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

 

 

 

 

Monday

Each of the four living creatures had six wings

and was covered with eyes all around,

even under its wings.

Day and night they never stop saying:

“ ‘Holy, holy, holy is the Lord God Almighty,’

who was, and is, and is to come.”

~Revelation 4:8~

 

 

 

Janice Yarborough sent this for me to share:

Just a note to let you know I have to be at North Oaks in the morning (TODAY) for them to break up this kidney stone I’ve been dealing with. If all goes well I’ll be back home tomorrow afternoon. All thoughts and prayers would greatly be appreciated. God is good!

 

 

 

Sherrill Caraway (Greensburg) is slowly improving, but still has a ways to go.   Please keep him in your prayers.

 

 

 

Read the Bible in 2020 – May 4

  • Judges 19:1-20:48
  • John 3:22-4:3
  • Psalm 104:24-35
  • Proverbs 14:22-23

 

 

Baptist Presshttp://www.bpnews.net/

 

 

 

Yesterday morning we saw three of our neighbors having Bible study/church in a carport.  It was heartwarming!

Anna Lee

The Lord’s Day

“Oh, that they would always have such a heart for me, wanting to obey my commandments.”

~Deuteronomy 5:29 (TLB)~

 

 

 

Ollie Simmons, young son of Stan and Bethany, had a successful knee surgery yesterday.  The results were better than hoped for.  Please continue to pray for Ollie.

 

 

 

I think the new methods of having church, drive-in and tune in, are really catching on.  Even some of the smallest churches are now getting involved in one way or the other.   David and I have enjoyed being able to “tune-in” to several services each Sunday.

 

 

FBC, Kentwood invites you to “tune-in” on Facebook or YouTube.

  • Sundays at 10:30 A.M.
  • Sundays at 6:00 P.M.
  • Wednesdays at 6 P.M.

 

 

This is Cooperative Program Sunday.  Some churches will be celebrating with a drive-through missions offering.  The Cooperative Program is vital in the work of our churches.

 

 

 

Read the Bible in 2020 – April 26

  • Judges 6:1-40
  • Luke 22:54-23:12
  • Psalm 95:1-96:13
  • Proverbs 14:5-6

I hope you realize that we have read one-fourth of the Bible so far this year, a small portion each day.  If you haven’t joined in yet, it is never too late to jump in and read with us.  If you get behind, it only takes a little extra reading to catch up.  I did just that yesterday.  In fact, I am a little ahead.

Hardcopies of the reading plan will be available at FBC.  Call and ask that a copy be set aside for you.

Another option is to refer to a list on your phone or computer.  The site is: https://www.oneyearbibleonline.com/readingplan/oneyearbiblereadingplan_1up.pdf

The last option is to listen to it being read for you.https://oneyearbibleonline.com/

 

 

 

One option for having Sunday School with your family online is https://bibleproject.com/church-at-home/?utm_medium=email&utm_source=newsletter&utm_campaign=quarantinemail&utm_content=image_of_god

You may want to set aside some time each week to do this with your family or to share it with your family to watch in their home.  Then, you can talk about it with them.

 

 

 

Let’s make sure our friends and families know about all these ways to have a substitute for gathering together at our churches during this time.

Anna Lee

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Monday

“If you want to know what God wants you to do,

ask him,

and he will gladly tell you,

for he is always ready to give a bountiful supply of wisdom to all who ask him.”

~James 1:5 (TLB)~

 

 

 

Read the Bible in 2020 – March 23

  • Deuteronomy 2:1-3:29
  • Luke 6:12-38
  • Psalm 67:1-7
  • Proverbs 11:27

 

 

 

I want to remind you of the OCC list of items you are asked to purchase during March.  I know we are not shopping now, but possible one person could shop online for the class.  When we are able to get out again, your items would be ready to take to the church.

