Friday

For the Lord watches over the way of the righteous,

but the way for the wicked leads to destruction.

~Psalm 1:6~

 

 

 

Pray for Bill Frazier today.  He is having neck surgery at 1 P.M today at OLOL in Baton Rouge.  Your prayers will be greatly appreciated.

 

 

 

 

I’ve had updates on Carol B. Sealey and Carl “Chicken” Gaines.  They are both improving.

 

 

 

Disaster relief response update

Disaster relief response update

 

 

 

Yesterday, I had the opportunity to do some more shopping for Operation Christmas Child.  I’m so excited to get all these items from the trunk and start to prepare and organize them for the “shoeboxes”.

Yesterday, someone gave me money to spend on fishing items.  That was done too.

Some of the items I was able to purchase were school crayons, highlighters, small toys, flashlights, craft supplies, soap, dishcloths, pencil sharpeners, large erasers, pens, pencils, marbles, eating utensils, craft felt. scissors. plastic tablecloths, and pencil holders.

I had a great time buying these items and will have a good time working with them in the coming days.  I have to get busy now, so the shoeboxes can be ready for November collection.  Don’t miss out on the joy of “shoeboxes”!

If you want to pack your own shoeboxes, let me know.  I will have them ready for you Sunday morning.  If you want to shop and turn in items for us to pack together, you can drop your items off at the church office or the classroom next to the choir room.  If you want to donate you can give through the offering at church and labeling your donation to “OCC” or “shoeboxes”.  If you want me to shop for you, I’ll do that and give you a copy of the receipt.

There are many ways to get involved.  The main thing is that you “get involved” and pray for the boys and girls who will receive the shoebox gifts and an opportunity to learn about Jesus.  That is the main reason for “shoeboxes”!

 

 

 

 

Scripture Writing Plan – “Patience and Perseverance” – Colossians 1: 9-11

 

 

 

What will be the most important think you do today?  

  • Check on someone in the hospital
  • Deliver food to someone
  • Call and encourage someone
  • Take someone to lunch
  • Study your Bible
  • Share a plant or flowers
  • Give someone a ride
  • Babysit for a young mother
  • Purchase items for Operation Christmas Child
  • Invest some time in a chid or teenager
  • Be a role model for newlyweds
  • ________________________________________

 

Anna Lee

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Thursday

Dear friend, do not imitate what is evil but what is good.

Anyone who does what is good is from God.

Anyone who does what is evil has not seen God.

~3 John 1:11~

 

 

Frances Pehota McElveen

July 31, 1921 – July 17, 2019

A resident of Roseland, LA, passed away on Wednesday, July 17, 2019 at her home. She was born July 31, 1921 in Middlefield, CT and was 97 years of age. She was a U. S. Navy Veteran. She is survived by 2 daughters, Carol Jenkins and Pamela Alston; son, G.G. McElveen and wife, Cathy; sister, Stasia D’Aquilla; 2 brothers, Donald Pehota and wife, Ann, and Eugene Pehota and wife, Judy; 10 grandchildren, Brandon McElveen and wife, Ashley, Kacey Leyrer and husband, Greg, Lori Trahan and husband, Cory, Ryan Jenkins and wife, Misty, Daniel Alston, Matthew Alston and wife, Claire, Kelli Schwebel and husband, Jacob, Katie Derbins and husband, Peter, Patrick Alston, and Dustin Alston; 17 great-grandchildren and numerous nieces and nephews. Preceded in death by her husband of 42 years, Glynis G. McElveen; parents, John and Caroline Pehota; brother, Tom Pehota, 4 sisters, Florence Sokolaski, Nell Beckley, Cecilia Stannard, and Helen Iverson; 2 sons-in-law, Gerald Jenkins and John Alston. Visitation at St. Helena Catholic Church Hall on Friday from 10:00 AM until 11:30 AM with Funeral Mass at St. Helena Catholic Church at 12:00 Noon on Friday, July 19, 2019. Services conducted by Fr. Mark Beard. Interment Arcola-Roseland Cemetery, Roseland. McKneely Funeral Home, Amite, in charge of arrangements. For an online guestbook, visit http://www.mckneelys.com.

 

Two weeks short of being 98!  She’s certainly one of the ladies  I have know who  have lived a lone time!

 

 

Scripture Writing Plan – “Patience and Perseverance” – I Thessalonians 5: 15-18

 

 

 

We received a call last night about the need for trained disaster relief workers to help with flooded houses as a result of that storm named Barry.  If you care trained and able to give some time to help others, call the to volunteer,

 

 

 

Louisiana Baptist Messagehttps://baptistmessage.com/

 

 

 

If you haven’t picked up some items for Operation Christmas Child yet, today would be a good day to do so.

Anna Lee

 

 

 

 

Monday

“God blesses those who are merciful, for they will be shown mercy.” 

