Monday

Though the fig tree does not bud and there are no grapes on the vines,

though the olive crop fails and the fields produce no food,

though there are no sheep in the pen and no cattle in the stalls,  

yet I will rejoice in the LORD,

I will be joyful in God my Savior.

~Habakkuk 3:17-18~

  We all need to develop this spirit of thankfulness.

 

 

Jimmy R. Williams is doing better.  He will have an angiogram today.  Pray for Jimmy and Linda today.

 

 

Glenda Harrell‘s heart procedure will be on September 4th.  Keep her in your prayers.

 

 

Willie Hebert, my cousin’s husband, is having some heart issues.  Please add Fran and Willie to your prayer list.

 

 

Pray for the four cancer patients from FBC, Kentwood as they are receiving chemo or radiation or testing for the next step this week.

 

 

Read the Bible

  • Reflect on God as Light
  • Catch up on any readings you missed.

 

 

Mission Project Day

  • 9:00 – Noon Saturday, the 18th
  • Fellowship hall of FBC, Kentwood
  • Using crafting for missions
  • Shoebox opportunity
    • Get a shoebox or a number of shoeboxes.
    • Start your packing with some items we are sharing from our collection.
    • Make purchases to complete your packing.
    • Turn in your box(es) with the proper labeling and funding.

 

 

 

Today, I’m thankful for a good day at church yesterday!

Anna Lee

Saturday

For no one is cast off by the Lord forever. 

Though he brings grief, he will show compassion, so great is his unfailing love.

~Lamentations 3:31-32~

 

Today is a new day for all who are sad, weary, and grieving.  Start the day with faith, confidence,  and hope.

 

Polly Miller Sullivan

March 22, 1938 – August 10, 2018

A resident of Amite passed away on Friday, August 10, 2018 at North Oaks Medical Center in Hammond. She was born March 22, 1938 in Magnolia, MS and was 80 years of age. Polly was a Amite High School graduate of 1957 where she was Homecoming Queen and Miss Amite High. She is survived by daughter, Kay Suzanne Sullivan Bankston; son, Paul Raymond Sullivan, Jr.; grandson, Cameron James Bankston; sisters, Dorothy Maxine Lee, Shirley Kay Young, and Patsy Ann Gray. Preceded in death by, parents, Pete and Bertha Miller; sisters, Betty Sue Boyd, Linda Gay Miller, and Mary Frances Jinks. Graveside Services will be held at Mulberry Street Cemetery in Amite at 10:00AM Monday, August 13, 2018. Services conducted by Mark Gray. McKneely Funeral Home, Amite, in charge of arrangements. For an online guestbook, visit http://www.mckneelys.com.

 

Coming in one week – Project day!

  • Telling the Story through missions!
  • Come learn something new!  Develop some new skills.
  • Make an item for a “shoebox”
  • Paint a witness rock!

 

 

“Young” Ladies’ Birthday Party

  • August 28 at 11 A.M.
  • The Cafe, Kentwood
  • Honors “young” ladies celebrating birthdays this month

 

 

Read the Bible

  • Isaiah 20
  • Psalm 97
  • 2 Thessalonians 1

 

 

Friday Morning Bible Study

I’m considering changing the time to early afternoon.  How will this work in your schedule?  Please let me know.

Anna Lee

 

Thursday

If you declare with your mouth, “Jesus is Lord,” and believe in your heart that God raised him from the dead, you will be saved.  

For it is with your heart that you believe and are justified, and it is with your mouth that you profess your faith and are saved.

~Romans 10:9-10~

 

 

Amber Prine Ragan

I am writing this post as we are driving back from Houston. Amber had her post-operative visit today. We met with Dr. Lang and Dr. DeGroot. They were very pleased with Amber’s progress. She was able to get the staples and sutures removed today. Their recommendation for treatment is to start with proton radiation followed by 6-9 months of a chemotherapy treatment called PCV (combination of oral and infusion treatments.). The chemotherapy can be monitored by her neurologist in Baton Rouge. This will allow her to return back to work during her chemo treatments. She will do the radiation treatments at MD Anderson. Unfortunately, we were not able to meet with the radiologist today. We will return back to MDA on Monday to meet with her radiology team to get more information on when everything will get started (we are thinking within the next week or two). Dr. Lang seems to think she will do radiation for six weeks – 5 days a week, we will know more after we meet on Monday.
Once again, we are amazed how everything seems to work out. Amber received a call yesterday on our way to Houston about housing for patients receiving treatment at MDA. We will also meet with this organization on Monday. They have an apartment available that is very close to MD Anderson.
Of course, there are lots of other logistics that we have to work out before our six week stay in Houston. We are very thankful to have the family support that we do that will help us take the next steps.
Please continue to keep Amber in your prayers as she begins her treatment journey. Never doubt the power of prayer!