 

Operation Christmas Child, March, 2020

Nursery & Preschool Large Erasers
Grades 1-5 Hair Brushes
Youth  Pens
College and Career Checkers
Gateway GIrls’ Underwear (Sizes 2-14)
Joy & Friendship Circle. Colored Duct Tape
Bank  $1.00 Calculators
New Creations & Renewal Bandanas
Rebekah  Toothbrushes, Holders, & Floss
Seekers, City Hall, & Staff Marbles
Faithful Clothes Pins & Rope

 

 

 

 

If you have children in your home, you may want to download this app.

     Greatest Journeysamaritanspurse.org/TGY-app

This will be entertaining and educational at the same time.

 

 

I watched four church services yesterday.  Jason’s church suggested having children make “Loving One Another Cards”.  I think this would be wonderful for adults too.  Once your cards are made, they can be left in the mailbox for the mail carrier or dropped in the outdside box at the post office.  Even when housebound, do your part to minister to others.

 

 

Here’s my song list for today.  I hope you sing along.

 

 

 

Stay home!  Don’t spread this virus!

Anna Lee

 

 

Happy Lord’s Day!

[The Armor of God]

Finally, be strong in the Lord and in his mighty power.

Put on the full armor of God, so that you can take your stand against the devil’s schemes.

~Ephesians 6:10-11 (NIV)~

 

 

 

Read the Bible in 2020 – March 22

  • Numbers 33:40-35:34
  • Luke 5:12-28
  • Psalm 65:1-13
  • Proverbs 11:23

 

 

Bro. Stan Statham posted a video for us to watch about a prayer line.

 

 

 

World Down Syndrome Day 2020 & Josiah Huckaby

Not how we planned to spend it. We didn’t get to wear our cute shirts or crazy socks but we did have fun. Although we sure are missing daddy! I’m just glad technology allows us the opportunity to see each other during hospital stays.

Josiah has definitely been making improvements on his oxygen. They did quite a bit of weaning today. Hopefully he will continue to do well on the new oxygen settings tonight.

To God be the glory! 💙💛💙💛💙

 

 

Joey “Buck” Cutrer

November 03, 1957 – March 20, 2020

A resident of Livingston, LA, passed away on Friday, March 20, 2020 at his home. He was born November 3, 1957 in Clinton, LA and was 62 years of age. He was a loving father and grandfather that would do anything for anyone. He was a kind hearted soul that is now at peace. He is survived by 2 sons, Joey Cutrer and Drew Alan Cutrer and wife, Lauren; granddaughter, Ava Cutrer; brother, Ric Cutrer and wife, Donna; sister, MaryJo Cutrer; and numerous nieces and nephews. He was preceded in death by his daughter, Carly Lou Cutrer; and parents, Joe and Mary Lou Cutrer. Due to the Coronavirus Pandemic, the funeral and viewing will be private. Arrangements are entrusted to McKneely Funeral Home, Amite. For an online guestbook, visit http://www.mckneelys.com.

 

 

 

Saint Elmo Saxon, Jr.

February 22, 1943 – March 20, 2020

A resident of Kentwood, LA, passed away on Friday, March 20, 2020 at home surrounded by his family. He was born February 22, 1943 in Foxworth, MS and was 77 years of age. He was a husband, father, brother and friend who was better known as Daddy, Honey, Elmo or simply “Saint.” He was a man of many talents, loved the outdoors and was an American patriot having served in the U. S. Army. His world was his family showing his love every day with his abounding love. He traveled throughout the world, many times alone, sometimes with his love and family,  bringing back many stories and souvenirs from the trips. Being a man that loved to work, he taught his work ethic to anyone who would loan him a hand, follow him around, learning with every step. If you were lucky enough to attend a Saxon gathering where family and friends were, you caught him in his glory. He is survived by his wife, Kay Crawford Saxon; 3 daughters, Milissa Pirnar, Tissie Gorman, and  Angela Saxon; son, Chris Saxon and his wife, Brigitte Saxon; grandchildren, Brugge Gorman, Dillon Gorman, Skylar Pirnar, Noah Steptore, Domonique Pierce, Anna Barber, Stone Saxon, and River Saxon; great-grandchildren, Abygayle, Anslee and Aniston Rae Barber; 2 sisters, Linda Russell and Mary Johnson; brother, John Wayne Saxon. Preceded in death by parents, Saint Elmo Saxon, Sr. and Johnnie Mae Forbes Saxon; son, Brian O’Neal Saxon; daughter, Tina Marie Saxon; and brother, Linnie Saxon. Due to the Coronavirus Pandemic, the funeral and viewing will be private. For an online guestbook, visit http://www.mckneelys.com.

