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.

 

 

 

Baptist Presshttp://www.bpnews.net/

 

 

 

Louisiana Baptist Message – https://baptistmessage.com/

 

 

 

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

 

 

Baptist Presshttp://www.bpnews.net/

 

 

 

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

 

 

Thursday

Teach me to do your will, for you are my God;

may your good Spirit lead me on level ground.

~Psalm 143:10~

 

 

 

Please continue to pray for Dollie Frazier and her eye issues.

 

 

 

Mrs. Ferrie Gene Blackmon is hospitalized due to a possible mini stroke.  Please keep her in your prayers.

 

 

 

Kristin Ray had rotator cuff surgery.  Pray for her as she recovers.

 

 

 

Mrs. Mickey Cade is recovering from ankle surgery at a rehabilitation facility.  Please pray all goes well for her there so she can be back in Kentwood soon.

 

 

 

Marion McKenzie, Henry MeKenzies brother, seems to be progressing.  Keep him in your daily prayers.

 

 

 

Nita Russelll has tested negative still and has been moved back to the nursing home from the hospital.

 

 

 

Ricky Russell made it home.  Brenda said he is moving “slowly” following his heart procedure.  Please continue to pray for Ricky.  Thank God Ricky was finally able to have this procedure.

 

 

 

Read the Bible in 2020 – May 14

  • 1 Samuel 15:1-16:23
  • John 8:1-20
  • Psalm 110:1-7
  • Proverbs 15:8-10

 

 

Baptist Presshttp://www.bpnews.net/

I think many of these articles will be interesting to you.
Have a wonderful day.  David and I have found that our quarantine time is not too much different than our routine life except for the frequent hand-sanitizing and the masks we wear when we are not at home.   May we all learn to accept and appreciate the “new normal”!
Anna Lee

Tuesday

“I will ask the Father, and he will give you another helper who will be with you forever.

That helper is the Spirit of Truth.

The world cannot accept him, because it doesn’t see or know him.

You know him, because he lives with you and will be in you.”

~John 14:16-17 (GW)~

(These are some of the Bible verses I read yesterday.)

 

 

 

Fay Chadwick Todd did well with knee surgery yesterday and is scheduled to go home today.  She’ll need more prayers when she gets home.

 

 

 

Ricky Russell also did well with surgery yesterday.  His was for his heart.  Ricky will also be released today is he has a good night.  Please continue to pray for him.  I omitted his sister, Susan, in my prayer request list yesterday.

 

 

 

Mrs. Mickey Cade fell Sunday night and broke her ankle.  She is scheduled for surgery today.  Please pray for a successful surgery and a good recovery.

 

 

 

Ethel Chenoweth Reynolds

May 12, 1927 – May 09, 2020

A resident of Greensburg, LA, passed away on Saturday, May 9, 2020 in Folsom, LA. She was born May 12, 1927 in Harveyville, Kansas and was 92 years of age. She was a member of First Baptist Church of Greensburg. She is survived by her son, Richard Reynolds and wife JoAnn; grandchildren, Scott Reynolds, Sean Reynolds, Kyle Reynolds and wife Jen, Wade Reynolds and wife Leanna, Jesse Reynolds, Evan Reynolds Mersch and husband David, Jill Boone and husband, Larry; 10 great-grandchildren; 1 sister, Mary Burks; 2brothers, Donald Carter and wife Gwen and Henry Chenoweth and wife Darleen. Preceded in death parents, Charles and Ruby Chenoweth; husband, Raymond F. Reynolds; son, Robert J. Reynolds; daughter, Rita Simpson; granddaughter, Cynthia Hickey. Graveside Services will be private. McKneely Funeral Home, Amite, in charge of arrangements. For an online guestbook, visit http://www.mckneelys.com.

“Miss” Ethel was a faithful WMU lady who loved to attend the associational meetings as well as events at the church.  She will be missed.

