Thursday

The Word became flesh and took up residence among us.

We observed His glory, the glory as the One and Only Son from the Father, full of grace and truth.

~John 1:14 HCSB~

 

Please continue to pray for Pam Seller’s friend, Vicki.

 

Steve Sealey is Carol Bennett Sealeys husband.  Many of you will remember Carol from Roseland or OFA.  Steve will be having three or four bypasses today.  Please pray for this procedure to be successful.

 

Michelle LaBarbera Murphy of Amite is having cancer surgery today.  Pray all goes well for her.  Pray for her many family members and friends.

 

Mrs. Fay Shoemaker is home from Ochsner.  Pray for her as she adjusts to being at home.

 

Sunday, we had an opportunity to talk with Phillip Strickland.  He told us about his trip to M.D. Anderson this week and his hopes for a good report.  He’s there now.  Let’s pray for Phillip and his family as he learns more about his health.

 

 

Read the Bible – Jude, Psalm 39, and video on Jude

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The Friday Morning Bible Study will meet tomorrow at 10 A.M. at FBC, Kentwood.  You are welcome to join us.

 

The monthly “Young” Ladies’ Birthday Party will be early this month. We will meet on Tuesday, December 19th at The Cafe at 11 A.M.
The monthly Third Thursday at the Cabin will be next Thursday, one week from tonight.  We meet at 6:30.  Join us for this great night.

 

Lottie Moon Christmas Offering.  We received enough money last week to “light up” on light on our string of Christmas lights.  When all the lights are “lit”, we will have achieved our goal.  Sunday, we will be having our yearly “Missions March for the Lottie Moon Offering for International Missions”.  A full 100% of out gifts given through the offering goes to support missionaries who are serving somewhere in the world. We will march on Sunday.  Gifts can be given any Sunday.  I hope you are enjoying the videos at church on Sunday mornings.

 

Today, I want to leave you with this idea for sharing the Gospel.  I hope some of you will use it with your neighbors or co-workers.  https://www.imb.org/2017/12/11/christmas-hospitality-incarnation/?

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Share some real CHRISTmas spirit this holiday season.

Anna Lee

Monday

Nations will come to your light,

and kings to the brightness of your radiance.

~Isaiah 60:3 HCSB~

 

There are many with cold, allergies, flu, bronchitis, etcFirst, pray for those you are aware of.  Second, do something to help them out.

 

There have been a number of deaths in our community lately.  Please pray for the families who have lost their loved ones during the holiday season.

 

Sunday, December 17th, FBC, Kentwood will have their annual Lottie Moon Missions March.  Come walk inside the walls of our sanctuary to say you support missions.  It’s also a good time to contribute to the Lottie Moon Offering for International Missions.

“Why the Lottie Moon Christmas Offering is Collected at Christmas” https://www.imb.org/2017/12/06/lottie-moon-christmas-offering-collected-christmas/

 

Read the Bible – I John 1-2, Psalm 36, & video on I-III John

 

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Ladies’ Bible Study – We missed class Friday due to the snow.  We will put Friday at 10 A.M. back on our schedule for this week.

 

Next Week

  • Tuesday (19th) – “Young” Ladies’ Birthday Party celebration at The Cafe at 11 A.M.
  • Thursday (21st) – Third Thursday at the Cabin at 6:30 P.M.

 

I think the snow was pretty, but I’m glad it is melting away now.  Let’s keep praying for those who still do not have electricity!  

Anna Lee

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Wednesday

But as it is written: ‘Eye has not seen, nor ear heard,

nor have entered into the heart of man the things which God has prepared for those who love Him.’

~1 Corinthians 2:9 NKJV~

 

Richard Navarra

June 06, 1956 – December 04, 2014

Richard Navarra, 58, of Maurepas, passed away on December 4, 2014, as a result of liver cancer. His family and close friends were by his side when he drifted off to be with the Lord. Richard was born on June 6, 1956, to Dominick and Margaret Navarra of Amite. He married the love of his life, Lou Cook, on July 3, 1981. They have one daughter, Brittany; son-in-law, Clay Lauzervich and a beautiful granddaughter, Sidney Lynn Lauzervich; brother, Roger Navarra; niece, Charlotte Phillips; nephew, Dominick Navarra, and other relatives. Richard was a devoted husband, father, brother, and grandfather. He took great pride and joy in his family and had an enormous love for people. He never met a stranger and if he was your friend, he was your friend for life. He enjoyed spending time with his family and friends, fishing, making his famous beef jerky, and hanging out at Hi-Ho in the mornings with a great group of friends before work. He is preceded in death by his parents, Dominick and Margaret Navarra and sister, Ramona Navarra. Visitation will be held at Mater Dolorosa Catholic Church, Independence, from 9 AM until funeral service at 12 Noon on Saturday, December 6, 2014. McKneely Funeral Home, Amite, in charge of arrangements. For an online guestbook, visit http://www.mckneelys.com.

