Tuesday

“Do not worry about your life, what you will eat or drink; or about your body, what you will wear.

Is not life more than food, and the body more than clothes?”

~Matthew 6:25 (NIV)~

 

 

 

Read the Bible in 2020 – March 31

  • Deuteronomy 16:1-17:20
  • Luke 9:7-27
  • Psalm 72:1-20
  • Proverbs 12:8-9

 

 

Song of the Day 

  • “The Doxology”
  • “In Times Like These”
  • “One Day at a Time”
  • “Make Me a Blessing”
  • “In His Hands”
  • “Til the Storm Passes By”
  • “His Eye is on the Sparrow”
  • “Near to the Heart of God”
  • “They’ll Know We are Christians (by our love)”
  • “Victory in Jesus”
  • “There’s Something about that Name”
  • “The Joy of the Lord is My Strength”
  • “No One Ever Cared for Me Like Jesus”
    • I would love to tell you what I think of Jesus,
      Since I found in Him a friend so strong and true;
      I would tell you how He changed my life completely,
      He did something that no other friend could do.

      No one ever cared for me like Jesus,
      There’s no other friend so kind as He;
      No one else could take the sin and darkness from me,
      O how much He cared for me.

      All my life was full of sin when Jesus found me,
      All my heart was full of misery and woe;
      Jesus placed His strong and loving arms about me,
      And He led me in the way I ought to go.

      No one ever cared for me like Jesus,
      There’s no other friend so kind as He;
      No one else could take the sin and darkness from me,
      O how much He cared for me.

      Ev’ry day He comes to me with new assurance,
      More and more I understand His words of love;
      But I’ll never know just why He came to save me,
      Till some day I see His blessed face above.

      No one ever cared for me like Jesus,
      There’s no other friend so kind as He;
      No one else could take the sin and darkness from me,
      O how much He cared for me.

    • https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=5lg9c8EhLw4

 

 

 

Baptist Presshttp://www.bpnews.net/

 

 

 

From Ginger Miller Hutto:

In the midst of turbulent times, God sends unspeakable joy!
Welcome JOHN LEVI MCELVEEN!
March 27, 2020. 8:45 am. 7 lbs 11 oz. 21 in long. Our 6th grandchild!

 

 

Buddy Morris has had some issues which led to an adjustment of medication.  Pray this works out for him.

 

 

 

Henry McKenzie has a brother, Marion, who is hospitalized in Hattisburg,  Pray for him and his family,

 

 

 

Dennis Price has been in North Oaks and will get a defibrillator today.  Pray this is helpful to Dennis’ health.

 

 

 

 

Today is the day we were to leave home to travel to our grandson’s military graduation from the Air Force boot camp.  Needless to say, none of the families will be represented.  Graduation will be a hard day for the graduates and their families.  Let’s not focus on ourselves, but on others today.

Today, we can use prayer as a weapon in helping ourselves and others through this virus experience,  Set your clocks to remind you to pray each hour.  Choose one of the requests listed below to be your focus for that hour.  The next hour, choose another one.  Pray.  Take your mind off yourself as you pray for others.  If you have your television on, you can use the commercials as signals to pray.  Find a method to pray regularly throughout this day.

Focus on the needs of others.

  • Pray for the young people like those in this group as they move on to the next step.
  • Pray for students who won’t graduate in May as planned.
  • Pray for couples who postponed weddings.
  • Pray for families who had a death and cannot receive the normal support from others.
  • Pray for students who were not able to get home during this time.
  • Pray for sick people who have no loved ones to sit with them.
  • Pray for people who live alone and who have not heard from anyone in a long time.
  • Pray for people who are sick and unsure about going to the doctor/hospital.
  • Pray for healthcare workers who go in for another day at their worksite.
  • Pray for pastors as they attempt to minister to their “flock” in creative ways.
  • Pray for churches to be a “shining light” in their communities.
  • Pray for grandparents and grandchildren who cannot see each other.
  • Pray for parents who are healthcare workers and who have seen the need to pass their children on to another relative for this time period.
  • Pray for teens and young adults who do not realize the seriousness of the situation.
  • Pray for new parents who are entrusted by God with a baby at this time.
  • Pray for low-wage workers who are called in to work without protective gear.
  • Pray for healthcare workers who have to go into homes where the virus is thriving.
  • Pray for those who do not have adequate food at this time.
  • Pray for those who have spend their money on other things, not necessities.
  • ETC.

