Angel Food Ministries @ Live Oak Baptist Church

Changing Lives for Jesus, One Box at a Time!

Typo on Events Flier – June 2009 May 31, 2009

Well, I found an error on my June 2009 Events Flier that was passed out with the Angel Food boxes yesterday…

The next to the last event announcement for no PM services was dated incorrectly.  The dates should have been Sunday, June 14th – Sunday, June 28th. For some reason, I got ahead of myself and typed July 28th (which is not a Sunday, anyway), sorry for the mistake.  I guess I’m going to have to fire my proof-reader…wait, that’s me…nevermind!  The correct information is listed on the Events page of this blog site.


“Angel” Delivers Easter Baskets & Food – Testimony from Another Host Site

Filed under: Angel Food Distribution,Uncategorized — Chandra Martin, LOBC Angel Food Coordinator @ 12:59 PM
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I always share things of interest here locally, but this testimony from Manahawkin Methodist Church, another Angel Food host site, was in the newsletter I get every month from AFM headquarters.  It’s touching and a reminder that the Angel Food Ministry is so much bigger than just right here in Watson, Louisiana.

Throughout the year, we’ve been taking food to a needy family. In April my trunk was full and topped off with an Easter Dinner box and three Easter baskets. When I got to the house there was no answer at the door. Vehicles were in the driveway, so I began unloading the food on the porch. Two precious eyes were peeking through the blinds watching me. I waved and smiled each time I carried a box. When done, I waved again and left.

Later, a message from the mom explained that after three sleepless nights due to severe pain from surgery, she and her husband had collapsed into deep sleep just before I arrived.

When they awoke, their daughter rushed to say, “MOMMY, DADDY! AN ANGEL CAME TO OUR HOUSE! A LADY ANGEL!” I’ve been called a lot of things over the years, but never an angel! It made me cry.

-Lorraine Haines,
Host Site Director,
Manahawkin Methodist Church

If you aren’t involved in helping with Angel Food here in Watson, or in whatever community you’re in, I urge you to pray about it.  This is one of the greatest outreach ministries EVER! It’s truly a blessing to help reach out to the community in such a fun way.  I’ll start sharing comments I get from our host site visitors, from time to time, as well.


Save Money By Making Your Own Laundry Powder May 30, 2009

Filed under: Money Saving Tips — Chandra Martin, LOBC Angel Food Coordinator @ 12:17 AM
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I ran across a recipe for making your own laudry detergent.  Being frugal-minded, I decided to give it a try.

I was pleasantly surprised at the outcome.  My wife and daughters have sensitive skin and we can only use a few store-bought laundry detergents that won’t break out their skin.  The recipe that I found calls for Fels Naptha Soap, but I just used the Safeguard we already bathe with.  When I broke down the cost per load, it came out to 2-4¢ per load.  To see if this is going to save you money, divide the cost of your detergent by the number of loads is “claims” you can wash with it.  We were buying a cheaper detergent in the store and the cost per load was still around 10¢ per load.  When you wash as many clothes as we do, it adds up fast!  Plus, we don’t have to worry about the detergent irritating sensitive skin.

Ok, I know what you’re thinking…”Why spend the time to grate up soap when I can just buy powder ready to wash with?”  Well, if you need to save money, why not try it?  Also, my girls have a blast helping me make this stuff.  And my 13 year old son says “It smells very refreshing.”  It should, he bathes in the same bar soap!  It makes 4 cups and fits perfectly in a cleaned out plastic butter tub.  I put a 2 tablespoon medicine cup in there (from the Walgreens brand Wal-Flu cold medicine, to be exact).  I use that scoop to measure my detergent, it’s quick and easy.  The recipe I use is below:

Powdered Laundry Detergent

2 Cups Finely Grated Soap (you should be able to use whatever bar soap you bathe with already)
1 Cup Washing Soda (NOT Baking Soda – Found on the laundry detergent aisle, if not, ask the store to start ordering it for you)
1 Cup Borax

Use 2 tablespoons of powder per load.

