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

Baptist Press

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.–X7YWxw8jC88sIUAa6e1LfnD4ZnXMT2T2jxJ7bmnhOXf0vAu6obvptcm635YpklmVfmokw-Lc0uAMLGiZlCdCazSedPw&_hsmi=59341728


Share some real CHRISTmas spirit this holiday season.

Anna Lee



Therefore the Lord himself will give you a sign:

The virgin will conceive and give birth to a son, and will call him Immanuel.

~Isaiah 7:14~

Pray for two Amite people who are fighting battles with cancer.

  1. Debbie Miller Wilkinson just got home from M.D. Anderson.  She learned her cancer is not actively growing/spreading now.  Pray for this precious lady as she continues her battle.
  2. Jimmy McGraw also just returned from M.D. Anderson.  The placebo he was taking was not effective in stopping the spread of his cancer.  He was  put on the real medication which hopefully will be more effective.

Lynette Cogan has been sick for a while.  She has a number of serious problems and is hospitalized in Huntsville.  Please add her to your prayer list.

Josiah Huckaby’s Nine Month Update

Josiah has been in the NICU for 279 days & turned 9 months old this past Friday. He had to go back on the non-invasive vent after being on high flow oxygen for several days…but once he rested & recovered, they weaned him to CPAP. He’s doing really well with that. We’ve been talking with the doctors about surgery for Josiah’s kidney & today we decided that the current risks overwhelming outweigh the benefits. He will most likely need this surgery in the future but we are going to wait until it’s an absolute necessity. He’s decided he only likes “sweet” foods (sweet potatoes, carrots, pears). The Moose is still his favorite toy. I really need to get a spare. Scooby Doo & Veggie Tales are his favorite shows. He has had the best “laugh” faces this week. He also got to go on a wagon ride Saturday…which is HUGE deal for him (and us) because he hasn’t been out of his room except to go to procedures or move rooms. God is so good & faithful to us… we can’t help but give Him all the glory!!!

Pray for Mrs. Ruby Dillon.  Hopefully, her current problem can be treated without another stay at the hospital.

Jimmy Alford is feeling better and eating more now that he stopped the chemo he tried that wasn’t effective.  Pray for him as he waits for the 19th when the doctors will try something different to treat this cancer.  Jimmy is enjoying these good days.

David saw his retina specialist yesterday.  His eyes are doing well.  The doctor and David both enjoyed a few minutes of giving God the glory for David’s eyesight.  The doctor said he will always remember David as one of the worse cases he ever treated when David  went in with both eyes having detached retinas at the same time.



Anthony Julien Durio

November 21, 1939 – December 11, 2017

U.S. Veteran

A resident of Amite, passed away on Monday, December 11, 2017. He was born November 21, 1939 in Opelousas and was 78 years of age. He was a veteran of the U. S. Air Force, a member of First Baptist Church of Amite, Past Master of Amite Masonic Lodge #175, member of Acacia Shriners where he was Potentate in 2003, a member of Scottish Rite of Freemasonry 32 degree KCCH, and a member of the American Legion. He is survived by wife, Frances Lupo Durio, Amite; son, Vincent Anthony Durio and wife, Pam, Hammond; grandson, Brandon Anthony Durio, Houston, TX; sister, Rose Marie Durio Savoie and husband, Leroy, Pearland, TX; brother, John Russell Durio and wife, Renee, Amite. Preceded in death by parents, Joseph Durio and Ada Marie Zeringue Durio. Visitation at McKneely Funeral Home, Amite, from 12 Noon until Memorial Service at 2 PM on Friday, December 15, 2017. Services will be conducted by Bro. William Hyde.  McKneely Funeral Home, Amite, in charge of arrangements. For an online guestbook, visit
George Richard (Dick) Toups

November 28, 1942 – December 09, 2017

George Richard (Dick) Toups, DVM, 75, of Baton Rouge, died peacefully on December 9, 2017. He was born to Wilbur A. Toups, Sr. and Virginia LeBon Toups in New Orleans on November 28, 1942. Dick graduated from Jesuit High School in 1960 where he captained the Blue Jay football team. He attended Tulane University and played football there as well. He went on to graduate in 1974 from Texas A&M University with honors, where he received his Doctorate of Veterinary Medicine. He began his career as a veterinarian in Metairie and Amite before opening his practice in New Iberia, where he and his family lived for several years. In 1989 he joined the USDA as a federal veterinarian until his retirement in 2008. Survived by his wife, Betty Jo Bel Toups, whom he cherished for 53 years; daughter, Ashley Toups Raborn and husband, Jeff of Winston Salem, North Carolina; three perfect grandchildren, Jane Ashley, Jack and Hunt Raborn; his brother, Wilbur A. (Wil) Toups, Jr. (Sheryl), brothers in law, Larue delaHoussaye, Buddy Bel (Claire), Pat Bel (Elena) and numerous nieces, nephews,  cousins, and a host of good friends. Preceded in death by his parents, son, Scott Richard Toups, and sisters, Mary Toups and Theresa Toups delaHoussaye.Visitation will be at McKneely Funeral Home, Amite, from 10:00 AM until 12:30 PM on Monday, December 18, 2017. A Mass of Christian Burial will be held at 1:00 PM at St. Helena Catholic Church in Amite. Services conducted by Fr. Harry Bugler and Deacon Wil Toups. Burial to follow at Amite Memorial Gardens. Serving as pallbearers will be Jay delaHoussaye, Phillippe delaHoussaye, Hunt Raborn, Jack Raborn, Tim Toups and Tony Toups. Honorary pallbearers will be Larue delaHoussaye, Joe Baiamonte, Lee Miller and Jerry Streva. In lieu of flowers, please consider a donation to Bishop McGuinness Catholic High School Athletic Department, 1725 NC 66, Kernersville, North Carolina 27284. McKneely Funeral Home, Amite, in charge of arrangements. For an online guestbook, visit