 

 

 

Most of us will be at home today and watching our church service via live-streaming video.  Many will not have the opportunity to attend a Sunday School class.  There are several option:

  • Each person prepares their lesson and discusses it.
  • One person teaches the family each week.
  • Watch a video and discuss it as a family group.

Bible project will be giving us a video to watch as a family each week.  Then, discussion can follow.  The lesson for today is “Generosity”.

https://bibleproject.com/videos/generosity/?utm_medium=email&utm_source=newsletter&utm_campaign=quarantinemail&utm_content=generosity

  • I suggest doing your Sunday School during your church’s regular Sunday School time.

 

 

Churches present the worship service online.

  • Most churches will present the worship service online, many of them doing so for the first time today.
  • If your church is not live-streaming this morning or if you choose to watch multiple services as we did last week. you will have plenty of opportunities.  On Facebook, join Kentwood First Baptist Church at 10:30 A.M., 6 P.M. today, and 6 P.M. Wednesday.  I think following the normal schedule will keep us from feeling like we are missing out as much.

 

 

 

Now that hospitals are not allowing any visitors like the special living facilities, we need to pray extra hard for both the patients/residents and the family members.  What a change this is!

 

 

David and I haven’t been out in days.  He makes a lot of calls to check on people.  If you have a name for me to add to The Prayer Link, please send me a  message like Danielle Thornton did yesterday.  I will be glad to add your prayer concerns.

 

 

 

Here’s my song list for today.  I hope you sing along.

 

 

Make this “Lord’s Day” special and one you and your family will remember for a long time.

Anna Lee

 

 

 

Saturday

I lost my post this morning.  Even Jason cannot find it, so here I go again.  This will be in an abbreviated form.

 

“But blessed is the one who trusts in the LORD, whose confidence is in him.

They will be like a tree planted by the water that sends out its roots by the stream.

It does not fear when heat comes; its leaves are always green.

It has no worries in a year of drought and never fails to bear fruit.”

~Jeremiah 17:7-8 (NIV)~

 

 

 

Read the Bible in 2020 – March 21

  • Numbers 32:1-33:39
  • Luke 4:31-5:11
  • Psalm 64:1-10
  • Proverbs 11:22

 

 

 

Church services, from FBC,K, will be on the church’s Facebook page on Sundays at 10:30 A.M. and 6:00 P.M. as well as Wednesday’s at 6 P.M.  If your church is not live-streaming, I hope you will join us.  Facebook – Kentwood First Baptist Church

Contact Chinero Fowler (on Facebook) if you are interested in an online Bible study on Genesis.

 

 

 

I read about making masks to supplement the current short supply.  Jennie made/is making some to share with her neighbors.  Now, Julie is joining the project. If you have supplies, you may want to make some to share.  The patterns are available online.

 

 

 

Josiah Huckaby

  • 19th -And in the blink of an eye…we are back in the hospital!

    We went for an appointment in Memphis today & he started having some respiratory trouble. They went ahead & sent us home from clinic but told us to come back to the ER if he got worse. Half way home he got really flushed looking & was having more trouble. We checked his temp & it was 104.6 so we turned around & came back to the ER. I always have Tylenol with us so we gave that & by the time we got back to Memphis his temp was down to 101.9 and was at 100.5 about 2 hours ago. So far his X-ray shows pneumonia in his left lung, they have started antibiotics, & they are running some tests to determine if he has a bacterial or viral infection. We are still in the ER but hopefully we will be in a room soon.

