For God so loved the world that he gave his one and only Son,

that whoever believes in him shall not perish but have eternal life.

~John 3:16~


A great report: Dee Dee B. Matthews, niece of Betty Simpson and Ora Lee Wilson, has shown good improvement.  She still has a lot of issues, but is certainly better than she was right after the accident.  Keep praying.



Yesterday, I was asked to request prayer for someone, but not to give a name.  Today, I have been asked to report that Angela Headrick is the person who had a thyroid test that was inconclusive.  Results from a more recent biopsy have not given results yet.  In the meantime, you are asked to pray for Angela as she awaits the report.



Mrs. Bessie Hayden is still at home and waiting to go back to the hospital in a few weeks.  Please pray for her diabetes related circulation problem.



Adrian Phillips is having a problem with another buildup of fluid.  Pray medication will solve his problem.



Dorinda M. O’Brian

October 23, 1958 – February 14, 2018

Dorinda M. O’Brian, a resident of Slaughter, passed away on Wednesday, February 14, 2018 at Baton Rouge General. She was born October 23, 1958 in Lake Charles and was 59 years of age. She is survived by her daughter, Bertha O’Brian; 2 sons, Arnie “Ray” O’Brian, Jr. and wife, Rachel; and Teddy O’Brian and wife, Kelly; 5 grandchildren, Ethan, Lacey and Sidney O’Brian, and Makayla and Zaylee Feierabend; sister, Melissa Bordeln; and her brother, Tony Mustin. Preceded in death by her husband, Arnie “Ray” O’Brian, Sr.; parents, Harry and Dorothy Mustin; sisters, Cindy Mustin Buras Kauffman, Jenny Holden, and Crystal Buras; and her brothers, Kerry Buras and Eric Buras. Visitation at McKneely Funeral Home, Amite, from 9 AM until religious services at 11 AM Saturday, February 17, 2018. Services conducted by Rev. Marshall Wallace. For an online guestbook, visit




The group at the cabin last night included two new guests as well as representation from eight different churches.  We were so blessed by all present, the devotional shared by Bro. Darryl, and the wonderful music shared by James Rimes and Sherman Cutrer.  Sherman has had some serious health issues and numerous (I think he said 13) surgeries since he was last at the cabin sharing with us.  It was another great Third Thursday.  Feel free to join us sometime.



The Friday Morning Bible Study will meet at 10:00 this morning in the fellowship hall of FBC, Kentwood.



Tomorrow morning at 9:00, we will meet in the fellowship hall to begin preparation of items for Samaritan’s Purse Operation Christmas Child.  Everyone is invited to spend the morning with us.  Working together on this project will help get us started on our collection process for the Christmas season deliveries around the world.  Children, K-5, the age group of the Wednesday night missions class are especially encouraged to come.  It is not too late to bring some of the items previously listed.  They can be left in the red basket at the church or left in the fellowship hall TODAY.



Another group of Bibles were delivered to the church yesterday.  Three calendars were brought to the cabin last night.  These items will be used by inmates of the Tangipahoa Parish Jail.  I will get these items to the group that ministers there on Thursday mornings.  Thank-you for doing your part in helping to collect items.  Pray for the many men and women there.



Read the Bible

  • Leviticus 13-15
  • Proverbs 20
  • Mark 9



The February “Young” Ladies’ Birthday Party will be on the 27th.  Mark the date on your calendar.



God gives us opportunities to minister to others in many different ways.

Anna Lee















































Love is patient, love is kind.

It does not envy, it does not boast, it is not proud.


I have been asked to share an unspoken request for someone who has had to have a medical test repeated and is awaiting results.  Pray for a good report and/or patience and calmness during the waiting period.



Please pray for the Strickland family as they have the celebration of life service Mike.




Read the Bible

  • Leviticus 11-12
  • Psalm 20
  • Mark 8



Third Thursday Gathering at 6:30 tonight!   Music by James Rimes and devotional by Bro. Darryl.




There is excitement in the air about the missions day Saturday morning in the fellowship hall.  Feel free to join us for the event that will be a blessing to us Saturday as we make plans to bless many others through OCC.



No matter what you are doing today, make sure you share the love God freely gives to us.

Anna Lee







Though the mountains be shaken and the hills be removed,

yet my unfailing love for you will not be shaken nor my covenant of peace be removed,”

says the LORD, who has compassion on you.

~Isaiah 54:10~

Michael Phillip Strickland
(November 11, 1950 – February 11, 2018) 

Michael Phillip Strickland, 67, of Osyka, passed away, Sunday, February 11, 2018 at his residence.

He was born November 11, 1950 in Magnolia, MS. He was the son of the late Percy Edward and Sharron Varnado Strickland.

Mr. Strickland was a retired auto mechanic. He was a longtime active member of Osyka Baptist Church where he served on the usher committee and loved attending his Pioneer Sunday School class.

