Friday

You will keep in perfect peace those whose minds are steadfast, because they trust in you.

Isaiah 26:3

 

 

There are a number of families dealing with serious illnesses.  Pray for each one that you are aware of.

 

 

David is home from the hospital.  The results of the bone marrow test will be available next week.  Thank-you for your continued prayers for both of us.

 

 

Doris Faye Tillery

March 30, 1945 – January 15, 2019

A resident of Denham Springs passed away on Tuesday, January 15, 2019 at Ochsner Medical Center in Jefferson. She was born March 30, 1945 in Amite and was 73 years of age. She is survived by 3 children, Mark Thomas, Kelly Tullier and husband James, Lauren Sibley and husband Jason; grandchildren, Ryan Thomas, Kathryn Thomas, Maryn Thomas, Danny Tullier, Brendan Tullier, Jared Tullier, Kailyn Sibley, Morgan Sibley, Raegan Sibley, Brinnyn Sibley, Ethan Sibley, and Camryn Sibley; 2 brothers, Robert W. Tillery, and Carlton E. Tillery; special friend, Robert Pezant. Preceded in death by parents, Julian and Doris Tillery; granddaughter, Aubryn Thomas. Visitation at Tangipahoa United Methodist Church from 10 a.m. until religious services at 12:00 p.m. on Monday, January 21, 2019. Services conducted by Dr. Rev. Michael Townsend. Interment Tangipahoa Cemetery, Tangipahoa. McKneely Funeral Home, Kentwood, in charge of arrangements. For an online guestbook, visit http://www.mckneelys.com.

Claude Eugene Smith

February 25, 1936 – January 16, 2019

Our wonderful and loving father Claude Eugene Smith has found peace and went on to see his heavenly Father. Claude Eugene Smith was born in Mount Hermon Louisiana on February 25th 1936. He is preceded in death by his mother, Dorothy Aline (Wilkes) Smith and father, Wilson Eugene Smith. He will be met at Saint Peter’s gate by his two grandsons whom he will finally be able to once again hug and hold; Travis Wayne Vicknair and Charles Jacob (Jake) Kirkland. What a joyous moment it will be. Claude spent his early years working on his family farm and picking up milk in the surrounding area. Upon graduating Mt. Hermon High School, Claude then went on to box as a middleweight for 2 years at Louisiana State University. Claude married his High School sweetheart Bettye Lou Holiday on August 10th 1956. Claude worked at multiple things until he found his calling with Brown & Root and started a 38 year career building bridges throughout Southeast Louisiana and working in the refineries as well. He is survived by his loving and devoted wife of 60+ years, Bettye Lou Smith, who has been with him throughout the many years of marriage, both good times and bad. Claude will also leave behind his daughters, Sandy Smith Vicknair, Cheryl Smith Braud – wife of Michael Braud, and his son, Ronnie Eugene Smith, husband of Michele (Heller) Smith. He had dedicated his life to his grandchildren Krystle Vicknair, Reeve Kirkland, Corinne Kirkland, Abigail Smith, Ryan Smith and his one great grandchild, Waylyn Vicknair. He will be deeply missed by his two siblings Martha Alford-wife of Pete Alford and Walter Smith-husband of Diane Wine and his special uncle Fleet Smith Junior with whom he has built a lasting and enduring relationship throughout the years as well as his many nieces and nephews. Claude Smith will have visitation at McKneely Funeral Home, 501 Avenue G, Kentwood, La. on Monday January 21st from 10 am until religious services at 12 Noon where we will then proceed to Mount Hermon Cemetery for a farewell service and his final resting place here on Earth.

 

 

 

Charles Robert Eldridge, Jr.

March 27, 1939 – January 15, 2019

A resident of Amite, LA, passed away on Tuesday, January 15, 2019 in Hammond, LA. He was born March 27, 1939 in Amite, LA and was 79 years of age. He is survived by 2 daughters, Christina Calmes and husband Terry, Dana Lynn Robin and husband Josh; 1 son, Charles “Chaz” Eldridge, III and wife Wendy; 6 grandchildren, Sean Eldridge and wife Shelby, Tori Lynn Eldridge, Anthony “ Brit” Calmes, Andrew “Bradley” Calmes and wife Wendy, Holly Storey, and Robert Storey; 5 great grandchildren, Savannah, Luscian, Gabriel, Roman, and Cheyenne. Preceded in death by parents, Charles Sr. and Mamie Eldridge; wife, Lois Eldridge; and 2 sisters, Dorothy Minette Holstead and Bobbie Lee Darouse. Visitation at the First United Methodist Church, Amite, from 1 p.m. until Memorial Services at 3p.m. on Saturday, January 19, 2019. Services conducted by Rev. Josh Milliron. McKneely Funeral Home, Amite, in charge of arrangements. For an online guestbook, visit http://www.mckneelys.com.

