Thursday

You are my refuge and my shield;

I have put my hope in your word.

~Psalm 119:114~

READ AND WRITE THESE VERSES IN 2022

Wednesday – Jan. 19 – Isaiah 43: 18-19

Thursday – Jan.20 – Psalm 13917

Friday – Jan. 21 – Romans 1:28

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Some current stories you may be interested in are included today.

WEATHER CONCERNS

The weather will change today. Prepare for COLD temperatures for the next five days. Help you family member, friend, relative, and/or neighbor to get prepared too. Think of pipes, animals, food needs/supple, medicine, fuel supply, etc.

COVID is still busy in homes in our area. Thankfully, it is not as bad as in previous years. Even so, it is still very bad for some people. Pray they might continue to be safe and healthy.

Please let me know if you have prayer requests or updates to be shared.

Anna Lee

Wednesday

God is our refuge and strength, an ever-present help in trouble. 

Therefore we will not fear, though the earth give way and the mountains fall into the heart of the sea, 

though its waters roar and foam and the mountains quake with their surging.

~Psalm 46:1-3~

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READ AND WRITE BIBLE VERSES TODAY

January 19 – Isaiah 43: 18-19

I’m enjoying this process this month. I hope you are too.

TWO RIVERS’ WMU

I understand the meeting Monday went well. The next two meetings will be on Saturday mornings. Those plans will be shared closer to the scheduled times.

OCC WORKDAY IN KENTWOOD

  • Saturday, February 5
  • Older children – Senior adults
  • 9 A.M.
  • Bring some school supplies, pencils, pens, erasers, stickers, or very small plastic figures, to include in the pencil bags.
  • Bring a snack to share.
  • Plan to pack pencil bags or to get items prepared for shoeboxes.
  • MOST OF ALL, PLAN TO ENJOY SOME CHRISTIAN FELLOWSHIP AND TO MEET SOMEONE YOU DO NOT KNOW.
  • THANK-YOU to those who have made donations to our funds or items for the shoeboxes.

JANUARY MISSION PROJECT

We are collecting gift cards from businesses such as Walmart, Dollar General, and Lowe’s to give to Kentucky tornado victims. Please mark the amount of your gift on each card and get your cards in to the church office this month. Thank you for sharing your love and God’s love this way.

Pray for those on your prayer list. If you do not have your own list, please take time to start one today.

Be a blessing to someone today.

Anna Lee

Tuesday

You will keep in perfect peace those whose minds are steadfast, because they trust in you.

~Isaiah 26:3~

Not just peace, but perfect peace!

TODAY’S VERSE TO READ AND WRITE

January 18 – I Peter 1:13

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OPERATION CHRISTMAS CHILD

Thanks to the “secret shopper” who ordered a box of great items for our shoeboxes. David found the box and quickly opened it. You made some great choices – bandanas, sewing scissors, etc. We think we know who you are based on items we found in the box.

If anyone else is an Amazon shopper and needs ideas, please talk with us if you don’t had any idea what to shop for.

GIFT CARDS FOR TORNADO VICTIMS

You still have a couple of weeks to turn in your gift cards that will be sent to tornado victims in Kentucky. Walmart, Dollar General, and Lowe’s are good ideas for places to purchase them. Turn them in at the church office or in the offering plate on Sunday mornings. Your gifts will be such blessings to those who need them.

LOTTIE MOON OFFERING FOR INTERNATIONAL MISSIONS

One hundred percent of the money you give funds missionary needs (housing, insurance, and sometimes one vehicle or even a bicycle depending on the location). This is the time of the year we give focus to this offerint, but it is never too late to give. Mark you envelope “Lottie Moon” when you give.

TODAY, I WILL LEAVE IT UP TO YOU TO CHOOSE THOSE FOR WHOM YOU WILL PRAY.

It could be someone who has some special, little-known needs, an illness, a financial need, a spiritual need, a family issue, etc. You choose today. They might even be lonely or just need someone to talk with. God can use you. Ask God how you can bless them. Then, pray. You can be a special blessing to them today.

Anna Lee

Monday

For I know the plans I have for you,”

declares the LORD,

“plans to prosper you and not to harm you,

plans to give you hope and a future.

~Jeremiah 29:11~

According to the weather reports I have been seeing for the next ten days, we might want to review our food supply, water supply, fuel supply, etc. BEFORE the cold weather gets here.

