“He has shaped each person in turn;

now he watches everything we do.”

~Psalm 33:15 MSG~

Daddy’s procedure went well yesterday. Thank-you for praying for him.

Baptist Press

March 18, 2009

WASHINGTON–U.S. endorses U.N. homosexuality declaration.

WASHINGTON–Obama’s first judicial nominee once ruled against Christ’s name in prayers.

WASHINGTON–Boxer urges U.S. to OK controversial kids treaty.

ALABAMA–‘What if?’ focuses Pastors Conf. on Great Commission.

ALABAMA–Seafarers & campers get youthful ministry.

TENNESSEE–FIRST-PERSON (Michael Foust): When discussing cloning, let’s be honest.

Elva Mae Townsend Tycer
(July 21, 1922 – March 18, 2009)

Died at 8:10 a.m. on Wednesday, March 18, 2009 at The Hospice House in Hammond. She was a native of Columbia, MS and a resident of Montpelier. Age 86 years. Visitation at McKneely Funeral Home, Amite, from 10 a.m. until religious services at 1 p.m. Saturday, March 21, 2009. Services conducted by Rev. Reggie Ogea. Interment Amite Cemetery, Amite. She is survived by her 3 sons, Arthur Ray Tycer, Meridianville, AL, James Herndon Tycer, Montpelier and Lindsay Townsend Tycer, Mechanicsville, VA; 3 sisters, Iva Lee Dunaway, Spartanburg, SC, Nell Lanier, Hammond and Dorothy Forshag, Hammond; 8 grandchildren; 7 great-grandchildren. She was preceded in death by her husband, William A. Tycer; parents, Carl and Mary Powell Townsend; 2 brothers, Shelby Ray Townsend and James Townsend. In lieu of flowers, the family requests donations to the Richard Murphy Hospice Foundation, 16013 Halbert Lane, Hammond, LA 70403.

Frederick Andrew Yarborough passed away on Tuesday, March 17, 2009, at St. Helena Nursing Home. He was born Dec. 18, 1924, to Joseph and Rebecca McKinney Yarborough. He is survived by sons, James and William Yarborough, of Greensburg; daughters, Jody Yarborough, of Hammond, Norma Travis, of Denham Springs, and Becky Richhart, of Mooresville, Ind.; brother, Roulan Yarborough, of Greenwell Springs; 14 grandchildren; and 17 great-grandchildren. He was a member of Day’s Methodist Church, an alumni of LSU, a dairyman and former manager of Kentwood Dairy Co-op and Gulf Dairy Inc. He was also a proud Merchant Marine. Visitation at Day’s Methodist Church, Liverpool, on Sunday, March 22, from noon until memorial service at 2 p.m. Preceded in death by his wife, Bonnie Wilkinson Yarborough; two sons, Ricky and Franklin Joseph Yarborough; parents, Joseph and Rebecca Yarborough; and sisters, Louise Batte and Marguerite Travis. Special thanks to Community Care Hospice and St. Helena Nursing Home staffs. In lieu of flowers, donations may be made to The American Cancer Society, Community Care Hospice in Hammond or Day’s Cemetery Fund.
<!– Hide from old browsers
// Modify to reflect site specifics
adserver = “;;
target = “/ccid=267/aamgnrc1=American Cancer Society/site=LEGACY/aamsz=CLIO/area=THEADVOCATE.0/zone=LIFESTORY/prod=1/relocate=https%3A%2F%2Fwww%2Ecancer%2Eorg%2Fdocroot%2FDON%2FDON%5F1%5FDonate%5FOnline%5FNow%5FAuto%5FCustom%2Easp%3Fdon%5Fpromo%3DLegacy%26dn%3Dmem%26fn%3DFrederick%26ln%3DYarborough”;
// Cache-busting and pageid values
random = Math.round(Math.random() * 10000000000);
if (!pageNum) var pageNum = Math.round(Math.random() * 10000000000);
document.write(‘IPT SRC=”‘ + adserver + ‘/jserver/acc_random=’ + random + “/pageid=” + pageNum + target + ‘”>’);
// End Hide –>‘<a href=”; target=”_new” title=”Click here to donate now to the American Cancer Society”>’ + unescape(‘American%20Cancer%20Society’) + ‘</a>’);

