But God demonstrates his own love for us in this:

While we were still sinners, Christ died for us.

~Romans 5:8~




Scripture Writing – August 4 – Romans 5:8


Jerry H. Brumfield

April 10, 1935 – August 02, 2019

Jerry H. Brumfield passed away to join his mother and father in Heaven on August 2, 2019. He was 84 years old, born in Roseland, Louisiana, but lived most of his life in Kentwood. He attended Louisiana School for the Deaf and worked many years with his father, Herbert Brumfield, for Brown Funeral Home in Kentwood. Jerry enjoyed attending area fairs, festivals and football games, and fishing with his buddies. He is preceded in death by his parents, Herbert H. Brumfield and Winnie Sandifer Brumfield of Kentwood, and numerous aunts, uncles and cousins. He is survived by his sister, Betty Brumfield Young and her husband Eugene Young of Baton Rouge, one nephew, Scott Young of Atlanta, Georgia; one niece, Dr. Sheryl Young and her husband, Philip Zuspan, and Sheryl’s two daughters, Sarah Zuspan and Jenn Zuspan, of Leawood, Kansas. Visitation will be on Tuesday, August 6, 2019, at First Baptist Church in Amite, Louisiana, beginning at 8:30 a.m. until services at 11:00 a.m. conducted by Dr. Trey Waldrop and Rev. Thomas Willis, Minister to the Deaf. Interment in Arcola-Roseland Cemetery. Many thanks to staff at St. Helena Parish Nursing Home and Community Care Hospice workers for their care and comfort. McKneely Funeral Home, Amite, in charge of arrangements. For an online guestbook, visit




I trust you will be found in God’s house today.

FBC, Kentwood

  • 9:15 Sunday School
  • 10:30 – Morning Worship
  • 6:00 – Evening Bible Study and Worship

Anna Lee


Jesus turned and saw her. “Take heart, daughter,” he said, “your faith has healed you.”

And the woman was healed at that moment.

~Matthew 9:22~




Mr. Gaylon Cutrer got home from the hospital Thursday night.  He is better, but still week from him time in the hospital.  Pray he regains his strength soon.




Operation Christmas Child Update 

  • The McKenzie four helped us for a couple hours yesterday.
  • I found the felt and foam I needed.  It wasn’t where I purchased it before, but I found it and bought all they had.  Good crafting ahead – pencil pouches and some toys!
  • We will be working at 9:00 this morning.
  • If you would like to help next week, please get with me on when we can schedule the time.
  • Sunday, you will  find two signs with a list of needs at FBC, K.  You can sign up for items to purchase in August.
  • We have made some good progress in the last month.  We got a later than usual start, but will be in good shape for our big Christmas Packing Party at the end of October.





Scripture Writing Challenge – August 3 –  Genesis 4:7   (Read, write, & pray.)





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Make the most of this day!  

Anna Lee




“Rejoice with those who rejoice,

weep with those who weep.”

~Romans 12:15 ESV~




Beth Brabham is doing well following her gall bladder procedure.  Pray she continues to do well.




Mrs. Betty Catherine Hatcher is in room 5404 (if I remember correctly) at North Oaks.  When she is ready to leave there, she will be going to Bell Maison in Hammond to continue improving.




Henry, Virginia, Erica, and Emily McKenzie spent yesterday afternoon helping with OCC.  We are thankful for others who realize the impact “shoeboxes” make on families around the world.  Barbara Hutchinson can to get some totes and one more shoebox.  every box packed will find its future home in the coming months.  I recently purchased some felt rectangles and some colorful foam, but I don’t remember where it was.  If you see some as you shop, please purchase some and/or tell me where to look.  Thanks.  The felt makes into the cutest pencil pouches and the foam makes wonderful toys.




Scripture Writing  – August 2 – Luke 18:42-43




August tends to have some sales on school supplies.  It’s a good time to make purchases for OCC.  It’s is a perfect time to buy composition books, pencils, pens, big erasers, calculators, pencil sharpeners, etc.  Look around and listen as God “tells” you what He wants you to ship this year.

