Monday

“Call to me and I will answer you.

I’ll tell you marvelous and wondrous things that you could never figure out on your own.”

~Jeremiah 33:3 (The Message)~

 

 

 

Mr. Buddy Waller is in North Oaks, but will possible be coming home today.  Please keep him in your prayers.

 

 

 

Dora Lee Brown Miller

April 03, 1938 – May 23, 2020
Dora Lee Brown Miller, age 82, passed away on May 23, 2020. She was born April 3, 1938 in Roseland, LA, the daughter of Jessie Lee Ricks Brown and Frank Brown. She married Shelby W. Miller of Hillsdale, LA on July 12, 1956.
Shelby and Dora Lee established their home west of Kentwood after their marriage, and raised three children there on their dairy farm. Dora Lee was a dedicated wife, mother, grandmother, and nurse. When her oldest child was in college she enrolled in nursing school and went on to obtain her nursing license. Dora Lee was employed at Hood Memorial Hospital in Amite, LA and Our Lady of the Lake Hospital in Baton Rouge, LA for approximately 25 years. She was also a proud volunteer with the Veterans of Foreign Wars organization in her community.
Anyone who met Dora Lee would know within a matter of minutes that her family was her pride and joy. Her role as a selfless and dedicated mother and grandmother was truly her calling in life, and she was a natural caretaker. 
Dora Lee is survived by her children Mary Fay Williams (Mickey), Shelby Lane Miller (Carroll Jo), and Terry Miller (Joetta); her brother Nick Brown; her grandchildren Erika Sledge, Danielle Miller, Shellie Amedee, Lanny Miller, Daniel Miller, Taylor Miller, Alex Williams, and Christy Brooks; great-grandchildren Coll, Swayze, Everly, Tucker, Jax, and Eli.
Dora Lee was preceded in death by her husband, her parents, and her sister Johnnie Fay Brown Saizan.
A private service will be held at McKneely Funeral Home in Kentwood, LA on May 27, 2020. Internment at Woodland Cemetery, Kentwood, LA.  For an online guestbook, visit http://www.mckneelys.com.

LSP ANNOUNCES PASSING OF TROOPER GEORGE BAKER

HAMMOND – Today, the Louisiana State Police is deeply saddened to inform the public that Trooper George Baker has succumbed to injuries sustained in the performance of his duties.

Trooper Baker sustained severe injuries during the early morning hours of Wednesday, May 20, as he joined with other Troopers assisting the Hammond Police Department with a vehicle pursuit.

Baker was a 33-year-old, 10-year law enforcement and military veteran. A vigil of family, friends, and his fellow Troopers remained at the hospital from the very beginning until his passing.

Trooper Baker is survived by his wife Heather, their young daughter Harper, his parents, his sisters, and his extended family.

Trooper Baker served as a Trooper at Louisiana State Police Troop L since November of 2017 and is the first LSP line of duty death since Senior Trooper Steven Vincent, Troop D, in August of 2015. Troop L has not lost a Trooper in the line of duty since the passing of Trooper Rudolph H. Miller on September 8th, 1962. Trooper Baker is the 30th Trooper to lose his life in the line of duty in the history of the Louisiana State Police.

Trooper Baker had a lifelong desire of becoming a Louisiana State Trooper. In preparation for that goal, he spent 8 years in the United States Marine Corps Reserve including one combat deployment in the Middle East. He began his law enforcement career with the Greensburg Police Department, where he worked for 4 years. He then served the St. Helena Parish Sheriff’s Office for 3 years before joining the Louisiana State Police.

In a statement to Troopers, State Police Superintendent, Colonel Kevin Reeves said, “Trooper Baker passed today leaving our hearts heavy but full of pride as he exemplified our values of duty, selfless service, and personal courage.” Even after his death, Trooper Baker continues to show his commitment to community and selfless service by donating his organs so that others may live. Arrangements are incomplete at this time, but Trooper Baker will be afforded full honors earned with a line of duty death.

For information on providing assistance to the Baker family during this tragic time, please visit http://www.latroopers.org and direct donations to the Louisiana Troopers Charities – Trooper Baker.

