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Evelyn Deloris Bridges
(August 29, 1932 – December 7, 2017) 

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Evelyn Deloris Rushing Bridges, 85, of Kentwood, passed away Thursday, December 7, 2017 at St. Helena Parish Nursing Home in Greensburg.

Visitation is Monday at First Baptist Church in Kentwood from 9AM until services at 11AM with Bro. Joey Miller officiating. Burial will be in Tangipahoa Cemetery under the direction of Sharkey Funeral Home in Summit.


But when the kindness and love of God our Savior appeared,  he saved us,

not because of righteous things we had done, but because of his mercy.

He saved us through the washing of rebirth and renewal by the Holy Spirit,  whom he poured out on us generously through Jesus Christ our Savior,  

so that, having been justified by his grace, we might become heirs having the hope of eternal life.

~Titus 3:4-7~


Please pray for the families that have had recent deaths.  The days following deaths when the weather is difficult seem to be more stressful.  Pray a little extra for these families.



Read the Bible – I Peter 3-5 and Psalm 34



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Lottie Moon Week of Prayer – Day 7 – “What God Has Done” –



Days seem much longer when we cannot go about our normal activities.  I’m thankful to be able to say I have “normal” days.  I also think of those who live in war zones and for other reasons do not know “normal”.  I’m also thankful for those who worked hard yesterday and continue to work hard to help us all get back to “normal”.  Yesterday, as we were talking about the electrical workers out working, I was reminded of growing up knowing that when the weather made life difficult my neighbor, Johnny Pritchett, who worked for the power company and my daddy, Grant Smith, who worked for the phone company world be called upon to help restore “normal” to the lives of others. 

Let’s show our appreciation to all those who step up and help us in our times of difficulty – electrical workers, telephone workers, police, EMTs, firemen, pastors, truck drivers, store owners and employees, hospital workers, military, etc.  It doesn’t hurt us at all to say “thank-you”, but it certainly encourages others.

Be an encourager!

Anna Lee


Friday – Snow Day!

I’ve been trying to write this since 11:30 last night, but the weather didn’t cooperate.


I think this is a good verse to practice more and more each year:

“The King will reply,

‘Truly I tell you,

whatever you did for one of the least

of these brothers and sisters of mine,

you did for me.’

~Matthew 25:40~


Last night, I was going to tell you we were not going to have Bible study this morning.  I think when you took one look of the white environment we all live in today, you were able to make that decision for yourself.


Lottie Moon Christmas Offering Week of Prayer –



Read the Bible – I Peter 1-2, Psalm 33, and video on I Peter



Be extra careful on this snow day!

Anna Lee




Thursday Second Addition

Bettye Fussell


I also learned that Mrs. Evelyn Bridges passed away this morning.  She has been at the Greensburg Nursing Home for a few months.




Two deaths in one church family in one morning.  Two more sweet Kentwood ladies now in heaven and healed of their health issues.  What a sweet thought!


Ora Lee Wilson will be in charge of food for the services for both families.  Please call her and volunteer to prepare something for each family.

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As hard as it is to post this, I can rejoice knowing Bettye is healed in heaven where there is no sickness or death.  Her friends and family can see her again one day if they choose to follow her to heaven.
Bettye Wicker Schilling Fussell

June 01, 1944 – December 07, 2017


On Thursday, December 7, 2017, our beautiful Bettye was called to meet our glorious Lord and Savior, Jesus Christ. She gave her all during this devastating journey but God knew it was time. Bettye was born on June 1, 1944 and has always been a resident of Kentwood but for 6 years, when her husband, Harold, was in college in Monroe, LA. She is survived by her husband, Harold L. Fussell; son, Ken Fussell  and wife, Cyndie; daughter, Jill Fussell Smith and husband, Chris; five grandchildren, Ryan and Megan Fussell and Colby, Jacey, and Kyler Smith; sister, Fran Schilling Walker and nieces, Ashley and Amber Walker. She was preceded in death by her parents, H. Leonard and Natalie Schilling; granddaughter, Christy Smith and her brother in law, James (Jimbo) Walker. Visitation at McKneely Funeral Home, Kentwood, from 6 PM until 9 PM, Friday, and from 8 AM until religious services at 10 AM Saturday, December 9, 2017. Interment Woodland Cemetery, Kentwood. In lieu of flowers, please consider a donation to a non profit organization called Becki and Bettye’s Victory Bags c/o Misty Welch, 9731 Ravenwood Dr., Baton Rouge, LA 70818. For an online guestbook, visit


“We know that in all things

God works for good with those who love him,

those whom he has called according to his purpose.” 

~Romans 8:28 TEV~


There are many people having tests, waiting for results, dealing with cancer treatments, having surgery, etc.  Please pray for those that you are aware of.


Students are facing semester tests in some schools.  Pray for them as they prepare.


Rusty Benoit‘s heart surgery went well at Ochsner yesterday.  He’s in ICU now.  Please continue to pray for him, the medical staff, and his family.


The Friday Morning Bible Study will continue the study of Ezekiel Friday.


Read the Bible – James 4-5 & Psalm 32


Week of Prayer for the Lottie Moon Christmas Offering, Day 5 –


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The weather has been both cold and wet.  Be careful to stay healthy and safe.

Anna Lee




But as it is written: ‘Eye has not seen, nor ear heard,

nor have entered into the heart of man the things which God has prepared for those who love Him.’

~1 Corinthians 2:9 NKJV~


Richard Navarra

June 06, 1956 – December 04, 2014

Richard Navarra, 58, of Maurepas, passed away on December 4, 2014, as a result of liver cancer. His family and close friends were by his side when he drifted off to be with the Lord. Richard was born on June 6, 1956, to Dominick and Margaret Navarra of Amite. He married the love of his life, Lou Cook, on July 3, 1981. They have one daughter, Brittany; son-in-law, Clay Lauzervich and a beautiful granddaughter, Sidney Lynn Lauzervich; brother, Roger Navarra; niece, Charlotte Phillips; nephew, Dominick Navarra, and other relatives. Richard was a devoted husband, father, brother, and grandfather. He took great pride and joy in his family and had an enormous love for people. He never met a stranger and if he was your friend, he was your friend for life. He enjoyed spending time with his family and friends, fishing, making his famous beef jerky, and hanging out at Hi-Ho in the mornings with a great group of friends before work. He is preceded in death by his parents, Dominick and Margaret Navarra and sister, Ramona Navarra. Visitation will be held at Mater Dolorosa Catholic Church, Independence, from 9 AM until funeral service at 12 Noon on Saturday, December 6, 2014. McKneely Funeral Home, Amite, in charge of arrangements. For an online guestbook, visit


(Richard was one of my former students.)


Senior Adult Holiday Luncheon – FBC, Kentwood at 11 A.M. today


Children in Action (Missions Class) will meet at 6 P.M. to learn more about the life of Lottie Moon, the offering named in her honor, and the Bible story of the birth of Jesus.  All elementary age children are invited to join us.


Lottie Moon Week of Prayer for international missions – Day 4 (Mexico City) –


Read the Bible – James 1-3, Psalm 31, and video on James found at


Surprise! Surprise! – There are now reports for snow at the end of the week.  Be prepared for this weather change!  Help someone else who might not be prepared.

Anna Lee