For I’m already being poured out like a drink offering,

and the time has come for my departure.

I have fought the good fight,

I have finished the race,

I have kept the faith.

~2 Timothy 4:6-7 (NIV)~




Sharon Martin’s sister, Elaine (almost 50), had an angiogram Sunday morning. She good news is that her blockage did not require surgery or stints. She will be treated with medication. Pray for Elaine as she makes some adjustments in her life to help prevent additional heart problems.

Sharon Martin tripped in a hole and fell as she was going into the hospital Sunday morning for Elaine’s procedure. She is thankful she did not break anything.

John W. Notariano
(October 29, 1960 – June 2, 2008)

Mr. John W. Notariano, 47, died June 2, 2008 at the Southwest Mississippi Regional Medical Center, McComb, Ms.

Other arrangements are incomplete at this time.
McKneely-Vaughn Funeral Home

Juanita Morris Guerin

Mrs. Juanita Morris Guerin died Sunday, June 1, 2008, at her home in Amite. She was a former employee of Domino’s Pizza and a native of Mount Hermon. Her survivors include her husband, Thomas Guerin; children, Ray Tresch, Sidney Tresch, Kim Mooney, Steve Tresch, Sandy Jarreau and Karen Tresch; 14 grandchildren; three great-grandchildren; stepchildren, Gwen Chustz, Tammy Lynn Guerin, Julie Simmons, Troy Guerin and JoNell Vessier; sisters, Cora Lawson, Elaine Penton, Effie Reinike and Christine Quinn; and brother, Thomas Morris. Preceded in death by her first husband, Sidney Tresch Sr.; and parents, Clinton M. and Edna Patrick Morris. Arrangements by Geisler Funeral Home, Hammond. Condolences may be expressed online at http://www. geislerfuneralhome.net.

Deacon Hospital Visitation

  • Jesse Dean
  • David Alford




“At the name of Jesus every knee should bow…” (Philippians 2:10).
Mike Benson, Editor


BEFORE ENTERING THE broadcasting field, Jim Valvano led the North Carolina State University basketball team to a national championship…

Then cancer developed in his lower back. Invited to address the Duke University squad, Jim had this to say: “Life changes when you least expect it to. The future is uncertain. So, seize this day, seize this moment, and make the most of it.”

God gives us an urgent directive in Hebrews 3:13, “Exhort one another daily, while it is called ‘Today,’ lest any of you be hardened through the deceitfulness of sin.” Why is there such a strong insistence on today?

It may be that today, this very day, could be the last one in our time here on earth. Today may be your last opportunity to obey God’s plan of salvation, or to share His love with a friend or loved one.

James has this warning about presuming upon our tomorrows: “You do not know what will happen tomorrow. For what is your life? It is even a vapor that appears for a little time and then vanishes away” (4:14).

Seize the opportunities that God gives you today. That’s sound advice-not just for basketball players, but for all of us. (Vernon C. Grounds)

“You do not know what will happen tomorrow. For what is your life? It is even a vapor that appears for a little time and then vanishes away” (Jas. 4:14).

Monday Evening

A friend, Sabrina Freeman, shared an urgent prayer request. Most of us do not live in the Raleigh/Durham area, but our prayers are still important. Please pray for Kali.

Please forgive the mass email. A family is our church has a missing daughter. Please pray for this family! If you live in the Raleigh/Durham area, be on the lookout for her. Hang posters everywhere you go.




Kali (pronounced “kay-lee”) has been missing since early Friday morning, May 30, 2008. Her family goes to our church, Faith Baptist Church, Youngsville, NC.

I’ll let you know any updates. In the meantime, PLEASE PRAY!


Carolyn Sue Lauricelle
(December 22, 1957 – June 1, 2008)
Mrs. Lauricelle died at 10:02AM, June 1, 2008 at her residence in Loranger. She was 50 years old. Arrangements are incomplete at this time.
McKneely-Vaughn Funeral Home, Amite

Monday Afternoon

From James Rimes:

Just got back from visiting Susan’s sister in Heber Springs, Arkansas. Please continue to pray
for her and the family. She is in much pain
and went to the ER while we were there. She will
see her local doctor today. Thanks for praying.

Susan’s sister is Lisa Davis.

John Pat Jarrell
(August 22, 1950 – June 1, 2008)

Services for Mr. Jarrell are being handled by E. J. Fielding Funeral Home, Covington, LA. For service information please see: http://www.webfh.com/fh/home/home.cfm?&fh_id=10802
(You will find a picture at this site.)

