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70 boxes of food given out on pantry day


Greetings to all from the Eolia Christian Community Outreach Center.

“I do not consider myself yet to have taken hold of it. But one thing I do: Forgetting what is behind and straining toward what is ahead, I press on toward the goal to win the prize for which God has called me heavenward in Christ Jesus.” Philippians 3:13,14.

On pantry day, with the help of several volunteers, we gave out 70 boxes of food to Eolia residents. This is a once a month event and a time when all the ECCO volunteers gather to help as we enjoy a time of fellowship and food together.

Shannon Mullins joined us with husband Pastor Lloyd, treating us to her famous homemade rolls and pumpkin cheesecake. This went real good with fried chicken, potato salad, slaw and baked beans.

The bookmobile lady introduced me to a series of books written by author Jan Watson from Lexington. I just finished ‘Torrent Falls’ and am starting on ‘Sweetwater Run’. Two more I’m looking forward to reading are ‘Troublesome Creek’ and ‘Willow Springs’ by same author. Her stories center around our area of Appalachia around 1893, and although that’s a long time ago, it still brought back childhood memories of making lye soap, hominy, and raising almost everything we ate. It reminds me again what independent, stalwart, and hardworking ancestors we descended from.

Liz Sturgill and Judy Branham sorted boxes and I was amazed at all they accomplished. Also during fall break we had four students to help out.

I really appreciate the extra hands since Tony is still dealing with side effects from his treatments. But I must say, I think the side effects are subsiding somewhat, even Tony agrees and he can be a bear at times.

I realize now how helpful he was, and even after 43 years of marriage, we should never take the other person for granted.

We were glad to have a visit from friends Carolyn and Garland Couch. Garland looked well after his long illness and surgery and talked about raising a garden next spring. That’s a sure sign of improvement.

Marie and Shelton from Chambersburg, Penn., will be visiting the week of Nov. 5., with plans to stay a week. I have a ton of small gift items and baskets waiting for Marie to fill and wrap. Marie is not happy unless she’s busy and since there’s always something to do at ECCO, I do my best to make my dear friend happy. Love you, Marie.

This week I’ll leave you with a quote from Christian author Elizabeth Elliot: “I am not a theologian or a scholar, but I am aware of the fact that pain is necessary to all of us. In my own life, I think I can honestly say that out of the deepest pain has come the strongest conviction of the presence of God and the love of God.”

Community bulletin board – Bible study at ECCO on Monday 7 p.m. – 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 at ECCO 10- 11:15. a.m. Cumberland River 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 at 6:30 p.m. at the Ovenfork Senior Citizen Center. Come and bring a guest. ECCO thrift store hours are Monday, Wednesday, Thursday and Friday from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m.

This week our prayer list includes Garland Couch, Richard McFarland, Denise Bedwell, Don Brown, Bear Hissom, Raymond Kiser, Ralph Nease, Seth Collins, Stephanie Estep, Judy Branham, Roger Shelton, Pat Shelton, Lillian and Nora Walker, Kess “Rusty” Halcomb, Ruth Halcomb, Olivia Blair, 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 Iraq and Afghanistan; the United States; our president and the leaders of our country; all the children hurt by war; and the ministry of ECCO.

Our phone number is 606-633-9229 and email address is eccotruth@att.net.

Until next time from myself and the folks at ECCO, “God bless.”

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