Amber had to bring her t-shirt today to show Dr. Lang. Needless to say, he loved it! Also  pictured is Dr. Lang’s assistant, Cheryl. She has been in communication with Amber since April. She has been an awesome support resource for all of us.  (The shirt said,”My neurosurgeon did my hair”.  – ala)

 

 

Two Kentwood ladies who recently had surgery have bodies that are healing.  Glenda Harrell and Yvonne Birch have improved.  Glenda’s next surgery has not been rescheduled yet.

 

Pray for students and faculty members starting another year of school last week, this week, and next week.  Pray for college students who will be getting in the routine soon.

 

 

Read the Bible

  • Isaiah 18
  • Psalm 96
  • I Thessalonians 4

 

Mission Project Day

  • Making items for Operation Christmas Child Shoeboxes
  • Saturday, August 18 from 9 A.M. – Noon
  • Fellowship Hall of FBC, Kentwood
  • Everyone is invited to participate
  • Items you may want to bring:
    • Bars of bath soap
    • Yarn, any amount
    • $1.00 calculators
    • $1.00 flashlights
  • Adults, if you can come, please let me know by Wednesday.
  • Participants will have an opportunity to get free show boxes and some items to place in them.

 

There is great power in prayer.  Thank-you for praying today.  

Anna Lee

 

 

 

 

Tuesday

And when you stand praying, if you hold anything against anyone, forgive them, so that your Father in heaven may forgive you your sins.”

~Mark 11:25~

 

Please continue to pray for Yvonne Birch and Glenda Harrell as they recover from recent heart procedures.

 

 

Please pray for the following people who are undergoing/facing chemo or radiation – Buddy Morris, Buddy Waller, Phillip Strickland, and Linda Callihan.

 

 

Yesterday, I forgot to mention a lady who bought flip-flops and bandanas for OCC.   Sunday was a good day for missions at FBC, Kentwood.

 

 

OCC suggests you purchase school supplies during the month of August when the supplies are good and the prices seem to be the lowest of the year.

 

 

Pray for the school personnel and the students as schools have started or will start soon.  We saw a school bus pass our house yesterday, the first of the ’18-’19 school year.

 

 

Russell W. Cornette, Sr.

November 21, 1951 – August 05, 2018

“And God shall wipe away all tears from their eyes; and there shall be no more death, neither sorrow, nor crying, neither shall there be any more pain: for the former things are passed away. ” Russell W. Cornette, Sr., a resident of Greensburg passed away on Sunday, August 5, 2018 at Baton Rouge General Medical Center. He was born November 21, 1951 in Baton Rouge and was 66 years of age. He was a current member and Past Master Mason of St. Helena Masonic Lodge #96. He is survived by wife of 40 years, Delores Cornette; son, Russ Cornette and wife, Tiffany; 2 daughters, Kelly Gamble and husband, Jeremy, and Melissa Tynes and husband, Case; grandchildren, Cole Cornette, Anna Gamble, Grayden Cornette, Ava Graham, and Case Tynes, II; mother, Hazel Cornette; brother, Mac Cornette and wife, Cheryl. Preceded in death by father, Robert Cornette; daughter, Jana Cornette; father-in-law and mother-in-law, Fleet and Etta Ratcliff. The family would like to thank Baton Rouge General ICU staff, Feliciana Home Health and Briova RX Infusion as well as a special thanks to Danielle Pennington. Visitation at Wesley Chapel United Methodist Church in Darlington, LA from 9:00AM until religious services at 12:00 Noon on Wednesday, August 8, 2018. Interment Wesley Chapel Cemetery, Darlington. McKneely Funeral Home, Amite, in charge of arrangements. For an online guestbook, visit http://www.mckneelys.com.