 

(Richard was one of my former students.)

 

Senior Adult Holiday Luncheon – FBC, Kentwood at 11 A.M. today

 

Children in Action (Missions Class) will meet at 6 P.M. to learn more about the life of Lottie Moon, the offering named in her honor, and the Bible story of the birth of Jesus.  All elementary age children are invited to join us.

 

Lottie Moon Week of Prayer for international missions – Day 4 (Mexico City) – https://www.imb.org/day-4/

 

Read the Bible – James 1-3, Psalm 31, and video on James found at http://bibleproject.com

 

Surprise! Surprise! – There are now reports for snow at the end of the week.  Be prepared for this weather change!  Help someone else who might not be prepared.

Anna Lee

 

 

Sunday

 

But be sure to fear the LORD and serve him faithfully with all your heart;

consider what great things he has done for you.

~1 Samuel 12:24~

 

Please pray for Linda K. Graves, formerly of the East Fork community.  She has been sick the last two days.

 

Fannie Louise Kent

November 23, 1927 – November 30, 2017

 

Fannie Louise Kent was born on November 23, 1927 in Amite, LA. and departed from this life on November 30, 2017 at her home in Amite. She was a loving mother and a member of the First United Methodist Church, where she sang in the choir. Fannie Lou enjoyed reading, writing and spending time with her children, grandchildren and great-grandchildren and most of all, her dear friend, June Clemons.

Fannie Lou is preceded in death by her parents, Morris and Louise Eldridge; her husband, Charlie Kent; and her son, Chuck Kent. Survivors include her sister, Libby Haynesworth; 6 children, Debra Frohn and husband, Richard; Karl Kent and wife Debi; Jon Kent and wife, Yolanda; Kim Finch and husband, Billy; Eric Kent and wife, Tonya; Dina Spears and husband, Wayne. She is also survived by eleven grandchildren: Melissa Frohn Starrett, Jesse Frohn, Thomas Kent, Lexi Kent, Wesley Finch, Chad Finch, Taylor Finch, Lacey Kent, Charli Spears, Karson Spears, and Tanner Spears; and thirteen great-grandchildren: O’Neal Starrett, Roland Starrett, Richard Frohn, Vivian Frohn, Russell Frohn, Aubrey Kent, Madison Finch, Tycer Finch, Cameron Finch, Jaelynn Finch, Brooklynn Finch, Stevie Lou Finch, and Dylan Chunn.

A Memorial Service will be held at First United Methodist Church in Amite at 5:00PM on Sunday, December 3, 2017. There is no visitation.

In lieu of flowers, please consider donations to the First United Methodist Church in Amite.

Read the Bible – Hebrews 7-8 & Psalm 28
Today is the day!  We are having our annual Lottie Moon Tea at FBC, Kentwood at 2 P.M.  The tables are beautifully decorated.  I will be so happy to see it full of happy people in about 12 hours.  The program will be as great as the room already appears.
Today is the first day of the Week of Prayer for international missions.  Our focus today will be the Bagby family in Nepal https://www.imb.org/day-1/ and https://www.imb.org/2017/12/03/week-of-prayer-bagby/
Have a fantastic Lord’s Day!  Remember, Jesus is definitely the “reason for the season”!
Anna Lee

Saturday

The LORD has heard my plea for help;

the LORD accepts my prayer.

~Psalm 6:9 HCSB~

 

Rob Anderson is still hospitalized in Texas.  He continues to be in great pain.  Pray for improvement,

 

We have a number of deaths today, more than any other day I can remember.

