Saturday Evening

Benjamin W. “Ben” McDonald was born July 12, 1941 and passed away at 3:39 p.m., Friday, February 4, 2011 at North Oaks Medical Center, Hammond. He was 69, a native of Hammond and a resident of Loranger. Ben served our country in the US Navy.

He is survived by his wife of 45 years, Helen Baham McDonald, Loranger; 3 daughters, Mary Lou McLain and husband Roger, Loranger, Shirley McCahill, Satsuma and Diane Hutchins and husband Jack, Raymond, MS; a son, James Warren, Loranger; 14 grandchildren; 26 great-grandchildren.

Preceded in death by his parents, Benjamin W. and Willie Mae Baham McDonald, Sr.

Visitation at House of Prayer and Praise, Loranger on Monday, February 7, 2011 from 10:00 a.m. until Celebration of Life Service at 12:00 Noon at the Church with Sister Lorena Wilson officiating. Interment at St. Roch Cemetery.

McKneely & Vaughn Funeral Home, Amite, in charge of arrangements.

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“God clothes the grass in the field,

which is alive today but tomorrow is thrown into the fire.

So you can be even more sure that God will clothe you.

Don’t have so little faith!”

~Matthew 6:30 (NCV)~

Today’s a big day!

  • Pajama party for ladies at FBC, Amite at 9:00 this morning
  • Baby shower for Kristi Womack at 2:00 this afternoon
  • 92nd birthday party for Mrs. Kathryn Sanders at the long term care hospital at 2:00

Please say a prayer for Mrs. Betty Catherine Hatcher.  She has been having back problems this week.

Baptist Press Stories for Feb. 4, 2011
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  • CULTURE DIGEST: Tebow Super Bowl ad prompts woman to choose life
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  • Obama prays for humility, ‘closer’ walk
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Enjoy a little sunshine and slightly warmer temperatures today.
Anna Lee

Friday Addition

James Tommy Slocum, 65 , a resident of Gillsburg, MS, died February 3, 2011 at Southwest Mississippi Regional Medical Center in McComb.  He was born May 24, 1945 in Mt. Hermon, LA.  He was the son of T.C. and Omie Lou Miller Slocum.  He was a retired cattleman having worked for numerous stockyards in Louisiana and Mississippi.  He was a member of Mt. Vernon Baptist Church.  Mr. Slocum loved the outdoors, working with his cattle and was very active in his church.

He is preceded in death by his parents; a son, Marion Tommy Slocum; a granddaughter, Jaylen Grace Slocum; three brothers, David, Paul and Samuel Slocum and two sisters, Marie Burch and Mary Slocum.

He is survived by his wife of 31 years, Betty Copeland Slocum of Gillsburg; his children and their spouses, Tammy and Eugene Tackett and Jamie and Kelly Slocum, all of Kentwood, Bryan and Shiloh Slocum of Center, TX and Stephanie and Rev. Larry Blades of Roseland, LA; six brothers and their spouses, Ray and Ann Slocum of Phoenix, AZ, T.C. Slocum, Jr. and Carolyn of Denton, TX, Joe and Maggie Slocum of Independence, LA, Dan and Diane Slocum, Donald Slocum and Phillip Slocum, all of Mt. Hermon, LA, three sisters, Ruth King of Jayess, Betty Magee of Nashville, TN and Martha Burk of Grand Rapids, MI; ten grandchildren, Heather Forrest and husband, Brock, Taylor Slocum, Kaden Slocum, Travis Tackett, Mandy Tackett all of Kentwood, Pvt. Hunter Blades of Camp Pendelton, CA, Gracie, Alexandria and Addison Slocum and Cole Mooney, all of Center, TX; two great-grandchildren, Jaxon and Madox Forrest of Kentwood and numerous nieces and nephews.

Visitation is Friday at Hartman-Sharkey Funeral Home in McComb from 5PM until 8PM and continues Saturday at Mt. Vernon Baptist Church from 1PM until services at 3PM with Rev. Jerry Causey and Rev. Larry Blades officiating.  Burial will be in Old Gillsburg cemetery.

Pallbearers will be Johnnie Booty, Alton Booty, Karl Beatty, Ronnie Strickland, Rowdy Fitzgerald and Darin Newman.  Honorary pallbearers will be Mr. Slocum’s brothers-in-law and men of Mt. Vernon Baptist Church.

