“Glory belongs to God, whose power is at work in us.

By this power he can do infinitely more than we can ask or imagine.”

 ~Ephesians 3:20 GW~



Kendal Pike Batuyong and her family live close to the area of the big gas explosion in Texas.  Even though they had to evacuate, they are so thankful God protected them and so many others in such a crisis.  They are now back at home.




Hugh Edward McGehee, Jr.

November 14, 1924 – November 28, 2019

A resident of Kentwood, LA, passed away on Thursday, November 28, 2019 at North Oaks Medical Center in Hammond, LA. He was born November 14, 1924 in East Fork, LA and was 95 years of age. He was a member and deacon of First Baptist Church in Kentwood and was a Mason at Kentwood Lodge #248. He served in World War II in the Atlantic and Pacific areas in the Merchant Marines. In his early years, he was a brick layer with his father and grandfather. In his later years, he worked as a service manager at auto dealerships. He is survived by his wife of 71 years, Jeanette Singleton McGehee, Kentwood; son, Allan McGehee and wife, Rhonda, Denham Springs; 4 grandchildren, Greta Swarts and husband, Skeeter, Denham Springs, Wade McGehee, Kentwood, Erica Sepulveda and husband, Todd, Spring, TX, and Derek McGehee and wife, Jen, Denham Springs; 8 great-grandchildren, Randi Swarts Smith and husband, Daniel, Toni Swarts, Jacob McGehee, Justyn McGehee, Kaitlin Sepulveda Gandy and husband, Robert, Kyle Sepulveda, Nicholas Sepulveda, and Landry McGehee; 4 great-great-grandchildren, Deacon and Zadok Smith and Easton and Braiyah Swarts. Preceded in death by his parents, Hugh Edward McGehee, Sr. and Lena Day McGehee; son, Jerald Ray McGehee; daughter, Janet Kay McGehee. Visitation at McKneely Funeral Home, Kentwood, from 9:00AM until religious services at 11:00AM Monday, December 2, 2019. Services conducted by Rev. Darryl Miller. Interment Woodland Cemetery, Kentwood, LA. For an online guestbook, visit




Lillie Louise Bell Graham

February 08, 1945 – November 26, 2019

Lillie Louise Bell Graham, a resident of Amite, LA, passed away on Tuesday, November 26, 2019 at her home. She was born February 8, 1945 in Augusta, AR and was 74 years of age .She loved the outdoors where she enjoyed gardening, hunting and fishing. She is survived by 5 children, Cathy Graham Moran and husband, Sam, Troy Graham, Jr., Linda Graham Dantin and husband, Mark, Earnest Graham and Brenda Graham Gill; grandchildren, Sean Moran, George Graham, Bobby Graham, Jimmy Graham, Jennifer Graham. Luke Dantin, Cody Graham, Kyle Graham, Stephanie Graham, Steven Williams and Brittany Templeton; numerous great-grandchildren. Preceded in death by her father, Levy Thomas Bell; mother, Gladys Clayton Bell Boyd; grandson, Chance Moran; brother, George Bell. Visitation at McKneely Funeral Home, Amite, from 9:00AM until religious services at 11:00AM Monday, December 2, 2019. Services conducted by Rev. Tommy Smith. For an online guestbook, visit




Scripture Writing for November 30th – Choose and write your Scripture for today.




The Lottie Moon Christmas Offering has been supporting international missionaries since 1888!



*updated October 31, 2019
847 people groups engaged
through the work of IMB in just the last year
I’ve already made my first purchases for Operation Christmas Child 2020.  I hope you have too.  Donations of items or funds can be turned in all year long.
Anna Lee


And whatever you do, whether in word or deed,

do it all in the name of the Lord Jesus,

giving thanks to God the Father through him.

~Colossians 3:17~





Please add Carl Wayne Stevens and Nora to your prayer list.  Carl Wayne is hospitalized and very ill.  Pray also for the Stevens children and grandchildren.




Baby Hudson Hobgood recently had heart surgery.  He was well enough to move out of ICU into a regular room yesterday.  Keep praying for this precious gift from God.




Scripture Writing for 11-29: James 1: 16-18




Thankfulness Day 29: Today, I am thankful that we have awesome merchants who give great deals the day after Thanksgiving and for people to have a choice to shop with them or not.  I am home because I choose to be here.  God made us to be different.  One is not wrong and one right.  That’s the way it is with life.  We get to make many choices: spouse, home, city, foods, clothing, reading material, vehicles. etc.  Choices we make help to determine who we are.  I chose Jesus.  I hope you chose Him too!  That’s the greatest choice in life!  I’m thankful to have many choices, but especially the free choice to follow Jesus.




