“I desire therefore that the men pray everywhere,

lifting up holy hands,

without wrath and doubting.”

~1 Timothy 2:8~

Jadon’s Story

Bobby Simpson

Surgery this morning at North Oaks

Say some prayers for him and for Betty.

Associational WMU Meeting

There is an associational WMU meeting at 10:00 this morning at Montpelier Baptist Church. There will be a study of North American Missions for the Annie Armstrong Week of Prayer.  I didn’t learn of the meeting until 9:20 last night.  Go if you can.  Take a covered dish for lunch if you are interested.

Annie Armstrong Easter Offering

To be up-to date, you will need to study day two days today.

Sunday –

Monday -

Daily Devotional – Our Daily Bread – “Instant Gratification”

Hymn of the Day – “Near to the Heart of God”

  • I heard this on television yesterday.  It was beautiful!
  • This was my grandmother’s, Jennie Wilkinson Draughon, favorite hymn.

Watch out for the major temperature change today.  Dress accordingly if you are getting out and about.

Anna Lee


“First of all, then,

I urge that petitions,



and thanksgivings

be made for everyone.”

~1 Timothy 2:1~


Today, we begin the Week of Prayer for North American Missions, commonly called the Annie Armstrong Easter Offering.  Funds given to this cause will help to spread the Good News of Jesus in the United States and Canada.

Daily Devotional – Our Daily Bread – “Jesus’ Love for Us All”

Hymn of the Day – “The Beautiful Garden of Prayer”

Thanking God for this day and the opportunities I will have to share His great message of salvation and hope for a heavenly home for eternity.

Anna Lee


“I pray that your participation in the faith

may become effective through

knowing every good thing that is in us

for the glory of Christ.”

~Philemon 1:6~


Olivia Widas

Olivia is anemic, has strep, and some other issues that will be addressed in order to return her good health.  Pray for her and her parents as they go through this process.

“Young Ladies’ Birthday Party

The gathering yesterday was lovely topped with some delicious food and even greater fellowship.  I’m already looking forward to March  25th!

BCM Lunch at SLU

Thanks to all who prepared food for us to serve to the students and staff at Southeastern today.  May the idea of a free meal bring some new individuals to the building and eventually to the fold!

Daily Devotional – Our Daily Bread – “The Power of Love”

Hymn of the Day – “Our Best”

Take some time to read the words, sing the words, or just hum the melody today.  May this song be an inspiration to you today as it has been for me many times.

May today be a “spiritual day-to-remember” for each of us.

Anna Lee


“Finally, brethren, pray for us,

that the word of the Lord may run swiftly and be glorified,

just as it is with you.”

~2 Thessalonians 3:1~

Mrs. Velma Kliesch 

Mrs. Kliesch passed away last evening.  Pray for the family as they plan and carry out her final services.

Velma Ann Alford Kliesch
(December 10, 1937 – February 23, 2014)

A very loving and devoted daughter, wife, mother and grandmother, she passed away surrounded by her family and friends at St. Helena Parish Hospital at 6 PM on Sunday, February 23, 2014, at the age of 76 years. She was born December 10, 1937, in her grandparents’ home in rural St. Helena Parish. She resided in St. Helena her entire life. She was a housewife most of her adult life and served as a “room mother” during her children’s elementary years. Following in her mother’s footsteps, she was an excellent cook and baker and many neighbors would custom order cakes and pies for special occasions and holidays. She operated the kitchen at first Fairchild Livestock, and later Kentwood Livestock for many, many years. People came every week to get a taste of her cakes, pies, and lunches, especially the chicken & dumplings, Egg Custard pies and Italian Cream Cheese Cakes. She was a devoted daughter to her parents during their lifetime, and was a faithful & devoted caregiver to her parents in their later years. She was also the caregiver to her brother Tommy in his final months. She was an avid LSU fan always pulling for her Tigers. She loved to go to the “junk auction” on Saturday nights. After she became bedridden, she loved to talk on the phone and watch TV, especially LSU sports and the Game Show Network. She took great pride in being a “telephone operator” for the community – you could always count on the fact that if she didn’t know the news, she would soon find out! She is survived by her 3 daughters, Brenda Kleinpeter, Kay Kliesch and Paula Splane ; 2 grandchildren, Scarlett and Colton Splane; brother, Paul and his wife Pat Alford; all of Kentwood; brother-in-law, Lyle Kliesch, Mountainair, NM; and sisters-in-law, Mary Nell Kliesch, Kentwood and Hettie Jean Kliesch, Gillsburg, MS. She is also survived by a niece, Sarah Alford; Durham, NC and 3 nephews, Phillip Alford & wife Penny, Baton Rouge; Phillip Rogers, Kentwood; Bud Alford & wife April, Hammond. She is preceded in death by her husband, Paul Kliesch; her parents, Flavuis and Elva Mae Grice Alford; her brother, William E. “Tommy” Alford; and 2 sons-in-law, Robert L. Kleinpeter and Ogden “Nickie” Splane. Visitation will be Tuesday, February 25th from 5-9 PM at New Zion Baptist Church, Kentwood, and from 8 AM until funeral services at 11 AM on Wednesday, February 26th. Burial will be at New Zion Cemetery. Thanks to home health employees, Zella Nichols and Lisa King, Dr. J. W. Varnado and the staff of St. Helena Parish Hospital for the many years of excellent care they gave to her. Thanks to her many friends that chatted with her on the phone daily or came by to visit. She dearly loved to talk to people! We want to offer special heartfelt thanks to Mrs. Jessie Mae Pounds for the dedicated and loving care, and most of all, the friendship she provided our mother over the past years. She treated our mother with such love and compassion. Our mother has left us with a legacy of love that we will carry with us throughout our lifetime. While we mourn her loss, we praise God that she has been made whole again. “But they that wait upon the Lord shall renew their strength; they shall mount up with wings as eagles; they shall run, and not be weary; and they shall walk, and not faint.” Isaiah 40:31

