“Out of sheer generosity God put us in right standing with Himself.

A pure gift.

He got us out of the mess we’re in and restored us to where He always wanted us to be.

And He did it by means of Jesus Christ.

He sacrificed Jesus on the altar of the world to clear that world of sin.”

~Romans 3:24–25 The Message~




Read the Bible – Reflect on God as Rest and catch up on any missed readings.



Here’s some of what is happening at FBC, Kentwood!

Sunday Mornings

  • 9:15 -Sunday School (Classes for all ages)
  • 10:30 – Morning Worship (Nursery provided)

Sunday Evenings

  • 6:00 – Youth meeting, Children – Bible story and music
  • Nursery provided
  • Adults – Message from Bro. Darryl Miller

Wednesday night at 6:00

  • Children have missions
  • Youth (beginning at 5:00)
  • Adults have prayer meeting
  • Nursery available for babies

Friday Morning Bible Study – Romans 11 this week

Coming Soon – Mission Projects Day – June 16

People of all ages will work on items that will be used for Operation Christmas Child and other missions endeavors.  Come help out!

Associational WMU – Our next meeting will be mid-July at Spring Creek.

Vacation Bible School

  • Kickoff – Sunday evening, June 3
  • June 4-8 (8:30 – 11:30A.M.)
  • Commencement – Friday evening, June 8

Youth and Children

  • Summer activities in Kentwood
  • Summer camps

If any of you are looking for a church, I hope you find one that is a “good fit” for you.  We, at FBC, Kentwood, would love to have you visit with us.  Contact one of us for information.

Anna Lee


“Honor your father and your mother, so that you may live long in the land the LORD your God is giving you.

~Exodus 20:12~



Mrs. Ruby Dillon did not go to rehab yet, but she did move to the fourth floor of the hospital.  She is not in rehab at this time.



Connor Corkern

Connor man’s Friday update… It is Friday, right?

First things first, he’s finally off all blood pressure medications! Praise Be To God!
He’s still on some sedating meds to keep him from moving too much with his vent. He squeezed my hand this morning when I was praying the rosary with him and my heart melted into a puddle. What a fighter he is and how loved he is by Christ and Our Holy Mother!
He’s getting an echocardiogram in a bit to check his heart rhythms, as well as some pampering on his sweet lil thunder thighs to keep any clots from forming. If all goes well we are hoping for possible extubation early next week. He’s come so far and we are so grateful.
Again, thank you for your love and prayers. Each one is so mighty! 



The Pine Ridge Benefit Sunday morning will help Mr. Red Pittman of the New Zion community.  Breakfast is at 8:00.  Donations are accepted.




Stanley Brian Relan

September 13, 1968 – May 23, 2018
Stanley Brian Relan, a resident of Independence, passed away on Wednesday, May 23, 2018 at Ochsner Medical Center in Baton Rouge. He was born September 13, 1968 in Hammond and was 49 years of age. He was an U.S. Navy veteran. He is survived by his wife, Leslie Relan; daughters, Taylor Relan and Cierra Gonzales, and Macey Relan; sons, Jordan Relan, Corey Bertaut, Jr. and Dewayne Bertaut; 2 grandchildren, Kai and Kade Relan; brother, Gary Relan, Ricky Relan and wife Ginny, and Frankie Relan; sister, Debra Garon and husband, Mark, and his former spouse, Donna Relan. Preceded in death by his father, Charles Relan, Jr.; mother, Diane Mason; grandparents, Donis Henderson and Charles and Josie Relan; and  his great grandmother, Elise Scarbrough. Visitation at McKneely Funeral Home, Amite,  from 10 AM until religious services at 1 PM Saturday, May 26, 2018. Services conducted by Rev. Joseph Ricard. Interment Amite Memorial Gardens, Amite. For an online guestbook, visit

