Lord’s Day

This is what I have observed to be good: that it is appropriate for a person to eat, to drink and to find satisfaction in their toilsome labor under the sun during the few days of life God has given them—for this is their lot.

~Ecclesiastes 5:18~

 

 

Read the Bible

  • Isaiah 45
  • Song of Solomon 6:1-5
  • Hebrews 9

 

 

Days and Dates to Remember

  • Sundays
    • S.S. at 9:15
    • Church at 10:30
    • Youth on Mission at 5 P.M.
    • Church at 6 P.M.
  • Wednesdays
    • Youth at 5
    • Children in Action and Church at 6 P.M.

Saturday, September 15 – Mission Project Day form 9 – Noon

Monday, September 17 – Associational WMU Meeting at Hilldale at 10 A.M.

  • Kay Bennett of Friendship House will be our guest speaker
  • Potluck Lunch following Meeting
  • Bring items to donate to Friendship House
    • Individual snack items (fruit, pudding, etc,)
    • Vienna Sausage
    • Protein Bars
    • Bug Spray
    • Women’s Medium Athletic Pants
    • Gift cards
      • Walmart
      • Lowe’s
      • Home Depot

 

 

Operation Christmas Child – Now packing shoeboxes

  • See me to get boxes and to return boxes
  • I’ll pack them for you, if you choose

 

 

Have a fantastic Lord’s Day!

Anna Lee

Lord’s Day

“Anyone who intends to come with me has to let me lead.

You’re not in the driver’s seat; I am.”

~Matthew 16:24 The Message~

 

 

 

We had a very good missions project day yesterday.  I think it may have been the most productive one yet.  Special thanks to all who came and helped!

 

 

Today, there will be a new mission opportunity.  At 5 P.M. in the missions classroom in the L-wing, we will officially begin Youth on Mission for middle school and high school students.  This will be a project/activity focused group.

 

 

Please continue to pray for all those who are sick, receiving treatments, and undergoing tests.  Do something to show your concern.  Prayer is always appropriate!

 

 

Continue to pray for students as they begin a new school year.  Many post-high school students will begin classes tomorrow.

 

 

Read the Bible

  • Isaiah 27
  • Song of Solomon 1: 8-17
  • I Timothy 5

 

 

Have a wonderful Lord’s Day.   Draw closer to Him through Bible study and worship.

Anna Lee

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Monday

Read the Bible

Reflect on God as Father.

Catch up on any reading you missed.

 

 

So go and make followers of all people in the world.

Baptize them in the name of the Father and the Son and the Holy Spirit.

Teach them to obey everything that I have told you to do.

You can be sure that I will be with you always. I will continue with you until the end of time.”

~Matthew 28:19-20 Easy-to-Read Version (ERV)~

 

This is the Great Commission in an easy to read version.The words “Great Commission” help us to understand this is what God has for us to do.

Yesterday, at church, I shared that one part of our mission purpose in working with children on Wednesday nights is to “DO” missions!  We did just that by painting rocks and placing them around the church on cement or bricks where they would be easy to find and out of the way of lawn mowers.  The rocks had crosses, flowers, hearts, “Jesus Loves You”, etc. on them.  We call our rocks “Witness Rocks”.  Personally, I have plans/permission to place them in some other special places.  People were asked to take them and either keep them or pass them on to others.  I hope our rocks travel far and reach many for Jesus in their simple way.   The children loved doing them!

