“Rejoice with those who rejoice,

weep with those who weep.” 

~Romans 12:15 ESV~




Please keep Joshua and Danielle Thornton in your prayers.  Josh had emergency surgery to remove his gall bladder.  He will be on limited activity for the next week.




Please continue to pray for Kristy Alford and her family.




Read the Bible in 2020 – February 24

  • Leviticus 15:1-16:28
  • Mark 7:1-23
  • Psalm 40:11-17
  • Proverbs 10:13-14




Operation Christmas Child

Thanks to all those who turned in items for OCC yesterday.  We are so thankful for your support.  Everything is being grouped and sorted into the proper groups for packing in the coming months.  The boys and girls who will receive the “shoeboxes” will be so excited.  I will be excited to know they have the opportunity to learn about Jesus.  Shoeboxes are a means of reaching families all around the world without ever taking a step out of our area.  Each one is an economical meals of witnessing to about seven people.  That means a small effort on our part makes a big difference eternally in lives of people we will never meet.  What an opportunity!




The family that had the tea to earn shipping money for OCC shoeboxes earned enough to ship 24 shoeboxes.  What awesome support the family provides for these two young “packers”!  They are planning another tea about Mother’s Day.  I’ll let you know, so you can plan to attend too.

Anna Lee










Even youths grow tired and weary, and young men stumble and fall;  but those who hope in the LORD will renew their strength.

They will soar on wings like eagles; they will run and not grow weary, they will walk and not be faint.

~Isaiah 40:30-31~




Please put infant Nora Collins Carruth on prayer list she was born last night (Friday night) weighing only 2 lbs 2 oz., she is the granddaughter of Danny & Lisa Carruth.  (Greensburg)

Bill and Linda Frazier




Josiah Huckaby is home again.  Keep him in your prayers.




Donald Alford went home last night.  Your prayers will be greatly appreciated for Donald and his family.




Read the Bible in 2020 – February 23

  • Leviticus 14:1-57
  • Mark 6:30-56
  • Psalm 40:1-10
  • Proverbs 10:11-12



Late Friday, the Hope Center’s new location in the curve south of Roseland, will be open for you to see.  I’ll post more during the week.



You meet the nicest people as you shop for items for “shoeboxes”.  They recognize you as a shoebox shopper because of what and how many items you buy.  We met a lady, store manager, yesterday who insisted on providing someone to take our purchases to the car for us.  Today, we will need help getting them from the car.  I know we can depend on church friends for that.  That’s another blessing.




Have a wonderful “Lord’s Day”!

Anna Lee







“Everyone will know that you are my disciples,

if you love one another.”

~John 13:35 NIV~





Please continue to pray for Paul and Sandy Morgan.  Paul is slowly recovering from his heart surgery and is now in a regular room.  He is able to sit up some, but still has a high heart rate.  Sandy requests your continued prayers for Paul.




Once again, the doctors say Donald Alford may get to go home today.  Angela, Donald’s wife, and his three children, Janet, Willie, and Julia, have all been very faithful to stay with him and assist him as needed.  I know Donald is thankful for them.




Bro. Don Meadows of Taylor Creek Baptist Church and our associational compassion minister announced Sunday that he and Tammy will be moving to Florida next month.  He has completed his studies at NOBTS and will get to serve in his home state.  He will be missed by many, but not forgotten.




Yesterday, I learned a couple from Chesbrough who are not members of our church donated LOTS of items for Operation Christmas Child.  David and I got them moved and have started to go through them.  What a blessing they will be to boys and girls as they receive the shoeboxes.   We are so thankful for all the wonderful things Vernon and Linda Russell brought.  Vernon is David’s cousin.

My sister, Julie, is making the cutest owls for the boxes for ages 2-4 children.  They are beautiful and will be wonderful treasures for the children who receive the shoeboxes.  Julie got in over a hundred more colorful t-shirts yesterday, so she has already started adding the cute designs to the shirts.

Thanks too the Sunday School classes that are bringing in items for the “shoeboxes”.  We are making lots of early progress this year!  David and I are thankful.




Read the Bible in 2020 – February 19

  • Leviticus 7:28-9:6
  • Mark 3:31-4:25
  • Psalm 37:12-29
  • Proverbs 10:5

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Love multiplies as you give it away.

Anna Lee














“Love . . . always looks for the best.”

