A friend loves at all times,

and a brother is born for adversity. 

~Proverbs 17:17 (NIV)~


Update on Dr. Kent Brantly http://www.christianpost.com/news/samaritans-purse-doctor-infected-with-ebola-is-in-good-spirits-in-georgia-hospital-grateful-for-prayers-124234/

Baptist Press –   BPNews.net

Devotional, Scripture, and a Song

Operation Christmas Child

  • “A 4-year-old named Jeremiah received a shoebox gift at a distribution in India. In the box he received a shirt, balloons, flip flops, crayons, and toys. This gift was extra special to Jeremiah as it was his birthday. Without the box, he would not have received any gifts on his birthday as his family could not afford them. Praise God to those who give these special gifts to children!”                                                                                                                                         ~ OCC Volunteer in India~
  • “This year we visited remote villages in Lithuania. I should admit that I have never seen such poverty yet so much joy and thankfulness. One boy received the shoebox and was standing amazed – he couldn’t believe that the whole box was for him! We told him to believe and encouraged him to trust the Lord Jesus whose Love is so big, much bigger than the shoebox. The boy smiled and hugged the shoebox. It was so nice that our kids were together with us in this mission of love. When they came home their impressions turned into praises to the Lord for His goodness and love.”                                                                                                ~ OCC Volunteer~
  • “Have I not commanded you? Be strong and of good courage; do not be afraid, nor be dismayed, for the Lord your God is with you wherever you go.”                                                                ~Joshua 1:9 (NKJV)~
  • The will of God will not take us where the grace of God cannot sustain us.”                                                                                        ~Billy Graham~

You can have a positive impact or a negative impact on each person you meet today.  Which will it be?

Anna Lee


Thinking of the shoeboxes we’re packing at church and the message they will send to children this year…

“So shall My word be that goes forth from My mouth;

It shall not return to Me void,

But it shall accomplish what I please,

and it shall prosper in the thing for which I sent it.”

~Isaiah 55:11, NKJV~


Macy Gueldner’s CaringBridge page


Mrs. Marilyn Dees is home and doing better.  Please continue to pray for her and for her family.  They certainly do appreciate your prayers.
Congratulations to the newly weds, James and Dana Birch Antoon!
Susie St. Alexandre

Born: August 31, 1948
Died: August 01, 2014


Samaritan’s Purse – Dr. and Mrs. Kent Brantly

Last night, as I watched the Presley’s from Branson, Missouri, I heard their quartet sing “My God is Real”.  I leave you with that thought this morning.


Anna Lee


“Rejoice always,

pray without ceasing,

in everything give thanks;

for this is the will of God in Christ Jesus for you.”

~1 Thessalonians 5:16-18, NKJV~

Macy Gueldner (and mom) –  http://www.caringbridge.org/visit/macygueldner/journal/view/id/53d944ceca16b4404788bc42


George Bales asks for prayer for his grandson, Jacob Martello, who broke his right wrist Tuesday.  Jacob is having difficulty accepting the cast.


Mrs. Hellen Morris is getting stronger in rehab and is scheduled to come home in a couple of weeks.


Mr. Bud Callihan is having some health issues and is at North Oaks.  Please add him to your prayer list.


Little Teddi Titus, one of the twins, had a brief hospital stay complete with surgery.  She’s at home now.  Pray for continued healing.


Carol Jean Conerly continues to have some blood pressure problems.  Please pray this can be corrected soon.


Smile Conerly’s sister, Frances McKenzie, is hospitalized again.  Please pray for her and her family.


Continue to pray for Roger and Lois Pittman as he learns more about his upcoming surgery.


Rev. and Mrs. Jonathan Statham will make the move to Kentwood on August 8th.  Pray all goes well as they settle into their new home.


Sunday is the day we collect frozen food for needy families.  Bring your items to Anna Lee’s classroom before Sunday School.  We will be distributing QUART size bags of food this time.


Some of the FBC, K youth will be attending a youth leadership conference.  Pray for wonderful experiences and safe travels.


The two workers for Samaritan’s Purse who have ebola are a little better.  Keep the prayers flowing.


There will be no Bible study on August 8th.  We will resume on August 15th.  See you this Friday.


Operation Christmas Child “ornaments” are available to those who did not get some Sunday.  Excitement is in the air as we begin this project again this year!


Baptist Press has some extra good articles today. (BPNews.net)


Devotional, Scriptures, and a Song

  • “Just as I Am” –  http://odb.org/?tz=-07
  • “Incline your ear, and come to Me. Hear, and your soul shall live.”                                                                                                                       ~Isaiah 55:3~                                                                                                                                                     “Look, the Lamb of God, who takes away the sin of the world!”                                                                                                                             ~John 1:29~
  • “Just as I Am” –  http://cyberhymnal.org/htm/j/u/justasam.htm

This is a good day to rejoice, pray, and thank God! Anna Lee


“Behold, the LORD’s hand is not shortened,

that it cannot save;

nor His ear heavy,

that it cannot hear.”

~Isaiah 59:1, NKJV~


Mrs. Rebecca Williams

Bro. Matt’s mother fell but didn’t break anything.  She did get cuts and “bruises on top of bruises”.  Pray for her as she deals with soreness and other recovery issues.  Also, thank God she was not hurt more seriously.

Porgy Scarle

This friend from Fluker has a bone disease that had made walking or standing very painful.  Pray for him as he continues to process of seeking treatment to improve his condition.  Pray for his wife, his caregiver, too.

Baptist Press


I think more of our churches need to provide services to families of children with special needs, the deaf, etc.  Who does God have waiting to be involved in programs such as this?

