THURSDAY, 6-1-23

Therefore, brothers and sisters, since we have confidence to enter the Most Holy Place by the blood of Jesus, 20 by a new and living way opened for us through the curtain, that is, his body,

~~Hebrews 10:19-20

Shermon Cutrer is in OLOL because of Covid. He’s better and hopes to be released today. Pray for continued improvement and that he will be home soon.


Yvonne Smith

March 27, 1939 – May 28, 2023

A resident of Kentwood, LA, passed away on Sunday, May 28, 2023 at her home. She was born March 27, 1939 in Tangipahoa, LA and was 84 years of age. She is survived by her one son, Ray T. Simmons of Tangipahoa; sisters-in-law, Carolyn T. Smith of Franklinton and Marie Johnson of Central; numerous nieces and nephews. Preceded in death by her parents, Virgil Smith and Vivian Jenkins Smith; brothers, Nick Harvey Smith and Jerry Leon Smith. Graveside Services will be held at New Zion Cemetery, Kentwood, LA at 11:00AM on Friday, June 2, 2023. Services conducted by Rev. John Cook. McKneely Funeral Home, Kentwood, in charge of arrangements. For an online guestbook, visit

Lynda Hyde Spears

February 28, 1943 – May 31, 2023

A resident of Kentwood, LA, passed away on Wednesday, May 31, 2023 at North Oaks Medical Center in Hammond, LA. She was born February 28, 1943 in New Orleans, LA and was 80 years of age. She is survived by her daughter, Sheila Spears; sons, Trenton Spears (Tara) and Clinton Spears (Kelly); grandchildren, Josh Newman, Cody Newman (Ashton), Tonya Newman, Brittany Simeon (Adam), Blake King, Trenton Spears II (Santanna), Shelby Harrison (Elliot), Brandon McElveen (Kayla), Ashlyn Rousse (Roy), Rainey Thibodeaux (Jessica), Ariel Thibodeaux, Kyle Newman (Shelby), Shanea Hayden (David), Colton Spears (Chelsea); 23 great-grandchildren; son-in-law, Karl Rohrer; numerous family and friends. Preceded in death by her husband, Troy Allen Spears; parents, Benjamin Franklin Hyde and  Ludie Moore Hyde; daughter, Leshia Newman Rohrer; son-in-law, Dickie Newman; granddaughter, Dana Perilloux. Visitation at Spring Creek Baptist Church from 11:00AM until religious services at 2:00PM on Friday, June 2, 2023. Services conducted by Dr. Danny Smith. Interment Spring Creek Cemetery, Spring Creek, LA. McKneely Funeral Home, Kentwood, in charge of arrangements. For an online guestbook, visit

Bolivar Kemp Ellis

December 21, 1969 – May 28, 2023

A resident of Amite, LA, passed away on Sunday, May 28, 2023 at North Oaks Medical Center in Hammond, LA. He was born December 21, 1969 in New Orleans, LA and was 53 years of age. He was a graduate of Amite High School in 1988 and Southeastern Louisiana University graduate May 1999. He is survived by his mother, Nancy Robinson Ellis; brother, Jesse Ellis and wife, Sumerset; 2 nephews, Emery Ellis and Ansel Ellis; numerous aunts, uncles and cousins. Preceded in death by father, Robert S. Ellis, III; paternal grandparents, Judge Robert S. Ellis, Jr. and Eleanor “Peeps” Kemp Ellis; maternal grandparents, Norbert “Robbie” Robinson and Collette Wilken Robinson. A Celebration of Life will be Saturday, June 3, 2023 at 2:00PM at 53088 S. Bennett Rd. Independence, LA 70443.McKneely Funeral Home, Amite, in charge of arrangements. For an online guestbook, visit

I don’t have obituaries yet, but Brenda Boone’s youngest sister passed away and Patricia Braase’s mother passed away. I think both of these services will be Saturday morning.


Register online or at FBC

8:30 – 11:30 M-F next week

Call the church office (2299-8111) for more information.


  • June 1, 2023
  • Luke 4: 9-13
  • Deuteronomy 6: 16-19
  • “Sensationalism tempts me when . . . .”


With the many deaths we have had lately, I think we need another day to focus our prayers on these families. Sometimes, our prayers need us to use our feet and hands to help meet needs of these families.