 ~1 Corinthians 13:7~




Read the Bible in 2020 – February 10

  • EXODUS 30:11-31:18
  • MATTHEW 26:47-68
  • PSALM 32:1-11
  • PROVERBS 8:27-32




Operation Christmas Child

  • David and I keep on finding good buys and cannot resist them!
  • David is packing pencil packs (pencils, pens, erasers, sharpeners, highlighters, glue sticks, etc) and loving it.
  • It is uplifting to walk into church on Sunday afternoons and find OCC items that were left that morning.
  • The definition of encouragement – volunteers!  I’m being encouraged!!!
  • Doctor days are also “shopping on the way home” days.  We can usually stop at a couple of places and find something there waiting for us to purchase for OCC.
  • Thanks to all the classes for shopping as suggested.  We got socks, flashlight batteries, pencils, etc. yesterday.
  • I’m smiling because the shoeboxes reach an average of seven people when they are delivered.  They also reach lives as we shop and pack the boxes here.
  • I’m looking for an old, but functional toaster oven so I can melt broken crayons.  If you have a toaster oven you don’t need and any old crayons, please let me know.
  • Operation Christmas Child, February 2020
    Nursery & Preschool Bandaids
    Grades 1-5 Pencil sharpeners (Dollar Tree)
    Youth  Small cars
    College and Career Plastic animals, large  (Dollar Tree)
    Gateway Boy’s underwear (Size 2-16) More for older boys
    Joy, Friendship Circle. & Bank Batteries (AAA)
    New Creations & Renewal $1.00 solar calculators
    Rebekah & Seekers Spoons for eating
    City Hall & Faithful Ziplock bags
    Staff “Barbies” (Dollar Tree)

The spoons can be found at Dollar General 3/$1.00.  Someone asked me for their class.



FBC, Kentwood had two great services yesterday.  We watched one on our computer from home and enjoyed being present at church for one.  Good job, Bro. Darryl!




The senior adults of FBC will be traveling for lunch together Wednesday.  If you can join them, please check with the church office for details.




Mrs. Shirley Simmons, a long-time home economics teacher at KHS, passed away.  I had the pleasure of working with her.  She was a great and caring teacher, a fine Christian lady who lived as an example every day, and someone who brought a smile to your face.  She will be missed.

Anna Lee










“Physical training is good,

but training for godliness is much better,

promising benefits in this life and in the life to come.” 

~1 Timothy 4:8 NLT~




We are looking forward to the Valentine Banquet tonight at church.  Many thanks to all the youth and adults who work so hard to make this a successful fundraiser for out youth.




Read the Bible in 2020 –  February 8

  • Exodus 28:1-43
  • Matthew 25:31-26:13
  • Psalm 31:9-18
  • Proverbs 8:12-13




We, like many of you, have several friends/family members who are fighting health battles.  One way we can be helpful is to pray for them and have FAITH.

F – Facing

A – All things,

I – I

T – Trust

H – Him




Don’t let all the rain take the “Sonshine” from your life!

Anna Lee








Consider the blameless, observe the upright;

a future awaits those who seek peace.

~Psalm 37:37~



Smiley Conerly has been in and out out the hospital in Hattisburg a couple of times this week.  Please pray for Smiley and Carol Jean.




Donald Alford is stronger, but still hospitalized at St. Tammany Hospital.




Kathy Boone Dykes is home and recovering from surgery.  The doctor thinks all is good at this point, but the pathology report will “tell the tale”.




Fay Gehringer is having a laser procedure on her eye early this morning.  Pray all goes well with the surgery.




KIrk Hendry had five holes in his heart mended yesterday.  Join me in thanking God for the report of a successful procedure.  God send Kirk’s mother-in-law to our house yesterday morning to give us a full report and to calm our concerns.




Andy Taylor is on the verge of pneumonia.  Pray for him and for Betty as she cares for him.




Read the Bible in 2020 – February 6

  • Exodus 23:14-25:40
  • Matthew 24:29-51
  • Psalm 30:1-12
  • Proverbs 7:24-27



Carol Ann Cleveland is a friend and former classmate of mine.  Two of her grandchildren have packed shoeboxes for years.  This year, they are have a tea to help raise funds for their  shoebox purchases.  The tea will be east of Amite at The Gatherin Place, an old house they use like we use our “cabin”.  I encourage you to attend to support them and to enjoy the fun they have planned for you that day.  This sounds like a fun activity and an opportunity to support these young people as they share Jesus through their “shoebox” ministry.  Their flyer is attached below.

