How many times have you read, heard, spoken, or written this verse? The number is probably large. God is still real and the key to a Christian life and a home in heaven. Don’t miss out!


Nov. 11 – Philippians 4: 6-7


Shirley Ruth DeVane

Shirley Ruth DeVane, 76, passed away peacefully on Nov. 5, 2022, with her family by her side.

Born in Amite, La., Ms. DeVane spent most of her life in the Hammond, La. area. She retired after many years at the Hammond Medicaid Office within the Louisiana Department of Health.

Ms. DeVane most enjoyed spending time with her family, especially her three loving daughters and their families. She loved to read, play bingo, needlepoint and sew. She played piano and loved music. She was a member of New Beginnings Christian Church (formerly Happywoods Church of God) where she played the organ and was a longtime member of the choir.

Ms. DeVane went back to college later in life and even attended classes with her oldest daughter, graduating from Southeastern Louisiana University with her Bachelor’s degree in 1997.

Ms. DeVane is survived by her daughters Monét Whitson, Amber Wells and Melissa Lopez; grandchildren Morgan Robinson, Garrett Robinson, Regan Wells, Ethan Wells, Sophia Lopez and John Lopez; sister Bette White; nieces Beth Wolfe, Toni Graves and Laurie White; and nephews Brian Easley and Stephen White. She was preceded in death by parents Clyde and Verna Mae DeVane; sisters Mary Alice DeVane, and Joyce Easley; niece Carolyn Tackett; and nephews Bart Tackett, David White Jr. and Edwin Easley.

A Celebration of Life will take place in the afternoon on Sunday, December 18th at New Beginnings Christian Church in Hammond, La


Today is Veterans’ Day. My immediate family has never been large. My family members who served were: My daddy, Grant Smith – WWII, Pacific region, My uncle, Alfred Smith, Viet Nam, Injured at Plei Mae, My uncle, Fred Widas, Europe, WWII. My uncle, Charles Tolleson, military band in Germany , Cousins Scott Tolleson and Rick Widas – 1970’s, David’s brother, Jimmy Alford who served in Europe in 1960’s. Grandson, Miles Hatchel – Stationed at AF Base in New Jersey, and a future AF member, a senior in high school. David had an uncle, Hollis Alford, killed in France in WWII.

I’m thankful and proud of this military history. I’m thankful and proud of ALL who have served or are serving. THANK YOU FOR YOUR SERVICE!

PRAYER FOCUS : Today let’s pray for those who serve our country in any branch of the service.

Anna Lee