Anna Lee










He himself bore our sins” in his body on the cross, so that we might die to sins and live for righteousness; “by his wounds you have been healed.”

~1 Peter 2:24~




Adam Carter

Update on Adam. Infection has already started setting in. He goes back to the hand specialist tomorrow in Covington. We will know more tomorrow.




Mrs. Robert Pate

I talked with Mr. Pate yesterday while we were both pumping gas.   He said his wife has been very ill and asked for prayers for her.  She is 90.  He is 91.




Scripture Writing Plan – August 1 – This month we are also asked to write a prayer after we reflect on the Scripture we have written.

August 1 – I Peter 2:24

If you would like a written list of August Scriptures, ask at the office of FBC, Kentwood.  Copies are available in the sanctuary.




Operation Christmas Child – I believe in supporting this ministry because if impacts so many lives.  Those of us who were not called to be career missionaries can impact many lives for Jesus through this ministry.  One thing to remember is to “shop early and shop often”.  That is my philosophy for packing lots of shoeboxes for boys and girls.  I encourage you to watch the video I posted on Facebook yesterday and to look up Operation Christmas Child on Google.  “Read all about it!”  I think you will be encouraged to participate too.

David and I had a call from a friend who lives in a nearby town and who is involved in a local Baptist church.  She is helping with OCC there.  I was thrilled to hear her talk about the plans at her church and to learn of her excitement to spread “Jesus” one child at a time.  I hope you have the same excitement.

Anna Lee










“A word of encouragement does wonders!”

~Proverbs 12:25 TLB~




Mrs. Betty Catherine Hatcher is in need of our prayers.  She fell yesterday morning.




Please pray for Tommy Strickland and his family today.




Avis O. Hope

November 10, 1934 – July 27, 2019

Avis O. Hope, a native of Kentwood, La and current resident of Denham Springs, entered her heavenly reward Saturday, July 27, 2019 at the age of 84. Her loving, devoted family surrounded her bedside as a witness to the amazing mother and grandmother she was to all who knew her. She will be greatly missed! Avis was married to her beloved Otis 49 years. She faithfully served God and her family for her entire life. She was a current member of First Baptist Church of Denham Springs where she was an active Sunday school teacher. Visitation will be held Monday, July 29th at First Baptist Church of Denham Springs from 8-11am followed by a service beginning at 11. Graveside service and burial will follow at Hope-Oliver cemetery in Kentwood, La. She was preceded in death by her husband, Otis Houston Hope and two granddaughters, Lauren and Alexandria. Avis was survived by her 5 loving sons and their spouses: Otis R Hope, Richard and Cynthia Hope, Ronnie and Debbie Hope, Rocky and Janice Hope, and Reggie and Stephanie Hope. 17 grandchildren: Kristy, Michael, Kyle, Faith, Ashley, Katie, Amie, Ricky, Heather, Brian, Tyler, Courtney, Lindsey, Allison, Alyshia, Marcus, Regina Hope. 25 great grandchildren, and 1 great-great granddaughter. The family would like to extend their appreciation to her pastor, Leo Miller and Dr. Militello, her long time physician. We’d also like to mention the wonderful staff at the butterfly wing of BR General Hospice Center. In lieu of flowers, donations may be made to: Hospice of Baton Rouge, 3600 Florida Blvd. Baton Rouge, La. 70806. As she always said: WE LOVE YOU THE MOST




Gladys Turner Culbertson

August 25, 1937 – July 27, 2019

A resident of Amite passed away on Saturday, July 27, 2019 at her home. She was born August 25, 1937 in Pink Hill, NC and was 81 years of age. She is survived by her husband, Brent Culbertson, Amite; 2 sons, Robert Culbertson and wife, Staci, Hammond, and Jody Culbertson and wife, Haydee, Amite; 4 grandchildren and 5 great-grandchildren; and numerous brothers and sisters. Preceded in death by parents, Tap and Ruth Bishop Turner; and numerous brothers and sisters. McKneely Funeral Home, Amite, in charge of arrangements. For an online guestbook, visit




Scripture Writing Plan – “Patience and Perseverance” – Galatians 6:7-10



The Scripture Writing Plan for August is available in the sanctuary of FBC, Kentwood.  Feel free to take one.




