For I know the plans I have for you,” declares the LORD, “plans to prosper you and not to harm you, plans to give you hope and a future.
Dr Ajanette Varnado is having cancer surgery today, please pray for her and her family
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We will certainly want to pray for her and her family today.
Milton “Buddy” Bel
January 26, 1945 – January 12, 2020
Milton Duaine “Buddy” Bel, mayor and lifelong resident of Amite, passed away at the age of 74 on Sunday, January 12, 2020, at North Oaks Medical Center. He served in the Marine Corps during the Vietnam War, and he, along with his wife, owned Cabby’s Restaurant for over 20 years. He was previously elected as a school board member and Amite City council member. Buddy was preceded in death by parents, Milton J. Bel and Gwen Evans Bel; brother, Richard; and brother-in-law, Dick Toups; nephews, Taylor Bel and Scott Toups. He is survived by his wife, Claire Anderson Bel; daughters, Leigh Anne Bel Lambert, Megan Bel Miller (Joel), and Molly Bel (Danny Strickland); sister, Betty Jo Toups; brother, Patrick Bel (Elena); and grandchildren, Marie, Hunter, and Jaden Lambert, and Parker and Caroline Miller. Visitation at First United Methodist Church, Amite, from 8 a.m. until services at 11 a.m. on Friday, January 17, 2020. McKneely Funeral Home, Amite, in charge of arrangements. In lieu of flowers, donations may be made to Amite First United Methodist Church or a charity of your choice, in memory of Buddy Bel.
Read the Bible in 2020 – January 15
- Genesis 31:17-32:12
- Matthew 10:24-11:6
- Psalm 13:1-6
- Proverbs 3:16-18
Don’t forget to bring extra 2020 calendars for the Tangipahoa Parish Jail ministry.
I worked on the donations for Operation Christmas Child yesterday. I will post a running total after the end of the month. You can leave your donations in the classroom next to the choir room or in one of the totes in the fellowship hall or under the stairwell to the balcony.
Looking forward to some of God’s sunshine today.
“For the eyes of the LORD range throughout the earth to strengthen those whose hearts are fully committed to him.”
~2 Chronicles 16:9 NIV~
George Pike is having gamma knife surgery today. Please remember him in your prayers.
Today, I would like to add two family members.
- David’s brother-in-law, Harold Newman, is very sick. Harold and Bonnie live in Bay St. Louis.
- My first cousin, Scott Tolleson, is having surgery in Shreveport this morning. Scott is 63 and suffers from Huntington Disease.l
I haven’t mentioned the items I collect for a jail ministry. Yesterday, someone asked if I was collecting 2020 calendars. Yes, I would love to have them if you have some extra ones or find them at a good price. Thanks for helping those in jail.
WMU Memorial Service &
Quarterly Meeting, Monday,
January 20, 2020 @ 10:00
@ East Fork Baptist Church
If a WMU member in your church has passed on, please contact me by text or call me at 225-485-4648.
Come join us in honoring deceased members, bring a dish and bring a friend. Thank you! Linda Graves of EFBC
Read the Bible in 2020 – January 14
- Genesis 30:1-31:16
- Matthew 10:1-23
- Psalm 12:1-8
- Proverbs 3:13-15
God loves for us to be concerned about other people and to act with compassion.
“We refuse to wear masks and play games.
We don’t maneuver and manipulate behind the scenes.
And we don’t twist God’s Word to suit ourselves.
Rather, we keep everything we do and say out in the open, the whole truth on display, so that those who want to can see and judge for themselves in the presence of God.”
~2 Corinthians 4:2 The Message~
Donna Fay Miller continues to improve at home. Thank-you for your prayers for her and her family.
Buddy Morris is seeing his cardiologist this week in hopes of approval for surgery. He has already had one neck artery done.
George Pike will be having gamma knife surgery for Trigeminal Neuralgia tomorrow morning. That is the surgery that made such a difference for me in 2011. Pray with the family that George also has good results.
Buddy Bel, mayor of Amite, passed away yesterday afternoon. Please be in prayer for his family.
Read the Bible in 2020 – January 13
- Genesis 28:1-29:35
- Matthew 9:18-38
- Psalm 11:1-7
- Proverbs 3:11-12
Last night at church, I heard some reports that some classes are doing well with their January collections for Operation Christmas Child. I’m excited and thankful. We have two more Sundays in January!
Do you and a friend or two want to plan an Operation Christmas Child project day, morning, or afternoon? Let me know. I can supply everything we need or you can bring what you want to. Ideas: crochet party, painting shoeboxes, making bead dolls, making matching games, tote bags for marbles, cutting out for sewing day, etc. You may come up with your own idea.
I don’t do many things with an eye on the weather, but using my computer has become one thing that can be determined by the weather. I think I will post this before the rain comes back this morning. Have a great day, despite the rain!
