Monday

“We refuse to wear masks and play games.

We don’t maneuver and manipulate behind the scenes.

And we don’t twist God’s Word to suit ourselves.

Rather, we keep everything we do and say out in the open, the whole truth on display, so that those who want to can see and judge for themselves in the presence of God.”

 ~2 Corinthians 4:2 The Message~

 

 

 

Donna Fay Miller continues to improve at home.  Thank-you for your prayers for her and her family.

 

 

 

Buddy Morris is seeing his cardiologist this week in hopes of approval for surgery.  He has already had one neck artery done.

 

 

 

George Pike will be having gamma knife surgery for Trigeminal Neuralgia tomorrow morning.  That is the surgery that made such a difference for me in 2011.  Pray with the family that George also has good results.

 

 

 

Buddy Bel, mayor of Amite, passed away yesterday afternoon.  Please be in prayer for his family.

 

 

 

Read the Bible in 2020 – January 13

  • Genesis 28:1-29:35
  • Matthew 9:18-38
  • Psalm 11:1-7
  • Proverbs 3:11-12

 

 

Last night at church, I heard some reports that some classes are doing well with their January collections for Operation Christmas Child.  I’m excited and thankful.  We have two more Sundays in January!

 

 

 

Do you and a friend or two want to plan an Operation Christmas Child project day, morning, or afternoon?  Let me know.  I can supply everything we need or you can bring what you want to.  Ideas: crochet party, painting shoeboxes, making bead dolls, making matching games, tote bags for marbles, cutting out for sewing day, etc.  You may come up with your own idea.

 

 

 

I don’t do many things with an eye on the weather, but using my computer has become one thing that can be determined by the weather.  I think I will post this before the rain comes back this morning.  Have a great day, despite the rain!

Anna Lee

Friday

I will give them an undivided heart and put a new spirit in them; I will remove from them their heart of stone and give them a heart of flesh.

~Ezekiel 11:19~

 

 

 

I don’t plan to turn this site into a daily weather report, but know we can possibly have some bad weather in the next few days.  Stay alert.  Pray for all the people who will be affected by this front moving through our area.

 

 

 

Mrs. Annaliese Neal – Corrected information.  Mrs. Annaliese was taken to Hood Hospital for tests and released to go home.

 

 

 

Donna Fay Miller is now a patient at Ochsner  on O’Neal in Baton Rouge.  Please add her to your prayer list.

 

 

 

Buddy Bel, Amite’s mayor, fell night before last and is now hospitalized at North Oaks with a concussion.  Please pray for him.

 

 

 

Larry Bankston is doing better and may be released from North Oaks to go home Saturday or Sunday.  Pray for him to continue to improve.

 

 

 

Read the Bible in 2020 – December 10th

  • Genesis 23:1-24:51
  • Matthew 8:1-17
  • Psalm 9:13-20
  • Proverbs 3:1-6

 

 

It’s beginning to look a lot like . . . Operation Christmas Child!  David and I missed out on so much last year when he was not healthy, but are making up for lost time this year.  We have had some good help already this year.  If you have a couple of hours to give, please let us know.  We’ll plan to meet with you and work together.  If you are available to shop, check the list on the bulletin and happy shopping.  Thanks to those of you who shopped the first week and already turned in some items.  I pray this is our best year of shoeboxes ever!   Last year’s 415 boxes X 7 people each one influences = 2,905 people who had an opportunity to learn about and grow to love Jesus.  The possibility for more people being influenced is up to each of us!

 

 

Quote from Andy Stanley:

“You have no idea the number of people that God may want to influence through you.”

Anna Lee

 

 

 

 

 

Thursday

I will give them an undivided heart and put a new spirit in them;

I will remove from them their heart of stone and give them a heart of flesh.

~Ezekiel 11:19~

 

 

 

 

First, let me tell you I gave you the wrong number for David‘s blood level this week.  It was 8.5, which is still strong compared to where he has been in the last year.  We are so amazed at the improvements we have seen in his health and thank God.

 

 

 

Ferrie Gene Blackmon‘s surgery Monday went well.  So did Katie Brabham‘s surgery yesterday.  Keep these two ladies in your prayers as they heal.

 

 

 

Kristi Alford in trying a new treatment because the previous one was not helping.  Remember to pray for Kristi and her family.

