Then Agrippa said to Paul, “Do you think that in such a short time you can persuade me to be a Christian?”  

Paul replied, “Short time or long—I pray to God that not only you but all who are listening to me today may become what I am, except for these chains.”

~Acts 26:28-29~



Today, I would like to ask for continued prayer for Jimmy Tolar, Theople Hurst, Bessie Hayden, Phillip Strickland, Linda Callihan, Buddy Morris, Buddy Waller, Brian Tate, and Wilma Smith.



This morning Pine Ridge United Methodist Church will serve breakfast at 8:00.  The breakfast gives us an opportunity to contribute to a local family with a need.  The ladies of the church carefully select a family each month.  The breakfast is delicious.  The opportunity to help meet a need is a good ministry in our area.



Tuesday, the “young” ladies of FBC,K will gather to honor our members who have had birthdays during the month.  The ladies being honored at The Cafe Tuesday at 11:00 are Yvonne Birch, Ann Smith, Jan Yarborough, Mary Miller,  Glenda Schilling, and Betty Simpson.  The lunch is dutch treat.  The birthday cake is always delicious.



Mission opportunities for our children and youth

  • Children in Action – Wednesdays at 6 P.M.
  • Youth on Mission – Sundays at 5 P.M.



Mission opportunities for all

  • Georgia Barnett offering for Louisiana ministries
  • Samaritan’s Purse Operation Christmas Child “Shoeboxes”



Read the Bible today.

  • Isaiah 57
  • Psalms 113
  • I Peter 3



Today’s inspirational song – “Because He Lives”




Have a wonderful Lord’s Day.

Anna Lee




Read the Bible today.

  • Isaiah 34
  • Psalm 104
  • Titus 2



  • Today, “Young” Ladies’ Birthday Party at The Cafe at 11:00 for all ladies.
  • Wednesday – Children in Action missions class at 6 P.M.
  • Sundays – Youth on Mission at 6 P.M. for middle and high school students
  • Saturday, September 15 – Project day
  • Monday, September 17 – WMU meeting at Hilldale with guest speaker, Kay Bennett of the Friendship House in New Orleans – We will be taking items for her to use in her ministry.


“I thank my God in all my remembrance of you,

always in every prayer of mine for you all making my prayer with joy, thankful for your partnership in the gospel from the first day until now.”

~Philippians 1:3-5~



Today, I want to focus on thankfulness.

I’ve been noticing a vase I used in 2015.  Each day of the year I wrote something I was thankful for.  The colored papers are stored in a clear vase with a label, “2015”, and a ribbon.  I’m going to wait a while longer before I draw out a paper each day and remind myself of my many reasons to be thankful.

Probably, all of us know “Count Your Blessings”.   We don’t have to wait for a special reason to write your blessings.  It can be done on any day of the year.  November is a good month to be thankful, but any other month is also good.  It’s just a matter of attitude.

I’ve been going over some of the big things I am thankful for as well as many of the small ways I am thankful.  I hope you can find time to do this too.  You can choose to do this at random time periods, or in any organized way you choose.  I believe if you do, you will be singing “Count Your Blessings”.  It works the opposite way too.  If you sing “Count Your Blessings”, you will actually begin to focus on those blessings.

This page gives you the words to the song and some Scripture references to read and meditate on.




Guy Penrod does a good job of singing this great hymn for us.  Have a blessed and thankful day.  Anna Lee



“Let us not become weary in doing good, for at the proper time we will reap a harvest if we do not give up.” 

~Galatians 6:9 NIV~



Buddy Morris completed three days of treatment.  Now, he has three weeks off before his next three days of treatment.  Keep him and his family in your prayers.



Continue to pray for Bryan Tate and his family as they are at MD Anderson.  What a wonderful place!   We are blessed to live as close to it as we do.  Keep praying for Bryan.



Saturday, I met Majel Dean’s sister who has lymphoma.  She has been through a lot during the last two years, but is much better now.  She and her husband both expressed thankfulness and hope.



