Monday

If we are thrown into the blazing furnace, the God we serve is able to deliver us from it, and he will deliver us from Your Majesty’s hand.  

But even if he does not, we want you to know, Your Majesty, that we will not serve your gods or worship the image of gold you have set up.”

~Daniel 3:17-18~

I’m thankful Brenlee Strickland was baptized yesterday and Logan Strickland is being scheduled for baptism soon. God continues to work at FBC, Kentwood.

I’m also thankful we continue to have the online services for those unable to attend for various reasons. Thanks to all who are a part of this ministry.

READ AND WRITE SCRIPTURE TODAY

May 2 – Daniel 3: 17-18 – “I Believe”

Graduates are being recognized this month in our area churches. Be sure to share an encouraging word with them.

Baby dedications often are scheduled for Mother’s Day. This is certainly going to be a busy month.

Operation Christmas Child

We have a workday scheduled for Saturday morning. Come out and help get items ready for packing. We work until noon. Please bring a snack to share and a friend to work with us.

Samaritan’s Purse made a decision to increase the delivery fees to $10/box this year. Let’s work hard to pack each box so it will be a blessing to a boy or girl somewhere around the world. May the “shoebox” be a vital step in helping the children learn about Jesus.

The Bank Class has made $100.00 available for purchases to the shoebox ministry. They might not like to shop themselves, but they support this mission project. Thank-you for your generosity. Hopefully, some of this money will be used this week for extra items. Stay tuned….

Prayer List

Please continue to pray for Mrs. Mildred Birch as she improves and hopefully gets to come home soon.

Pray for others who have various health issues. Some of the people you might want to include are Mrs. Margaret Oliver, Mrs. Micky Cade, Mr. and Mrs. “Cete” Dillon, Mr. and Mrs. George Eddie Lee, and Bro. Joe Baugh.

Anna Lee

SUNDAY

Worship the LORD your God, and his blessing will be on your food and water.

I will take away sickness from among you,

~Exodus 23:25~

Please add MRS. MILDRED BIRCH to your prayer list. She is in North Oaks and has been diagnosed with congestive heart failure.

READ AND WRITE THE BIBLE TODAY

During May the focus will be “I Believe”.

May 1 – Exodus 23:25

OPERATION CHRISTMAS CHILD

Samaritan’s Purse is announcing an increase in shipping fees for 2022. Each box will now cost $10.00 to mail.

Thunder and rain are rolling in. I’m going to publish this while I still have service. Have a blessed Lord’s Day.

Anna Lee

SATURDAY

Hope deferred makes the heart sick,

but a longing fulfilled is a tree of life.

~Proverbs 13:12~

JIM RABALAIS‘ surgery went well. He will have additional treatments. Please keep him in your prayers.

GLENDA HARRELL‘s continues to feel well following her pacemaker placement. Porch life was a good treatment yesterday. Keep her in your prayers.

I had two injections in my lower back yesterday. The pain management doctor gave me two days of rest instead of the usual one day. I will be enjoying some time admiring the flowers from the porch too.

Seniors

We have many graduates in our area schools on various levels. Pray for each one as they progress to the next step in their lives.

Please continue to pray for the people in Ukraine.

READ AND WRITE SCRIPTURE TODAY.

This will end the focus on healing. Tomorrow, May 1, we will begin “I Believe”.

April 30 – Psalms 32:2

Have a great day of encouraging others and of preparing for the Lord’s Day.

Anna Lee

FRIDAY

‘He will wipe every tear from their eyes. …

There will be no more death’ or mourning or crying or pain,

for the old order of things has passed away.”

~Revelation 21:4~

I’m very thankful to report that Glenda Harrell‘s pacemaker procedure went well yesterday and that she is home and resting from “her big day”. Let’s join her in thanking God for watching over her Thursday.