 

 

 

Freddy Bales is undergoing cancer treatment in Hammond.  Pray for him and his family as they make adjustments in their daily routine.

 

 

 

Annalyce Neal was involved in a traffic accident with a garbage truck yesterday.  The report I heard was that she is now in North Oaks.

 

 

 

Our daughter and granddaughter have spent the last week preparing their European home for them to move.  Today, they will sell many of their possessions and all their furniture.  Pray for energy as they complete their task and return to the states.

 

 

 

Christian Ratliff, 13 year old son of Scott and Jodi Ratliff, is hospitalized at OLOL with meningitis.  Please pray for all involved in his care.

 

 

 

Read the Bible in 2020 – January 9

  • Genesis 20:1-22:24
  • Matthew 7:15-29
  • Psalm 9:1-12
  • Proverbs 2:16-22

 

 

 

There will be several showers at church in the next month.  Be excited for newlyweds and new babies.

 

 

 

Check on a friend you haven’t seen or heard from lately.  They may need your encouragement.

Anna Lee

 

Monday

“Today I am giving you a choice.

You can choose life and success or death and disaster.

I am commanding you to be loyal to the LORD,

to live the way he has told you,

and to obey his laws and teachings.

You are about to cross the Jordan River

and take the land that he is giving you.

If you obey him, you will live and become successful and powerful.”

 ~Deuteronomy 30:15-16 CEV~

 

 

 

Read the Bible in 2020 OR Listen to the Bible in 2020

Last night at church, Yvonne Birch told me she chose to use her phone app for the Bible readings and is enjoying it so much better than when she had to do the reading for herself.  She shared that the introduction before the reading brought you up-to-date and set the tone.  It takes only about 25 minutes.  I want to tell you how excited she is so you can reconsider reading and just listen.  For me, I choose to read so I can go at my own pace and mark in my Bible as I choose.  You see, the teacher in me knows that is my learning style.  I will probably try it just to give it a try.   You may want to do so too.

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Readings for January 6:

  • Genesis 13: 5 – 15:21
  • Matthew 5: 27-48
  • Psalm 6: 1-10
  • Proverbs 1: 29-33

 

 

 

WMU Quarterly Meeting – January 20th at EFBC at 10 A.M.

 

 

 

Frances Glass Day

November 03, 1936 – January 03, 2020

Frances Glass Day, a resident of Kentwood, passed away on Friday, January 3, 2020 at her home. She was born November 3, 1936 in Alexandria, LA and was 83 years of age. Frances taught elementary school is Osyka, MS, Valley Forge Academy, and Tangipahoa Parish. She retired in 2003 after teaching elementary and migrant education in Tangipahoa Parish for over 20 years. Frances was a caring and loving teacher who in 1990 was recognized for her outstanding work in the migrant program by the Arkansas Department of Education in Little Rock, AR. She is survived by her daughter, Cherie Crawford and husband, Kenneth Crawford, Jr.; son, Tim Day and wife, Sylvia Day; grandchildren, Kenneth Crawford, III, and fiancé, Kim Vicaro, Celia Crawford Wortham and husband, Adam, Shelly Crawford Moritz and husband, Michael, and Christopher Crawford;  great-grandchildren, Naomi Wallace Moritz, Brennan Moritz, Caroline Frances Moritz, Henry Kyle Wortham, and William Scott Wortham; step-great-grandchildren, Brodie McElveen, Landon Bullock, Colton Bridges, and Sage Bridges; brother, George Glass and wife, Linda; and her beloved pet, Mari Anne. She was preceded in death by parents, Lee Otis Glass and Effie Glass; husband, Wallace Day; and son, Lee Scott Day.  Visitation will be at McKneely Funeral Home, Kentwood, from 6:00PM until 9:00PM on Monday. Visitation will resume on Tuesday at Tangipahoa United Methodist Church from 8:00AM until religious services at 10:00AM. Interment will follow at Tangipahoa Cemetery. Pallbearers will be Kenneth Crawford, III, Christopher Crawford, Adam Wortham, Michael Moritz, Brodie McElveen, and Landon Bullock. For an online guestbook, visit http://www.mckneelys.com

 

 

 

Margaret V. Givens

September 25, 1934 – January 03, 2020

Mrs. Margaret V. Givens, 85, of Osyka passed from this life on January 3, 2020 at Merit Health Wesley in Hattiesburg, MS.