 

 

Vivian Lanelle Sneed Barrios

February 26, 1927 – August 05, 2018

 

Vivian Lanelle Sneed Barrios, a resident of Jasper, TX, passed away on Sunday, August 5, 2018. She was born February 26, 1927 in Dodson, LA and was 91 years of age. She is survived by her 4 daughters, Linda Tolar Anderson and husband, Bennie, Chris Tolar Hill and husband, Kenny, Lora Tolar Blades, and Jimmie Tolar Billot; 1 son, P.D. Tolar and wife, Donna; 11 grandchildren; 27 great grandchildren; 1 great great grandchild; and her sister, Brenda Sneed Cockerham and husband, Bobby. Preceded in death by her parents, Clyde S. and Oradell Hall Sneed; sister, Ellen Sneed Trosclair and husband, Robert; brothers, Carl L. Sneed and J. Kenneth Sneed and wife, Bobbie Johnston Sneed; and her grandchildren, Aaron P. Hill and Dana Hodges Miller. Visitation at Springhill Baptist Church, Jonesboro, LA from 9 AM until religious services at 11 AM on Thursday, August 9, 2018. Interment Springhill Cemetery, Jonesboro, LA. Pallbearers will be Tracy Johnston, Troy Johnston, Dane Tolar, Patrick Tolar, Quincy Hodges, and Zachary Johnston. Honorary pallbearers are P.J. Hodges, Jacob Johnston and Brody Johnston. McKneely Funeral Home, Amite, in charge of arrangements. For an online guestbook, visit http://www.mckneelys.com.

Read the Bible
  • Isaiah 16
  • Psalms 95
  • I Thessalonians 2

 

Your next opportunity to “Do” missions individually could be to pack some shoeboxes.  Your next opportunity to “Do” missions as a group could be our project day which will be August 18th.  We only need help from men, women, boys, and girls.  Ideas for projects and materials for projects are greatly appreciated.

 

 

Thank-you for faithfully reading and praying.  I hope you are also faithful in “doing”.

Anna Lee

Monday

Read the Bible

Reflect on God as Father.

Catch up on any reading you missed.

 

 

So go and make followers of all people in the world.

Baptize them in the name of the Father and the Son and the Holy Spirit.

Teach them to obey everything that I have told you to do.

You can be sure that I will be with you always. I will continue with you until the end of time.”

~Matthew 28:19-20 Easy-to-Read Version (ERV)~

 

This is the Great Commission in an easy to read version.The words “Great Commission” help us to understand this is what God has for us to do.

Yesterday, at church, I shared that one part of our mission purpose in working with children on Wednesday nights is to “DO” missions!  We did just that by painting rocks and placing them around the church on cement or bricks where they would be easy to find and out of the way of lawn mowers.  The rocks had crosses, flowers, hearts, “Jesus Loves You”, etc. on them.  We call our rocks “Witness Rocks”.  Personally, I have plans/permission to place them in some other special places.  People were asked to take them and either keep them or pass them on to others.  I hope our rocks travel far and reach many for Jesus in their simple way.   The children loved doing them!

