The LORD is good to those whose hope is in him, to the one who seeks him;  

it is good to wait quietly for the salvation of the LORD.

~Lamentations 3:25-26~



Mrs. Bessie Broom Hayden has had her foot removed.  She’s got spunk and has already begun to plan on how she will be walking again soon.  Keep praying for her and watching for her return to church.



Wednesday is the day students are encouraged to “Bring your Bible to School”.  Let’s keep Christ in our schools!



We live in a troubled world.  Our Christians values are not seen in “the world”, but we should cling to them tightly.  We each need to cling to what we know to be right and the one who paid it all for us.

“In Times Like These”



Read the Bible

  • Reflect on God’s Kindness
  • Catch up on any reading you may have missed this week.



May this Monday be the beginning of a good week for you.

Anna Lee







“And this same God who takes care of me will supply all your needs from his glorious riches, which have been given to us in Christ Jesus.”

~Philippians 4:19 NLT~



Read the Bible


Isaiah 9

Job 35

Philippians 3


Reflect on God as humble.

Catch up on any missed readings.



Clay Widas is doing better now as he recovers from the copperhead bike.  Thank you for praying for him.


Please continue to pray for Glenda Harrell and Yvonne Birch as they are are home making recoveries from recent procedures.


Buddy Morris was at church last night.  Pray for him as he has his second round of chemo Wednesday, Thursday, and Friday.



Pray for all the teachers, students, and support staff who are preparing for the start of school soon.  Pray it will be a good academic year for all of them.  Pray it will be a good year when students and teachers will “let their light shine” for Jesus each day.  Pray there will be a decrease in bullying and other actions that have no place in our schools.



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Waylon Bailey –

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The new college and career class at FBC, Kentwood is off to a good start.  Their teachers will be Jeff and Deana Simmons.  All young adults who graduated from high school in recent years are encouraged to join them at 9:15 each week.


Saturday, Bro. Stan Statham was telling us a little about his recent mission trip to Haiti when there was an uprising there.  He, and all the others, are safely back at home.  Now, he is telling the story of their experiences and God’s great power and work during the week.  TheyTomorrow, he will be speaking at the monthly Young at Heart meeting at New Zion Baptist Church west of Kentwood on Highway 38 at 10 A.M.  New Zion will be thrilled to have you there to hear the story and to share lunch with them.  This is a community event.  Everyone is welcome to attend.  They will gladly share their covered dish lunch will all.



There was a segment recently recorded at FBC, Kentwood to tell about Louisiana missions as part of the Georgia Barnett Week of Prayer for 2018.  We will be watching the video at 6 P.M. Wednesday night.  Come view it with us!  May it inform and encourage the mission work being done in Louisiana.



The satellite problem has finally been solved.  I’ll spare you the long, difficult story.  I’m just thankful to be back.

Anna Lee















“You will search again for the Lord your God.

And if you search for him with all your heart and soul, you will find him.”

~Deuteronomy 4:29 NLT~



Sharon Phillips’ heart valve surgery yesterday lasted 7 1/2 hours, but went well.  She is in ICU in Covington and will have a rather long recovery time.  Please pray for her.



Mrs. Mildred Birch continues to have back problems.  Please pray for her to get some relief.



Bobby Simpson is improving and may even be able to be in church Sunday.  Thank God for his improvement.



Martha Griffith seems to have also had a stroke.  Pray for her as she fights to recover.



Gail Brister will have a knee procedure Friday in Covington.  Pray she benefits from the surgery and can get around better.



Thank God for medical personnel and medical knowledge to take care of Gail and all the rest of us.



Read the Bible

  • Judges 1-3
  • Psalm 44
  • John 14



Baptist Press



Baptist Message



VBS at FBC, Kentwood will be the first full week of June.  Mark your calendar.



Last night, in Children in Action, we played a learning game.  One part was to stand in a circle facing away from each other.  This represents the focus of our church – others!  Let’s pretend to stand in a circle facing away from each other, but looking outward.  That will surely direct our paths in better directions.



If you have children who are interested in M-JAM, please sign them up at church.  Also, get an information sheet from me Sunday.  M-JAM is May 5th at Camp Tall Timbers.  We will leave Kentwood at 4 P.M. on the 4th and return Saturday night.  It will be a fun, but very inspiring day.  Boys and girls in grades 1-6 are invited to join with us.



