Charles Adrian Bridges

(February 27, 1933 – March 23, 2008)

I have fought the good fight, I have finished the race, I have kept the faith. 2 Timothy 4:7 Charles Adrian Bridges passed away at 12:33 a.m. on Monday, March 24, 2008 at North Oaks Medical Center in Hammond, LA. He was a native of St. Helena Parish, LA and a resident of Kentwood, LA. Age 75 years. He was a U. S. Army Veteran of the Korean Conflict. Visitation at The Lord’s Church, Kentwood, from 6 p.m. until 9 p.m. on Tuesday and from 10 a.m. until religious services at 1 p.m. Wednesday. Services conducted by Rev. Don Meadows. Interment New Zion Cemetery, Kentwood. He is survived by his wife of 40 years, Polly Griffin Bridges, Kentwood; 2 sons, Mitchel A. Bridges and wife, Donde, Kentwood and Joseph W. Bridges and wife, Jennifer, Kentwood; 5 grandchildren, Will, Matthew, Rebecca, Ashton and Kirkland Bridges; 4 sisters, Mattie B. Lambert, Kentwood, Inez B. Tate, Montpelier, Wilma B. Chand and husband, Harry, Kentwood and Bonnie B. McMillan, Kentwood; numerous nieces and nephews. He was preceded in death by his parents, W. W. and Cassie Bridges; 5 brothers, J. S., C. J., Will T., Jack and Murphy Bridges; 4 sisters, Mamie B. Allen, Rucee B. Crowell, Elaine B. Pittman, and Minnie B. Pittman.

Estelle Singleton Bond

(August 5, 1915 – March 22, 2008)

Died on Saturday, March 22, 2008 at her residence near Pine Grove, LA. She was a native of St. Helena Parish, LA. Age 92 years. She was a retired teacher and a veteran of the U.S. Navy (Wave), commissioned as a Petty Officer during WWII, stationed in Norfolk, VA. Visitation at McKneely Funeral Home, Amite, from 6 p.m. until 9 p.m. on Tuesday and at Shiloh Baptist Church, Pine Grove, from 9 a.m. on Wednesday until religious services at 11 a.m. Wednesday. Services conducted by Rev. Lavern King. Interment Shiloh Cemetery, Pine Grove, LA. Survived by 2 sons, Sidney Bond, Pine Grove, Joe Byron Bond, Pine Grove, 1 sister, Vivian Womack, Greensburg, 2 step-grandchildren, Jason Rizzuto, Portland, OR, Nicholas Rizzuto, Houston, TX, numerous nieces and nephews. Preceded in death by husband, James H. Bond, Sr., son, James H. Bond, Jr., Parents, Hayden and Lena Singleton, brother, Monroe Singleton, sisters, Ruth Highbough, Leota Hornsby, and Lora Lindsey. Pallbearers will be Jason Rizzuto, Nicholas Rizzuto, Jere Singleton, Gordon Boswell, Kenneth “Shot” Hanks, and Steve Lindsey.


“But before the end comes,


the good news must be preached to all nations.”


~Mark 13:10, CEV~

Aaron Hill

Happy Easter to everyone! I’m sorry that we haven’t posted in so long, but the hospital has been a busy place today (tons of people visiting kids for Easter) and we wanted to wait for good news to report. Aaron finally got extubated around noon today. His countenance completely changed when they took the tube out. He went from depressed, lethargic and swollen to a bright-eyed, mobile little guy again. In fact, he immediately started looking for something to put in his mouth within minutes. He has been peeing like a champ all day and is almost back to his pre-surgery size. After almost 6 hours of withholding his feeds, I finally strongarmed one of the attending physicians to order his feeds started again. Aaron has been restless and agitated begging for a real meal! But I guess we’ll have to start with a few ccs an hour through the tube for now and build him back up. Please pray for his continued progress. Hopefully, we will be able to hold our little guy again soon.

Jesse Dean

Please continue to Pray for Majel and Jesse Dean. Jesse is home from rehabilitation. Now, Majel is his head nurse. Pray for her to not feel overwhelmed as she takes care of Jesse. Pray for daily progress in Jesse’s condition.


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

Mike Benson, Editor

THE STORY HAPPENED in the 1800’s…

In days past, rural people of the Southern States, we now call in the USA, “the Bible Belt,” were used to hard work and plain living; most of them were “Bible believers.” It did not matter if they were Baptists or Methodists or whatever; they believed the Bible over their “church creed.” Most did not know what their church creed taught. Honesty was part of their embedded character. Religious debates were very common; people desired to hear and know the truth. They would ask, “What does the Bible teach?”

