Friday

Today is day ten of our quarantine which was imposed by our children.  I see many more ahead.  We certainly have wise children who look out for us.  I’m glad I have several Operation Christmas Child crafts I can work on at this time.

 

 

 

Refrain from anger and turn from wrath;

do not fret—it leads only to evil. 

For those who are evil will be destroyed, but those who hope in the LORD will inherit the land.

~Psalm 37:8-9~

 

 

 

 

Read the Bible in 2020 – March 20

  • Numbers 30:1-31:54
  • Luke 4:1-30
  • Psalm 63:1-11
  • Proverbs 11:20-21

 

 

Rev. Glynn Stone a former pastor at West Rome (GA) Baptist Church and present pastor in Longview, TX was killed in an automobile accident.  Please pray for the family, especially as they face the same Caron Virus issues we are all facing.

https://www.news-journal.com/news/mobberly-baptist-pastor-glynn-stone-dies-in-auto-wreck/article_50ac45e8-6a38-11ea-b873-effe4fe7ad87.html?fbclid=IwAR37gB21pbthYBthvxYc-Yg1H9l5kzyWEZU_S-Ybm4030Jig3f7_hQKjTLo

We were blessed to have met and heard this mission minded pastor while he was in GA.

 

 

Josiah Huckaby is back at the hospital.

And in the blink of an eye…we are back in the hospital!

We went for an appointment in Memphis today & he started having some respiratory trouble. They went ahead & sent us home from clinic but told us to come back to the ER if he got worse. Half way home he got really flushed looking & was having more trouble. We checked his temp & it was 104.6 so we turned around & came back to the ER. I always have Tylenol with us so we gave that & by the time we got back to Memphis his temp was down to 101.9 and was at 100.5 about 2 hours ago. So far his X-ray shows pneumonia in his left lung, they have started antibiotics, & they are running some tests to determine if he has a bacterial or viral infection. We are still in the ER but hopefully we will be in a room soon.

To God be the glory! Job Huckaby

 

 

 

Keith Newell is able to move around some following his Tuesday surgerty.  His nurse wife has been an asset to his recovery.  She was sent home from the hospital last night.  It is doubtful she will be allowed back in today.

 

 

 

Joseph Anthony Liuzza

July 22, 1943 – March 18, 2020

Joseph Anthony (Joe Joe) Liuzza, born in Amite, LA on July 22, 1943, passed away peacefully at age 76 on March 18, 2020 at North Oaks Regional Medical Center in Hammond, LA.

Joe was a successful sales person and entrepreneur throughout his life. From owning and operating a campground and recreation park, to bars, restaurants and many other business ventures, he always poured his heart into his endeavors. Friends and family would tell you that Joe was “real”. Ask him what he thought about a subject and he would tell you…. like it or not!

Joe is preceded in death by his parents, Steve Paul Liuzza and Catherine Rispone Liuzza.

He is survived by his wife of 30 years and caregiver for many more, Elaine Swinney Liuzza; children, Chris Liuzza and wife, Connie, David V. Liuzza and wife, Stacey, Melissa Liuzza McCallister and husband, Luther, Cathy Liuzza McCallister and husband, Roland; Grandchildren, Lindsey, Steven, Carolyn, Jake, Cristian and Brecca; brothers, Jack V. Liuzza and wife, Fay and Steve P. Liuzza; nephew Anthony V. Liuzza.

Joe’s wishes of no funeral or memorial services has been honored by his family. A celebration of his life will be held at a later date at his home in Amite for the immediate family.

Sharkey Funeral Home in Summit, MS in charge of arrangements.

Share condolences at sharkeyfuneralhome.com

 

 

 

PAULETTE “POLLY” STEVENS DIBENEDETTO

Paulette “Polly” Stevens DiBenedetto, a resident of Amite, LA, passed away on Sunday, March 15, 2020 at the Post Acute Medical Specialty Hospital of Hammond surrounded by her family. She was born December 9, 1959 in Amite and was 60 years of age. She retired from Hood Automotive in Amite. She was married to the love of her life for 35 years and was a loving wife, mother, grandmother, daughter, sister, aunt, cousin and friend to all. She is survived by her husband, Anthony G. DiBenedetto; 2 sons, Dustin A. DiBenedetto and Brody S. DiBenedetto; 1 grandson, Jude E. DiBenedetto; sister, Linda S. Cutrer and fiancé, Chester Pritchett; brother, J.D. Stevens and wife, Toni S. Stevens; and nephews, Bruce “Binky” E. Cutrer, II, Jerod R. Stevens, and Jace D. Stevens; niece, Keeli L. Cutrer; and great-niece, Laney R. Stevens. She was preceded in death by her parents, Jimmie L. “Rip” Stevens and Mary Nicosia Stevens. Due to the extenuating circumstances caused by the Coronavirus Pandemic, the services will be limited to immediate family members only. Interment will be in Amite Memorial Gardens, Amite.