“At the name of Jesus every knee should bow…” (Philippians 2:10).
Mike Benson, Editor
REMEMBER “LONESOME DOVE,” television’s blockbuster mini-series…?
It was the saga of two men, Woodrow Call and Gus McCray. Both strong. Stronger together. Men with rock solid commitments to each other. To be sure, both were stubborn eccentrics. They called each other into question regularly, but they never questioned the friendship. They knew, at the soul level, the one would gladly die for the other. They’d ride through any storm for each other. Come **** or high water. “Ah giv’ him mah word,” became the bottom line of the relationship. And a big chunk of America watched–fascinated, tainted perhaps with cynical disbelief, but touched with unspoken longing–as Woodrow Call dragged the body of Gus McCray three thousand miles to bury him “‘neath the pecan trees at the picnic place ’cause…Ah giv’ him mah word.” Period.
America may have questioned it. Jacob wouldn’t have. Seems to me I recall the old patriarch asking his son to swear he’d bury his bones back over the long miles to bury him at home “with my fathers.” And Joseph did it without flinching. Even though it took and act of Congress (okay, Pharaoh) to do it (see Genesis 47:29-31, 50:1-14). There’s something to it, isn’t there? There was something between two men who understood each other. And others stood around in awe, watching one man move a whole community, “a very great company,” just to fill out a relationship. Joseph might have been heard to declare in Western Hebrew, “Ah giv’ him mah word.” I find myself longing for that kind of commitment in a friendship. To give it and receive it. Don’t you? (Stu Webber)
“A friend loves at all times, and a brother is born for adversity” (Proverbs 17:17).

Enjoy a little sunshine provided by the Son.
Anna Lee


“Just tell me what to do and I will do it, Lord.

As long as I live I’ll wholeheartedly obey.”

~Psalm 119:33 LB~

Frank Smith

I received three updates on Frank Smith – one from his wife, one from his daughter, and one from a friend. All three said he was doing very well. I’ll post the one from his wife.

. . . . I apologize for not sending in an update on Frank yesterday. His surgery went amazing. The Dr. only had to remove one disc and replaced with bone fragment and a metal plate with screws. I brought him home at 4:00 p.m. Monday and he had a pain free night. His throat is a little sore but nothing to complain about. He did not have to have any pain meds through the night.
I went through 3 back surgeries with him and I can tell you medicine technology has come a long way in 15 years. Thank you all for the power of prayer, I am sure that is what brought him through so good and also the skilled hands of the surgeon.
We love all of you and thanks to all for the prayers.
Sue Smith

Grant Smith

My dad, Grant Smith, will have an outpatient procedure today in Hammond. Pray for him and the medical staff caring for him today.

Thank You For Life!

I was privileged last week to celebrate another year that God has given me. It was a very special birthday, and I can’t help but think that I have learned to appreciate every single day He gives me to watch my children grow a little bit bigger and to see them figuring new things out. I am so grateful for every hug I am able to enjoy from them and from Luke, my tangible rock, who had to endure so much this past year. I hope we can all realize that each day we are given is a day that we remain useful for God’s kingdom. I hope that even on those ‘bad’ days we can all still appreciate that life is beautiful. He was so wonderful to give us so many pleasures in life. What a gift it is to experience it with our senses, our thoughts, our emotions, and our memories. Let me encourage you to give someone a hug today and tell them that you are glad that they are here, and that you have the joy of knowing them.

Baptist Press

March 17, 2009

WASHINGTON–Ban on embryo destruction funds renewed for time-being.

GEORGIA–Ga. may pass nation’s 1st embryo adoption law.

LOUISIANA–Patrick of Ireland: an evangelical hero.

TENNESSEE–RESOURCE: Mother of special needs child offers hope to others.

TENNESSEE–Faith plays little role in Christian parenting.

TENNESSEE–FIRST-PERSON (Gene C. Fant Jr.): Why worldview matters.

Annie Armstrong Easter Offering

Annie Armstrong

Annie Walker Armstrong was the first corresponding secretary of Woman’s Missionary Union. Born on July 11, 1850, in Baltimore, Maryland, to a prominent family active in Baptist life, Annie accompanied her mother to the missionary meetings of Woman’s Mission to Woman where she learned the importance of giving and praying for missions. Having a heart for home missions, Annie worked with Indians, immigrants, Blacks, and children. In 1882, Annie helped organize the Woman’s Baptist Home Mission Society of Maryland. She was this society’s first president.

Missions work among women’s groups had grown as an endeavor in other states as well. In conjunction with the Southern Baptist Convention of 1888, women from 12 states met on May 14 in Richmond, Virginia and formed the Executive Committee of Woman’s Mission Societies, Auxiliary to the Southern Baptist Convention. Annie Armstrong was elected corresponding secretary, a position equivalent to executive director today. In 1890 the name Woman’s Missionary Union was adopted. Annie Armstrong served as corresponding secretary until 1906 and always refused a salary for the work she did through WMU to further the gospel. In 1934 the offering that was collected annually for the Home Mission Board was renamed the Annie Armstrong Easter Offering for Home Missions. Annie Armstrong died on December 20, 1938, the year of WMU’s 50th anniversary.

