“And whatever you do, whether in word or deed, do it all in the name of the Lord Jesus, giving thanks to God the Father through him.”

~Colossians 3:17~




Read the Bible in 2020 – May 22

  • 2 Samuel 1:1-2:11
  • John 12:20-50
  • Psalm 118:19-29
  • Proverbs 15:27-28



James Milton Blades

December 27, 1946 – May 20, 2020

A resident of Walker, LA, passed away on Wednesday, May 20, 2020 at his home. He was born December 27, 1946 in Kentwood, LA and was 73 years of age.  He was a U. S. Marine Corps Veteran of Vietnam where he received two Purple Hearts. He was a retired welder from Exxon Refinery after 37 years of service. He is survived by his wife, Peggy Swain Blades; son, Jamie Glynn Blades and wife, Mary Ann; grandsons, Ashton Blades and Justin Cutrer; great-grandson, Ariat Cutrer; step-son, Shane Talbot; step-granddaughter, Angell Talbot; step-great-grandchildren, Emily and Bryson Roberie; and numerous nieces, nephews, and cousins. Preceded in death by maternal grandparents, George Milton and Vergie Needham; paternal grandparents, James Otto and Mattie Blades; parents, James B. and Katie Needham Blades; brother, Cade R. Blades. Visitation at New Zion Baptist Church, Kentwood, from 9:00AM until religious services at 12:00 Noon on Saturday, May 23, 2020. Services conducted by Rev. Larry Blades. Interment Needham Cemetery, Kentwood, LA. Pallbearers will be Kelly Blades, Sheldon Blades, Bill Birch, Shannon Travis, Brandon Carter, and Forrest Sibley. McKneely Funeral Home, Kentwood, in charge of arrangements. For an online guestbook, visit




I hope you are anxious to get back to Operation Christmas Child.  List of items needed in shoeboxes will be posted at church and available at the church.  I’ll include a list here.  Maybe some will be shopping in the next few days.  If you have been making items at home, you can leave them at the church.  We’ll try to get going “full speed ahead” soon.

Operation Christmas Child

April, May, & June 2020

Updated 5-21-2020

April  May June
Nursery & Preschoolers Jump Ropes Hairbrushes Pens (Red, Blue and Bk)
Grades 1-5 Marbles Dominoes Drawing Books
Youth Jump Ropes Play Dough* Highlighters
College & Career Dominoes Play Dough* Small Notebooks**
Gateway Socks for Boys Play Dough* Small Notebooks**

Friendship Circle

$1.00 Scissors Clothesline Hair Accessories
Bank Boys’ Underwear Nails & Sm. Hammers  Key Holders
New Creations


Hair Brushes Clothespins 2/$1.00 Sm. Scissors
Rebekah  Sewing Kits Highlighters Flat Marbles

City Hall


Lip Balm $1.00 Calculators Glue Sticks
Staff Highlighters Fishing Kits Nails & Sm. Hammers 

                                                                                    * = 8/Pkg.                        ** – About 3” X 5 “

Usually 3 or 4 for $1.00

If you are not in a Sunday School class,  choose some things from this list to contribute.  T

I’ll remind you of the age groups again.  We pack shoeboxes for both boys and girls.

  • 2-4 Years
  • 5-9 Years
  • 10-14 Years

Thanks to everyone who contributes money or buys items.


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Be a blessing to someone today.

Anna Lee



“Never stop reciting these teachings.

You must think about them night and day so that you will faithfully do everything written in them.

Only then will you prosper and succeed.”

~Joshua 1:8 (GW)~

Best instruction book?  The Bible




Today, I want to mention a number of people who are unspoken prayer concerns.  You surely have them too, possibly some of the same ones.  Let’s pray for the requests we cannot openly share at this point and for the requests of others around us.




Let’s continue to pray for the local churches as they adjust to the new regulations they have to address due to the coronavirus.  I think progess toward our “new normal” was made yesterday.




