“Do not be misled:

‘Bad company corrupts good character.’”

~1 Corinthians 15:33 (NIV)~




Mrs. Mildred Birch fell at home two nights ago.  Thankfully, she didn’t break anything.  Please pray for her and for others.  Falling happens quickly and ofter makes for big changes in a person’s life.




Died: Joyce Lin, Missionary Pilot Transporting Coronavirus Supplies   –




TRUSTEES: IMB approves 59 missionaries, addresses budget concerns




Read the Bible in 2020 – May 16th

  • 1 Samuel 18:5-19:24
  • John 8:31-59
  • Psalm 112:1-10
  • Proverbs 15:12-14

If you need a hard copy of the Scriptures for the next four months, they are available at the church office – 229-8111.




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You may want to check out these Bible Project Videos, especially if your church does not offer Sunday School.  I think they might also be a good addition to your summer plans/. The video for this week is number nine – “Hope”.




No matter how you plan to participate in worship tomorrow, the key word is “participate”!

Anna Lee






“Praise be to the God of Shadrach, Meshach and Abednego, who has sent his angel and rescued his servants!

They trusted in him and defied the king’s command and were willing to give up their lives rather than serve or worship any god except their own God.”

~Daniel 3:28 (NIV)~

Bro. Darryl preached from Daniel 3 on April 8th.  What is God able to do for you?




Today, I want to think about the children in our church.  They love to sing.  They love the children’s moments.  They love to do crafts.  They love Bible stories, Bible drills, missionary stories, VBS, summer camp, VBS,  and so much more.  I know they have missed their teachers and their friends at church.  Keep them safe at home until you, the parents and grandparents, feel it is safe to get them back in church.  Pray for your children and grandchildren, teach them at home, have them read Bible stories to you, etc,  Invest in them.  Encourage them.  Brag on them.  They will be blessed.  You will too!




Read the Bible in 2020 – May 15

  • 1 Samuel 17:1-18:4
  • John 8:21-30
  • Psalm 111:1-10
  • Proverbs 15:11



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IMB temporarily relocates personnel due to COVID-19 –




Missionaries strive to advance Gospel as IMB adapts to financial challenges




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Pray for our state, Louisiana, as we enter Phase I to open our state up again.  Be careful!  Be safe!  Respect the people who choose to begin the change back to a normal routine.  Respect the people, who for the sake of sickness or age, decide not to return to their previous routine at this time.  Pray for everyone!

Anna Lee




“When you pass through the waters, I will be with you;

and when you pass through the rivers, they will not sweep over you.

When you walk through the fire, you will not be burned; the flames will not set you ablaze.”

~Isaiah 43:2 (NIV)~



When you go through the difficult times in life,

God is there to protect us.



This pandemic is one of the difficult times.  I don’t know how or when it will come to an end, but I am confident God is going through this pandemic with us – walking each step with us and holding our hand.




Read the Bible in 2020 – May 13

  • 1 Samuel 14:1-52
  • John 7:31-53
  • Psalm 109:1-31
  • Proverbs 15:5-7




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Today, I want to lead us to pray for the younger adults at church.  I won’t try to make a complete list, just a sampling.

  • Nathan Daniels
  • Hope Brister
  • Phillip Miller
  • Frank Fowler III
  • Nikki Rhodus
  • Courtney Creel
  • Micah Simpson
  • Rhondi Booty
  • Mallory Womack
  • Haley Cerise
  • Josh Thornton
  • Maryanna Lee



Don’t let the days of being homebound go be without some accomplishments.  

  • Call a friend.
  • Send a card.
  • Take care of your house & yard.
  • Clean out a cabinet, closet, or storage area,
  • Read your Bible.
  • Watch some sermons of pastors other than your own.
  • Cook something to share.
  • Experiment with preparing new foods for your family.
  • Stop by a friend’s house and visit a few minutes from your vehicle or the porch.
  • Read your Bible.
  • Use your computer/phone to encourage others.
  • Etc.

As our state moves into Phase One of returning to a more normal life, be sure to follow the rules.  It is better to be overly cautious than to do activities too soon that lead to sickness and other issues.