WMU events that occurred during the tenure of Annie Armstrong:

1) WMU recommended that churches adopt a graded system of missionary education with organizations for all age levels, beginning with Baby Bands. (1899)
2) WMU began the process of legal incorporation. (1906)
3) WMU began publishing literature for sale. (1906)
4) The organization became officially named Woman’s Missionary Union, Auxiliary to Southern Baptist Convention. (1890)
5) WMU adopted Sunbeam work at the request of the Foreign Mission Board. (1896)
6) The motto “Go Forward” was chosen. (1888)

The SWAP Shop was one think I missed being about to support when the Hatchels where at NOBTS for the last stateside assignment. I’m thankful it is now open and look forward to being able to contribute to the needs of the seminary students again.
NOBTS S.W.A.P. Shop Reopens, Provides Boost for Seminarians
March 12, 2009
By:Gary D. Myers
Baptist Press

NEW ORLEANS – New Orleans Baptist Theological Seminary students and student families have a new place to “shop” on campus. Best of all, it is a place without price tags.

On Jan. 30, NOBTS President Chuck Kelley cut the ribbon on the seminary’s brand new S.W.A.P. (Surplus with a Purpose) Shop. The shop is designed to meet immediate needs for seminarians free of charge. Since 1989 the S.W.A.P. Shop has helped students outfit their apartments, clothe their families and make ends meet. The ministry relies entirely on donated items.

Hurricane Katrina forced the closure of the S.W.A.P. Shop. The shop’s original location, flooded by Katrina, was damaged beyond repair. Now the S.W.A.P. Shop is once again open ready to serve the seminary community.

Thanks in part to a generous hurricane recovery gift from the Georgia Baptist Convention, a new metal building was built at the rear of campus to house the S.W.A.P. Shop. And with the slumping economy, the reopening could not come at a better time.

“The S.W.A.P. Shop is one of my favorite things to reopen after Katrina,” Kelley said. “Georgia Baptists are the ones who made this possible. We want to dedicate this with the promise Paul gave us under the inspiration of the Holy Spirit in the book of Philippians: ‘My God shall supply all of your needs out of His riches in glory by Christ Jesus.’”

“Thank you for God’s pantry which is being opened once again for the needs of our seminary family,” he continued. “We thank Georgia Baptists. We are celebrating God’s faithfulness to the NOBTS family.”

Filled with gently worn children’s clothes, men’s suits, toys, dishes, books and small appliances, the S.W.A.P. Shop provides a vital link between Southern Baptist churches and the seminary family. Churches and individual church members have long helped students meet their basic needs by donating quality used items.

“The S.W.A.P. Shop is an exciting ministry that provides for the practical, day-to-day needs of our campus family, and our students have been waiting expectantly for its reopening,” said NOBTS Dean of Students Craig Garrett. “ Through the generosity of the Georgia Baptist Convention, which funded the building, and the countless donors of everyday items, our students are now able to give and receive the sorts of things that make a difference in their quality of life.”

“I’ve heard countless stories of God’s provision through the S.W.A.P. Shop in the past, and I look forward to witnessing many more to come,” he said.

The metal building took six months to complete and offers 1200 square feet of space.

Kelley closed the ceremony with a prayer of blessing. He also prayed for those who will donate items to the S.W.A.P. Shop and for the students who will benefit from the gifts.


There’s a beautiful story about a little boy who couldn’t wait for his new baby sister to come home from the hospital. He couldn’t wait to be near her, to talk to her. But his parents didn’t want him to be left alone with her. After all he was only four years old, so they wanted to supervise his visits. He kept begging to be alone with her, so one night his parents finally relented. The boy tiptoed into her room, stood next to his sister’s crib and said: “Tell me about God – I’m starting to forget.”

There are times when we as adults get so caught up in the “rat race” and all of our responsibilities. Perhaps we need to go to the children around us and say, “Tell me about God — I’m starting to forget.”

There are weeks when we’ve been dealing with irate customers and heavy traffic. We need to fellowship with the saints and worship God together because “I’m starting to forget.”

There are weeks when we’ve had to focus on crying babies, the paying of bills and doctors’ appointments. We need the reminder of the Lord’s Supper to see God’s love and grace because “I’m starting to forget.”

There are days when we’re so caught up in deadlines at work and getting the kids to soccer practice, days when we need to slow down a bit and spend time with God in prayer because “I’m starting to forget.”

“Only take heed to yourself, and diligently keep yourself, lest you forget the things your eyes have seen, and lest they depart from your heart all the days of your life.” (Deuteronomy 4:9)

Are you starting to forget? Ask someone to tell you about God once more.

Have a great day!

Alan Smith
Helen Street Church of Christ
Fayetteville, North Carolina

Thank-you for praying. You make a difference!

