Read the Bible chronologically in 2021 – January 24
If you attend church services in person, wonderful. If you cannot, watch online. Most of the local churches have online services, but the times vary. Be sure to check ahead of time so you do not miss the services you plan to participate in.
Today’s Prayer Focus
Pray for the vaccination process to run smoothly and many more people able to get the vaccine. Pray for the effectiveness to be as high or higher than predicted.
“God is working in you, giving you the desire and the power to do what pleases him.”
~Philippians 2:13 (NLT)~
From Loretta Wilson:
Good Morning, I am giving an update on my cousin, Kevin Travis. He will be meeting with the doctor Monday afternoon at 2pm to get more information on treatment and prognosis. We appreciate the prayers so far but we are asking for continued prayers as he finds out his next steps. He is staying positive, but also knows the Lord has a plan and that his will be done. Thank you all.
Today we’re sharing the number of Operation Christmas Child shoebox gifts donated in 2020!This past year, the COVID-19 pandemic left people around the world searching for hope, and it became more important than ever for children to hear that God loves them and has not forgotten them. Despite a challenging year, shoebox packers answered the call and stepped up to provide Gospel Opportunities for boys and girls around the world. Now the official numbers are in, and we’re thrilled to celebrate 9,113,853 shoebox gifts donated worldwide in 2020! We praise God that these shoebox gifts will open doors for local believers to share the love and hope of Jesus Christ with hurting children in their communities during these uncertain times. As the gifts you packed make their way around the world and into the hands of boys and girls in need of the Gospel, please continue joining with us in prayer. And don’t forget to mark your calendars for National Collection Week 2021—Nov. 15-22. You can always find our guide to packing a shoebox here: http://sampur.se/Pack2021
Bruce Edward Cutrer
January 10, 1948 – January 20, 2021
Bruce Edward Cutrer, a lifelong resident of Amite, LA was born January 10, 1948 and entered into eternal life at the age of 73 while being surrounded by his loving family on Wednesday, January 20, 2021 at North Oaks Medical Center of Hammond, LA. As the Fire Chief of Tangipahoa Parish Fire District #1, Bruce dedicated his life as a true public servant for 56 years to the people of Tangipahoa Parish risking his life for the safety of others. While being a member and servant of Cornerstone Church of Amite, Bruce was a man of character who lived his life according to God’s Plan. He was also an ambassador for the city of Amite, Tangipahoa Parish, and the state of Louisiana. He had a genuine heart and love for all people, and a way of personally touching each and every person in the community. While answering all calls and requests regardless of the nature, he always showed up with a servants heart, a big smile on his face and an encouraging word. Bruce had an anointing on him that would immediately calm distressed people and instantly put them at ease with his mere presence. Describing Bruce Edward Cutrer has many facets: The Man (Honorable, Trustworthy, Steadfast, Encouraging, Honest, Wise, Forthcoming with Advice); The Warrior (Went into battle for just causes he believed in and won. He did not know how to lose.); The Legend (The Legacy He Has Left Behind). Famous Quotes by Bruce: “Top of the Day to You”, “Stay to the Right of the Center Line” and “This isn’t my Job, It’s my Calling.” Bruce adored his wife Mary and loved spending time with his family. His most treasured time was spent at his mancave or as he called it “his castle” with NaNa (Mary) and Snap (his faithful dog). His weekend tradition was taking Snap for a ride to Master Chef every Saturday morning for a honey butter biscuit and sausage. While serving as a husband, father, grandfather, son, brother, uncle, cousin and friend to all, he is survived by his loving wife Mary D. Cutrer of Amite; his son, Bruce E. “Binky” Cutrer, II; daughters, Keeli L. Cutrer and fiancé Danny D. “Bull” Prevost, Jr., Misty S. Jenkins and husband Ryan of Loranger and Kayla S. Hidalgo and husband Jared of Prairieville; grandchildren, Tristan James Ackerman, Madison Claire Ackerman, Paityn Rose Ackerman, and Adelyne Kate Hidalgo on the way. He is preceded in death by father, Edward C. “Ed” Cutrer; and mother, Louise Henry Murphy and her husband, J. B. “Buddy” Murphy; and his brother, Joe Wayne Cutrer. Mary quotes that Bruce was the greatest man I’ve ever loved and he will be greatly missed. Visitation will be held at House on the Rock Church, Amite, from 6:00PM until 9:00PM Monday, January 25, 2021 and from 10:00AM until his final salute beginning at 11:45AM on Tuesday, January 26, 2021. Services conducted by State Fire Marshall Butch Browning, Pastor Lafete Tucker, Pastor Mervin Strother, and Pastor Chip Fitz. Interment Amite Memorial Gardens, Amite, LA. McKneely Funeral Home, Amite, in charge of arrangements. For an online guestbook, visit http://www.mckneelys.com.
