Friday

You will keep in perfect peace those whose minds are steadfast, because they trust in you.

Isaiah 26:3

 

 

There are a number of families dealing with serious illnesses.  Pray for each one that you are aware of.

 

 

David is home from the hospital.  The results of the bone marrow test will be available next week.  Thank-you for your continued prayers for both of us.

 

 

Doris Faye Tillery

March 30, 1945 – January 15, 2019

A resident of Denham Springs passed away on Tuesday, January 15, 2019 at Ochsner Medical Center in Jefferson. She was born March 30, 1945 in Amite and was 73 years of age. She is survived by 3 children, Mark Thomas, Kelly Tullier and husband James, Lauren Sibley and husband Jason; grandchildren, Ryan Thomas, Kathryn Thomas, Maryn Thomas, Danny Tullier, Brendan Tullier, Jared Tullier, Kailyn Sibley, Morgan Sibley, Raegan Sibley, Brinnyn Sibley, Ethan Sibley, and Camryn Sibley; 2 brothers, Robert W. Tillery, and Carlton E. Tillery; special friend, Robert Pezant. Preceded in death by parents, Julian and Doris Tillery; granddaughter, Aubryn Thomas. Visitation at Tangipahoa United Methodist Church from 10 a.m. until religious services at 12:00 p.m. on Monday, January 21, 2019. Services conducted by Dr. Rev. Michael Townsend. Interment Tangipahoa Cemetery, Tangipahoa. McKneely Funeral Home, Kentwood, in charge of arrangements. For an online guestbook, visit http://www.mckneelys.com.

Claude Eugene Smith

February 25, 1936 – January 16, 2019

Our wonderful and loving father Claude Eugene Smith has found peace and went on to see his heavenly Father. Claude Eugene Smith was born in Mount Hermon Louisiana on February 25th 1936. He is preceded in death by his mother, Dorothy Aline (Wilkes) Smith and father, Wilson Eugene Smith. He will be met at Saint Peter’s gate by his two grandsons whom he will finally be able to once again hug and hold; Travis Wayne Vicknair and Charles Jacob (Jake) Kirkland. What a joyous moment it will be. Claude spent his early years working on his family farm and picking up milk in the surrounding area. Upon graduating Mt. Hermon High School, Claude then went on to box as a middleweight for 2 years at Louisiana State University. Claude married his High School sweetheart Bettye Lou Holiday on August 10th 1956. Claude worked at multiple things until he found his calling with Brown & Root and started a 38 year career building bridges throughout Southeast Louisiana and working in the refineries as well. He is survived by his loving and devoted wife of 60+ years, Bettye Lou Smith, who has been with him throughout the many years of marriage, both good times and bad. Claude will also leave behind his daughters, Sandy Smith Vicknair, Cheryl Smith Braud – wife of Michael Braud, and his son, Ronnie Eugene Smith, husband of Michele (Heller) Smith. He had dedicated his life to his grandchildren Krystle Vicknair, Reeve Kirkland, Corinne Kirkland, Abigail Smith, Ryan Smith and his one great grandchild, Waylyn Vicknair. He will be deeply missed by his two siblings Martha Alford-wife of Pete Alford and Walter Smith-husband of Diane Wine and his special uncle Fleet Smith Junior with whom he has built a lasting and enduring relationship throughout the years as well as his many nieces and nephews. Claude Smith will have visitation at McKneely Funeral Home, 501 Avenue G, Kentwood, La. on Monday January 21st from 10 am until religious services at 12 Noon where we will then proceed to Mount Hermon Cemetery for a farewell service and his final resting place here on Earth.

 

 

 

Charles Robert Eldridge, Jr.

March 27, 1939 – January 15, 2019

A resident of Amite, LA, passed away on Tuesday, January 15, 2019 in Hammond, LA. He was born March 27, 1939 in Amite, LA and was 79 years of age. He is survived by 2 daughters, Christina Calmes and husband Terry, Dana Lynn Robin and husband Josh; 1 son, Charles “Chaz” Eldridge, III and wife Wendy; 6 grandchildren, Sean Eldridge and wife Shelby, Tori Lynn Eldridge, Anthony “ Brit” Calmes, Andrew “Bradley” Calmes and wife Wendy, Holly Storey, and Robert Storey; 5 great grandchildren, Savannah, Luscian, Gabriel, Roman, and Cheyenne. Preceded in death by parents, Charles Sr. and Mamie Eldridge; wife, Lois Eldridge; and 2 sisters, Dorothy Minette Holstead and Bobbie Lee Darouse. Visitation at the First United Methodist Church, Amite, from 1 p.m. until Memorial Services at 3p.m. on Saturday, January 19, 2019. Services conducted by Rev. Josh Milliron. McKneely Funeral Home, Amite, in charge of arrangements. For an online guestbook, visit http://www.mckneelys.com.

