“Pour out your heart to him, for God is our refuge.” 

~Psalm 62:8 NLT~



Update on Adam Carter:

Adam had to have surgery on his hand again Thursday. So we have been in Covington at St Tammany Parish Hospital. Saturday the Dr said it looked better. There was still some infection in it but just a little. He said if it stilled good today he would tell us when we could go home. It will be today or tomorrow. Poor Adam is ready to come home now.



Request from Jan Yarborough:

Tomorrow I’ll be having left shoulder replacement at the Baton Rouge Orthopedic Surgical Center on Blue Bonnet. If all goes well I’ll be home Tuesday. Asking for prayers. Thanks, Jan!




Scripture Writing – August 5 – Ephesians 1:7




If you would like to help with OCC, I have two suggestions:

  1. Sign up to purchase some needed items during August.  The lists of needed items is posted on the back door of the church near the patio and on the table just inside the front door of the church.  Items can be left in the church office or in the classroom next to the choir room.  Thanks!
  2. If you are available to help, do as Wanda Smith did yesterday.  Ask me when a good time to work will be.  I know I will need a couple of people to make some counts, possible on Saturday.  We are painting a surprise in each shoebox, so you you have the talent to hold a paintbrush and we have the boxes and the ideas.  It is peaceful work, but leaves you with great satisfaction.  We will work several days, so just ask to see when your schedule fits in with our schedule.  I love when people volunteer.





When people get trained to be Southern Baptist Disaster Relief Volunteers, they can never imagine where, when, and how God plans to use them.  The recent shootings in our country have caused our volunteer chaplains to be available for counseling with families, workers, first responders, and others as people have so much sorrow to cope with.  God can use the volunteers in many ways, all without cost.  Go, volunteers!




Have a great week.  Make it a week that counts for something positive.

Anna Lee










Jesus turned and saw her. “Take heart, daughter,” he said, “your faith has healed you.”

And the woman was healed at that moment.

~Matthew 9:22~




Mr. Gaylon Cutrer got home from the hospital Thursday night.  He is better, but still week from him time in the hospital.  Pray he regains his strength soon.




Operation Christmas Child Update 

  • The McKenzie four helped us for a couple hours yesterday.
  • I found the felt and foam I needed.  It wasn’t where I purchased it before, but I found it and bought all they had.  Good crafting ahead – pencil pouches and some toys!
  • We will be working at 9:00 this morning.
  • If you would like to help next week, please get with me on when we can schedule the time.
  • Sunday, you will  find two signs with a list of needs at FBC, K.  You can sign up for items to purchase in August.
  • We have made some good progress in the last month.  We got a later than usual start, but will be in good shape for our big Christmas Packing Party at the end of October.





Scripture Writing Challenge – August 3 –  Genesis 4:7   (Read, write, & pray.)





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Make the most of this day!  

Anna Lee




“Rejoice with those who rejoice,

weep with those who weep.”

~Romans 12:15 ESV~




Beth Brabham is doing well following her gall bladder procedure.  Pray she continues to do well.




Mrs. Betty Catherine Hatcher is in room 5404 (if I remember correctly) at North Oaks.  When she is ready to leave there, she will be going to Bell Maison in Hammond to continue improving.




Henry, Virginia, Erica, and Emily McKenzie spent yesterday afternoon helping with OCC.  We are thankful for others who realize the impact “shoeboxes” make on families around the world.  Barbara Hutchinson can to get some totes and one more shoebox.  every box packed will find its future home in the coming months.  I recently purchased some felt rectangles and some colorful foam, but I don’t remember where it was.  If you see some as you shop, please purchase some and/or tell me where to look.  Thanks.  The felt makes into the cutest pencil pouches and the foam makes wonderful toys.




Scripture Writing  – August 2 – Luke 18:42-43




August tends to have some sales on school supplies.  It’s a good time to make purchases for OCC.  It’s is a perfect time to buy composition books, pencils, pens, big erasers, calculators, pencil sharpeners, etc.  Look around and listen as God “tells” you what He wants you to ship this year.

Anna Lee










Yet to all who did receive him, to those who believed in his name, he gave the right to become children of God— children born not of natural descent, nor of human decision or a husband’s will, but born of God.

