But Peter and John replied,

“Which is right in God’s eyes: to listen to you, or to him?

You be the judges!

As for us, we cannot help speaking about what we have seen and heard.”

~Acts 4:19-20~




I have an update on Sue Smith.  Surgery went well and she is doing fine.  Keep praying her liver transplant is a success.




Bryan’s Journey

Today is our final traveling day for this round. Ready to be home for 3 months ! All test, procedures were good. One more month long trip to Houston in the fall and he will be finished with treatments.

We are thankful for all the Prayers , telephone calls, visits, cards from all of our friends and family.

We have been blessed . God had been faithful.




Monnie Bridges McNabb

July 21, 1939 – July 07, 2020

Monnie Bridges McNabb, a resident of Kentwood, LA, passed away on Tuesday, July 7, 2020 at West Jefferson Medical Center in Marrero, LA. She was born July 21, 1939 in Tangipahoa, LA and was 80 years of age. She is survived by her husband of 60 years, John McNabb; son, Michael McNabb and wife, Kim; daughter, Monica Miley and husband, Travis; grandchildren, Courtney Woodard, Mallory Brabham and husband, Joseph, Brittany Woodard, Shelby Woodard, Christopher McNabb and wife, Brita, Landon McNabb and wife, Brooke, Kelsey Fitzgerald, Kaleigh Dyar and husband, Justin, Emily Miley, Gracie Miley and Emmett Miley; 11 great-grandchildren; sister, Billie Rae Bullock; brother, Maurice Jay Bridges and wife, Judy; sister-in-law, Ann Huff; brother-in-law, Barry McNabb and wife, Helen. Preceded in death by her parents, Willie and Tena Bridges; daughter, Lynette Woodard; brothers, Thomas “Pud” Bridges, Garland “ Rocky” Bridges and Curtis Bridges; sisters, Betty Wales and Rhonda Bridges. Visitation at McKneely Funeral Home, Kentwood, from 6:00PM until 9:00PM on Thursday and from 9:00AM until religious services at 11:00AM on Friday, July 10, 2020. Services conducted by Bro. Jerry Kennedy. Interment New Zion Cemetery, Kentwood, LA. In lieu of flowers, memorial contributions may be made to Richard Murphy Hospice Foundation, 1109 South Chestnut Street, Hammond, LA 70403. Donate For an online guestbook, visit



James “Jim’ McKean, Jr.

October 20, 1933 -July 8, 2020

James “Jim” Marshall McKean, Jr. passed on to the next life surrounded by family on July 8, 2020 at his home in Greensburg. He was born on October 20, 1933 in Slidell and was 86 years old.

A loyal member of the Iron Workers Local 623, Iron Workers Local 58, and Boilermakers Union of Baton Rouge. He worked for nearly 50 years in the construction industry. He was also a dairy farmer for many years. When he retired, he then focused on expanding and growing the family farm, raising bees and collecting honey.

He is survived by his wife Glenda Moak McKean. They were married on December 1, 1962 in New Orleans. They enjoyed 57 wonderful years together building their family farm. Also survived by siblings Bill and Paul McKean; children Lisa (David) King, daughter-in-law, Karol McKean, Patricia (David) Bartkowiak, Roy (Jan) McKean, Beckie McKean, Betty (Tommy) Turner; sisters-in-law Martha Moak Martin and Barbara (Henry) Wallace; siblings-in-law Fay McKean, Ralphadean McKean, and Henry Doughty; grandchildren Josh (Shonagh) McKean, Victoria (Jeff) Lewandrowski, Kaleigh and Jacob McKean, Tyler King, Amanda (Quentin) Freeney, Matt (Pamela) LaRoche, Christine (Joshua) Chadwick, Roy (Selena) McKean Jr., Crystal (Bobby) Finley, Tommy Jr. (Jennifer), Charlotte, DeAnn, Tammy, and Glenda McKean, Cody and Casey Goraum, Alice and Alan Turner; and numerous nieces, nephews, and great-grandchildren. He is preceded in death by parents Isabel Barber and James Marshall McKean, Sr.; sons Jimmy, Jason, and Tommy McKean; siblings Lee (Irene) McKean, Elizabeth (Leonard) Soeller, John Mckean, Theresa Doughty, Peter McKean; sister-in-law Helena McKean; sister-in-law Ester Moak Pope; sons-in-law Ronnie LaRoche, Tommy Carswell; grandson Clayton Turner.

