Fix your thoughts on what is true, and honorable, and right,
and pure, and lovely, and admirable.
Think about things that are excellent and worthy of praise.”
~Philippians 4:6-8 (NLT)~
Adelyn Thornton‘s eye problem is improving, but still is not well. Please pray for this child to have good vision.
Jerry Van shared this update on Jeff Van.
My classmate Carol Ann Cleveland has an adult grandchild who has had many health issues, but who has fought her way through this battles like a real trooper. Today, Maddie is having gallbladder surgery. Pray for a simple procedure and for good results. She has a Facebook page that will allow you to keep up with her – Maddie’s Miracles.
“God, who supplies seed for the sower and bread to eat,
will also supply you with all the seed you need
and will make it grow
and produce a rich harvest from your generosity.
He will always make you rich enough to be generous at all times,
so thatmany will thank God for your gifts
which they receive from us.
For this service you perform
not only meets the needs of God’s people,
but also produces an outpouring of gratitude to God.”
~2 Corinthians 9:10-12 (GNT)~
Please pray for Jeff Van who is is MD Anderson to begin his cancer treatment.
Pray also for Tommy Hood and his family as they are traveling through another round of treatment in Houston.
Andy Taylor‘s heart is back in rhythm and he is back at home thanking God for another blessing in his life. Let’s join with Andy and Betty in thanking God for the good results of Andy’s procedure yesterday.
My back procedure went well yesterday. Today, I continue to look forward to improvement whenever God chooses to bless me with it. The paperwork I received yesterday says to expect the improvement in the first two weeks. I see now that I will be working on my “patience timetable” for a while. That must be just the place God wants to to “live in” for a while.
Louise Brown Singleton
September 22, 1930 – October 17, 2021
A resident of Amite, LA, passed away on Sunday, October 17, 2021 at her home. She was born September 22, 1930 in Amite, LA and was 91 years of age. She was a member of Mt. Nebo Baptist Church and loved her flowers, cooking, working in her yard, and visiting with family and friends. She is survived by her step-son, Wayne Singleton and wife, Faye; 2 sisters, Lorraine Singleton and Jeanine Singleton; numerous nieces, nephews and cousins. Preceded in death by her husband, Thomas Singleton; step-sons, David and Barry Singleton; parents, Theodore and Ola Brown; sister, Delores Stevens; brothers, Shelby Brown, John Brown, Clayton Holden and Charles Holden; sister-in-law, Evelyn Brown. Visitation at McKneely Funeral Home, Amite, from 9:00AM until religious services at 11:00AM on Thursday, October 21, 2021. Services conducted by Rev. Larry Blades. Interment Arcola-Roseland Cemetery, Arcola, LA. For an online guestbook, visit http://www.mckneelys.com.
Brenda Gayle(Feigler) Hayden
July 28, 1945 – October 04, 2021
Brenda Gayle (Feigler) Haydenwent home to her Lord and Savior on Monday, October, 4,2021. Brenda was bom on July 28,1945 in Baton Rouge, La. She graduated from Istrouma High school and attended LSU. She was a faithful member of Istrouma Baptist Church and First Baptist of Amite. She always loved the LSU tigers and was a Bengal Belle for many years. She was a classy lady who loved to travel, shop, wear pretty clothes, jewelry, decorate her home and watch the LSU Tigers football game. She was affectionately known to her grandchildren as “BG”. We all carry her love and sweet spirit in our hearts. She is survived by her husband, Gerald Hayden of 58 years. Son, Todd Hayden, daughter, Jill Lawless, Grandchildren, Zachary, Gabriel, Dominic, Addie, and sister Jean Boudinot. Preceded in death by her parents, Luther L and Addie Lee Feigler, mother and father-in-law, Percy and Mildred Hayden, brother, James Feigler, 2 brother-in-laws Donald Hayden and Jerry Boudinot. Memorial service to be held at First Baptist Church 117 East Olive Street, Amite, November 4,2021. Visitation 10:00 am. Service 11:00 am. In lieu of flowers, the family requests donations be made to First Baptist Church. McKneely Funeral Home, Amite, in charge of arrangements. For an online guestbook, visit http://www.mckneelys.com.