I enjoy seeing Buddy Waller.  He’s not feeling his best, but lights up with a smile as he comes into church.



Continue to pray for these and others who are fighting a long, hard battle.   Thank God for caregivers.




Read the Bible each day.  I think I got behind one day this past week, so here is the reading for yesterday and today.

  • 26th
    • Isaiah 33
    • Song of Solomon 3:1-5
    • Titus 1
  • 27th
    • Reflect on God as holy.
    • Catch up on any missed readings.



Pray for students as they are in classes this week.  May they Christian influence abound in each school.  Wednesday is See You at the Pole day.  May Christian influence abound and spread in each school this year.



Tomorrow is the “Young” Ladies’ Birthday Party.  Join us at The Cafe tat 11 A,M. to celebrate August birthdays.  If you had an August birthday, please join us.  I know the following ladies had birthdays: Lois Pittman, Fay Raborn, Molly Carter, Frances Gay, Eva Watts Simmons, Carol Jean Conerly, Ferrie Gene Blackmon, and Sue Connelly.

Anna Lee









For no one is cast off by the Lord forever. 

Though he brings grief, he will show compassion, so great is his unfailing love.

~Lamentations 3:31-32~


Today is a new day for all who are sad, weary, and grieving.  Start the day with faith, confidence,  and hope.


Polly Miller Sullivan

March 22, 1938 – August 10, 2018

A resident of Amite passed away on Friday, August 10, 2018 at North Oaks Medical Center in Hammond. She was born March 22, 1938 in Magnolia, MS and was 80 years of age. Polly was a Amite High School graduate of 1957 where she was Homecoming Queen and Miss Amite High. She is survived by daughter, Kay Suzanne Sullivan Bankston; son, Paul Raymond Sullivan, Jr.; grandson, Cameron James Bankston; sisters, Dorothy Maxine Lee, Shirley Kay Young, and Patsy Ann Gray. Preceded in death by, parents, Pete and Bertha Miller; sisters, Betty Sue Boyd, Linda Gay Miller, and Mary Frances Jinks. Graveside Services will be held at Mulberry Street Cemetery in Amite at 10:00AM Monday, August 13, 2018. Services conducted by Mark Gray. McKneely Funeral Home, Amite, in charge of arrangements. For an online guestbook, visit


Coming in one week – Project day!

  • Telling the Story through missions!
  • Come learn something new!  Develop some new skills.
  • Make an item for a “shoebox”
  • Paint a witness rock!



“Young” Ladies’ Birthday Party

  • August 28 at 11 A.M.
  • The Cafe, Kentwood
  • Honors “young” ladies celebrating birthdays this month



Read the Bible

  • Isaiah 20
  • Psalm 97
  • 2 Thessalonians 1



Friday Morning Bible Study

I’m considering changing the time to early afternoon.  How will this work in your schedule?  Please let me know.

Anna Lee



One night the Lord spoke to Paul in a vision: “Do not be afraid; keep on speaking, do not be silent. 

For I am with you, and no one is going to attack and harm you, because I have many people in this city.”

~Acts 18:9-10~



Read the Bible

  • Isaiah 4
  • Psalm 89:27-52
  • Ephesians 4




Please pray for Clay Widas and his family.  He was bitten by a copperhead Sunday night in his backyard.  He is home recovering now.



Howard Williams was not expected to live through the night.  Please keep his family in your prayers.


Amber Prine Ragan

Recovery Update: 7/23/18 – We received some really exciting news today! Amber will be discharged from the hospital tomorrow (Tuesday). We were told at first, once she was discharged that we would have to stay in the Houston area for a day or two. Dr. Lang does not feel like that is necessary anymore. She is really doing great! She continues to amaze the medical staff here with her progress. We were moved from ICU last night into a regular room on the Neuro floor. The noise level is much better here and we have more privacy. Amber has been up walking more today and we plan to take her for a stroll later this afternoon. We wanted to share another Super Star Hero with all of you. Meet Dr. McPherson, this is the anesthesiologist that held Amber’s hand throughout the 10 hours of surgery. We all fell in love with him immediately. His gentle eyes and his soft comforting Australian voice is something that Amber will always remember. He is the one that made it possible for Amber to call us from the operating room. He came by to visit with her this morning. He told her that she was a huge help in the successful outcome of the surgery. We have met so many wonderful people during our stay at MD Anderson. Her discharge will take place sometime after lunch tomorrow. We will have to stop often for Amber to walk around and stretch her legs. Once again, we feel truly blessed to have been placed here under the care of the best medical team in the world!!



