“My voice You shall hear in the morning, O Lord;

in the morning I will direct it to You,

and I will look up.”

~Psalm 5:3~

Mrs. Annie Bell Harrell is still not feeling her best, but was present at church yesterday morning. Please keep her in your prayers.

Mrs. Susie Wells said she was doing much better. Thank God for her progress.

Mike Nason will be having eye surgery in September. You can begin to pray for him now.

Kathy Dyer’s surgery is today. She’s the speech teacher at Spring Creek. Please keep Kathy and her family in your prayers.

Mrs. June Russell of Chesbrough fell and broke her hip. She’s in North Oaks. Please add her to your prayer list.

Missionary Moment

To Party or To Pray
Missionary KENNETH DILLARD serves as campus pastor at the University of Cincinnati. He meets with students for personal discipleship, plans ministry events, and interacts with other campus ministers, faculty, and staff. Located in an area surrounded by Greek houses, students involved in Baptist Collegiate Ministries search for ways to connect with the hundreds of students who would rather party than pray. His wife, MARY, is a partner in marriage and ministry. God’s love is being shared on college campuses across America, thanks to your participation in the Cooperative Program. This week, pray for the students to be open to hearing the Gospel. Deuteronomy 16:17 “Everyone [must appear] with a gift suited to his means, according to the blessing the LORD your God has given you.”

Praying for Protection
Both GARY and MARGARET SIMONDS (names changed for security reasons)use their vocational fields as avenues for sharing Jesus with those in Northern Africa and the Middle East. Gary works in the business world as a consultant on leadership and management for young professionals. Margaret is a physician providing quality medical care at a refugee clinic. Patients have opportunities to see the JESUS film, speak with national believers, and receive free Bibles. People are coming to Christ, but many are fearful of openly acknowledging they are followers of Him. Pray that God will send people with open hearts to the business seminars and the clinic. Also pray for the protection of new believers.

Giving to God has always been in relation to the amount God gives to people. A major difference in Old Testament and New Testament giving was the use made of the gift given. Christians give to help win others to faith in Christ.

Be extra careful to be safe and healthy in the rain.

Anna Lee


“Take My yoke upon you and learn from Me,

for I am gentle and lowly in heart,

and you will find rest for your souls.

For My yoke is easy and My burden is light.”

~Matthew 1:29-30~

Judy Easley reports her new grandson, Tyler Easley, had a good first week at home. Pray for Tyler’s family as they continue to give him the special care he requires because of his premature birth. Thank God for the progress Tyler has made so far and for the way God has made His presence known to the family.

Mr. Bobby Raborn continues to do well as he continues to recover from double knee surgery.

Mr. Frankie Gehringer continues to improve. Pray for him as he tries to be patient with the speed of the recovery process.

A request has been made for prayer for Mr. Robert “Bobby” Thompson. Mr. Bobby lives in Amite and is married to Mrs. Ruby Thompson.

Sharon Martin’s dad, Mr. Erlo LaBauve, will be having some heart tests at North Oaks today. Sharon’s uncle will also be in North Oaks undergoing other tests. Please pray for these folks.

Pray for Alice Bankston, a teacher at Sumner, as she deals with newly diagnosed cancer. She’s was able to start school with her students Friday.

Pray for Bucky and Colbye Erwin as the time quickly approaches for the birth of their first child. Colbye is staying with her family in Mississippi to be near her doctor and hospital.

Pray for Karen Miller as she adjusts to a new position – secretary at Roseland Elementary. She is receiving on-the-job training because she was not hired in time to get the training before school started.

Please continue to pray for teachers and students as school will be underway in all area schools today. Pray for a minimum of interruptions so the maximum learning can be accomplished. Pray teachers and other staff members will be able to influence young lives in ways other than just material in a textbook.

Pray for AWANA as it begins next Sunday at FBC, Kentwood. Pray for all involved. Pray for Scriptures to be learned and applied to young lives. Pray for missions to be instilled in these children.

Children’s Choir will begin next month. Plan to add choir to the Wednesday schedule for your children and grandchildren.

Pray for how God would have you involved in On Mission in Kentwood on the 30th. There is an assignment for anyone who wished to participate – young, older, male, or female. Come receive a blessing as you bless someone else.