There are other recipes out there for liquid detergent, but I didn’t want the hassle of having to melt the soap, or boil anything.  Storage of 5 gallons of liquid detergent was also an issue.  The above recipe will make 4 cups of detergent, enough to wash approximately 64 loads.  If you have more space to store the detergent, you can double, triple, or quadruple the recipe, of course.  But I like my little butter tub with 4 cups in it, it doesn’t take up much room at all in my laundry cabinet.

Stay tuned to this blog for more money saving tips!


May Distribution Reminder May 29, 2009

I’m a little late in posting this, I know, it’s been a busy week for me…

Distribution is in the morning (Saturday, May 30th) from 7am until 9am.  If you ordered for May, remember to bring your receipt and boxes during the distribution times to pick up your order.

Volunteers for unloading the truck should be there by 3:50am and those wanting to volunteer to help with distribution should be there by 6:50am.  We should be cleaned up and finished by 9:30am.

We’ll also be taking orders for the June menu, which is available to view and/or download on the Menu tab at the top of this blog site.

We have a special treat for distribution tomorrow:  Mrs. Rhonda is going to be playing some hymns on her guitar!  I’m sure if any of you have the urge to sing along, she won’t mind at all!

See you tomorrow, bright and early!


Volunteers Needed for Women Outreaching Women Fireworks Season May 26, 2009

Filed under: Community Information — Chandra Martin, LOBC Angel Food Coordinator @ 1:08 PM
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The following press release was received from Women Outreaching Women.  A great program here in Livingston Parish.  If you’ve been looking for a way to help domestic violence victims, here’s your chance.  If you can’t volunteer, at least buy your fireworks from their facility, it benefits a great cause:

Women Outreaching Women is looking for volunteers interested in working in our store during fireworks season (June 25th through July 5th). Volunteers can participate as an organization or teams or individually for a minimum of a 4hour shift. Shifts available include weekdays and weekends. Proceeds from fireworks sales provide operating capitol for Livingston Parish’s only domestic violence emergency shelter. To submit an application contact WOW at (225) 791-3940 or email or apply on our website:

Women Outreaching Women is a domestic violence program based in Denham Springs, which offers support groups, education and sheltering for survivors fleeing domestic violence. For more information contact Alexis Anderson at (225) 791-3940 or email Women Outreaching Women’s 24-Hour Crisis Hotline is (225) 665-9100.


Beef Recall – Angel Food Ministries NOT Affected May 22, 2009

Filed under: News & Announcements — Chandra Martin, LOBC Angel Food Coordinator @ 10:20 PM
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A beef recall was recently announced by the USDA’s Food Safety and Inspection Service.  This recall does not affect the Lean Chopped Beef Steaks in the May Angel Food Menu, which will be distributed on May 30th.  Angel Food Ministries closely monitors their food vendors and acts quickly to any recall notices to insure the product you receive is safe.

Below is an email I just received from Angel Food Ministries headquarters:

We are aware of a beef recall that was just announced. Please be advised that the current recall of ground beef does NOT affect Angel Food Ministries.

(1)    Our Vendor is not affiliated with the firm that has their product in recall.

(2)    This does not affect our menu item this month of 2.5 lb Lean Chopped Beef Steaks

Thank you.

Harry Michaels
Angel Food Procurement

I’ll post any further news on this recall if Angel Food Ministries sends out any other notices.  This reaffirms my belief that Angel Food Ministries is working hard to provide safe, quality foods, at an affordable price.  And they will never risk the safety of those we are all trying so hard to help.


June 2009 Angel Food Menu Available May 18, 2009

Filed under: Angel Food Menus,News & Announcements — Chandra Martin, LOBC Angel Food Coordinator @ 9:36 PM
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The June 2009 Angel Food Menu is now available for viewing.  Just click the “Menu” tab at the top of the blog site and you can view it online.  You can also download a pdf version, as always, for printing and passing around.

The shrimp and salmon are back in the Seafood Box, for those of you who missed them in April’s menu.  And the “Latin Flavors” Fresh Fruit and Veggie box has some rather interesting things in it this time around, too.

Online ordering is already activated for the June menu for those of you who want to get a head start, and the deadline for ordering is Sunday, June 14th.  See the “Menu” tab for complete in-person ordering dates and times.  To order online, click the “Order Online” link in the Important Links on the right hand side of the blog pages.