Kirk McCoy Jones

DIED: December 1, 2017

LOCATION: Denham Springs, Louisiana

Kirk McCoy Jones, passed into Jesus’ arms on Friday, Dec. 1, 2017. Born Elizabeth Kirk McCoy on Dec. 7, 1952, she migrated to Livingston Parish where she and her family lived for 30 years. She is survived by the best husband in the world, Kirk C. Jones; 3 wonderful kids and 5 grandkids. Scott and Kellie Alford of Denham Springs, their 3 kids, Peyton Alford and wife, Ashley, Grace Alford and Haven Alford, Korie Alford of Denham Springs; 2 daughters, Delanie Prestridge and Gabrielle Alford, Lindsay Jones of Alameda, California; and furbabbies, Bonnie and Sticky. Being Mimi was much more fun! Kirk received her Bachelor’s Degree from Southeastern and her Master’s Degree in Natural Science from LSU. She was a member of the National Science Teachers Association, and the LA Science Teachers Association. She was known for her love of science. She taught 35 years in Tangipahoa and Livingston Parishes. Mrs. Jones loved her students and was always attending classes/conventions to keep current with her studies. She was the kind of teacher that did things in her science class that her students never forgot. Kirk won numerous awards on the state and national level. She was Teacher of the Year in 1998 and Science Olympiad 2 years in a row. Kirk loved traveling. She traveled abroad to London, Amsterdam, Germany, Switzerland, Belgium, France, Jamaica, Bahamas, and Cozumel. She would bring back rocks or anything related to science to show her students. Kirk loved to play the piano. She was the pianist at Kedron Baptist Church for 7 years and would still play hymns on her piano at home. She attended Sunday School faithfully. She loved the Lord. In lieu of flowers, please send a donation to Oikos Ministries Alms, 13865 Blackwater Road, Baker, LA 70714. Visitation will be held at Seale Funeral Home, Denham Springs, on Sunday, Dec. 3, from 5 p.m. to 8 p.m. and will resume on Monday, Dec. 4, from 10 a.m. until service at 12 p.m., officiated by Rev. Teryl Hebert. Burial will follow in Amite Baptist Cemetery, Denham Springs.

 

William Eugene Parsons – Not the Kentwood Bill Parsons!

November 22, 1939 – December 01, 2017

A resident of Amite and former longtime resident of Lincoln, NE, passed away on Friday, December 1, 2017 at Landmark Nursing Home. He was born November 22, 1939 in Des Moines, IA and was 78 years of age. He was a Veteran of the U.S. Army. He is survived by his 3 daughters, Melissa P. Harrison, Pamela Lynn Parsons, and Tiffany Sue Baker; 5 grandchildren, Emily Margaret Harrison, James Elliot Harrison,, William Connor Harrison, Noah Joseph Baker and Tristan Thomas Welch; sisters, Carol Amundson and Jeri Dodgin; and his brother, Stan Parsons. Preceded in death by his parents, Oscar and Vivian Parsons. Donations may be made in his honor to the American Cancer Society, P.O. Box 22718, Oklahoma City, OK 73123-1718. McKneely Funeral Home, Amite, in charge of arrangements. For an online guestbook, visit http://www.mckneelys.com.

 

Mrs. Fannie Lou Kent from Amite/Fluker passed away.  Her obituary will be posted when one is available.

 

 

Rachael Ann Lipscomb Lites

Posted: Thursday, November 30, 2017

Rachael Ann Lipscomb Lites, age 34 and a resident of Hammond, Louisiana, passed from this earthly life Tuesday, November 28, 2017 and into the care of her Heavenly Father and her Lord and Savior Jesus Christ. Rachael cherished her precious daughter and son and was adored by them and by her mother, her father, her grandmother, her step-father, and all who knew her. Rachael had a thirst for learning, a talent for communicating, a gift for artistic creation, and an intellect and energy that she brought to each of her new ventures. A couple of those ventures were as an investment counsellor and as a web designer.

Rachael attended Oak Forest Academy in Amite, graduated from Hammond High School, and received her Bachelors and Masters degrees from Southeastern Louisiana University. She served as a Special Education teacher at Mt. Hermon Elementary School, at Independence Elementary School, and at Bridge City Juvenile Facility.

She is survived by her husband Patrick Lites, daughter Judith Ann Lites, son Gabriel Joseph Lites, mother Jo Ann P. Miller, father Ralph Lipscomb, step-father David C. Miller, grandmother Fannie Ben Pierite, father-in-law Marvin Lites, mother-in-law Kay Lites, two step-brothers, a step-sister, aunts, uncle, and numerous cousins.

