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






Hope deferred makes the heart sick, but a longing fulfilled is a tree of life.

~Proverbs 13:12~



Read the Bible

  • I Sam. 22-24
  • Ps. 52
  • Acts 11



Please continue to pray for Mrs. Betty Catherine Hatcher who is at Hood Memorial Hospital.



I told you how wonderful the ladies’ meeting at Amite was going to be.   I’m sorry if you missed the meeting, because it was even better than our expectations.  I hope you have the opportunity to talk with someone who was there.



Today begins a new month.  Operation Christmas Child suggests you purchase hygiene items such as bars of soap, washcloths, toothbrushes, hairbrushes, body scrubbers, STICK deodorants, and combs during the month of May.  You can add these items to your shoeboxes or bring multiple of some of these items for us to send as fillers which can be added to boxes that are not completely full when our boxes get to Dallas.



Pray for the children and adults who will be attending M-JAM at the end of this week.




Friday’s Bible Study – Romans 7



Vacation Bible School – First full week of June at FBC, Kentwood



Pray for the high school and college graduates who will be honored at church Sunday.  Pray that decisions about continuing education, military, and careers will be carefully made.



Let me update you on David.  He is feeling much better, eating like a horse, and has gained back six pounds so far.  Thank you for praying for him and asking about him.  He is regaining his strength and hopefully will be back to his usual size and activity level in a few more months.

Anna Lee








I know that everything God does will endure forever; nothing can be added to it and nothing taken from it. God does it so that people will fear him.
~Ecclesiastes 3:14~




Please continue to pray for Mr. Elwood Courtney, 99, of Holden.




Josiah Huckaby

Update: Josiah has continued to become more stable over the last 3 weeks and Urology has decided they want to move forward with his kidney surgery. It is scheduled for Monday, April 30th. We don’t have a specific time yet. This will be the last know surgery and it will be the longest one so far…taking about 3 hours. This is a huge praise because when we talked about this in December, the doctor was very hesitant about doing the surgery and she felt it was best to wait until we just couldn’t wait any longer. Now they are eager to get it done so that he won’t have to come back for surgery once he comes home. The nurse practioner seemed pleasantly surprised on Saturday when she was talking to us about his current vent settings. He is currently on an older model home vent which is bulky and makes mobility for him a little more difficult so our goal is to try to swap him to the newer home vent after surgery. They were hesitant about the idea a few weeks ago but now they are confindent with the future change. Josiah has been to playgroup twice now and hopefully we will get to go outside tomorrow for the first time ever (weather permitting). He loves his custom stroller and enjoys just sitting in it. He continues to make more talking noises over his trach. He has 6 teeth that I can see…his tongue stays in the way so he could have more.  He has finally started trying to roll to the left…he has always favored rolling to the right. And of course he’s always silly, smiling, and laughing! To God be the glory!!!



Pray for Joanne Seymour, formerly of Amite and one of my former students, as she undergoes surgery in New York today.



Eyvonne Ricks
August 20, 1935 – April 23, 2018

Eyvonne Ricks, a resident of Denham Springs, passed away on Monday, April 23, 2018 at Our Lady of the Lake Regional Medical Center in Baton Rouge. She was born August 20, 1935 in Kentwood and was 82 years of age. She was a member of First Baptist Church of Kentwood and IRA #84 Order of Eastern Star. She loved spending time with family and friends, scrap booking and putting puzzles together. She is survived by her 2 sons, Layton Ricks, Jr. and wife, Susan, Denham Springs, Ronnie Ricks and wife, Susan, Canton, MS; daughter, Judy Ricks Garcia and husband, Larry, Denham Springs; 11 grandchildren, Angela, April, Layci, Nancy and Brett, Rondi, Rob, Joel and Kristin, Heather, and Lucretia; and 14 great-grandchildren. Preceded in death by the love of her live of 59 ½ years , Luther L. Ricks, Sr.; parents, George and Ada Lou Tidwell; sisters, Lillie Mae Easley and Norma D. Christopher; granddaughter, Jessica N. Garcia and grandson, Larry Garcia, II. Visitation at McKneely Funeral Home, Kentwood, from 5 PM until 8 PM, Wednesday and from 8 AM until religious services at 11 AM Thursday, April 26, 2018. Services conducted by Rev. Leo Miller. Interment Woodland Cemetery, Kentwood. Pallbearers will be Brett Miller, Brien LeBlanc, RP Scritchfield, Gary White, Michael Temple, and Mason White. Honorary Pallbearer will be Rob Ricks. In lieu of flowers please make donations to St. Jude Children’s Research Hospital, 501 St. Jude Place, Memphis, TN 38105 or to the American Heart Association, 10 Glenlake Parkway  NE South Tower, Ste 400, Atlanta, GA 30328. For an online guestbook, visit



Camp Living Waters article –




Read the Bible

I Sam. 7-9
Eccl. 9:11-18
Acts 4

Copies of the Bible reading plan for May-December are available at FBC, Kentwood.