Summer time can get busy, so don’t let the deadline sneak up on ya!


May Ordering Deadline Near! May 15, 2009

Filed under: News & Announcements — Chandra Martin, LOBC Angel Food Coordinator @ 7:24 AM
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The ordering deadline for May 2009’s Angel Food Menu is quickly approaching for those of you who order from Live Oak Baptist Church.

The next and final day to place your order in-person is Sunday, May 17th from 3pm – 4:30pm.  Online ordering will end the same day at 11pm Central time.

May’s menu has some wonderful things on it, including the Seafood Box and the “Latin Flavors” Fresh Fruit and Veggie box, so don’t miss out!  Place your order online by clicking the Order Online link on the right side of the blog, or come by the church on May 17th from 3pm until 4:30pm.

Remember, you can order online with credit or debit cards, only.  You can also order in-person with credit/debit cards, cash, money order, or the EBT Food Stamp Card.

God Bless!


BREC Hosts Camp Sunshine for Children with Special Needs – Baton Rouge, LA May 12, 2009

Filed under: Community Information — Chandra Martin, LOBC Angel Food Coordinator @ 1:13 PM
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Put Some Sunshine into Your Summer June 1 – July 24

6201 Florida Blvd.
Baton Rouge, LA

BREC Hosts Camp Sunshine for Children with Special Needs

Put sunshine into your summer! Enroll your children in BREC’s Camp Sunshine from June 1 – July 24.

Camp Sunshine is a summer day camp designed for children with more challenging mental and developmental disabilities. The J.V. camp is for children ages 6-12 and will be held at BREC’s North Sherwood Family Center, 3140 N. Sherwood. The staff ratio for this camp is one staff member per every five campers. Camps are scheduled to take place Monday-Friday, 8 a.m. – 5 p.m. with extended care offered from 7-8 a.m. and 5-6 p.m. for a fee of $12.

Campers will experience a summer of fun by participating in activities such as indoor and outdoor games, field trips, movies and visits from special guests. Participants must schedule an assessment before registering for camp by contacting Lakeshia Morris at 926-4659 or at
All BREC camps are inclusive.

For more information on BREC’s Camp Sunshine, please call 926-4659 or visit

It is the BREC mission to provide parks and recreational opportunities for all the citizens of East Baton Rouge Parish.


AFMLiveOakTV Launches! May 7, 2009

Filed under: News & Announcements — Chandra Martin, LOBC Angel Food Coordinator @ 8:22 AM
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Most of you guys know me by now…I’m all about technology and FREE things.  Well, I found something that combines bothMogulus/Livestream allows people to start their very own online television station for free.  It’s ad supported, unless you want to pay for the pro version.  But little ads at the bottom of the screen every so often is a minor issue.

I ran across this while looking for ways to broadcast Angel Food presentations to churches and groups interested in learning more, but too far away for me to go give an in-person presentation.  I tried several online “webinar” and “meeting” programs out there with free versions (good things don’t always have to cost money).  None of those worked out so well because they wouldn’t play the short video promo for Angel Food Ministries.  Then Google came through for me with the Mogulus website!  I can use this in combination with Procaster to have live video streaming whenever I want.  Any questions that come up during the presentation can be typed in on the chat feature, or I can have a representative from their group on the phone with me during the broadcast.

And so was born AFMLiveOakTV!


Right now, there isn’t much on the station, but I’m working on that.  So far, I have a couple of off air logo screens with music from some Christian artists that have allowed their music to be used by the public, a photo slide segment from April’s distribution, a promo video for the Rock the River Tour, and another video from Billy Graham Ministries that gives the plan of Salvation in a simple, yet profound way, and of course, a short Angel Food informational video.

As things progress, I’ll be adding more Angel Food related things, like ordering days and times, maybe some personal testimonials, and even some video clips from our pastor’s sermons.  This is very fun to play around with, so expect changes often!  I’ll most likely make more blog posts as things are updated on the station.

You can visit the online station at  Feel free to send me comments and suggestions, as well as any video testimonials or other content.  Enjoy!