“Come to Me,

all of you who are weary and burdened,

and I will give you rest.”

~Matthew 11:28, HCSB~

Conner Corkern (age 6)

90 Day Bible Readings: Day 36

Nehemiah 13:15 – Job 7:21

Pamela Ann Rousse
(July 30, 1964 – February 6, 2013)

A resident of Amite, she died at 7:11 a.m. on Wednesday, February 6, 2013 at Ochsner Medical Center in Jefferson. She was born July 30, 1964 in New Orleans and was 48 years of age. She is survived by husband, Carl Rouse, Amite; daughter, Jaci Rousse, Amite; 1 sister, Connie Noel, Larose; 2 brothers, Mark Brunet, Amite and Joey Brunet, Amite; step-father, Gerald Noel, Amite. Preceded in death by father, Herman Brunet, Sr; mother, Velma B. Noel; 2 brothers, Herman Brunet, Jr and Alfred Brunet; sister, Wanda B. Harden. Visitation at McKneely Funeral Home, Amite, from 10 a.m. until religious services at 2 p.m. on Friday, February 8, 2013. Services conducted by Rev. Jacob Williams. Interment Kedron Cemetery, Amite. For an online guestbook, visit

Baptist Press News


 Enjoy some sunshine and some Sonshine today!

Anna Lee



“Rejoice always,

pray without ceasing,

in everything give thanks;

for this is the will of God in Christ Jesus for you.”

~1 Thessalonians 5:16-18~



From Debbie Crawford

Bro. Ken Irvin is the pastor of Line Creek Baptist Church. His father, Kenneth Irvin, lives is Georgia and will be having surgery Thursday morning in Gainesville, FL. Please remember Bro. Ken, his mom and his dad as you pray. Thank you

Patrick Hoosier’s diagnosis is lung cancer.  Pray for him, the medical staff who will care for him. and for his sweet family as they begin an unexpected journey.

As far as I know, Dan Turner is still expected to be released from rehab on the 9th.  Keep praying for all involved in his care.

Emma Brabham is progressing nicely following her wreck two months ago.  The main concern is time for her facial paralysis to be gradually diminished.  Keep praying.  She’s still healing.

Nikki Miller is home from having knee surgery.  All went well.  The family thanks you for your prayers.

Continue to pray for Reesa B. DeLee as she receives treatment at home.  Keep praying for her.

Pray for Mrs. Carol Bridges as she continues rehab to continue her recovery from a stroke.  She has made good progress so far.

Pray for the family of Beverly Dyer as they have her memorial service today in Amite.  She fought a long, hard batter.  The family will benefit from your prayers now.

Missions Opportunities

The 2013 Korea Mission Trip has been scheduled and the dates confirmed by the Korea Mission Board—-October 24 – November 5, 2013.

As usual, there is some flexibility. You can depart the US on Oct. 23 and/or depart Korea Nov. 6 if you would like extra time in Korea. This year, we’re going back to the older schedule which will allow a full Sunday at each Church!

More information is to come, but I wanted to get you the dates ASAP.

If you have any comments, questions, or suggestions, as always, please let me know!

Together We Serve,
Dr. David E. Cranford

Pastor, First Baptist Church of Ponchatoula

Coordinator, Reach Missions Partnerships

325 E. Pine St.
Ponchatoula, LA 70454

(985) 386-3075 (office)

Another missions opportunity

Haitti Mission Trip

Date: Wednesday, March 20th through Wednesday March 27th

Cost: $1,600

Ministry Teams: Pastor’s conference, eye clinic, construction, children’s ministry and evening revival

We will be working in an area outside of Port Au Prince known as Canaan. This is a new development since the earthquake where many people moved. We are partnering with the CMBH (Confederated Missionary Baptists of Haiti) and several of their pastors who have planted new churches in this area.

Please contact me with any questions.

In Christ,
Kyle Sullivan
Pastor of Families with Young Children and Missions
Woodlawn Baptist Church
5805 Jones Creek Rd Baton Rouge, LA 70817
Office: 225-753-1667

90 Day Bible Reading: Day 35

Nehemiah 1:1 – Nehemiah 13:14

Baptist Press (Wednesday)

Luther “Peerod” Fairburn
(March 16, 1957 – February 5, 2013)

A resident of Tangipahoa, he died at 1 p.m. on Tuesday, February 5, 2013 at his home in Tangipahoa. He was born March 16, 1957 in Bogalusa and was 55 years of age. He is survived by 2 step-daughters, Blanche Wade, Liberty, MS and Pat Rape, Liberty, MS; 2 sisters, Shirley Simmons and husband, Alan, Amite and Cathy McIntyre and husband, Dudley, Amite; brother, Jerry Fairburn, Tangipahoa; 8 step-grandchildren; 13 step-great-grandchildren; nieces and nephews, Robert Crotwell and wife, Jennifer, Regina Basso and husband, Benny, Charles Lebo, Jr. and wife, Amy, Lacey Joiner and husband, Brandon, Jamie Simmons and Ashley Stilley and husband, James. Preceded in death by wife, Virginia Fairburn; parents, Luther and Louvernia Fairburn; brother-in-law, Richard Crotwell; nephew, Richard Crotwell, Jr.; sister, Alice Jo Picou. Visitation at McKneely Funeral Home, Kentwood, from 6 p.m. until 9 p.m., on Thursday and from 8 a.m. until religious services at 11 a.m. on Friday, February 8, 2013. Services conducted by Rev. Willie Westmoreland. Interment Lebo Cemetery, Chesbrough. For an online guestbook, visit

May you recognize God’s blessings in your life today!

