MONDAY

My goal is that they may be encouraged in heart and united in love, so that they may have the full riches of complete understanding, in order that they may know the mystery of God, namely, Christ.

~Colossians 2:2~

DOUG AND CRYSTAL WATSON had a motorcycle accident last night. She was transported to a hospital in Jackson for her injuries. Doug shared that she will be okay. Please pray for her as she recovers.

READ AND WRITE THE BIBLE TODAY

Sept. 26 – Matthew 7: 7-12

BAPTIST PRESS

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OCC WORKSHOP

There will not be a workshop Saturday to finish packing shoeboxes. All, 400 this year, have been packed. That is the most boxes we have packed as a group. Please pray for the 400 children who will receive the boxes in countries around the world. Pray that as they are introduced to Jesus they will choose to have Him live in their hearts and lives and be able to influence others to do the same. Thank-you to all who donated and/or worked to make it possible to pack 400 shoeboxes this year.

FBC, KENTWOOD Yesterday was a great day to study the Bible and worship God! We were blessed to have another baptism yesterday. We also had about 15 classes to choose from for Sunday School. The children are beginning to prepare for their Christmas program. The youth hosted “See You at the Pole”. Both morning and evening worship were well attended. If you do not have a church, I encourage you to come see if you would like to join us.

PRAYER FOCUS FOR TODAY Today, let’s pray for the children as they prepare for the Christmas musical. May they learn about Jesus and why he came to us as a baby in Bethlehem many years ago. Thank God for the wonderful adults who work with the children. Pray they are able to prepare and present a message that will touch hearts and lives in December.

Thank you for praying today.

Anna Lee

Sunday

In the same way, I tell you, there is rejoicing in the presence of the angels of God over one sinner who repents.

~Luke 15:10~

This morning I share the sad news that Mrs. Ruby Dillon’s sister, Sally, passed away. Her service will be Wednesday. Pray for “Miss” Sally’s family.

GEORGIA BARNETTE OFFERING FOR MISSIONS IN LOUISIANA

The Week of Prayer has passed, but it is never too late to give to this special offering. Please mark your envelope or check “Georgia Barnette”.

Honor God today!

Anna Lee

SATURDAY – Updated to include new baby

So do not fear, for I am with you;
do not be dismayed, for I am your God.
I will strengthen you and help you;
I will uphold you with my righteous right hand.

~Isaiah 41:10~

READ AND WRITE THE BIBLE TODAY

SEPTEMBER 24 – MATTHEW 7: 1-3

BAPTIST PRESS

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BAPTIST MESSAGE

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NEW BABY – Cooper Joseph Creel

Born 9-23-22

7 llb. 13 0s.

Son of Emily and Bubba Creel

Big sister -Collins

Vera Sue Dyer Durr

September 5, 1946 – September 23, 2022

Vera Sue Dyer Durr, passed away peacefully at her home on Friday, September 23, 2022 at 5:30 am. She was born on September 5, 1946, in Poteau, Oklahoma. She was 76 years old. She graduated from Amite High School in 1964. Very competitive in sports and her love for music. She played the clarinet in the Amite High School Marching Band as well as played basketball. Vera was a leader, teacher, and very compassionate in everything she did. Her passion was helping people and taking care of her family. Vera, met her husband Emile C. Durr, Jr. at SLU. Traveled with him and lived in places like Mozambique, Argentina, and Zimbabwe for a while because of her husband’s job in the oilfield industry. She later graduated from Thomas Edison State College with a Bachelor’s Degree in Philosophy/ Religious Studies. She worked at St. Helena Catholic Church as the Pastoral Associate as the RCIA Director and Teacher. She would counsel people on their faith before they joined the Church. She taught Catechism and also was a Religion Teacher at Mater Dolorosa School. Vera was a coach for a few years with the Amite Soccer League back in the 1980’s. She also loved riding and raising horses as well as managing a cattle farm. Vera is survived by her husband of 56 years, Emile C. Durr, Jr., her two children, Victoria Durr (son) Austin, and Errol Durr (daughter) Shelbi and (son) Michael. Preceded in death by her son David James Durr and her parents James Henry Dyer and Adele Helen Dykes Dyer. Visitation will be at McKneely Funeral Home, Amite, on Monday, September 26, 2022 from 8:30 a.m. until 11:00 a.m. Catholic Mass will be at St. Helena Catholic Church on Monday, September 26, 2022 at 11:30 a.m. Burial will be in the Sharkey Cemetery in Amite. For an online guestbook, visit http://www.mckneelys.com.