“If you . . . know how to give good gifts to your children,
how much more will your Father in heaven
give good gifts to those who ask him!”
~Matthew 7:11 (NIV)~
Pray for Mr. “Cete” Dillon as her recovers from facial surgery.
Pray for me as I prepare for a back procedure early tomorrow morning.
Fred W. Robinson
October 23, 1926 – October 16, 2021
A resident of Baton Rouge, LA, Fred W. Robinson went home to be with the Lord on Saturday, October 16, 2021. He was born on October 23,1926 in Allenhurst, GA and was 94 years of age. He was a Korean War veteran and flew F84G Thunderjets. He was a flight leader with the 474th Fighter Bomber Wing, 429th Squadron. He was awarded many honors including the Distinguished Flying Cross for his missions in the Korean War, He flew 69 missions and he would always say this was the biggest achievements of his life. He loved serving his country and would talk about his flying experiences all the time. Fred was also a journalist and professional photographer. Even in his 90’s he would go with his son, Steve, on wildlife photography trips. Photography was his passion all the way to the end. He is survived by his daughter, Kim Gunderson and husband Cliff; son, Stephen Robinson and wife Laina; 7 grandchildren, Danielle Gunderson, Shawn Gunderson, Amanda Robinson, Ali Robinson Allen, Jessica Myers, Katie Robinson and Sarah Robinson; and 7 great grandchildren, Kaylie, Sophia, Brayden, Beaux, Hunter, Hayden and Hudson. He was preceded in death by his parents, Fred Robinson and Ruth Whetstone Robinson; his wife, Billie Robinson; and his sister, Nan Shelton. Graveside services will be held at Antioch Baptist Church Cemetery, Tickfaw, LA at 11:00AM on Tuesday, October 19, 2021. McKneely Funeral Home, Amite, in charge of arrangements. For an online guestbook visit http://www.mckneelys.com.
Pray for the preparations for packing of the “shoeboxes” for the older girls thisweek. Pray for the young ladies who will be receiving the boxes. Pray for changed lives because of their introduction to Jesus. Check out this site to read some inspiring stories.https://www.facebook.com/OCCshoeboxes
Today’s Prayer Focus
Pray for boys and girls around the work who will receive a shoebox of school supplies, hygiene items, toys, etc. Pray that receiving the box will give them the opportunity to learn about Jesus and then to share the message with others.
Please continue to pray for all those who are fighting big battles today.
I hear there is an ugly stomach virus traveling through this area. I hope it doesn’t visit your home. Pray for those who have this virus. I’ve never heard of people lining up for a stomach virus! Have you?
Online services will be available on Facebook from FBC, Kentwood at 10:30 this morning and at 6:00 this evening. If you cannot be present, join us as we worship from our homes.
Bro. Darryl will be sharing the story of Jaki that I shared Friday. I think we all can learn from stories like this. Let’s pass the message on. Stories like this are big encouragement for people to get involved with the “shoebox” ministry. I hope it also says “Thank-you” to those who have helped in any way. The involvement of a church can send more boxes than a single individual. Thank-you to all who helped pack 150 more shoeboxes yesterday. What a big undertaking! What great results! Numerous blessings for us and for the children!
What are some other ways we be tell other about Jesus this week?
A resident of Kentwood, LA, passed away on Thursday, October 14, 2021 at his home. He was born May 25, 1955 in New Orleans, LA and was 66 years of age. He retired from Tangipahoa Parish School System and loved his Harley Davidsons. He was a minister of music, deacon and Sunday School Teacher at Greenlaw Baptist Church and Lewiston Baptist Church. He loved spending time with his church friends, work friends, and his Friday get togethers at Don Lewis’ house. He was a very talented designer and fabricator who could make anything. He is survived by his wife, Peggy Cutrer Fortinberry; daughters, Christy Fortinberry May and husband Albert, Nikki Fortinberry Varnado and husband Jody; 3 grandchildren, Bodie Young, Braden May and Matthew Varnado; 2 sisters, Patricia Braase and husband Lawrence and Kelly Fulcher and husband Bill; mother, Irene Shute Fortinberry; best friends, Charlie Kirkland, Don Lewis, Ted Lewis, Richard Hendry and Randy Cutrer. Preceded in death by his father, George Kellie Fortinberry. Graveside Services will be held at Lewiston Cemetery, Kentwood, LA at 3:00PM on Saturday, October 16, 2021. Services conducted by Rev. Corey Morris. McKneely Funeral Home, Kentwood, in charge of arrangements. For an online guestbook, visit http://www.mckneelys.com.
