“For the eyes of the LORD range throughout the earth to strengthen those whose hearts are fully committed to him.” 

~2 Chronicles 16:9 NIV~




George Pike is having gamma knife surgery today.  Please remember him in your prayers.




Today, I would like to add two family members.

  • David’s brother-in-law, Harold Newman, is very sick.  Harold and Bonnie live in Bay St. Louis.
  • My first cousin, Scott Tolleson, is having surgery in Shreveport this morning. Scott is 63 and suffers from Huntington Disease.l



I haven’t mentioned the items I collect for a jail ministry.  Yesterday, someone asked if I was collecting 2020 calendars.  Yes, I would love to have them if you have some extra ones or find them at a good price.   Thanks for helping those in jail.




WMU Memorial Service & 
Quarterly Meeting, Monday,
January 20, 2020 @ 10:00
@ East Fork Baptist Church
If a WMU member in your church has passed on, please contact me by text or call me at 225-485-4648.
Come join us in honoring deceased members, bring a dish and bring a friend. Thank you!                                                                                                      Linda Graves of EFBC
Read the Bible in 2020 – January 14


  •  Genesis 30:1-31:16
  • Matthew 10:1-23
  • Psalm 12:1-8
  • Proverbs 3:13-15




God loves for us to be concerned about other people and to act with compassion.

Anna Lee










But the angel said to her, “Do not be afraid, Mary; you have found favor with God. 

You will conceive and give birth to a son, and you are to call him Jesus.





Amy Renae LaBruzza Lewis Lobre

April 01, 1973 – December 12, 2019

Amy Renae LaBruzza Lewis Lobre crossed into eternal peace December 12, 2019. Amy was born April 1, 1973, in Hammond. She was 46. Her family and loved ones will always remember her infectious laughter that filled every room she entered. Her positive outlook persevered through a lifelong illness which she never stopped fighting to overcome. She maintained a healthy and active lifestyle, loved traveling, and she became a successful and dedicated nurse. Amy loved her family deeply, sharing a special bond with her nieces Mallory Lewis and Brooke Stilley. Amy is preceded in death by her “Paw Paw”, Ralph E. Lewis, Sr. of Kentwood; and paternal grandparents, Mr. and Mrs. Louis LaBruzza of Amite. Amy is survived by her husband, Richard “MY Ricky” Lobre of Mereaux, Louisiana; her mother, Rebecca Raborn Davidson and stepfather, Paul D. Davidson, Sr. of Tickfaw; her father, Larry LaBruzza of Amite; her “Stepdaddy”, Gene Lewis of Kentwood; and little sister, Amanda Lewis of Tickfaw. Amy was also survived by two children: son, William Aaron Chambliss of Kentwood and his sons,  Laythen and Zayne; and daughter, Megan Sydney Stephens of Channelview, Texas and her son, Mason. She is also survived by her maternal grandparents, Mr. and Mrs. Bobby Raborn of Kentwood; and Mrs. Ralph Eugene Lewis, Sr. of Kentwood. Friends and family are invited to attend the memorial service on Friday, December 20, from 4-6 pm at McKneely Funeral Home in Amite.




Nettie Jean Russell

March 11, 1947 – December 15, 2019

A resident of Hammond, LA, passed away on Sunday, December 15, 2019 at North Oaks Medical Center in Hammond, LA. She was born March 11, 1947 in Independence, LA and was 72 years of age. She is survived by her daughter, Dawn Raiford and husband, Chris; her children, Halie, Sayer and Sammy Raiford; son, Karl Warner, III; his children, Larissa and Brodie Warner; son, Joshua Warner and wife, Jennifer; his children, Jayden and Jayce Warner; 1 brother, Charles “Sonny” Russell and wife, Ann; 2 sister, Becky Davis and husband, Charles and Bonnie Hardy and husband, Bill; 1 aunt, Jerry King. Preceded in death by her parents, Charles and Nettie Russell; twin sister, June Graves; sister, Jackie Ricks. Visitation at McKneely Funeral Home, Amite, from 11:00AM until services at 2:00PM on Friday, December 20, 2019. Following services a Celebration of Life gathering will be held at Chris and Dawn Raiford’s Home, 295 Pinecrest Dr., Hammond, LA 70401. For an online guestbook, visit http://www.mckneelys.com.




Scripture Writing for Dec. 20 – Luke 1: 46-50




Lottie Moon Christmas Offering –

Clean Water for Rural Villages


Most of us have had to boil our water periodically, but have never had the awful water conditions some people in other places face on a daily basis.  Do you or your group need a new project?  Here is a great opportunity for you.