Judy Newsom Hilbun

March 15, 1954 – May 24, 2018

Judy Newsom Hilbun, a resident of Kentwood, passed away on Thursday, May 24, 2018. She was born March 15, 1954 in Magnolia, MS and was 64 years of age. She is survived by her husband, David Ray Hilbun, Sr.; son, David Hilbun and wife, Brandi; grandchildren, Kelsey Hilbun, Shelby H. Oliver and husband, Bruce, and Harley Hilbun; and her sister, Dorothy Morris. Preceded in death by her daughter, Tanya Denise Hilbun; parents, Willie Newsom, Jr. and Helen Newsom; and her 2 brothers, Jerry Dalton Newsom, Sr., and Willie Elliot Newsom, Sr.  Visitation at McKneely Funeral Home, Kentwood, from 9 AM until religious services at 10 AM Saturday, May 26, 2018. Interment Tangipahoa Cemetery, Tangipahoa. For an online guestbook, visit



Leah Roach Wilkinson

February 17, 1964 – May 23, 2018
Leah, age 54, went to her heavenly home Wednesday, May 23, 2018 after a courageous battle with cancer. She was born in New Orleans to Richard Roach Sr and Patricia Sheehan. She was a lifelong resident of Loranger. Leah married the love of her life, Jimmy Wilkinson, over 37 years ago.
Leah is survived by her husband, James “Jimmy” Wilkinson Sr.; Daughter, Brittany Wilkinson Traylor and husband John; sons, James “Jimmy” Wilkinson Jr. and wife Kacie; Dylan Wilkinson and wife Danielle; mother Patricia S. Lewis and husband Welton Lewis Sr.; and grandchildren, Addison and Madilyn Traylor, Aiden and Eli Wilkinson, and Declan Durbin.
Leah is preceded in death by her father Richard Roach Jr. and grandparents; Lloyd and Rose Sheehan, Richard and Louise Roach
Leah was a loving and devoted wife, daughter, mother and grandmother. Her grandchildren were the light of her eyes. She made many fond memories on their family camping trips.
Leah founded and worked hard to create a cancer support group to help others with their battle. She was awarded the ‘Top 10 Nurses 2018′ by Tangipahoa District Nurses Association. She was also an active member of the YouNight Sisterhood.
Leah was loving and encouraging to everyone she met and will be dearly missed by all who knew and loved her.
Relatives and friends of the family are invited to attend the visitation at the chapel of Brandon G. Thompson Funeral Home, Hammond, on Monday, May 28, 2018 from 5:00 p.m. until 8:00 p.m. Visitation will resume on Tuesday, May 29, 2018 at 9:00 a.m. with the Funeral Service beginning at 12:00 p.m. Interment will follow at Ford Cemetery in Independence, LA.
The family has created the Leah Wilkinson Memorial Foundation to continue her work by advocating for and supporting those who she supported. In lieu of flowers we ask that you make donations to this cause.

To send flowers or a memorial gift to the family of Leah Roach Wilkinson please visit our Sympathy Store.



Mike Wall

Services will be next Thursday from 4-7 pm at  McKneely’s funeral home in Kentwood with a gathering afterwards at Jesse Wall’s  home.  You are asked to bring a chair to Jesse’s.




Read the Bible

  • I Kings 15-16
  • Psalm 67
  • Romans 5



How will God use you today?

Anna Lee

Monday Afternoon

It’s been a busy day and is not over!



Mrs. Ruby Dillon had a bad night and was moved several times.  She currently is in 3008 in the ICU unit.  She is doing better now.  She will probably be there a few more days.  Please pray for Mr. “Cete” and “Miss” Ruby.



Jacob Yarborough made a trip to the ER at North Oaks.  He’s in room 3104 and trying to get some rest after a couple of sleepless nights.  Fluid was drained from his chest allowing him to breathe much better.  His trip to MD Anderson has been postponed for now.  Please continue to pray for Jacob and his family.





“Don’t be bewildered or surprised when you go through the fiery trials ahead,

for this is no strange, unusual thing that is going to happen to you.”

