For we know that our old self was crucified with him so that the body ruled by sin might be done away with, that we should no longer be slaves to sin because anyone who has died has been set free from sin.

~Romans 6:6-7~

Today, I’m thanking God for healing Damar Hamlin for two reasons.

First, because he is alive. Second, because his health is a result of answered prayers of many people, both. on and off the football field. I hope this will turn around the thoughts of many that say there is no place for public prayer. My prayers also include hopes that this young man will lead a Christian life that is an example for others, both on and off the football field.

Dominic Terrase

My classmate, Dominic Terrase is in ICU in Covington. I got to visit with him at a class reunion in Amite just before Christmas. He has struggled with different health issues for a while. Your prayers will be appreciated.

Tommy and Diane Simmons

This couple represents many couples where both have had winter illnesses and one is now better than the other. Pray for continue health improvement for both of them.

Yesterday at FBC, Kentwood

Yesterday, there were two opportunities for people at our church.

The Operation Christmas Child Workday was fantastic. We had a bigger work crew than ever before and much was accomplished in a few hours. Church members had an opportunity to work with others and get to know other people. Mostly, we got to focus on being a part of children around the world having an opportunity to hear about and accept Jesus into their hearts.

We had seven first-time workers. Also, I would like to recognize the best represented Sunday School class yesterday. It was Charlie Schwartz’s men’t class. Good job ,Charlie and class members!

The people who attended the Focus on the Family Conference was also large in number. I don’t have a first-hand report of the meeting, but the number of cars there represented a large number of people who were still there when we left. I’m anxious to hear from them today.

There was yesterday another group at church yesterday. Children were in the nursery allowing their parents to attend the meeting.

Today, there are other opportunities at church.

Sunday School begins at 9:15 and morning worship at 10:30. Evening worship is at 6:00. Bro. Darryl’s morning sermon topic is “Reading Your Bible is Required” based upon Matthew 4:4.

Today’s Prayer Focus

Let’s pray for people to allow God to work in their hearts and lives at church services today.


John 2

These different aspects of Jesus tell me . . . .


Russell Paul Conger, Sr.

October 30, 1947 – January 4, 2023

Russell Paul Conger, Sr. of Amite, Louisiana departed our earthly world for his eternal rest with our Lord on January 4, 2023, at the age of 75. A veteran, father, and husband; Russell was a true gentlemen with a soft spoken nature and kind heart. He was loved by all who had the pleasure of knowing him and will be dearly missed. He grew up in Belle Chasse, Louisiana, as the oldest of three boys. Russell was an exceptional student and graduated as valedictorian of the 1966 class of Belle Chasse High School. He went on to graduate from Louisiana State University in 1970 before being drafted and serving two years in the United States Army.

He began a career in personnel management before working 35 years in the banking industry. Russell notably served as the first President and CEO of People’s Bank in Amite for many years before retiring from First Bank and Trust in 2015. He was proud to be part of the Amite community, was an active member of the Rotary Club, and made many life-long friendships throughout his years.

He was a member of St. Helena Catholic Church and served on the board of the St. Vincent De Paul and of the Men of Manresa. Russell dearly loved his three dogs.

He is survived by his wife, Jeanne Collins Conger; his children Russell Paul Conger, Jr. (Nikki), Andrew Conger (Amelie), and Courtney Rasor (Chad) and their mother, Sandra Conger, and his stepdaughter Elise Curry (Scott) and stepsons Marcus Collins and Tim Collins; his brothers Mark (Laurina) and Steven Conger; his grandchildren Lainey, Russell Paul III, Chloe, Kaleb, Lucien, Margot, and Claire Conger; step grandchildren Audrey, Margaret, Eleanor, and Luke Curry; Londyn Collins and Brklyn Beale, and numerous nieces and nephews.

He is preceded in death by his mother and father, Roger Fowler and Martha Conger and his half-sister Martha Anne Conger Aroni.

Visitation will be at McKneely Funeral Home, located at 110 E Factory St, Amite City, LA 70422 on Monday, January 9, 2023 from 6:00 pm until 9:00pm and from 8:30am until 10:30am on Tuesday. A mass of Christian Burial will follow at 11:00 am on Tuesday at St. Helena Catholic Church located at 122 S 1st St. Amite City, LA 70422. Interment will take place at Westlawn Memorial Park in Gretna at 2:00 pm. For an online guestbook, visit

Peggy Ann “Penny” Cox

July 9, 1945 – January 6, 2023

A resident of Albany, LA, passed away on Friday, January 6, 2023 at her home. She was born July 9, 1945 in Magnolia, MS and was 77 years of age. She is survived by 6 children, Lyle Ray Cox, Jeffery Don Cox and wife Brenda, Louis Dewayne Cox and wife Tammy, Dennis Mitchell Cox, Charmon Annessa Cox and her boyfriend Darrell Smart, and Natalie Nicole Gilmore Cox and her boyfriend, Virgil Polezcek; 6 grandchildren, Cassidy Cox, Brian Wells, Dustin Wells, Aaron Cox, Austin Cox and Tatum Cox; 10 great-grandchildren, Carter Cox, Canton Cox, Christian Menke, Brianna Wells, Chole Wells, Brynleigh Wells, Brantley Wells, Alayna Cox, Ryleigh Cox and Briella Cox; and a sister, Betty McFerrin. Preceded in death by husband, Jimmy Don Cox; parents, Percy and Louise Alford; and sister, Faye Whiddon. Pallbearers will be Cassidy Cox, Brian Wells, Dustin Wells, Aaron Cox, Austin Cox and Jim Mcferrin. Visitation at McKneely Funeral Home, Amite, from 8:00AM until religious services at 10:00AM on Monday, January 9, 2023. Services conducted by Pastor Jeff McKneely. Interment Walker Cemetery, Wilmer, LA. For an online guestbook, visit


On the 14th, at the Kentwood ball field north of town on highway 51, the boys and young men of our community will have an opportunity to participate in the first meeting of Trail Life. You might want to check this out. I understand there are many opportunities for them both in the outdoor world and to experience God working in their lives. Contact Ladd Turner for more information.

Be blessed and be a blessing today.

Anna Lee