Greetings to all from the Eolia Christian Community Outreach Center.
For God so loved the world that he gave his only begotten Son, that whosoever believeth in him should not perish, but have everlasting life. John 3:16
The redbuds and forsythias along with Easter lilies, tulips and creeping phlox are in full bloom. Once again with the age-old ritual of time, Mother Earth is singing her song of victory over winter by adorning herself in all that is green, fresh and lovely.
All of our garden seeds are gone at ECCO with the exception of green beans and sweet corn. We still have several bags left for anyone needing them.
Colettia Estep is requesting donations of shampoo and used but good towels for the Kentucky Regional Animal Shelter. Colettia says they have an urgent need for shampoo, towels, dog food, and cat food. Anyone wishing to donate can leave these items at the Whitesburg Mennonite Central Offi ce located on Main Street across from the Letcher Funeral Home.
I was so sorry to hear of the death of Orville Collier. Orville’s family was very close to him and gave him such good care during the time of his illness; I know the loss is heartbreaking. We extend deepest sympathy to his family.
Last week we received a truckload of bananas from the Whitesburg Food Pantry that were so ripe we had to get them distributed but really fast. A big thanks to Sheldon and Phyllis for taking the bananas on the road and giving them out door to door. I’d say there were a lot of banana puddings and banana breads baked at Eolia that evening.
Chester and Mike from the First Baptist Church of Vandalia arrived this week with a trailer load of spring and summer clothing along with several pieces of furniture.
Later in the week we also welcomed our good friends the Gagnons and Debrulers from the Vineyard Church in Cincinnati with an additional trailer load of furniture and household items.
Saturday, Mary Anne and Karen treated me to lunch and a day of shopping while the guys stayed at ECCO and built a garbage shed. Sounds like a fair deal to me.
That night for supper Doug cooked up a cottage ham with green beans and red potatoes. What a treat. Also the same evening we were glad to welcome Pete’s mom and dad from Canada who’ll be staying at ECCO while visiting the Broersmas, and in April Don and Florence Billet are coming for a visit.
At ECCO there’s never a dull moment and that’s the way we like it.
With that I’ll leave you with this thought for the day: A friend will joyfully sing with you when you are on the mountaintop, and silently walk beside you through a valley.
Community Bulle- tin Board: Gospel singing the second Friday of each month at the ECCO Chapel at 7 p.m., Bible study each Monday at ECCO at 7 p.m., Cumberland River Volunteer Fire Department meets the second Sunday of each month at 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 Citizens Center, come and bring a guest.
This week our prayer list includes: the family of Orville Collier, Gary Gaithner, Garland Couch, Stephanie Estep, Don Brown, Shirley Mullins, Linda Sturgill, Louise Boggs, Earl and Betty Terry, Ted Corder, Jack and Marie Snell, Nora Walker, Helen Chapman and Brenda Gross.
Also lift up in prayer all those struggling with alcohol and drug addiction, may they be delivered, our military troops around the world, our President and the leaders of our country, the United States, all the children hurt by war, and the ministry of ECCO.
Until next week from the folks at ECCO, God bless.