30 The fruit of the righteous is a tree of life, and the one who is wise saves lives.

 31 If the righteous receive their due on earth, how much more the ungodly and the sinner!

~Proverbs 11:30-31~



Read the Bible

  • Deut. 17-18
  • Eccl. 1:12-18
  • Luke 19


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“Serve the Lord with Gladness” today!
Anna Lee


Be completely humble and gentle;

be patient, bearing with one another in love.

~Ephesians 4:2~



Rev. Bill Ichter is doing better, but will continue to recover from the flu.  He is thankful for your prayers.
Mr. Philip Harrell had a fall recently.  Other than some soreness, he seems to be okay.  Thanking God!


Michael Phillip Strickland, 67, of Osyka, passed away, Sunday, February 11, 2018 at his residence.

He was born November 11, 1950 in Magnolia, MS. He was the son of the late Percy Edward and Sharron Varnado Strickland.

Visitation is Thursday at Osyka Baptist Church from 9AM until 12PM. Celebration of Life services will be at 12:30PM with Bro. Gene Richards and Bro. Milton Kliesch officiating. Burial will be in Osyka Cemetery under the direction of Sharkey Funeral Home in Summit.

In lieu of flowers, the family requests memorial donations be made to Osyka Baptist Church Building Fund, P.O. Box 152, Osyka, MS 39657.




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  • Leviticus 6-7
  • Psalm 19
  • Mark 6



Last month, we had to cancel the Third Thursday Gathering due to snow.   This month, we are thankful to report no snow is forecast and the temperatures will be unusually warm for February.  See you Thursday at 6:30 P.M. at the cabin.



The children’s missions class will meet tomorrow night at  6:00 and again Saturday morning at 9:00 when they will participate in making items for Operation Christmas Child.  This will be our first, but hopefully not our last, OCC preparation day this year.  Youth and adults are encouraged to come participate with us.  If you do not attend FBC, Kentwood, but are interested in what we are doing Saturday, feel free to join us and take some ideas back to your church.



I will empty the “red basket” at church before Wednesday night so there will be room for more items as listed twice in the last week or so.  Check the list to see what you already have or what you can easily bring.



Help make a difference in the lives of children around the world through OCC.

Anna Lee





Turn from evil and do good;

seek peace and pursue it

~Psalm 34:14~


Some people in our neighborhood frequently hike.  Saturday, while hiking, Tommy Travis slipped off the trail and fell 15 feet landing with his forehead on a log.  He has 26 stitches and 26 staples now.  Let’s pray for complete healing as Tommy gets lots of rest in the next week.  Let’s also thank God that Tommy was not more seriously hurt.



Mrs. Bessie Hayden is hospitalized in Baton Rouge where she had some stents put in her leg last week to help increase circulation.  Pray for all involved in her treatment.  Today, they plan to attempt to add more stents.  I know she will appreciate your prayers.
Mrs. Ora Lee Wilson has been seeing doctors about her lung issue.  Yesterday, she shared that a doctor has recommended surgery.  Pray for her as she gets a second opinion and makes decisions.
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Children’s Mission Day – Sign up to be a part of this special day that is coming up on the 17th.  We will make some items that will be shipped as fillers for shoeboxes for children at Christmas through Operation Christmas Child.  One way many of you might be able to help is to bring us some carnival beads.  It is best if they are bagged in limited numbers so we can easily untangle and sort them for packaging.  There will be many activities going on.  You can choose the ones you wish to do or to help the children do.  We will meet at 9:00 A.M.
Many people seem to be fighting a lingering cough.  Let’s pray for this to stop spreading.
Anna Lee


I can do all this through him

who gives me strength.

~Philippians 4:13~



I have some updates I failed to give earlier.


Mrs. Bessie Hayden has not had foot surgery yet.  She home and resting for now.”’



Miss Fay Shoemaker is doing very well.  She is pleased with her “apartment” which have a large picture window to allow her to watch birds, a long-time joy.  I failed to get her address, so if you have it and would share it, I would appreciate hearing from you.



Adrian Phillips is back at home.  He received the care he needed at Greensburg and is thankful to be feeling much better.



Mrs. Betty Catherine Hatcher has been home for about a month.  Her Sunday school class has been faithful to visit and share with her.



Pam Sellers’ friend, Vicki, who has a brain tumor is being monitored and has not required surgery yet.  Pam thanks all the “prayer warriors” for praying for Vicki and Chris.




