Tuesday

“Do not worry about your life, what you will eat or drink; or about your body, what you will wear.

Is not life more than food, and the body more than clothes?”

~Matthew 6:25 (NIV)~

 

 

 

Read the Bible in 2020 – March 31

  • Deuteronomy 16:1-17:20
  • Luke 9:7-27
  • Psalm 72:1-20
  • Proverbs 12:8-9

 

 

Song of the Day 

  • “The Doxology”
  • “In Times Like These”
  • “One Day at a Time”
  • “Make Me a Blessing”
  • “In His Hands”
  • “Til the Storm Passes By”
  • “His Eye is on the Sparrow”
  • “Near to the Heart of God”
  • “They’ll Know We are Christians (by our love)”
  • “Victory in Jesus”
  • “There’s Something about that Name”
  • “The Joy of the Lord is My Strength”
  • “No One Ever Cared for Me Like Jesus”
    • I would love to tell you what I think of Jesus,
      Since I found in Him a friend so strong and true;
      I would tell you how He changed my life completely,
      He did something that no other friend could do.

      No one ever cared for me like Jesus,
      There’s no other friend so kind as He;
      No one else could take the sin and darkness from me,
      O how much He cared for me.

      All my life was full of sin when Jesus found me,
      All my heart was full of misery and woe;
      Jesus placed His strong and loving arms about me,
      And He led me in the way I ought to go.

      No one ever cared for me like Jesus,
      There’s no other friend so kind as He;
      No one else could take the sin and darkness from me,
      O how much He cared for me.

      Ev’ry day He comes to me with new assurance,
      More and more I understand His words of love;
      But I’ll never know just why He came to save me,
      Till some day I see His blessed face above.

      No one ever cared for me like Jesus,
      There’s no other friend so kind as He;
      No one else could take the sin and darkness from me,
      O how much He cared for me.

    • https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=5lg9c8EhLw4

 

 

 

Baptist Presshttp://www.bpnews.net/

 

 

 

From Ginger Miller Hutto:

In the midst of turbulent times, God sends unspeakable joy!
Welcome JOHN LEVI MCELVEEN!
March 27, 2020. 8:45 am. 7 lbs 11 oz. 21 in long. Our 6th grandchild!

 

 

Buddy Morris has had some issues which led to an adjustment of medication.  Pray this works out for him.

 

 

 

Henry McKenzie has a brother, Marion, who is hospitalized in Hattisburg,  Pray for him and his family,

 

 

 

Dennis Price has been in North Oaks and will get a defibrillator today.  Pray this is helpful to Dennis’ health.

 

 

 

 

Today is the day we were to leave home to travel to our grandson’s military graduation from the Air Force boot camp.  Needless to say, none of the families will be represented.  Graduation will be a hard day for the graduates and their families.  Let’s not focus on ourselves, but on others today.

Today, we can use prayer as a weapon in helping ourselves and others through this virus experience,  Set your clocks to remind you to pray each hour.  Choose one of the requests listed below to be your focus for that hour.  The next hour, choose another one.  Pray.  Take your mind off yourself as you pray for others.  If you have your television on, you can use the commercials as signals to pray.  Find a method to pray regularly throughout this day.

Focus on the needs of others.

  • Pray for the young people like those in this group as they move on to the next step.
  • Pray for students who won’t graduate in May as planned.
  • Pray for couples who postponed weddings.
  • Pray for families who had a death and cannot receive the normal support from others.
  • Pray for students who were not able to get home during this time.
  • Pray for sick people who have no loved ones to sit with them.
  • Pray for people who live alone and who have not heard from anyone in a long time.
  • Pray for people who are sick and unsure about going to the doctor/hospital.
  • Pray for healthcare workers who go in for another day at their worksite.
  • Pray for pastors as they attempt to minister to their “flock” in creative ways.
  • Pray for churches to be a “shining light” in their communities.
  • Pray for grandparents and grandchildren who cannot see each other.
  • Pray for parents who are healthcare workers and who have seen the need to pass their children on to another relative for this time period.
  • Pray for teens and young adults who do not realize the seriousness of the situation.
  • Pray for new parents who are entrusted by God with a baby at this time.
  • Pray for low-wage workers who are called in to work without protective gear.
  • Pray for healthcare workers who have to go into homes where the virus is thriving.
  • Pray for those who do not have adequate food at this time.
  • Pray for those who have spend their money on other things, not necessities.
  • ETC.

 

 

Remember to pray regularly today!