 

 

 

Read the Bible

January 17 – Psalm 69:30, Psalm 71:6, 14,  & 16

January 18 – Psalm 71:22, Psalm 75:9-10

 

 

Ladies of FBC

  • Monday – Associational WMU meeting at East Fork Monday at 10 A.M. followed by lunch
  • Tuesday – “Young” Ladies’ Birthday Party at the Burger Basket in Osyka at 11:00.
  • Mission Project for Hope Center – Bring cans of soup and place on the organ. Deadline will be “Souper” Bowl Sunday (Project sponsored by Youth on Mission)

 

 

 

Focus on the power of prayer daily and spend some time in prayer.

Anna Lee

 

 

Friday

22 Because of the LORD’s great love we are not consumed, for his compassions never fail.

 23 They are new every morning; great is your faithfulness.

~Lamentations 3:22-23~

 

 

 

Thanks for prayers for Dayna Baker. She is out of ICU and in a regular room. I really appreciate all of you!!!
pam

 

 

 

Pray for Phillip Strickland.  One of his cousins said Phillip is hospitalized in Covington.

 

 

 

Yesterday was seven years since Koltyn Gafford had half his brain removed to prevent his almost constant seizures.  It worked like a charm!  Thank God for all the improvement Kolton has been able to make since then.

 

 

 

Pray for Glen Magee, Sr. as he goes for pre-op work tomorrow and surgery Tuesday.  The surgery is tentatively set for 1 P.M.

 

 

 

Owen Wilkinson, the son of Shane and April, is in Children’s Hospital, New Orleans with very high sugar count.  Pray for Owen and his family as they await a diagnosis and treatment plan.

 

 

 

Mr. John Bond of the Gillsburg area fell.  After some stitches, he stayed overnight for observation.  Pray for the Bond family while Mr. John is recovering.

 

 

 

Dee Dee Stokes Gill continues to recover from the stroke she had Christmas Day.  Please keep praying for her.

 

 

 

 

Read the Bible – “I wills…. of Psalms”.

  • Psalm 43:4
  • Psalm 45:17
  • Psalm 45:3-4

 

 

Don’t forget the WMU meeting on the third Monday at East Fork Baptist Church honoring out WMU ladies who passed away during 2018.  The meeting begins at 10, but leadership will meet at 9.  A covered dish lunch will follow the meeting.  Girls who are out of school that day are invited to attend with their mothers and grandmothers.

 

 

 


I love to hear people say they believe in the power of prayer and say the specific time of day when they regularly pray.  Prayer is real to them!

Anna Lee

 

 

Wednesday

“I have made up my mind to obey your laws forever,

no matter what.” 

~Psalm 119:112 CEV~

 

 

 

Pray for Frances Gay, please.   She caught the flu and has to wait for knee surgery.  Pray she can get past the flu quickly.

 

 

 

Shane Wilkinson had a wreck yesterday because he blood sugar got too low.  He is okay, but his vehicle is not.  Thank God Shane is okay.

 

 

Bro. Rusty Durant’s father-in-law passed away.   Please be in prayer for Melissa and other family members.

 

 

The Hope Center is in need of volunteers, male and female, to help while Sylvester is having treatment and Shirley is with him.  Please call to learn their needs and volunteer.  Prayers for Sylvester and Shirley are greatly appreciated.

 

 

 

Read the Bible in 2019 / Underline each “I will”.

  • Psalm 35: 18 & 28
  • Psalm 39:1

 

 

Operation Christmas Child – January is the month to turn in hats, scarves, and gloves.  If you have other items, it is fine to turn them in too.

 

 

Pray for other needs that are not mentioned today.  Thanks for praying today.

Anna Lee

Saturday

9 Do not lie to each other, since you have taken off your old self with its practices 

10 and have put on the new self, which is being renewed in knowledge in the image of its Creator

~Colossians 3:9-10~

 

 

Continue to pray for Mrs. Bessie Hayden.  She’s home and learning more and more about living independently.

 

 

 

Continue to pray for those who are homebound.  Make a call, deliver a meal, send a card, or just visit them.  You will both be blessed.

 

 

 

David had two medical visits yesterday.

  • He learned his blood level has increased since Tuesday.  The Procrit must be working.
  • He went to a dentist because he was having trouble eating and his gums were sore,  He will begin some new dental work Tuesday.  I think the dental issue is a result of the fall he had outside on Christmas evening.
  • We never know which way this journey will take us, but we know God is with us on the journey.

