Monday

“Then he said to his disciples,

‘The harvest is plentiful but the workers are few.

Ask the Lord of the harvest, therefore,

to send out workers into his harvest field.’”

~Matthew 9:37-38, NKJV~

The children in the AWANA program last night showed how much they have learned. I am so proud of all of them!

Thanks to all who helped with the spaghetti fund raiser for the youth yesterday. I don’t know how much money was raised, but will let you know later.

Associational VBS Clinic

  • Tuesday, May 6
  • Spring Creek Baptist Church
  • 6:30 – Light Meal
  • 7:00 – Training Clinic
  • Volunteers still needed

Mother’s Day

  • Sunday, May 11
  • Parent/Child Dedication
    • Call the church office is you and your child would like to participate
  • No evening activities

Deacon Hospital Visitation

  • James Miller
  • Harrell Sharkey

Sunday School Leadership Meeting

  • Tuesday, May 13
  • 7:00 P.M.

Pearl Louise Mixon
(March 9, 1923 – May 3, 2008)

Died at 9:30 p.m. on Saturday, May 3, 2008 at Heritage Manor Nursing Home in Baton Rouge. She was a native of Bolivar and a resident of Baton Rouge. Age 85 years. Graveside services will be held at 2 p.m. Tuesday at Beulah Cemetery, Tangipahoa. She is survived by her 2 sisters, Norma Varnado, Kentwood, and Agnes Mitchell, Tallulah; 2 nieces, Mary Lee Blanchard, Amite and Carole Frey, Simpsonville, SC; 2 nephews, Michael Varnado and his wife, Barbara, Zachary, and Bill Varnado and his wife, Angela, Springfield. She was preceded in death by her parents, Leslie and Lula Crawford Mixon; brother, Hilton Mixon; sister, Tincie Hayden.

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


A STORY IS told of a man whose wife had deserted him for another man…

She had succeeded in taking away their children. The estranged husband had given into depression and lost his business. Broken hearted and ruined, he became obsessed with the enormity of his troubles and refused every offer of encouragement and hope. The day came when he heard a great sermon on Christ having been “in all points tempted like as we are,” but rather than being comforted he resented the sermon and told the preacher. “Yes, Jesus suffered many things, but he never had a wife and family stolen from him. He was never married, never had children, so that’s suffering he never knew.”

The preacher wisely responded, “You have seen an accomplished violinist play a great variety of music. There are only four strings on his violin, but they can produce both dances and dirges. The same four strings can cover the whole range. No, Jesus did not experience your trials in the same details, but he endured the broad range of disappointment, desertion, grief, pain, and even dying, so that the strings of his heart can vibrate with all the sad songs of life’s bitterest experiences.” (David Pharr)

“For we do not have a High Priest

who cannot sympathize with our weaknesses,

but was in all points tempted as we are,

yet without sin.”

~Heb. 4:15~

Sunday Afternoon

Judy Fowler sent:

Frances (Gay) fell yesterday off her deck and received a cut under her eye (had to have stitches) and a few other bruises and scrapes. Other than being sore and a few pains, she is doing OK.

Frann S. Clark has been have a number of bad days lately. Please pray for her. She has several important appointments coming up.

Sunday

“But you shall receive power

when the Holy Spirit has come upon you;

and you shall be witnesses to Me in Jerusalem,

and in all Judea and Samaria,

and to the end of the earth.”

~Acts 1:8~

This is dedicated to all Sunday School teachers as well as the parents and grandparents who teach faithfully. Others will “stand on your shoulders” until the reach of your work is much further than you ever expected.

BASED ON AN IDEA OF MINE

Townsend, the developer of the laser, was once asked if he didn’t have a tremendous sense of achievement in all he had accomplished with his invention, such as methods for precision measurements, laser disc, and weapons technology.

He remarked, “Not really.” He said that he could easily identify with the beaver and relayed the following story:

A beaver and a chipmunk happened upon the Hoover Dam while out strolling one day. They were caught off-guard, completely overwhelmed with amazement and awe at the size and magnificence of this structure.

Once the beaver recovered, he remarked, “Well, actually, I didn’t build it myself, but it’s based upon an idea of mine.”