He donated his body to science. Visitation will be 2-3 PM prior to a memorial service on Saturday, July 11, 2020 at 3:00 PM at Arcola Baptist Church, 64401 I-55 Frontage Rd, Roseland, LA 70456, where he and Glenda were members. A graveside service will be announced in the near future where his ashes will be returned to rest by his sons in Greensburg Cemetery.

Family requests either live plants or artificial flowers suitable for the cemetery in lieu of flower arrangements.

Honorary pallbearers include:
Henry Wallace, David King, Josh McKean, Jacob McKean, Tyler King, Orian Williams, Ken Pope, Kaleigh McKean, Victoria Lewandrowski.




Read the Bible in 2020 – July 9

  • 1 Chronicles 7:1-8:40
  • Acts 27:1-20
  • Psalm 7:1-17
  • Proverbs 18:22



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Vacation Bible School at FBC, Kentwood

I spoke with the secretary via phone yesterday.  She said everything was going well with VBS.  Over 100 people are in attendance each day.  The family night program will be at 5 PM Sunday.  It will be live-streamed like a regular church service.


Operation Christmas Child

Thank-you so much for the donations to Operation Christmas Child this year.  Wanda Smith has been an awesome internet shopper for some of the classes.  Thank-you so much, Wanda.




I’m very thankful for those of you who pray each day.

Anna Lee




“Two are better off than one, for they can help each other succeed.

If one person falls, the other can reach out and help.

But someone who falls alone is in real trouble.”

~Ecclesiastes 4:9-10 (NLT)~




Read. the Bible in 2020 – July 8

  • 1 Chronicles 5:18-6:81
  • Acts 26:1-32
  • Psalm 6:1-10
  • Proverbs 18:20-21

We are in the second half of the year and have read half the Bible this year.  What an accomplishment!  I’m proud of you.  If you are behind or never got started, jump in and read with us.




Do you want to learn more about being an encourager?  This podcast may be helpful to you.

Click on the red rectangle to begin.




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Mrs. Bessie Hayden is home again.  Please continue to pray for her.




Please continue to pray for Mrs. Mildred Birch as she has surgery scheduled for the end of the month.




Please continue to pray for Sue Smith, formerly of Kentwood, who had a liver transplant yesterday and has a long recovery ahead.  Thanks.




Please pray for the children and adults who are participating in Vacation Bible School.




FBC, Kentwood will be sharing prayer meeting online tonight at 6:00.  You are welcome to “tune in” with us.




Use the contact button to send prayer requests you want to have shared.

Anna Lee















“ . . . He will give a crown of beauty for ashes,

a joyous blessing instead of mourning,

festive praise instead of despair . . . ”

~Isaiah 61:3 (NLT)~




Pray for Randy Wilson and his family.  He has had emergency surgery and is facing recovery and possibly more surgery.  He requested his family sell the dairy cows.  Pray for all the family as they make big adjustments.




Pray for churches, schools, businesses, etc. as they make decisions about how to address Covid -19 on a continuing basis.




Also, pray for those with health concerns as they make decisions about daily living in the present conditions.




Nick P. Ardillo, Sr.

September 08, 1926 – July 05, 2020

Nick P. Ardillo, Sr., a resident of Amite, LA, passed away at 6:35 AM on Sunday, July 5, 2020, at his home, surrounded by loving family and listening to a favorite hymn, “Be Not Afraid.” As a family we are terribly sad to have lost the companionship and guidance of our father but are heartened by the knowledge that he will rise to be with our Father in heaven.

Nick was born September 8, 1926, in Amite, LA, and was 93 years of age. He had many jobs over the years, beginning at age 12 pushing a broom at Ardillo’s grocery. He spent some time as a cowboy on horseback rounding up his dad’s cows and driving them home after they spent the day grazing amongst the trees near the current location of the Tangipahoa Parish School Board. When he graduated from high school at 16, he went north to Carbondale, Illinois, to attend railroad school to work for the Illinois Central Railroad. At 18 he left to train for WWII and the invasion of Japan. Before shipping out to the Philippines, he paid another soldier to take the swimming test for him so he would not be required to wear a lifejacket for the entire trip. When the war ended abruptly, Nick was assigned to drive a general at Yokohoma. Nick explained that at only 5’4” tall, his feet could not reach the pedals of the general’s staff car, so he had to settle for driving a colonel. While in Japan Nick learned to play golf and later became one of the charter members of the Springview Golf Club.