 

 

 

Read the Bible

January 17 – Psalm 69:30, Psalm 71:6, 14,  & 16

January 18 – Psalm 71:22, Psalm 75:9-10

 

 

Ladies of FBC

  • Monday – Associational WMU meeting at East Fork Monday at 10 A.M. followed by lunch
  • Tuesday – “Young” Ladies’ Birthday Party at the Burger Basket in Osyka at 11:00.
  • Mission Project for Hope Center – Bring cans of soup and place on the organ. Deadline will be “Souper” Bowl Sunday (Project sponsored by Youth on Mission)

 

 

 

Focus on the power of prayer daily and spend some time in prayer.

Anna Lee

 

 

Monday

Be strong and courageous.

Do not be afraid or terrified because of them, for the LORD your God goes with you; he will never leave you nor forsake you.”

~Deuteronomy 31:6~

 

 

 

 

There are a number of Kentwood folks fighting big battles today.  Please say prayers for them.  Ask God to help the families stick close to Him.

 

 

 

Read the Bible

  • Psalm 57:1
  • Psalm 57:7-9

 

 

 

Pray for many of our college age students who will be beginning a new semester of college or trade school.

 

 

 

FBC, Greensburg started their own senior adult ministry similar to “Young at Heart” at New Zion.  Greensburg’s group is named “Just Older Youth – JOY” . Kentwood’s “Young” Ladies Birthday Party will meet January 22 at the Burger Basket in Oyska.

 

 

 

The associational WMU meeting will be a week from today at East Fork.  The meeting will honor WMU ladies who passed away during 2018.   The meeting will begin at 10:00, with the leadership meeting at 9:00.  A covered dish meal will be enjoyed by all at meeting.

 

 

 

 

Operation Christmas Child needs can be purchased in January.  The organization suggests  hat, scarves. and gloves for January purchases.  Of course, any items you find for a good sale price are always accepted and appreciated.  Items can be brought to my Sunday School classroom, next to thee choir room, during the week or before Sunday School.  Thanks for helping in 2019, just like you have done in all previous years.

 

 

 

The Youth on Mission will be collecting cans of soup the day of the Super Bowl.  The soup will be given to the Hope Center for their pantry so they can meet emergency needs.

 

 

Thanks for supporting the ministries mentioned today.

Anna Lee

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Friday

22 Because of the LORD’s great love we are not consumed, for his compassions never fail.

 23 They are new every morning; great is your faithfulness.

~Lamentations 3:22-23~

 

 

 

Thanks for prayers for Dayna Baker. She is out of ICU and in a regular room. I really appreciate all of you!!!
pam

 

 

 

Pray for Phillip Strickland.  One of his cousins said Phillip is hospitalized in Covington.

 

 

 

Yesterday was seven years since Koltyn Gafford had half his brain removed to prevent his almost constant seizures.  It worked like a charm!  Thank God for all the improvement Kolton has been able to make since then.

 

 

 

Pray for Glen Magee, Sr. as he goes for pre-op work tomorrow and surgery Tuesday.  The surgery is tentatively set for 1 P.M.

 

 

 

Owen Wilkinson, the son of Shane and April, is in Children’s Hospital, New Orleans with very high sugar count.  Pray for Owen and his family as they await a diagnosis and treatment plan.

 

 

 

Mr. John Bond of the Gillsburg area fell.  After some stitches, he stayed overnight for observation.  Pray for the Bond family while Mr. John is recovering.

 

 

 

Dee Dee Stokes Gill continues to recover from the stroke she had Christmas Day.  Please keep praying for her.

 

 

 

 

Read the Bible – “I wills…. of Psalms”.

  • Psalm 43:4
  • Psalm 45:17
  • Psalm 45:3-4

 

 

Don’t forget the WMU meeting on the third Monday at East Fork Baptist Church honoring out WMU ladies who passed away during 2018.  The meeting begins at 10, but leadership will meet at 9.  A covered dish lunch will follow the meeting.  Girls who are out of school that day are invited to attend with their mothers and grandmothers.