Like much of scientific advancement, I see spiritual growth as a building process. I took the spiritual training my parents gave me and have built upon it, and I expect my children to take the training that I give them and build upon that. I fully expect them to accomplish some great things in their lives, things that I may not have built myself, but which are based on spiritual principles which I have shared with them.

Paul was referring to this process when he said of Timothy, “I call to remembrance the genuine faith that is in you, which dwelt first in your grandmother Lois and your mother Eunice, and I am persuaded is in you also.” (I Timothy 1:5). I wonder if Lois and Eunice ever even imagined all that that little boy Timothy would accomplish in his lifetime?

You may not feel like you’re accomplishing much, but if you are instilling in your children (or others) a faith in God, who knows what they may accomplish in the years ahead!

Have a great day!

Alan Smith
Helen Street Church of Christ
Fayetteville, North Carolinav

Saturday Evening

Joan Hagan is doing well. She plans to be back at church in one week.

She asks for us to remember her younger daughter, Rachel O’Brian, in our prayers. Rachel has injured her back.

Helen C. Brumfield

(September 3, 1912 – May 3, 2008)

Died at 11:00 a.m. on Saturday, May 3, 2008 at Hood Memorial Hospital in Amite. She was a native and a resident of Amite, LA . Age 95 years. Visitation at First Baptist Church, Amite, from 9 a.m. until religious services at 3 p.m. Monday. Services conducted by Rev. Mike Foster. Interment Amite Cemetery, Amite. She is survived by her son, Tom Ed Brumfield and wife, Irene, Amite; nephew, Earl Cefalu, Jr., Amite; 3 nieces, Mary Helen Lokey, Dallas, TX, Kathy Cefalu, Winston Salem, NC and Martha Lee Palotta, Baton Rouge; numerous great-nieces and great-nephews. She was preceded in death by her husband, Eddie Lee Brumfield; brother, Earl Cefalu, Sr.; parents, C. Thomas and Nellie Helmers Cefalu. She was a graduate of Amite High School in 1930 as Valedictorian and Class President, a graduate of H. Sophie Newcomb College of Tulane University in 1934, received her Master’s Degree from Louisiana State University in 1931 and received her Certification in Special Education from Southeastern Louisiana University in 1962. She taught English and Spanish at Amite High School where she became the school’s first Guidance Counselor. She later worked at Amite Elementary in Special Education and Testing. She retired from Southeastern Louisiana University as Director Emeritus of Testing and Orientation in 1976. She was the longest living member of First Baptist Church of Amite and was a member of the Board of Directors and Secretary of the Florida Parishes Skeet and Gun Club for over 30 years. In lieu of flowers, the family requests memorial donations be made to First Baptist Church of Amite.

Saturday

Plans go wrong for lack of advice;

many counselors bring success.

~Proverbs 15:22 (NLT)~

From Angela Shockley

Prayer request for all college students who are preparing for finals. Many students in the community begin testing Monday.

Pray for high school and college seniors as they take make plans for next step in their lives.

Joan Hagan is home after having some breathing problems following surgery. Her foot that was injured in fall last week is much better. Please keep her in your prayers.

Felix Estevan Irving Sr.
A resident of Morgan City, he died at 1:07 p.m. Thursday, April 24, 2008, at Thibodaux Regional Medical following a long illness. He was 82, a native of Amite and a U.S. Navy veteran of World War II, receiving the Asiatic-Pacific Ribbon, the Victory and the American Area and Radio Award. Visiting at Jones Funeral Home, Morgan City, on Saturday, May 3, from 8 a.m. until funeral rite at 10:30 a.m., the Rev. Chrispin F. Smith, officiating. The East St. Mary Veteran Funeral Squad will perform at the graveside service. Entombment in Morgan City Mausoleum. Preceded in death by his wife and parents. Survived by his son, Felix II and spouse Betty Irving, of Lawton, Okla.; daughter, Sharon Ann Irving, of Morgan City; brother, Eugene Sr. and spouse Sylvia Irving, of Hammond; sister, Rubie Mae Frazier, of Greensburg; uncle, Leroy “Brother” Tucker, of Amite; two aunts, Helen T. Rankin, of New Orleans, and Jennie T. Morris, of Los Angeles; a host of cousins, nieces, nephews, two grandchildren, a great-grandchild, five godchildren and a close friend, Mozella Triggs, of Patterson. Donations may be made to U.A.E. Comprehensive Center for Prostate Cancer, Office of Development W.T.I., 530 3rd Ave. S., Birmingham, AL 35294-3300.

