“I am the Alpha and the Omega,” says the Lord God, “who is, and who was, and who is to come, the Almighty.”

~Revelation 1:8~




Betty Taylor shared that her sister, Glenda,  has continued to improve and was released from the hospital yesterday.




Carol Ann Cleveland shared that her daughter, Betty Rainey, had the shunt implanted and was doing so well she went to a regular room rather than ICU following her surgery.




Andy Taylor’s niece had a lung to collapse for the second time.  She’s better, but was informed her lung will probably collapse again.  Pray her her lung to improve and for the number of collapses to be fewer than the doctor expects.




Smiley Conerly had a MRI done yesterday and will get the results in about a week.  Pray for him as he searches for answers.




Buddy Morris got another good report yesterday.  His good reports are not what the doctor expected when Buddy was diagnosed.  Thank God for the improvement Buddy has made since that first diagnosis.




Josiah Huckaby  continues to improve, but is still dependent on oxygen, which means he will be hospitalized for a while.  Thank God that Josiah has two caring parents who chose him knowing he would require special care.  Josiah was blessed to be chosen by Job and KK!




Ladies, make plans to be at the Two River’s WMU meeting at FBC, Kentwood Monday.  Leadership will meet at 9:00 before the 10:00 meeting.  All ladies are invited.  A covered dish meal will follow the meeting.  I thank God for the ladies who stepped up and are doing an excellent job in my absence.




Scripture Writing for October 17 – 2 Corinthians 5:  11-15




Operation Christmas Child Packing PartyOctober 26th at 1 P.M. in the FBC, K fellowship hall.




I believe in prayer!

Anna Lee










Seek the LORD while he may be found;

call on him while he is near.

~Isaiah 55:6 (NIV)~




I’m writing this shortly before mid-night, but calling it “Saturday”.




About 6 P.M., we received a rain for a few minutes.  David asked me it I wanted to go out and watch it rain.  I told him it wouldn’t rain long enough for that.  He started out.  At that moment, the rain stopped.  I’m hope we get rain over the weekend that lasts longer, but I am thankful for the rain we received.




Two death notices:

  • Robert Stephen Ellis, III
    November 15, 1948 – October 03, 2019

    A resident of Amite, LA, passed away on Thursday, October 3, 2019 at his home. He was born November 15, 1948 in Amite and was 70 years of age. He was a graduate of Tulane University. As an avid sportsman, he had a deep love of fishing and hunting with his dogs. In his early years, he was a fiddle player in Just Pickin’ Bluegrass Band. He is survived by his wife of 50 years, Nancy Robinson Ellis; sons, Bolivar Kemp Ellis of Amite, Jesse Clinton Ellis and and wife, Sumerset Bivens Ellis of Salt Lake City, UT; 2 grandchildren, Emery June Ellis and Ansel Cotton Ellis; sisters, Martina Ellis of Amite and Eleanor Dameron of Takoma Park, MD; numerous sisters-in-law, brothers-in-law, nieces, nephews, cousins and a wide circle of many friends. Preceded in death by parents, Judge Robert S. Ellis, Jr. and Eleanor “Peeps” Kemp Ellis. McKneely Funeral Home, Amite, in charge of arrangements. For an online guestbook, visit  (Robert was my classmate from the 7th grade through graduation.)

  • Jonathan Serigne, the man we have been praying for for about a week, passed away tonight (Friday).  I have prayed for peace and comfort for this family.  Please pray now and at 8:30 each night for a while.  I’ll post the obituary when one becomes available.



We will meet at 8 A.M. in the fellowship hall to finish up the shoeboxes we need this year.  Thank-you to those who have been coming and to those who will show up in the morning to paint some more.

The packing party will be Saturday, October 26th at 6:00 P.M. in the fellowship hall.  Wear your Christmas colors and bring a Christmas snack.  Packing the shoeboxes is fun!




Scripture Writing – October 5 – I Timothy 5: 14-16 . If you would like your own copy of the Scriptures we will be reading this month, they are available in the sanctuary of FBC, Kentwood.  Take one to share, too.




It’s still Friday, but I’m posting anyway!

Anna Lee


Do not boast about tomorrow,

for you do not know what a day may bring.

~Proverbs 27:1 (NIV)~




Scripture Writing – October 4 – I Timothy 6: 11-13




I have no idea how many students took their Bibles to school yesterday, but for each one who did, I am thankful.  I’m even more thankful for the students who attend church each week and read their Bible.  It’s important that each one makes a choice to follow Jesus.




