Three deaths to pray for family members:

Gwen – Taught with her and knew her family from Roseland

Judy – grew up in Roseland and were in school at same time

James – Bethel Baptist Church and several Morgan friends and former students


Obituary for Dr. Gwendolyn “Gwen” Hastings Autin

Gwen, age 63, went to be with the Lord on Sunday, March 15, 2020. She was a native of Amite, LA and a resident of Tickfaw, LA. Gwen was an avid member of Natalbany Baptist Church and First Baptist Church of Hammond. She loved to play the piano and organ and did so for many years at her church. Gwen earned a PhD in math and dedicated over 42 years to education. She taught at Oak Forest Academy, Albany High School, and Southeastern Louisiana University, where she worked in the Math Department as well as the Department of Teaching and Learning. Gwen enjoyed attending plays at the Saenger Theatre with her friends and colleagues. She was a highly intelligent woman who loved to teach. Whether it was math, scripture, or the piano, she made sure she shared her knowledge. Gwen had a one of a kind soul and loved her family fiercely. She will be forever missed.
She is survived by her loving husband of 42 years, Johnny Lee Autin; daughter, Angelina Autin Kelly (Scott); sons, Jaimie Lee Autin (Chrissie), Ryan Matthew Autin (Kayla Unbehagen); mother, Sylvia Miller Hastings; sister, Brynn Campo (Sam); brothers, Malcolm “Bo” Hastings (Glenda), Kenneth Hastings (Mary), Benjamin Darrel Hastings (Brittany); grandchildren, Carter Marshall Autin, Jackson Ramsey Autin, Hunter Sidell Kelly, Wyatt Tobice Kelly; and numerous nieces and nephews.
She is preceded in death by her father, Malcolm Gwyn Hastings.

Service information is still being developed by the family and will be posted as soon as it becomes available. Please check back.


Judith Strode Chadwick  passed away on Wednesday, March 11, 2020, in Baton Rouge, Louisiana, at the age of 72.  She was born on Monday, September 15, 1947 in Amite, Louisiana to the late Claribel and Charles Strode.  She was a resident of Baton Rouge, Louisiana.

Judith is survived by her husband, James Chadwick; sons, Kevin Chadwick and Brian Chadwick and daughter-in-law, Jill; grandchildren, Cameron and Myles Chadwick; sisters, Gloria Jones, Marie Russell, Patti Raborn (James), Brenda Tucker (Johnny), and Kathy Lawrence (Dean); and many loved nieces, nephews, and friends.

In addition to her parents, Judith was also preceded in death by her brothers-in-law, Gordon Jones and Don Russell; father- and mother-in-law, Arvil and Josie Chadwick.

Relatives and friends are invited to attend the visitation at Harry McKneely & Son Funeral Home in Hammond, 2000 N. Morrison Blvd, Hammond, Louisiana 70401, on Sunday, March 15, 2020, beginning at 9:00 AM until the funeral service begins at 11:00 am.

A special heartfelt thanks to all of our friends and family who have called, sent messages, and offered their help, love and prayers during this journey as God called her home. We would also like to thank the Hospice of Baton Rouge nurses and team for her care.

Interment will follow in Joiner Cemetery, Loranger, Louisiana.



James Morgan

Services Wednesday

McKneely Funeral Home, HAMMOND


David and I watched two church services yesterday, FBC, Kentwood and West Rome Baptist Church in Georgia.  The message I got from both of them was to have faith, not fear.  I talked with my sister, Julie.  She said that was the message she received from the service in Hammond she watched.  Let’s practice FAITH!




I read the new guidelines saying there will be for no crowds greater than fifty people.  We will see how creative people are to manage gatherings and still manage to gather.  I know it can be done.




Mrs. Ann Chapman sent this update.

Our Emma is now back at MS College. Deloy and Krisa are there and will be bringing her home in the morning. Deloy’s office has closed and he will be working from home the next two weeks. Krisa, being a nurse, has been given the OK to work. We continue to pray that Emma stays clear of the virus. I will be chatting with her across the fence only, but that is fine just to see her smiling face will be a blessing. God bless each of you. Stay safe.
My love, Ann

Karen Seymour, a former student, is one of many people we know who has health issues that make it dangerous for her to be sick.  Let’s pray for her and many others who already have heath issues and now deal with this virus all around.  Pray to God for guidance in staying healthy and in helping others stay healthy too.




Pray for the health care workers and others who are on the front lines of fighting this medical battle.  Maybe, you can find a way to help one or more of them this week.




Read the Bible in 2020 – March 15

  • Numbers 22:21-23:30
  • Luke 1:57-80
  • Psalm 58:1-11
  • Proverbs 11:12-13




Today, take a break from watching the news and count your blessings.  I’m sure you will be able to list many.  Mine include:

  • Having God’s peace about everything
  • My Bible to read for comfort
  • Having David by my side as we go through this
  • Having my computer and television to watch services and medical updates
  • Telephones to stay connected to family and friends
  • Ochsner hospital will screen those who enter, but still will be available to give treatment
  • Family and friends who are only a phone call away
  • Food in the pantry and freezers
  • Walmart grocery pick-up
  • Many things I love to do at home
  • Ability and materials to craft for Operation Christmas Child  even when we cannot go shopping for shoebox items
  • ETC.

Now, make your own list.  It will make you feel better.

Anna Lee













For God, who said, “Let light shine out of darkness,” made his light shine in our hearts to give us the light of the knowledge of God’s glory displayed in the face of Christ.

~2 Corinthians 4:6~




Let’s start with a quote from Bro. Don Meadows.  “Don’t freak out.  Faith up!”