Rapid Response Team Deploys

Following Virginia Tornadoes

The Billy Graham Rapid Response Team has deployed their crisis-trained chaplains in response to the tornadoes that tore through Virginia on April 28. According to news reports, the tornadoes damaged more than 140 homes and injured at least 200 people. The largest volume of damage is in Suffolk, Va., located in the South Hampton Roads area of southeastern Virginia.

“The deployment will be centered in Suffolk,” said Jack Munday, director of the Billy Graham Rapid Response Team. “We currently have two chaplains on-site in Virginia and are expecting that the number will increase over the coming days as we seek to meet the needs of those affected by these storms.”

The deployment will be in support of the Emergency Operation Center; the Virginia Department of Emergency Management; and Operation Blessing, based in Virginia Beach, Va.

Once again, the Rapid Response Team will work alongside Samaritan’s Purse, a disaster relief organization also headed by Franklin Graham. “We value our relationship with Samaritan’s Purse,” says Munday. “In most tragic situations like this, there are many needs—physical, emotional, and spiritual. When our two groups work together, it allows us to respond in a comprehensive way to all of these needs.”

This is the Billy Graham Rapid Response Team’s eighth deployment of 2008, following deployments to Jackson and Lafayette, Tenn., and Clinton, Ark., following the deadly tornadoes in the region; Northern Illinois University following the Valentine’s Day shooting of several students; Kenya, Africa (a training deployment educating pastors and church leaders in how to respond to the violence in their country earlier this year); and Piedmont and Delta, Mo., following flooding earlier this month.

Please pray:

* for the survivors of this tragedy
* for the chaplains who will be ministering on the scene
* that many will come to know Christ in the midst of sorrow

I hope you have some time today to read some of these articles.

Baptist Press

FLORIDA–Soldier killed with Bible nearby. http://www.bpnews.net/BPnews.asp?ID=27973

CHINA–Jailed Chinese Christian faces new charges. http://www.bpnews.net/BPnews.asp?ID=27974

TENNESSEE–Urgent action needed against CBS’ ‘Dexter.’ http://www.bpnews.net/BPnews.asp?ID=27975

TENNESSEE–‘Expelled’ producer pleased with box office. http://www.bpnews.net/BPnews.asp?ID=27976

ARKANSAS–Church lost, 7 killed in Ark. Storms. http://www.bpnews.net/BPnews.asp?ID=27977

NICARAGUA–New homes in Nicaragua show Christ’s love. http://www.bpnews.net/BPnews.asp?ID=27978

TENNESSEE–CULTURE DIGEST: Only 5% of adults tithed last year, Barna says. http://www.bpnews.net/BPnews.asp?ID=27979

LOUISIANA–FIRST-PERSON (Kelly Boggs): Pop culture & teen stars. http://www.bpnews.net/BPFirstPerson.asp?ID=27980


I don’t know who wrote this, but it was sent to me by Mr. K.K. Kennedy.


Although things are not perfect
Because of trial or pain
Continue in thanksgiving
Do not begin to blame
Even when the times are hard
Fierce winds are bound to blow
God is forever able
Hold on to what you know
Imagine life without His love
J oy would cease to be
Keep thanking Him for all the things
Love imparts to thee
Move out of “Camp Complaining”
No weapon that is known
On earth can yield the power
P
raise can do alone
Quit looking at the future
Redeem the time at hand
Start every day with worship
To “thank” is a command
Until we see Him coming
Victorious in the sky
We’ll run the race with gratitude
X alting God most high
Y es, there’ll be good times and yes some will be bad, but…
Z ion waits in glory…where none are ever sad
!

Be safe!

Anna Lee

Friday


NTERNATIONAL MISSIONS PRAYERLINE
INTERNATIONAL MISSION BOARD
Friday, May 2, 2008

 

 

“We have this treasure in jars of clay,

to show that the surpassing power belongs to God

and not to us.

We are afflicted in every way,

but not crushed;

perplexed, but not driven to despair.”