John “Pat” Jarrell passed away on Sunday, June 1, 2008. Beloved father of Chablis Tate and spouse Matthew Tate of Kentwood, LA. Brother of Doug Jarrell, Don Jarrell and Nena Faye Glaze. Son of the late Alex “Jack” Jarrell and Julie “Nena” Jarrell. Also survived by a niece and nephews.

He had served for two terms on the WST Electric Board, two terms with the Tangipahoa Parish Council from 1992-2000. He was a rural postal carrier since 1980. Age 57 years. A native of Covington, LA and a resident of Kentwood, LA for the past 28 years.

Relatives and friends of the family are invited to attend the funeral services on Wednesday, June 4, 2008 at 1:00 PM at Lee Road United Pentecostal Church, 17700 Hwy 40, Covington, LA 70435.

Visitation on Wednesday, AT THE CHURCH, from 10:00 AM until service time.

Interment in Simalusa Cemetery. E.J. Fielding Funeral Home Inc., 2260 W. 21st. Ave., Covington, LA 70433 entrusted with the arrangements.

In lieu of flowers, memorial donations to the Tangipahoa Parish United Way are preferred.





“Bear one another’s burdens,

and so fulfill the law of Christ.”

~Galatians 6:2~

Mrs. Blanch Wheat is waiting for a doctor to decide if she is able to have surgery. Pray for “Miss” Blanch, her family, and the doctor who has this responsibility.

Richard Dunn is in East Jefferson Hospital. Please pray for Richard and his family as Richard receives treatment.

From a newsletter sent out by IMB personnel in Romania:

June12 – Pray as the missionaries in Czech Republic, Hungary, Moldova, Romania & Slovakia travel to the CEFannual general meeting in Hungary 13th -19

June 14 – Jeff Long, pastor of Parkwood Baptist Church in Gastonia, NC, as he speaks to us at AGM on “Staying the Course” from1 Thessalonians

June 24 – Daniel Byrd (Teamromany/gypsy) is appointed as a career M & returns to RO on the 28th

June 30 – Wes & Tamara Banks as they move from Bucharest to Braila to begin working with Team Romany (gypsy team)


Monday, June 2, 2008

“In everything God may be glorified through Jesus Christ. To Him belong the glory and the power forever and ever. Amen.”

~1 Peter 4:11b, HCSB~

Dear Intercessors, this is Eleanor Witcher of the International Prayer Strategy Office, celebrating salvation with you.

“I was depressed, desperate to find someone who could help my miserable life. I was so stressed that I was physically ill. I told my roommate that I wanted her to go with me to find a church. We went out on the sidewalk to wait for a taxi. One came, and it had a sign on the side that read, ‘Problems? Discouraged? Jesus is the Answer!’ We were amazed! We told the driver to take us to the church whose name was written on the sign!” Miss G left her Buddhist tradition and became a believer in Jesus Christ that day. Please pray that the hearts of many others will be opened by the messages about Jesus on the sides of many taxis running through the city streets in central Thailand.

Here is another testimony: “My husband is a drunk. I try to work to provide for our family, but I must also take care of my children. I had no hope until I heard a voice on the radio telling me that Jesus had power above all other spirits and powers and that He loves me!” Mrs. J responded to the radio broadcaster’s offer to enlist in Bible correspondence courses. After she wrote to say that she wanted to give her life to Christ, members of the Central Thai Team, a local Baptist church, and the radio ministry team visited Mrs. J. That day she prayed to receive Christ as her new Lord.

*Please pray for Mrs. J and the thousands of others who are hearing the gospel being proclaimed on radio programs or advertised on taxis.

*Pray for Thai Christian leaders to have a burden to work alongside field personnel and be the ones to disciple new believers.

*Pray that the outreach methods will be anointed with the supernatural power of God’s Holy Spirit.

Margaret Huber shared this:

Pat Jarrell passed away today. He services are incomplete at this time but Chablis (his daughter) said tentatively they will be Wednesday, Pat was a mail carrier and a parish councilman in Tangipahoa Parish.

Mr. Henry Harris

Visitation at New Zion Baptist Church, Kentwood, from 8 a.m. until religious services at 10 a.m. Monday. Services conducted by Rev. Iran Smith. Interment New Zion Cemetery, Kentwood.