There was a set of Gray twins, Bert and Jack, who grew up in Amite.  Jack died a year ago last March.  Bert just passed away in Virginia.  I’ve been told both of them died as a result of falls.  Please pray for the extended Gray family, many of whom still live in this area.



Geraldine Calmes Lanier

April 27, 1937 – July 22, 2018

Geraldine Calmes Lanier, a loving mother, grandmother, aunt, and friend passed away peacefully on Sunday, July 22, 2018 at her home in Amite. She was born April 27, 1937 in Thibodaux, LA and was 81 years of age. She was a retired bookkeeper for Tangipahoa Parish Teachers’ Credit Union. She was a member of St. Helena Catholic Church where she sang in the choir and an active member of the Amite Art Club. She is survived by her children, Bill Lanier, Paul Lanier and wife, Marta Raquel, Steven “Brown” Lanier and wife, Joel, Randy Lanier and wife, Janelle, Marc Lyle Lanier and wife, Donna, Marcheta Lanier, and Joan Rose Lanier Padgett and husband, Clint; brother, James Calmes and her numerous grandchildren, nieces and nephews. Preceded in death by her husband, Mark Wells Lanier; son, K.P. Lanier; parents, Floyd and Ophelia Bouterie Calmes; and her sisters, Mildred C. Martin and Kathleen C. Husser. Visitation at McKneely Funeral Home, Amite, on Thursday from 6 PM until 9 PM and at St. Helena Catholic Church Hall on Friday, July 27, 2018 from 9 AM until 11:30 AM with Funeral Mass at St. Helena Catholic Church at 12 Noon. Services conducted by Fr. Mark Beard. Interment Shiloh Church of Christ Cemetery, 20145 E. Bell Rd., Amite. For an online guestbook, visit


Today at 11 – “Young” Ladies’ Birthday Party at The Cafe   Please feel free to join us.



Livia-and-A Necklace (Operation Christmas Child)

It is less than four months until the shoeboxes are collected and begin their trip to boys and girls this year!

       What a joy it is to pack and ship shoeboxes each month!


Two church staff changes in our area

  1. Jacob Williams, a former youth minister at Osyka, was voted in to return as pastor at Osyka.
  2. Brock Birch, the youth minister at East Fork will be moving to Silver Springs to serve as pastor.


Be thankful the weather is going to be slightly cooler today.  Rain will probably not be here until next week.  Help others who may have a problem with staying cool and hydrated.

Anna Lee








The LORD is my light and my salvation— whom shall I fear?

The LORD is the stronghold of my life— of whom shall I be afraid?

~Psalm 27:1~



What a blessing to see Jeb and Katie Brabham have their two boys dedicated to the Lord yesterday.  What precious boys!  Such a sweet family!



Please pray for Bro. Darryl Miller’s family.  His parents are not in good health.



Continue to pray for those in our community who are battling serious health issues.



Pray for those who have to be outside for extended time periods during this hot weather.  Everyone be careful.  Take care of the older and younger folks who are out in the heat.



Read the Bible Today

  • Catch up on any readings you missed last week.
  • Reflect on God as High Priest



“Young” Ladies’ Birthday Party 

  • Honoring ladies with July birthdays
  • Tuesday at The Cafe at 11 A.M.



Children in Action

  • Wednesday nights at 6 P.M. in Children’s Department
  • Working on Operation Christmas Child projects this month
  • Children K-5th grade (boys and girls)
  • Children had a good time working at the mission project day Saturday.



