The LORD is slow to anger but great in power;

the LORD will not leave the guilty unpunished.

His way is in the whirlwind and the storm,

and clouds are the dust of his feet.

~Nahum 1:3~

Katie Jane Smith

August 14, 1945 – November 16, 2021
Katie Jane Smith

A resident of Greensburg, LA, passed away on Tuesday, November 16, 2021 at St. Helena Parish Hospital in Greensburg, LA. She was born August 14, 1945 in Kentwood, LA and was 76 years of age. She is survived by her 3 children, Johnie B. Booty, Tracie Renee Luper and Keith, and Alton W. Booty, III; 10 grandchildren, Jonathan Tyler Booty and wife, Rondi Lynn, JoAnna Taylor Booty, Jacob Travis Booty, Jace Trent Booty, Jordan Randall Luper, Jimmy Keith Luper, Rachel Lyn Booty, Davin Alton Booty, Sarah Ashton Booty, and Lauren Elizabeth Booty; 6 great-grandchildren, Piper Harrison, Annabel Graham, Sadie Mae Graham, Norah Kate Booty, Emma Luper, and Spencer Sloane; 3 sisters, Barbara Smith Gill, Martha Smith LaLonde and husband Leon, and Ivanee Smith Raybourn and husband Adrian; companion, Shelby Gene Alford. Preceded in death by her husband, Maurice E. Jones; parents, Johnie and Mildred Stewart Smith; brother-in-law, Jimmy C. Gill; infant sister, Johnietta Smith; infant brother. Visitation at McKneely Funeral Home, Kentwood, from 8:00AM until religious services at 12Noon on Friday, November 19, 2021. Services conducted by Rev. Beryl Billiot. Pallbearers are Jonathan Booty, Jacob Booty, Jace Booty, Davin Booty, Jordan Luper, and Paris Gill. Interment Woodland Cemetery, Kentwood, LA. For an online guestbook, visit

Ted Carol Lewis

January 05, 1941 – November 16, 2021

Ted Carol Lewis of Kentwood, LA, was born on January 5th, 1941, and died mid-morning on November 16th, 2021, aged 80. He attended Kentwood High School and Louisiana State University and graduated in 1964 with a degree in Industrial Engineering. While at LSU he married his wife, Barbara. They had two children together, Joseph “Joey” Wendell Lewis and Brian Scott Lewis. After graduating, Ted held several jobs for major firms, but eventually returned to the area and opened his own business in Bogalusa. In 1997 Ted and Barbara retired to the home they built in Lewiston, which also served as a museum for high school memories and artifacts from other eras as well. He loved to share his collection and memories with friends, family, and strangers alike. In retirement, he enjoyed continuing to collect antiques, and enhance and maintain the beauty of the property that so many people in the community admired and enjoyed. He was a deacon at Lewiston Baptist Church, and loved his church community. He is preceded in death by his parents, Wendell Lewis and Bertha Stafford Lewis, and his son Joey. He is survived by his wife Barbara, his brother Don Lewis, son Brian and daughter-in-law Susan, and two grandsons, Anderson and Reed Lewis of Austin, TX. Visitation at Lewiston Baptist Church from 9:00AM until religious services at 11:00AM on Saturday, November 20, 2021. Services conducted by Rev. Cory Morris. Interment Lewiston Baptist Church Cemetery, Kentwood, LA. In lieu of flowers, the family requests that those who are so interested consider a donation to the Lewiston Baptist Church Cemetery Fund.McKneely Funeral Home, Kentwood, in charge of arrangements. For an online guestbook, visit

Mary Ann Hodges Young

September 12, 1937 – November 16, 2021

Young, Mary Ann Hodges died at 1:26p.m. on Tuesday, Nov 16, 2021, at Ponchatoula Care Center. She was 84, a native and previous resident of Kentwood. Mary was a loving mother and a great friend to many. Visitation will be held at the McKneely Funeral Home, Kentwood, from 4 p.m. to 7p.m. on Friday. Visiting at the funeral home from 9 a.m. until religious service at 11 a.m. on Saturday. Interment in Woodland Cemetery, Kentwood. Survived by her three daughters and sons-in-law, Valerie and Henry Aucoin, Parker, Co, Debra and Tim Taylor, Aurora, CO and Gaye Allison and Jack McCart, Kentwood, La; five grandchildren, seven great-grandchildren and five sisters. Preceded in death by parents, Floyd and Pauline Hodges, brother, Luther Hodges, husband of over 50 years, George Allen Young and second husband James Miller. Pallbearers will be granddaughter, grandsons and great-grandson.. For an online guestbook, visit

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November 18th Readings
ACTS 18:24-19:20
1 CORINTHIANS 1:1-3:23

Say special prayers and do something special for those who do not have family to enjoy Thanksgiving with. Also, help those who might need some Thanksgiving food this year.

