Dear friend, do not imitate what is evil but what is good.

Anyone who does what is good is from God.

Anyone who does what is evil has not seen God.

~3 John 1:11~



Bill Frazier‘s neck surgery went well yesterday.  Pray for him as he recovers from surgery.




Montpelier Baptist Church  is again sending s mission team to Nicaragua.  This trip  will include 14 mission volunteers and lots of support from others who cannot make the trip.




Tangipahoa Baptist Church is also sending a mission team to a central American country.  I got this information verbally and do not have an exact number of those going.  I did learn the church gathering items to send.  I’ll post a list of items if I can get one.

V.R. “Cuestick” Blades, Jr.

August 12, 1933 – July 15, 2019

A resident of Greensburg, LA, passed away on Monday, July 15, 2019 at his home. He was born August 12, 1933 in Greenlaw, LA and was 85 years of age. He is survived by his daughter, Shelia Anderson; 2 sons, Gary Blades and James Allen Blades; 2 sisters, Evelyn Glenn and Pearline Coker; 8 grandchildren; 4 great-grandchildren. Preceded in death by his wife, Rita Dunn Blades; his mom, Annie Rhodes Blades; his dad, Vernie Red Blades, Sr.; 1 son, Brian Scott Blades; and 1 daughter, Rebecca Blades. Interment was held at Kedron Cemetery, Amite, LA. In lieu of flowers, memorial contributions may be made to Clarity Hospice. McKneely Funeral Home, Amite, in charge of arrangements. For an online guestbook, visit




Scripture Writing Plan – “Patience and Perseverance” – James 5: 7-9



Operation Christmas Child in very important to me.  I am enjoying some time shopping and gathering as well as unpackaging and organizing.  Let me know if you want to help in any way – purchasing, crafting, organizing, 

A neighbor brought me three bags of medicine and baby food containers she washed and prepared for packaging small items.  A lady gave me money for fishing supplies.  I bought some items needed and look forward to packaging for boys to enjoy using.  Another lady gave me money to shop with.  I bought pencils and pens with her money.  One class at church has purchased bandanas and stuffed animals.  A lady gave me some handmade stuffed animals.  Another lady drew faces on them. 

Do you need me to shop for you?  Do you need me to give you suggestions for your purchases?  If so, Walmart has one subject composition books for a quarter.  It certainly would be helpful if some of you would purchase boxes for these while they are on sale.  Do the math.  That is a good deal on notebooks.  You can leave your purchases in the church office or in the classroom by the choir room. 

I can always use more craft items like beads, school supplies like highlighters, crayons, and markers, and soap and washcloths.  We open the soap and let it harden so it doesn’t mold and so it will last longer.  I certainly have learned lots of tricks.

If you have time and a pair of scissors, I can always use help cutting t-shirts to make jump ropes.  I think there is an opportunity for everyone.

Anna Lee






Then I heard the voice of the Lord saying,

“Whom shall I send?

And who will go for us?”

And I said, “Here am I.

Send me!”

~Isaiah 6:8~

That should be our response when God calls us to do something small or something big!




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All our family members arrived safely back at their homes except for Jennie who will be here a couple more days.  Thanks to all of you who showed your love for our family this weekend.

Anna Lee


“[God] canceled the debt, which listed all the rules we failed to follow.

He took away that record with its rules and nailed it to the cross.” 

~Colossians 2:14 NCV~




Lawanna Carter sent me word yesterday that her sister, Sandra Breeland Fontonot, passed away.  Please be in prayer for that family.  I’ll post an obituary when one is available.




This morning I am thankful for the rain because it will make may plant watering much easier this morning.  Mostly, I’m thankful for the rain because it will mean a high temperature of 87 today, a nice break from the higher temperatures we have been having.  The rain also made my satellite quit working for a while, but I’m back online now.




Scripture Writing Plan – “Who I am in Christ” -Philippians 4: 6. 13. 19.




Any day, rain or shine, is a good day for VBS.  It will not be cancelled, so get the children in your family to VBS in a local church today.  They will have a great learning opportunity as well as a fun time.  I endorse all the local VBS programs!Other kids and youth are at various church camps or making plans to go soon.  I know that is a wonderful opportunity for them.  Let’s be thankful for our churches for providing these opportunities.


“Therefore, since we are surrounded by such a huge crowd of witnesses to the life of faith, let us strip off every weight that slows us down, especially the sin that so easily trips us up.

And let us run with endurance the race God has set before us.”

 ~Hebrews 12:1 NLT~




Let’s pray for Mr. Frank and “Miss” Barbara Erwin and Tate and Leisha who are their faithful caregivers at this time.  Mr. Frank is back in Baton Rouge and “Miss” Barbara had more foot surgery, but is home now.  The doctors didn’t have a diagnosis on Mr. Frank as of yesterday afternoon, but are still looking.




