Enter through the narrow gate.

For wide is the gate and broad is the road that leads to destruction,

and many enter through it.  

But small is the gate and narrow the road that leads to life,

and only a few find it.

~Matthew 7:13-14~

My junior high and high school friend, Carol Ann Cutrer Cleveland, has a broken hip. As of last night, she was in the ET waiting to learn if surgery would be last night or today. I do not have an update yet. Please pray for a successful surgery and complete recovery.

Emma Chapman, granddaughter of Mrs. Ann Chapman is serving at a refugee center in Greece. Pray for her as she ministers there and touches many lives.

Mary Esther Gulotta Genco

April 09, 1928 – July 12, 2021

Mary Esther Gulotta Genco received her wings early on Monday morning, July 12, 2021 and instantly reunited with her beloved husband of many years, Paul C. Genco. “Honey” as she was known to many, especially her grandchildren, was born on Easter Sunday, April 9, 1928. “Honey” was a ballerina/dancer from an early age and presented herself at age 7 in the image of her early role model, Shirley Temple. Honey graduated from Independence High School in 1946 and then went to Monroe, Louisiana to attend Business College. She returned home in 1947 and went to work as a secretary at Frank’s Lumber Yard in Hammond, which at the time was situated directly behind the Brown Door Lounge. One day in 1947, while on her lunch break at the Tropic Cafe on Thomas Street in Hammond, Louisiana, she met the love of her life, Paul C. Genco. They married on October 10, 1948 and remained so until Paul’s death in June of 2017. Theirs was a marriage which consisted of great love, friendship, fidelity and devotion. The couple had four children, Charles V. Genco (wife Mary, deceased); Paula G. Spear, deceased (husband Wayne Spear, deceased); John J. Genco, deceased (wife Jackie Genco); and Loreta G. Campo (husband Steve Campo, Jr.). Honey was preceded in death by her parents, John and Laura Gulotta, her son, John, her daughter, Paula, and her beloved husband, Paul C. Genco. Honey is survived by her son Charles V. Genco and her daughter Loreta G. Campo and her grandchildren, William Hall (wife Emily); Christy Morgan (husband Joel); Paul C. Genco, II (wife Megan); Steve Campo, III (wife Amy); Charly Defelice (husband Nick); Mary-Lauren Vernon (husband Eric); and great grandchildren, Sophia Morgan, Gunnar Morgan, Mackenzie Hall, Rilee Hall, Abram Hall, Whitney Hall, John-Peter Campo and Dominick Paul Genco. She also leaves behind her loving cat, Soot. Family expresses their sincere thanks to all care givers and medical professionals who took care of Honey. Visitation at McKneely Funeral Home, Amite, from 9:00AM until 10:40AM on Friday, July 16, 2021 with a Rosary at 10:45AM and a Eulogy immediately following. A Mass of Christian Burial will be held at St. Helena Catholic Church, Amite, at 12:00 Noon on Friday. Services conducted by Fr. Mark Beard. Interment Amite Memorial Gardens, Amite, LA. Pallbearers will be William Hall, Paul Genco, Eric Vernon, Steve Campo, Jr., Steve Campo, III, and Jesse Phares. Honorary pallbearer will be Dominick “Hawk” Cuti. Family requests that unvaccinated guests to please wear a mask. For an online guestbook, visit

Daniel Curtis Gates, Jr.

October 06, 1928 – July 12, 2021

A resident of Spring Creek, LA, passed away on Monday, July 12, 2021 at his home. He was born October 6, 1928 in Kentwood, LA and was 92 years of age. He worked at Gulf States Utilities until he retired at the age of 55. He loved the Lord, loved to work, loved Spring Creek Baptist Church and loved to be involved with his children and grandchildren. He was excellent at giving words of wisdom. His grandchildren loved to hear him tell his life stories that only he could make come to life. He will never be forgotten. He is survived by his wife of 71 years, Myrle Varnado Gates; daughter, Darlene Biggs (Donald); son, Donald Curtis Gates, Sr. (Mona); grandchildren, Landon LeBourgeois (Michelle), Ashlynn Ashford (Bubba), Clint LeBourgeois (Lyndee), Marc Marbury (Abbie), and Curt Gates, Jr.; great-grandchildren, Cheyenne Ashford, Dakota Ashford, Londyn Ashford, Blakely LeBourgeois, Bella LeBourgeois, Brooklynn LeBourgeois, Halleigh LeBourgeois, and Monica Marbury; sister, Loyce Hughes. Preceded in death by parents, Daniel and Wilma Gates; 2 brothers, Wildon “Bud” Clark and Clem Clark; 3 sisters, Velda Brock, Doris Dickey, and Cleta Crawford. Visitation at Spring Creek Baptist Church from 9:00AM until religious services at 11:00AM on Thursday, July 15, 2021. Services conducted by Dr. Danny Smith. Interment Spring Creek Cemetery, Spring Creek, LA. McKneely Funeral Home, Kentwood, in charge of arrangements. For an online guestbook, visit

Read the Bible Chronologically in 2021 – July 14


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Today’s prayer focus

I’ve been hearing good reports on local VBSs this week. Please continue to pray for the boys and girls in attendance as they learn more about the Bible and grow a desire to live for God on a daily basis.

Also, please continue to pray for the youth from FBC, Kentwood as they experience M-Fuge in Tennessee.

Looking ahead – Next OCC workshop

July 24th

9 A.M. – Noon

Everyone is invited to join in.

Anna Lee