Jesse Dean

Jesse is home. He had a long day yesterday. Majel is scheduled to return to school Tuesday. Please continue to pray for both of them

Aaron Hill

Aaron’s echo this morning showed a little too much pressure in the right side of his heart. They had cut his nitric oxide in anticipation of extubating him today, but that was evidently too hard on his heart and lungs. Also, b/c his urine output has been low, he was getting rather swollen. They have now given him another diuretic to help him get rid of the extra fluid and have told us they are going to take things really slow to give him plenty of time to adjust. We are impatient (as is Aaron) b/c we really want to hold him again and the removal of the ventilator, chest tube, catheter, etc., are the steps we want to take in that direction. We know Aaron doesn’t like the tube down his nose/throat (he tries to cry but can’t make sound because of the tube), so that makes us anxious to get rid of it even more. We don’t like to see him hurt and hate that we can’t comfort him when he cries. We must pray for patience for ourselves and little Aaron as we wait for his body to be ready for these steps.

Happy Good Friday to everyone. Don’t forget to celebrate the reason for this Easter weekend!


Someone that David and I have known all our lives and most of you have know for many years has developed a serious health issue. Please pray for this individual.

Becki and the children made it safely home yesterday afternoon. Thanks for praying for them as they traveled. Pray for all those who have miles to travel and stops to make in the coming days.

Baptist Press – Thursday

TENNESSEE–Resurrection of Christ is the heart of the Gospel.

TENNESSEE–Did Jesus really rise from the dead?

NORTH CAROLINA–2 thieves represent mankind, pastor says.

GEORGIA–Proclaiming Easter’s message all year long.

TEXAS–Judge dismisses suit against Southwestern.

KENTUCKY–Mohler recovering from surgery.

TENNESSEE–Extreme winter calls for quick response.

WASHINGTON–LIFE DIGEST: Pro-lifers should avoid ‘Idol Gives Back,’ leader says.

TENNESSEE–Still hospitalized, prayer lifts UU duo.

LOUISIANA–Jena embraces ‘whatever God wants.’

SOUTH CAROLINA–FIRST-PERSON (Frank Page): A 10-year evangelistic strategy.

GEORGIA–FIRST-PERSON (Henry Blackaby): Resurrection power.

Friday Afternoon

Aaron Hill

Well, Aaron had a pretty good night and morning. His heart rate is now down in the 150s to 160s, an improvement from the past couple of days. Although we thought they might take him off the ventilator, he is more swollen today and the drs don’t think his kidneys are functioning well enough to take him off just yet. We are disappointed, particularly b/c having that tube down his nose and throat is really bothering him. Plus, they don’t want to put in his feeding tube and give him a real meal until they have extubated him. So, we continue to wait on that big step… They came around and did an echo earlier, but we don’t know the results from it yet, so we wait on that as well.

A continued thanks for each post and prayer. A special thank you to Amy from Jackson–a HRHS mommy whom I have never met– for your sweet call this morning. There is so much sadness here. More than many would ever imagine. It truly is a giant blessing to have so many prayers going up for Aaron each day. We would be lost without them.

Betty Taylor

  • Continues to improve
  • Still sore, but much better each day
  • Said “God is so good!’
  • Thanks you for praying for her

First Baptist Church, Kentwood

Nursery Volunteers

  • Sunday, Marc 21
  • Justin & Wendy Fowler
  • Eleanor Morris
  • Gretchen Simpson
  • Lily Edwards

Nursery Volunteers are Needed

  • 8:15 Service
  • Sunday, 3-23-08

Business Meeting

  • Wednesday,Marc 26th

Birthday Celebration

  • Mrs. Mickey Cade
  • 75th birthday
  • Saturday, March 29th
  • Fellowship Hall
  • 2:00 – 4:00

Migrant Health Kits

  • Shampoo
  • Comb
  • Deodorant
  • Washcloth
  • Soap
  • Toothpaste
  • Toothbrush
  • Church will provide a Bible
  • Place items in a gallon size Ziploc bag
  • Deadline – Wed., April 2

Easter Schedule

  • 8:15 Worship
  • 9:15 Sunday School
  • 10:30 Worship
  • No evening activities


  • Surprise Easter Egg Hung
  • Sunday, March 30th
  • During AWANA time
  • Bring 6 candy-filled plastic eggs.

Annie Armstrong Easter Offering

  • Goal: $13,000.00
  • Received: $2,058.00
  • Bring your “Annie” eggs Sunday!