Have a wonderful day by helping to make today a better day for someone else.

Anna Lee


For if, while we were God’s enemies, we were reconciled to him through the death of his Son, how much more, having been reconciled, shall we be saved through his life!

~Romans 5:10~


Debbie Luce Clark, a former student, will have batteries replaced in a heart device in McComb today. Please pray for her, her family, and her medical team.

Tiffany Bankston Currier. who now lives in Texas, had hip surgery yesterday and is dealing with common after surgery problems. Tiffany grew up east of Arcola. I taught with both of her parents.

Charlene Addison, a WMU friend from the Montpelier area, is also on the surgery list. Pray she has a smooth recovery.


Please pray for these families during difficult days.

Jeffery Todd Gilliland

May 18, 1969 – May 26, 2023

Jeffery Todd Gilliland was born May 18, 1969, in Baton Rouge, LA to Jimmie Gilliland, Sr. and Mary Ann McKee.  He passed away Friday, May 26, 2023, in Baton Rouge, LA at age 54.  He was a longtime resident of Chesbrough, LA and a member of Mt. Nebo Baptist Church.  He worked for the parish for 30 years and volunteered for the Wilmer Fire Department for 25 years. For the last 15 years he has worked in the plants along with his sons.  He was outgoing and met no strangers.  Always willing to talk to and help others. 
He was the husband of Kim Gilliland and father to Jered, Jordin, and Samuel Gilliland.  The grandfather of Kyptin, Karter, Harper, Kennedy, and Kollins Gilliland.  His mother-in-law was Sue Schexnayder and his father-in-law was Gilbert Graham.  Survived by brothers, Mitchell Gilliland and Jimmie Gilliland.
He was proceeded in death by his parents, sisters, April Gilliland and Tasha Gilliland, and brother, Derrick Gilliland.

Pallbearers will be Harvey Singleton, Rego Singleton, Trent Singleton, Coleton Bennett, Blane St Cyr, Jason Foy, Jonathon Gilliland, JJ Gilliland, and Tayvon Perry.

Visitation at McKneely Funeral Home, Amite, from 11:00AM until religious services at 1:00PM on Saturday, June 3, 2023. Services conducted by Rev. Larry Blades. Interment Hyde Cemetery, Chesbrough, LA. For an online guestbook, visit

Harold C. Wright

September 26, 1946 – May 29, 2023

A resident of Amite, LA, passed away peacefully at his home on Monday,

May 29 surrounded by his loving family and friends. He was born September 26, 1946 in Church Point, LA and was 76 years of age. He is survived by his loving wife of 59 years, Doris M. Wright; 1 daughter, Melissa Wright Breaux (Randy); 1 son, Patrick Wright (Arlene); 6 grandchildren, Amanda W. Sibley (Daniel); Kyle Wright (Gabby); Bodhi Wright (Halie); Mark Christopher Wright, II. (Gabrielle); Katelyn Wright; Rachael Breaux; 6 great-grandchildren, Clay and Cade Sibley, Hadly, Hayes and Eligh Wright, Kinsleigh Wright and 2 step great grandchildren, Landon and Annaleigh Cernich. He is preceded in death by his son, Mark Christopher Wright; parents, Garland and Viola Wright; sister Kathleen Bott; brother, Peter Wright.

He was a loving Husband, Father, Grandfather, Great-Grandfather and Uncle, as well as a loyal friend to all those who knew him. He was employed in the Oil Field Service Industry for 48 years. He was the owner of an Oil Field Service Company, Derrick Hammers. After selling the company he went to work for Patterson Services, Inc. He was also very instrumental in obtaining the funding for the Florida Parish Arena In Amite, LA where you can find his picture on the Wall of Fame,

Visitation at McKneely Funeral Home, Amite from 5:00 PM until 9:00PM on Thursday, June 1, 2023 and 8:00 AM until 10:30AM on Friday June 2, 2023. Funeral Mass at St. Helena Catholic Church at 11:00AM on Friday June 2, 2023. Services conducted by Fr. Mark Beard. Interment Amite Memorial Gardens, Amite, LA. McKneely Funeral Home, Amite, in charge of arrangements. For an online guestbook, visit

In lieu of flowers, masses are preferred.