On June 26, 1950, he married the love of his life, Angie Bellavia. He worked with his father Roy, stepmother Josie, brother Tony, and sister Little Josie for many years and was eventually president of Ardillo Inc. For many years he was a board member of Central Progressive Bank and was a longtime member of the board and president of Progressive Developers. He suffered many trials during his long life, losing his mother Mary when he was seven and his father when he was thirty-six. He also was the last survivor among his siblings. He lost his son and namesake Nicky in 2001 and his beloved wife Angie in 2002. He lost two more sons Roy and Rube in 2012 and 2017 respectively.

Nick lived at home with grandsons Joseph and Jonathan Ardillo, maintaining his independence until he went into the hospital on June 28th, when he dressed and made his coffee that Sunday morning. The doctors, nurses, and staff of both Hood Memorial and North Oaks Medical Center made a valiant effort, but in the end the best thing was to do was what Nick had directed and let God decide. His family brought Nick home on Friday afternoon where he was met by The Reverend Mark Beard and given the Holy Eucharist and Last Rites.

He is survived by his daughter, Jo Anne Ardillo Falcone and husband, Vincent, Jr.; two sons, Joseph “Jay” Ardillo and wife, Kerri; and Thomas Frank Ardillo and wife, Michelle; grandchildren, Cindy Ardillo Ridgel and husband, Tim; Richard S. Ardillo and wife, Laura; Melissa Ficklin Clark and husband, Cori; Amanda Ficklin Mixon and husband, Chad; Jason Ficklin; Vincent Falcone, III; Nikki Messina and husband, Marc; Joshua Falcone; Joseph Ardillo; Jonathan Ardillo; Margaret Ardillo; and Madeline Ardillo; and great-grandchildren, Michael Gill and wife, Nichole; Matthew Gill; Justin Ridgel and wife, Shelby; Rayanne Ridgel; Maylyn Jude Ardillo; Eric Easley and wife, Julia; Christopher and Laurel Brown; Qway and Jon Bang Clark; Nilaina and Cy Mixon; Ryleigh, Sophie and Marc Messina; and great-great granddaughter, Olivia Gill; numerous nieces, nephews and cousins; two brothers-in-law, Thomas Bellavia; and Frank Bellavia and wife, Brenda. Preceded in death by his wife, Angie Bellavia Ardillo; sons, Roy S. Ardillo, II; James “Rube” Ardillo; and Nick P. Ardillo, Jr.; parents, Roy S. Ardillo and Mary Conti Ardillo; stepmother Josie Bellavia Ardillo; brothers, Steve and Tony Ardillo; sister, Josie Walsh. Pallbearers will be his grandsons and great-grandsons. The family would like to thank Shirley Jackson and Julia Mae Holloway for their friendship and care.

Due to the COVID 19 pandemic, services will be held privately. A memorial service will be held at a later date for extended family and friends. In lieu of flowers, donations may be made to St. Helena Catholic Church or charity of your choice. McKneely Funeral Home, Amite, in charge of arrangements. For an online guestbook, visit




Read the Bible in 2020 – July 7

  • 1 Chronicles 4:5-5:17
  • Acts 25:1-27
  • Psalm 5:1-12
  • Proverbs 18:19



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Operation Christmas Child – Online shopping has been used to make a number of purchases this year.  Thanks to those who gave and those who “shopped”.  As you thank God for the givers and the shoppers, also pray for those who will receive the boxes along with the opportunity to learn about Jesus.  May their heart be open for Jesus.




Make today a day of prayer, encouraging, and action to benefit others.  Remember that great old hymn, “Others”.  

Anna Lee


Monday, 7-6-2020

In him and through faith in him

we may approach God with freedom and confidence.

~Ephesians 3:12~



Read the Bible in 2020 – 7-6-2020

  • 1 Chronicles 2:18-4:4
  • Acts 24:1-27
  • Psalm 4:1-8
  • Proverbs 18:16-18



Today and tonight, several area churches will begin Vacation Bible School (VBS).  Please spend some time praying for:

  1. No virus or other health problems among students or workers
  2. Children to learn about the God through Bible stories and songs
  3. Children to come to know God and want to live for Him daily
  4. Lots of fun!



Pray for Clint Smith, one of Lea Smith’s sons.  He’s having a medical test today to determine if additional heart surgery is necessary.  Your prayers will be appreciated.