Anna Lee








“I will ask the Father, and he will give you another helper who will be with you forever.

That helper is the Spirit of Truth.

The world cannot accept him, because it doesn’t see or know him.

You know him, because he lives with you and will be in you.”

~John 14:16-17 (GW)~

(These are some of the Bible verses I read yesterday.)




Fay Chadwick Todd did well with knee surgery yesterday and is scheduled to go home today.  She’ll need more prayers when she gets home.




Ricky Russell also did well with surgery yesterday.  His was for his heart.  Ricky will also be released today is he has a good night.  Please continue to pray for him.  I omitted his sister, Susan, in my prayer request list yesterday.




Mrs. Mickey Cade fell Sunday night and broke her ankle.  She is scheduled for surgery today.  Please pray for a successful surgery and a good recovery.




Ethel Chenoweth Reynolds

May 12, 1927 – May 09, 2020

A resident of Greensburg, LA, passed away on Saturday, May 9, 2020 in Folsom, LA. She was born May 12, 1927 in Harveyville, Kansas and was 92 years of age. She was a member of First Baptist Church of Greensburg. She is survived by her son, Richard Reynolds and wife JoAnn; grandchildren, Scott Reynolds, Sean Reynolds, Kyle Reynolds and wife Jen, Wade Reynolds and wife Leanna, Jesse Reynolds, Evan Reynolds Mersch and husband David, Jill Boone and husband, Larry; 10 great-grandchildren; 1 sister, Mary Burks; 2brothers, Donald Carter and wife Gwen and Henry Chenoweth and wife Darleen. Preceded in death parents, Charles and Ruby Chenoweth; husband, Raymond F. Reynolds; son, Robert J. Reynolds; daughter, Rita Simpson; granddaughter, Cynthia Hickey. Graveside Services will be private. McKneely Funeral Home, Amite, in charge of arrangements. For an online guestbook, visit

“Miss” Ethel was a faithful WMU lady who loved to attend the associational meetings as well as events at the church.  She will be missed.




Betty Loving Braden

August 29, 1939 – May 09, 2020

Betty Loving Braden died peacefully on May 9, 2020 with her husband Jim by her side.  Betty was born on August 29, 1939 and was a native and resident of Kentwood, Louisiana.  She graduated from Vine Grove Consolidated High School in Vine Grove, Kentucky and then proudly from the Charity Hospital School of Nursing located in New Orleans.  Betty loved being a nurse and she worked in several hospitals including Greensburg and Lallie Kemp Hospital.  She also taught many nursing students at the St. Helena College and Career Academy.  Betty is preceded in death by her beloved parents George and Louella Loving and her younger sister Carol Loving McNabb.   She is survived by her husband James “Jim” Braden, her children James Braden and his wife Joey, Kelly Thorgeson and her husband Rudy, and Joseph “Beau” Braden.  Betty was also survived by her four grandchildren Jacob, Johanna, and Jonah Braden and Alayna Braden all of whom she loved, doted on, and was so very proud of.  They thought she was the best Maw Maw any grandchild could ask for.  The family wishes to thank all of her caregivers and the North Oaks Hospital staff who allowed family visitation during this difficult time.  Because of the current conditions, there will be a private visitation at McKneely Funeral Home in Kentwood, Louisiana followed by a graveside service at New Zion Community Cemetery.  In lieu of flowers, please make a memorial donation in the name of Betty Loving Braden to the Charity Hospital School of Nursing Alumni Association, 450 S. Claiborne Ave. New Orleans, Louisiana. For an online guestbook, visit




Charlsee’ Amanda Hawkins

January 20, 1948 – May 11, 2020

A resident of Roseland, LA, passed away on Monday, May 11, 2020 at her home. She was born January 20,1948 in Jennings, LA and was 72 years of age. She is survived by her daughter, Amanda C. Dorsa and husband, Matthew, Roseland; 3 sons, Houston M. Alford and wife, Katie, Amite, Timothy A. Alford, Roseland, and Charles A. Alford and wife, Pamela, Hartsville, SC; sister, Regina K. Tharp, Bismark, ND; 11 grandchildren, Casey Alford-Weaver, Carson Weaver, Camryn Dorsa, Cayli Dorsa, Sarah Alford, Ryan Alford, Lauren Alford, Madalynne Hughes, Dustin Alford, Heather Alford, and Hunter Meldahl. Preceded in death by infant daughter, Sybrina Seymour; mother, Lydia M. Hawkins; father, Charley James Hawkins; brother, Robert W. Hawkins. McKneely Funeral Home, Amite, in charge of arrangements. For an online guestbook, visit

