Dear friend, do not imitate what is evil but what is good.

Anyone who does what is good is from God.

Anyone who does what is evil has not seen God.

~3 John 1:11~




Update on Yvonne Birch

 Yvonne had four by-passes yesterday morning.  She did well.  Continue to pray for her as she has some recovery time at the hospital and at home.  Thank-you for praying for her.



Update on Linda Callihan

Mom had her stitches removed and a good report from the oncology surgeon at MDA. The not so good side was this type of cancer is aggressive as it spreads like a virus. It can reappear anywhere in her body. Because of this, she will need 25 radiation treatments. We are working to schedule when the treatments will begin. Again, we appreciate all the prayers and support. – Robbie Lynn



Amber Prine Regan

Amber is a daughter, a wife, a mother, and a teacher as are some other members of her family.  Many of you will recognize the Prine name from her Osyka relatives.  She had a reoccurrence of cancer and will have a ten hour surgery at MD Anderson today.



Glenda Harrell

Glenda will have her surgery next Wednesday.  Please be praying for her.



Ann Hyde Ballard

February 11, 1933 – July 17, 2018

A resident of Roseland passed away on Tuesday, July 17, 2018 at her home surrounded by her loving family and friends. She was born February 11, 1933 in Chesbrough and was 85 years of age.

Ann was a loving mother, grandmother, great grandmother, and friend to all she knew. She began her career as a nurse and later went on to own and manage numerous family businesses.

She is survived by her daughter, Renee Ballard Durio and husband, Russell; 2 sons, Jimmy Ballard and wife, Aimee, and Freddie Carl Ballard and wife, Pearl; 12 grandchildren, Rachel Ballard, Robert Ballard, Leslie Cuti, Trenton Ballard, Jennifer Davenport, Keri Thornton, Bryan Saint, James Ballard, Josh Ballard, Logan Ballard, Baylor Blanchard, and Emilee Edwards; 14 great-grandchildren; brother, Bill Hyde and wife, Mary; sister-in-law, Sally Higgins.

Preceded in death by husband, Freddie Ballard; parents, Charles and Ethel Hyde; 2 sisters, Rita Lea and Elizabeth Stevens; 2 brothers, Charles and Johnny Hyde.

Visitation at First Baptist Church of Arcola from 9 a.m. until religious services at 1 p.m. on Friday, July 20, 2018. Services conducted by Rev. Bob Simpson. Interment Spring Creek Cemetery, Spring Creek. McKneely Funeral Home, Amite, in charge of arrangements. For an online guestbook, visit


Alan Didon of the Folsom area also passed away.  He was 13.  Bro. Darryl Miller had the privilege of telling him about Jesus and leading him to salvation as well as baptizing him about two weeks ago.  His arrangements are incomplete at this time.  Please be in prayer for the family.




Read the Bible 

  • Esther 9-10
  • Psalm 88
  • Galatians 6



Children in Action

A terrible thunder storm and heavy rain did not stop a room full of children for missions last night.  We worked to “do” missions for some local and international projects.


Mission Project Day

Saturday, from 9 – Noon, in the fellowship hall of FBC, Kentwood, we will be doing more mission projects.  If you are available and interested in missions, please feel free to join us in making items we will be using for our Operation Christmas Child shoeboxes.


“Young” Ladies’ Birthday Party

  • Tuesday at 11 A.M.
  • The Cafe
  • Celebrating July birthdays



Livia-and-The Hairclips



I believe in prayer!  Join me in praying for these needs and for many other needs.  Pray also for missions and get involved in “doing” them in ways that you can.

Anna Lee






                 “If God gives us wealth and property                                                  and lets us enjoy them,                                                              we should be grateful and                                                    enjoy what we have worked for.

It is a gift from God.”

Ecclesiastes 5:19 GNT



Bro. Justin Craft and his family have moved in as the new pastor and family at Line Creek Baptist Church.  Pray for them and the church in this new ministry.


Howard Williams has had ups and downs the last couple of days.  Keep praying for him and his family.


