The Lord is near to all who call on him,
to all who call on him in truth.

~Psalm 145:18~

I’m so confused about the day of the week. It’s because we missed church Sunday, the anchor of my week in many ways.


June 21 – I Corinthians 16:13

Next workshop for OCC

Saturday, July 2 (9 – Noon)

Everyone is invited to help.

Monthly Missions for June

Toys for OCC


*Coloring Books

*Play dough – Small size

*Travel size games

Have a great day! Pass some “Jesus” on to someone else.

Anna Lee

Sunday & Monday

When you pass through the waters,
I will be with you;
and when you pass through the rivers,
they will not sweep over you.
When you walk through the fire,
you will not be burned;
the flames will not set you ablaz

~Isaiah 43:2~

I’m sorry for not posting on schedule, but my feet and slippers had a battle and the floor won very early Sunday morning and I have been in the bed. My laptop if fine. I was medicated and didn’t feel like posting.

Pray for Kathy Wales who had knee surgery last week. She’s doing fine.

Pray for Beth Brabham who will have the same knee surgery tomorrow morning.


June 19 – I Samuel 2: 6-7

June 20 – Revelations 3:17



That’s enough for today.

Anna Lee


But blessed is the one who trusts in the Lord,
whose confidence is in him.
They will be like a tree planted by the water
that sends out its roots by the stream.
It does not fear when heat comes;
its leaves are always green.
It has no worries in a year of drought
and never fails to bear fruit.

~Jeremiah 17: 7-8~


June 18 – Matthew 6:21

Today, let out prayer focus be on all the families who hurt for some reason, death, sickness, loneliness, etc.

Today is the day to prepare for Sunday. I’ve know people who prepared Sunday lunch on Saturday. My daddy polished all our shoes. Momma made sure we had dresses, socks, etc. We all studies our Sunday School lessons. David and I don’t usually do all these things, but occasionally we have a few things to do. The point is to be prepared so Sunday is not a day of last minute preparations for church.

Have a great Saturday. Spend time making necessary preparations preparations for the Lord’s Day. Check on a friend. Make today a better day for someone else. Pray for others.

Anna Lee


And without faith it is impossible to please God,

because anyone who comes to him must believe that he exists

and that he rewards those who earnestly seek him.

~Hebrews 11:6~

What a big news week it was for us, yet somehow I managed not to include Baptist Press. Here are a few highlights, but there are more.

*The meetings drew 8,133 messengers, according to SBC Registration Secretary Don Currence. There were 2,856 registered guests and 1,554 registered exhibitors leading to a total attendance of 12,543.

*Missionaries tell their stories

A total of 52 International Mission Board missionaries stood on stage – several with identities hidden due to their location assignment – before messengers at IMB’s June 14 Sending Celebration. They shared their backgrounds as well as their calling to go to the nations.

“Today, amid sin and darkness, devastation and pain, many are focused on the worst of our Convention, we get to be reminded of why we, as believers … as Southern Baptists, exist,” IMB President Paul Chitwood said.

IMB trustees approved of the missionaries’ appointments at the board’s meeting in Orlando May 18-19.

David and I watched as a local couple, Bobby and Brittany Spinks, home church Montpelier Baptist, were appointed as missionaries to Hungary.

Look back on Baptist Press for more highlights.