One way we can “DO” missions is to attend the Mission Project Day on Saturday, August 18th.  Show up and find everything ready for you to help create items that will be used in Operation Christmas Child shoeboxes.  On the 18th, we meet in the fellowship hall from 9 A.M. to noon.  I encourage you to participate with us.  By the way, it is also fun!
Yesterday morning, when I arrived in my Sunday School classroom, I found a lady getting some shoeboxes.  She said she was getting them to fill, just as her mother had packed a shoebox in honor of each of the grandchildren, she was now going to continue doing that for the family.  She left with boxes, instructions, and labels.  That is another opportunity to “DO” missions.
I also found some unbraided jump ropes in my room that one lady cut and prepared for braiding.  She told me another lady was coming to get them to braid this week.  I won’t call either name, but the younger lady was 80!!!  This goes to show that there is something for everyone.
Two ladies asked me if we are still collecting T-shirts.  They will be bring me some so more jump ropes, headbands, belts, bracelets, etc. and be cut out.  This means all these items we are sharing with boys and girls are given to us, free!
There is a young lady who told several of her co-workers about Operation Christmas Child.  They brought her bags and bags of items we will be able to share.  She is changing her job location, but said she would still be telling the original co-workers about what is happening next year.  I think her new co-workers will also learn about our mission projects and have the opportunity to help.  Have you shared opportunities with family members and co-workers?
When we remember that that printed materials in the appropriate language are added to the shoeboxes, we know boys and girls, and other family members will have an opportunity to learn about Jesus.  I cannot imagine a child who receives a shoebox who wouldn’t want to return to the same location to see some of the same people who gave them the shoebox to see what else they might have to offer – Jesus! 
Shoeboxes can also be packed by school students, civic organizations, other churches, etc.  If you know someone who needs more information, I will be happy to help them or to send someone else to do so.
Last night, after church, a younger lady asked me if we really needed Vienna sausage for the collection for Friendship House in New Orleans.  She said she just wanted to ask before she purchased some this week.  That and other items have been requested by Kay Bennett, the director there.  That will be used with homeless people and to help in getting young ladies off the streets and into better situations, often returning them to families who are so happy to have them back at home.  Kay Bennett will be speaking at our next associational WMU meeting.  Check a bulletin board at church to learn what other items we will be giving them.  You may also have read the front-page article about this ministry in a recent Baptist Message.
We are always collecting new and used Bibles for assisting a team that does the parish prison ministry in Amite.  I do not have clearance to participate, but see my mission as a provider.  If you have or would like to purchase any Bibles, you can drop them off at the church.  Regular or large print is desired because many of the people in the jail who need glasses do not have them.  The team always tells me how eager the inmates are for the Bibles.
At Christmas, we take Christmas cards with stamped envelopes to the inmates at Amite and Greensburg parish jails.  This gives them an opportunity to communicate with family members.  As the Christmas season draws closer, don’t forget to bring some cards with stamped envelopes.to the church.
We always help the Louisiana Baptist Children’s Home collect food each year.  This year, we also helped by having a special collection for other items they need.  We will soon begin the fall food round-up for them.
Can you guess which Sunday School class does the most for missions?  It is the class of older ladies who meet in the fellowship hall.  Virginia McKenzie teaches the class.  Theople Hurst is the unofficial missions leader/shopper for them.  How I wish other classes would realize the importance of missions.  This class certainly sets a good example!
In a previous post, I told you about the lady who gave us some beautiful quilts to share with those who are presently taking chemo or radiation.  I want to report that all the quilts have been delivered.  Now, I hope we can help the lady as she makes more quilts which can be used in such a special way.  If you would like to participate periodically, please let me know.
Just as I encouraged the children to “DO” missions, I encourage you to “DO” missions too. All mission work is not overseas!  There is much we can do!    These are some of the ways we are currently carrying out the Great Commission.  If you are not participating yet, I hope you will start to realize our purpose should be to take as many as we can to heaven with us one day!
I’ll get off my missions soapbox today, but this won’t be the last time I tell you about mission opportunities.
Anna Lee

Saturday

If you do what is right, will you not be accepted?

But if you do not do what is right, sin is crouching at your door; it desires to have you, but you must rule over it.”

~Genesis 4:7~

 

 

I started to tell you yesterday that Operation Christmas Child suggests purchases of school supplies during August.  Prices are cheaper now and supplies are greater.

 

 

See me if you would like shoeboxes to pack. 

  • Will you pack one for each child or grandchild in your family?
  • Will you pack one or two each month?
  • Will you pack as many as you can?
  • Will you provide postage money for shoeboxes someone else packs?
  • Will you provide items for others to use as they pack?
    • Soap
    • Hair brushes
    • $1.00 calculators
    • $1.00 flashlights with batteries
    • Crayons
    • Pencil pouches
    • Scissors and other items for sewing kits
    • Watercolor paints
    • Highlighters
    • Small dolls
    • Small cars and trucks
    • Yarn
    • Headbands
    • Safety pins

 

 

Plan to attend our next project day.  It will be from 9 A.M. to noon on Saturday, August 18th in the fellowship hall of FBC, Kentwood.  Come with a willing heart and a desire to help with shoeboxes.  Everything will be provided and ready.

 

 

Read the Bible

  • Isaiah 14
  • Psalm 94
  • Colossians 4

 

 

Pray for people who need to meet Jesus.

Anna Lee

 

 

 

 

Thursday

Read the Bible Today

  • Isaiah 13
  • Job 37
  • Colossians 3

Jesus said to him, “Receive your sight; your faith has healed you.”  