May our churches continually focus outward!

Anna Lee





Friday Addition video of Rev. Billy Graham was made when he did a crusade in Brazil 44 years ago, in 1974.  I know you will enjoy watching it.  What makes it especially wonderful is that my friend Rev. Bill Ichter lead the choir for the crusade.  Bro. Bill was sick a week ago, but is better now.  Oh, the memories he must be living again this week.  Two great men!  Even if you don’t know Rev. Bill Ichter, I think you will enjoy reliving a crusade.  Don’t worry, the video is not in Portuguese!



But even if you should suffer for what is right, you are blessed.

“Do not fear their threats ; do not be frightened.”

~1 Peter 3:14~


George Cutrer of Osyka is recovering well following two surgeries.  Thank God for George’s progress.

Several people many of us know have had surgery and are doing well.  Thank God for their good reports.



Shelton “Shell” Ballard

January 25, 1931 – October 29, 2017

A resident of Chesbrough passed away on Sunday, October 29, 2017 at North Oaks Medical Center in Hammond. He was born January 25, 1931 in Amite and was 86 years of age. He was a former Justice of the Peace, Tangipahoa Parish 4th Ward, from 1969 until 1981. He was a retired carpenter and a member of Chesbrough Baptist Church. He is survived by his wife of 60 years, Edwina V. Ballard; son, Brett Ballard and wife, Angela “Boo Boo” Travis Ballard; 2 grandchildren, Shelbi Lyn Ballard and Braydon Lane Ballard; and his brother, Van Earl Ballard, Sr. and wife, Betty. Preceded in death by his parents, Guy Henry Ballard and Alberta Lawrence Ballard; and his brothers and sisters, Angus Ballard, Taylor Ballard, Guy “Pete” Ballard, Jr., Winfred “Toots” Ballard, Elma Rae “Tot” VanDyke, Glenn Ballard,  Jewell Ballard Martin and Troy Ballard. Visitation at McKneely Funeral Home, Amite, from 6 PM until 9 PM, Tuesday, and from 8 AM until religious services at 10 AM Wednesday, November 1, 2017. Services conducted by Rev. Richard Magee. Interment Hyde Cemetery, Chesbrough. For an online guestbook, visit



Read the Bible – I Corinthians 9-10 & Psalm 145

Baptist Press

This morning at 9:00, some people will be needed to put prepared labels on the shoeboxes.  Others will be moving tables and chairs in preparation for the Operation Christmas Child Packing Party which will be Saturday at 4 P.M.  Please bring some Christmas snacks when you come.

“A Legacy of Faith” –


“The Great Physician”

At the first appointment, David and the doctor were talking about death and heaven.  David told the doctor his medical skills would not be needed in heaven.  The doctor said that was true, but he felt sure God had a second career for him in heaven.  He would have to find out what those plans are when he gets there.  David told him to practice up on his singing so he can be in the choir.  No boring appointments when David is around!

We’re ready!  Are you?  If not, talk to us or a minister of your choice, but get ready.  You never know when your time here on earth will be ended.  Besides, life is better (and more fun) as a Christian!

Anna Lee



But you are a chosen people,

a royal priesthood,

a holy nation,

God’s special possession,

that you may declare the praises of him who called you out of darkness into his wonderful light.

~1 Peter 2:9~


Our friend, Fay Carol is married to Jim Todd who recently learned he had two blockages that will need to be addressed.  Fay Carol asked for prayers for her husband.


Thomas “Laddie” Lawrence Hudspeth, Sr.

