1 God is our refuge and strength, an ever-present help in trouble. 

2 Therefore we will not fear, though the earth give way and the mountains fall into the heart of the sea, 

3 though its waters roar and foam and the mountains quake with their surging.

                                                                             ~Psalm 46:1-3~





I will start with Operation Christmas Child this morning.


Join us in praising God for the 8,950,144 shoebox gifts packed in the U.S. in 2019!
Together with all the shoeboxes collected globally, that’s more than 10.5 million Gospel opportunities now on the way to children in more than 100 countries around the world!





Dr. Anjanette Varnado has been discharged.  She is sore, but “on the mend”.  Thank-you for praying for her,




Sherill Caraway was still having some heart issues, so he stayed in the hospital overnight.  Pray he is better today.




Christian Ratliff has had some hearing tests and will possibly have ear surgery.  Please continue to pray for this family.




Margaret Elaine Burgess

March 14, 1934 – January 15, 2020

Margaret Elaine Burgess passed away peacefully on January 15, 2020. During a life that began in Winthrop, Arkansas on March 14, 1934, Margaret was a consummate servant, friend, and strong believer in Jesus. She grew up in Texarkana, Arkansas and along the way developed a desire to communicate her love to others and an immense work ethic, both of which were displayed often. Upon marrying Gordon, she embarked on a life of being a consistent supporter and tireless companion that included unquestionable love and sacrifice.

A devoted wife, mom, grandmother, sister, aunt, and friend, Mrs. Burgess always placed others before herself. She enjoyed playing – whether it was games with family and friends or the piano at her church or the assisted living facility where she resided the last six months. She was always eager to share the gift of music and will be remembered for her positive attitude and a constant desire to lend a helping hand.

Margaret was preceded in death by her father Curtis Morgan and her mother Mary Sharp Morgan;  in-laws A. J. Burgess and Estelle Duke Burgess; and husband Gordon Burgess. She is survived by her son Wade, wife Amy and grandson, Alex; brother Curtis Buck” Morgan, two daughters and their families; sister Joyce Johnson, two children and their families; brother-in-law Paul Burgess; sister-in-law Linda and husband Galen Russell; nieces, nephews and a host of grand nieces and nephews.

Visitation to be held on January 18, 2020 at McKneely Funeral Home in Amite, Louisiana from 911am with a funeral service to follow. Interment Amite Memorial Gardens, Amite. To continue the Burgess legacy in Tangipahoa parish, in lieu of flowers, donations may be made to the Gordon and Margaret Burgess Endowed Scholarship Fund at Southeastern Louisiana University.  Online at (select “Other” for fund and indicate Burgess scholarship in the field) or by calling (985) 549-5356.

My fondest memories of Mrs. Burgess are when she was an itinerate teacher.  She began her day at Loranger High School and completed her day at Independence High.  I’m thankful I got to know her many years ago.



Read the Bible in 2020 – January 17

  • Genesis 35:1-36:43
  • Matthew 12:1-21
  • Psalm 15:1-5
  • Proverbs 3:21-26




Today will be another work day for family and a friend to work on some OCC projects.  My sister, Julie, my cousin, Naomi, and Julie’s friend, Lynette, will be helping today.  I look forward to getting a lot accomplished and having a good visit while doing so.  Pray for God to lead you to want to have an OCC work day at FBC, Kentwood or at your own church.  In 2019, FBC, Kentwood turned in 415 of the 8,950,144 shoebox gifts sent out from the USA.  We are now working on the 2020 boxes.

Anna Lee