It is extra special to celebrate certain holidays the way you did as a child. Many of us celebrated with our extended family and always with certain foods – turkey and dressing, sweet potato casserole, fruit salad, pies, etc. I always try to continue to serve some of these food, even when our gathering includes just two people.. Traditions help to bring back sweet memories for those holidays and the people who sat around the table many years ago. Some people always celebrated by doing certain things – football games, movies, signing a tablecloth, etc. My family celebrated by being together and often visiting family members who were hospitalized or sick at home.
I hope you continue to celebrate some of your childhood traditions each year. Hopefully, you children will continue to do the same and/or create some of your own. Traditions are important, even if some of your relatives are no longer living, relatives cannot be with you, or you are in a new house. Traditions, of any kind, help to ground children. Do you include Scriptures, singing hymns, quoting special/favorite Bible stories in your celebrations?
READ and WRITE BIBLE VERSES TODAY
November 24 – Psalm 136: 23-24
I went to the church yesterday to get my records from the week (really eight days) we served as a Drop-Off Location for Samaritan’s Purse ““Shoeboxes”, November 14-21. Our collection week involved 16 volunteers who worked a total of 182.5 hours. We packed 108 big Samaritan Purse cartons with 1,726 “”Shoeboxes” from 12 area churches. FBC, Kentwood packed 402 as a group and an additional 93 by individuals connected to our church for a grand total of 495 “Shoeboxes”. Thank-you to everyone who helped by purchasing items, working to remove packaging, assembling items, painting cartons, assembling “Shoeboxes”, filling the “Shoeboxes”, and serving as volunteers during Drop-Off week.
GIFT BAGS FOR COMMUNITY MISSIONS
Our church members are now filling gift bags for Christmas gifts for children in our community. The bags are available under the stairwell to the sound room. Each bag is tagged, for example, “Girl 3rd – 4th grade”, so you can shop better. Filled bags can be returned to the same location and are due no later than the first Sunday of December.
A resident of Roseland, LA, passed away on Tuesday, November 15, 2022 at St. Tammany Parish Hospital in Covington, LA. She was born November 23, 1970 in Greensburg, LA and was 51 years of age. She is survived by her husband, Tracy Jones; 2 daughters, Traci Danielle Jones and Joei Lauran Jones; 4 grandchildren, Kade Lamar Garcia, Faith Garcia, Leighton Elzie and Princeton Elzie; 2 sisters, Shannon Reeves and husband, Greg, and Laura Baños and husband, Omar; 2 brothers, Boe Ricks and wife, Kelly, and John Ricks and wife, Amy; numerous nieces and nephews; father-in-law, Joseph Jones. Preceded in death by parents, Alfred Ricks and Jacqueline Russell Ricks; mother-in-law, Gayla Sue Jones; and brother-in-law, Kevin Lamar Jones. Graveside Services will be held at Arcola-Roseland Cemetery at 2:00PM on Wednesday, November 23, 2022. Services conducted by Rev. David Cutrer. McKneely Funeral Home, Amite, in charge of arrangements. For an online guestbook, visit http://www.mckneelys.com.
November 23 – FRIENDS
David and I are blessed to have friends of all ages and from a number of towns. We are thankful for each one of them. They bless our lives.
PRAYER FOCUS TODAY – FRIENDS
Pray for your friends. Use names of some of your friends as you pray.
Please continue to pray for JANE WICKHAM who is still working to recover following a fall that happened following knee surgery.
