But you are a chosen people, a royal priesthood, a holy nation, God’s special possession, that you may declare the praises of him who called you out of darkness into his wonderful light.

~1 Peter 2:9~


Amber Prine Ragan “We’re In This Together”

Amber and I spent the full day at MD Anderson on Wednesday. This was her 3 week follow-up visit after radiation treatment. She had a pulmonary function test, blood work, and a MRI done before we met with Dr. DeGroot in the afternoon. He said that everything looked good and the treatment plan is going accordingly. He has agreed to let Dr. Olsen in Baton Rouge manage her chemo treatments. However, he still wants her to return back to MDA for routine MRIs and bloodwork during the time she will be on chemo. That will be every six weeks for 8-9 months. We were in hopes that he would release Amber completely, but we are grateful for the positive results. We completely trust Dr. DeGroot’s decision and it comforts us to know that he will be monitoring her scans and blood levels during treatment.
Amber will meet with Dr. Olsen this afternoon at the Neuro Medical Center in Baton Rouge to get the next step in her treatment journey started. The chemo treatment is called PCV. It is a combination of 2 oral medications along with infusions. The chemo regimen will consist of 6 cycles (42 days for each cycle). After each cycle, she will return back to MD Anderson for routine assessments and to meet with Dr. DeGroot.
We were able to view yesterday’s MRI along with a MRI that was done before surgery. It was very visible to see the amount of the tumor that was extracted during surgery. We’ve been looking forward to seeing the comparison in the scans.
Once again, thank you for all your prayers and support. Amber continues to amaze all of us with her strength and positive attitude. She returned back to work the week after radiation ended. She is back to a normal life and is rocking her “punk” hairstyle!

Maddie’s Miracles
Maddie and Nana had a long quiet day. Maddie slept most of the day. They still have no idea what’s going on. Blood pressure has been a little low said she maybe dehydrated. We are so thankful Nana was able to come stay with her so we can work this week. She is one of our greatest blessings. We will just wait and see what tomorrow brings. They will not let her eat because she gets so sick when she does. She’s not hungry anyway so that is also a blessing. Remember blessings are always around no matter your circumstance! God is so very good ALL the time!
Brian Tate starts round three of his treatments at M.D. Anderson today.   Pray all goes well for him as he has these treatments.
Mrs. Bessie Hayden has been moved from OLOL to North Oaks Rehab.   I’m sure she is happy to be closer to Kentwood.  Check on visiting hours before you make a visit with her.

Obituary for Orin Patterson

Orin Patterson –

Orin Patterson, age 19, of 343 Chestnut Ridge Road, passed away on Friday, October 19, 2018.

Born in Greenwood, he was a son of Mike and Beth Council Patterson. Orin was a 2018 graduate of Laurens District 55 High School and was a freshman at Clemson University. He was a member of Chestnut Ridge Baptist Church. Orin was adventurous and an avid outdoorsman, who had many interests including blacksmithing, playing piano, and free-diving.

Surviving in addition to his parents are his three siblings, Hope Patterson, Cade Patterson, and Quin Patterson; paternal grandmother, Jean Patterson; maternal grandparents, Earl and Nadine Council; and a host of loving and supportive extended family members and friends.

Orin was predeceased by his paternal grandfather, John R. Patterson.

A Celebration of Orin’s Life will be held at 4:30 pm on Thursday, October 25, 2018, at Chestnut Ridge Baptist Church conducted by Rev. Alex D. Henderson. The family will host a gathering in the church fellowship hall immediately following the celebration service.

The family respectfully requests privacy in the days leading up to the Celebration and Gathering on Thursday. They would appreciate your prayers in the days ahead.

Condolences may be expressed online at

Pray for our country.  Pray we return to the value system that our forefathers had when our country was established.  I love to hear about “God and Country”.  Too often, we leave God out of everything that is important in our lives as a Christian country.
Read the Bible
  • Jeremiah 37-38
  • Proverbs 4
  • Revelations 15




Operation Christmas Child – I plan to be at FBC, Kentwood at 1:30 this afternoon if anyone wants to help me work with the “shoeboxes” today.  I plan to be there again in the morning at 9:00 to work some more.  I plan to have a good count of shoeboxes for Sunday.  Collection week is November 12 – 19 this year.  I’ll have a sign-up schedule for those who want to help then at church Sunday.



The Youth on Mission class has learned how to tell their first Bible story.  They will not meet this Sunday due to Trunk or Treat, but the following week they will begin work on learning their second Bible story.  It’s never too late to learn to share God’s Word.




Baptist Press – A great daily read!

May your life be blessed today as you serve Him.
Anna Lee


”[God] will not constantly accuse us, nor remain angry forever.

He does not punish us for all our sins; he does not deal harshly with us, as we deserve . . .

