“For God loved the world so much that he gave his one and only Son, so that everyone who believes in him will not perish but have eternal life.”

~John 3:16 NLT~



Pray for JoEllen Carruth of Greensburg as she has tests done in Baton Rouge tomorrow morning.



Several people in our area had surgery last week and are slowly recovering.  Thank God for the forward progress.  As you continue to pray for them, please also pray for their families, especially where young children are involved.



The Southern Baptist Convention will be this week in Dallas.  Pray for those in attendance.



William Jeremy Ferguson

October 17, 2008 – June 07, 2018

William Jeremy Ferguson, 9, a resident of McComb, MS passed away June 7, 2018 from injuries sustained in a motor vehicle accident.  Visitation will be Sunday June 10, 2018 from 1:00 PM until services at 3:00 PM at Holmesville Baptist Church in McComb.  Burial will be in the Holmesville church cemetery.  Bro. Lee Mathis will officiate.  Hartman Jones Funeral Home will be in charge of the arrangements.

William was born October 17, 2008 in Hammond, LA to Jeremy Neil Ferguson and Monica Edwards Norrell.  He attended Franklin County Elementary School and had just completed third grade. He was a member of Sunnyhill Baptist Church as well as Holmesville Baptist Church. He loved to fish, play baseball, swim, hunting, playing x-box, four wheel riding, and TV watching.  He enjoyed all these activities as well as many others with his siblings.  He loved people of all ages, welcoming them all as friends.  He started a bible club at Franklin County Elementary School.  He was a perfect angel and will be missed greatly.

He is preceded in death by paternal great grandparents, Walter Cleveland Ferguson and Aline Pigott Ferguson, John Grimsley and Nettie Lee Grimsley; his paternal grandfather, Walter Neil Ferguson; maternal great grandparents, Thomas Edwards and Linda Lebo, and Joe Lebo; step grandfather, Johnny Wade.

He is survived by his parents, Jeremy Neil Ferguson and Charity of McComb and Monica Norrell and Ryan of Kentwood; grandparents, Linda and William Edwards of Kentwood and Betty Edwards of Kentwood, and Sue Ferguson of McComb; step grandparents, Bobby and Carol Dykes of Kentwood and Dianne Wade of McComb; two brothers, Austin Abbott of Kentwood and Levi Sterling of McComb; five sisters, Magan Cagle and her husband Wade of McComb, Alyssa Abbot of Kentwood, Jordan Etheridge and her husband Josh of Centerville, Emma Grace Ferguson of McComb and Brelyn Norrell of Kentwood; a nephew, Braxton Cagle; a special cousin, Kinley Edwards; along with numerous other relatives and a host of friends.

Pallbearers will be:  Kenneth Petty, Jeff Coon, Ryan Norrell, Tracy Edwards.




Read the Bible

  • 2 Kings 24-25
  • job 14
  • 1 Corinthians 2



I hope you have plans to be in God’s house this morning.  If not, it is not too late to change plans to do that.

Anna Lee



“Trust me in your times of trouble,

and I will rescue you,

and you will give me glory.”

~Psalm 50:15 NLT~




Demi Jane Drago has arrived.  She weighed 7 lbs. 6 oz. and was 21 inches long .  Shaw Marie Drago is the older sister.  Joey and Meghan Sharkey Drago are the blessed parents to these two daughters who are certainly gifts from God.



Linda Hornsby-Craddock is hospitalized in Brookhaven with a appendix issue.  Doctors are working to clear up infection so surgery can be done.  Pray for all to go well during this process.



George Bales’ surgery went well.  He is home recovering nicely.




