Tuesday

“Do not worry about your life, what you will eat or drink; or about your body, what you will wear.

Is not life more than food, and the body more than clothes?”

~Matthew 6:25 (NIV)~

 

 

 

Read the Bible in 2020 – March 31

  • Deuteronomy 16:1-17:20
  • Luke 9:7-27
  • Psalm 72:1-20
  • Proverbs 12:8-9

 

 

Song of the Day 

  • “The Doxology”
  • “In Times Like These”
  • “One Day at a Time”
  • “Make Me a Blessing”
  • “In His Hands”
  • “Til the Storm Passes By”
  • “His Eye is on the Sparrow”
  • “Near to the Heart of God”
  • “They’ll Know We are Christians (by our love)”
  • “Victory in Jesus”
  • “There’s Something about that Name”
  • “The Joy of the Lord is My Strength”
  • “No One Ever Cared for Me Like Jesus”
    • I would love to tell you what I think of Jesus,
      Since I found in Him a friend so strong and true;
      I would tell you how He changed my life completely,
      He did something that no other friend could do.

      No one ever cared for me like Jesus,
      There’s no other friend so kind as He;
      No one else could take the sin and darkness from me,
      O how much He cared for me.

      All my life was full of sin when Jesus found me,
      All my heart was full of misery and woe;
      Jesus placed His strong and loving arms about me,
      And He led me in the way I ought to go.

      No one ever cared for me like Jesus,
      There’s no other friend so kind as He;
      No one else could take the sin and darkness from me,
      O how much He cared for me.

      Ev’ry day He comes to me with new assurance,
      More and more I understand His words of love;
      But I’ll never know just why He came to save me,
      Till some day I see His blessed face above.

      No one ever cared for me like Jesus,
      There’s no other friend so kind as He;
      No one else could take the sin and darkness from me,
      O how much He cared for me.

    • https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=5lg9c8EhLw4

 

 

 

Baptist Presshttp://www.bpnews.net/

 

 

 

From Ginger Miller Hutto:

In the midst of turbulent times, God sends unspeakable joy!
Welcome JOHN LEVI MCELVEEN!
March 27, 2020. 8:45 am. 7 lbs 11 oz. 21 in long. Our 6th grandchild!

 

 

Buddy Morris has had some issues which led to an adjustment of medication.  Pray this works out for him.

 

 

 

Henry McKenzie has a brother, Marion, who is hospitalized in Hattisburg,  Pray for him and his family,

 

 

 

Dennis Price has been in North Oaks and will get a defibrillator today.  Pray this is helpful to Dennis’ health.

 

 

 

 

Today is the day we were to leave home to travel to our grandson’s military graduation from the Air Force boot camp.  Needless to say, none of the families will be represented.  Graduation will be a hard day for the graduates and their families.  Let’s not focus on ourselves, but on others today.

Today, we can use prayer as a weapon in helping ourselves and others through this virus experience,  Set your clocks to remind you to pray each hour.  Choose one of the requests listed below to be your focus for that hour.  The next hour, choose another one.  Pray.  Take your mind off yourself as you pray for others.  If you have your television on, you can use the commercials as signals to pray.  Find a method to pray regularly throughout this day.

Focus on the needs of others.

  • Pray for the young people like those in this group as they move on to the next step.
  • Pray for students who won’t graduate in May as planned.
  • Pray for couples who postponed weddings.
  • Pray for families who had a death and cannot receive the normal support from others.
  • Pray for students who were not able to get home during this time.
  • Pray for sick people who have no loved ones to sit with them.
  • Pray for people who live alone and who have not heard from anyone in a long time.
  • Pray for people who are sick and unsure about going to the doctor/hospital.
  • Pray for healthcare workers who go in for another day at their worksite.
  • Pray for pastors as they attempt to minister to their “flock” in creative ways.
  • Pray for churches to be a “shining light” in their communities.
  • Pray for grandparents and grandchildren who cannot see each other.
  • Pray for parents who are healthcare workers and who have seen the need to pass their children on to another relative for this time period.
  • Pray for teens and young adults who do not realize the seriousness of the situation.
  • Pray for new parents who are entrusted by God with a baby at this time.
  • Pray for low-wage workers who are called in to work without protective gear.
  • Pray for healthcare workers who have to go into homes where the virus is thriving.
  • Pray for those who do not have adequate food at this time.
  • Pray for those who have spend their money on other things, not necessities.
  • ETC.