Edgar “Bear” Bennett

March 10, 1938 – January 22, 2018

A resident of Amite passed away on Monday, January 22, 2018. He was born March 10, 1938 in Amite and was 79 years of age. He is survived by his wife of 60 years, Dorothy Jane Davidson Bennett; surviving children, Lonnie Bennett and wife, Stacy, David Bennett and Darryl Bennett; grandchildren, Brock Bennett, Michael Rogers, Emily Wales, Mary-Catherine Bennett, Brogan Bennett, and Katelyn Bel; only great granddaughter, Kimberly Bennett; brother, Earl Bennett and wife, Nell, and his daughter in law, Susan Fitzhugh. Preceded in death by his father, Homer Bennett; mother, Janie Barlow Bennett; son, Donnie “Bo” Bennett; daughters, Connie and Krissy Bennett; brothers, Jerry and Ronnie Bennett; and his sister, Mildred McDaniel. Visitation at McKneely Funeral Home, Amite, from 10 AM until religious services at 1 PM Thursday, January 25, 2018. Interment Killian Chapel Cemetery, Amite. Pallbearers will be Justin Bennett, Daniel Bennett, Brock Bennett, Brogan Bennett, Bryan Dykes and Jack “Catfish” Granger. For an online guestbook, visit




Read the Bible

  • Exodus 11-12
  • Proverbs 10
  • Matthew 20

Don’t get discouraged if you fall behind.  You have several options that are much better than quitting.

  • You can work steadily and catch up at some point.
  • You can pick up where you are and read as often as possible and just take a little longer to complete the Bible.
  • You can choose a variation of this plan, such as reading the Old Testament passages this year and reading the others next year.
  • The point is to READ!  Find what works for you.



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I’m looking forward to seeing the children for missions class tonight.  They are practicing some of the things they have learned at their young ages.  One joy each week is our circle prayer time for missionaries.



Let’s all continue to learn the things God would have us to learn and then, to apply those things.  It’s never too late to work at such a wonderful goal!

Anna Lee










 Therefore, if anyone is in Christ, the new creation has come:

The old has gone, the new is here!

~2 Corinthians 5:17~

How often have you wished to do away with one thing and just start over?  God gives us this opportunity! 



Sunday, Margaret Caraway of FBC, Greensburg told me of the illness of the wife of a former pastor of her church.  Feelicia Robinson is in OLOL trying to recover from a stroke.  It is my understanding that Felicia is rather young for a stroke.  Prayers would be appreciated.



Peter Allen Pedeaux
  • September 2, 1998 – January 4, 2018
  • Springfield, Louisiana

Peter Allen Pedeaux, 19 years old of Hammond, Louisiana, passed away on Thursday, January 4, 2018, in Springfield, LA.
He was born on Wednesday, September 2, 1998, in Covington, LA.
Surviving are his parents, Clint and Betty Hernandez Pedeaux, sister, Lauren Pedeaux(Chad), brother, Jacob Pedeaux, 3 nieces, Nola, Georgia, & Piper, nephew, Sebastian, grandparents, Tracy and Karen T. Hernandez Jr., grandparents, Lyle & Diane Pedeaux McCollum.
He is preceded in death by his grandmother, Georgia Ann K. Hernandez, and grandfather, Milton Scott Pedeaux.
Friends will be received Thursday, January 11, 2018 from 5-7 pm with a Celebration Service beginning at 7pm. Visitation as well as the Celebration Service will be held at The Mission Church with Pastor Scott Boney officiating.
Our precious Peter was so kind, thoughtful, generous, hard-working, loved EVERYONE, and had the heart of a missionary.
Because of who Peter was, in lieu of flowers, Peter’s parents would like contributions to go toward “Peter’s House.” Peter’s House will be a guesthouse located in Jeremie, Haiti to accommodate individuals and small mission teams who go to serve the children and families of Haiti (which Peter loved).
If you would like to give to “Peter’s House” go to:
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Read the Bible – Today, reflect on God as a Healer.  Read any appropriate Scriptures.  Also, use today to catch up, if needed.



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Anna Lee




Cast your cares on the LORD and he will sustain you;

he will never let the righteous be shaken.

~Psalm 55:22~



Tyler Smith, son of George and Becky Arnold Smith, had a freak accident in Colorado in which he broke in collarbone in several places.  He will be having surgery at the children’s hospital in New Orleans today.  Please pray for Tyler as he undergoes surgery and during the recovery process.