Update on Buddy Morris (Caring Bridge)

Chemo round 1…Done ✅

Journal entry by Ellen VandeVuss — 

Chemo round 1 is done.  Last week Daddy got chemo 3 days in a row, Wednesday, Thursday, and Friday.  Thankfully he has had no side effects from it yet.  In fact on Wednesday he seemed to have more energy and was very talkative.  The nurse told us on Thursday that there were steroids in the first day medication.  Regardless it was a welcomed change and we all enjoyed the afternoon.  After the second and third day he did not have the burst of energy, but he had no complaints.

He does not complain of being in as much pain now, and we are thankful for that.  He is having a little trouble walking because of his leg that is swollen.  The swelling in his leg did seem to improve after chemo but has not gone away completely.

We plan to enjoy the next two weeks with only one doctor appointment and weekly blood work.  The second round of chemo is scheduled for August 1,2,3.  This is what we know for sure.  We have learned that things can change quickly.  For now the plan is for him to have another scan after the second round of chemo and see how the chemo is working.  We will have an appointment with Dr. Rameriz (the neuroendocrine specialist) after the scan to determine the next steps.

We cannot thank you enough for all of your prayers.  Please continue, and join us in thanking God for the good days that he is having.

May the Lord bless you.  May you enjoy the good things that come all the days of your life.  
Psalm 128:5

Yvonne Birch‘s by-pass surgery is scheduled for 7 A.M. tomorrow.  Please be in prayer for her.
Linda Callihan is scheduled to learn her treatment plan today.  Please pray for Linda and her family.

Rebecca Kay Forman

November 29, 1946 – July 14, 2018

Rebecca Kay Forman, a resident of Kentwood, passed away on Saturday, July 14, 2018 at Kentwood Manor Nursing Home. She was born November 29,1946 in Hattiesburg, MS and was 71 years of age. She worked as a bookkeeper for Garner Trucking and was a member of First Baptist Church of Kentwood. She is survived by her brother, Bill Prine (Jeanette), Clarksville, TN; sister, Rena Prine Bufkin (Jimmie), Wesson, MS and numerous nieces and nephews. Preceded in death by her husband, Noel Forman; son, Shannon Forman and her parents, Wesley and Lorena Prine. A Memorial Service will be held at 10 AM on Saturday, July 21, 2018 at First Baptist Church of Kentwood. Services conducted by Rev Darryl Miller. McKneely Funeral Home, Kentwood, in charge of arrangements. For an online guestbook, visit





Read the Bible

  • Esther 5-6
  • Ps. 87
  • Gal. 4




Saturday, we will be working on mission projects at FBC, Kentwood from 9 A.M. to Noon.  The is no membership or age requirement.  I hope to see many of you there.  We will be in the fellowship hall.  You may want to being a few rocks, some hotel soap, yarn scraps, or narrow ribbon with you.



May your day be blessed as you bless the life of someone else!

Anna Lee







Monday’s WMU Report

I have to tell you God blessed us so much at the WMU meeting this morning. For the first time ever, I chose not to invite a speaker, but to let our ladies show some of their mission projects. Wow! The ladies did a wonderful job bringing in lots of crafts to share and lots of items to give away.

We had a number of first-time ladies today. I wish I had a good count, but I don’t. Trust me, many of those ladies who came for the first time will be back for our next meeting in September.

We sang Christmas carols today. I never would had come up with that idea, but Judy Noonan did. It was wonderful!
We had an opportunity to look around at all the items the ladies are working on for various mission projects. Ladies were taking notes and taking pictures so they can reproduce some of what they saw.

Two ladies who gave testimonies showed up without my knowledge. One was Linda Graves of East Fork. In her testimony she share about spending time in a hospice facility where she was expected to die. Instead, she walked out to live to do more ministry. This included singing for us again. She received a standing ovation.

Another lady shared that she had cancer again. Her ministry is to make quilts for cancer patients with the help of some volunteers and donations that are sometimes given. She offered her beautiful quits to us today to share with others who are dealing with cancer. Ladies from different churches walked out of the meeting today with those wonderful quilts. All the lady asked for was a picture for her to keep. May each quilt bring comfort to a cancer patient. May we repay her with our donations!

We shared information about bowl and spoons for shoeboxes, “witness” rocks to leave anywhere, bandana dresses, t-shirt jump ropes, felt tic-tac-toe boards, and MANY other ideas we are using to minister to others.