Big 10 from TeamRomany August 2008

1. FARM students complete their ministry assignments and return home this month. Please pray for them to finish strong. Thank God for the way in which they were able to enhance existing ministry and begin new ministry points. Thank God also for their own spiritual growth as they saw God use them to share His Good News in many communities. Pray also for Katie Steele, an American student summer missionary, who is serving in the Czech Republic. Pray that God will continue to provide opportunities for her to minister in Romany communities.

2. Thank God for the ministry of International World Changers (IWC) teams who served with teamromany in both Romania and Czech Republic this in July. They were able to open doors for ministry in new areas. They provided a positive witness for Christ and shared the Gospel with many. Thank God with us for changed lives as a number of Roma prayed to receive Christ. Pray for teamromany members as they provide follow-up.

3. Please pray for the Silbys as they begin language study, continue to get settled in and adjust to the culture.

4. Daniel’s car was broken into last month and he suffered significant material loss. Please pray for him as he clears up all the details from this event. Pray for him as he is hosting several volunteer teams this month.

5. The Banks family is thankful for God’s goodness to them. They are grateful for their new apartment in Brailia, Romania. The apartment and location are a great match for their needs.

6. Pray for the Banks family as they visit the villages of Viziru and Valea Canepii to follow-up on outreach work started by the Hills and Insuratiei mission pastor. Pray for protection, favor, and boldness to share the Gospel in these villages. Pray for the new believers to open their homes for Bible study and discipleship.

7. Pray for Tamara and Jennie as they begin a new year of homeschooling. Tamara will be teaching Wesley and Coulter and Jennie will be teaching Mallory, Miles, Madison, and Mason. Pray for the Silby children (Ryan, Elizabeth, and Hannah) as they begin new schools in the Czech Republic.

8. Pray for Cornel Tuns as he marries Erica Bartsch this Saturday. This is an answer to Cornel’s prayers. He’s thankful for God’s goodness.

9. Thank God that the Hatchels received their residency visas which are valid for one year. Please pray for the Hills as they begin the visa renewal process in Romania. Pray that the process will go smoothly and swiftly.

10. Pray for the Hills as they take a team of Romany young people on a mission trip to Sighisoara, Romania. Pray for that God will change the lives of both the youth participating in the project and the people they will minister to.

Thank you for praying with us and for us.


Wes and Tamara Banks – Romania

Daniel Byrd – Romania

Boyd and Jennie Hatchel – Czech Republic

Bob and Gayle Hill – Romania

Joe and Julie Silby – Czech Republic

Deacon Hospital Visitation this Week

  • David Alford
  • Jesse Dean

Please contact these men if you know of any need.

Margarette Catha

Margarette Catha, 93, died at her home in Cleveland, Tenn., on Wednesday, Aug. 6, 2008. She was born on Aug. 5, 1915, in Kentwood, to the family of William Thomas and Mary Ann Catha. She worked as a clerk/stenographer in the Baton Rouge area with Charity Hospital, Federal Emergency Relief Administration, Public Welfare Office, Louisiana State Department, War Manpower Commission, U.S. Recruiting Department and Department of Employment in Cleveland and Chattanooga. In 1949, she began her work in Cleveland, Tenn., as the executive secretary to the Church of God, where she worked for 31 years. She retired at the 1980 General Assembly. She was a longtime member of the North Cleveland Church of God, where she once taught a children’s Sunday school class, was in the Crusaders Choir, was on the board for Women’s Ministries and was a member of the Unity Sunday school class. Survivors include several nieces and nephews in Florida and Louisiana; her special friends, Beulah Mae Murphree and Grace Golden, of Cleveland; and her caregivers, Cathryne Blocker and Ramona Hyberger; along with personal assistants and support from Amedisys Hospice. She was preceded in death by her parents; and four sisters, Leila Catha Langlois, Oris Catha Seefield, Loleat Catha Carlson, Grace Catha Gaines; and two brothers, Advil and Troy Catha. Celebration of Life service at Grissom Funeral Home, Cleveland, Tenn., on Monday, Aug. 11, at 2 p.m., conducted by the Rev. Mitch Maloney. Visitation begins at noon. Interment at the Woodland Memorial Cemetery in her home town of Kentwood, on Tuesday, Aug. 12, at 4 p.m. Memorials may be made to the Smoky Mountain Children’s Home, Attn. Margarette Catha Scholarship for Needy Children, P.O. Box 439, Sevierville, TN 37864 or the North Cleveland Church of God, Attn. World Missions Fund or the Building Fund, Cleveland, TN 37311.