“At the name of Jesus every knee should bow…” (Philippians 2:10).
Mike Benson, Editor


WALKING PAST MY barn one day, I heard a frantic chirping inside, and upon investigation I found a bluejay beating its wings against the glass pane of the window…

Had it not cried and squawked, I would not have heard it. But its plaintive note prompted me to open the door wide and the jay flew out to liberty. That bluejay was in a strange place for a bird; and Jonah found himself in a strange place for a human being. Because of his disobedience, Jonah was cast into the sea, swallowed by a sea monster and trapped in its belly. Although it was Jonah’s own fault that he was there, God was also there to hear his prayer. And when he confessed, God delivered him.

God’s children sometimes get themselves into some strange places and unhappy circumstances because of their folly. Are you in a strange place today? Are you out of fellowship with the Lord, defeated, unhappy? Then cry out to God, confess your sin, and be restored by His abundant mercy. God is waiting to hear your faintest cry and accept your repentance. Maybe through your own foolish choices you’re in a strange place today — but He is with you and waiting to hear your cry (M.R. DeHaan).

“If we confess our sins,

He is faithful and just to forgive us our sins

nd to cleanse us from all unrighteousness.”

~ 1 John 1:9; cf. Jonah 2:1~

Have a great week!

Anna Lee



“At the name of Jesus every knee should bow…” (Philippians 2:10).
Mike Benson, Editor
WHAT MOVIE ARE you MOST excited about seeing in the theaters?

What makes you think that movie will be good? Movie producers realize that if they want their movie to be successful they have to let people know about it. To accomplish this, the put various clips of the movie together, called trailers. We usually see trailers on television and at the beginning of other movies. Doing this gets excited about the upcoming movie by building hype and expectation.

I remember when the movie “Batman Begins” came out in theaters. I was so excited. I got to the theater early on opening night and stood in line for hours to see this movie. Why? Because I’d been watching the trailer for almost a year! I must have not been the only one, because there were at least 100 people in line with me!

Did you know that Jesus Christ had a trailer? Before Jesus began His ministry here on earth, there was a man named John the Baptist who spent his time telling others about the coming of Christ. He went from place to place preaching and teaching about the coming of Christ.

John’s mission was to make way for Jesus. Just like a trailer gets people ready to see the real thing, John got people ready and excited to see and hear Jesus.

Do people still need to be told about Jesus? How can we act as a movie trailer for Christ? (Justin Hatfield; Tyrel Hatfield)

Now as the people were in expectation, and all reasoned in their hearts about John, whether he was the Christ or not, John answered, saying to all, “I indeed baptize you with water; but One mightier than I is coming, whose sandal strap I am not worthy to loose. He will baptize you with the Holy Spirit and fire. His winnowing fan is in His hand, and He will thoroughly clean out His threshing floor, and gather the wheat into His barn; but the chaff He will burn with unquenchable fire” (Luke 3:15-17).

Saturday Afternoon

Thelma Birch Humphrey
(May 12, 1922 – May 30, 2008)

Died at 4:45PM on Friday, May 30, 2008 at St. Helena Parish Hospital in Greensburg, LA. She was a native of Kentwood, LA and a resident of Greensburg, LA. Age 86 years. Visitation at McKneely Funeral Home, Kentwood, from 9 a.m. on Monday and until religious services at 3 p.m. Monday. Services conducted by Rev. Larry Robertson. Interment New Zion Cemetery, Kentwood, LA. Survived by 4 children, Loleta Blades, Greensburg, Sylvester Humphrey, Amite, Linda Reeves, Greensburg, Paulette Simmons, Kentwood, 12 grandchildren, 13 great- grandchildren, 4 sisters, Cosma Hodges, Amite, Marcelle Cuti, Amite, Ruby Wolken, Prairieveill, Margaret Estes, Ketnwood. Preceded in death by husband, Percy L. Humphrey, 6 grandchildren, Brian Blades, Billy Reeves, Calvin Reeves, Clifton Simmons, Deana Simmons Warwick, Kallie Glenn Brown, 2 brothers, Clovis Birch, Herbert Birch.


“But certainly God has heard me;

He has attended to the voice of my prayer.”

~Psalm 66:19~


Friday, May 30, 2008

“It is done. I am the Alpha and the Omega,

the Beginning and the End.

I will give to the thirsty from the spring of living water

as a gift”

Revelation 21:6, HCSB

Dear Intercessors, this is Eleanor Witcher of the International Prayer Strategy Office, continuing to ask you to pray for those who are facing daily challenges.