He is survived by his wife of 45 years, Colleen Lambert Strickland of Osyka; his son and daughter-in-law, Phillip and Mindy Strickland of Osyka; his daughter and son-in-law, Shelia and Andy Childress of Kentwood; two brothers and sisters-in-law, Tim and Allison Strickland of Summit and Randy and Tammy Strickland of Osyka; two sisters, Sandy Smith of Chatawa and Sheree Strickland of McComb; five grandchildren, Silas Childress, Meredith Childress, Amelia Childress, Laila Baham and Lilly Strickland and numerous nieces and nephews.

Visitation is Thursday at Osyka Baptist Church from 9AM until 12PM. Celebration of Life services will be at 12:30PM with Bro. Gene Richards and Bro. Milton Kliesch officiating. Burial will be in Osyka Cemetery under the direction of Sharkey Funeral Home in Summit.

Pallbearers are Keith Strickland, Chad Strickland, Blake Strickland, Colton Smith, David McKinney and Dustin Mack. Honorary pallbearer is Silas Childress.

In lieu of flowers, the family requests memorial donations be made to Osyka Baptist Church Building Fund, P.O. Box 152, Osyka, MS 39657.

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Earl Quinton Stinson passed away on Sunday, February 11, 2018, in Hammond, Louisiana, at the age of 68. He was born on Sunday, January 26, 1950 in Kentwood , Louisiana to the late Addaliede Labrache Stinson and the late Earl Stinson. He was a native of Kentwood, Louisiana.

Earl is survived by his wife, Ann Stinson; step-daughters, Ashley Welch and her husband Dale, and Stacey McDonald and her husband Scott; step-son, Louis Russell LaRocca, Jr.; sisters, Linda Burt, and Lois Pittman; brother, Paul Stinson; grandchildren, Ava Welch, Shantel Power, Lathon LaRocca, Jordan McDonald, Jacob McDonald, Grace Ann McDonald, and Annalise LaRocca; nieces and nephews, James Burt, Steven Burt, Michelle Burt, and Michael Burt.

He was preceded in death by his father, Earl Stinson; mother, Addaliede Labrache Stinson; sister, Peggy Jean Stinson; and nephew, Raymond M. Burt, Jr.

Relatives and friends are invited to attend the visitation at Harry McKneely & Son Funeral Home, Hammond, 2000 N. Morrison Blvd, Hammond, Louisiana 70401, on Friday, February 16, 2018 from 6:00 pm until 9:00 pm. Visitation will continue at the funeral home on Saturday, February 17, 2018, from 9:00 am until the Funeral Service at 11:30 am.

Interment will follow in Woodland Cemetery in Kentwood, Louisiana.


Please pray for the Strickland and Stinson families.


Read the Bible

  • Leviticus 8-10
  • Proverbs 19
  • Mark 7


Children on Mission will meet at 6:00 P.M. tonight.   Children, K-5, are invited to join us.


I’m excited about the missions activities Saturday from 9:00 – Noon..  We will be working on fillers for Operation Christmas Child.  Everyone is encouraged to be a part of this ministry.


Third Thursday Gathering – Tomorrow!

Anna Lee




Be completely humble and gentle;

be patient, bearing with one another in love.

~Ephesians 4:2~



Rev. Bill Ichter is doing better, but will continue to recover from the flu.  He is thankful for your prayers.
Mr. Philip Harrell had a fall recently.  Other than some soreness, he seems to be okay.  Thanking God!


Michael Phillip Strickland, 67, of Osyka, passed away, Sunday, February 11, 2018 at his residence.

He was born November 11, 1950 in Magnolia, MS. He was the son of the late Percy Edward and Sharron Varnado Strickland.

Visitation is Thursday at Osyka Baptist Church from 9AM until 12PM. Celebration of Life services will be at 12:30PM with Bro. Gene Richards and Bro. Milton Kliesch officiating. Burial will be in Osyka Cemetery under the direction of Sharkey Funeral Home in Summit.

In lieu of flowers, the family requests memorial donations be made to Osyka Baptist Church Building Fund, P.O. Box 152, Osyka, MS 39657.




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Read the Bible 
  • Leviticus 6-7
  • Psalm 19
  • Mark 6



Last month, we had to cancel the Third Thursday Gathering due to snow.   This month, we are thankful to report no snow is forecast and the temperatures will be unusually warm for February.  See you Thursday at 6:30 P.M. at the cabin.



The children’s missions class will meet tomorrow night at  6:00 and again Saturday morning at 9:00 when they will participate in making items for Operation Christmas Child.  This will be our first, but hopefully not our last, OCC preparation day this year.  Youth and adults are encouraged to come participate with us.  If you do not attend FBC, Kentwood, but are interested in what we are doing Saturday, feel free to join us and take some ideas back to your church.