 

 

 

 

Hazel Elizabeth McKnight

May 14, 1939 – January 03, 2019

Hazel Elizabeth “Beth” McKnight, 79, born in Clinton, LA and a resident of Zachary, went to her eternal home on Thursday, January 3, 2019. She worked for Nunn Electric Supply for 21 years before retiring.
Visitation will be at Zachary United Methodist Church on Monday, January 7, 2019 from 9:00 am until service time at 11:00 am conducted by Dr. Greg Davis, Rev. Harold Babin and Rev. Rickey Willis. Burial will follow in Day’s cemetery, Greensburg.
Beth is survived by her husband of 62 years, Kenneth Charles McKnight, nieces and nephews, Denise Dyer Stewart(Blake), Rickie McKnight(Kelli), Randy McKnight(Kelli), Todd Castello(Desiree) and Earl Allen (April) and special great nieces, Ashby Warren(Steven) and Aley Stewart.
She is preceded in death by her father, Toler Hurst, Mother, Hazel Hutchinson Hurst and sister, Beverly Hurst Dyer.
Pallbearers will be Mark Hurst, Rick Hurst, Blake Stewart, Rickie McKnight, Randy McKnight and Todd Castello. Honorary pallbearers are Terry Travis, Donald Duncan and Mike Ray. She was a member of United Methodist Women for many years, Emmie Montegeudo Circle and loved greeting all of her church family on Sundays.

 

 

 

Read (and Write) the Bible

  • Psalm 17:15
  • Psalm 18:49
  • Psalm 22:22

Be sure to underline “I will” in each part.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

The college and career class of First Baptist Church returned from “Passion” in Atlanta.  Thank God they were able to go to the event and grow from the experience.  Also, thank God for their safety.

 

 

 

The items to bring during January for Operation Christmas Child are scarves, hats, and gloves.  You can bring them to my Sunday School classroom.  Thanks!  It’s time to start over for the boxes we will send toward the end of the 2019 year.

 

 

 

You never know which way your journey of life will take you, but you can know God is with you.  If you don’t have that assurance, contact a local pastor or church member.  That could be the best decision you make during your lifetime.

Anna Lee

 

 

 

 

 

Thursday

“God can do anything, you know—

far more than you could ever imagine or guess or request in your wildest dreams!” 

~Ephesians 3:20 The Message~

 

 

 

Remember the many families with sickness or loss of loved ones.

 

 

 

Lila Jean Watson

March 01, 1966 – January 01, 2019

A resident of Kentwood passed away on Tuesday, January 1, 2019 at Richard Murphy Hospice House in Hammond. She was born March 1, 1966 in Independence and was 52 years of age. She is survived by her husband, David Watson, Sr.; 2 sons, David Watson, Jr. and Randy Watson; 5 grandchildren, Brenlee, Carson, Kayden, Noah and Addie Watson; 3 sisters, Shirley Cooper, Faye Carney, and Ruthie Dykes; 3 brothers, Edward Dykes, Jackie Dykes, and Jerry Dykes and his wife, Cathy; brother-in-law, Michael Watson; numerous aunts, uncles, cousins, nieces and nephews. Preceded in death by father, Coy Dykes, Jr.; mother, Martha Traylor; brothers, Eugene Travis, Phillip Dykes, William Dykes, Carl Ray Dykes, Tommy Lane Dykes, and Jimmy Dykes, Sr. Visitation at My Father’s House Church, Tangipahoa, from 9:00AM until religious services at 12:00 Noon on Friday, January 4, 2019. Services conducted by Rev. Melvin Rushing. Interment Tangipahoa Cemetery, Tangipahoa. McKneely Funeral Home, Kentwood, in charge of arrangements. For an online guestbook, visit http://www.mckneelys.com.

 

 

Baptist Messagehttp://www,baptistmessage.com

Baptist Presshttp://www.bpnews.net/

 

 

 

Operation Christmas Child suggests we purchase hats, gloves, and scarves during January.  Also, it is always suggested you make purchases that are bargains at any time.  You can bring your items to my classroom.

I hope you enjoy some of the videos from OCC that I post.  They encourage me to get back into the collection stage of this process.

 

 

 

The college and career class of FBC, Kentwood is in Atlanta for a conference.  Pray for hearts to be touched.  Also, please pray for safety as they travel.

 

 

 

Read the Bible and mark the ‘I Will’s”.  (Writing the verses is optional.)

  • Psalm 9:1-2
  • Psalm 13:6

 

 

 

Use your talents for the Lord today.

Anna Lee

 

New Year’s Eve – Posted Early

“Sing to God, sing praises to his name;

lift up a song to him.

His name is the LORD.”

~Psalm 68:4 ESV~

 

 

 

I don’t know how much money was contributed to the Lottie Moon Offerings, but will post the amount when it is given to me.   Thanks to all who participated in the Lottie Moon March!

 

 

 

Please offer of prayers for Mr. Kent Raiford of Arcola and for his faithful caregivers.