Opportunities in the coming week:

Sunday morning – 8 A.M. – Breakfast benefit at Pine Ridge

Sunday – Christmas programs in many churches (FBC, Kentwood – 6 P.M.)

Tuesday – Christmas Eve services in many churches (FBC, Kentwood – 6 P.M.)

Check your local church schedule carefully.





Luke 20

Jesus talks about his authority

1 One day, Jesus was teaching people in the yard of God’s Great House. He was telling people the good news about God. Then the leaders of the priests and the teachers of God’s Law came to him. With them were some other important Jews. 2 They asked him, ‘Tell us what authority you have to do these things? Who gave you the authority to do them?’

3 Jesus replied, ‘I also will ask you a question. Tell me the answer. 4 John baptized people. Did God give him the authority to do this? Or did men tell him to do it?’

5 The Jewish leaders talked to each other about Jesus’ question. ‘We could say that God gave John his authority. But if we say that, Jesus will say to us, “Then you should have believed John.” 6 But we do not want to say that only men gave John his authority. Then all the people would throw stones at us to kill us. They are sure that John really was a prophet from God.’ 7 So the Jewish leaders answered Jesus, ‘We do not know who gave John his authority.’

8 Jesus said to them, ‘You will not answer my question. So I will not tell you what authority I have to do these things.’

Jesus tells a story about farmers

9 Then Jesus began to tell this story to the people. He said, ‘A man planted vines in his garden to grow grapes there. He found some farmers to work in the garden for him. Then he went away to another country and he stayed there for a long time.

10 The time to cut the grapes arrived. The man sent a servant to speak to the farmers. He wanted them to give him some fruit from the garden.

But the farmers hit the servant with sticks and they sent him away with nothing.

11 The master sent another servant to go to the farmers. They hit him with sticks too, and they did other bad things to him. They also sent him away with nothing. 12 The master then sent a third servant to the farmers. They hurt him badly too, and they threw him out of the garden.

13 Then the master of the garden said to himself, “I know what I will do. I will send my own son to go to them. I love him very much. Perhaps they will respect him.” 14 But the farmers saw him coming. They said to each other, “This is the son of our master. When our master dies, his son will receive the garden. So, we should kill the son and then the garden will be ours.”

15 So they threw the son out of the garden and they killed him.’

Jesus went on to ask, ‘Then what will the master of the garden do to those farmers? 16 I tell you, he will come to those farmers and he will kill them. Then he will give the garden to other people to work in.’

When the people heard this, they replied, ‘That must never happen!’

17 Jesus then looked at the people and he said, ‘You say that this must not happen. But you have read this in the Bible and you should know what it means:

“The builders refused to use a certain stone.

They thought that it had no value.

But now that stone has become the most important stone at the corner of the building.

18 When a person falls on to that stone, it will break his body into pieces. When that stone falls on top of someone, it will destroy him completely.” ’

The leaders ask Jesus a question

19 The teachers of God’s Law and the leaders of the priests knew that Jesus had told this story about them. They were the bad farmers in the story. So they wanted to take hold of Jesus immediately. But they did not do it, because they were afraid of the people.

20 So this is what they did to catch Jesus. They gave money to people to ask him difficult questions. These people seemed to be good, but really they were not honest. Instead, they wanted to make Jesus say something wrong. Then they would take him to the ruler of the city to punish him. 21 So these people went and said to Jesus, ‘Teacher, everything that you say and everything that you teach is right. We know that. You do not say something different to an important person to make him happy. Instead, you teach everyone the same true message. You really teach us what God wants us to do. 22 So, tell us your answer to this question: Should we pay our taxes to the Roman ruler, Caesar? Is it right to give that money to him, or not?’

23 Jesus knew that those men were not really honest. They wanted to make him say the wrong thing. 24 So he said to them, ‘Show me a coin. Tell me, whose picture is on this coin? Whose name is on it?’ 25 The men replied, ‘It is Caesar’s picture and Caesar’s name.’ Jesus then said to them, ‘So you should give to Caesar the things that are for him. And give to God the things that are for God.’

26 So the Jewish leaders could not make Jesus say anything wrong. They were very surprised at his answer to their question. They could not say anything more against him. All the people who were there saw this.

The Sadducees ask Jesus a question

27 Then some of the Sadducees came to see Jesus. The Sadducees do not believe that anyone becomes alive again after they die.

