Thursday

The Word became flesh and took up residence among us.

We observed His glory, the glory as the One and Only Son from the Father, full of grace and truth.

~John 1:14 HCSB~

 

Please continue to pray for Pam Seller’s friend, Vicki.

 

Steve Sealey is Carol Bennett Sealeys husband.  Many of you will remember Carol from Roseland or OFA.  Steve will be having three or four bypasses today.  Please pray for this procedure to be successful.

 

Michelle LaBarbera Murphy of Amite is having cancer surgery today.  Pray all goes well for her.  Pray for her many family members and friends.

 

Mrs. Fay Shoemaker is home from Ochsner.  Pray for her as she adjusts to being at home.

 

Sunday, we had an opportunity to talk with Phillip Strickland.  He told us about his trip to M.D. Anderson this week and his hopes for a good report.  He’s there now.  Let’s pray for Phillip and his family as he learns more about his health.

 

 

Read the Bible – Jude, Psalm 39, and video on Jude

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The Friday Morning Bible Study will meet tomorrow at 10 A.M. at FBC, Kentwood.  You are welcome to join us.

 

The monthly “Young” Ladies’ Birthday Party will be early this month. We will meet on Tuesday, December 19th at The Cafe at 11 A.M.
The monthly Third Thursday at the Cabin will be next Thursday, one week from tonight.  We meet at 6:30.  Join us for this great night.

 

Lottie Moon Christmas Offering.  We received enough money last week to “light up” on light on our string of Christmas lights.  When all the lights are “lit”, we will have achieved our goal.  Sunday, we will be having our yearly “Missions March for the Lottie Moon Offering for International Missions”.  A full 100% of out gifts given through the offering goes to support missionaries who are serving somewhere in the world. We will march on Sunday.  Gifts can be given any Sunday.  I hope you are enjoying the videos at church on Sunday mornings.

 

Today, I want to leave you with this idea for sharing the Gospel.  I hope some of you will use it with your neighbors or co-workers.  https://www.imb.org/2017/12/11/christmas-hospitality-incarnation/?

https://www.imb.org/2017/12/11/christmas-hospitality-incarnation/?utm_campaign=On%20Mission%20Today&utm_source=hs_email&utm_medium=email&utm_content=59341728&_hsenc=p2ANqtz–X7YWxw8jC88sIUAa6e1LfnD4ZnXMT2T2jxJ7bmnhOXf0vAu6obvptcm635YpklmVfmokw-Lc0uAMLGiZlCdCazSedPw&_hsmi=59341728

 

Share some real CHRISTmas spirit this holiday season.

Anna Lee

Monday

Nations will come to your light,

and kings to the brightness of your radiance.

~Isaiah 60:3 HCSB~

 

There are many with cold, allergies, flu, bronchitis, etcFirst, pray for those you are aware of.  Second, do something to help them out.

 

There have been a number of deaths in our community lately.  Please pray for the families who have lost their loved ones during the holiday season.

 

Sunday, December 17th, FBC, Kentwood will have their annual Lottie Moon Missions March.  Come walk inside the walls of our sanctuary to say you support missions.  It’s also a good time to contribute to the Lottie Moon Offering for International Missions.

“Why the Lottie Moon Christmas Offering is Collected at Christmas” https://www.imb.org/2017/12/06/lottie-moon-christmas-offering-collected-christmas/

 

Read the Bible – I John 1-2, Psalm 36, & video on I-III John

 

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Ladies’ Bible Study – We missed class Friday due to the snow.  We will put Friday at 10 A.M. back on our schedule for this week.

 

Next Week

  • Tuesday (19th) – “Young” Ladies’ Birthday Party celebration at The Cafe at 11 A.M.
  • Thursday (21st) – Third Thursday at the Cabin at 6:30 P.M.

 

I think the snow was pretty, but I’m glad it is melting away now.  Let’s keep praying for those who still do not have electricity!  

Anna Lee

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Thursday

“We know that in all things

God works for good with those who love him,

those whom he has called according to his purpose.” 

~Romans 8:28 TEV~

 

There are many people having tests, waiting for results, dealing with cancer treatments, having surgery, etc.  Please pray for those that you are aware of.

 

Students are facing semester tests in some schools.  Pray for them as they prepare.

 

Rusty Benoit‘s heart surgery went well at Ochsner yesterday.  He’s in ICU now.  Please continue to pray for him, the medical staff, and his family.

 

The Friday Morning Bible Study will continue the study of Ezekiel Friday.