~Matthew 5:7 NLT~

 

 

 

Scripture Writing Plan – “Patience and Perseverance” – Deuteronomy 31:6

 

 

 

Please continue to pray for Mr. Frank and “Miss” Barbara Erwin.  They are improving.  Your prayers will be greatly appreciated.

 

 

 

Kenneth Birch is recovering from hip surgery.  Keep him in your prayers,

 

 

 

The WMU meeting scheduled for this morning at Spring Creek has been postponed.  You will be notified when it is rescheduled.

 

 

 

Yesterday, I noticed a door hanger I have that says “Give Thanks”.  November is not the only time to be thankful!  Storm Barry can be described in many ways.  This morning, I want to give you some examples of how people are giving thanks concerning Barry.

First, most people in Baton Rouge and New Orleans are thankful water was diverted from the Mississippi River preventing flooding in the cities.  Meteorologists  made some educated predictions that were helpful in people being prepared for the storm.   Based on information available to them, some experts decided not to call for evacuation from areas that have previously flooded.  This seemed risky at the time, but was apparently the correct call and avoided thousands of people from leaving their homes and cities unnecessarily.

Many people were first responders.  I’m thankful for them and for not being one in the story named Barry.  I thank God for their willingness to help and their safety as they helped others.

I personally know a number of people who elevated their furniture, but didn’t flood.  One family that did that is Roy and Diane Turner.  The work was hard.  Their home did not flood,  but they were prepared.  They are thankful their home was spared and that they were able to prepare “just in case”.

I told David the route I was choosing to travel to church and back yesterday based on the number of trees that could have potentially fallen.  Later, we saw Sherry Gill Simpson and her parents.  They witnessed a tree falling across a highway, but they were still far enough away to be safe.  They were thankful they were spared.

I know people who had camps to flood, but homes that are not flooded.  I think they have to be thankful for a place to live that did not flood.

I know Louisiana Baptists will be working hard in the coming weeks to help those who had flooding.  I’m thankful to be a part of this group, even though I cannot personally help this year.  I know the home and business owners will be thankful for people who are willing to help them.  I remember all the trips David and others made to the lower ninth ward of New Orleans following Katerina.  People were thankful for help.  David and the other volunteers were thankful to be able to help out.  This is also true for the more local flooding in August 2016.  Thanks to all those who help with disaster relief in any way.

Our power went off twice, Saturday afternoon and Sunday morning.   I’m thankful for the local men who work for Demco who got out in the bad weather and returned service to us.  We were prepared to be without service for a longer period of time, but so thankful when it came back on.

I’m thankful for store employees who had to deal with lots of people wanting bread, snacks, etc.  The delivery drivers we saw were working diligently for all the customers who would be purchasing food within a short period of time.

Who and what are you thankful for?  Did you take time to thank God for your safety and that of your property, your church, your neighbors, etc?  Did you think about the hours of family time people gave up to make life more convenient for us.  We all benefitted from time and effort of many others.  Were we polite and appreciative when we saw the people working?

Today is a good day to count our blessings!  Where will you start?  Who will you thank when you see them in the coming days?  Does God know you are thankful?  Did you tell Him?

We are receiving a hard rain right now.  We are dry.  The lights, television, etc are working.  We are in our own home.  Our neighbors are too.    We’re thankful!  How about you?

Anna Lee

 

 

Sunday

Love the Lord your God with all your heart and with all your soul and with all your mind and with all your strength.’

The second is this: ‘Love your neighbor as yourself.’

There is no commandment greater than these.”

~Mark 12: 30-31~

 

This day will be a good day to practice these verses.

 

 

 

Fay Chadwick Todd is doing well following surgery.  She thanks those who prayed for her.

 

 

 

The storm, Barry, is still around and still forecasted to bring us a lot of rain today.  I know some churches have cancelled services for today.  Other churches have adjusted schedules.  Some churches will have church as usual.  Other churches have not made a decision yet.  Be sure you are aware of your church’s schedule.

I don’t know of any flooding or serious problems in our area.  I do know that the Baptist Disaster Relief will be busy helping people who have damage.  I did read about one church that had roof damage.

Are you able to help?  Are you willing to help?

 

 

Scripture Writing Plan – “Patience and Perseverance” – I Peter 2: 19-23

 

 

 

Need some interesting reading today?  Try Thom Rainer’s blog.

https://thomrainer.com/blog/

 

 

 

Thankful to have electricity this morning!  Thankful to have water!  Thankful to have a roof!  Thankful to be safe and dry!

Anna Lee

 

 

 

Monday

“Look out for one another’s interests,

not just for your own”

~Philippians 2:4 GNT~

 

 

Please continue to pray for safety for everyone in our continuing weather storms.  Be thankful and appreciative to those who help keep us stay safe and comfortable and to those who come help clean up, Louisiana Baptist Disaster Relief and others.

