Monday

“Anyone who intends to come with me has to let me lead.

You’re not in the driver’s seat; I am.”

~Matthew 16:24 MSG~

 

Continue to pray for Joe and Jean Easley.  They are sharing a room at the Greensburg Nursing Home where she is helping to take care of Joe right now.

Pray for Andy Taylor as he continues to adjust to some new medication.

Pray for Boyd’s family as they receive results of  Mr. Steve’s MRI tomorrow.

Roger Lamar Lea, Sr. –

http://www.mckneelys.com/home/index.cfm/obituaries/view/fh_id/10545/id/2660091

Born: August 24, 1948
Died: August 30, 2014

Loni “Bear” Eugene Thompson  –http://www.mckneelys.com/home/index.cfm/obituaries/view/fh_id/10545/id/2660031

Born: December 06, 1954
Died: August 29, 2014

Hope Center in Roseland

  • Training day Thursday at 10:00.  Please be there to learn more about the center and specifically how you will fit in.  Remember, it is up to us to make sure it is a success.
  • Week of Prayer for State Missions (Georgia Barnett) – Sept. 14 – 21, 2014
  • Sylvester Humphrey will be sharing at FBC,K at 10:00 on September 15.
  • September 16th – Planned opening for center

Operation Christmas Child

  • Many of you have brought in your purchases for the shoeboxes.
  • If you are participating with you class, you are encouraged to participate as a family or individual too.
  • Sept. 13th – First Craft Day for OCC – Ladies of all ages are welcome to participate either in presenting a craft or in working on crafts others are presenting.  See me for more information.

 

Senior Adult Revival for Two Rivers Association

  • Monday @ New Zion
  • Tuesday @ Kedron
  • Wednesday @ Greensburg
  • More information later….

 

Devotional, Scripture, and a Song

  • “I Am Not Forgotten” –  http://odb.org/2014/09/01/i-am-not-forgotten/
  • “Our soul waits for the Lord;                                                                                      He is our help and our shield.”                                                                                                                 ~Psalm 33:20~
  • “Trusting Jesus” http://cyberhymnal.org/htm/t/r/trusting.htm

 

Please excuse the delay in posting this morning.  I guess it can be blamed on a “senior moment”!!!!!

Anna Lee

Sunday

“All scripture is inspired by God

and is useful to teach us what is true

and to make us realize what is wrong in our lives.

It corrects us when we are wrong

and teaches us to do what is right.”

~2 Timothy 3:16 NLT~

 

Alan Ray Blackwell was able to more a little better yesterday and walked with a walker.  Keep praying for him and his family.

Roger Lamar Lea, Sr.

Born: August 24, 1948
Died: August 30, 2014

http://www.mckneelys.com/home/index.cfm/obituaries/view/fh_id/10545/id/2660091

Loni Eugene Thompson

Born: December 06, 1954
Died: August 29, 2014

http://www.mckneelys.com/home/index.cfm/obituaries/view/fh_id/10545/id/2660031

Hope Center in Roseland – Sponsored by churches of Two Rivers Association

  • Volunteers needed
  • Training Thursday at 10:00 in Roseland
  • Hear from the volunteer coordinator – Sept. 15 at 10:00 at FBC, Kentwood
  • Planned opening date – Sept. 16th

Operation Christmas Child

  • At a distribution in Trinidad and Tobago, there was a little girl who wanted to be a doctor one day. She had always wanted a First Aid Kit and was amazed to find one in her shoebox gift. She praised God for His special attention to her!
  • There was a nine year old boy in Guatemala who always carried his books to school in a plastic bag. The other children would laugh at him and tease him about using the bag. The little boy thanks God and OCC for the beautiful knapsack he received in his shoebox and for transforming the other children’s taunting into admiration.
  • “The kids at our church sent letters with their shoebox gifts last year and so far we have received 2 letters back. This is one of them. It’s from Malawi.” – Melissa H.
  • It’s time to answer another frequently asked question! Many of you want to know what age/gender we receive the most/fewest boxes for?
    In general, we receive more boxes for girls than boys. Overall, we receive the most shoebox gifts for girls 5-9. We receive the fewest number of boxes for boys 2-4 and 10-14.
  • Changing the lives of children around the world, one shoebox gift at a time ~www.samaritanspurse.org/occ ~ 1-800-353-5949 ~ OCCinfo@samaritan.org

Bible Study

  • Women of the Bible
  • Friday, Sept. 5th at 10 A.M.
  • “Abigail”
  • Read I Samual 25:2-42
  • Always room for one more!