    To God be the glory! Job Huckaby

  • 20th -Update: We have had several people asking if Josiah was tested for COVID-19. Due to the new hospital protocols for admission to the PICU, he did fall under the guidelines for testing. His test came back negative this afternoon. Praise the Lord! His FLU/RSV tests came back negative, as well as the respiratory viral panel they ran. They also swapped him to a hospital vent last night for 2 purposes: due to the new protocols in place & so they could better control adjusting his settings throughout the night. They were able to put him back on his home vent this evening. He’s still requiring a lot of oxygen but they have been able to keep all his other settings at our home levels. He also hasn’t had a fever since last night.

    Thank y’all so much for praying for our family! To God be the glory!!! ❤️ Job Huckaby

 

 

 

This morning I saw photos of the Samaritan’s Purse portable hospital I told you about.  It reminded me of the good work some organizations do.  Feel free to support them.

 

 

 

I told you about singing The Doxology while washing your hands to make sure you are washing long enough.

This morning, in making a comment to a FB friend, I used the phrase, “in times like this”.  That led me to my second song for today – “In Times Like This”.

As I was working on this I was reminded of another favorite – “One Day at a Time” – https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=IEtKfyvTHig&list=PLwLMaSuIV0XGegRiJLFmqPZPuzc9Vd1Hh&index=23

As I reflected on the last few days, I was reminded to friends who called or dropped food off at the house (porch only) – “Make Me a Blessing” – You never know what a blessing you are to others.  A phone call from you may be the only voice some people hear today other than the voices on the television.

Here’s my song list for today.  I hope you sing along.

  • “The Doxology” (Remember to add the “Amen” at the end.)
  • “In Times Like These”
  • “One Day at a Time”
  • “Make Me a Blessing”

 

 

God is still in control.  He loves us.  He has us in His hands – another song for tomorrow.

Think of God and others.  Don’t have a pity party!  We are all in this!  Support and encourage one another!

Anna Lee

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Friday

Today is day ten of our quarantine which was imposed by our children.  I see many more ahead.  We certainly have wise children who look out for us.  I’m glad I have several Operation Christmas Child crafts I can work on at this time.

 

 

 

Refrain from anger and turn from wrath;

do not fret—it leads only to evil. 

For those who are evil will be destroyed, but those who hope in the LORD will inherit the land.

~Psalm 37:8-9~

 

 

 

 

Read the Bible in 2020 – March 20

  • Numbers 30:1-31:54
  • Luke 4:1-30
  • Psalm 63:1-11
  • Proverbs 11:20-21

 

 

Rev. Glynn Stone a former pastor at West Rome (GA) Baptist Church and present pastor in Longview, TX was killed in an automobile accident.  Please pray for the family, especially as they face the same Caron Virus issues we are all facing.

https://www.news-journal.com/news/mobberly-baptist-pastor-glynn-stone-dies-in-auto-wreck/article_50ac45e8-6a38-11ea-b873-effe4fe7ad87.html?fbclid=IwAR37gB21pbthYBthvxYc-Yg1H9l5kzyWEZU_S-Ybm4030Jig3f7_hQKjTLo

We were blessed to have met and heard this mission minded pastor while he was in GA.

 

 

Josiah Huckaby is back at the hospital.

And in the blink of an eye…we are back in the hospital!

We went for an appointment in Memphis today & he started having some respiratory trouble. They went ahead & sent us home from clinic but told us to come back to the ER if he got worse. Half way home he got really flushed looking & was having more trouble. We checked his temp & it was 104.6 so we turned around & came back to the ER. I always have Tylenol with us so we gave that & by the time we got back to Memphis his temp was down to 101.9 and was at 100.5 about 2 hours ago. So far his X-ray shows pneumonia in his left lung, they have started antibiotics, & they are running some tests to determine if he has a bacterial or viral infection. We are still in the ER but hopefully we will be in a room soon.