Shelton “Red” Pittman

July 27, 1958 – May 27, 2023

Shelton “Red” Pittman, 64, of Kentwood, LA died unexpectedly on May 27th, 2023, due to injuries sustained from a tragic accident a day prior. He will be deeply missed by all who knew him.

Born July 27th, 1958, in Independence, LA to Elaine and William C. Pittman. He worked for many years in the steel industry. He was a devoted father and grandfather. He enjoyed woodworking, gardening, and you could always find him drinking a cup of black coffee. He was a giving man who worked tirelessly to ensure that his family had everything they needed. He faced many challenges in life with admirable strength and courage. He was a man of strong faith, and he taught others the importance of family, hard work, and doing what is right. He was part of a large family with many siblings and looked up to each of them. He will always be remembered as their baby brother. He was a true role model who will always be looked up to. In his last selfless act on Earth, “Red” gave the gift of life to others through organ and tissue donation.

“Red” is survived by his wife, Brenda; his daughter, Leslie Lord and husband Robert; brothers and sisters, William Pittman, Tucker Pittman, Larry Pittman (wife Connie), Paul Pittman (wife Sandy), Joan Travis, Edna Simmons, Gloria Glass, Ida Blades, and Kathy Brabham (husband Randy) and his pride and joy his grandchildren: Maddox Williams, Lana Day, Kingston Guilliams, Castin Pittman Temple, Cale Lord, Auna Pittman Temple, and Harper Lord; numerous nieces and nephews.

Pallbearers: Darrell Butler, Earl Gill, Don O’Quin, Mike Parrish, Aubrey McMillian and Maddox Williams. Honorary Pallbearers: William (Big Man) Pittman, Larry Pittman, Tucker Pittman, and Paul Pittman.

Visitation from 9am with Religious Services, conducted by Bro. Larry Blades, 12pm on Thursday, June 1st, at New Zion Baptist Church in Kentwood, LA. Interment will follow in New Zion Cemetery, Kentwood. McKneely Funeral Home, Kentwood, in charge of arrangements. For an online guestbook, visit

In lieu of flowers, funeral expense donations are greatly appreciated.

Christopher Lee Noland

July 4, 1978 – May 21, 2023

Christopher Lee Noland passed away on Sunday, May 21, 2023, in Pine Grove. He was 44 and a resident of Marion, LA. He was preceded in death by his grandparents, Roscoe and Leona Goynes and Griffin and Christine Chandler and an aunt, Tanya Harrison. He is survived by his wife, Manetta Goodwin Noland, two daughters, Desiree of Darby, Montana, and Anna of Marion, La, one stepdaughter, Meagan Wilson (Kiron), of Loranger, and four grandchildren, Ashton, Sophia, Kameron and Kylie. Also survived by his parents, Randy and Debbie Noland of Pine Grove, two brothers, David (Sara), of Crowley, Texas, and Geoffrey, of Pine Grove, and numerous aunts, uncles, cousins, nieces and nephews. Visitation at McKneely Funeral Home in Amite, LA on Thursday, June 1, 2023 from 5:00PM until 7:00PM. McKneely Funeral Home, Amite, in charge of arrangements. For an online guestbook, visit

READ the Bible Today

  • May 31, 2023
  • Luke 4: 5-8
  • Philippians 2: 3-4
  • “Most of us tend to compromise when . . . .”


Many families travel within the first few weeks the children complete a school year. Pray for family vacations this year to be both safe and meaningful. Hopefully, they will be able to attend church services where they are or are able to use their personal technology to participate online.

Operation Christmas Child

God walks ahead of me many times. Yesterday, I shared some needs, but the prayers were already answered. I just didn’t know it. Yesterday, as two friends were at the church to help prepare for Satuday’s work day, the secretary sent two boxes that were shipped to the church for me. One contained ladels we need for the “Shoeboxes”. The other was a box of three dozed flashlights That puts us close/or at our goal. I’ll get a count today. One of the two ladies helping me yesterday was holding money for flashlights she was purchasing this week. Instead, she bought some batteries for the flashlights. When I mad the request not flashlights, they were already in the office waiting for me. God’s timing is always right!

The current need for OCC is “postage” – $10.00 per shoebox! I’ll get an updated count of what is in the account today.