~Peter 4:12 TLB~



Brenda Gayle Massa Chadwick

March 04, 1958 – May 12, 2018

Brenda Gayle Massa Chadwick, a resident of Amite, passed away on Saturday, May 12, 2018. She was born March 4, 1958 and was 60 years of age. She was an US Army Veteran and served as a combat medic while serving her country. She is survived by 2 daughters, Jacy Chadwick Hayden and husband, Jimmy and Brandi Cali and Jermery Galladora, Sr.; and her grandchildren, Jermery Galladora, Jr. and Roy Hayden. Preceded in death by her husband, Jerry Chadwick; and her parents. Visitation at McKneely Funeral Home, Amite, from 10 AM until religious services at 12 Noon Wednesday, May 16, 2018.  Interment Arcola Roseland Cemetery, Arcola. For an online guestbook, visit


Judy Toney Foster

September 01, 1956 – May 12, 2018

Judy Toney Foster, a resident of Amite, passed away on Saturday, May 12, 2018 at Hood Memorial Hospital in Amite. She was born September 1, 1956 in New Orleans and was 61 years of age. She is survived by her husband, Danny Foster; foster child, Christopher Sevelle; sisters, Helen Beaver and Linda Harrington; brother, Paul Perrilloux; nieces, Amanda Catalanotto (Scott) and Marsha Nunnery (Jody); nephews, David Harrington, Joey Harrington and Ricky Woodall; 4 great nieces, 2 great nephews, and a great great niece. Preceded in death by her parents, Anthony and Opal Vicknair. Visitation at McKneely Funeral Home, Amite, from 8 AM until religious services at 10 AM Wednesday, May 16, 2018. Services conducted by Rev. Josh Milliron. Interment Amite Memorial Gardens, Amite. For an online guestbook, visit



Read the Bible

  • 2 Samuel 19-20
  • Psm. 62
  • Acts 23



A Legacy of Faith – The Man Pushing the Wheelchair



May we all find the side of us who sits behind a big desk and the side that pushes a wheelchair.  We are many-faceted individuals created by our great God.

Anna Lee






A wife of noble character who can find? She is worth far more than rubies.

~Proverbs 31:10~



Update on Josiah Huckaby written by his mom, KK

Update: Josiah is doing really good. They put him on the home vent Friday, and it’s the one we have been requesting. He’s doing great with it! They are going to start a very very slow wean of his steroids. The goal is to get back down to a dose that they know he has done well with. Cardiology came by while I was there Tuesday. His echo that was done last Thursday showed his pulmonary hypertension pressures were stable & pretty much the same as his April echo. So now we are looking at weaning off 1 of his pulmonary hypertension meds. Thanks for the continued prayer. God is so good!!!



Update on Joanne Seymour written by a friend, Charlotte Bryant

Hi my family and Facebook friends, a much better update on Joanne for today. She and I talked on the phone and she sounded great and said she was feeling much better. Becky (her sister) is staying with her and taking great care of her. They both seemed as if they are having fun in the big Apple. Please continue Joanne in your prayers, they are definitely being felt and we all appreciate them. Thanks



Rev. Lonnie Wascom, director of missions (DOM) for Northshore Association is retiring in a few months.  He is the only DOM they have had!  Pray for him and his wife as they peacefully move into retirement.





Read the Bible 

  • 2 Samuel 13-14
  • Job 1
  • Acts 2



Bible Study – Romans 8 this morning



Graduation season is upon us.  Please pray for all the graduates and their families.

Anna Lee




LORD, you establish peace for us;

all that we have accomplished you have done for us.

~Isaiah 26:12~



Pray for Gloria Gill.  Her doctors have decided it is time to do a second ablation.  This will be in about three weeks.  Pray for Gloria and her family as they go through this process.  Pray she is soon out of A-fib.



Mr. Red Pittman is home.  Let’s continue to keep him in our prayers.


