“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.



Baptist Press –



Baptist Message –



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












“Give all your worries and cares to God,

for he cares about you.”

~ Peter 5:7 NLT~


Pray for Chris Primes of Amite as he sees an oncologist about a possible cure for his health problem.  This is good news after being told his problem was not curable.



Nikki Newell is receiving long-awaited treatment.  Her new doctor diagnosed her problem quickly and began treatment.  The family is thankful for being led to the new physician.



Mary Lou “Ganny” Cutrer

October 02, 1935 – May 15, 2018

A resident of Greensburg, passed away on Tuesday, May 15, 2018. She was born October 2, 1935 in Liverpool and was 82 years of age. She was a member of First Baptist Church of Greensburg. She is survived by her daughter, MaryJo Cutrer, Greensburg; 2 sons, John “Buck” Cutrer, Jr., Colyell,  and Richard D. Cutrer and wife, Donna, Greensburg; 7 grandchildren, Josh Freché and wife, Mary Beth, Ashley Woodard, Joey Cutrer, III, Drew Cutrer and wife, Lauren, Brittany Cutrer, Baylor Cutrer and wife, Baileigh, and Justin Cutrer and wife, Pam; 2 step grandchildren, Kyle Hayden and wife, April, and Kayla Populis and husband, C.J.; 7 great grandchildren, Ava Cutrer, Reed Freché, Rylee Freché, Ross Freché, Ariat Cutrer, Owen Cutrer and Eden Cutrer; 3 step great grandchildren, Tinsley Populis, Lawson Hayden and Luke Hayden; and her special companion, her beloved dog, Little Bit. Preceded in death by her husband of 63 years, John “Joe” “Paw” Cutrer, Sr.; parents, Fred and Edith Johnson; granddaughter, Carly Lou Cutrer and her brother, Billy Ray Johnson. Visitation at First Baptist Church of Greensburg from 9 AM until religious services at 12 Noon on Thursday, May 17, 2018. Services conducted by Bro. Tommy Smith. Interment Greensburg Cemetery. Pallbearers will be Josh Freché, Drew Cutrer, Baylor Cutrer, Justin Cutrer, Kyle Hayden and Greg Carruth. Honorary pallbearers include Joey Cutrer, III, Reed Freché and Ross Freché.  The family would like to extend a special thanks to the staff of Heart of Hospice for their care and support. In lieu of flowers, donations maybe made to First Baptist Church of Greensburg, 6260 Hwy 10, Greensburg, LA 70441. McKneely Funeral Home, Amite, in charge of arrangements. For an online guestbook, visit



Isabella Rose Durbin

May 05, 2018 – May 13, 2018

Isabella Rose Durbin, a resident of Independence, passed away on Sunday, May 13, 2018 at Children’s Hospital in New Orleans. She was born May 5, 2018 in Hammond and was 8 days old. She is survived by her father, Justin Palmer; mother, Heather Durbin; sister, Leigha Petho; grandparents, Gary and Terri Durbin, and Roy and Phyllis Palmer; uncle, Gary Durbin, Jr.; aunt, Heather Russell and husband, Edward; great grandparents, Cecil and Nora Stewart and Shirley Palmer. Preceded in death by her great grandfather, Jerry Palmer. Visitation at McKneely Funeral Home, Amite,  from 9 AM until religious services at 11 AM Thursday, May 17, 2018. Services conducted by Rev. Mitch Williams. Interment Durbin Cemetery, Independence. For an online guestbook, visit

This is the second baby’s obituary I have posted in less than a week.  How sad for the families.




Read the Bible

  • 2 Samuel 21-22
  • Job 3
  • Acts 24



Children in Action will meet at 6 P.M. tonight in the regular classroom.



Hoping for rain, but knowing God will send rain “In His Time”.  God’s timing is always right.

Anna Lee






“Be still in the presence of the Lord,

and wait patiently for him to act.” 

~Psalm 37:7 NLT~



David and I just watched the homecoming of the hostages who were held in North Korea.  What great homecomings they will have during the next few days and weeks!