BAPTIST PRESS

https://www.baptistpress.com/

BAPTIST MESSAGE

https://www.baptistmessage.com/

READ AND WRITE SCRIPTURE TODAY – Healing

April 29 – Revelations 21:4

SEND RELIEF

The Adopting and Fostering Home Podcast

Be sure to read your personal prayer list before you pray today.

Anna Lee

THURSDAY

The LORD is with me; I will not be afraid.

What can mere mortals do to me?

~Psalm 118:6~

Sometimes a verse like this is just what we need to meditate on and trust in.

READ AND WRITE SCRIPTURE TODAY

April 28 – Exodus 23:25

PRAYER LIST

Jim Rabalais – Emergency surgery last night

Andy and Betty Taylor – Continuing health issues

Margaret Oliver – Heart issues/procedures being determined

Glenda W. Harrell – Pacemaker this morning at Covington

Margaret Carter – Area Leader of OCC; Hammond area – Rotator cup surgery yesterday

BAPTIST PRESS

https://www.baptistpress.com/

OPERATION CHRISTMAS CHILD

Thank-you to the City Hall Sunday School Class who donated several bags of the items we are collecting this month – soap, bandanas, bandaids, and tooth brushes. These items will be helpful in continuing work on the 400 hygiene kits we are packing.

Thank-you for praying.

Anna Lee

Wednesday

To the roots of the mountains I sank down; the earth beneath barred me in forever.

But you, LORD my God, brought my life up from the pit.

~Jonah 2:6~

READ AND WRITE THE BIBLE TODAY

April 28 – Exodus 23: 25

BAPTIST PRESS

https://www.baptistpress.com/

FIRST-PERSON: Why God sent me halfway around the world to pray

This inspiring story lets us know we all can have a part. Each part is important. Each person is important.

Operation Christmas Child shoebox inside lid painting update: We now have 176 painted and ready for the next step. That’s 176 out of 400, so we still have a few more to paint. It is a labor of love! We have lots of love to share.

Thanks to those who helped us with shoebox projects on the 2nd and the 23rd. Each hand that helps is so important in the final outcome. During May, our work days will be on the 7th and the 21st. You are invited to be a part of OCC by coming and participating.

During April, our needs for shoeboxes are soap, bandaids, bandanas, and toothbrushes. We are getting to the end of the month. We still can use more of these four items.

Be an encourager today. You can be an encourager with your words and your actions (preparing food, picking up limbs, washing windows, raking leaves, replacing light bulbs, weeding a flower bed, giving someone a ride, etc.). Don’t ever think YOU are not capable of helping others.

Pray for others. You can pray on your schedule in words you choose. Fancy or formal wording is not necessary. God hears and understands. He’s pleased when we care enough about others to pray for them.

Anna Lee

Tuesday

“Go, stand in the temple courts,” he said,

“and tell the people all about this new life.”

~Acts 5:20~

Some of you may be interested in this link and these opportunities through SEND RELIEF. This is like our LA Baptist Disaster Relief, but on the international level.

READ AND WRITE SCRIPTURE TODAY

April 26 – Mark 5: 34

Today may be rainy, but it is always a good day to be an encourager.

BAPTIST PRESS

https://www.baptistpress.com/

Valerie Zeringue Miller

August 27, 1956 – April 18, 2022

A resident of Kentwood, LA, passed away on Monday, April 18, 2022 at her home. She was born August 27, 1956 in St. Rose, LA and was 65 years of age. She survived by her five children, Josh Babb, Alysha Babb, Torey Miller, Warren Miller, III (Ashley), and Toby Miller; 14 grandchildren; 3 brothers, Brian, Scott, and David Zeringue. Preceded in death by husband, Warren Miller, Jr.; parents, Alvin and Gloria Zeringue; and a brother, Eric Zeringue. McKneely Funeral Home, Kentwood, in charge of arrangements. For an online guestbook, visit http://www.mckneelys.com.

Operation Christmas Child “Shoeboxes”

Saturday, we did not have a big turnout for our workday, but it worked out fine because of a blood drive and a wedding shower. Three activities scheduled for a Saturday! That didn’t keep us from working and getting some tasks done.

