Happy Birthday to Melissa Varnado, of Amite, and Ruby Alford, also of Amite, both Oct. 14; Brooke Nicole West, of Greenwell Springs, Oct. 15; Jason Zachary, of Baton Rouge, Oct. 16; Darlene Breechan Gill, of Greensburg, Oct. 17; and Kevin Morgan. of Amite, Oct. 18.

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Greensburg FBC members in the October spotlight are Mary Lou Cutrer, Gene Rawls, Margaret Woodard Caraway, Susan Stringer, Little Harris, Gilda McDowell, Courtney Woodard, Mike R. Smith, Rhett Smith, Chris Belser, Cori Clark, Wendy Dover, Matt Bellser, David Ballard, Mayor Burke Jones, Cole Young, Brandon Cox, Clifton Speed, Jackie Smith and Jacob Glass.

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Greensburg FBC will be collecting shoeboxes for Operation Christmas Child through Nov. 16. Gift ideas were available at the church. They are conducting the Louisiana Baptist Children’s Home coat drive through Nov. 16. For information call the church at (225) 222-6580.

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Go Hawks, taking on the Houma Ellender Patriots. Also, the Amite Warriors won their game against Belaire 41-0. Way to go Warriors.

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Congratulations, John Polito Jr., for being named fire chief of Independence Volunteer Fire Department.

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You go, senior OFA Interact Club students, beautifying the Rotary Club flower garden across from the First Baptist Church of Amite. More power to you.

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Phillip and Brent Wale, of Amite Cornerstone Church, was expected to arrive home in early October from their missionary trip to the Philippines.

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Love and prayers are extended to these families who have lost these loved ones, Patricia DiMicelli and Dyann Grace.

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Our heavenly Father lavishes on us riches of his grace (Ephesians 1:7, 1:18) and he is able to do “exceedingly abundantly above all that we ask or think” (Ephesians 3:20). He is the God who pours out forgiveness for the prodigal (Luke 15), and he daily crowns us “with loving kindness and tender mercies” (Psalm 103:4). He never did anything more than forgive us and guarantee heaven for us. He has already done way more than his share. Jesus, please remind us often that you have been more than abundantly generous to us. Help us to extend that generosity of spirit to others, that they may know who you are and rejoice in you.

Fran Snoddy writes Butterfly Wings for The Advocate Extra. Contact her at (225) 777-4363.