Wilbur W. Creel
March 24, 1931 – November 20, 2022
A resident of Wilmer, LA, passed away on Sunday, November 20, 2022 at Lakeview Regional Medical Center in Covington, LA. He was born March 24, 1931 in Wilmer, LA and was 91 years of age. He was the founder of the Wilmer Fire Department where he served as Chief for over 35 years. Mr. Wilbur retired from the Tangipahoa Parish Council as part of the road crew where graded many roads. He also worked for Asplundh and South Central Bell. He is survived by his wife, Ina Mae Creel; daughters, Vanessa Creel, Sherri Hendrickson (David) and Terri Schwebel (Tommy); sisters, Elouise Brown and Bonnie Bethel; grandchildren, Michael Chanse Graham, Kylie C. Sharkey (Danny), Amanda Graham, Justin Thibodeaux (Tammy), and Fallon Thibodeaux (Bill); great-grandchildren, Kole Graham, Konnor Graham, Rilee Sharkey, Kade Gill, Caden McKinney, Allee Sharkey, Knox Graham, Joleigh Thibodeaux, and Paisleigh Thibodeaux; great-great granddaughter, Parker Kole Graham. Preceded in death by his parents, Mack and Darence Grace Creel; and Jack Hilton whom he raised as a son. Pallbearers are Justin Thibodeaux, Chanse Graham, Kole Graham, Konnor Graham, Ronnie Brown, and Phillip Notariano. Visitation at McKneely Funeral Home, Amite, from 5:00PM until 9:00PM on Tuesday and at Wilmer Missionary Baptist Church from 9:00AM until religious services at 11:00AM on Wednesday, November 23, 2022. Services conducted by Bro. Jason Skipper. Interment Wilmer Cemetery, Wilmer, LA. For an online guestbook, visit http://www.mckneelys.com.
(I remember my daddy talking about Wilbur Creel, probably from fire department and telephone company connections. In later years, I heard my husband talk about him. He was well know in his community.)
REMEMBER the word “THANKSGIVING” is composed ot two shorter words. Be sure your holiday includes boths THANKS and GIVING.
THANKFULNESS – DAY 22
Today, I am thankful for six grandchildren. We usually see them once a year, but that just doesn’t always work out now that they are no longer children. I am thankful for phone calls and text messages, especially when they include pictures. I’m thankful for their young lives and the ways they have found, not only to get an education or work at their jobs, but also how they find ways to volunteer time to show their love and God’s love to others.
I am also thankful to be able to observe young adults at church as they grow in so many ways. What a blessing it is to see them as they assist older folks or younger folks in many ways.
Today, I ask you to pray for young adults as they struggle to grow up and grow in thee Lord. Pray for parents to be positive influences on their lives, involvement in churches that encourage them to keep following God, and opportunities to “SHINE” for Him.
Today, I am thankful for Shoebox Packers. They spend time and money packing the shoeboxes or they contribute money for purchases and shipping fees. I’m also thankful for local men, women, and youth who have helped this past week and will work again today to finish off our work for OCC packing in 2022. What a blessing it has been to communicate with people from churches from many of the churches surrounding Kentwood. Tomorrow, I will share the statistics from Shoebox Collection 2022. I think you will be pleased with the results of this packing year in our area. I’m thankful for all who participated.
2022 OCC DROP-OFF at FBC TODAY – last day!
Yesterday we received boxes from three churches. We will be receiving shoeboxes from 8 – 10 this morning before shipping our boxes on to their next destination, a church in Hammond, whe they will be loaded onto 18-wheelers for their trip to one of the eight U.S. processing centers. If you have Shoeboxes to turn in today, please get them to us early this morning.
There is more than one way to look at the word “Thanksgiving”. It can be THANKSgiving, the way we usually think of it or it can be ThanksGIVING. I think both ways are equally important. So be working on the THANKS and the GIVING this week.
The Lord is pleased when we rejoice as we worship, especially on His Day! I hope you have a regular place of worship. If not, today is a good day to find one. If you are uncomfortable doing so, worship with a friend or relative. They will be very pleased to have you worship with them.
Worship time at FBC, Kentwood is 10:30 A.M. and 6:00 P.M. We would love to have you worship with us if you do not have a church home. Take a moment while you are there to say hello to me. Make my day!