 

 

 

Church will be livestreamed only!  We will not be attending services at FBC, Kentwood for a while, but all services will be available on the Kentwood, First Baptist Church FB page.   You can watch services in real time or any time you choose.

  • Sunday @ 10:30 A.M. and 6 P.M.
  • Wednesday @ 6 P.M.

I’m thankful my church has been doing this for a while and has worked through some of the problems that arose. 

We will not have Sunday School at this time, but you certainly can use your present book and study on your own.

 

 

 

I have a thought.  Each day choose one word (faith, peace. love, hope, compassion, etc.) each day.  Look that word up in your Bible, phone, computer, etc.  Make an entry in a notebook information you gain and how that word applies to you at this time.

We are in this together.  Don’t forget to check on others via phone or computer.  Person visits are not good at this time.

Anna Lee

 

 

 

Stay in unless you HAVE to get out.  David and I have found a little ride, with no stops, helps us some afternoons.  We are blessed to be able to continue David’s medical treatment during this time.  I will be sitting in the car while he goes in Ochsner alone.

Anna Lee    

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Wednesday

I have no greater joy than to hear that my children are walking in the truth.

3 John 1:4

 

Read the Bible in 2020 – March 18

  • 8 Numbers 26:52-28:15
  • Luke 3:1-22
  • Psalm 61:1-8
  • Proverbs 11:16-17

 

 

Buddy Morris‘ procedure went well yesterday.  He (and Eleanor) will probably stay today and tomorrow before he can come home.

 

 

 

Keith Newell’s surgery did not go as well as hoped for.  Complications are never in our plans, but sometimes have to be worked through.  Pray for Keith and his family as they deal with the current situation.

 

 

 

A good thought – Samaritan’s Purse has already delivered a 68 bed hospital to Italy to help with the fight against the Corona virus.  I have mainly told you about their “shoebox” program, but they do so much more.  When you consider which groups to support, Samaritan’s Purse is always one of the very good ones.

 

 

 

Good, updated, timely, Christian news: Baptist Press

http://www.bpnews.net/

 

 

 

Lessons from Job:

  • That he is good and loving (Job 10:12)
  • That he is all-powerful (Job 36:22, 37:5, 23)
  • That he notices every detail of your life (Job 23:10, 31:4)
  • That he is in control (Job 34:13)
  • That he has a plan for your life (Job 23:14)
  • That he will protect you (Job 5:11)

Whatever is going on in your life today, choose to honor God in faith.

 

 

 

I know we are all aware of washing our hands and doing so for an adequate amount of time, 20 seconds.  I have heard of singing my ABC’s, singing “Happy Birthday”, but the song I have been using is “The Doxology”.  It gives me an adequate time period and some powerful thoughts about God.

https://library.timelesstruths.org/music/Doxology/

 

Let’s remember who is in charge today!

Anna Lee

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Tuesday

A psalm of David.

The LORD is my shepherd, I lack nothing.

He makes me lie down in green pastures, he leads me beside quiet waters, he refreshes my soul.

He guides me along the right paths for his name’s sake.

~Psalm 23:1-3 (NIV)~

 

 

 

Pray for Buddy and Eleanor Morris today as he has a procedure done at North Oaks.

 

 

 

Laura Robertson is progressing since her surgery.  She passed a swallow test yesterday.  If all goes well today, she should be able to return home tomorrow.

 

 

 

Pray for Keith Newell as he has a kidney removed today.

 

 

 

James Otis Morgan

  • April 23, 1939 – March 14, 2020
  • Amite, Louisiana

James Otis Morgan passed away on Saturday, March 14, 2020, in Covington, Louisiana, at the age of 80. He was born on Sunday, April 23, 1939 in Kentwood, Louisiana to the late Bernice and Clarence Morgan. He was a resident of Amite, Louisiana.

James was a professor in the mathematics department of Southeastern Louisiana University for 33 years. He also flew a number of rescue missions with the Civil Air Patrol, and was a music director at many Baptist churches over the years. James was a private pilot, as well as a lover of model airplanes, which he flew often.