Read the Bible in 2020 – May 18

  • 1 Samuel 22:1-23:29
  • John 10:1-21
  • Psalm 115:1-18
  • Proverbs 15:18-19



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Now that restrictions have been lifted, you can feel free to drop off your donations for Operation Christmas Child at FBC, Kentwood.  We will have some “catching-up” to do because of missing church for two months.




Thanks for praying today.

Anna Lee



“Be doers of the word, and not hearers only.”

~James 1:22 (ESV)~




Please pray for two people who will have procedure today now that elective surgery is again an option.

  • Ricky Russell of Chesbrough will have a heart procedure today.  He has to be at the hospital early today.  The hardest part for his family is that they will have to wait until Tuesday to hear an update.  As you pray for Ricky, please also pray for Brenda, Jeanna, and Vernon.
  • Fay Chadwick Todd of Arcola has helped her family through a number of health issues.  Today is her turn for surgery.  She will be having knee surgery.  Pray for her to do well with the post-surgery care too.



Read the Bible in 2020 – May 11

  • 1 Samuel 10:1-11:15
  • John 6:43-71
  • Psalm 107:1-43
  • Proverbs 15:1-3



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Churches will have some catching up to do with Operation Christmas Child when all this “stay-at-home” time is over.  Thanks to the lady who recently gave me $20.00 for OCC purchases.  I haven’t been shopping for OCC since February, but certainly look forward to more OCC shopping and the church “catching-up” on purchases so we will be ready for packing in the fall.




Let’s continue to pray about the Covid – 19 problem in our area, our country, and around the world.  Thankfully, most people have been spared of fighting this virus and most who had it survived.

Anna Lee


“‘I have the right to do anything,’ you say—but not everything is beneficial. ‘I have the right to do anything’—but not everything is constructive.”

~1 Corinthians 10:23 (NIV)~





Austin and Brittany McDaniel got to take their son, Jameson, home for the first time yesterday.  Please continue to pray for this little family.




Leonard “Tank” Genco, Jr. – I taught with Coach Genco at IHS.  
  • August 2, 1940 – April 28, 2020
  • Hammond, Louisiana
  • Leonard “Tank” Genco Jr., of Hammond, Louisiana, passed away on Tuesday, April 28, 2020, at the age of 79. He was born on August 2, 1940, in Amite, Louisiana, the son of the late Leonard Genco Sr. and Rose Balisteri Genco. Tank was a lifelong educator in Tangipahoa Parish. He touched many lives through football, teaching, and as a member of the school board. Tank was a loving husband, father, grandfather, and friend, and he will be greatly missed.

    Tank is survived by his wife of 28 years, Nedra Martello Genco; children, Ronald Genco and wife Lisa, and Mary Genco Parker and husband Chuck; step-children, Brigitte Martello and Bradley Fettes; 10 grandchildren; 2 great grandchildren; sister, Catherine Gioia; as well as numerous nieces and nephews.

    In addition to his parents, Tank was preceded in death by his brother, Sammy Genco, and granddaughter, Jaidyn Coslan.

    Services will be held privately. Family and friends are encouraged to send condolences and share memories online.

    Tank will be laid to rest at Pompeii Cemetery in Tickfaw, Louisiana.

    An on-line guest book is available at





Thomas Charles Morgan

I taught  Tom Charles.

December 7, 1962 ~ April 21, 2020

Thomas Charles Morgan, age 57 passed away peacefully on April 21, 2020 at Elizabeth House Hospice in Flatrock, North Carolina after a short battle with pancreatic cancer.

Tom had recently made Brevard, North Carolina his home. Tom was born in New Orleans, Louisiana on December 7, 1962, and spent most of his life in South Louisiana. He graduated from Oak Forest Academy in Amite, Louisiana and Southeastern Louisiana University in Hammond where he served two terms as student body president. He later earned his juris doctorate from Louisiana State University Law School and became a certified public accountant in Baton Rouge, Louisiana.