“The greatest among you will be the one who always serves others from the heart. Remember this: If you have a lofty opinion of yourself and seek to be honored, you will be humbled. But if you have a modest opinion of yourself and choose to humble yourself, you will be honored.” Matthew 23:11-12.
Read the Bible Chronologically in 2021 – January 23
Job 12:1 – 14:22
Today’s Prayer Focus: Church Services Tomorrow
Pray for all that is involved in church services that they may effectively teach us, stir our hearts, and inspire us to be what God wants us to be.
According to Rondi Garner Booty, her grandmother Alcyone Hayden is better and back at home. Please continue to pray for Alcyon as she recovers from pneumonia.
Charles Warren is now on Day 45 at North Oaks with Covid. As you pray for him, please also pray for this family and the medical staff caring for him.
A neighbor, Lauree Phillips, has lost two nephews in a month to Covid.
Dennis Wayne “Dink” Day
Dennis Wayne Day died on Wednesday, Jan. 20, 2021. He was 71 years old, a resident of Zachary and a retired Fire Fighter with Zachary Fire Department with over 30 years of service. Visitation will be on Saturday, Jan. 23, 2021 from 9am until 11am. Burial will be at Azalea Rest Cemetery, Zachary. Dennis is survived by his children, Christi Day Comeaux and husband, Alvin and Wayne Day and wife, Courtney. 3 grandchildren, Collin and Preston Comeaux and Morgan Day. He is preceded in death by his parents, Ellis and Mavis Day and a brother, Keith Day. Pallbearers will be Zachary Fire Department. Honorary pallbearers will be Huey “Mann” Patin, John Fowler, “Scooter” Day, Alvin Comeaux and Darrell and Brandon Frederic. Dennis loved animals, traveling and gardening. His life was full of love and experiences filled with a host of special friends and family, including Bobbie Frederic Day, Linda Day, Kim Argrave, Stacy Kramer, Brandon Frederic, Darrell Frederic and Maria Zepeda. Share sympathies, condolences and memories at www.CharletFuneralHome.com.
Mary Retha Battles Davis
March 30, 1926 – January 19, 2021
Mary Retha Battles Davis departed this life on Tuesday, January 19,2021 at North Oaks Hospital in Hammond, Louisiana. She was born in Amite, Louisiana on March 30th, 1926 and was 94 years old. She was preceded in death by her husband of 64 years, George Wilson Davis. She was a lifelong member of Westview Baptist Church. Along with her husband, they raised three boys on a dairy farm. She was a woman of many talents. This ranged from being a good mother, a seamstress, a great cook, teaching Sunday school and bible school, caring for grandchildren and even milking cows. She was a woman of strong convictions and could work circles around anyone until she suffered a debilitating stroke at the age of 67. Through family support and her husband by her side, they continued to live many good years together and she will be missed by all. Survived by three sons; Glen Wilson Davis and wife, Sheelah, Baton Rouge, Lyndon Earl Davis and wife Lisa, Amite, and David Brent Davis and wife Barbara, Amite. Six grandchildren; Robert Davis and wife Aja, Prairieville, Emily Chenier and husband Kevin, Prairieville, Julie Neidhamer, Amite, Ashley Gilbert and husband Brandon, Laurel, Mississippi, Marlyn Davis, Amite and Brent Davis and wife Mandy, Amite, included are seven great grandchildren; Brooks and Brady Davis, Kate and Kendall Chenier, Cade and Ashlyn Neidhamer, Karli, Eden and Melody Gilbert, Karsyn and Wade Davis. She is also survived by numerous nieces, nephews, great nieces and nephews. She was preceded in death by her parents, Nathan Clifford Battles and Lucille Bennett Battles, three brothers, Melvin Battles, Clifford Battles and Jimmie Battles and two sisters, Clara Battles Bennett and Margie Battles Drude. A private family service will be held at McKneely Funeral Home in Amite followed by burial at Killian Chapel Cemetery. Special thanks to the staff at Belle Maison Nursing Home in Hammond, Louisiana for the care and support they provided over the last few years. Memorial donations may be made to the American Stroke Foundation at www.americanstroke.org. For an online guestbook, visit http://www.mckneelys.com.