~2 Corinthians 4:7-8, ESV~

Dear Intercessors, this is Eleanor Witcher of the International Prayer Strategy Office, asking you to pray for those in despair.

After the elections in Pakistan, there was a glimmer of hope that things would improve. Everyone had hopes that democracy was going to be the savior of their country. Sadly, there are still suicide bomb attacks regularly; and new officials are as helpless to control the madness as ever before. Pray that Pakistanis will understand that nothing will ever replace the complete provision of salvation through Jesus.

Caazapa (kah-sah-PAH), located in southeastern Paraguay, is the least-evangelized department (province) in all the country. It is well-known by the Paraguayans as being the hub of occult activity. Consequently, Caazapa ranks number one nationally in suicides, especially among young people. The Gospel has penetrated this dark place, and a Baptist church has been planted in the small town of Tava’i. But there is still so much to do.

D, a woman in San Miguel de Allende, Mexico, was contemplating suicide on October 20, 2007. But Southern Baptists were praying for the Operation GO team from Mississippi that day, as they drove to San Miguel and prayerwalked the area where D lived. The next day, team members knocked on her door and gave her a Gospel of John. A national team member led her to Christ. Soon after that, D began to grow in the knowledge of her new faith, and she now comes to the local house church, which is part of a network of house churches.

* Please pray for those who are contemplating suicide, whether from personal or political motivation, that they will have opportunity to hear the Truth of Jesus.

* Thank God for rescuing D and bringing her new life.

* Intercede for those you may know who are suffering from despair. Pray the Lord will intervene, revealing His surpassing power.

Joan Hagan did not come home yesterday, but hopes to do so today. Please pray for Joan in the coming days.

KOMpray

May 2, 2008

“Let the little children come to Me,

and don’t stop them,

because the kingdom of God belongs to such as these,”

~Luke 18:16b~

HOW DO YOU TELL PEOPLE ABOUT JESUS?



A couple weeks ago, you heard about sharing your faith using the wordless book. Let’s learn another way people tell their friends about Jesus…

A team from South Carolina just had a sports camp with children in Niger. That’s in West Africa. The kids came each morning to learn to play kick ball. They had never played before, so it was fun watching them learn a new game. They often changed sides and were very happy when anyone scored. It didn’t matter which team they were on-someone scored! After the game each day, the team and children sat under the trees and listened to stories from the Bible. The children were able to memorize John 3:16. The last day of the camp, the team used the “EvangeCube” to share the entire Gospel story. The children listened and understood. Please pray for the children that they will now ask Jesus to be their Savior.

A woman and her daughter asked Jesus into their lives when a friend told them the Gospel. The friend used the “EvangeCube” to help tell the Gospel. The mother pointed to the picture of heaven on the cube, and said, “I want this. This is where I want to go.” The weeping mother then picked up a picture of her son and said, “I need a third room in heaven for my son.” Please pray that this mother’s teenage son will accept Jesus as his Lord soon. Pray that the mother and daughter will grow in their faith, and will help others learn about the place God is preparing for them in heaven.

MORE PRAYER REQUESTS FROM MISSIONARY KIDS

Please pray for my friends, SY and ER. I want them to be a Christian. They like to jump rope and we play at the park together. SY lives in a house close to my house. Thank you! AVERY, age 7 (Pacific Rim)

Please pray that I will be able to learn Spanish quickly. JESSIKA, age 14 (South America)

Please pray that the end of this school year will go well: final tests, packing to move to The States and starting college. RUTH, age 18 (West Africa)

Please pray for my cousin because he isn’t following the right path. Pray that an experience or person will help him see Christ’s light. ANA, age 11 (South Asia)

I am going to go to a boarding school for the first time. The school is in a different country than I have lived in. Please pray for me that I will make good friends and not be homesick. ALBERT, age 12 (Pacific Rim)

PRAYER REQUEST FROM A NATIONAL CHILD

“In my church our choir is made up mostly of girls my age. Even though we don’t have any instruments to accompany us, we love to sing. Some of us sing high and some of sing low, but we love to sing, dance and smile as we worship Jesus. Pray for other young girls like us in West Africa, that they too would be able to hear the message of Jesus, come to know Him and sing His praises.” ALI, age 10 (West Africa)