March 31, 1930 – October 26, 2017

A resident of Amite passed away surrounded by his loving family on Wednesday, October 25, 2017 at Canon Hospice in Jefferson. He was born March 31, 1930 in Morrow, LA and was 87 years of age. He was a hard working, dedicated, leading salesman with Watkins Inc. and a landlord who helped thousands of people in our community. He was an active member of St. Helena Catholic Church and was a Catechist Leader in his younger years. He leaves behind his loving children, Thomas Lawrence Hudspeth, and wife, Kathy, Debra Ann Hudspeth Ricks, and husband, Robert, and Ted Joseph Hudspeth and wife, Mary; grandchildren, Shawn Hudspeth (Zandi), Le’Anne Hudspeth Malnar (Jeramy), Emily Hudspeth Smith (Daniel), Evan Hudspeth, Wayne Ricks (Gennipher), Kevin Ricks (Stephanie), Ted Hudspeth, Jr., Christopher Hudspeth, Nicholas Hudspeth, Natalie Hudspeth, and William Hudspeth; great grandchildren, Hunter and Haydan Hudspeth, Anna, Ava, and Lane Malnar, Raelyn and Rhys Ricks, and Eliyanah Smith; brother, Charles Hudspeth; and sister, Fleeta Chautin. Preceded in death by his first wife, Anna Lois Meche; second wife, Marie Hebert; parents, Thomas Lawrence Hudspeth and Alma Adelaide Tatman Hudspeth; and his siblings, Eleanor Hudspeth Conrad, Daniel Hudspeth, Rosa Hudspeth and Martha Hudspeth Ducote. He is also survived by his step children including Arlene Raxsdale, Jimmy Berteau, Murphy Berteau, and Sandra St. Romain and their extended families. Also, he leaves behind his loving dogs, Bailey II and Buddy. The family would like to thank Yolanda Gordon and Ray Barnes for their years of caring and devotion to our father. Visitation at McKneely Funeral Home, Amite, from 9 AM until 12:30 PM, on Friday with Rosary at McKneely’s at 12 Noon. Religious Services at St. Helena Catholic Church, Amite,  at 1 PM on Friday, October 27, 2017. Services conducted by Fr. Randy Cuevas. Interment will be held at St. Charles Borromeo, Grand Coteau, LA at 5:30 PM. Memorial contributions may be made to St. Helena Catholic Church. For an online guestbook, visit


Eight days until we pack the Operation Christmas Child “shoeboxes”!  It takes lots of preparation to have everything purchased and organized so we are ready to fill the boxes.  Thanks to those who made purchases and to those who have helped in the organizational process.  I think of the children who will receive the boxes and work a little harder.

The collection week for shoeboxes is November 13-20.  Churches, schools, clubs, businesses, and individuals are invited to leave their boxes at FBC, Kentwood.

Kentwood, LA – First Baptist Church, Kentwood

310 Avenue E
Kentwood, LA 70444-2518


Mon, Nov. 13: 10:00 AM – 12:00 PM
Tue, Nov. 14: 1:00 PM – 4:00 PM
Wed, Nov. 15: 4:00 PM – 6:00 PM
Thu, Nov. 16: 10:00 AM – 12:00 PM
Fri, Nov. 17: 4:00 PM – 6:00 PM
Sat, Nov. 18: 9:00 AM – 12:00 PM
Sun, Nov. 19: 2:00 PM – 4:00 PM
Mon, Nov. 20: 8:00 AM – 10:00 AM

We are “coming right along in collecting the money for shipping the boxes.  Check the poster by the piano.

You may want to follow your “shoebox” as it travels to its destination.  Use this site to pay for your postage and receive a form to place on your box before you deliver it to a collection site.


The Georgia Barnett Offering is also progressing nicely.  Check the poster on the wall by the piano.


The Friday Morning Bible Study will be on Ezekiel 28 today.  You are welcome to join us at 10 A.M. in the Fellowship Hall.


The children in missions class will be working on earning a badge by praying for MK’s, Missionary Kids.  This time next month, some of them will be wearing their newest badge on their green vests.



Read the Bible – I Corinthians 1-2, Psalm 141, and video on I Corinthians (


Baptist Press


“Footsteps of Jesus”



Make today count for the Lord and His kingdom!

Anna Lee





“So humble yourselves under the mighty power of God,

and at the right time he will lift you up in honor.”

 ~1 Peter 5:6 NLT~



Mrs. Annie Belle Harrell is better and back at home.  Your continued prayers will be appreciated.

Please continue to pray for Andy Taylor as he foot progresses in the healing process.  Prayers are appreciated.

Phillip Strickland had a treatment this week and is recovering from the setback it brings;

Pray for others at home or in the hospital that are not listed here.


I’m so thankful for those who help with Operation Christmas Child preparations.  You are making a difference in many lives.


I’m thankful for the adults, youth, and children who faithfully attend services at FBC, Kentwood and other area churches.  May you recognize God’s blessings in your life.


Read the Bible – Romans 15-16 & Psalm 140


Baptist Message


“A Legacy of Faith” –


Enjoy the blessing the change in temperatures bring with it.

Anna Lee