“See” you tomorrow!

Anna Lee


But from everlasting to everlasting the LORD’s love is with those who fear him, and his righteousness with their children’s children—

Psalm 103:17


Today, I’m requesting prayer for Laurie Miller, Bro. Darryl’s wife. She continues to slowly improve following back surgery. Pray today is a good day for her.


Shelton “RED” Pittman – His obituary has not been located at this time.


  • FBC, Kentwood
  • May 31, 2023
  • “Let’s Talk about Love Again”Roman’s 13: 8-14


  • May 30, 2023
  • Luke 4: 1-4
  • Matthew 27: 3-9
  • Matthew 28: 12-15
  • “I feel as if I am being bribed when . . . . “


Today, let’s pray for VBS’s in all of our area churches. May the curriculum chosen by each church be one that is inspirational to both workers and children alike. You will find our area churches choose to have different curriculums because many of the area children attend VBS at more than one church each summer. Having a different curriculum allows children to learn more about God, new songs, and more Scripture. That’s a win, win, win!

VBS registration at FBC, Kentwood can be completed online, in person at the church office, or Monday when VBS begins. VBS will be from 8:30-11:30 each day next week with the commencement program Friday night.


  • Saturday
  • 9:00 A.M.
  • Meet in the Fellowship Hall
  • Bring a snack to share.
  • Items still needed as of today: Small flashlights, AAA Batteries, Dolls, Size 12 t-shirts. and Size 10 Panties for Girls. I’m hoping to get a final count this week.
  • Some of our main projects we will be completing the shoeboxes for packing, preparing final items for packing, and preparing a picture to include in each box.
  • This will not be our final packing!
  • I love the opportunity to send school supplies, hygiene items, clothing, toys, and an opportunity to learn about Jesus to very needy children all around the world. Most of the boxes from our church have been sent to Central America. I am seeing a trend to send more of our boxes to countries east of the U.S. We don’t know where they will go this year. Our purpose is to pack and pray over the boxes we send. We can all serve as missionaries without leave our homes!

P.S. to OCC – The listing of items for shoeboxes has recently seen SOAP has recently been changed from a most needed item to an acceptable item. In the future, it may not be sent at all due to custom regulations in some countries.

THANKS for reading, praying, and sharing TPL.

Anna Lee


Children, obey your parents in everything, for this pleases the Lord.

~Colossians 3 :20~

MEMORIAL DAY is often a family/friends day with food and fun. T0 me, it is a day to remember and honor those who died while protecting our country. Don’t forget the meaning of this special holiday.



Ruby Travis – pain in broken arm

Jake Liberto – doing well following foot surgery

Gerald Hyde – The Lodge (Amite)

Jerry Doughty – better

Tommy and Diane Simmons

Family of Sheldon “Red” Pittman

Suzanne Palminteer

Hallie Kent – Summer Missionary

Vernon and Ricky Russell

Glen Magee


WEEK 21: Temptation: Satan’s Snare

  • May 29, 2023
  • Genesis 3: 1-19
  • James 1: 13-15
  • “I know that temptation comes from . . . . ‘


Today, let’s say special for families who lost a member who was serving in our military to protect our country’s values, beliefs, rules, and regulations

Be an encourager to one or more people today. If you are not sure of what to say, you can at least say thank-you for teaching my class, giving me a ride, protecting our town, teaching my child, fixing my television, cutting my hair, etc.

Anna Lee


Start children off on the way they should go, and even when they are old they will not turn from it.

~Proverbs 22:6~

Good Morning! I hope you are up and working toward attending the church of your choice today. If you are unable to attend, I hope you have/make plans to watch “church” online or on television.


  • May 25, 2023
  • Ephesians 6: 10-18
  • “I know God has equipped me for . .. . .”