Devotional, Scriptures, and a Song

  • “The Ultimate Sacrifice” –   http://odb.org/2014/08/31/the-ultimate-sacrifice/
  • By this we know love,                                                                                                                               because [Jesus] laid down His life for us.                                                                                                                                                              ~1 John 3:16~                                                                                               Though your sins are like scarlet,                                                                                                          they shall be white as snow.                                                                                                                                                                                        ~Isaiah 1:18~

Fifth Sunday Singing

  • New Zion Baptist Church
  • 6:30 P.M.
  • Tonight
  • Come and be blessed!

Ladies’ Birthday Party and Ladies’ Night: Ice Cream Party

  • Both gathering went well.  Both were well attended, but there’s always more for one more.  One honored some local Christian ladies.  The other honored God, missions, missions projects, and was also fun.  That doesn’t even tell you about the five different flavors of homemade ice cream!
  • Next birthday party – 4th Tuesday of September @ the Cafe @ 10: A.M.
  • Next ladies night, a coffee break – 4th Thursday of October @ FBC, Kentwood @ 6:15 P.M.

Have a great Lord’s Day!

Anna Lee

Tuesday

“Encourage each other every day while it is ‘today.’”

~Hebrews 3:13a NCV~

 

David’s sister-in-law has both parents, Mr. and Mrs. Elwood Courtney of Holden, hospitalized in Baton Rouge.  Please pray for them, their family, and for the medical staff caring for them.

Resa Birch DeLee is hospitalized in Greensburg, not Baton Rouge.  Please add your prayers for her and her family.  (Thanks to Yvonne Birch for the correction.)

Please continue to pray for Mr. Bud Callihan.  He will have another procedure when he gets better.  He’s at home for now.  Pray for his family as you pray for him.

Walker Wilbanks, the football player who got sick on the field Friday night, passed away.  Please pray for his family, his school, and all those who knew him.

http://www.msnewsnow.com/story/26364634/jackson-prep-football-player-dies?clienttype=generic&mobilecgbypass&utm_content=buffer4660b&utm_medium=social&utm_source=facebook.com&utm_campaign=buffer

Operation Christmas Child

Majel Dean has started making tote bags to hold clothes, toys, or even the OCC shoeboxes later.  She needs help with fabric, ribbon, and cutting.  Each tote requires a 12.5 inch by 40 inch rectangle.  She could also use some grogain ribbon and cotton clothesline cording, etc. for the ties.  Each tote requires two pieces 33 inches long for the tie.  If you can help, please bring the fabric and cording to FBC, Kentwood.  The totes will be folded and placed inside the totes until the children get their boxes.

I hope you have found a way to create something for the boxes.  If you need ideas check out some of the OCC  sites on Pinterest.  There are still “ornaments” on the Christmas tree at church if you would like to purchase some gifts for the boys and girls.

One young  man selected his ornaments and then enlisted various family members to help with the purchases.  He has been trained to know the importance of missions and the good the shoeboxes do around the world.  He involved his family with him.  Good training and a wonderful involvement.  Do you need to involve a family member, child or youth,  in helping others?

Baptist Press –  http://www.bpnews.net/

“Young” Ladies’ Birthday Party

We will meet at the Cafe at 11:00 to celebrate the birthdays of ladies who celebrate/celebrated a birthday this month.  It is so special to remember some of the ladies who passed away recently and their attendance at the birthday parties during some of their last months.  What an honor it is to celebrate birthdays and to see how each of the ladies are respected and loved.  If you would like to join the ladies, meet us at today for lunch and birthday cake.

Ladies’ Night: Ice Cream Party

  • Thursday at 6:15 at FBC, K
  • Special music by Mrs. Janet Bridges
  • Devotional led by Mrs. Anne Hurst
  • Demonstration of making ice cream in a bag by some very young ladies
  • Homemade ice cream
  • Ice cream recipes to take home
  • Etc.
  • Ladies of ALL AGES (children, youth, and adults)
  • Do not have to be members of FBC
  • No cost, but we would appreciate a head count (FBC – 229-8111)

“Women of the Bible”

  • New Bible study that begins Friday morning at 10:00
  • No charge
  • Each lesson is independent of all the lessons
  • No homework, but Scripture references given for those who wish to read ahead.
  • Do not need to be members of FBC
  • Friday’s study – Ruth – Ruth 1-4

Devotional, Scripture, and a Song

Think outside of “your little world”.  What can you do for others?

