Monday’s WMU Report

I have to tell you God blessed us so much at the WMU meeting this morning. For the first time ever, I chose not to invite a speaker, but to let our ladies show some of their mission projects. Wow! The ladies did a wonderful job bringing in lots of crafts to share and lots of items to give away.

We had a number of first-time ladies today. I wish I had a good count, but I don’t. Trust me, many of those ladies who came for the first time will be back for our next meeting in September.

We sang Christmas carols today. I never would had come up with that idea, but Judy Noonan did. It was wonderful!
We had an opportunity to look around at all the items the ladies are working on for various mission projects. Ladies were taking notes and taking pictures so they can reproduce some of what they saw.

Two ladies who gave testimonies showed up without my knowledge. One was Linda Graves of East Fork. In her testimony she share about spending time in a hospice facility where she was expected to die. Instead, she walked out to live to do more ministry. This included singing for us again. She received a standing ovation.

Another lady shared that she had cancer again. Her ministry is to make quilts for cancer patients with the help of some volunteers and donations that are sometimes given. She offered her beautiful quits to us today to share with others who are dealing with cancer. Ladies from different churches walked out of the meeting today with those wonderful quilts. All the lady asked for was a picture for her to keep. May each quilt bring comfort to a cancer patient. May we repay her with our donations!

We shared information about bowl and spoons for shoeboxes, “witness” rocks to leave anywhere, bandana dresses, t-shirt jump ropes, felt tic-tac-toe boards, and MANY other ideas we are using to minister to others.

Mallory Hatchel, a MK from Prague, gave a family update. Meg Stevens shared a devotional and led us in praying for missionaries who have birthdays today.

Ladies brought many dishes of wonderful food. I heard more than once, how the ladies really did know how to cook.

Back to the main point, I chose not to invite a speaker for today’s meeting. God chose to send us two very special ladies. We all shared our love for God and our desire to help fulfill Matthew 28. May we live our lives studying about, praying for, and doing missions. If we don’t, ….?

 

 

 

This was shared on a Facebook page for Ladies of Two Rivers Baptist Churches.  If you are not a member of this group, but would like to be one, please send me your Facebook name so I can add you.

Monday

Blessed is the one who perseveres under trial because, having stood the test, that person will receive the crown of life that the Lord has promised to those who love him.

~James 1:12~

 

 

Pray for Howard Willians and his family.  Shortly after turning 90, he became very will.  His brothers and their wives are at his bedside.  Pray for peace and comfort.

 

 

Lewiston and Hillsdale have VBS this week.  Pray all goes smoothly and that many boys and girls will have the opportunity to attend this week.  Roseland’s VBS will be the last week of the month.

 

 

 

The WMU “Show and Tell” about mission crafts will be this morning at SCBC.  The meeting begins at 10 and ends with a covered dish meal.

 

 

Read the Bible – Today, reflect on God as “Victor” and catch-up on any readings you missed this week.

 

 

I hope to see many of you this morning.  You will be encouraged to do missions.  That’s a good thing!  

Anna Lee

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Sunday

 This day I call the heavens and the earth as witnesses against you that I have set before you life and death, blessings and curses.

Now choose life, so that you and your children may live

~Deuteronomy 30:19~

Bible Reading Plan
  • Esther 3-4
  • Job 29
  • Galatians 3

 

Please continue to pray for Yvonne Birch as she “does nothing” for a few more days while waiting for by-pass surgery Wednesday in Covington.
Robbie  Lynn C. Kirby sent me this update on her mom, Linda Callihan.  She also posted it.  I’ll share for those who may not have seen it.
Mom has been healing and resting. The hardest part has been finding how to function while taking it slow. Those who know mom can chuckle at this. We have learned that after care is better by comparing week by week and not day by day. We are preparing for the next step of care per MD Anderson and radiation. The prayers, meals, donations, and other support has been amazing. Thank you.