 Blanche Theresa Schaff 

(October 20, 1933 – February 22, 2014)

A resident of Amite, she died at 12:50 a.m. on Saturday, February 22, 2014 at Kentwood Manor Nursing Home in Kentwood. She was born October 20, 1933 in New Orleans and was 80 years of age. In 1951, she was 2nd runner up in the New Orleans Beauty Pageant. She received 9 awards from Nashville through Cliff Ares with Emerald Records and American Sound. She sang in the Louisiana Hayride, many local churches as well as her restaurant, New Orleans Homestyle Seafood and Home Cooked Meals. She was a member of Cornerstone Church in Amite. She loved to sew, was quite a charmer and was a beloved mother to her children. She is survived by 4 children, Mark Lumetta and wife, Lucia, Amite, Dane Lumetta and wife, Cathy, Covington, Dawn Wood and husband, Pete, Amite, and Kirk Lumetta, Amite; 8 grandchildren; 5 great-grandchildren; sister, Gail Schaff Hoffman, Metairie; brother, George Hoffman, Metairie; and numerous nieces and nephews. Preceded in death by parents, Louis Valentine Schaff and Blanche Snow Schaff; brother, Louis Valentine Schaff, Jr.; and father of her children, John A. Lumetta. Memorial Services will be held at Cornerstone Church of Amite at 1 p.m. on Saturday, March 1, 2014. McKneely Funeral Home, Amite, in charge of arrangements. For an online guestbook, visit

“Young” Ladies’ Birthday Party

We will be celebrating the birthday of ladies born in February.  Please join us at The Cafe at 11:00 A.M. tomorrow.

Meal for BCM Students at SLU

  • Thanks to the various Sunday School classes at FBC, Kentwood who so willingly agreed to help prepare food for Wednesday.
  • If you have a child, grandchild, niece, nephew, or neighbor at SLU, please invite them to go to the BCM at noon Wednesday for a free meal of jambalaya, white beans, salad, roll, tea, and banana pudding.   We’re planning to serve a big group this year.

Daily Devotional – Our Daily Bread – “Empty Fort Strategy”

Inspiring Stories – “Calling all Thanksgiving Heroes”

Hymn of the Day – “The Light of the World is Jesus”

Show God’s love in all you do today.

Anna Lee


“So shall My word be that goes forth from My mouth;

It shall not return to Me void,

But it shall accomplish what I please,

and it shall prosper in the thing for which I sent it.”

~Isaiah 55:11~

Ferrie Gene Blackmon

Please continue to pray for Ferrie Gene as she recovers from her heart surgery

 Ruby Louise Jenkinson Edwards

(August 16, 1939 – February 19, 2014)

A resident of Amite, LA, she died at 9:45 p.m. on Wednesday, February 19, 2014 at North Oaks Medical Center in Hammond, LA. She was born August 16, 1939 and was 74 years of age. Survived by her brother, Donald Jenkinson and his wife, Mary, Tylertown, MS; nephew, Donald Jenkinson and his wife, Kristi, Tylertown, MS; niece, Vonda Granger and her husband, Jules; numerous great-nieces and great-nephews. She was preceded in death by her husband, Bobby E. Edwards; parents, Dewey and Mae Jenkinson; 2 sisters, Bonnie Lopinto and Kathleen Dorthery; brothers, Wallace Jenkinson; special niece, Sondra Oliphant. Visitation at McKneely Funeral Home, Amite, from 10 a.m. until religious services at 2 p.m. on Monday, February 24, 2014. Services will be conducted by Rev. Marlin Arceneaux. Interment Arcola-Roseland Cemetery, Arcola, LA. For an online guestbook, visit

Daily Devotional – “Bolt on Blake”

Inspiring Story – The Old Man and His Wisdom

Hymn of the Day – “Others”

Baptist Press

Friday Morning Bible Study – Bonanza #1

Our clip from the TV program was very good on it’s own this morning.  I think this lesson on transformation has been my favorite of all we have done so far.  Needless to say, our lives were transformed when we placed Jesus in our lives.  We hope to live in such a way that others can see Him in what we say and do.  I look forward to the next eleven Bonanza lessons.  It is never too late to join us.

