“Mary said: ‘My soul glorifies the Lord and my spirit rejoices in God my Savior.’” 

~Luke 1:46-47 NIV~


Coming soon!  The annual Fall Food Roundup for the LA Baptist Children’s Home is next month.  Items will be picked up on Monday, September 16th at FBC, K.  Some of the items they need the most are:

  • Bottled water
  • Cleaning supplies
  • Canned fruit
  • Instant oatmeal
  • Paper towels
  • Salad dressings
  • Sugar



Deborah Bales shared this request for prayer.

“I am asking for prayer tonight for Kristi Alford . She’s at MDA taking harsh treatment for ovarian cancer . She has been cancer free for 2-3 yrs & it’s back again . Tonight is a bad night for her . Today was her 3rd treatment many more to come . She has to stay well enough to continue taking the Chemo . At this point the cancer is in-operable . The Drs hope is the tumor will shrink enough they can go in remove it . But tonight she’s desperate for all the prayers she can get . We as Christians know when we seek after the Lord he hears & he will answer . Pray for Jeremy her husband Eli her baby boy who is 10 & Logan & Noah Bales our two grandchildren & Sue Schexnayder her Mother who is with Kristi .. Logan called her Mother earlier Kristi was to weak to talk to her . Plz pray for Kristi Alford tonight she’s needs our prayers.”




Dollie Frazier needs prayers for her eyes.

“I am at the Eye Doctor again. I came this morning and Dr. Rhodes checked my eyes out again. My right eye is swollen a little. My left eye has been giving lots of problems. It looks like a gray film over it and felt like something is in it. Dr Rhodes said it appears the retina in my left eye is torn. Therefore I am seeing another Eye Specialist here in Hammond this evening to have a second opinion. He is the specialist who does surgery on torn retina of eye.
Prayers please…I have seen the other Specialist this evening to find out I have had a stroke in my left eye. I will put drops in eye. Have blood test done tomorrow. Trying to make appointment for a Neurologist whereas I have had a stroke in the left eye. Earliest appointment is Sept. 19, 2019 in Baton Rouge.
Thanks for prayers”




Tessie Jane Strickland

August 6, 1954 – July 25, 2019

Tessie Jane Brabham Strickland was born on August 6, 1954 in Marrero,
Louisiana. Being born on her daddy’s birthday, she was his birthday present.
Tessie was a quiet child that always managed to win the hearts of those around

She was a member of New Zion Baptist Church for most of her life. In fact,
she met the love of her life while attending a Sunday School party. She and
Tommy were married for almost 48 years. They raised their four sons in the New
Zion community of the sixth ward of St. Helena Parish. They have 11
grandchildren and 5 great grandchildren.

Tessie loved to travel with her family, especially to the town of Silverton.
One of her favorite things to do was riding trails through the mountains.
She and Tommy were always the life of the party when they stepped on the
dance floor. They won several contests, including a grand prize for a dance off.
Tessie attended college at Southeastern Louisiana University and
graduated with a Bachelor of Arts at Baptist Christian College in Shreveport,
Louisiana (while raising her four sons).

or a total of 27 years Tessie demonstrated her love for teaching and made
a positive impact in lives of students at ASC, Mt. Hermon, Kentwood Elementary,
and Spring Creek Elementary.

As an active member of the St. Helena Sixth Ward fire department, Tessie
served as both the secretary of the board and a firefighter.

Her patriotism was evident since Tessie always flew an American flag in
their yard, often over a flower bed of red, white, and blue flowers.
By just looking at her beautiful yard, everyone knew that Tessie had
inherited her mother’s green thumb. As a life-time member of the Kentwood
Garden Club Tessie served as an officer many times. She proudly won Yard of the
Month and Yard of the Year several times.

Tessie is survived by husband, Tommy Strickland; sons, Joseph Strickland,
wife Paula; Timothy Strickland, wife Becky; Charlie Strickland, wife Jessica;
Trenton Strickland; brother, Jessie Reed; sisters, Ruth Blackmon, Theresa
Blackmon, and Thelma Schenk.

She went to her heavenly home to join her mother, Carmelita Barrios
Brabham; her father, Thomas Joseph Brabham; her brothers, Edgar Joseph Reed
and Timothy Brabham; and her brothers-in-law, Hugh Wayne Blackmon, Bobby
Strickland, Eddie Earl Strickland.

