10 But the angel said to them, “Do not be afraid. I bring you good news that will cause great joy for all the people. 

11 Today in the town of David a Savior has been born to you; he is the Messiah, the Lord.

12 This will be a sign to you: You will find a baby wrapped in cloths and lying in a manger.”

Luke 2:10-12

Pete Gill had his first chemotherapy treatment yesterday afternoon.  He will be having treatments five days a week for three and a half weeks.  Pete sends his thanks to those who are praying for him.
Pray for Dee Dee Stokes Gill of Amite who had a stroke Christmas Day.    Dee Dee is hospitalized in North Oaks.   She has shown some improvement since Tuesday.
I have an unspoken request for a man who had a procedure yesterday in Baton Rouge and is hospitalized overnight.
Read the Bible
  • Zach 9-10
  • Ps. 148
  • Matt. 23



“Count Your Blessings” each morning you wake up!

Anna Lee


Suddenly a great company of the heavenly host appeared with the angel, praising God and saying, “Glory to God in the highest heaven, and on earth peace to those on whom his favor rests.”

~Luke 2:13-14~


I hope each of you had a joyous Christmas and centered some on your attention on Jesus, the true focus of the Christmas holiday.




Thank-you for praying for Fannie Seal as she had knee replacement surgery Monday.  She is up and walking.



Nancy Pledger is thankful for your prayers for her family at the time of her sister’s death this past week.  Please continue to pray for them today and in the days to come.



Say special prayers for those who are hospitalized during this holiday week and for their caregivers as they balance home and hospital environments this week.



Pray for families going through the holidays without loved ones who passed away in 2018.




Read the Bible Today

  • Zech. 7-8
  • Prov. 30
  • Matt. 22



FBC, Kentwood will celebrate the Lottie Moon Christmas Offering Sunday with a missions march during morning worship Sunday.



Thank God for the little things that have made your life so special in 2018.

Anna Lee













Merry Christmas

“Out of sheer generosity God put us in right standing with himself.

A pure gift.

He got us out of the mess we’re in and restored us to where he always wanted us to be.

And he did it by means of Jesus Christ.

He sacrificed Jesus on the altar of the world to clear that world of sin.”

~Romans 3:24-25 The Message~



Pete Gill’s procedure went well.  Now, treatment will begin.  Pray for this family during this Chirstmas Day.




Another Spring Creek family is in the hospital.  Jimmy Rufus Williams may get to come home today.  I know the family will celebrate being at home together and the birth of Jesus long ago.



David found some Christmas spirit in the good news he received yesterday and was able to attend the service at FBC, last night.  It was beautiful from the beginning to the end.  I know there were other special services last night.  I hope you were able to attend one.  We are extra thankful not to be going to Baton Rouge for a unit of blood today.




Mary Jo Gauthreaux Childress

February 5, 1950 – December 23, 2018

Mary Jo Gauthreaux Childress

Mary Jo Gauthreaux Childress, 68, of Laurel passed away on Sunday, December 23, 2018, and
is in the arms of Jesus after a lengthy battle with Alzheimer’s Disease.
Mrs. Childress was a dedicated and loving wife, mother, daughter, sister, and friend. She was a
member of First Baptist Church of Laurel where she served as a Sunday School teacher and
Bible Drill leader for many years. She adored children and was a teacher for Jones County
School District’s Star Reach Program.
She was preceded in death by her father, Joseph E. Gauthreaux of Biloxi, and her grandparents
John and Mary Gates of Pensacola, FL, and Joseph and Theresa Gauthreaux of Biloxi.
She is survived by her loving husband, David Childress of Laurel; her two daughters, Molly
(Carson) Humphries of Richardson, TX, and Mary Katherine “Katie” Childress of New York, NY;
her mother, Mary Helena (Gates) Gauthreaux of Biloxi; her sister Nancy (Jim) Pledger of
Natchitoches, LA; and four grandchildren, Hannah, Lydi Kate, Wiley, and Ellis Humphries.
Visitation will be held at 9 a.m. at Memory Chapel Funeral Home in Laurel on Wednesday,
December, 26, 2018, followed by services at 11:00 a.m. Graveside services will be at 1:30 p.m.
in Mendenhall.
In lieu of flowers, donations may be made to First Baptist Church Foundation of Laurel, Inc.
First Baptist Church Foundation of Laurel, Inc.
P.O. Box 4452
Laurel, MS 39441-4452




Read the Bible today.

  • Zech 4-6
  • Psalm 147
  • Matt. 21

Read about the birth of Jesus today.