Thankfulness – Day 18

Today, I am thankful for my computer and my tech expert, my son, who set up this site for me. I appreciate his skill and his patience. Because of him, his skill, and my computer, I am able to share with you each day.

Anna Lee

(Tuesday and) Wednesday

“We don’t know everything,

and our prophecies are not complete . . .

Now all we cansee of God is like a cloudy picture in a mirror.

Later we will see him face to face.

We don’t know everything, but then we will, j

ust as God completely understands us.”

~1 Corinthians 13:9, 12 (CEV)~

Yesterday, my procedure was delayed so we didn’t get home as early as we expected and I didn’t post as planned. All went well for me. The anesthesia lasted longer than last month. I got an hour and a half nap when we got home and felt better after that. Thank-you for your prayers.

I learned of these deaths:

Mr. A.J. Harris of Baton Rouge – father of Susan Belgard of Chesbrough

Mr. Ted Lewis of Lewiston

Mrs. Norma Muse of Kentwood

Mrs. Mary Young Miller of Kentwood

Fay Harling Liuzza

February 15, 1939 – November 13, 2021

A resident of Amite, LA, passed away on Saturday, November 13, 2021 at her home. She was born February 15, 1939 in Booneville, MS and was 82 years of age. She is survived by her husband of 46 years, Jack V. Liuzza; 1 sister, Betty Harling Travis; 2 aunts, Luna Pace and Jeannie McCreary; nieces , Tracie Travis Ryan (Scott), Missy Liuzza McAllister (Luther), Cathy Liuzza McAllister (Roland), nephews, Herman Travis, Reid Travis (Allyson), Christopher Liuzza (Connie), David Liuzza (Stacey), Anthony Liuzza (Brittany); numerous great-nieces, great-nephews and great-great nieces and great-great nephews. Preceded in death by her mother, Alice Sandifer; step-father, Lewis Sandifer; father, J.C. Harling; brother, Jonnie Clay Harling; nephew, Peyton Travis; great-niece, Jessie Travis. Visitation at McKneely Funeral Home, Amite, from 8:30AM until religious services at 11:00AM on Wednesday, November 17, 2021. Services conducted by Fr. Mark Beard. Interment Amite Memorial Gardens, Amite, LA. Pallbearers will be Eddie Guidry, Gary Stanga, Luther McCallister, Anthony “Fuzzy” Liuzza, Reid Travis and Jerry Rispone. For an online guestbook, visit

Barbara Irene Sowell Miller

October 02, 1946 – November 14, 2021

Barbara Irene Sowell Miller

A resident of Amite, LA, passed away on Sunday, November 14, 2021 at her home in Amite, LA. She was born October 2, 1946 in Amite, LA and was 75 years of age. She is survived by her 2 sons, Michael Smith and wife, Melissa and Clint Smith; 4 grandchildren, Laken Lee Dufresne, Shelby Wilkinson and husband, Shawn, Alayna Smith, Mazzy Smith, and Linkin Smith; 4 great-great grandchildren, Rylin Wilkinson, Wyatt Wilkinson, Baylor Wilkinson, Hayes Wilkinson and Brayson Dufresne; brother, Allen Sowell, Jr.; nephews, Allen Sowell, III and Darren Sowell. Preceded in death by her parents, Allen Sowell, Sr. and Irene King Sowell. Graveside Services will be held privately. Services conducted by Rev. David Cutrer. McKneely Funeral Home, Amite, in charge of arrangements. For an online guestbook, visit

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November 16th Readings
ACTS 17:16-18:3

November 17th Readings
ACTS 18:4-23

Thankfulness – Day 16

I am thankful for those in the medical profession. Even though many of us have chosen other professions, we count of those in the medical profession. As we have gotten onder, David and I have done so more often than in the earlier days. Sometimes medical professionals help to identify problems and make us more comfortable. Sometimes they save our lives!