THANKFULNESS – Day 20
Today, I am thankful for extended family. The last two Saturdays we attended special celebrations for extended family members. How great they were! Today, I thank God, for allowing us to attend special events where there was love flowing abundantly. I thank God for our extended family members.
READ and WRITE SCRIPTURE
November 20 – Psalm 118: 3-4
OPERATION CHRISTMAS CHILD – Drop-Off Hours
Today, FBC, Kentwood will be receiving Shoeboxes from 3:00 to 5:00 P.M.
THANKFULNESS – I’ve been so busy as I started each day lately that I forgot to share a “Thankful Thought” with you. Today, I will do better.
THANKFULNESS – Nov. 19
Today, I am thankful to be able to say that for six days I have WALKED. on my own, at church. That ends six months of dependence on a wheelchair, walker, store shopping cart, or someone to help support me as I went through months of healing of my feet. This morning marks exactly six months since I first fell and broke both of my feet. I am so very thankful to report that I am healed sufficiently to walk on my own. I sincerely thank God for healing, David for manutering the wheelchair and becoming my 24 hour a day caregiver, and for Bro. Darryl Miller and Joe Cutrer for giving a helping hand, or arm, to help me up the steps at church when I got to that stage.. Speaking of church, I really missed those first weeks when I was not able to make it to church. I saw the same message on my computer, but missed seeing and speaking to so many friends. I also thank our friend, Glenda Harrell, for providing lots to meals to supplement David’s new skill, cooking. This has been an adventure I didn’t ask for or would want anyone else to have. I have learned to appreciate so many things I took for granted before. Lesson learned!
OPERATION CHRISTMAS CHILD
There are only three more days to turn in Shoeboxes this year, Saturday, Sunday, and Monday. After that, boxes will need to be held until collection next November.
There are a number of Drop-Off Locations. Our Kentwood site will be receiving shoeboxes on this schedule.
Saturday – 10-12
Sunday – 3-5
Monday – 8-10
Have a great day. Do something special today. Be thankful you can.
So far, we have filled 78 cartons (1156 Shoeboxes). Delivery of our first boxes to their next location was made yesterday. Today, we will be receiving shoeboxes 2:00-4:00 P.M. today. The many volunteers have been great!
MORRIS REYNOLDS fell and broke his “good” leg. Pray for him and his family.
MRS. MILDRED BIRCH‘s procedure to get her heart beating properly went well. She’s out of the hospital and ready to continue doing what she loves to do best.
MRS. JEANETTE McGEHEE‘s surgery went well. I’m not sure how long she will be hospitalized at Ochsner on O’Neal.
Pray for JASON DEAN today as he has surgery to repair torn biceps.
READ and WRITE SCRIPTURE TODAY November 17 – I Chronicles 16: 8-9
OPERATION CHRISTMAS CHILD loaded 70 cartons of shoeboxes and five boxes of filler in a trailer and will have them delivered to their next location today. We will be receiving additional shoeboxes today from 10-12 this morning and making a second load of filled cartons Monday.
Jane Wickham had to have a redo of her recent knee surgery. Please keep her in your prayers as plans for rehabilitation are made.
Mrs. Jeanette McGehee will be having surgery today at Ochsner on O’Neal because of a diabetes issue. Please pray for her.
William “Bill” Wofford
February 21, 1975 – November 03, 2022
A resident of Kentwood, LA, passed away on Thursday, November 3, 2022 at Merit Health Central in Jackson, MS. He was born February 21, 1975 in McComb, MS and was 47 years of age. He is survived by his wife, Geneva Wofford; daughters, Neva Wofford and Sarah Wofford; son, Will Wofford, Jr.; mother, Myrtie Wofford; brothers, Robert McKinney and wife, Jenny and Clifton McKinney and wife, Pam; sister, Sallie Jackson; nieces and nephews, Ashleigh, Hope, Ian, Laurel, Olivia, Nicholas, and Mac; close friends, uncle Buck and Welch family, Brandon Travis and family and Jimmy and Jolie Easley and family. Preceded in death by his father, Dan Wofford; step-father, Robert McKinney; aunt, Nan Welch; niece, Natalee Jackson; uncle, Billy Newman. Visitation at McKneely Funeral Home, Kentwood, from 9:00 AM until Memorial Services at 11:00AM on Saturday, November 19, 2022. Services conducted by Milton Bourque ,Jr. and Pastor Lee Allen Pounds. McKneely Funeral Home, Kentwood, in charge of arrangements. For an online guestbook, visit http://www.mckneelys.com.