Kathleen Rogillio Allen

April 22, 1933 – December 27, 2017
A devoted wife, mother, grandmother, great-grandmother, sister and aunt who was loved by her family passed away on Wednesday, December 27, 2017 at St. Helena Parish Hospital in Greensburg, LA at the age of 84. She was born April 22, 1933 in Zachary, LA and was a resident of Greensburg. She is survived by 2 daughters, Debra Kilcrease and Patsy Allen, Greensburg; 2 sons, James “Sonny” Allen, Jr. and David Allen, Greensburg; grandson, William Dustin Kilcrease and wife, Whitney, Pace, FL; 3 great-grandchildren, Georgia and Addison Kilcrease, Pace, FL and Vincent Imbragulio, V, Hammond; 3 sisters, Johnnie Forrest and husband, John, Baton Rouge, Virginia Becker, Baker, and Betty Hewitt, Baton Rouge; and numerous nieces and nephews. Preceded in death by her husband, James Lee Allen, Sr.; daughter, Lillie Kathleen Allen; son, Thomas Allen; granddaughter, Kristi Allen; father, James S. Rogillio; mother, Clara Callender Rogillio; brother, Herman Rogillio; 2 sisters, Billie Alford and Meryal Mason. Visitation at Wesley Chapel United Methodist Church, Greensburg, from 5 p.m. until 9 p.m. on Monday and from 9 a.m. until religious services at 11 a.m. on Tuesday, January 2, 2018. Services conducted by Bro. Don Lum. Interment Center Cemetery, Greensburg, LA. McKneely Funeral Home, Amite, in charge of arrangements. For an online guestbook, visit


Robert Wesley Crain

January 10, 1949 – December 27, 2017

And a resident of Franklinton died Wednesday morning December 27, 2017. He was a Franklinton High School graduate of 1967 and later graduated from Louisiana State University in 1975. Robert was a big supporter of FHS athletics, as well as all area schools, civic groups, churches and community projects. He enjoyed tailgating for LSU Tigers football games and watching their sporting events on TV. Robert always loved riding his tractor while working on his farm, spending time on the Bogue Chitto River and relaxing at his camp. He was a lifelong member of First Baptist Church of Franklinton.

As a young man, Robert decided that caring for the needs of others would be his calling in life as he began working in funeral service at the age of 16. He graduated from Commonwealth Institute of Funeral Service in 1969 and began a short journey that brought his new family back to the community he cared so much for. Robert has been the owner of Crain Funeral Home since 1979 and felt it was his duty to provide comfort to the thousands of grieving families he encountered through his 52 years of service. He always felt it was a ministry to the great families of Washington Parish to show compassion to those that needed his support.

Robert had a kind heart and received his greatest joy by providing for others. Either through the monetary gifts that allowed young people to play the games they loved, sponsorship of the countless events that lifted our community spirit, assistance to any local church that helped them fulfill the needs of its congregation or simply spending quality time with his beloved family and grandchildren. He will be fondly remembered and sadly missed by all those that knew him.

Survived by:

Wife of 48 years: Linda Smith Crain of Franklinton

Daughter and Son in law: Susan Crain Bonner and Chris Bonner of Mandeville

2 Sons and Daughters in law: Robert W. Crain, Jr. and Kristi Crain of Franklinton,
Matthew Wilson Crain and Heather Crain of Hernando, MS

8 Grandchildren: Caroline Bonner,
Wesley Crain,
Hannah Grace Crain,
Christopher Bonner,
Andrew Crain,
Wilson Crain,
Jacob Crain,
Evelyn Crain

2 Sisters and Brothers in law: Pauline and James Bankston of Franklinton,
Paulette and Jack Lantz of Pasadena, CA

Brother in law: Ridge Edwards of Montclair, NJ

Sister in law: Alice L. Smith of Alpharetta, GA

Also survived by numerous nieces, nephews, other family members and many friends.

He was preceded in death by his parents Robert William Crain and Willie Knight Crain, sister in law Sylvia Edwards and brother in law W.F. Smith.

Visitation will be at Crain Funeral Home Friday December 29th from 5 pm until 9 pm and after 10 am on Saturday. A funeral service will be held at 2 pm Saturday in the funeral home chapel with Rev. Paul Watts and Rev. Leon Hickman officiating. Burial will follow in Ellis Cemetery.

In lieu of flowers, the family prefers donations to the First Baptist Church New Sanctuary Fund (950 Self Street, Franklinton, LA 70438) or to any local Youth Organization.

Pallbearers: Fred Spears, Ken Allen, Dr. Earle “Rob” Brown, James Magruder, Dr. Jerry Thomas, Wayne Fleming, Bennie Crain

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Joan Marie “Meme” Irwin Newman