Tomorrow begins the Lottie Moon Week of Prayer for international missions.  The most important thing I can say is that .  100% of the money given goes to support mission projects all around the world.  Americans have a hard time realizing there are people who have never heard the name of “JESUS”.  This offering helps more people to do so this coming year.  I cannot thing of anything with a greater impact on so many lives.  I hope you will learn more about this offering and contribute to it this year and in all future years.

Anna Lee

Happy Thanksgiving!

Enter his gates with thanksgiving and his courts with praise; give thanks to him and praise his name.

~Psalm 100:4~



Scripture Writing for November 28 – Psalm 118: 225-29




Thankfulness: Day 28 – Today, I am thankful for all those who are working today/this weekend so that others can celebrate Thanksgiving with family members.  In some professions, everyone cannot be off at the same time.  Let’s give credit to those who work during the holidays.




Today, let’s pray for those with spiritual needs.  Do you remember the hymn, “The Ninety and Nine”?  I remember my mother explaining the message of the song to me when I was young.  I’m thankful for hearing the hymn and having someone to help me understand just how much God loves me.  He loves you enough to seek you out and give you the opportunity to choose to live for Him!  It’s your choice!


The Ninety And Nine (Live)

There were ninety and nine that safely
In the shelter of the fold;
But one was out on the hills away,
Far off from the gates of gold.
Away on the mountains wild and bare;
Away from the tender Shepherd’s
“Lord, Thou hast here Thy ninety and
Are they not enough for Thee?”
But the Shepherd made answer: “This
of Mine
Has wandered away from Me.
And although the road be rough and
I go to the desert to find My sheep.”
But none of the ransomed ever knew
How deep were the waters crossed;
Nor how dark was the night the Lord
passed through
Ere He found His sheep that was lost.
Out in the desert He heard its cry;
‘Twas sick and helpless and ready to
“Lord, whence are those blood-drops
all the way,
That mark out the mountain’s track?”
“They were shed for one who had
gone astray
Ere the Shepherd could bring him
“Lord, whence are Thy hands so rent
and torn?”
“They’re pierced tonight by many a
And all through the mountains,
And up from the rocky steep,
There arose a glad cry to the gate of
“Rejoice! I have found My sheep!”
And the angels echoed around the
“Rejoice, for the Lord brings back His


Anna Lee










In that day you will say: “Give praise to the LORD, proclaim his name; make known among the nations what he has done, and proclaim that his name is exalted.

~Isaiah 12:4~




Jesse Dean requests prayers for his sister, “Miss” Theresa Cutrer, who is hospitalized.


Joy Ann Branton Walker

June 12, 1930 – November 26, 2019

Joy Ann Branton Walker was born on June 12, 1930 in Haynesville, LA and passed away on Tuesday, November 26, 2019 at 89 years of age. Joy Ann was a devoted wife to the love of her life, Charles. She loved talking to her family and friends and catching up on everyone’s lives. She is famous for her Mam Maw’s Chocolate Cake. Joy Ann was a faithful member of Viking Drive Church of Christ.

Left to cherish her memory are her daughters, Charl Ann McKneely and husband Tommy of Amite, LA, Kathy Sells and husband Harry of Sandy Run, SC, and Judy Moore and husband Howard of Haughton, LA; grandchildren, Jeff McKneely and wife Tammy, Greg McKneely and wife Danielle, Jennifer Pray and husband Gabe, Ray Moore and wife Katie, Haley Moore Patrick, and Kyle Moore; thirteen great-grandchildren, Jordan McKneely Vickers and husband, John, Olivia McKneely Tull and husband, Brandon, Alyse McKneely, AnaClaire McKneely, Gavin McKneely, Dylan Charles McKneely, Gabrielle Pray, Steven Pray, Andrew Walker Pray, Kaitlyn Nunnery, Hallie Rae Moore, Pressley Joy Patrick and Sammy Patrick; three great-great-grandchildren, Maverick and Eleanor Tull and Elizabeth Vickers; brother, Henry Branton; and numerous well- loved nieces and nephews.

She was preceded in death by her husband, Charles Edward “Charlie” Walker; parents, H.H. “Hamp” Branton and Rosie Ethel Davis Branton; granddaughter, Kimberly McKneely; 3 brothers, Orion, L.F., and Twyman Branton; and a sister, Lester Cleo Branton Matthews Phillips.

