And Mary said: “My soul glorifies the Lord 47 and my spirit rejoices in God my Savior.

Luke 1:46-47



Marilyn Alford Kelly

December 2, 1938 – May 23, 2020

MARILYN JEANELL ALFORD KELLY,  age 81, of Slidell, LA, passed away on Saturday, May 23, 2020. Beloved wife of the late Stanley Everett Kelly. Mother of Keith Alan Kelly (Nathalie), Kevin Dale Kelly (Susan) and Karen Kelly Groom (Brett). Daughter of the late Ralph Davis Alford and Margie Bankston Alford. Sister of  Walton Ellis Alford (Peggy) and the late Gaylon Ralph Alford (Peggy). Also survived by 6 grandchildren, Tristan and Saoirse Kelly, Logan and Ronan Kelly, Emma and Ethan Groom and several nieces and nephews. A native of Bolivar, La. and a longtime resident of Slidell, La. She was a retired School Teacher with the St. Tammany Parish School System. She was a longtime member of First Baptist Church, where she was very active in volunteering her time and energy.

Relatives and friends of the family are invited to attend the Memorial Services at First Baptist Church, 4141 Pontchartrain Blvd., Slidell, LA., on Saturday, May 30, 2020 at 11:00 A.M.


Visitation at the church on Saturday  after 9:00 A.M. until funeral time.

Donations to First Baptist Church Pantry Ministry, preferred, in lieu of flowers.




Read the Bible in 2020 – May 27th

  • 2 Samuel 12:1-31
  • John 16:1-33
  • Psalm 119:65-80
  • Proverbs 16:4-5



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Today, I’m thankful for God watering most of my flowers all week and David watering the rest.  What is one thing you are thankful for today?

Anna Lee



“Then Daniel went home and told his friends Hananiah, Mishael, and Azariah what had happened.

He urged them to ask the God of heaven to show them his mercy by telling them the secret, so they would not be executed along with the other wise men of Babylon.”

~Daniel 2:17-18 (NLT)~

Bro. Darryl is teaching the book of Daniel on Wednesday nights at 6 P.M.  I grew up hearing these stories and still love them.  He is digging much deeper than I did as a child.




Gene Allen Esch

October 25, 1940 – May 19, 2020


Mr. Gene Allen Esch, 79, of McComb, MS, went home to be with the Lord, Tuesday, May 19, 2020 at his residence.

Mr. Gene was born in Sunflower County, MS on October 25, 1940 and was the son of Henry Esch and Grace Carroll Esch. He was a long time member at Central Baptist Church in McComb, MS. He was a Christian man. He was a devoted husband, father, brother, and he loved being a “Pawpaw”. He proudly served our country in the United States Army. He worked for and retired from the railroad after 34 years. He will be missed by all who knew and loved him.

He is preceded in death by his parents; one brother, Henry Esch Jr. and two sister in laws, Miriam Esch and Arnell Esch.

He is survived by his loving wife of 57 wonderful years, Mary Esch of McComb, MS; one son, Jeffrey Esch and Kristin of McComb, MS; three brothers, Carroll Esch and Shelia of Kentwood, LA, James “Jimmy” Esch of Central, LA, and Danny Esch and Anita of Kentwood, LA; four grandchildren, Ivy McKenzie and Reed of Foley, AL, Skylar Esch of McComb, MS, Virginia Esch of McComb, MS and Chase Esch of McComb, MS; five great-grandchildren and a host of family and friends.

A Memorial Service will be held at a later date.




Read the Bible in 2020 –  May 23

  • 2 Samuel 2:12-3:39
  • John 13:1-30
  • Psalm 119:1-16
  • Proverbs 15:29-30



Please continue to pray for the 2020 seniors.  This virus has altered their lives more than it did for most people.  We are like many of you and had a grandson who was scheduled to graduate tonight.

Anna Lee









For the foolishness of God is wiser than human wisdom,

and the weakness of God is stronger than human strength.