28 They wanted to ask Jesus a question. ‘Teacher,’ they said to him, ‘Moses wrote this in the Bible for us: “A man may die and leave a wife but no children. Then that man’s brother must marry the woman. Then their children will be called the children of the brother who died.” 29 But once there were seven brothers. The oldest brother married a wife. Then he died before they had any children. 30 So the second brother married this woman. But he also died without children. 31 Then the third brother married the woman. The same thing happened to all seven brothers. They all died but they had no children. 32 After all this, the woman also died. 33 You teach that one day dead people will become alive again. So, on that day, whose wife will the woman be? She had married all seven of those brothers.’

34 Jesus answered them, ‘Men and women who are alive on earth are the ones who get married. 35 But God has chosen some people to live again with him. He will raise them up after they have died. Those people will not marry. They will not have husbands or wives, 36 and they cannot die any more. This is because they will live as the angels live in heaven. They are children of God. He has made them alive again to live with him. 37 It is true that God makes dead people become alive again. Moses showed us this in his report about the bush in the wilderness. He told us that our Lord God is the God of Abraham. He is the God of Isaac. And he is the God of Jacob. 38 But God is not the God of people who are dead. He is the God of people who are alive. For God, all people continue to be alive.’

39 Some of the teachers of God’s Law agreed with Jesus. ‘Teacher,’ they said, ‘that was a very good answer.’ 40 After that, they were all afraid to ask Jesus any more questions.

The Messiah is someone that King David calls his Lord

41 Jesus said to them, ‘Why do people say that the Messiah will be King David’s son? 42 David himself said this in the book called Psalms:

“The Lord God said to my Lord,

Sit at my right side until I beat your enemies completely.

43 You will even be able to put your feet on them.”

44 You see here that David calls the Messiah his Lord. So can you really say that he is just David’s son?’

Jesus speaks against the teachers of God’s Law

45 All the people were listening to Jesus. Jesus then said to his disciples, 46 ‘Be careful not to do the same as the teachers of God’s Law. They want people to think that they are important. So they walk about in beautiful long clothes. They like people to praise them in the market place. They choose to sit in the best seats in the meeting place. They like to sit in the most important places at special meals. 47 They take things away from women after their husbands have died, even their houses. Then they pray for a long time so that other people will praise them. Because they do these things, God will punish those men much more than other people.’




Spread some love in God’s name today.

Anna Lee


“Your attitude must be like my own, for I, the Messiah, did not come to be served, but to serve, and to give my life as a ransom for many.” 

~Matthew 20:28 TLB~



Thankfulness: Day 12.  David’s blood level was 9.3 yesterday, not bad since he had not had Procrit for two weeks.  He got it yesterday and already has orders to get it next week.  We had not heard of Procrit this time last year, but are so thankful we have had the opportunity to have David benefit from it.  Can you imagine the medical scientists who worked to develop and test this drug to help people?  We run to the pharmacy or the doctor for medications that benefit us without thinking about the long process of developing them and getting them to us when we need them.  Today, I am thankful for David’s access to this and other medications.  I”m also very thankful they are available to others too.




Burrell J. Carter

June 17, 1935 – November 11, 2019

The Honorable Burrell J. Carter, born June 17, 1935, passed away on November 11, 2019, at his home surrounded by his family. Judge Carter was a lifelong resident of Greensburg, Louisiana. He was married to Helen Bridges Carter for over 60 years. Judge Carter graduated from Greensburg High School as Valedictorian in 1953 and attended LSU and LSU Law School, graduating first in his law school class of 1958. He served in the Army during the Berlin Missile Crisis and rose to the rank of Captain. He practiced law in Greensburg until 1974, when he was appointed District Judge, 21st Judicial District, where he served until being elected to the First Circuit Court of Appeal. He served as Chief Judge of the First Circuit Court of Appeal for over 10 years, overseeing the planning and construction of the First Circuit building on Capitol Lake. He retired in 2012 but continued to serve on ad hoc appointments to many courts, including on multiple occasions, the Louisiana Supreme Court.

His civic pursuits were widespread including being elected Mayor of Greensburg at 21 years of age, and he served as President of the Southeastern Louisiana University Foundation, Adjutant General of the State American Legion, Chairman of the Greensburg United Methodist Church Administrative Board for over 30 years, President of the 21st Judicial District Bar Association, and three-term Chairman of he Louisiana Conference of Court of Appeal Judges. Judge Carter also contributed many articles to national and state legal journals.