 

 

Remember to pray regularly today!

Anna Lee

Sunday

“Do not let sin control the way you live;

do not give in to sinful desires . . .

Instead, give yourselves completely to God, for you were dead, but now you have new life.

So use your whole body as an instrument to do what is right for the glory of God.”

~Romans 6:12-13 (NLT)~

 

 

 

In the midst of turbulent times, God sends unspeakable joy!

Welcome JOHN LEVI MCELVEEN!
March 27, 2020. 8:45 am.

7 lbs 11 oz. 21 in long.

Our 6th grandchild! ( Written by Ginger Miller Hutto of Hillsdale)
Katie Hutto McElveen Malcolm McElveen (Parents)

 

 

 

Read the Bible Today – March 29

  • Exodus 8:1-9:35
  • Matthew 19:13-30
  • Psalm 24:1-10
  • Proverbs 6:1-5

 

 

Song of the Day 

  • “The Doxology”
  • “In Times Like These”
  • “One Day at a Time”
  • “Make Me a Blessing”
  • “In His Hands”
  • “Til the Storm Passes By”
  • “His Eye is on the Sparrow”
  • “Near to the Heart of God”
  • “They’ll Know We are Christians (by our love)”
  • “Victory in Jesus”
  • “There’s Something about that Name”

 

 

Please continue to pray for Ryan “Rufus” Willliams from Spring Creek.

 

 

 

So far, most people have remained healthy.  Continue to ““play it safe” and STAY HOME.  Some people seem to be disobeying the orders to do that.  I’m afraid they will be among the sick in a week.  Use the pick-up services available in multiple locations.  Do not allow anyone inside your house, except the home health nurse!  Keep children away from their grandparents, etc.  because they are often carriers of the coronavirus.  Today, this Lord’s Day, more churches will be live-streaming their services.  Be sure to look at two or three.  If you do go out, make it a trip around the community to pray for people as you ride by their homes.  Stay in your car.  Don’t stop anywhere!  Use your phone to check on people.  If you deliver something to a home, leave it on the porch and knock and call.  Then, quickly leave.

 

 

 

Today, the Operation Christmas Child team was scheduled to visit Sunday School classrooms to take suggestions for April purchases.   You will have to be creative to make these purchases without going shopping in person, but I know you can do this.  Happy April Shopping!  Two new rules:

  1. Don’t enter any stores to purchase these.  Use your phone or internet.
  2. Have the items delivered to the church.  They can sit at the church and and be waiting for when this isolation period is over.

 

Operation Christmas Child, April 2020

Nursery

Preschoolers 

Jump Ropes
Grades 1-5 Marbles
Youth Jump Ropes
College & Career Dominoes
Gateway Socks for Boys
Joy

Friendship Circle

$1.00 Scissors
New Creations

Renewal

Hair Brushes
Rebekah  Sewing Kits
Seekers

City Hall

Faithful

Lip Balm
Staff Highlighters

 

 

Be safe.  Shop from home.  If you need help, call Janice, the church secretary, for assistance.  229-8111. Let’s not slack up on shoeboxes during this time.  Let’s just alter the way we shop.

Anna Lee

Saturday

“I wait expectantly,

trusting God to help,

for he has promised.”

~Psalm 130:5 (TLB)~

 

 

 

Mrs, Joyce Harrington, mother of Dr.Rhonda Kelley (Think NOBTS), has been moved from her extended living facility in New Orleans to the hospital and was diagnosed with Covid-19.  She is not doing well.  Please pray for her and for her family.

 

 

 

Charlotte, Danielle Thornton’s infant niece, had her surgery in New Orleans yesterday.  All went well.  Please continue to pray for Charlotte and her family.

 

 

 

Jacob Martello‘s oral surgery went well yesterday.  Pray for him and his caregivers as he recovers.  Pray he doesn’t need a possible second surgery.

 

 

 

 

Ryan “Rufus” Williams was improving from his pneumonia.  His family was thankful to be able to Facetime him.  Pray for continued improvement.

 

 

 

Robin Alford had another surgery on her ankle yesterday.  It went well.  Now, Robin only has ten more weeks of not being able to put any weight on her foot.  Keep her in your prayers.  Thankfully, she is still able to do work from home.

 

 

 

Josiah Huckaby got to go home from the hospital yesterday.  Can you imagine the smiles on Job’s and KK’s faces?  Please continue to pray for this sweet family.

