LORD, be gracious to us;

we long for you.

Be our strength every morning,

our salvation in time of distress.

~Isaiah 33:2~




Martha Griffith‘s memorial service has been postponed due to the virus.  Please continue to pray for her family.




Pattie Lillie White, formerly of Roseland, passed away.  The message is from Kris Lillie.

I’m posting with a heavy heart, my Mom’s Sister Patti passed this morning, she is with my Grandmother and Grandfather in Heaven, as I write this post. She was like a mother to me and my sister and she helped raise us. It’s heard to believe that she is gone but I can’t question anything that God does. She will be greatly missed. My heart goes out to her family, her husband David White, her daughter Brittany White Murphy and her son Brant White. Brittany has 2 children who will miss their grandmother very much. My Mom is really having a hard time dealing with my aunts passing. Please send prayers for my family. I know her children and her husband are having a hard time dealing with this. I last spoke to my aunt about a month ago, but was not able to communicate with her anymore because she was in ICU and not able to communicate. This is like a bad dream or some kind of nightmare that I just can’t wake from. Please just pray for my family. Thanks so much.




Gail Brister’s brother-in-law passed away.

Herbert Payne Weaver, Sr.

March 29, 1935 – August 11, 2020

Herbert Payne Weaver, Sr., a resident of Roseland, LA, passed away on Tuesday, August 11, 2020 at North Oaks Medical Center in Hammond, LA. He was born March 29, 1935 in Amory, MS and was 85 years of age. He was a member of the Choctaw Nation, 32nd Degree Mason and Past Master of Independence Lodge # 458, member of The First Baptist Church of Independence, Veteran of U.S. Army during the Korean conflict with the 11th Airborne division and retired District Fire Chief of Jefferson Parish. He is survived by his wife, Barbara Ann Weaver; daughter, Kerry Layne Brown and husband Ricky; 2 sons, Capt. Larry Wayne Weaver and wife, Trudy and Herbert Payne Weaver, Jr. and wife, Bricy; special daughter-in-law, Amanda Dorsa; special son-in-law, Matt Dorsa; 12 grandchildren, Trisha Gambino, Heather Tassin, Laurel Cotton, Isaiah Weaver, Abe Brown, Adam Brown, Sam Weaver, Jr., Chase Weaver, Carson Weaver, Casey Weaver, Trey Weaver and Yoga Mann; 2 special grandchildren, Camryn and Cayli Dorsa; 20 great- grandchildren, Koty Ketchum, Bethany Ketchum, Chrysta Ketchum, Shelby Tassin, Bryce Tassin, Alayna Cotton, Ashira Cotton, Riley Brown, Chloe Brown, Caitlyn Brown, Ezra Brown, Solomon Weaver, Maddox Weaver, Serenity Weaver, Gauge Weaver, Harley Weaver, Haven Weaver, Devin Kelly, Kevin Kelly and Taylor Metz; 2 great-great-grandchildren, Elizabath Ketchum and Elijah Ketchum. Preceded in death by his mother, Louella Harden; father, Word Harden; son, Capt. Samuel Richard Weaver; grandchild, Ricky Brown, Jr. Memorial Services will be held at a later date. McKneely Funeral Home, Amite, in charge of arrangements. For an online guestbook, visit




Read the Bible in 2020 – August 13

  • Nehemiah 5:14-7:73
  • 1 Corinthians 8:1-13
  • Psalm 33:1-11
  • Proverbs 21:8-10




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Today is a good day to focus on some good news.

  • God let us wake up.
  • Our loved ones are just a phone call away.
  • We have air-conditioning for the August temperatures.
  • There is food enough to feed a small army in the pantry and freezers.
  • Our vehicles have gas and good tires to take us were we need to go.
  • Walmart still does grocery pick-up.
  • Prayer meeting came to us at home last night.
  • Our collection of items for “shoeboxes” is progressing.
  • My sister helped me tremendously with the “shoeboxes” this year.
  • A friend reported that yesterday was a better day because of no fever.
  • Friends call to be sure we are okay.
  • Someone asked if we needed anything this week.
  • David is so much stronger.
  • Doctors have tender hearts and sometimes think about patients as family,
  • We will be celebrating 53 years of marriage today.
  • I loved being a teacher at school and at church.
  • Retirement is wonderful.
  • God still loves us and has a place prepared for us.

What’s on your list?

Anna Lee


But God demonstrates his own love for us in this:

While we were still sinners,

Christ died for us.