  • Ricky Russell – Chesbrough
  • Vernon Russell – Chesbrough
  • Family of “Red” Hodges – Greensburg



March 17, 1938 – May 26, 2023

Arnold B. “Red” Hodges Jr., 85 of Greensburg, La. Passed away at home on Friday, May 26, 2023 and will be greatly missed. He was born on March 17, 1938 in B.R., La. He was a 1956 graduate of Woodville High School and attended Copiah-Lincoln Community College in Wesson, Ms. He was in the US Air Force, a La. State Trooper, plant worker, retired from the State Fire Marshall’s office, and a Sheriff’s Deputy in St. Helena Parish. He was a Civil War buff. He loved people and loved helping them. He was a Saints fan from the beginning and he loved to fish. He is survived by his wife Phyllis Sibley Hodges, daughter Susan Elaine Hodges and Betty, son Morris L. Roubique Jr. and wife Dawn. Along with numerous nephews and nieces. Preceded in death by his father A.B. Hodges Sr., mother Agnes Elaine Hodges, brother Robert Edward Hodges and wife Sandy, sister Peggy Thera Hodges, and wives Starla Carol Hodges, and Brenda Trautwein Hodges. The family wishes to express their appreciation for the hospice team and special appreciation to Lynn Cernich and Judy Kelly for all their help. Visitation at Greensburg United Methodist Church from 5:00PM until 10:00PM on Tuesday and from 9:00AM until religious services at 11:00AM on Wednesday, May 31, 2023. Services conducted by Rev. Joe Day. Interment Port Hudson National Cemetery, Zachary, LA. McKneely Funeral Home, Amite, in charge of arrangements. For an online guestbook, visit


Today, let’s focus on those who have not been attending church in person, online, or on television. Let’s pray these individuals will begin “attending” church in one of these ways. The Bible tells us to join ourselves with other believers.


  • Let’s pray for those serving around the world to share the Good News with those who have not had an opportunity to hear/learn what God wants people to hear and do.
  • Let’s pray for those who head the mission focus in local churches. May they be able to encourage mission involvement locally and wherever God chooses to send people in our state, country, or world. Some churches have a special person on staff who is responsible for missions studies, mission trips, etc. Other churches have a volunteer who encourages members to be involved though studying, giving, doing, praying, and participation.
  • Whether your church has a staff member or a volunteer, get behind them and learn about missions and how you can be a part of missions in your church. Read Matthew 28: 19-20, the Great Commission, and decide how your involvement/participation measures us. “Go ye ….”


I am thankful for each one of you reading today. I pray this humble means is beneficial to you in some way. Please let me know if you need information or help about anything you read here.

Anna Lee


And Mary said: “My soul glorifies the Lord  

and my spirit rejoices in God my Savior,

Luke 1:46-47

Health Concerns

Ruby Travis’ surgery has been scheduled. Pray for her pain issues in the meantime.

“Miss” Ruby Dillon is better. Keep praying, please.

Jerry Doughty is in OLOL with double pneumonia. Your prayers are requested by his family.

Jake Liberto has recently had his second foot surgery. Pray for him as he has limited mobility for the next few weeks. Pray the second surgery will be as successful as the first one was

Robin Alford share a recent update on her heart and foot problems. Both are much better. Thank God for her improvement.

Gerald Hyde continues to spend time in rehab in Hammond. Your continued prayers are greatly appreiated.


Douglas Palmintier

December 28, 1946 – May 25, 2023

U.S. Veteran

A resident of Kentwood, LA, passed away on Thursday, May 25, 2023 at Richard Murphy Hospice House in Hammond, LA. He was born December 28, 1946 in New Orleans, LA and was 76 years of age. He is survived by his wife of 25 years, Susan Palmintier; beloved pets, Kody, Shadow and Smokey; grandchildren, Cara, Skylar and Austin Palmintier; nephews, Doc Simmons and wife, Victoria and Johnny Simmons and wife, Traci; niece, Kay Wood and husband, Dave; great-nephews, Wesley Simmons and wife, Lauren and Wyatt Simmons; cousin, Melanie Deere. Preceded in death by his parents, Johnny and Maxine Palmintier; son, Corey  Palmintier; sister, Karen Simmons. A celebration of Life will be held at a later date. In Lieu of flowers donations can be made to the Richard Murphy Hospice House. McKneely Funeral Home, Kentwood, in charge of arrangements. For an online guestbook, visit

Read the Bible Today

  • May 27, 2023
  • II Peter 3: 18
  • II Thessalonians 1: 3
  • Philippians 1: 9-11
  • “The area I most want to grow in is . . . .

