Wednesday

“People who promise things they never give

are like clouds and wind that bring no rain.”

 ~Proverbs 25:14 GNT~

 

 

 

Please add Larry Bankston of Roseland to your prayer list.  He is in ICU at North Oaks.

 

 

 

David‘s blood level was 9.1 yesterday.  He got his Procrit injection and is lined up for another one last week.  That number is lower than it has been in recent weeks, but higher than it was for many months.  David surprised another nurse practitioner who saw him in the hallway.  She was shocked to see him with a cane, not a walker!  God has been so good to us!  Thanks for your many prayers.

 

 

 

Read the Bible – Day 8 of 2020

  • Genesis 18:16 – 19:38
  • Matthew 6:25 – 7:14
  • Psalm 8: 1-9
  • Proverbs 8:6-15

OR

https://oneyearbibleonline.com/nltaudio/?nltdt=0108

 

 

 

As we consider the problems in the Middle East today, let us focus on Joshua 1:9.

Have I not commanded you? Be strong and courageous. Do not be afraid; do not be discouraged, for the LORD your God will be with you wherever you go.” NIV

This lets us know that NOW is a good time to pray for our country!

 

 

 

Our trips to Ochsner in Baton Rouge have allowed us to stop and shop some for Operation Christmas Child.  That’s like “taking lemons and making lemonade”!  

 

 

 

Enjoy the change of temperatures today!

Anna Lee

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Tuesday

“Today I am giving you a choice.

You can choose life and success or death and disaster.

I am commanding you to be loyal to the LORD, to live the way he has told you, and to obey his laws and teachings.

You are about to cross the Jordan River and take the land that he is giving you.

If you obey him, you will live and become successful and powerful.” 

~Deuteronomy 30:15-16~

 

 

Randy and Melody Walker are asking for prayers as they await results of a MRI to be done tomorrow.  Their 16 year old daughter, Leah Grace, who has already had a brain tumor removed will be the patient.  She had not problems following the original surgery.

 

 

 

There is much sickness and several procedures happening for friends and family.  Please be thankful if you are healthy and prayerful for those who have problems.

 

 

 

Sunday morning, we stayed home to miss the big crowd due to David’s fragile health, but  were watching the live broadcast.  We are thankful for the opportunity to be a part of the service that way.  We are thankful for another couple joining our church Sunday.  Next Sunday, the service will begin with another baptism.  Way to go, God!

 

 

Read the Bible in 2020 – January 7

  • Genesis 16:1 – 18:15
  • Matthew 6: 1-24
  • Psalm 7: 1-17
  • Proverbs 2: 1-5

 

 

Thanks to the Sunday School classes/individuals who have made their plans and started to shop for Operation Christmas Child.  I hope the participation will help people understand how they can be missionaries to children/families in other parts of the world.

 

 

I realize many people don’t sleep at night.  Let’s pray for them to get the rest they need at night to function as necessary during the day.  

Anna Lee

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Monday

“Today I am giving you a choice.

You can choose life and success or death and disaster.

I am commanding you to be loyal to the LORD,

to live the way he has told you,

and to obey his laws and teachings.

You are about to cross the Jordan River

and take the land that he is giving you.

If you obey him, you will live and become successful and powerful.”

 ~Deuteronomy 30:15-16 CEV~

 

 

 

Read the Bible in 2020 OR Listen to the Bible in 2020

Last night at church, Yvonne Birch told me she chose to use her phone app for the Bible readings and is enjoying it so much better than when she had to do the reading for herself.  She shared that the introduction before the reading brought you up-to-date and set the tone.  It takes only about 25 minutes.  I want to tell you how excited she is so you can reconsider reading and just listen.  For me, I choose to read so I can go at my own pace and mark in my Bible as I choose.  You see, the teacher in me knows that is my learning style.  I will probably try it just to give it a try.   You may want to do so too.

OneYearBibleOnline.com

Readings for January 6:

  • Genesis 13: 5 – 15:21
  • Matthew 5: 27-48
  • Psalm 6: 1-10
  • Proverbs 1: 29-33

 

 

 

WMU Quarterly Meeting – January 20th at EFBC at 10 A.M.