Anna Lee


“Our fathers trusted in You;

they trusted, and You delivered them.

They cried to You, and were delivered;

they trusted in You, and were not ashamed.”

~Psalm 22:4-5~

Continue to pray for Mrs. Faye Price. Last week was another week of ups and downs. “Miss” Faye may be moving to Kentwood Manor in the near future.

Mr. Clifton Womack has had some health issues lately. Please be in prayer for him.

Robbie Lynn C. Kirby will have back surgery Thursday in Jackson. Please begin to pray for her now.

Ora Lee Wilson is home and doing well. Pray for her as she continues to recover from receiving a pacemaker.

Pray for our granddaughter, Peyton Alford, as she sees a specialist today to evaluate her situation from her injuries last week at church.

Pray for Erlo LaBauve and his family as he has a biopsy tomorrow. Erlo is Sharon Martin’s dad.

Sowing Together for Harvest

by Geoff Hammond

Dr. Geoff Hammond

View/Download Video

You’ve probably experienced it. The storm rolled in without warning. You made a dash for inside. Maybe you were too late and got soaked. Maybe you made it with seconds to spare. Either way, you moved with urgency, knowing what would happen if you didn’t!

Try to imagine the consequences that face more than 251 million people in North America who are lost. Very few would debate that North America is a mission field. Open today’s newspaper or your Web browser to a news page, and you’ll see evidence of lives in sin and sorrow.

People need Jesus Christ! Jesus died on the cross for each person living in this land, but so many have never heard or responded to the good news of Jesus Christ. Many are putting their trust in money and in man, and are learning the disappointment of doing so. They are truly caught in a great storm—hopeless—unless we tell them about Jesus and they decide to run into His loving arms. Christians know our trust and hope is in Jesus alone. We must sow down the gospel together to ensure that there is a harvest of souls won for Christ.

The task before us requires urgency. No procrastination. No excuses. Just bold and determined dedication in word and deed. This is a spiritual battle that we cannot lose!

Jesus gives us the mandate to go, but He also says we need to do it together. We must sow together for harvest, sharing the gospel with everyone, everywhere, and by every means possible. More than 5,600 North American missionaries are working alongside your church in the field, sowing with a passion and commitment to serve Christ in all they do. They are reaping a great harvest; however, more missionaries are needed if we are to fulfill the Great Commission.

Your generous gifts to the Annie Armstrong Easter Offering® allow us to saturate the fields with seeds of the gospel for God’s glory. Our goal this year is $65 million—a truly God-size goal, but one that can be reached as Southern Baptists see the mission field that is North America and join us in living with urgency, sowing together for harvest.

As you participate in this North American Missions Emphasis, I urge you to do more than just watch and listen. Please pray fervently for North American missionaries. Please give generously to North American missions through the Annie Armstrong Easter Offering. Please join us this urgent mission of sowing together for harvest!

FBC Deacons for the Week

James Miller

Harrell Sharkey

Migrant Health Kits (Due April 1st)

Place the following items in a gallon size zip-loc bag.








The church will provide a Bible.

“The Power of the Cross”

Easter Drama Musical

April 5-7, 2009

FBC, Kentood

Tickets will be available soon.

Initial construction work day – March 14th

Mission Canada

June 24-July 3

“At the name of Jesus every knee should bow…” (Philippians 2:10).
Mike Benson, Editor
DR. PEDRO ARA Sarria perfected a technique for preserving the body and applied it to Argentina’s Eva Peron…
The embalmed body was kept intact but, for political reasons, was moved from place to place. It went from his laboratory in Buenos Aries to a military camp, to a dusty storeroom in Bonn, Germany, to a secret grave in Milan, Italy, to an attic in Madrid, back to a chapel in Argentina, and finally to a family tomb.
What happens to our bodies after we die may not be very important. What happens to the spirit is very important. Whether our bodies are buried, cremated, lost in an explosion, or buried at sea, it makes no difference. The real concern is that the soul be at home with God.
“And many of those who sleep
in the dust of the earth shall awake,
some to everlasting life,
some to shame and everlasting contempt.”
~Daniel 12:2~

Thanks for being there and praying. Your prayers mean so much to so many. Please send any requests you wish to share here. Have a wonderful week.

Anna Lee

Monday Afternoon

[The boy’s father said,]

“… If you can do anything, do it.

Have a heart and help us!”

Jesus said, “If?

There are no ‘ifs’ among believers.

Anything can happen.”

No sooner were the words out of his mouth

than the father cried,

“Then I believe. Help me with my doubts!”