 

 

Remember to pray regularly today!

Anna Lee

Sunday

“Do not let sin control the way you live;

do not give in to sinful desires . . .

Instead, give yourselves completely to God, for you were dead, but now you have new life.

So use your whole body as an instrument to do what is right for the glory of God.”

~Romans 6:12-13 (NLT)~

 

 

 

In the midst of turbulent times, God sends unspeakable joy!

Welcome JOHN LEVI MCELVEEN!
March 27, 2020. 8:45 am.

7 lbs 11 oz. 21 in long.

Our 6th grandchild! ( Written by Ginger Miller Hutto of Hillsdale)
Katie Hutto McElveen Malcolm McElveen (Parents)

 

 

 

Read the Bible Today – March 29

  • Exodus 8:1-9:35
  • Matthew 19:13-30
  • Psalm 24:1-10
  • Proverbs 6:1-5

 

 

Song of the Day 

  • “The Doxology”
  • “In Times Like These”
  • “One Day at a Time”
  • “Make Me a Blessing”
  • “In His Hands”
  • “Til the Storm Passes By”
  • “His Eye is on the Sparrow”
  • “Near to the Heart of God”
  • “They’ll Know We are Christians (by our love)”
  • “Victory in Jesus”
  • “There’s Something about that Name”

 

 

Please continue to pray for Ryan “Rufus” Willliams from Spring Creek.

 

 

 

So far, most people have remained healthy.  Continue to ““play it safe” and STAY HOME.  Some people seem to be disobeying the orders to do that.  I’m afraid they will be among the sick in a week.  Use the pick-up services available in multiple locations.  Do not allow anyone inside your house, except the home health nurse!  Keep children away from their grandparents, etc.  because they are often carriers of the coronavirus.  Today, this Lord’s Day, more churches will be live-streaming their services.  Be sure to look at two or three.  If you do go out, make it a trip around the community to pray for people as you ride by their homes.  Stay in your car.  Don’t stop anywhere!  Use your phone to check on people.  If you deliver something to a home, leave it on the porch and knock and call.  Then, quickly leave.

 

 

 

Today, the Operation Christmas Child team was scheduled to visit Sunday School classrooms to take suggestions for April purchases.   You will have to be creative to make these purchases without going shopping in person, but I know you can do this.  Happy April Shopping!  Two new rules:

  1. Don’t enter any stores to purchase these.  Use your phone or internet.
  2. Have the items delivered to the church.  They can sit at the church and and be waiting for when this isolation period is over.

 

Operation Christmas Child, April 2020

Nursery

Preschoolers 

Jump Ropes
Grades 1-5 Marbles
Youth Jump Ropes
College & Career Dominoes
Gateway Socks for Boys
Joy

Friendship Circle

$1.00 Scissors
New Creations

Renewal

Hair Brushes
Rebekah  Sewing Kits
Seekers

City Hall

Faithful

Lip Balm
Staff Highlighters

 

 

Be safe.  Shop from home.  If you need help, call Janice, the church secretary, for assistance.  229-8111. Let’s not slack up on shoeboxes during this time.  Let’s just alter the way we shop.

Anna Lee

Saturday

“I wait expectantly,

trusting God to help,

for he has promised.”

~Psalm 130:5 (TLB)~

 

 

 

Mrs, Joyce Harrington, mother of Dr.Rhonda Kelley (Think NOBTS), has been moved from her extended living facility in New Orleans to the hospital and was diagnosed with Covid-19.  She is not doing well.  Please pray for her and for her family.

 

 

 

Charlotte, Danielle Thornton’s infant niece, had her surgery in New Orleans yesterday.  All went well.  Please continue to pray for Charlotte and her family.

 

 

 

Jacob Martello‘s oral surgery went well yesterday.  Pray for him and his caregivers as he recovers.  Pray he doesn’t need a possible second surgery.

 

 

 

 

Ryan “Rufus” Williams was improving from his pneumonia.  His family was thankful to be able to Facetime him.  Pray for continued improvement.

 

 

 

Robin Alford had another surgery on her ankle yesterday.  It went well.  Now, Robin only has ten more weeks of not being able to put any weight on her foot.  Keep her in your prayers.  Thankfully, she is still able to do work from home.