This afternoon and evening, please be praying as a film team videos at FBC, Kentwood today for a future promotional video about missions.  The plans are to make this one segment of the Georgia Barnett Week of Prayer for Louisiana missions.

Anna Lee



So then, just as you received Christ Jesus as Lord, continue to live your lives in him,  rooted and built up in him, strengthened in the faith as you were taught, and overflowing with thankfulness.

~Colossians 2:6-7~



Pray for Alice Faye Lee who is not feeling her best.



Mrs. Jeanette McGehee is walking some during her physical therapy time at North Oaks.  That’s good.  Let pray for continued progress.



The obituary for Mr. John Alan Blackwell has not been posted yet.



There will be no gathering at the cabin tonight.  Thank-you for your understanding.  David is improving, but still tires easily and is weak.  He has regained a few pounds, but has many more to regain.


Shoeboxes and a list of suggested items to pack for Operation Christmas Child will be available Sunday morning.  Be thinking of how many you wish to pack this year.




Read the Bible 

  • Judges 19-21
  • Psalm 47
  • Acts 1



“Young” Ladies’ Birthday Party

  • Tuesday at 11 A.M.
  • The Cafe
  • All ladies are invited.



If you have a child (children) who are attending M-Jam on May 5th, please sign the list under the stairwell to the balcony.  We need to order shirts soon.




The Children in Action of FBC, Kentwood will be participating in a video which will be used for promotion of the Georgia Barnett Offering for Louisiana.  I thank God for these children and the opportunity to work with them.




Last night, we played a game about choices.  There are many we must make in life.  The most important one is inviting Jesus into our hearts/lives.  The decision is important for children, youth, and adults!  Have you made the correct choice?

Anna Lee









Praise be to the God and Father of our Lord Jesus Christ!

In his great mercy he has given us new birth into a living hope through the resurrection of Jesus Christ from the dead,

~1 Peter 1:3~



Pray for Mr. John Alan Blackwell and his family.



Pray for Eric Lee who is back at MD Anderson.  Please pray for his family and medical personnel too.



Pray for Mr. Elwood Courtney, 99, of Holden.  His is David’s brother, Jimmy’s, father-in-law.  He will have surgery for bladder cancer next week.  This is his third round with bladder cancer.



Read the Bible

  • Judges 7-9
  • Psalm 45
  • John 18



Don’t leave God out of your weekend.

Anna Lee


“Find a quiet, secluded place so you won’t be tempted to role-play before God.

Just be there as simply and honestly as you can manage.

The focus will shift from you to God, and you will begin to sense his grace.” 

~Matthew 6:6, The Message~


Pray for Gail Brister as she has a knee procedure today in Covington.



Pray for Mrs. Bessie Hayden.  She continues to have various health issues.



David has gained another pound and is slowly trying to regain his strength and endurance.  Please keep praying for him.




Read the Bible

  • Judges 4-6
  • Eccl. 7:1-13
  • John 17



Friday Morning Bible Study 

  • Today at 10:00
  • Fellowship Hall
  • Romans 4



Reminder:  The will be no Third Thursday at the Cabin until David gets stronger.  Hopefully, it won’t be much longer.



M- JAM – May 4-5 at Camp Tall Timbers

  • Boys and girls in grades 1-6
  • Permission forms available in the church office and from me



God has blessed us with a beautiful spring weather.  Take a walk and enjoy God’s beautiful creation.

Anna Lee







“Heaven and earth will pass away,

but my words will never pass away.” 

~Luke 21:33 NIV~



Pray for Bobby Simpson as he prepares to go to St. Helena Rehab for outpatient rehabilitation.



Mrs. Mimi Sneed needs prayer for dental work she is undergoing.



Sharon Philips will be having a heart valve replaced today in Covington.  Pray all goes well today and in the recovery phase.



Firma Kay Schneeweiss passed the heart tests yesterday, so she was sent home with new medication for GERD.  Thank God she has the less serious problem.



Jennie made it back to Prague and is with her family.  Thank-you for your prayers.



Earl Wayne McCarroll, Sr.

