“Jesus Christ rescued us . . . by offering himself as a sacrifice for our sins.

God’s plan is that we all experience that rescue.” 

~Galatians 1:4 The Message~




Josiah Huckaby – Update: So last Saturday they officially told us we are only waiting on private duty nursing to be set up for Josiah to come home. This is HUGE news…especially since at the end of March they told us it would most likely be 6 more moths before he would be ready. God definitely showed up & showed off. Only 1.5 months later & he’s ready!!! We aren’t sure how long it will take to get private duty nursing. There are only 3 companies in our area that offer pediatric & it can take a long time for them to have a spot available. They have sent referrals to all 3 companies & now we just wait. We can’t thank everyone enough for all the prayers. To God be the glory!!! Hopefully the next update will be with a potential discharge date.



Mrs. Ruby Dillon is in North Oaks, room 3407.  She went there midday yesterday.  We are waiting until a little later to call this morning.  If you see us later, you can get an update.  Pray for Mr. “Cete”, her faithful caregiver.



Chad Beadle, who was ordained a deacon at Osyka Baptist Church a week ago, passed away during the week.  An obituary is not yet available, but the service will be at 7 P.M. Monday night.  Please be in prayer for his sweet family.



Manstell Stinson’s memorial service will be at 3 P.M. this afternoon at FBC, Kentwood.




Read the Bible

  • I Kings 5-6
  • Job 5
  • Acts 28




A “house of God” awaits your presence this morning….

Anna Lee











But you will receive power when the Holy Spirit comes on you;

and you will be my witnesses in Jerusalem, and in all Judea and Samaria, and to the ends of the earth.”

~Acts 1:8~




Linda Hornsby-Craddock is doing better.  Surgery will be scheduled for a later date and possible not even be necessary.



Adrian Phillips is in Lakeview.  He had a port reconstructed, but that didn’t work as hope, so he had to have a second surgeery.  Please pray for him, his family. and his medical team.




Chad Beadle of Osyka passed away.  His obituary is not available yet.  Please say special prayers for his wife, Angela, and their three daughters.



Mathilde “Tillie” Lopinto

April 23, 1927 – May 16, 2018

Mathilde “Tillie” Lopinto, a resident of Independence, passed away on May 16, 2018.  She was born on April 23, 1927 in Ghent, Belgium.  She is survived by her children and their spouses, Joseph R. and Velvet Lopinto and Marilyn and Jerome Rivet; her grandchildren and their spouses: Brian and Amy Rivet, Eric and Katie Rivet, Crystal and J.R. Alexander, Michael and Rachel Davis, and Cara Lyn and Dustin Reno;  her great-grandchildren John Rivet, Evan Alexander, Aubree and Colby Davis and Emmet Reno.  She was preceded in death by her husband Joseph P. Lopinto, her parents Angelus and Emerance Boelens, her sisters Angelle and Georgette and her brothers Frans and Maurice.  She was a member of Mater Dolorosa Catholic Church.  Visitation at Mater Dolorosa Catholic Church in Independence at 9 AM until Mass of Christian Burial at 11 AM on Monday, May 21, 2018.  Interment to follow at Colonial Mausoleum, Independence.  In lieu of flowers, donations in her memory may be made to St. Jude Children’s Research Hospital or Mater Dolorosa Catholic Church. McKneely Funeral Home, Amite, in charge of arrangements. For an online guestbook, visit



Jerry Patrick Fairburn

A resident of Kentwood passed away on Thursday, May 17, 2018 at Kentwood Manor Nursing Home. He was born July 17, 1967 in Independence  and was 50 years of age. He is survived by 2 sisters, Shirley and Alan Simmons, Amite, and Cathy and Dudley McIntyre, Amite; nieces and nephews, Charles and Erica Lebo, Lacey and Brandon Joiner, Robert and Jennifer Crotwell, Regina and Benny Basso, Ashley and James Stilley, James Simmons, Jr. and Tiffany Cooper, and Jonathan Hart; great nieces, Hallie Lebo Royals and Jacob Provstgaard, Abigail Basso, Jasmine Joiner, Kenzie Crotwell, and Harley Basso. Preceded in death by parents, Luther Fairburn, Sr. and Louvernia Lebo Fairburn; brother, Luther “Peerod” Fairburn, Jr.; sister, Alice Jo Fairburn Robertson; brother in law, Richard Crotwell, Sr.; nephews, Richard Crotwell, Jr. and Justin Simmons. Visitation at McKneely Funeral Home, Kentwood, from 10 a.m. until religious services at 2 p.m. on Monday, May 21, 2018. Services conducted by Rev. E. J. Didone and Rev. Darryl Miller. Interment Lebo Cemetery, Chesbrough. In lieu of flowers, the family requests donations to McKneely Funeral Home. For an online guestbook, visit