PRAYER FOCUS – CLASSMATES DAY 2

After attending David’s 60th reunion and learning that half his classmates are now deceased, I feel the need to ask you again to pray for your classmates. Like family members, they will depart from this life one-by-one. This was reinforced to me yesterday as I posted the obituary of one of my classmates.

Use today to prepare yourself and your family for tomorrow.

Anna Lee

FRIDAY

Honor your father and your mother,

so that you may live long

in the land the Lord your God is giving you.

~Exodus 20:12~

Frank Fleming, III

July 20, 1948 – September 21, 2022

On Wednesday, September 21, 2022, Frank Fleming, III passed away peacefully at his home in Wilmer surrounded by his family. He was 74 years of age. Preceded in death by his parents, Frank Fleming, Jr. and Jenell B. Fleming; brother, Corey Quinn Fleming. He is survived by his wife of 43 years, Debi Juve Fleming; sons, Dustin Raymond Fleming and Dylan Field Turner; brother, Dalfra Lynn Fleming; cousin, Mary Jane Lantor; sisters-in-law, Janie Juve Norton and her husband, George, and Bonnie Juve; and numerous nieces and nephews. Graveside Services will be held at Arcola-Roseland Cemetery in Roseland, LA on Tuesday, September 27, 2022 at 2:00PM. In lieu of flowers, donations may be made to Tangipahoa Voluntary Council on Aging. McKneely Funeral Home, Amite, in charge of arrangements. For an online guestbook, visit http://www.mckneelys.com.

READ AND WRITE SCRIPTURE TODAY

September 23 – Colossians 3: 22-25

PRAYER FOCUS – Classmates

David and I both have Amite High class reunions soon. Knowing many of our classmates are deceased and/or have lost their spouses helps us to appreciate those who are still living even more. We all need to learn to appreciate those we have while we have them, not just when they are no longer living.

Have a wonderful day! Do something that will make a great memory in another person’s life.

Anna Lee

THURSDAY

Start children off on the way they should go,
and even when they are old they will not turn from it
.

~Proverbs 22:6~

Richard Hendry’s cancer surgery yesterday went well. He may be able to come home today. Please continue to pray for him.

I was asked to share this request.

I went to the oncologist last week and the labs showed I needed further tests to determine my low blood and iron levels. Today I had a procedure that revealed a mass on my colon, very likely cancer. The outlook is hopeful that it can be successfully removed. Your prayers are appreciated as we go through this unexpected journey.

Velta Morris

Bill and Velta thank you for praying for them.

David has been seeing several doctors lately for check-ups. All have given him a good report. Thank you for all your prayers for him.

Georgia Barnette Offering for Louisiana Missions, 2022

Operation Christmas Child Prayers Answered

Yesterday, I asked you to pray for Barbie dolls as David shopped on his way home from his appointments. He found a box of them on a top shelf and was able to get enough to meet our needs! Thank you for praying!

Our focus for the remaining weeks will be on postage ($10.00 per shoebox). As parents of missionaries who served internationally, I can tell you that is a great deal. We paid much more to ship smaller and lighter packages.

READ AND WRITE SCRIPTURE

September 22 – Colossians 3: 22-25

PRAYER FOCUS – OCC Shoppers

Thousands of people in our area are shopping for items to pack shoeboxes. David and I frequently meet or hear reports from others as they shop. Isn’t it great all these people are willing to work diligently to see that children around the world hear about Jesus.

You are special to me!

Anna Lee

Wednesday

Leroy Rodriguez

September 18, 1955 – September 20, 2022


A resident of Kentwood, LA, passed away on Tuesday, September 20, 2022 at PAM Specialty Hospital in Covington, LA. He was born September 18, 1955 in Loranger, LA and was 67 years of age. He loved his cigarettes, 18 wheelers and especially his grandchildren. He is survived by his 3 daughters, Regina Salter and Gene, Angela Milton and Jeramie and Tammy Raiford and Justin; 2 sons, Cody Raiford and Susan and Leroy Rodriguez, Jr.; grandchildren, Caden McKinney, Joleigh Thibodeaux, Paisleigh Thibodeaux, Kaymen Raiford, Layton Salter, Kase Salter, Braelyn Milton, Blakely Snyder, Brantley Rodriguez and Riggin Rodriguez; mother, Lukeinea DiMattia; and numerous brothers and sisters. Preceded in death by his father, Leander Rodriguez, Jr.; grandmother, Bernice Rodriguez; uncle, Leslie Rodriguez; brother, Glen Jordan. Visitation at McKneely Funeral Home, Amite, from 9:00AM until religious services at 11:00AM on Friday, September 23, 2022. Interment Noah Cemetery, Uneedus, LA. For an online guestbook, visit http://www.mckneelys.com.