Prayer Focus Today

Today, let’s pray we all grow in our Christian walk today, this week, this month, and in all the days God leaves us here to study His Word and learn more and more

O.C.C. Thanks

Thanks to the lady who sent a check to help with postage on “Shoeboxes” and to all the others who are giving to help send our boxes to their destination. The cost for shipping, a Bible, and Christian literature appropriate to the various ages is $10.00 per box. (The postage to send a single box to the processing center in Dallas would be more than that!)

Summer Missionary

Please remember to pray for Hallie Kent as she goes to Kenya to serve as a collegiate missionary this summer. Also, pray for her family as she is there and for those she will have the opportunity to minister to.


Your faithfulness in reading and sharing TPL is greatly appreciated.

Anna Lee


May 26, 2023

May your father and mother rejoice;

may she who gave you birth be joyful!

~Proverbs 23:25~

I’ll attempt to switch back to my regular computer today.


As we move into a holiday weekend, I begin by thinking of what Memorial Day means. I am so appreciate of what many have done, the lives that have been lost, for my freedom!


  • May 26
  • Matthew 7: 24-27
  • Philippians 4: 6-13
  • “In uncertainty, I have strength because ….”


Tommy Simmons had. a medical report with both good and “not so good” results. Pray with and for him and the family as his treatment program continues. Be thankful for the good the treatment has don and pray for future treatment to reach to the other places that need improvement.

Be with this and all other families who are in times of uncertainty. Reread today’s Scripture.


Many individuals and families are facing difficult times of uncertainty – summer decisions, end of a school year changes, employment, summer camps and VBS choice(s),vacations, etc.


In case you didn’t locate these obituaries….

Angietta T. G. Keen

May 21, 2023

It is with hope in the mercy of our Lord Jesus Christ and the joy of the promise of His eternal Kingdom that we celebrate the passing of Angietta Keen. 

Angietta passed on Sunday, May 21, 2023 at the age of 72. 

Angietta, known by friends as Jet, was preceded in death by her parents, Tony and Frances, brother Nick, and sister Angietta Marie.  She will be missed greatly by her loving and devoted husband of nearly 50 years, Dan, her daughter Kay and son-in-law Matt, and loving grands, Waylon, Laney, and Cohen, in which she served as a dedicated, spiritual, and loving role model.  

Angietta had a long and successful teaching career as a music educator for over 25 years. Angietta was also instrumental in assisting her husband with his band programs and with the music ministries at their churches. 

Jet was very active in Eucharistic Adoration, where she served as Adoration Coordinator, and guided tours of the church and campus.  She was a prayer warrior and true Christian witness of her steadfast faith.  If you knew Jet in any way, you should be assured she was praying for your soul.  

Relatives and friends are invited to attend visitation at St. Helena Catholic Church Hall from 8:30AM until 10:30AM followed by the celebration of a Mass of Christian Burial at the St. Helena Catholic Church at 11:00AM on Wednesday, May 24, 2023. Interment will be in Mulberry Street Cemetery, Amite, LA. 

Jet requested that, in lieu of flowers, those wanting to share condolences please make donations to the Shrine of Our Lady of Hope Catholic Retreat Center, PO Box 130, Osyka, MS 39657 or have Catholic Masses offered in her name.   

Jet’s family would like to extend great thanksgiving for the blessings of friends, family members, and church community by offering prayers, cooking meals, and assisting in numerous ways during this difficult time. 

David Ray Hilbun, Sr.

David Ray Hilbun, Sr.

July 24, 1950 – May 23, 2023

A resident of Kentwood, LA, passed away on Tuesday, May 23, 2023 at his home in Kentwood, LA. He was born July 24, 1950 in Kentwood, LA and was 72 years of age. He was honorably discharged from USMC and a Vietnam Veteran with a National Defense Service Medal, a Meritorious Unit Citation, Vietnam Service Medal with one star and a Rifle Marksman Badge. He is survived by his daughter, Misty Hilbun Brown; daughter-in-law, Brandi McDaniel Hilbun Blades (Roy); grandchildren, Kelsey Denise Hilbun, Shelby Lynn Hilbun Oliver (Bruce), and Harley Danyelle Hilbun; great-grandchildren, Saylor Grace Oliver and Collin Ray Oliver; expecting great-grandchild, Kaden Isaiah Woodard; sister, Barbara Ann Hilbun Graham; nephew, Kenneth Ray Graham. Preceded in death by his wife, Judy Ann Newsom Hilbun; daughter, Tanya Denise Hilbun; son, David Ray Hilbun, Jr.; father, Dave Odie Hilbun; mother, Jessie Maxine Lea Hilbun; brother-in-law, Douglas Graham; nephew, Alan Graham. Visitation at McKneely Funeral Home, Kentwood, from 11:00AM until religious services at 1:00PM on Friday, May 26, 2023. Services conducted by Dr. Danny Smith. Interment Woodland Cemetery, Kentwood, LA. For an online guestbook, visit