Pray for Heather Miller of the New Zion area.  She is on trip to the Ukraine where she will be working in a camp.  She is on a mission to serve as called.





Pray for Sandra Hughes, the mother of Cheryl and Linda for many of you.  She fell and broke a hip yesterday.  She will need our prayer as she deals with this issue.




Pray for the youth of FBC, K and their leaders as they are at Ridgecrest in NC this week.  Pray they draw closer to God and each other.




Rebecca Darlene McMorris Ballard

October 20, 1951 – June 17, 2019

Rebecca Darlene McMorris Ballard, born October 20, 1951 in Baton Rouge, LA, went to her eternal home with her Lord on June 17, 2019. A devoted and loving wife of almost 50 years to Ronald Keith Ballard. She was a resident of Pine Grove, LA and an active member of Pleasant Hill Baptist Church. She is retired from LA Home Builders Association. She was a special lady. Always with a smile for everyone and willing to help in any way she could. She will be missed by all who knew and loved her. Darlene is survived by her husband, Ronald Keith Ballard; mother, Rebecca Simmons McMorris; sisters, Diane M. Snyder (Tom) and Lucinda M. Tarver (Gene); sister-in-law, Brenda Ballard McMorris; nieces and nephews; Holleigh McMorris Crow (Brett), Valmon Evans Mcmorris (Nikki), Shawn Revel (Lana), Shannon Revel Brasseaux (Josh), Jeremy K. Ghaffari, and numerous great nieces and nephews; She was preceded in death by her father, Valmon J. McMorris, Sr., and brother, Valmon J. McMorris, Jr. Visitation will be Thursday, June 20, 2019 at Pleasant Hill Baptist Church, Pine Grove , LA from 1:00 PM till funeral service at 3:00 PM , conducted by Rev. Paul Cantrell with interment in Pleasant Hill Cemetery. Honorary Pall Bearers, Ralph Thompson; Pall Bearers, Manny Falcon, Dwight Falcon, Murphy Jenkins ,Collins Jenkins, Paul Carpenter, Valmon McMorris, Brett Crow and Josh Brasseaux. McKneely Funeral Home, Amite, in charge of arrangements. For an online guestbook, visit




Louis Edward Thigpen

November 26, 1931 – June 18, 2019

A resident of Greensburg, LA, passed away on Tuesday, June 18, 2019 at North Oaks Medical Center in Hammond, LA. He was born November 26, 1931 in Meridian, MS and was 87 years of age. Louis was a member of St. Helena Catholic Church in Amite. He will be remembered as a hard-working man who truly loved his family. An avid storyteller, he most enjoyed sharing memories and proud moments about his life and theirs. He is survived by 7 children and their spouses, 27 grandchildren, 45 great-grandchildren; and 5 great-great-grandchildren. Louis is survived by his current wife of 16 years, Frances Virginia Martin Bridges Thigpen, along with her 2 children, their spouses, grandchildren, and great-grandchildren. Louis was preceded in death by his first wife and mother of his 9 children, Mary Ellen Lacobee Thigpen, daughter, Jessica Louise Thigpen Mullins, son, Edward Clozell Thigpen, grandson, Anthony Marcus Gourdon, and son-in-law “Bill” Joseph William Gourdon. Private services will be held to honor his life at a later time. McKneely Funeral Home, Amite, in charge of arrangements. For an online guestbook, visit




Scripture Writing Plan – “Who I am in Christ” – John 15: 1-5 and 15-16




Pray for the Hatchels as they make their way to Kentwood today.  They will be the “best medicine” David has had in a long time.  I will be thrilled to see them too.  They will be driving in two vehicles because Boyd will pick up one they are renting before coming here.  We would roll out the “red carpet” if we had some!

Many of you have prayed for them for years.  We hope you will continue to do so.

Anna Lee


For where your treasure is,

there your heart will be also.

~Matthew 6:21~



Please pray for Lisa Taylor.   She has had blood pressure  and diabetes issues sincee having surgery.  She is not getting her regular medications.  Pray for her body to adjust to the medications and for physical therapy to help her get stronger.




Pray for Rev. Charles Dean’s wife, Vickey.  She had back surgery and will need to be dependent on others for a while.




David‘s blood level was 8.4 yesterday.  He got his Procrit shot and we came home.  No blood needed!  Pray he will be able to control his desire for fluids and crushed ice.




Pray for the Hatchels as they fly to Dallas today.  It will be a long day.  Please pray for them as God brings them you your mind today.




