“It is wonderful to be grateful and to sing your praises, LORD Most High!

It is wonderful each morning to tell about your love and at night to announce how faithful you are.”

Psalm 92:1-2 (CEV)

Our God gives second chances!




Please begin praying for Caleb Estay.  He will be having a lump on this neck checked Tuesday.  Pray all goes well.




Please pray for the family of Coach Dickie Meeks.  I taught with him at OFA.  His students thought the moon of him.  He became well know for winning teams and influencing lives in the right direction.  He passed away due to cancer.  His services will be Saturday in Longview, TX.




Read the. Bible in 2020 – August 5

  • Ezra 1:1-2:70 1
  • Corinthians 1:18-2:5
  • Psalm 27:7-14
  • Proverbs 20:22-23



This morning I was blessed with a message from someone who is quarantined, but still wanting to help with Operation Christmas Child.  He asked for a suggestion about something he can order online.  This virus cannot stop the generosity of God’s people!




The Louisiana Baptist Children’s Home will be in Kentwood on September 21st to pick up our donations for their pantry.  They only ask for this help once a year.  Below is a list of the items they need the most this year:

  • Bottled Juices
  • Cleansing Supplies (Disinfectants)
  • Cooking Oil
  • Dishwasher Detergent
  • Freezer Bags
  • Fruit (Canned)
  • Kool-Aid
  • Laundry Detergent
  • Paper Towels
  • Salad Dressings

Your items can be left at the church any time in the next few weeks.




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Find ways to be helpful/encouraging despite the virus!

Anna Lee



For I am convinced that neither death nor life,

neither angels nor demons,

neither the present nor the future,

nor any powers,

neither height nor depth,

nor anything else in all creation,

will be able to separate us from the love of God

that is in Christ Jesus our Lord.

~Romans 8:38-39~




Today’s hymn – “The Love of God”



Read the Bible in 2020 – July 27

  • 2 Chronicles 19:1-20:37
  • Romans 10:14-11:12
  • Psalm 21:1-13
  • Proverbs 20:4-6



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Thanks to all who have contributed to Operation Christmas Child purchases.  Special thanks to the classes who have made bulk purchases and to their super-shopper, Wanda Smith.




Please continue to pray for the individuals and families who are fighting the Covid-19 battle at this time.




As you pray for the children who will soon be going back to school in one form or another, please add prayers for teachers in all the schools and all grade levels.  They are going back to school this year in a whole new situation.  It’s like the first year for every teacher!  Big hearts for lots of students and the joys of teaching help them as they prepare.  Your prayers will be greatly appreciated.  Pray for good health for all.




Have a marvelous Monday!

Anna Lee














“Don’t worry about anything; instead, pray about everything.

Tell God what you need, and thank him for all he has done.

Then you will experience God’s peace.”

~Philippians 4:6-7 (NLT)~




Read the Bible in 2020 – July 26

  • 2 Chronicles 17:1-18:34
  • Romans 9:25-10:13
  • Psalm 20:1-9
  • Proverbs 20:2-3



Please continue to pray for all those with the Covid-19 virus, those that have been exposed and who are quarantined, and the families of those who are sick.




Please help me collect lots of these two items for Operation Christmas Child “shoeboxes”.

  1. Dollar Tree checker sets
  2. Bandanas

You can drop off the items you find at the office of First Baptist Church, Kentwood.




Whether you are attending in person or online, I hope you are blessed by church services today.  Services at FBC, Kentwood begin at 10:30 this morning and 6:00 this evenin.

Anna Lee






For everything that was written in the past

was written to teach us,

so that through the endurance taught in the Scriptures

and the encouragement

they provide we might have hope. 

~Romans 15:4~




Angie Nielsen is requesting pray for her mother, Tay Cotton, who has been admitted to a hospital in Baton Rouge because of weakness and fatigue.  Angie is especially concerned about the Covid-19 virus in a hospital setting.




Speaking of Covid-19, the number of cases locally seems to be increasing daily.  Please be careful!




Keith and Lori Rhodes

Last Friday we made the decision to move Lori Lantz Rhodes to hospice care. It’s been a challenging week all the way around. I’ve watched my beautiful bride continue to decline as this terrible disease attacks her body. We’ve shed many tears these last few days.

As I put Lori in bed for the night, she looks at me and says, “We made it another day.”

Thank you for your continued prayers.