 

 

 

Update on Bryan Tate:

He’s finished 4 rounds of chemo. Now we start 4 rounds of antibodies that will search and attack any active cancer cells that might have “ got away”. He is in remission ( no active cancer cells) at this time. This will carry us through month 8 of treatments. Not sure what the last four months of treatment will be. But we know it’s a year of active treatment. Then we hope he will be in maintenance. It’s a long journey 2-3 years but blessed with great Doctors and treatments. God has blessed us with the best Dr., team, friends and family. Our Dr. team has commented on our support from home several times. We look towards 2019 with praises and assurances that our Lord will bless us and provide our needs.

 

 

 

Pray for David and me as we travel to Baton Rouge on another holiday for his healthcare.

 

 

 

Claude D. “Pete” Gill

July 31, 1950 – December 29, 2018

A resident of Spring Creek passed away on Saturday, December 29, 2018 at North Oak Medical Center in Hammond. He was born July 31, 1950 in Spring Creek and was 68 years of age. He was a member of Osyka Baptist Church and a retired dairy farmer and boilermaker. He is survived by his wife, Gloria McNabb Gill; daughter, Becky Lynn Grimes and husband Joseph; son, Tristan Gill; grandson, Aidan James Grimes; brother, Edgar Ray Gill. Preceded in death by parents, Jewel and Minnie Gill; two brothers, Gene and Fred Gill; two sisters, Edna Mae Hoyt and Patsy Lee. Graveside Services will be held at Spring Creek Cemetery at 11:00AM on Monday, December 31, 2018. Services conducted by Rev. Jacob Williams. McKneely Funeral Home, Kentwood, in charge of arrangements. For an online guestbook, visit http://www.mckneelys.com.

 

 

 

Cynthia Maddox Almond

May 02, 1939 – December 29, 2018

A resident of Kentwood passed away on Saturday, December 29, 2018 at North Oaks Medical Center in Hammond. She was born May 2, 1939 in Haynesville and was 79 years of age. She is survived by her husband of 45 years, Perry Wayne Almond; 2 sons, Donald Stewart and wife, Suphin Stewart, and Patrick Stewart; 3 grandchildren, Rawlin, Rath and Ryan Cauthron; 3 great-grandchildren, Rawlin Raith, Randilyn, and Chance Cauthron. Preceded in death by daughter, Ann Renee Starkey; granddaughter, Randilyn Starkey; parents, Sam and Lena Maddox; 2 brothers, Jerry Paul Maddox and Ray Nelson Maddox. Visitation at McKneely Funeral Home, Kentwood, from 11:00AM until religious services at 1:00PM on Thursday, January 3, 2019. Interment James Chapel Cemetery, Holden. For an online guestbook, visit http://www.mckneelys.com.

 

 

Bible Reading Plan for 2018 – Last Day!  Those who followed this plan have read the whole Bible this year.

  • Malachi 3-4
  • Psalms 150
  • Matthew 28

 

 

I pray you know the Lord and Savior as this year, 2018, ends and we begin 2019.

Anna Lee

Saturday

As a shepherd looks after his scattered flock when he is with them, so will I look after my sheep.

I will rescue them from all the places where they were scattered on a day of clouds and darkness.

~Ezekiel 34:12~

 

 

 

 

My unspoken request – Continued prayers needed for pain relief and a good report on latest treatment.

 

 

 

Prayers for Cal Schuler’s family.  He passed away suddenly yesterday.  He and I have mutual relatives in Shreveport and NE Texas.

 

 

 

Obituary for Wayne Langley

Wayne Lavelle Langley
  • July 18, 1939 – December 26, 2018
  • Arrangements for Mr. Wayne Langley are at Bailey’s Funeral Home, Springhill, LA Monday December 31st Visitation 10a-12p. Service to follow. Burial will be at Old Sarepta Cemetary, Sarepta, LA. (northeast of Shreveport).

 

 

 

Read the Bible 

  • Zech 13-14
  • Psm, 149
  • Matt. 25-26

 

 

 

Read the Bible in 2019 – We will be following Biblical themes in 2019.  In January our theme will be “I Wills” from Psalms.

You have options of how you will follow this in 2019.  One, you may read the verses and focus on the “I Will”.  Second, you may choose to write the verses in a notebook or even make a computer file and underline all the “I Will”s.  Copies will be available at FBC, Kentwood to those who wish for a hardcopy.  You may also ask me to send you an email.

This will require less time than most Bible reading plans and will be an option.  Of course, you are welcome to follow any plan you choose.  This is one of the options provided by Sweet Blessings.

I think you may enjoy checking out the web site to see all the things they offer.  http://www.swtblessings.com/2018/12/january-scripture-writing-plan-psalms-i.html

 

 

 

FBC, Kentwood will have their annual march for the Lottie Moon Christmas.  You can participate if:

  • You are putting in your gift Sunday
  • You a have already given.
  • You plan to give next week.
  • You are not giving, but will support the fund given through your prayers.

 

 

 

Thank-you for checking in and praying today.

Anna Lee