Visitation will be from 12:30 p.m. until funeral services at 1:30 p.m., Sunday, December, 1, 2019 at Hill Crest Memorial Funeral Home, 601 US Highway 80 East, Haughton, LA 71037, officiated by Mr. Frank Himmel, preacher at Viking Drive Church of Christ and assisted by her grandson, Pastor Jeff McKneely of House on the Rock in Amite, LA. Interment will follow at Old Town Cemetery, Haynesville, LA. Pallbearers will be are Jeff McKneely, Greg McKneely, Ray Moore, Gabe Pray, David Gray, Bruce Williams, and Ben Dance.



Operation Christmas Child – Thanks to the members of FBC, Kentwood for helping pack and ship 416 “shoeboxes” this year, the most we have ever shipped.  Thanks also to the 18 volunteers who put in over a hundred hours during the collection week.  As you can see, this collection week required a lot of helpers.  I am thankful for each person and each hour of time donated in 2019.




Thankfulness, Day 27 – Today, I am thankful for telephones.  My daddy worked for the telephone company for more than 36 years as an installer/repairman.  He was proud of his work and the company he worked for, Maw Bell.  Today, I am still thankful for telephones, but in a new and more modern way.  Yesterday, one of our granddaughters received her first phone, an i-phone.  Guess who she called.  Her granddaddy!  I’m so glad she did!  The telephone company has greatly changed, but it still is helpful in connecting families.  What a blessing!




Scripture Writing for November 27th – Psalm 119: 15-21




Have a great day if you are preparing for Thanksgiving.  Part of our family had an early Thanksgiving yesterday.  I’m surely thankful for the time we had together.  Please pray for them as they travel home today.  Pray for others who will be traveling the rest of the week.  They are some of the busiest travel days.

Anna Lee







“When God our Savior revealed his kindness and love, he saved us, not because of the righteous things we had done, but because of his mercy.

He washed away our sins, giving us a new birth and new life through the Holy Spirit.” 

~Titus 3:4-5 NLT~




Please pray for Josiah Huckaby this morning as he has a heart cath.  Pray for his mom and dad who chose this child to be their very own.  That reminds me of Jesus who chose us despite of our shortcomings.




Operation Christmas Child: Yesterday, FBC Kentwood completed eight days of serving as a location for shoeboxes from our area to be brought to one location and delivered to Hammond, their next location.  The boxes are already on their way to Dallas now.  I’m thankful to say about 1.500 of those boxes came through Kentwood area people and churches.  In Hammond, they were added to others from SE Louisiana and totaled about 13,000.  That’s a lot of children who will be blessed with gifts and an opportunity to meet and choose Jesus.  Good job, folks!




Thankfulness, Day 26 – Today, I am thankful for the planes, boats, ships, cars, vans, wagons, donkeys, sleds, etc. that will carry the “shoeboxes” to the children.  The vision is to do whatever it takes to get the boxes to the hand of boys and girls.  The shoeboxes will probably be the biggest blessing so far in each young life.  The many packers will be greatly blessed in knowing many of the children will soon have Jesus in their hearts and they were able to play a small part in that.




Scripture Writing – Psalm 18: 8-14




Have a wonderful Thanksgiving week, whether you are part of a big celebration or quietly eat alone.  We all have so much to be thankful for every year of our lives!

Anna Lee






I will give thanks to the LORD because of his righteousness;

I will sing the praises of the name of the LORD Most High.

~Psalm 7:17~




Operation Christmas Child collection at more than 5,000 sites ends today.  FBC, Kentwood will be open 8:00-10:00 and then transfer the boxes to the area collection site in Hammond.  Just to make you smile, I’ll share that we collected 295 shoeboxes yesterday for a running total of 1.489 boxes this year.  That is the most we ever collected in Kentwood and we still have one more day!