Mark 9:22-24 (MSG)

David Gullota update from Angela Shockley:

Thought you would like to know that David came home Fri. He is staying with his grandparents in Tylertown, MS. His mother would like to thank everyone for their prayers and concerns. She ask that we continue to pray for him as he recovers

You’ll see why I chose this verse when you read the updates on Don Denton (Friday, Saturday, Sunday, & Monday).

Don is not coming home this weekend. He is too sick. His body is so compromised. The doctors are treating this as a separate illness. His right arm is swollen, they did an Ultra sound and found the beginnings of a blood clot. They are taking the necessary steps to treat it.

He is unable to eat at this point. So looks like he will be there for several days. We will know more by Monday.

Ugh….Ugh…Ok, that is just where I am at. This is hard and for Josh, well he just wants to be with his dad. So today I brought our portable dvd player to hospital and Joshua was perfectly content sitting there by his dad.

I won’t complain, it won’t do any good. And I have to hold onto the fact that he is not relapsing. I am most thankful for that. Josh and I just really miss him.

The days seem so long. I need to keep focused on how blessed we are. Because we are. Don could be allot worse and that I am so thankful for that he is not.

Thank you…thank you for your love and care and support of us.


Well Don is looking better this morning. He still has a high level of nausea, dizziness and headache.

He has a superficial blood clot, meaning not a deep thrombois. He is on clear fluids and not able to eat that at this point.

Hopefully we will see improvement today and tomorrow. I am so grateful to Mary Ann Smashey for staying with Joshua so I could spend the night at the hospital last night.

Bless you



I now have this virus that Don has. What a life… So I am home sick, trying to take care of Josh and Don is at the hospital. What a story. Don’s IV dislodged in his left arm and now his left arm is swollen. They had to put the IV back in the right arm with the superfical blood clot.

Can you tell, I am not having a good day today. I am pretty tired myself. Hopefully my symptoms will get better. I was suppose to take Joshua to his best buddy’s birthday party today. I don’t think I am going to make it.

Sorry for the complaining. It is just a bad day. Pray that the nursese seeing Don now will be on top of this issues. I have had to be the one to bring things to their attention. I am beginning to be concerned over their ability to take care of him.

Ok, so there you have it. Life in the Denton house is pretty discouraged. Please pray for all of us, we really, really need it.

Bless you our family and friends


I am feeling somewhat better. I have not seen Don since Saturday morning. I have spoken to him. He still has headache pain, but he is starting to eat. He still has swelling in both arms.

I have spoken to the nurse. She does not seem concerned about this. The night nurse was not aware of the superficial blood clot in his right arm.

I will be talking with his doctor sometime this morning. He is to call me. I am not well enough to go up to the hospital as of yet and of course I don’t want to spread my germs to Don.

The good news is that Don is able to keep his food down. He sounds somewhat better too.

It hurts my heart that Josh and I can’t be there to show support to him.

I am thankful that he has an excellent doctor in Dr. Trotman. He is present and passionate about Don’s case.

Pray that Don’s headache pain resolves itself. Pray that he will be able to get up and move around some today. If I am feeling well enough and my doctor says it is OK, I want to go see him this evening.

Joshua got to go to his friends Elijah’s birthday party yesterday and I could tell that he had the best time. We have such good friends that care so much about him. I am so grateful.

This has been a very long journey, going on 5 months now. Thank you to those of you who are sticking with us through this roller coaster ride. Thank you for your continued love, care and support of us. I could have never imagined our life being turned upside down like this.

I bought a causal necklace to support the childrens network at Cox South Hospital. It is a simple round copper piece with the word” believe” in the center. Joshua asked me….mom what does it say. And I told him, “Believe” I wear it because I believe in you, I believe in daddy, I believe in our family and I believe that we are going to make it through this and I believe in God that he is with us through all of this even when it is hard.

Joshua then said to me, “Mommy wear it on the outside of your shirt, so everyone can see that you believe in us”.

Pray for us. Thank you so much for walking with us and being with us, we need you all.



Linda Greenhill Simms
(July 27, 1940 – February 7, 2009)

Linda Greenhill Simms

Linda Greenhill Simms went to meet the Lord on February 7th peacefully at home in her sleep. A resident of Amite, LA, Linda was born in Clarksville Tn. She moved to Amite when her mother married Rich Hellmers, pharmacist and owner of People’s Cash Pharmacy. She was a retired nurse having graduated in 1962 from Baylor University in Texas. Linda spent many years working for long term care organizations such as Hospice. Linda blessed many lives during her career and believed it was her calling to care for people in need and spent much of her career working with individuals who were terminally ill.

Linda was an active member of the First Baptist Church of Amite. She touched many lives by her compassion and acts of selflessness. She never knew a stranger and was a constant witness for Christ in both her speech and actions. She will be missed by her neighbors, friends, and family, especially her four children.

