. As Bro. Darryl talked about “Sweet Hour of Prayer”, I realized how seldom I pray for an hour. I have some improvement to work on. How about you?
A resident of Amite, LA, passed away on Saturday, January 16, 2021 at her home. She was born July 15, 1945 in Independence, LA and was 75 years of age. She is survived by two daughters, Liz Phillips and Sonya Garon and husband Richard; son, Kevin Phillips and wife Rebecca; four grandchildren, Brittany Miller, Gena Dussold and husband Jacob, Cauy Phillips, and Cady Phillips; two sisters, Betty Robertson and Janice Varnado. Preceded in death by her husband, Joe Phillips; son, Glenn Phillips; sister, Catherine Tillman; brother, Enwin Jenkins; and special friend, Mary Ann Burnett. Private Services will be held at a later date. McKneely Funeral Home, Amite, in charge of arrangements. For an online guestbook, visit http://www.mckneelys.com.
Brandon G. Thompson Funeral Home
Ruth, age 51, went to be with the Lord on Thursday, January 14, 2021. She was a resident of Albany, LA. Ruth was a dedicated teacher for 20+ years. She worked at Courtney Christian School and taught English, Math, and Bible. Ruth was a devoted member of The Wellspring Church. Both Ruth and her husband were extremely active and never missed a service. Ruth was truly a selfless woman and always put others before herself. She absolutely adored children and had a slight obsession with cats. Ruth truly left an impact on all who knew her and will be forever missed.
“And now, my daughter, do not fear. I will do for you all that you request, for all the people of my town know that you are a virtuous woman.” Ruth 3:11
She is survived by her husband of 28 years, Josh Burton; daughter, Dr. Beth Burton; sons, Ben Burton, Matt Burton; parents, Dawn and Robert Hafele; and brother, Robert Hafele.
The family has requested that anyone who attends the visitation please wear a mask and practice social distancing. In honor of Ruth, the family has asked that everyone please wear some form of Ruth’s favorite color, purple.
Relatives and friends of the family are invited to attend a visitation from the chapel of Brandon G. Thompson Funeral Home, 12012 Hwy 190 W. Hammond, LA 70401, on Tuesday, January 19, 2021 from 5:00 p.m. until 8:00 p.m. Private family services will follow.
Read the Bible Chronologically in 2021 – January 17
Online services from FBC, Kentwood today
David and I often have trouble with reception, so when that happens, we watch a replay early on Monday morning. I know others have this issue too. When it is clear that the reception is not going to be good, turn it off and try at another time. We don’t usually have that reception problem on Wednesday nights.
PrayER Focus to Today
Today, let’s pray concerning Covid-19 issues.
Those who are sick at this time
Families which covid issues
Those who are quarantined
Those who struggle, but still wear masks when away from home.
Businesses that are closed
Businesses with limited service
People who work daily in environments where others do not wear masks
Vaccinations that will reduce future covid numbers
Students who have virtual classes
Families who have lost family members to covid
Thanks for your prayers for these and other concerns. I believe in prayer!
Please continue to pray for David’s sister, Bonnie, who is hospitalized with several issues. Pray for her children as they make decisions and changes.
Please continue to pray for Mrs. Jeanette McGehee and her daughter- in-law, Rhonda. They seem to be improving. Also, pray for Allan McGehee, who is not doing as well.
Please pray for members of the Amite High School class of 1966. We have several classmates fighting cancer, covid, and other health issues. Also, pray for those who have had deaths in their family lately. I’m sure this is true for other schools and other classes, but members of my class share prayer concerns with each other regularly so I know more about them.
David had an appointment with a dermatology surgeon Thursday. All is well, except his actions are rather limited for the next few weeks. Pray he can follow the guidelines to good healing.
Read the Bible in 2021 – January 16
Operation Christmas Child, 2021
Work is already being done to begin the boxes we will pack in about nine months. There is much so do, so starting early allows us to pack more “shoeboxes”. I was thrilled yesterday to get a phone call from a member of our church who volunteered to make fishing kits for 150 older boys, ages 10-14. Her heart was touched and the family wanted to “get on board” early so they could accomplish this project and possibly others this year. This is a wonderful example of “Helping Hands”. If you have an idea for a family project, or would like some suggestions, please let me know.