Jaki’s Story – “Why Every Shoebox Needs a Toothbrush”
We don’t live the life of a child in some of the world’s poorer countries and don’t have any idea what it would be like to live there. Watch the video by Samaritan’s Purse to gain some understanding of how a “shoebox” can impact a young life.
A month from today we will be receiving “shoeboxes” at FBC, Kentwood. If you would like to have one or more boxes to pack this year, please contact me for your shoebox(es). You will be able to pick them up at the church office which is located across the street from the sanctuary and fellowship hall. You can find packing and shipping instructions on the site that will guide you.
This is the schedule for the drop-off week at FBC, Kentwood.
Kentwood, LA – First Baptist Church, Kentwood
310 Avenue E Kentwood, LA 70444-2518
Mon, Nov. 15: 10:00 AM – 12:00 PM
Tue, Nov. 16: 2:00 PM – 4:00 PM
Wed, Nov. 17: 3:00 PM – 5:00 PM
Thu, Nov. 18: 10:00 AM – 12:00 PM
Fri, Nov. 19: 2:00 PM – 4:00 PM
Sat, Nov. 20: 10:00 AM – 12:00 PM
Sun, Nov. 21: 3:00 PM – 5:00 PM
Mon, Nov. 22: 8:00 AM – 10:00 AM
If this is not a convenient location or schedule, please check the Samaritan’s Purse “Shoebox” site to find a location that is convenient for you.
Don’t miss the blessing of packing a shoebox or shoeboxes.
A resident of Amite, LA, passed away on Tuesday, October 12, 2021 at the Lodge at Tangi Pines in Amite, LA. She was born April 2, 1951 in Independence, LA and was 70 years of age. She is survived by her daughter, Lucy Baker and husband, Scott; son, Edward Reynolds; son, John King; grandchildren, Katie Wagner and Mary Kate, Cameron Baker, Courtney Baker, Matthew Reynolds and Tiffany, Dustan Reynolds, and Skylar King; great-grandchildren, Owen Reynolds, Emily Reynolds and Brayton Reynolds; mother, Lavada Bennett; brother, Ray Cutrer and wife Debbie, Newton Cutrer, Woody Cutrer and wife Cindy, Bill Cutrer and wife , Angie and Tim Cutrer; sister, Patricia “ Tinker” Cutrer; numerous nieces, nephews and a host of friends. Preceded in death by her father, Joe Cutrer; husband, Rodney Miller; brother, Lester Cutrer. Visitation at McKneely Funeral Home, Amite, from 6:00PM until 9:00PM on Sunday, October 17, 2021 and from 9:00AM until religious services at 11:00AM on Monday, October 18, 2021. Services conducted by Rev. David Cutrer. Interment Killian Chapel, Amite, LA. For an online guestbook, visit http://www.mckneelys.com.
Annie Laura Brecheen Reeves
October 10, 1933 – October 13, 2021
A resident of Baton Rouge, LA, passed away on Wednesday, October 13, 2021 in Pride, LA. She was born October 10, 1933 in Greensburg, LA and was 88 years of age. She is survived by her daughter, Tammy Varnado and husband Joe; grandchildren, Rodney Varnado and wife Megan and Brit Varnado and wife Ashley; great-grandchildren, Jade Ducote, Jolie Varnado, Peyton Varnado, Riley Varnado, Reeves Varnado, and Kylie Odendahl; sister, Elrena Harrald and husband Donald. Preceded in death by husband, Rupert James Reeves; parents, Orland and Edna Brecheen; 3 brothers, Edward Brecheen, Orland “Buddy” Brecheen, and Clovis Brecheen; sister, Edna Mae McMichael. A Memorial 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.