James is survived by his wife, Virgie Morgan; sons, Scott Morgan (Kay) and John Allen Morgan (Andrea); step-sons, Philip Morgan, Greg Morgan (Rhonda), and Paul Morgan (Sandy); sister, Clara King (Alvin); grandchildren, Jason Morgan (Madison), Matthew, Maya, and Miki Morgan, Kyle Morgan (Alanna), Kaley Knapp (Mike), Kelsie Graham (Caleb), and Zachary Morgan; four great-grandchildren; niece, Erin Miles (Casey); and great-nephew, Matthais.

In addition to his parents, James is also preceded in death by his first wife, Jane Morgan, and two grandchildren.

Relatives and friends are invited to attend the visitation at Harry McKneely & Son Funeral Home in Hammond, 2000 N. Morrison Boulevard, Hammond, Louisiana 70401, on Tuesday, March 17, 2020 from 6:00 PM until 9:00 PM. The visitation will continue the following day, Wednesday, March 18, 2020, at the funeral home, beginning at 9:00 AM until the funeral service begins at 11:00 AM.

Interment will follow in Woodland Cemetery, Kentwood, Louisiana.

 

 

 

Cindy Ann Snow

January 04, 1954 – March 14, 2020

A resident of Amite, LA, passed away on Saturday, March 14, 2020 at Hood Memorial Hospital in Amite, LA. She was born January 4, 1954 in New Orleans, LA and was 66 years of age. She is survived by Children, Dawn Allemore and husband, Reese, Shane Matherne and wife, Katie, Farren Matherne, Jr., Shelby Snow, Kristen Snow and Tracee Rodriguez and husband Bobby; 8 grandchildren; 1 great-grandchild; 2 brothers, Richard Brandt, Jr. and wife, Pearl and Jerry Brandt and wife Bonnie; brother-in-law, Tony Viola. Preceded in death by her husband, Tisdale Snow; parents, Margaret and Richard Brandt; sister, Margaret Viola; 1 brother, Bobby Brandt. Visitation at Spring Creek Baptist Church from 9:00AM until religious services at 12:00PM on Wednesday, March 18, 2020. Services conducted by Dr. Danny Smith. Interment Wilmer Cemetery, Amite, LA. McKneely Funeral Home, Amite, in charge of arrangements. For an online guestbook, visit http://www.mckneelys.com.

 

 

Read the Bible in 2020 – March 16

  • Numbers 24:1-25:18
  • Luke 2:1-35
  • Psalm 59:1-17
  • Proverbs 11:14

 

 

Don’t sit in front of the TV all day and watch the news about the Carona Virus.  Do productive things.

  • Cook something new.
  • Work in the yard.
  • Enjoy the spring flowers.
  • Take a ride just to be out and riding.
  • Call and check on your friends and neighbors.
  • Write encouraging notes.
  • Make something for the OCC “shoeboxes”.
  • Do some online shopping for OCC “shoeboxes”.
  • Call or message your grandchildren,
  • Ask school age kid and grandkids about their school projects and activities this week.
  •  Spend some extra time reading your Bible.
  • Say extra prayers for those with special needs,
  • Thank a medical worker.
  • Encourage your church staff.
  • Read your Bible.

 

 

Baptist Presshttp://www.bpnews.net/

 

 

Be thankful for this day and the opportunities, even challenges, that will come to you today.

Anna Lee

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Monday

“THE LORD IS THE ONE WHO WILL GO BEFORE YOU.

HE WILL BE WITH YOU; HE WILL NOT LEAVE YOU OR ABANDON YOU.

DO NOT BE AFRAID OR DISCOURAGED.”

~DEUTERONOMY 31:8~

 

Three deaths to pray for family members:

Gwen – Taught with her and knew her family from Roseland

Judy – grew up in Roseland and were in school at same time

James – Bethel Baptist Church and several Morgan friends and former students

 