“It was necessary for the Christ to suffer

and to rise from the dead the third day,

and that repentance and remission of sins

should be preached in His name to all nations,”

~Luke 24:46b-47a, CEV~



Mr. Huey Miller


Mr. Huey Miller, owner of John’s Hitching Post, had surgery for stomach cancer. The doctors think they removed all the cancer. Please pray for the Miller family.



Baby Rebecca


Little Rebecca went to be with the Lord last night. (Wednesday)

Amy and Eddy have a hard time ahead.

And everyone that loves them, Two of the best!!!



Frann Clark



Kristin took Frann to the doctor. Kristin was the “extra ears” so no information would be missed. Frann was very pleased with her doctor and his explanations. She will be taking medication for her nerve endings and taking physical therapy. The MRI showed her fractures had healed. Pray for Frann as she continues to deal with her health issues and with her husband, Riley, who needs constant care.




Aura (Romania)




Please pray for Aura. She has been battling a cold for over a month. Pray for God’s healing hands upon her.

Thank you!


Please pray for me this week and in the weeks to come.
I have been fighting a cold for over a month and a half now and I know that this is not normal…every time it gets a little better and I think it is going away, it comes back with a vengence… and now it’s happening again. The fact that I work with kids who have been sick all winter doesn’t help. Please pray for healing! I am going on vacation on Wednesday evening and I really don’t want to go away sick. You can also pray for the upcoming trip. I am really excited and have realized these last few days how much I need this time away. Pray for safety and a time of refreshment.

be blessed,






Jesus is the reason for the season!



Anna Lee


“Not all people who sound religious are really godly.

They may refer to me as ‘Lord,’

but they still won’t enter the Kingdom of Heaven.

The decisive issue is whether they obey my Father in heaven.”

~Matthew 7:21 (NLT)~

You are invited to a share group at the Alford cabin tonight at 6:30.

Pray for all those who will travel in the next 7-10 days.

Jesse Dean received two more units of blood. He’s having some problems, but they should not keep him in rehabilitation any extra days.

Larry Bankston of Arcola had three stents put in his heart this week. Pray for him as he needs to make some lifestyle changes.

Ralph E. Owens, Jr.

March 16, 1958 – March 18, 2008

Died at 6:05 PM on Tuesday March 18, 2008 at his residence. He was 50, a native of Baton Rouge and a resident of Mt. Nebo. Visitation at the McKneely & Vaughn Funeral Home, Amite on Thursday, March 20, 2008 from 6:00PM until 9:00PM and 10:00AM until Religious Services at 1:00PM Friday, March 21, 2008 in the Funeral Home Chapel, Conducted by Rev. Gary Weiborg. Interment at the Dees Cemetery. Survived by his Children-John Lewis, Clifford, & Robin Brooke-Amite, Mother-Gayle D. Owens-Mt. Nebo, Sister-Donna Owens, Mt. Nebo, Brother-John Owens-Petal, MS. Preceded in death by: Father-Ralph E. Owens, Sr., Grandparents-Theopolis & Rosaline Owens and Perry & Lena Mae Dees. Ralph, Jr. enjoyed spending time with his friends & family, cooking, telling stories, but really enjoyed cooking for others (mystery meat was his specialty). He will be sadly missed by many. In lieu of flowers the family request donations to the American Cancer Society or a Charity of your choice. McKneely & Vaughn Funeral Home is located on I-55 & Hwy 16W next to Coggins-Gentry Ford. An on-line Guestbook is available at




A game warden noticed how a particular fellow named Sam consistently caught more fish than anyone else, whereas the other guys would only catch three or four a day. Sam would come in off the lake with a boat full.

Stringer after stringer was always packed with freshly caught trout. The warden, curious, asked Sam his secret. The successful fisherman invited the game warden to accompany him and observe. So the next morning the two met at the dock and took off in Sam’s boat. When they got to the middle of the lake, Sam stopped the boat, and the warden sat back to see how it was done.

Sam’s approach was simple. He took out a stick of dynamite, lit it, and threw it in the air. The explosion rocked the lake with such a force that dead fish immediately began to surface. Sam took out a net and started scooping them up.

Well, you can imagine the reaction of the game warden. When he recovered from the shock of it all, he began yelling at Sam. “You can’t do this! I’ll put you in jail, buddy! You will be paying every fine there is in the book!”

Sam, meanwhile, set his net down and took out another stick of dynamite. He lit it and tossed it in the lap of the game warden with these words, “Are you going to sit there all day complaining, or are you going to fish?”

Seems to me we have two similar options as Christians — we can spend our time complaining or we can “fish.” Jesus, of course, used the concept of fishing to describe the work of evangelism (“Follow Me, and I will make you fishers of men.” — Matthew 4:19). The method we use does not involve dynamite, but it does involve the word from which dynamite comes to us — “dunamis,” the Greek word for “power.”