We have almost painted enough shoeboxes.  Tomorrow, we will be working from 8:00-11:00 A.M. to finish up.  Our packing party is three weeks from tomorrow.  Let me know if you will be available to help finish the preparations.  Mark you calendar for the last Saturday of the month so you won’t miss the packing party!  We always have a great time as we put all the items in the boxes and prepare for shipping.




Thanks for your many prayers.  Please continue to pray for Jonathan and his family each night at 8:30.  Thanks!

Anna Lee










Bring Your Bible to School Day

 And this is love:

that we walk in obedience to his commands.

As you have heard from the beginning,

his command is that you walk in love.

~2 John 1:6~




Today, our students are encouraged to “Bring Your Bible to School”.




Jan Hammons sent me an update on Jonathan Sarigne.  He is a little better, but needs to improve some more to get chemo.  The family asks you to continue to pray for him at 8:30 each night.  He is 36.




Smiley Conerly’s cardiologist said Smiley’s problem is not his heart, so they are continuing to search for answers.  Pray for Smiley and his family as they deal with the uncertainly of now knowing what problem is the root of his illness.




My childhood neighbor and life-long friend, Mrs. Juanita Pritchett, passed away.  She had three boys and lived next to us, a family with three girls.  She has been hospitalized a number of times in Greensburg where we were able to see her.  I visited her last year at her home and bought some Roseland cookbooks.  Recently, David and I saw her in Walmart.  She said her boys were good to her, but just didn’t buy the groceries she wanted, so she drove herself to the store and was shopping for what she wanted to cook.  She had some real tragedies in her life, but never let them get the best of her.  I’m glad I knew her!  One more thing, she was exactly a year older than my mother.

Juanita Singleton Pritchett

March 26, 1928 – October 02, 2019

A resident of Roseland, LA, passed away on Tuesday, October 2, 2019 at her home. She was born March 26, 1928 in Roseland, LA and was 91 years of age. She was an active member of the Order of the Eastern Star and WMU. She loved gardening, cooking and spending time with her family. She is survived by 2 sons, Chester Pritchett and fiancé, Linda Cutrer, Roseland, and John Pritchett, Jr. and wife, Virgie, Roseland ; grandchildren, Clay Pritchett and wife, Elizabeth, Houston, TX, Roddi Lynn Blackmon and husband, Jason, Jersey Village, TX, Rhonda Hoolahan and husband, Donald, Hammond, Amy Ballard and husband, Jimmy, Roseland, Shane Hendry, Roseland, Clint Hendry and wife, Beckie, Roseland; great-grandchildren, Julian and Alaina Pritchett, Keeli Blackmon, Baylor Blanchard, Emilee Edwards, Hallie Hendry, Logan Ballard and Seth Hendry; 1 sister, Almeda Miller, Arcola. Preceded in death by her first husband, Dixie Clay Pritchett; her second husband, John Henry Pritchett, Sr.; son, Rodney Earl Pritchett and wife, Judy; parents, Harvey Felix Singleton and Alma Thompson Singleton; 6 brothers, Theodore, Henson, William, Hayden, Dudley and Samuel; 2 sisters, Augusta, Susie, and Clarice Singleton. Visitation at First Baptist Church of Roseland from 10:00AM until religious services at 1:00PM on Saturday, October 5, 2019. Services conducted by Rev. Rick Elder. Interment Arcola-Roseland Cemetery, Roseland, LA. McKneely Funeral Home, Amite, in charge of arrangements. For an online guestbook, visit




Scripture Writing – October 3 – I Timothy 6: 6-10




Today, at 1 P.M., we will again meet in the fellowship hall of FBC, K. to paint “shoeboxes” for Operation Christmas Child.  You are welcome to join us there.  Come, join the fun.  We will soon have all our boxes painted and can plan for the packing party later this month.  Artistic talent is not required.  Just willingness and a spirit of fun.




Thank-you for praying each day.

Anna Lee







“Don’t worry about anything; instead, pray about everything.

Tell God what you need, and thank him for all he has done.

If you do this, you will experience God’s peace”

~Philippians 4:6-7 NLT~




Mattie’s Miracles – Great news this morning…no malignant cells found in the lymph node biopsy! God is so very good ALL the time! Thank you to Our faithful prayer warriors. We appreciate you so very much!!




Johathan Serigne‘s family appreciate your prayers Monday night.  They also asked everyone to pray for him at 8:30 last night.  I wasn’t home and didn’t get that request posted in time.  I’ll try to post again when I hear an update.