To know Tessie was to love her, and no amount of time would have ever
been enough to have had her with us. But we praise God for her life and her love
and we wait for the day when we will see her again. In the sweet bye and bye. . .
our spirits will sorrow no more.

Visitation will be Saturday evening at New Zion Baptist Church.  The funeral will be Sunday afternoon at 2 P.M.




Scripture Writing for August 9 – Proverbs 19:11




Operation Christmas Child – We will be at the church about 8:30 this morning to paint, sort, craft, etc.  Feel free to join us.  Saturday, about the same time, we will do our counting to see where we stand at this point.  Feel free to join us.



God has given us this day.  Are you thankful?  What part of this day will you give back to him?  What will you do?

Anna Lee


And when you stand praying, if you hold anything against anyone, forgive them, so that your Father in heaven may forgive you your sins.”

~Mark 11:25~




Scripture Writing – August 7 – Psalm 103:12




Vivian Schmidt Newton

July 15, 1960 – August 05, 2019

A resident of Roseland, LA, passed away on Monday, August 5, 2019 at Hood Memorial Hospital in Amite, LA. She was born July 15, 1960 in Mc Comb, MS and was 59 years of age. She was a long time active member of First Baptist Church of Roseland. She taught math at Oak Forest Academy for 20 years and was a part time postal clerk until her paralysis 16 years ago. She continued to tutor students in her home which she loved dearly. Her faith in God gave her the strength to overcome her obstacles in life and to continue showing the love of God to others. Her grandson, Zander, was her pride and joy. She is survived by her husband, Bert Newton; daughter, Natalie Newton; grandson, Zander Monteleone; mother, Jean Schmidt; 3 sisters, Betty Robinson and husband, Joseph, Gail Hearn and husband, Nelson and Joan Stamps and husband, Tim; numerous nieces and nephews; special friend and caregiver, Melissa Dyson; special friend, Samuel Smith. Preceded in death by her father, Richard E. Schmidt; brother, Eddie Schmidt; sister-in-law, Anne Ellzey and husband, Jerry. Visitation at First Baptist Church of Roseland from 10:00 AM until religious services at 2:00 PM on Friday, August 9, 2019. Services conducted by Rev. Rick Elder and Rev. Vann Windom. Interment will be held at Hollywood Cemetery, Mc Comb, MS. McKneely Funeral Home, Amite, in charge of arrangements. For an online guestbook, visit



What is Operation Christmas Child?

  • This project of Samaritan’s Purse collects shoebox gifts – filled with school supplies, hygiene items, and fun toys – and delivers them to children in need around the world.
  • Gift-filled shoeboxes demonstrate God’s love in a tangible way and for many children are their first gift ever.
  • In 2019, Operation Christmas Child – the world’s largest Christmas project of its kind – hopes to collect enough shoeboxes to reach another 11 million children in more than 100 countries.

Eternal Impact

  • Delivered into the hands of children in need through local churches, every shoebox gift is an opportunity to share about Jesus Christ.
  • Since 2009, more than 18.9 million children who have received a shoebox gift have participated in “The Greatest Journey – our 12-lesson discipleship program where they learn what it means to follow Jesus and share their faith with friends and family.




Have a wonderful Wednesday.  Be sure to do something today that will impact others for Jesus.  Let your light shine for Him.

Anna Lee


 All your words are true;

all your righteous laws are eternal.

~Psalm 119:160 (NIV)~



Please continue to pray for Chris Holland as he works to maintain his vision.




Pray for the family of Vivian Newton, a popular teacher and tutor. She has struggled with health issues for many years.  She passed away suddenly last night.




Another of my teacher friends, Gaye Guzzardo, lost her 95 year old mother Sunday.

Doris D. Lenoir

Doris D. Lenoir

April 08, 1924 – August 04, 2019

Doris Dykes Lenoir, 95, of Magnolia, passed away peacefully at her home on Sunday, August 4, 2019.  Mrs. Lenoir was born April 8, 1924, in Pike County to Henry Pearl Dykes and Hettie Bullock Dykes.  She was a dairy farmer until the death of her husband, Ralph Lenoir, in 1967.  At that time she returned to school to complete her G.E.D., nursing assistant certification, and Licensed Practical Nursing degree.  She worked as a nurse, lovingly caring for others until the age of 70.  She loved spending time with family and friends, cooking, and gardening fruits, vegetables, and flowers and was known in the community as “The Tomato Lady.”   Following many years of farm life, her love of animals continued and she received great joy in feeding the birds, humming birds, and any stray dog or cat that wandered up to her doorstep.  Mrs. Lenoir was a devoted member of Unity Baptist Church in Magnolia.  She will be sadly missed by all who knew and loved her.