No, it is not fall! It is shoebox packing season in many of our churches, businesses, and clubs. It is the time of the year when all the shopping and collecting pays off. What a blessing it is to see the items go into the boxes and know that in about five weeks they will begin their journey from where we live to a child somewhere around the world, often in a country you cannot easily point to on a map. Be sure each box and each recipient is prayed for. I also like to thank God for those who contributed and packed the shoeboxes.
If your church, school, club, etc. does not pack shoeboxes, I cannot fully explain what blessings you are missing out on. If your church, school, club, etc. would like to learn more and receive guidance, step-by-step, I volunteer to be your guide. I’ve learned so much over the many years of packing that I think I can explain, encourage, and guide you as you work through the process. I surely can tell you what a blessing it is to all who participate in any way. Be prepared to be blessed.
Today’s Prayer Focus
Today, let’s pray for the Operation Christmas Child shoeboxes.
“Surrender yourself to the LORD, and wait patiently for him.”
~Psalm 37:7 (GW)~
God doesn’t owe us a reason for things that happen.
Surrender to His will as we face the changes.
He is in charge.
I forgot to include Adelyn Thornton of Arcola yesterday. She suffered an eye injury playing soccer at school this week. She’s improving. Pray for no long-term effects. Adelyn is the daughter of Josh and Danyelle.
Pray for Jewel Kay Y. Cutrer as she has additional treatments as revealed in her care plan at M.D. Anderson last week. She’s back at home in Kentwood now.
Pray for Andy Taylor as he has a heart procedure next Tuesday. Pray for his caregiver, Betty, as she cares for him.
David Diddon was killed in a motorcycle accident yesterday morning. I’ll post an obituary when one is available.
December 12, 1971 – October 11, 2021
A resident of Kentwood, LA, passed away on Monday, October 11, 2021 at South West Regional Medical Center in McComb, MS. He was born December 12, 1971 in Independence, LA and was 49 years of age. He is survived his by children, Katiea Hall, Kera Hall, Thearon Bartel, Robyn Hall and Eddie Montz, Bobbie Jo Hall and Gus Martinez, Roxanne Hall and Austin Chambliss, Reanne Hall, Billie Hall and Betty Hall; grandchildren, Emmi Layne Chambliss; parents, Ace McElmurry and Connie McElmurry; brothers and sisters, Robert Hall, Craig McElmurry, Doug McElmurry, McElmurry Brothers, Kimberlie Hall, Stephanie Hall and Elizabeth Gwin; grandmother, Norma Jean Hendrickson. Preceded in death by his mother, Betty Jo Hall; dad, Robert E. Hall; grandchild, Ashley; uncle, Billie Givens. Visitation at Mt. Zion Baptist Church from 12:00PM until religious services at 2:00PM on Friday, October 15, 2021. Services conducted by Bro. Richie Fortenberry. Interment Mt. Zion Cemetery, Osyka, MS. McKneely Funeral Home, Kentwood, in charge of arrangements. For an online guestbook, visit http://www.mckneelys.com.
Lucy Mae Davis
August 15, 1929 – October 09, 2021
Lucy Mae Ranzino Davis, died at 9:45 a.m., Saturday, October 9, 2021, at St. Dominic’s Hospital in Jackson, MS. She was 92 years old. Lucy was born to John and Catherine Ranzino of Baton Rouge, Louisiana, on August 15, 1929. She graduated from Baton Rouge High School. She and Harold A. Davis, her husband of 60 years, resided in Kentwood, Louisiana, where he taught school for thirty years; Lucy was a devoted wife, mother, grandmother, great grandmother, sister, and friend and was a wonderful homemaker. Lucy was preceded in death by her parents, John and Catherine Ranzino, her sister Olivia Marie Bridges, and her brother Cosmo John Ranzino. Lucy is survived by her three children Katherine, John, and Beverly, three grandchildren Karen, Jason, and Misty, and four great grandchildren Kyleigh, Kaylynn, Kameryn, and Chance. Graveside Services will be held at 1:00PM on Saturday, October 16, 2021 at Woodland Cemetery, Kentwood, LA. McKneely Funeral Home, Kentwood, in charge of arrangements. For an online guestbook, visit http://www.mckneelys.com.
