Saturday

I pray that out of his glorious riches he may strengthen you with power through his Spirit in your inner being,

~Ephesians 3:16~

 

 

 

David’s brother-in-law

Harold Benton Newman

  • June 5, 1933 – January 20, 2020
  • Bay St. Louis, Mississippi
  • Harold  Benton Newman
  • Harold Benton Newman, originally of Hammond, LA, died Monday, January 20, 2020, at his home in Bay St. Louis, Mississippi, at the age of 86. He was born June 5, 1933, to the late Shelby and Anita Newman. He was a resident of Mississippi for the past 33 years.
    Harold is survived by his wife of 67 years, Bonnie Alford Newman; brothers Shelby William (Bill) Newman, Glenn Earl Newman, and Rudolph Paul (Rudy) Newman, sister Joyce Love Newman, children Harold Keith Newman, Sharon Kay Newman Ott (Mike), and Matthew Eric Newman (Susan); grandchildren Becky, Christina, Bryan, Miranda, Mikayla, and Kaylen; and 6 great-grandchildren.
    In addition to his parents, Harold was preceded in death by his sisters Mary Ann Newman Mulkey and Elsie Jean Newman Smith, and daughter Diana Sue Newman Brown.
    Harold was a veteran of the Army National Guard, and retired from the Louisiana Department of Transportation (Highway Department). He was an animal lover, an avid outdoorsman, and a life-long fisherman.
    Family and friends are invited to attend a memorial service in Harold’s honor at Harry McKneely & Son Funeral Home in Hammond, Louisiana, on February 1, 2020, from 11 am to 2 pm. In lieu of flowers, and to honor Harold’s love for animals, the family asks you make a donation to Raven Woods Animal Sanctuary in Arcola, Louisiana or Tangi Humane Society in Hammond, Louisiana.

 

 

 

Read the Bible in 2020 – January 25

  • Genesis 50:1 – Exodus 2:10
  • Matthew 16:13-17:9
  • Psalm 21:1-13
  • Proverbs 5:1-6

 

 

I have been crafting for OCC.  It has been a real joy!  If you like to craft and know the value of OCC, you may want to get with me for some joint projects.  If you are shopping monthly, you will realize the first month is ending.  Are you pleased with what you purchased or crafted in January?  Stay tuned for our February needs….

Anna Lee

 

 

Wednesday

The LORD gives strength to his people;

the LORD blesses his people with peace.

 

 

 

Update on Smiley Conerly: Port this week and treatment begins next week.

 

 

 

My classmate, Georgia, is with her husband, Joe, at the hospital in Hammond.  He is having seizures and kidney issues.  Please say a prayer for Joe and Georgia.

 

 

 

David’s brother-in-law, Bonnie’s husband, Harold Newman, passed away in Bay Saint Louis.  The services for him will be February 1 at McKneely’s in Hammond.

 

 

 

Read the Bible in 2020 – January 22

  • 2 Genesis 44:1-45:28
  • Matthew 14:13-36
  • Psalm 18:37-50
  • Proverbs 4:11-13

 

 

Julie and I have made over 400 washcloths for OCC.  I also have fifty more marble bags to add to our stash.  David and I will continue to work in the OCC room, but not on a regular schedule.  Call to check on when you might want to work with us or just catch us working at the church.

Anna Lee

Monday

“We refuse to wear masks and play games.

We don’t maneuver and manipulate behind the scenes.

And we don’t twist God’s Word to suit ourselves.

Rather, we keep everything we do and say out in the open, the whole truth on display, so that those who want to can see and judge for themselves in the presence of God.”

 ~2 Corinthians 4:2 The Message~

 

 

 

Donna Fay Miller continues to improve at home.  Thank-you for your prayers for her and her family.

 

 

 

Buddy Morris is seeing his cardiologist this week in hopes of approval for surgery.  He has already had one neck artery done.

 

 

 

George Pike will be having gamma knife surgery for Trigeminal Neuralgia tomorrow morning.  That is the surgery that made such a difference for me in 2011.  Pray with the family that George also has good results.

 

 

 

Buddy Bel, mayor of Amite, passed away yesterday afternoon.  Please be in prayer for his family.

 

 

 

Read the Bible in 2020 – January 13

  • Genesis 28:1-29:35
  • Matthew 9:18-38
  • Psalm 11:1-7
  • Proverbs 3:11-12

 

 

Last night at church, I heard some reports that some classes are doing well with their January collections for Operation Christmas Child.  I’m excited and thankful.  We have two more Sundays in January!