In case you didn’t locate Baptist Press or Baptist Message:




May 28 – “Rebellion” – Ezekiel 20

Service begins at 10:30 and is available in person and online (real time or later time).

Have a great end of the week. Plan to so something to remember those being honored today.

Anna Lee


Please continue to pray for Ruby Travis who is still experiencing pain in her arm. She has an appointment this morning.

Pray for the family of David Ray Hilbun, Sr. His obituary is located on McKneely’s web site.

As we move into the Memorial Day weekend, begin now to thank God for the men and women who gave their lives for our country. Let’s commit ourselves to making our country the best it can be in their memory.

Let’s finish out this week doing our Bible study/research on our own. I hope this short period of selecting out own topic/research has been a growing time for each individual. Remember, “No effort = No progress,”

Spend some time looking over Baptist Press today and reading some articles you missed this week.

If you have not already done so, now is the time to check into/sign up for Vacation Bible School ‘23 at FBC, Kentwood. It impacts the lives of many children and adults each summer,

Please don’t forget to contact or visit the homebound this week.

Thank you for allowing me to “come into your home each day”.

Anna Lee


JESUS LOVES US EVEN ON OUR MOST DIFFICULT DAYS. We all have these days. God loves us even when we have those days.

Issac Saltz is a former student. He recently spent several days in the hospital. He thought he had a heart attack, but was thrilled to learn it was a stroke. Pray for those you know who have through difficult medical situations.

Today, David lost his phone. After cleaning out a public garbage can, where he had just placed discarded fast food paper wrappers, and other first thought steps, we realized we should have called our son who lives in another state. Within a short period of time, the phone was located in the car by using technology we did not know existed.

Today, Ruby Travis fell and broke both bones in her arm. Thankfully, she was able to have surgery, the same day. Notice, the bones were broken, but Ruby didn’t have to wait long for the surgery.

God loves to take good care of us. I am so thankful. I’m sure He probably shakes his head at some things we do. I’m thankful He forgives us many times, and thankful we learn from our mistakes. I’m thankful for medical knowledge that some people possess to help us in times of medical need.

God appreciates when we call upon Him. We are smart and blessed when we do so. I hope I can learn to do so more often.

Many college students are finishing classes and beginning their summer jobs. Please say special prayers for them. We have two grandchildren in those situations. Many of you also do.

June will soon be here. There are many June brides, not in our family, but maybe in some of your families. Let’s pray for all of the June brides and grooms.


I hope you are forming a good habit/routine of not only reading, but also of researching in your Bible.

I’ve been continuing my work on a different device. I certainly am not as comfortable as I am on the computer, but I’m still progressing.

Anna Lee


Goof morning. I hope you have something a little special todo todAy. If not, it’s not too late to make some plans.

Did you follow my suggestion yesterday and do a little research on your own? Hopefully, you enjoyed that. Today, I. Hope you will do more of the same, but I will offer three suggestions, You can continue with the same topic, start a new topic, or dig deeper into yourSunday School lesson. Make your choice and get started this morning. Happy research!

Yesterday was my one year anniversary of the fall that broke both of my feet, I’ve learned a lot about being more careful, holding on to someone or something, slowing down, etc. I certainly appreciate all those who have helped me because sometimes I have been overly confident. When I go shopping or looking around, I have learned my best friend is a shopping cart. I also learned to slow down a little more and even to ask for or wait for help periodically. Knowing and trusting God has been a big encouragement. David has taken good care of me this year, saying i5 was payback for me taking care of him when he needed help.

Today,s prayer focus is on others and ourselves. Ask God to open our eyes to needs around us and give us a desire to help someone/others.