Sunday Afternoon

Bobby Simpson was admitted to North Oaks for tests.  He’s in room 5414.  Please add Bobby, Betty, and the other family members to your prayer list.



Bennett Blake Brabhan was born to Jeb and Katie Brabham today.  He weighed 9 pounds 8 ounces and measured 22 inches long.  I’m sure he will be as precious as his big brother, Elliott.


“I am convinced that nothing can ever separate us from his love.

Death can’t, and life can’t.

The angels won’t, and all the powers of hell itself cannot keep God’s love away.

Our fears for today, our worries about tomorrow, or where we are — high above the sky, or in the deepest ocean — nothing will ever be able to separate us from the love of God demonstrated by our Lord Jesus Christ when he died for us” 

~Romans 8:38-39 TLB


I was asked to add the name of Carolyn Raborn.  She broke her leg and is in North Oaks.  She will be going to rehab when the proper paperwork is approved.


Baby Luke who was born the day following a traffic accident in slowly improving.  He’s up to 3.2 pounds.  Keep praying for Baby Luke and for his family.


Many people in our area are still without electricity following the snow that fell Friday.  If you know of someone whose home does not have electricity, do your best to help them in any way.  If you can’t help them, find someone who can.



Read the Bible – II Peter, Psalm 35, and video about II Peter



Week of Prayer for Lottie Moon Offering for international missions – Day 8 – “Why Prayer Matters” –



I think the roads are clean so everyone can get to church today.  If your church is not able to have services due to a lack of heat, I know you will be a welcome guest in another church. We all have a lot to be thankful for today.  Come celebrate the birth of the Savior in His house.  Many churches will celebrate for several weeks. 

Anna Lee








Give thanks to the LORD, for he is good;

his love endures forever.

~  I Chronicles 16:34~


Please pray for the Dillons.  “Miss” Ruby has been admitted to North Oaks with some dehydration and an infection.  She’s in room 4102. Mr. “Cete” is with her.
I have an update on Kayla J. Evans and her baby girl, Finley.  They are both doing well at this point.

Russell Wiley Crawford

December 09, 1939 – November 27, 2017

A resident of Spring Creek passed away on Monday, November 27, 2017 at Lallie Kemp Regional Medical Center in Independence. He was born December 9, 1939 in New Orleans and was 77 years of age. He was a U. S. Army Veteran and a member of Spring Creek Baptist. He is survived by wife, Marilyn Kelting Crawford; daughter, Becky Crawford; son, Randy Crawford; 2 grandchildren, Chase and Kaysie Crawford; sister, Carol Fairburn, all of Spring Creek. Preceded in death by parents, George and Flora Crawford; sister, Margaret Roberts; 2 brothers-in-law, Fred Roberts and Gerald Fairburn; nephew, Scott Fairburn; father-in-law and mother-in-law, Eugene and Lucille Kelting. Visitation at Spring Creek Baptist Church from 10 a.m. until religious services at 12:00 Noon on Thursday, November 30, 2017. Services conducted by Dr. Danny Smith. In lieu of flowers, donations may be made to Spring Creek Baptist Church Building Fund in memory of Russell. McKneely Funeral Home, Kentwood, in charge of arrangements. For an online guestbook, visit

Read the Bible – Philemon, Psalm 24, and video of Philemon at
Work is progressing on the Two Rivers Associational Annual Lottie Moon Tea.  Let me invite all ladies (3-103 years old) to come to First Baptist Church, Kentwood at 2 P.M.  Sunday. In additional to some tea and other treats, you’ll hear a missionary who has returned to the states and witness the musical talents of the children and youth of our local churches.  The ladies will be decorating their tables Saturday morning.  I know they will be beautiful!  If this is your first holiday event, it will put you in a Christ centered focus for the Christmas season.  If you miss it, there will be no second chance.  I’m looking forward to seeing you Sunday at 2 P.M.  We are thankful to have our children and youth help with serving of food, as well as singing.
The children of FBC, Kentwood will have missions tonight and work in a little last-minute practice time for the tea.  We begin in the sanctuary at 6 P.M.
The ladies will have their regular Bible study, of Ezekiel, Friday morning at 10 A.M.  The prophesy is interesting.  We are comparing those days to the present days and praying for our nation and world to turn back to Jesus.
The “shoeboxes” we packed are getting the Christian literature that will introduce them to Jesus added this week and boxes divided up for their final destinations as well as packaging for overseas shipping.  The boxes might travel by plane, ship, boat, wagon, bus, car, truck. camel, horse, on even be carried in on the backs of people.  All opened boxes will bring joy and an introduction to Jesus!
Sunday, we will begin our Week of Prayer for the Lottie Moon Christmas Offering.  We received slightly more than our goal for the Georgia Barnett Offering for North American missions.  I look forward to exceeding this goal too!  We will again have our Missions March as introduced to us by Dr. Tom Higginbothan, a former IMB missionary who served as interim pastor at FBC, Kentwood a few years ago.
Sunday is the deadline for bringing in STAMPED Christmas cards for the prisoners at the parish jail.  David and I will personally deliver the cards to the jail next week.  No number of cards is too large or too small!  We’ll pray each one impacts a family with the true Christmas message this holiday season.
It’s a great week!  Follow Jesus in the Christmas season this year!  Merry Christmas!
Anna Lee


But let justice roll on like a river,

righteousness like a never-failing stream!