To God be the glory! Job Huckaby

 

 

 

Keith Newell is able to move around some following his Tuesday surgerty.  His nurse wife has been an asset to his recovery.  She was sent home from the hospital last night.  It is doubtful she will be allowed back in today.

 

 

 

Joseph Anthony Liuzza

July 22, 1943 – March 18, 2020

Joseph Anthony (Joe Joe) Liuzza, born in Amite, LA on July 22, 1943, passed away peacefully at age 76 on March 18, 2020 at North Oaks Regional Medical Center in Hammond, LA.

Joe was a successful sales person and entrepreneur throughout his life. From owning and operating a campground and recreation park, to bars, restaurants and many other business ventures, he always poured his heart into his endeavors. Friends and family would tell you that Joe was “real”. Ask him what he thought about a subject and he would tell you…. like it or not!

Joe is preceded in death by his parents, Steve Paul Liuzza and Catherine Rispone Liuzza.

He is survived by his wife of 30 years and caregiver for many more, Elaine Swinney Liuzza; children, Chris Liuzza and wife, Connie, David V. Liuzza and wife, Stacey, Melissa Liuzza McCallister and husband, Luther, Cathy Liuzza McCallister and husband, Roland; Grandchildren, Lindsey, Steven, Carolyn, Jake, Cristian and Brecca; brothers, Jack V. Liuzza and wife, Fay and Steve P. Liuzza; nephew Anthony V. Liuzza.

Joe’s wishes of no funeral or memorial services has been honored by his family. A celebration of his life will be held at a later date at his home in Amite for the immediate family.

Sharkey Funeral Home in Summit, MS in charge of arrangements.

Share condolences at sharkeyfuneralhome.com

 

 

 

PAULETTE “POLLY” STEVENS DIBENEDETTO

Paulette “Polly” Stevens DiBenedetto, a resident of Amite, LA, passed away on Sunday, March 15, 2020 at the Post Acute Medical Specialty Hospital of Hammond surrounded by her family. She was born December 9, 1959 in Amite and was 60 years of age. She retired from Hood Automotive in Amite. She was married to the love of her life for 35 years and was a loving wife, mother, grandmother, daughter, sister, aunt, cousin and friend to all. She is survived by her husband, Anthony G. DiBenedetto; 2 sons, Dustin A. DiBenedetto and Brody S. DiBenedetto; 1 grandson, Jude E. DiBenedetto; sister, Linda S. Cutrer and fiancé, Chester Pritchett; brother, J.D. Stevens and wife, Toni S. Stevens; and nephews, Bruce “Binky” E. Cutrer, II, Jerod R. Stevens, and Jace D. Stevens; niece, Keeli L. Cutrer; and great-niece, Laney R. Stevens. She was preceded in death by her parents, Jimmie L. “Rip” Stevens and Mary Nicosia Stevens. Due to the extenuating circumstances caused by the Coronavirus Pandemic, the services will be limited to immediate family members only. Interment will be in Amite Memorial Gardens, Amite.

 

 

 

Church will be livestreamed only!  We will not be attending services at FBC, Kentwood for a while, but all services will be available on the Kentwood, First Baptist Church FB page.   You can watch services in real time or any time you choose.

  • Sunday @ 10:30 A.M. and 6 P.M.
  • Wednesday @ 6 P.M.

I’m thankful my church has been doing this for a while and has worked through some of the problems that arose. 

We will not have Sunday School at this time, but you certainly can use your present book and study on your own.

 

 

 

I have a thought.  Each day choose one word (faith, peace. love, hope, compassion, etc.) each day.  Look that word up in your Bible, phone, computer, etc.  Make an entry in a notebook information you gain and how that word applies to you at this time.

We are in this together.  Don’t forget to check on others via phone or computer.  Person visits are not good at this time.

Anna Lee

 

 

 

Stay in unless you HAVE to get out.  David and I have found a little ride, with no stops, helps us some afternoons.  We are blessed to be able to continue David’s medical treatment during this time.  I will be sitting in the car while he goes in Ochsner alone.

Anna Lee