Obituary for Dr. Gwendolyn “Gwen” Hastings Autin

Gwen, age 63, went to be with the Lord on Sunday, March 15, 2020. She was a native of Amite, LA and a resident of Tickfaw, LA. Gwen was an avid member of Natalbany Baptist Church and First Baptist Church of Hammond. She loved to play the piano and organ and did so for many years at her church. Gwen earned a PhD in math and dedicated over 42 years to education. She taught at Oak Forest Academy, Albany High School, and Southeastern Louisiana University, where she worked in the Math Department as well as the Department of Teaching and Learning. Gwen enjoyed attending plays at the Saenger Theatre with her friends and colleagues. She was a highly intelligent woman who loved to teach. Whether it was math, scripture, or the piano, she made sure she shared her knowledge. Gwen had a one of a kind soul and loved her family fiercely. She will be forever missed.
She is survived by her loving husband of 42 years, Johnny Lee Autin; daughter, Angelina Autin Kelly (Scott); sons, Jaimie Lee Autin (Chrissie), Ryan Matthew Autin (Kayla Unbehagen); mother, Sylvia Miller Hastings; sister, Brynn Campo (Sam); brothers, Malcolm “Bo” Hastings (Glenda), Kenneth Hastings (Mary), Benjamin Darrel Hastings (Brittany); grandchildren, Carter Marshall Autin, Jackson Ramsey Autin, Hunter Sidell Kelly, Wyatt Tobice Kelly; and numerous nieces and nephews.
She is preceded in death by her father, Malcolm Gwyn Hastings.

Service information is still being developed by the family and will be posted as soon as it becomes available. Please check back.

JUDITH STRODE CHADWICK

Judith Strode Chadwick  passed away on Wednesday, March 11, 2020, in Baton Rouge, Louisiana, at the age of 72.  She was born on Monday, September 15, 1947 in Amite, Louisiana to the late Claribel and Charles Strode.  She was a resident of Baton Rouge, Louisiana.

Judith is survived by her husband, James Chadwick; sons, Kevin Chadwick and Brian Chadwick and daughter-in-law, Jill; grandchildren, Cameron and Myles Chadwick; sisters, Gloria Jones, Marie Russell, Patti Raborn (James), Brenda Tucker (Johnny), and Kathy Lawrence (Dean); and many loved nieces, nephews, and friends.

In addition to her parents, Judith was also preceded in death by her brothers-in-law, Gordon Jones and Don Russell; father- and mother-in-law, Arvil and Josie Chadwick.

Relatives and friends are invited to attend the visitation at Harry McKneely & Son Funeral Home in Hammond, 2000 N. Morrison Blvd, Hammond, Louisiana 70401, on Sunday, March 15, 2020, beginning at 9:00 AM until the funeral service begins at 11:00 am.

A special heartfelt thanks to all of our friends and family who have called, sent messages, and offered their help, love and prayers during this journey as God called her home. We would also like to thank the Hospice of Baton Rouge nurses and team for her care.

Interment will follow in Joiner Cemetery, Loranger, Louisiana.

 

 

James Morgan

Services Wednesday

McKneely Funeral Home, HAMMOND

 

David and I watched two church services yesterday, FBC, Kentwood and West Rome Baptist Church in Georgia.  The message I got from both of them was to have faith, not fear.  I talked with my sister, Julie.  She said that was the message she received from the service in Hammond she watched.  Let’s practice FAITH!

 

 

 

I read the new guidelines saying there will be for no crowds greater than fifty people.  We will see how creative people are to manage gatherings and still manage to gather.  I know it can be done.

 

 

 

Mrs. Ann Chapman sent this update.

Our Emma is now back at MS College. Deloy and Krisa are there and will be bringing her home in the morning. Deloy’s office has closed and he will be working from home the next two weeks. Krisa, being a nurse, has been given the OK to work. We continue to pray that Emma stays clear of the virus. I will be chatting with her across the fence only, but that is fine just to see her smiling face will be a blessing. God bless each of you. Stay safe.
My love, Ann

Karen Seymour, a former student, is one of many people we know who has health issues that make it dangerous for her to be sick.  Let’s pray for her and many others who already have heath issues and now deal with this virus all around.  Pray to God for guidance in staying healthy and in helping others stay healthy too.

 

 

 

Pray for the health care workers and others who are on the front lines of fighting this medical battle.  Maybe, you can find a way to help one or more of them this week.

 

 

 

Read the Bible in 2020 – March 15

  • Numbers 22:21-23:30
  • Luke 1:57-80
  • Psalm 58:1-11
  • Proverbs 11:12-13

 

 

 

Today, take a break from watching the news and count your blessings.  I’m sure you will be able to list many.  Mine include:

  • Having God’s peace about everything
  • My Bible to read for comfort
  • Having David by my side as we go through this
  • Having my computer and television to watch services and medical updates
  • Telephones to stay connected to family and friends
  • Ochsner hospital will screen those who enter, but still will be available to give treatment
  • Family and friends who are only a phone call away
  • Food in the pantry and freezers
  • Walmart grocery pick-up
  • Many things I love to do at home
  • Ability and materials to craft for Operation Christmas Child  even when we cannot go shopping for shoebox items
  • ETC.

