He who was seated on the throne said,

“I am making everything new!”

Then he said,

“Write this down,

for these words are trustworthy and true.”

~Revelation 21:5~


This Scripture should be the encouragement we need to begin the daily Bible readings for 2018.


Read the Bible – January 2

  • Genesis 5-9
  • Proverbs 1
  • Matthew 2


Today, let’s pray for Mike and Colleen Lambert as he is still hospitalized in Hammond.  We know the power of prayer,  Let’s use it to give comfort to the Strickland family during difficult days.  Let’s pray for strengthening of their faith as each difficulty comes along.



Lawrence Costa Phillips

August 02, 1922 – December 28, 2017

Lawrence Costa Phillips, son of James Blaine Phillips & Annie Jay Lindsey Phillips, was born August 2, 1922, in Pine Ridge, St. Helena Parish, LA, and passed on Thursday, December 28, 2017 in Dennis Mills, LA after 95 memorable years. He married Julia Virgina Calmes of Dennis Mills on March 7, 1948 after completing 4 years of service in the US Navy in WWII. Lawrence had both BS and MS degrees in agriculture from LSU and worked as a vocational agriculture teacher from Pine Grove High School for 30 years. Predeceased by parents, wife, son, Gregory L. Phillips, and siblings, Cordelia, Flynn, James, Clyde, Lois, Dean. Survived by two sons, Chaney Phillips and wife, Marty of Ponchatoula, Matthew Phillips and wife, Christine of Watson, six grandsons, Gregory Phillips and wife, Jennifer of Metairie, Ryan Phillips and wife, Stephanie of Baton Rouge, Jason Phillips and wife, Kristi of Baton Rouge, Dallas Phillips and wife, Tammy of Denham Springs, Jackson Phillips of New Jersey, Ethan Phillips of Watson, one granddaughter, Brandy Roberts and husband, John of Denham Springs, eight great-grandchildren, Chaney, Grayson and Lindsey Phillips of Metairie, Jacob and Jordan Phillips of Baton Rouge, Brenna and Blaine Phillips of Baton Rouge, Brandon Phillips of Denham Springs, numerous nieces and nephews, and hundreds of friends and extended family. A special thanks to beloved neighbor, friend, and devoted caregiver, Elaine Cash. Lawrence was a wonderful husband, father, grandfather, friend and provider with an endless passion for education, history and sharing stories.In lieu of flowers, donations may be made to the Louisiana FFA or Naval Historical Foundation. Visitation will be at Pine Ridge Methodist Church on Hwy 440 west of Tangipahoa, LA on Thursday, January 4, 2018 from 10am until services at 12pm with Rev. Michael Townsend officiating. Reception to follow services. Private interment at Pine Ridge Cemetery. McKneely Funeral Home, Amite, in charge of arrangements. For an online guestbook, visit http://www.mckneelys.com.



Today at 3 P.M. in the Fellowship Hall of FBC is the fellowship to honor Miss Fay Shoemaker.  Don’t miss your opportunity to tell her how she has impacted and improved your life.  She will soon be moving to the Atlanta area.



The Lottie Moon Christmas Offering is our opportunity to help send someone else to represent us as a Christian witness on foreign soil.  I’m so thankful for those who go.  My duty is to support them.  One hundred per cent of our gifts will go to the field to help meet needs of missionaries and their ministries.


If you and/or your church will be collecting for Operation Christmas Child shoeboxes, you may be interested in this site.  https://www.samaritanspurse.org/operation-christmas-child/year-round-packing-ideas/?utm_source=OCCFacebook&utm_medium=social&utm_campaign=m_YOCC-18SM&utm_content=Jan-ItemoftheMonth-1-1-18 . The suggested items are gloves, scarves, and hats.  Check the dollar stores and sales in other stores this month.  Items brought to FBC, Kentwood can be left in the office of in my classroom.


Check on someone who may be having a hard time with the cold weather.  If we were having a hard time, think of how blessed we would feel if someone checked on us!

Anna Lee