“A word of encouragement does wonders!”

~Proverbs 12:25 TLB~




Mrs. Betty Catherine Hatcher is in need of our prayers.  She fell yesterday morning.




Please pray for Tommy Strickland and his family today.




Avis O. Hope

November 10, 1934 – July 27, 2019

Avis O. Hope, a native of Kentwood, La and current resident of Denham Springs, entered her heavenly reward Saturday, July 27, 2019 at the age of 84. Her loving, devoted family surrounded her bedside as a witness to the amazing mother and grandmother she was to all who knew her. She will be greatly missed! Avis was married to her beloved Otis 49 years. She faithfully served God and her family for her entire life. She was a current member of First Baptist Church of Denham Springs where she was an active Sunday school teacher. Visitation will be held Monday, July 29th at First Baptist Church of Denham Springs from 8-11am followed by a service beginning at 11. Graveside service and burial will follow at Hope-Oliver cemetery in Kentwood, La. She was preceded in death by her husband, Otis Houston Hope and two granddaughters, Lauren and Alexandria. Avis was survived by her 5 loving sons and their spouses: Otis R Hope, Richard and Cynthia Hope, Ronnie and Debbie Hope, Rocky and Janice Hope, and Reggie and Stephanie Hope. 17 grandchildren: Kristy, Michael, Kyle, Faith, Ashley, Katie, Amie, Ricky, Heather, Brian, Tyler, Courtney, Lindsey, Allison, Alyshia, Marcus, Regina Hope. 25 great grandchildren, and 1 great-great granddaughter. The family would like to extend their appreciation to her pastor, Leo Miller and Dr. Militello, her long time physician. We’d also like to mention the wonderful staff at the butterfly wing of BR General Hospice Center. In lieu of flowers, donations may be made to: Hospice of Baton Rouge, 3600 Florida Blvd. Baton Rouge, La. 70806. As she always said: WE LOVE YOU THE MOST




Gladys Turner Culbertson

August 25, 1937 – July 27, 2019

A resident of Amite passed away on Saturday, July 27, 2019 at her home. She was born August 25, 1937 in Pink Hill, NC and was 81 years of age. She is survived by her husband, Brent Culbertson, Amite; 2 sons, Robert Culbertson and wife, Staci, Hammond, and Jody Culbertson and wife, Haydee, Amite; 4 grandchildren and 5 great-grandchildren; and numerous brothers and sisters. Preceded in death by parents, Tap and Ruth Bishop Turner; and numerous brothers and sisters. McKneely Funeral Home, Amite, in charge of arrangements. For an online guestbook, visit




Scripture Writing Plan – “Patience and Perseverance” – Galatians 6:7-10



The Scripture Writing Plan for August is available in the sanctuary of FBC, Kentwood.  Feel free to take one.




“A word of encouragement does wonders!”

~Proverbs 12:25 TLB~

I like the word “encourager” and love to be able to apply it to people I know.  Many people have been an encourager to me.  I thank you for that.  Be an encourager to others today.

Anna Lee