“At the name of Jesus every knee should bow…” (Philippians 2:10).
Mike Benson, Editor


BEFORE ENTERING THE broadcasting field, Jim Valvano led the North Carolina State University basketball team to a national championship…

Then cancer developed in his lower back. Invited to address the Duke University squad, Jim had this to say: “Life changes when you least expect it to. The future is uncertain. So, seize this day, seize this moment, and make the most of it.”

God gives us an urgent directive in Hebrews 3:13, “Exhort one another daily, while it is called ‘Today,’ lest any of you be hardened through the deceitfulness of sin.” Why is there such a strong insistence on today?

It may be that today, this very day, could be the last one in our time here on earth. Today may be your last opportunity to obey God’s plan of salvation, or to share His love with a friend or loved one.

James has this warning about presuming upon our tomorrows: “You do not know what will happen tomorrow. For what is your life? It is even a vapor that appears for a little time and then vanishes away” (4:14).

Seize the opportunities that God gives you today. That’s sound advice-not just for basketball players, but for all of us. (Vernon C. Grounds)

“You do not know what will happen tomorrow.

For what is your life?

It is even a vapor that appears for a little time

and then vanishes away.”

~Jas. 4:14~

Thank God for the slow, steady rain we are receiving this morning. Have a great week!


Don’t forget the associational church council meeting tonight at FBC, Kentwood. It begins with supper at 6 P.M.

Anna Lee


“You do not know what will happen tomorrow.

For what is your life?

It is even a vapor that appears for a little time

and then vanishes away.”

~Jas. 4:14~




Pray for Jana P. Benoit as she is now on bed rest. She’s expecting her second son in September.

Pray for those who will participate in On Mission in Kentwood today.

Thank God for the youth from Simpson, La. who led the sports camp last week. The children reported a good experience. Pray for “eternal” results.

Please pray for Bucharest Christian Academy! Below is a note from BCA’s school director, Jennifer Lipp.

July 25, 2008

Dear Family and Friends,

1 Last Day May 2008 021.jpgnew family enrolled in BCA this week.

1 teacher resigned (she and her husband were reassigned to ministry in another city).

4 positions are still actively being recruited for (secondary science and social

studies, business manager, and administrative assistant/receptionist).

9 teachers need more financial support before returning to BCA in early August.

26 days left until the 2008/2009 school year starts at BCA (August 20).

75 students (approximately) will be walking through the doors on that day…expecting teachers (or at least their parents will :)).

?? number of times I have laid all of this before God, asked for wisdom, reminded Him of His faithfulness to us in the past, and told Him we are trusting in Him for the future!

GOD… Able. Sovereign. Good. Trustworthy. Faithful. Thanks for your continued prayers for our needs-I look forward to seeing how He provides! And, if you or someone you know would like to invest in the lives of amazing kids like the ones pictured here, please let me know. I can guarantee you grateful parents, (mostly) compliant students, and great colleagues!

With expectation and joy,

Jen 🙂

Pearl Bush Pearson
(June 22, 1924 – July 25, 2008)

Earth has no sorrows that heaven cannot heal. Died at 7:38 a.m. on Friday, July 25, 2008 at her daughter’s residence in Baton Rouge, LA. She was a native of Bush, LA and a resident of Baton Rouge, LA. Age 84 years. Visitation at St. Elizabeth Catholic Church, Kentwood, from 9 a.m. on Monday until religious services at 2:00PM Monday. Services conducted by Fr. Joe Camilleri. Interment Woodland Cemetery, Kentwood, LA. Survived by daughter, Sheila Ann Pearson and her finance’, Brett Hoggat, son, Clyde W. Pearson and his wife, Lynne P. Pearson, 2 granddaughters, Shelley P. Alexander and her husband, Scott Michael Alexander, and Kristi P. Rounds and her husband, Chad Michael Rounds, 3 great-grandchildren, Payton Michael Alexander, Emma Claire Alexander, and Ave Madelyn Rounds. Preceded in death by husband Clarence B. Pearson, 8 siblings, parents, Henry and Irene Bush, Pallbearers will be Clyde W. Pearson, Scott Michael Alexander, Payton Michael Alexander, Chad Rounds, Brett Hoggatt, and Keith Hoggatt. Our sincere gratitude and thanks to Brett Hoggatt who gave so much of himself the last 3 weeks of her life. McKneely Funeral Home, Kentwood, in charge of arrangements.