Read the Bible Chronologically in 2021 – January 22
Genesis 44:1-45:28 Matthew 14:13-36 Psalm 18:37-50 Proverbs 4:11-13
If you desire a hard copy of these references, they are available at FBC, Kentwood.
Many of you will remember Bro. Kevin and Jana Smith who served at Tangipahoa and Pine Ridge Methodist churches. They both have Covid-19 and request your prayers.
Pray for Mrs. Dorothy Hughes. She is fighting some health issues.
Jaime Lynn Wascom Stewart
June 06, 1976 – January 18, 2021
Andre Simon Cerigny
November 29, 1930 – January 19, 2021
A resident of Kentwood, LA, passed away on Tuesday, January 19, 2021 at his home in Kentwood, LA. He was born November 29, 1930 in Golden Meadow, LA and was 90 years of age. He is survived by his wife, Lucretia V. Cerigny; 7 daughters, Patsy Shepherd and husband Steve, Wanda Batson, Donna Cerigny, Frances Husson and husband Charlie, Mary Martin and husband John, Tammy Payne and husband Mike and Renee Butler and husband Ben; 1 son, Andre’ Anthony Cerigny; 1 brother, Noah Serigny; grandchildren, Wayne Landry, Ricardo Ali, Megnon Ali, James Shepherd, Jeremiah Shepherd, Melaun Shepherd, Dyron Cerigny, Daquay Cerigny, Lena Batson, Leon Batson, Lucretia Myra Batson, Tracy Cerigny, Stacy Cerigny, Christinna Cerigny, Areka Gomez, Mandy Cerigny, Mindy Pikey, Jenny Martin, Jade Martin, Thomas Gerald, Kenneth Butler and Karissa Butler; great-grandchildren, Christian Wrenn, Devon Wrenn, Jolie Wrenn, Hayden Ali, Rider True, Raven, Brandon Badon, James Shepherd, III, Taylor Shepherd, Abigail Shepherd, Kayla shepherd, Dakota Batson, Cheyenne Wehmyer, Sheena Batson, Draylin Hayden, Brandon Payne, Ali Payne, Cameron Martin, Aj Cerigny, Emily Heron, Chelsey Cerigny, Jeman Arceneaux, Jimmy Arceneaux and Mia Cerigny; great-grandchildren, Peyton Gomez, Briana Gomez, Hope Cerigny, Walter Kaufman, Ronald Cerigny, Cassie Pikey, Ashlin Cabibi, Savanna Bangs, Charles Pons, Aleeah Martin, Julia Gerald, Thomas Gerald Jr. and Alayah Butler; great-great-grandchildren, Hayes Hayden, Nolan Dykes, Joel Clouatre, Alex Chighizola, Hayden Arceneaux, Zayden Nunez and Jonathan Cerigny. Preceded in death by his parents, Valentine Serigny and Narcina Dardar Serigny; sisters, Alzier Verdin, Valentine Dardar, Mitia Riggs and Bridget Boquett; brothers, Milton Serigny, Joseph (Buron) Serigny, George Serigny, James Raymond Serigny, Ulysse Serigny Sr., Mitchel Serigny, Lixie Serigny and Meguel Serigny; and numerous Cousins, Aunts, Nephews and Nieces. Visitation at McKneely Funeral Home, Amite, from 5:00PM until 8:00PM on Friday and from 8:00AM until religious services at 10:00AM on Saturday, January 23, 2021 . Interment Colonial Cemetery, Independence, LA. For an online guestbook, visit http://www.mckneelys.com.
Read the Bible Chronologically in 2021 – January 21
Genesis 42:18-43:34 Matthew 13:47-14:12 Psalm 18:16-36 Proverbs 4:7-10
Lottie Moon Offering for International Missions
Donations can be given through any Southern Baptist Church. One hundred percent of your donation will go to the mission field.
