Saturday Afternoon

Aaron Hill

Sat morning e-mail notice

Things are quiet and slow at CHOP this morning, but still moving forward for our little guy. Aaron’s surgeon came by and ordered his chest tube be removed. Since he is peeing better (yea!), they removed his catheter as well. 2 big steps… He is still too swollen for them to remove his breathing tube, but if he continues to shed fluid and breath above the ventilator, they might do that tomorrow. We are eager for this step, but want to make sure God keeps it all in His timing. We don’t want Aaron to have to work too hard all at one time.

We will keep the good news coming. Love to everyone.



Tink “Pappy” Oliver

(March 4, 1928 – March 21, 2008)

He was a retired timber consultant and logger. He went to be with the Lord on March 21, 2008 in McComb, MS at the age of 80. Our Pappy was born on March 4, 1928 in Kentwood, LA. Visitation at McKneely Funeral Home in Kentwood, LA on Monday, March 24, 2008 from 5 p.m. until 9 p.m. and on Tuesday, March 25, 2008 from 8 a.m. until services at 10 a.m. Services contucted by Rev. Delio Delrio and Rev. Reggie Hope. Interment in Hope-Oliver Cemetery. He is survived by his wife of 58 years, Bernadette Oliver, sons Sammy Oliver and wife Lettie, Terry Oliver and wife, Beverly, Scotty Oliver and wife Darla, and a daughter Bridgette King and husband Eric, grandchildren, Sean Oliver and wife, Mary, Amber Adams and husband Danny, Suzanne McAlister, Mike Posey and wife Carolyn, Whitney Brumfield and husband Brian, Courtney Oliver, Kimberly Capdeboscq and husband Jamie, Bruce Oliver, Scotty Oliver and fiancee’ Kim Hatfield, Lacey Oliver, Hunter Oliver, Tristan and Corly Grice and Brett and Blake King and 12 great-grandchildren. Sisters Avis Hope, Katherine Manning, Azelene Goetzmann, Hazel Smith, Irene Blades, Sarah Golman, and Mildred Cade. Preceded in death by parents, Henry “Tink” and Kate Oliver, 1 brother, Huey Oliver and sisters Irene and Audis Oliver, 1 brother-in-law, Otis Hope.


Jesse Dean

Jesse is home. He had a long day yesterday. Majel is scheduled to return to school Tuesday. Please continue to pray for both of them

Aaron Hill

Aaron’s echo this morning showed a little too much pressure in the right side of his heart. They had cut his nitric oxide in anticipation of extubating him today, but that was evidently too hard on his heart and lungs. Also, b/c his urine output has been low, he was getting rather swollen. They have now given him another diuretic to help him get rid of the extra fluid and have told us they are going to take things really slow to give him plenty of time to adjust. We are impatient (as is Aaron) b/c we really want to hold him again and the removal of the ventilator, chest tube, catheter, etc., are the steps we want to take in that direction. We know Aaron doesn’t like the tube down his nose/throat (he tries to cry but can’t make sound because of the tube), so that makes us anxious to get rid of it even more. We don’t like to see him hurt and hate that we can’t comfort him when he cries. We must pray for patience for ourselves and little Aaron as we wait for his body to be ready for these steps.

Happy Good Friday to everyone. Don’t forget to celebrate the reason for this Easter weekend!


Someone that David and I have known all our lives and most of you have know for many years has developed a serious health issue. Please pray for this individual.

Becki and the children made it safely home yesterday afternoon. Thanks for praying for them as they traveled. Pray for all those who have miles to travel and stops to make in the coming days.

Baptist Press – Thursday

TENNESSEE–Resurrection of Christ is the heart of the Gospel.

TENNESSEE–Did Jesus really rise from the dead?

NORTH CAROLINA–2 thieves represent mankind, pastor says.

GEORGIA–Proclaiming Easter’s message all year long.

TEXAS–Judge dismisses suit against Southwestern.

KENTUCKY–Mohler recovering from surgery.

TENNESSEE–Extreme winter calls for quick response.

WASHINGTON–LIFE DIGEST: Pro-lifers should avoid ‘Idol Gives Back,’ leader says.

TENNESSEE–Still hospitalized, prayer lifts UU duo.

LOUISIANA–Jena embraces ‘whatever God wants.’

SOUTH CAROLINA–FIRST-PERSON (Frank Page): A 10-year evangelistic strategy.

GEORGIA–FIRST-PERSON (Henry Blackaby): Resurrection power.

Friday Afternoon

Aaron Hill

Well, Aaron had a pretty good night and morning. His heart rate is now down in the 150s to 160s, an improvement from the past couple of days. Although we thought they might take him off the ventilator, he is more swollen today and the drs don’t think his kidneys are functioning well enough to take him off just yet. We are disappointed, particularly b/c having that tube down his nose and throat is really bothering him. Plus, they don’t want to put in his feeding tube and give him a real meal until they have extubated him. So, we continue to wait on that big step… They came around and did an echo earlier, but we don’t know the results from it yet, so we wait on that as well.

