[Imitating Christ’s Humility]

Therefore if you have any encouragement from being united with Christ, if any comfort from his love, if any common sharing in the Spirit, if any tenderness and compassion, then make my joy complete by being like-minded, having the same love, being one in spirit and of one mind.

~Philippians 2:1-2 (NIV)~




Maddie’s Miracles – about 2 P.M. Friday

Maddie is finally finished and on her way home. She is relieved to have that over and finished. The spot was small so that is good. They are sending it off and we should know something next week. Thank you for the prayers!!! We will post as soon as we get results.




Yesterday, there were serious traffic issues on major roads in our area.  Pray for those involved and the families of those who lost their lives.  Pray for drivers and passengers to be careful and considerate as they travel.




Scripture Writing – September 14 – Philippians 2: 1-4








Make each day count.

Anna Lee


“Whoever is faithful in small matters will be faithful in large ones; whoever is dishonest in small matters will be dishonest in large ones.” 

~Luke 16:10 GNT~



Please keep these three in your prayers.

  • Maddie’s Miracles (written yesterday)

Maddie will have a fine needle biopsy in the morning on a lymph node in her neck that has been there for a while. Doctor was waiting to see if it would go back to normal size and it hasn’t so they are going to check it out. She has the best doctors who truly care about catching any and everything that goes on with her. Prayers are appreciated and we know that God has her in the palm of HIs hand. God is good ALL the time. We should have results next week. Thank you prayer warriors!




  • Ben Smith (written yesterday)

I have been discharged from the hospital. Dropped my prescriptions off at the pharmacy. Tomorrow morning we will be headed home. Thanks everyone for the prayers and nice words of encouragement. Thanks to my wife Nikki Smith, my mother in law Patsy Lea and my mom Elaine Hue Smith for making the 20hr drive to be with me during my surgery. It meant the world to me. I can’t forget all the great friends that are up hear with me for helping out and checking on me.




  • Carol Bennett Sealey has improved, but still has more improvement ahead.




Scripture Writing – September 13 – I Peter 1:3-9




Baptist Press –





  • Fall Food Round-Up
  • WMU at Hillsdale at 10 A.M.




Contact me through this site if you wish to add something to TPL.

Thanks, Anna Lee







As you pray for those listed today, I encourage you to add the names of others who are not listed here.

Anna Lee






Whatever you do, work at it with all your heart, as working for the Lord, not for human masters,

~Colossians 3:23~



Scripture Writing – September 12 – Nehemiah 8:10



Ben Smith is still hospitalized in New Jersey, but should be able to leave the hospital soon.  His parents are still by his side.  The doctor said his gall bladder was really bad.  Thankfully, he got medical care when he did.  Pray for other family members too.




We will NOT be painting shoeboxes Saturday because of the services for Mr. Gaylon.  That project will be rescheduled.





  • Fall Food Round-Up for LA Baptist Children’s Home at Hillsdale
  • WMU Associational Meeting with emphasis on Georgia Barnette




Reach out and “touch” someone today.

Anna Lee





Wednesday – Another Obituary

Gaylon Earl Cutrer

October 11, 1938 – September 11, 2019

Mr. Gaylon Earl Cutrer, 80, of Kentwood, MS, passed from this life on Wednesday, September 11, 2019, at his residence.  He was born on October 11, 1938, in Kentwood, LA, to Marshall T. and Ruth McGregor Cutrer. He was a member of First Baptist Church of Kentwood; served his country in the US Army; worked for many years as the owner of Cutrer’s Slaughter House; was a school bus driver for Tangipahoa Parish School System for 25 years; and enjoyed hunting, fishing, archery and primitive survival skills, finding arrow heads, and spending time with his family. He was a loving son, husband, father, grandfather, great-grandfather, and friend.

Preceding him in death were his parents; brothers, Grady Cutrer (Sr.), Percy Cutrer, Amos Cutrer, Douglas Cutrer and Frank Cutrer; and infant brother, Raymond L. Cutrer.

Survivors are his wife of 57 years, Ruth Myers Cutrer; sons, Ernest Earl “Joe” Cutrer (Lisa), Raymond Reid Cutrer (Brandy), and Kevin Kyle Cutrer (Cris); daughter, Sareptha Ellen “Cissy” Cutrer; grandchildren, Shane Joseph Cutrer (Shelby), Rafe Galen Cutrer, Remi Kathryne Cutrer, Reese Nicole Cutrer, Kevin Patrick Pinell, Lindsay Nicole Pinell, and Christopher Andrew Pinell; great-grandchildren, Kevon Pinell and Kaleb Pinell; nephews, Donald Ray Cutrer, Grady Cutrer, Jr. (Cheri), and Marshall Cutrer (Georgette); niece, Debbie Cutrer (Ricky); and a host of great-nieces, great-nephews, family and friends.

Visitation will be on Saturday, September 14, 2019, at First Baptist Church of Kentwood in Kentwood, LA, from 9:00 AM until the time of service at 11:30 AM with burial to follow in the Spring Creek Cemetery. Rev. Darryl Miller and Rev. Bill Boulton will be officiating the services with Catchings-Sharkey Funeral Home in charge of the arrangements.