 

 

 

Devon-and-A Shoebox

 

 

 

Reminders

  • Today is the day to announce the WMU “Show and Tell” meeting at Spring Creek Baptist Church tomorrow at 10 A.M.  We will all learn more about how we can be hands-on with our mission activities.  There will be crafts that everyone is capable of doing.  Come find the ones you want to do for missions.  The meeting will be followed by a covered dish lunch.
  • Saturday, we will have another project day for missions from nine to noon.  At the end of the meeting, you will be about to get a “shoebox” and get five items my out “stash”, including some of the items we have crafted on our project days.  You may want to bring some of the following items: medium size rocks to paint, clean, used t-shirts, highlighters, pony beads, hotel soaps, scissors, and pens.
  • The following Tuesday, July 24th, we will have out monthly “Young” Ladies’ Birthday Party at The Cafe.  Ladies being honored this month are Bobbie Magee,Barbara Erwin, Janice Hornsby, Martha  Griffith, Debbie Bales, and Anne Hurst.  Please make a special effort to contact some ladies to remind them of our gathering.
  • The children who meet for missions on Wednesday nights are spending July doing mission projects.  They are enthusiastic about missions and about making things to share.  We meet at 6 P.M.  This Wednesday, they are encouraged to bring rocks which they will paint for a local mission project.

 

 

Have a wonderful day today studying God’s Word and worshipping Him with others.  Sunday School begins at 9:15 and worship at 10:30.

Anna Lee

 

 

Saturday

“Enter through the narrow gate.

For wide is the gate and broad is the road that leads to destruction, and many enter through it.  

But small is the gate and narrow the road that leads to life, and only a few find it.

Matthew 7:13-14

 

 

 

 

Read the Bible

  • Esther 1-2
  • Ps. 86
  • Gal. 2

 

 

Leon Chambers

February 21, 1933 – July 12, 2018

Leon Chambers, a resident of Independence, passed away on Thursday, July 12, 2018. He was born February 21, 1933 in Independence and was 85 years of age. He is survived by his sisters in law, Bertha J. Rockport and Janice Chambers, both of New Orleans;and numerous nieces and nephews. Preceded in death by his wife of 63 years, Joyce Johnson Chambers; mother, Edna Blackwell; father, Horace L. Chambers; brothers, Wilbert, Byron, Holland, and Joseph Chambers; and his sister, Edna Mae Sweeney. Graveside Services will be held at Loranger Community Cemetery, Loranger at 10:30 AM Tuesday, July 17, 2018. Services conducted by Rev. Dale Ziebarth. McKneely Funeral Home, Amite, in charge of arrangements. For an online guestbook, visit http://www.mckneelys.com.

 

Robert Frank Munch, Sr.

September 13, 1947 – July 11, 2018

Robert Frank Munch, Sr., a resident of Amite, passed away on Thursday, July 12, 2018. He was born September 13, 1947 in Algiers and was 70 years of age. He was an electrician most of his life and worked mostly for Rufus Tingle Construction in Mandeville. He is survived by his wife of 53 years, Norma Munch; son, Robert Frank Munch, Jr. and wife Katrina; daughter, Norma Jean Ploof and husband, Dennis; 6 grandchildren, Mindy Schexnaydre and husband, Josh, Matthew Kolb, J.J. Munch and wife, Lauren, Brittany Phares and husband, Wade, Whittney Munch and Laila Munch; 2 great grandchildren, Jaxon Schexnaydre and Hadleigh Munch; and his 2 sisters, Deborah Lee Munch and Deborah Ann Lyons. Preceded in death by his parents, Albert and Virginia Munch; and his brother, Jimmy Drachenberg. For an online guestbook, visit http://www.mckneelys.com.

Connie Travis Jenkins

September 16, 1951 – July 13, 2018

Connie Travis Jenkins, a resident of McComb, passed away on Friday, July 13, 2018 at McComb Nursing and Rehab Center. She was born September 16, 1951 in Clinton, LA and was 66 years of age. She is survived by the love of her life, Jerry Jenkins; 3 children, Ruston Jenkins and wife, Shea, Kipp Jenkins and wife, Stacy, and Johanna White and husband, Patrick, all of McComb; grandchildren, Justin, Jon Avery and Aidan Jenkins, Kade, Kody and Kasy Jenkins, and Britt, Charlie and Isabella White; 2 sisters, Valerie Lane and husband, Bob, and Barbara Carter and husband, Clay; and her brother, Huey “Bubba” Travis and wife, Lori. Preceded in death by her parents, Huey and Polly Travis. Visitation at McKneely Funeral Home, Kentwood, from 12 Noon until religious services at 3 PM Saturday, July 14, 2018. Services conducted by Rev. Rick Kennedy. Interment Pine Ridge Cemetery, Kentwood. For an online guestbook, visit http://www.mckneelys.com.