A continued thanks for each post and prayer. A special thank you to Amy from Jackson–a HRHS mommy whom I have never met– for your sweet call this morning. There is so much sadness here. More than many would ever imagine. It truly is a giant blessing to have so many prayers going up for Aaron each day. We would be lost without them.

Betty Taylor

  • Continues to improve
  • Still sore, but much better each day
  • Said “God is so good!’
  • Thanks you for praying for her

First Baptist Church, Kentwood

Nursery Volunteers

  • Sunday, Marc 21
  • Justin & Wendy Fowler
  • Eleanor Morris
  • Gretchen Simpson
  • Lily Edwards

Nursery Volunteers are Needed

  • 8:15 Service
  • Sunday, 3-23-08

Business Meeting

  • Wednesday,Marc 26th

Birthday Celebration

  • Mrs. Mickey Cade
  • 75th birthday
  • Saturday, March 29th
  • Fellowship Hall
  • 2:00 – 4:00

Migrant Health Kits

  • Shampoo
  • Comb
  • Deodorant
  • Washcloth
  • Soap
  • Toothpaste
  • Toothbrush
  • Church will provide a Bible
  • Place items in a gallon size Ziploc bag
  • Deadline – Wed., April 2

Easter Schedule

  • 8:15 Worship
  • 9:15 Sunday School
  • 10:30 Worship
  • No evening activities


  • Surprise Easter Egg Hung
  • Sunday, March 30th
  • During AWANA time
  • Bring 6 candy-filled plastic eggs.

Annie Armstrong Easter Offering

  • Goal: $13,000.00
  • Received: $2,058.00
  • Bring your “Annie” eggs Sunday!




“It was necessary for the Christ to suffer

and to rise from the dead the third day,

and that repentance and remission of sins

should be preached in His name to all nations,”

~Luke 24:46b-47a, CEV~



Mr. Huey Miller


Mr. Huey Miller, owner of John’s Hitching Post, had surgery for stomach cancer. The doctors think they removed all the cancer. Please pray for the Miller family.



Baby Rebecca


Little Rebecca went to be with the Lord last night. (Wednesday)

Amy and Eddy have a hard time ahead.

And everyone that loves them, Two of the best!!!



Frann Clark



Kristin took Frann to the doctor. Kristin was the “extra ears” so no information would be missed. Frann was very pleased with her doctor and his explanations. She will be taking medication for her nerve endings and taking physical therapy. The MRI showed her fractures had healed. Pray for Frann as she continues to deal with her health issues and with her husband, Riley, who needs constant care.




Aura (Romania)




Please pray for Aura. She has been battling a cold for over a month. Pray for God’s healing hands upon her.

Thank you!


Please pray for me this week and in the weeks to come.
I have been fighting a cold for over a month and a half now and I know that this is not normal…every time it gets a little better and I think it is going away, it comes back with a vengence… and now it’s happening again. The fact that I work with kids who have been sick all winter doesn’t help. Please pray for healing! I am going on vacation on Wednesday evening and I really don’t want to go away sick. You can also pray for the upcoming trip. I am really excited and have realized these last few days how much I need this time away. Pray for safety and a time of refreshment.

be blessed,






Jesus is the reason for the season!



Anna Lee


“Not all people who sound religious are really godly.

They may refer to me as ‘Lord,’

but they still won’t enter the Kingdom of Heaven.

The decisive issue is whether they obey my Father in heaven.”

~Matthew 7:21 (NLT)~

You are invited to a share group at the Alford cabin tonight at 6:30.

Pray for all those who will travel in the next 7-10 days.

Jesse Dean received two more units of blood. He’s having some problems, but they should not keep him in rehabilitation any extra days.

Larry Bankston of Arcola had three stents put in his heart this week. Pray for him as he needs to make some lifestyle changes.

Ralph E. Owens, Jr.

March 16, 1958 – March 18, 2008

Died at 6:05 PM on Tuesday March 18, 2008 at his residence. He was 50, a native of Baton Rouge and a resident of Mt. Nebo. Visitation at the McKneely & Vaughn Funeral Home, Amite on Thursday, March 20, 2008 from 6:00PM until 9:00PM and 10:00AM until Religious Services at 1:00PM Friday, March 21, 2008 in the Funeral Home Chapel, Conducted by Rev. Gary Weiborg. Interment at the Dees Cemetery. Survived by his Children-John Lewis, Clifford, & Robin Brooke-Amite, Mother-Gayle D. Owens-Mt. Nebo, Sister-Donna Owens, Mt. Nebo, Brother-John Owens-Petal, MS. Preceded in death by: Father-Ralph E. Owens, Sr., Grandparents-Theopolis & Rosaline Owens and Perry & Lena Mae Dees. Ralph, Jr. enjoyed spending time with his friends & family, cooking, telling stories, but really enjoyed cooking for others (mystery meat was his specialty). He will be sadly missed by many. In lieu of flowers the family request donations to the American Cancer Society or a Charity of your choice. McKneely & Vaughn Funeral Home is located on I-55 & Hwy 16W next to Coggins-Gentry Ford. An on-line Guestbook is available at




A game warden noticed how a particular fellow named Sam consistently caught more fish than anyone else, whereas the other guys would only catch three or four a day. Sam would come in off the lake with a boat full.