Mrs. Lenoir was preceded in death by her parents; husband, Ralph Lenoir; son, Ralph D. Lenoir; brothers, H.P. Dykes and Glen Dykes; and sister, Elsie Love.

Surviving her are her daughters, Patricia Louie (Dexter) of Moraga, CA; Dianne Horton (Johnny) of Magnolia; and Gaye Guzzardo of Independence, LA.; sister Velma Forman; grandchildren Jaime, Randy, Jennifer, Elise, Katherine, J.J., Barbara, Rex, Elissa, and Ryan; 12 great-grandchildren and numerous great-great grandchildren; Special Caretakers Cutretta Hughes, Kimberly Jackson, Angela Jackson, and Makayla Jackson; very special friend Clayton Lampton; and “Prissy,” the dog she rescued.

Visitation will be Thursday, August 8, 2019 from 5:00 PM until 8:00 PM and continuing Friday morning from 10:00 AM until services at 1:00 PM at Sharkey Funeral Home in Summit. Bro Mike Morris will officiate. Burial to follow in Magnolia Cemetery.

In lieu of flowers, please make donations to Unity Baptist Church, PALS, or a charity of your choice in her memory.

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Daniel LeWayne Cutrer

April 14, 1989 – August 01, 2019

Daniel LeWayne Cutrer, a resident of Amite, passed away on Thursday, August 1, 2019 at North Oaks Medical Center in Hammond. He was born April 14, 1989 in Independence and was 30 years of age. He was a workaholic and would get upset when he had to be off work even for holidays. He enjoyed being a clown and making people laugh. Growing up he was very close to Josh and Shelby. He was extremely close to his nieces, nephews and the family pet Gee Gee and more. He is survived by father and mother, Leon and Linda Cutrer. He was the youngest of 11 children which included 8 sisters, Patsy Grace and husband, Donald, Debra Cutrer, Carol Smith and husband, Keith, Shirley Frith and husband, Bubba, Hilda Warren, Linda Varnado, Darlene Leon and husband, Andrew, and “Jo” Magee; 2 brothers, Leroy Cutrer and Jimmy Wayne Cutrer. Preceded in death by his grandparents, Jessie and Ernestine Cutrer and Charles and Willie Mae Graves. Pallbearers will be Leroy Cutrer, Jimmy Wayne Cutrer, Will Jennings, Sammy Magee, II, Bobby Allen and Shane McNeese. Daniel’s legacy will live on with the “multiple gifts” he donated through the Louisiana Organ Procurement Agency. Visitation at McKneely Funeral Home, Amite, from 9:00 AM until religious services at 11:00 AM Tuesday, August 6, 2019. Services conducted by Bro. Marshal Wallace. Interment Amite Memorial Gardens, Amite, LA. For an online guestbook, visit




Scripture Writing – August 6 – Mark 11:25





But God demonstrates his own love for us in this:

While we were still sinners, Christ died for us.

~Romans 5:8~




Scripture Writing – August 4 – Romans 5:8


Jerry H. Brumfield

April 10, 1935 – August 02, 2019

Jerry H. Brumfield passed away to join his mother and father in Heaven on August 2, 2019. He was 84 years old, born in Roseland, Louisiana, but lived most of his life in Kentwood. He attended Louisiana School for the Deaf and worked many years with his father, Herbert Brumfield, for Brown Funeral Home in Kentwood. Jerry enjoyed attending area fairs, festivals and football games, and fishing with his buddies. He is preceded in death by his parents, Herbert H. Brumfield and Winnie Sandifer Brumfield of Kentwood, and numerous aunts, uncles and cousins. He is survived by his sister, Betty Brumfield Young and her husband Eugene Young of Baton Rouge, one nephew, Scott Young of Atlanta, Georgia; one niece, Dr. Sheryl Young and her husband, Philip Zuspan, and Sheryl’s two daughters, Sarah Zuspan and Jenn Zuspan, of Leawood, Kansas. Visitation will be on Tuesday, August 6, 2019, at First Baptist Church in Amite, Louisiana, beginning at 8:30 a.m. until services at 11:00 a.m. conducted by Dr. Trey Waldrop and Rev. Thomas Willis, Minister to the Deaf. Interment in Arcola-Roseland Cemetery. Many thanks to staff at St. Helena Parish Nursing Home and Community Care Hospice workers for their care and comfort. McKneely Funeral Home, Amite, in charge of arrangements. For an online guestbook, visit




I trust you will be found in God’s house today.