September 25, 1944 – December 27, 2017
Joan Marie Irwin “Meme” Newman, 73, of Kentwood, passed away on Wednesday, December 27, 2017 at her home surrounded by her loving family. Joan Marie was born in Victoria, TX on September 25, 1944. She attended Texas City High School. She married Al Newman on August 30, 1963. Joan and Al owned and managed Kentwood Raceway as well as Newman Blueberry Farm for many years. She was also a clerical worker for Pike Hospital and a dietician at Kentwood Manor Nursing Home. She’s a member of Taylor Creek Baptist Church. She always had a creative mind and her passions included her grandkids, painting, photography, sewing, crafting, gardening, etc. She LOVED the outdoors. Joan is preceded in death by her mother, June Mangum Feagin “Texas Nanny”; father, Tull Hays Irwin; sister, Betty Irwin Dykes, and niece, Debra Ann Williams. Joan is survived by her husband of fifty-four years, Al Newman; siblings, Corky Irwin and Clarence Feagin; daughter, Leslie Newman Hoffstadt and husband, Henry John Hoffstadt; son, Reese Deven Newman and wife, Lynda Edwards Newman; daughter, Tanya Newman McNabb and husband, Benny Wess McNabb; grandchildren, Brittany Hoffstadt, Hank Hoffstadt, Shelly Hoffstadt, Jacob Newman and wife, Haylea, Casey Newman, Dillon McNabb and wife, Shea, Kolby McNabb and Taryn McNabb; great-grandchild, Baylor Newman; niece, Tami Lang; nephews, David Williams and T. L. Kennedy. Pallbearers will be Hank Hoffstadt, Dillon McNabb, Jacob Newman, Kolby McNabb, Casey Newman and T. L. Kennedy. Visitation at Taylor Creek Baptist Church, formally known as The Lord’s Church, Kentwood, LA from 11:30AM until religious services at 2:00PM on Friday, December 29, 2017. Services conducted by Rev. Don Meadows. Interment New Zion Cemetery, Kentwood. McKneely Funeral Home, Kentwood, LA in charge of arrangements. For an online guestbook, visit

Carmela “Millie” Agnello Guzzardo

February 07, 1921 – December 27, 2017

A native of Jamestown, NY and a resident of Amite, LA, passed peacefully on Wednesday, December 27, 2017 at Tangi Pines Nursing Home in Amite. She was born February 7, 1921 in Buffalo, NY and was 96 years of age. She was co-owner of GMA Enterprises, Inc. at 321 Hazeltine Ave. in Jamestown. She is survived by her daughter, Angela Biandolillo and husband, Ross, Amite, LA; son, Dr. George Guzzardo, Jr. and wife, Shirley, Kenner, LA; 10 grandchildren and 13 great-grandchildren; brother, Nick Agnello; sisters, Angie Mistretta and Rita Baker. She was preceded in death by her husband of 53 years, George Guzzardo, Sr.; son, Dr. Michael Guzzardo; parents, Marietta Vento and Ovazio Angello; brother, Tony Agnello; nephew, Nick Agnello; Visitation at McKneely Funeral Home, Amite, from 11 a.m. until 12:30 p.m. on Friday, December 29, 2017. A Mass of Christian Burial will be at St. Helena Catholic Church, Amite, at 1:00PM on Friday. Services conducted by Fr. Mark Beard. Interment Amite Memorial Gardens, Amite, LA. For an online guestbook, visit




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Friday Morning Bible Study – 10 A.M. in the Fellowship Hall of FBC, Kentwood


Lottie Moon Christmas Offering – I will be putting eight more lights on the poster this morning.  One hundred percent of the money given goes directly to international missions.  If you see the need for missions, this is a good way to support them.


Today won’t be so cold, so this is a good day to get out before even colder weather arrives, but be aware the flu is spreading in our area.  Use precautions not to catch the flu.

Anna Lee



But when the kindness and love of God our Savior appeared,  he saved us,

not because of righteous things we had done, but because of his mercy.

He saved us through the washing of rebirth and renewal by the Holy Spirit,  whom he poured out on us generously through Jesus Christ our Savior,  

so that, having been justified by his grace, we might become heirs having the hope of eternal life.

~Titus 3:4-7~


Please pray for the families that have had recent deaths.  The days following deaths when the weather is difficult seem to be more stressful.  Pray a little extra for these families.



Read the Bible – I Peter 3-5 and Psalm 34



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Days seem much longer when we cannot go about our normal activities.  I’m thankful to be able to say I have “normal” days.  I also think of those who live in war zones and for other reasons do not know “normal”.  I’m also thankful for those who worked hard yesterday and continue to work hard to help us all get back to “normal”.  Yesterday, as we were talking about the electrical workers out working, I was reminded of growing up knowing that when the weather made life difficult my neighbor, Johnny Pritchett, who worked for the power company and my daddy, Grant Smith, who worked for the phone company world be called upon to help restore “normal” to the lives of others. 

Let’s show our appreciation to all those who step up and help us in our times of difficulty – electrical workers, telephone workers, police, EMTs, firemen, pastors, truck drivers, store owners and employees, hospital workers, military, etc.  It doesn’t hurt us at all to say “thank-you”, but it certainly encourages others.

Be an encourager!

Anna Lee