“And whatever you do, whether in word or deed, do it all in the name of the Lord Jesus, giving thanks to God the Father through him.”

~Colossians 3:17~




Read the Bible in 2020 – May 22

  • 2 Samuel 1:1-2:11
  • John 12:20-50
  • Psalm 118:19-29
  • Proverbs 15:27-28



James Milton Blades

December 27, 1946 – May 20, 2020

A resident of Walker, LA, passed away on Wednesday, May 20, 2020 at his home. He was born December 27, 1946 in Kentwood, LA and was 73 years of age.  He was a U. S. Marine Corps Veteran of Vietnam where he received two Purple Hearts. He was a retired welder from Exxon Refinery after 37 years of service. He is survived by his wife, Peggy Swain Blades; son, Jamie Glynn Blades and wife, Mary Ann; grandsons, Ashton Blades and Justin Cutrer; great-grandson, Ariat Cutrer; step-son, Shane Talbot; step-granddaughter, Angell Talbot; step-great-grandchildren, Emily and Bryson Roberie; and numerous nieces, nephews, and cousins. Preceded in death by maternal grandparents, George Milton and Vergie Needham; paternal grandparents, James Otto and Mattie Blades; parents, James B. and Katie Needham Blades; brother, Cade R. Blades. Visitation at New Zion Baptist Church, Kentwood, from 9:00AM until religious services at 12:00 Noon on Saturday, May 23, 2020. Services conducted by Rev. Larry Blades. Interment Needham Cemetery, Kentwood, LA. Pallbearers will be Kelly Blades, Sheldon Blades, Bill Birch, Shannon Travis, Brandon Carter, and Forrest Sibley. McKneely Funeral Home, Kentwood, in charge of arrangements. For an online guestbook, visit




I hope you are anxious to get back to Operation Christmas Child.  List of items needed in shoeboxes will be posted at church and available at the church.  I’ll include a list here.  Maybe some will be shopping in the next few days.  If you have been making items at home, you can leave them at the church.  We’ll try to get going “full speed ahead” soon.

Operation Christmas Child

April, May, & June 2020

Updated 5-21-2020

April  May June
Nursery & Preschoolers Jump Ropes Hairbrushes Pens (Red, Blue and Bk)
Grades 1-5 Marbles Dominoes Drawing Books
Youth Jump Ropes Play Dough* Highlighters
College & Career Dominoes Play Dough* Small Notebooks**
Gateway Socks for Boys Play Dough* Small Notebooks**

Friendship Circle

$1.00 Scissors Clothesline Hair Accessories
Bank Boys’ Underwear Nails & Sm. Hammers  Key Holders
New Creations


Hair Brushes Clothespins 2/$1.00 Sm. Scissors
Rebekah  Sewing Kits Highlighters Flat Marbles

City Hall


Lip Balm $1.00 Calculators Glue Sticks
Staff Highlighters Fishing Kits Nails & Sm. Hammers 

                                                                                    * = 8/Pkg.                        ** – About 3” X 5 “

Usually 3 or 4 for $1.00

If you are not in a Sunday School class,  choose some things from this list to contribute.  T

I’ll remind you of the age groups again.  We pack shoeboxes for both boys and girls.

  • 2-4 Years
  • 5-9 Years
  • 10-14 Years

Thanks to everyone who contributes money or buys items.


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Anna Lee



“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.




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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






“Rejoice always,

pray continually,

give thanks in all circumstances;

for this is God’s will for you in Christ Jesus.”

~‭‭1 Thessalonians‬ ‭5:16-18~



If you are discouraged and tired of the present circumstances, take some time to focus on and pray about believing the verse above.  This verse may help you get through some difficult days.  Then, take action and do some things that will help you and others.

  • Make some phone calls to others who might need encouragement.
  • Send some “just because” cards or even text messages or emails.
  • Pick some flowers or share a plant with a gardener.
  • Cook and share a meal or a treat.
  • Volunteer with a church or organization that is helping others.
  • Teach someone how to use FB or You–Tube to locate church services to view.
  • Cut grass, weed-eat, or mulch for someone who appreciates their yard, but is unable to do so for themselves.
  • Prepare a flower arrangement for someone in the cemetery.
  • Pick up basic groceries for someone who is unable to shop for themselves.
  • Take a bag of light bulbs with you and volunteer to change those that are out at the homes of older people.
  • Share a plant or a single flower.
  • Offer to read the Bible or pray fort someone over the phone.
  • Make your own prayer list.  Pray.  Adjust the list daily.  Pray.
  • The list is endless.  Think about needs and take action!  What you can do for others will be a help to them and to you!