A missionary had a homecoming too.  She arrived in heaven.

‘Return to sender’: Casket proclaims life journey

by Diana Chandler, posted Wednesday, May 09, 2018 (11 hours ago)
Tags: Heaven

KNOXVILLE, Tenn. (BP) — Retired Southern Baptist missionary Patricia Stooksbury wanted everyone to know her life’s journey. She had it printed plainly on her pine shipping-crate-modeled casket.

“Return to Sender.” “To: Heaven thru Jesus Christ.” “This end up.” “Fragile.”

John Green, pastor of Wallace Memorial Baptist Church in Knoxville, Tenn., described the casket as unique and unlike anything he’d ever seen.

“I was so impressed because it was such an interesting way to share about her faith,” Green told Baptist Press today (May 9). “Everyone recognizes a shipping crate is sending you to another destination. That’s the story she was telling, even in her death — the story she was telling all throughout her life, which is that through faith in Christ we can have another home where we’ll spend eternity.”

Stooksbury, of Powell, Tenn., returned to her eternal home April 29 at age 70. Her journey was recounted and celebrated May 3 at Wallace Memorial Baptist Church, named in 1953 for William Wallace, a medical missionary to China for 17 years until his death at the hands of the communists in 1951.

At her funeral, the custom-built casket was front and center. By then, many friends and family members had signed the casket with well wishes.

“God speed.” “See you on the other side.” “Thank God for missionaries.”

The International Mission Board commissioned Stooksbury for the mission field in 1976. She spent more than 36 years spreading the Gospel, first as a Journeyman in Ecuador, then as a missionary to Costa Rica and Bolivia. She took medical leave in 2010, returning to the U.S. with pulmonary hypertension and stage 3 kidney failure.

She commissioned her casket in 2014 from Stevens Mortuary in Knoxville, the Knoxville News Sentinel wrote at the time.

“I think it’s appropriate for the occasion,” the News Sentinel quoted her as saying. “I want those at my funeral to notice my witness. I am going back to God, so I had them put ‘return to sender’ on top.

“On the sides, in English and Spanish, it says ‘To Heaven [thru] Jesus Christ,’ because it is because of Him and what He did that I can get there.”

Friends who spoke at her funeral, including her Knoxville pastor Mark Sasser, said she relished heaven.

“Here’s what I learned about Pat over the years that I’ve known her — she was ready to go,” said Sasser, pastor of Callahan Baptist Church. “She was ready to go. She had made her preparation.”

Stooksbury accepted her call to missions while a teenage member of Wallace Memorial Baptist, under the tutelage of former and longtime pastor Jim McCluskey. She joined Callahan Baptist after retiring from the mission field.

Retired Southern Baptist missionaries Carter and Charlotte Davis, longtime friends of Stooksbury, also noted her eagerness for heaven.

“Why isn’t the Lord calling me home?” she asked Carter Davis two months before her death, Davis said at the funeral. Davis didn’t know what to tell her, he said, other than God still had use for her on earth.

Bringing greetings from IMB to her survivors, Davis read from Ecclesiastes 7:1.

“A good name is better than fine perfume, and the day of death better than the day of birth (NIV),” Davis said. “That’s the way Patricia viewed death, something to behold and celebrate. Patricia, we love you and we miss you. We return you to sender.”



We may not have a homecoming to our country like the hostages did, but we can all have a sweet homecoming like Patricia Stooksbury!


Read the Bible 

  • 2 Samuel 11-12
  • Ps. 60
  • Acts 19



Let’s all get prepared for a heavenly homecoming!

Anna Lee

Saturday Evening

“If you want to know what God wants you to do, ask him, and he will gladly tell you, for he is always ready to give a bountiful supply of wisdom to all who ask him.”

 ~James 1:5 TLB~



This is an appropriate verse for the ten graduates who will be honored in the morning at FBC, Kentwood.