 

 

 


I love to hear people say they believe in the power of prayer and say the specific time of day when they regularly pray.  Prayer is real to them!

Anna Lee

 

 

Saturday

9 Do not lie to each other, since you have taken off your old self with its practices 

10 and have put on the new self, which is being renewed in knowledge in the image of its Creator

~Colossians 3:9-10~

 

 

Continue to pray for Mrs. Bessie Hayden.  She’s home and learning more and more about living independently.

 

 

 

Continue to pray for those who are homebound.  Make a call, deliver a meal, send a card, or just visit them.  You will both be blessed.

 

 

 

David had two medical visits yesterday.

  • He learned his blood level has increased since Tuesday.  The Procrit must be working.
  • He went to a dentist because he was having trouble eating and his gums were sore,  He will begin some new dental work Tuesday.  I think the dental issue is a result of the fall he had outside on Christmas evening.
  • We never know which way this journey will take us, but we know God is with us on the journey.

 

 

 

 

Hazel Elizabeth McKnight

May 14, 1939 – January 03, 2019

Hazel Elizabeth “Beth” McKnight, 79, born in Clinton, LA and a resident of Zachary, went to her eternal home on Thursday, January 3, 2019. She worked for Nunn Electric Supply for 21 years before retiring.
Visitation will be at Zachary United Methodist Church on Monday, January 7, 2019 from 9:00 am until service time at 11:00 am conducted by Dr. Greg Davis, Rev. Harold Babin and Rev. Rickey Willis. Burial will follow in Day’s cemetery, Greensburg.
Beth is survived by her husband of 62 years, Kenneth Charles McKnight, nieces and nephews, Denise Dyer Stewart(Blake), Rickie McKnight(Kelli), Randy McKnight(Kelli), Todd Castello(Desiree) and Earl Allen (April) and special great nieces, Ashby Warren(Steven) and Aley Stewart.
She is preceded in death by her father, Toler Hurst, Mother, Hazel Hutchinson Hurst and sister, Beverly Hurst Dyer.
Pallbearers will be Mark Hurst, Rick Hurst, Blake Stewart, Rickie McKnight, Randy McKnight and Todd Castello. Honorary pallbearers are Terry Travis, Donald Duncan and Mike Ray. She was a member of United Methodist Women for many years, Emmie Montegeudo Circle and loved greeting all of her church family on Sundays.

 

 

 

Read (and Write) the Bible

  • Psalm 17:15
  • Psalm 18:49
  • Psalm 22:22

Be sure to underline “I will” in each part.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

The college and career class of First Baptist Church returned from “Passion” in Atlanta.  Thank God they were able to go to the event and grow from the experience.  Also, thank God for their safety.

 

 

 

The items to bring during January for Operation Christmas Child are scarves, hats, and gloves.  You can bring them to my Sunday School classroom.  Thanks!  It’s time to start over for the boxes we will send toward the end of the 2019 year.

 

 

 

You never know which way your journey of life will take you, but you can know God is with you.  If you don’t have that assurance, contact a local pastor or church member.  That could be the best decision you make during your lifetime.

Anna Lee

 

 

 

 

 

Merry Christmas

“Out of sheer generosity God put us in right standing with himself.

A pure gift.

He got us out of the mess we’re in and restored us to where he always wanted us to be.

And he did it by means of Jesus Christ.

He sacrificed Jesus on the altar of the world to clear that world of sin.”

~Romans 3:24-25 The Message~

 

 

Pete Gill’s procedure went well.  Now, treatment will begin.  Pray for this family during this Chirstmas Day.

 

 

 

Another Spring Creek family is in the hospital.  Jimmy Rufus Williams may get to come home today.  I know the family will celebrate being at home together and the birth of Jesus long ago.

 

 

David found some Christmas spirit in the good news he received yesterday and was able to attend the service at FBC, last night.  It was beautiful from the beginning to the end.  I know there were other special services last night.  I hope you were able to attend one.  We are extra thankful not to be going to Baton Rouge for a unit of blood today.

