Greetings to all from the Eolia Christian Community Outreach Center.
“For I know the thoughts that I think toward you, saith the Lord, thoughts of peace, and not of evil, to give you an expected end. Then shall ye call upon me, and ye shall go and pray unto me, and I will hearken unto you. And ye shall seek me, and find me, when ye shall search for me with all your heart.” Jeremiah 29:11-13 KJV.
A baby shower was held Monday evening for Lucinda Creech and expected baby boy. The food was great and the gifts were lovely and most generous. Lucinda is a volunteer community service worker we’ve become very fond of. I want to thank everyone for their gracious support, and a big thanks to Amy for suggesting and planning the shower.
After talking to Brother Verdell earlier today, I’m glad to hear he’s feeling much better. He’s been under the weather for a while now due to low kidney function.
Saturday, John Fitchwater from the ministry of Loaves and Fishes delivered a truckload of chicken and baked goods for our pantry. We are blessed to have such generous and supporting partners. Folks like this enable us to continue our work in the community.
One of our thrift store regulars, Linda Combs, says her son David received a good report from his last doctor’s visit. We praise and thank God to hear the good news. Linda is such a sweet and humble soul. I only have one problem with her — she doesn’t live at Eolia, because if she did, we’d recruit her up as a volunteer in a heartbeat.
Wednesday, March 19, at 2 p.m., we’ll be having a meeting at ECCO about starting up a homeless shelter in Letcher County. Everyone is welcome. We began talking about a homeless shelter in January, but had to delay having a meeting because of bad weather.
Magistrate Bobby Howard has played an active role in pursuing this project and we both agreed we needed someone with passion and compassion and also the determination of a pit bull to get it established.
We want to thank Diane Watts for so graciously accepting the offer as director of this project.
Harlan, Perry and Pike counties have homeless shelters and, folks, it’s time for Letcher County to step up to the plate. We ask for your help in making this happen.
First of all, pray and ask for God’s blessing and if you know Diane, encourage her along, because she filled me in on some of the research she’s been doing and all I can say is, she has her work cut out for her.
With Easter just around the corner, our thrift store has for sale the most lovely birdhouses in colors of lavender, yellow, and pink along with traditional wood tones. We also have the blue and white paw print UK birdhouses along with the little red schoolhouse with a bell in the tower. Some are decorated with flowers and vines and would make a wonderful and lasting Easter gift for anyone.
With that I’ll close with this thought for the day, a friend will strengthen you with his prayers, bless you with his love, and encourage you with his hope.
Community Bulletin Board: Cumberland River Volunteer 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 Thursday of each month at 6:30 p.m. at the Ovenfork Senior Citizens Center, come and bring a guest. Bible study at ECCO each Monday evening at 7 p.m. with teacher John Doug Hays, all welcome.
Our prayer list includes Dudley Short , David Combs, Leonard Smith, Gloria Beachy, Pearl Baker, Betty Maggard, Garland and Carolyn Couch, Gay Sturgill, Betty Terry, Allen Profitt, Ted and Judy Corder, Don Brown, Marie Snell, Ruby and Johnny Sturgill, Nora Walker and Brenda Gross.
Also lift up in prayer 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 time from the folks at ECCO, God bless.