Stringer after stringer was always packed with freshly caught trout. The warden, curious, asked Sam his secret. The successful fisherman invited the game warden to accompany him and observe. So the next morning the two met at the dock and took off in Sam’s boat. When they got to the middle of the lake, Sam stopped the boat, and the warden sat back to see how it was done.

Sam’s approach was simple. He took out a stick of dynamite, lit it, and threw it in the air. The explosion rocked the lake with such a force that dead fish immediately began to surface. Sam took out a net and started scooping them up.

Well, you can imagine the reaction of the game warden. When he recovered from the shock of it all, he began yelling at Sam. “You can’t do this! I’ll put you in jail, buddy! You will be paying every fine there is in the book!”

Sam, meanwhile, set his net down and took out another stick of dynamite. He lit it and tossed it in the lap of the game warden with these words, “Are you going to sit there all day complaining, or are you going to fish?”

Seems to me we have two similar options as Christians — we can spend our time complaining or we can “fish.” Jesus, of course, used the concept of fishing to describe the work of evangelism (“Follow Me, and I will make you fishers of men.” — Matthew 4:19). The method we use does not involve dynamite, but it does involve the word from which dynamite comes to us — “dunamis,” the Greek word for “power.”

“For I am not ashamed of the gospel of Christ,

for it is the power of God to salvation

for everyone who believes,

for the Jew first and also for the Greek.”

~Romans 1:16~

I’ve known some folks in the church who use the “dunamis” of the gospel to fish for souls, and I’ve known other folks content to do nothing but sit back and complain about what everybody else is or isn’t doing. It’s your choice — Are you going to complain or are you going to fish?

Have a great day!

Alan Smith
Helen Street Church of Christ
Fayetteville, North Carolina

“Just as Christ was raised from the dead

by the glory of the Father,

so we too may walk in a new way of life.”

~Romans 6:4b, HCSB~

Wednesday Afternoon


Aaron Hill

Noon posting

Frann Clark

Aaron has gone into surgery. It was hard to give him over this morning. Please pray for his strength and healing. The surgery should last about 3 hours


William George “Billy” Yager, Jr.

(October 8, 1969 – March 18, 2008)

Died at 9:30PM on Tuesday, March 18, 2008 at his residence near Kentwood, LA. He was a native of Los Palmas, Spain. Age 38 years. Visitation at McKneely Funeral Home, Kentwood, from 11 a.m. on Saturday until religious services at 1 p.m. Saturday. Services conducted by Rev. Danny Smith. Interment Hungarian Presbyterian Church Cemetery, Albany, LA. Survived by wife, Heather Jacobsen Yager, Kentwood, 2 daughters, Megan Kinney, Ponchatoula, Laura Lyn Louise Yager, Kiln, MS, step-daughter, Rachae Lynn Booty, Kentwood, sister, Angel L. Yager, Poplarville, MS, mother, Frances Yates and her husband, Jerry, Houston, TX, father, William G. ‘Bill” Yager, Sr. and his wife, Jackie, Springfield, grandmother, Lucille Teston, Slidell. Preceded in death by infant brother, grandparents, John K. Yager, Stella Yager, Joseph G. Melling

Charlie Hayden Singleton

(December 18, 1925 – March 18, 2008)

Died at 2:39PM on Tuesday, March 18, 2008 at North Oaks Medical Center in Hammond, LA. He was a native and resident of Roseland, LA. Age 82 years. He was a U. S. Navy Veteran of World War II. Visitation at McKneely Funeral Home, Amite, from 6 p.m. until 9 p.m. on Friday and from 8 a.m. until religious services at 11 a.m. Saturday. Services conducted by Rev. Herb Cowan. Interment Arcola-Roseland Cemetery, Arcola, LA. Survived by daughter, Sandra Miller and her husband, William Miller, Roseland , 5 grandchildren, Felix Singleton, Kimberly Spitale, Matthew Spitale, Mark Spitale and Samantha Spitale, 1 great-grandson, Owen Spitale, 2 sisters, Juanita Pritchett, Roseland and Almeda Miller, Amite, 1 brother, Dudley Singleton, Roseland, and numerous nieces and nephews. He was preceded in death by his wife, Wilsie Fussell Singleton, 2 sons, Bobby Lee Singleton and Felix Ray Singleton, 3 brothers, Theodore Singleton, Henson Singleton and William Singleton

Ralph E. Owens Jr.

(March 16, 1958 – March 18, 2008)

Died at 6:05 PM on Tuesday March 18, 2008 at his residence.He was 50 years old.Funeral arrangements are incomplete at this time.