Thank-you to David, and Brett and Susan Frazier for helping take our boys and girls to M-JAM at Tall Timbers Conference Center. Thanks to the parents who entrusted us with their children Friday and Saturday and for sending them to missions class on Wednesdays.  What a great week-end we had hearing about God’s calling on lives and missions on the home-front as well as internationally.  We all learned so much!  We came back extremely tired, but we are already making plans for next year.



Please pray for Mr. Red Pittman who has been hospitalized at North Oaks.



Mr. James Walter Frazier has been faithful to check on us the last few years.  We think of him as a special friend.  He passed away yesterday.

James Walter “Jim” Frazier, Jr.

November 01, 1947 – May 04, 2018

A resident of Kentwood passed away on Friday, May 4, 2018 at Southwest Regional Medical Center in McComb, MS at the age of 70. He was born November 1, 1947 in McComb, MS to James Walter Frazier, Sr. and Thelma Brumfield Frazier. He was a U. S. Air Force Veteran of Vietnam where he served as a jet mechanic.  He is survived by his loving wife, Patricia Frazier; daughters, Amy Fisher and Brenda Frazier; step-children, John Corkern, Sandra Hicks, Angie Desmond, Steve Bennett, and Renee Bennett and husband, Anthony; numerous grandchildren, great-grandchildren, nieces and nephews.  Preceded in death by his parents, J. W. and Thelma Frazier; sister, Elizabeth “Libby” Perrin; and a niece, Elizabeth Perrin. Visitation at New Zion Baptist Church, Kentwood, from 9 a.m. until religious services at 11 a.m. on Monday, May 7, 2018. Services conducted by Rev. Larry Blades and Rev. Donnie Easley. Interment New Zion Cemetery, Kentwood. McKneely Funeral Home, Kentwood, in charge of arrangements. For an online guestbook, visit



Read the Bible

  • 2 Sam. 3-4
  • Ps. 54
  • Acts 15



The Lord’s Day is approaching.  Let’s honor Him with our time, our worship, and our service tomorrow.

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



Baptist Press



Baptist Message



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











Be joyful in hope,

patient in affliction,

faithful in prayer.

~Romans 12:12 (NIV)~

National Day of Prayer




Read the Bible

  • ! Sam. 28-29
  • Ps. 553
  • Acts 14



Tomorrow’s Bible Study 

  • Romans 7
  • 10 A.M. in Fellowship Hall of FBC
  • Anyone who wants/loves to study the Bible



Baptist Press –



Ten people are lined up to attend M-JAM in Alexandria.  Say prayers the event will be meaningful to all the children and adults who will be there.  May each person’s heart for missions be encouraged.

Anna Lee








Hope deferred makes the heart sick, but a longing fulfilled is a tree of life.

~Proverbs 13:12~



Read the Bible

  • I Sam. 22-24
  • Ps. 52
  • Acts 11



Please continue to pray for Mrs. Betty Catherine Hatcher who is at Hood Memorial Hospital.



I told you how wonderful the ladies’ meeting at Amite was going to be.   I’m sorry if you missed the meeting, because it was even better than our expectations.  I hope you have the opportunity to talk with someone who was there.



Today begins a new month.  Operation Christmas Child suggests you purchase hygiene items such as bars of soap, washcloths, toothbrushes, hairbrushes, body scrubbers, STICK deodorants, and combs during the month of May.  You can add these items to your shoeboxes or bring multiple of some of these items for us to send as fillers which can be added to boxes that are not completely full when our boxes get to Dallas.



Pray for the children and adults who will be attending M-JAM at the end of this week.




Friday’s Bible Study – Romans 7



Vacation Bible School – First full week of June at FBC, Kentwood



Pray for the high school and college graduates who will be honored at church Sunday.  Pray that decisions about continuing education, military, and careers will be carefully made.



Let me update you on David.  He is feeling much better, eating like a horse, and has gained back six pounds so far.  Thank you for praying for him and asking about him.  He is regaining his strength and hopefully will be back to his usual size and activity level in a few more months.

Anna Lee