~John 1:12-13 (NIV)~




Adam Carter

Will you please add Adam to the prayer link. Sunday he got rebar though his hand.  It went in about the middle of his hand below his little finger and came out by his index finger. He had to have emergency surgery to remove it. His index finger is numb and he can hardly move his fingers. Surgery went fine. He will go see a hand specialist tomorrow and we will find out what has to be done and if there is any more surgery that has to be done, and how much damage was done. Thank you

We’re sad to report that a body found along the Rio Grande River has been identified as Tessie Strickland.

LAKE CITY, Colo., July 29, 2019 – On July 25 at approximately 4 p.m., the body of Tessie Strickland was found along the Rio Grande River in Hinsdale County. Hinsdale County Coroner Jerry Gray pronounced death at approximately 6:30 p.m. that evening.

The body was transported to the morgue at Montrose Memorial Hospital for identification and was positively identified late Tuesday afternoon, July 30. Strickland’s husband has been notified.

Mrs. Strickland, 64, of Kentwood, Louisiana, was reported missing on June 27 after being swept downstream in Pole Creek near the border of Hinsdale and San Juan counties. Her body was discovered approximately four miles downstream from where Pole Creek empties into the Rio Grande River.

Mrs. Strickland and her husband Tommy Strickland were returning to Silverton from a day trip to Creede, Colorado, on Forest Service Road 520, a four-wheel drive road that crosses Pole Creek. Although passable in the morning when the Stricklands crossed on their way to Creede, the creek had become swollen with spring runoff by the early evening when they returned. When the couple attempted to cross the creek again, their Jeep stalled in the fast-moving water and was carried downstream. In an effort to save themselves, the couple jumped for the stream bank. While trying to help his wife climb up the bank, Mr. Strickland said he was swept under the water. After resurfacing, Mr. Strickland could not see his wife and could not locate her. Passing motorists found Mr. Strickland and assisted him in notifying authorities.

Extensive search operations were conducted to locate Mrs. Strickland, which included more than 25 personnel from Hinsdale County Sheriff’s Department, Mineral County and San Juan County. Helicopter surveillance was provided by the Colorado Division of Fire Prevention and Control. Personnel conducted foot searches along the banks of the Pole Creek and the Rio Grande River, a search and rescue dog was employed, and a drone was used for aerial searches in areas not accessible on foot.


Please lift up Tessie’s family during these difficult days.


Gordon Jones

October 16, 1937 – July 29, 2019


Gordon Jones, a resident of Amite, LA, passed away on Monday, July 29, 2019 surrounded by his loving family. He was born October 16, 1937 in Independence, LA and was 81 years of age. He is survived by wife of 57 years, Gloria S. Jones; 3 daughters, Arlene Jones Armstrong, Sonya Jones David and husband, Corey and Stacie Jones; 1 son, Allen Jones and wife Jonni; 9 grandchildren, Kristin Garner, Duane Garner, Timothy Cassidy, Christopher Hall, Deaven David, Rosita David, Ryan Jones, Matthew Jones and Macayla Jones; 9 great-grandchildren, Harleigh Cassidy, Calem Jones, Liam Jones, Jaxon Garner, Eli Garner, Kaiden Garner, Grayson Jones, Maisie Jones and Abby Mason; 1 brother, Herbert Jones; 2 sisters, Etta Baham and husband Gerald and Katherine McGlothern and husband Brad; 1 brother-in-law, Bobby Adams. Preceded in death by parents, Howard and Myrtis Jones; 1 sister, Rita Adams. Visitation at McKneely Funeral Home, Amite, from 5:00PM until 9:00PM Thursday, August 1, 2019, and from 8:00AM until religious services at 11:00AM Friday, August 2, 2019. Services conducted by Bro. Tim Moffett. Interment Arcola-Roseland Cemetery, Roseland, LA. For an online guestbook, visit




Both Spring Creek and Osyka are having Youth VBS this week.  Check them our to see if your youth would be interested in attending.




Scripture Writing Plan – “Patience and Perseverance” – 2 Thessalonians 1:6-10




If you didn’t get a copy of the Scripture writing plan for August, they are available in the sanctuary of FBC, Kentwood.




Continue to pray for the many others who have various needs. 
Anna Lee


“Isn’t everything you have and everything you are sheer gifts from God?

So what’s the point of all this comparing and competing? You already have all you need.” 