READ AND WRITE SCRIPTURE TODAY

September 21 – Colossians 3: 15-17

GEORGIA BARNETTE

Who was Georgia Barnette?

When we think about those that brought our nation into existence we think of names like George Washington, Thomas Jefferson, Benjamin Franklin and John Adams. Other names bubble to the surface when we think about the beginning of our great state. But when we think about Louisiana Baptists and our mission as believers, we remember Georgia Barnette. In 1901, Georgia Barnette arrived at First Baptist Church in New Orleans. Although she was new to the region, she fell in love with the city, its history, its diversity and its needs. Georgia went across the state and visited churches by boat, train, and horse-drawn carriage. She began to work with women all over the state.

Through this process of getting to know Louisiana personally, she began to organize the mission and communicate about the needs across our state for the gospel. With the help of churches, she made it her mission to increase mission awareness. Her passion was unquestionable. Because of her love of the Gospel, the Great Commission, and Louisiana, she became the first Executive Director/Treasurer of the WMU in Louisiana. Although Georgia’s work here on earth ended many years ago, she left a heritage of hope for the state of Louisiana. Her handwritten correspondence reminded Louisianians to invest in ministry. Our state has changed dramatically since her departure, but the needs are even greater than they were over 100 years ago. Our state is a mission field. The torch has been passed to us as we share the light in an ever darkening culture.

BAPTIST PRESS

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OCC SHOEBOX UPDATE

David was able to locate eight Barbie-like dolls. yesterday. He’s hopeful he can locate some as he travels to and from Baton Rouge this morning for an appointment. Pray for a good report and for more dolls.

PRAYER FOCUS TODAY – Shoebox Leaders

Pray for those who lead the “Shoebox” effort in local churches, churches throughout the state, churches all across the United States, and churches around the world. Each person has a small part, but together they impact many children, families, churches, and countries. May God bless each person involved.

Anna Lee

TUESDAY

Can a mother forget the baby at her breast
and have no compassion on the child she has borne?
Though she may forget,
I will not forget you!
See, I have engraved you on the palms of my hands;
your walls are ever before me.

~Isaiah 49:15-16~

He remembers us. I got up this morning thinking about others and listing in my heart people throughout my life that I know had/have a very special gift of showing they care/cared about others. I’m not surprised this verse was waiting for me on the computer. God is always “in our corner”!

READ AND WRITE SCRIPTURE TODAY

Sept. 20 – Colossians 3: 12-14

This process does not attempt to have you write the whole Bible, it merely helps you read a little of your Bible daily. If you do not have a Bible reading plan, this is one way to begin reading a few verses each day. Consider doing that much. God remember us each day. Let’s remember Him by reading his Word.

GEORGIA BARNETTE

If you church is not showing the Georgia Barnette videos or if you would like to see some of them again, you can follow the link tha comes after the first two pictures.

BAPTIST PRESS

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OCC

Please pray for churches as they work to pack shoeboxes. Pray for the children who will receive them. May they each find God’s love in their box.

Anna Lee

MONDAY

But from everlasting to everlasting
the Lord’s love is with those who fear him,
and his righteousness with their children’s children—
with those who keep his covenant
and remember to obey his precepts.

