“Praise be to the Lord, the God of Israel, because he has come to his people and redeemed them.

~Luke 1:68~


Sherry Rosamond sent a request for prayer.  She has had a stress test that showed a blockage.  On January 9th, she will have an angiogram to correct the blockage.  She asks for your prayers.


Sierra Marie Aivazian

June 27, 2004 – December 18, 2017

A resident of Independence passed away on Monday, December 18, 2017 at North Oaks Medical Center in Hammond. She was born June 27, 2004 in Hammond and was 13 years of age. She is survived by father, Shawn Aivazian and wife, Jessica; mother, Daniell Smith; sisters, Terri Aivazian, Holly Rushing, and Heidi Rushing; brothers, Ethan Smith, Dakota Smith, Jordan Aivazian, and Braydenn Ballard; great-grandmother, Janet Zarak; grandmother, Anna Benvenuti;  numerous aunts, uncles, and cousins. Preceded in death by sister, Nevaeh Aivazian; grandmother, Terri Renee Hathcock. Visitation at McKneely Funeral Home, Amite, from 10:00AM until religious services at 12:00 Noon on Wednesday, December 27, 2017. Services conducted by Rev. Mervin Strother. Interment St. James Cemetery, Holden. For an online guestbook, visit



Read the Bible – Today’s reading was posted yesterday with yesterday’s reading.  I suppose I was anxious to help you get to the end.  If you stayed with these readings, you have read the whole Bible one and some portions more than once.  I’ll start with a new plan on January 1st.  I hope you will read along with me.  Challenge yourself and read the Bible in 2018.



Lottie Moon Christmas Offering – Don’t forget to give so others can tell a lost world about Jesus.  If we give, they will have that opportunity.



Baptist Press




Many churches will have altered schedules for the next couple of Sundays.  You would be wise to check for changes before arriving for a service.



We all know many people will be traveling for the next couple of weeks.  Let’s pray for good weather conditions and drivers who are both careful and alert.

Anna Lee