Read the Bible

  • I Kings 3-4
  • Ps. 64
  • Acts 27



Birthday Ladies to be Honored Tuesday 

  • Judy Liberto
  • Wilma Smith
  • Firma Kay Schneeweiss
  • Marilyn Hart
  • Verna Callihan
  • Margaret Oliver
  • Diane Turner



May this Lord’s Day be special to you!

Anna Lee



“Trust me in your times of trouble,

and I will rescue you,

and you will give me glory.”

~Psalm 50:15 NLT~




Demi Jane Drago has arrived.  She weighed 7 lbs. 6 oz. and was 21 inches long .  Shaw Marie Drago is the older sister.  Joey and Meghan Sharkey Drago are the blessed parents to these two daughters who are certainly gifts from God.



Linda Hornsby-Craddock is hospitalized in Brookhaven with a appendix issue.  Doctors are working to clear up infection so surgery can be done.  Pray for all to go well during this process.



George Bales’ surgery went well.  He is home recovering nicely.




Philip “Steve” Steven McMichael

April 24, 1982 – May 13, 2018
Steve, age 36, passed away on Sunday, May 13, 2018. He was a proud native of Hillsdale, LA and a resident of Amite, LA, who was passionate about being a Heavy Equipment Operator. Steve was a member of many Jeep Clubs and Cummins Clubs. Steve had a passion for anything that ran on diesel; whether it was his four wheel drives or heavy equipment, spending quality time with his wife cooking crawfish or anything outside was where he was often found. He had a love for the outdoors and enjoyed hunting and fishing. Steve’s true love was his family and always put them first in everything he did. He would help anyone in need, always shared his huge heart with anyone around and was never seen without his beautiful smile, he never left without a big hug and always said he loved you before leaving. Steve was an incredible husband and father, loving brother and son, and remarkable person who will be deeply missed.
He is survived by his loving wife of 5 ½ years, “My Jenny” McMichael; son, Timothy Alan Humphries McMichael; daughter, Taylor Ann Humphries McMichael; parents, Philip Owens McMichael and Rhonda Harper McMichael; siblings, Rhonda “Michelle” McMichael Honeycutt and husband Jonathan, Matthew “Dewey” Owens McMichael, Aaron Ray McMichael, Joshua Caleb McMichael and wife Haley. He is also survived by his niece, Avery Ann Bellaci; godchild, Alexis Bromell; new puppy, Diesel; and many close friends and extended family.
Steve is preceded in death by his grandparents; and best friend and dog, Tank.
In lieu of flowers donations may be made to Brandon G. Thompson Funeral Home to assist the family with funeral expenses.
Service Times and information are being developed by the family at this time. Please check back soon.



Read the Bible

  • 2 Sam. 23-24
  • Ps. 63
  • Acts 25



Friday Morning Bible Study

  • Romans 9
  • 10 A.M.
  • Fellowship Hall of FBC, Kentwood
  • You have an open-invitation to join us.



Baptist Press –



Baptist Message –



Vacation Bible School at FBC, Kentwood

  • “Shipwrecked – Rescued by Jesus”
  • June 4-8
  • 8:30-11:30 A.M.
  • Ages – Pre-K through 5th grade
  • Kickoff – June 3rd at 5 P.M.
    • Water slides
    • Food
    • Fun
  • Preregistration
    • Sunday morning at church
    • Shirts available at church office
    • Need more information? – Call 229-8111



God has plans for you to be on-mission today!

Anna Lee












“Give all your worries and cares to God,

for he cares about you.”

~ Peter 5:7 NLT~


Pray for Chris Primes of Amite as he sees an oncologist about a possible cure for his health problem.  This is good news after being told his problem was not curable.



Nikki Newell is receiving long-awaited treatment.  Her new doctor diagnosed her problem quickly and began treatment.  The family is thankful for being led to the new physician.



