I will give thanks to the LORD because of his righteousness;

I will sing the praises of the name of the LORD Most High.

Psalm 7:17

Angie Nielson’s parents are doing better. Thankfully, many people who get Covid now are recovering. Hopefully, the new vaccine will make Covid-19 less stressful in our world.

Charles “Chuck” Brister

Amite, Louisiana

Sep 26, 1951 – Nov 23, 2020 (Age 69)


A resident of Amite, LA, passed away on Monday, November 23, 2020 at his home surrounded by his loving family. He was born September 26, 1951 in Independence, LA and was 69 years of age. Chuck is the son of the late J. H. and Betty Brister of Roseland. He is a graduate of Amite High School and a member of First Baptist Church in Amite. Chuck started out in business in Nov. 1972 as Chuck’s Glass & Radiator Works in Roseland. In 1975 he moved their business to Amite and started Amite Glass & Radiator Works. In Jan. 1985 they sold Amite Glass Works and took over his dad’s manufacturing business of Go Karts, known as Brister’s Thunder Karts, bringing it to national recognition where he developed Utility Vehicles known as the Chuck Wagon. Chuck has been a board member of First Guaranty Bank and Smitty’s Supply. He served with great honor as the 2008 Oyster King. The real fun of his life was spending time with his wife, children and grandchildren and watching all of their activities. He loved boating, flying, car shows, traveling, and going out with his many friends. He is survived by his wife of 51 years, Mary Ellen Brister; two daughters, Denise Brister Murphy and husband, Patrick and Amanda Brister Bales and husband, David; grandchildren, Kamryn Denise Murphy, Kaylyn Denise Murphy, Lexon Rae Bales and Maison Brister Bales; sister, Gail Brister Helms and husband, Don; and 1 niece, Melissa Tate. Visitation at First Baptist Church of Amite from 9:00AM until religious services at 11:00AM on Wednesday, November 25, 2020. Services conducted by Rev. Trey Waldrop. Interment Arcola-Roseland Cemetery, Arcola, LA. McKneely Funeral Home, Amite, in charge of arrangements. For an online guestbook, visit

Read the Bible in 2020 – November 25

Daniel 1:1-2:23
1 Peter 3:8-4:6
Psalm 119:65-80
Proverbs 28:14

Prayer Focus

Today, let’s focus our prayers on those who are having a difficult day today, during the Thanksgiving season, without a loved one who was here to celebrate Thanksgiving, 2019. We can all name a number of people in this situation. Pray for them.

Thankfulness – Day 25

Today, I’m thankful for all the beautiful fall weather we have been having. God provides it every year about this time. Whether this time of year reminds you of raking leaves, warming fires inside or outside, family gathered together, holiday foods, fireworks, or anything else from your memory, I think we all find time to be thankful. What a great blessing to be able to thank God for all He has done for us!

If you have not already done so, find time to be thankful to God.

Anna Lee


15 For this reason, ever since I heard about your faith in the Lord Jesus and your love for all God’s people, 

16 I have not stopped giving thanks for you, remembering you in my prayers.

Ephesians 1:15-16

Today, we, FBC, Kentwood, completed our eight days of serving as a drop-off location. Here are some statistics you may be interested in.

14 volunteers gave of their time

123.25 hours were worked

8.8 hours – average time of service per volunteer

1601 shoeboxes were packed into 100 cartons and transported to the next location on their journey

200 shoeboxes = average number of shoeboxes per day

14 churches and groups participated in packing shoeboxes

9 individuals/families turned in shoeboxes

10 boxes of filler were shipped to be used as needed in Dallas

Keith Womack learned he has cancer and is waiting for treatment options. Please be in prayer for Keith and his family.

