“Many nations will be joined with the LORD in that day and will become my people.

I will live among you and you will know that the LORD Almighty has sent me to you.

~Zechariah 2:11~




Hurricane Laura!  Pray, pray, pray!

  • We didn’t get the worse of the storm, but some other people got hit hard!
  • Pray for families that lost family members.
  • Pray for families who lost homes and businesses.
  • Pray for those who will be without services.
  • Pray for those who will be policing, rescuing, searching, clearing debris, cooking, providing meals, ministering to hearts, rebuilding, etc.
  • Pray for the long recovery for all the people.
  • Pray for those who will face Hurricane Laura in the coming hours and days.


Louisiana Baptist Disaster Relief

BASELA Family- we are making Disaster Relief Preparations with the LBC in response to Hurricane Laura. We most likely will deploy a Feeding Unit to Lake Charles (or near there) Monday. Chainsaw Teams/mudout teams will be needed. If you can volunteer please call our missions office and leave your contact information (985-839-3827 select option three) Please be patient as we cannot deploy volunteers until the storm passes and law enforcement gives the okay. Please join me in praying for people in the pTh of the storm. -Bro. Stan




There will be plenty to do to help in the wake of this storm.  Not everyone needs to go and cut trees, repair roofs, etc.  Each person can do what God has equipped them to do.  Please do what God leads you to do.  I know we can all pray!






Charles Kenneth Cardaronella was born July 24, 1956, in Hammond, Louisiana to loving parents Virginia and Tony Cardaronella, and was a lifelong resident of Independence, Louisiana.  On August 23, 2020, at Our Lady of the Lake Hospital, Charles peacefully succumbed to the complications of COVID 19, after fighting hard to overcome the disease.

Charles was the proud father of daughter Aeriel Cardaronella Cox, son-in-law Lance Scott Cox, and loving grandfather to Allie Ann Cox and Macie Ann Cox, all of Folsom, Louisiana.  Charles was the youngest of three siblings, survived by a brother, Larry T. Cardaronella, also of Independence, and a sister, Tonia C. Canale (Charles Jr.) of Tickfaw, Louisiana.  Nieces and nephews include Toby Cardaronella (Rhonda), Timothy Cardaronella (Tara), Jeffrey Cardaronella, Jeremy Cardaronella, Lacey C. Todora (Phil), and Casey C. Stewart (Josh), Brian  Canale (Melissa) and goddaughter and niece Dea C. Frederick (Brian), along with many great nieces and nephews.  Additionally, he leaves behind his friend and Aeriel’s mother, Paula Dugas and his loving godmother Mary Frances Cardaronella Brashears.  He was preceded in death by his parents, Tony and Virginia Carden Cardaronella and grant-parents Frank Sr. and Victoria Chula Cardaronella, and Thomas and Anna Belle Shelton Carden.

A 1974 graduate of Independence Boys’ High School, Independence, Louisiana, Charles was a Trade Show Carpenter with the United Brotherhood of Carpenters and Joiners of America.  His work took him to various parts of the United States and into Canada, where he made lifetime friends.  Charles was a member of the Parish of Mater Dolorosa Catholic Church, and he volunteered much time at the Independence Italian Cultural Museum.  Charles’ loves included family, friends, and fishing.  He enjoyed cooking and sharing his jerky with everyone, too, as well as learning more of his Sicilian heritage.

Visitation will be conducted at Harry McKneely Funeral Home, Hammond, LA, on Friday, August 28, beginning at 9:00 AM until the funeral service begins at 11:00 AM.  Interment will be held in a private ceremony at a later date.

Honorary Pallbearers include Sidney Stabile, Richard Whalen, Guy Capace, David Falcone, Tommy Mandella, and Joey Campo.  Memorial gifts can be made in Charles’ name to the Independence Italian Cultural Museum, P. O. Box 582, Independence, LA. 70443.  Special thanks for all of the prayers during Charles’ fight, for the excellent care received from the OLOL Special Disease Unit, OLOL Palliative Care Team, OLOL Care Managers, and OLOL Chaplains.

Face masks are now mandatory to attend any visitation or service at the funeral home. Thank you for your cooperation.




Freddie Gene Routt

February 04, 1942 – August 26, 2020

A resident of Kentwood, LA, passed away on Wednesday, August 26, 2020 at his home. He was born February 4, 1942 in Wilsonville, AL and was 78 years of age. Freddie grew up in Baton Rouge and graduated from Istrouma High School in 1960. He worked at Ethel Corporation as a heavy equipment supervisor from 1965 until 1985. He also worked at Gulf Lumber in Mobile, AL as a heavy equipment supervisor. He is survived by his wife, Josefina Son Routt, Kentwood; daughters, Judalyn Ilaya Son, Kentwood, Hany Ilaya Son, Kentwood, Madonna Helen Jones, Baton Rouge, and Martha G. Kliesch, Kentwood; son, Frederick Christian J. Routt, Baton Rouge; and numerous grandchildren. Preceded in death by first wife, Donna Milby Routt; parents, Herman Frederick Routt and Sarah Ashmore Routt; brother, Don J. Routt. The family would like to thank Jamie and Jessica with Encompass Health for their excellent care. Graveside Services will be held at Pine Ridge Cemetery, 3893 Hwy 440, Kentwood, LA at 4:00PM Monday, August 31, 2020. Services conducted by Rev. Dr. Michael Townsend. McKneely Funeral Home, Kentwood, in charge of arrangements. For an online guestbook, visit





Read the Bible in 2020 – August 27

  1. Job 23:1-27:23
  2. 2 Corinthians 1:12-2:11
  3. Psalm 41:1-13
  4. Proverbs 22:5-6




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REVIVAL – Begins tonight

  • FBC, Kentwood
  • In person or online
  • 6 P.M.




The sun is coming up.  The first thing I noticed is a beautiful red hibiscus flower. That reminds me of God’s faithfulness.

“Great is Thy Faithfulness”



Don’t let the storm, sickness, being quarantined, or anything else take this message from you today or any day.

Anna Lee