Mary Lou “Ganny” Cutrer

October 02, 1935 – May 15, 2018

A resident of Greensburg, passed away on Tuesday, May 15, 2018. She was born October 2, 1935 in Liverpool and was 82 years of age. She was a member of First Baptist Church of Greensburg. She is survived by her daughter, MaryJo Cutrer, Greensburg; 2 sons, John “Buck” Cutrer, Jr., Colyell,  and Richard D. Cutrer and wife, Donna, Greensburg; 7 grandchildren, Josh Freché and wife, Mary Beth, Ashley Woodard, Joey Cutrer, III, Drew Cutrer and wife, Lauren, Brittany Cutrer, Baylor Cutrer and wife, Baileigh, and Justin Cutrer and wife, Pam; 2 step grandchildren, Kyle Hayden and wife, April, and Kayla Populis and husband, C.J.; 7 great grandchildren, Ava Cutrer, Reed Freché, Rylee Freché, Ross Freché, Ariat Cutrer, Owen Cutrer and Eden Cutrer; 3 step great grandchildren, Tinsley Populis, Lawson Hayden and Luke Hayden; and her special companion, her beloved dog, Little Bit. Preceded in death by her husband of 63 years, John “Joe” “Paw” Cutrer, Sr.; parents, Fred and Edith Johnson; granddaughter, Carly Lou Cutrer and her brother, Billy Ray Johnson. Visitation at First Baptist Church of Greensburg from 9 AM until religious services at 12 Noon on Thursday, May 17, 2018. Services conducted by Bro. Tommy Smith. Interment Greensburg Cemetery. Pallbearers will be Josh Freché, Drew Cutrer, Baylor Cutrer, Justin Cutrer, Kyle Hayden and Greg Carruth. Honorary pallbearers include Joey Cutrer, III, Reed Freché and Ross Freché.  The family would like to extend a special thanks to the staff of Heart of Hospice for their care and support. In lieu of flowers, donations maybe made to First Baptist Church of Greensburg, 6260 Hwy 10, Greensburg, LA 70441. McKneely Funeral Home, Amite, in charge of arrangements. For an online guestbook, visit



Isabella Rose Durbin

May 05, 2018 – May 13, 2018

Isabella Rose Durbin, a resident of Independence, passed away on Sunday, May 13, 2018 at Children’s Hospital in New Orleans. She was born May 5, 2018 in Hammond and was 8 days old. She is survived by her father, Justin Palmer; mother, Heather Durbin; sister, Leigha Petho; grandparents, Gary and Terri Durbin, and Roy and Phyllis Palmer; uncle, Gary Durbin, Jr.; aunt, Heather Russell and husband, Edward; great grandparents, Cecil and Nora Stewart and Shirley Palmer. Preceded in death by her great grandfather, Jerry Palmer. Visitation at McKneely Funeral Home, Amite,  from 9 AM until religious services at 11 AM Thursday, May 17, 2018. Services conducted by Rev. Mitch Williams. Interment Durbin Cemetery, Independence. For an online guestbook, visit

This is the second baby’s obituary I have posted in less than a week.  How sad for the families.




Read the Bible

  • 2 Samuel 21-22
  • Job 3
  • Acts 24



Children in Action will meet at 6 P.M. tonight in the regular classroom.



Hoping for rain, but knowing God will send rain “In His Time”.  God’s timing is always right.

Anna Lee






 A wife of noble character who can find?

She is worth far more than rubies.

She watches over the affairs of her household and does not eat the bread of idleness.

Her children arise and call her blessed; her husband also, and he praises her.

— Proverbs 31:10, 27-28 (NIV)

Happy Mother’s Day weekend!



Our Mallory, the first grandchild, made it to Kentwood last night.  God has blessed us greatly by giving her to us off and on for the summer.



Arlene Rae Travis

May 09, 2018 – May 09, 2018
Arlene Rae Travis was born into the arms of Angels on Wednesday, May 9, 2018. She is survived by her parents, Mitchell and Amber Travis; sister, Adelyne Georgia Travis; brother, Matthew Vernon Travis; grandparents, Kenneth and Imelda Travis, all of Greensburg, and George and Jan Burch, Mt. Hermon; and numerous aunts, uncles and cousins. Preceded in death and welcomed into Heaven by her angel baby sibling. Graveside Services will be held at Greensburg Cemetery at 4:30 PM Saturday, May 12, 2018. McKneely Funeral Home, Amite, in charge of arrangements.




Read the Bible

  • 2 Samuel 15-16
  • Psm. 61
  • Acts 21



Have a wonderful Saturday!