“For I am not ashamed of the gospel of Christ,

for it is the power of God to salvation

for everyone who believes,

for the Jew first and also for the Greek.”

~Romans 1:16~

I’ve known some folks in the church who use the “dunamis” of the gospel to fish for souls, and I’ve known other folks content to do nothing but sit back and complain about what everybody else is or isn’t doing. It’s your choice — Are you going to complain or are you going to fish?

Have a great day!

Alan Smith
Helen Street Church of Christ
Fayetteville, North Carolina

“Just as Christ was raised from the dead

by the glory of the Father,

so we too may walk in a new way of life.”

~Romans 6:4b, HCSB~

Wednesday Afternoon


Aaron Hill

Noon posting

Frann Clark

Aaron has gone into surgery. It was hard to give him over this morning. Please pray for his strength and healing. The surgery should last about 3 hours


William George “Billy” Yager, Jr.

(October 8, 1969 – March 18, 2008)

Died at 9:30PM on Tuesday, March 18, 2008 at his residence near Kentwood, LA. He was a native of Los Palmas, Spain. Age 38 years. Visitation at McKneely Funeral Home, Kentwood, from 11 a.m. on Saturday until religious services at 1 p.m. Saturday. Services conducted by Rev. Danny Smith. Interment Hungarian Presbyterian Church Cemetery, Albany, LA. Survived by wife, Heather Jacobsen Yager, Kentwood, 2 daughters, Megan Kinney, Ponchatoula, Laura Lyn Louise Yager, Kiln, MS, step-daughter, Rachae Lynn Booty, Kentwood, sister, Angel L. Yager, Poplarville, MS, mother, Frances Yates and her husband, Jerry, Houston, TX, father, William G. ‘Bill” Yager, Sr. and his wife, Jackie, Springfield, grandmother, Lucille Teston, Slidell. Preceded in death by infant brother, grandparents, John K. Yager, Stella Yager, Joseph G. Melling

Charlie Hayden Singleton

(December 18, 1925 – March 18, 2008)

Died at 2:39PM on Tuesday, March 18, 2008 at North Oaks Medical Center in Hammond, LA. He was a native and resident of Roseland, LA. Age 82 years. He was a U. S. Navy Veteran of World War II. Visitation at McKneely Funeral Home, Amite, from 6 p.m. until 9 p.m. on Friday and from 8 a.m. until religious services at 11 a.m. Saturday. Services conducted by Rev. Herb Cowan. Interment Arcola-Roseland Cemetery, Arcola, LA. Survived by daughter, Sandra Miller and her husband, William Miller, Roseland , 5 grandchildren, Felix Singleton, Kimberly Spitale, Matthew Spitale, Mark Spitale and Samantha Spitale, 1 great-grandson, Owen Spitale, 2 sisters, Juanita Pritchett, Roseland and Almeda Miller, Amite, 1 brother, Dudley Singleton, Roseland, and numerous nieces and nephews. He was preceded in death by his wife, Wilsie Fussell Singleton, 2 sons, Bobby Lee Singleton and Felix Ray Singleton, 3 brothers, Theodore Singleton, Henson Singleton and William Singleton

Ralph E. Owens Jr.

(March 16, 1958 – March 18, 2008)

Died at 6:05 PM on Tuesday March 18, 2008 at his residence.He was 50 years old.Funeral arrangements are incomplete at this time.


Call upon Me in the day of trouble;

I will deliver you,

and you shall glorify Me.

~Psalm 50:15 ~


This continues to be a time to pray for babies!

Just received an e-mail & checked the site.

Frann Clark

Hey everyone!

Have received word from Philadelphia that our little man did great with his heart cath. The doctors have scheduled Aaron’s surgery for tomorrow and are going to attempt the two-sided repair procedure. Please pray that everything will go well with this and our little man will continue to be the little trooper he has been throughout all of this. Please pray for the doctors as they work on little Aaron. We know ultimately he is in the Great Physician’s hands but we pray for the doctor’s hands to be ready to shape his little heart into what it should be. Also, please pray for Faith and Scott to give them a sense of peace as they anxiously prepare for tomorrow. Faith will post later tonight hopefully. They are still at the hospital and unable to use the telephone or computers.


Woke up & decided to check the web site. Glad I did. I know most of you are asleep but please pray for Aaron & his family when you wake up Wednesday morning. Info from site is below is from his mother, Faith Risher Hill.