Remember to pray for Scott Womack as he has that postponed procedure this morning in Covington.




Margaret Estes was allowed to return home yesterday, but must be quarantined for 20 days.  Thank God that she is better and at home.  Pray for the her during this time she must be quarantined.




Pray for Ron and Alana Ichter Greenwich as they begin seven weeks of orientation in Richmond, VA to prepare them to go to Brazil for another three years.  This term will be to train and monitor new missionaries as they do through language study and other training before moving to their assignments.  I’m thankful Jennie will get to spend some time with them again.  It will bring back lots of memories from the 90’s when Jennie was a Journeyman missionary and taught the Greenwich children.




Read the Bible in 2020 – August 4 

  • 2 Chronicles 35:1-36:23
  • 1 Corinthians 1:1-17
  • Psalm 27:1-6
  • Proverbs 20:20-21



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Thank-you for praying for others today.

Anna Lee






“We fix our eyes not on what is seen,

but on what is unseen,

since what is seen is temporary,

but what is unseen is eternal.”

~2 Corinthians 4:18 (NIV)~




Read the Bible in 2020 – July 22

  • 2 Chronicles 6:12-8:10
  • Romans 7:14-8:8
  • Psalm 18:1-15
  • Proverbs 19:24-25



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The mission team that needs to get back to Louisiana at the end of the week does not have a definite plan to return, but God is at work to make it happen.  I’m thankful they got to put the roof on a church and minister to others and thankful to know of God’s faithfulness to take care of His own.



Jules Tanksey and mother are back at home in their “bubble”.  Please continue to pray for this child and her family.




Mrs. Mildred Birch‘s gall bladder surgery went well yesterday.  She is back in the Sixth Ward and looking forward to her 90th birthday.  Thank you for praying for her.




Bryan Tate is hospitalized at St. Tammany with double pneumonia and an increased heart rate.  He’s been there since Sunday.  Pray for his improvement.  Pray for his family who cannot be with him while he is hospitalized.




Mary Ann Clemons in still in ICU, but improving while surprising her doctors.  Don Clemons is home and doing well.  Pray for the family during this difficult time of having more than one patient.




Lori Rhodes passed away last night.  Pray for Keith and the children as they face life without her.  Lori and Keith served our youth at FBC, Kentwood and touched the lives of many young people and their families.  I’m so thankful I got to know them.




Three men from our church, two family members, a neighbor, a friend who was in Jennie wedding because of an LC connection have all changed their addresses to their new homes in heaven.  This “stay at home time” has had some extra hard days as we missed being with families that are special to us in so many ways during their time of loss.  Great memories for me and difficult days for the family, but heavenly homes for those who no longer have to face our earthly trials!  I’m very thankful all of these people personally knew the Lord and are rejoicing to be in heaven today.

Anna Lee




This day I call the heavens and the earth as witnesses against you that I have set before you life and death, blessings and curses.

Now choose life,

so that you and your children may live.




Sue Smith‘s update:

Good Morning everyone. Monday update from me. All is going great and I am doing everything that is important for me to go home to my precious husband of almost 52 years. He is my life. My Daughter Terri Smith Merklein is an angel and my son Joel is there to keep me in smiles all the time. His sweet smile just brings tears of joy. My Hayden Lance Merklein and Lia Lucero Smith are just super in all they do. Lance makes me the best food. The grandkids are just special to me. They are handling things great. Tanner Roberts and Erin McGinnis I love these special grandkids. I just want to thank all of you for the prayers and concerns and will still need them so e every one please wear your mask, wash your hands and social distance. Learned a lot here in hospital and it works. Do it 3 weeks and let’s flip this sad scenario. May God Bless all of you and love you all.




A former students asks for prayers for her mother who has a respiratory problem that she deals with periodically, not the virus.




Another former student shared he lost a parent to the virus and urges others to wear a mask so they do not have a similar experience.




Debbie Miller Wilkinson of Amite, and her family, need to be in our prayers.  What a special lady she is!




Read the Bible in 2020 – July 14

  • 1 Chronicles 16:37-18:17
  • Romans 2:1-24
  • Psalm 10:16-18
  • Proverbs 19:8-9



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I found these words. but don’t know the original source.  They are worthy of out thoughts today.

If you see someone falling behind,

     walk with them.

If you see someone being ignored,

  find a way to include them.

Always remind people of their worth.

One small act could mean the world to them.