 

 

 

Josiah Huckaby got to go home from the hospital yesterday.  Can you imagine the smiles on Job’s and KK’s faces?  Please continue to pray for this sweet family.

 

 

 

Gary Faller, a distant cousin, is improving from having pneumonia, but fell yesterday and broke his hip.  He has no family near him, so he needs extra prayers.

 

 

 

Wulfgar Tannis Saizan

November 24, 2001 – March 22, 2020

 

“When you stand by the Gate of Death and you have to tear free, I shall follow you across the Resounding Bridge with my song. You will be free from the bonds that bind you.”

On March 22, 2020, Wulfgar Tannis Saizan’s life came to an abrupt end in the same wails for which it began, on November 24, 2001. A strong young man with a passionate and generous heart. He will be dearly missed here. Our comfort is found in that now he resides in the loving arms of those whom preceded him in death. Beloved Grandmother, Johnnie Saizan Jenkins and Grandfather, Herman Eicke. We will weep, but our merciful Father has granted him freedom from the bonds that Earth provides. There is only hunting, fishing, and the super heroes he so greatly admired now. He is loved. Survived by father, Frank Saizan, and mother, Peggy Saizan with grandmother, Peggy Eicke; Wulfgar was the most precious ‘big’ little brother to sisters Carla, Samantha, and Elizabeth could ask for. He leaves behind a host of family, such as an uncle, aunts, cousins, niece and nephew. They will all surely miss his infectious laughter and hugs as if given by the oak trees themselves. Services to be held privately in Kentwood, Louisiana. Love, Dad.

 

 

 

Make your plans today to check on some friends/neighbors/family via phone today and to WATCH some church services tomorrow that are live-streamed.  Be thankful for today’s situation.  It could be so much worse!

 

 

 

Read the Bible in 2020 = March 28

  • Deuteronomy 9:1-10:22
  • Luke 8:4-21
  • Psalm 69:19-36
  • Proverbs 12:2-3

 

 

Stay home except to get groceries and medicine (and possibly a short ride when you do not stop and get out of your vehicle.  You can enjoy some of the beautiful spring flowers God has provided for us to enjoy).

Anna Lee

Wednesday

“God does speak—

sometimes one way and sometimes another—

even though people may not understand it.”

~Job 33:14 (NCV)~

 
David and I have completed two weeks of quarantine.  It’s not totally different from our regular routine.  The road certainly does seem empty out here!  It’s a lot quieter than just our normal “peaceful”.  Join with me in praying for others to remain in quarantine and slow down the spread of Coronavirus.

 

 

 

I’m so thankful churches have stepped up and are posting sermons or services online.  I already have a list of Wednesday night services I want to watch.  You can’t do that when you have to attend in person.  Let’s continue to look for the “silver linings”.  The Methodist church is requesting all members stop at noon today and say the Lord’s Prayer.  I’m sure they won’t mind if some non-Methodists join in with them.

 

 

 

Read the Bible in 2020 – March 25

  • Deuteronomy 4:1-49
  • Luke 6:39-7:10
  • Psalm 68:1-18
  • Proverbs 11:28

 

 

 

 

Baptist Press –  http://www.bpnews.net/

 

 

Baptist Messagehttps://baptistmessage.com/

 

 

Continuing my song list today . . .

  • “The Doxology” 
  • “In Times Like These”
  • “One Day at a Time”
  • “Make Me a Blessing”
  • “In His Hands”
  • “Til the Storm Passes By”
  • “His Eye is on the Sparrow” – https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Gua-NE8y8lE

This was done in 1952.  It seems so appropriate today!  Maybe, today is a                               good day to teach this song to some of our younger generation.

I trust parents are building strong children with strong faith during this                                 time.

 

 

 

During this time when patients cannot have family members with them in hospitals, doctor offices, clinics, nursing homes, etc. it is very hard on the patients and the family.  It’s also hard on families when there is a death and the services are so limited.

 

 

Encourage someone today!

Anna Lee

 

 

 

 

Happy Lord’s Day!

[The Armor of God]

Finally, be strong in the Lord and in his mighty power.

Put on the full armor of God, so that you can take your stand against the devil’s schemes.