Please pray for Virginia Carr, formerly of Roseland.  She has completed a long surgery for hearing implants.  Pray especially for July 20th when the implants will be activated and that Virginia will have improved hearing.




I contacted Shirley and Sylvester Humphrey today to check on them.  Sylvester has overcome another round with cancer and is much improved.  They are serving God at Kedron, where their son is the pastor.  Hope Center exists because of Shirley and Sylvester’s identifying a need and working to address that need.  Thank-you for all the time, prayer, and work you gave to help others is many ways.  They have passed the responsibilities and dreams on to others.  The new and larger Hope Center is now located in the big curve south of Roseland on highway 51.




I think you may profit from reading Dr. Waylon Bailey’s Sunday post.




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Today marks one year since we celebrated David at his party at the church on July 6, 2019.  Many of you were able to be there.  David was struggling with his health at that time.  Seeing his friends, classmates, family, co-workers, and church family that day was a big encouragement to him and to our family.  Many of you have continued to pray for him since that day.  David has surprised his family and the medical staff treating him with major improvement that was not expected.  Thanks for being his friend through the years and especially on that day.  David is better.  The big turnaround started to happen in July, 2019.  Several people, pinpoint the change as starting at the party.  Each day is an unexpected gift from God.  Thanks for the encouragement you gave him/us on July 6, 2019.




A quote from Jason’s church that could be seen when people left the service today:

“Go and make an impact this week!”

Anna Lee






You, my brothers and sisters, were called to be free.

But do not use your freedom to indulge the flesh ; rather, serve one another humbly in love.

~Galatians 5:13~




Read the Bible in 2020 – July 5

  • 1 Chronicles 1:1-2:17
  • Acts 23:11-35
  • Psalm 3:1-8
  • Proverbs 18:14-15



VBS begins at 8:30 in the morning at FBC, Kentwood.  I don’t have any details about how it will be done this year, but I’m sure some changes from the normal schedule will be made.  Check into the details so you can make a good decision about sending your children and/or grandchildren.




Operation Christmas Child items can be left in the boxes in the fellowship hall or under the stairs to the balcony.  Thanks for your help in packing lots of shoeboxes for boys and girls this year.  Each shoebox is an opportunity for children and families to learn about Jesus.  It is a fantastic mission opportunity!




Show your love and concern for others today.  Be an encourager!

Anna Lee






Saturday/4th of July

“Walk with the wise and become wise;

associate with fools and get in trouble.”

~Proverbs 13:20 (NLT)~



Read the Bible in 2020 – July 4

  •  2 Kings 23:31-25:30
  • Acts 22:17-23:10
  • Psalm 2:1-12
  • Proverbs 18:13




North America Missions – Christmas in August




Five lessons I learned from a COVID-19 spike at our church




Highland Avenue engages next generation in missions




I hope you enjoy reading these articles and can ways to apply them in your place of service.

Anna Lee


“But you must never stop looking at the perfect law that sets you free.

God will bless you in everything you do, if you listen and obey, and don’t just hear and forget.”

~James 1:25 (CEV)~




I have asked you to pray for a friend’s husband several times.  He has had cancer in one eye and goes periodically for check-ups.  Mike Moore lives in West Monroe.  His latest check-up showed no tumor in his eye and no sign of cancer in his lungs or liver.  Thank-you, God!




Pray for our country this weekend.  Pray for the political and health conditions to be what God wants for us.




Remember Smiley Conerly’s services today.  If you will not be able to attend, please pray for the family today.




Carlton E. Smith, Sr.

July 21, 1935 – July 01, 2020

A resident of Magnolia, MS, passed away on Wednesday, July 1, 2020 in Kentwood, LA. He was born July 21, 1935 in Lewiston, LA and was 84 years of age. He is survived by his 3 sons, Terry Wayne Smith, Mitchell Smith and Carlton Smith, Jr. and wife, Desiree’; daughter, Sharon Smith Austin; step-son, William Edenfield; step-daughter, Dorothy Edenfield; 10 grandchildren, Jason Edenfield, Cody Smith, Brent Smith, Courtney Smith, Allie Smith, Jessica Smith, Cassie Wheaton, Cole Tallia Mark Burgess and Haley North; 7 great-grandchildren, Riley Marie Businelle, Presley Grace Businelle, Kimberly Wheaton, Kenzie Wheaton, Hadlee Renee Tallia, Ethyn Isaac Oliver, and Elyh James Smith. Preceded in death by wife, Susan Irene Smith; parents, Jewel Jeremiah Smith, Sr. and Thelma Gaines Smith; daughter, Sharon Austin Smith; great-grandchild, Layden Chance Mathis; sister, Barbara Smith Peters; brothers, Jewel Jeremiah Smith, Jr. and Donald Ray Smith. Graveside Services will be held at Tangipahoa Cemetery, Tangipahoa, LA at 11:00AM on Friday, July 3, 2020. Services conducted by Rev. Melvin Rushing. McKneely Funeral Home, Kentwood, in charge of arrangements. For an online guestbook, visit