The LORD is like a father to his children, tender and compassionate to those who fear him.” 

~Psalm 103:9-10, 13 NLT~



Read the Bible

  • Jeremiah 19-20
  • Psalm 119:105-112
  • Revelations 5



Pray for a good report for Frances Gay today.



Baptist Press –



Baptist Message



Thom S. Rainer –



I missed the WMU meeting at my own church yesterday.  I don’t have any details yet, but I have heard the meeting was a success.  I’m anxious to learn what I missed.  The next WMU meeting will be early in November at Kedron with Amite leading our attention to the World Day of Prayer.  I hope you can attend and pray with women from around the world that day.



My daughter-in-law brought me a hymnal being discarded from her church.  I am anxious to spend some time at the piano with it.  I see songs I haven’t sung in a long time and new songs I want to learn about.  When I opened it just now, it opened to “I’d Rather Have Jesus”, an oldie I have loved for years.

Lyrics –

Story –

Youtube –



Isn’t that the way God works?  He took one man”s plan for this song and used it to change him, even more than the man’s son.  I know God used the song and the man to change many a person for the Lord!  I hope you find time to hear George Beverly Shea sing the song, as only he could.  Focus on how God wants to change you and how God has used the man and the song to change many people throughout the world.

Anna Lee



Each of you should use whatever gift you have received to serve others, as faithful stewards of God’s grace in its various forms.

~1 Peter 4:10~



Operation Christmas Child “Shoeboxes”

Find Your Shoebox Drop-off Location

Kentwood, LA – First Baptist Church, Kentwood

                                                                     310 Avenue E
Kentwood, LA 70444-2518

Mon, Nov. 12: 10:00 AM – 12:00 PM
Tue, Nov. 13: 2:00 PM – 4:00 PM
Wed, Nov. 14: 4:00 PM – 6:00 PM
Thu, Nov. 15: 10:00 AM – 12:00 PM
Fri, Nov. 16: 4:00 PM – 6:00 PM
Sat, Nov. 17: 10:00 AM – 12:00 PM
Sun, Nov. 18: 4:00 PM – 6:00 PM
Mon, Nov. 19: 8:00 AM – 10:00 AM
Remember, if you give me a check made out to Samaritan’s Purse or cash for $9.00 per shoebox, I will pack the shoebox(es) for you.  This offer hold until the end of October.

The Two Rivers Associational WMU will meet Monday, October 15th at FBC, Kentwood. The leadership meeting is at 9:00, followed by the meeting at 10:00 and a covered dish lunch. Ladies from all the churches in the association are invited to participate. The focus of the meeting will be mission opportunities. We all can benefit from fresh ideas. Come and claim a few for your church.




Leshia Newman Rohrer

February 24, 1961 – October 10, 2018

A resident of Franklinton passed away on Wednesday, October 10, 2018 at North Oaks Medical Center in Hammond. She was born February 24, 1961 in McComb, MS and was 57 years of age. She was a devoted Registered Nurse in the Neonatal Intensive Care Unit at Woman’s Hospital in Baton Rouge for 23 years. She was an avid traveler and photography enthusiast. She is survived by her husband, Karl Rohrer; 3 children, Dana Perilloux, Kyle Newman, and Adam Rohrer; 2 grandchildren, Troy and Tyler Perilloux; mother, Lynda Hyde Spears; sister, Sheila Spears; 2 brothers, Trenton A. Spears, and Clint Spears; and numerous nieces and nephews. Preceded in death by her husband of 22 years, Richard “Dickie” Newman; father, Troy A. Spears; and son, Jean-Paul Rohrer. Visitation at Spring Creek Baptist Church, 73072 Hwy. 1054, Kentwood, LA from 6 p.m. until 9 p.m. on Friday and from 11 a.m. until religious services at 12 Noon on Saturday, October 13, 2018. Services conducted by Dr. Danny Smith. Interment Spring Creek Cemetery, Spring Creek. In lieu of flowers, memorial contributions may be made to St. Jude Children’s Research Hospital. McKneely Funeral Home, Kentwood, in charge of arrangements. For an online guestbook, visit


The Two-Rivers Annual Associational Meeting will be Sunday night at Montpelier Baptist Church.  Because of the meeting, there will be no activities at FBC, Kentwood that night.  This will include Youth on Mission.  We hope to be back on schedule next week.

Read the Bible

  • Jeremiah 13-14

  • Psalm 119: 81-88

  • Revelation 3


Mrs. Barbara Watson’s Sunday School class is full interesting and inspiring thought.  Today, I would like to share this simple one with you.






Today, I want to share an old hymn that I remember asking a few questions about.  You too may have had to ask someone to explain “sheaves”!

