“I give them eternal life, and they shall never perish . . .

My Father, who has given them to me, is greater than all;

no one can snatch them out of my Father’s hand.”

~John 10:28-29 (NIV)~

Shelby Gene Strickland

January 27, 1950 – March 28, 2021

Shelby Gene Strickland, a resident of Montz, LA, passed away on Sunday, March 28, 2021 at Mid City Community Nursing and Rehab in Baton Rouge, LA. He was born January 27, 1950 in Kentwood, LA and was 71 years of age. He is survived by his sister, Idell Strickland; nephew, Kurt Falterman; niece, Lacy Simpson; longtime family friend, dearly loved by Shelby, Samuel Rosamond; and other nieces and nephews. Preceded in death by his parents, Eddie J. Strickland and Bessie G. Strickland; brother, Eddie W. Strickland. Graveside Services will be held at New Zion Cemetery, Kentwood, LA at 3:00PM Thursday, April 1, 2021. Services conducted by Rev. David Cutrer. McKneely Funeral Home, Kentwood, in charge of arrangements. For an online guestbook, visit

Carolyn Kinchen Yent

April 27, 1950 – March 29, 2021

Carolyn Kinchen Yent, a resident of Amite, LA, passed away on Monday, March 29, 2021 at Hood Memorial Hospital in Amite, LA. She was born April 27, 1950 in Hammond, LA and was 70 years of age. She is survived by her husband, Matthew Yent; son, John R. Yent; daughter, Lindsay Yent Pike and husband, John; sister, Jeanie Lieser and husband, Jake; numerous nieces and nephews. Preceded in death by her parents, Robert and Vennie Kinchen; 2 brothers, John Kinchen and Billy Kinchen. Visitation at Hillsdale Baptist Church from 8:00AM until religious services at 11:00AM on Friday, April 2, 2021. Interment Hillsdale Cemetery, Hillsdale, LA. In lieu of flowers donations can be made to Hillsdale Baptist Church. McKneely Funeral Home, Amite, in charge of arrangements. For an online guestbook, visit

Read the Bible Chronologically in 2021 – March 31

JUDGES 1:1-3:30

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Operation Christmas Child Shoeboxes

Thanks to all who have contributed shirts for transformation to dresses. We received three more shirts yesterday. They will make beautiful dresses!

We have packed 250 pencil bags so far this year. If you are shopping, we will soon need more highlighters, glue sticks, and pencil sharpeners. We hope to pack 150 more bags in April. These will all go in our shoeboxes. Then, we will start to make pencil bags for filler for boxes that need school supplies. Thanks to those who helped up a couple weeks ago, especially Luther, Susan, Ora Lee, and Linda.

So far, 300 tote bags are being made and fabric has been ordered to make 100 more. We have a great team of people who take care of this shoebox item each year. It is such a blessing to have volunteers who see a need and. gladly take care of it.

Stay tuned for out next workday. I hope to get approval today and will let you know tomorrow.

May God bless those who contribute items, make, assemble, paint, etc. “It takes a village” to pack a large number of shoeboxes.

Anna Lee