Be careful in the extreme heat today.  If you are outside, drink extra fluids so you don’t become dehydrated.

Anna Lee




Monday, 7-6-2020

In him and through faith in him

we may approach God with freedom and confidence.

~Ephesians 3:12~



Read the Bible in 2020 – 7-6-2020

  • 1 Chronicles 2:18-4:4
  • Acts 24:1-27
  • Psalm 4:1-8
  • Proverbs 18:16-18



Today and tonight, several area churches will begin Vacation Bible School (VBS).  Please spend some time praying for:

  1. No virus or other health problems among students or workers
  2. Children to learn about the God through Bible stories and songs
  3. Children to come to know God and want to live for Him daily
  4. Lots of fun!



Pray for Clint Smith, one of Lea Smith’s sons.  He’s having a medical test today to determine if additional heart surgery is necessary.  Your prayers will be appreciated.




Please pray for Virginia Carr, formerly of Roseland.  She has completed a long surgery for hearing implants.  Pray especially for July 20th when the implants will be activated and that Virginia will have improved hearing.




I contacted Shirley and Sylvester Humphrey today to check on them.  Sylvester has overcome another round with cancer and is much improved.  They are serving God at Kedron, where their son is the pastor.  Hope Center exists because of Shirley and Sylvester’s identifying a need and working to address that need.  Thank-you for all the time, prayer, and work you gave to help others is many ways.  They have passed the responsibilities and dreams on to others.  The new and larger Hope Center is now located in the big curve south of Roseland on highway 51.




I think you may profit from reading Dr. Waylon Bailey’s Sunday post.




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Today marks one year since we celebrated David at his party at the church on July 6, 2019.  Many of you were able to be there.  David was struggling with his health at that time.  Seeing his friends, classmates, family, co-workers, and church family that day was a big encouragement to him and to our family.  Many of you have continued to pray for him since that day.  David has surprised his family and the medical staff treating him with major improvement that was not expected.  Thanks for being his friend through the years and especially on that day.  David is better.  The big turnaround started to happen in July, 2019.  Several people, pinpoint the change as starting at the party.  Each day is an unexpected gift from God.  Thanks for the encouragement you gave him/us on July 6, 2019.




A quote from Jason’s church that could be seen when people left the service today:

“Go and make an impact this week!”

Anna Lee






“Dear brothers and sisters,

when troubles come your way,

consider it an opportunity for great joy.”

~James 1:2 (NLT)~


“I will praise the LORD at all times;

his praise is always on my lips.”

~Psalm 34:1 (NCV)~




Read the Bible in 2020 – July 2

  • 2 Kings 20:1-22:2
  • Acts 21:18-36
  • Psalm 150:1-6
  • Proverbs 18:9-10

If you are using a hard copy of this list, you will find July & August reading on the back side of the May/June readings.  Copies are available at FBC office and sanctuary.




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Please add these two names to your prayer list:

  • Andy and Betty Taylor’s daughter, Melissa, who is having knee surgery today
  • Bessie Hayden who is hospitalized due to an infection




Please pray for my family as services are held today for my cousin, Scott Tolleson.  David and I will not be able to be there.




Thank-you for reading and praying.  

Anna Lee













“When you go through deep waters, I will be with you.

When you go through rivers of difficulty, you will not drown.

When you walk through the fire of oppression, you will not be burned up; the flames will not consume you.”

~Isaiah 43:2 (NLT)~




I have a few more ideas for those of you who are going shopping for Operation Christmas Child:

  • Markers
  • Crayons (24-count)
  • Marbles
  • Playdough (8 for $1.00 at Dollar Tree)



Read the Bible in 2020 – June 30

  • 2 Kings 17:1-18:12
  • Acts 20:1-38
  • Psalm 148:1-14
  • Proverbs 18:6-7



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Update on David – I haven’t shared much about David lately, but today I will tell you he still has two terminal diseases, but the good news is that he is stronger than he has been in several years.  He is here 18 months since he was told he had three months to live.  He has gained weight and is able to do one of the things he loves most, work out in the yard.  The golf cart helped him get around as he was getting better.  Now, he is able to cut grass, weed-eat, clean out brush, water flowers, etc.  Yesterday, he added something he hasn’t done in years.  He cooked pork chops and sausage, our favorites, on a grill.  It topped off a day that started off with a “bummer”.

When we checked in at oncology yesterday by phone, we were told to go home because he blood level was too high to receive a procrit shot.  The report of the blood level was good, but driving to Baton Rouge for nothing was a bummer.  After sitting in the car for a few minutes we decided to celebrate the good news, not focus on the unnecessary trip.