Mrs. Margaret was born September 25, 1934 and was the daughter of Curtis Varnado and Hoyt Dickey Varnado. She was a lifelong member of Mt. Zion Baptist Church where she served as the Sunday School secretary for 41 years. She loved the Lord and loved to serve at her church. She loved to care for others, sending different cards to people, get well, birthday, anniversary, thank you and thinking of you etc. She also loved to sew and crotchet. She was a loving wife, sister and friend.

Preceding her death are her parents and two sisters, Beth Humphreys and Loraine Varnado.

She is survived by her husband of 51 good years, Mr. James “Jimmy” Givens of Osyka, MS and one nephew, Mark Humphreys and Marsha of Madison, MS and their children, Andrew, Brian and Leah.

Visitation will be Tuesday, January 7, 2020 from 9AM until time of services at 11AM at Mt. Zion Baptist Church in Osyka, MS. Burial to follow in the church cemetery. Bro. Melvin Rushing, Bro. Richie Fortenberry and Bro. Billy Ray Simmons will be officiating and Sharkey Funeral Homes in charge of arrangements.

Pallbearers will be Jonathan Rhodus, James Brumfield, Ben Strickland, Dale Sandifer, Darryl Sandifer and Mark Humphreys. Honorary Pallbearers will be her nephews.

Share condolences at sharkeyfuneralhome.com.

 

 

 

Have a great day because if you are reading this, God gave you this day!

Anna Lee

 

 

 

Sunday

“May [God] keep us centered and devoted to him,

following the life path that he has cleared,

watching the signposts,

walking at the pace and rhythms

he laid down for our ancestors.” 

~1 Kings 8:58 The Message~

 

 

 

Read your Bible in 2020 – Day 5 

  • Genesis 11:1 – 13:4
  • Matthew 5: 1-26
  • Psalm 5: 1-12
  • Proverbs 1: 24-28

 

 

Several people have important appointments/procedures next week.  Keep them covered with your prayers.

  • Smiley Conerly
  • Ferrie Gene Blackmon
  • Donald “Red” Alford

 

 

Ida Mae Lindsey Carter

November 30, 1934 – January 03, 2020

Ida Mae Lindsey Carter, a resident of Kentwood, passed away on Friday, January 3, 2020 at North Oaks Medical Center in Hammond. She was born November 30, 1934 in Kentwood and was 85 years old. She is survived by her sisters, Margaret Cutrer, Thelma Guillory, Betty Howell and husband, James “Buddy” Howell, and Virgie Slaven; aunt, Pearline Smith; and many loving nieces, nephews, cousins, and friends. She is preceded in death by her parents, Louella and William Lindsey, II; husband, Daniel Leroy Carter; sisters, Geneva Wall and husband, Daniel Wall; Viola Bennett, Bessie Travis, and Tempee Williams; brother, William Lindsey, III, and wife, Mae; and numerous aunts and uncles; nieces, Sharon Howell, Barbara Jean Lindsey, and Chrissie Garner; nephew, Clarence Lindsey; great-niece, Melissa Ricks; great-nephews, Sidney Ricks, Jr. and Hunter McGregor. The family would like to thank Tommy Simmons, Kentwood Fire Department and the staff at North Oaks Medical Center for their help during this time. Visitation will be at McKneely Funeral Home, Kentwood, from 9:00AM until religious services at 11:00AM on Monday, January 6, 2020. Services conducted by Rev. David Cutrer. Interment will follow in Woodland Cemetery, Kentwood. For an online guestbook, visit http://www.mckneelys.com.

 

 

Week one of our Operation Christmas Child focus is changing into week two.  I trust you have/will donate money or the suggested item for your class/age group.  You have all month to contribute as the Lord leads you.  Don’t try to reach for a certain number.  Just do what God leads you to do.  It’s not about us!  It’s about the recipients of the shoeboxes and their introduction to Jesus.  How important is that to you?  This is one way we can all be missionaries!  I’m thankful to say that David is feeling stronger now and has been helping me shop and open packages for OCC.  We both love this opportunity and make it a twelve month per year project at our house.  Get involved and get excited!  Think of the children and their families who will be impacted by out “shoeboxes”!

 

 

 

Have a great Lord’s Day! 

“May [God] keep us centered….”

Anna Lee

 

 

 

 

 

Friday

It’s smart to be patient.” 