She was preceded in death by her grandfathers Joseph Pierite, Jr. and Ralph Lipscomb, Sr. and grandmother Barbara Albin Lipscomb.

Visitation will be at Harry McKneely & Son Funeral Home, 2000 N. Morrison Blvd. in Hammond, Louisiana from 9:00 am to 11:00 am on Friday, December 1, 2017 followed by a funeral service at 11:00 am with Dr. David E. Cranford officiating. Interment will follow at Green Lawn Cemetery in Hammond.

Pallbearers will be Terry Ben, Martin Johnson, David C. Miller II, Justin J. Miller, Bret A. Miller, and Mike Ibert.

 

 

Aaron Patrick Carr

September 22, 1977 – November 29, 2017
Aaron received his angel wings on Wednesday, November 29, 2017 at the age of 40. He was always working with his hands and loved wood working. Aaron was an outdoorsman who enjoyed going hunting and fishing. He was very personable and loved being around people. Aaron was a truly Spiritual man who had a heart of gold and loved every person that came into his life. He never met a stranger. Aaron had the most infectious smile that would light up a room as soon as he walked in. He loved to tease everyone he knew, but it was always out of love. Aaron enjoyed learning about his family history and genealogy. He was an avid creative chef in the kitchen, making up new recipes all the time. Aaron enjoyed spending time in the kitchen, especially when it was spent with his mom and dad. His favorite place to be was the sandy white beaches soaking up the sun. Aaron is already deeply missed by all who knew him.
He is survived by his parents, Betty Carol Bankston Carr and Raymond Stafford Carr; sister and Best Friend, Amanda Urrutia and husband James; cousin who was more like his brother, Austin Bankston of Vancouver, WA; loving nieces, Alex Wright who was the light of Aaron’s life, and Victoria Urrutia; loving nephews, James Nicholas Urrutia and Aidan Bankston; his very special friend and life partner Heather Perrone; as well as numerous aunts, uncles, cousins, and friends.
Preceding Aaron in death are his grandparents, Floyd and Estelle Bankston, and John M. “Buck” Carr Sr. and Juanita Stafford Carr; and his infant sister, Elizabeth Carr.
Relatives and friends of the family are invited to attend the visitation from the chapel of Brandon G. Thompson Funeral Home, Hammond, on Monday, December 4, 2017, from 10:00 am until the Celebration of Life Service at 2:00 pm. Bro. Hanson Bourgios will officiate the service.

 

 

Read the Bible – Hebrews 5-6 & Psalm 27

 

It’s crunch time for the Lottie Moon Tea.  As the time gets closer, I seem to have my mind on how lives will be impacted by meeting and hearing a missionary, Rachel Robins, tomorrow, learning about Lottie Moon, and experiencing the Tea in her honor.  I’m also anticipating children who will have the opportunity to sing Christmas songs.  How excited they must be!  Come enjoy being a part of this sweet experience at 2 P.M. Sunday, tomorrow, at FBC, Kentwood.

 

Have a good day and a great Christmas season!  Remember, Jesus is the reason for the season.

Anna Lee

 

 

 

Friday

For my eyes have seen Your salvation,

which You have prepared before the face of all peoples,

a light to bring revelation to the Gentiles,

and the glory of Your people Israel.

 ~Luke 2:30-32 NKJV~

 

 

Rob Anderson, son-in-law of Robert and Ora Lee Wilson, is back in the hospital.  He’s having severe pain.  Let’s pray for his problem to be identified and cleared up quickly.

 

“Miss” Ruby Dillon is home again!  She came home early yesterday afternoon.

 

David’s brother, Jimmy Alford of Holden, sent an update that said the doctors are considering three options.  A decision will be made December 11th.  Jimmy asked for your continued prayers.

 

 

Ladies who need to decorate a table for the tea will meet at the church at 10 A.M. Saturday unless other specific plans have been made.  The tea is Sunday at 2 P.M.  It will be a time you shouldn’t miss, but if you do, there is no second opportunity to attend the annual Lottie Moon Tea for 2017.

 

Sunday is the time to bring your STAMPED Christmas cards that will be given to area prisoners so they can send messages home at Christmas.  The more we get, the more families we can touch this holiday season.