~1 Corinthians 4:7-8 The Message~




Eleanor Morris said Buddy got another good report.  That’s nine months of good reports!  Thank you God, for giving the family this time.




Rebecca Seymour Rodriguez, formerly of Amite, had another cancer surgery yesterday in Savanna, GA.  The surgery went well.  Becky asks for your continued prayers.




Last night, I learned about a Missions and Ministry Luncheon at FBC, Greensburg that will be at eleven this morning.  It is being done by the Louisiana Baptist Convention out of Alexandria.




Scripture Writing Plan – “Patience and Perseverance” – 2 Thessalonians 1:3-5




I was thankful for the rain yesterday, especially since we were able to get home from Baton Rouge before the rain arrived.  The rains have given little breaks from the high temperatures.




Please continue to pray for the people who have been listed here recently and others whose needs for which you may be aware.  Prayer certainly makes a difference in the life of the person who is praying and in the lives of those who are the focus of the prayers.

Anna Lee
















“Never walk away from someone who deserves help; your hand is God’s hand for that person.

Never tell your neighbors to wait until tomorrow if you can help them now.” 

~Proverbs 3:27-28 The Message/GNT~




Scripture Reading and Writing – “Patience and Perseverance” – 2 Corinthians 6: 3-5




Pine Ridge Methodist Church will serve their buffet breakfast as their monthly fundraiser Sunday morning at 8:00.  You are welcome to participate.  The breakfast is delicious.




Keep Operation Christmas Child in mind when you do your regular shopping.  There’s many things available that will be helpful in the “shoeboxes”.  Some ideas for you today:

  • 5″ flashlights from Walmart
  • Extra batteries for flashlights
  • Highlighters
  • Glue sticks
  • Ivory soap
  • Washcloths
  • Small baby dolls
  • Marbles
  • One-subject notebooks
  • Crayons
  • Calculators

You can leave your items in the church office or in the classroom next to the choir room at FBC, Kentwood.




Coming soon – Fall Food Roundup for the Louisiana Baptist Children’s Home – Pickup at FBC, Kentwood will be Monday, September 16th.  They need family-size quantities.  Some of their most needed items are:

  • BBQ Sauce
  • Bottled Juice
  • Children’s Cereal
  • Cleaning Supplies
  • Dishwasher Detergent
  • Flavoring for baking
  • Canned Fruit
  • Jell-O Pie Filling and Pudding
  • Kool-Aid
  • Instant Oatmeal
  • Paper Towels
  • Pickles and Relishes
  • Spaghetti Sauce
  • Sugar

If it is easier to give money than to buy and transport food to the church, a check is always welcome and allows them to get items that are still needed.  This once-a-year collection has to feed the children in all the cottages at the children’s home for a year.  Be generous.




Don’t live a life focused you yourself, but focus your life on other people.  There is a great old hymn “Others” that comes to mind this morning.


Have a great Saturday!

Anna Lee













“If you love Me,

keep My commandments.”

~John 14:15~




Scripture writing plan – “Patience and Perseverance” – Hebrews 6:13-15

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Operation Christmas Child – I’m so thankful David is well enough now to help me with getting items ready for Operation Christmas Child.  He was unable to help last year.  David is great at removing the packaging and letting me put things in the proper place.  His walker is perfect for carrying bags and boxes from the car to the room at the church.  Without his help I would not have made as much progress as I have.  If you have some free time and would like to help, there is always something to do for Operation Christmas Child.  Of course, you can always help by shopping.  I love walking into the church office or the Sunday School room and finding items someone left for OCC.

I am appreciation of someone asking for boxes to pack and for others who have given money to help with purchases.  You can pack your own boxes or purchase items to add to the collection so we can pack the boxes at our packing party.

One thing we use a lot of is clear plastic bags, snack, quart, and gallon size.  If you can supple some bags, that will be a big help.

If you are going to pack individual boxes and want to use the red and green ones, please let me know.  I will make sure I have some ready for you.

If you want to come pray over the items that will be shipped, please do so.  It is never too early to pray for how the boxes will be influential in the lives of boys and girls.

This morning, David and I have already talked about the progress that has been made.  I’ve already looked up some new crafts for us to try.  OCC is firmly in  our hearts and often in our conversations.

Anna Lee