Friday

Love the Lord your God with all your heart

and with all your soul

and with all your mind

and with all your strength.’

~Mark 12:30~

 

 

 

Read the Bible

  • Neh. 11-13
  • Job 28
  • Gal. 1

 

 

The Mission Church volunteers in Haiti have been able to successfully leave Haiti.  All those who were in Haiti when the unrest began, are thankful for your prayers.

 

 

Phillip Strickland needs to be added back to our prayer list.

 

 

Jacob Yarborough has now had his second treatment.  Pray for him and his family, please.

 

 

 

Brenda Russell asks for prayers for her daughter, Jana, again.  She has an infection and shingles.

 

 

 

Pray for Amy Tolar.  Her mom, Julia Valentine, passed away.

Julia Ann Valentine

November 12, 1951 – July 10, 2018
Born in Knoxville, TN
Resided in Punta Gorda, FL

 

 

Today is a good day to “Count Your Many Blessings”.

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

 

 

 

 

Monday

Then I heard the voice of the Lord saying, “Whom shall I send? And who will go for us?”

And I said, “Here am I. Send me!”

~Isaiah 6:8~

 

 

Read the Bible – Today, we are to focus on God as our Refuge.  It is also a good day to catch up on any passages we missed this week.

 

 

 

Betty Simpson asked for prayers for Larry and Millie Dunn of Independence.  He has bone cancer.  She has pancreatic cancer.

 

 

Buddy Morris had a number of tests last week.  Today he gets the lab results.  Tomorrow he learns the treatment plan the doctors have developed for him.  Please be in prayer for the family.

 

 

Debbie Bales will be having a nuclear stress test early today.  Pray she is able to release some of her anxiety about the test and that all goes well.

 

 

 

July 2 post from Taylor Creek Baptist Church

Would you please pray for our missions team as they prepare for the mission trip to Haiti? A team of 4 from TCBC, will join a combined total of 30 people from local churches, leaving this Thursday to serve in Haiti for 5 days. We will be assisting in VBS, construction, preaching in local churches, and teaching breakout sessions to local pastors. We will be updating throughout the trip as much as possible. Thank you

Yesterday’s post from Taylor Creek Baptist Church

FROM THE HAITI MISSION TEAM:

Good morning from Haiti. Things are quiet here in Port Au Prince this morning. As a precaution, the team will remain in our missionary compound again today. We are hoping to resume our mission efforts on Monday. All is well and we are in very good hands. Much of our day yesterday was spent relaxing by the pool. The president of Haiti has released the gas hikes and we are hopeful things here will get back to normal.

Today, we have a unique opportunity to worship with other mission teams from around the US. There are just over 100 of us staying here together.

 

 

Rev. Tommy Smith of FBC, Greensburg will soon be moving to Franklinton where he will be the pastor at Hillcrest Baptist Church.  Please pray for the two churches and Bro. Tommy’s family as they leave Greensburg where he has served for 5 1/2 years.

 

 

The children of FBC, Kentwood and five chaperones left yesterday for summer camp.  Pray each one grows in the Lord and that everyone is safe.

 

 

 

Van Earl Ballard, Sr.

August 28, 1924 – July 07, 2018

A resident of the Mount Nebo Community passed away on Saturday, July 7, 2018 at St. Helena Parish Hospital in Greensburg. He was born August 28, 1924 in Amite and was 93 years of age. He was a WWII Veteran of the U. S. Navy and retired 32 years from Louisiana State Penitentiary of Angola. He loved fishing, hunting, and attending football games at Oak Forest Academy and LSU. His greatest pride was his two grandsons. He is survived by his wife of 55 years, Betty Ballard; daughter, Cheryl Ballard Chadwick; son, Michael Ballard and wife, Diane; grandsons, Boddy and Colby Chadwick. Preceded in by his parents, Guy Henry Ballard and Alberta Lawrence Ballard; son, Van Earl Ballard, Jr., brothers and sisters, Angus Ballard, Taylor Ballard, Guy “Pete” Ballard, Jr., Winfred “Toots” Ballard, Elma Rae “Tot” Van Dyke, Glenn Ballard, Jewell Ballard Martin, Troy Ballard, and Shelton “Shell” Ballard. Special thanks to his caregivers, Polly Hodges and Lynn Cernich for their faithful and dedicated care to our father. Visitation at McKneely Funeral Home, Amite, from 9:00AM until religious services at 11:00AM Tuesday, July 10, 2018. Interment Hyde Cemetery, Chesbrough. For an online guestbook, visit http://www.mckneelys.com.

 

What an awesome God we serve!  May we always be able to remember His timing is always perfect.

Anna Lee

 

 

 

Sunday

 Love must be sincere.

Hate what is evil; cling to what is good

~Romans 12:9~

 

Haiti Protests  –  https://www.miamiherald.com/news/nation-world/world/americas/haiti/article214490259.html

Pray for the young soccer players and rescuers as divers begin attempt to remove some of them from the cave where they have been trapped.

 

 

Thomas “Cotton” McCaa

December 17, 1932 – July 04, 2018

http://www.mckneelys.com/obituary/thomas-mccaa?fh_id=10545

 

 

 

One week from tomorrow – Show and tell of mission projects/crafts at Spring Creek Baptist Church at 10 A.M.

 

 

Read the Bible 

  • Neh. 1-3
  • Job 26
  • 2 Cor. 10

 

 

How are you giving this day back to the Lord today?

Anna Lee

Saturday

I tried to publish this earlier this afternoon, but the weather wouldn’t cooperate.  I trust it will go out now.

 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

A mission team from our association is in Haiti.  Here are the latest updates.  Please pray.

July 5th – Our journey begins. 35 members of BASELA and BAGBR and a couple of others headed to Haiti. Will be leading 2 Pastors Conferences, VBS, and some construction. Thanks for your prayers. -Bro. Stan

July 7th – I wanted to give an update on our mission trip to Haiti. There has been an unexpected civil unrest because of gas price increases of about 40 percent overnight. Our team is safe. We are unable to leave the mission compound today. Yesterday our VBS team led 20 children to the Lord. So God is blessing. We held a pastors conference yesterday with over 100 pastors attending. Our construction team made contributions at a local church. To God be the glory. We are safe but ask you for prayers- their is a hurricane threat as well. -Bro. Stan

 

 

Read the Bible

  • Ezra 9-10
  • Ps. 83
  • 2 Cor. 9

 

 

David and I just returned from a short trip to see our granddaughter who has been working for a MS doctor, who was one of my former students.  I’m proud of that former student and of my granddaughter.

 

Tomorrow is the Lord’s Day!

Anna Lee