Anxiety weighs down the heart,

but a kind word cheers it up.

~Proverbs 12:25~

Please remember to pray for Jewel Kay Cutrer who is being treated at MD Anderson..

Pray for several families as they make decisions about the best care for their loved ones. You might want to say special prayers for the families of Jerry Doughty and Ginger Hatchel (TX).

Paula “Tot” Russell Hodges

July 31, 1961 – September 25, 2021

A resident of Hammond, LA, passed away on Saturday, September 25, 2021 at her home. She was born July 31, 1961 in Amite, LA and was 60 years of age. She is survived by her 4 children, Kenna Graves and husband Marley, Shelby Hodges and wife Brittney, Jeremy Hodges and girlfriend Crystal Conrady and Dylan Hodges; grandchildren, Chanler Graves, Raegan Graves, Wesley Hodges, Lilith Hodges, Benjamin Hodges and Brighton Hodges; father of her children, Kenneth Hodges; 2 sisters, Peggy Ann Todora and Terry Pye; numerous nieces, nephews, great-nieces and great-nephews; her puppies, Nieve and Alphonse; special nephews and nieces, Hoyt Ford and wife Becca, Tracye Ford and Rodney Hodges, Jr. Preceded in death by her mother, Elizabeth Ola Hyde Russell Toney Stevens; father, Shelby Oscar Russell; step-father, Delbert Toney; sister, Sue Ellen Pearson; infant daughter, Taylor Lynn Hodges. Visitation at Big Creek Church of Christ from 10:00AM until religious services at 1:00PM on Saturday, October 2, 2021. Services conducted by Bro. Mike Stafford. Interment Russelltown Cemetery, Roseland, LA. McKneely Funeral Home, Amite, in charge of arrangements. For an online guestbook, visit

(“Tot” was a distant relative of David through the Russells.)

Joseph Lee Bennett

January 15, 1955 – September 27, 2021

A resident of Roseland, LA, passed away on Monday, September 27, 2021 at North Oaks Medical Center in Hammond, LA. He was born January 15, 1955 in Independence, LA and was 66 years of age. He was a veteran of the United States Marine Corps and a deacon of First Baptist Church of Roseland. He is survived by his wife, Rose Marie Passman Bennett; 3 daughters, Jamie Bennett Howell (Greg Howell), Amy Bennett (George Landrew), Nannette Bennett; grandchildren, Joseph “Drew” Howell (Hanna Menne), Macy Bennett (Shawn Rewis) Jessica Howell (Jai Norwood), Gregory “Blake” Howell, Payton, Howell, Zachary Howell, Marcus Distefano, and Sarah Howell; great-grandchildren, Gabrielle “Gabbi” Bennett and Cataleya “Leya” Norwood; brother, Tony Bennett (Kelly Bennett); 2 sisters, Mary Ann Doyle and France Burcham. Preceded in death by father, Clifford Bennett; mother, Pauline Wilson; brother, William Elmo “Johnny” Bennett; and sister, Del Marie Howell. Memorial Services will be held at a later date. McKneely Funeral Home, Amite, in charge of arrangements. For an online guestbook, visit

(When we were getting the Hope Center in Roseland started, Joe was a volunteer there.)

George Jeffery Griffin

June 28, 1945 – September 25, 2021

George Jeffery Griffin, a resident of Mt. Hermon, LA, originally from Bridge City, LA passed away on Saturday, September 25, 2021 at his home in Mt. Hermon, LA. He was born June 28, 1945 in New Orleans, LA and was 76 years of age. One of his favorite parts of life was family get togethers where he enjoyed to clown around. He loved the deer and hogs that came into the back yard and enjoyed taking photos of them. He was a U. S. Navy veteran. He was president, assistant chief and operator of Bridge City Volunteer Fire Department for 37 years. For the last year he was president of the Mt. Hermon Volunteer Fire Department. He was a member of the International Union of Operators and Engineers from 1965 until retirement in 2002. He was an active member of St. Helena Catholic Church. He is survived by his wife, Brenda B. Griffin; daughter, Kiley Griffin; son, Grant Griffin; grandchildren, Brooke Bergeron and James Cavaliere and wife Allyson; great-grandchildren, Legend Bergeron and Jackson Cavaliere; sister, Betty Landry; numerous nieces and nephews. Preceded in death by his son, Morris Cavaliere, Jr.; parents, Elson and Louise Griffin; brothers and sister, Ruth Lilliman; Richard Griffin and Elson Griffin, Jr. Funeral Mass at St. Helena Catholic Church at 11:00AM on Friday, October 1 ,2021. Services conducted by Fr. Mark Beard. Interment St. Joseph Abbey Cemetery, Covington, LA . McKneely Funeral Home, Amite, in charge of arrangements. For an online guestbook, visit http://www.

Baptist Press

You may be especially interested in this article about the destruction done on LA churches during Ida.

The Southern Baptist Disaster Relief workers did so much for hundreds of individuals. The repair of many churches will be ongoing.

Read the Bible Chronologically in 2021

September 29th Readings
MARK 1:14-15
MATTHEW 4:12-17
LUKE 3:23
JOHN 4:46-54
LUKE 4:16-30
MARK 1:16-20
MATTHEW 4:18-22
MARK 1:21-28
LUKE 4:31-37
MARK 1:29-34
MATTHEW 8:14-17
LUKE 4:38-41
MARK 1:35-39
LUKE 4:42-44
MATTHEW 4:23-25

I cannot imagine how much studying was involved in putting the verses of the Bible in order of time. Today’s passages are especially amazing!

Today’s Prayer Focus

Today, let’s pray for those who are struggling to get hurricane repairs done to homes and businesses. If you know anyone who fits in this category, please do what you can to assist them.

Operation Christmas Child

Preparations for packing parties are underway at many churches. If you would like to participate at FBC, Kentwood, please let me know.

Your daily prayers make such a difference. Thank-you for giving some of your time to pray.

Anna Lee