Looking Ahead – “Young” Ladies BIble Study

Tuesday at 11:00 at The Cafe

Join us in celebrating February Birthdays

Disciple Now

Continue to pray for the youth from several area churches as they are meeting this weekend at FBC, Kentwood for Disciple Now.  Pray the leaders impart the message God has for each of the youth.

Wednesday lunch for the BCM at SLU

If you attend FBC, Kentwood, you will likely find a request to help provide a portion of the meal we will be serving Wednesday.  Thanks, ahead of time, for your cooperation in feeding about 150 students one of the best meals they receive all year.  Know that the BCM is important in the lives of college students.  You will be helping to draw students in to the center.  Who wants a hamburger when they smell jambalaya cooking?

Get out of your little world and do something for someone else!  Both of you will be blessed.

Anna Lee

Friday (might feel like Monday!)

“My flesh and my heart fails;

but God is the strength of my heart,

and my portion forever.”

~ Psalm 73:26 ~


Mrs. Ferrie Gene Blackwell

“Miss” Ferrie Gene’s shoulder surgery was going well according to the last report I had.  Please pray for her as she goes through recovery and rehab in the coming days.

Macy Guelder

More Deaths

Claude Hyde, Jr.
(July 19, 1955 – January 28, 2014)

Lois Dykes
(January 18, 1923 – January 28, 2014)

Andrew J. Sceroler Jr.
October 15, 1934 – January 30, 2014

Daily Devotional – Our Daily Bread – “Buyer’s Remorse”

“Tips for a Beautiful Life”

I could add a few more times about serving and honoring God.  I’m sure you could too.

Hymn of the Day – “Savior, Like a Shepherd Lead Us”

Baptist Press


  • Dick Van Dyke Bible Study
    • 10:00 this morning
    • Taco soup lunch to follow
  • “Young” Ladies Birthday Party
    • Tuesday at 11:00
    • Nyla’s in Osyka
  • Mission project for February – Collecting linens for Restore
  • BCM Lunch
    • Southeaster
    • Last Wednesday of February

I think we can all say we are thankful to have seen the white sleet because it was so beautiful, but also thankful it is disappearing.  Be careful as you walk around and drive.  I know several people who have fallen and one family that is fine following a terrible accident on the black ice.

Anna Lee


“Glory to God in the highest,

and on earth peace,

goodwill toward men.”

~Luke 2:14, NKJV~


Chris Primes

Chris has continued to recover from his recent surgery.  He says he is doing a little better with the pain and looks forward to many more painless days ahead.  Keep him in your prayers.

Weather Improving

We haven’t been on the road in several days, but I certainly am looking forward to getting out to continue my life’s activities.

Bible Study

I’m planning to resume the Dick Van Dyke Bible Study tomorrow morning in the Heritage room at 10:00 A.M.   We will also have out monthly meal.  We’re eating taco soup.  Please pass the word along.

“Young” Ladies’ Birthday Party

The current plans are to make up the missed missed party Tuesday, February 4th at 11:00 A.M. at Nyla’s.  We will celebrate the January birthdays.

Obituaries Completed

Harry Goynes

Visitation will be at First Baptist Church of Arcola from 6 p.m. until 9 p.m. on Thursday and from 9 a.m. until religious services at 11 a.m. on Friday.

Penny Dees McDowell

Visitation will be held at St. Helena Catholic Church Hall from 8 a.m. until 12:30 p.m. on Friday. Mass of Christian Burial will be held at 1 p.m. at St. Helena Catholic Church, Amite, on Friday, January 31, 2014.

Baptist Press

Angola Inmate Health Kits

Thanks to those who participated in this mission project.  If you missed this opportunity, stay alert, there’s always something else to do.  It’s not too late to contribute linens for Restore.  Put your items inside the office entrance or main entrance to FBC, Kentwood.

Daily Devotional – Our Daily Bread – “Precious in God’s Eyes”

Inspirational Thought – “A Father, a Daughter, and a Dog”

Hymn of the Day – “Precious Memories”

It’s 14 degrees this morning.  Be safe.  Stay warm.

Anna Lee