 

Our friend who has religious services at the prison said we have been an awesome source of soft-cover Bibles for her to distribute.  If you have some you are not using, please get them to me.  Thanks!

 

The ladies Bible study group will meet in the Heritage Room this morning.  We will be studying Ezekiel 22 today.

 

 

Read the Bible – Hebrews 3-4 & Psalm 26

 

November, our special month for thankfulness, is being replaced by December, our month for celebration of Christ’s birth.  I cannot think of any better reason to celebrate!

Anna Lee

 

 

Wednesday

Give thanks to the LORD, for he is good;

his love endures forever.

~  I Chronicles 16:34~

 

Please pray for the Dillons.  “Miss” Ruby has been admitted to North Oaks with some dehydration and an infection.  She’s in room 4102. Mr. “Cete” is with her.
I have an update on Kayla J. Evans and her baby girl, Finley.  They are both doing well at this point.

Russell Wiley Crawford

December 09, 1939 – November 27, 2017

A resident of Spring Creek passed away on Monday, November 27, 2017 at Lallie Kemp Regional Medical Center in Independence. He was born December 9, 1939 in New Orleans and was 77 years of age. He was a U. S. Army Veteran and a member of Spring Creek Baptist. He is survived by wife, Marilyn Kelting Crawford; daughter, Becky Crawford; son, Randy Crawford; 2 grandchildren, Chase and Kaysie Crawford; sister, Carol Fairburn, all of Spring Creek. Preceded in death by parents, George and Flora Crawford; sister, Margaret Roberts; 2 brothers-in-law, Fred Roberts and Gerald Fairburn; nephew, Scott Fairburn; father-in-law and mother-in-law, Eugene and Lucille Kelting. Visitation at Spring Creek Baptist Church from 10 a.m. until religious services at 12:00 Noon on Thursday, November 30, 2017. Services conducted by Dr. Danny Smith. In lieu of flowers, donations may be made to Spring Creek Baptist Church Building Fund in memory of Russell. McKneely Funeral Home, Kentwood, in charge of arrangements. For an online guestbook, visit http://www.mckneelys.com.

Read the Bible – Philemon, Psalm 24, and video of Philemon at http://bibleproject.com
Work is progressing on the Two Rivers Associational Annual Lottie Moon Tea.  Let me invite all ladies (3-103 years old) to come to First Baptist Church, Kentwood at 2 P.M.  Sunday. In additional to some tea and other treats, you’ll hear a missionary who has returned to the states and witness the musical talents of the children and youth of our local churches.  The ladies will be decorating their tables Saturday morning.  I know they will be beautiful!  If this is your first holiday event, it will put you in a Christ centered focus for the Christmas season.  If you miss it, there will be no second chance.  I’m looking forward to seeing you Sunday at 2 P.M.  We are thankful to have our children and youth help with serving of food, as well as singing.
The children of FBC, Kentwood will have missions tonight and work in a little last-minute practice time for the tea.  We begin in the sanctuary at 6 P.M.
The ladies will have their regular Bible study, of Ezekiel, Friday morning at 10 A.M.  The prophesy is interesting.  We are comparing those days to the present days and praying for our nation and world to turn back to Jesus.
The “shoeboxes” we packed are getting the Christian literature that will introduce them to Jesus added this week and boxes divided up for their final destinations as well as packaging for overseas shipping.  The boxes might travel by plane, ship, boat, wagon, bus, car, truck. camel, horse, on even be carried in on the backs of people.  All opened boxes will bring joy and an introduction to Jesus!
Sunday, we will begin our Week of Prayer for the Lottie Moon Christmas Offering.  We received slightly more than our goal for the Georgia Barnett Offering for North American missions.  I look forward to exceeding this goal too!  We will again have our Missions March as introduced to us by Dr. Tom Higginbothan, a former IMB missionary who served as interim pastor at FBC, Kentwood a few years ago.
Sunday is the deadline for bringing in STAMPED Christmas cards for the prisoners at the parish jail.  David and I will personally deliver the cards to the jail next week.  No number of cards is too large or too small!  We’ll pray each one impacts a family with the true Christmas message this holiday season.
It’s a great week!  Follow Jesus in the Christmas season this year!  Merry Christmas!
Anna Lee