Memorials may be sent to Baptist Children’s Village, P.O.Box 27, Clinton, MS 39060 or Mt. Vernon Baptist Church Memorial Fund, 4923 Mt. Vernon Road,  Liberty, MS 39645.

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“This people honors Me with their lips,

But their heart is far from Me.

And in vain they worship Me,

Teaching as doctrines the commandments of men.”

~Mark 7:6b, NKJV~

MK Elias has been moved to another hospital where he is being closely monitored.  He is still facing more than one surgery.  One problem seems to be healing on its own.  His parents and grandmother have all had a turn holding and feeding him.

Prayer requests:

1.  His duct will continue to close

2.  His heart will, in turn, respond well and begin to compensate

3.  He will be able to maintain adequate oxygen levels on his own with no assistance

4.  He will be able to take a bottle and feed on his own (no more feeding tube)

I’m sure the family is very thankful for your prayers.

Jadon’s Story: Halfway Through and a New House!!!

We made it half way through my topamax wean. I’m still doing great. My seizures haven’t increased at all. In fact, they are still very mild and very few. My mommy is home with me today so she has been watching me really closely. I’ve only had about 15 spasms and they are so little. I took my last dose of steroids Sunday. We are praying that they will stay down. Other than that we are enjoying the good days for now and thanking God for this relief in seizures.

My mommy wanted me to let everyone know that we finally got moved into our new house. We sold our house in Hammond about two years ago. My Paw let us live in the trailer by his house. (Thanks Paw) The plan was for us to buy land and build. Mommy wanted to wait until after I was born to start building so we waited. I was born in August and mommy stayed home with me until December. Mommy and Daddy started looking for land in January. That was also the month that my mommy knew something was not right. By February my family got the terrible news that I had IS. So of course we stopped looking for land. In fact, we didn’t even think about buying land. All we were concerned about was getting me better. We knew building could wait. When we look back we realize how perfect God’s timing was. We were able to sell our house when houses weren’t selling. So we didn’t have to worry about a house note when my mommy took a leave from work. Now a year later and much thanks to the USMC and VA loans, we have finally bought a house and moved. I want everyone to know that the donations you all have kindly given us have nothing to do with us buying the house. It was in our plan but with all that has been going on we were unable to. My mommy and daddy have a totally separate account with all my donations. We use that money for my medical use and expenses. We are so thankful to have that account. That account has allowed us to travel and see the very best doctors so that I can get better. It really makes our life a little easier. We love you and thank you so much for all you do for me and my family. When you pray for me today don’t forget to thank God for this relief in seizures. I can’t explain how awesome it has been for us!!

Jerry McKnight

(December 7, 1931 – February 5, 2011)

A resident of Gonzales, she died at 5 a.m. on Thursday, February 3, 2011 at The Carpenter House in Baton Rouge. She was born December 7, 1931 in Independence and was 79 years of age. Visitation at McKneely Funeral Home, Amite, from 11 a.m. until religious services at 3 p.m. Saturday, February 5, 2011. Interment Bennett Cemetery, Independence. Survived by son, Carlos McKnight, Gonzales, daughter, Tamie Scofield, Gonzales, step-son, Danny McKnight and his family, Independence, grandchildren, Amber Bush, Chase Scofield, Blake Scofield, great-grandson, Maxx Scofield, nephew, Edgar Bennett and his wife, Nora, Hammond, beloved pet, Whiskers. Preceded in death by parents, Edgar and May Bennett, sister, Dean Bennett, brother, Lawrence Bennett, niece, Merrill Jean Breeland, nephew, Wilton Breeland.

Jack Allen Hall

(June 15, 1953 – February 2, 2011)

A resident of Metairie, he passed away on Wednesday, February 2, 2011 at Ochsner Medical Center in Jefferson. He was born June 15, 1953 in Lake Charles and was 57 years of age. Visitation at McKneely Funeral Home, Amite, from 9 a.m until 11:40 a.m. on Saturday. Funeral Services will be held at St. Helena Catholic Church, Amite, on Saturday, February 5, 2011 at 12 noon conducted by Fr. Joe Camilleri. He is survived by his 2 sisters, Linda Henry and husband, Michael, Roseland and Susan Higgins and husband, Billy, Amite; 2 brothers, Ernest Hall and wife, Dawn, Ponchatoula and Glenn Hall and wife, Barbara, Slidell. Preceded in death by his parents, Gerney and Juanita Hall.