~1 Corinthians 1:25~

I don’t know God’s plans, but I know He has plans and is in control.




Please add Rene Deck Terrell to you prayer list.  She fell at home over a week ago when she tripped over a stool and has some bad cuts and bruises.  Pray for her as she sits and heals while thinking of things she had planned to do.




Please pray for Stan and Bettany Simmons young son, Ollie, who is facing surgery today on a knee infection that has been hard to diagnose.  You can pray based on that limited information.  Tommy and Wanda Simmons can fill you in if you ask them.




David and I have been quarantined for six and a half weeks.  I never thought that would happen to us, but it has and it is not bad.  The future length of the quarantine for us is likely to be longer than for most of you, but we just take this one day at a time.  Join us in praying for all those who are fighting the Covid – 19 virus and all those who are caring for them.




Read the Bible in 2020 – April 25th

  • Judges 4:1-5:31
  • Luke 22:35-53
  • Psalm 94:1-23
  • Proverbs 14:3-4
  • If you get behind a little, just keep reading.  You can read extra and catch up, finish in over a year, or simple enjoy and learn from the parts you do read.  Either way, you will benefit from reading.
  • If you read and check-off the “yellow page” you received at church, you know you will be needing a new list at the end of next week.  Please check with “Miss” Janice at the church office for the next page next week.



Pray for the disaster relief teams working just north of us in McComb.  They are doing a good job of helping people get their homes and lives back after the rounds of tornados we have had recently.  If you know someone who is working, give them a special thanks.  If you are trained and available, contact LA Baptist Disaster Relief and volunteer.  If you would like to provide something to the teams, you can also call LA Baptist Disaster Relief.




Once again, the weekly services from FBC, Kentwood will not be open for you to attend.  However, you can join them via Facebook or YouTube.  Sunday services are at 10:30 and 6:00 with Wednesday’s service at 6 P.M.




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Anna Lee

















“Happy are those who reject the advice of evil people . . ..

Instead, they find joy in obeying the Law of the LORD, and they study it day and night.”

~Psalm 1:1-2 (GNT)~




Our church family is happy for the arrival of Renee Josette Cerise.  She weighed 7 pounds and 1 ounce and was 19.5 inches long.  Our church family may think of this child as the great granddaughter of George and Alice Faye Lee and the granddaughter of Brian and Lisa Piner.  One day when the Covid -19 virus is over, we will get to meet this precious gift from God at church.




Juanita “Nita” Russell Miller was diagnosed with the Covid – 19 virus yesterday.  Although Faibra Cade is not her only child, many of you may relate to “Nita” this way.  “Nita” is also  J..C. Miller’s step-mother and a precious lady of 94.  Please be in prayer for this sweet lady.




Eula Lee “Tullie” Cain Dean

November 22, 1932 – April 18, 2020

A resident of Kentwood passed away on Saturday, April 18, 2020 at North Oaks Medical Center in Hammond. She was born January 22, 1932 in Kentwood and was 88 years of age. She is survived by her 2 sons, Pascal J. Dean, Jr. and Michael B. Dean, Sr. and wife, Samantha; 2 step-daughters, Priscilla Lynch and husband, Richard, and Ora Ellen Nunnery; 11 grandchildren; 22 great-grandchildren; and numerous nieces and nephews. Preceded in death by her husband, Pascal “Pat” Dean, Sr.; parents, James David Cain, Sr. and Susie Easley Cain; sister, Mary Nell Woodard and husband, Virgil; brother, James David “Joe” Cain, Jr. and wife, Martha; grandson, Braden M. Cutrer; and niece, Patricia Woodard Lester. Visitation will be held from 12:00 Noon until 2:00PM on Tuesday, April 21, 2020 at Woodland Cemetery, Kentwood. Pallbearers will be Michael Dean, Jr., Matthew David Dean, Patrick Ty Dean, James Dedric Cutrer, Jr., Phillip Hunter Cutrer, and Samuel James Woodard. McKneely Funeral Home, Kentwood, in charge of arrangements. For an online guestbook, visit




Read the Bible in 2020 – April 20

  • Joshua 21:1-22:20
  • Luke 20:1-26
  • Psalm 89:1-13
  • Proverbs 13:15-16



I hope everyone is safe and had minimal damage from the bad weather we had last night.

