Greeting to all from the Eolia Christian Community Outreach Center.
“There is no fear in love; but perfect love cast out fear.” John 4:18
The little valley of Eolia has been quiet and uneventful with the exception of receiving a call for help from Marie Coleman at the Arlie Boggs Family Resource Center. Marie said glancing out the window, a movement caught her eye, which happened to be a mama bear and her three cubs. This mama bear was teaching her babies some bad habits by raiding the school Dumpster. Marie said her first thoughts were, “ Oh no, the restrooms are in the other building.”
Now when this happens to someone else it’s always very funny, but I know from experience how scary it is when a bear comes around for a visit. For a long time when going outside I would scan the surrounding area and peek around the corners to see if the coast was clear.
Marie called the ECCO Center asking if someone could come to the school and blow their car horn and scare them away. Linda Kilbourne with son B.J. and taking Emily along were off to the rescue. Of course Emily was thrilled to see a mama bear and three cubs.
We’re so glad to have our chapel finished and ready for use. Recently we were happy to have Pastor Ted Collins deliver a sermon with Thelma Bates blessing everyone with her anointed singing. Since then I’ve had inquiries of when we’ll have them visit again.
Emily spent a week with me and she was like a tonic for my soul. She and Caleb have ridden the go-cart, fished, and from their childish laughter, had one imaginary adventure after another. Emily came up with the idea to sell pictures that she and Caleb had painted for a fund-raising. I ask her where she got the idea and she said they did it at school to raise money for the childcare center.
I told her of some of the agencies ECCO helps and she chose the Appalachian Pregnancy Care Center to sponsor. They sold their drawings on the front porch of ECCO to visitors and thrift store customers. Not only that, they recruited other children to help with their project. In all they raised a total of $29.66.
It did my heart good when Emily wanted to do something for others. I pray the seeds that have been planted in her heart will grow as she does.
Sheldon and Marie came for a short visit and I was so sad to see them leave. They have sold their home in Chambersburg, Penn., and Lord willing, plan to make Eolia and ECCO their home this fall. Eolia will be blessed to have such kind and wonderful people as its residents.
With that said, I’ll leave you with a quote from Kay Arthur. “Submit each day to God, knowing that He is God over all your tomorrows.”
Community Bulletin Board: Bible study at the ECCO chapel each Monday evening 7:00, Eolia Community Park Committee meets the third Tuesday of each month 7 p.m. at ECCO, ECCO thrift store open Monday, Wednesday, Thursday, Friday 10 a.m. to 2 p.m., Good News Club each Wednesday 6:30-7:30 p.m. at the Eolia Mission for children 3 and up, Cumberland River Volunteer Fire Department meets the second Sunday of each month 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.
This week our prayer list includes Hannah Burke, Judy McKnight, Richard Mc- Farland, Don Brown, Raymond Kiser, Ralph Nease, Lucy Maggard, Stephanie Estep, Lillian and Nora Walker, Jack and Marie Snell, Don Billet, Sheldon and Marie Starr, Helen Chapman and Brenda Gross.
Also to be lifted up in prayer are those enslaved by drugs and alcohol, may they be delivered, our troops in Afghanistan, and Iraq, the United States, our President and the leaders of our country, all the children hurt by war, and the ministry of ECCO.
From the folks at ECCO, God bless.