Author: Kimberly Rider

Office: 337-824-3271

Kimberly serves as the secretary for the daily tasks of the church. From keeping up with attendance to coordinating between ministries, Kimberly is there to serve with smile.

February 9,2020

Dear Church Family,


I read something on Facebook the other day that was worth remembering and practicing.  The post said something like “I encourage your to pray for someone you know for 30 days without letting them know you are praying”.  I thought, “I can do that!!  I thought again, I need to do that!!”.  I have someone in mind that I am going to pray for.  The ultimate goal for my friend is to pray toward a spiritual conversation that will lead to the friend accepting Jesus into his life.  The commitment is quite simple.  Every time I see him, every time I see his truck, every time I drive by his house, I will offer a prayer.  So, what are some things that I can pray for, to God, for my friend?

  1. Pray that God’s blessings will flow into his life
  2. Pray that he will be a great husband/father
  3. Pray for his busy life to slow down
  4. Pray for time to converse with him for more than 30 seconds
  5. Pray that his heart will be stirred to spiritual things
  6. Pray for the opportunity to live my faith in front of my friend
  7. Pray for an opportunity to share my faith and hopefully lead my friend to know and commit to Jesus.

Do you have a 30 day friend in need?  I challenge to secretly pray for that friend for 30 days.  “Don’t let your left hand know what your right hand is doing” in prayer.

See what God will do with your prayers.



Dr. j




There will be an Ordination to the Gospel Ministry service for Eric Sonnier on Sunday, February 9th at 5pm.  There will be a reception for the Sonniers following the ordination service and everyone is invited to attend.   Please plan on bringing food to serve at the reception.  The type of food to bring will be announced in next weeks bulletin.

We will begin taking a Love Offering for the Sonniers  starting today.


January 12, 2020

Dear Church Family,


We have designated a closet as the Christmas Closet in our house.  That is right.  All the Christmas decorations, and all the red/green beauty of Christmas is stored in THAT closet.  We were so proud this year, to go to the Christmas closet, and find neatly stored items that put us in the Christmas season.  We were able to take everything out, put it in its place, and “wall-lah”  (is that a word?), we had Christmas.  Because of our neatly organized Christmas closet, we were able to decorate our home for Christmas and make the most of the holiday season.


The other day, I drifted by the Christmas closet, and as I peaked inside, I noticed that the Christmas closet was NOT neatly packed.  In the hustle to get things undone after Christmas, some the of the Christmas cheer had been “stuffed” into the closet.  So, being the good husband that I am, I, I, uh, I…closed the door.  Problem solved until December 2020.  I must confess, that the plan I had for the Christmas closet (closing the door) will come back to haunt me in 11 months, when we do it all again.  AArrgghh!!


I wonder if that activity of “closing the door” on a mess is a metaphor for our lives.  I wonder if we know we have messes in our lives, and instead of sorting through the mess, and put things in order, we simply “close the door” hoping it will go away.  In the eyes of Jesus, that is not a good plan.


He is so filled with grace, that he wants to go into the hall closet of our heart, and painstakingly take out all the mess in our secret places, and throw away the things that need to be dealt with (forgiveness, bad habits, lack of faith, worry….______________) and then neatly place the valuables back in the closet.  In fact, he so wants to clean up our secret places that we will be willing to show guests our closet and not hide things away.


I hope you can clean out those closets of the heart real soon, and be ready for the celebration of Jesus birth, every day!


God bless,

Dr. j


Trail Life USA

The First Baptist Church Trail Life USA Troop LA-1273 will be having its first annual Open House and informational Bonanza to sign up new recruits on January 26, 2020 at 4:00 P.M. in the Fellowship Hall.  Trail Life USA is an exciting outdoor youth development organization steeped in the values and priorities of the Christian Faith.  It is dedicated to a mission “…to guide generations of courageous young men to honor God, lead with integrity, serve others, and experience outdoor adventure.”

This exciting new Ministry will forward the opportunity for boys ages 5-18 to join our newly formed troop.  The initial registration is being offered to members, friends, and family of First Baptist Church, Jennings.  An annual fee will be required at registration.  The leadership of the FBC TLUSA will be introduced during the morning worship service on January 26.  We are excited to bring this program offering to the community.

The motto of Trail Life USA is “WALK WORTHY” …that you may walk worthy of the Lord, fully pleasing Him, being fruitful in every good work and increasing in the knowledge of God;

Colossians 1:10, NKJV

Please be in prayer for our Troop.



Todd Landry, Troop Ministry Liaison


First Place New Session

First Place New Session


Monday, January 13th at 6:00 p.m.

The Bible study will be “If You Give A Girl A Giant” and cost is $22 for the 12-week session.


Anyone who is interested, may call the church office at 824-3271

or call/text Phyllis Prejean at 337-884-3518.