Some of Tom’s proudest work was with Sigma Tau Gamma Fraternity in which he served as 37th national president in addition to multiple local and regional offices. He championed the effort to expand Sig Tau chapters and made scores of friends through his connections with the fraternity nationally. Tom was an avid history lover who loved to debate historical topics, he was a dedicated gardener, loved reading, and had recently begun writing science fiction novels. Some of Tom’s greatest joys were caring for their cats and dog Gracie.

Preceded in death by his father Edgar Lea Morgan and his mother Irma Hyde Morgan, Tom had recently relocated to North Carolina with his husband and partner of 23 years David Wright. Tom and David were fiercely devoted to one another and it is comforting to know that David remained steadfastly by his side throughout his final hours on this earth. Tom will be sorely missed by his family, fraternity brothers, and his many friends in southeast Louisiana and nationwide.

Tom will be laid to rest at the Carolina Memorial Sanctuary in Mills River, North Carolina in a private graveside service. Due to current travel and gathering restrictions, a celebration of Tom’s life is being planned for later in the summer to offer family and friends an opportunity to share in the blessing of having known Tom.

The family has asked that all gifts be made in Tom’s honor to the Sigma Tau Gamma Foundation or to the athletes of Special Olympics. Gifts can be made online at by completing the tribute information near the bottom of the donation form.




“The Greatest Journey” – A Bible Game for Kids

If you have not already downloaded this for your children or grandchildren, you may want to do so.




Read the Bible in 2020 –  April 30

  • Judges 11:1-12:15
  • John 1:1-28 P
  • salm 101:1-8
  • Proverbs 14:13-14



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If you missed hearing the message from Daniel last night, turn in today to hear it for yourself.



Have a great day.  Stay healthy.

Anna Lee


“When you go through deep waters and great trouble, I will be with you.

When you go through rivers of difficulty, you will not drown!

When you walk through the fire of oppression, you will not be burned up—the flames will not consume you.”

~Isaiah 43:2 (TLB)~




Read the Bible in 2020 – April 4

  • Deuteronomy 26:1-27:26
  • Luke 10:38-11:13
  • Psalm 76:1-12
  • Proverbs 12:15-17



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Today, I want to look on the positive side of the Coronavirus.

  • Lucus, Debra Sitman’s grandson, got “negative” on his test.  Additional testing is continuing.
  • Ryan “Rufus” Williams is leaving North Oaks and going to rehab today
  • David and I are both able to hold our breath for ten seconds this morning.
  • We had three good meals here at home yesterday.
  • His medicine that needs to be approved every three months was approved and picked up.
  • We are removing plants from the greenhouse.
  • Garden bulb plants I have planted the last few years have made for a colorful yard.
  • David is much better!  Every day is a gift!
  • Our oldest grandson was flown to his next base to begin training.
  • We talked with him for 25 minutes after his graduation Thursday.
  • Our other grandchildren are able to complete schoolwork from home.
  • Boyd, Jennie, and Becki can continue their work from home.
  • A lady who works with Jason and who had the virus is better.
  • Jason is very careful at his office and when he gets home.
  • The weather has been beautiful!
  • We can still get news about the virus any time of the day.
  • Our vehicles have gas and are ready to roll.
  • Our phone enables us to connect with friends and family.
  • I have supplies to do OCC work for “shoeboxes” when I choose.
  • Samaritan’s Purse and other organizations are out on the battlefront.
  • Nurse and doctors voluntarily face the disease every shift.
  • Help is available if we need it.
  • The pantry and freezers are full.
  • Traffic is almost nonexistent.
  • Church services are available from numerous churches online.
  • We are thankful to be Americans.
  • God is still on His throne and looking out for all of us.


What are you most thankful for today?

Anna Lee


“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!

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



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

Friendship Circle

$1.00 Scissors
New Creations


Hair Brushes
Rebekah  Sewing Kits

City Hall


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


“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.


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