Mallory Hatchel, a MK from Prague, gave a family update. Meg Stevens shared a devotional and led us in praying for missionaries who have birthdays today.

Ladies brought many dishes of wonderful food. I heard more than once, how the ladies really did know how to cook.

Back to the main point, I chose not to invite a speaker for today’s meeting. God chose to send us two very special ladies. We all shared our love for God and our desire to help fulfill Matthew 28. May we live our lives studying about, praying for, and doing missions. If we don’t, ….?




This was shared on a Facebook page for Ladies of Two Rivers Baptist Churches.  If you are not a member of this group, but would like to be one, please send me your Facebook name so I can add you.


Blessed is the one who perseveres under trial because, having stood the test, that person will receive the crown of life that the Lord has promised to those who love him.

~James 1:12~



Pray for Howard Willians and his family.  Shortly after turning 90, he became very will.  His brothers and their wives are at his bedside.  Pray for peace and comfort.



Lewiston and Hillsdale have VBS this week.  Pray all goes smoothly and that many boys and girls will have the opportunity to attend this week.  Roseland’s VBS will be the last week of the month.




The WMU “Show and Tell” about mission crafts will be this morning at SCBC.  The meeting begins at 10 and ends with a covered dish meal.



Read the Bible – Today, reflect on God as “Victor” and catch-up on any readings you missed this week.



I hope to see many of you this morning.  You will be encouraged to do missions.  That’s a good thing!  

Anna Lee













 This day I call the heavens and the earth as witnesses against you that I have set before you life and death, blessings and curses.

Now choose life, so that you and your children may live

~Deuteronomy 30:19~

Bible Reading Plan
  • Esther 3-4
  • Job 29
  • Galatians 3


Please continue to pray for Yvonne Birch as she “does nothing” for a few more days while waiting for by-pass surgery Wednesday in Covington.
Robbie  Lynn C. Kirby sent me this update on her mom, Linda Callihan.  She also posted it.  I’ll share for those who may not have seen it.
Mom has been healing and resting. The hardest part has been finding how to function while taking it slow. Those who know mom can chuckle at this. We have learned that after care is better by comparing week by week and not day by day. We are preparing for the next step of care per MD Anderson and radiation. The prayers, meals, donations, and other support has been amazing. Thank you.




Devon-and-A Shoebox





  • Today is the day to announce the WMU “Show and Tell” meeting at Spring Creek Baptist Church tomorrow at 10 A.M.  We will all learn more about how we can be hands-on with our mission activities.  There will be crafts that everyone is capable of doing.  Come find the ones you want to do for missions.  The meeting will be followed by a covered dish lunch.
  • Saturday, we will have another project day for missions from nine to noon.  At the end of the meeting, you will be about to get a “shoebox” and get five items my out “stash”, including some of the items we have crafted on our project days.  You may want to bring some of the following items: medium size rocks to paint, clean, used t-shirts, highlighters, pony beads, hotel soaps, scissors, and pens.
  • The following Tuesday, July 24th, we will have out monthly “Young” Ladies’ Birthday Party at The Cafe.  Ladies being honored this month are Bobbie Magee,Barbara Erwin, Janice Hornsby, Martha  Griffith, Debbie Bales, and Anne Hurst.  Please make a special effort to contact some ladies to remind them of our gathering.
  • The children who meet for missions on Wednesday nights are spending July doing mission projects.  They are enthusiastic about missions and about making things to share.  We meet at 6 P.M.  This Wednesday, they are encouraged to bring rocks which they will paint for a local mission project.



Have a wonderful day today studying God’s Word and worshipping Him with others.  Sunday School begins at 9:15 and worship at 10:30.

Anna Lee




Love the Lord your God with all your heart

and with all your soul

and with all your mind

and with all your strength.’

~Mark 12:30~




Read the Bible

  • Neh. 11-13
  • Job 28
  • Gal. 1



The Mission Church volunteers in Haiti have been able to successfully leave Haiti.  All those who were in Haiti when the unrest began, are thankful for your prayers.



Phillip Strickland needs to be added back to our prayer list.



Jacob Yarborough has now had his second treatment.  Pray for him and his family, please.