He put a new song in my mouth, a hymn of praise to our God.
Many will see and fear the LORD and put their trust in him.
Donna Fay Miller is home from the hospital . Please continue to pray for her as she progresses through her recovery. Thank you
Pray for my cousin Scott, who lives in Shreveport. He has Huntington’s disease. The past few days he has been hospitalized and has developed an infection. Pray it can quickly be cleared up. I usually call him my Texas cousin, but the family has moved east a little bit. Pray for Scott’s wife, Brenda, as she carries a big load for Scott and others in the family.
Read the Bible in 2020: Day 12
- Genesis 26:17-27:46
- Matthew 9:1-17
- Psalm 10:16-18
- Proverbs 3:9-10
Join me in thanking God for protection for our area during the storm.
Pray for our country as we face another difficult week. Ask God to guide the politicians and other people in a way that they can work together again.
“Don’t just do what you have to do to get by,
but work heartily,
as Christ’s servants doing what God wants you to do.”
~Ephesians 6:6 The Message~
I’m posting early because my satellite may not work in the morning if the weather they are predicting makes it to Kentwood.
Donald Alford is back at St. Tammany for a few days. Keep him in your prayers.
Jodi and Scott Ratliff’s 13 year old son, Christian, has been dealing with meningitis. The good news is that he is a little better. Keep praying. Christian is hospitalized in Baton Rouge.
Do you remember Jadon, the young boy who had half of his brain rep\moved to prevent seizures? Today, he celebrated eight years of being seizure free! Go, God!
Read the Bible in 2020 – January 11th
- Genesis 24:52-26:16
- Matthew 8:18-34
- Psalm 10:1-15
- Proverbs 3:7-8
Stay safe. Check on your friends/neighbors who may need some help tonight or tomorrow.
I will give them an undivided heart and put a new spirit in them; I will remove from them their heart of stone and give them a heart of flesh.
I don’t plan to turn this site into a daily weather report, but know we can possibly have some bad weather in the next few days. Stay alert. Pray for all the people who will be affected by this front moving through our area.
Mrs. Annaliese Neal – Corrected information. Mrs. Annaliese was taken to Hood Hospital for tests and released to go home.
Donna Fay Miller is now a patient at Ochsner on O’Neal in Baton Rouge. Please add her to your prayer list.
Buddy Bel, Amite’s mayor, fell night before last and is now hospitalized at North Oaks with a concussion. Please pray for him.
Larry Bankston is doing better and may be released from North Oaks to go home Saturday or Sunday. Pray for him to continue to improve.
Read the Bible in 2020 – December 10th
- Genesis 23:1-24:51
- Matthew 8:1-17
- Psalm 9:13-20
- Proverbs 3:1-6
It’s beginning to look a lot like . . . Operation Christmas Child! David and I missed out on so much last year when he was not healthy, but are making up for lost time this year. We have had some good help already this year. If you have a couple of hours to give, please let us know. We’ll plan to meet with you and work together. If you are available to shop, check the list on the bulletin and happy shopping. Thanks to those of you who shopped the first week and already turned in some items. I pray this is our best year of shoeboxes ever! Last year’s 415 boxes X 7 people each one influences = 2,905 people who had an opportunity to learn about and grow to love Jesus. The possibility for more people being influenced is up to each of us!
Quote from Andy Stanley:
“You have no idea the number of people that God may want to influence through you.”
I will give them an undivided heart and put a new spirit in them;
I will remove from them their heart of stone and give them a heart of flesh.
First, let me tell you I gave you the wrong number for David‘s blood level this week. It was 8.5, which is still strong compared to where he has been in the last year. We are so amazed at the improvements we have seen in his health and thank God.
Ferrie Gene Blackmon‘s surgery Monday went well. So did Katie Brabham‘s surgery yesterday. Keep these two ladies in your prayers as they heal.
Kristi Alford in trying a new treatment because the previous one was not helping. Remember to pray for Kristi and her family.
Freddy Bales is undergoing cancer treatment in Hammond. Pray for him and his family as they make adjustments in their daily routine.
Annalyce Neal was involved in a traffic accident with a garbage truck yesterday. The report I heard was that she is now in North Oaks.
Our daughter and granddaughter have spent the last week preparing their European home for them to move. Today, they will sell many of their possessions and all their furniture. Pray for energy as they complete their task and return to the states.
Christian Ratliff, 13 year old son of Scott and Jodi Ratliff, is hospitalized at OLOL with meningitis. Please pray for all involved in his care.
Read the Bible in 2020 – January 9
- Genesis 20:1-22:24
- Matthew 7:15-29
- Psalm 9:1-12
- Proverbs 2:16-22
There will be several showers at church in the next month. Be excited for newlyweds and new babies.
Check on a friend you haven’t seen or heard from lately. They may need your encouragement.