Anna Lee

Sunday

“Do not let sin control the way you live;

do not give in to sinful desires . . .

Instead, give yourselves completely to God, for you were dead, but now you have new life.

So use your whole body as an instrument to do what is right for the glory of God.”

~Romans 6:12-13 (NLT)~

 

 

 

In the midst of turbulent times, God sends unspeakable joy!

Welcome JOHN LEVI MCELVEEN!
March 27, 2020. 8:45 am.

7 lbs 11 oz. 21 in long.

Our 6th grandchild! ( Written by Ginger Miller Hutto of Hillsdale)
Katie Hutto McElveen Malcolm McElveen (Parents)

 

 

 

Read the Bible Today – March 29

  • Exodus 8:1-9:35
  • Matthew 19:13-30
  • Psalm 24:1-10
  • Proverbs 6:1-5

 

 

Song of the Day 

  • “The Doxology”
  • “In Times Like These”
  • “One Day at a Time”
  • “Make Me a Blessing”
  • “In His Hands”
  • “Til the Storm Passes By”
  • “His Eye is on the Sparrow”
  • “Near to the Heart of God”
  • “They’ll Know We are Christians (by our love)”
  • “Victory in Jesus”
  • “There’s Something about that Name”

 

 

Please continue to pray for Ryan “Rufus” Willliams from Spring Creek.

 

 

 

So far, most people have remained healthy.  Continue to ““play it safe” and STAY HOME.  Some people seem to be disobeying the orders to do that.  I’m afraid they will be among the sick in a week.  Use the pick-up services available in multiple locations.  Do not allow anyone inside your house, except the home health nurse!  Keep children away from their grandparents, etc.  because they are often carriers of the coronavirus.  Today, this Lord’s Day, more churches will be live-streaming their services.  Be sure to look at two or three.  If you do go out, make it a trip around the community to pray for people as you ride by their homes.  Stay in your car.  Don’t stop anywhere!  Use your phone to check on people.  If you deliver something to a home, leave it on the porch and knock and call.  Then, quickly leave.

 

 

 

Today, the Operation Christmas Child team was scheduled to visit Sunday School classrooms to take suggestions for April purchases.   You will have to be creative to make these purchases without going shopping in person, but I know you can do this.  Happy April Shopping!  Two new rules:

  1. Don’t enter any stores to purchase these.  Use your phone or internet.
  2. Have the items delivered to the church.  They can sit at the church and and be waiting for when this isolation period is over.

 

Operation Christmas Child, April 2020

Nursery

Preschoolers 

Jump Ropes
Grades 1-5 Marbles
Youth Jump Ropes
College & Career Dominoes
Gateway Socks for Boys
Joy

Friendship Circle

$1.00 Scissors
New Creations

Renewal

Hair Brushes
Rebekah  Sewing Kits
Seekers

City Hall

Faithful

Lip Balm
Staff Highlighters

 

 

Be safe.  Shop from home.  If you need help, call Janice, the church secretary, for assistance.  229-8111. Let’s not slack up on shoeboxes during this time.  Let’s just alter the way we shop.

Anna Lee

Monday

“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)~

 

 

 

Read the Bible in 2020 – March 23

  • Deuteronomy 2:1-3:29
  • Luke 6:12-38
  • Psalm 67:1-7
  • Proverbs 11:27

 

 

 

I want to remind you of the OCC list of items you are asked to purchase during March.  I know we are not shopping now, but possible one person could shop online for the class.  When we are able to get out again, your items would be ready to take to the church.

 

Operation Christmas Child, March, 2020

Nursery & Preschool Large Erasers
Grades 1-5 Hair Brushes
Youth  Pens
College and Career Checkers
Gateway GIrls’ Underwear (Sizes 2-14)
Joy & Friendship Circle. Colored Duct Tape
Bank  $1.00 Calculators
New Creations & Renewal Bandanas
Rebekah  Toothbrushes, Holders, & Floss
Seekers, City Hall, & Staff Marbles
Faithful Clothes Pins & Rope

 

 

 

 

If you have children in your home, you may want to download this app.

     Greatest Journeysamaritanspurse.org/TGY-app

This will be entertaining and educational at the same time.

 

 

I watched four church services yesterday.  Jason’s church suggested having children make “Loving One Another Cards”.  I think this would be wonderful for adults too.  Once your cards are made, they can be left in the mailbox for the mail carrier or dropped in the outdside box at the post office.  Even when housebound, do your part to minister to others.

 

 

Here’s my song list for today.  I hope you sing along.