One way we can “DO” missions is to attend the Mission Project Day on Saturday, August 18th.  Show up and find everything ready for you to help create items that will be used in Operation Christmas Child shoeboxes.  On the 18th, we meet in the fellowship hall from 9 A.M. to noon.  I encourage you to participate with us.  By the way, it is also fun!
Yesterday morning, when I arrived in my Sunday School classroom, I found a lady getting some shoeboxes.  She said she was getting them to fill, just as her mother had packed a shoebox in honor of each of the grandchildren, she was now going to continue doing that for the family.  She left with boxes, instructions, and labels.  That is another opportunity to “DO” missions.
I also found some unbraided jump ropes in my room that one lady cut and prepared for braiding.  She told me another lady was coming to get them to braid this week.  I won’t call either name, but the younger lady was 80!!!  This goes to show that there is something for everyone.
Two ladies asked me if we are still collecting T-shirts.  They will be bring me some so more jump ropes, headbands, belts, bracelets, etc. and be cut out.  This means all these items we are sharing with boys and girls are given to us, free!
There is a young lady who told several of her co-workers about Operation Christmas Child.  They brought her bags and bags of items we will be able to share.  She is changing her job location, but said she would still be telling the original co-workers about what is happening next year.  I think her new co-workers will also learn about our mission projects and have the opportunity to help.  Have you shared opportunities with family members and co-workers?
When we remember that that printed materials in the appropriate language are added to the shoeboxes, we know boys and girls, and other family members will have an opportunity to learn about Jesus.  I cannot imagine a child who receives a shoebox who wouldn’t want to return to the same location to see some of the same people who gave them the shoebox to see what else they might have to offer – Jesus! 
Shoeboxes can also be packed by school students, civic organizations, other churches, etc.  If you know someone who needs more information, I will be happy to help them or to send someone else to do so.
Last night, after church, a younger lady asked me if we really needed Vienna sausage for the collection for Friendship House in New Orleans.  She said she just wanted to ask before she purchased some this week.  That and other items have been requested by Kay Bennett, the director there.  That will be used with homeless people and to help in getting young ladies off the streets and into better situations, often returning them to families who are so happy to have them back at home.  Kay Bennett will be speaking at our next associational WMU meeting.  Check a bulletin board at church to learn what other items we will be giving them.  You may also have read the front-page article about this ministry in a recent Baptist Message.
We are always collecting new and used Bibles for assisting a team that does the parish prison ministry in Amite.  I do not have clearance to participate, but see my mission as a provider.  If you have or would like to purchase any Bibles, you can drop them off at the church.  Regular or large print is desired because many of the people in the jail who need glasses do not have them.  The team always tells me how eager the inmates are for the Bibles.
At Christmas, we take Christmas cards with stamped envelopes to the inmates at Amite and Greensburg parish jails.  This gives them an opportunity to communicate with family members.  As the Christmas season draws closer, don’t forget to bring some cards with stamped envelopes.to the church.
We always help the Louisiana Baptist Children’s Home collect food each year.  This year, we also helped by having a special collection for other items they need.  We will soon begin the fall food round-up for them.
Can you guess which Sunday School class does the most for missions?  It is the class of older ladies who meet in the fellowship hall.  Virginia McKenzie teaches the class.  Theople Hurst is the unofficial missions leader/shopper for them.  How I wish other classes would realize the importance of missions.  This class certainly sets a good example!
In a previous post, I told you about the lady who gave us some beautiful quilts to share with those who are presently taking chemo or radiation.  I want to report that all the quilts have been delivered.  Now, I hope we can help the lady as she makes more quilts which can be used in such a special way.  If you would like to participate periodically, please let me know.
Just as I encouraged the children to “DO” missions, I encourage you to “DO” missions too. All mission work is not overseas!  There is much we can do!    These are some of the ways we are currently carrying out the Great Commission.  If you are not participating yet, I hope you will start to realize our purpose should be to take as many as we can to heaven with us one day!
I’ll get off my missions soapbox today, but this won’t be the last time I tell you about mission opportunities.
Anna Lee

Sunday

But God demonstrates his own love for us in this:

While we were still sinners, Christ died for us.

~Romans 5:8~

 

 

David and I have been able to share three of the beautiful quilts given for people going through cancer treatment, either chemotherapy or radiation.   We have one more to share today.  We feel so honored and blessed to be the deliverers.  May God richly bless each family as they go through these difficult times.  May God bless each person who stitched the wonderful quilts.

 

 

Three Obituaries:

Mrs. Jeanette Herring Pevey

February 14, 1965 – August 4, 2018

Ponchatoula, Louisiana

Jeanette H. Pevey took her final breath on Saturday, August 4, 2018 surrounded by her family. She was born in Hattiesburg, MS on February 14, 1965.
Jeanette was an avid shopper and had a heart for people. She volunteered with the Leukemia & Lymphoma Society and served in Korea on a mission trip. Her three grandchildren, Gemma, Abram and Aislinn, were lucky to call her Nanny. Jeanette was a beautiful soul and will be greatly missed.
Surviving are her husband of 32 years, David Pevey, daughters & sons-in-law, Lauren and B. J. Hill, Taylor and Arvind Yertha, daughter, Olivia Pevey and her boyfriend Ty Scott, son, Gabriel Pevey, grandchildren, Gemma Hill, Abram Hill, and Aislinn Yertha, parents, Edsel and Imogene McLemore Herring, sister, Belinda Patterson and her husband Tony , brothers, Mitchell Herring, brother, Darrell Herring, cousin, Clara Brown and her husband Brad.
Friends and family are invited to celebrate her life on Monday, August 6, 2018 from 5:00 pm until 9:00 pm and on Tuesday August 7, 2018 from 9:00 am until 11:00 am at First Baptist Church of Ponchatoula.
Services honoring Jeanette will be held on Tuesday at 11:00 am at the First Baptist Church in Ponchatoula.
Interment will follow in the Rosaryville Cemetery in Ponchatoula, Louisiana.
An on-line guest book is available at www.harrymckneely.com

