Tuesday – Thursday

“’You shall love the Lord your God with all your heart,

and with all your soul,

and with all your mind.’

This is the great and foremost commandment.

The second is like it, ‘

You shall love your neighbor as yourself.’”

~Matthew 6:37b-39, NASB~


I’ve got some big news to share today!

Ray Blackwell

Ray Blackwell will be having major surgery because of his cancer today, Tuesday.  Please be in prayer for him, his surgeon, and his family as they wait.  Your prayers will be greatly appreciated.

Update – The surgery went well.  He is progressing as expected.  Thank-you for your continued prayers.

Jadon’s Story


Linda B. Williams

Linda has had bronchitis for about a month.  She’s been in the ER for hours because there is no room available now.  Please pray she can get the needed help while there.

Update: She is home with her bronchitis almost gone.  She now has oxygen to use at night to help her when she seems to have the most problems.

Naomi Draughon Tolleson Orr

My aunt passed away Tuesday night in Sulphur Springs, TX.  She was here five months ago when we had services for Daddy.  Her obituary is not available yet, but I will post it when it becomes available.

Lela Fay Newman-Toler
(September 7, 1932 – January 1, 2014) 

A resident of Gloster, MS, left this world to join her heavenly father at 6:15AM on Wednesday, January 1, 2014 at Field Memorial Hospital in Centreville, MS. She was born September 7, 1932 in Tylertown, MS and was 81 years of age. She was a devoted and dutiful member of Galilee Baptist Church, she loved to sing duets with her husband, was an avid gardener, a devoted wife and mother, and adored her grandchildren as they were the light of her life. Survived by her husband, Rupert Toler; 3 daughters, Janie Robertson and husband, Bill, Baton Rouge; Ruby Smith and husband, Larry, Livingston; Jan Fitzpatrick and husband, Michael, Pennsylvania; son, Rodney Toler, Gloster, MS; 18 grandchildren; 20 great-grandchildren; and numerous nieces and nephews. Preceded in death by, 1st husband, Enos James Newman; son, Richard “Dickie” Oliver Newman; parents, Burl and Osea Fortenberry; 3 sisters and 4 brothers. Visitation at McKneely Funeral Home, Kentwood, from 6:00PM until 8:00PM on Thursday and at New Zion Baptist Church from 11:00AM until Religious Services at 12:00 Noon on Friday, January 3, 2014. Services conducted by Rev. Brian Malone and Rev. Gibbie McMillan. Interment New Zion Cemetery, Kentwood, LA. In lieu of flowers, memorial donations may be made to Galilee Baptist Church or The American Cancer Society. For an online guestbook, visit http://www.mckneelys.com.

“Young” Ladies’ Birthday Party

Yes, today is considered a holiday by many, but Nyla will be open for business.  Our “young” ladies with December birthdays will be honored.  Come out and join us at 11:00 this morning.

Update: We had a great meeting.  Our next birthday party, for the January birthday ladies, will be the last Tuesday of January.

Dick Van Dyke Bible Study

The year 2014 brings a new Bible study and a new opportunity to join the group.  Friday morning at 10:00 A.M., a new study will begin.  It begins with a segment of the television show, but moves into application to our lives with many Scriptures to point us in the right direction.  The first study will be about family.

Keep reading for the BIG news.

Baptist Press 


Daily Devotional – Our Daily Bread – “No Appetite”


Moral Stories – “Appreciate Life’s Little Annoying Things”


Hymn of the Day – “Joyful, Joyful, We Adore Thee”


Lottie Moon Christmas Offering – “Tents and Bibles”


This leads me to the big news!

Lottie Moon Christmas Offering at FBC, Kentwood

Our Lottie Moon goal was $20,000.00, with an hallelujah goal of $21,000.00.  Laurie sent me an email saying we have received $23, 336.35!  I thought you might be as excited as I am.  Usually it takes us into January to meet our goal.  As far as I know, we have never reached $23,000.00.

I want to reflect back on 2013!  It was a good year in many ways.

    • I was with Jason’s family for Christmas for the first time!
    • We learned Jennie’s family has been selected to work in Richmond next year!  (It doesn’t take three airplanes to get there!)
    • David and I are healthy, as are our children and their families.
    • We celebrated forty-six years of marriage in August.
    • We love where we live and usually get to spend our time as we wish each day.
    • We love to learn about and share Jesus through our Sunday School classes, Bible studies, Third Thursday meetings at the cabin, etc.
    • We have many friends and have added lots of new ones this year.
    • Daddy lived a long life and was able to live alone after Momma passed away.
    • I was able to complete another year of theprayerlink.com.

I’m ready for 2014!  I don’t know what it holds, but I do know who holds my future!  I hope you know who holds your future.  If not, please ask me or someone else who can tell you.  

Anna Lee