Yesterday, we had a OCC volunteer. We both went to work with Kris, working on painting and decorating inside the top of shoeboxes. We accomplished a lot. If you have time available, let us know. One or both of us may be available to meet you and get a task or two accomplished.

May Shoebox Working Days

7th – Workday for all

21st – Ladies workday

Don’t let the rain wash away the SONshine in your heart.

Anna Lee

MONDAY

For the foolishness of God is wiser than human wisdom, and the weakness of God is stronger than human strength.

~1 Corinthians 1:25~

READ AND WRITE SCRIPTURE

Psalms 41:4

BAPTIST PRESS

https://www.baptistpress.com/

Our son-in-law is back stateside from his trip to set up places for refugees.

Pray for and financially support Send Relief as it helps the refugees.

The movie at church surely touched hearts! I don’t know all the details, but contact the church office if you are interested in a new program to help young people and young marriages as they impact lives.

One action at the end of the movie was adding to a list of prayers that have been answered. I know we can all tell of some of our prayers we feel God has answered, but do we acknowledge it by writing it down? Do we realize how often God has answered our prayers. I think we can do a better job of recognizing all the things God has done for us. Let’s give it a a try.

Anna Lee

SUNDAY

I know that everything God does will endure forever; nothing can be added to it and nothing taken from it. God does it so that people will fear him.

~Ecclesiastes 3:14~

READ AND WRITE SCRIPTURE TODAY

April 24 – Isaiah 57:18-19

CHURCHES ARE OPEN THIS MORNING.

Choose one and be in attendance there.

James E. Buras, Sr.

October 9, 1943 – April 23, 2022

DON’T CRY FOR ME
Don’t cry for me. I will be okay.
Heaven is my home now, and this is where I’ll stay.
Don’t cry for me. I’m where I belong.
I want you to be happy and try to stay strong.
Don’t cry for me. It was just my time,
but I will see you someday on the other side.
Don’t cry for me. I am not alone.
The angels are with me to welcome me home.
Don’t cry for me, for I have no fear.
All my pain is gone, and Jesus took my tears.
Don’t cry for me. This is not the end.
I’ll be waiting here for you when we meet again.
A resident of Amite, LA, passed away on Saturday, April 23, 2022 at his home in Amite, LA. He was born October 9, 1943 in Venice, LA and was 78 years of age. He is survived by his wife, Linda Collette Buras; 1 daughter, Michelle M. Buras Brister and husband, Eric; 2 sons, James E. Buras, Jr. and Scott A. Buras; 1 brother, Farrell A. Buras; 2 grandchildren, Jayne E. Cook and boyfriend, Brandon and Jessica R. Buras; 3 great-grandchildren, Logan J. Cook, Kaylee N. Betts and Johnny B. Cook. Preceded in death by his parents, Dimetry A. Buras and Marie Reese Buras; sisters, Lois Buras, Rosemary Buras Squarsich, and Virgie Buras Christason; brothers, 2 deceased at birth, and Lerdy J. Buras. Visitation at McKneely Funeral Home, Amite, from 1:00PM until religious services at 3:00PM on Tuesday, April 26, 2022. For an online guestbook, visit http://www.mckneelys.com.

Thank-you for reading and praying today.

Anna Lee

Saturday

For the Spirit God gave us does not make us timid, but gives us power, love and self-discipline.

~2 Timothy 1:7~

READ AND WRITE SCRIPTURE TODAY

April 23 – James 5:6

OCC WORKDAY FOR LADIES AND GIRLS

9:000 this morning at FBC, Fellowship Hall

BLOOD DRIVE FOR ELISABETH SANDERS

Noon to 5 P.M. today at FBC, Fellowship Hall

Please continue your prayers for our world, country, state, and town today.

Pray for family and friends with medical, financial, job, and other needs.

Pray for 2020 graduates of high schools, colleges, etc.

Have a wonderful Saturday!

Anna Lee