Reminders
  • WMU – Show and Tell Mission Crafts – Monday at 10 at SCBC – Potluck Lunch
  • Mission Projects Day – Saturday – 9-Noon –  Fellowship Hall
  • “Young” Ladies’ Birthday Party – 24th at 11 A.M. at The Cafe
  • Children on Mission – Wednesdays at 6 P.M.
  • Sunday School – 9:15
  • Worship Services – 10:30 and 6 P.M. on Sundays
  • Prayer Meeting – 6 P.M. on Wednesdays

 

 

New Sunday School Class for College/Career Age – This class meeting is in the house  across the road from the fellowship hall.  They are currently having a different teacher each week.  Then, they will vote on the teacher they want to keep.  That is a new process to me, but it seems to work for them.

 

 

Thanks to those of you who donated T-shirts for jump-ropes.  You will be amazed when you see all the ways we have used them.

Anna Lee

Thursday

…fixing our eyes on Jesus, the pioneer and perfecter of faith.

For the joy set before him he endured the cross, scorning its shame, and sat down at the right hand of the throne of God.

Hebrews 12:2

 

 

Pray for Glenda Harrell as she is having a heart issue and will possibly need a stent.

 

 

Elizabeth Faye Bennett

February 09, 1939 – July 10, 2018

Elizabeth Faye Bennett, a resident of Kentwood, passed away on Tuesday, July 10, 2018 at The Carpenter House in Baton Rouge. She was born February 9, 1939 in New Orleans and was 79 years of age. She was an active member of Pine Ridge United Methodist Church. She was a loving mother and grandmother and enjoyed taking care of her family. She is survived by her two daughters, Karen Sue Corrick and husband, Scott, Pride, and Jennifer Bennett Wolford and husband, John, Powhatan, VA; son, Greg Bennett and wife, Emily, Brookhaven, MS; 8 grandchildren and her great granddaughter. Preceded in death by her husband, Nathan J. Bennett; parents, Daniel and Elizabeth Addison Brabham; son, David Bradley Bennett; and her granddaughter, Kaylee Elizabeth Bennett. Visitation at Pine Ridge United Methodist Church from 9 AM until religious services at 11 AM on Saturday, July 14, 2018. Services conducted by Rev. Michael Townsend. Interment Pine Ridge Cemetery, Kentwood. McKneely Funeral Home, Kentwood, in charge of arrangements. For an online guestbook, visit http://www.mckneelys.com.

Eddie Clayton Welch (1932 – 2018)

Eddie Clayton Welch, 86, of Kentwood, passed away, Tuesday , July 10, 2018 at St. Helena Parish Hospital in Greensburg, LA. He was born January 8, 1932 in Gillsburg, MS. He was the son of Eddie and Olevia Frazier Welch. He was a retired forester beginning his career with Crown Zellerbach. He was a proud U.S. Army veteran of the Korean War. Mr. Eddie enjoyed gardening and working with honey bees. His favorite pastime was riding and sightseeing, riding his golf cart in the woods and was a devoted country music fan. He is preceded in death by his parents; one brother, E.H. Welch of Kentwood; three sisters, Willie Murl Welch, Dorothy Nell Welch Connelly and Joyce Welch who passed away as an infant. He is survived by his wife of 22 years, Wilma Cutrer Smith Welch of Kentwood: his children, Bonnie Welch Sonnier of Pride, Debbie Welch Marionneaux of Lutcher, Edward W. Welch of Denham Springs, Liz Welch Smith and husband, Lonny Smith of Lottie and Wayne Smith and wife, Margaret Smith of Liberty, MS; two brothers and their spouses, James and Murline Welch and Walter and Ella Welch all of Greensburg; numerous grandchildren and great-grandchildren, cousins and nieces and nephews. Visitation is Thursday, July 12, at First Baptist Church in Kentwood from 11AM until services at 2PM with Bro. Darryl Miller officiating. Burial with military honors will follow in Woodland cemetery under the direction of Sharkey Funeral Home in Summit. Pallbearers are Lonny Smith, Rob Cope, Jr. Blake Hamel, Wayne Smith, Wesley Holmes and Brock Hargis. Honorary pallbearer will be Edward Welch. Share condolences at sharkeyfuneralhome.com