Louisiana Baptist Message



June 17 – Lamentations 3: 25-26

Billie Jean Phelps Booty

September 13, 1945 – June 14, 2022

Billie Jean Phelps Booty was born September 13,1945 in Magnolia, MS to Ruthie Temple Phelps and Willie James. She was a phenomenal mother and a lifelong friend to everyone she knew. She never met a stranger and was first in line to help anyone in need, be it a friend or stranger. She always had a smile on her face and could quickly put a smile on the faces of others. Those that had the privilege to meet her were in the presence of a true angel on Earth. She will be deeply missed by her family and all who knew her. She is survived by daughter Melanie Ruth Booty, son Daron Glen Booty-Arellano (Carlos), daughter Brandi LeJean Booty Hartman (Jonathan), granddaughter Kamil Rene Thomas, and grandson Jaron Booty. Preceded in death by her parents, husband Glen A. Booty, sister Rubie Lee Phelps Zeigler (Edward), brother James Henry Phelps (Fay), mother and father-in law, Annie Mae Lambert Booty and Robert Booty. Visitation at McKneely Funeral Home, Kentwood, from 9:00AM until religious services at 11:00AM on Saturday, June 18, 2022. For an online guestbook, visit http://www.mckneelys.com.

This lady was sick for many years. Pray for her family as they prepare to lay her to rest.

Please continue to pray for our youth at church camp in Glorieta, NM.

You make a difference!

Anna Lee


Be kind and compassionate to one another,

forgiving each other,

just as in Christ God forgave you.

~Ephesians 4:32 NIV~

Jeffery Lee Griffith

August 8, 1963 – June 14, 2022

A resident of Amite, LA, passed away on Tuesday, June 14, 2022 at his home in Amite, LA. He was born August 8, 1963 in Independence, LA and was 58 years of age. He is survived by his mother, Jennell Griffith; brothers, Jack J. Griffith (Dianne) and Thomas J. Griffith (Cassandra); one sister, Becky Bankston (Morris); step-sons, Jack L. Griffith, David Allen Day and Charles Edward Day; grandchildren, Olivia Griffith and a few others. Preceded in death by his wife, Ruby (Bunny) Griffith; father, Jack E. Griffith; sister, Katherine Woodard. Visitation at McKneely Funeral Home, Amite, from 9:00AM until religious services at 11:00AM on Monday, June 20, 2022. Services conducted by Rev. David Cutrer. Interment Howell Cemetery, Tickfaw, LA. For an online guestbook, visit http://www.mckneelys.com.

Donna Sue Allen

May 28, 1951 – June 13, 2022

A resident of Roseland, LA, passed away on Monday, June 13, 2022 at Ponchartrain Health Care Centre in Mandeville, LA. She was born May 28, 1951 in Bogalusa, LA and was 71 years of age. She is survived by 3 children, Sidney Allen, David Allen, and Tracy Allen; grandchildren, Sydney Elizabeth Allen, Landon Allen, Jordan Allen, Payton Allen, Darbie and husband, Terance Patin, and Rodney Shaffett and wife, Brianna; great-grandson, Terance Patin; brothers, Billy Easley and wife Vivian; 4 sisters, Mary Battles and husband, Robert, Rose Braase and husband, Audie, Anna Mae Wallace, and Linda Phillips and husband, Charles. Preceded in death by her husband, Leslie Allen; parents, Wilton Easley and Lucille Anie Easley; sister, Wilma Lou Easley. Visitation at McKneely Funeral Home, Amite, from 9:00AM until religious services at 11:00AM on Thursday, June 16, 2022. Services conducted by Rev. David Cutrer. Interment Arcola-Roseland Cemetery, Roseland, LA. For an online guestbook, visit http://www.mckneelys.com.

Our friend who had a procedure yesterday did well and is not at home. Thank you for praying for him.

Please pray for the youth of our church who have arrived at Glorieta, NM for camp.


Proverbs 3:9


*Flashlights with extra batteries

*Coloring books


*Play dough – small

*Travel size toys

Mark your calendar for the next OCC workday – July 2 at 9 A.M.

Be a blessing to someone today.

Anna Lee

Obituary – Larry Raborn

Larry Wayne Raborn, Sr.