 

 

 

Sue Mason Hawkins

April 24, 1937 – May 18, 2019

A resident of Amite passed away on Saturday, May 18, 2019 at home surrounded by her loving family. She was born April 24, 1937 in Carthage, TX and was 82 years of age. She is survived by 6 children, Mark Hawkins and wife, Sandra, Susan Miller, Davey Hawkins and wife, Rashael, Elizabeth Hawkins, Stacey Slay and husband, Shane, and Tracey McKenna and husband, Duane; 12 grandchildren, Anthony Hawkins and wife, Katelynn, Jordan Hawkins, Sarah and Hannah Miller, Brittany Foley and husband, Michael, Nicholas and Lea Ann Hawkins, Dale and Vivian Slay, Mason, Mitchell, and Mattie McKenna; great-granddaughter, Ava Lynn Hawkins; brother, Robert Earl Mason. Preceded in death by her husband of 54 years, Billy Frank Hawkins; grandson, Matthew Blake Hawkins; parents, James Robert Mason and Cecil Arnold Mason; brothers and sisters, Ouida Faye Morris, Ovie Nell O’Dell, and Bela Ray “Bud” Mason; infants sisters, Maxine Mason and Carlyn Ann Mason. Visitation at Kedron Baptist Church, Amite, from 10:00AM until religious services at 1:00PM on Monday, May 20, 2019. Services conducted by Rev. Byron Humphrey. Interment Killian Chapel Cemetery, Amite. McKneely Funeral Home, Amite, in charge of arrangements. For an online guestbook, visit http://www.mckneelys.com.

 

 

 

Reading and Write the Bible today – “Abiding in Christ” – James 4: 7-8

 

 

 

My personal request today is that David be able to sleep at night, not just during the day.  Medication doesn’t seem to help.  Please pray with me,  Thanks!

Anna Lee

Saturday

For the Son of Man came to seek and to save the lost.”  ~Luke 19:10 (NIV)~

 

 

 

Operation Christmas Child is the program that sends “shoeboxes” filled with clothing, toiletries, school supplies, and toys to children around the world.  By taking your gifts out of the bulky packaging, you can put more items in the “shoeboxes”.  I have a tote on the organ at church that contains some suggestions for purchases.  I hope you will check it out and have a great trip shopping.  If you attend another church in our area, feel free to go to the office during office hours and ask someone to show you where to look.  These are not the only items, but are good ideas of some of the things that can be purchased year-round.

You may want to craft some items: tote bags, jump ropes, bean bags with plastic pellets or small pebbles, pencil pouches, shirts, dresses, pillowcases, lap blankets, etc.  You can check Pinterest for many ideas.

Boxes will need $9.00 for postage.  Printed materials to introduce the children to Jesus will be added.  The printed materials are in the language of the country where the children live.  It is not a good idea to send printed materials written in English.

In early November, the boxes can be sent to a collection site.  FBC, Kentwood is one of the more local sites for many of you.  You can check the OCC site on the computer for more information about sites, packing, deadlines, etc.

 

 

 

Read & Write the Bible Today – Psalms 40: 1-3

 

 

 

Pray for the many people in Ruston and other areas who had tornado damage.  Below is a partial list of items you may want to contribute.

 

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Meg is  currently on site in Ruston.  You can contact her in a few days or the missions office in Franklinton (Bro. Stan).

 

 

 

While I was reading about “No Clothing”, I thought of the Hope Center in Roseland.  They accept donations of various kinds, including clothing, Tuesday through Friday 9 A.M. – 5 P.M.

 

 

 

I hope you have received some ideas of how you can minister here in Louisiana and around the world.  Missions has many faces.  Learn to look for opportunities.

Anna Lee

 

 

Friday

“The person who plants selfishness, ignoring the needs of others—ignoring God!—harvests a crop of weeds.

All he’ll have to show for his life is weeds!

But the one who plants in response to God, letting God’s Spirit do the growth work in him, harvests a crop of real life, eternal life.” 

~Galatians 6:7-8 The Message~

 

 

 

 

Joanne Seymour  has been battling cancer.  Her recent scans were all clean.  That’s a whole year of good reports.  Please thank God for the good report.

 

 

 

Rick and Krystal Slaven Campbell are the proud parents of Abigail Olivia who was born yesterday morning at 8:55.  She weighed 7 pounds 14 ounces and was 19 1/2 inches long.  Pray for them as they raise their precious daughter in a loving, Christian home.

 

 

 

Mary Criswell sent word that Hazel Allen passed away yesterday afternoon, but did not know any arrangements yet.  I will post them when they become available.

 

 

 

Thursday, May 2,  will be the annual National Day of Prayer.  Keep your eyes and ears open for ways you can participate.  The theme this year is  “Love One Another”.

 

 

 

Read and Write the Bible Today – Psalm 37: 5-9

 

 

 

Trained Disaster Relief Workers are needed in Ruston.  Also, items are being collected to distribute in Ruston.  You may be able to help.  Contact the BASELA office, Bro. Stan Statham, if you are able to help in any way.    985-515-4368

 

 

 

Thanks for reading and praying today.

Anna Lee