Peter Michael Chehardy

October 13, 1956 – November 23, 2019

Peter Mike, went to his eternal resting place on November 23, 2019 with his loving family around him. Mike a lifelong resident of Amite, was born on October 13, 1956 to George and Virginia Chehardy( both deceased.) He was a devoted husband to the love of his life, Valerie Baxter Chehardy for 33 years. In addition to his loving wife, Mike is survived by a sister, George Ann Smith, who along with her husband, Ray Smith(deceased), raised him. He is also survived by many nieces and nephews and their families. He was preceded in death by a brother Johnny Chehardy and a sister, Philomene Lacara. After attending Amite Elementary and Oak Forest Academy Jr. High, Mike attended the Vocational Unit of the Hammond State School. After graduating, he lived in Baton Rouge where he worked at the Piccadilly Cafeteria on Government St. After a couple of years, Mike came back to Amite to be close to his family. He worked for the Town of Amite for ten years and for Smitty’s Supply for 20 years. He retired in 2016. Mike had a very high work ethic. He was punctual, dependable, and loved by his coworkers. Mike had many favorite activities. He looked forward to the first week in October every year when he and Val took their annual trip to Cruising the Coast. He loved sports and was an avid fan of LSU ,the Saints, and the Amite Warriors. Unbeknown to many people, Mike was an amateur stargazer. He kept up with special events in the sky and could be seen in his front yard with his telescope. But His favorite pastime was talking to his friends. He kept his OFA annual in his truck always looking for someone to share memories. Elvis was his favorite performer and he and Val enjoyed a trip to Graceland. He and Val also enjoyed trips to Disney World and New York City. The family would like to thank the many friends for their concern and prayers for Mike and for all the ways they made him feel special and loved. Special thanks to Dr. Derris Ray and his staff, St Joseph Hospice, especially Lisa King, and Bud and Ray and the staff of Thrift Town Pharmacy. Also thanks go to McKneely Funeral Home for their excellent care. But most of all we want to thank God for the many graces and blessings Mike has had all of his life. Family and friends are invited to join the visitation at St. Helena Catholic Church Hall on Tuesday, November 26 from 9:00 until 11:30 A.M. The funeral Mass, conducted by Father Mark Beard, will be held at noon at the church. Interment will be at the Amite Memorial Gardens. McKneely Funeral Home, Amite, in charge of arrangements. For an online guestbook, visit




David and I saw Peter Mike and Valerie at Master Chef.  They always had many friends stop at their table to speak and were always very helpful to each other.  I know Peter Mike will be missed in the Amite area.




Scripture Writing – November 25 – Psalm 118: 1-7




Pray for the youth and adults chaperones from our area churches as they finish up at the Youth Evangelism Conference and travel back to their churches today.




Thankfulness – Day 25:  Today, I am thankful for the love in our family that makes us want to spend time together.  We don’t usually get to be together as often as we would like, but we can enjoy the time we have together.  I hope you will have an opportunity to spend some time with family this week.  May your time together build the bond of love stronger.



This is a busy week for traveling.  Pray for good times and safe traveling during this holiday season.  Start making a list of people and things you are thankful for.

Anna Lee





“Faith means being sure of the things we hope for and knowing that something is real even if we do not see it.” 

~Hebrews 11:1 NCV~



“Trust in the LORD with all your heart, and do not rely on your own understanding.” 

~Proverbs 3:5 HCSB~




Scripture Writing for Nov. 24 – James 1: 17-18




Operation Christmas Child:  Monday ends the time to take your boxes to a collection site in 2019.  FBC, Kentwood will be receiving “shoeboxes” today from 4-6 P.M. and tomorrow from 8-10 A.M.  I can’t explain to you how excited I am that boys and girls get “shoeboxes”, a chance to learn about Jesus, and an opportunity to take Jesus into their heart.  I appreciate how much love many of you have put into packing your shoeboxes.




This morning Pine Ridge United Methodist Church will host their monthly breakfast.  There is no charge for the breakfast, but donations are taken to help a family with a need.  This is a great ministry of the ladies of Pine Ridge.  They have been helping families for many years this way.




The Two Rivers Associational Annual Lottie Moon Tea will be Saturday, December 7th at two o’clock at Spring Creek Baptist Church.  Ladies and girls, plan to attend.  You don’t want to miss this special event.




Thankfulness – Day 24 – Family gatherings!  Yesterday, David’s family had a family gathering.  It was a time to enjoy watching the children play, introducing some new family members into the family, to show respect to those who have now become the older generation, and to lovingly think back sweet memories of those who are no longer with us.  Of course, there were lots of hugs and too much good food, but that’s the way families treat each other.  Today, I am especially thankful for the sweet spirit of yesterday’s gathering and all the other ones I can remember.




Smiley Conerly has been searching for answers to his medical questions.  He has learned a little more and will be having surgery on December 9th.  Please add Smiley and his family to your prayer list if they are not already there.




I hope you have a wonderful Thanksgiving week.  Remember, it’s not all about food and family!  What else do you have to thank God for this year?

Anna Lee