It’s good to see progress on roof repair at several area churches. Hurricane Ida didn’t spare churches as she blew through here a month and a half ago. There are addition churches still requiring repair. Thankfully, they did not sustain damage that stopped any services.
Hurricane Ida gave us opportunity to see Southern Baptist Disaster Relief in action. I don’t know all the places where they worked, but I can see evidence of their efforts every time I drive into town. They made an impact in our area following Ida.
There are many ways our local churches impact the community. Learn about them and get involved in impacting our community through volunteer actions.
I’m looking forward to a change in the weather in the next few days. Enjoy some outdoor time and see how God is providing the falling leaves and cooler temperatures.
I got to visit with Donna Fay Miller for a few minutes. She has been homebound even more than we have been. She has had some heart procedures since I last saw her. It was wonderful to see her again.
Tommy Hood received very good news at M.D. Anderson yesterday.
Tommy had a CT/PET scan, labs and a MRI yesterday. We went to the sarcoma doctor today and they gave us some news we were NOT expecting. There is no presence of tumor activity. The original tumor in his hip soft tissues, muscles and bone and his lung mets and the tumors surrounding his heart are gone. No active tumor activity! They are changing his chemo and doing up to 6 more treatments to make sure we get all the nasty cells that still may be present, but the doctor said he is on path to live a long, healthy life! Happiest day of my life since the birth of my boys! All I can say is that God is working! Prayers are working! We have a wonderful medical team, but to be at this point after only 6 rounds of chemo is a miracle to me. I think I’m still in shock! God is GOOD! Thank y’all for all your prayers! We still have a long road to get to ring that bell and get our “get out of jail” cancer card, but today we celebrate! Monday starts round 7. We are going into it mentally healthy after the news today…There is minimal scaring. My son is a warrior and I know his mental and physical strength have helped us reach this point. He is my hero! Kenna (Mom)
Lois May Bush Miller
May 28, 1932 – October 11, 2021
A resident of Amite, LA, passed away on Monday, October 11, 2021 at St. Helena Parish Hospital in Greensburg, LA. She was born May 28, 1932 in Abita Springs, LA and was 89 years of age. She was a faithful member of Hillsdale Baptist Church where she served as a Sunday School teacher and WMU leader. She was a proud graduate of Charity Hospital School of Nursing. During her career she was employed at Southeast Louisiana Hospital in Mandeville, Sharoy Clinic in Amite and as a public health nurse in St. Helena parish. She is survived by her children, Ginger Claire Miller Hutto (Stan) and George “Andy” Miller (Lorna); grandchildren, Mandy Pierre, Christopher Miller(Ashley), Joseph Hutto(Ashley)and Kathryn McElveen(Malcolm); great-grandchildren, Caleb Thompson, Emmalyne Hutto, Amelia Hutto, Joseph Wayne Hutto, Delilah May Hutto, Ella Claire McElveen, Elijah McElveen and John Levi McElveen; brother, Robert J. Bush. Preceded in death by her husband, George D. Miller; parents, Elvin R. Bush and Bashie Hano Bush; sisters, Shirley Bush Tycer and Marguerite Bush Chaplain. Visitation at Hillsdale Baptist Church from 9:00AM until religious services at 11:00AM on Friday, October 15, 2021. Interment Hillsdale Baptist Church Cemetery, Amite, LA. In lieu of flowers donations may be made to Hillsdale Baptist Church Cemetery Fund. McKneely Funeral Home, Amite, in charge of arrangements. For an online guestbook, visit http://www.mckneelys.com.