He is survived by his wife of 60 years, Helen Bridges Carter, son, Representative Robby Carter and his wife, Kerry Anthony, daughter, Libby Peak and her husband, Craig, grandchildren Taylor Carter Peak, M.D., Captain David Kramer Peak, M.D., Robert Burrell Carter, Helen Ruth Carter, and Jessica C. Ledet, J.D. He was preceded in death by his parents, Robert T. Carter and Elizabeth J. Carter. Judge Carter was especially proud of the accomplishments of his family, whom he loved dearly.

Visitation at McKneely Funeral Home in Amite, Louisiana, from 6:00 p.m. until 9:00 p.m. on Wednesday, November 13, 2019 and at Greensburg United Methodist Church from 9:00 a.m. until funeral services at 11:00 a.m. on Thursday, November 14, 2019. Services conducted by Dr. Ken Reed, Rev. Don Lum, Rev. A. W. O’Quinn, and Fr. Mark Beard. Burial will follow in Greensburg Cemetery. Pallbearers will be his three grandsons, Julius Freidman, Bimbo Relan, Marshall Harvin, Ricky Webb, and Justice Jeff Hughes. Honorary Pallbearers will be Gov. John Bel Edwards, Gov. Mike Foster, Gov. Edwin Edwards, Judge Bob Downing, Judge Walter Lanier, Sr. , Judge Kenneth Fogg, Judge Janice Clark, Judge Billy Kline, Judge Duke Welch, Judge Zorraine Waguespack, Chief Judge Gene Thibodeaux, Chief Judge Charles Jones, Chief Justice Bernette Johnson, Agriculture Commissioner Mike Strain, John Gallaspy, Ed Walters, Don Carmouche, Senator Cleo Fields, Ken Johnston, Dr. Nollie Felts, Frank Johnson, Dr. Randy Moffett, Randy Webb, District Attorney Scott Perrilloux, Joey Guzzardo, and Johnny McClendon.

Special thanks to Shirley Lee, Wendy Webb, Lisa Foreman, Lisa King, and the staff of the Ochsner Cancer Center.




Anna Catalanotto Schillage

May 22, 1920 – November 11, 2019

 A resident of Amite, LA, passed away on Monday, November 11, 2019 at St. Tammany Parish Hospital in Covington, LA. She was born May 22, 1920 in Amite, LA and was 99 years of age. She is survived by daughter, Kathy Faison; son, Joseph J. Schillage, Jr.; 3 grandchildren, Julie Schillage, Chris Faison and Cristie Kent; great grandchildren, Cole, C.J. and Lilly Faison, Easton and Jaxson Calogero; numerous nieces and nephews. Preceded in death by her husband, Joseph J. Schillage, Sr.; parents, Mike and Anna Campo Catalanotto; 9 brothers and sisters, Charlie Catalanotto, Joe Catalanotto, Bill Catalanotto, Jake Catalanotto, Vince Catalanotto, John Catalanotto, Mary Cavaretta, Lilly Campo and Cat Catalanotto. Graveside Services will be held at Colonial Mausoleum, at 10:00AM Thursday, November 14, 2019. Services conducted by Fr. Mark Beard. McKneely Funeral Home, Amite, in charge of arrangements. For an online guestbook, visit http://www.mckneelys.com.




From Wyoming to the World with Love





Please contact me today if you can work one or more two hour shifts for the collection of “shoeboxes” during the week of November 11-25.




Scripture Writing – November 12 – I Chronicles 16: 8-14




Warning: We are under a wind advisory today as that old North Wind blows in some extremely cold weather tonight.  Get prepared today!  

Anna Lee






“Come now, let us settle the matter,” says the LORD.

“Though your sins are like scarlet, they shall be as white as snow; though they are red as crimson, they shall be like wool.

~Isaiah 1:18 (NIV)~




I think we need to pray about the cold weather which is expected soon.  Be prepared.  Stay in when the roads are icy.  Stay warm.  Who do you need to pray for during this extra cold season?  Who do you need to help in some way?  Make good decisions!




Louisiana is leading the state in flu cases!  That fact, plus David’s compromised immune system, caused us to decide to limit our crowd exposures for a while.  We plan to miss services at church Sunday mornings.  David does not have a new problem, but we are hoping to prevent one.  We are trying to keep him as healthy as we can.




Please pray for our friends, Cete and Ruby Dillon.  She is not feeling her best.