Today’s Prayer Focus – Thank God for Bruce Cutrer and all the other firemen & firewomen who serve in our area. Years ago, when my daddy was a fireman, they pretty well only fought fires. Today, they have many other responsibilities. Thank God for their dedication to learning new skills, giving of their time, and availability for helping others. Putting their lives on the line to save others, many of whom they do not know, is just a part of the daily routine.
Rondi Garner Booty sent me a message that her grandmother, Alcyon Hayden, is in North Oaks with Covid pneumonia. Rondi said.” Her oxygen has been great. She is on room air. She is dealing with other issues.” Thank you for joining with me in praying for Alcyon and her family.
As I turned on my computer to add Alcyon, I got a message from a high school classmate that another one of our classmates, Bruce Cutrer, has passed away due to Covid. Bruce made an impact on everyone he met. He was always friendly, kind, and likable in all the years since 7th grade when I first knew him. Bruce is best know for years of service and guidance to the fire department.
Wanda Smith asks that we pray for her son and daughter-in- law who is expecting. They both have Covid-19. They live in Houma.
Pray for the many others families who have family members in hospital care, rehabilitation centers, extended care facilities, living alone, living far from family members, etc. Thankfully, some of our friends have shown improvement lately. Often, the improvement comes slowly and in baby steps. Help others recognize God’s love and care, even on the most difficult days and in the most difficult situations.
Jimmy Powers, Sr.
August 18, 1942 – January 17, 2021
Read the Bible chronologically in 2021 – January 19
GENESIS 37:1-38:30 MATTHEW 12:22-45 PSALM 16:1-11 PROVERBS 3:27-32
Hope Center – Just south of Roseland on Highway 51
I learned yesterday of another friend who works there. It takes a lot of volunteers to operate and serve the people of our area. It also takes special people to give a day of each week to work there. Hope Center is open Tuesday – Friday. Drop in and check them out at their new location.
People who love God and love others find many ways to serve in our communities. Everyone can do something that is a service that is needed by others.
Make daily calls to check on those who live alone
Help with chores and personal care
Do yard work for others
Pick up groceries or medicine
Perform household tasks
Read the Bible to those who can no longer read from themselves
Do weekly laundry
Operation Christmas Child – I know I have told you it is easy to pick one item and make regular, like weekly or monthly, purchases. I know individuals who do this with items such as coloring books or small cars. This idea may work for you too. Simply, select one item and buy one or more every time you shop. Other ideas would be: calculators, scissors, flashlights, AA batteries, large erasers, highlighters, socks, underwear, stick deodorant, hair brushes, toothbrushes, notebooks, small stuffed animals, small cloth dolls, glue sticks, Dial soap, small balls, pocket folders, sewing supplies, spoons, small plastic cups or bowls, marbles, pens, markers, index cards, lip gloss, bandaids, etc.
Today’s Prayer Focus – Our country
I believe in prayer. I also believe in “putting feet to our prayers”.
Read the Bible chronologically in 2021 – January 18
Lottie Moon Christmas Offering for International Missions
You can give any time of the year at your local Southern Baptist church.
Continue to pray forthose who are sick, the families who have lost a loved one, and forpeople to be more aware of taking care of their health.
Operation Christmas Child – Currently, I am making teddy bears to pack in shoeboxes. What are you doing now or planning to start soon? An early start each year gives plenty of time to accomplish many projects to help pack lots of boxes for a multitude of children!
Yesterday, I shared that we usually watch online church services early on Monday mornings because of poor internet reception during real time. I forgot to mention we changed internet services, but that didn’t help. Yesterday’s service started off the same as usual, but by the second song everything improved except for one minor problem. We watched it all the way to the end with no additional problems. We were also able to watch the evening service with no problems. Some of you must have prayed and someone above listened. Thanks-you!
Have a good, routine week!
Take time to pray. As Bro. Darryl talked about “Sweet Hour of Prayer”, I realized how seldom I pray for an hour. I have some improvement to work on. How about you?
A resident of Amite, LA, passed away on Saturday, January 16, 2021 at her home. She was born July 15, 1945 in Independence, LA and was 75 years of age. She is survived by two daughters, Liz Phillips and Sonya Garon and husband Richard; son, Kevin Phillips and wife Rebecca; four grandchildren, Brittany Miller, Gena Dussold and husband Jacob, Cauy Phillips, and Cady Phillips; two sisters, Betty Robertson and Janice Varnado. Preceded in death by her husband, Joe Phillips; son, Glenn Phillips; sister, Catherine Tillman; brother, Enwin Jenkins; and special friend, Mary Ann Burnett. Private Services will be held at a later date. McKneely Funeral Home, Amite, in charge of arrangements. For an online guestbook, visit http://www.mckneelys.com.