 

 

 

Betty Loving Braden

August 29, 1939 – May 09, 2020

Betty Loving Braden died peacefully on May 9, 2020 with her husband Jim by her side.  Betty was born on August 29, 1939 and was a native and resident of Kentwood, Louisiana.  She graduated from Vine Grove Consolidated High School in Vine Grove, Kentucky and then proudly from the Charity Hospital School of Nursing located in New Orleans.  Betty loved being a nurse and she worked in several hospitals including Greensburg and Lallie Kemp Hospital.  She also taught many nursing students at the St. Helena College and Career Academy.  Betty is preceded in death by her beloved parents George and Louella Loving and her younger sister Carol Loving McNabb.   She is survived by her husband James “Jim” Braden, her children James Braden and his wife Joey, Kelly Thorgeson and her husband Rudy, and Joseph “Beau” Braden.  Betty was also survived by her four grandchildren Jacob, Johanna, and Jonah Braden and Alayna Braden all of whom she loved, doted on, and was so very proud of.  They thought she was the best Maw Maw any grandchild could ask for.  The family wishes to thank all of her caregivers and the North Oaks Hospital staff who allowed family visitation during this difficult time.  Because of the current conditions, there will be a private visitation at McKneely Funeral Home in Kentwood, Louisiana followed by a graveside service at New Zion Community Cemetery.  In lieu of flowers, please make a memorial donation in the name of Betty Loving Braden to the Charity Hospital School of Nursing Alumni Association, 450 S. Claiborne Ave. New Orleans, Louisiana. For an online guestbook, visit http://www.mckneelys.com.

 

 

 

Charlsee’ Amanda Hawkins

January 20, 1948 – May 11, 2020

A resident of Roseland, LA, passed away on Monday, May 11, 2020 at her home. She was born January 20,1948 in Jennings, LA and was 72 years of age. She is survived by her daughter, Amanda C. Dorsa and husband, Matthew, Roseland; 3 sons, Houston M. Alford and wife, Katie, Amite, Timothy A. Alford, Roseland, and Charles A. Alford and wife, Pamela, Hartsville, SC; sister, Regina K. Tharp, Bismark, ND; 11 grandchildren, Casey Alford-Weaver, Carson Weaver, Camryn Dorsa, Cayli Dorsa, Sarah Alford, Ryan Alford, Lauren Alford, Madalynne Hughes, Dustin Alford, Heather Alford, and Hunter Meldahl. Preceded in death by infant daughter, Sybrina Seymour; mother, Lydia M. Hawkins; father, Charley James Hawkins; brother, Robert W. Hawkins. McKneely Funeral Home, Amite, in charge of arrangements. For an online guestbook, visit http://www.mckneelys.com.

Elizabeth Ann Waldrop-Ducote

November 04, 1945 – May 10, 2020

On Sunday, May 10, 2020 the heavens opened wide and gained another angel, Elizabeth Ann Waldrop-Ducote. She passed away peacefully at North Oaks Medical Center in Hammond, LA after a brief bout of pneumonia as a result of COVID-19. Miss Waldrop-Ducote was a resident of Amite, LA for the past 3 years having spent the last 30 years in Ponchatoula, LA. Miss Waldrop-Ducote grew up in the Irish Channel and lived all over New Orleans, LA before returning to the country in the late 80’s. She lived a full life, enjoying everything it had to offer. She lived life her way and raised her children as any single mom would, with lots of love. She is survived by 6 children, Rebecca A. McAlister, Eunice Kay Falgout (Greg), David Lee Ducote (Josephine), Bryan A. Waldrop (Anna), Jennie Mary Waldrop, Tracy Lynn Laurent (Dana); sister-in-law, Dianne Crawford Waldrop; numerous grandchildren and great-grandchildren that Nanny loved. Also survived by many nieces, nephews, and cousins. Preceded in death by parents, Cristo and Eunice Bridges Waldrop; brothers and sisters, Mary Maxine Travis Martin (O.G.), Shirley Travis Day (Edgar), and Harry Lamonte Waldrop; grandparents, James Curtis Bridges and Mary Josephine “Fennie” Phillips Bridges. Graveside Services will be held at New Zion Cemetery, Kentwood, LA at 10:00AM on Wednesday, May 13, 2020. Services conducted by Rev. Larry Blades. McKneely Funeral Home, Kentwood, in charge of arrangements. For an online guestbook, visit http://www.mckneelys.com.

 

 

 

Read the Bible in 2020 – May 12

  • 1 Samuel 12:1-13:23
  • John 7:1-30
  • Psalm 108:1-13
  • Proverbs 15:4

 

 

Baptist Presshttp://www.bpnews.net/

 

 

 

Bro. Darryl Miller called and told David that FBC, Kentwood will resume having the congregation at the worship services Sunday morning.  Live-streaming of services will continue.  The church will follow the state guidelines set up for all churches as they return to the church building for services.  David and I will be watching from home.  It will be so wonderful to not see empty pews at church.  This has been a unique time in history of our churches.  I hope it never happens again.  I must brag on all the churches for finding ways to broadcast services that fit their congregations.  To God be the glory!