Patsy N. Raborn

June 27, 1939 – November 23, 2020

A resident of Greensburg, LA, passed away on Monday, November 23, 2020 at Ochsner Medical Center in Baton Rouge, LA. She was born June 27, 1939 in Choudrant, LA and was 81 years of age. She is survived by her husband of 63 years, Hollis E. Raborn, Jr.; 3 children, Richard Eugene Raborn and wife, Pam, Cheryl Raborn, and Brian Eric Raborn; 1 grandson, Joseph Raborn Lancaster, Sr. and wife, Trissy; 1 granddaughter, Kristen Raborn; 3 great-grandsons, Joseph Raborn Lancaster, Jr., Benjamin Raborn Smith, and Maddox Rineheart; 1 brother, James Robert “Bobby” Pilgreen. Visitation at Greensburg United Methodist Church from 10:00AM until religious services at 11:00AM on Wednesday, November 25, 2020. Services conducted by Rev. Ken Reed and Rev. Shawn Ostoj. A private graveside service will be held in Greensburg Cemetery, Greensburg, LA. McKneely Funeral Home, Amite, in charge of arrangements. For an online guestbook, visit

Chuck Brister of Amite, formerly of Roseland, passed away. He has been fighting cancer for a couple of years. Mary Ellen, her daughters, and their families will greatly appreciate your prayers.

Thankfulness Day 24

Today, I am thankful for Samaritans Purse for providing us with the opportunity to pack shoeboxes which will impact children in poor countries around the world. Without them, my efforts to tell others about Jesus would be severely limited. Of course, Samaritans Purse is much more than shoeboxes, but they are on my heart as shoeboxes have left our communities and are being transported to their next destination. As excited as I am today, I must admit I have already begun the collection process for 2021. May the shoeboxes help many boys and girls learn about Jesus! Thanks to all of you who supported this worthy project this year. Thank God for all the hands and hearts that are involved in Operation Christmas Child.

Read the Bible in 2020 – November 24

Ezekiel 47:1-48:35
1 Peter 2:11-3:7
Psalm 119:49-64
Proverbs 28:12-13

Today, let’s focus our prayers on the Raborn and Brister families who lost a member of the family today.

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I know some churches that have celebrated the good that has happened in the lives of their members in 2020. God is still at work and is bigger than the problems that arose in 2020! Let’s not forget that.

Anna Lee


2 Let us come before him with thanksgiving and extol him with music and song. 

3 For the LORD is the great God, the great King above all gods.

~Psalm 95:2-3~

Read the Bible in 2020 – November 23

Ezekiel 45:13-46:24
1 Peter 1:13-2:10
Psalm 119:33-48
Proverbs 28:11

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OCC Drop-Off Week

This morning, 8-10, ends the drop-off opportunities at FBC, Kentwood. It has been a wonderful eight days. Tomorrow, I will give you a total number of shoeboxes and cartons. Let me say the week has been a blessing to me. Many children will be blessed because of the love and caring spirit of people in our area.

Thankfulness – Day 23

Today, I am thankful for the many family gatherings I can remember in my life. Some were large, but some were smaller. Some included people from out-of-town, but some were all people from this general area. Some were for my family, some for David’s family, and some included both. Some were held at beautifully decorated tables, but some were in the backyard or at a park. Some involved great planning, but some were rather last minute affairs. Sometimes, there were lots of planned photos, but others were all candid shots. Some were for holidays, but some were for celebrations. There have been many family gathering, but each one is unique. I treasure all these memories and am thankful for them.

Today, Let’s focus our prayers on Holiday travelers, the people who will travel miles and miles to gather with others for Thanksgiving.

It’s good to hear of those who recovered from Covid-19 quickly and those who had few or no symptoms of the virus. They can consider themselves especially blessed in 2020.

Anna Lee


15 All this is for your benefit, so that the grace that is reaching more and more people may cause thanksgiving to overflow to the glory of God. 