Thankfulness – Day 17

Today, I am thankful for all the people who work behind the scenes or simply do jobs that are not medical, but are necessary for the medical facilities to run smoothly. They might park your vehicle, greet you at the door, help you to do computer check-in, clean the restrooms, deliver food, prepare food, roll you out to your vehicle, cut the grass, trim shrubbery, wash the linens, sweep and mop floors, fill water containers, man the front desk, give out masks, and many other behind-the-scenes, but necessary, jobs.

Operation Christmas Child: Today will be our third day to function as a drop-off location for our area. What a blessing it is to help all the shoeboxes get packed in cartons and ready for their next destination. We received 779 shoeboxes Monday and 106 yesterday. Today, we will be receiving boxes from 3:00-5:00 P.M.. We appreciate our “regular” volunteers and those who are serving for the first time this year. There is a job for everyone.

May you have a blessed day!

Anna Lee

Day One of Drop-Off Week

‘Twas the night before National Collection Week

And all through the land

Volunteers were busy preparing

The time was at hand.

The signs were all hung

Announcing shoebox drop-off right here

In hopes to reach millions for Jesus

Through gifts collected this year.

Families and friends, young and old

Made final touches on special gifts untold

Filling them full with toys to the brim

Or building online—it all points to Him!

Each shoebox represents a child—

turn your thoughts to this

A Gospel opportunity we don’t want to miss.

Pack a shoebox gift and reflect on the One

And the hope we have because God gave us His Son

(Shared from an Operation Christmas Child post.)

“Get up,

cry out in the night,

even as the night begins.

Pour out your heart like water in prayer to the Lord.”

~Lamentations 2:19 (NCV)~

This is the day-by-day schdule for dropping off shoeboxes this year.

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 you would like to pack a shoebox and can get it ready by Monday. November 22. see me at church today, 9;00 A.M. – 12::00 P.M.. I will have a box for you to fill.

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November 15th Readings
ACTS 15:22-17:15

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Thankfulness – Day 15

Today, I am thankful for those who share the Gospel. They might be pastors, Sunday School teachers, missionaries, evangelists, or untitled Christians. They know our responsibility to tell others about Jesus and do so.

19 Therefore go and make disciples of all nations, baptizing them in the name of the Father and of the Son and of the Holy Spirit, 20 and teaching them to obey everything I have commanded you. And surely I am with you always, to the very end of the age.”

~Matthew 28:19-20, NIV-

Anna Lee


“Now faith is the assurance of things hoped for,

the conviction of things not seen.”

~Hebrews 11:1 (NRSV)~

Be sure to see or call me to sign up to work the “Shoebox” drop-off this week. I will have the sign-up list with me at church today.

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November 14th Readings
GALATIANS 3:24-6:18
ACTS 15:1-21

Thankfulness – Day 14

Today, I am thankful for all the people who grow, manufacture, package, ship, haul, shelve, or sell me the food I buy to feed my family. I know there has been a lot of effort put into the process so I can simple walk around the store and select the items I put in my buggy. Seeing empty shelving in some stores in the last few months has made me more aware of all the work that goes into the groceries I purchase. Have you considered what you would have if you had to grow/produce all the food you eat?

It’s the Lord’s day! Be blessed as you worship Him and study His Word.

Anna Lee


So do not throw away your confidence;

it will be richly rewarded.”

~Hebrews 10:35 (NIV)~

Leroy Wilson is hospitalized in northern Louisiana waiting to see a cardiologist this morning. Please pray for Leroy and his family.

There are many people in our area also sick. Keep your prayer list handy.

Life can be sad, lonely, and stressful. Holiday seasons can make it more difficult. Pray for those who have a difficult time living without a loved one who passed away.

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November 13th Readings
ACTS 14:21-28
GALATIANS 1:1-3:23

Thankfulness – Day 13

Today, I am thankful for memories, sweet memories. We are all blessed with family members in our lives. With them and with friends, neighbors, and classmates we have mainly grown up with only a limited number of worries and cares. I’m thankful to have a closet full of good memories from my childhood years. I know I have been blessed.

Anna Lee


“Do not be afraid;

keep on speaking,

do not be silent.”