Today is the day we celebrate the birth of Jesus.  That’s amazing, but not the end or the story.  He left heaven to live on earth and prepare the way for us to have salvation and to eventually live with Him forever.  That’s the greatest story ever told.  I hope you get to tell this story to someone today.



Happy birthday to our daughter.



Katera McMillian shared the following pictures and stories with me.  I’m passing them on.  Then, I’m going to get my “Christmas arch” out for this special day.  It was a gift a number of years ago.

Merry Christmas Around the World

The story is the same even though the celebration is different in other countries.  Focus on the meaning of Christmas as told in the Bible.

Anna Lee






Christmas Eve Addition

This morning I forgot to include a prayer request for Pete Gill who is receiving a port today at North Oaks and is facing possible radiation treatments soon.  Prayers for Pete, Gloria, and Tristan are greatly appreciated.




David and I just returned from Ochsner in Baton Rouge.   This is our holiday update.

December 24th Update:  We are home from our trip to Ochsner.  We received good news.  The blood level was 8.5 last Tuesday and 9.1 this morning.  That means NO blood infusion today.  The next blood test will be Monday, December 31st.  Many prayers were answered this morning.  What a great Christmas blessing!


First, let me apologize for thinking it was Wednesday yesterday.  Sometimes, in retirement, weekdays all run together.  I think the benefit from getting my days wrong is that you prayed for Jimmy and Linda Williams yesterday and will get another chance to do so today.



Shout for joy, you heavens; rejoice, you earth; burst into song, you mountains!

For the LORD comforts his people and will have compassion on his afflicted ones.

~Isaiah 49:13~



Read the Christmas story – Luke 19



Read the Bible today

  • Nahum
  • psalm 27
  • Matthew 16





Debbie Wilkinson got another report from MD Anderson.  Things are about the same.



David saw his hematologist yesterday.  His report continues to be about the same too.  His labs don’t change very much.  His injection of Procrit increased to 40,000 units.  The doctor is slowly trying to locate the perfect dosage for David.  The blood level dropped from 9.4 to 8.5, but is still high enough to not get another unit of blood.  We will get back on our Monday routine by going for labs and Procrit on Christmas Eve and New Year’s Eve.  David was blessed with a fruit/candy basket Saturday and carolers last night.  MDS has not taken the holiday off our schedule, only added to it.




Bryan and Rita Tate will be coming home Friday so they can spend the holidays with their family.



Ruby Pearl Didone Steel Rosamond

January 11, 1949 – December 16, 2018

Pearl, age 69, born on January 11, 1949 departed from this world on the night of December 16, 2018 leaving pain and suffering behind, transitioning to her Heavenly home to be met by Jesus, family and friends. Pearl spent most of her life working as a Certified Nursing Assistant. When not working, she was spending time with family and friends. Leaving behind to cherish her memories are 2 sons, Christopher Rosamond (Kristi) and Samuel Jim Tom Rosamond (Melinda); 2 former daughters in law, Sherri Rosamond and Mildred Rosamond; 4 grandchildren, Stormie McNabb (Colby), Dustin Rosamond (Madison), Matthew Rosamond and Joshua Rosamond;1 brother, Earl Didone (Barbara); 1 sister, Sue Tucker (Kenny); 3 step-sisters, Barbara Didone, Linda Baker, and Glenda Williams; 1 step-brother, Michael Bedwell; and a cherished friend, Mrs. Yvonne Lott. Preceded in death by 2 husbands, Walter Steele and Tommy Rosamond; parents, Ruby Stokes and Jesse Didone, Sr.; 2 brothers, Eddie Didone and Frank Bedwell; 2 step-sisters, Marie Bedwell and Jean Stokes; a grandson , Little Tommy Rosamond; and a nephew, Cory Didone; and 2 step-fathers, Frank Bedwell and Aubrey Stokes. Visitation at Taylor Creek Baptist Church from 9 a.m. until religious services at 11 a.m. on Saturday, December 22, 2018. Services conducted by Rev. Don Meadows. Interment Tangipahoa Cemetery, Tangipahoa. McKneely Funeral Home, Kentwood, in charge of arrangements. For an online guestbook, visit