 

 

 

Frances Glass Day

November 03, 1936 – January 03, 2020

Frances Glass Day, a resident of Kentwood, passed away on Friday, January 3, 2020 at her home. She was born November 3, 1936 in Alexandria, LA and was 83 years of age. Frances taught elementary school is Osyka, MS, Valley Forge Academy, and Tangipahoa Parish. She retired in 2003 after teaching elementary and migrant education in Tangipahoa Parish for over 20 years. Frances was a caring and loving teacher who in 1990 was recognized for her outstanding work in the migrant program by the Arkansas Department of Education in Little Rock, AR. She is survived by her daughter, Cherie Crawford and husband, Kenneth Crawford, Jr.; son, Tim Day and wife, Sylvia Day; grandchildren, Kenneth Crawford, III, and fiancé, Kim Vicaro, Celia Crawford Wortham and husband, Adam, Shelly Crawford Moritz and husband, Michael, and Christopher Crawford;  great-grandchildren, Naomi Wallace Moritz, Brennan Moritz, Caroline Frances Moritz, Henry Kyle Wortham, and William Scott Wortham; step-great-grandchildren, Brodie McElveen, Landon Bullock, Colton Bridges, and Sage Bridges; brother, George Glass and wife, Linda; and her beloved pet, Mari Anne. She was preceded in death by parents, Lee Otis Glass and Effie Glass; husband, Wallace Day; and son, Lee Scott Day.  Visitation will be at McKneely Funeral Home, Kentwood, from 6:00PM until 9:00PM on Monday. Visitation will resume on Tuesday at Tangipahoa United Methodist Church from 8:00AM until religious services at 10:00AM. Interment will follow at Tangipahoa Cemetery. Pallbearers will be Kenneth Crawford, III, Christopher Crawford, Adam Wortham, Michael Moritz, Brodie McElveen, and Landon Bullock. For an online guestbook, visit http://www.mckneelys.com

 

 

 

Margaret V. Givens

September 25, 1934 – January 03, 2020

Mrs. Margaret V. Givens, 85, of Osyka passed from this life on January 3, 2020 at Merit Health Wesley in Hattiesburg, MS.

Mrs. Margaret was born September 25, 1934 and was the daughter of Curtis Varnado and Hoyt Dickey Varnado. She was a lifelong member of Mt. Zion Baptist Church where she served as the Sunday School secretary for 41 years. She loved the Lord and loved to serve at her church. She loved to care for others, sending different cards to people, get well, birthday, anniversary, thank you and thinking of you etc. She also loved to sew and crotchet. She was a loving wife, sister and friend.

Preceding her death are her parents and two sisters, Beth Humphreys and Loraine Varnado.

She is survived by her husband of 51 good years, Mr. James “Jimmy” Givens of Osyka, MS and one nephew, Mark Humphreys and Marsha of Madison, MS and their children, Andrew, Brian and Leah.

Visitation will be Tuesday, January 7, 2020 from 9AM until time of services at 11AM at Mt. Zion Baptist Church in Osyka, MS. Burial to follow in the church cemetery. Bro. Melvin Rushing, Bro. Richie Fortenberry and Bro. Billy Ray Simmons will be officiating and Sharkey Funeral Homes in charge of arrangements.

Pallbearers will be Jonathan Rhodus, James Brumfield, Ben Strickland, Dale Sandifer, Darryl Sandifer and Mark Humphreys. Honorary Pallbearers will be her nephews.

Share condolences at sharkeyfuneralhome.com.

 

 

 

Have a great day because if you are reading this, God gave you this day!

Anna Lee

 

 

 

Sunday

“May [God] keep us centered and devoted to him,

following the life path that he has cleared,

watching the signposts,

walking at the pace and rhythms

he laid down for our ancestors.” 

~1 Kings 8:58 The Message~

 

 

 

Read your Bible in 2020 – Day 5 

  • Genesis 11:1 – 13:4
  • Matthew 5: 1-26
  • Psalm 5: 1-12
  • Proverbs 1: 24-28

 

 

Several people have important appointments/procedures next week.  Keep them covered with your prayers.