FBC, Kentwood

  • 9:15 Sunday School
  • 10:30 – Morning Worship
  • 6:00 – Evening Bible Study and Worship

Anna Lee


Jesus turned and saw her. “Take heart, daughter,” he said, “your faith has healed you.”

And the woman was healed at that moment.

~Matthew 9:22~




Mr. Gaylon Cutrer got home from the hospital Thursday night.  He is better, but still week from him time in the hospital.  Pray he regains his strength soon.




Operation Christmas Child Update 

  • The McKenzie four helped us for a couple hours yesterday.
  • I found the felt and foam I needed.  It wasn’t where I purchased it before, but I found it and bought all they had.  Good crafting ahead – pencil pouches and some toys!
  • We will be working at 9:00 this morning.
  • If you would like to help next week, please get with me on when we can schedule the time.
  • Sunday, you will  find two signs with a list of needs at FBC, K.  You can sign up for items to purchase in August.
  • We have made some good progress in the last month.  We got a later than usual start, but will be in good shape for our big Christmas Packing Party at the end of October.





Scripture Writing Challenge – August 3 –  Genesis 4:7   (Read, write, & pray.)





Baptist Press





Make the most of this day!  

Anna Lee




“Rejoice with those who rejoice,

weep with those who weep.”

~Romans 12:15 ESV~




Beth Brabham is doing well following her gall bladder procedure.  Pray she continues to do well.




Mrs. Betty Catherine Hatcher is in room 5404 (if I remember correctly) at North Oaks.  When she is ready to leave there, she will be going to Bell Maison in Hammond to continue improving.




Henry, Virginia, Erica, and Emily McKenzie spent yesterday afternoon helping with OCC.  We are thankful for others who realize the impact “shoeboxes” make on families around the world.  Barbara Hutchinson can to get some totes and one more shoebox.  every box packed will find its future home in the coming months.  I recently purchased some felt rectangles and some colorful foam, but I don’t remember where it was.  If you see some as you shop, please purchase some and/or tell me where to look.  Thanks.  The felt makes into the cutest pencil pouches and the foam makes wonderful toys.




Scripture Writing  – August 2 – Luke 18:42-43




August tends to have some sales on school supplies.  It’s a good time to make purchases for OCC.  It’s is a perfect time to buy composition books, pencils, pens, big erasers, calculators, pencil sharpeners, etc.  Look around and listen as God “tells” you what He wants you to ship this year.

Anna Lee










He himself bore our sins” in his body on the cross, so that we might die to sins and live for righteousness; “by his wounds you have been healed.”

~1 Peter 2:24~




Adam Carter

Update on Adam. Infection has already started setting in. He goes back to the hand specialist tomorrow in Covington. We will know more tomorrow.




Mrs. Robert Pate

I talked with Mr. Pate yesterday while we were both pumping gas.   He said his wife has been very ill and asked for prayers for her.  She is 90.  He is 91.




Scripture Writing Plan – August 1 – This month we are also asked to write a prayer after we reflect on the Scripture we have written.

August 1 – I Peter 2:24

If you would like a written list of August Scriptures, ask at the office of FBC, Kentwood.  Copies are available in the sanctuary.




Operation Christmas Child – I believe in supporting this ministry because if impacts so many lives.  Those of us who were not called to be career missionaries can impact many lives for Jesus through this ministry.  One thing to remember is to “shop early and shop often”.  That is my philosophy for packing lots of shoeboxes for boys and girls.  I encourage you to watch the video I posted on Facebook yesterday and to look up Operation Christmas Child on Google.  “Read all about it!”  I think you will be encouraged to participate too.

David and I had a call from a friend who lives in a nearby town and who is involved in a local Baptist church.  She is helping with OCC there.  I was thrilled to hear her talk about the plans at her church and to learn of her excitement to spread “Jesus” one child at a time.  I hope you have the same excitement.

Anna Lee