Pallbearers are Grady Cutrer Jr., Marshall Cutrer, Shane Cutrer, Christopher Pinell, Russ Tolar, and Tom Tolar. Honorary pallbearer is Rafe Galen Cutrer.

The family would like to extend a special thank you to the staff of St. Tammany Parish Hospice.

In lieu of flowers, memorials in Mr. Cutrer’s name may be made to FBC of Kentwood Building Fund or the charity of your choice.

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Note: Because of the services for Mr. Gaylon Saturday, we will NOT be painting Operation Christmas Child shoeboxes in the fellowship hall of FBC Saturday.  We will reschedule.

Wednesday Addition

Obituary for Don Dickinson’s mom:

Lorraine Smylie Jones, born July 31, 1934, to Ernest and Alma Smylie gained her Angel wings on September 10, 2019. Lorraine lived life to the fullest and was always cheerful. Her sense of humor was one of her greatest assets.
She married Lamont Dickinson and they traveled across the United States and also lived in Tripoli, Africa while he was in the Air Force. Being a beautiful woman that could turn heads wherever she went, she was never afraid of an adventure.
Lorraine was well known by all that frequented the Monmouth Drive Inn in Natchez, MS. She worked at the Monmouth as a carhop, then worked the window until it closed.
She later married Lyman Jones of Liberty, MS and together they built a camp on Lake Mary where they fished and had daily parties. She was famous for her hushpuppies, fried catfish and coleslaw. Lorraine was an excellent cook and was always asked to make “the dressing” on holidays. She was blessed with talent and could sew, crochet, paint, and always loved doing things with her hands. She loved all animals but especially loved dogs.
After enduring too many Lake Mary floods, they sold the camp and built a new home outside of Liberty where she remained.
After Lyman passed away, she opened a successful thrift store in Liberty, MS where she sold antiques, old tools, glassware, and the like. She never liked to be idle and was always busy until her age began to slow her down. She spent the final 10 months of her life at the Liberty Community Living Center and it was clear that her personality still won hearts.
Lorraine is survived by son, Donald Lamont Dickinson and wife Judy Newman Dickinson of Easleyville, LA; daughter, Deborah Gail Dickinson of Natchez, MS; son, Martin August Nickolauson of Oakdale, CA; three grandchildren, Stephanie Arnold; Anthony Dickinson; David Dickinson and two great-grandchildren. She is preceded in death by her parents; one sister, Ruby Smylie; and two brothers, Emerson Smylie and Scott Smylie.


We remember before our God and Father your work produced by faith, your labor prompted by love, and your endurance inspired by hope in our Lord Jesus Christ.

~1 Thessalonians 1:3~




From Judy Dickinson:

Please add Don , his sister Deborah, and brother Martin to the prayer request. Their Mother passed away this morning. No obituary yet but visitation is at Brown Funeral Home in Liberty, Mississippi from 6-8 pm Wednesday 9/11 and Thursday from 9-10 with services at 10 am at the funeral home chapel.

The obituary is not posted this morning.  I’ll post it when it becomes available.




Scripture Writing – September 11 – Jude 1:20-25




Fall Food Round-Up – If you have not yet contributed to the food drive for the LA Baptist Children’s Home, please do so before it is too late.  The truck will be at our church early Monday morning.




Mission Opportunities – Meet at the church Saturday morning at 9:00 to paint inside a shoe box so children will smile every time they open the box.  Boxes, paint, and other supplies will be provided.  Just give of your time!  Items for the shoe boxes are being counted and organized by groups.  Let’s all look forward to filling the boxes at the end of next month.  You’ll have an opportunity to help paint, fold boxes, fill boxes, etc. until the end of next month.  I hope you will  contribute of your time.  We will also be collecting money for the shipping of the boxes.  That’s only $9.00, which is a bargain!  I know because I have shipped many boxes overseas.  I was never able to mail any package for only $9.00!  You can give your contribution to the church by marking it “OCC Postage”.  Thanks so much.

Anna Lee






“That is why we never give up.

Though our bodies are dying, our spirits are being renewed every day.

For our present troubles are quite small and won’t last very long.

Yet they produce for us a glory that vastly outweighs them and will last forever!

So we don’t look at the troubles we can see now; rather, we fix our gaze on things that cannot be seen.

For the things we see now will soon be gone, but the things we cannot see will last forever.” 

~2 Corinthians 4:16-18 NLT~




Please pray for Pete Hughes of Roseland.  He will be having open heart surgery tomorrow to repair five blockages in his heart.




Buddy Waller was hospitalized because of heart blockages, but thankfully was found that they were not bad enough to require surgery.  (Thanks, James, for sharing this.).  Keep Buddy in your prayers as he continues his daily routine.




Ben Smith of Greensburg is hospitalized in New Jersey because of gall bladder surgery.  He had a lot of infection and inflammation which cause the surgery to be done “the old way”.