 

 

 

Gary Faller, a distant cousin, is improving from having pneumonia, but fell yesterday and broke his hip.  He has no family near him, so he needs extra prayers.

 

 

 

Wulfgar Tannis Saizan

November 24, 2001 – March 22, 2020

 

“When you stand by the Gate of Death and you have to tear free, I shall follow you across the Resounding Bridge with my song. You will be free from the bonds that bind you.”

On March 22, 2020, Wulfgar Tannis Saizan’s life came to an abrupt end in the same wails for which it began, on November 24, 2001. A strong young man with a passionate and generous heart. He will be dearly missed here. Our comfort is found in that now he resides in the loving arms of those whom preceded him in death. Beloved Grandmother, Johnnie Saizan Jenkins and Grandfather, Herman Eicke. We will weep, but our merciful Father has granted him freedom from the bonds that Earth provides. There is only hunting, fishing, and the super heroes he so greatly admired now. He is loved. Survived by father, Frank Saizan, and mother, Peggy Saizan with grandmother, Peggy Eicke; Wulfgar was the most precious ‘big’ little brother to sisters Carla, Samantha, and Elizabeth could ask for. He leaves behind a host of family, such as an uncle, aunts, cousins, niece and nephew. They will all surely miss his infectious laughter and hugs as if given by the oak trees themselves. Services to be held privately in Kentwood, Louisiana. Love, Dad.

 

 

 

Make your plans today to check on some friends/neighbors/family via phone today and to WATCH some church services tomorrow that are live-streamed.  Be thankful for today’s situation.  It could be so much worse!

 

 

 

Read the Bible in 2020 = March 28

  • Deuteronomy 9:1-10:22
  • Luke 8:4-21
  • Psalm 69:19-36
  • Proverbs 12:2-3

 

 

Stay home except to get groceries and medicine (and possibly a short ride when you do not stop and get out of your vehicle.  You can enjoy some of the beautiful spring flowers God has provided for us to enjoy).

Anna Lee

Happy Lord’s Day!

[The Armor of God]

Finally, be strong in the Lord and in his mighty power.

Put on the full armor of God, so that you can take your stand against the devil’s schemes.

~Ephesians 6:10-11 (NIV)~

 

 

 

Read the Bible in 2020 – March 22

  • Numbers 33:40-35:34
  • Luke 5:12-28
  • Psalm 65:1-13
  • Proverbs 11:23

 

 

Bro. Stan Statham posted a video for us to watch about a prayer line.

 

 

 

World Down Syndrome Day 2020 & Josiah Huckaby

Not how we planned to spend it. We didn’t get to wear our cute shirts or crazy socks but we did have fun. Although we sure are missing daddy! I’m just glad technology allows us the opportunity to see each other during hospital stays.

Josiah has definitely been making improvements on his oxygen. They did quite a bit of weaning today. Hopefully he will continue to do well on the new oxygen settings tonight.

To God be the glory! 💙💛💙💛💙

 

 

Joey “Buck” Cutrer

November 03, 1957 – March 20, 2020

A resident of Livingston, LA, passed away on Friday, March 20, 2020 at his home. He was born November 3, 1957 in Clinton, LA and was 62 years of age. He was a loving father and grandfather that would do anything for anyone. He was a kind hearted soul that is now at peace. He is survived by 2 sons, Joey Cutrer and Drew Alan Cutrer and wife, Lauren; granddaughter, Ava Cutrer; brother, Ric Cutrer and wife, Donna; sister, MaryJo Cutrer; and numerous nieces and nephews. He was preceded in death by his daughter, Carly Lou Cutrer; and parents, Joe and Mary Lou Cutrer. Due to the Coronavirus Pandemic, the funeral and viewing will be private. Arrangements are entrusted to McKneely Funeral Home, Amite. For an online guestbook, visit http://www.mckneelys.com.

 

 

 

Saint Elmo Saxon, Jr.