Anna Lee






“Give all your worries and cares to God,

for he cares about you.”

~1 Peter 5:7 (NLT)~




Today marks three weeks David and I have been quarantined.  I never dreamed this would happen to us, but it is better to be safe, than sorry.  We didn’t start with a number of days in mind, just the idea of taking each day as it comes.  This is one of those times when we don’t need/want to see the long-term future.  Continue to pray for all involved in fighting the Coronavirus.




Please continue to pray for Matt Travis.




Smiley Conerly is having some change in treatment.  Pray this is beneficial.  He’s home and thankful to be there.




Ryan “Rufus” Williams, from Spring Creek, seems to be improving.  Please continue to pray for him.




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Tonight, at 6 P.M., FBC, Kentwood will broadcast the Wednesday night prayer meeting.  I hope you will be able to join them and pray for them.  Thanks to those who make it possible for us to join with them.




I have a project for those of you who are interested in helping with Operation Christmas Child and who have some old t-shirts at home.  That probably will describe most of us.

These would be great in our “Shoeboxes” this year.  You can make them now and keep them at your home for now.

T-shirt pom-poms –




Read the Bible in 2020 – April 1

  • Deuteronomy 18:1- 20:20
  • Luke 9:28-50
  • Psalm 73:1-28
  • Proverbs 12:10



I think you might enjoy this video on the miracles of Jesus.





Thanks for reading and praying.  I hope The Prayer Link is meaningful during this time.

Anna Lee









The LORD is my strength and my defense ;

he has become my salvation.

~Psalm 118:14~




Read the Bible in 2020 – March 30

  • Deuteronomy 13:1-15:23
  • Luke 8:40-9:6
  • Psalm 71:1-24
  • Proverbs 12:5-7


Today’s song to focus on is “The Joy of the Lord is My Strength”.

The Joy Of The LORD Is My Strength
The joy of the LORD is my strength
The joy of the LORD is my strength
The joy of the LORD is my strength
The joy of the LORD is my strength

He heals the broken-hearted and they cry no more
He heals the broken-hearted and they cry no more
He heals the broken-hearted and they cry no more
The joy of the LORD is my strength!

He gives me living water and I thirst no more
He gives me living water and I thirst no more
He gives me living water and I thirst no more
The joy of the LORD is my strength!

He fills my soul with laughter
Ha, ha, ha … ha, ha (ha ha)
He fills my soul with laughter
Ha, ha, ha … ha, ha (ha ha)
The joy of the LORD is my strength!

If you want joy you must ask for it
If you want joy you must ask for it
If you want joy you must ask for it
The joy of the LORD is my strength!

10 Then he said unto them, Go your way, eat the fat, and drink the sweet, and send portions unto them for whom nothing is prepared: for this day is holy unto our Lord: neither be ye sorry; for the joy of the Lord is your strength.

Nehemiah 8:10 KJV


How many of our children learned this in choir or junior church?  Did they learn it from us or us from them?

Find strength in the Lord!



Thanks to churches for finding ways to help us stay connected during this time.  There’s a wealth of online services to watch.




Pray for nursing home residents and workers who seem to be sitting targets for the coronavirus.




Pray for healthcare workers who are doing their best to help those who are ill.  I’m amazed and touched by the extent the families of healthcare workers have stepped up to care for children in the family and for workers who are dedicated to caring for patients while someone else takes care of their children.




Pray for truck drivers, daily farmers, police, pastors, store clerks, etc. who must continue their work that benefits the rest of us.




Our days of staying home have been extended to April 30th by President Trump.  We must all stay home to stop the spread of Covid-19!  The sooner everyone follows the rules, the sooner this will be over!

Anna Lee