Philip “Steve” Steven McMichael

April 24, 1982 – May 13, 2018
Steve, age 36, passed away on Sunday, May 13, 2018. He was a proud native of Hillsdale, LA and a resident of Amite, LA, who was passionate about being a Heavy Equipment Operator. Steve was a member of many Jeep Clubs and Cummins Clubs. Steve had a passion for anything that ran on diesel; whether it was his four wheel drives or heavy equipment, spending quality time with his wife cooking crawfish or anything outside was where he was often found. He had a love for the outdoors and enjoyed hunting and fishing. Steve’s true love was his family and always put them first in everything he did. He would help anyone in need, always shared his huge heart with anyone around and was never seen without his beautiful smile, he never left without a big hug and always said he loved you before leaving. Steve was an incredible husband and father, loving brother and son, and remarkable person who will be deeply missed.
He is survived by his loving wife of 5 ½ years, “My Jenny” McMichael; son, Timothy Alan Humphries McMichael; daughter, Taylor Ann Humphries McMichael; parents, Philip Owens McMichael and Rhonda Harper McMichael; siblings, Rhonda “Michelle” McMichael Honeycutt and husband Jonathan, Matthew “Dewey” Owens McMichael, Aaron Ray McMichael, Joshua Caleb McMichael and wife Haley. He is also survived by his niece, Avery Ann Bellaci; godchild, Alexis Bromell; new puppy, Diesel; and many close friends and extended family.
Steve is preceded in death by his grandparents; and best friend and dog, Tank.
In lieu of flowers donations may be made to Brandon G. Thompson Funeral Home to assist the family with funeral expenses.
Service Times and information are being developed by the family at this time. Please check back soon.



Read the Bible

  • 2 Sam. 23-24
  • Ps. 63
  • Acts 25



Friday Morning Bible Study

  • Romans 9
  • 10 A.M.
  • Fellowship Hall of FBC, Kentwood
  • You have an open-invitation to join us.



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Vacation Bible School at FBC, Kentwood

  • “Shipwrecked – Rescued by Jesus”
  • June 4-8
  • 8:30-11:30 A.M.
  • Ages – Pre-K through 5th grade
  • Kickoff – June 3rd at 5 P.M.
    • Water slides
    • Food
    • Fun
  • Preregistration
    • Sunday morning at church
    • Shirts available at church office
    • Need more information? – Call 229-8111



God has plans for you to be on-mission today!

Anna Lee












If we are thrown into the blazing furnace, the God we serve is able to deliver us from it, and he will deliver us from Your Majesty’s hand. 

But even if he does not, we want you to know, Your Majesty, that we will not serve your gods or worship the image of gold you have set up.”

Daniel 3:17-18

I love to read about Daniel.  He had such high standards as he served God.



Mrs. Bessie Hayden got her portable oxygen yesterday and called to say she will be at Bible study this morning.  How many other places could she have chosen to to go today, but the desire of her heart is to be at church studying God’s Word.  We’ll be glad to have her back.



Pray for Debi Bales as she has  tests today at Cypress Point.  Pray for medical answers.



M-JAM is tomorrow.  Pray for the hundreds of hearts to be open to God’s word and the message of telling others about Jesus.


Read the Bible

  • 2 Sam. 1-2
  • Eccl. 11:6-10
  • Acts 14



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Operation Christmas Child 

  • Do you like to paint, draw, crochet, sew, cut with scissors, laminate, etc.?  You will be able to make some items for OCC shoeboxes!
  • Do you shop?  Keep your eyes open for items children need or would enjoy (spoons, small bowls, flashlights, hair ornaments, solar calculators, highlighters, small puzzles and games, hairbrushes, glue sticks, t-shirts. scissors, fishing needs, aprons, small cars and trucks, small dolls, balls, small battery operated clocks, etc.)


  • If you received a shoe box two weeks ago, please see me for a label for your box.



How are you going to help someone know about Jesus this weekend?  One way is to bring them to church and let the Sunday School teacher and the pastor do the “teaching” for you!

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~




Please continue to pray for Mr. Elwood Courtney, 99, of Holden.




Josiah Huckaby

Update: Josiah has continued to become more stable over the last 3 weeks and Urology has decided they want to move forward with his kidney surgery. It is scheduled for Monday, April 30th. We don’t have a specific time yet. This will be the last know surgery and it will be the longest one so far…taking about 3 hours. This is a huge praise because when we talked about this in December, the doctor was very hesitant about doing the surgery and she felt it was best to wait until we just couldn’t wait any longer. Now they are eager to get it done so that he won’t have to come back for surgery once he comes home. The nurse practioner seemed pleasantly surprised on Saturday when she was talking to us about his current vent settings. He is currently on an older model home vent which is bulky and makes mobility for him a little more difficult so our goal is to try to swap him to the newer home vent after surgery. They were hesitant about the idea a few weeks ago but now they are confindent with the future change. Josiah has been to playgroup twice now and hopefully we will get to go outside tomorrow for the first time ever (weather permitting). He loves his custom stroller and enjoys just sitting in it. He continues to make more talking noises over his trach. He has 6 teeth that I can see…his tongue stays in the way so he could have more.  He has finally started trying to roll to the left…he has always favored rolling to the right. And of course he’s always silly, smiling, and laughing! To God be the glory!!!