~Ephesians 6:10-11 (NIV)~

 

 

 

Read the Bible in 2020 – March 22

  • Numbers 33:40-35:34
  • Luke 5:12-28
  • Psalm 65:1-13
  • Proverbs 11:23

 

 

Bro. Stan Statham posted a video for us to watch about a prayer line.

 

 

 

World Down Syndrome Day 2020 & Josiah Huckaby

Not how we planned to spend it. We didn’t get to wear our cute shirts or crazy socks but we did have fun. Although we sure are missing daddy! I’m just glad technology allows us the opportunity to see each other during hospital stays.

Josiah has definitely been making improvements on his oxygen. They did quite a bit of weaning today. Hopefully he will continue to do well on the new oxygen settings tonight.

To God be the glory! 💙💛💙💛💙

 

 

Joey “Buck” Cutrer

November 03, 1957 – March 20, 2020

A resident of Livingston, LA, passed away on Friday, March 20, 2020 at his home. He was born November 3, 1957 in Clinton, LA and was 62 years of age. He was a loving father and grandfather that would do anything for anyone. He was a kind hearted soul that is now at peace. He is survived by 2 sons, Joey Cutrer and Drew Alan Cutrer and wife, Lauren; granddaughter, Ava Cutrer; brother, Ric Cutrer and wife, Donna; sister, MaryJo Cutrer; and numerous nieces and nephews. He was preceded in death by his daughter, Carly Lou Cutrer; and parents, Joe and Mary Lou Cutrer. Due to the Coronavirus Pandemic, the funeral and viewing will be private. Arrangements are entrusted to McKneely Funeral Home, Amite. For an online guestbook, visit http://www.mckneelys.com.

 

 

 

Saint Elmo Saxon, Jr.

February 22, 1943 – March 20, 2020

A resident of Kentwood, LA, passed away on Friday, March 20, 2020 at home surrounded by his family. He was born February 22, 1943 in Foxworth, MS and was 77 years of age. He was a husband, father, brother and friend who was better known as Daddy, Honey, Elmo or simply “Saint.” He was a man of many talents, loved the outdoors and was an American patriot having served in the U. S. Army. His world was his family showing his love every day with his abounding love. He traveled throughout the world, many times alone, sometimes with his love and family,  bringing back many stories and souvenirs from the trips. Being a man that loved to work, he taught his work ethic to anyone who would loan him a hand, follow him around, learning with every step. If you were lucky enough to attend a Saxon gathering where family and friends were, you caught him in his glory. He is survived by his wife, Kay Crawford Saxon; 3 daughters, Milissa Pirnar, Tissie Gorman, and  Angela Saxon; son, Chris Saxon and his wife, Brigitte Saxon; grandchildren, Brugge Gorman, Dillon Gorman, Skylar Pirnar, Noah Steptore, Domonique Pierce, Anna Barber, Stone Saxon, and River Saxon; great-grandchildren, Abygayle, Anslee and Aniston Rae Barber; 2 sisters, Linda Russell and Mary Johnson; brother, John Wayne Saxon. Preceded in death by parents, Saint Elmo Saxon, Sr. and Johnnie Mae Forbes Saxon; son, Brian O’Neal Saxon; daughter, Tina Marie Saxon; and brother, Linnie Saxon. Due to the Coronavirus Pandemic, the funeral and viewing will be private. For an online guestbook, visit http://www.mckneelys.com.

 

 

 

Most of us will be at home today and watching our church service via live-streaming video.  Many will not have the opportunity to attend a Sunday School class.  There are several option:

  • Each person prepares their lesson and discusses it.
  • One person teaches the family each week.
  • Watch a video and discuss it as a family group.

Bible project will be giving us a video to watch as a family each week.  Then, discussion can follow.  The lesson for today is “Generosity”.

https://bibleproject.com/videos/generosity/?utm_medium=email&utm_source=newsletter&utm_campaign=quarantinemail&utm_content=generosity

  • I suggest doing your Sunday School during your church’s regular Sunday School time.

 

 

Churches present the worship service online.

  • Most churches will present the worship service online, many of them doing so for the first time today.
  • If your church is not live-streaming this morning or if you choose to watch multiple services as we did last week. you will have plenty of opportunities.  On Facebook, join Kentwood First Baptist Church at 10:30 A.M., 6 P.M. today, and 6 P.M. Wednesday.  I think following the normal schedule will keep us from feeling like we are missing out as much.