Today is the day Rev. Franklin Graham as asked people all across our country to pray for President Trump.  No matter your political opinion, praying for our country’s leadership is always appropriated.  Please take time to pray for President Trump and other leaders today.




Tomorrow is Bring Your Bible to School Day.  Please pass the word to students so than can make a decision about doing so tomorrow.  You may want to read the article in the Baptist Message,




We are making progress on painting the shoeboxes.  We will paint tomorrow at 1 P.M.  Join us if you can.  I think by the time we paint tomorrow and Saturday morning we will have enough boxes ready for all the boys and girls we plan to pack a box for at the end of the month.  Packing and shipping the boxes is a great reward as we think about the boys and girls who will receive the boxes in 2020.  We have a few steps between painting and packing that we will be taking care of in the coming weeks.  You can pray for the packing and shipping as well as praying for the recipients.




Two Rivers WMU will be meeting at FBC, Kentwood on October 16th at 10 A.M.  You are invited to attend.




The Two Rivers WMU Lottie Moon Tea will be the second Sunday of December at Spring Creek.  Mark your calendar.




Baptist Press –





Scripture Writing – October 2 – Deuteronomy 7:11-14




Thank-you to the reader of TPL who sent a check for shoebox postage.  I love to meet people over the phone and in person who read this.  You and your prayers are the reason I write this.  You are appreciated.

Anna Lee







“Sing out your thanks to him;

sing praises to our God.”

~Psalm 147:7 TLB~




Thursday, October 3rd, is “Bring Your Bible to School” Day.  Please pass the word.




Scripture Writing – October 1 – Joshua 1: 7-9




This is a good time to check on your immunization.  Are you current will all the ones you need?  If not, now is the time.




Alma Stevens LaMarca

August 24, 1928 – September 29, 2019

Alma Stevens LaMarca, age 91, passed away peacefully Sunday, September 29, 2019 at Heritage Healthcare in Hammond, Louisiana. She was born on August 24,1928 in Amite, Louisiana. She retired from the Highway Department after 30 years of service and then spent several years as the secretary for Saint Helena Catholic Church. Alma was a beloved mother, grandmother, and great-grandmother. She was a scrabble enthusiast and book lover, who wrote a poem for each child’s and grandchild’s birthday. Alma loved traveling, casinos, horse races, parades, festivals and any opportunity to enjoy a glass of wine with loved ones. She was a cherished aunt to innumerable nieces and nephews. She was the life of every party and will be truly missed. She is survived by her 4 children and their spouses, Larry and Cathy LaMarca, Libby Rose, Lorraine and Calvin Miller, Lance and Mary LaMarca; as well as 2 grandchildren, Whitney Waller and Lindsay LaMarca; and 3 great grandchildren, Clementine Waller,  Evangeline Waller and Sawyer Waller. She was also survived by her long time Special Friend, Joe Vicaro. She was preceded in death by her parents, Emma Jones and Van Stevens; step father, Eddie Jones; brothers, Alfred “Snake” Stevens, and Sidney Stevens; and former spouse, Carlo A. LaMarca. Visitation at McKneely Funeral Home, Amite, from 9:00AM  until religious services at 11:00AM on Tuesday, October 1, 2019. Services conducted by Mark Stevens. In lieu of flowers, the family requests donations to the charity of your choice. For an online guestbook, visit




Geneva Simpson Varnado

July 09, 1927 – September 28, 2019

Geneva Simpson Varnado, 92, a resident of Osyka, MS, passed away September 28, 2019 at her residence. She was born in Gillsburg, MS on July 9, 1927 to Oliver Patterson Simpson and Bertha Corinne Caston Simpson. Visitation will be Wednesday, October 2, 2019 at Hartman Jones Funeral Home from 9:00AM until services at 11:00AM.  Burial will be in Osyka cemetery.  Rev. Drew Holified will officiate.

Geneva was a life long member of Osyka Baptist Church.  She was a retired school bus driver.  She loved to do embroidery, giving many of her works of art as wedding gifts.  She was a loving mother, sister, grandmother and friend.  She will be sorely missed by all that knew and loved her.

She is preceded in death by her parents, her husband; Willie Ray Varnado, a daughter; Susan Terrell and a granddaughter, Jennifer Gill.