This is a good opportunity to help someone else prepare for the cold temperature and extended time of being at home. David and I will always be appreciative of and never forget someone who checked our pipes and wrapped those that needed more insulation. We also appreciated people checking to see if they could buy any food or bringing a prepared dish as part of the weather preparations. This could be your opportunity to help someone. Make your plans now.

Read, write, and meditate about these Scriptures today:

January 17 – I Corinthians 12: 11-16

This morning, the Two-RIvers’ WMU is meeting at Spring Creek Baptist Church. The leadership team will meet at 9:00 followed by the meeting at 10:00. Ladies, you are urged to bring a friend and a side dish or dessert and enjoy meeting our new associational missions director.

We know of numerous cases of Covid lately. Thankfully, they have been people who were vaccinated. They experienced symptoms of a cold. Be prepared. Also, be careful of not being instrumental in the spread of this health problem.

Edwin Cotton

JUNE 21, 1934 – JANUARY 14, 2022
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Jesse Edwin Cotton of Prairieville, LA passed away on January 14, 2022 at the age of 87. After several years of declining health, “Cotton” died peacefully surrounded by his beloved wife, Tay and his children by his side. Edwin was born in Baton Rouge, LA on June 21, 1934 to father, Jesse Cotton and mother Gertrude Cotton and was the younger brother to Mary Ruth Williams. He enjoyed growing up in the country riding horses and helping out on the “Sharp” family farm. He attended Baton Rouge High School. He was a hard worker and began work in the construction business at a young age. He married his sweetheart, Tay in 1973 and they joined together as a blended family raising 4 children. He was a loving father who worked hard for his family and loved taking the family fishing and going out on his boat. He and his family enjoyed time going deep sea fishing at Fourchon, LA and was an expert at hosting fish frys. He loved being in the kitchen and anyone who knows him….knows “Cotton” loved to eat. He taught his children the value of hard work and he worked for Fulough Laughlin Construction and later worked for Sullivan Construction. He later started his own construction company, Harcot Construction Inc., with his cousin, Harry Harelson. Edwin did not meet a stranger and loved visiting friends, was an avid hunter and fisherman. Living in Prairieville, LA, he was a regular at the local hardware store visiting with friends. His family adored his sense of humor and his willingness to help anyone. He loved his hunting exhibitions around the world and shared stories of hunts in Africa, Paraguay, Uraguay and Alaska to name a few. He gave his life to Christ as an adult and was a member of Woodlawn Baptist Church. As his health declined, he continued to show great love for his wife and children and always had a “twinkle” in his eye. He was dearly loved! He will be greatly missed by his beloved family and friends. Edwin was preceded in death by his parents. He is survived by his wife of 48 years, Tay Cotton, Children: Carol Terry (Mark), Edwin Cotton, (Sherri), Shari Cotton, Angie Nielsen (Ronnie) and Eric Edmonson (Jennifer); grandchildren: Jesse Cotton, Emily Cotton, Ryleigh Cotton, Alexis Edmonson, Blane Edmonson, Victoria Nielsen Kelly, Madeline Nielsen and Andrew Nielsen. He is survived by his beloved older sister Mary Ruth Williams and lots of cousins, nieces and nephews. We are especially thankful for our beloved tend and caregiver, Terri Oliphant. A visitation will be held Saturday, January 22, 2022 from 11:00 am – 12:00 pm with a funeral service to begin at 12:00 pm at Greenoaks Funeral Home. 9595 Florida Blvd. Baton Rouge, LA 70815 All are invited to attend. The family wants to especially thank Pinnacle Hospice for the loving compassionate care they provided and will be forever grateful. In lieu of flowers, the family has requested that contributions to Samaritan’s Purse be made in his memory.

Anna Lee

Sunday

So do not fear, for I am with you; do not be dismayed, for I am your God.

I will strengthen you and help you; I will uphold you with my righteous right hand.

~Isaiah 41:10

Angie Neilson’s dad passed away. Please be in prayer for the family.

