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” –



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



For my eyes have seen Your salvation,

which You have prepared before the face of all peoples,

a light to bring revelation to the Gentiles,

and the glory of Your people Israel.

 ~Luke 2:30-32 NKJV~



Rob Anderson, son-in-law of Robert and Ora Lee Wilson, is back in the hospital.  He’s having severe pain.  Let’s pray for his problem to be identified and cleared up quickly.


“Miss” Ruby Dillon is home again!  She came home early yesterday afternoon.


David’s brother, Jimmy Alford of Holden, sent an update that said the doctors are considering three options.  A decision will be made December 11th.  Jimmy asked for your continued prayers.



Ladies who need to decorate a table for the tea will meet at the church at 10 A.M. Saturday unless other specific plans have been made.  The tea is Sunday at 2 P.M.  It will be a time you shouldn’t miss, but if you do, there is no second opportunity to attend the annual Lottie Moon Tea for 2017.


Sunday is the time to bring your STAMPED Christmas cards that will be given to area prisoners so they can send messages home at Christmas.  The more we get, the more families we can touch this holiday season.


Our friend who has religious services at the prison said we have been an awesome source of soft-cover Bibles for her to distribute.  If you have some you are not using, please get them to me.  Thanks!


The ladies Bible study group will meet in the Heritage Room this morning.  We will be studying Ezekiel 22 today.



Read the Bible – Hebrews 3-4 & Psalm 26


November, our special month for thankfulness, is being replaced by December, our month for celebration of Christ’s birth.  I cannot think of any better reason to celebrate!

Anna Lee




Enter his gates with thanksgiving and his courts with praise;

give thanks to him and praise his name.

~Psalm 100:4~

I received a letter and a suggestion for our next Bible Reading Plan from Bill and Velta Morris.  Updates on their health were also included.  That’s what I want to share with you this morning.  First, he said birthdays have brought along some wear and tear (They are not the only ones!), but that makes them grateful because God has been faithful and continues to bless them.  Velta will have another scan in January.  After a couple rounds of radiation, her nodes are almost normal in size.  He also stated that one day they will come back and he and Velta will “walk through that door when they do”.  In the meantime her ministry includes things like sitting with folks and delivering meals.  Bill said he and Art team teach a Sunday School class of about 55 each Sunday with Velta serving as their “right arm”!  As you may know, Bill and Velta are as special to me as his parents were to me in my earlier years in Kentwood.  I find myself speaking of them periodically, probably more often than any other couple of their age.


Yesterday was Mrs. Grace Chadwick’s 96th birthday!  She is from Roseland and a fixture of our past lives.  As a matter of fact, I have a list of ladies who attended the baby shower before I was born.  “Miss” Grace was there.  I can show you the area of the church where she faithfully sat at Roseland Baptist Church.  Her husband helped my daddy study to be a Mason.  I have lots of memories of them!  Today, when we visit the Greensburg nursing home we “look her up” if she has not already found us!  She always blesses us with numerous “stories” from our shared past.

You can use this like to get the the LIVE BROADCAST at 1 P.M. today.  I will be working at the church at that time to prepare for the Lottie Moon Tea, so I hope someone will record it for us to use in the future,


Read the Bible – Titus, Psalm 23, and video on Titus at


Don’t forget the “Young” Ladies’ Birthday Party this morning at 11 A.M. at The Cafe.


What a great time of the year!

Anna Lee











In that day you will say: “Give praise to the LORD, proclaim his name;

make known among the nations what he has done, and proclaim that his name is exalted.

~Isaiah 12:4~

Before the Christmas season, it seems like we will be experiencing the flu season.  I understand the schools, the nursing home, and families are experiencing lots of flu cases.  Be careful not to get the flu and if you do, don’t share it.


Finley Lauren Evans was born yesterday.  Both Kayla and the baby are doing well.  Pray for baby Finley as she adds new excitement to the Simpson and Evans families


Ronnie Brabham’s daughter, Emma, was in an accident yesterday.  Her baby, Luke James, was born weighing 3.6 lbs.  Pray for mom and baby.


James Rimes has been “under the weather”, but is improving.  Pray for him to soon be 100%.


Please continue to pray for David’s brother, Jimmy Alford, and sister-in-law, Janie.


Our granddaughter, Mallory, was here for a few days, but had a successful flight and drive back to college.  I thank God for this mature, young lady in the family.



Read the Bible – II Timothy 1-4, Psalm 22, & video on II Timothy found at


Next Sunday is collection day at church and during the Lottie Moon Christmas Tea for stamped Christmas cards for Tangipahoa parish prisoners.
The Tea will be at 2 P.M. at the FBC fellowship hall.


Have a great Monday and a great week!