Read the Bible in 2020 – May 9

  • 1 Samuel 5:1-7:17
  • John 6:1-21
  • Psalm 106:13-31
  • Proverbs 14:32-33



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Give thanks in all circumstances.  Remember, God is in control.

Anna Lee









“So be very careful how you live.

Do not live like those who are not wise.

Live wisely.

I mean that you should use every chance you have for doing good, because these are evil times.

So do not be foolish with your lives.

But learn what the Lord wants you to do.”

~Ephesians 5:15-17 (ICB)~



Today, I’m going to let you make your own prayer list.  Take your time and fill in the answers.  That’s your prayer guide.

  • Homebound
  • Hospitalized
  • Nursing home patients
  • People who live alone
  • People who haven’t received a personal phone call lately
  • People who haven’t received a “Just Because” card or letter lately
  • Families of those hospitalized
  • Families of nursing home patients
  • Families who are at great distances from older members
  • Families without any relatives close by
  • Families with recent deaths
  • Families where someone has lost a job
  • Families where food is in short supply
  • Families where students have to do school work without any supervision
  • Families without church connections and support
  • Churches that are unable to get their messages out to their flock
  • Churches that are making decision about reopening
  • Churches that are not financially strong
  • Hospitals that have important decisions to make about treatment
  • Businesses that have been closed
  • Families unable to pay bills
  • People who don’t read their Bible and pray
  • People who are seeking God
  • Law enforcement personnel
  • People who have worked many extra hours for the last couple months
  • Decisions that are more difficult during this pandemic
  • Etc.



Read the Bible in 2020 – May 2

  • Judges 15:1-16:31
  • John 2:1-25
  • Psalm 103:1-22
  • Proverbs 14:17-19

If you are at this point in reading, you have read 33% of the Bible already.  Keep going.  You’re doing very well.

If you are not up-to-date, read a little extra each day until you catch up.  Another option is to read the assignments, but finish a little later.  I’m ahead want to stay there.  The main point is just to read and learn something new each day.  Let God guide your reading.




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Have a wonderful day as you pray for others.

Anna Lee







I know that everything God does will endure forever;

nothing can be added to it and nothing taken from it.

God does it so that people will fear him.

~Ecclesiastes 3:14~




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Read the Bible in 2020 – April 24 

  • Judges 2:10-3:31
  • Luke 22:14-34
  • Psalm 92:1-93:5
  • Proverbs 14:1-2




Two families to pray for today and in the coming days:

  • Elijah “Lige” Tate Travis, Jr.

December 14, 1962 – April 22, 2020

Elijah “Lige” Tate Travis Jr., 57, of Kentwood, LA went home to be with the Lord April 22, 2020 after an automobile accident. Lige was born to Elijah “Lige” and Marguerite Travis of Kentwood on December 14, 1962 and was surely overjoyed when he met them in heaven. Lige was a former dairy farmer and spent his career in refineries traveling worldwide for his trade as a member of Boilermakers Local 37. He was always a hard worker and looked up to on job sites where he formed many lifelong friendships. In his time off, you would find him spending time with his family, fishing, hunting, riding his Harley, or helping others with farm work. Lige is survived by his wife, Margaret Travis, his children Jessica and boyfriend Justin, Marshal and wife Tabetha, Aimee, Lige and their mother Tammy; stepdaughters Brittney Dayberry and husband Kurt, Jennifer Henderson and husband Keven, five grandchildren, Sarah Strickland, Levi Strickland, Kari Travis, Kain Travis, and Gracie Ballard; five step-grandchildren, Brooke, Kelsey, Ella Grace, Emmit, and Elliot;  a brother, Tommy Travis; and two sisters, Janet Alessi and Patsy Brumfield. The “roadrunner” is now running blue ticks and finding all the best fishing holes in paradise with his daughter, Gracie Travis; his mother and father, Lige and Marguerite Travis; a brother, Richard Travis; and nephews, Davy Travis and Barrett Black. Due to the covid-19 pandemic the family will have a drive through service at New Zion Baptist Church cemetery, Saturday, April 25 at 10:30 am. Participants are asked to write your names on cards to be dropped into a box or a card will be provided for you. You are asked to please remain in your vehicle. In lieu of flowers, buy a kid a fishing pole or take them hunting. Just an hour is precious time when your time is done. McKneely Funeral Home, Kentwood, in charge of arrangements. For an online guestbook, visit