 

Greg S. Curry

October 29, 1967 – August 03, 2018

Greensburg, Louisiana

Greg S. Curry passed away Friday, August 3, 2018. He was a life long resident of Greensburg, where he served as pharmacist at Curry Pharmacy and St. Helena Parish Hospital for many years. Greg was a 1985 graduate of Oak Forest Academy and a 2002 graduate of Xavier University College of Pharmacy. He is survived by his wife, Paige Brooks Curry, daughter, Kelsey and son, Clark. He is also survived by his mother, Betty Curry; brothers, Kyle and wife Sally, Stephen and wife Kim, and sister Jennifer Curry Baggett and husband Bryan, as well as multiple Aunts, Uncles, cousins, nephews and nieces. He was preceded in death by his father, Lamar Curry. Visitation will be held at House on the Rock Church in Amite on Tuesday, August 7 from 9-11am with funeral service to follow. Burial will take place at Greensburg Cemetery. Donations in his memory can be made to the Juvenile Diabetes Research Foundation. McKneely Funeral Home, Amite, in charge of arrangements. For an online guestbook, visit http://www.mckneelys.com.

 

Ishmell Smith

December 13, 1930 – August 04, 2018
Greensburg, Louisiana
Benjamin Larry Ishmell Smith, a resident of Greensburg, passed away on Saturday, August 4, 2018. He was born December 13, 1930 in Cornith, MS and was 87 years of age. He is survived by his daughter, Karan Walker (Garnet); 7 grandchildren, Kimberly Wood (Ed), Laurie Smith, Walter Smith (Amanda), Scott Walker (Brandin), Hope Walker (Chris Lea), Jordan Walker (Laeken), and Levi Bridges; 10 great grandchildren, Haylie and Jase Wood, Tatum, Piper and Andrew Walker, Layla and Lilly Lea, Anna Smith and Hunter and Alana Smith; sister, Edna Stewart (Joe Bonadventure); brothers, Bob Smith (Easter), Mack Smith (Beverly) and Jack Smith (Elaine); numerous nieces and nephews and his dearest friend for almost 70 years, Mary Vickers. Preceded in death by his parents, Ben and Ruthie Smith; son, Larry Smith; and sisters, Louise King, Earline Lanehart, Artie Graham, Ella Flowers and Jennie Lou Wells. Graveside Services will be held at Smith Cemetery, 251 Museum Rd, Greensburg, LA 70441, at 11 AM Monday, August 6, 2018. McKneely Funeral Home, Amite, in charge of arrangements. For an online guestbook, visit http://www.mckneelys.com.

Read the Bible

  • Isaiah 15
  • Job 38
  • I Thessalonians 1

 

 

My Sunday School lesson is based on Revelations 1.  I trust you have prepared a lesson to discuss with others this morning.

Anna Lee

Saturday

My server works briefly in the early morning hours and suddenly goes off, so this will probably be it for the day.  It will be some time next week before we get the problem corrected.

 

“Where your treasure is,

there your heart will be also.”

~Matthew 6:21 NIV~

 

 

Read the Bible

  • Isaiah 8
  • Psalm 91
  • Philippians 2

 

There are many people with health issues.  Here is a list of some of them.

  • Glenda Harrell came home, but still needs surgery.  Prayers are needed and appreciated.  She came home yesterday afternoon.
  • Rev. Bobby Spinks has done the pre-op work and is waiting for surgery next week.
  • Linda Callihan is scheduling her treatment (5 days a week for 5 weeks).
  • Buddy Morris has three days of chemo next week (Wednesday – Friday) in Covington.
  • Phillip Strickland continues to need our prayers.
  • Continue to pray for Jacob Yarborough’s family,
  • Buddy Waller needs our ongoing prayers.
  • Yvonne Birch is doing very well.

 

 

Of course, there are many who have issues other than health issues.  Please pray for God’s watch-care over each one of them.

