Community News for March 29, 2018


Monday, March 26

Raygan Ray, daughter of Bro. Brian and Christi Ray of Robeline, started experiencing stomach issues about five years ago and was put on medication for autonomic stomach dysfunction.  She took meds each night that worked great and she functioned fine.   Raygan is 14 and in the ninth grade at Many High School where she plays volleyball and softball.  She has served on the student council and is active in many other clubs. Raygan was also the freshman maid on the MHS Homecoming Court.  This past Christmas night, Raygan got very sick.  After many appointments, hospitalizations and procedures, they discovered that along with her stomach problems she also had some colon and lower abdominal muscle issues.

Raygan has recently been given a G Tube (peg tube) to receive her needed nutrients that she has been unable to consume by mouth.   She and her family will continue their travels to Shreveport and Dallas. Raygan will be admitted April 16 into an in-house rehab in Dallas for four weeks for the stomach and colon issues, followed by four weeks of weekly visits to Dallas for the therapy sessions.  She will be admitted into Children’s Hospital in Dallas in May for a study of the colon.  Raygan has a long road ahead but one that has already been paved by our Heavenly Father.  With their strong faith in God, they hold true to His word.  Raygan’s mom, Christi Birdwell Ray, formerly of Marthaville, has taken a leave from Many Elementary School to be with Raygan. I will try and keep everyone updated on her road to recovery.

Robeline First Baptist Church will have a benefit April 13 selling barbecue sack lunches. Proceeds will go toward Raygan’s medical expenses.  Place your order by April 11. This event will take place at the Robeline First Baptist Church Life Center, at 7739 Oak St., Robeline.  Price will be $6 for one sandwich and $8 for two. This will include chips, dessert and drink. Time will be from 10 a.m.-2 p.m. You will be able to dine-in or carry-out.  For more info, call Andrea Pickett at 318-332-6038.

At Rebel State Park, participants joined in for the Liam’s Smile Miles 5K March 24to bring awareness to Moebius Syndrome, which is a non progressive craniofacial/neurological disorder that manifests itself primarily in facial paralysis. Those with the syndrome cannot form expressions and do not have lateral eye movements. Liam’s Smile Miles was in honor of Liam Berry, son of Josh and Olivia Berry, of the Little Egypt community.  Liam is a precious little boy that was born with Moebius Syndrome.

His proud grandparents are Wayne and Belinda Berry of Robeline and David and Phoebe Strahan of Little Egypt.  One look at Liam and your heart will melt. He has increased awareness of Moeibus Syndrome, that many has never heard of. Liam never stops. He will soon be 2 and is always on the run. He has everyone’s heart.   This event was sponsored by CrossFit Creek Bottom, H&L Grocer, Jenkins Logging, All-Out Gutters, Shane Mitchell Logging, Jones Septic System, SPS Propane, LLC and Sabine Security Storage.  Robeline First Baptist Church will have one service at 10 a.m. Easter Sunday. Sunday school and all other Sunday activities that day will be dismissed so families can enjoy Easter at home.  Dora Allen has now been moved to the Courtyard. She is in room 224 and would love visits. Vernon Birdwell is home recovering from a visit to the ER.

Jo Rugerio is home and doing so much better following hip surgery. Kathy Birdwell sold her home and is now living in Natchitoches and is loving it.  Gary Niette, former resident of Spanish Lake, is having to take six weeks of chemo and radiation.  He is doing much better than he was. My thoughts and prayers go out to Marie Roberts of Campti over the death of her daughter, Carolyn.

Monday, March 26

Bro. Jay brought the message on 1 Samuel 1:2-3 and 2 Samuel 1:6-8 Sunday. The title was “Handle Before It Handles You.” Three things everybody deals with: anxiety, (depression), affliction and yesterday. Old Bethel will have an Easter egg hunt Saturday, March 31 from 3-5 p.m. We will have sunrise service on Easter Sunday at 6 a.m. Breakfast will be served afterwards. Old Bethel served 357 at the fourth Friday fish fry last week at Clara Springs. The fish fry April 27 will be cooked by Wallace Baptist Church. Bellwood Baptist Church will have a sunrise service April 1 at 7 a.m. They will have breakfast following the service. Bro. Roger Matkin will preach homecoming at Pine Grove Baptist church Sunday, April 8 at 10:30 a.m.

Calvary Baptist Church service time on Easter Sunday is 8 a.m. with brunch after the worship service. There will be no evening service. Trinity Baptist Church will have a candlelight service Good Friday, March 30 at 6 p.m. Their Easter Eggstravaganza is from 2-4 p.m. Saturday, March 31. Sunday service will be at 10:30 a.m. They will have a presentation “He Lives.” There will be no evening service. The office will be closed on Monday. Weaver United Methodist Church will have an Easter egg hunt Saturday, March 31 at 11 a.m. at the Flora Community Center.

They will serve fish plates for $8. Robin Welling will take spring pictures for $5 and she has an Easter backdrop for outside photos. Place your order online; she will give you a card with the site. Westside Baptist Church service times for Easter Sunday are at 9 a.m. and 10:45 a.m. Westside will have a crawfish boil fundraiser for their youth at 6 p.m. on April 11. Provencal Baptist Church will have a revival April 8-11.

The services Sunday will be at 10:45 a.m. and 6:30 p.m. They will have a church-wide fellowship meal following the Sunday morning service. Evangelist Joe Aulds will bring the message. Bro. Johnnie Dunn from Westside will lead the music. Service times are Monday–Wednesday at 7 p.m.