 

As you pray for the Baker family and friends, remember this death touches the lives of all the troopers and their families.  Please pray for them too.

 

 

 

Today is Memorial Day.  I haven’t know many who died while serving in the military, but our country was founded because of brave men and women who lived extraordinary lives so we can have that freedom.

Over the weekend we watched a Bill Gathier special, “God Bless the USA”.  If you haven’t seen it lately, you may be able to see it today if you search for it.  I have seen it before and would gladly watch it again today.  My family passed on to me a deep love for God and our country and for those who have helped to make a country the special place it is.  I hope I have passed that on to my children and grandchildren too.

 

 

 

Read the Bible in 2020 – May 25

  • 2 Samuel 7:1-8:18
  • John 14:15-31
  • Psalm 119:33-48
  • Proverbs 15:33

 

 

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FBC, Kentwood is getting back on its full schedule.  If you feel comfortable being there, please join them.  If not, tuning in is a great opportunity to feel a part of the church and to hear all the messages from Bro. Darrell.  Be smart in making this decision.

 

 

Due to David’s health and the pandemic, we spend most of our time at home.  Thankfully, we can see our church services three times a week while at home.  I certainly miss my church family and friends we would see all through the area.  Because of losing some of that weekly contact, we miss out of hearing of needs I would normally put on The Prayer Link.  Wendy Alford Fowler and James Rimes have helped me be informed in the last few days.  I would appreciate if you would send me messages about needs by clicking on “Contact” on this site and sharing.  You can also call us, but we are enjoying some time outside daily and may miss your call.  Please, leave a message.

Anna Lee

 

 

 

Sunday

“Call to me and I will answer you.

I’ll tell you marvelous and wondrous things that you could never figure out on your own.”

~Jeremiah 33:3 (The Message)~

 

 

 

Read the Bible in 2020 – May 24

  • 2 Samuel 4:1-6:23
  • John 13:31-14:14
  • Psalm 119:17-32
  • Proverbs 15:31-32

 

 

This is the Lord’s Day!  Today, if you cannot attend church in person, try an online or drive-in service.  You can also have your own Sunday School from regular literature, the Bible, or an online lesson.

 

 

 

Please continue to pray for the Alford/Kelly family.  The obituary for Marilyn A. Kelly is not available yet.  Pray for other families who have lost a loved one during this pandemic time which surely made the situation more difficult.

 

 

 

Please continue to pray for the many who are sick.  I’ll let you make your own list today.

Anna Lee

 

 

 

 

Friday

“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~

 

 

 

Read the Bible in 2020 – May 22

  • 2 Samuel 1:1-2:11
  • John 12:20-50
  • Psalm 118:19-29
  • Proverbs 15:27-28

 

 

James Milton Blades

December 27, 1946 – May 20, 2020

A resident of Walker, LA, passed away on Wednesday, May 20, 2020 at his home. He was born December 27, 1946 in Kentwood, LA and was 73 years of age.  He was a U. S. Marine Corps Veteran of Vietnam where he received two Purple Hearts. He was a retired welder from Exxon Refinery after 37 years of service. He is survived by his wife, Peggy Swain Blades; son, Jamie Glynn Blades and wife, Mary Ann; grandsons, Ashton Blades and Justin Cutrer; great-grandson, Ariat Cutrer; step-son, Shane Talbot; step-granddaughter, Angell Talbot; step-great-grandchildren, Emily and Bryson Roberie; and numerous nieces, nephews, and cousins. Preceded in death by maternal grandparents, George Milton and Vergie Needham; paternal grandparents, James Otto and Mattie Blades; parents, James B. and Katie Needham Blades; brother, Cade R. Blades. Visitation at New Zion Baptist Church, Kentwood, from 9:00AM until religious services at 12:00 Noon on Saturday, May 23, 2020. Services conducted by Rev. Larry Blades. Interment Needham Cemetery, Kentwood, LA. Pallbearers will be Kelly Blades, Sheldon Blades, Bill Birch, Shannon Travis, Brandon Carter, and Forrest Sibley. McKneely Funeral Home, Kentwood, in charge of arrangements. For an online guestbook, visit http://www.mckneelys.com.