 

Summer vacation is almost over for teachers and students.  Do your part to help a child/family who is struggling to prepare for the new school year.  Say special prayers for students who will be in a different school this year.

 

 

The Children in Action have learned there are several things we can do for missions – study, pray, give, and do.  During the month of July, we focused on “do”.   It has been a fun and productive month.  You may soon see some of the results of our efforts to share Jesus in Kentwood.

 

 

Tomorrow is God’s Day,  Be sure to give Him His day.

FBC, Kentwood

  • 9:15 – Sunday School for all ages
  • 10:30 – Morning Worship
  • 6:00 – Evening Worship and special classes for children and youth
  • Nursery always available during church services

Anna Lee

Friday

I’ve been having problems with internet connectivity, so this will be short.

 

“They should be rich in good works and generous to those in need, always being ready to share with others.

By doing this they will be storing up their treasure as a good foundation for the future so that they may experience true life.” 

~1 Timothy 6:18-19 NLT~

 

David Bert Gray, CDR, SC, USN, Ret., 71, of Five Forks Road, died July 23, 2018. A native of Amite, LA, he was a retired Navy officer and CPA, and a member of New Branch Community Church in Windsor. CDR Gray said he already experienced heaven on earth starting with the day he met his loving wife Vickie. Survivors include his wife of 19 years, Victoria M. Gray; sons, CDR David B. Gray II (Christy) of Pickerington, OH, Jonathan Gray (Meredith) of Norfolk, VA; and daughters, Mary Shriver (Scott) of Charlottesville, Amy Rowe of Norfolk, and Lindsay Schrader (Paul) of Virginia Beach; grandchildren, Sarah, Colby, Gabrielle, Andrew, Emily, Bryan and Cohen; sisters, Terry Voight of Amite, LA, Vera Brennan (Paul) of Kingston, NY; and brother, Lee Gray (Patsy) of Amite, LA. The family would like to thank the outstanding professionals of Sentara Obici and Norfolk General Hospital for their exceptional care for Bert while he was struggling with his various ailments over the last couple of years. A funeral service will be held on Monday, July 30, at 10:30 AM in New Branch Community Church, Windsor, VA by Pastor John Hunter. Burial will be in Albert G. Horton, Jr. Veterans Cemetery, Suffolk, VA. Sturtevant Funeral Home, Portsmouth is handling arrangements. In lieu of flowers, the family request donations be made to the NewBranch.net or Lion’s Club of Windsor, VA. http://www.SturtevantFuneralHome.com

 

 

Esther Alford Campbell

September 21, 1939 – July 25, 2018

Esther Alford Campbell,78, passed away July 25, 2018 at Our Lady of the Lake Medical Center in Baton Rouge, LA.

Visitation will be Monday July 30, 2018 from 9:00 AM  until services at 11:00 AM at New Zion Baptist Church in Kentwood.   Bro. Robert “Bob” Simpson will officiate. Private burial will be in East Fork Cemetery in Amite, Co.  Hartman Jones Funeral Home in McComb will be in charge of the arrangements.

Mrs. Campbell was born September 21, 1939 in New Orleans, to Johnny P. Alford and Nannie Lea Frazier Alford.

Esther was a member of New Zion Baptist Church.  She attended Jefferson Baptist  Church in Baton Rouge.  She was a native of St. Helena Parish, but a resident of Baton Rouge, LA.  She loved living in the city, but she was most comfortable spending time at the camp in Mississippi.  She spent many hours watching the deer and the birds.  She loved life and her family.  She will be greatly missed by those that knew and loved her.

Mrs. Campbell was preceded in death by her parents.

She is survived by her husband, Clifton Campbell of Baton Rouge; her daughter and son-in-law, Debra Lynn Campbell Portier and Thomas of Roseland, LA; a brother and sister-in-law, Johnny Alford and Beverly of Baton Rouge, LA; two grandchildren, Ashley Adamson and her husband Jeremy and Aaron Portier; three great grandchildren, Liam, Collin and Ashlynn Adamson; a nephew, Parrish Alford and his wife Laurie of Tupelo, MS; along with numerous other relatives and friends.

Pallbearers will be:  Tom Portier, Aaron Portier, Parrish Alford, Kyle Alford, Jeremy Adamson, Liam Adamson.

Honorary pallbearer will be Collin Adamson.

In lieu of flowers, donations may be made to New Zion Baptist Church in Kentwood ,  3841 LA-38, Kentwood, LA 70444 or East Fork Baptist Church, 4505 N Greensburg Rd; Smithdale.

