Friday

Thankfulness – Day 28:  Today, I’m thankful  for family traditions, so old and some new.  They identify us as a part of our unique family by honoring our ancestors by keeping some of the traditions that were passed down to us and respecting new members of the family by adding some traditions the new members bring with them into our family.  I think that makes each of us unique.  Holidays are extra special days to identify our family’s uniqueness and special place in our hearts.  Today, I want to think about my childhood traditions, new traditions as a wife and later a mother, new traditions with a son-in-law and daughter-in-law, and then more with grandchildren.  I’ve been so blessed and know you have too.  We are all unique, just the way God intended us to be.

 

“We always thank God for all of you                                            and continually mention you in our prayers.                                    We remember before our God and Father                                        your work produced by faith,                                                    your labor prompted by love,                                                            and your endurance                                                                      inspired by hope in our Lord Jesus Christ.                                     ~ 1 Thessalonians 1:2-3~

 

Continue to pray for Alan Ray Blackwell, Nyra Perry Rigby, Wayne Criswell and their families.

Hope Center in Roseland is having a 50% off sale today only!  They will be open from 9:00 – 5:00 and would love to see you today.  Tomorrow, they will be closed, but will be open again Tuesday at 9:00 A.M.  The Hope Center is now providing food to nearly 300 families!  That is such a blessing to those who work there and to those who take boxes of food home.  Hope Center now has freezers which allows them to offer a better variety of food.  If you have not started to volunteer on a regular basis, you are missing such a blessing.  Let me know you are available so I can place you on the schedule.

Ladies of Two Rivers Association, you are invited to attend the Lottie Moon Tea Sunday afternoon at 2:00 in the fellowship hall of FBC, Kentwood.  Ladies includes girls, youth, and adult ladies of all ages.  Help us celebrate missionaries who serve around the world and the great ministry they do in God’s service. You’ll be blessed by skits, music, information about Lottie, and information about the annual Week of Pray for International Missionaries which begins Sunday.  You can also bring postage stamps in multiples of ten so we can provide Christmas cards for inmates of our jails in St. Helena and Tangipahoa parishes.

Since this is a holiday season, pray for all those traveling on the next few days.  Pray for good weather and good judgment for each traveler.

Baptist Pressbpnews. net

Devotional, Scripture, and a Song

  • Our Daily Bread: Amaniodb.org
  • God has not given us a spirit of fear,                                                                      but of power and of love and of a sound mind.                                                                                                                  ~Timothy 1:7~
  • When Peace Like a Riverhttp://www.hymnary.org/text/when_peace_like_a_river_attendeth_my_way

If you know that sweet peace, you are blessed and have much to be thankful for, but if you don’t have that peace, I wish you might find that peace.  It gives added meaning to the Thanksgiving season.

Anna Lee

Sunday

 “The LORD is near to those who have a broken heart,

and saves such as have a contrite spirit.” 

~Psalm 34:18~

(Holidays are extra difficult for some people.  Do something to help ease their pain.)

Bad weather will be in our area this morning.  Make wise decisions.

Tresa Rhodus

Born: August 23, 1964
Died: November 22, 2014

       http://www.mckneelys.com/home/index.cfm/obituaries/view/fh_id/10545/id/2816425

New Zion Baptist Church will hold a Thanksgiving dinner this morning after morning worship.

Tonight, the  Community Thanksgiving Service will take place at the Kentwood Methodist Church.

Today ends the collection process for OCC Shoeboxes.  I’m thankful to hear the numbers in our area are good, but know we could always do better.  Our goal for next year has been set.  We hope to meet, and exceed, that new goal.  I trust our other local churches, schools, and organizations plan to do the same.  Blessings will abound!

Next Sunday, we will have the annual Lottie Moon Tea for our association in combination with Ladies’ Night.  All girls and youth are invited to come with their mother, grandmothers, and great-grandmothers.