“A word of encouragement does wonders!”

~Proverbs 12:25 TLB~

I like the word “encourager” and love to be able to apply it to people I know.  Many people have been an encourager to me.  I thank you for that.  Be an encourager to others today.

Anna Lee



I press on toward the goal to win the prize for which God has called me heavenward in Christ Jesus. ~Philippians 3:14 (NIV)~




There have been baptisms and will be more baptisms in our area churches.  Yesterday, as I was getting bread and milk a teenager I know from another church proudly told me she will be baptized today in her church.  I think that is exciting for her and her family.  I know others who have invested in this teen’s life.  We never know when decisions will be made, but are always so thankful when they are made.  Today, let’s thank God for the decisions that have been made and pray for others to be made.  The teen who shared with me yesterday certainly made my day!  I pray that today will be a day for more decisions in our Kentwood area.




Thanks to Beth and Mary Anna Lee, as well as David, for helping with Operation Christmas Child yesterday.  We had a productive day.  It is a real blessing to work with others who have a heart for the “shoebox” ministry.  This week I hope some of you will check out Office Depot where notebooks are ten cents and Dirt Cheap where they are twenty-five cents.  I bought notebooks at Dirt Cheap and read about the ones at Office Depot.  There may be other locations with good prices, but everywhere else I looked they were from $1.00 to $2.99.  Pray the availability holds out until people have enough for their shoeboxes and for family use too.




Scripture Writing Plan – “Patience and Perseverance” – 2 Corinthians 6:6-10.




Mr. Frank Erwin is better.  I hope he will be able to be in church today.  Kenneth Birch  and the Dillons were back in church last week.  Bryan Tate, Buddy Morris, and David Alford were all there.  It’s wonderful to see how God’s people return to church as soon as they physically can after an illness or surgery.



I’m hoping to see you there today.  If not at Kentwood, attend at the church of your choice.

Anna Lee









“Never walk away from someone who deserves help; your hand is God’s hand for that person.

Never tell your neighbors to wait until tomorrow if you can help them now.” 

~Proverbs 3:27-28 The Message/GNT~




Scripture Reading and Writing – “Patience and Perseverance” – 2 Corinthians 6: 3-5




Pine Ridge Methodist Church will serve their buffet breakfast as their monthly fundraiser Sunday morning at 8:00.  You are welcome to participate.  The breakfast is delicious.




Keep Operation Christmas Child in mind when you do your regular shopping.  There’s many things available that will be helpful in the “shoeboxes”.  Some ideas for you today:

  • 5″ flashlights from Walmart
  • Extra batteries for flashlights
  • Highlighters
  • Glue sticks
  • Ivory soap
  • Washcloths
  • Small baby dolls
  • Marbles
  • One-subject notebooks
  • Crayons
  • Calculators

You can leave your items in the church office or in the classroom next to the choir room at FBC, Kentwood.




Coming soon – Fall Food Roundup for the Louisiana Baptist Children’s Home – Pickup at FBC, Kentwood will be Monday, September 16th.  They need family-size quantities.  Some of their most needed items are:

  • BBQ Sauce
  • Bottled Juice
  • Children’s Cereal
  • Cleaning Supplies
  • Dishwasher Detergent
  • Flavoring for baking
  • Canned Fruit
  • Jell-O Pie Filling and Pudding
  • Kool-Aid
  • Instant Oatmeal
  • Paper Towels
  • Pickles and Relishes
  • Spaghetti Sauce
  • Sugar

If it is easier to give money than to buy and transport food to the church, a check is always welcome and allows them to get items that are still needed.  This once-a-year collection has to feed the children in all the cottages at the children’s home for a year.  Be generous.




Don’t live a life focused you yourself, but focus your life on other people.  There is a great old hymn “Others” that comes to mind this morning.


Have a great Saturday!

Anna Lee