~Psalm 103:17-18~

Shirley Alford Rowe

August 1, 1933 – September 17, 2022

A resident of Livingston, LA, passed away on Saturday, September 17, 2022 at Baton Rouge General. She was born August 1, 1933 in Jackson, LA and was 89 years of age. She was a member of First Baptist Church in Livingston, graduated from Greensburg High School and Southeastern Louisiana University with a Bachelor’s Degree in Education. Mrs. Rowe was a retired teacher from Livingston Parish School Board after 20 years of service. Shirley knew Jesus Christ as her Lord and Savior and exercised her spiritual gift of being a servant well. She is survived by her son, Keith Rowe and wife, Tammy; daughter, Gina McKnight and husband, Michael; grandchildren, Sara and Seth Graham, Adam and Sarah Rowe, and Lydia McKnight; great-grandchildren, Samuel, Seth Michael, and Brayden Graham, Cooper and Brooks Rowe, and Makayla Moon; and brother, Shelby G. Alford. Preceded in death by her husband, Judge Samuel T. Rowe; parents, Shelby “Bumbo” Alford and Mattie Lee Lindsey Alford; granddaughter, Julie Rowe. Visitation at McKneely Funeral Home, Kentwood, from 9:30AM until religious services at 10:30AM on Tuesday, September 20, 2022. Services conducted by Pastors Bubba Courtney and Brian Gunter. Interment Alford Cemetery, Kentwood, LA. In lieu of flowers, donations may be made to First Baptist Church in Livingston. For an online guestbook, visit http://www.mckneelys.com.

READ AND WRITE SCRIPTURE TODAY

September 19 – Colossians 3: 5-10

GEORGIA BARNETTE OFFERING – Louisiana Missions

Your Georgia Barnette State Missions Offering is busy year-round making a difference in the lives of people and churches across the state.  Some ways it is used:

*Hurricane Relief

*Building Mission Churches

*Vacation Bible Schools

*Mission Organizations

*LA. Baptist Children’s Home

*Pregnancy Centers

*Beds for Homeless

*Rebuilding Churches from Fire Damage

*New Orleans Baptist Theological Seminary

FALL FOOD ROUND-UP

Thank-you for all the food donations to the Children’s Home. You are helping to provide food to many boys, girls, and adults who live at the home. This food drive happens only once each year, but provides food for the entire year. Note: You can send them a check at any time of the year or give online at their web page. It will allow them to purchase the foods they need as they need them during the year.

BAPTIST PRESS

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PRAYER FOCUS TODAY

Pray for all the residents at the Louisiana Baptist Children’s Home

Thank-you for supporting missions all year long through your local church.

Anna Lee

SUNDAY

How good and pleasant it is
when God’s people live together in unity!

Psalm 133:1

READ AND WRITE SCRIPTURE TODAY

September 18 – Colossians 3: 1-4

GEORGIA BARNETTE OFFERING FOR LOUISIANA MISSIONS

Day 8 – https://georgiabarnette.org/week-of-prayer-english/#day8

FALL FOOD ROUNDUP FOR THE LOUISIANA BAPTIST CHILDREN’S HOME

Lot of food has been turned in at the church for the children’s home. Today is the last day to turn food in because the truck will be here early in the morning. This is our only chance all year to help supply their pantry.

FBC, KENTWOOD IS GENEROUS WITH MISSION CAUSES.

I’m so thankful to be involved in a giving church. You are all appreciated so much.

OPERATION CHRISTMAS CHILD at FBC IS WORKING HARD TO FILL THE LAST GROUPS OF BOXES, OLDER BOYS AND GIRLS. What a blessing it is to now find in stores the items we were lacking.

TODAY IS THE LORD’S DAY. If you are not able to attend church in person, I recommend watching the services of FBC, Kentwood online with me. I would certainly rather be at church in person, but online services are better than missing out.

HAVE A BLESSED LORD’S DAY!

Anna Lee

SATURDAY

Whoever claims to love God yet hates a brother or sister is a liar.

For whoever does not love their brother and sister,

whom they have seen,

cannot love God,

whom they have not seen.

~1 John 4:20~

GEORGIA BARNETTE OFFERING – Day 7

FALL FOOD ROUND-UP

The Fall Food Round-Up for the Louisiana Baptist Children’s Home truck will come to Kentwood Monday morning. If you plan to contribute food, but haven’t done so, time is running out. Get your contributions to the church tomorrow so they can be included this year. Ten of the items they need the most are:

Aluminum Foil

Bathroon Tissue

Household Cleaners

Clorox

Cooking Oil

Cornmeal

Crackers

Ketchup

Mayonnaise

Paper Towels

Napkins

READ AND WRITE SCRIPTURE TODAY

2 Timothy 1: 12-14

TODAY’s PRAYER FOCUS – Those unable to attend church miss regular Christian fellowship. Thank God for those who visit with them and give them this opportunity. Pray for the homebound and for those who visit with them.

HAVE A GREAT DAY AS YOU PREPARE FOR THE LORD’S DAY.

Anna Lee