 

Read the Bible – James 4-5 & Psalm 32

 

Week of Prayer for the Lottie Moon Christmas Offering, Day 5 – https://www.imb.org/day-5/

 

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The weather has been both cold and wet.  Be careful to stay healthy and safe.

Anna Lee

 

 

Tuesday

Every good gift and every perfect gift is from above,

and comes down from the Father of lights,

with whom there is no variation or shadow of turning.

~James 1:17 NKJV~

 

Here is a prayer request I’ve been waiting to be able to share.  Rusty Benoit will be having open-heart surgery tomorrow, Wednesday, at Ochsner.  Please pray for Jana, Reece, Jack, and other family members as you pray for Rusty.

 

We know that, unfortunately, the holiday season leads to an increase of  criminal activity.  A friend from Montpelier Baptist Church said someone took the petty cash ($54.00) and all the church’s historical records Sunday night.  Let’s pray the records are found and returned and that people will not choose to steal and commit other crimes but learn about loving God and others.  Montpelier had the solution to the needs of the person(s), but it isn’t petty cash and church historical records.  It’s Jesus!

 

I spent some time assessing the results of the Lottie Moon Tea we had Sunday afternoon.  We had almost 120 people in attendance representing at least 13 churches and almost 1700 stamped Christmas cards turned in which will be delivered to the Tangipahoa Parish Jail this week.  I don’t have a count of the cards for the St. Helena Parish Jail, but some cards will be sent there by the St. Helena Parish churches.  We have a good many Bibles which will be distributed at the jail too, but I don’t have all of them here to count.  We also had many, many people who learned about loving people and doing missions.  Thank you to all who attended and/or supported the tea and projects in any way!

 

 

Read the Bible – Hebrews 11-13 and Psalm 30

 

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Louisiana Baptist Messagehttp://baptistmessage.com

 

No matter what is on your agenda today, I hope you remember that the celebration of the birth of Jesus is the true reason for this annual holiday season.  

Anna Lee

Friday

For my eyes have seen Your salvation,

which You have prepared before the face of all peoples,

a light to bring revelation to the Gentiles,

and the glory of Your people Israel.

 ~Luke 2:30-32 NKJV~

 

 

Rob Anderson, son-in-law of Robert and Ora Lee Wilson, is back in the hospital.  He’s having severe pain.  Let’s pray for his problem to be identified and cleared up quickly.

 

“Miss” Ruby Dillon is home again!  She came home early yesterday afternoon.

 

David’s brother, Jimmy Alford of Holden, sent an update that said the doctors are considering three options.  A decision will be made December 11th.  Jimmy asked for your continued prayers.

 

 

Ladies who need to decorate a table for the tea will meet at the church at 10 A.M. Saturday unless other specific plans have been made.  The tea is Sunday at 2 P.M.  It will be a time you shouldn’t miss, but if you do, there is no second opportunity to attend the annual Lottie Moon Tea for 2017.

 

Sunday is the time to bring your STAMPED Christmas cards that will be given to area prisoners so they can send messages home at Christmas.  The more we get, the more families we can touch this holiday season.

 

Our friend who has religious services at the prison said we have been an awesome source of soft-cover Bibles for her to distribute.  If you have some you are not using, please get them to me.  Thanks!

 

The ladies Bible study group will meet in the Heritage Room this morning.  We will be studying Ezekiel 22 today.

 

 

Read the Bible – Hebrews 3-4 & Psalm 26

 

November, our special month for thankfulness, is being replaced by December, our month for celebration of Christ’s birth.  I cannot think of any better reason to celebrate!

Anna Lee

 

 

Wednesday

Give thanks to the LORD, for he is good;

his love endures forever.

~  I Chronicles 16:34~

 

Please pray for the Dillons.  “Miss” Ruby has been admitted to North Oaks with some dehydration and an infection.  She’s in room 4102. Mr. “Cete” is with her.
I have an update on Kayla J. Evans and her baby girl, Finley.  They are both doing well at this point.

Russell Wiley Crawford

December 09, 1939 – November 27, 2017

A resident of Spring Creek passed away on Monday, November 27, 2017 at Lallie Kemp Regional Medical Center in Independence. He was born December 9, 1939 in New Orleans and was 77 years of age. He was a U. S. Army Veteran and a member of Spring Creek Baptist. He is survived by wife, Marilyn Kelting Crawford; daughter, Becky Crawford; son, Randy Crawford; 2 grandchildren, Chase and Kaysie Crawford; sister, Carol Fairburn, all of Spring Creek. Preceded in death by parents, George and Flora Crawford; sister, Margaret Roberts; 2 brothers-in-law, Fred Roberts and Gerald Fairburn; nephew, Scott Fairburn; father-in-law and mother-in-law, Eugene and Lucille Kelting. Visitation at Spring Creek Baptist Church from 10 a.m. until religious services at 12:00 Noon on Thursday, November 30, 2017. Services conducted by Dr. Danny Smith. In lieu of flowers, donations may be made to Spring Creek Baptist Church Building Fund in memory of Russell. McKneely Funeral Home, Kentwood, in charge of arrangements. For an online guestbook, visit http://www.mckneelys.com.