Read thee Bible in 2020 – July 17

  • 1 Chronicles 24:1-26:11
  • Romans 4:1-12
  • Psalm 13:1-6
  • Proverbs 19:15-16

I’m still up-to-date with reading.  I hope you are too!




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Baptist Message

Includes Louisiana Covid-19 charts




Operation Christmas Child items can be dropped off at the church office Monday – Friday.







“Since you have been raised to new life with Christ,

set your sights on the realities of heaven,

where Christ sits in the place of honor

at God’s right hand.”

~Colossians 3:1 (NLT)~




Martha Simpson asked for special prayers for Matthew Simpson who had emergency surgery.  Matthew is on the road to recovery now.




Bro. Bobby Eads, a former youth minister at FBC, Kentwood, asks for prayers for his wife, Susie Eads, as they will meet with a surgeon today to plan/schedule a double mastectomy.  (They still live in Hazel Green, Alabama where they have been for 26 years. Bro. Bobby is a bi-vocational pastor and hospital chaplain.




Robert Earl Pezant

April 25, 1929 – July 12, 2020

A resident of Kentwood, LA, passed away on Sunday, July 12, 2020 at North Oaks Medical Center in Hammond, LA. He was born April 25, 1929 in Magnolia, MS and was 91 years of age. He was a member at the Tangipahoa United Methodist Church. He is survived by his 2 daughters, Allison Gutierrez (JB) and Mary Ann Willson (Paul); 1 son, Arnold Pezant (Danielle); 1 sister, Bobbie Brashear (George); 2 brothers, Paul Pezant (Jimmie) and Halbert Pezant (Hideko); 13 grandchildren; 28 great-grandchildren; 11 great-great-grandchildren. Preceded in death by his wife, Shirley Pike Pezant; son, Stuart Jay Pezant; parents, Willie Paul Pezant and Eliza Jane Rhodus Pezant; sister, Jonnie Jackson. A celebration of life will be held at a later date. McKneely Funeral Home, Kentwood, in charge of arrangements. For an online guestbook, visit




Read the Bible in 2020 – July 15

  • 1 Chronicles 19:1-21:30
  • Romans 2:25-3:8
  • Psalm 11:1-7
  • Proverbs 19:10-12



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Operation Christmas Child – If you run across some bags of marbles or boxes of sidewalk chalk, we can use them to help pack “shoeboxes”.  Thanks for keeping your eyes open for these needs.




Thanks-you for reading and praying today.

Anna Lee


“Things that are seen don’t last forever,

but things that are not seen are eternal.

That’s why we keep our minds on the things that cannot be seen.”

~2 Corinthians 4:18 (CEV)~




I received a request for prayer for Ann Whitman, Linda Frazier’s sister.  Her cancer has possibly returned.  I know you will pray for Ann and her family.




This morning, I found out about the mandate for face masks in our state for the next two weeks.  That won’t change anything with us.  When someone has a compromised immune system like David, I hope you can understand we do anything that possibly will help him.  Also, I don’t want to be the person that causes someone else to be sick.  Please pray for this virus situation to improve and vaccinations to be developed.




Read the Bible in 2020 – July 12

  • 1 Chronicles 12:19-14:17
  • Romans 1:1-17
  • Psalm 9:13-20
  • Proverbs 19:4-5

Keep reading.  We are over half way through the Bible now.




Online church services from FBC, Kentwood today:

  • 10:30 A.M.
  • 5:00 P.M



Operation Christmas Child items can be turned in at church today.



Stay healthy today in the extreme heat situation.

Anna Lee










But Peter and John replied,

“Which is right in God’s eyes: to listen to you, or to him?

You be the judges!

As for us, we cannot help speaking about what we have seen and heard.”

~Acts 4:19-20~




I have an update on Sue Smith.  Surgery went well and she is doing fine.  Keep praying her liver transplant is a success.




Bryan’s Journey

Today is our final traveling day for this round. Ready to be home for 3 months ! All test, procedures were good. One more month long trip to Houston in the fall and he will be finished with treatments.

We are thankful for all the Prayers , telephone calls, visits, cards from all of our friends and family.

We have been blessed . God had been faithful.