Anna Lee




Thanksgiving 2017


 For this reason, ever since I heard about your faith in the Lord Jesus and your love for all God’s people,  

I have not stopped giving thanks for you, remembering you in my prayers.

~Ephesians 1:15-16~


Read  the Bible – II Thessalonians, Psalm 18, and video on II Thessalonians found at 


Wendell Simmons had gall bladder surgery yesterday.  All seems to be well with him.  Pray for him as he recovers.



Beverly Ann Pittman

September 04, 1937 – November 22, 2017


A resident of Kentwood passed away on Wednesday, November 22, 2017. She was born September 4, 1937 in Spring Creek and was 80 years of age. She is survived by her daughter, Melissa Smith and husband, Mike; son, Benjamin Pittman; 3 grandchildren, Shelby Lynn Wilkinson and husband, Shawn, and Corey and Chloe Johnson; 2 great grandchildren, Rylin Chaise and Wyatt Gage Wilkinson; and 2 sisters, Betty and Josephine Holton. Preceded in death by her parents, BW and Lois Pittman; and her sisters, Charlotte Pittman and Johnise Pittman Watson. Visitation at McKneely Funeral Home, Kentwood, from 9 AM until religious services at 11 AM Monday, November 27, 2017. Services conducted by Rev. Don Meadows. Interment Spring Creek Cemetery, Spring Creek. For an online guestbook, visit
Happy Thanksgiving to you and yours.  I hope you have family to share this day with.  If not, I hope you can go somewhere to enjoy a special meal and be around people.  David and I usually eat at Cracker Barrel in Brookhaven, but today we have half of our family here.  We’re thankful for many blessings, whether we have family or not.  Be sure to take time to “Count Your Blessings” and the the One who provided you with so much materially and eternally.
Anna Lee


Wednesday Update

I have two updates to share:

  • Rob Anderson is having some problems and additional testing is being done.  His parents are flying to be with Rob and the family.  Ora Lee asks you to please pray.
  • Jimmy Alford‘s doctor called him to say a team of doctors from Ochsner in New Orleans reviewed his case yesterday and decided he will have either radiation or chemo & radiation before Christmas.  We covet your prayers too.



But even if you should suffer for what is right, you are blessed.

“Do not fear their threats ; do not be frightened.”

~1 Peter 3:14~


George Cutrer of Osyka is recovering well following two surgeries.  Thank God for George’s progress.

Several people many of us know have had surgery and are doing well.  Thank God for their good reports.



Shelton “Shell” Ballard

January 25, 1931 – October 29, 2017

A resident of Chesbrough passed away on Sunday, October 29, 2017 at North Oaks Medical Center in Hammond. He was born January 25, 1931 in Amite and was 86 years of age. He was a former Justice of the Peace, Tangipahoa Parish 4th Ward, from 1969 until 1981. He was a retired carpenter and a member of Chesbrough Baptist Church. He is survived by his wife of 60 years, Edwina V. Ballard; son, Brett Ballard and wife, Angela “Boo Boo” Travis Ballard; 2 grandchildren, Shelbi Lyn Ballard and Braydon Lane Ballard; and his brother, Van Earl Ballard, Sr. and wife, Betty. Preceded in death by his parents, Guy Henry Ballard and Alberta Lawrence Ballard; and his brothers and sisters, Angus Ballard, Taylor Ballard, Guy “Pete” Ballard, Jr., Winfred “Toots” Ballard, Elma Rae “Tot” VanDyke, Glenn Ballard,  Jewell Ballard Martin and Troy Ballard. Visitation at McKneely Funeral Home, Amite, from 6 PM until 9 PM, Tuesday, and from 8 AM until religious services at 10 AM Wednesday, November 1, 2017. Services conducted by Rev. Richard Magee. Interment Hyde Cemetery, Chesbrough. For an online guestbook, visit



Read the Bible – I Corinthians 9-10 & Psalm 145

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This morning at 9:00, some people will be needed to put prepared labels on the shoeboxes.  Others will be moving tables and chairs in preparation for the Operation Christmas Child Packing Party which will be Saturday at 4 P.M.  Please bring some Christmas snacks when you come.

“A Legacy of Faith” –


“The Great Physician”

At the first appointment, David and the doctor were talking about death and heaven.  David told the doctor his medical skills would not be needed in heaven.  The doctor said that was true, but he felt sure God had a second career for him in heaven.  He would have to find out what those plans are when he gets there.  David told him to practice up on his singing so he can be in the choir.  No boring appointments when David is around!

We’re ready!  Are you?  If not, talk to us or a minister of your choice, but get ready.  You never know when your time here on earth will be ended.  Besides, life is better (and more fun) as a Christian!

Anna Lee