Read the Bible – I John 5 – III John & Psalm 38

Baptist Press


Have a blessed day, but also be a blessing to someone today.  Remember, we celebrate the birth of Jesus during this wonderful season.

Anna Lee




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”


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


Baptist Press


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













But when the kindness and love of God our Savior appeared,  he saved us,

not because of righteous things we had done, but because of his mercy.

He saved us through the washing of rebirth and renewal by the Holy Spirit,  whom he poured out on us generously through Jesus Christ our Savior,  

so that, having been justified by his grace, we might become heirs having the hope of eternal life.

~Titus 3:4-7~


Please pray for the families that have had recent deaths.  The days following deaths when the weather is difficult seem to be more stressful.  Pray a little extra for these families.



Read the Bible – I Peter 3-5 and Psalm 34



Baptist Press

Baptist Message



Lottie Moon Week of Prayer – Day 7 – “What God Has Done” –



Days seem much longer when we cannot go about our normal activities.  I’m thankful to be able to say I have “normal” days.  I also think of those who live in war zones and for other reasons do not know “normal”.  I’m also thankful for those who worked hard yesterday and continue to work hard to help us all get back to “normal”.  Yesterday, as we were talking about the electrical workers out working, I was reminded of growing up knowing that when the weather made life difficult my neighbor, Johnny Pritchett, who worked for the power company and my daddy, Grant Smith, who worked for the phone company world be called upon to help restore “normal” to the lives of others. 

Let’s show our appreciation to all those who step up and help us in our times of difficulty – electrical workers, telephone workers, police, EMTs, firemen, pastors, truck drivers, store owners and employees, hospital workers, military, etc.  It doesn’t hurt us at all to say “thank-you”, but it certainly encourages others.

Be an encourager!

Anna Lee



“We know that in all things

God works for good with those who love him,

those whom he has called according to his purpose.” 

~Romans 8:28 TEV~


There are many people having tests, waiting for results, dealing with cancer treatments, having surgery, etc.  Please pray for those that you are aware of.


Students are facing semester tests in some schools.  Pray for them as they prepare.


Rusty Benoit‘s heart surgery went well at Ochsner yesterday.  He’s in ICU now.  Please continue to pray for him, the medical staff, and his family.


The Friday Morning Bible Study will continue the study of Ezekiel Friday.


Read the Bible – James 4-5 & Psalm 32


Week of Prayer for the Lottie Moon Christmas Offering, Day 5 –


Baptist Press


The weather has been both cold and wet.  Be careful to stay healthy and safe.

Anna Lee




Every good gift and every perfect gift is from above,

and comes down from the Father of lights,

with whom there is no variation or shadow of turning.

~James 1:17 NKJV~


Here is a prayer request I’ve been waiting to be able to share.  Rusty Benoit will be having open-heart surgery tomorrow, Wednesday, at Ochsner.  Please pray for Jana, Reece, Jack, and other family members as you pray for Rusty.


We know that, unfortunately, the holiday season leads to an increase of  criminal activity.  A friend from Montpelier Baptist Church said someone took the petty cash ($54.00) and all the church’s historical records Sunday night.  Let’s pray the records are found and returned and that people will not choose to steal and commit other crimes but learn about loving God and others.  Montpelier had the solution to the needs of the person(s), but it isn’t petty cash and church historical records.  It’s Jesus!


I spent some time assessing the results of the Lottie Moon Tea we had Sunday afternoon.  We had almost 120 people in attendance representing at least 13 churches and almost 1700 stamped Christmas cards turned in which will be delivered to the Tangipahoa Parish Jail this week.  I don’t have a count of the cards for the St. Helena Parish Jail, but some cards will be sent there by the St. Helena Parish churches.  We have a good many Bibles which will be distributed at the jail too, but I don’t have all of them here to count.  We also had many, many people who learned about loving people and doing missions.  Thank you to all who attended and/or supported the tea and projects in any way!



Read the Bible – Hebrews 11-13 and Psalm 30


Baptist Press

Louisiana Baptist Message


No matter what is on your agenda today, I hope you remember that the celebration of the birth of Jesus is the true reason for this annual holiday season.  

Anna Lee


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