Immediately he received his sight and followed Jesus, praising God.

When all the people saw it, they also praised God.

~Luke 18:42-43~

 

 

Today, I want to focus my comments, and your thoughts and prayers, on Operation Christmas Child “shoeboxes”.  Franklin Graham began this project 25 years ago to make Christmas better for some of the children in the poorer countries around the world and to give the children a glimpse of the love of people who don’t know them and the opportunity to learn about Jesus and to accept Him into their hearts.   https://www.samaritanspurse.org/our-ministry/about-us/

 

Boxes are filled with gifts (school supplies, stuffed animals, toys, hygiene items, etc.) and turned in with a small postage fee.  Believe me, it is small compared to what I pay to ship packages overseas!  Here are some frequently asked questions with answers.  https://www.samaritanspurse.org/operation-christmas-child/frequently-asked-questions/?utm_source=Ggl&utm_medium=cpc&utm_campaign=m_YGGJ-B18V_GGLOCC-TGJ-OCCBrandSitelink&gclid=Cj0KCQjw-o_bBRCOARIsAM5NbIObtM92Z3niFFaedkTFwnTPWyck-wAZQhHEfOz7nSEHukUhfkSen08aAli5EALw_wcB

 

There are good instructions for packing shoeboxes on the website.   https://www.samaritanspurse.org/operation-christmas-child/pack-a-shoe-box/

This year, FBC, Kentwood has focused on learning how and what to make/craft for the shoeboxes.  We meet once a month for three hours.  Men, women, teens, and children of school ages all work together.  Our next project day will be Saturday, August 18 from 9 A.M. to noon in the fellowship hall.  Everything will be ready to you.  If you choose to make some items on your own, you might want to look at pages such as this.  http://www.simplyshoeboxes.com/2013/10/simple-pillow-case-style-dress.html

 

During the third week of November, November 12-19 in 2018, you can drop yourboxes off at a collection site.  FBC, Kentwood will again serve as a collection.  As the time gets closer, you can type in your zip code and learn of the nearest collection sites.  At the site, the boxes are packed into large OCC boxes in a special way that allows the most shoeboxes to fit in each box.  Then, the boxes are shipped to the next location.   https://www.samaritanspurse.org/operation-christmas-child/drop-off-locations/

 

There are regional packing centers that check the boxes for items not allowed, such as toothpaste and candy, and add items to boxes that are not completely filled.  I know some people who have done this and hope to do so too one day. If the boxes are not already filled, fillers are added.  Filler are items sent in bulk with the shoeboxes and in a different kind of box.  They can be sent in without any shipping fee since they will be put into boxes that have already had postage paid for them.   https://www.samaritanspurse.org/operation-christmas-child/volunteer-at-a-shoebox-processing-center/

 

Paying the postage fees can be done online or you can simply add your check to the box.  The choice is yours.  If you pay online, you receive a special label that serves as a tracking label so you can learn what country receives your box.  https://www.samaritanspurse.org/operation-christmas-child/follow-your-box/

 

There are a number of videos you can watch about young adults who received shoeboxes as a child.  The best part is knowing children and families get to learn about Jesus through classes similar to our Sunday School.  It is estimated that one shoebox can give seven people an opportunity to follow Christ.  These stories will touch your heart.                                                                             https://www.samaritanspurse.org/operation-christmas-child/shoebox-stories-evgeniy-and-the-soap/

David and I are firm believers that Operation Christmas Child is the best program, at this time, to serve this purpose.   We have been involved in sending and even in distributing the shoeboxes internationally.  Last year, I received a letter from a young girl who received one of the boxes I helped to pack, so be sure to write a note with your (first) name and your church address.   This could be the year you hear from a child who receives a shoebox.                                                                                       http://faithfulprovisions.com/letters-for-your-operation-christmas-child-shoebox/

And they brought unto him also infants, that he would touch them: but when his disciples saw it, they rebuked them.

But Jesus called them unto him, and said, Suffer little children to come unto me, and forbid them not: for of such is the kingdom of God.

Verily I say unto you, Whosoever shall not receive the kingdom of God as a little child shall in no wise enter therein.

~Luke 18:15-17 ~

 

 

Thanks for “listening” to my heart today!

Anna Lee