We stopped in Walker and visited Walmart.  Remember, we buy all our groceries at Walmart pick-up.  We went in and purchased a $20 grill and charcoal.  After getting back to Kentwood, we went to Cutrer’s and bought sausage and pork chops.  David cooked out on that grill for several hours.  We ate and have two plates of leftovers, some to eat and some to freeze.

We had a wonderful day of “Making lemonade from the lemons”!  We looked for the good and focused and celebrated that, rather than focusing on the negative.  This weeks makes four months since Jennie told us to “Stay home”.  She was thrilled we carefully broke the rules and celebrated good news!

Thanks to God, your many prayers, hard work, and determination we are “making lemonade” every day!  Eighteen months and counting . . . .

Anna Lee


But if serving the LORD seems undesirable to you,

then choose for yourselves this day whom you will serve,

whether the gods your ancestors served beyond the Euphrates,

or the gods of the Amorites,

in whose land you are living.

But as for me and my household,

we will serve the LORD.”

~Joshua 24:15~



Please be in prayer for Susan Rimes today.  She will be in Covington at 6 A.M. this morning for wrist surgery to repair broken bones in her wrist.  She should be home before noon.  Susan will be thankful when the surgery takes away her pain.  She looks forward to occupational therapy  beginning next week to her her return to being able to use her hand.  Please pray for Susan as she goes through surgery and therapy to regain use of her right hand.




Scott Tolleson, my cousin who has lived in Shreveport the past few years, passed away yesterday at the age of 64.  He has suffered for many years with Huntington’s Disease.  Today, he is rejoicing in heaven with family members, some of whom are like Scott and now healed of HD.  Scott was the greatest soul winner I have ever known!  He loved God and family with all his heart!




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Read the Bible in 2020 – June 26

  • 2 Kings 9:14-10:31
  • Acts 17:1-34
  • Psalm 144:1-15
  • Proverbs 17:27-28

Remember, it is never too late to start reading the Bible.  If you haven’t been reading since January 1, just jump in today.  You’ll be blessed!




Use good judgment and stay healthy!

Anna Lee






Have I not commanded you?

Be strong and courageous.

Do not be afraid; do not be discouraged, for the LORD your God will be with you wherever you go.”

~Joshua 1:9~




Read the Bible in 2020 – June 22

  • 2 Kings 3:1-4:17
  • Acts 14:8-28
  • Psalm 140:1-13
  • Proverbs 17:22

A list for Bible readings for May-August is available at FBC, Kentwood.



Operation Christmas Child will be packing boxes at FBC. Kentwood.  It is always a good time to watch for sales of items children want/need that will fit with other items in a shoebox.  Items can be turned in at church any time.  Also, a list of suggested items is available at church.  A list for July will be available Sunday.  Your help with this wonderful mission project is greatly appreciated.




VBS at FBC, Kentwood will begin in two weeks.  I know dates and times and not much more because David and I are not getting out unless necessary. Thankfully, the church services come to my computer and other people help me stay updated.  If you want to send you child to VBS call the church office at 229-8111 for more information and to pre-register your children.




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This Monday is a great day to be alive and serving God!

Anna Lee










The LORD brings death and makes alive;

he brings down to the grave and raises up.  

The LORD sends poverty and wealth;

he humbles and he exalts.

~1 Samuel 2:6-7~




Please pray for Mrs. Mildred Birch.  She has learned she has a gall bladder problem and is checking into having surgery.  Please pray for her.




Donald Duncan is better, but continues to be hospitalized to get his problem identified.  Your prayers will be appreciated.




Please continue to pray for Debbie Miller Wilkinson of Amite.  She continues to fight her cancer at home.  I know she and her family will appreciate your prayers.




Please continue to pray for my cousin, Scott, who now lives in Shreveport.  He has had Huntington’s Disease for a while.  He is resting comfortably at home.




Covid-19 Louisiana Update – Words from the governor (Please read.)

  • Testing in Hammond yesterday – 25% positive
  • Testing in Denham Springs yesterday – 20% positive

Please wear your mask and stay home as much as possible!



Read the Bible in 2020 – June 19

  • 1 Kings 20:1-21:29
  • Acts 12:24-13:15
  • Psalm 137:1-9
  • Proverbs 17:16




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We cannot have too many prayers for our country and its leaders during this time.

Anna Lee