A debate was to be held at a certain time and place. As folks started to arrive on horseback and wagons, the building filled quickly. The proposition for discussion was, “Is Baptism necessary for one to be saved?” The Baptist debater was present; however, the debater from the church of Christ did not show up. What happened, an accident, bad weather, did he get sick? What should they do?

Finally, the elders of the local church asked the “oldest elder” present to take the place of the evangelist that was absent. “I am not a debater” the elder explained, but with pressure he agreed to debate the Baptist champion and to do the best he could.

With great eloquence the Baptist debater pressed that “baptism had nothing to do with salvation; it was faith only.” When the old elder got up for his speech he turned the pages of his New Testament to Mark 16:16 and read, “He that believeth, and is baptized, shall be saved; but he that believeth not shall be dammed.” With this said, he sat down. With huge frustration at the shortness of the old elder’s remarks the Baptist champion took his allotted time and again preached “faith only.” When it was the old elder’s turn again for his speech, he slowly turned the pages of his New Testament and found Mark 16:16. With his thin old finger pointing to Mark 16:16, he looked up at the packed house and stated, “Yup, it’s still there.” With this affirmation, enormous good humored laughter filled the meeting house. The debate was over. With open Bibles the crowd of plain, honest people went their own ways. (Donald R. Fox)

The Bible does not change. The Word of God, however, will change the hearts of honest men. We must remember and heed:

“He that rejecteith me, and receiveth not my words,

hath one that judgeth him;

the words that I have spoken,

the same shall judge him in the last day.”

~John 12:48~

Sunday Afternoon

Bobby R. Smith
(September 22, 1938 – March 23, 2008)

Passed away on Sunday, March 23, 2008 at North Oaks Medical Center in Hammond at the age of 69 years. He was a resident of Kentwood. Visitation at McKneely Funeral Home, Kentwood, from 6 pm until 9 pm on Monday and from 8 am Tuesday until funeral services at 2 pm. Interment in East Fork Cemetery. More details will follow when available


“He is not here: for he is risen, as he said.

Come, see the place where the Lord lay.”

Matthew 28:6~

“Up from the grave He arose with a mighty triumph o’er his foes;

He arose a victor from the dark domain,

and He lives forever with His saints to reign.

He arose! He arose! Hallelujah! Christ arose!”

Saturday Afternoon

Aaron Hill

Sat morning e-mail notice

Things are quiet and slow at CHOP this morning, but still moving forward for our little guy. Aaron’s surgeon came by and ordered his chest tube be removed. Since he is peeing better (yea!), they removed his catheter as well. 2 big steps… He is still too swollen for them to remove his breathing tube, but if he continues to shed fluid and breath above the ventilator, they might do that tomorrow. We are eager for this step, but want to make sure God keeps it all in His timing. We don’t want Aaron to have to work too hard all at one time.

We will keep the good news coming. Love to everyone.



Tink “Pappy” Oliver

(March 4, 1928 – March 21, 2008)

He was a retired timber consultant and logger. He went to be with the Lord on March 21, 2008 in McComb, MS at the age of 80. Our Pappy was born on March 4, 1928 in Kentwood, LA. Visitation at McKneely Funeral Home in Kentwood, LA on Monday, March 24, 2008 from 5 p.m. until 9 p.m. and on Tuesday, March 25, 2008 from 8 a.m. until services at 10 a.m. Services contucted by Rev. Delio Delrio and Rev. Reggie Hope. Interment in Hope-Oliver Cemetery. He is survived by his wife of 58 years, Bernadette Oliver, sons Sammy Oliver and wife Lettie, Terry Oliver and wife, Beverly, Scotty Oliver and wife Darla, and a daughter Bridgette King and husband Eric, grandchildren, Sean Oliver and wife, Mary, Amber Adams and husband Danny, Suzanne McAlister, Mike Posey and wife Carolyn, Whitney Brumfield and husband Brian, Courtney Oliver, Kimberly Capdeboscq and husband Jamie, Bruce Oliver, Scotty Oliver and fiancee’ Kim Hatfield, Lacey Oliver, Hunter Oliver, Tristan and Corly Grice and Brett and Blake King and 12 great-grandchildren. Sisters Avis Hope, Katherine Manning, Azelene Goetzmann, Hazel Smith, Irene Blades, Sarah Golman, and Mildred Cade. Preceded in death by parents, Henry “Tink” and Kate Oliver, 1 brother, Huey Oliver and sisters Irene and Audis Oliver, 1 brother-in-law, Otis Hope.