In the last several months, the citizens of South Africa have endured daily electrical power outages that have caused many problems. Equipment has been damaged, businesses have failed financially, and the traffic situation has worsened. There is also increased danger for nightly meetings such as cell-groups (home-based congregations) and Bible studies, as well as other ministries in which missionaries are involved. Pray for the country’s leaders to find realistic solutions to the current problems with daily power outages.

The hot season is in full force in Pakistan and so are the power cuts, also known as “load shedding.” In March and April, the daily average for load shedding was between 6-8 hours (often in 2-hour periods). Some in the poorest neighborhoods went without power for much longer periods of time. Water is also a big concern as the temperatures increase. There is simply not enough clean water to go around. Please pray for God to show Himself as the Great Provider and for the people of Karachi to know that Jesus alone brings Life.

*Please pray for believers in these nations to depend fully on the Lord and demonstrate their confidence in His provision to their neighbors.

*Pray for missionaries’ safety as they continue with ministry while dealing with difficult circumstances.

*Pray for those facing life’s challenges to recognize the Alpha and the Omega who provides all our needs.

Please remember my son, C.J. Williams in your prayers, his biological father, Clyde Williams, Sr. of Ponchatula was crossing the street yesterday morning (Thursday)and was struck and killed by an oncoming vehicle. C.J. never really had much of a relationship with his father but the lack of that and now the chance to have one is gone and that is bothering him. So I am asking prayer for C.J. and for the rest of the family during this time, I ask for prayer for strength, healing and growth through this tragedy. Thank you for praying. Sue Minor

Dr. John Sherman Scarle Sr.
A resident of Ponchatoula, Dr. John Sherman Scarle Sr., 88, died at 5 a.m. Friday, May 30, 2008, at his home after a long battle with Parkinson’s disease. He was born on Thursday, Dec. 11, 1919, in Amite. Surviving are his wife of 65 years, Louise Miller Scarle; two daughters and sons-in-law, Scarlet Scarle Hebert and Thomas E. Hebert, M.D., and Marsha Scarle Black and Gary Louis Black; and son, John Sherman Scarle Jr. He is also survived by seven grandchildren and two great-grandchildren. Friends will be received at First United Methodist Church of Ponchatoula on Monday, June 2, from noon until service at 1 p.m., with the Rev. Tom Logan officiating. Interment will follow in the Amite Cemetery, Amite. In lieu of flowers, donations may be made to Parkinson’s Foundation at 1501 N.W. 9th Ave. (Bob Hope Road) Miami, FL 33136-1494, or to North Oaks Hospice, P.O. Box 2668, Hammond, LA 70404-2668. An online guestbook is available at http://www.harrymckneely.com.

Vesta Louise Gill Walker
Walker, Vesta Louise Gill McKneely Funeral Home, Kentwood, at 11 a.m.


“Sir, What is the secret of your success?” a reporter asked a bank president.

“Two words.”

“And, sir, what are they?”

“Right decisions.”

“And how do you make right decisions?”

“One word.”

“And, sir, what is that?”


“And how do you get experience?”

“Two words.”

“And, sir, what are they?”

“Wrong decisions.”

There’s a measure of truth in that. Though we can (and should) learn from the mistakes of others, experience truly does seem to be “the best teacher.” The experience of making wrong decisions in the past should help us to learn so that we make better decisions in the future. But are we willing to learn?

Paul is a great example of someone who learned from his past mistakes and, as a result of that experience, made better decisions in his effort to serve God.

“And I thank Christ Jesus our Lord who has enabled me, because He counted me faithful, putting me into the ministry, although I was formerly a blasphemer, a persecutor, and an insolent man….” (I Timothy 1:12-13)

I love the way that I’ve heard Randy Harris put it: “God loves you wherever you are……..but He loves you too much to leave you where you are!”

Father, once again I come asking forgiveness for the many times I’ve let you down. As I confess to you my transgressions, I pray that you will help me to learn from my mistakes — to recognize the consequences of following my stubborn will, to realize the heartache you feel when I turn a deaf ear to you, to learn from my error the need to follow your word more closely. I have made wrong decisions, but I pray that the experience of doing so will help me to develop the wisdom necessary to make better decisions in the future, as I strive to draw closer to you. In Jesus’ name, amen.

Have a great day!

Alan Smith
Helen Street Church of Christ
Fayetteville, North Carolina

Right decisions


Wrong decisions

“God loves you wherever you are……..

but He loves you too much to leave you where you are!”

Think on this today.

Have a wonderful Saturday!

Anna Lee