September 28, 1959 – June 13, 2022

A lifelong resident of the Line Creek community in Kentwood, LA, passed away on Monday, June 13, 2022 at North Oaks Medical Center in Hammond, LA. He was born September 28, 1959 in Magnolia, MS and was 62 years of age. He is survived by his wife of 42 years, Charlotte Simmons Raborn; 3 children, Wayne Raborn (Misty), Jeremy Raborn (Megan), and Miranda Raborn; 8 grandchildren, Tanner, Laney, Lynlee, Tyler, Hayden, Beckett, Bonner, and Berklea; 5 brothers and sisters, Carolyn Raborn, Thomas Raborn (Doodle), Judy Raborn (Gerald), Ruby Travis (Barrett), and Donald Raborn (Norma); and numerous nieces, nephews, and cousins including special cousins, Chuckie and Sandy Raborn and Patricia Humphries; brothers-in-law and sisters-in-law, Tommy and Wanda Simmons and Kelly and Donald Hart. Preceded in death by parents, E. D. and Lena Roberts Raborn; father-in-law and mother-in-law, Stanley and Bernice Simmons, cousin Thomas Roberts, and Uncle Jay Roberts. He was a member of Line Creek Baptist Church. Larry was known to always have a smile on his face and a hug that made you know he loved you. His love for his children and grandchildren was evident by his presence at all the events, games, and recitals they participated in. He was their coach and biggest fan. He was planning to be at their games this weekend. He was going to be wherever his family was and always encouraging them to do their best. Larry has worked in construction most of his life. He was boilermaker by trade working in numerous states. Kentwood Oil, Bayou Steel, and his work on the Manchac bridge were some of his earlier jobs. His favorite pastime was riding his Ranger to check the cows and singing to his country music. Having a grandbaby or two with him made it sweeter. He was a man who loved and supported his family, extended family, and friends. There was nothing he wouldn’t do for anyone who asked or indicated a need. Visitation will be at Line Creek Baptist Church from 5:00PM until 9:00PM on Friday, June 17 and from 9:00AM until religious services at 11:00AM on Saturday, June 18, 2022. Services conducted by Rev. Justin Craft and Rev. Jeremy Greer. Interment Line Creek Cemetery, Line Creek, LA. McKneely Funeral Home, Kentwood, in charge of arrangements. For an online guestbook, visit http://www.mckneelys.com. In lieu of flowers, please consider donating to Line Creek Baptist children/youth fund.


Now faith is confidence in what we hope for

and assurance about what we do not see.

~Hebrews 11:1~

Pray for the annual meeting of Southern Baptist as they end their gathering and business sessions tonight. Pray the delegates have learned ways to improve their churches and the world around then, no matter where God has “planted” them. Pray for all the missionaries in attendance, especially the new ones as many of them will soon begin to learn a new language to better communicate with the people around them.

Please pray for God to wrap Larry Raborn’s family in His arms and hug them closely today.

Pray for youth from some area churches as they attend church camps this week and for the children at other churches as they continue their week of VBS. May they allow God to touch their innermost portions of their hearts.

Thank God for His steadfast love for us even when we are not so loving.

Pray for a friend having a procedure in Hammond today. Thank God this man made purchases of flashlights and extra batteries last week that we were able to package for “Shoeboxes”.

Thank God for the lady who left us some stuffed animals and some “cut out” Teddy bears for sewing. God encouraged us through these people.

Thank God for a store manager who recognized us as the “Shoebox” packers and made a special effort to look for an item we needed.

If you want to know what you can purchase to help us at this point, please ask. I usually carry a written or mental list. We can always use your prayers!


June 15 – Malachi 3:10

Make plans to attend prayer meeting and other activities at church tonight. Most churches have something for all age groups on Wednesday nights.

Thank God for others who invest in you and your family members.

Anna Lee


Oh, that their hearts would be inclined to fear me and keep all my commands always,

so that it might go well with them and their children forever!