An angry motorist went back to a garage where he had purchased an expensive battery for his car six months earlier. “Listen,” the motorist grumbled to the owner of the garage, “when I bought that battery you said it would be the last battery my car would ever need. It died after only six months!”

“Sorry,” apologized the garage owner. “I didn’t think your car would last longer than that.”

We live in a day and time when we expect everything to come with a lifetime warranty. We don’t want our battery to ever wear out. We don’t want our car to ever wear out. And yes, it’s even true that we don’t want our bodies to wear out. But each and every day we are reminded of what Peter said:

“All flesh is as grass,

and all the glory of man as the flower of the grass.

The grass withers, and its flower falls away,

but the word of the LORD endures forever.”

~I Peter 1:24-25~

We live in a world composed of that which is temporary. Nothing which is material will last forever. All will eventually fade. All will eventually pass away. Only that which has its foundation in God and His Word will live on.

May you live your life so as to be grounded in that which will never be destroyed!

Have a great day!

Alan Smith
Helen Street Church of Christ
Fayetteville, North Carolina

Make a difference to someone today!

Anna Lee


“Humble yourselves therefore

under the mighty hand of God,

so that He may exalt you in due time,

casting all your care upon Him,

because He cares about you.”

~1 Peter 5:6-8, HCSB~

Pray for Joan Hagan as she sees her doctor today. Joan has been experiencing surgery-related problems.

Pray for Jimmy Tolar as he makes final preparations for surgery tomorrow.

Pray for the youth and the adults who are with them as they participate in Student Life at the Beach in Daytona Beach, Florida. The camp pastor for the week in Louie Giglio. David and I have heard him speak in the Atlanta area.

The graveside service for Mr. Charles Abernanthy, brother of Mrs. Ann Chapman, will be at the Roseland-Arcola cemetery at 3 P.M.

Marie W. Sims
Sims, Marie W. First Baptist Church, Kentwood, at 11 a.m.

There has been a change in the Marvelous Monday Schedule. Bob Raborn will be the guest musician on the 21st, not tonight. Tonight’s services will be lead by Keith Rhodes and Chris Wales. The services for Marvelous Mondays will begin at 7:00 P.M. Be sure to attend all four Mondays!





“At the name of Jesus every knee should bow…”(Philippians 2:10).
Mike Benson, Editor

ONE OF THE most tragic accidents that has ever happened came about in the Mid-Atlantic, April 14, 1912…

The Titanic, one of the largest vessels of that time, hit an iceberg and sank within a few hours. Many stories of heroism and courage have been written about this incident. Many women chose to go down with their husbands. The band played “Nearer my God to Thee.”

One woman who was allotted space on one of the rescue boats, asked permission to return to her stateroom. She was given three minutes to do this. In that stateroom money and jewels were scattered all over the floor, but she took no heed of them. Rather, she snatched three oranges she knew to be there, and hurried back to the boat.

It seems almost incredible that the woman preferred oranges to diamonds. But, you see, death had boarded the Titanic, and with one blast of his awful breath, transformed all values — precious things became worthless and worthless things became precious.

Death sure has a funny way of changing things. All of the things we work for and worry about seem reasonable until they are viewed in the light of our own death. The pursuit of pleasurable things seems most reasonable until one thinks about death. Striving for fame would also seem reasonable until one ponders the grave. Death just has a way of changing one’s perspective.

The thing that happened on the Titanic actually happens every day — but remember: values transformed at death are values transformed too late. Will you transform your values now? (Norman Mortin)

“Now godliness with contentment is great gain. For we brought nothing into this world, and it is certain we can carry nothing out. And having food and clothing, with these we shall be content. But those who desire to be rich fall into temptation and a snare, and into many foolish and harmful lusts which drown men in destruction and perdition. For the love of money is a root of all kinds of evil, for which some have strayed from the faith in their greediness, and pierced themselves through with many sorrows” (1 Tim. 6:6-10).

