On coming to the house, they saw the child with his mother Mary, and they bowed down and worshiped him. Then they opened their treasures and presented him with gifts of gold, frankincense and myrrh.
And having been warned in a dream not to go back to Herod, they returned to their country by another route.~Matthew 2: 11-12 NIV~
Lottie Moon Christmas Offering – It’s never too late to give to this offering which uses 100% given for international missions. Good deal!
Operation Christmas Child purchases for the 2023 “Shoeboxes” have already begun. Please consider how you will help us during 2023. David and I are happy to announce our 2023 OCC team: Jackie and Bob Babin, Wanda Smith, Rachel and Jade Buckley, and James Rimes. We had many other helpers last year and will will be putting lots of OCC volunteer workers to work on January 7th, our first workday. Children and youth will be invited the adults again this year. See you January 7th at 9:00 in the fellowship hall. Thanks for your help.
READ and WRITE SCRIPTURE TODAY
December 27 – Phillipians 2: 5-8
BAPTIST PRESS (in case you missed this last week)
Gloria Ardillo Giardina
June 17, 1933 – December 25, 2022
(She worked with David for a while. I taught her children.)
A resident of Amite, LA, passed away on Sunday, December 25, 2022 at her home. She was born June 17, 1933 in New Orleans, LA and was 89 years of age. She is survived by her daughter, Lillian Giardina Massey and husband, Michael L. Massey; son, Charles Michael Giardina; 2 grandchildren, John Lucas Massey and Sarah Kate Massey; and her angels on Earth, Helen Vaughn, Debra Davis, Angela Bernard, Kathy Ginn and Tasha Ard. Preceded in death by her husband, Joseph P. Giardina; parents, Roy and Bessie Ardillo; and son, Joseph Roy Giardina. Visitation at St. Helena Catholic Church Hall, Amite, from 9:30AM until 11:30AM with Funeral Mass at St. Helena Catholic Church at 12:00 Noon on Wednesday, December 28, 2022. Services conducted by Fr. Mark Beard. Interment Amite Memorial Gardens, Amite, LA. McKneely Funeral Home, Amite, in charge of arrangements. For an online guestbook, visit http://www.mckneelys.com.
Harrell Lanier Griffin
October 3, 1939 – December 25, 2022
(One of the most widely known and respected men during his working years)
Harrell Lanier Griffin died peacefully at his home on Sunday, December 25th, 2022.
A long-time resident of Amite, Louisiana, he is survived by his wife of 60 years, Karen Gahn Griffin, a daughter, Gwendolynn Griffin Durham, a grandson, Brian Durham, two brothers, Lewis Griffin (Dorothy) and Ruffin Griffin, and a number of nieces and nephews. He was preceded in death by his father, Ruffin Wilson Griffin, and his mother, Vera Anna Lanier Griffin.
Harrell was a businessman in Amite for more than 40 years. He was the owner and publisher of The News Digest of Amite, the St. Helena Echo, the Hammond Vindicator, the Kentwood Ledger and the Magnolia (Mississippi) Gazette, and the founder of the Ponchatoula Times. He was a member of the Louisiana Press Association and the Mississippi Press Association. He printed newspapers across the Florida Parishes.
Harrell was a co-founder of the former Peoples Bank of Amite and a member of the board of Directors. He served in the U. S. Army in what was then the Counter Intelligence Corp, stationed at Fort Bliss, Texas.
Harrell was a quiet, loving man with a profound sense of duty to his fellow man and an unflinching devotion to doing what he felt was right, in spite of any obstacles. A parishioner of St. Helena Catholic Church, he served as a lector and as a member of the Society of St. Vincent de Paul. His hobbies included collecting and repairing clocks, and he was an active member of the National Association of Watch and Clock Collectors. He was also a member of the Louisiana Archaeological Association. He loved his garden and his chickens and spending time outside in the woods around his Amite residence.
Harrell was known as a generous man with his time, and he will be sorely missed by the many, many people whose lives he touched, both in his hometown and beyond.
Visitation at St. Helena Catholic Church Hall, Amite, from 9:30AM until 11:30AM with Funeral Mass at St. Helena Catholic Church at Noon on Thursday, December 29, 2022. Services conducted by Fr. Mark Beard. Interment Shiloh Church of Christ Cemetery, Amite, LA. McKneely Funeral Home, Amite, in charge of arrangements. For an online guestbook, visit http://www.mckneelys.com.
Sidney Wade Walker
December 28, 1939 – December 23, 2022
(Visitation will be on his birthday!)
A resident of Wilmer, LA, passed away on Friday, December 23, 2022 in Baton Rouge at Baton Rouge General Hospital. He was born December 28, 1939 in Wilmer, LA and was 82 years of age. He is survived by his daughter, Angela Walker Wilson and husband, Bart; grandchildren, Evan Michael Wilson, Grace Evangeline Wilson, and Lillian Claire Wilson;1 brother, Dannie E. Walker, Jr. and wife, Iris; numerous nieces and a nephew. Preceded in death by his parents, Dannie, Sr. and Myrtie Walker; sisters, Dolores Walker Larin and Nancy Juana Walker Morgan. Visitation at McKneely Funeral Home, Amite, from 5:00PM until 9:00PM on Wednesday and from 9:00AM until religious services at 11:00AM on Thursday, December 29, 2022. Services conducted by Bro. Terry Nelson. Interment Walker Cemetery, Wilmer, LA. For an online guestbook, visit http://www.mckneelys.com.
PRAYER FOCUS TODAY
Today, let’s pray for families who have serious illnesses and/or deaths in their families. Pray the patients and families KNOW JESUS.
THANKFULLY, the weather has been warming up. I will be happy when we have our more normal southeast Louisiana weather.
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