 

 

 

Stay home!  Don’t spread this virus!

Anna Lee

 

 

Saturday

I lost my post this morning.  Even Jason cannot find it, so here I go again.  This will be in an abbreviated form.

 

“But blessed is the one who trusts in the LORD, whose confidence is in him.

They will be like a tree planted by the water that sends out its roots by the stream.

It does not fear when heat comes; its leaves are always green.

It has no worries in a year of drought and never fails to bear fruit.”

~Jeremiah 17:7-8 (NIV)~

 

 

 

Read the Bible in 2020 – March 21

  • Numbers 32:1-33:39
  • Luke 4:31-5:11
  • Psalm 64:1-10
  • Proverbs 11:22

 

 

 

Church services, from FBC,K, will be on the church’s Facebook page on Sundays at 10:30 A.M. and 6:00 P.M. as well as Wednesday’s at 6 P.M.  If your church is not live-streaming, I hope you will join us.  Facebook – Kentwood First Baptist Church

Contact Chinero Fowler (on Facebook) if you are interested in an online Bible study on Genesis.

 

 

 

I read about making masks to supplement the current short supply.  Jennie made/is making some to share with her neighbors.  Now, Julie is joining the project. If you have supplies, you may want to make some to share.  The patterns are available online.

 

 

 

Josiah Huckaby

  • 19th -And in the blink of an eye…we are back in the hospital!

    We went for an appointment in Memphis today & he started having some respiratory trouble. They went ahead & sent us home from clinic but told us to come back to the ER if he got worse. Half way home he got really flushed looking & was having more trouble. We checked his temp & it was 104.6 so we turned around & came back to the ER. I always have Tylenol with us so we gave that & by the time we got back to Memphis his temp was down to 101.9 and was at 100.5 about 2 hours ago. So far his X-ray shows pneumonia in his left lung, they have started antibiotics, & they are running some tests to determine if he has a bacterial or viral infection. We are still in the ER but hopefully we will be in a room soon.

    To God be the glory! Job Huckaby

  • 20th -Update: We have had several people asking if Josiah was tested for COVID-19. Due to the new hospital protocols for admission to the PICU, he did fall under the guidelines for testing. His test came back negative this afternoon. Praise the Lord! His FLU/RSV tests came back negative, as well as the respiratory viral panel they ran. They also swapped him to a hospital vent last night for 2 purposes: due to the new protocols in place & so they could better control adjusting his settings throughout the night. They were able to put him back on his home vent this evening. He’s still requiring a lot of oxygen but they have been able to keep all his other settings at our home levels. He also hasn’t had a fever since last night.

    Thank y’all so much for praying for our family! To God be the glory!!! ❤️ Job Huckaby

 

 

 

This morning I saw photos of the Samaritan’s Purse portable hospital I told you about.  It reminded me of the good work some organizations do.  Feel free to support them.

 

 

 

I told you about singing The Doxology while washing your hands to make sure you are washing long enough.

This morning, in making a comment to a FB friend, I used the phrase, “in times like this”.  That led me to my second song for today – “In Times Like This”.

As I was working on this I was reminded of another favorite – “One Day at a Time” – https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=IEtKfyvTHig&list=PLwLMaSuIV0XGegRiJLFmqPZPuzc9Vd1Hh&index=23

As I reflected on the last few days, I was reminded to friends who called or dropped food off at the house (porch only) – “Make Me a Blessing” – You never know what a blessing you are to others.  A phone call from you may be the only voice some people hear today other than the voices on the television.

Here’s my song list for today.  I hope you sing along.

  • “The Doxology” (Remember to add the “Amen” at the end.)
  • “In Times Like These”
  • “One Day at a Time”
  • “Make Me a Blessing”

 

 

God is still in control.  He loves us.  He has us in His hands – another song for tomorrow.

Think of God and others.  Don’t have a pity party!  We are all in this!  Support and encourage one another!

Anna Lee

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Monday

“THE LORD IS THE ONE WHO WILL GO BEFORE YOU.

HE WILL BE WITH YOU; HE WILL NOT LEAVE YOU OR ABANDON YOU.

DO NOT BE AFRAID OR DISCOURAGED.”