Elizabeth Ann Waldrop-Ducote

November 04, 1945 – May 10, 2020

On Sunday, May 10, 2020 the heavens opened wide and gained another angel, Elizabeth Ann Waldrop-Ducote. She passed away peacefully at North Oaks Medical Center in Hammond, LA after a brief bout of pneumonia as a result of COVID-19. Miss Waldrop-Ducote was a resident of Amite, LA for the past 3 years having spent the last 30 years in Ponchatoula, LA. Miss Waldrop-Ducote grew up in the Irish Channel and lived all over New Orleans, LA before returning to the country in the late 80’s. She lived a full life, enjoying everything it had to offer. She lived life her way and raised her children as any single mom would, with lots of love. She is survived by 6 children, Rebecca A. McAlister, Eunice Kay Falgout (Greg), David Lee Ducote (Josephine), Bryan A. Waldrop (Anna), Jennie Mary Waldrop, Tracy Lynn Laurent (Dana); sister-in-law, Dianne Crawford Waldrop; numerous grandchildren and great-grandchildren that Nanny loved. Also survived by many nieces, nephews, and cousins. Preceded in death by parents, Cristo and Eunice Bridges Waldrop; brothers and sisters, Mary Maxine Travis Martin (O.G.), Shirley Travis Day (Edgar), and Harry Lamonte Waldrop; grandparents, James Curtis Bridges and Mary Josephine “Fennie” Phillips Bridges. Graveside Services will be held at New Zion Cemetery, Kentwood, LA at 10:00AM on Wednesday, May 13, 2020. Services conducted by Rev. Larry Blades. McKneely Funeral Home, Kentwood, in charge of arrangements. For an online guestbook, visit




Read the Bible in 2020 – May 12

  • 1 Samuel 12:1-13:23
  • John 7:1-30
  • Psalm 108:1-13
  • Proverbs 15:4



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Bro. Darryl Miller called and told David that FBC, Kentwood will resume having the congregation at the worship services Sunday morning.  Live-streaming of services will continue.  The church will follow the state guidelines set up for all churches as they return to the church building for services.  David and I will be watching from home.  It will be so wonderful to not see empty pews at church.  This has been a unique time in history of our churches.  I hope it never happens again.  I must brag on all the churches for finding ways to broadcast services that fit their congregations.  To God be the glory!

Anna Lee



“Be doers of the word, and not hearers only.”

~James 1:22 (ESV)~




Please pray for two people who will have procedure today now that elective surgery is again an option.

  • Ricky Russell of Chesbrough will have a heart procedure today.  He has to be at the hospital early today.  The hardest part for his family is that they will have to wait until Tuesday to hear an update.  As you pray for Ricky, please also pray for Brenda, Jeanna, and Vernon.
  • Fay Chadwick Todd of Arcola has helped her family through a number of health issues.  Today is her turn for surgery.  She will be having knee surgery.  Pray for her to do well with the post-surgery care too.



Read the Bible in 2020 – May 11

  • 1 Samuel 10:1-11:15
  • John 6:43-71
  • Psalm 107:1-43
  • Proverbs 15:1-3



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Churches will have some catching up to do with Operation Christmas Child when all this “stay-at-home” time is over.  Thanks to the lady who recently gave me $20.00 for OCC purchases.  I haven’t been shopping for OCC since February, but certainly look forward to more OCC shopping and the church “catching-up” on purchases so we will be ready for packing in the fall.




Let’s continue to pray about the Covid – 19 problem in our area, our country, and around the world.  Thankfully, most people have been spared of fighting this virus and most who had it survived.

Anna Lee


“Trust GOD from the bottom of your heart;

don’t try to figure out everything on your own.”