Scripture Writing – November 9 – Psalm 100: 1-5




Begin to pray for us as we make plans for the Operation Christmas Child Collection Center which will be receiving shoeboxes November 18 – 25.




It’s time to cook some winter foods.  Enjoy them this week.  Pray for those who do not have proper food, clothing, or heat.  If you know of a need, please call the church office or someone whom you think can help out.

Anna Lee











Sleep didn’t come my way, so I am up tonight writing this for Monday.  If you are awake too, please pray I will be able to sleep some soon.



“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~



I want to mention three people to you tonight.

  • Smiley Conerly will be seeing a pulmonologist tomorrow.
  • Bryan Tate is in MD Anderson in Houston.
  • Ruby Dillon had a good day Sunday, the best day since she has been home from  the hospital.



Scripture Writing for October 7 – Jeremiah 33: 2-3



Mission Opportunities

  • Annual Georgia Barnette Offering for Louisiana
  • Collecting money for postage for shoeboxes – $9.00 per box
  • Packing party for Operation Christmas Child on October 26 at 6 P.M.
  • Two Rivers Associational WMU will meet at FBC, Kentwood this month



Thanks for praying about my sometimes crazy sleep patterns.  I usually don’t sleep during the day so wasted sleep time at night usually means I just lose the sleep.  

Anna Lee

The Lord’s Day

You make known to me the path of life; you will fill me with joy in your presence, with eternal pleasures at your right hand.

~Psalm 16:11~




Operation Christmas Child

Thank-you to those who came to help with painting shoeboxes yesterday.  We painted many sweet pictures for the children to enjoy each time they open their shoeboxes.  Everyone was surprised at how easy it was!  Even though we painted many boxes, we still have more to paint.  We will also begin to fold the flat boxes into the proper shoebox shape.

If you missed out, I hope to paint twice during the week and again on Saturday.  Your help would be wonderful.  You will be blessed.  Here’s my plan:

  • Tuesday at 8:30
  • Wednesday at 8:30
  • Saturday at 8:30

Let me know when you can come help, if you can plan ahead.  If you can’t figure our your schedule ahead of time, just come.   Mark your calendar now for the Christmas party the last Saturday in October.  That’s when we have our big packing party and fill those shoeboxes in preparation for shipping them.  Come be a part a of special night.

It will take $9.00 for postage for each box we pack.  We are collecting those funds now.  Your support will be greatly appreciated.




Scripture Writing – September 22 – Psalm 51:7-12




Georgia Barnette Mission Offering – Day 8 – Grace Point Church in Destrehanhttps://georgiabarnette.org/week-of-prayer-english/#day8




Please continue to pray for Mrs. Ruby Dillon who remains at North Oaks.  It now appears she will be there through the weekend.  Pray for Mr. Cete too.  Thanks!




Baptist Pressbpnews.net




Louisiana Baptist Messagehttps://baptistmessage.com/

I know I shared some about Rev. Bill Ichter in the past.  Now, he is featured on the front page of the Baptist Message.  Please take time to read this article and to thank God for this wonderfully talented man of God.




Have a richly blessed day today!

Anna Lee


















Follow God’s example,

therefore, as dearly loved children.

~Ephesians 5:1 (NIV)~



Carol Bennett Sealey is working hard to regain full use of her body.  I think all the years of competitive sports gives her the drive she needs to do more than the OT and PT suggest she does.  She certainly wants to get better and is improving.  Pray for her continued improvement.




My cousin, Scott Tolleson, who has Huntington’s Disease, had a mini stroke Sunday.  Scott is in his early 60’s.  He has improved since Sunday.  Pray for Scott and Brenda, his wife and caregiver.  They live in the Shreveport area.




Mrs. Ruby Dillon has not been feeling well because of nausea and dizziness.  Mr. Cete took her to North Oaks yesterday morning.  She is now in room 4012B.




Scripture Writing – September 17 – Psalm 4: 1-8




Georgia Barnette Week of Prayer – Day 3





Don’t forget about the birthday cards for Lori Rhodes.  They can be mailed to her at 214 Sherwood Lane, Haughton LA, 71037.  Be sure to mail your card in the next week or so.




I hope you have your calendar marked to help paint the inside lid of the shoeboxes we will be sending this year.  It’s easy painting that any of you can do.  Meet at the church Saturday at 9:00  A.M.  You don’t have to bring anything but a warm heart and a smile.  Your work will bring a smile to the face of the children every time they open their boxes.

Anna Lee