TODAY’S VERSE TO WRITE AND TO MEDITATE ON

January 16 – Psalm 19:14

MISSION OPPORTUNITIES TODAY AT FBC, KENTWOOD

  1. Annie Armstrong Offering for International Missions
  2. Gift Cards for Tornado Victims
  3. Operation Christmas Child Pencil Bag Needs – Pencil boxes or pouches, Mechanical pencils, Large erasers, Glue sticks, Pencil sharpeners, Stickers, Small plastic animals, cars, balls, dolls., etc. (1-1.5 in.), Pens, 6″rulers, Pencils
  4. Donations to Operation Christmas Child or Community Missions

COMING SOON – The February workday opportunity is Saturday, February 5th at 9 A.M. Come out to bring and pack items for pencil bags/boxes. The pencil bags are being sent so more children will have the opportunity to attend school. Help us keep children from being turned away because of the lack of a pencil, something we cannot imagine in our part of the world.

Anna Lee

Saturday

For I know the plans I have for you,” declares the LORD, “plans to prosper you and not to harm you, plans to give you hope and a future.

~Jeremiah 29:11~

JEFF TOLAR’S shoulder surgery did well yesterday. Pray he does wll with recovery.

Lee Gray

January 19, 1933 – January 11, 2022

John Lee Lanier Gray
1933-2022

Lee Gray a devoted husband, father, mentor, and friend to all died on January 11, 2022, at his home in Amite, LA, surrounded by his loving wife and three devoted children. He was 88.

The importance of a good work ethic and taking care of family was a virtue that began in Lee as a child. When he was a small boy he would stand atop a box to set type in his mother’s print shop, helping to support his family of five brothers and sisters. As he became older he worked in the family newspaper, The News Digest. Lee became the type setter for most newspapers, including the competition in the area. During the summers of his college years, he worked on the pipeline in Pennsylvania to pay for his mother’s grocery bill that had accumulated for the entire year. Mr. Gray never complained about the sacrifices he made, as this was just the way of showing his love and devotion for his family.

Lee graduated from Amite High School in 1951 and received his BS in accounting from Southeastern Louisiana University in 1955. That same year he married his sweetheart, Patsy Ann Miller. On the day of their wedding he received his draft notice. Two weeks later he was off to serve two years in the United States Navy (1955-1957). After his discharge, he worked as a CPA in Baton Rouge until 1961 when he became the Assistant Comptroller in the USAID program stationed in Madagascar. Before heading to Madagascar, Lee had to complete an immersive French program in Washington D.C. However, six months into his post Lee had to leave his post due to a severe illness suffered by his infant son. Upon his return to the United States, he worked in Mississippi at a public accounting firm until 1963 when he took a teaching position at Southeastern Louisiana University where he taught governmental accounting for seven years. In 1963, he opened the first public accounting practice in Tangipahoa Parish which he operated until December 31, 2017. In that same year, Lee Gray was awarded the Lifetime Membership Award by the Society of Louisiana CPA’s.

Lee was a faithful man of God and a true public servant. As a Rotarian, Lee lived his life every day in step with the motto,“ Service Above Self”. Education was very important to him and he assisted many with continuing their education and careers. In 2003, Mr. Gray introduced the Dictionary Project to Tangipahoa Parish which provides dictionaries to all third graders; that program is still active. After Hurricane Katrina, Mr. Gray and his wife, Patsy provided dictionaries and school supplies for Waveland, MS Elementary School (K-3) which was totally destroyed. Mr. Gray served on many boards /committees thru out his life with the intention of making his state and community better. Two which were dear to him were the Municipal Practice Review Committee for the State of Louisiana and ACTS, Inc. (God’s Storehouse), a community outreach program.

Mr. Gray always lent a helping hand to those who asked and even those who did not. Mr. Gray tried to bring some type of joy to those around him.

Preceded in death by his parents Henry Weston Gray, Jr. and Norma Rosine Lanier; sisters, Mary Ellen Davis and Terry Ann Voight; brothers, Jack Kenneth Gray and David Bert Gray; son, Wade Lee Gray.

He is survived by the love of his life of 66 years, Patsy Ann; son, Mark Lanier Gray (Robin); daughters, Terry Ann Gray and Laura Jane Gray White (John); 6 grandchildren, John Mark Gray, Michael Gray, Anna Gray, Courtney Lee Munkres, John Henry White, and Scott White; one great grandchild on the way- Myles Dylan Gray; sister, Vera Catherine Brennan, and numerous nieces, nephews, and friends.

The family of Lee Gray would like to thank his caregivers for the past three years and St. Joseph’s Hospice.