Frann Smith Clark

We have had a long day at the hospital with Aaron, but he has been a wonderful little patient. He was in recovery from the cath until nearly 7 p.m. and now we are in a private room. After completing the cath, Dr. Gillespie and Dr. Szwast talked with Dr. Spray (our surgeon) and all concurred that we should proceed with the two-sided repair procedure. His mitral valve is somewhat abnormal, but in the opinion of the doctors would sustain Aaron’s heart. Because Dr. Spray had an opening tomorrow for surgery, we were provided this option and decided to proceed with surgery tomorrow to get Aaron headed toward his new heart. Aaron will be the second surgical case, so we aren’t sure what time they will start on him, but it should be before noon.

Understandably, we are worried about what tomorrow holds. After hearing what must be done to Aaron and all the complications that could arise, including his death, we are inexplicably frightened at what his body will face. When you pray for Aaron and his strength and the wisdom and strength of the surgical team, please pray for strength for Scott and I to get through this trial. We must take care of Aaron as God intended us to be his parents long before we knew him. We won’t make it without the prayers of our friends and family.

We love you all.

Rebecca is the child at North Oaks I asked you to pray for. My sister, Carolyn, wrote this request.

Amy and Eddy met with three doctors last week who all agreed to unplug Rebecca ‘s respirator last Wednesday, but Amy and Eddy didn’t have a peace about it so they didn’t unplug it. Sunday night Rebecca contracted an infection. The doctors took her off her heart medication and put her on an antibiotic. Monday afternoon her oxygen had dropped to 40% the nurses said it would continue to drop, Amy read the Bible to Rebecca and Eddy held her in his arms, she turned blue and cold. God heard the prayers again, her oxygen went up to 62%, she got her color back and never had so much energy. What an extreme emotional roller coaster they are on!!! Thousands are praying for them!

Jeffrey (my nephew at Loranger High) has a music festival tomorrow, one song they will play is “A Child’s Embrace”, written by a composer when his wife had a baby. The band was playing it with no emotion. Jeff feeling so much for Rebecca told them about her, then they played awesome! Afterward a student said “We played good Mr. Jeff, tell us that story again.” Another student ask if they could dedicate it to Rebecca tomorrow. Of course they will! KEEP PRAYING !

Update from Betty Taylor:

. . . . I am better today, I am walking a little on sone crutches,not much ,but some .Thank you for your prayers. Yes I am sore.Thank GOD I am ok.It could have been worse.Continue to pray for me and Andy .

thanks again

Please pray for the Owens family, especially his mother, Gail. Ralph was 50.

Ralph Owens Jr passed away this evening. Please keep Gail and the family in your prayers.

Gary Wieborg

Ralph E. Owens Jr.

(March 16, 1958 – March 18, 2008)

Died at 6:05 PM on Tuesday March 18, 2008 at his residence.He was 50 years old. Funeral arrangements are incomplete at this time.


Mike Benson


I HAD JUST finished preaching on the heartaches of life, when a couple approached me at the front of the church building…

The woman told me about the burden they bore as a family. Their young son had severe physical problems, and the strain of the constant care of this needy little guy, coupled with the heartache of knowing they couldn’t improve his situation, sometimes felt unbearable.

As the couple shared, with tears in their eyes, their little daughter stood with them—listening and watching. Seeing the obvious hurt etched by tears on her mother’s face, the girl reached up and gently wiped the tears from her mother’s cheek. It was a simple gesture of love and compassion, and a profound display of concern from one so young.

Our tears often blur our sight and prevent us from seeing clearly. In those moments, it can be an encouragement to have a friend who cares enough to love us in our pain and walk with us in our struggles.

Even though friends can be a help, only Christ can reach beyond our tears and touch the deep hurts of our hearts. His comfort can carry us through the struggles of our lives until that day when God Himself wipes away every tear from our eyes. (Bill Crowder)

“And God will wipe away every tear from their eyes;

there shall be no more death,

nor sorrow,

nor crying.

There shall be no more pain,

for the former things have passed away.”

~Rev. 21:4~

Once again, thank-you for being there to pray each day. You have a big assignment today, but I know God and you are up to the challenge.

Anna Lee

Tuesday Afternoon



Frann Clark shared this information about Aaron Hill from Caring Bridge:

Hello, All. Just wanted to drop a quick note that Aaron is in the cath lab right now. He was a very good little trooper this morning despite having to fast. They started about 8:30 and we’ve had one update that he’s doing well. They should be done within an hour or two, then we will meet with the cardiologists to discuss the results. I will try to update everyone later today on the surgical plan that evolves. Please keep praying for Aaron.

Monica Smith shared this about Conner Corkern:

i work at peoples bank and we have a donation account set up for Connor – if anyone would like to make a donation all they have to do is go to any of our locations and ask to put money in his account – the money will help his family on his quest for sight.