~Acts 18:9 (NIV)~

Benjamin Claiborne Harrell, III

May 06, 1950 – November 09, 2021

A resident of Ponchatoula, LA, passed away on Tuesday, November 9, 2021 at his home in Ponchatoula, LA. He was born May 6, 1950 in Magnolia, MS and was 71 years of age. He was a mason and a former MP with the Army Reserve. He is survived by his 3 daughters, Amy Harrell, Laura Harrell Giancola, and Lillie Harrell Brooks (Josh); 3 grandchildren, James, Jackson and Davis Brooks; 2 brothers, Bruce Harrell (Kathy) and Ronnie Harrell (Christian). Preceded in death by his wife, Marlise Ory Harrell; parents, Benjamin Claiborne Harrell, Jr. and Norma Newsom Harrell. Visitation at McKneely Funeral Home, Kentwood, from 9:00AM until religious services at 11:00AM on Friday, November 12, 2021. Interment Woodland Cemetery, Kentwood, LA. For an online guestbook, visit

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November 12th Readings
ACTS 12:6-14:20

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Louisiana Baptist Message

Operation Christmas Child

Next week is the drop-off week for shoeboxes. FBC, Kentwood is a collection site. Please see me Sunday if you are able to help us.

Two quotes I found this morning:

Give without remembering.

Receive without forgetting.


Birds start each new day with a song.

Thankfulness – Day 12

Today, I am thankful for OPPORTUNITIES I have had, have, and will have. Many have helped me grow. Some have taught me lessons I needed, and some were beneficial to others. Opportunities all lead to choices. Hopefully, good choices. The path of life looks like a gameboard. There are places in life that tell us to pick up a card, read it, and choose our next move. That becomes our future.

Have a blessed day. Be a blessing to others.

Anna Lee

Thursday Addition

Birth Announcement!

Grant Stephen Ripley
Born 11-11 @ 2:13 am
6 lbs 12 oz21 inches long
Blue eyes

Lots of dark hair

Grant is named for his great-grandfather, Grant R. Smith (My daddy) and his daddy, Israel Stephen Ripley. His mother is Kristin, the daughter of Donnie and Julie Smith Eudy. Grant will soon be home in Ponchatoula.

Birth announcement. Sent by my sister Julie two minutes ago.


“Stand up for me against world opinion and I’ll stand up for you before my Father in heaven. If you turn tail and run, do you think I’ll cover for you?”

~Matthew 10:32-33 (The Message)~

Update on me. I saw the pain management doctor again on Tuesday and scheduled a procedure for Tuesday. Please pray.

Please pray for others who are sick and those who have special prayer requests.

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November 11th Readings
ACTS 10:1-12:5

Congratulations to all who have followed the plan so far. You will get to the “finish line” soon and be so prous of yourself. Think of all you have learned and reviewed this year.

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Operation Christmas Child

You will be hearing a lot about OCC in the next few days. FBC, Kentwood will be the drop-off location for our area again this year beginning Monday morning at 10. Be sure to follow this schedule.

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

We will be happy to accept your boxes at these times and will pack them and make the deliveries to their next destination.

FBC Volunteers, I need you to call me at my home number or see me at church to volunteer to work next week.

Thankfulness – Day 11

Today, I am thankful for Franklin Graham and his ministry. Through them, OCC was developed and now reaches thousands and thousands of children around the world each year with “Shoeboxes” and the message of Jesus and salvation. I’m also thankful to be able to shop and pack shoeboxes and serve my church and my area with the volunteers here in Kentwood. Through them, we can help to impact the world for Jesus!

Anna Lee


For the grace of God has appeared

that offers salvation to all people.

~Titus 2:11~

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November 10th Readings
ACTS 8:1-9:43

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Thankfulness – Day 10

Today, I am thankful for music. We all probable have a favorite style of music. I just heard the Marine band playing patriotic music on TV. My toes were tapping right away! In addition, I love the old hymns – “Amazing Grace”, “Near the Cross”, “Whispering Hope”, “I Love to Tell the Story”, “Bringing in the Sheaves”, “Sweet Hour of Prayer”, and so many more. Patriotic music and church hymns are part of my heritage. I’m so thankful!

Prayer Meeting

6 P.M. tonight

Online or in person

Last week was extra good. If you missed part on of the new four-part series on marriage, you can find it online.

Anna Lee