 

Read the Bible

  • Neh. 8-10
  • Ps. 85
  • 2 Cor. 13

 

 

The next WMU meeting which will be about missions opportunities and crafting for missions. We will meet on Monday, July 16th, at Spring Creek Baptist Church at 10 A.M.  followed by a covered dish meal.  Bring someone with you. Bring samples of mission crafting you have done or plan to do. The can be for OCC Shoeboxes, mission trips, neighborhood missions, etc. The point is we can all learn from a good show-and-tell for missions. See you on the 16th.

 

 

Whose life will you influence today?

Anna Lee

 

Wednesday

“You have heard that it was said, ‘Love your neighbor and hate your enemy.’

But I tell you, love your enemies and pray for those who persecute you.” 

~Matthew 5:43-44 NIV~

 

 

Our mission team of 35 who were in Haiti made it to New Orleans about 1:30 this morning.  Thank God for watching over them.  The five Hammond people from The Mission Church hope to leave Haiti today.  Pray for them to be able to travel safely too.

 

 

Debbie Bales had a heart test that showed good results.  Not only was she at peace during the testing, but she was able to help calm another lady who was stressed out about having a nuclear stress test.  Debbie says thanks to all who prayed for her.

 

 

Please continue to pray for Bro. Darryl and his family as they deal with sick and aging parents.   I miss seeing his parents at church.

 

 

Yvonne Birch called yesterday to ask me to add her name to the prayer list.  She learned she will have five by-passes next Wednesday, the 18th.  She asks for your prayers.  As you pray for her peace during this time, please also pray for Dr. Breaux and other medical staff who will be working with her at Lakeview Hospital in Covington.

 

 

Read the Bible

  • Neh.6-7
  • Job 27
  • 2 Cor. 12

 

 

Pray for the children from FBC, K as they complete camp and return home.  I think they will get back about 2 P.M.  Pray that lives were changed during this time.

 

 

Despite our VBS always being the first week of June, many other churches are having their VBS now.  Pray young lives are touched by the various VBS opportunities.

 

 

Dates to remember

  • July 16 – WMU at SCBC (Show and tell for crafting for missions)
  • July 21 – Mission Project Day at FBC from 9:00 to noon
  • July 24 – “Young” Ladies’ Birthday Party at The Cafe at 11 A.M.

 

 

The new college & career age Sunday School class is meeting in the house across the street from the FBC fellowship hall at 9:15 each Sunday.

 

 

Today, I will be at the church working on mission projects.  If you wish to join me call me early this morning or come to the church when you can.

 

 

The Children in Action class will meet at 6 P.M. tonight and will work on some fun mission projects to share with others.  Come join the fun as we learn by doing.

 

 

Pray for missionaries around the world as they serve to tell others about Jesus.

 

 

Pray for out Operation Christmas Child shoeboxes.  Once again, yesterday, I had the opportunity to tell a store clerk about OCC.  They just have to ask how I am using all the things I get to purchase.  I, like some of you, cannot let the opportunity pass without sharing about this wonderful ministry.  I get to inform children about Jesus and inform clerks about the OCC ministry at the same time.

Anna Lee

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Tuesday

“I’m a mess.

I’m nothing and have nothing; make something of me.

You [God] can do it; you’ve got what it takes.” 

~Psalm 40:17 The Message~

 

 

Two messages from Haiti this morning telling out local team hopes to return today.  Be praying!

Good morning from Haiti. We will be remaining here in the compound again today. This trip did not go as planned but the Lord has been faithful to bless in so many ways. Our original plans to return home tomorrow evening are still in place. The city is showing some signs of normalcy. Please pray for our flight to leave on time and for the process of leaving the country to be smooth and timely.

My Parents and other family will be trying to travel to the Airport early tomorrow morning… 35 people in 2 ten Passenger vans… it will be a long day for them… please pray for safety as they travel home!!!!!