March 26, 1956 – April 09, 2018

Earl Wayne McCarroll, Sr., a resident of Roseland, passed away on Monday, April 9, 2018 at his home. He was born March 26, 1956 in Independence and was 62 years of age. He is survived by his 2 daughters, Barbara Jean Easley and husband, Michael, and Jahala Leal and husband, Jonothan; 3 sons, Earl McCarroll, Jr. and wife, Tiffany,  Shanon McCarroll and wife, Januari, and Wren Mayfield; 15 grandchildren, MaKayla Rodriquez, Jaden Wall, Michael Rodriquez, Kennedy McCarroll, Kyleigh McCarroll, Journie Wall, Melanie Hill, ChloeBeth Rodriquez, Jessa Wall, Sara McCarroll, Catie McCarroll, Mason McCarroll, Ava McCarroll, Wyatt Easley, and Harlie Leal; great-granddaughter, Ryan Kate Swilley; 2 sisters, Barbara Morgan and husband, Leroy, and Becky Granger; 7 brothers, Gary McCarroll, Jack “Catfish” Granger and wife, Tammy, Jules Granger and wife, Vonda, David Granger and wife, Linda, William Granger and wife, Charla, Edward Granger and wife, Melissa, and Doug Granger and wife, Rhonda. Preceded in death by father, Ralph McCarroll; mother, Marjorie Granger; step-father, Jack Granger, Sr.; brother in law, J. L. Granger.  Visitation at McKneely Funeral Home, Amite, from 9:00AM until religious services at 11:00AM Wednesday, April 11, 2018. Services conducted by Rev. David Cutrer. For an online guestbook, visit



T. Eugene Smith, Sr.

January 29, 1935 – April 09, 2018
January 29, 1935 – April 09, 2018A resident of Amite passed away on Monday, April 9, 2018 at home. He was born January 29, 1935 in Franklinton and was 83 years of age. He was a former member and pastor of Crossroad Fellowship Church. He is survived by his wife, Parmys Waller Smith; 2 daughters, Kandi Susan Smith and Karen Smith Lopez and husband, John; 2 sons, Thomas Eugene Smith, Jr. and wife, Stacey, and James Edmore Smith and wife, Estela; step-daughter, Beverly Susan Husser; step-son, Glenn Lee Husser and wife, Karen; brother, Hobart William Smith, Jr. and wife, Mae; 14 grandchildren and 23 great-grandchildren. Preceded in death by parents, Hobart William Smith, Sr. and Lula Belle Bennett Smith; first wife, Wanda Joan Husser Smith; step-son, Richard Keith Husser. Visitation at McKneely Funeral Home, Amite, from 10:00AM until religious services at 1:00PM on Wednesday, April 11, 2018. Services conducted by Rev. Jesse White. Interment Killian Chapel Cemetery, Amite. For an online guestbook, visit




Missionary Spotlight Update: Eric and Julie Maroney


Relationships are everything in Croatia. It takes years of living through the good and bad together to create a certain level of trust. Eric and Julie Maroney are ready to live through some of the good.

Soon after filling out the WMU questionnaire for the story about their family in the April issue of Missions Mosaic, Julie was diagnosed with cancer. It was not a convenient time for the diagnosis—the Maroneys were leaving their eldest child, Nathan, in the United States at college after 19 years of living in Croatia with the International Mission Board (IMB). The diagnosis brought their active lifestyle to a standstill.

After a year of cancer treatments in the States, Julie received the “all-clear” to return home to her neighbors and friends. Eric, Julie, and daughter Kayleigh didn’t just pick up where they left off; they entered Croatia running to keep up.

“It’s been hectic getting back,” Eric conceded. Just a few months ago, Julie was still getting radiation therapy. However, the family dove right into hosting 2 camps, Vacation Bible School, and volunteer missions teams.

The family may have gone through a trauma, but its goal is the same—building relationships in order to share the love of Jesus Christ.

“The greatest need in Croatia is for a personal relationship with Jesus Christ,” Eric said.

Pray for a spiritual hunger among Croatians. With the family’s brush with cancer, its fire to share Christ burns brighter than ever before.

Eric and Julie Maroney are featured in the April 2018 Missions Mosaic Missionary Spotlight.

Sue Sprenkle spent decades traveling the world for the IMB as a missionary writer/photographer. Now, she leads a quiet life as a digital media professor in Kansas.




Read the Bible

  • Joshua 23-24
  • Eccl. 6:7-12
  • John 12



Children in Action (Boys & Girls in Grades 1-5)

  • Tonight at 6 P.M.
  • FBC, Kentwood
  • Exciting things are happening.



Friday Morning Bible Study

  • 10 A.M.
  • FBC, Kentwood Fellowship Hall
  • Studying Romans 4 this week



WMU Events

  • Quarterly Meeting at Montpelier at 10 A.M. Monday, April 16/Speakers – short-term missionaries from New Zion Baptist Church
  • Special invitation to a Ladies’ Event at FBC, Amite at 6:30 P.M.
  • Louisiana Baptist Children’s Home – Items needed will be turned in to Hillsdale Baptist Church Saturday, April 28th.  That gives two weeks to turn them in at church if you cannot attend the celebration on the 28th.



Don’t forget the Annie Armstrong Offering for North America or items for Operation Christmas Child.



If you wish to send a request for something to be placed on TPL, you can send a message through this site.

Anna Lee