Visitation at First Baptist Church, 117 E. Olive St., Amite, LA, from 9:00AM until religious services at 1:00PM on Saturday, January 15, 2022. Services conducted by Dr. David Cranford. Interment Mulberry Street Cemetery, Amite, LA. McKneely Funeral Home, Amite, in charge of arrangements. For an online guestbook, visit http://www.mckneelys.com.

READ, WRITE, & MEDITATE ON THIS VERSE TODAY.

January 15 – Romans 7:25

THIS IS YOUR DAY TO FINISH UP THE WEEK AND PREPARE FOR THE LORD’S DAY!

Anna Lee

Friday

“Be strong and courageous. Do not be afraid or terrified because of them, for the LORD your God goes with you; he will never leave you nor forsake you.”

~Deuteronomy 31:6~

Please pray for Jeff Tolar who will be having another shoulder surgery today.

I am seeing some improvement with my back. Thank you to all your prayers.

Betty Louise Bennett

September 21, 1947 – January 12, 2022

A resident of Greensburg, LA, passed away on Wednesday, January 12, 2022 at her home. She was born September 21, 1947 in McComb, MS and was 74 years of age. She was a loving wife, mother, grandmother, sister and friend. She is survived by her husband of 57 years, Bobby Lewis Bennett, Sr.; daughter, Betty Lorraine Currier and husband, Terry; honorary daughter, Crystal Kleinpeter and husband, Bobby; 3 sons, Bobby Lewis Bennett, Jr. and wife, Debbie, Billy Lane Bennett and wife, Melony, and Benjamin Lee Bennett and wife, Tonya; sister, Sheila Hall; 2 brothers, Milton Hall and Steve Hall; 5 grandchildren, Cody Welch, Justin Bennett, Dakota Bennett, Dustin Bennett and Bailey Bennett; 2 great-grandchildren, Blake Bennett and Sylena Owens; life long friend, Barbara L. Walker; numerous nieces, nephews, and cousins. Preceded in death by her mom, Bessie Faye Hughes; dad, Junior Verdo Jackson; brothers, Charles Verdo Jackson, James Jackson and Paul Wayne Hall; sister, Brenda Faye Hall. Special thanks to Cathy with Hospice Compassus. Visitation at McKneely Funeral Home, Amite, from 9:00AM until religious services at 11:00AM on Saturday, January 15, 2022. Services conducted by Rev. Jerry Barber. Interment Killian Chapel Cemetery, Amite, LA. For an online guestbook, visit http://www.mckneelys.com.


Lee Gray

January 19, 1933 – January 11, 2022

Lee Gray a devoted husband, father, mentor, and friend to all died on January 11, 2022, at his home in Amite, LA, surrounded by his loving wife and three devoted children. He was 88.

The importance of a good work ethic and taking care of family was a virtue that began in Lee as a child. When he was a small boy he would stand atop a box to set type in his mother’s print shop, helping to support his family of five brothers and sisters. As he became older he worked in the family newspaper, The News Digest. Lee became the type setter for most newspapers, including the competition in the area. During the summers of his college years, he worked on the pipeline in Pennsylvania to pay for his mother’s grocery bill that had accumulated for the entire year. Mr. Gray never complained about the sacrifices he made, as this was just the way of showing his love and devotion for his family.

Lee graduated from Amite High School in 1951 and received his BS in accounting from Southeastern Louisiana University in 1955. That same year he married his sweetheart, Patsy Ann Miller. On the day of their wedding he received his draft notice. Two weeks later he was off to serve two years in the United States Navy (1955-1957). After his discharge, he worked as a CPA in Baton Rouge until 1961 when he became the Assistant Comptroller in the USAID program stationed in Madagascar. Before heading to Madagascar, Lee had to complete an immersive French program in Washington D.C. However, six months into his post Lee had to leave his post due to a severe illness suffered by his infant son. Upon his return to the United States, he worked in Mississippi at a public accounting firm until 1963 when he took a teaching position at Southeastern Louisiana University where he taught governmental accounting for seven years. In 1963, he opened the first public accounting practice in Tangipahoa Parish which he operated until December 31, 2017. In that same year, Lee Gray was awarded the Lifetime Membership Award by the Society of Louisiana CPA’s.