Irene Shirley Vinet

AUGUST 29, 1940 – MAY 5, 2018
Irene L. Vinet entered into Eternity with her Lord and Savior, Jesus Christ, on Saturday, May 5, 2018 at the age of 77. The family is so thankful for the mercy that God displayed to their mother. She was the mother of Gordon Donnalley (Judy), Mark Vinet (Sheila), Wayne Vinet (Patty), Cindy V. Camardelle (Randel), and Wendy V. LeBlanc (Kevin). Also survived by 15 loving grandchildren, 24 loving great-grandchildren, 1 great great grandchild on the way, and a host of nieces, nephews, other relatives, and friends. She will be greatly missed. A celebration of her Heavenly home-going will be held in the Chapel of Westside Leitz-Eagan Funeral Home, 5101 Westbank Expressway, on Saturday, May 12, 2018 at 11:00 AM. Visitation will begin at 8:30 AM. Interment will be in Restlawn Park Cemetery. Express condolences at


(Rev. Randel Camardelle is pastor at Mt. Nebo Baptist Church in Two Rivers Association.)




Baptist Friendship House & Kay Bennett (New Orleans)

Hey Friends: just wanted to let everyone know that things are going well at BFH. We ran into a few complications with our gym floor, but we are well on our way to getting things back going soon. A few prayer requests:
1. Our summer missionaries arrive towards the end of this month. We are so excited for them to get here to serve. Pray for safe travels for each and for a summer filled with growth and service.
2. Pray for our ladies attending Bible Study each week and our leader. Our ladies have stayed committed to attending even though our time has been outside each week.
3. Pray for the final aspects of the renovation to go smoothly so we can get back to full operations. It has been a pretty hectic time but we are so excited about the face-lift the building is getting. We can’t wait to share pictures with you all soon.


Heart of the City

April 2018
Volume 15 Number 4

The Calls Keep Coming
In April, we worked with 6 individuals who were either confirmed victims of sex trafficking or potential victims. All 6 of these women are survivors. 3 of the young women are still teenagers and they all had similar stories- grew up in foster care or in an abusive home, never felt wanted or loved, no one advocating for her, and then came “prince charming” to give her everything she ever desired- a stable home, love, and attention. None of the girls we worked with this month woke up and decided “I want to be a prostitute.” Each was lured by a predator away from her home and comfort zone only to be tricked into a life of greater pain and suffering. We are thankful each of these girls now has a second chance. Through your prayers, donations of backpacks and supplies, and financial contributions, we were able to provide transportation and support to 4 of the young women we encountered this past month. Continue to pray for the other two women who chose not to receive services at this time. Our hope is that one day soon we will receive a call from them.
Prayer Requests
  • Pray for the completion of the renovations on our building so that we can resume full time ministry to those in our community.
  • Pray for the two women who opted not to receive services from BFH as they are potential victims of human trafficking.
  • Pray for our summer missionaries who will arrive in May to serve.
Each April we host a Health Fair for our community. We provide an array of services from basic health screenings to foot care and hair care. We also have various give-aways and serve a meal. We would like to extend a sincere thanks to the 59 volunteers from multiple states who made this event possible.
Current Needs
  • Snack Pack Items (vienna sausage, protein bars, crackers, pudding, fruit cups, etc)
  • Bug Spray and Sunscreen
  • Women’s medium athletic pants/sweat pants
  • Gift Cards (Walmart, Lowe’s, Home Depot, etc.)
  • Kay’s mom has been released from the doctor to resume all her normal activities. Her swift healing is nothing short of a miracle.
  • E and her family welcomed a healthy, baby boy into their family this month and everyone is adjusting well
  • We have had a steady number of ladies coming for Bible Study this month even though we had to move it outside until renovations are completed

You may want to follow them on Facebook.

Kay is speaking at an associational WMU meeting soon.




Read the Bible

  • 2 Samuel 9-10
  • Eccl. 12: 9-13
  • Acts 18



Make your plans now to attend prayer meeting at your local church.

Anna Lee



Monday at Noon

I received a call that Mansell Stinson has been hospitalized at North Oaks since Friday and passed away a little while ago.  I’ll post more as information becomes available. Please pray for Jackie, Chris, and other family members.