 

 

Read the Bible

  • Isaiah 7
  • Job 34
  • Phil. 1

 

 

Pray to our services tomorrow.  Plan to be a part of Sunday School and worship.  Invite someone to attend.

 

Thank God for watching over us during these very hot days.  May we be alert to those who have special needs during these days of extreme heat.  Be thankful He is sending rain this weekend.

 

 

I’m looking forward to sharing a little about Operation Christmas Child Sunday.  This is the Franklin Graham organization that distributes shoe boxes all around the world.  I’m so thrilled we have an opportunity to send gifts and giving children an opportunity to learn about Jesus to so many children.  If you need to learn more or have any questions about packing, shipping, places the boxes are send, etc., please ask me.  My personal goal is always to pack as many as I can.  I do this by collecting, packing, collecting, and packing.  You get the idea.

 

 

There are many with various needs due to sicknesses and deaths.  Address each one as God leads you to.  Also, spiritual needs abound.  Pray for these situations and act as God leads you to.

Anna Lee

 

 

Sunday

Keep your lives free from the love of money and be content with what you have, because God has said, “Never will I leave you; never will I forsake you.” 

So we say with confidence, “The Lord is my helper; I will not be afraid. What can mere mortals do to me?”

Hebrews 13:5-6

 

 

 

Amber Prine Ragan

Recovery Update: 7/21/18 (12:00 PM) Dr. Lang came by to discuss the results of the MRI. There is a very small layer of the tumor remaining in the insula area under the cerebral cortex. This was the area that he was concerned about because of causing damage to the blood vessels that could have caused paralysis. The next step is the plan of treatment to attack this area. It will be a 6 week combination of chemotherapy plus radiation. We will meet with an oncologist when we return for the post-op visit on August 8th. At that time we will know more about the plan of attack! We will continue to post recovery updates.
We wanted to share a picture with everyone of our perfect patient and her Super Star Hero, Dr. Lang.

“What you do today can improve all your tomorrows.” – Ralph Marston

 

 

Clovis W. Sanders

June 22, 1936 – July 20, 2018

A resident of Greensburg, LA passed away on Friday, July 20, 2018 at his home. He was born June 22, 1936 in Liverpool, LA and was 82 years of age. He is survived by his wife, Doris Griffin Sanders; daughter, Rita Allen and husband, Charles E.; 2 sons, Robert “Bob” Sanders and wife, Alice, and Patrick “Pat” Sanders and wife, Jeana; 4 grandchildren, Stephanie Floyd and husband, John, Chauntel Snoddy and husband, Nathan, Tazi McClung and husband, Stan, Travis Welch and wife, Molly, and Bryan Allen and wife, Melissa; 14 great-grandchildren; numerous nieces and nephews. Preceded in death by parents, Clyde and Fanny Sanders; former spouse, Margaret P. Sanders; son, Clovis W. Sanders, Jr.; brothers, Lawrence Sanders and James D. Sanders; sister, Ouida S. Wall. He was a member of Red Bluff Baptist Church, American Legion, North Helena Volunteer Fire Department, Lookout Rough Riders, Liverpool Enduro Motorcycle Club and a founding member of the Liverpool Riding Club. Visitation at Red Bluff Baptist Church, Greensburg, from 10 a.m. until religious services at 2 p.m. on Monday, July 23, 2018. Services conducted by Rev. Joe Day and Rev. Raymond Taylor. Interment Red Bluff Cemetery, Greensburg. McKneely Funeral Home, Kentwood, in charge of arrangements. For an online guestbook, visit http://www.mckneelys.com.

 

 

 

Yesterday completed a wonderful missions week.

  • Monday, we had our “show and tell” craft day for missions at Spring Creek.  We were blessed by some ladies I didn’t expect, but who shared testimonies that brought tears to many eyes.
  • Yesterday, many items were made to be used is mission projects.  I’m so thankful to those, young and older, who came to do their part.  Amazingly, two senior adult ladies took some items home to complete later.  That shows what a blessing their self-imposed “homework” was to their lives. What an example they set!

 

 

Tuesday, we will celebrate church ladies with birthdays in July.  We meet at The Cafe at 11 A.M.  Ladies being honored this month are Bobbie Magee, Barbara Erwin, Janice Hornsby, Martha  Griffith, Debbie Bales, and Anne Hurst.

 

 

Read the Bible today.

  • Isaiah 3
  • Job 32
  • Ephesians 3

 

 

I hope you have a great day of Bible study and worship today.

Anna Lee