~Deuteronomy 5:29~


I Peter 4:14

Viola Hughes Cody

June 23, 1933 – June 11, 2022

A loving mother, grandmother, great grandmother, sister aunt, and friend Viola Hughes Cody, A Godly woman, went home to be with the Lord on Saturday June 11, 2022. She passed away peacefully in her home located in Watson, LA. She was preceded in death by her loving husband of 60 years, Gene Cody; brother, Alton Cody; four sisters Evelyn Stevens, Frances Hughes, Wanda Davis, Isabell Eldridge; grandson, CPL Josh Cody. Those left to carry on her memory are her two sons, John Cody and wife Cheri, David Cody and wife Donna; daughter, Marcia Fauver; six grandchildren, Matt Cody, Misty Sharpe, Christy Gardner, Jessica Semons, Marissa Fauver, Jacob Fauver; eight great grandchildren, Cody, Kaylee, and Kensey Sharpe, Presley Fauver, Tristan, Ayden and Avery Semons, Shane Fauver; brother, Wilton Hughes and a host of loving family members and friends. Visitation will be held at Seale Funeral Home, Denham Springs on Wednesday June 15, 2022 from 9am until Celebration of Life Service at 11am. In Lieu of flowers donations can be made to the charity of your choice. Condolences may be offered at http://www.sealefuenral.com

Please pray for the Southern Baptist Convention as the leaders meet in California. Yesterday, Jennie sent me a picture of Bobby and Brittany Spinks of Montpelier Baptist Church. Pray for the convention as they meet, discuss, and. plan today. May God lead in all they do. I’m enclosing a link to today’s schedule. Notice the prayer at 1:42 (That’s 11:42 our time if you would like to prayer for the one leading in prayer.)

There are a number of people from our community who have health concerns, some having procedures this week, but others with very serious issues. Your prayers of all of them will be greatly appreciated.

Please pray for the family of Larry Raborn, who passed away last night.

Continue to pray for all the church camps our churches are trusting their youth and children to this summer as well as the Vacation Bible Schools in our area churches.

Thank-you for reading and praying.

Anna Lee


Keep his decrees and commands, which I am giving you today,

so that it may go well with you and your children after you

and that you may live long in the land the Lord your God gives you for all time.

~Deuteronomy 4:40~

Pray for our church youth and kids in all the area churches. They are having VBS, going to camp, day camps, Vacation Bible Schools, etc. Encourage churches as they minister to so many in so many ways. What a difference they make – an eternal difference! Thank God for youth ministers and volunteers who see the benefits for the children and youth. Also, pray for the children who miss out on all these opportunities. May we be instrumental in guiding them to participate in these activities.


June 13 – Isaiah 30: 40-41

BAPTIST PRESShttps://www.baptistpress.com/

You may want to pay special attention to the Southern Baptist Convention which is meeting in California this week.

Deborah Meadors Forshag

October 19, 1952 – June 10, 2022

Deborah was the beloved wife of Wayne Cooper Forshag, Jr. for 44 years. She was the loving mother of Carley Forshag and Ellen Forshag Karl (Nick). Deborah was the proud grandmother of Brady Jude Verdin, Owen Karl, Nora Karl, and Khloe Karl. She was the sister of Katharine Meadors.

Deborah earned a Master of Education Degree from Southeastern Louisiana University in Hammond, LA and a Master’s +30 from University of Southern Mississippi in Hattiesburg, MS. She spent her career in education. Deborah was a teacher, principal and supervisor. She retired as Director of Federal Programs for the Tangipahoa Parish School System. Deborah loved spending time with her family, especially her grandchildren. She was deeply loved and will be dearly missed.

Relatives and friends are invited to the Memorial Service at Grace Memorial Episcopal Church, 100 W Church St, Hammond, LA 70401 on Thursday, June 16, 2022 at 10:30 AM with visitation from 9:00 AM until service time. In lieu of flowers, donations may be made to St. Jude Children’s Research Hospital, www.stjude.org, or Children’s Hospital New Orleans, www.chnola.org. Please Share a Memory on the Tribute Wall at www.ejfieldingfh.com.

Many of you who live in Kentwood may remember Deborah as the principal at KES. She impacted many lives, both young and old, in her career. Pray for Cooper, her daughter, and her grandchildren.

Anna Lee