Today is a good day to choose one or more of these activities:
___Call someone you are thinking about
___Write a note to someone
___Pray for a need
___Rejoice with someone about an accomplishment
___Check on someone in the hospital (by calling)
___Volunteer to work in a yard, water flowers, clean windows, etc.
___Deliver a meal or a “treat”
___Share a Scripture
___(Fill in this blank.)
I know/have known people who used Saturday as a day of preparation for Sunday so they could focus on God on Sunday. For example, I remember my daddy polished a pair of shoes for each one of us so they would look like new on Sunday. He did this every Saturday. Now, that is not such a big need, but there are other things that could be done to make Sundays run smoother. I also have know ladies to cook all the food for Sunday on Saturdays. Think about what would be helpful in your home.
Thanks to all of you who donated clothing to the family whose home burned. Larry Miller said they now have a sufficient supply of clothing. Thank-you for your continued prayers for them.
Some of our friends with covid had a better day yesterday, but not all of them. As you pray for the covid patients, please remember their families, friends, and co-workers.
Mr. “Cete” Dillon will be returning to his home today. I think he and “Miss” Ruby will be very glad to be together after this time of separation due to covid.
Loretta Wilson sent this yesterday morning after we left for an all day medical appointment. I’m sure today is not to late to pray for Kevin Travis and his family.
Please remember my cousin Kevin Travis, he has lung cancer, they are doing a biopsy this morning at 8am. This is Kenneth “Koo Boo” Travis’s son. We , the family, would appreciate all prayers as we go through this. Thank you all in advance. We know God is on his throne and he has a plan already in place. I thank God that Kevin knows this.
Ronald Carruth Laird
May 16, 1941 – January 07, 2021
Read the Bible chronologically in 2021 – January 15
Mrs. Dot White‘s surgery has been postponed. Continue to keep her in your prayers.
Mrs. Jeanette McGehee is hospitalized. Pray for her. Pray for caregivers as the virus is also in the family.
Please pray for David’s sister, Bonnie Newman. She may need to make some big changes at this time. Bonnie lives in Bay St. Louis, MS.
If you have had the covid vaccination, don’t ease up on staying at home and wearing your mast when you are around people. You need to also have the booster shot and wait for about two weeks after that.
Read the Bible chronologically in 2021 – January 14
If you get a chance, today might be a good time to enjoy some sunshine. A ride in your automobile will get you out for a while. It’s my “prescription” for the day.
Even on the “cold, rainy stay-at-home days”, find ways to check on others and to let them know you care about them. Maybe, in another month, many of us will have more freedom to go places. David and I are like many of you – ready to go to church, a restaurant, etc. Read that introductory Scripture again.
I hope you are finding this doesn’t take “all day” to accomplish and are enjoying reading some passages you haven’t read lately.
Operation Chirstmas Child, OCC ,functions best with lots of people involved. Coming soon: “Helping Hands”, your opportunity to help using your sewing talents, using your counting abilities, using your painting talents, using you shopping talents, using your organizing talents, using your collecting talents, using your repurposing talents, etc. There is a need for your talent! Pay attention for the upcoming announcements about how you can help. Also, we will soon be working on shopping talents. If you can help, please let me know.
Let’s end the day with a bit of good news. Mr. “Cete” Dillon may get to come home today.
John and Kirstin Lee Antoon proudly announced the birth of their son last week. Beckham Richie Antoon was born January 4, 2021 at 1:21 P.M. weighing in at 7 pounds, 6 ounces and measuring 19.6 inches long. His three sisters are enjoying having their brother at home.
Mrs. Mildred Birch asks for prayers for her daughter and son-in-law, RHONDA AND ALLEN MCGEHEE, who have covid. She is home, but he is hospitalized. “Miss” Mildred lost a good friend, her brother, and now has this concern. Pray for her as you pray for her family.
As you pray for the McGehees, please also pray for all the others who are sick with covid. Several of our friends seem to be “holding their own” at this time.
The people whose home burned last week have received clothing from some of you. Thank-you for your quick responses. More clothing appropriate for the cold weather would also be helpful. Donations can be dropped off at Larry Miller’s home. He will deliver to the family.
Operation Christmas Child, 2021 is beginningat FBC, Kentwood! Be thinking about how you will donate items, money, or time/talents. All are appreciated and will benefit poor children in the form of a “shoebox” filled with school supplies, hygiene items, fun toys, and a book & opportunity to “meet” Jesus! The shoeboxes will travel and “speak” to the children in places where we will never have the opportunity to visit or “share Jesus”.