Brandon G. Thompson Funeral Home
Ruth, age 51, went to be with the Lord on Thursday, January 14, 2021. She was a resident of Albany, LA. Ruth was a dedicated teacher for 20+ years. She worked at Courtney Christian School and taught English, Math, and Bible. Ruth was a devoted member of The Wellspring Church. Both Ruth and her husband were extremely active and never missed a service. Ruth was truly a selfless woman and always put others before herself. She absolutely adored children and had a slight obsession with cats. Ruth truly left an impact on all who knew her and will be forever missed.
“And now, my daughter, do not fear. I will do for you all that you request, for all the people of my town know that you are a virtuous woman.” Ruth 3:11
She is survived by her husband of 28 years, Josh Burton; daughter, Dr. Beth Burton; sons, Ben Burton, Matt Burton; parents, Dawn and Robert Hafele; and brother, Robert Hafele.
The family has requested that anyone who attends the visitation please wear a mask and practice social distancing. In honor of Ruth, the family has asked that everyone please wear some form of Ruth’s favorite color, purple.
Relatives and friends of the family are invited to attend a visitation from the chapel of Brandon G. Thompson Funeral Home, 12012 Hwy 190 W. Hammond, LA 70401, on Tuesday, January 19, 2021 from 5:00 p.m. until 8:00 p.m. Private family services will follow.
Read the Bible Chronologically in 2021 – January 17
Online services from FBC, Kentwood today
David and I often have trouble with reception, so when that happens, we watch a replay early on Monday morning. I know others have this issue too. When it is clear that the reception is not going to be good, turn it off and try at another time. We don’t usually have that reception problem on Wednesday nights.
PrayER Focus to Today
Today, let’s pray concerning Covid-19 issues.
Those who are sick at this time
Families which covid issues
Those who are quarantined
Those who struggle, but still wear masks when away from home.
Businesses that are closed
Businesses with limited service
People who work daily in environments where others do not wear masks
Vaccinations that will reduce future covid numbers
Students who have virtual classes
Families who have lost family members to covid
Thanks for your prayers for these and other concerns. I believe in prayer!
Please continue to pray for David’s sister, Bonnie, who is hospitalized with several issues. Pray for her children as they make decisions and changes.
Please continue to pray for Mrs. Jeanette McGehee and her daughter- in-law, Rhonda. They seem to be improving. Also, pray for Allan McGehee, who is not doing as well.
Please pray for members of the Amite High School class of 1966. We have several classmates fighting cancer, covid, and other health issues. Also, pray for those who have had deaths in their family lately. I’m sure this is true for other schools and other classes, but members of my class share prayer concerns with each other regularly so I know more about them.
David had an appointment with a dermatology surgeon Thursday. All is well, except his actions are rather limited for the next few weeks. Pray he can follow the guidelines to good healing.
Read the Bible in 2021 – January 16
Operation Christmas Child, 2021
Work is already being done to begin the boxes we will pack in about nine months. There is much so do, so starting early allows us to pack more “shoeboxes”. I was thrilled yesterday to get a phone call from a member of our church who volunteered to make fishing kits for 150 older boys, ages 10-14. Her heart was touched and the family wanted to “get on board” early so they could accomplish this project and possibly others this year. This is a wonderful example of “Helping Hands”. If you have an idea for a family project, or would like some suggestions, please let me know.
Today is a good day to choose one or more of these activities:
___Call someone you are thinking about
___Write a note to someone
___Pray for a need
___Rejoice with someone about an accomplishment
___Check on someone in the hospital (by calling)
___Volunteer to work in a yard, water flowers, clean windows, etc.
___Deliver a meal or a “treat”
___Share a Scripture
___(Fill in this blank.)
I know/have known people who used Saturday as a day of preparation for Sunday so they could focus on God on Sunday. For example, I remember my daddy polished a pair of shoes for each one of us so they would look like new on Sunday. He did this every Saturday. Now, that is not such a big need, but there are other things that could be done to make Sundays run smoother. I also have know ladies to cook all the food for Sunday on Saturdays. Think about what would be helpful in your home.