 

 

 

Now that hospitals are not allowing any visitors like the special living facilities, we need to pray extra hard for both the patients/residents and the family members.  What a change this is!

 

 

David and I haven’t been out in days.  He makes a lot of calls to check on people.  If you have a name for me to add to The Prayer Link, please send me a  message like Danielle Thornton did yesterday.  I will be glad to add your prayer concerns.

 

 

 

Here’s my song list for today.  I hope you sing along.

 

 

Make this “Lord’s Day” special and one you and your family will remember for a long time.

Anna Lee

 

 

 

Saturday

I lost my post this morning.  Even Jason cannot find it, so here I go again.  This will be in an abbreviated form.

 

“But blessed is the one who trusts in the LORD, whose confidence is in him.

They will be like a tree planted by the water that sends out its roots by the stream.

It does not fear when heat comes; its leaves are always green.

It has no worries in a year of drought and never fails to bear fruit.”

~Jeremiah 17:7-8 (NIV)~

 

 

 

Read the Bible in 2020 – March 21

  • Numbers 32:1-33:39
  • Luke 4:31-5:11
  • Psalm 64:1-10
  • Proverbs 11:22

 

 

 

Church services, from FBC,K, will be on the church’s Facebook page on Sundays at 10:30 A.M. and 6:00 P.M. as well as Wednesday’s at 6 P.M.  If your church is not live-streaming, I hope you will join us.  Facebook – Kentwood First Baptist Church

Contact Chinero Fowler (on Facebook) if you are interested in an online Bible study on Genesis.

 

 

 

I read about making masks to supplement the current short supply.  Jennie made/is making some to share with her neighbors.  Now, Julie is joining the project. If you have supplies, you may want to make some to share.  The patterns are available online.

 

 

 

Josiah Huckaby

  • 19th -And in the blink of an eye…we are back in the hospital!

    We went for an appointment in Memphis today & he started having some respiratory trouble. They went ahead & sent us home from clinic but told us to come back to the ER if he got worse. Half way home he got really flushed looking & was having more trouble. We checked his temp & it was 104.6 so we turned around & came back to the ER. I always have Tylenol with us so we gave that & by the time we got back to Memphis his temp was down to 101.9 and was at 100.5 about 2 hours ago. So far his X-ray shows pneumonia in his left lung, they have started antibiotics, & they are running some tests to determine if he has a bacterial or viral infection. We are still in the ER but hopefully we will be in a room soon.

    To God be the glory! Job Huckaby

  • 20th -Update: We have had several people asking if Josiah was tested for COVID-19. Due to the new hospital protocols for admission to the PICU, he did fall under the guidelines for testing. His test came back negative this afternoon. Praise the Lord! His FLU/RSV tests came back negative, as well as the respiratory viral panel they ran. They also swapped him to a hospital vent last night for 2 purposes: due to the new protocols in place & so they could better control adjusting his settings throughout the night. They were able to put him back on his home vent this evening. He’s still requiring a lot of oxygen but they have been able to keep all his other settings at our home levels. He also hasn’t had a fever since last night.

    Thank y’all so much for praying for our family! To God be the glory!!! ❤️ Job Huckaby

 

 

 

This morning I saw photos of the Samaritan’s Purse portable hospital I told you about.  It reminded me of the good work some organizations do.  Feel free to support them.

 

 

 

I told you about singing The Doxology while washing your hands to make sure you are washing long enough.

This morning, in making a comment to a FB friend, I used the phrase, “in times like this”.  That led me to my second song for today – “In Times Like This”.

As I was working on this I was reminded of another favorite – “One Day at a Time” – https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=IEtKfyvTHig&list=PLwLMaSuIV0XGegRiJLFmqPZPuzc9Vd1Hh&index=23

As I reflected on the last few days, I was reminded to friends who called or dropped food off at the house (porch only) – “Make Me a Blessing” – You never know what a blessing you are to others.  A phone call from you may be the only voice some people hear today other than the voices on the television.

Here’s my song list for today.  I hope you sing along.

  • “The Doxology” (Remember to add the “Amen” at the end.)
  • “In Times Like These”
  • “One Day at a Time”
  • “Make Me a Blessing”

 

 

God is still in control.  He loves us.  He has us in His hands – another song for tomorrow.

Think of God and others.  Don’t have a pity party!  We are all in this!  Support and encourage one another!

Anna Lee