Monnie Bridges McNabb

July 21, 1939 – July 07, 2020

Monnie Bridges McNabb, a resident of Kentwood, LA, passed away on Tuesday, July 7, 2020 at West Jefferson Medical Center in Marrero, LA. She was born July 21, 1939 in Tangipahoa, LA and was 80 years of age. She is survived by her husband of 60 years, John McNabb; son, Michael McNabb and wife, Kim; daughter, Monica Miley and husband, Travis; grandchildren, Courtney Woodard, Mallory Brabham and husband, Joseph, Brittany Woodard, Shelby Woodard, Christopher McNabb and wife, Brita, Landon McNabb and wife, Brooke, Kelsey Fitzgerald, Kaleigh Dyar and husband, Justin, Emily Miley, Gracie Miley and Emmett Miley; 11 great-grandchildren; sister, Billie Rae Bullock; brother, Maurice Jay Bridges and wife, Judy; sister-in-law, Ann Huff; brother-in-law, Barry McNabb and wife, Helen. Preceded in death by her parents, Willie and Tena Bridges; daughter, Lynette Woodard; brothers, Thomas “Pud” Bridges, Garland “ Rocky” Bridges and Curtis Bridges; sisters, Betty Wales and Rhonda Bridges. Visitation at McKneely Funeral Home, Kentwood, from 6:00PM until 9:00PM on Thursday and from 9:00AM until religious services at 11:00AM on Friday, July 10, 2020. Services conducted by Bro. Jerry Kennedy. Interment New Zion Cemetery, Kentwood, LA. In lieu of flowers, memorial contributions may be made to Richard Murphy Hospice Foundation, 1109 South Chestnut Street, Hammond, LA 70403. Donate For an online guestbook, visit



James “Jim’ McKean, Jr.

October 20, 1933 -July 8, 2020

James “Jim” Marshall McKean, Jr. passed on to the next life surrounded by family on July 8, 2020 at his home in Greensburg. He was born on October 20, 1933 in Slidell and was 86 years old.

A loyal member of the Iron Workers Local 623, Iron Workers Local 58, and Boilermakers Union of Baton Rouge. He worked for nearly 50 years in the construction industry. He was also a dairy farmer for many years. When he retired, he then focused on expanding and growing the family farm, raising bees and collecting honey.

He is survived by his wife Glenda Moak McKean. They were married on December 1, 1962 in New Orleans. They enjoyed 57 wonderful years together building their family farm. Also survived by siblings Bill and Paul McKean; children Lisa (David) King, daughter-in-law, Karol McKean, Patricia (David) Bartkowiak, Roy (Jan) McKean, Beckie McKean, Betty (Tommy) Turner; sisters-in-law Martha Moak Martin and Barbara (Henry) Wallace; siblings-in-law Fay McKean, Ralphadean McKean, and Henry Doughty; grandchildren Josh (Shonagh) McKean, Victoria (Jeff) Lewandrowski, Kaleigh and Jacob McKean, Tyler King, Amanda (Quentin) Freeney, Matt (Pamela) LaRoche, Christine (Joshua) Chadwick, Roy (Selena) McKean Jr., Crystal (Bobby) Finley, Tommy Jr. (Jennifer), Charlotte, DeAnn, Tammy, and Glenda McKean, Cody and Casey Goraum, Alice and Alan Turner; and numerous nieces, nephews, and great-grandchildren. He is preceded in death by parents Isabel Barber and James Marshall McKean, Sr.; sons Jimmy, Jason, and Tommy McKean; siblings Lee (Irene) McKean, Elizabeth (Leonard) Soeller, John Mckean, Theresa Doughty, Peter McKean; sister-in-law Helena McKean; sister-in-law Ester Moak Pope; sons-in-law Ronnie LaRoche, Tommy Carswell; grandson Clayton Turner.

He donated his body to science. Visitation will be 2-3 PM prior to a memorial service on Saturday, July 11, 2020 at 3:00 PM at Arcola Baptist Church, 64401 I-55 Frontage Rd, Roseland, LA 70456, where he and Glenda were members. A graveside service will be announced in the near future where his ashes will be returned to rest by his sons in Greensburg Cemetery.

Family requests either live plants or artificial flowers suitable for the cemetery in lieu of flower arrangements.

Honorary pallbearers include:
Henry Wallace, David King, Josh McKean, Jacob McKean, Tyler King, Orian Williams, Ken Pope, Kaleigh McKean, Victoria Lewandrowski.




Read the Bible in 2020 – July 9

  • 1 Chronicles 7:1-8:40
  • Acts 27:1-20
  • Psalm 7:1-17
  • Proverbs 18:22



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Vacation Bible School at FBC, Kentwood

I spoke with the secretary via phone yesterday.  She said everything was going well with VBS.  Over 100 people are in attendance each day.  The family night program will be at 5 PM Sunday.  It will be live-streamed like a regular church service.