Jewell R. Eaves

June 27, 1937 – September 09, 2019

On September 9, 2019 at 2:30 AM, Jewell Randolph Eaves was welcomed into the kingdom of Heaven. His wife and daughters were able to be in this peaceful moment knowing when he breathed his last breath, he was in Jesus’ arms. Known to others as JR, Sonny, dad, and grandpa, he was a great Christian man who was loved by many. JR was born 82 years ago on June 27th, 1937 in Texas. He served our country as a US Army 82 Airborne Paratrooper. He has worn many hats through his years, but his favorite ones were being a husband, father, granddad, and great grandpa. He wore those proudly. JR truly loved life and lived it to the fullest through the simple pleasures of fishing, hunting, farming, chicken raising, and watching over his friends and family. He is preceded in death by his parents Jewell Johnny and Nettie Mae Eaves and his brother Jerry and sister in law Pat Eaves. He is survived by his loving wife of 54 years Nadalee McNab Eaves, his sister Yvonne Woods, and his brothers Robert (Nancy) Eaves and Arthur (Sally) Beasley. He leaves a rich legacy starting with his children, his son Randy Eaves, and daughters Jennifer (Timmy) Thornton, Jolie (Scott) Gulledge, Joni (Garrett) Matherne, and Jamie Dehnel. He also leaves behind to carry on his humor, wisdom, and dreams- his 13 grand children- Nicole, Patrick, Travis, Jeremy, Justin, Allyssa, Jessica, Matthew, Katlyn, Ashton, Jacob, Natalee, and Aubrey and his 5 (and counting) great grandchildren. Family, friends, and others whose lives JR touched are invited to join us as we celebrate his life at Montpelier Baptist Church (2241 St. Helena Avenue. Montpelier, La 70422) on September 12th begining at 10 am. Services to follow at 12 PM and will be led by Bro Rusty Durand. The burial to follow in Montpelier Cemetery where he will be carried to his final resting place by his grandsons- Patrick Dehnel, Travis Thornton, Jeremy Dehnel, Justin Dehnel, Matthew Matherne, and Jacob Matherne. Even though we lay to rest the earthly body, we know JR is celebrating his joyous entrance into the Kingdom of Heaven to see friends and family. McKneely Funeral Home, Kentwood, in charge of arrangements. For an online guestbook, visit




Connie Lee Madden Raborn

July 16, 1952 – September 08, 2019

Connie Lee Madden Raborn of Kentwood, Louisiana passed away September 8, 2019, surrounded by her family. Connie was born at Elmendorf Air Force Base, Alaska on July 16, 1952, was a 1970 graduate of Fort Zumwalt High School, O’Fallon, Missouri, and a life-long Girl Scout. Connie married the love of her life, Sam Raborn, U.S. Air Force, Retired, on April 26, 1975, in Tucson, Arizona. She spent the next 20 years serving her country as a military wife, raising her three daughters, traveling the world, and participating in Girl Scouts. After retirement, they settled in Louisiana where Connie spent her time taking care of her cows, chickens, horses, and grandkids. There was nothing she loved more than spending time with her family. Connie was an active member of First Baptist Church of Arcola, where she enjoyed her ladies’ meeting and helping with Vacation Bible School. Connie was loved by everyone who knew her. She never met a stranger, and she spent her life caring for others, especially her beloved husband. She loved researching her family history, often traveling the world to follow in their footsteps. She was a friend and “mom” to everyone she met. Connie is preceded in death by her mother, Rose Lee Oetting Madden; her father, William Lee Madden, Sr.; her mother-in-law, Margaret Jones Raborn; and her father-in-law, Loid Noel Raborn. Left to cherish her memory is her devoted husband, Samuel Merwin Raborn; her daughters Margaret Elizabeth Raborn Andrews (Eric); Angela Darlene Raborn Stone (Rob); and Renee Sandra Raborn Molland (Quincy); her grandchildren, Dusty, Dakota, Ethan, Erica, Luke, Ella Rose, Samantha, Addison, Colleen, and Parker; her sisters, Dawn Carrigg and Susan Cleveland; her brothers, William Madden, Jr., and Shawn Madden; numerous nieces and nephews; her life-long best friend, Sandy Stefanski; and many, many more friends and family. The family will receive friends at First Baptist Church of Arcola on Thursday, September 12, 2019 from 6:00PM until 8:00PM and on Friday, September 13, 2019 from 10:00AM until the funeral service at 12:00 Noon. Interment will take place in Osyka Cemetery, Osyka, MS. In lieu of flowers, memorial contributions may be made to Metavivor, Metastatic Breast Cancer Research, Support, and Awareness Organization or the Girl Scouts of the USA. McKneely Funeral Home, Kentwood, in charge of arrangements. For an online guestbook, visit




Scripture Writing – September 10 – John 16: 10-24




Saturday, we will be painting “shoeboxes” in the fellowship hall.  It can be done in a simple way or in a more complicated way, if you choose.  Meet in the fellowship hall at 9 A.M. to be a part of this fun day.  Let me know if you are coming so I will be prepared.




Coming soon (Monday):

  • Fall Food Round-Up for LA Baptist Children’s Home
  • Two Rivers Associational WMU meeting at Hillsdale at 10 A.M.


Thanks for your prayers today.  Thank-you for making a difference in many lives.

Anna Lee