Anna Lee


Continue earnestly in prayer, being vigilant in it with thanksgiving.

~Colossians 4:2~

Pray for Patrick Hoosier as he has surgery today to remove a place near his eye.  Pray for his family and the medical staff as you pray for him.  Thanks!

Mrs. Faye Faller is a cousin in Hammond.  She is hospitalized at North Oaks and undergoing tests.  Please pray for this sweet lady who served as secretary at FBC, Hammond for many years.

Please take time to pray for each member of the Jones family today.


Wouldn’t you love to be able to take a turn taking care of these babies?  I would, but would need one to two others to help me.  I’ve kept twins before (nieces).  It was so much fun, but I had to be careful not to get them mixed up!  That was with two, not five!

Rhonda Gayle Bridges
(November 6, 1952 – February 4, 2013)

Rhonda Gayle Bridges (formerly Dunn) stepped into eternal life on Monday, February 4, 2013 in Beaumont, TX holding the hands of her children, her sister and her brother-in-law. She was 60, a native of Greensburg, and most recently a resident of Holden. Rhonda’s children and their spouses, Joseph Bridges and Leslie Hirstius Dunn of Metairie, Kathryn Dunn and Kevin Forrest of Holden, and her beloved grandchildren, Hayden and Amelia Dunn, Trent, Dalton, and Elizabeth Forrest will hold her in their hearts forever. Also left to cherish her memory are her mother, Virginia Martin Bridges Thigpen (Louis), her brother, Cline “Bubba” Bridges (Betty), her sister, Tammy Bridges Boudreaux (Mike), and a host of nieces, nephews, relatives, and friends. She was greeted in heaven by her father, Tom Ed Bridges, Jr. and her adored grandparents, Tom Ed, Sr. and Flois Webb Bridges, and Ethel and Effie Miller Martin. Following the exhaustion of her medicare benefits and the lack of a Louisiana facility equipped to meet her needs, Rhonda gratefully spent her last weeks in the loving and compassionate hands of caregivers in Texas, first at Oakwood Manor in Vidor, then at Christus St. Elizabeth Hospital (where she enjoyed an ice cream party with her grandchildren and nephews in the ICU), and finally at Harbor House Hospice in Beaumont. In lieu of flowers, she urges her friends and family to contact legislators to impress upon them the critical need for funding to provide longterm, specialized medical services for Louisiana’s poor, elderly and disabled. Donations can be made in the name of Rhonda Bridges to the Anayat House, 2675 McFaddin St., Beaumont, TX 77702, or to Eagle Heights Community Church Hospice Outreach Program, 47318 Rufus Bankston Rd.,Tickfaw, LA 70466. Visitation at Greensburg United Methodist Church, LA Hwy 10, Greensburg, LA on Friday, February 8, 2013 from 6:00 – 9:00 pm; visitation will continue on Saturday, February 9, 2013 from 8:30 am until funeral services at 10:00 am. Burial in Pine Hill Methodist Church Cemetery, Greensburg. McKneely Funeral Home, Amite, in charge of arrangments. For an online guestbook, visit

Baptist Press

Check out this article on praying for missionaries.  Each missionary family does not go through the same difficulties, but be assured the devil likess to make things challenging for them at times, just like he does for us.


90 Day Bible Reading: Day 34

2 Chronicles 35:16 – Ezra 10:44

We are in the 15th book of the Bible!  Keep up the reading.  We are making such good progress.  The “story” flows so much better because we are reading it this way.

Do you want to be blessed today?  Take your focus off yourself.  Focus on God and others.  

Anna Lee


“And may you have the power to understand, as all God’s people should,

how wide, how long, how high, and how deep his love is.

May you experience the love of Christ, though it is too great to understand fully.

Then you will be made complete with all the fullness of life and power that comes from God.”

~Ephesians 3:18-19 NLT~



Nikki Miller, wife of Josh Miller, will have knee surgery tomorrow in Covington.  Please pray for a good outcome and a complete recovery.

Gordon Price is still at rehab in Kentwood.  Pray for him and for his caregivers.