~Proverbs 3:5 (The Message)~




Today is our National Day of Prayer for our country!




Please pray for Henry McKenzie’s family.  He has two very sick family members, a brother and a step-brother. 




Please continue to pray for all those sick with the virus, the medical personnel working with them, and the families who are often unable to see their loved ones.




Pray for wise choices as people are getting out and about more.  Social distancing is easier outside than inside.  Make your gathering small and on a porch or in the shade as much as possible.  Wear masks inside or when in closer contact with people.  Use soap and water or sanitizer often.




Pray for churches as they begin to make decisions about returning to their sanctuaries for services.   May their leadership seek support and decision making advise from people in-the-know.




Read the Bible in 2020 – May 7

  • Genesis 16:1-18:15
  • Matthew 6:1-24
  • Psalm 7:1-17
  • Proverbs 2:1-5



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Morgan Dean Easley

July 26, 1992 – May 05, 2020

A native of Kentwood, LA and a resident of Hammond, LA, passed away on Tuesday, May 5, 2020 at his home. He was born July 26, 1992 in McComb, MS and was 27 years of age. He is survived by parents, Tammy and Sammy Ott and Dean and Vickie Easley; sister, Ashley Easley Simmons and husband Kevin; step brothers, Michael Ott and wife Bonnie, Daniel Ott and wife Stephanie, Christopher and wife Bee, Cody and Travis Shaw; nephews and nieces, Tanner Raborn, Laney, Lynlee, Tyler and Landry Simmons, Grayson and Emma Ott; grandparents, Webster and Bette McGehee and a host of uncles, aunts and cousins who loved him dearly. Preceded in death by grandparents, Clayton and Carolyn Easley; cousins, Travis Easley and Douglas Glass. Pallbearers are Brady Johnson, Logan Johnson, Colton Newman, Jared Travis, Tanner Raborn and Daniel Ott. Services at East Fork Baptist Church in Kentwood, LA will be held privately. McKneely Funeral Home, Kentwood, in charge of arrangements. For an online guestbook, visit




Arrangements for Mrs. Gertie Cutrer Saturday

  • Private family service
  • Graveside service at Robertson Cemetery at 12:00



Prayer is powerful.  Use if often!  No limits to its use!!!

Anna Lee







Then I said: “LORD, the God of heaven, the great and awesome God, who keeps his covenant of love with those who love him and keep his commandments,

~Nehemiah 1:5~




Tomorrow is the National Day of Prayer.  You are invited to join other Christians across our country from 8-10 P.M. using live-streaming from the Billy Graham Library as we pray that God is glorified by our nation, communities, and homes.  You can click on this link to connect.

Of course, praying throughout the day tomorrow is also very important, as is praying any day.




FBC, Kentwood will live-stream prayer meeting tonight at 6 P.M.




Read the Bible in 2020 – May 6

  • Ruth 2:1-4:22
  • John 4:43-54
  • Psalm 105:16-36
  • Proverbs 14:26-27



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Some of the members of FBC, Kentwood for you to pray for during this pandemic.  I will not try to list all of the people of this age group, but you get the idea.  Pray for them as they deal with children out of school and college who are home for parental instruction, businesses that have been closed, parents working from home, extra cooking responsibilities, too much television and computerized games, aging patents, etc.

  • Frank and Chinero Fowler
  • Gretchen Simpson
  • Jason and Larissa Dean
  • Jody and Laura DeBlanc
  • Leslie McKenzie
  • Robert and Jill Brister
  • Brett and Susan Frazier
  • Jeff and Deana Simmons
  • Dan’l and Natalie Johnson
  • Dwaine and Jana Creel
  • Scott and Kristi Womack
  • Robert and Shontell Strickland
  • Lionel and Michell Estay



Ollie Simmons is doing much better.  Thank God for Ollie’s improvement.




Buddy Morris has completed the cycle of radiation.  Now, he will resume care at Ochsner.  Pray for the family as the await more information today.




Pray for all the families who have been touched by Covid – 19, medical personnel who have helped others fight this problem, families who have been separated due to the virus, etc.



Enjoy the beauty of spring flowers!

Anna Lee