“Therefore, since we are surrounded by such a huge crowd of witnesses to the life of faith, let us strip off every weight that slows us down, especially the sin that so easily trips us up.

And let us run with endurance the race God has set before us.”

 ~Hebrews 12:1 NLT~




Let’s pray for Mr. Frank and “Miss” Barbara Erwin and Tate and Leisha who are their faithful caregivers at this time.  Mr. Frank is back in Baton Rouge and “Miss” Barbara had more foot surgery, but is home now.  The doctors didn’t have a diagnosis on Mr. Frank as of yesterday afternoon, but are still looking.




Pray for Heather Miller of the New Zion area.  She is on trip to the Ukraine where she will be working in a camp.  She is on a mission to serve as called.





Pray for Sandra Hughes, the mother of Cheryl and Linda for many of you.  She fell and broke a hip yesterday.  She will need our prayer as she deals with this issue.




Pray for the youth of FBC, K and their leaders as they are at Ridgecrest in NC this week.  Pray they draw closer to God and each other.




Rebecca Darlene McMorris Ballard

October 20, 1951 – June 17, 2019

Rebecca Darlene McMorris Ballard, born October 20, 1951 in Baton Rouge, LA, went to her eternal home with her Lord on June 17, 2019. A devoted and loving wife of almost 50 years to Ronald Keith Ballard. She was a resident of Pine Grove, LA and an active member of Pleasant Hill Baptist Church. She is retired from LA Home Builders Association. She was a special lady. Always with a smile for everyone and willing to help in any way she could. She will be missed by all who knew and loved her. Darlene is survived by her husband, Ronald Keith Ballard; mother, Rebecca Simmons McMorris; sisters, Diane M. Snyder (Tom) and Lucinda M. Tarver (Gene); sister-in-law, Brenda Ballard McMorris; nieces and nephews; Holleigh McMorris Crow (Brett), Valmon Evans Mcmorris (Nikki), Shawn Revel (Lana), Shannon Revel Brasseaux (Josh), Jeremy K. Ghaffari, and numerous great nieces and nephews; She was preceded in death by her father, Valmon J. McMorris, Sr., and brother, Valmon J. McMorris, Jr. Visitation will be Thursday, June 20, 2019 at Pleasant Hill Baptist Church, Pine Grove , LA from 1:00 PM till funeral service at 3:00 PM , conducted by Rev. Paul Cantrell with interment in Pleasant Hill Cemetery. Honorary Pall Bearers, Ralph Thompson; Pall Bearers, Manny Falcon, Dwight Falcon, Murphy Jenkins ,Collins Jenkins, Paul Carpenter, Valmon McMorris, Brett Crow and Josh Brasseaux. McKneely Funeral Home, Amite, in charge of arrangements. For an online guestbook, visit




Louis Edward Thigpen

November 26, 1931 – June 18, 2019

A resident of Greensburg, LA, passed away on Tuesday, June 18, 2019 at North Oaks Medical Center in Hammond, LA. He was born November 26, 1931 in Meridian, MS and was 87 years of age. Louis was a member of St. Helena Catholic Church in Amite. He will be remembered as a hard-working man who truly loved his family. An avid storyteller, he most enjoyed sharing memories and proud moments about his life and theirs. He is survived by 7 children and their spouses, 27 grandchildren, 45 great-grandchildren; and 5 great-great-grandchildren. Louis is survived by his current wife of 16 years, Frances Virginia Martin Bridges Thigpen, along with her 2 children, their spouses, grandchildren, and great-grandchildren. Louis was preceded in death by his first wife and mother of his 9 children, Mary Ellen Lacobee Thigpen, daughter, Jessica Louise Thigpen Mullins, son, Edward Clozell Thigpen, grandson, Anthony Marcus Gourdon, and son-in-law “Bill” Joseph William Gourdon. Private services will be held to honor his life at a later time. McKneely Funeral Home, Amite, in charge of arrangements. For an online guestbook, visit




Scripture Writing Plan – “Who I am in Christ” – John 15: 1-5 and 15-16




Pray for the Hatchels as they make their way to Kentwood today.  They will be the “best medicine” David has had in a long time.  I will be thrilled to see them too.  They will be driving in two vehicles because Boyd will pick up one they are renting before coming here.  We would roll out the “red carpet” if we had some!

Many of you have prayed for them for years.  We hope you will continue to do so.

Anna Lee