JUDY LYNN CRAWFORD
Judy Lynn Crawford, a native of Fluker, LA, passed away on November 13, 2022, at age 74 from sudden complications with lung disease. She was born on May 16, 1948, to Thornwell and Betty Field. Affectionately called ‘Juju’, she was a longtime resident of Hammond, LA.
Judy Lynn graduated from Amite High School in 1966, where she was a WaHoop and then Drum Major. She had an amazing gift of music, and during her childhood experienced hearing harmonies in any family Sing-along! She loved to sing and perform. She attended The University of Southern Mississippi and nurtured those gifts dancing as a Dixie Darling and singing with the “Southern Supremes”. She was a member of Chi Omega Fraternity and was initiated into Alpha Lambda Delta, a Freshmen Honor Society.
Judy Lynn later completed her degree in education at Southeastern Louisiana University. She was a teacher at Woodland Park Elementary, Hammond Eastside Primary, and Natalbany Middle School. She received the “Teacher of the Year” Honor during her tenure and retired after twenty-seven years. After Retirement, she pursued a second career performing as an extra in the Louisiana Film Industry.
Judy Lynn was an unforgettable force with a heart of gold. She spent many years of her life dedicated to volunteering in her church community. She always helped her family and friends in any way she could.
Judy Lynn fiercely loved God, her family, the beach, and LSU & Saints football! When Judy was your fan, you had a number one fan for life. She was our biggest cheerleader!
Judy Lynn was preceded by her parents Thorny and Betty Field, niece Caroline Mixon, and sister Patsy Kay Turner. She is survived by her beloved son Thornwell Blake Crawford, his wife Ammye and grandchildren Harrison, Andrea, Bella, and Grace; her sisters Betty Ray Field and Donna Lee Mixon, brother-in-law Fred Mixon and her adoring nieces, nephews, and their children.
Services will be held at Harry McKneely Funeral Home in Hammond, LA on Saturday, November 19, 2022. Visitation will beheld 11AM-1PM and Service at 1PM. Burial to follow at Rose Memorial Park Cemetery.
Terry Wayne Stevens
October 28, 1976 – November 13, 2022
A resident of Amite, LA, passed away on Sunday, November 13, 2022 in Roseland, LA. He was born October 28, 1976 in Hammond, LA and was 46 years of age. He was a U.S. Army Veteran where he served numerous assignments all over the world. He was a Licensed Practical Nurse. He is survived by his mother, Barbara Hayden Stevens Toney and husband, Dale Toney; nephew, Cody Stevens; uncles, Richard Hayden, Timmy Hayden and wife, Donice; aunts, Shirley Maus and Dorothy Cranham; numerous other family members and friends. Preceded in death by his father, Calvin Julius “Jukie” Stevens; brother, Greg Stevens; niece, Megan Stevens; grandparents, Victor Hayden, Frances Hayden Winborn Lambert, Everett Stevens, and Genevia Morgan Stevens. Visitation at McKneely Funeral Home, Amite, from 1:00PM until religious services at 2:00PM on Friday, November 18, 2022. Services conducted by Bro. Jason Skipper. Interment Wilmer Cemetery, Wilmer, LA. For an online guestbook, visit http://www.mckneelys.com.