Pray for Joanne Seymour, formerly of Amite and one of my former students, as she undergoes surgery in New York today.



Eyvonne Ricks
August 20, 1935 – April 23, 2018

Eyvonne Ricks, a resident of Denham Springs, passed away on Monday, April 23, 2018 at Our Lady of the Lake Regional Medical Center in Baton Rouge. She was born August 20, 1935 in Kentwood and was 82 years of age. She was a member of First Baptist Church of Kentwood and IRA #84 Order of Eastern Star. She loved spending time with family and friends, scrap booking and putting puzzles together. She is survived by her 2 sons, Layton Ricks, Jr. and wife, Susan, Denham Springs, Ronnie Ricks and wife, Susan, Canton, MS; daughter, Judy Ricks Garcia and husband, Larry, Denham Springs; 11 grandchildren, Angela, April, Layci, Nancy and Brett, Rondi, Rob, Joel and Kristin, Heather, and Lucretia; and 14 great-grandchildren. Preceded in death by the love of her live of 59 ½ years , Luther L. Ricks, Sr.; parents, George and Ada Lou Tidwell; sisters, Lillie Mae Easley and Norma D. Christopher; granddaughter, Jessica N. Garcia and grandson, Larry Garcia, II. Visitation at McKneely Funeral Home, Kentwood, from 5 PM until 8 PM, Wednesday and from 8 AM until religious services at 11 AM Thursday, April 26, 2018. Services conducted by Rev. Leo Miller. Interment Woodland Cemetery, Kentwood. Pallbearers will be Brett Miller, Brien LeBlanc, RP Scritchfield, Gary White, Michael Temple, and Mason White. Honorary Pallbearer will be Rob Ricks. In lieu of flowers please make donations to St. Jude Children’s Research Hospital, 501 St. Jude Place, Memphis, TN 38105 or to the American Heart Association, 10 Glenlake Parkway  NE South Tower, Ste 400, Atlanta, GA 30328. For an online guestbook, visit



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Read the Bible

I Sam. 7-9
Eccl. 9:11-18
Acts 4

Copies of the Bible reading plan for May-December are available at FBC, Kentwood.




This afternoon and evening, please be praying as a film team videos at FBC, Kentwood today for a future promotional video about missions.  The plans are to make this one segment of the Georgia Barnett Week of Prayer for Louisiana missions.

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



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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






“Since you have been raised to new life with Christ,

set your sights on the realities of heaven,

where Christ sits in the place of honor

at God’s right hand.”

~Colossians 3:1 NLT~



Read the Bible

  • Joshua 3-4
  • Eccl. 4:1-6
  • John 5



Mrs. Ruby Dillon has been fighting an infection all week.  She is better now.  Thank God for her progress.



Yvonne Birch called yesterday to share her good news.  The surgeon said open heart surgery is not needed now.  In August, he will re-evaluate her situation.  Thanking God for all the prayers for Yvonne and her family.



Scott Womack will be having open heart surgery today in Covington.  Please pray for the surgeon as he works with Scott.  Pray for Scott’s family as they wait.  Pray for Scott who is ready to get this done and behind him.



I thank God for the peace He has given Yvonne and Scott as they have faced their heart problems.



David will be seeing a surgeon April 9th to determine if gall bladder surgery is needed.  Please pray for this decision.



Baptist Press



Louisiana Baptist Message



Operation Christmas Child – Don’t forget to look for bargains to fill shoeboxes when you shop.  It is not too early to begin shopping.



Annie Armstrong Offering for North American Missions – Support efforts to win those who are lost in Canada and the United States.



No Bible study this morning.  We will meet again in a week.



The Children in Action are collecting broken crayons which they will repurpose for OCC shoeboxes.  If you have any to add to the collection, please bring them to FBC, Kentwood.  Thank-you!



Pick your sunrise service today!

Anna Lee



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