 

 

 

Do you and a friend or two want to plan an Operation Christmas Child project day, morning, or afternoon?  Let me know.  I can supply everything we need or you can bring what you want to.  Ideas: crochet party, painting shoeboxes, making bead dolls, making matching games, tote bags for marbles, cutting out for sewing day, etc.  You may come up with your own idea.

 

 

 

I don’t do many things with an eye on the weather, but using my computer has become one thing that can be determined by the weather.  I think I will post this before the rain comes back this morning.  Have a great day, despite the rain!

Anna Lee

Saturday

“May [God] keep us centered and devoted to him, following the life path that he has cleared, watching the signposts, walking at the pace and rhythms he laid down for our ancestors.”

~1 Kings 8:58 The Message~

 

 

 

Daily Bible Readings for Saturday, January 4

  • Genesis 5:1 – 10: 32
  • Matthew 4: 12-25
  • Psalm 4: 1-8
  • Proverbs 1:20-23

 

 

 

A large number of people at FBC, Kentwood picked up a daily Bible reading guide.  There were only a couple left yesterday, so more were printed and are now available.  I’m thankful that many are interested in reading together this year.  Let’s keep it up for the entire year.  If you miss a day, just read extra the next day.  If you didn’t start yet, it’s not too late,  You can get a copy of the plan Sunday and make Sunday day one or read a little extra each day for about a week and be caught up by this time next week.  It doesn’t even matter if you choose to read at a slower pace as long as you choose to read your Bible.  Remember, extra copies are available at church for those who didn’t get one yet.

 

 

 

My sister, Julie, and I worked on cutting and sewing the cutest wash cloths I have ever seen yesterday.  We made 182 before running out of fabric.  I’ll be purchasing more soon.  Who would want a plain wash cloth when they can have a colorful one with dogs, balls, etc.?  We also made them in varying sizes for the three different age groups.  I think they will be a big hit!  We will be working again in two weeks to make more so we will have enough for all the “shoeboxes” we pack. 

I also was able to make a number of matching games yesterday.  I didn’t get a count yet.  I love the idea of  working together to make items that will lead to boys and girls learn about Jesus.  Isn’t it wonderful how God can use simple things like washcloths, games, tooth brushes, school supplies, and even soap to help introduce children around the world to Jesus?   Remember, each “shoebox” impacts and average of seven lives for Jesus!

You can be a part of this ministry too.  Let me know how you want to contribute – items, shopping time, labor, funds.   I will also be happy to show any of you our project/storage room.  It will bring a smile to your face.  I know it did for my sister yesterday.  It is very rewarding to us to realize the eternal value of this mission project.

Please be in prayer for this ministry of Samaritan’s Purse.  It has grown so much and now reaches out to more and more people each year.  It’s easy and very rewarding to be a tiny part of sharing Jesus with others.  If you know of anyone who needs help getting started packing “shoeboxes”, I will be glad to help them get started.

https://www.samaritanspurse.org/what-we-do/operation-christmas-child/

Bro. Joe Baugh has a saying he uses to encourage people to get involved.  It goes something like this: “If you are not excited about ________. your firewood must be wet!”

 

 

I love telling others about Jesus.  Our mission is to go and tell.  I think “shoeboxes” do an excellent joy of giving us an unlimited opportunity to go and to tell.

Anna Lee

 

 

 

Friday

It’s smart to be patient.” 

~Proverbs 14:29 CEV~

 

 

 

Donald “Red” Alford is home again after spending several more days in St. Tammany.  His oncology visit has been postponed for a couple weeks.  Please pray for Donald and his family as they make adjustments at home for him.

God Is Using a Small Texas Church to Bless Many Thousands of Children

https://www.samaritanspurse.org/article/god-is-using-a-small-texas-church-to-bless-many-thousands-of-children/?utm_source=OCCFacebook&utm_medium=social&utm_campaign=m_YOCC-20SM&utm_content=010220_link_ARTICLE_brumbelows&fbclid=IwAR2NtVE4ERoPjsbkQFxFTEu2qQpqBI-b70DE7kRfmuSrpAi1aBkdteqOA50

 

 

 

 

 

The Greatest Journey

https://www.samaritanspurse.org/operation-christmas-child/tgj-game-app/?utm_source=OCCFacebook&utm_medium=social&utm_campaign=m_YOCC-20SM&utm_content=10220_link_APP_greatest-journey-announcement&fbclid=IwAR28h1EI0sPRVXx8CbxnjjZCEvzVHWQnmYHJ4GFQqPW6zg4e54MnuVfP69A

 

 

 

Read the Bible in 2020 – Day 3

  • Genesis 5:1 – 7: 24
  • Matthew 3: 7 – 4: 11
  • Psalm 3: 1-8
  • Proverbs 1: 10-19

 

I pulled out an old Bible to use for my readings this year and purchased some fine-point colored pins to underline, circle, star, etc.  That method keeps me fully involved in reading and learning.