Linda G. Howes
August 25, 1940 – November 15, 2022
A resident of Loranger, LA, passed away on Tuesday, November 15, 2022 at North Oaks Medical Center in Hammond, LA. She was born August 25, 1940 in Hammond, LA and was 82 years of age. She is survived by her sons, Bryan Howes and wife, Carla and Steven Howes and wife, Colleen; daughter, Rene Dyer and husband, Trey; 5 grandchildren, Daniel Howes and wife, Jennifer, Crystal Alack and husband, Don, Sarah Bahm and husband, Wallace, Cody Howes and wife, Tyra and Peyton Dyer; 10 great-grandchildren; brother, John Wayne Guzzardo and wife, Carol. Preceded in death by her parents, Joe and Mildred Guzzardo; husband, Travis A. Howes. Visitation at McKneely Funeral Home, Amite, from 11:00AM until religious services at 1:00PM on Thursday, November 17, 2022. Interment Colonial Mausoleum, Independence, LA. For an online guestbook, visit http://www.mckneelys.com.
Today, the shoeboxes collected so far will be loaded on the trailer for delivery to their next destination.
Thankfulness – Day 16
I’m thankful for all the area churches who have packed and delivered “Shoeboxes” to the drop-off site. I appreciate their love for needy children and a special desire to give the children an opportunity to learn about Jesus. If my memory is correct, six churches have delivered boxes so far.
PRAYER FOCUS for TODAY – Safe delivery of each and every shoebox that was packed.
Bro. Darryl said his young son was doing well and should be released from the hospital today, if not yesterday. Jed Miller is almost three years old.
Erin Neal Tamporello
March 24, 1955 – November 11, 2022
A resident of Norco, LA, passed away on Friday, November 11, 2022 at her home. She was born March 24, 1955 in New Orleans, LA and was 67 years of age.
She is survived by her husband Anthony Frank Tamporello Jr.; sons Anthony F. Tamporello III and Michael A. Tamporello; daughters Michelle C. Tamporello and Melissa A. Tamporello; three grandchildren Matthew H. Tamporello, Anthony M. Tamporello, and Elise A. Tamporello; and four furry grandchildren Stormy, Quinn, Crow, and Honey Bun. She was preceded in death by her parents Alma Hoffstadt Neal and Mike Hamilton Neal Jr.; sister Patricia C. Neal; and brother Michael H. Neal. Erin loved holidays, most notably Halloween. She was well known for dressing up in scary costumes, decorating her house to be extra spooky, hiding behind corners and scaring her children and grandchildren in all manners of ways. Erin made birthdays very special for each loved one. She put her entire heart into making sure you felt loved and celebrated. Erin loved fishing with her husband, tanning on the beach, doing embroidery, and spending time with her loved ones. She will be forever missed.
Pallbearers will be her sons Michael Tamporello and Anthony Tamporello, daughters Michelle Tamporello and Melissa Tamporello, grandson Matthew Tamporello, nephew Michael Guidry, and dear friend Doug Maudit.
Visitation at McKneely Funeral Home, Amite, from 9:00AM until religious services at 11:00AM on Friday, November 18, 2022. Interment Hoffstadt Cemetery, Kentwood, LA. For an online guestbook, visit http://www.mckneelys.com.
I was notified of the death of another classmate yesterday. Judy Lynn Field Crawford grew up in Fluker and lived in Hammond in recent years. No obituary is available yet.
There was excitement in the air yesterday as 1,075 “Shoeboxes” were turned in. We had great volunteers working to get them carefully moved from vehicles to the church and packed in cartons. The “Shoeboxes” were prayed for as they made it to the tables inside. The shoppers and packers from each church are commended for a job well done.
READ and WRITE SCRIPTURE TODAY
November 15 – Colossians 4:2
THANKFULNESS – Day 15
Today, I’m thankful for each of the 1,075 “Shoeboxes” turned in and for all involved in shopping to packing to transporting them yesterday.
Pray for all the “Shoebox” Drop Off volunteers at various sites as they work this coming week. Thank God for each one who works because they want the children to meet Jesus.