 

 

Update on Buddy Morris

Two Weeks…

Journal entry by Ellen VandeVuss — 

Two weeks… it has almost been two weeks since we heard the words cancer.  Two weeks is how long it took us to find the doctors that we liked to treat this rare and aggressive cancer.  Two weeks is the time from diagnosis to start of treatment. Two weeks that were filled with countless tests.  It seems like it has been an eternity.  These two weeks had highs and many lows.  We met many wonderful people who showed us kindness, patience, and compassion.  There were others we encountered that didn’t have these qualities, and those were the days with many emotions and tears.  We saw 4 different doctors, 2 of them were not the right doctor for us, and the other two will be a team and work together.  Daddy will be seeing Dr. Carinder at St. Tammany Hospital and Dr. Ramirez with Oschner in New Orleans.  Dr. Carinder is a general oncologist that has practiced oncology for many years, and Dr. Ramirez specializes in Neuroendocrine Tumors.  Today we saw Dr. Ramirez and got the results from all of the many tests.  It is hard to believe that all of these tests in the past two weeks were condensed into one appointment that lasted about an hour.

What we learned today…  We learned that the cancer has spread.  We knew that it was in some lymph nodes, but we learned today there are a few spots on his bones.  This is not uncommon for this type of cancer.  It is very rarely diagnosed and not spread to some extent at the time of diagnosis.  We are thankful that it has NOT spread to other organs.  His liver, lungs, and brain did NOT have any signs of cancer.

The plan… Dr. Carrinder and Dr. Ramirez agreed on the same treatment, which is chemotherapy.  Tomorrow, Daddy will get his port, and Wednesday he will start the first round of chemo.  He will have three days of chemo and three weeks in between rounds.  He will have two rounds and then have another scan to see how he is responding to chemo.  After the two rounds of chemo and another scan he will go back to Dr. Ramirez to determine the next steps of treatment.  During this time he will also have appointments with Dr. Carrinder to monitor the progress.  We are thankful that he will be able to do the chemo in Covington, and we will not have to drive to New Orleans each time.

Prayers and Praises… We are so thankful to have found these doctors.  It was a huge burden lifted once this decision was made, and we felt at complete peace in choosing this team of doctors.  Please pray that Daddy responds to the chemo.  We have been told these tumors respond well to chemo, and he will feel better after the first round.  We are so thankful for everyone that has called, texted, and visited in the last two weeks.  Thank you to everyone that has been there as a listening ear.  It means so much to us.  Most of all thank you for your prayers, we have surely felt them and are very grateful for all of the prayers that have been lifted up on our behalf.

Let us keep running the race marked out for us.   Hebrews 12:1b
Let us approach God’s throne of grace with confidence, so that we may receive mercy and find grace in our time of need.  Hebrews 4:16
When all seemed hopeless… Abraham believed God and continued hoping.  Romans 4:18   

Linda (and Robert) Callihan will be spending a couple of days in Houston to get biopsy results and a treatment plan.  Keep praying for Linda’s health and strong faith.
Please continue to pray for our children and adult helpers who are at camp this week.  I heard yesterday that the children were having a great time.  I trust the adults were too!
Read the Bible
  • Neh. 4-5
  • Job 27
  • 2 Cor. 12

 

 

Prayer Meeting and Children’s Missions tomorrow night at 6 P.M. at FBC, Kentwood.

 

 

I will be working on Operation Christmas Child at church tomorrow.  You can choose your own hours.  If  anyone would like to help, please let me know today.

 

 

I am in need of lots of bars of hotel soaps of a special project I’ve been working on.  If you have some to share with OCC, please let me know.  If you have shampoo and conditioner, I will put it with the items we are sending to the Friendship House in September.  Thanks for helping.  I am also using lots of yarn, so if you have any scrap yarn or purchase some new yarn, please give it to me or leave in the church office.

 

 

Shoeboxes are available so you can pack them yourself.  I have painted the inside on some boxes, so if you are going to pack a box for a young boy, you will have a racetrack ready to go with your hot wheel type cars.  I’m going to be working on painting some boxes for other groups too.  What do you want for your packing?

 

 

Another item I am using now for mission projects is rocks.  I need rocks 2″ x 4″  or slightly smaller or larger and rather flat.  What do you have?  These will not go in the shoeboxes!  Stay tuned and see the latest mission project….

 

 

Thank you for supporting our friends in prayer and for supporting the missions involvement of our church!

Anna Lee