Devotional, Scripture, and a Song

  • “Family Trademarks” –  http://odb.org/?tz=-07
  •  “Beloved, let us love one another, for love is of God; and everyone who loves is born of God and knows God.”                                                                                      -I John: 4:7~
  • “Love is the Theme” –    https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=1KFXeuCOslY


Operation Christmas Child

  • The impact that we have seen on our children in this country since we started many years ago is huge. Many restricted areas were impossible for us to enter, but now the church and OCC ministry have great access and impact on them. One pastor shared with us how it was important for his church to have these boxes with them so they could enter to very poor and forgotten areas. As the local church is giving boxes to these children they started to see transformation in the lives of children as well as the parents.
  • “Our daughter’s birthday is July 25th so why not have Christmas in July. When I reminded her about filling the OCC boxes each November at church I asked her if she would like to accept gifts for kids around the world instead of herself. She eagerly agreed and today her friends brought these wonderful toys, candy and hygiene items for the international kiddos. God has blessed us with two kind-hearted daughter’s and wonderful friends. In His Name!” – Liz C.
  • 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.
  • “An Unexpected Blessing” –  https://www.facebook.com/notes/operation-christmas-child/an-unexpected-blessing/450862791095
  • Please ask me if you need help in participating in this wonderful ministry.


“Love is the family resemblance the world should see in followers of Christ.”                                                                                                                                                               ~Our Daily Bread~

Anna Lee



“If you have faith the size of a mustard seed,

you will say to this mountain,

‘Move from here to there,’

and it will move.”

~Matthew 17:20b, NASB~


Jean Easley

Jean was better for a few days, but has regressed again.  Pray for Jean, Joe, and other family members.

Mary Belle “Pet” Brown Little

Born: April 09, 1925
Died: July 26, 2014


Revival Dates

East Fork Baptist Church 

July 27th- 30th Bro. RE Clark is our Evangelist and Bro Steve Bishop will be leading worship.
July 27th -11am with Dinner on the Grounds following and at 6:30pm July 28th, 29th and 30th-7pm

New Zion Baptist Church

August 10-15 with preaching by Rev. Larry Blades

Senior Adults of Two Rivers Association – September 8-10

  • Monday, Sept. 8 – New Zion
  • Tuesday, Sept. 9 – Kedron
  • Wednesday, Sept 10 – Greensburg

Operation Christmas Child

  • OCC delivers gifts to boys and girls who might not otherwise receive any gifts, but most importantly, the shoe boxes “deliver Jesus”.
  • Friendship Circle Sunday School class will shop for anyone who needs someone to shop for them.
  • Proposed important dates to mark on your calendar
    • Craft days to make items for the shoeboxes – Two Saturdays, September 13 & 27
    • Packing party – Saturday, November 1
  • If you choose not to purchase items, you can help with the $7.00 per box shipping fee.
  • I’m already getting good reports from church members and Sunday School classes.
  • Merry, merry Christmas!

Bro. Jonathan and Ashley Statham have accepted the call of FBC, K to serve as worship leaders.  They will be moving here soon.  The Nielsen family will be at FBC, K for two more Sundays.

Devotional, Scripture, and a Song

Two Rivers Associational WMU Meeting

  • This morning at 10:00
  • New Zion Baptist Church
  • Covered dish lunch to follow meeting

David and I were at four different churches yesterday for four different reasons!  It was an awesome day!  I don’t plan to try to do this too often, but it certainly was a great day!  I hope you found your way to study and worship yesterday too.

Anna Lee


“If it is possible,

as far as it depends on you,

live at peace with everyone.” 

~Romans 12:18 NIV~


Mrs. Doris Young is still in North Oaks.  Friday, she had a good day, but Saturday was a different story.  Doris is the mother of  Wanda Miller and sister of Betty Simpson.  Pray as tests are continuing to be done.

Mrs. Marilyn Dees is not recovering from her surgery as quickly as hoped.  Please pray for her, Mr. Earl, their children, and the medical staff at North Oaks.

Macy Gueldner on Caring Bridge –  http://www.caringbridge.org/visit/macygueldner/journal/view/id/53d47c51ab28b91438426331

Operation Christmas Child begins today at FBC, K with Christmas in August.    I’m so excited!

Disaster Relief – If you are interested in learning more about how people are being helped and opportunities to help, “like” SBC Disaster Relief.

Today is the day Bro. Jonathan and Ashley Statham will be at FBC, K in view of a call as worship leaders.

Devotional, Scripture, and a Song

Have a great Lord’s Day!

Anna Lee


Fear of man will prove to be a snare, 

but whoever trusts in the Lord is kept safe.  

~Proverbs 29:25~


Update on Porgy Scarle

Thanks for all the prayers and please keep them coming. Dr. Said he has a fractured vertebra and some healing rib fractures we didn’t know about. We see internist on Monday for treatment plan and hopefully to see what’s causing the osteoporosis to be so bad. He is tired from the 2 days to Baton Rouge so he has had a good bit of pain today but usually hurts just when he stands or tries to walk. Thanks agin for the calls and especially the prayers.

Operation Christmas Child

SBC Disaster Relief
If you use Facebook, you may want to “like” SBC Disaster Relief.
First Baptist Church, Kentwood Today
  • 90th Birthday Party for Mr. Burnell Simpson
  • Choir Practice & Meet and Greet for Bro. Jonathan/”Miss” Ashley Statham in view of a call tomorrow as minister of music

Baptist Press


Devotional, Scripture, and a Song

Make today count!

Anna Lee