~DEUTERONOMY 31:8~

 

Three deaths to pray for family members:

Gwen – Taught with her and knew her family from Roseland

Judy – grew up in Roseland and were in school at same time

James – Bethel Baptist Church and several Morgan friends and former students

 

Obituary for Dr. Gwendolyn “Gwen” Hastings Autin

Gwen, age 63, went to be with the Lord on Sunday, March 15, 2020. She was a native of Amite, LA and a resident of Tickfaw, LA. Gwen was an avid member of Natalbany Baptist Church and First Baptist Church of Hammond. She loved to play the piano and organ and did so for many years at her church. Gwen earned a PhD in math and dedicated over 42 years to education. She taught at Oak Forest Academy, Albany High School, and Southeastern Louisiana University, where she worked in the Math Department as well as the Department of Teaching and Learning. Gwen enjoyed attending plays at the Saenger Theatre with her friends and colleagues. She was a highly intelligent woman who loved to teach. Whether it was math, scripture, or the piano, she made sure she shared her knowledge. Gwen had a one of a kind soul and loved her family fiercely. She will be forever missed.
She is survived by her loving husband of 42 years, Johnny Lee Autin; daughter, Angelina Autin Kelly (Scott); sons, Jaimie Lee Autin (Chrissie), Ryan Matthew Autin (Kayla Unbehagen); mother, Sylvia Miller Hastings; sister, Brynn Campo (Sam); brothers, Malcolm “Bo” Hastings (Glenda), Kenneth Hastings (Mary), Benjamin Darrel Hastings (Brittany); grandchildren, Carter Marshall Autin, Jackson Ramsey Autin, Hunter Sidell Kelly, Wyatt Tobice Kelly; and numerous nieces and nephews.
She is preceded in death by her father, Malcolm Gwyn Hastings.

Service information is still being developed by the family and will be posted as soon as it becomes available. Please check back.

JUDITH STRODE CHADWICK

Judith Strode Chadwick  passed away on Wednesday, March 11, 2020, in Baton Rouge, Louisiana, at the age of 72.  She was born on Monday, September 15, 1947 in Amite, Louisiana to the late Claribel and Charles Strode.  She was a resident of Baton Rouge, Louisiana.

Judith is survived by her husband, James Chadwick; sons, Kevin Chadwick and Brian Chadwick and daughter-in-law, Jill; grandchildren, Cameron and Myles Chadwick; sisters, Gloria Jones, Marie Russell, Patti Raborn (James), Brenda Tucker (Johnny), and Kathy Lawrence (Dean); and many loved nieces, nephews, and friends.

In addition to her parents, Judith was also preceded in death by her brothers-in-law, Gordon Jones and Don Russell; father- and mother-in-law, Arvil and Josie Chadwick.

Relatives and friends are invited to attend the visitation at Harry McKneely & Son Funeral Home in Hammond, 2000 N. Morrison Blvd, Hammond, Louisiana 70401, on Sunday, March 15, 2020, beginning at 9:00 AM until the funeral service begins at 11:00 am.

A special heartfelt thanks to all of our friends and family who have called, sent messages, and offered their help, love and prayers during this journey as God called her home. We would also like to thank the Hospice of Baton Rouge nurses and team for her care.

Interment will follow in Joiner Cemetery, Loranger, Louisiana.

 

 

James Morgan

Services Wednesday

McKneely Funeral Home, HAMMOND

 

David and I watched two church services yesterday, FBC, Kentwood and West Rome Baptist Church in Georgia.  The message I got from both of them was to have faith, not fear.  I talked with my sister, Julie.  She said that was the message she received from the service in Hammond she watched.  Let’s practice FAITH!

 

 

 

I read the new guidelines saying there will be for no crowds greater than fifty people.  We will see how creative people are to manage gatherings and still manage to gather.  I know it can be done.

 

 

 

Mrs. Ann Chapman sent this update.

Our Emma is now back at MS College. Deloy and Krisa are there and will be bringing her home in the morning. Deloy’s office has closed and he will be working from home the next two weeks. Krisa, being a nurse, has been given the OK to work. We continue to pray that Emma stays clear of the virus. I will be chatting with her across the fence only, but that is fine just to see her smiling face will be a blessing. God bless each of you. Stay safe.
My love, Ann

Karen Seymour, a former student, is one of many people we know who has health issues that make it dangerous for her to be sick.  Let’s pray for her and many others who already have heath issues and now deal with this virus all around.  Pray to God for guidance in staying healthy and in helping others stay healthy too.

 

 

 

Pray for the health care workers and others who are on the front lines of fighting this medical battle.  Maybe, you can find a way to help one or more of them this week.