She is preceded in death by her mother, Jane Hellmers, her step-father, Rich Hellmers and her father, James Edward Greenhill of Clarksville, Tn. She is survived by one sister, Bertie Jane Greenhill Kilpatrick and husband John, her four children; Chuck Simms and wife, Vicki, Will Simms and wife Elizabeth all of Gatlinburg, Tn., Meg Sharkey and husband Michael of Amite, La., and Barry Simms and wife Sue of Bristol, Tn. and her grandchildren, Chaz Simms V, Gary Richoux, Tilon Simms, Noah Simms, Mandy Sharkey, Jacob Sharkey, and Stella Simms.

Pallbearers will be Buck Cefalu, Tom Ed Brumfield, Richard Kilpatrick, Gradon Clemons, David Vining, and Jerry Lewis. Honorary pallbearers are Leroy Wilkinson, Shelby Reid and Delos Jones.

Visitation will be from 5:00 pm – 8:00 pm on Monday, February 9th at McKneely Funeral Home in Amite and from 8 am until Religious Services at 9:30 am on Tuesday, February 10th . Service conducted by Rev. Dennis Walker. Interment will follow in the Amite Cemetery, Amite.

Donations may be made to First Baptist Church of Amite.

Obituaries Dorothy Bennett Husser
(April 14, 1924 – February 8, 2009)

Guest Book | Sign Guest Book

Dorothy Bennett Husser

Died at 2:34AM on Sunday, February 8, 2009 at Lallie Kemp Regional Medical Center, Independence, LA. She was a native of Tangipahoa Parish, LA. Age 84 years. Visitation at McKneely Funeral Home, Amite, from 6 p.m. until 9 p.m. on Monday and from 8 a.m. until religious services at 10:30AM Tuesday. Services conducted by Bro. Dale Ziebarth. Interment St. Dominic Cemetery, Husser, LA. Survived by 5 children, Jimmie Husser and his wife, Shirley, Independence, Wayne Husser, Independence, Kenny Husser and his wife, Micaleen, Independence, Pat Shockley and her husband, Thomas, Loranger, and Sharon Kay Lee and her husband, Sidney, Independence, 1 sister, Doris “Johnnie” Stanfield, Independence, 6 grandchildren, Charla Yarbrough, Marcie Chadwick, Charity Gay, Jessica Kyzar, Brittany Shockley, and Riggin Lee, 3 great-grandchildren, Cameron and Corey Yarbrough and Leah Chadwick. Preceded in death by 1st husband, Wilson Husser, 2nd husband, Ervin Husser, and parents, Harry and Doe Bennett.

Wanda Brunet Harden
(May 12, 1961 – February 7, 2009)

Wanda Brunet  Harden

Wanda Brunet “Sweetie” Harden a devoted wife, mom, and Christian to all was born May 12, 1961 and passed at 7:13AM, Saturday, February 7, 2009 at the North Oaks Medical Center, Hammond. She was 47, a native of New Orleans and a resident of Amite. Wanda is survived by her husband, James B. “Jim” Harden, Amite; 3 daughters, Missy Brunet Bennett, Amite, Mindy Brunet Fitch, and husband Dustin, Amite, & Melinda Brunet Bennett, Amite; Mommie, Velma Brunet Noel, Amite; 2 sisters, Connie B. Lee and husband, Norman, Jr., Larose, Pamela B. Rousse, and husband Carl A., Amite; 3 brothers, Alfred Brunet, and wife, Barbara, Larose, Joey Brunet, and wife, Kim, Amite, and Mark Brunet, Amite. 5 grandchildren and numerous extended family and friends.

She was preceded in death by her father, Herman Peter Brunet, Sr. and a brother, Herman Peter Brunet, Jr.

Visitation will be held at the McKneely & Vaughn Funeral Home, Amite, on Monday, February 9, 2009 after 10:00AM until Religious Services at the funeral home Chapel at 2:00PM with Bro. James Downing officiating. Interment in the Colonial Mausoleum, Independence.

An on-line Guestbook is available at

McKneely & Vaughn Funeral Home, Amite, is located at I-55N & Hwy 16W next to Coggins-Gentry Ford.

