Wednesday

 

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 http://www.mckneelys.com.
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 http://www.mckneelys.com.

 

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

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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

 

 

Tuesday

“When God our Savior revealed his kindness and love, he saved us, not because of the righteous things we had done, but because of his mercy.

He washed away our sins, giving us a new birth and new life through the Holy Spirit.”

~Titus 3:4-5 NLT~

 

Pray for people who let evil thoughts control what they do.  Sometimes they do things that have the potential to hurt many people.  One again, a terrorist tried to kill many people in NYC.  I’m thankful that the bomb malfunctioned and did not hurt as many people as it could have.  I pray that as the devil tries to disrupt our lives, we are aware of his evil plans and do not succumb to them. 

Instead of following the devil, I choose to think of many people who go out of their way to be helpful to others.  We all make choices every day.  Let’s choose the better path.

 

 

Anthony Julien Durio

November 21, 1939 – December 11, 2017

 

A resident of Amite, passed away on Monday, December 11, 2017 at 58492 Frey Lane in Amite. 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. A Memorial Service will be held at a later date. McKneely Funeral Home, Amite, in charge of arrangements. For an online guestbook, visit http://www.mckneelys.com.
Read the Bible today – I John 3-4 and Psalm 37.
“Who was Lottie Moon?” – https://www.imb.org/who-was-lottie-moon
Jesus is the reason for the season!
Anna Lee

Saturday Addition

Evelyn Deloris Bridges
(August 29, 1932 – December 7, 2017) 

Sign Guest Book Send Sympathy CardEvelyn Deloris Bridges

Evelyn Deloris Rushing Bridges, 85, of Kentwood, passed away Thursday, December 7, 2017 at St. Helena Parish Nursing Home in Greensburg.

Visitation is Monday at First Baptist Church in Kentwood from 9AM until services at 11AM with Bro. Joey Miller officiating. Burial will be in Tangipahoa Cemetery under the direction of Sharkey Funeral Home in Summit.

Saturday

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

 

 

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Lottie Moon Week of Prayer – Day 7 – “What God Has Done” – https://www.imb.org/day-7/

 

 

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

 

Thursday Second Addition

Bettye Fussell

 

I also learned that Mrs. Evelyn Bridges passed away this morning.  She has been at the Greensburg Nursing Home for a few months.

 

 

 

Two deaths in one church family in one morning.  Two more sweet Kentwood ladies now in heaven and healed of their health issues.  What a sweet thought!

 

Ora Lee Wilson will be in charge of food for the services for both families.  Please call her and volunteer to prepare something for each family.

Thursday Addition

As hard as it is to post this, I can rejoice knowing Bettye is healed in heaven where there is no sickness or death.  Her friends and family can see her again one day if they choose to follow her to heaven.
Bettye Wicker Schilling Fussell

June 01, 1944 – December 07, 2017

 

On Thursday, December 7, 2017, our beautiful Bettye was called to meet our glorious Lord and Savior, Jesus Christ. She gave her all during this devastating journey but God knew it was time. Bettye was born on June 1, 1944 and has always been a resident of Kentwood but for 6 years, when her husband, Harold, was in college in Monroe, LA. She is survived by her husband, Harold L. Fussell; son, Ken Fussell  and wife, Cyndie; daughter, Jill Fussell Smith and husband, Chris; five grandchildren, Ryan and Megan Fussell and Colby, Jacey, and Kyler Smith; sister, Fran Schilling Walker and nieces, Ashley and Amber Walker. She was preceded in death by her parents, H. Leonard and Natalie Schilling; granddaughter, Christy Smith and her brother in law, James (Jimbo) Walker. Visitation at McKneely Funeral Home, Kentwood, from 6 PM until 9 PM, Friday, and from 8 AM until religious services at 10 AM Saturday, December 9, 2017. Interment Woodland Cemetery, Kentwood. In lieu of flowers, please consider a donation to a non profit organization called Becki and Bettye’s Victory Bags c/o Misty Welch, 9731 Ravenwood Dr., Baton Rouge, LA 70818. For an online guestbook, visit http://www.mckneelys.com.

Wednesday

But as it is written: ‘Eye has not seen, nor ear heard,

nor have entered into the heart of man the things which God has prepared for those who love Him.’

~1 Corinthians 2:9 NKJV~

 

Richard Navarra

June 06, 1956 – December 04, 2014

Richard Navarra, 58, of Maurepas, passed away on December 4, 2014, as a result of liver cancer. His family and close friends were by his side when he drifted off to be with the Lord. Richard was born on June 6, 1956, to Dominick and Margaret Navarra of Amite. He married the love of his life, Lou Cook, on July 3, 1981. They have one daughter, Brittany; son-in-law, Clay Lauzervich and a beautiful granddaughter, Sidney Lynn Lauzervich; brother, Roger Navarra; niece, Charlotte Phillips; nephew, Dominick Navarra, and other relatives. Richard was a devoted husband, father, brother, and grandfather. He took great pride and joy in his family and had an enormous love for people. He never met a stranger and if he was your friend, he was your friend for life. He enjoyed spending time with his family and friends, fishing, making his famous beef jerky, and hanging out at Hi-Ho in the mornings with a great group of friends before work. He is preceded in death by his parents, Dominick and Margaret Navarra and sister, Ramona Navarra. Visitation will be held at Mater Dolorosa Catholic Church, Independence, from 9 AM until funeral service at 12 Noon on Saturday, December 6, 2014. McKneely Funeral Home, Amite, in charge of arrangements. For an online guestbook, visit http://www.mckneelys.com.

 

(Richard was one of my former students.)

 

Senior Adult Holiday Luncheon – FBC, Kentwood at 11 A.M. today

 

Children in Action (Missions Class) will meet at 6 P.M. to learn more about the life of Lottie Moon, the offering named in her honor, and the Bible story of the birth of Jesus.  All elementary age children are invited to join us.

 

Lottie Moon Week of Prayer for international missions – Day 4 (Mexico City) – https://www.imb.org/day-4/

 

Read the Bible – James 1-3, Psalm 31, and video on James found at http://bibleproject.com

 

Surprise! Surprise! – There are now reports for snow at the end of the week.  Be prepared for this weather change!  Help someone else who might not be prepared.

Anna Lee