Operation Christmas Child

Thank-you so much for the donations to Operation Christmas Child this year.  Wanda Smith has been an awesome internet shopper for some of the classes.  Thank-you so much, Wanda.




I’m very thankful for those of you who pray each day.

Anna Lee




“ . . . He will give a crown of beauty for ashes,

a joyous blessing instead of mourning,

festive praise instead of despair . . . ”

~Isaiah 61:3 (NLT)~




Pray for Randy Wilson and his family.  He has had emergency surgery and is facing recovery and possibly more surgery.  He requested his family sell the dairy cows.  Pray for all the family as they make big adjustments.




Pray for churches, schools, businesses, etc. as they make decisions about how to address Covid -19 on a continuing basis.




Also, pray for those with health concerns as they make decisions about daily living in the present conditions.




Nick P. Ardillo, Sr.

September 08, 1926 – July 05, 2020

Nick P. Ardillo, Sr., a resident of Amite, LA, passed away at 6:35 AM on Sunday, July 5, 2020, at his home, surrounded by loving family and listening to a favorite hymn, “Be Not Afraid.” As a family we are terribly sad to have lost the companionship and guidance of our father but are heartened by the knowledge that he will rise to be with our Father in heaven.

Nick was born September 8, 1926, in Amite, LA, and was 93 years of age. He had many jobs over the years, beginning at age 12 pushing a broom at Ardillo’s grocery. He spent some time as a cowboy on horseback rounding up his dad’s cows and driving them home after they spent the day grazing amongst the trees near the current location of the Tangipahoa Parish School Board. When he graduated from high school at 16, he went north to Carbondale, Illinois, to attend railroad school to work for the Illinois Central Railroad. At 18 he left to train for WWII and the invasion of Japan. Before shipping out to the Philippines, he paid another soldier to take the swimming test for him so he would not be required to wear a lifejacket for the entire trip. When the war ended abruptly, Nick was assigned to drive a general at Yokohoma. Nick explained that at only 5’4” tall, his feet could not reach the pedals of the general’s staff car, so he had to settle for driving a colonel. While in Japan Nick learned to play golf and later became one of the charter members of the Springview Golf Club.

On June 26, 1950, he married the love of his life, Angie Bellavia. He worked with his father Roy, stepmother Josie, brother Tony, and sister Little Josie for many years and was eventually president of Ardillo Inc. For many years he was a board member of Central Progressive Bank and was a longtime member of the board and president of Progressive Developers. He suffered many trials during his long life, losing his mother Mary when he was seven and his father when he was thirty-six. He also was the last survivor among his siblings. He lost his son and namesake Nicky in 2001 and his beloved wife Angie in 2002. He lost two more sons Roy and Rube in 2012 and 2017 respectively.

Nick lived at home with grandsons Joseph and Jonathan Ardillo, maintaining his independence until he went into the hospital on June 28th, when he dressed and made his coffee that Sunday morning. The doctors, nurses, and staff of both Hood Memorial and North Oaks Medical Center made a valiant effort, but in the end the best thing was to do was what Nick had directed and let God decide. His family brought Nick home on Friday afternoon where he was met by The Reverend Mark Beard and given the Holy Eucharist and Last Rites.

He is survived by his daughter, Jo Anne Ardillo Falcone and husband, Vincent, Jr.; two sons, Joseph “Jay” Ardillo and wife, Kerri; and Thomas Frank Ardillo and wife, Michelle; grandchildren, Cindy Ardillo Ridgel and husband, Tim; Richard S. Ardillo and wife, Laura; Melissa Ficklin Clark and husband, Cori; Amanda Ficklin Mixon and husband, Chad; Jason Ficklin; Vincent Falcone, III; Nikki Messina and husband, Marc; Joshua Falcone; Joseph Ardillo; Jonathan Ardillo; Margaret Ardillo; and Madeline Ardillo; and great-grandchildren, Michael Gill and wife, Nichole; Matthew Gill; Justin Ridgel and wife, Shelby; Rayanne Ridgel; Maylyn Jude Ardillo; Eric Easley and wife, Julia; Christopher and Laurel Brown; Qway and Jon Bang Clark; Nilaina and Cy Mixon; Ryleigh, Sophie and Marc Messina; and great-great granddaughter, Olivia Gill; numerous nieces, nephews and cousins; two brothers-in-law, Thomas Bellavia; and Frank Bellavia and wife, Brenda. Preceded in death by his wife, Angie Bellavia Ardillo; sons, Roy S. Ardillo, II; James “Rube” Ardillo; and Nick P. Ardillo, Jr.; parents, Roy S. Ardillo and Mary Conti Ardillo; stepmother Josie Bellavia Ardillo; brothers, Steve and Tony Ardillo; sister, Josie Walsh. Pallbearers will be his grandsons and great-grandsons. The family would like to thank Shirley Jackson and Julia Mae Holloway for their friendship and care.