“At the name of Jesus every knee should bow…” (Philippians 2:10).
Mike Benson, Editor
BENJAMIN FRANKLIN IS accredited with saying that there is nothing in this life that is certain except death and taxes…
Funny, is it not, how neither seems to come at an opportune time? Death is something that we never come to grips with. We deny that it happens. We put it off until another day. We try to run ahead of it to ensure that it never catches up. Some even try to buy it off but they never succeed for death comes to us all.
However, this isn’t much comfort when our loved ones pass on. We have all lost someone near and ear to us. A grandparent. An uncle or aunt. A parent. A sibling. A close friend in the prime of life. And when these deaths occur in trivial circumstances, the pain is almost suffocating. A friend commits suicide. Another is taken in an automobile accident. A grandparent or parent who develops cancer is given only two weeks to live. An uncle is murdered.
It happens.
It shouldn’t.
But it does.
The pain that comes from death is worse than anything else that humanity can imagine or create. You see, death represents finality. That’s it. It’s the end of the line. They are gone. Your loved one is now only a memory. At least that is true for those who never know Christ. But for the ones who do, death is only a brief milestone between earth and eternity. (Michael Whitworth)

“…It is appointed for men to die once and after this comes judgment” (Hebrews 9:27).

David and I are thankful we were able to with family for the baptism our our grandson, Braden Alford (6). What a joy!
I hope you have have a great day! Please feel free to call or email your praises, requests. and updates you wish me to share.
Anna Lee


Good morning. Thank-you for reading and praying today. May you be blessed as you do so.

Have a wonderful weekend.

Anna Lee


I heard about a couple who received a set of two horrible bedside table lamps as a wedding present from a distant aunt. Since the lamps were so ugly, this couple didn’t want to actually use them, so they put them in storage and bought a nicer set themselves. That worked for a while, but a few years later, this particular relative came to a family celebration. Knowing she would be there, the couple quickly set up the aunt’s lamps on the tables and hid their usual ones under the bed.

When time came to show the aunt around the house, the wife said, “Come and see how nice your lamps look in our bedroom.”

She turned on the switch on the wall — and suddenly an intense luminosity emerged from under the bed…..

Oops! How embarrassing! I am reminded of the following statement made by Jesus:

“[Jesus] said to them, ‘Is a lamp brought to be put under a basket or under a bed? Is it not to be set on a lampstand? For there is nothing hidden which will not be revealed, nor has anything been kept secret but that it should come to light.’ ” (Mark 4:21-22).

Jesus’ point here is not quite the same as it is in the more familiar passage in Matthew 5:16 (“Let your light so shine before men…”). Here in Mark, Jesus has apparently just begun to speak in parables. To the apostles, it may have seemed that Jesus was trying to hide the truth from people by speaking with such obscurity. But Jesus points out that wouldn’t make much sense; it would be like lighting a lamp (to bring light) and then placing it under a bed (to hide the light). His reason for using parables wasn’t to hide God’s truth, but to set it on a lampstand so that it could give forth as much light as possible.

Father, we thank you for sending One who not only came to show us the light, but who is Himself “the light of the world”. May our lives and conversation be such that we will never be embarrassed by an attempt to hide that light under our beds. In Jesus’ name, amen.

Have a great day!

Alan Smith
Helen Street Church of Christ
Fayetteville, North Carolina

Nothing in all creation

is hidden from God’s sight.

Everything is uncovered and laid bare

before the eyes of him

to whom we must give account.

Hebrews 4:13 (NIV)

Update on Don Denton:

It is a privilege and we feel honored that you all would take time today to lift us up in prayer today.

I woke this morning with a peaceful and thankful spirit. Don continues to be moved by the love of family and friends. One of his precious students wrote him and email today that lifted his spirits.

I have to confess to you all that I have never been strong through this long illness. I have been weak and most days are hard. So I too struggle. Yet, I know what is true. I know even when my feelings are saying one thing that my heart believes in what is true. And the big picture here is this – Don is alive and with us. God has heard our cries, our prayers. We have so much to be thankful for and that is my prayer.

We had doctor appointment yesterday and that went well. This doctor wants Don to see a specialist in Kansas City. This doctor specializes in area of dizziness. And Don goes to Cox South Tuesday for a lumbar puncture. Don will be getting new glasses and I feel that will help as well.

Bless you our family and friends


This morning at 7 A.M. FBC, Kentwood will host a superbowl prayer breakfast. Everyone is invited to attend.

Miss Virgie Bridges was returning home from work as a nurse when she found my grandpa, G.R. Smith, Sr., at the gate to what was then his farm. It is now our cabin. After Katrina, David was delivering supplies all around Kentwood. He “found” Miss Virgie. After a couple of meetings and lots of question about who he was and where he lived, she revealed she found Grandpa G.R. Needless to say, she became someone special to us. It was a long overdue friendship and a special connection we were glad to finally make.

Miss Virgie passed away Thursday night. Her wake will be at Pine Ridge Methodist Church from 10:00 to the funeral service at 1 P.M.

Reuel Townsend Adams, Jr.
(September 13, 1927 – January 29, 2009)

Guest Book | Sign Guest Book


And a resident of Mt. Hermon died at 5 PM Thursday, January 29, 2009 at East Jefferson General Hospital. He was a member of Mt. Hermon Baptist Church, vice president of Ruritan Club, former member of Franklinton Lion’s Club, secretary/treasurer of Mt. Hermon Volunteer Fire Department, active member of the Camellia Society and AHS. He was a WWII veteran of U.S. Navy.