February 22, 1943 – March 20, 2020

A resident of Kentwood, LA, passed away on Friday, March 20, 2020 at home surrounded by his family. He was born February 22, 1943 in Foxworth, MS and was 77 years of age. He was a husband, father, brother and friend who was better known as Daddy, Honey, Elmo or simply “Saint.” He was a man of many talents, loved the outdoors and was an American patriot having served in the U. S. Army. His world was his family showing his love every day with his abounding love. He traveled throughout the world, many times alone, sometimes with his love and family,  bringing back many stories and souvenirs from the trips. Being a man that loved to work, he taught his work ethic to anyone who would loan him a hand, follow him around, learning with every step. If you were lucky enough to attend a Saxon gathering where family and friends were, you caught him in his glory. He is survived by his wife, Kay Crawford Saxon; 3 daughters, Milissa Pirnar, Tissie Gorman, and  Angela Saxon; son, Chris Saxon and his wife, Brigitte Saxon; grandchildren, Brugge Gorman, Dillon Gorman, Skylar Pirnar, Noah Steptore, Domonique Pierce, Anna Barber, Stone Saxon, and River Saxon; great-grandchildren, Abygayle, Anslee and Aniston Rae Barber; 2 sisters, Linda Russell and Mary Johnson; brother, John Wayne Saxon. Preceded in death by parents, Saint Elmo Saxon, Sr. and Johnnie Mae Forbes Saxon; son, Brian O’Neal Saxon; daughter, Tina Marie Saxon; and brother, Linnie Saxon. Due to the Coronavirus Pandemic, the funeral and viewing will be private. For an online guestbook, visit http://www.mckneelys.com.

 

 

 

Most of us will be at home today and watching our church service via live-streaming video.  Many will not have the opportunity to attend a Sunday School class.  There are several option:

  • Each person prepares their lesson and discusses it.
  • One person teaches the family each week.
  • Watch a video and discuss it as a family group.

Bible project will be giving us a video to watch as a family each week.  Then, discussion can follow.  The lesson for today is “Generosity”.

https://bibleproject.com/videos/generosity/?utm_medium=email&utm_source=newsletter&utm_campaign=quarantinemail&utm_content=generosity

  • I suggest doing your Sunday School during your church’s regular Sunday School time.

 

 

Churches present the worship service online.

  • Most churches will present the worship service online, many of them doing so for the first time today.
  • If your church is not live-streaming this morning or if you choose to watch multiple services as we did last week. you will have plenty of opportunities.  On Facebook, join Kentwood First Baptist Church at 10:30 A.M., 6 P.M. today, and 6 P.M. Wednesday.  I think following the normal schedule will keep us from feeling like we are missing out as much.

 

 

 

Now that hospitals are not allowing any visitors like the special living facilities, we need to pray extra hard for both the patients/residents and the family members.  What a change this is!

 

 

David and I haven’t been out in days.  He makes a lot of calls to check on people.  If you have a name for me to add to The Prayer Link, please send me a  message like Danielle Thornton did yesterday.  I will be glad to add your prayer concerns.

 

 

 

Here’s my song list for today.  I hope you sing along.

 

 

Make this “Lord’s Day” special and one you and your family will remember for a long time.

Anna Lee

 

 

 

Saturday Additions

Danielle Thornton’s sister, Sara, has a young daughter, Charlotte, who was born earlier this week and was transferred to New Orleans yesterday.  Tests continue to be done, but the results are not looking good.  Please pray for this infant and her family.

 

 

 

David Cutrer asks us to pray for his daughter who had major surgery yesterday in Baton Rouge.  It’s extra hard on parents when they cannot be with their sick children.  David also invites you to watch their church service tomorrow as they live-stream on Facebook for the first time.                          *Roseland Pentecostal Church*

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

For God, who said, “Let light shine out of darkness,” made his light shine in our hearts to give us the light of the knowledge of God’s glory displayed in the face of Christ.

~2 Corinthians 4:6~

 

 

 

Let’s start with a quote from Bro. Don Meadows.  “Don’t freak out.  Faith up!”

 

 

 

Speaking of faith, I have not found that any of our area churches are canceling services today.  They may make some adjustments, but so far, so closures.  If you feel your health is compromised, feel free to stay at home and enjoy a local service on your computer or phone.  That’s what we do.

 

 

 

 

Today is a National Day of Prayer for our country, called for by President Trump.https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=1v6wtnmJYIw

 

Put in special effort to help your family stay healthy.  

 

 

 

Please also say a special pray for Mrs. Ruby Dillon who would like some relief from neck pain.

 

 

 

James Morgan passed away yesterday.  Please be in prayer for his family.

 

 

 

Read the Bible in 2020 – March 14

  • Genesis 30:1-31:16
  • Matthew 10:1-23
  • Psalm 12:1-8
  • Proverbs 3:13-15

 

 

Pray for good health and no virus for everyone.  May this time be short-lived.

Anna Lee