 

 

 

Mary Jo Gauthreaux Childress

February 5, 1950 – December 23, 2018

Mary Jo Gauthreaux Childress

Mary Jo Gauthreaux Childress, 68, of Laurel passed away on Sunday, December 23, 2018, and
is in the arms of Jesus after a lengthy battle with Alzheimer’s Disease.
Mrs. Childress was a dedicated and loving wife, mother, daughter, sister, and friend. She was a
member of First Baptist Church of Laurel where she served as a Sunday School teacher and
Bible Drill leader for many years. She adored children and was a teacher for Jones County
School District’s Star Reach Program.
She was preceded in death by her father, Joseph E. Gauthreaux of Biloxi, and her grandparents
John and Mary Gates of Pensacola, FL, and Joseph and Theresa Gauthreaux of Biloxi.
She is survived by her loving husband, David Childress of Laurel; her two daughters, Molly
(Carson) Humphries of Richardson, TX, and Mary Katherine “Katie” Childress of New York, NY;
her mother, Mary Helena (Gates) Gauthreaux of Biloxi; her sister Nancy (Jim) Pledger of
Natchitoches, LA; and four grandchildren, Hannah, Lydi Kate, Wiley, and Ellis Humphries.
Visitation will be held at 9 a.m. at Memory Chapel Funeral Home in Laurel on Wednesday,
December, 26, 2018, followed by services at 11:00 a.m. Graveside services will be at 1:30 p.m.
in Mendenhall.
In lieu of flowers, donations may be made to First Baptist Church Foundation of Laurel, Inc.
First Baptist Church Foundation of Laurel, Inc.
P.O. Box 4452
Laurel, MS 39441-4452

 

 

 

Read the Bible today.

  • Zech 4-6
  • Psalm 147
  • Matt. 21

Read about the birth of Jesus today.

 

 

Today is the day we celebrate the birth of Jesus.  That’s amazing, but not the end or the story.  He left heaven to live on earth and prepare the way for us to have salvation and to eventually live with Him forever.  That’s the greatest story ever told.  I hope you get to tell this story to someone today.

 

 

Happy birthday to our daughter.

 

 

Katera McMillian shared the following pictures and stories with me.  I’m passing them on.  Then, I’m going to get my “Christmas arch” out for this special day.  It was a gift a number of years ago.

Merry Christmas Around the World

https://www.imb.org/2018/12/24/christmas-celebrations-world/

The story is the same even though the celebration is different in other countries.  Focus on the meaning of Christmas as told in the Bible.

Anna Lee

 

 

 

 

 

Christmas Eve

“Trust in the LORD with all your heart and lean not on your own understanding; in all your ways submit to him, and he will make your paths straight.”

 Proverbs 3:5-6 NIV

But when the set time had fully come, God sent his Son, born of a woman, born under the law, to redeem those under the law, that we might receive adoption to sonship.

Galatians 4:4-5

“Do not be afraid.

I bring you good news that will cause great joy for all the people.

Today in the town of David a Savior has been born to you; he is the Messiah, the Lord.”

Luke 2:10-11 NIV

 

 

Read the Christmas story – Luke 24

 

 

Read the Bible today – Reflect on God as Emmanuel.

 

 

 

Nancy Pledger’s sister passed away after having had dementia for more than sixteen years.  Nancy’s brother-in-law faithfully cared for his wife every day.

 

 

 

My friends in Indonesia are fine.  The tsunami did not cause then any concern.  Pray for the families who have lost loved ones though.

 

 

Pray for my college friend, Fannie Seal.  She is having knee replacement surgery today.

 

 

 

 

FBC, Kentwood, like many other area churches will have a candlelight service this evening at 6 P.M.  You are invited to attend and bring your company with you.

 

 

 

Pray for the many people who will be traveling to celebrate Christmas with their family today.

 

 

Remember, this day and this holiday is about Jesus.  

Anna Lee

 

 

Saturday

God took one look at me, and look what happened—I’m the most fortunate woman on earth! What God has done for me will never be forgotten.” 

~Luke 1:48 The Message~

 

 

Pete Gill had a difficult and is now back at North Oaks and on a bi-pap machine.  Please pray for Pete, his family, and the medical team caring for him.

 

 

Pray for families who have a loved one in the hospital or sick at home during the holidays.  Perhaps we can find a way to help someone get through this holiday season.

 

 

Pray for all the families around us who are grieving over the loved ones who will not be with the family as in previous years.

 

 

Read the Christmas story – Luke 22

 

 

Read the Bible today 

  • Haggai
  • Psalm 146
  • Matthew 19

 

 

I hope you have taken and will take the opportunity to celebrate the real meaning of Christmas in local churches this year.

Anna Lee