  • Smiley Conerly
  • Ferrie Gene Blackmon
  • Donald “Red” Alford

 

 

Ida Mae Lindsey Carter

November 30, 1934 – January 03, 2020

Ida Mae Lindsey Carter, a resident of Kentwood, passed away on Friday, January 3, 2020 at North Oaks Medical Center in Hammond. She was born November 30, 1934 in Kentwood and was 85 years old. She is survived by her sisters, Margaret Cutrer, Thelma Guillory, Betty Howell and husband, James “Buddy” Howell, and Virgie Slaven; aunt, Pearline Smith; and many loving nieces, nephews, cousins, and friends. She is preceded in death by her parents, Louella and William Lindsey, II; husband, Daniel Leroy Carter; sisters, Geneva Wall and husband, Daniel Wall; Viola Bennett, Bessie Travis, and Tempee Williams; brother, William Lindsey, III, and wife, Mae; and numerous aunts and uncles; nieces, Sharon Howell, Barbara Jean Lindsey, and Chrissie Garner; nephew, Clarence Lindsey; great-niece, Melissa Ricks; great-nephews, Sidney Ricks, Jr. and Hunter McGregor. The family would like to thank Tommy Simmons, Kentwood Fire Department and the staff at North Oaks Medical Center for their help during this time. Visitation will be at McKneely Funeral Home, Kentwood, from 9:00AM until religious services at 11:00AM on Monday, January 6, 2020. Services conducted by Rev. David Cutrer. Interment will follow in Woodland Cemetery, Kentwood. For an online guestbook, visit http://www.mckneelys.com.

 

 

Week one of our Operation Christmas Child focus is changing into week two.  I trust you have/will donate money or the suggested item for your class/age group.  You have all month to contribute as the Lord leads you.  Don’t try to reach for a certain number.  Just do what God leads you to do.  It’s not about us!  It’s about the recipients of the shoeboxes and their introduction to Jesus.  How important is that to you?  This is one way we can all be missionaries!  I’m thankful to say that David is feeling stronger now and has been helping me shop and open packages for OCC.  We both love this opportunity and make it a twelve month per year project at our house.  Get involved and get excited!  Think of the children and their families who will be impacted by out “shoeboxes”!

 

 

 

Have a great Lord’s Day! 

“May [God] keep us centered….”

Anna Lee

 

 

 

 

 

Saturday

“May [God] keep us centered and devoted to him, following the life path that he has cleared, watching the signposts, walking at the pace and rhythms he laid down for our ancestors.”

~1 Kings 8:58 The Message~

 

 

 

Daily Bible Readings for Saturday, January 4

  • Genesis 5:1 – 10: 32
  • Matthew 4: 12-25
  • Psalm 4: 1-8
  • Proverbs 1:20-23

 

 

 

A large number of people at FBC, Kentwood picked up a daily Bible reading guide.  There were only a couple left yesterday, so more were printed and are now available.  I’m thankful that many are interested in reading together this year.  Let’s keep it up for the entire year.  If you miss a day, just read extra the next day.  If you didn’t start yet, it’s not too late,  You can get a copy of the plan Sunday and make Sunday day one or read a little extra each day for about a week and be caught up by this time next week.  It doesn’t even matter if you choose to read at a slower pace as long as you choose to read your Bible.  Remember, extra copies are available at church for those who didn’t get one yet.

 

 

 

My sister, Julie, and I worked on cutting and sewing the cutest wash cloths I have ever seen yesterday.  We made 182 before running out of fabric.  I’ll be purchasing more soon.  Who would want a plain wash cloth when they can have a colorful one with dogs, balls, etc.?  We also made them in varying sizes for the three different age groups.  I think they will be a big hit!  We will be working again in two weeks to make more so we will have enough for all the “shoeboxes” we pack. 

I also was able to make a number of matching games yesterday.  I didn’t get a count yet.  I love the idea of  working together to make items that will lead to boys and girls learn about Jesus.  Isn’t it wonderful how God can use simple things like washcloths, games, tooth brushes, school supplies, and even soap to help introduce children around the world to Jesus?   Remember, each “shoebox” impacts and average of seven lives for Jesus!