I will empty the “red basket” at church before Wednesday night so there will be room for more items as listed twice in the last week or so.  Check the list to see what you already have or what you can easily bring.



Help make a difference in the lives of children around the world through OCC.

Anna Lee





\Dear friends, let us love one another, for love comes from God.

Everyone who loves has been born of God and knows God.

~1 John 4:7~



Please pray for the family of Mike Strickland of Osyka.  He passed away yesterday afternoon.




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Read the Bible

  • Reflect on God as Counselor
  • Catch up on your readings if you missed a day.




  • People who donated items for the mission projects
  • People who signed up to attend



Looking ahead!

  • If you have any items to donate, I will please leave then in or near the red basket.  I will empty it Wednesday night.
  • If you did not sign the list to attend, but would like to attend, please contact me by phone or computer.  I’m trying to get an more accurate count for food preparation as well as materials for items we will be preparing.



Third Thursday!

  • This week!
  • 6:30 P.M. at the cabin!
  • Music by Mr. Harlon Toney and James Rimes
  • Devotional by Bro. Darryl



To have a better week, reach out to others in various ways.

Anna Lee





“A new command I give you:

Love one another.

As I have loved you, so you must love one another.

~John 13:34~


Rev. Bill Ichter, former minister of music in FBC, Amite and long-time missionary in Brazil is hospitalized with the flu.  Please be in prayer for him and his family.

Mrs. Bessie Hayden may be released from the hospital today, but will be returning to the hospital in two weeks for more surgery.
The Valentine Banquet at FBC, Kentwood was very good last night.  If you missed it, plan now to be there next year.  Thanks, Youth and all others who helped to provide a great night and to earn some serious money for the youth to go to camp.
James Rimes will be featured at the cabin Thursday.  He sings and plays in a way that lets you clearly see his heart.  David and I hope to see many of you at 6:30.
We will call next Saturday Children’s Missions Day, but it will really be an opportunity for ALL of you to share in doing mission projects.  Sign up on the RED clipboards.  Let’s have an focus on doing for others so they may be introduced to Jesus.
Read the Bible
  • Leviticus 4-5
  • Proverbs 18
  • Mark 5


Have a great Lord’s Day!

Anna Lee


 Love the Lord your God with all your heart and with all your soul and with all your mind and with all your strength.’  

The second is this: ‘Love your neighbor as yourself.’

There is no commandment greater than these.”

~Mark 12:30-31~


Pray for Jim and Fay Carol C. Todd.  Jim has some serious heart issues and may need to make some difficult decisions.  Pray for God’s leadership as they face Jim’s health issues.



Tonight is the Valentine Banquet at FBC, Kentwood.  If you enjoy your meal, thank the cooks.  If you think it is pretty, thank Heather Sharkey and her crew of decorators.  Most of all thank the youth and Bro.. Wendell.



The next Saturday will be our Kid’s Missions Day.  It is set up to be a kids’s day, but at our church it will be for everyone.  My house is “exploding” with crafts for boys, girls, youth, and adults to do so we will have many fillers to send along with our Operation Christmas Child shoeboxes.  Our fillers will be used to complete shoeboxes that are not completely full.  I am excited about this opportunity as well as packing some shoeboxes as a family.  Let’s reach out to others in a big way!  I hope to get a couple volunteers tomorrow to prepare a kid-type lunch Saturday.  I hope the rest of you will be signing the lists on the red clipboards so we will know how many people to plan for.

Items I will be needing that some of you may be able to contribute:

  • Beads
  • Fishing supplies (hooks, lines, sinkers, floaters, etc., but no poles)
  • Fabric scraps
  • Small colorful pictures
  • Buttons (colorful and assorted sizes)
  • Pillow stuffing
  • Lace or ribbon scraps
  • Sewing tape measurer
  • Scissors for older girls
  • Glue sticks
  • Used greeting cards, especially Christmas cards

I will have a red basket near the front door of the church tomorrow.  You can leave your items there tomorrow.



Thanks to those who so faithfully purchase Bibles for the inmates at the Tangipahoa parish.  Once again our donations of Bibles and 2018 calendars were delivered this week.  Once again they were greatly appreciated.  A clear tote is under the stairwell for your donations.  This is an ongoing project.




Friday Morning Bible Study will have three more weeks of Ezekiel before we begin a study of the book of Romans.  Plan to join us from the beginning.  There is not cost.  Just bring your Bible.



The Third Thursday Gathering will be this week.  See you Thursday at the cabin at 6:30 P.M.



Read the Bible

  • Leviticus 1-3
  • Psalm 18
  • Mark 3-4



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Do your preparations for the Lord’s Day today.  That way getting to church will be less complicated.  That’s always good.

Anna Lee