~Proverbs 14:29 CEV~

 

 

 

Donald “Red” Alford is home again after spending several more days in St. Tammany.  His oncology visit has been postponed for a couple weeks.  Please pray for Donald and his family as they make adjustments at home for him.

God Is Using a Small Texas Church to Bless Many Thousands of Children

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The Greatest Journey

https://www.samaritanspurse.org/operation-christmas-child/tgj-game-app/?utm_source=OCCFacebook&utm_medium=social&utm_campaign=m_YOCC-20SM&utm_content=10220_link_APP_greatest-journey-announcement&fbclid=IwAR28h1EI0sPRVXx8CbxnjjZCEvzVHWQnmYHJ4GFQqPW6zg4e54MnuVfP69A

 

 

 

Read the Bible in 2020 – Day 3

  • Genesis 5:1 – 7: 24
  • Matthew 3: 7 – 4: 11
  • Psalm 3: 1-8
  • Proverbs 1: 10-19

 

I pulled out an old Bible to use for my readings this year and purchased some fine-point colored pins to underline, circle, star, etc.  That method keeps me fully involved in reading and learning.

 

 

 

David and I shopped briefly yesterday and found some 2019 calendars.  I will cut the pictures and place them inside the cover of the shoeboxes.  If you are capable of cutting and gluing paper, let me know when you are available to help.  Today, my sister and I are planning to make washcloths for all the shoeboxes.  I’m looking forward to our work today.

 

 

It’s smart to be patient.” 

~Proverbs 14:29 CEV~

How are you wisely and patiently using your time for others?

Anna Lee

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

1-1-20

“When you make a promise to God,

keep it as quickly as possible.” 

~Ecclesiastes 5:4 GNT~

 

 

 

Mrs. Barbara Gill is doing well.  She’s still in Our Lady of the Lake and looking ahead to some time in rehab.  Keep remembering her in your prayers, please.

 

 

 

Pray for Sharon Phillips.  She is in St. Tammany and expecting to have pacemaker surgery tomorrow.

 

 

 

Your prayers for “Little Adrian” Strickland will be appreciated.  He has been moved from McComb to Children’s Hospital of New Orleans.  Join the family in praying for this little guy.

 

 

 

Elizabeth Carol New

December 21, 1945 – December 28, 2019

Elizabeth Carol New passed away on Saturday December 28, 2019 at the age of 74.  She was born and raised in Kentwood, Louisiana and was a graduate of Kentwood High School class of 1963.
She is preceded in death by her parents, Leonard and Lucille “Bootsie” New,  and her sister and brother-in-law, Flora Lee and Jules Hatcher.
She is survived by her niece, Julee Hatcher, and her daughter and granddaughter, Madison McDonald and Lucille VanMieghem, all of Lafayette, La, as well as her nephew, Jeff Hatcher, his wife, Julia Hatcher and their children, J.C. Hatcher and Eliza Hatcher, all of Badger, Iowa.
Also left to cherish her memory is her friend, Michelle Forrest, and her children and grandchildren, without whom “Libba Carol” would have been lost.  Michelle provided so much beyond just friendship and love and our family is forever grateful.
As it was her wish to be cremated, no funeral services will be planned at this time.  A celebration of Carol’s life will be held at a later date.

New Orleans’ Baptist Friendship House Marks 75 Years

http://www.bpnews.net/54110/new-orleans-baptist-friendship-house-marks-75-years?fbclid=IwAR2zIIRxT7vfSH4FOcCf2SehQzQN_QdK_QYCZNu_KfToH3ILJEMkclFsELg

 “If you have all that you need and see someone else in need and do not reach out to them, how can the love of God be in you? Let us not love merely through words and tongue but in action and in truth,” I John 3:17-18

 

Today, we begin a new round of “Read Your Bible Through this Year”.  It doesn’t matter whether or not you were successful in the past.  I have completed a full year and failed to complete a full year.  Do your best to read each day!  Remember, you can get a copy of this plan when the FBC, Kentwood office opens in the morning or Sunday at regular services.
January 1
  • Genesis 1:1 – 2:25
  • Matthew 1:1 – 2: 12
  • Psalm 1: 1 – 6
  • Proverbs 1: 1-6

 

 

We don’t know what 2020 holds for us, but we do know who holds our hand as we travel through this new year.  He will be 100% faithful to us!  Let’s do our best to remain faithful to Him.

Anna Lee