“Just as there are many parts to our bodies, so it is with Christ’s body. We are all parts of it, and it takes every one of us to make it complete, for we each have different work to do. So we belong to each other, and each needs all the others.”

~Romans 12:4-5 (TLB)~

Volunteer – a person who freely offers to take part in an enterprise or undertake a task.

All great tasks in the kingdom of God and in other places require volunteers. They are not motivated by money, but purpose!

PACKING OF SHOEBOXES WILL BE DONE IN THE NEXT THREE WEEKS. Then, we look ahead to a week of collecting shoeboxes from others to send them on the next step of the way to the right child for each box. Only God can get the boxes to the right children, but I have heard many stories of a child who wanted, and sometimes needed, an unusual item. It turned out to be the main item of the shoebox the child received. For example, one child wanted a radio. I’ve never thought about packing a radio, or know of someone who did, but the child who wanted a radio got a radio in a “shoebox” packed in a far-away country. ONLY GOD!

Mrs. Bessie Hayden had to go back to the hospital. Please keep her in your prayers.

Pray for another of my former students who is very sick.

Antoinette Marie Strahan

June 08, 1946 – September 25, 2021

Antoinette Marie Strahan

Marie Antoinette Strahan passed from this life on September 25, 2021 at Southwest Mississippi Regional Medical Center in McComb, MS. She was born in Bay City, TX On June 8, 1946 to Tony Buckley and Louise Tracey.

She worked hard to provide for her family and took pride in everything that she did. She always believed that if you are going to do something, you should give it your all.

She was a wonderful friend who would do anything for the people that she loved. Everyone who met her fell in love with her sweet soul.

Survivors are her three sons, Jody Johnson, Raymond Johnson, and Jack Wilkinson; one daughter, Jamie Hector, and numerous grandchildren, great-grandchildren, and her two best friends, Milton and Nancy Holloway.

Pamela Giardina Triolo

June 16, 1944 – October 04, 2021

A resident of Amite, LA, passed away on Monday, October 4, 2021 at North Oaks Medical Center in Hammond, LA. She was born June 16, 1944 in Amite, LA and was 77 years of age. She is survived by 2 sons, Mike Triola and Greg Triolo and wife Marissa; 4 grandsons, Tyler Castleberry and Alex, Ryan, and Owen Triolo; brother, Sal Giardina and wife Deanna; and numerous aunts, uncles and cousins. Preceded in death by her husband, Carlo Triolo; parents, Sam and Constance Lupo Giardina; nephew, Duane Giardina. She worked as a nurse for Dr. Goldsby for 35 years where she loved helping and serving her patients and community. Graveside Services will be held on Saturday, October 9,2021 at 10:00AM at Amite Memorial Gardens, Amite, LA. Services conducted by Deacon Eddie Renz. McKneely Funeral Home, Amite, in charge of arrangements. For an online guestbook, visit

Read the Bible Chronologically in 2021

October 7th Readings
MARK 5:1-20
MATTHEW 8:28-34
LUKE 8:26-39
MARK 5:21-43
MATTHEW 9:18-26
LUKE 8:40-56

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Prayer Focus for Today

Our area is very thankful for the volunteers who came here to help our residents with downed trees and damaged roofs. Think of others who worked, without pay, to help in recovery. They are volunteers. They do a good work. God blesses them for their work. We have many who volunteer here on a regular basis. Think of parents and grandparents who volunteer at schools. Think about Sunday School teachers and other volunteer laborers at schools and churches. Think of people who clean the roadway in their neighborhood. Think of those who serve for many years in hospitals. I know I am on focus this morning. The television segment on right now just said “volunteer” and talked about others who benefit another community by giving of their time. Thank God for volunteers. Ask Him how He can best use your time and talents.

Anna Lee