Anna Lee



“Dear friends, let us continue to love one another, for love comes from God.

Anyone who loves is a child of God and knows God.” 

~1 John 4:7 NLT~




Kathy Boone Dykes has surgery yesterday at North Oaks.  Please pray for her as she recovers.




Yvonne Bamber Jones

October 12, 1925 – February 03, 2020

Yvonne Bamber Jones passed away peacefully Monday morning February 3, 2020 at the Richard Murphy Hospice House in Hammond following surgery after a recent fall in her home. She was 95. Yvonne was born at Touro Infirmary in New Orleans in 1924 and was a lifelong resident of Kentwood. She was fiercely independent, and until her final weeks, lived alone in the home in which she was raised and the home in which she raised her family. She had retired from many years of service at the Kentwood Health Unit in 1980, a job she held while also managing to maintain a household and raise three children. She was blessed with a refined beauty at an early age with near perfect skin, complexion and hair. She was assiduous about maintaining that beauty well into her later years and so it was that even though her mobility became more challenging in her final months, she still insisted on bi-weekly visits to her hairdresser. The visits helped her feel younger despite her age. She grew up an only child in the depression, lost both parents before the age of 21, and was left to raise her daughter after her husband was deployed to Europe with the 101st Airborne Screaming Eagles. But she and her husband overcame one adversity after another and they persevered and prospered. Perhaps otherwise modest in means, they were wealthy in family, friends and love. While a very private person, she and her husband had a small circle of friends with whom they shared the best of times. Whether it was an evening of dining and dancing, a trip to an out-of-state LSU football game, or the simplicity of enjoying the company of friends in the backyard, she lived life to the fullest. She was instinctively protective of her children and intensely loyal to others with whom she was close. She had a beguiling and mischievous nature from childhood that lasted throughout her years and her love of life was unbounding. She is preceded in death by her parents, Samuel E. and Edwina Strickland Bamber, her grandson, Brandon Jones and her high school sweetheart, best friend and love of her life, husband Claude J. “Hopper” Jones. She had no siblings. She is survived by her daughter and son-in-law, Renee and Ron Fox who reside in Branson, Missouri, her son and daughter-in-law, Claude. J. “Hoppie” and Beverly Quinn Jones who reside in Amite, and her son and son-in-law, Ronnie Jones and Jim Outland who reside in New Orleans. She is also survived by 6 grandchildren, 8 great-grandchildren and 7 great-great-grandchildren. Aside from the love of her own children, she especially cherished and treasured the visits and calls from Karen and Karli. Their unselfish kindness and concern will forever live in her heart and soul. Their love truly sustained her and made her smile. She was also anxiously looking forward to reconnecting and spending more time with two of her other grandchildren who were returning to Kentwood–Laura, who was relocating from her home in Minnesota and Perry, who recently retired and has moved back from an extended residence in Georgia. The family wishes to thank the medical staff of AmeraCare and the nurses and staff at Richard Murphy Hospice House for their compassionate care and dignified treatment as well as Dr. Derris Ray for always being available without regard to time of day or day of week. The family also wishes to thank Christine Coleman who helped mom maintain her independence until her final weeks. Without Christine’s help mom’s quality of life would have suffered and she would have been denied her wish to live out as many of her days at her childhood home as was possible. And the family is especially appreciative of the responsiveness and attention of the Kentwood Police Department and the Rescue Squad who always showed up when mom called. Like her husband who predeceased her, Yvonne wished that her body be donated to the LSU Bureau of Anatomical Research so that others might benefit from any research conducted after her death. A memorial service and celebration of her life for family and friends will be held at McKneely Funeral Home, 501 Avenue G in Kentwood on Saturday, February 8th with visitation from 9:00 a.m.-10:00 a.m. and a brief service following visitation. In lieu of flowers the family requests that donations be made to the Richard Murphy Hospice House, 1109 S. Chestnut Street, Hammond, Louisiana 70403 or a charity of their choice.




Read the Bible in 2020 – February 5

  • Exodus 21:22-23:13
  • Matthew 24:1-28
  • Psalm 29:1-11
  • Proverbs 7:6-23



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Operation Christmas Child = I have a box of Mardi Gras necklaces that need to be detangled, socks that need to be sorted, and other simple jobs for someone who wants to volunteer.  Let me hear from you.




Thanks for reading and praying today.

Anna Lee