Yesterday morning, David and I enjoyed breakfast at Pine Ridge United Methodist Church.  They do this every month as a benefit for someone with a special need.  Yesterday, our donations went to Lalou Schwebel Voight who has breast cancer.  Good job, Pine Ridge ladies!  Lalou, we wish you improved health.  You are in our prayers.


People are kind and thoughtful in many ways.  Travis Day has planted a large area of sunflowers and is allowing others to enjoy them, “Drive Thru and Pick a Few!”  His sunflower patch is on highway 440, about 4.5 miles west of the interstate at Tangipahoa.  Make some memories and some pictures!

Anna Lee





Keep your lives free from the love of money and be content with what you have, because God has said, “Never will I leave you; never will I forsake you.” 

So we say with confidence, “The Lord is my helper; I will not be afraid. What can mere mortals do to me?”

Hebrews 13:5-6




Amber Prine Ragan

Recovery Update: 7/21/18 (12:00 PM) Dr. Lang came by to discuss the results of the MRI. There is a very small layer of the tumor remaining in the insula area under the cerebral cortex. This was the area that he was concerned about because of causing damage to the blood vessels that could have caused paralysis. The next step is the plan of treatment to attack this area. It will be a 6 week combination of chemotherapy plus radiation. We will meet with an oncologist when we return for the post-op visit on August 8th. At that time we will know more about the plan of attack! We will continue to post recovery updates.
We wanted to share a picture with everyone of our perfect patient and her Super Star Hero, Dr. Lang.

“What you do today can improve all your tomorrows.” – Ralph Marston



Clovis W. Sanders

June 22, 1936 – July 20, 2018

A resident of Greensburg, LA passed away on Friday, July 20, 2018 at his home. He was born June 22, 1936 in Liverpool, LA and was 82 years of age. He is survived by his wife, Doris Griffin Sanders; daughter, Rita Allen and husband, Charles E.; 2 sons, Robert “Bob” Sanders and wife, Alice, and Patrick “Pat” Sanders and wife, Jeana; 4 grandchildren, Stephanie Floyd and husband, John, Chauntel Snoddy and husband, Nathan, Tazi McClung and husband, Stan, Travis Welch and wife, Molly, and Bryan Allen and wife, Melissa; 14 great-grandchildren; numerous nieces and nephews. Preceded in death by parents, Clyde and Fanny Sanders; former spouse, Margaret P. Sanders; son, Clovis W. Sanders, Jr.; brothers, Lawrence Sanders and James D. Sanders; sister, Ouida S. Wall. He was a member of Red Bluff Baptist Church, American Legion, North Helena Volunteer Fire Department, Lookout Rough Riders, Liverpool Enduro Motorcycle Club and a founding member of the Liverpool Riding Club. Visitation at Red Bluff Baptist Church, Greensburg, from 10 a.m. until religious services at 2 p.m. on Monday, July 23, 2018. Services conducted by Rev. Joe Day and Rev. Raymond Taylor. Interment Red Bluff Cemetery, Greensburg. McKneely Funeral Home, Kentwood, in charge of arrangements. For an online guestbook, visit




Yesterday completed a wonderful missions week.

  • Monday, we had our “show and tell” craft day for missions at Spring Creek.  We were blessed by some ladies I didn’t expect, but who shared testimonies that brought tears to many eyes.
  • Yesterday, many items were made to be used is mission projects.  I’m so thankful to those, young and older, who came to do their part.  Amazingly, two senior adult ladies took some items home to complete later.  That shows what a blessing their self-imposed “homework” was to their lives. What an example they set!



Tuesday, we will celebrate church ladies with birthdays in July.  We meet at The Cafe at 11 A.M.  Ladies being honored this month are Bobbie Magee, Barbara Erwin, Janice Hornsby, Martha  Griffith, Debbie Bales, and Anne Hurst.



Read the Bible today.

  • Isaiah 3
  • Job 32
  • Ephesians 3



I hope you have a great day of Bible study and worship today.

Anna Lee