Geneva is survived by her daughters; Shirly Dianne Smith and Brenda Hoover Martin, a son; Ronald Jewell Hoover (Sherry), a sister; Bertie Hughes and a brother; Bobby Ray Simpson ( Betty), eleven grandchildren, twenty-one great grandchildren, and nine great great grandchildren; along with numerous other relatives and friends.





Today is a project day for Operation Christmas Child.  We will work to paint a picture inside the lid of each box starting at 1 P.M. today.  Then, we will fold the boxes in preparation for packing the last Saturday of the month.  We will be working in the fellowship hall.




Look back at the verse I started with today.  Take some time to thank God for the many, many blessing with which He has blessed you.

Anna Lee






Anxiety weighs down the heart,

but a kind word cheers it up.

~Proverbs 12:25~




Yesterday was a great day to be in the Lord’s House at FBC, Kentwood!




Smiley Conerly was able to be at church last night.  Pray for Smiley and Carol Jean as they seek answers this week.




Bobby Howard McGee, Sr.

August 16, 1942 – September 25, 2019

Bobby Howard McGee, Sr., a resident of Kentwood, LA, passed away on Wednesday, September 25, 2019 at Hood Memorial Hospital in Amite, LA. He was born August 16, 1942 in Coward, SC  and was 77 years of age. He is survived by son, Bobby H. McGee, Jr. and wife, Jill; grandchildren, Kayla, Karly, Colton and Jackson; 1 brother, Randy McGee; and 1 sister, Jackie Boggs. Preceded in death by wife, Ethel Soles McGee; parents, Wiley and Allie McGee; 3 brothers, Ike, Jimmy and Billy; 1 sister, Fay McGee; Visitation at McKneely Funeral Home, Amite, from 11:00AM until 1:00PM, Saturday, October 5, 2019. For an online guestbook, visit




Scripture Writing – September 30 – John 15: 20-25

Tomorrow, we will begin October and a new page of Scriptures.  If you did not get your list at FBC, Kentwood yesterday, stop by today for your own copy.




Ladies, don’t forget lunch and birthday cake at The Cafe today at 11:00.




OCC Mission Project Days the week at FBC, Kentwood

  • Tuesday – 1 P.M.
  • Thursday – 1 P.M.
  • Saturday – 8 A.M.



It is not too late to give to the Georgia Barnette Missions Offering for Louisiana or to support Operation Christmas Child.



Make this Monday a marvelous day!

Anna Lee






“Give thanks in all circumstances;

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

~Thessalonians 5:18 NIV~




Pray for little Jules Tankesley who had to be airlifted to Children’s Hospital in New Orleans.  She is doing much better now.  Pray for Jules and her parents, KerriBeth and Jamie.




Thanks to those who helped with the shoeboxes this week.  The shoebox schedule for this week is Tuesday and Thursday at 1:00 P.M.and Saturday at 8 A.M.  We are progressing in getting enough shoeboxes ready for all the children we will be packing for this year.  Help us bring a smile to their faces.  We meet in the fellowship hall to paint.  Thanks to the ladies who helped this week.

We are collecting money to help with the postage.  It costs $9.00 per shoebox to get each one to their destination.  You can mark your check “OCC Postage”.  Thanks for your help.





Georgia Barnette Offering for Louisiana Missions:  We are collecting funds to help people in Louisiana have an opportunity to learn about Jesus.  I know we want those around us to have opportunities to have Jesus in their hearts and lives.




Fifth Sunday Singing at FBC, Kentwood

  • Tonight at 6 P.M.
  • Boiled peanuts and hot dogs after the singing
  • Everyone is invited.



Scripture Writing – September 29 – Romans 15: 7-13

October Scriptures are available in the sanctuary or office of FBC, Kentwood.




If you have items to send because of the flooding in Texas they must be turned in first thing in the morning so the can get to Bro. Stan in time for the next trip.  Remember, they will only be taking the four items they requested – diapers, feminine hygiene products, paper towels, and Gatorade and other sports drinks.  We have disaster relief workers on the ground and working in Texas.




Monday, the “Young” Ladies’ Birthday Party will meet at The Cafe at 11:00.  All ladies are invited to join in with them.




Sunday School begins at 9:15 and worship begins at 10:30 at FBC, Kentwood.  We invite you to join us if you are not attending another church.  We have classes for every age group.  We also provide a nursery, have children’s church, and other things that may interest you.

Anna Lee





“You will be enriched in every way so that you can be generous on every occasion, and through us your generosity will result in thanksgiving to God.” 