~Amos 5:24~


Bettye Fussell will be having surgery at the end of the month.  She’s looking forward to getting it done and moving on.  Pray for her, her family, and many friends.

Hal King has had complications to his heart surgery last week in McComb.  Please pray for his improvement.

Glenda McKean will be having shoulder surgery at the end of the month.  Pray for her as she goes through the steps in preparing for the “big day”.


Kristi Womack’s dad passed away.  Please be in prayer for the entire family as they face the coming days.


Read the Bible – Ezekiel 25-27 and Psalm 38


Operation Christmas Child“Shanika & Sherika and the Notebooks”



Continue to pray for the boys and girls attending the area Vacation Bible Schools this week as well as children and youth at church camps.  It is a busy, but wonderful, season in our churches!



Enjoy this great time of the church year as so many things are happening for our children, weddings are taking place, new babies are being born, shoeboxes are being packed, etc.

Anna Lee


 Remember the former things, those of long ago;

I am God, and there is no other;

I am God, and there is none like me.

Please pray for Matt, Shea, and Lindsay as they begin their long journey home today.

Pray for Mallory and Miles as they complete their trip stateside this afternoon.  Pray for those left at home too!


New Baby – Brynnlee Havin was born to Bro. Gary and “Miss” Cory yesterday.  All are doing well.


Read the Bible – Ecc.. 9-12 and Psalm 10



Vacation Bible Schools seem to be doing very well this week!  Thank God for the boys and girls attending and all the volunteers working.

Pray God uses the volunteers at area Vacation Bible Schools to impact young lives today.

Anna Lee


Who is a God like you,

who pardons sin and forgives

the transgression of the remnant of his inheritance?

You do not stay angry forever

but delight to show mercy.  

You will again have compassion on us;

you will tread our sins underfoot

and hurl all our iniquities into the depths of the sea.

~Micah 7:18-19~



Camellia May Corkern – 6 lb. 14 oz. and 21 in. long; born yesterday afternoon, 5-9-17.  Her parents are Wesley and Kara Sellers Corkern.


Ruby Dillon continues to need out prayers.  She’s at North Oaks, Room 4418.

Tish Fairburn learned yesterday that she had another spot that will need to be checked out.  Her sister, Sandy, requests we pray for her.

Just when we thought Andy and Betty Taylor have had every health issue imaginable, we learn that Betty has pneumonia.  She’s at home.  Please pray.

Ryan “Rufus” Williams will be doing physical therapy today.  Please pray all goes well.



Read the Bible Today – Amos 1-5, Psalm 126, & “Amos” at

Children in Action – Mission class for children K-5th grade; tonight at 6 P.M. at FBC, Kentwood

You are invited to participate in the current mission project which is the collection of red beans and rice to donate to food pantries.


“You will keep in perfect peace those whose minds are steadfast,

because they trust in you.”

~Isaiah 26:3 NIV~

“Simply Trusting”


We have a great opportunity in praying!  

Anna Lee



Therefore confess your sins to each other

and pray for each other so that you may be healed.

The prayer of a righteous person

is powerful and effective.

~James 5:16 (NIV)~


Carol Jean Conerly is doing very well following her knee surgery.  She’s be hopping into her regular schedule before long.  Let’s thank God for her great outlook and surgery results.

Caden Joseph Turner was born to Ladd and Christy Turner early yesterday afternoon.  Pray for Chloe as she learns about a little brother in her world.  Thank God for the safe arrival of Caden.

Debi Bales’ mother needs our continued prayers.  She’s still in the nursing home in Hammond.  Pray also for her children and grandchildren.

Joanne Seymour begins round three of treatment.  Pray all goes smoothly for her.

Ryan “Rufus” Williams is showing little signs of improvement.  Keep praying for more improvement.  He is at Tuoro in New Orleans.

Andy Taylor is moving in a positive direction with the shingles, Betty Taylor has the flu. They have overlapping roles as patient and caregiver.  Pray they both will be better and back in church soon.

Bobbie Magee is doing much better, but still has a weakened immune system.  Please call rather than visit for a while.  Her caregiver, Glen, is so thankful they can be at home again.

Gloria Gill will have an angiogram and a stent at St. Tammany Hospital next Wednesday. Please cover her with your prayers.


Read the Bible – Hosea 1-5, Psalm 122, & video “Hosea” that can be found at

SPECIAL EVENT – An Evening of Worship sponsored by the Two Rivers Association!  Join us at FBC, Kentwood at 6 P.M. for the Riverside Revival Band and the sharing of God’s Word by Rev. Calvin Crowe. This is an associational event, so expect to be joined by people from throughout the association.  There will be refreshments following the service.  The Crowe family will lead worship tomorrow.  Come be amazed and blessed by the talented Crowe sons.

 “You have heard that it was said,

‘You shall love your neighbor and hate your enemy.’ 

But I say to you, love your enemies,

bless those who curse you,

do good to those who hate you,

and pray for those who spitefully use you and persecute you.”

~Matt. 5:43-44~

“Did You Think to Pray”


Prayer is essential!

Anna Lee