 

 

 

I hope you are anxious to get back to Operation Christmas Child.  List of items needed in shoeboxes will be posted at church and available at the church.  I’ll include a list here.  Maybe some will be shopping in the next few days.  If you have been making items at home, you can leave them at the church.  We’ll try to get going “full speed ahead” soon.

Operation Christmas Child

April, May, & June 2020

Updated 5-21-2020

April  May June
Nursery & Preschoolers Jump Ropes Hairbrushes Pens (Red, Blue and Bk)
Grades 1-5 Marbles Dominoes Drawing Books
Youth Jump Ropes Play Dough* Highlighters
College & Career Dominoes Play Dough* Small Notebooks**
Gateway Socks for Boys Play Dough* Small Notebooks**
Joy

Friendship Circle

$1.00 Scissors Clothesline Hair Accessories
Bank Boys’ Underwear Nails & Sm. Hammers  Key Holders
New Creations

Renewal

Hair Brushes Clothespins 2/$1.00 Sm. Scissors
Rebekah  Sewing Kits Highlighters Flat Marbles
Seekers

City Hall

Faithful

Lip Balm $1.00 Calculators Glue Sticks
Staff Highlighters Fishing Kits Nails & Sm. Hammers 

                                                                                    * = 8/Pkg.                        ** – About 3” X 5 “

Usually 3 or 4 for $1.00

If you are not in a Sunday School class,  choose some things from this list to contribute.  T

I’ll remind you of the age groups again.  We pack shoeboxes for both boys and girls.

  • 2-4 Years
  • 5-9 Years
  • 10-14 Years

Thanks to everyone who contributes money or buys items.

 

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Be a blessing to someone today.

Anna Lee

 

Monday

“Never stop reciting these teachings.

You must think about them night and day so that you will faithfully do everything written in them.

Only then will you prosper and succeed.”

~Joshua 1:8 (GW)~

Best instruction book?  The Bible

 

 

 

Today, I want to mention a number of people who are unspoken prayer concerns.  You surely have them too, possibly some of the same ones.  Let’s pray for the requests we cannot openly share at this point and for the requests of others around us.

 

 

 

Let’s continue to pray for the local churches as they adjust to the new regulations they have to address due to the coronavirus.  I think progess toward our “new normal” was made yesterday.

 

 

 

Read the Bible in 2020 – May 18

  • 1 Samuel 22:1-23:29
  • John 10:1-21
  • Psalm 115:1-18
  • Proverbs 15:18-19

 

 

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Now that restrictions have been lifted, you can feel free to drop off your donations for Operation Christmas Child at FBC, Kentwood.  We will have some “catching-up” to do because of missing church for two months.

 

 

 

Thanks for praying today.

Anna Lee

 

Sunday

“I have refined you, but not as silver is refined.

Rather, I have refined you in the furnace of suffering.”

~Isaiah 48:10 (NLT)~

 

 

 

Please continue to pray for Ricky Russell of Chesbrough.  He has had complications from Monday’s procedure, been back to the ER, and has an appointment Monday to repair a new problem caused by the procedure.  I know Ricky and his family will appreciate your prayers.

 

 

 

There are others who have health needs and other issues.  I ask you to pray specifically for those whose conditions you are familiar with and in general if you are not updated on those people.  Pray for lives that are touched to turn to Jesus.  May each one be bold in stepping out and doing what God has planned for them.

 

 

 

Pray for graduates.  The year 2020 has certainly been a unique year for each of you.  I pray you find success in all you have on your agenda.  Churches will find ways to honor their seniors, if not today, in the weeks to come.

 

 

 

VBS is going to be a challenge this year.  Some churches will be creative with it while others will postpone it until next year.  I do not know what any of our local churches have planned.  The VBS message is important, but so is health.  Respect the decisions made by each church.

 

 

 

Pray for the re-gathering of our churches today and in the weeks to come.  Some will offer Sunday School and other will choose to wait a while before returning to a full schedule.  Today will be a mixture of many kinds of services.  Stay safe wherever you will be attending.  Pray for those who will not be there because of medical issues.  Know they will be there in spirit and are watching online.  Each family will be making a decision about what is best for them.