Lee was a faithful man of God and a true public servant. As a Rotarian, Lee lived his life every day in step with the motto,“ Service Above Self”. Education was very important to him and he assisted many with continuing their education and careers. In 2003, Mr. Gray introduced the Dictionary Project to Tangipahoa Parish which provides dictionaries to all third graders; that program is still active. After Hurricane Katrina, Mr. Gray and his wife, Patsy provided dictionaries and school supplies for Waveland, MS Elementary School (K-3) which was totally destroyed. Mr. Gray served on many boards /committees thru out his life with the intention of making his state and community better. Two which were dear to him were the Municipal Practice Review Committee for the State of Louisiana and ACTS, Inc. (God’s Storehouse), a community outreach program.

Mr. Gray always lent a helping hand to those who asked and even those who did not. Mr. Gray tried to bring some type of joy to those around him.

Preceded in death by his parents Henry Weston Gray, Jr. and Norma Rosine Lanier; sisters, Mary Ellen Davis and Terry Ann Voight; brothers, Jack Kenneth Gray and David Bert Gray; son, Wade Lee Gray.

He is survived by the love of his life of 66 years, Patsy Ann; son, Mark Lanier Gray (Robin); daughters, Terry Ann Gray and Laura Jane Gray White (John); 6 grandchildren, John Mark Gray, Michael Gray, Anna Gray, Courtney Lee Munkres, John Henry White, and Scott White; one great grandchild on the way- Myles Dylan Gray; sister, Vera Catherine Brennan, and numerous nieces, nephews, and friends.

The family of Lee Gray would like to thank his caregivers for the past three years and St. Joseph’s Hospice.

Visitation at First Baptist Church, 117 E. Olive St., Amite, LA, from 9:00AM until religious services at 1:00PM on Saturday, January 15, 2022. Services conducted by Dr. David Cranford. Interment Mulberry Street Cemetery, Amite, LA. McKneely Funeral Home, Amite, in charge of arrangements. For an online guestbook, visit http://www.mckneelys.com.

BIBLE THOUGHTS TO WRITE AND PONDER – 2022

January 14 – Matthew 22:37

TODAY’S BIBLE THOUGHT TO WRITE AND PONDER

January 14 – Matthew 22:37

TODAY IS A GOOD DAY TO SHOP FOR OPERATION CHRISTMAS CHILD AT DOLLAR TREE.

Items needed for pencil bags:

Pencil Pouch or Box

Mechanical Pencils

Pens

Glue Sticks

Pencil Sharpeners

Erasers

Stickers

Small toys

Etc.

Anna Lee

Thursday

You were taught, with regard to your former way of life, to put off your old self, which is being corrupted by its deceitful desires;  to be made new in the attitude of your minds;  and to put on the new self, created to be like God in true righteousness and holiness.

~Ephesians 4:22-24~

Gerald Wayne Broussard

June 14, 1953 – December 29, 2021

A loving husband, father, grandfather and friend. Gerald Wayne Broussard a resident of Kentwood, Louisiana passed away in Baton Rouge, Louisiana on Wednesday, December 29, 2021. Gerald was born on June 14, 1953 in Abbeville, Louisiana to Willis John Broussard and Thelma Marie Landry Broussard. He graduated from Delta Heritage High School in 1972. He married Patricia Ann Prest in May 26, 1973 and started their family. Gerald loved life, family and his friends and enjoyed them to the fullest. He is survived by his three sons and daughter and daughters-in-law, Jeremy and Wendy Broussard, Jason and Christy Broussard, Jon Broussard and Serra Thibodeaux and Jenny Broussard and grandchildren, Gabe, Ashton, Trevor, Annsley, Brayden, Tabitha, Johnny and Jacob. He is also survived by his brother Mark Broussard and Donna Broussard, nephew and niece Blake and Brooke Broussard LeBouef and Craig and Marybeth Broussard, nephew and niece Connor and Olivia. He is also survived by his sister-in-law Carol and Tim Simmons and nephews and niece Matthew, Jacob and Jill. Gerald is preceded in death by his loving wife and best friend Pat Broussard, parents, grandparents and many others who he will now rest in their arms. Visitation services will be held on Saturday January 22, 2022 at Pine Ridge Methodist Church from 12:00 p.m. – 2:00 p.m. In lieu of flowers donations can be made to Pine Ridge Methodist Church. McKneely Funeral Home, Kentwood, in charge of arrangements. For an online guestbook, visit http://www.mckneelys.com

Paul Lester Crawford

On Sunday, January 9, Paul Crawford passed away peacefully listening to the loving words of his daughter and son.