Anna Lee






“Be still in the presence of the Lord,

and wait patiently for him to act.” 

~Psalm 37:7 NLT~



David and I just watched the homecoming of the hostages who were held in North Korea.  What great homecomings they will have during the next few days and weeks!



A missionary had a homecoming too.  She arrived in heaven.

‘Return to sender’: Casket proclaims life journey

by Diana Chandler, posted Wednesday, May 09, 2018 (11 hours ago)
Tags: Heaven

KNOXVILLE, Tenn. (BP) — Retired Southern Baptist missionary Patricia Stooksbury wanted everyone to know her life’s journey. She had it printed plainly on her pine shipping-crate-modeled casket.

“Return to Sender.” “To: Heaven thru Jesus Christ.” “This end up.” “Fragile.”

John Green, pastor of Wallace Memorial Baptist Church in Knoxville, Tenn., described the casket as unique and unlike anything he’d ever seen.

“I was so impressed because it was such an interesting way to share about her faith,” Green told Baptist Press today (May 9). “Everyone recognizes a shipping crate is sending you to another destination. That’s the story she was telling, even in her death — the story she was telling all throughout her life, which is that through faith in Christ we can have another home where we’ll spend eternity.”

Stooksbury, of Powell, Tenn., returned to her eternal home April 29 at age 70. Her journey was recounted and celebrated May 3 at Wallace Memorial Baptist Church, named in 1953 for William Wallace, a medical missionary to China for 17 years until his death at the hands of the communists in 1951.

At her funeral, the custom-built casket was front and center. By then, many friends and family members had signed the casket with well wishes.

“God speed.” “See you on the other side.” “Thank God for missionaries.”

The International Mission Board commissioned Stooksbury for the mission field in 1976. She spent more than 36 years spreading the Gospel, first as a Journeyman in Ecuador, then as a missionary to Costa Rica and Bolivia. She took medical leave in 2010, returning to the U.S. with pulmonary hypertension and stage 3 kidney failure.

She commissioned her casket in 2014 from Stevens Mortuary in Knoxville, the Knoxville News Sentinel wrote at the time.

“I think it’s appropriate for the occasion,” the News Sentinel quoted her as saying. “I want those at my funeral to notice my witness. I am going back to God, so I had them put ‘return to sender’ on top.

“On the sides, in English and Spanish, it says ‘To Heaven [thru] Jesus Christ,’ because it is because of Him and what He did that I can get there.”

Friends who spoke at her funeral, including her Knoxville pastor Mark Sasser, said she relished heaven.

“Here’s what I learned about Pat over the years that I’ve known her — she was ready to go,” said Sasser, pastor of Callahan Baptist Church. “She was ready to go. She had made her preparation.”

Stooksbury accepted her call to missions while a teenage member of Wallace Memorial Baptist, under the tutelage of former and longtime pastor Jim McCluskey. She joined Callahan Baptist after retiring from the mission field.

Retired Southern Baptist missionaries Carter and Charlotte Davis, longtime friends of Stooksbury, also noted her eagerness for heaven.

“Why isn’t the Lord calling me home?” she asked Carter Davis two months before her death, Davis said at the funeral. Davis didn’t know what to tell her, he said, other than God still had use for her on earth.

Bringing greetings from IMB to her survivors, Davis read from Ecclesiastes 7:1.

“A good name is better than fine perfume, and the day of death better than the day of birth (NIV),” Davis said. “That’s the way Patricia viewed death, something to behold and celebrate. Patricia, we love you and we miss you. We return you to sender.”



We may not have a homecoming to our country like the hostages did, but we can all have a sweet homecoming like Patricia Stooksbury!


Read the Bible 

  • 2 Samuel 11-12
  • Ps. 60
  • Acts 19



Let’s all get prepared for a heavenly homecoming!

Anna Lee

Mansell’s Obituary

Mansell Ira Stinson

August 02, 1951 – May 07, 2018

A resident of Kentwood passed away on Monday, May 7, 2018 at North Oaks Medical Center in Hammond. He was born August 2, 1951 in New Orleans and was 66 years of age. He was a member of First Baptist Church in Kentwood. He is survived by wife, Jackie Pierre and many loving friends. Preceded in death by parents, Ira James Stinson and Beatrice Lewis Stinson. Memorial Services will be held at 3:00PM on Sunday, May 20, 2018 at First Baptist Church, Kentwood. McKneely Funeral Home, Kentwood, in charge of arrangements. For an online guestbook, visit