Scripture Writing Plan – “Who I am in Christ” – Hebrews 2:11 and 4:16




Yesterday was a little cooler.  Let’s pray today is also cooler.

Anna Lee














Greater love has no one than this: to lay down one’s life for one’s friends.

~John 15:13~



Please continue to pray for Mr. Frank and “Miss” Barbara Erwin.  They both are having health problems.  Mr. Frank is at Cypress Point in Hammond.




Pray for another week of VBS.  Some churches finished their 2019 VBS, but others are just starting.




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Thanks for the 2019 VBS at FBC, Kentwood for collecting almost $1,000 for Operation Christmas Child.




God has blessed us with another Monday.  How are we going to use this gift?

Anna Lee






This is how we know what love is:

Jesus Christ laid down his life for us.

And we ought to lay down our lives for our brothers and sisters.

~1 John 3:16~



Mr. J.D. Smith is home and doing very well.  His procedures have allowed him not to have leg pain.  His daughter, Debbie, is checking on him closely.  Pray for him to have a good day today.  He is appreciative of your prayers.




Carol B. Sealey is a real fighter and has always been that way.  Just ask anyone who play ball against her!  She is fighting for her life now.

Update on Carol. I know it has been a few days but we have been up and down and all over the place. Carol seems to be making improvements very slowly. She is responding a little more to us. I went to kiss her this evening and she tried to turn her head and kiss me. I know that she understands what I am saying because she nods to answer questions appropriately. Her kidneys still are not working and liver enzymes are still elevated. Doctors are very optimistic that those numbers will slowly get better. Thanking you all for your prayers. Please continue to remember her as this will be a slow journey. Thanking God for his Blessings and the improvements we have seen. I have to keep reminding myself that this is God’s timing and he doesn’t make mistakes!!  (Written by her sister, Barbara B. Gaines)




Doris C. Davis

February 02, 1929 – June 06, 2019

Doris C. Davis, of Hillsdale, LA, journeyed to be with her Lord on Thursday, June 6, 2019. 90 years young, Doris was born in Kentwood, LA on February 2, 1929. She loved her Lord, her family, her grandson and the church family she worshiped with at Hillsdale Baptist Church, where she was a long time member. Doris retired from St. Helena Hospital after 30 years of service. She enjoyed reading, watching tennis, and growing her tomato plants every spring and fall. She is survived by her two daughters and son-in-laws, Sandra Chapman and husband, Steve and Melanie Morgan and husband, Alan; one grandson, Davis Chapman and wife, Carly; and numerous friends. Preceded in death by her husband, Russell “Bean” Davis. Services will be held at Hillsdale Baptist Church from 9:00 AM until religious services at 11:00 AM on Saturday, June 8, 2019. Interment will be at Roberts Cemetery, Highway 441, Hillsdale, LA. In Lieu of flowers, donations can be made in her name to Hillsdale Baptist Church or Roberts Cemetery. McKneely Funeral Home, Amite, in charge of arrangements.

Marguerite Stevens Durnin

April 28, 1926 – June 07, 2019

Marguerite Stevens Durnin, a resident of Hillsdale, LA, passed away on Friday, June 7, 2019 at North Oaks Medical Center in Hammond, LA. She was born April 28, 1926 in Amite, LA and was 93 years of age. She was a member of Hayden Grove Church of Christ in Amite. She retired from the Tangipahoa Parish Clerk of Court’s Office in Amite. She was married to the love of her life for 60 years and was a loving mother, grandmother, and friend to all. She is survived by her son, Norman Steven Durnin and wife, Trudy Dees Durnin; 2 granddaughters, Kayla Nicole Durnin and Karly Blair Durnin; sister, Shirley Stevens Hayden.  She was preceded in death by her husband, Norman O. Durnin; parents, Robert Leon Stevens and Carrie Weeks Stevens; 3 brothers, Robert Leon Stevens, Jr., Jimmy Love “Rip” Stevens, and Charles Stevens; 2 sisters, Sue Stevens Lott and Willie Ruth Bennett. Visitation at McKneely Funeral Home, Amite, from 6 p.m. until 9 p.m. on Sunday and from 9 a.m. until religious services at 11 a.m. on Monday, June 10, 2019. Services conducted by Rev. Don McGee. Interment Roberts Cemetery, Hillsdale, LA. In lieu of flowers, memorial contributions may be made to Roberts Cemetery. For an online guestbook, visit





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Pray for our grandson and his classmates who graduate from hight school tonight.  Pray for the family as they will doing a lot of traveling to get here in two weeks.




Tomorrow is the Lord’s Day.  Do what you can today to make getting to the Lord’s House easier tomorrow.

Anna Lee