  • Susan O’Brian Davis

November 11, 1966 – April 22, 2020

A resident of Amite, LA, passed away on Wednesday, April 22, 2020 at her home. She was born November 11, 1966 in Kentwood, LA and was 53 years of age. She is survived by daughter, Julie Lynn Davis; grandson, Landon Davis; father, Alvis O’Brian; sisters, Rhonda LaNata and husband, Henry, and Terri Rick and husband, Mitchell; brother, John O’Brian and wife, Darolyn; and many nieces and nephews that loved her and were loved dearly in return. Preceded in death by her husband, Edward “Jeff” Davis; daughter, Alicia Davis; mother, Patsy O’Brian; nephew, Mitchell Rick, Jr. Services will be held privately. McKneely Funeral Home, Amite, in charge of arrangements. For an online guestbook, visit




Three sets of tornados in 2 1/2 weeks!  It hurts to hear of the storms, see the pictures, and to get first-hand reports from friends of destruction.  Please pray for all families touched by the tornados.

I trust you are using these stay-at-home days to be productive.  It feels good, at the end of a day, to be able to think back over your accomplishments.  In addition to being productive, spend part of your day on resting, reflecting, and relaxing.
Anna Lee


For the Spirit God gave us does not make us timid,

but gives us power, love and self-discipline.

~2 Timothy 1:7~




Pray for Caleb Estay, son of Landon and Alisha.  He has been hospitalized.  His problem could only be an infected knee, but his symptoms warranted the hospitalization to be sure.  Pray for answers soon.  Pray for the anxious family as they await the answers.  Thank God for facilities and personnel in place to help people during these difficult times.




Buddy Morris has been getting radiation daily.  Today, he will have a PET scan to check the current situation which will determine the future treatment.  Pray for Buddy, Eleanor, and Ellen.




Pray for people to stay faithful in following the suggestions offered for doing our part in fighting Covid – 19.  Let’s not grow weary, but instead stay alert.




Read the Bible in 2020 – April 23

  • Judges 1:1-2:9
  • Luke 21:29-22:13
  • Psalm 90:1-91:16
  • Proverbs 13:24-25



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Be sure to tune in to church services on Sundays and Wednesdays.  If you are like me, you are taking this opportunity to watch several every Sunday and Wednesday.  I certainly am thankful for the technology that allows us to “join” in worship at various churches.

Anna Lee



Good Friday

“My Father’s house has many rooms; if that were not so, would I have told you that I am going there to prepare a place for you?

And if I go and prepare a place for you, I will come back and take you to be with me that you also may be where I am.”

~John 14:2-3 (NIV)~




Bro. Tom Higginbotham is home from the hospital.  It’s early, but his doctors decided the chance of catching the virus in the hospital was great, so they let him go home.  Pray for Bro. Tom and Patti.




Linda Birch Williams has been concerned about her son having the Covid-19 virus, but now her attention has changed to her husband, Jimmy.  He fell and couldn’t get up.  The hospice nurse told her to call 911.  Long story short, the ambulance took him to St. Tammany Hospital where he was checked out for a broken hip.  Thankfully, it wasn’t broken, so she got to bring him home last night.  Pray for Jimmy as he recovers from the fall and Linda as she takes care of him.  Please pray for Jimmy and Linda Williams.




As the height of the Covid-19 crisis seems to be coming near or passing, please don’t slack up on staying at home and being careful to wash your hands frequently.




Read the Bible in 2020 – April 10

  • Deuteronomy 34:1- Joshua 2:24
  • Luke 13:22-14:6
  • Psalm 79:1-13
  • Proverbs 12:26



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On this Good Friday, I hope you will find some programs on television or videos on You-tube to watch after you read the account of the events of the day from the Bible.

Anna Lee