Edward Bridges
(April 17, 1932 – February 2, 2013)

A resident of Kentwood, he died at 4:22 p.m. on Saturday, February 2, 2013 at AMG Specialty Hospital in Denham Springs. He was born April 17, 1932 in Kentwood and was 80 years of age. Visitation at Bethel Baptist Church, Kentwood, from 11 a.m. until religious services at 2 p.m. on Tuesday, February 5, 2013. Services conducted by Rev. Clay Spinks. Interment Pine Ridge Cemetery, Kentwood. He is survived by his wife, Carol Jean Bridges, Kentwood; daughter, Rene’ McDaniel and husband, Rodney; son, Richard Bridges and wife, Candace; sister, Mildred Emily Bridges; 2 grandchildren, Iley McDaniel, Madeline Bridges; 2 great-grandchildren, Austin L. McDaniel and Jonathan C. McDaniel; numerous nieces and nephews. Preceded in death by, parents, William Otis and Nina Young Bridges; infant brother, Frank Bridges; brother, William J. Bridges; sister, Virgie C. Bridges. In lieu of flowers, donations may be made to Bethel Baptist Church. McKneely Funeral Home, Amite, in charge of arrangements. For an online guestbook, visit

IMB – Coffee Cup O’Faith

90 Day Bible Reading

1 Chronicles 24:1 – 2 Chronicles 7:10

May you be able to see the many ways God has blessed you today!

Anna Lee



“And take the helmet of salvation,

. . . praying always with all prayer and supplication in the Spirit,

. . . that may be given to me,

that I may open my mouth boldly to make known the mystery of the gospel,

utterance . . . that in it I may speak boldly, as I ought to speak.”

~Ephesians 6:17-20~

From Ashley Raborn

Please remember Sammy Ott in your prayers. He is still hospitalized following surgery last week. Praises to God, his platelet count is already starting to increase! Thank you

Charles “Hoppy” Smith
(April 12, 1941 – February 1, 2013)

A resident of Kentwood, he died at 12:26 p.m. on Friday, February 1, 2013 at North Oaks Medical Center in Hammond. He was born April 12, 1941 in Kansas City, MO and was 71 years of age. Visitation at McKneely Funeral Home, Amite, from 9 a.m. until religious services at 1 p.m. on Tuesday, Feb. 5, 2013. Services conducted by Rev. Gilbert Graham. Interment Arcola-Roseland Cemetery, Arcola. He is survived by his wife, Amy Costanza Smith, Kentwood; daughter, Kimberly Farrell and husband, Christopher, Roseland; 3 sisters, Mary Davidson, Kentwood, Alma Smith, Lott, TX, and Rita Bailey, Lott, TX; brother, Edward Smith, Natchez, MS; brother in law, Louis Costanza, Amite; 3 grandchildren, Linda, Beau, and Cheyenne Farrell, Roseland; numerous nieces and nephews. Preceded in death by, parents, James and Clarita Smith; brother, Alfred Smith. For an online guestbook, visit

IMB: Worth the Wait

90 Bible Reading – Day 31

1 Chronicles 24:1 -2 Chronicles 7:10

Don’t let a football game bump the Lord’s Day!

Anna Lee



Pray for the local guys in the National Guard who are headed to Afghanistan again.  Included in that number are Dawson and Chris (Dawson’s nephew) Primes.  They go to serve because of the love they have for those here in the States.  Pray for this group on a regular basis.

From Jeanne B. Tate

Please pray for a two year old girl, Laney Wilson.  She was born with a rare
brain disorder.  One of the problems is that is causes her sodium levels to
rise.  That is happening right now.  She is in the ICU in McComb, Ms.  If it
gets too high she can have seizures and at the worst a coma.  They have to
bring it down slowly or she could have seizures for going down too fast.
Her family would appreciate your prayers.  Thank you for your prayers.  May
the Lord be glorified.

From Frances Gay

Jim (Walley) is having surgery Monday at 7 a m (in Baton Rouge).  Pray that he has a good outcome and also pray for the Drs and caregivers. . . He will be in hospital for 3-4 days.

Jesse Dean‘s surgery went well.  He is home and recovering as expected.  Pray he heals well and the surgery was successful.

Jones Family

IMB: Worth the Risk

90 Day Reading of the Bible

1 Chronicles 10:1 -1 Chronicles 23:32

Baptist Press

Pray for our country!

Anna Lee



Above all else guard your heart

for it is the wellspring of life.

~Proverbs 23:4~

Local ministry opportunity: Shirts and pants for men at Kentwood Manor

There is a need for clean, usable clothing for men.  If you have some men’s shirts and pants to share, please drop them off under the stairwell when you enter the office/fellowship hall building (where you buzz to have the door opened).  Most of the men wear small – medium sizes.     Thanks!

IMB: Faith by Sight


90 Day Bible Read: Day 29

1 Chronicles 1:1 – 1 Chronicles 9:44

Baptist Press – Wonderful articles again today

Pray for Majel and Jesse Dean today as Jesse has out-patient hand surgery today in Hammond.

Pray for little Everett Smith, son of Jason and Rebekah Alford Davis Smith.  He is hospitalized in McComb with RSV.  EMMETT HAS NOW BEEN DIAGNOSED WITH PNEUMONIA.

Many visitors will be in New Orleans today and in the coming weeks.  Pray for good judgment and safety for each one.

Thank God for a beautiful week, even if everything in your world was not perfect.  He is!

Anna Lee