Anna Lee

Saturday

“We … saw how powerless we were to help ourselves;

but that was good,

for then we put everything into the hands of God,

who alone could save us,

for he can even raise the dead.”

~2 Corinthians 1:9 LB~

 

Operation Christmas Child

Check out the Christmas tree at FBC, Kentwood to see if there is an ornament listing something you can purchase for the 200 shoeboxes we will be packing in October.  You still have plenty of time to make your purchases.

  • “I have someone at my church that LOVES to donate to OCC shoeboxes. She has started looking for bargains all year and drops them off every week or so, specifically for the packing party in November. Our party would not be as successful without her. She is a encouragement to me too. God is using her passion to help children and show the love of Jesus.” – Tammie L
  • #TBT In 2001, Operation Christmas Child delivered over 21,000 shoebox gifts to children in Mozambique! — with Corinne Byrne Opdyke.
  • “At Millbrook Baptist in Aiken SC our VBS collected over 2000 items for shoeboxes this year. All of this will be used for a packing party in the fall.” – Kathie N.
  • We love that JD Stevenson showed his support for OCC when he decided to use his 10th birthday party as an opportunity to pack shoebox gifts! Check out the video to see how JD, along with friends and family, blessed children in need! 

Devotional, Scripture, and a Song

  • “Keeping Darkness at Bay” –  http://odb.org/2014/08/23/keeping-darkness-at-bay/
  • Let your light so shine before men, that they may see your good works and glorify your Father.”                                  ~Matthew 5:16~                                                                                                                                                        “Inasmuch as ye have done it unto one of the least of these My brethren, ye have done it unto Me.”                          ~Matthew 25:40~
  • “Share His Love” http://www.hymnary.org/text/the_love_of_god_is_broader_than_earths

I hope you will use this weekend God has given you to share His love with others.  

Anna Lee

Wednesday

“Behold, I am the LORD, the God of all flesh.

Is there anything too hard for Me?”

~Jeremiah 32:27, NKJV~

 

James Morgan of Amite is home.  The doctors did not identify his problem, but he is better.

Operation Christmas Child (from OCC facebook page)

  • The OCC Relay Center at FBC in Elgin, TX make handmade items for their shoebox gifts. These items include puzzles made from popsicle sticks, dresses with matching dolls, magnetic fishing games, crocheted hair accessories, and sewing kits! You can find instructions on how to make many of these items on our Pinterest page here: http://bit.ly/OCCpinterest1
  • A shoebox recipient in South Asia shared her testimony, “I am twelve years old and come from a very poor family. I have five brothers and sisters. Our father works in a brick factory and I also make bricks with my family. I have never been to school, church, or Sunday school. Whenever I would see the other kids going to school, I would think that God doesn’t love or care for us. I believed that was why He made us poor. Last month I asked my parents for new shoes because my old ones were spoiled, but they refused because they didn’t have any extra money. I became very upset and angry. In my heart I asked, ‘why did God make us so poor that we can’t even buy a pair of shoes.
    “A few days later I received a shoebox gift at the local church. When I opened the box I was amazed to see a pair of beautiful shoes that were my size and several other lovely gifts. That day they told us that God always loves and cares for us, regardless of who we are. I realized that God loves me and decided that I will also love God. I was able to attend school with the other children in my village. I am so thankful to God and those families who send these gifts to us from a country faraway.”
  • After one distribution event in Lithuania, one young woman came up to us and told us that she had received a shoebox in the same place ten years ago. She hardly could hold her tears back because the event and the shoebox she received at that time made a great impact in her life. Her parents would not allow her to go to church, but she would read the booklet ‘The Greatest Gift of All’ and pray to Jesus. This year she came to the OCC event with her child and decided to join the local church.
  • “I’m working on making drawstring tote bags large enough for the shoe box to fit in! The child can carry all their goodies or their whole box in it if they’d like too! – Simply Shoe Boxes
  • “Love wasn’t put in your heart to stay. Love isn’t love until you give it away.” – Michael W. Smith
  • A former shoebox recipient, now living in Spain, shared his testimony, “Some years ago, when I was a child living in Peru I received a box from OCC. It was really special for me to receive some toys as my parents were really poor. Now I love to volunteer in the Processing Center in Spain to make it possible for more children, living in difficult situations, to receive these boxes with gifts just for them. ”

      I hope you have that “Christmas is August” spirit.  By starting early, we have               plenty of time to make our purchases or make our crafts.  Enjoy this special                 “giving” project.