Speaking of faith, I have not found that any of our area churches are canceling services today.  They may make some adjustments, but so far, so closures.  If you feel your health is compromised, feel free to stay at home and enjoy a local service on your computer or phone.  That’s what we do.





Today is a National Day of Prayer for our country, called for by President Trump.


Put in special effort to help your family stay healthy.  




Please also say a special pray for Mrs. Ruby Dillon who would like some relief from neck pain.




James Morgan passed away yesterday.  Please be in prayer for his family.




Read the Bible in 2020 – March 14

  • Genesis 30:1-31:16
  • Matthew 10:1-23
  • Psalm 12:1-8
  • Proverbs 3:13-15



Pray for good health and no virus for everyone.  May this time be short-lived.

Anna Lee















“Do not be afraid or discouraged because of this vast army.

For the battle is not yours, but God’s.”


~2 Chronicles 20:15 (NIV)~




Laura  Lee Robertson had stomach surgery yesterday at Ochsner in New Orleans.  She did well and in recovering nicely.  Please pray her through the recovery and rehabilitation period.




  had fluid removed from his chest area yesterday.  He’s back at home and enjoying being there.



Please pray for the family of James Morgan.  Sometimes, decisions are tough!




Here is a quote I found yesterday.

“Keep calm and pray.  Don’t panic.  God is in control.”




So far, the following churches in our area have announced they will be having church Sunday.

  • Taylor Creek Baptist Church
  • Spring Creek Baptist Church



It is okay to stay at home if you are sick or medically compromised.  Think about others as well as yourself.  Pray for everyone.




Read the Bible in 2020 – March 14

  • Numbers 21:1-22:20
  • Luke 1:26-56
  • Psalm 57:1-11
  • Proverbs 11:9-11






“He never grows tired or weary . . .

He strengthens those who are weak and tired . . .

those who trust in the LORD for help will find their strength renewed.”

~Isaiah 40:28-31 GNT~




Read the Bible in 2020 – March 12

  • Numbers 16:41-18:32
  • Mark 16:1-20
  • Psalm 55:1-23
  • Proverbs 11:7



This is the second week for a new ministry that has started at FBC, Kentwood.  It is a weekend feeding program for local students.  Donations of food and/are money are being accepted.  Contacting the church office will be a good way to get involved.




Continue to pray for:

  • those who are sick
  • those who are well, but concerned about getting sick
  • those exposed to the new virus
  • those who are elderly (I cannot put an age with that word.)
  • those with a compromised immune system
  • those who are traveling
  • those who attend schools
  • those in the military, law enforcement, etc.
  • those who go into a compromised environment daily
  • What I am saying is to pray for everyone as decisions are being made about changing or not changing routines due to possible illnesses.  May medical professional, family, and God be in on any life-style changes being made.



Louisiana Baptist Message




Baptist Press



Thank-you for reading and praying as God leads you to pray.

Anna Lee























“For God has not given us a spirit of fear,

but of power and of love and of a sound mind.”

~2 Timothy 1:7 NKJV~




Smiley Conerly is doing well at home this time.  He has completed a week there.  Pray he can stay healthy enough to stay at home longer.




Robin Alford saw her doctor yesterday.  Surgery on her foot is scheduled for Monday.  Pray for Robin and all her caregivers.




I want to share this message from Mrs. Ann Chapman.

 Emma Chapman the daughter of Deloy & Krisa Chapman has been called, by God, to be part of a mission trip to Athens Greece. The group is, ‘The Hard Places Community,’ and will be working with survivors of sex trafficking. I ask you to be a prayer warrior for this group. They will be in Athens through March 15th. Emma ask for prayer that their witness will be effective and for their safety from the virus – especially for their reentry into the country (no delays) since she is a student at MS College. Emma is the granddaughter of Ann Chapman and the late Quincy Chapman.
May God bless each of you and thank you so much for your prayers. We know God is in control and expect many blessings through this outreach.
My love,
Ann Chapman

Thanks for sharing so we can pray for Emma and the others in the group.




Annie Armstrong – Day 7





Read the Bible in 2020 – March 7

  • Numbers 8:1-9:23
  • Mark 13:14-37
  • Psalm 50:1-23
  • Proverbs 10:29-30



Baptist Press



Don’t forget the time change tonight!




Thanks for reading and praying today.

Anna Lee








if my people, who are called by my name, will humble themselves and pray and seek my face and turn from their wicked ways, then I will hear from heaven, and I will forgive their sin and will heal their land.

~2 Chronicles 7:14~




Time Change Reminder: Tomorrow night, when you go to bed, set your clocks forward one hour.  You will lose an hour of sleep.  If you forget to change your clock, you will be late for church Sunday.




Read the Bible in 2020 – March 6

  • Numbers 6:1-7:89
  • Mark 12:38-13:13
  • Psalm 49:1-20
  • Proverbs 10:27-28



Annie Armstrong Offering – Day 6







Ferrie Gene Blackmon is home from St. Tammany and has been home since since Wednesday night,  Pray she does well in recovering from her heart problem.




Sherrill Caraway of Greensburg area is having more issues with his heart rate.  Please pray for him.




Bryan and Rita Tate are home from M. D. Anderson – Bryan got all good reports.




Chuck and Mary Ellen Brister are also home from M. D. Anderson.  Chuck had two strong treatments and is doing very well.  They are still hoping for a diagnosis of Chuck’s problem.




David and I went to the church for a few hours yesterday to work on Operation Christmas Child.  We were happy to find some items that had been turned in Sunday.  Thanks for your contributions.  If you are not in a Sunday School class but would like to participate in the “shoebox” ministry, ideas for items you might want to contribute will be available on a poster by the organ.  Remember, each shoebox we pack will introduce an average of seven people to Jesus.  Can you put a dollar value on that?  What is your salvation worth to you?

Anna Lee