Anna Lee

 

Monday

“Be doers of the word, and not hearers only.”

~James 1:22 (ESV)~

 

 

 

Please pray for two people who will have procedure today now that elective surgery is again an option.

  • Ricky Russell of Chesbrough will have a heart procedure today.  He has to be at the hospital early today.  The hardest part for his family is that they will have to wait until Tuesday to hear an update.  As you pray for Ricky, please also pray for Brenda, Jeanna, and Vernon.
  • Fay Chadwick Todd of Arcola has helped her family through a number of health issues.  Today is her turn for surgery.  She will be having knee surgery.  Pray for her to do well with the post-surgery care too.

 

 

Read the Bible in 2020 – May 11

  • 1 Samuel 10:1-11:15
  • John 6:43-71
  • Psalm 107:1-43
  • Proverbs 15:1-3

 

 

Baptist Presshttp://www.bpnews.net/

 

 

 

Annie Armstronghttps://www.facebook.com/watch/?v=2562785927337479

 

 

 

Churches will have some catching up to do with Operation Christmas Child when all this “stay-at-home” time is over.  Thanks to the lady who recently gave me $20.00 for OCC purchases.  I haven’t been shopping for OCC since February, but certainly look forward to more OCC shopping and the church “catching-up” on purchases so we will be ready for packing in the fall.

 

 

 

Let’s continue to pray about the Covid – 19 problem in our area, our country, and around the world.  Thankfully, most people have been spared of fighting this virus and most who had it survived.

Anna Lee

Thursday

“Trust GOD from the bottom of your heart;

don’t try to figure out everything on your own.”

~Proverbs 3:5 (The Message)~

 

 

 

Today is our National Day of Prayer for our country!

 

 

 

Please pray for Henry McKenzie’s family.  He has two very sick family members, a brother and a step-brother. 

 

 

 

Please continue to pray for all those sick with the virus, the medical personnel working with them, and the families who are often unable to see their loved ones.

 

 

 

Pray for wise choices as people are getting out and about more.  Social distancing is easier outside than inside.  Make your gathering small and on a porch or in the shade as much as possible.  Wear masks inside or when in closer contact with people.  Use soap and water or sanitizer often.

 

 

 

Pray for churches as they begin to make decisions about returning to their sanctuaries for services.   May their leadership seek support and decision making advise from people in-the-know.

 

 

 

Read the Bible in 2020 – May 7

  • Genesis 16:1-18:15
  • Matthew 6:1-24
  • Psalm 7:1-17
  • Proverbs 2:1-5

 

 

Baptist Press – http://www.bpnews.net/

 

 

Morgan Dean Easley

July 26, 1992 – May 05, 2020

A native of Kentwood, LA and a resident of Hammond, LA, passed away on Tuesday, May 5, 2020 at his home. He was born July 26, 1992 in McComb, MS and was 27 years of age. He is survived by parents, Tammy and Sammy Ott and Dean and Vickie Easley; sister, Ashley Easley Simmons and husband Kevin; step brothers, Michael Ott and wife Bonnie, Daniel Ott and wife Stephanie, Christopher and wife Bee, Cody and Travis Shaw; nephews and nieces, Tanner Raborn, Laney, Lynlee, Tyler and Landry Simmons, Grayson and Emma Ott; grandparents, Webster and Bette McGehee and a host of uncles, aunts and cousins who loved him dearly. Preceded in death by grandparents, Clayton and Carolyn Easley; cousins, Travis Easley and Douglas Glass. Pallbearers are Brady Johnson, Logan Johnson, Colton Newman, Jared Travis, Tanner Raborn and Daniel Ott. Services at East Fork Baptist Church in Kentwood, LA will be held privately. McKneely Funeral Home, Kentwood, in charge of arrangements. For an online guestbook, visit http://www.mckneelys.com.

 

 

 

Arrangements for Mrs. Gertie Cutrer Saturday

  • Private family service
  • Graveside service at Robertson Cemetery at 12:00

 

 

Prayer is powerful.  Use if often!  No limits to its use!!!

Anna Lee