As always, please feel free to send me requests, praises, or updates you wish to share so others can pray with you.

Have a wonderful day!

Anna Lee


For we are God’s workmanship,

created in Christ Jesus to do good works,

which God prepared in advance for us to do.

~Ephesians 2:10 (NIV)~

Christina Cox seems to be feeling better. Doctors at Children’s Hospital will have more information for the family soon. Please continue to pray for Christina and her family.

Pray for Joan Hagan as she awaits her next appointment on July 7th and Jimmy Tolar as he prepares for surgery on July 8th.

Pray for those in the nursing home (Betty Allen, John H, McGehee, Bertie hano, Sadie Hilburn, and Ona Schilling) and those who are homebound (Jimmie Shaw, Charley Kuss, and Yvonne Jones).

On Mission in Kentwood is Saturday. If you know of a project for the volunteers, please contact me or the church office. If you would like to volunteer to work with us, please contact me or the church office.

KneEmail – Joy
“At the name of Jesus every knee should bow…” (Philippians 2:10).
Mike Benson, Editor

JUNE’S FRIENDS HUDDLED in the hallway of the hospital…

“We’ve got to be positive,” Janice explained, “because June’s condition is very serious. Half of the battle against cancer is attitude, they say, and we’ve got to help her develop a good attitude. Don’t let the shock of her appearance show on your faces. Make this visit an encouraging one!”

So they filed into the dark room where June lay in fear and trepidation. June smiled, and her smile lit up the room. She held out her hands in welcome, and her eyes seemed even larger and prettier now that her hair had gone because of the treatment.

When they left the room, June’s friends realized that she had encouraged them, not the other way around.

The little book of Philippians uses the word “joy” and “rejoice” fourteen times in four chapters, yet Paul penned these words from prison. Roman prisons were rarely mistaken for Sheraton Hotels. Dingy, rat-infested cells were attended by “room service” consisting of grim Roman legionaries.

Yet Paul sought to encourage his readers, not the other way around. How could he be so positive under these circumstances? Perhaps Paul’s contentment didn’t depend on his circumstances! Maybe his attitude stemmed, not from what happened to him, but from who he was. It was Paul, after all, who declared later in the same book that if we thought about whatever was good, and pure, and lovely we could experience the “peace that passes understanding” (Philippians 4:7,8).

So who are you? (Stan Mitchell at:

“Now I want you to know, brothers,

that what has happened to me

has really served to advance the gospel.”

~Philippians 1:12~

Be sure to take some joy with you today!

Anna Lee

Sunday Afternoon

Judy Fowler sent:

Frances (Gay) fell yesterday off her deck and received a cut under her eye (had to have stitches) and a few other bruises and scrapes. Other than being sore and a few pains, she is doing OK.

Frann S. Clark has been have a number of bad days lately. Please pray for her. She has several important appointments coming up.


“This is what the Lord Almighty says:

Judge fairly and honestly,

and show mercy and kindness to one another.

Do not oppress widows, orphans,

foreigners, and poor people.

And do not make evil plans to harm each other.”

~Zechariah 7:9-10 (NLT)~

On Mission in Kentwood begins at 8:00 this morning. Even if you are late, come.

Curt Martin’s leg is better. Curt and his family will be among those eagerly participating in On Mission in Kentwood.

Thank God for allowing Curt to improve so he can work today.

David loves to work outside. This week he experience two potential problems, but God was looking out for him. A few days ago, David tripped and fell into a fire when he was burning some logs. He had a slight injury to one arm that only bothered him for a few minutes. Yesterday, he moved a log and found a swarm of flying insects. David did not get a single sting as they flew past him. Thank you, God!

Praise report on Melinda’s cousin’s wife:

Thank you for praying for my cousin’s wife. The note below was sent Wednesday and received Thursday. We were without internet here at home so I could not send you out the update. God in his infinite glory is showing M, her family, and us all how awesome he is in taking care of her needs. She appreciates everyone praying for her during this time.

We hope you have a great weekend. It is Easter weekend here. Pray for God’s presence to be felt in the hearts of Romanians this weekend. Pray they will truly understand the importance of knowing the Lord personally and walking hand in hand with him in their lives.