Due to the COVID 19 pandemic, services will be held privately. A memorial service will be held at a later date for extended family and friends. In lieu of flowers, donations may be made to St. Helena Catholic Church or charity of your choice. McKneely Funeral Home, Amite, in charge of arrangements. For an online guestbook, visit




Read the Bible in 2020 – July 7

  • 1 Chronicles 4:5-5:17
  • Acts 25:1-27
  • Psalm 5:1-12
  • Proverbs 18:19



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Operation Christmas Child – Online shopping has been used to make a number of purchases this year.  Thanks to those who gave and those who “shopped”.  As you thank God for the givers and the shoppers, also pray for those who will receive the boxes along with the opportunity to learn about Jesus.  May their heart be open for Jesus.




Make today a day of prayer, encouraging, and action to benefit others.  Remember that great old hymn, “Others”.  

Anna Lee



You, my brothers and sisters, were called to be free.

But do not use your freedom to indulge the flesh ; rather, serve one another humbly in love.

~Galatians 5:13~




Read the Bible in 2020 – July 5

  • 1 Chronicles 1:1-2:17
  • Acts 23:11-35
  • Psalm 3:1-8
  • Proverbs 18:14-15



VBS begins at 8:30 in the morning at FBC, Kentwood.  I don’t have any details about how it will be done this year, but I’m sure some changes from the normal schedule will be made.  Check into the details so you can make a good decision about sending your children and/or grandchildren.




Operation Christmas Child items can be left in the boxes in the fellowship hall or under the stairs to the balcony.  Thanks for your help in packing lots of shoeboxes for boys and girls this year.  Each shoebox is an opportunity for children and families to learn about Jesus.  It is a fantastic mission opportunity!




Show your love and concern for others today.  Be an encourager!

Anna Lee







“When you go through deep waters, 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 (NLT)~




I have a few more ideas for those of you who are going shopping for Operation Christmas Child:

  • Markers
  • Crayons (24-count)
  • Marbles
  • Playdough (8 for $1.00 at Dollar Tree)



Read the Bible in 2020 – June 30

  • 2 Kings 17:1-18:12
  • Acts 20:1-38
  • Psalm 148:1-14
  • Proverbs 18:6-7



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Update on David – I haven’t shared much about David lately, but today I will tell you he still has two terminal diseases, but the good news is that he is stronger than he has been in several years.  He is here 18 months since he was told he had three months to live.  He has gained weight and is able to do one of the things he loves most, work out in the yard.  The golf cart helped him get around as he was getting better.  Now, he is able to cut grass, weed-eat, clean out brush, water flowers, etc.  Yesterday, he added something he hasn’t done in years.  He cooked pork chops and sausage, our favorites, on a grill.  It topped off a day that started off with a “bummer”.

When we checked in at oncology yesterday by phone, we were told to go home because he blood level was too high to receive a procrit shot.  The report of the blood level was good, but driving to Baton Rouge for nothing was a bummer.  After sitting in the car for a few minutes we decided to celebrate the good news, not focus on the unnecessary trip.

We stopped in Walker and visited Walmart.  Remember, we buy all our groceries at Walmart pick-up.  We went in and purchased a $20 grill and charcoal.  After getting back to Kentwood, we went to Cutrer’s and bought sausage and pork chops.  David cooked out on that grill for several hours.  We ate and have two plates of leftovers, some to eat and some to freeze.

We had a wonderful day of “Making lemonade from the lemons”!  We looked for the good and focused and celebrated that, rather than focusing on the negative.  This weeks makes four months since Jennie told us to “Stay home”.  She was thrilled we carefully broke the rules and celebrated good news!

Thanks to God, your many prayers, hard work, and determination we are “making lemonade” every day!  Eighteen months and counting . . . .

Anna Lee