 

 

 

David and I shopped briefly yesterday and found some 2019 calendars.  I will cut the pictures and place them inside the cover of the shoeboxes.  If you are capable of cutting and gluing paper, let me know when you are available to help.  Today, my sister and I are planning to make washcloths for all the shoeboxes.  I’m looking forward to our work today.

 

 

It’s smart to be patient.” 

~Proverbs 14:29 CEV~

How are you wisely and patiently using your time for others?

Anna Lee

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Sunday

As a shepherd looks after his scattered flock when he is with them, so will I look after my sheep. I will rescue them from all the places where they were scattered on a day of clouds and darkness.

~Ezekiel 34:12~

 

 

 

Scripture Writing  for December 29 – James 1: 16-18

 

 

 

Starting on January 1st, I will begin a new year of reading the Bible all the way through.  I hope you will join me.  Copies will be available at FBC this morning.  They will be printed on colored card stock so they will hold up well and be easy to locate in your Bible.  If you cannot read all the Scriptures for a day, choose to write part of it each day.  I will be sharing  passages from the Old Testament, New Testament, Psalms, and Proverbs each day.  You may want to use the plan and just read through one of these this year, one next year,  etc.  If you have never read the Bible through, 2020 will be a great year to do so.

 

 

 

David and I are so excited about Operation Christmas Child for 2020.  If you want to help us open, sort, organize, craft, etc., let me know when you are available to help.  There is always something to do from now until the boxes leave Kentwood just before Thanksgiving.  If you have a serger sewing machine and would like to help with a project let me know.  You can bring it to church and work with us Friday, choose another day to work, or work from home on your own schedule.  Let me know….

 

 

 

The best use of life is to spend it for something that outlasts it.

This is one of my favorite sayings.  I find it truthful and lasting!  May 2020 be the year we focus on others in many ways and not ourselves!

Anna Lee

 

 

 

 

Friday

“Blessed is she who has believed that the Lord would fulfill his promises to her!” 

~Luke 1:45 NIV~

Judith Webb Peterson

March 22, 1939 – December 25, 2019
A resident of Hammond, passed away on Wednesday, December 25, 2019 at Our Lady of the Lake Regional Medical Center in Baton Rouge. She was born March 22, 1939 in New Orleans, LA and was 80 years of age. ​
She is survived by ​
her husband, Johnny M. Peterson​ her loving husband.
She is preceded in death by​
her parents, James Samuel Webb and Alice Johnston Webb; ​and her sisters, Constance Webb and Barbara Webb Mondello.
She is lovingly remembered by her brother James S Webb lll, his wife Trisha; her daughters Terrey B Scheuermann, husband Robert; and Sherry P Denig, husband Jeff; her sons Porter L Bentley lll,  fiancé Alison Thompson,James W Bentley; John Peterson, wife Dawn; Grandchildren Anthony Miaoulis wife Tania; Crystal Bentley, Porter L Bentley lll, Jordan R Lavigne, Kelsey S May, Zachary Bentley, Seth Bentley, John Ryan Denig, Garrett Peterson and Sydney S Byrd, husband Ryan Byrd and numerous great grandchildren.
She went on to own her own business SEI in the Bahamas and was a member of Zonta International a professional organization empowering women.
Judy enjoyed her life, her family and her many friends here and in the Bahamas.

Visitation at First United Methodist Church, Amite,  from 9:00AM until Memorial Services at 11:00AM on Saturday, December 28, 2019. Services conducted by Rev. Josh Milliron. McKneely Funeral Home, Amite, in charge of arrangements.
In lieu of flowers donations may be made to Alzheimer’s Association, a charity of your choice in memory of Judy W L Peterson.
Operation Christmas Child – Today, I have some of my young helpers working with me on some projects that will wind up in shoeboxes.  I’m looking forward to this special time.  If you or someone in your family is willing to work some, please let me know.  I’ll get back with you on a date and time.  I just need willing helpers.
Scripture Writing for December 27 – Phillipians 2: 5-8
Have a blessed day!
Anna Lee