16 Therefore we do not lose heart. Though outwardly we are wasting away, yet inwardly we are being renewed day by day.

~2 Corinthians 4:15-16~

Despite Covid-19 in 2020, the “shoebox”drop-off site at FBC, Kentwood is doing well. Thanks to all of you who planned, shopped, packed, prayed over, and delivered shoeboxes. Today, we will receive boxes from 4-6 P.M. Monday, we will be receiving boxes from 8-10 A.M. Then, after placing the boxes in large cartons, we will deliver our final boxes to Hammond, the only stop that will make before going to Dallas, and then shipping out to boys and girls around the world. Thank-you to each one of who who packed shoeboxes. We’ve been blessed to function as a drop-off site again this year.

Read the Bible in 2020 – November 22

Ezekiel 44:1-45:12
1 Peter 1:1-12
Psalm 119:17-32
Proverbs 28:8-10

Worship services at FBC at 10:30 this morning and 6 :00 this afternoon are available in person and online. You are welcome to our services.

Thankfulness – Day 22

Prayers of thanksgiving cannot be complete without thoughts of our beautiful environment. Today, I’m thankful for the everyday beauty and colors God provided for us. It is good to enjoy from windows of our houses or cars, but seems so much clearer when we are outside and enjoying the warmth of the sun or the crispness of our fall breezes. Sunshine is good for our bodies, so get out and enjoy being alive today. We not only have the golden fall colors, but also some pink, red, purple, blue. and white flowers in our yard. Of course, green is always there too. Notice all the creatures busy at work so they can survive the cold temperatures ahead. A fire pit is a real blessing too. If you will purposely consider the beauty of our environment/God’s creation at this time of the year, you will be blessed. I’m especially thankful to be living in a rural setting and not in big city.

Have an extra special day today.

Anna Lee


“And we know that God causes everything to work together for the good of those who love God and are called according to his purpose for them.”

~Romans 8:28 (NLT)~

New Baby

Harper Chole Miller

Daughter of Nikki and Josh Miller

Born Friday afternoon

5 lb. 14 oz.

She has two big brothers.

Please pray for Angie Nielson’s parents in Baton Rouge who are both being treated for Covid and who have had a hard time.

Pray for Marsha Prine of Osyka. She has pneumonia in both lungs and Covid-19. She is hospitalized in Jackson and is very sick. Your prayers will be greatly appreciated.

Pray for Wanda Miller and Bonita Anthony as they stay with their mother, Mrs. Doris Young.

Operation Christmas Child

Drop-off location – FBC, Kentwood

Hours today – 10:00 – Noon

Thankfulness – Day 21

Today, I’m thankful for transportation that is reliable and adequate for my needs. When we begin to talk about a vehicle, I ask for one that runs and that has four doors. David takes over in the decision-making after that.

I appreciate reliability and comfort. Today, let’s focus on the word “RELIABILITY”. Reliability is defined as the probability that a product, system, or service will perform its intended function adequately for a specified period of time, or will operate in a defined environment without failure. (Google definition)

I find it is important in describing people too. Don’t we all appreciate a reliable repairman, bus driver, doctor, mail carrier, teacher, etc.? Let’s take that thought one step farther. Are we reliable? Can others depend on us? I hope so.


Ezekiel 42:1-43:27
James 5:1-20
Psalm 119:1-16
Proverbs 28:6-7

I want to confess I got behind in my readings as the “shoebox” schedule got busy lately. My promise to myself is that I will complete this year’s readings, even if it gets to be 2021.

Have a wonderful day today.

Anna Lee


“Don’t worry about tomorrow,

for tomorrow will bring its own worries.

Today’s trouble is enough for today.”

~Matthew 6:34 (NLT)~

Update on Bryan Tate (written by Rita Tate)

He has had pneumonia four times out of the last 6 months we’ve been home. Just never got better then he’d be in hospital again. Luckily (?) he got it again while in Houston . Not only did they treat it they went after the “ why”. Test, CT’s, broncoscope. They found he has fungal pneumonia. Flushed his lungs and put him on strong antifungal antibiotic by infusion. . He will take this infusio three days a week for a while. Thankfully the infusion can be done here i. LA under the care of Dr Saux. The infusion is causing renial problems so that has to be watched too. This is very hard to get rid of. He was disappointed that he couldn’t get rid of the pic lines but they are needed for these treatments. Now that he’s off the chemo and when he’s through with the infusions he should get back to normal ( Describe normal) 🤣Thanks to all who have prayed, called, visited, fed dogs, mowed yards, etc. We have been blessed. Big thank you to Tate and Miranda for housing us and taking care of us for 2.5 years. Praises! The end is in sight.