Born on February 12, 1951, he was given the name Paul Lester Crawford. He grew up in Bolivar, LA where he has always called home. He attended Spring Creek High School and was quite popular and showed tremendous athletic ability. He played every sport Spring Creek had to offer. He was elected “Most Athletic” his senior year. Once, his coach was getting together a group of athletes to compete in the Louisiana State Track and Field competition and decided that Paul should compete in the javelin throwing event. While Paul had never held a javelin let alone thrown one, the coach spent the afternoon showing him the mechanics of how to hold and throw a javelin. The next day, Paul competed in the state competition and won the javelin throwing event.

To those who knew Paul, you knew that he had an opinion on everything. He didn’t base his opinions on hear say. He researched all views and made his opinion based on what he considered facts and evidence. He never shied away from any topic including religion. Paul had read the Bible from front to back multiple times and even read the Quran to better understand the religion. Also, if you knew Paul you would know that unless you agree with his opinion, you had better have time for a lengthy debate in which you would either concede because he convinced you he was correct, or you just absolutely grew tired of arguing about it. You learned that it was simply easiest not to contradict him to begin with. Technology opened Paul’s opportunities to express his opinions via Facebook. There was always a controversy waiting to happen.

Paul was a good person. He was extremely compassionate. He did not like to see anyone mistreated or suffer. He tended to take up for the underdog and less fortunate. He had a big heart and would give you the shirt off of his back. Paul always helped those who needed jobs and was always generous to those who were going through tragedies. To have him as a friend was to have a loyal, supportive friend for life.

Paul had the nickname “Free Bird”. Many people never knew him by any other name. His son, Christopher realized this when he was working in a plant in California. As he was explaining who he was in relation to his dad, he realized the worker did not recognize the name “Paul”. He offered up his nickname, “ Free Bird” and the worker with a Big smile on his face quickly acknowledged Paul. As Christopher worked different jobs across the country, he came to realize that “Free Bird” was well known and well liked from coast to coast. The name “Free Bird” stuck to Paul because it seemed to represent the free spirited attitude and approach to life that he lived.

While Paul loved rock and roll music and riding his Harleys, his Greatest Love was that of his children, grandchildren, and great-grandchild. They were his pride and joy. He attended every football, baseball, and basketball game possible of his grandsons. He has also been known to make a trip from Bolivar, LA to North Pike High School, MS just to deliver a fried chicken lunch that his grandson, Ayden had requested. He cherished every moment of their company and was so very proud of them. He was also proud of his daughter and son and the people they had grown to be. His love for them was immeasurable. While his daughter, Christi, and son, Christopher, are now 50 years old, he still called them “Baby Girl” and “Baby Boy”. Paul’s last words were “I love you babies”. Christi and Christopher will forever hold their Daddy’s words in their hearts.

Those left behind to cherish his memories: daughter, Christi Travis; son and daughter-in-law, Christopher and Michelle Crawford; grandchildren, Seth Travis and wife Shelby, Connor Travis and wife Courtney, and Ayden Travis; great grandchild, Laney Travis; sister, Martha Crain; sister-in-law Debbie Crawford; brother and sister-in-law, Bruce and Cele Crawford; nephews, Stevie Carrier, Tyler Crawford and wife Alison, Henry Crawford and wife Kristin; nieces, Karesa Aguillard and husband, Carl, and Kalette Crawford; great nieces and nephew, Emeree, Declan, Emilia, and Evynne.

Preceded in death by: his parents, Thelma Cooper Crawford, and Leon and Bonnie Crawford; brother, Douglas Crawford; grandson, Logan Hargis.




Some prayer requests from prayer meeting last night:

Joey Miller – waiting for surgery to be scheduled

Cole Clemons – hospitalized

Fay Schumacher – ill (in Georgia)

BIBLE THOUGHT TO READ AND WRITE TODAY

JANUARY 13 – Luke 21:34

BAPTIST PRESS

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OCC REMINDER

Start to gather some pencil pouches and items that might be placed in them.

Bring them to the fellowship hall on Feb. 5th or leave them hanging on the door of the room next to the choir.

It’s time to begin our work for 2022.

Thanks to all who help and have helped with OCC in any ways for many years.