Kurt Konrad Kundler

January 03, 1938 – December 17, 2018
A resident of Kentwood, LA, passed away on Monday, December 17, 2018 at his home. He was born January 3, 1938 in New York, NY and was 80 years of age. He was a US Navy Veteran and a retired Pipefitter from Local 198. He is survived by 2 sons, Kelly Kundler and wife, Tammy, Gonzales, and Kenneth Kundler and wife, Mary Margaret, Kentwood; 3 grandchildren, Kolt Kundler and wife, Amanda, Prairieville, Kade Kundler, Gonzales, and Kristen Kundler, Knoxville, TN; 3 great grandchildren, Kynslee Kundler, Kayne Kundler, and Kace Kundler; brother, Joseph Kundler and wife ,Vera, Dover, DE; and sister, Anita Wallace, Greenville, TN. Preceded in death by his wife, Carmen Thomas Kundler; grandson, Kody Kundler; and an infant brother. Visitation at Pine Ridge United Methodist Church, Kentwood, from 9 a.m. until religious services at 11 a.m. on Thursday, December 20, 2018. Services conducted by Rev. Michael Townsend. Interment Pine Ridge Cemetery, Kentwood. McKneely Funeral Home, Kentwood, in charge of arrangements. For an online guestbook, visit




Even with illnesses and deaths, there is much to love about the holidays.  Don’t let the problems of life cause you to lose hope, faith, and love.

Anna Lee



“I can do all things through him who strengthens me.” 

~Philippians 4:13 ESV~



Rev. David Cutrer has some blockages checked, but will not need anything else done.  Thank God for David’s good report.



My David received another good report yesterday.  David saw his retina specialist who helped him be able to see following cataract surgeries.  Yesterday, the doctor checked David’s eyes and said it was another miracle that they eyes are not experiencing more problems.  We thank God for the good report and for the wonderful Christian doctor who helped David get through a very difficult experience.




Baptist Press Articles



Read the Christmas Story – Luke 12



Read the Bible Today 

  • Obadiah
  • Proverbs 24
  • Matthew 10



There are many Christmas programs scheduled for local churches.  Connect with one or more and be blessed.

Anna Lee



“But the wisdom that comes from heaven is first of all pure;

then peace-loving,



full of mercy and good fruit,

impartial and


~James 3:17 NIV~




Dennis Miller continues to slowly improve at home.  Donna Fay has pneumonia again.  She’s at home too.



Please pray for Rev. David Cutrer who  is hospitalized.  He is a pastor and an employee of McKneely Funeral Home.



From Johnny Owens concerning Gayle Owens

Mom still in hospital. Doing well overall, weak but vitals all good. Have her on oral meds for bacterial infection and started her a little while ago on IV meds plus probiotics. Hoping to go home either Tuesday or Wednesday. Cardiologist group released her but doctor group that admitted her must also release her. Cardio rehab worked with her once Saturday & once today (should have been twice today). When she goes home she should have them plus a home health nurse…. I was told she may be able to have an aide as well. Appreciate y’all, keep up the prayers.




Rev. Rod Smith

On Sat Nov 3, fell and broke my femur. When asked how I fell I said, “Down and hard” I was about to go to bed, lost my balance and fell.So I have been in the hospital or swing bed ever since I wii go home this Friday..I am doing well, walking, and expect to recover.




David got his weekly injection and another good lab report yesterday.  His RBCs held stable this past week.  His weight is also holding stable.  Today, David sees his retina specialist for a check-up.



Dec 19, 1979 – Dec 8, 2018


And a resident of Mobile, AL died Saturday December 8, 2018 after an automobile accident. He was born December 19, 1979 in Bogalusa. Robert graduated from Parklane Academy in McComb, MS in 1997 and later received a Bachelor’s Degree in Psychology from the University of South Alabama. Robert worked as a counselor on the Crisis Team of AltaPointe Health Systems. He loved going to the beach and staying physically fit by exercising and working out. In his spare time, Robert also enjoyed playing his favorite video games.

Survived by:

Parents: Breaux and Sandy Tageant of Franklinton

Twin Brother: Robin Tageant of Mobile

Sister: Heather Tageant of Franklinton

Nephew and Niece: Brogen Blitch,
Brynley Tageant

Also numerous aunts, uncles, cousins and many dear friends.

He was preceded in death by his grandparents Oveid and Frances Pope and Robert Joseph and Jewel Tageant.

Visitation will be from 10:00 am until 2:00 pm Wednesday December 12th at First Baptist Church of Franklinton (950 Self Street, Franklinton, LA 70438). A funeral service will be held in the church at 2:00 pm Wednesday with Rev. Jim Richardson officiating. Burial will follow in Ellis Cemetery.

Pallbearers: Henry Patronus, Frank Nelson, Stephen Switzer, Nick Vester, Chad Fisher, Evan Tageant, Blake Ruffino, Dar Blitch




Yesterday, there was a massive fire at FBC, Bossier City.





Read the Christmas story –  Luke 11




Read the Bible 

  • Amos 8-9
  • Psalm 141
  • Matthew 9




Lottie Moon Christmas Offering 2018




Jesus is the reason for the season!

Anna Lee