 

 

 

Read the Bible in 2020 – May 17th

  • 1 Samuel 20:1-21:15
  • John 9:1-41
  • Psalm 113:1-114:8
  • Proverbs 15:15-17

 

 

One good thing about this time is that church services are much more available online.  Even if you attend your church, you have the opportunity to “visit” and worship with others.  That certainly is a plus!

Anna Lee

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Saturday

“Do not be misled:

‘Bad company corrupts good character.’”

~1 Corinthians 15:33 (NIV)~

 

 

 

Mrs. Mildred Birch fell at home two nights ago.  Thankfully, she didn’t break anything.  Please pray for her and for others.  Falling happens quickly and ofter makes for big changes in a person’s life.

 

 

 

Died: Joyce Lin, Missionary Pilot Transporting Coronavirus Supplies   –

https://www.christianitytoday.com/news/2020/may/missionary-pilot-joyce-lin-died-papua-crash.html?fbclid=IwAR3V8LhYHjFWZjdQS7FWTDOD1pV-r1G8pSuBMOLU4_vHRVuGgeo88iUe-cA

 

 

 

TRUSTEES: IMB approves 59 missionaries, addresses budget concerns

http://www.bpnews.net/54811/trustees-imb-approves-59-missionaries-addresses-budget-concerns?fbclid=IwAR0ypABJfNBy6Upw-L9SrcFvH49rbTq1gYvoYZ8br-UQDUkhvv4JqvlDDVY

 

 

 

Read the Bible in 2020 – May 16th

  • 1 Samuel 18:5-19:24
  • John 8:31-59
  • Psalm 112:1-10
  • Proverbs 15:12-14

If you need a hard copy of the Scriptures for the next four months, they are available at the church office – 229-8111.

 

 

 

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You may want to check out these Bible Project Videos, especially if your church does not offer Sunday School.  I think they might also be a good addition to your summer plans/. The video for this week is number nine – “Hope”.

https://bibleproject.com/explore/

 

 

 

No matter how you plan to participate in worship tomorrow, the key word is “participate”!

Anna Lee

 

 

 

 

Friday

“Praise be to the God of Shadrach, Meshach and Abednego, who has sent his angel and rescued his servants!

They trusted in him and defied the king’s command and were willing to give up their lives rather than serve or worship any god except their own God.”

~Daniel 3:28 (NIV)~

Bro. Darryl preached from Daniel 3 on April 8th.  What is God able to do for you?

 

 

 

Today, I want to think about the children in our church.  They love to sing.  They love the children’s moments.  They love to do crafts.  They love Bible stories, Bible drills, missionary stories, VBS, summer camp, VBS,  and so much more.  I know they have missed their teachers and their friends at church.  Keep them safe at home until you, the parents and grandparents, feel it is safe to get them back in church.  Pray for your children and grandchildren, teach them at home, have them read Bible stories to you, etc,  Invest in them.  Encourage them.  Brag on them.  They will be blessed.  You will too!

 

 

 

Read the Bible in 2020 – May 15

  • 1 Samuel 17:1-18:4
  • John 8:21-30
  • Psalm 111:1-10
  • Proverbs 15:11

 

 

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IMB temporarily relocates personnel due to COVID-19 –

http://www.bpnews.net/54792/imb-temporarily-relocates-personnel-due-to-covid19

 

 

 

Missionaries strive to advance Gospel as IMB adapts to financial challenges

http://www.bpnews.net/54805/missionaries-strive-to-advance-gospel-as-imb-adapts-to-financial-challenges

 

 

 

FIRST-PERSON: ‘Do nothing’ and ‘do everything’ on social media

http://www.bpnews.net/54794/firstperson-do-nothing-and-do-everything-on-social-media

 

 

 

Pray for our state, Louisiana, as we enter Phase I to open our state up again.  Be careful!  Be safe!  Respect the people who choose to begin the change back to a normal routine.  Respect the people, who for the sake of sickness or age, decide not to return to their previous routine at this time.  Pray for everyone!

Anna Lee