Women’s Ministry: Pajama Party

Who: Ladies from 5-105

What:  Breakfast, Devotional, & Craft

When: Tomorrow morning at 9 A.M.

(You can meet at FBC, Kentwood at 8:30 if that is


Where: FBC, Amite in the fellowship hall

Why: Fellowship, Fun, Building relationships, Missions

Cost: Free

Clothing:  Something comfortable (pajamas, sweats, scrubs, etc.)

I hope to see you there!

Stay in and be warm and safe today if you can.

Anna Lee


“Don’t ever be afraid or discouraged!

I am the Lord your God,

and I will be there to help you wherever you go.”

~Joshua 1:9 (CEV)~

Maggie Lee Henson was the young girl who died as a result of a blown out tire while on a church bus.  Her mother, Jinny, has shared her heart at the eighteen month anniversary of Maggie Lee’s death.

Mrs. Annie Bell Harrell’s procedure has been changed to Thursday.  At this time, she will be admitted to the hospital Wednesday.  Continue to pray for her and her sweet family.

Mrs. Micky Cade is now in Kentwood and staying with Teri.  Continue to pray for a full recovery for “Miss” Micky.

Bro. Joe Baugh shared how his daughter and granddaughter shared their faith at the time of Bro. Joe’s mother’s funeral services.  Be sure to ask him about them. Thank God for people who bravely witness to unsaved family members!  Those are usually the hardest ones to share with.

In Egypt, Christians Hoping, Praying for Greater Freedom

“That we won’t blink. That we will find ways to join the Lord in the midst of this chaos and let the Good News ring out in ways that will help people find true freedom in Christ. That’s what I want to see more than anything else. I want people to know Him — and in knowing Him, to know what it’s like to really be free.”


Did you hear about the expensive meal at Burger King in Palmdale, California?  George Beane ordered two Whopper Jr.s and two Rodeo cheeseburgers when he pulled up to the drive-through window. The cashier forgot that she had entered the $4.33 charge on his debit card, and she punched in the numbers again without erasing the original ones — creating a total bill of $4,334.33!  The electronic charge went through to George’s checking account and left him penniless.

It was promoted as “the most expensive meal in history.”  That seems a little extreme to me.  I’m sure there are many other meals which have brought a higher tab than that.  But, I would like to cast MY vote for the most expensive meal in history.

In the Garden of Eden, Adam and Eve ate some fruit which turned out to be extremely expensive.  It cost them their home in the Garden of Eden.  It cost them their relationship with one another.  It cost them their relationship with God.  And additional costs have been passed down to every man and woman who have lived on the face of this earth ever since.

The truth of the matter is that sin always has consequences.  We play games in our mind and try to deny it because we like to play with fire thinking that we’ll never get burned (even though everybody else has).  We like to flirt with sin thinking that “I can do this and it won’t hurt anything” but it always does.  Sometimes, like Adam and Eve, sin affects our relationship with others around us — husbands, wives, children, parents, church family, friends.  And sin always affects our relationship with God.  And if our sin remains unforgiven, it can cost us our eternal home.  It’s a high price to pay for a few moments of selfish enjoyment.

Listen to this warning from James:  “When tempted, no one should say, ‘God is tempting me.’  For God cannot be tempted by evil, nor does he tempt anyone; but each one is tempted when, by his own evil desire, he is dragged away and enticed.  Then, after desire has conceived, it gives birth to sin and sin, when it is full-grown, gives birth to death.  Don’t be deceived, my dear brothers.” (James 1:13-16)

Don’t be deceived!  Partaking of sin will result in a bill far greater than you ever could have imagined.  Even greater than the cost of burgers in California these days.

Have a great day!

Alan Smith
Helen Street Church of Christ
Fayetteville, North Carolina

Stay in and keep warm today.  Help your neighbor if they are not prepared for this weather.

Have a blessed day!

Anna Lee

Wednesday Afternoon

We saw Mrs. Katheryn Sanders.  She has improved enough to go to rehab next Sunday. The birthday party is still scheduled for 2-4 Saturday at the Specialty Hospital across from North Oaks.

Update on my shoulder

  • I am up to about 90% usage of my arm now.  I have a little more physical therapy, but it has really helped.
  • The bone is not healed, but is healing well.  The orthopedist said I do not need to see him again unless I have a problem