Mrs. Doris Young was moved from Greensburg to her home yesterday. Please continue to pray for her and for her family.

Read the Bible in 2020 – November 20

Ezekiel 40:28-41:26
James 4:1-17
Psalm 118:19-29
Proverbs 28:3-5

Operation Christmas Child

Saturday Drop-Off at FBC, Kentwood

2-4 P.M.

OCC Update for our Drop-Off Location

1st Delivery of 71 Cartons of 1143 Shoeboxes made Thursday

Four More Days to Collect Your Filled Shoeboxes

Thankfulness – Day 20

Today, I’m thankful for REST. I cannot believe I just wrote that! I’ve never been one for naps. I was more like the Energizer Bunny. I just kept going and going. I must have aged or something drastic like that. We have worked four days as a drop-off location for OCC Shoeboxes. Mostly, I sit and do paperwork, greet donors, answer questions, etc., but there are other times when the work gets more physical. No, I did not move those heavy cartons of boxes like the men did. Physical work simply isn’t as easy as it was when I was younger. I remember being told that would happen, but didn’t really believe it. Yesterday, after five hours at the church and regular responsibilities at home before that, I was tired when we got home. What did I do? I SAT for several hours, getting up only when necessary. That was my rest. I needed it! Believe it or not, that REST was very helpful. Oh well, I think I have found a new past-time. I will put a basket of OCC crafting by my chair and make my resting time profitable. That way my resting will be extra satisfying!

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Today’s Prayer Focus

Today, let pray for those who move shoeboxes.

From home or churches to automobiles or trailers

From automobiles or trailers to drop-off centers

From drop-off centers to large trailers and trucks

From large trailers and trucks to central collection sites

From central collection sites to 18-wheelers

From 18-wheelers to the inspection sites

From inspection sites to trucks, airplanes, boats, camels, etc.

I think you get the idea! It a long journey. East step is vital!

Thanks for reading and praying today.

Anna Lee


Give thanks in all circumstances;

for this is God’s will for you in Christ Jesus.

~1 Thessalonians 5:18~

Read the Bible in 2020 – November 19

Ezekiel 39:1-40:27
James 2:18-3:18
Psalm 118:1-18
Proverbs 28:2

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Operation Christmas Child

Update – 1003 Shoeboxes turned in at Kentwood, FBC so far.

Today’s hours – 10-12

Monday will be the last day for 2020.

Today – First delivery of cartons of shoeboxes to next location.

Reminder – Please place two extra strong rubber bands on each box.

Louis J. Ruffino Sr.

Louis J. Ruffino, Sr., a native of Amite, LA and a resident of Walker, LA, passed away on November 17, 2020 at the age of 81. He was a veteran who proudly served our country in the Air National Guard. Louis was an engineer at NASA’s Michoud Assembly Facility in New Orleans during the Apollo Flight Program. He had a love for antique cars and dancing every weekend. There are many fond memories spent vacationing as a family to such locations as London, Disney World, and Gatlingburg. Louis will be greatly missed by all. Survived by his beloved wife of 60 years, Josephine “Phyne” Piazza Ruffino; daughter, Toni Lynn Chisholm; son, Louis J. Ruffino, Jr.; sister, Loretta Pace; grandchildren, Parker Ruffino, Kyle Chisholm; and a great-granddaughter, Lexi Ruffino. Also survived by his special uncle who had a great impact on his life, Louis S. Ruffino, Jr. Preceded in death by his parents, John Ruffino and Grace Piazza Ruffino. Relatives and friends of the family are invited to attend the visitation from the chapel of Brandon G. Thompson Funeral Home, 7738 Florida Blvd., Denham Springs, on Friday, November 20, 2020 from 9:30 a.m. until 12:30 p.m. A Mass of Christian Burial will be held at Immaculate Conception Catholic Church, 865 Hatchell Lane, Denham Springs, at 1 p.m. The graveside service will be held at Colonial Cemetery, Independence, LA, at 3 p.m. Flowers will be accepted, but the family would also like to give people the option to make a memorial donation in Louis’ name to The American Heart Association.