“Bringing in the Sheaves”


Today is a good day to “Live, Love, & Laugh”!

Anna Lee






”Be kind and compassionate to one another, forgiving each other, just as in Christ God forgave you.” 

~Ephesians 4:32 NIV~

This is one of the first verses I ever learned.  Thank-you to those who worked in VBS back in the 50’s in Roseland.



Pray for Shaun Alford as he has back surgery in Baton Rouge today.



Pray for Mrs. Mimi Sneed as she has out-patient surgery tomorrow at North Oaks.



Pray for Bryan Tate as he receives blood at St, Tammany hospital.



Sunday, I announced I would appreciate help to pack 42 shoeboxes for Operation Christmas Child.  Yesterday, with lots of good help, we packed 79 shoeboxes.  You have all of this month, October, to pay postage of $9.00 per box and for the packing and expense to be taken care of for you.  That gives you 21 more days to allow us to help you pack shoeboxes.  Hand me your cash or check made out to Samaritan’s Purse.  I’ll try to get a good count of completed boxes by Sunday.




Read the Bible 

  1. Jeremiah 7-8
  2. Psalm 119: 57-64
  3. Jude




Baptist Press –



“It is Well with My Soul”

You are not likely to forget the story behind this song!




Don’t wait for someone to bless your life today.  God out with the purpose to bless someone else today!

Anna Lee


















 For the word of God is alive and active. 

Sharper than any double-edged sword, it penetrates even to dividing soul and spirit, joints and marrow; it judges the thoughts and attitudes of the heart.

~Hebrews 4:12  (NIV)~

(This is the Scripture my sister shared with me the day of David’s bone marrow surgery this week.)




Jimmy Tolar has made good improvement while in rehab.  The family is hoping he will be able to come home soon.  Please continue to pray for the Tolar family.



Every report I received about the senior adult revival was good.  I’m sorry we were not able to attend this year.  I hope many of you were able to attend.



The backpacks packed in Youth on Mission have arrived in Appalachia.  The class was able to study the area and the need for help too.  Thanks to those who are there making delivery of items for the people there.  I don’t know who receives the biggest blessing – the ones who donated items, the ones who delivered the items, or the ones who received the items.  I think it was a win, win, win situation!  Let’s all plan to help again next year in some way.



Friday, seventeen OCC shoeboxes were packed.  If you paid to ship two, three, or five boxes, you boxes are ready for shipment.  This week, those who paid shipping on ten or eleven boxes will have their boxes packed.  If you would like to help with the packing, please let me know this morning at church.  I get excited to see all the red and green boxes.  Some of you have recently turned in boxes.  I’ll try to get a new count of completed boxes this week.



Read the Bible

  • Jeremiah 5-6
  • Psalm 119:49-56
  • 3 John




Rock of Ages


God has a blessing for you this Lord’s Day.  Don’t miss it>

Anna Lee






But love your enemies, do good to them, and lend to them without expecting to get anything back.

Then your reward will be great, and you will be children of the Most High, because he is kind to the ungrateful and wicked.

~Luke 6:35~


Read the Bible

  • Isaiah 64
  • Psalm 119:9-16
  • I John 3



Cheryl Wilson got a better than expected.  The family gives credit to God and to all their prayer warriors.




We saw Mr. Fernie Ray and “Miss” Carol Jean Gill yesterday at a doctor’s office.  I thank God for her recovery from an awful wreck!  I also thank God for her faithful and loving caregiver.




The senior adult revival went well according to the reports I heard.  Pray for the revival today as they meet at FBC, Greensburg.



“One Day at a Time”  – Thinking of the many people from our area who are sick and the spiritual sickness that is spreading across our country and world, I think this is appropriate for today.




In the midst of a busy time in my life, God has given me an opportunity to speak at an area church.  I pray I can fulfill that request in a way that honors God.



I think some things we do have to be intensional.  Sometimes, finding a way to be a blessing in one of those.  Let’s focus on others and what God wants us to do today.

Anna Lee







“The Lord isn’t really being slow about his promise to return, as some people think.

No, he is being patient for your sake.

He does not want anyone to perish, so he is giving more time for everyone to repent.” 

~2 Peter 3:9 NLT~



Read the Bible – Reflect on God’s Goodness!



The Youth on Mission packed some backpacks which will be sent to the children in Appalachia this week.  Be thankful for what you have and the opportunity to be helping others.  Thank God for the ones making the trip and the sacrifices they have made to be helping those who live in Appalachia.



Last night at church we had a 5th Sunday singing.  Some of the songs were Andrae Crouch songs.  I was privileged to attend some of his concerts in the 70’s.  One of his songs that was sung last night was “Through it All”.



There are many who need our prayers.  Write your own list and pray.

Anna Lee