Hristos a inviat! (Christ is risen!) Adevarat a inviat! (Truly he is risen!)


I just received a phone call from the social worker at the doctor’s office. She informed me that there is a brand new law in the State of Texas that states they have to cover breast and cervical cancer under the Texas State Medicaid!!!!! The paperwork is submitted and this will be completely covered!!! Praise the Lord…burdens have been lifted and prayers are heard!!! Thank you all!!!

Keep praying, please!!!


Prayer requests from Melinda

June 8th-28th a team of students from California Baptist University (where I graduated from a long time ago) will be coming to minister in Bucharest. Please pray for them as they prepare to come. Please read Aura’s prayer request below for them for this coming Monday, April 27th and regarding the luggage for the trip.

Thank you for praying!


The California Baptist University team is having an art show Monday to raise money for their trip to Bucharest. Many artists have donated art pieces for them, so please pray for that many will come and they will exceed their goal!

Also start praying that they will not have problems with luggage allowance…they were told this week that because many airlines are changing baggage rules, they may only be allowed to bring and take back one piece of luggage. This creates problems for them and me because they were going to take back some suitcases for me. Pray that all will work out well and that the airline they are traveling with will not change their rules before this trip!


Pray for Mrs. Paula Jean Wall. She is completing treatment for cancer and trying to regain her strength.

Please continue to pray for Mr. Joe and “Miss” Othelle Williams. They battle continuing health issues.

A DEBT OF $0.00

The following story appears to be an “urban legend,” but is fun to read nevertheless:

In March 1992, a man living near Boston, Massachusetts received a bill for his as yet unused credit card stating that he owed $0.00. He ignored it and threw it away. In April he received another and threw that one away, too.

The following month the credit card company sent him a very nasty note stating they were going to cancel his card if he didn’t send them $0.00 by return of post. He called them, talked to them, they said it was a computer error and told him they’d take care of it.

The following month he decided that it was about time that he tried out the troublesome credit card figuring that if there were purchases on his account it would put an end to his ridiculous predicament. However, in the first store that he produced his credit card in payment for his purchases he found that his card had been canceled. He called the credit card company who apologized for the computer error once again and said that they would take care of it.

The next day he got a bill for $0.00 stating that payment was now overdue. Assuming that having spoken to the credit card company only the previous day and that the latest bill was yet another mistake, he ignored it, trusting that the company would be as good as their word and sort the problem out.

The next month he got a bill for $0.00 stating that he had 10 days to pay his account or the company would have to take steps to recover the debt.

Finally giving in, he thought he would play the company at their own game and mailed them a check for $0.00. The computer duly processed his account and returned a statement to the effect that he now owed the credit card company nothing at all.

A week later, the man’s bank called him asking him what he was doing writing a check for $0.00. After a lengthy explanation, the bank replied that the $0.00 check had caused their check processing software to fail. The bank could not now process ANY checks from ANY of their customers that day because the check for $0.00 was causing the computer to crash.

The following month the man received a letter from the credit card company claiming that his check had bounced and that he now owed them $0.00 and unless he sent a check by return of post they would be taking steps to recover the debt.

The man, who had been considering buying his wife a computer for her birthday, bought her a typewriter instead.

As I read that story, I couldn’t help but think of the debt that we owe because of our sin. “The wages of sin is death” (Rom. 6:23). But, for those who are in Christ, that debt has been canceled — we owe nothing. “There is therefore now no condemnation to those who are in Christ Jesus, who do not walk according to the flesh, but according to the Spirit.” (Rom. 8:1)

Despite that fact, though, Satan continues to make us feel that we still owe something (he’s not called “the accuser” for nothing!). But listen to these words of comfort:

“Then I heard a loud voice saying in heaven, ‘Now salvation, and strength, and the kingdom of our God, and the power of His Christ have come, for the accuser of our brethren, who accused them before our God day and night, has been cast down.’ And they overcame him by the blood of the Lamb and by the word of their testimony, and they did not love their lives to the death.” (Rev. 12:10-11)

Praise be to the Lamb whose blood makes it possible for us to have a debt of $0.00!

Have a great day!

Alan Smith
Helen Street Church of Christ
Fayetteville, North CarolinaYour too have a debt of $0.00!

Anna Lee