Anna Lee

Wednesdaay

He put a new song in my mouth,

a hymn of praise to our God.

Many will see and fear the LORD

and put their trust in him.

~Psalm 40:3~

Donald C. Laird

May 16, 1941 – January 04, 2022

Donald Curtis Laird passed away after a long illness on Tuesday, January 4. He was a lifelong residence of New Orleans and was born on May 16, 1941. He attended Warren Easton High School and LS U. Donald served honorably in the Coast Guard for 6 years and then was self employed in construction. Donald is preceded in death by his parents, Lola and Joe Laird , his twin brother Ronald and beloved companion Barbara Balser. He is survived by his brother Russell and wife Rosalind, sister in law Terrie Laird and by a nephew and three nieces. Burial will be at Pine Ridge Cemetery in Kentwood on January 12. For an online guestbook, visit http://www.mckneelys.com.

BIBLE READING AND WRITING FOR JANUARY 12

Matthew 15:11

BAPTIST PRESS

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You might want to read about the needs of pastors.

https://www.baptistpress.com/resource-library/news/u-s-pastors-identify-their-greatest-needs/

OPERATION CHRISTMAS CHILD

Did you make a start on buying pencil cases and some items for them?

GIfFT CARDS FOR TORNADO VICTIMS

This week is a good time to purchase some gift cards which will be sent to Kentucky by the Director of LA Baptist Disaster Relief, Dr. Stan Statham. Suggested stores for the purchase of gift cards are Walmart, Dollar General, and Lowes.

Thank-you for “tuning in” and praying.

Anna Lee

Tuesday

22 You were taught, with regard to your former way of life, to put off your old self, which is being corrupted by its deceitful desires;

 23 to be made new in the attitude of your minds; 

24 and to put on the new self, created to be like God in true righteousness and holiness.

~Ephesians 4:22-24~

Margaret “Peggy” Irene McNabb Freeman

July 03, 1951 – January 08, 2022

Margaret “Peggy” Irene McNabb Freeman went to be with her Lord on Saturday, January 8, 2022 in Hammond, Louisiana, after a long battle with COPD. She was born to Edgar “Mac” McNabb and Margaret Klyce McNabb on July 3, 1951 in New Orleans, Louisiana. Known for her very friendly personality and welcoming heart, Peggy will be dearly missed by everyone who knew her. Peggy is survived by her two sons Clinton White (Ashley) and Brian Freeman (Aimee), as well as her brother Richard McNabb (Barbara). She is also survived by her loving step-mother Kathryn Thomson McNabb and two step-sisters, Katrina and Karla of Huntsville, Texas. “Maw Maw Peggy” will be missed by numerous grandchildren and great grandchildren as well as her loving work family at Foundation Health Services of Baton Rouge. Peggy was preceded in death by her parents, her husband Jerry Freeman, and her granddaughter Margaret BreAnna White. Visitation will be held at McKneely Funeral Home in Amite, Louisiana on Wednesday, January 12, 2022 from 11:00AM until 1:00PM. A graveside service will be held at 2:00PM at the Hutchinson Family Cemetery in St. Helena Parish. In lieu of flowers donations may be made to Compassus Hospice, 1301 W. Causeway Approach, Mandeville, LA 70471. For an online guestbook, visit http://www.mckneelys.com.

Be careful, there is a lot of covid all around us. The good news is that if your vaccinations were up-to-date, you probably won’t be too sick and will be well quickly.

Read and Write Bible Thoughts in 2022

January 11 – Proverbs 3:5

January Mission Project

Gift cards for tornadoes in Kentucky

Ideas – Walmart, Dollar General, or Lowe’s

Bro. Stan Statham is our LA Disaster Relief State Leader and will see that the cards get to those who need them.

February Operation Christmas Child Workshop – Feb. 5. We will be packing pencil bags for the boys and girls. (Some children are not allowed to attend school because they do not have a PENCIL or a PORTION OF A PENCIL! Let’s help solve this issue.)

Suggestions of some items to bring:

Pencil bag/box of some school supplies (Ideas – mechanical pencils, pens, pencil colors, erasers, pencil sharpeners, glue sticks, etc.

You might also want to bring a mid-morning snack to share.

Thanks to you for your love of missions and people who don’t know God. May your efforts make a difference for many of these children.

You are a blessing to them!

Anna Lee