 

 

 

Read the Bible in 2020 – March 15

  • Numbers 22:21-23:30
  • Luke 1:57-80
  • Psalm 58:1-11
  • Proverbs 11:12-13

 

 

 

Today, take a break from watching the news and count your blessings.  I’m sure you will be able to list many.  Mine include:

  • Having God’s peace about everything
  • My Bible to read for comfort
  • Having David by my side as we go through this
  • Having my computer and television to watch services and medical updates
  • Telephones to stay connected to family and friends
  • Ochsner hospital will screen those who enter, but still will be available to give treatment
  • Family and friends who are only a phone call away
  • Food in the pantry and freezers
  • Walmart grocery pick-up
  • Many things I love to do at home
  • Ability and materials to craft for Operation Christmas Child  even when we cannot go shopping for shoebox items
  • ETC.

Now, make your own list.  It will make you feel better.

Anna Lee

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Friday

“With God everything is possible.”

~Matthew 19:26 NLT~

 

 

 

Margie Cutrer has been released from the hospital.  Thankfully, she has no blackages.

 

 

 

Bro. Daryl and Laurie Miller both have the flu.  Other family members recently had the flu,   Pray for the remaining family members not to get sick too.

 

 

 

Update on Emma Chapman from her grandmother, Mrs. Ann Chapman.

Update on my granddaughter Emma. The mission group is able to continue their ministry in Athens, Greece. They will depart Sunday having a stop over in Paris, France. We are not certain what the conditions will be in Paris. To reenter the country they will be allowed to fly into Atlanta since it is a designated check point for the virus. Please continue to be their ‘Prayer Warriors.’ Thank you and may God bless each of you.
Ann Chapman

 

 

 

Dorothy Inez Jenkins

March 10, 1935 – March 11, 2020

A resident of Pine Grove, LA, passed away on Wednesday, March 11, 2020 at St. Helena Parish Nursing Home in Greensburg, LA. She was born March 10, 1935 in New Orleans, LA and was 85 years of age. She is survived by her sister, Ione Goynes; and numerous nieces and nephews including Debbie Faust, Lee Ann Sibley, Hollie Hammett, Michael Sibley and Mandy Jo Pickering. Preceded in death by parents, Leon and Thelma Jenkins; sister, Ann Hogan; 2 brothers, Eugene Jenkins and Buddy Jenkins. Visitation at McKneely Funeral Home, Amite, from 9:00AM until religious services at 11:00AM on Friday, March 13, 2020. Services conducted by Rev. Laverne King. Special Thanks to St. Helena Parish Nursing Home and New Century Hospice for their excellent care. Interment Kedron Cemetery, Amite, LA. For an online guestbook, visit http://www.mckneelys.com.

 

 

 

Update from AliceMary Honeycutt

Thanks for the support for Weekend Brown Bags!  The response has already been both heartwarming and gratifying.  (Note we are not taking donations of food because what we pack has to be pretty specific – but we will happily take money!)

 

 

 

Read the Bible in 2020 – March 13

  • Numbers 19:1-20:29
  • Luke 1:1-25
  • Psalm 56:1-13
  • Proverbs 11:8

 

 

 

You can contact me through The Prayer Link’s comment ability like Mrs. Ann Chapman did if you wish me to include something in The Prayer Link.

Anna Lee

Thursday

“He never grows tired or weary . . .

He strengthens those who are weak and tired . . .

those who trust in the LORD for help will find their strength renewed.”

~Isaiah 40:28-31 GNT~

 

 

 

Read the Bible in 2020 – March 12

  • Numbers 16:41-18:32
  • Mark 16:1-20
  • Psalm 55:1-23
  • Proverbs 11:7

 

 

This is the second week for a new ministry that has started at FBC, Kentwood.  It is a weekend feeding program for local students.  Donations of food and/are money are being accepted.  Contacting the church office will be a good way to get involved.

 

 

 

Continue to pray for:

  • those who are sick
  • those who are well, but concerned about getting sick
  • those exposed to the new virus
  • those who are elderly (I cannot put an age with that word.)
  • those with a compromised immune system
  • those who are traveling
  • those who attend schools
  • those in the military, law enforcement, etc.
  • those who go into a compromised environment daily
  • What I am saying is to pray for everyone as decisions are being made about changing or not changing routines due to possible illnesses.  May medical professional, family, and God be in on any life-style changes being made.

 

 

Louisiana Baptist Message

https://baptistmessage.com/

 

 

 

Baptist Press

http://www.bpnews.net/

 

 

Thank-you for reading and praying as God leads you to pray.

Anna Lee