Brenda Russell asks for prayers for her daughter, Jana, again.  She has an infection and shingles.




Pray for Amy Tolar.  Her mom, Julia Valentine, passed away.

Julia Ann Valentine

November 12, 1951 – July 10, 2018
Born in Knoxville, TN
Resided in Punta Gorda, FL



Today is a good day to “Count Your Many Blessings”.

Anna Lee




…fixing our eyes on Jesus, the pioneer and perfecter of faith.

For the joy set before him he endured the cross, scorning its shame, and sat down at the right hand of the throne of God.

Hebrews 12:2



Pray for Glenda Harrell as she is having a heart issue and will possibly need a stent.



Elizabeth Faye Bennett

February 09, 1939 – July 10, 2018

Elizabeth Faye Bennett, a resident of Kentwood, passed away on Tuesday, July 10, 2018 at The Carpenter House in Baton Rouge. She was born February 9, 1939 in New Orleans and was 79 years of age. She was an active member of Pine Ridge United Methodist Church. She was a loving mother and grandmother and enjoyed taking care of her family. She is survived by her two daughters, Karen Sue Corrick and husband, Scott, Pride, and Jennifer Bennett Wolford and husband, John, Powhatan, VA; son, Greg Bennett and wife, Emily, Brookhaven, MS; 8 grandchildren and her great granddaughter. Preceded in death by her husband, Nathan J. Bennett; parents, Daniel and Elizabeth Addison Brabham; son, David Bradley Bennett; and her granddaughter, Kaylee Elizabeth Bennett. Visitation at Pine Ridge United Methodist Church from 9 AM until religious services at 11 AM on Saturday, July 14, 2018. Services conducted by Rev. Michael Townsend. Interment Pine Ridge Cemetery, Kentwood. McKneely Funeral Home, Kentwood, in charge of arrangements. For an online guestbook, visit

Eddie Clayton Welch (1932 – 2018)

Eddie Clayton Welch, 86, of Kentwood, passed away, Tuesday , July 10, 2018 at St. Helena Parish Hospital in Greensburg, LA. He was born January 8, 1932 in Gillsburg, MS. He was the son of Eddie and Olevia Frazier Welch. He was a retired forester beginning his career with Crown Zellerbach. He was a proud U.S. Army veteran of the Korean War. Mr. Eddie enjoyed gardening and working with honey bees. His favorite pastime was riding and sightseeing, riding his golf cart in the woods and was a devoted country music fan. He is preceded in death by his parents; one brother, E.H. Welch of Kentwood; three sisters, Willie Murl Welch, Dorothy Nell Welch Connelly and Joyce Welch who passed away as an infant. He is survived by his wife of 22 years, Wilma Cutrer Smith Welch of Kentwood: his children, Bonnie Welch Sonnier of Pride, Debbie Welch Marionneaux of Lutcher, Edward W. Welch of Denham Springs, Liz Welch Smith and husband, Lonny Smith of Lottie and Wayne Smith and wife, Margaret Smith of Liberty, MS; two brothers and their spouses, James and Murline Welch and Walter and Ella Welch all of Greensburg; numerous grandchildren and great-grandchildren, cousins and nieces and nephews. Visitation is Thursday, July 12, at First Baptist Church in Kentwood from 11AM until services at 2PM with Bro. Darryl Miller officiating. Burial with military honors will follow in Woodland cemetery under the direction of Sharkey Funeral Home in Summit. Pallbearers are Lonny Smith, Rob Cope, Jr. Blake Hamel, Wayne Smith, Wesley Holmes and Brock Hargis. Honorary pallbearer will be Edward Welch. Share condolences at


Read the Bible

  • Neh. 8-10
  • Ps. 85
  • 2 Cor. 13



The next WMU meeting which will be about missions opportunities and crafting for missions. We will meet on Monday, July 16th, at Spring Creek Baptist Church at 10 A.M.  followed by a covered dish meal.  Bring someone with you. Bring samples of mission crafting you have done or plan to do. The can be for OCC Shoeboxes, mission trips, neighborhood missions, etc. The point is we can all learn from a good show-and-tell for missions. See you on the 16th.



Whose life will you influence today?

Anna Lee