~2 Corinthians 9:11 NIV~




Linda B. Williams requests prayers for husband, Jimmy.

Friends & Relatives, we are in need of your prayers, again. Following Jimmy’s hospitalization a few months ago after he had the heart cath, his prognosis wasn’t good. He never had recovered from the quadruple bypass surgery he had in 12/2018, and the coronary artery disease is severe. His doctor decided to have a Physical Therapist with his Home Health agency start seeing him and see if he could get his strength back. He did not progress and was discharged by his therapist. When he went to his doctor, she put the order in for Hospice so they can help Jimmy have the best quality of life possible. She explained the things Hospice can do for him that Home Health can’t. She also told us it did not mean he would only live for a certain length of time. It meant Hospice will provide services that will help make his life easier. There are no options left for treating his failing heart. He was admitted to Hospice today. Thanks in advance for your prayers for Jimmy and our family.




As you pray for the recent flooding in Texas, please know we have Baptist Disaster Relief workers there.  Below is Bro. Stan’s list of items needed.  Please note when and where they are needed.  I think if we can get items Sunday, we will be able to get them to Franklinton first thing Monday morning.

BASELA Family- We will be collecting the following items for the churches impacted by the flooding in Texas. We have disaster relief volunteers working in the Hamshire, TX and surrounding areas. Supplies can be taken to the Missions Office in Franklinton (2116 Washington St) or to FBC St. Francesville (12404 Hwy 10). Supplies will be collected through Monday Morning.
Feminine hygiene products
paper towels
Gatorade and other sports drinks
THESE ARE THE ONLY ITEMS BEING COLLECTED! Please do not bring clothes, water or any other items!!! This is at the request of the receiving church.
-Bro. Stan




Scripture Writing – September 28 – Romans 5: 1-5

Scriptures for October will be available at FBC, Kentwood Sunday morning.  You can get your copy in the sanctuary Sunday.  On other days, check with the church office for a copy.




Operation Christmas Child

  • We will continue with painting the inside lids of shoe boxes today at 1 P.M. in the fellowship hall.  We had a good group last Saturday and look for a good group today.  When the boxes dry, we will fold and stack them for our packing party in five weeks.
  • Set aside the last Saturday of October for our Christmas packing party.  It’s amazing how quickly we can pack all those shoeboxes!
  • FBC, Kentwood will again serve as a collection site.  The hours of drop-off will vary from day to day, so check the OCC website or call the church office before you come to leave your boxes with us.




High Attendance Sunday

  • FBC, Kentwood
  • Tomorrow
  • 9:15 A.M.
  • Classes for everyone!




Fifth Sunday Singing

  • FBC, Kentwood
  • 6 P.M.




Pray for all these activities and events.

Anna Lee








The Lord is not slow in keeping his promise, as some understand slowness.

Instead he is patient with you, not wanting anyone to perish, but everyone to come to repentance



Thankfully, Mrs. Ruby Dillon is better.  Keep praying for her.




Updates on Carl “Chicken” Gaines and Carol Bennett Sealey written by his wife/her sister, Barbara:

Good morning everyone. Quick update on Carl. We thought he was having another stroke Tuesday morning spent the Tuesday and Wednesday in the hospital but doctors thinking a migraine headache so home now! GOD IS GOOD!!

Have even better news on Carol. Talked with her this morning and got the good news that she is not going to have to go to dialysis. What an awesome answered prayer. I know that we have been praying for that specific request and I have had friends that have told me that they also have been lifting Carol up in prayer and praying that God would heal her kidneys so that she would not have to go to dialysis 3 times a week!!! Answered prayers HALLELUJAH!!!!  CAROL also is gaining strength in her legs and making great progress in making steps and standing up with assistance. God has big plans for Carol and her testimony of God’s Mercy and Grace!!! Thank you to all who have prayed so fervently for Carol’s healing and to please keep praying!!!




Scripture Writing – September 27 – Psalm 126: 1-6




Project Day for Operation Christmas Child – Saturday at 1 P.M. in the fellowship hall of FBC, Kentwood.




The “Young” Ladies’ Birthday Party will meet Monday, September 30 at 11:00 at The Cafe.  All ladies are invited to attend.




There is a Sunday School class for everyone at FBC, Kentwood.  We begin at 9:15.  If you need help locating a class contact me of enter the church fellowship hall and ask for assistance.  We would love to have you join us.




Have a wonderful, cooler day.  It doesn’t feel like fall yet, but there each morning these is a hint it is coming.

Anna Lee