Read the Bible in 2020 – July 3

  • 2 Kings 22:3-23:30
  • Acts 21:37-22:16
  • Psalm 1:1-6
  • Proverbs 18:11-12



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Be safe and healthy this weekend.

Anna Lee


“Dear brothers and sisters,

when troubles come your way,

consider it an opportunity for great joy.”

~James 1:2 (NLT)~


“I will praise the LORD at all times;

his praise is always on my lips.”

~Psalm 34:1 (NCV)~




Read the Bible in 2020 – July 2

  • 2 Kings 20:1-22:2
  • Acts 21:18-36
  • Psalm 150:1-6
  • Proverbs 18:9-10

If you are using a hard copy of this list, you will find July & August reading on the back side of the May/June readings.  Copies are available at FBC office and sanctuary.




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Please add these two names to your prayer list:

  • Andy and Betty Taylor’s daughter, Melissa, who is having knee surgery today
  • Bessie Hayden who is hospitalized due to an infection




Please pray for my family as services are held today for my cousin, Scott Tolleson.  David and I will not be able to be there.




Thank-you for reading and praying.  

Anna Lee













So if the Son sets you free,

you will be free indeed.

~John 8:36~




Andy and Betty Taylor ask you to please pray for their daughter, Penny, who is working in a Covid-19 unit in Phoenix.




The virus is alive and well in our area.  Please be careful and pray for others to be careful too.




Read the Bible in 2020 – July 1

  • 2 Kings 18:13-19:37
  • Acts 21:1-17
  • Psalm 149:1-9
  • Proverbs 18:8



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Need encouragement today?  Read this article on Baptist Press.

Anna Lee










“When you go through deep waters, I will be with you.

When you go through rivers of difficulty, you will not drown.

When you walk through the fire of oppression, you will not be burned up; the flames will not consume you.”

~Isaiah 43:2 (NLT)~




I have a few more ideas for those of you who are going shopping for Operation Christmas Child:

  • Markers
  • Crayons (24-count)
  • Marbles
  • Playdough (8 for $1.00 at Dollar Tree)



Read the Bible in 2020 – June 30

  • 2 Kings 17:1-18:12
  • Acts 20:1-38
  • Psalm 148:1-14
  • Proverbs 18:6-7



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Update on David – I haven’t shared much about David lately, but today I will tell you he still has two terminal diseases, but the good news is that he is stronger than he has been in several years.  He is here 18 months since he was told he had three months to live.  He has gained weight and is able to do one of the things he loves most, work out in the yard.  The golf cart helped him get around as he was getting better.  Now, he is able to cut grass, weed-eat, clean out brush, water flowers, etc.  Yesterday, he added something he hasn’t done in years.  He cooked pork chops and sausage, our favorites, on a grill.  It topped off a day that started off with a “bummer”.

When we checked in at oncology yesterday by phone, we were told to go home because he blood level was too high to receive a procrit shot.  The report of the blood level was good, but driving to Baton Rouge for nothing was a bummer.  After sitting in the car for a few minutes we decided to celebrate the good news, not focus on the unnecessary trip.

We stopped in Walker and visited Walmart.  Remember, we buy all our groceries at Walmart pick-up.  We went in and purchased a $20 grill and charcoal.  After getting back to Kentwood, we went to Cutrer’s and bought sausage and pork chops.  David cooked out on that grill for several hours.  We ate and have two plates of leftovers, some to eat and some to freeze.

We had a wonderful day of “Making lemonade from the lemons”!  We looked for the good and focused and celebrated that, rather than focusing on the negative.  This weeks makes four months since Jennie told us to “Stay home”.  She was thrilled we carefully broke the rules and celebrated good news!

Thanks to God, your many prayers, hard work, and determination we are “making lemonade” every day!  Eighteen months and counting . . . .

Anna Lee