Jesse Dean

Jesse is home. He had a long day yesterday. Majel is scheduled to return to school Tuesday. Please continue to pray for both of them

Aaron Hill

Aaron’s echo this morning showed a little too much pressure in the right side of his heart. They had cut his nitric oxide in anticipation of extubating him today, but that was evidently too hard on his heart and lungs. Also, b/c his urine output has been low, he was getting rather swollen. They have now given him another diuretic to help him get rid of the extra fluid and have told us they are going to take things really slow to give him plenty of time to adjust. We are impatient (as is Aaron) b/c we really want to hold him again and the removal of the ventilator, chest tube, catheter, etc., are the steps we want to take in that direction. We know Aaron doesn’t like the tube down his nose/throat (he tries to cry but can’t make sound because of the tube), so that makes us anxious to get rid of it even more. We don’t like to see him hurt and hate that we can’t comfort him when he cries. We must pray for patience for ourselves and little Aaron as we wait for his body to be ready for these steps.

Happy Good Friday to everyone. Don’t forget to celebrate the reason for this Easter weekend!


Someone that David and I have known all our lives and most of you have know for many years has developed a serious health issue. Please pray for this individual.

Becki and the children made it safely home yesterday afternoon. Thanks for praying for them as they traveled. Pray for all those who have miles to travel and stops to make in the coming days.

Baptist Press – Thursday

TENNESSEE–Resurrection of Christ is the heart of the Gospel.

TENNESSEE–Did Jesus really rise from the dead?

NORTH CAROLINA–2 thieves represent mankind, pastor says.

GEORGIA–Proclaiming Easter’s message all year long.

TEXAS–Judge dismisses suit against Southwestern.

KENTUCKY–Mohler recovering from surgery.

TENNESSEE–Extreme winter calls for quick response.

WASHINGTON–LIFE DIGEST: Pro-lifers should avoid ‘Idol Gives Back,’ leader says.

TENNESSEE–Still hospitalized, prayer lifts UU duo.

LOUISIANA–Jena embraces ‘whatever God wants.’

SOUTH CAROLINA–FIRST-PERSON (Frank Page): A 10-year evangelistic strategy.

GEORGIA–FIRST-PERSON (Henry Blackaby): Resurrection power.

Friday Afternoon

Aaron Hill

Well, Aaron had a pretty good night and morning. His heart rate is now down in the 150s to 160s, an improvement from the past couple of days. Although we thought they might take him off the ventilator, he is more swollen today and the drs don’t think his kidneys are functioning well enough to take him off just yet. We are disappointed, particularly b/c having that tube down his nose and throat is really bothering him. Plus, they don’t want to put in his feeding tube and give him a real meal until they have extubated him. So, we continue to wait on that big step… They came around and did an echo earlier, but we don’t know the results from it yet, so we wait on that as well.

A continued thanks for each post and prayer. A special thank you to Amy from Jackson–a HRHS mommy whom I have never met– for your sweet call this morning. There is so much sadness here. More than many would ever imagine. It truly is a giant blessing to have so many prayers going up for Aaron each day. We would be lost without them.

Betty Taylor

  • Continues to improve
  • Still sore, but much better each day
  • Said “God is so good!’
  • Thanks you for praying for her

First Baptist Church, Kentwood

Nursery Volunteers

  • Sunday, Marc 21
  • Justin & Wendy Fowler
  • Eleanor Morris
  • Gretchen Simpson
  • Lily Edwards

Nursery Volunteers are Needed

  • 8:15 Service
  • Sunday, 3-23-08

Business Meeting

  • Wednesday,Marc 26th

Birthday Celebration

  • Mrs. Mickey Cade
  • 75th birthday
  • Saturday, March 29th
  • Fellowship Hall
  • 2:00 – 4:00

Migrant Health Kits

  • Shampoo
  • Comb
  • Deodorant
  • Washcloth
  • Soap
  • Toothpaste
  • Toothbrush
  • Church will provide a Bible
  • Place items in a gallon size Ziploc bag
  • Deadline – Wed., April 2

Easter Schedule

  • 8:15 Worship
  • 9:15 Sunday School
  • 10:30 Worship
  • No evening activities


  • Surprise Easter Egg Hung
  • Sunday, March 30th
  • During AWANA time
  • Bring 6 candy-filled plastic eggs.

Annie Armstrong Easter Offering

  • Goal: $13,000.00
  • Received: $2,058.00
  • Bring your “Annie” eggs Sunday!