Read the Bible – Philemon, Psalm 24, and video of Philemon at http://bibleproject.com
Work is progressing on the Two Rivers Associational Annual Lottie Moon Tea.  Let me invite all ladies (3-103 years old) to come to First Baptist Church, Kentwood at 2 P.M.  Sunday. In additional to some tea and other treats, you’ll hear a missionary who has returned to the states and witness the musical talents of the children and youth of our local churches.  The ladies will be decorating their tables Saturday morning.  I know they will be beautiful!  If this is your first holiday event, it will put you in a Christ centered focus for the Christmas season.  If you miss it, there will be no second chance.  I’m looking forward to seeing you Sunday at 2 P.M.  We are thankful to have our children and youth help with serving of food, as well as singing.
The children of FBC, Kentwood will have missions tonight and work in a little last-minute practice time for the tea.  We begin in the sanctuary at 6 P.M.
The ladies will have their regular Bible study, of Ezekiel, Friday morning at 10 A.M.  The prophesy is interesting.  We are comparing those days to the present days and praying for our nation and world to turn back to Jesus.
The “shoeboxes” we packed are getting the Christian literature that will introduce them to Jesus added this week and boxes divided up for their final destinations as well as packaging for overseas shipping.  The boxes might travel by plane, ship, boat, wagon, bus, car, truck. camel, horse, on even be carried in on the backs of people.  All opened boxes will bring joy and an introduction to Jesus!
Sunday, we will begin our Week of Prayer for the Lottie Moon Christmas Offering.  We received slightly more than our goal for the Georgia Barnett Offering for North American missions.  I look forward to exceeding this goal too!  We will again have our Missions March as introduced to us by Dr. Tom Higginbothan, a former IMB missionary who served as interim pastor at FBC, Kentwood a few years ago.
Sunday is the deadline for bringing in STAMPED Christmas cards for the prisoners at the parish jail.  David and I will personally deliver the cards to the jail next week.  No number of cards is too large or too small!  We’ll pray each one impacts a family with the true Christmas message this holiday season.
It’s a great week!  Follow Jesus in the Christmas season this year!  Merry Christmas!
Anna Lee

Tuesday

Enter his gates with thanksgiving and his courts with praise;

give thanks to him and praise his name.

~Psalm 100:4~

I received a letter and a suggestion for our next Bible Reading Plan from Bill and Velta Morris.  Updates on their health were also included.  That’s what I want to share with you this morning.  First, he said birthdays have brought along some wear and tear (They are not the only ones!), but that makes them grateful because God has been faithful and continues to bless them.  Velta will have another scan in January.  After a couple rounds of radiation, her nodes are almost normal in size.  He also stated that one day they will come back and he and Velta will “walk through that door when they do”.  In the meantime her ministry includes things like sitting with folks and delivering meals.  Bill said he and Art team teach a Sunday School class of about 55 each Sunday with Velta serving as their “right arm”!  As you may know, Bill and Velta are as special to me as his parents were to me in my earlier years in Kentwood.  I find myself speaking of them periodically, probably more often than any other couple of their age.

 

Yesterday was Mrs. Grace Chadwick’s 96th birthday!  She is from Roseland and a fixture of our past lives.  As a matter of fact, I have a list of ladies who attended the baby shower before I was born.  “Miss” Grace was there.  I can show you the area of the church where she faithfully sat at Roseland Baptist Church.  Her husband helped my daddy study to be a Mason.  I have lots of memories of them!  Today, when we visit the Greensburg nursing home we “look her up” if she has not already found us!  She always blesses us with numerous “stories” from our shared past.

 

 

 

https://swbts.edu/news/releases/southwestern-seminary-preserves-legacy-lottie-moon/

You can use this like to get the the LIVE BROADCAST at 1 P.M. today.  I will be working at the church at that time to prepare for the Lottie Moon Tea, so I hope someone will record it for us to use in the future,

 

Read the Bible – Titus, Psalm 23, and video on Titus at http://bleproject.com

 

Don’t forget the “Young” Ladies’ Birthday Party this morning at 11 A.M. at The Cafe.

 

What a great time of the year!

Anna Lee