Devotional, Scriptures, and a Song

  • “Our Foundation” –  http://odb.org/2014/08/20/our-foundation/
  • For no other foundation can anyone lay than that which is laid, which is Jesus Christ.                                                                     ~1 Corinthians 3:11~                                                                                                                                              “The rain came down, the streams rose, and the winds blew and beat against that house; yet it did not fall, because it had its foundation on the rock.”                                                                                 ~Matthew 7:25-26~
  • “The Solid Rock” –  http://cyberhymnal.org/htm/m/y/myhopeis.htm

Take advantage of the opportunities God gives you to be a witness.

Anna Lee

Thursday (posted early)

“For just as rain and snow fall from heaven

and do not return there

without saturating the earth

and making it germinate and sprout,

and providing seed to sow and food to eat,

so My word that comes from My mouth

will not return to Me empty.”

~Isaiah 55:10-11a, HCSB~

 

There have been so many happy events in our area lately – babies born, wedding and baby showers, weddings, graduations, etc.  Pray for each family as they go through these wonderful experiences.  Pray they keep God as a central focus of their lives.

There have been so many sad events in our area lately – sickness, hospital stays, deaths, accidents, lost jobs, etc.  Pray for each family as they go through these experiences.  Pray they keep God as a central focus of their lives.

There have been some families that have had these highs and lows in their life in the past, but lately things have run “middle of the road”.  Pray for these families to keep God as a central focus of their lives.

Baptist Press – BPNews.net

Devotional, Scripture, Song, and a Quote

Revival continues at New Zion through Friday.  You are welcome to join them.

Operation Christmas Child – Help needy children to have some joy and hopefully see Jesus through a “shoebox”.

Coming Events

  • Bible Study – Every Friday at 10:00 at FBC, Kentwood
  • Regional WMU Meeting Saturday at FBC, Ponchatoula
  • Young at Heart – Tuesday at 10:30 at New Zion
  • Third Thursday Meeting at the Cabin – Thursday of next week at 6:30
  • Breakfast at Pine Ridge United Methodist Church on the 24th at 8:00  (Benefit for a needy family)
  • Tuesday the 26th – “Young” Ladies’ Birthday Party – at the Cafe at 11:00
  • Ladies’ Night – Ice Cream Party – FBC, Kentwood on the 28th at 6:15

Remember, other people are watching us each day.  Let’s work hard to improve our lives so they will see more of Jesus and less of us!

Anna Lee

Tuesday

 

“For God is not unjust;

He will not forget your work

and the love you showed for His name

when you served the saints–

and you continue to serve them.”

~Hebrews 6:10, HCSB~

* Praise God that a 69-year-old woman in China, fascinated as a teenager by a people group featured in a film, just completed training in reaching the unengaged and spent her first 100 days in their village–and 53 members of that people group received Christ as their Savior!

* Pray for teams of local believers in East Asia who are venturing out, most for their first time, in obedience to God’s call to take the Gospel to unreached people groups within their own country.

* Praise the Lord that in recent weeks, there has been evidence of revival among the nursing students at Bangalore Baptist Hospital in India!

* Please pray for those in the state of Gujarat, India, who have been working for some time to produce accurate, understandable translations of Scripture in the Gujarati language so they can be used in evangelism and discipleship and be made available for all believers.

Baptist Press –   http://www.bpnews.net/

Devotional, Scripture, and a Song

  • “Example that Encourages” –  http://odb.org/?tz=-05
  • I then, your Lord and Teacher, have washed your feet . . . . I have given you an example, that you should do as I have done to you.                       ~John 13:14-15~
  • Think back to your childhood kids’ choir.  Do you remember “Be Ye Doers of the Word”?

Remember Operation Christmas Child and shoeboxes that will go to needy children around the world.  Have you made some purchases this month?

Anna Lee