Now, make your own list.  It will make you feel better.

Anna Lee

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Sunday

Then he continued, “Do not be afraid, Daniel.

Since the first day that you set your mind to gain understanding and to humble yourself before your God, your words were heard, and I have come in response to them.

~Daniel 10:12~

 

 

 

Time Change – If you did not change your clocks last night, do so now.  Spring forward means you lose an hour.

 

 

 

Read thee Bible in 2020 – March 9

  • Numbers 11:24-13:33
  • Mark 14:22-52
  • Psalm 52:1-9
  • Proverbs 11:1-3

 

 

Annie Armstrong – Day 8

PRAYERS FOR MISSIONARIES AND THEIR FAMILIES

 

 

 

Louisiana Baptist Messagehttps://baptistmessage.com/

 

 

 

If you are not in a Sunday School class at FBC , Kentwood and would like to help with our “shoeboxes”, the following are some items we do not have enough of yet.

  • Soft baby dolls – like at Dollar Tree
  • $1.00 calculators
  • 8″ scissors
  • $1.00 flashlights
  • Extra flashlight batteries
  • Rounded point scissors
  • Manicure sets
  • Sewing kits

 

 

 

It’s been almost a week since we got the call that Donald Alford had passed away.  He wasn’t sick but a little more than two months.  His death was the third one in less than a year in David’s family – two brothers and a brother-in-law!  Pray for families who face multiple sorrows today.

 

 

 

 

Thanks for “tuning in” this morning.  

Anna Lee

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Friday

if my people, who are called by my name, will humble themselves and pray and seek my face and turn from their wicked ways, then I will hear from heaven, and I will forgive their sin and will heal their land.

~2 Chronicles 7:14~

 

 

 

Time Change Reminder: Tomorrow night, when you go to bed, set your clocks forward one hour.  You will lose an hour of sleep.  If you forget to change your clock, you will be late for church Sunday.

 

 

 

Read the Bible in 2020 – March 6

  • Numbers 6:1-7:89
  • Mark 12:38-13:13
  • Psalm 49:1-20
  • Proverbs 10:27-28

 

 

Annie Armstrong Offering – Day 6

TRAINING THE NEXT GENERATION

GENSEND

SAN DIEGO, CALIFORNIA

https://www.anniearmstrong.com/gensend/

 

 

 

Ferrie Gene Blackmon is home from St. Tammany and has been home since since Wednesday night,  Pray she does well in recovering from her heart problem.

 

 

 

Sherrill Caraway of Greensburg area is having more issues with his heart rate.  Please pray for him.

 

 

 

Bryan and Rita Tate are home from M. D. Anderson – Bryan got all good reports.

 

 

 

Chuck and Mary Ellen Brister are also home from M. D. Anderson.  Chuck had two strong treatments and is doing very well.  They are still hoping for a diagnosis of Chuck’s problem.

 

 

 

David and I went to the church for a few hours yesterday to work on Operation Christmas Child.  We were happy to find some items that had been turned in Sunday.  Thanks for your contributions.  If you are not in a Sunday School class but would like to participate in the “shoebox” ministry, ideas for items you might want to contribute will be available on a poster by the organ.  Remember, each shoebox we pack will introduce an average of seven people to Jesus.  Can you put a dollar value on that?  What is your salvation worth to you?

Anna Lee

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Monday

“Keep company with him and learn a life of love.

Observe how Christ loved us.

His love was not cautious but extravagant.

He didn’t love in order to get something from us but to give everything of himself to us.

Love like that.”

~Ephesians 5:2 The Message~

 

 

Smiley Conerly got to spend some time at home this weekend.  It may sound like a small thing, but to Smiley and Carol Jean it was huge.  Thank God for everyday blessings.

 

 

 

Pray for Kristi Alford’s family as they celebrate her life, including her strong faith, today.

 

 

 

Pray for Donald Alford’s family as they make arrangements this morning for his services.

 

 

 

Annie Armstrong Day 2

CREATING UNITY IN DIVERSITY

J.D. & ANDREINA FASOLINO

TORONTO, ONTARIO

https://www.anniearmstrong.com/fasolino/

 

 

 

Read the Bible in 2020 – March 2

  • Leviticus 25:47-27:13
  • Mark 10:32-52
  • Psalm 45:1-17
  • Proverbs 10:22

 

 

Don’t forget the Two Rivers Associational WMU meeting today at FBC, Greensburg at 10 A.M.