Kenneth “Kenny” Brandon Temple
November 21, 1973 – October 09, 2021
A resident of Palm Bay, FL, passed away on Saturday, October 9, 2021 at Orlando VA Medical Center in Orlando, FL. He was born November 21, 1973 in New Orleans, LA and was 47 years of age. Kenny was a a devout Christian who loved God with all of his heart and a U. S. Navy Veteran. He is survived by his 2 sons, Keenan and Kason Temple; brothers and sisters, Danelle Watts Daurapau, Tracey Varnado, Earl Leonard “Skip” Temple, Jr., Raegen Presley, Rebecca Pope and Jack Pope; aunt and second mom, Shelia Ryals Gilbert; uncle, Terry Ryals; and numerous nieces, nephews, and cousins. Preceded in death by mother, Catherine LeJune Ryals Temple; father figure, Bill Pope; grandparents, Bertle “Big Momma” Ryals and Roy “Big Poppa” Ryals; great-aunt, Lois Finch; 2 aunts, Brenda Adams and Polly Carlson. Visitation at McKneely Funeral Home, Amite, from 9:00AM until religious services at 12:00 Noon on Friday, October 15, 2021. For an online guestbook, visit http://www.mckneelys.com.
Read the Bible Chronologically in 2021
October 13th Readings MARK 9:14-29 MATTHEW 17:14-21 LUKE 9:37-43 MARK 9:30-32 MATTHEW 17:22-23 LUKE 9:43-45 MATTHEW 17:24-27 MARK 9:33-37 MATTHEW 18:1-6 LUKE 9:46-48 MARK 9:38-41 LUKE 9:49-50 MARK 9:42-50 MATTHEW 18:7-35
This is a long list, but if you look at it closely, you will see it is only verses from three different chapters.
Let’s say special prayers for all of our police forces. Several policemen were killed over the weekend. We need to pray for the families, their fellow officers, future police in training, etc. Pray for citizens to still have an officer to call upon when needed.
who is able, through his mighty power at work within us,
to accomplish infinitely more than we might ask or think.”
~Ephesians 3:20 (NLT)~
That’s a wonderful verse to reread and ponder for a while.
Pray for Jerry Doughty. He was allowed to return home yesterday. Pray for his caregiver, June, that she will be up to the task of taking care of him at home.
There are many others who serve as caregivers so someone can stay at home where they are happiest. Pray for all the sick and for all the caregivers. I can tell you it is a demanding responsibility.
Perry Gene Hartner
March 23, 1953 – October 09, 2021
Perry Gene Hartner, a resident of Greensburg, LA passed away on Saturday, October 9, 2021 at The Crossing at Clarity Hospice in Baton Rouge, LA. He was born March 23, 1953 in Clinton, LA and was 68 years of age. He is survived by his mother, Merium JoAnn Miller Hartner; 3 children, Adam Hartner, Sonia Godfrey and husband John, and Janice Hartner; 2 grandchildren, Dionne Watson and John Pleasant Godfrey; brother, Bob Hartner and wife Terri. Preceded in death by his father, Terry Gene Hartner; grandparents, Gus and Edith Hartner and Ivy and Margaret Miller; and an infant son. Visitation at Greensburg United Methodist Church from 10:00AM until religious services at 12:00Noon on Wednesday, October 13, 2021. Services conducted by Rev. Sandy Dunn. Interment Greensburg Cemetery, Greensburg, LA. McKneely Funeral Home, Amite, in charge of arrangements. For an online guestbook, visit http://www.mckneelys.com.
God Works through us!
Thank-you so much to those who helped pack the 150 shoeboxes Saturday. We are waiting for the arrival of the cartons before we can get those shoeboxes ready for their location.
These are the times we will be accepting shoeboxes. I hope you can find one that works well for you and your church.
If you would like to help get boxes other churches bring and get the boxes into cartons for shipment to their next location, check the schedule and let me know when you are available to help. You will enjoy seeing people and working with a great core team.
Read the Bible Chronologically in 2021
October 12th Readings MARK 8:22-30 MATTHEW 16:13-20 LUKE 9:18-20 MARK 8:31-9:1 MATTHEW 16:21-28 LUKE 9:21-27 MARK 9:2-13 MATTHEW 17:1-13 LUKE 9:28-36
Today, let’s pray for all those involved in packing, filling, transporting, and delivering OCC boxes. May each one do their job well with a focus on the children who will receive their”shoebox”. May they learn about Jesus and want to have Him in their lives forever. May those who pack, ship, and deliver the boxes be drawn closer to Him too. Pray with those thoughts in mind.