Greetings to all from the Eolia Christian Community Outreach Center.
“For unto us a child is born, unto us a son is given; and the government shall be upon his shoulder: And his name shall be called Wonderful, Counselor, The mighty God, The everlasting Father, The Prince of Peace.” Isaiah 9:6.
Last week was hectic as usual as we at ECCO continued our Christmas projects. I want to thank the Appalachian Region Missions located in Cumberland for so kindly donating us several turkeys. For Thanksgiving I gave a total of 107 of those turkeys to families in the Eolia area.
Ray Bird took Tony for his chemo treatments, making it possible for me to call folks and give them out Monday and Tuesday.
They had to cut back on Tony’s chemo treatments for a while due to dehydration and low platelets. But after being given two bags of intravenous fluids, he began to perk right up.
We’ve had to miss church here lately because of Tony’s illness, but I sure appreciate Carolyn and Garland Couch for dropping by to bring us a dinner plate filled with all kinds of good food from the church Thanksgiving dinner.
I want to remind all the parents of children chosen to receive gifts from the Vandilia First Baptist Church about the Christmas party to be held at ECCO Saturday, Dec. 5. Marie will be sending notes home to remind everyone also.
Another reminder from Marie. Arlie Boggs Elementary School has a new program at the school. It is a cheerleading program, thanks to Amanda Adams, Courtney Adams, and Paige Adams. This program is sponsored by Marie Coleman, Arlie Boggs FRYSC Director. The girls are having a fundraiser this coming Friday night, Dec. 4. at the school from 6 to 8 p.m. They will be showing the movie “Santa Buddies” and selling concessions. Everyone come and support the Wildcats girls.
Also, Saturday, Dec. 5., at Walmart in Whitesburg beginning at 10 a.m. the girls will be having a bake sale. You can donate baked items to Amanda Adams, Courtney Adams, Paige Adams and Marie Coleman. Tell your friends, neighbors and relatives to come out and buy something. The girls are having fund-raisers to buy uniforms and pay other expenses. They will soon have a list of business people who have made donations. They want to thank these people for supporting Arlie Boggs Elementary School.
This Saturday, Arlie Boggs School again received toys donated by Hasbro and delivered by Sister Georgianna and friends. Enough toys were delivered to ensure each child would get a toy for Christmas. This event has been several years in the making.
Later Sister Georgianna and friends dropped by ECCO for a visit, which I always enjoy. At the same time I received an unexpected visit from Joe and Nina Jinx, missionaries for the last 10 years in Poplacia, Romania. I’m always delighted to see Joe and Nina and hear that all is going well with them.
Nina also had her mother along, Margaret Sturgill. Joe and Nina live in a village that is largely Orthodox in faith. So they really have their work cut out for them. But from what I hear they happily work with those in the community, Joe teaching carpentry and construction. Nina teaches the women to garden and can food, while also teaching them to speak English.
I understand they use these methods as a means to witness for Christ. Nina is also very fluent in the Romanian language. Each year they have Vacation Bible School in their home with several children attending.
Nina is a home-grown girl, and by that I mean from right here in Eolia. In this day and age when the god of ‘self’ is largely worshipped, I’m so inspired by this caring and unselfish couple and the lifestyle they’ve chosen.
With that I’ll leave you with this thought for the day, ‘It is good to be a Christian and know it, but it’s better to be a Christian and show it.’
Community bulletin board: Eolia Park Committee meets the third Tuesday of each month, 7 p.m. at ECCO. Bible study each Monday at 7 p.m. at ECCO, Good News Club. Wednesday 6:30-7:30 p.m. at the Eolia Mission for children 3 and up, call 633-5015 for transportation. Kid’s Time, Friday 10-11:15 a.m. at ECCO. Cumberland River Volunteer Fire Department meets the second Sunday of each month 11 a.m. at the Partridge station. Volunteers welcome. Partridge Lions Club meets the first and third Tuesday of each month 6:30 p.m. at the Ovenfork Senior Citizen Center. Come and bring a guest.
This week’s prayer list include: Olivia Blair, Judy McKnight, Bent Shepherd, Garland Couch, Richard McFarland, Don Brown, Bear Hissom, Raymond Kiser, Ralph Nease, Stephanie Estep, Lillian and Nora Walker, Pat Shelton, Roger Shelton, Jack and Marie Snell, Dorothy Nease, Helen Chapman, Tony and Brenda Gross.
Also to be lifted up in prayer are those enslaved by drugs and alcohol, may they be delivered, the troops in Afghanistan, Iraq, the United States, our president and the leaders of our country, all the children hurt by war, and the ministry of ECCO.
Our email address is email@example.com. Until next week from the folks at ECCO, “God bless.”