Thankfulness – Day 19

Today, I am thankful for HUGS! As a child, I received and gave hugs. That is a faint, very distant memory. As an adult and especially in the more recent years, hugs became a part of who I was. Covid-19 has taken away hugs. It has been much too long since freely giving hugs was possible. I wish to be able to hug again. Hugs say more than “I love you”. They carry many messages such as “Thank-you”, “I’m so sorry”, “It’s good to see you”, and “I’ve missed you”. Hugs are what I must look forward to when this pandemic is over. Brace yourself. I will have to make up for all the lost hugs! With news of potential vaccines this week, I feel there might be a time to more hugs. I can hardly wait!

Anna Lee


I appeal to you therefore, brothers, by the mercies of God, to present your bodies as a living sacrifice, holy and acceptable to God, which is your spiritual worship.Do not be conformed to this world, but be transformed by the renewal of your mind, that by testing you may discern what is the will of God, what is good and acceptable and perfect.

~Romans 12:1-2~

Buddy Morris did well with his procedure yesterday. Pray for him and his family as they wait for the pathology report.

Mrs. Doris Young is still hospitalized at Greensburg. Please pray for her, her family, and those caring for her.

Yvonne Birch called yesterday to say her great-granddaughter, Collins Antoon, is improving. Yvonne was even back to keeping her. Things are looking up in the Birch family. Yvonne said she “gives all the credit and glory to God”.

Drew Aaron James

06/26/2007 – 11/15/2020

Our sweet, lovable Drew Aaron James went to be with his heavenly Father and his earthly mother on Sunday, November 15, 2020. Drew was a very loving 13 year old with a great sense of humor. He loved playing video games and fast cars. He is survived by his guardians and maternal grandparents, Don and Donna Bassett; uncle, Mark Bassett; and cousin, Gracie Bassett. He was also survived by his father, Dale Bassett; paternal grandmother, Pam Jennings; sister, Chelsey James; and brother, Dwyatt James. Drew was preceded in death by his mother, Jana Elaine Bassett; and grandfather, Aaron Armond. Services will be held Tuesday, November 17, at 1 p.m. at Live Oak Baptist Church, Watson, conducted by Rev. Johnny Morgan.

Bro. Don serves as pastor at Hillsdale and previously served in Roseland.

A love offering to help defray funeral expenses can be sent to Seale Funeral home at P.O. Box 40 Denham Springs LA 70727:Drew Aaron James.

Read the Bible in 2020 – November 18

Ezekiel 37:1-38:23
James 1:19-2:17
Psalm 117:1-2
Proverbs 28:1

Operation Christmas Child

Drop-Off Hours at FBC, Kentwood Today

4-6 P.M.

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Today’s Prayer Focus

Today, let’s pray for the homebound in our area. Today is the perfect day to “put feet to your prayers”. That means do more than pray – write a card, prepare some food, make a phone call. etc.

Thankfulness – Day 18

Today, I am thankful for long-time friends. Working at the church this week has reminded me of the friends I have from so many churches and the length of time we have been friends. Long-time friends are special in many ways. You may have memories of going to school with them, working with them, going to church with them, etc. The instant you see them, your memory can draw you back to sweet thoughts of past times. I’m thankful for long-time friends. It would be a much different world if every time we saw a person they were a stranger. Living in a small town setting and in the same general area as you have always lived is a great advantage that has blessed my life. If you are reading this, you are probably one of my long-time friends!

Have a great day, friend!

Anna Lee