Devotional, Scripture, Quotes, and a Song

  • “Outlasting Bitterness” – http://odb
  • If anyone has a complaint against another;                                                     even as Christ forgave you,                                                                                       so you also must do.                                                                                                                                                        ~Colossians 3:13~                                                 Notice that next to last word.  It’s not easy,                                                       but “must” leaves no room for doubt!
  • Hate hurts the hater more than the hated,

            no matter how justified it may seem.                                                                                                      

                                                                ~Our Daily Bread~

            When we forgive someone,    

             we look more like Jesus than at any other moment in our life.                                            

                                                                                                            ~Our Daily Bread~

Thankfulness: Day 23 – Today, I want to thank God for “timeless truths” (the site used above, but mainly the truths we have been taught which were taught to generations of families before us and will continue to be taught for generations of families until the Lord returns.

Hanging on to “timeless truths”!  We can both share them and still keep them!

Anna Lee

Saturday

“Go therefore and make disciples of all the nations…

teaching them to observe all that I commanded you.”

~Matthew 28:19-20a, NASB~

 

Susan Rimes continues to improve.  Let’s hope and pray with her that this surgery will enable her to live a healthier life.

Operation Christmas Child Shoeboxes

David and James took the 222 shoeboxes packed by our church to FBC, Franklinton Friday morning.  They saw, at the one collection site,  over 1,800 boxes that had already been collected and witnessed a very organized collection process.  Thank-you to each one who helped in any way.  Think of all the little children who will have an opportunity to “meet” Jesus because of the shoeboxes.  God bess you for your efforts!

Christmas cards with stamps on the envelopes will be given to the prisoners in the parish jails through the associational Women’s Ministry.

Cards have been donated, but need stamps.  Please place stamps, in multiples of ten in the jar on the table under the stairs to the balcony of FBC, Kentwood.  The deadline for the stamps is November 30th.  Thank-you for helping provide an opportunity for families to be reconnected at Christmas.  Thank-you to those who have already donated stamps.

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Devotional, Scriptures, and a Song

  • “The Warmth of the Sun” –  odb.org
  • “I am weary with my groaning;                                                                               all night I make my bed swim;                                                                               I drench my couch with my tears.                                                                           My eye wastes away because of grief.”                                                                                                                  ~Psalm 6:6-7~                                                                   
    “The Lord has heard my supplication;                                                               the Lord will receive my prayer.”                                                                                                                            ~Psalm 6:9~   
  • “At Calvary”
     https://www.hymnal.net/en/hymn/h/342    
     https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=6vvMPD0iwGk

Thankfulness: Day 22 – Retirement

Today, as I reflect back over the last few years, I can truly say I am thankful to be retired.  It’s not that I sit and rock all day though.  It’s that I have the opportunity to do so many things I could not do while I was working.  I think God that I had a job that allowed me to earn my retirement, health to be able to enjoy retirement, and all the opportunities these years have provided.  God has richly blessed me.

Have a great weekend!  Be a blessing to someone!  

Anna Lee

Friday

“God has listened;

He has paid attention to the sound of my prayer.”

~Psalm 66:19, HCSB~

 

Thankfulness: Day 21 – Third Thursday Gatherings 

David and I love to have others come to our Third Thursday gatherings.  As many as we have had, we almost always have some new people (two last night).  We consider ourselves so blessed to have these meetings and know we are blessed more than anyone else.  As I have said before, the meeting is the highlight of each month for us.  That’s saying a lot!  If you were present you know about “JOY”.  I think it leaves with our guests and lingers in our hearts after our gathering.  We are so blessed!  We are very thankful God has blessed us this way!

Macy Gueldner –   http://www.caringbridge.org/visit/macygueldner/journal/view/id/546eb38d4db921a50f7d231d

Karen Miller’s mom, Mrs. Rigby, was readmitted to the hospital in Tuscaloosa, Alabama yesterday.  Please continue to pray for Mrs. Rigby, her family, and friends.

Friday Morning Bible Study

  • Today – Hannah
  • Next week – no study

Tuesday – Birthday Party at The Cafe  

  • 11:00 A.M.
  • Honors “young” ladies from FBC, Kentwood

Hope Center

  • Three more freezers arrived yesterday.
  • An addition seems to be in our future.
  • Call me to volunteer for the next couple of weeks.

Baptist Press –  bpnews.net

Devotional, Scripture, and a Song

Have a fantastic Friday!

Anna Lee