Survived by: Wife: Bobbie Wilkes Adams of Mt. Hermon, 4 Daughters and sons in law: Suzanne Seale of Florence, MS, Beverly and Mike Taylor, Cheryl McElveen all of Mt. Hermon, Kim and Bret Allain of Jeanerette, 1 Son and a daughter in law: Craig and Lisa McElveen of Baton Rouge, 12 Grandchildren: Laurie Schexnider, Michael and Melissa Walker, Shea Taylor, Amber McElveen, Mac McElveen, Quin, Emma, and Robert Allain, Ashley McKenzie, Erin and Ryan Seale, 4 Step grandchildren: Tia, Crystal and Cole Taylor, Tyler Simmons, 3 Great grandchildren: Jace Schexnider, Hayden McElveen, James McKenzie, 2 Brothers and sisters in law: Robert and Joan Adams of Jacksonville, FL, John and Sherry Adams of St. Augustine, FL, He was preceded in death by a son Robert Townsend Adams, his parents Reuel T., Sr. and Pearl Rogers Adams and a brother Ben Adams.

Visitation will be at Crain Funeral Home from 5 PM until 9 PM Friday, January 30, 2009 and after 8 AM Saturday, January 31, 2009. A funeral service will be held at 10:30 AM Saturday in the funeral home chapel with Dr. Joe Baugh and Rev. Dale Parker officiating. Burial will follow in the Ellis Cemetery.

Friday Afternoon

Jim Miller had a work accident yesterday. He is hospitalized in McComb. Pray for him as he heals.

Jason had a link to this article on his website. It is soooooo inspiring. I hope we can all get some ideas from this and apply them in our little worlds. Let’s pray we will use our opportunities to make a difference.

(Jason, I’m glad you shared this. It was a great article.)

Sunday Evening

Big 10 from teamromany January 2009

1. On January 13 teamromany members Boyd, Joe, Gayle, and Daniel will meet with International World Changers volunteers in Prague. After a few days of planning and training, the volunteers will travel with the teamromany members to their fields of service. They will spend several days making plans together for the large groups of students who will serve with teamromany this summer through International World Changers. Pray for the leaders as they make decisions about the ministry opportunities this summer.

2. Bob and Gayle will spend most of the month of February in Prague for team leader training. Pray for them as they complete assignments this month. Pray that the training will help better prepare them for their role in ministry.

3. In December we asked you to pray for Daniel as he directed a live nativity. Twenty youth participated and were able to share the gospel. Thank God for the witness of these youth and pray for those who heard the message of the Savior.

4. Teenagers from 4 villages will participate in a winter retreat this month. Pray for Daniel as he leads this event.

6. Pray for Cornel Tuns as he returns to Romania to teach in the Romany Bible Institute.

7. Pray for Romany believers to grow in their faith, to have strong testimonies in their communities and to be bold to share Christ with their friends and family.

8. Pray for Boyd, Jennie, and their children as they face some transitions this year. As the IMB is restructuring, Boyd was asked to take on the responsibility of leading Romany ministry throughout Europe. This role will begin in March. The Hatchel family will be moving to Prague in the summer.

9. Pray for volunteer Lisa Kail as she makes plans for the Romany Summer Youth Camp in Romania.

10. Pray for those who are considering serving with teamromany as summer missionaries.


Thank you for praying with us and for us.



Daniel Byrd – Romania

Boyd and Jennie Hatchel – Czech Republic

Bob and Gayle Hill – Romania

Joe and Julie Silby – Czech Republic


Kitty Bennett Lapreyrolerie continues to need our prayers. Her condition doesn’t seem to be improving. New problems are arising. Your prayers will be greatly appreciated.

Mrs. Faye Price in now in a room at North Oaks. She no longer has a vent. Plans are being made for a future transfer to rehabilitation. Thanks for your prayers for her, the medical staff, and the family. Keep on praying.

Aubrey Perry, brother of Karen Miller, will have surgery tomorrow. Karen said Aubrey needs a miracle. Karen and her family will appreciate your prayers for Aubrey and his entire family.

Mrs. Alice Faye Lee requested prayer for her nephew’s wife. Amy Hood Conti is undergoing tests in Baton Rouge for a heart issue.

Mrs. Annie Bell Harrell is home, but still having some continuing health issues. Pray for her as she sees a different doctor this week.

Jared Prescott and David Gullota are both still recovering from their accident. Please continue to pray for them.

Mr. Charley Kuss seems to be much better. The doctors have given him a good report. He is appreciative of visitors.