Saturday

9 Do not lie to each other, since you have taken off your old self with its practices 

10 and have put on the new self, which is being renewed in knowledge in the image of its Creator

~Colossians 3:9-10~

 

 

Continue to pray for Mrs. Bessie Hayden.  She’s home and learning more and more about living independently.

 

 

 

Continue to pray for those who are homebound.  Make a call, deliver a meal, send a card, or just visit them.  You will both be blessed.

 

 

 

David had two medical visits yesterday.

  • He learned his blood level has increased since Tuesday.  The Procrit must be working.
  • He went to a dentist because he was having trouble eating and his gums were sore,  He will begin some new dental work Tuesday.  I think the dental issue is a result of the fall he had outside on Christmas evening.
  • We never know which way this journey will take us, but we know God is with us on the journey.

 

 

 

 

Hazel Elizabeth McKnight

May 14, 1939 – January 03, 2019

Hazel Elizabeth “Beth” McKnight, 79, born in Clinton, LA and a resident of Zachary, went to her eternal home on Thursday, January 3, 2019. She worked for Nunn Electric Supply for 21 years before retiring.
Visitation will be at Zachary United Methodist Church on Monday, January 7, 2019 from 9:00 am until service time at 11:00 am conducted by Dr. Greg Davis, Rev. Harold Babin and Rev. Rickey Willis. Burial will follow in Day’s cemetery, Greensburg.
Beth is survived by her husband of 62 years, Kenneth Charles McKnight, nieces and nephews, Denise Dyer Stewart(Blake), Rickie McKnight(Kelli), Randy McKnight(Kelli), Todd Castello(Desiree) and Earl Allen (April) and special great nieces, Ashby Warren(Steven) and Aley Stewart.
She is preceded in death by her father, Toler Hurst, Mother, Hazel Hutchinson Hurst and sister, Beverly Hurst Dyer.
Pallbearers will be Mark Hurst, Rick Hurst, Blake Stewart, Rickie McKnight, Randy McKnight and Todd Castello. Honorary pallbearers are Terry Travis, Donald Duncan and Mike Ray. She was a member of United Methodist Women for many years, Emmie Montegeudo Circle and loved greeting all of her church family on Sundays.

 

 

 

Read (and Write) the Bible

  • Psalm 17:15
  • Psalm 18:49
  • Psalm 22:22

Be sure to underline “I will” in each part.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

The college and career class of First Baptist Church returned from “Passion” in Atlanta.  Thank God they were able to go to the event and grow from the experience.  Also, thank God for their safety.

 

 

 

The items to bring during January for Operation Christmas Child are scarves, hats, and gloves.  You can bring them to my Sunday School classroom.  Thanks!  It’s time to start over for the boxes we will send toward the end of the 2019 year.

 

 

 

You never know which way your journey of life will take you, but you can know God is with you.  If you don’t have that assurance, contact a local pastor or church member.  That could be the best decision you make during your lifetime.

Anna Lee

 

 

 

 

 

Friday

He has shown you, O mortal, what is good.

And what does the LORD require of you?

To act justly and to love mercy and to walk humbly with your God.

~Micah 6:8 (NIV)~

 

 

 

Buddy Morris had a clear scan yesterday and was given another three months with no treatment.  Thank-you, Lord!  Pray for Eleanor Morris as she makes plans for hip surgery.

 

 
Please continue to pray for others who have tests, treatment, traveling, etc.

  • Buddy Waller
  • Linda Callihan
  • David Alford
  • Bryan Tate
  • Phillip Strickland

 

 

 

Read the Bible and mark “I will ….”.

  • Psalm 16: 7-8
  • Psalm 17:3

 

 

 

You are invited to attend Sunday School with the Friendship Circle class.  Judy Dickinson will be teaching out lesson this week.

 

 

 

Pray for the college and career class of FBC, Kentwood as they return from a conference in Atlanta and begin applying what they learned.

 

 

 

I’m thankful for the ending of this rain we have had.  Now, let the roads, pastures, yards, playgrounds, etc. dry up for a while.

Anna Lee

 

 

 

 

Sunday

For, “All people are like grass, and all their glory is like the flowers of the field; the grass withers and the flowers fall, but the word of the Lord endures forever.”

And this is the word that was preached to you.

 ~ Peter 1:24-25 (NIV) ~

 

 

 

Ronnie Nielsen was hosted for a meal in a church that he helped “plant” ten years ago in Romania.  He also has had numerous opportunities to share the gospel through an interpreter.  Pray for the team as they continue their mission trip.

 

 

Glen Magee will be having surger on a date not yet determined.  Pray for him as he waits to be placed on the surgery schedule.

 

 

Betty Taylor’s cataract surgery and recovery went well.  Pray for her as she plans for the other eye to have surgery Thursday in McComb.

 

 

Maddie’s Miracles 

 Maddie is about the same. They added some meds and took some meds away. She will eat crackers and broth and a baked potato today if she even gets hungry. They will start with scrambled eggs and toast in the morning. If that stays in she can go home tomorrow if not she will have to stay until they figure this out. Thanks for the love and prayers.

 

 

 

Read the Bible

  • Jeremiah 41-42
  • Proverbs 5
  • Revelation 17

 

 

Pine Ridge United Methodist Church will host their monthly breakfast benefit this morning beginning at 8 A.M.  What a great opportunity to help a needy situation and to have a good Sunday morning breakfast.

 

 

May you be blessed through Bible study and morning services today. 

Anna Lee

 

 

 

 

 

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