You can be a part of this ministry too.  Let me know how you want to contribute – items, shopping time, labor, funds.   I will also be happy to show any of you our project/storage room.  It will bring a smile to your face.  I know it did for my sister yesterday.  It is very rewarding to us to realize the eternal value of this mission project.

Please be in prayer for this ministry of Samaritan’s Purse.  It has grown so much and now reaches out to more and more people each year.  It’s easy and very rewarding to be a tiny part of sharing Jesus with others.  If you know of anyone who needs help getting started packing “shoeboxes”, I will be glad to help them get started.

https://www.samaritanspurse.org/what-we-do/operation-christmas-child/

Bro. Joe Baugh has a saying he uses to encourage people to get involved.  It goes something like this: “If you are not excited about ________. your firewood must be wet!”

 

 

I love telling others about Jesus.  Our mission is to go and tell.  I think “shoeboxes” do an excellent joy of giving us an unlimited opportunity to go and to tell.

Anna Lee

 

 

 

Friday

It’s smart to be patient.” 

~Proverbs 14:29 CEV~

 

 

 

Donald “Red” Alford is home again after spending several more days in St. Tammany.  His oncology visit has been postponed for a couple weeks.  Please pray for Donald and his family as they make adjustments at home for him.

God Is Using a Small Texas Church to Bless Many Thousands of Children

https://www.samaritanspurse.org/article/god-is-using-a-small-texas-church-to-bless-many-thousands-of-children/?utm_source=OCCFacebook&utm_medium=social&utm_campaign=m_YOCC-20SM&utm_content=010220_link_ARTICLE_brumbelows&fbclid=IwAR2NtVE4ERoPjsbkQFxFTEu2qQpqBI-b70DE7kRfmuSrpAi1aBkdteqOA50

 

 

 

 

 

The Greatest Journey

https://www.samaritanspurse.org/operation-christmas-child/tgj-game-app/?utm_source=OCCFacebook&utm_medium=social&utm_campaign=m_YOCC-20SM&utm_content=10220_link_APP_greatest-journey-announcement&fbclid=IwAR28h1EI0sPRVXx8CbxnjjZCEvzVHWQnmYHJ4GFQqPW6zg4e54MnuVfP69A

 

 

 

Read the Bible in 2020 – Day 3

  • Genesis 5:1 – 7: 24
  • Matthew 3: 7 – 4: 11
  • Psalm 3: 1-8
  • Proverbs 1: 10-19

 

I pulled out an old Bible to use for my readings this year and purchased some fine-point colored pins to underline, circle, star, etc.  That method keeps me fully involved in reading and learning.

 

 

 

David and I shopped briefly yesterday and found some 2019 calendars.  I will cut the pictures and place them inside the cover of the shoeboxes.  If you are capable of cutting and gluing paper, let me know when you are available to help.  Today, my sister and I are planning to make washcloths for all the shoeboxes.  I’m looking forward to our work today.

 

 

It’s smart to be patient.” 

~Proverbs 14:29 CEV~

How are you wisely and patiently using your time for others?

Anna Lee

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Thursday

“Do not withhold good from those who deserve it when it’s in your power to help them.” 

~Proverbs 3:27 NLT~

 

 

 

K.K.’s update on Josiah Huckaby 

  • Happy baby
  • Weaning off some of his medications
  • Soon to be three
  • Starting school when he turns three
  • Happy and smiling

 

 

 

Little Adrian Strickland will soon be home.  Doctors at CHNO took care of his dental issues.

 

 

 

Jules Tanksley is home from CHNO.  She received beads representing all she has been through at the hospital.

 

 

 

 

Donald Alford does not fit the same age category as they three I already listed.  Donald was called back to the hospital Tuesday and has been undergoing texts and observations there.  He should be able to return home today.  Please continue to pray for Donald and his family.

 

 

 
Read the Bible in 2020

January 2

  • Genesis 3: 1-4, 26
  • Matthew 2: 13 – 3:6
  • Psalm 2: 1-12
  • Proverbs 1: 7-9

 

 

 

I’m stopping now because of the weather.  Hopefully, this will post.

Anna Lee