Greetings to all from the Eolia Christian Community Outreach Center.
“But encourage one another day after day, as long as it is still called today.” Hebrews 3:13 NASB.
Saturday was such a beautiful, sunny day with robin egg blue skies. It seemed almost like spring.
While enjoying a moment in the swing on the deck, while the family cat purred and sunned himself, it was hard to imagine that just days earlier everything I was now enjoying was covered in snow. Except the cat of course.
The only reminder of the great snowstorm of 2009 were the small mounds of snow scattered here and there, when days earlier they were large drifts. A bright red ski cap lying on the hill behind our cabin marked where Emily and Caleb went sledding and Emily’s cap flew off as she squealed with delight. Precious memories, how they linger.
Believe it or not, three of our friends went bear hunting during the storm. I can’t imagine a bear in its right mind out wandering around the mountains with flakes of snow falling big as half a dollar. Needless to say, the hunters didn’t stay long, only because trees were falling all around and they feared for their lives. I think some men would be happy to sleep in a cave at night and hunt all day.
Our power was off for a couple of days. I sure was glad for a fireplace. My email service had also gone haywire, which is why I missed writing my column last week.
We were so sorry to hear that Debbie Bentley Sturgill died. We extend deepest sympathy to her family.
Small acts of kindness can mean a great deal to some people. During the snowstorm Pete delivered water to an elderly couple, Jack and Marie Snell. Later Rod Sturgill carried coal in for them.
With that I’ll leave you with this thought for the day: “You cannot do a kindness too soon, because you never know how soon it will be too late.”
Community bulletin board: Good News Club Wednesday 6:30-7:30 p.m. at the Eolia Mission for children 3 and up. 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 Lion’s Club meets the first and third Tuesday of each month at the Ovenfork Senior Citizens Center. Come and bring a guest. Bible study with Dave Hammond and others Monday, 7 p.m. at ECCO. All welcome.
This week our prayer list includes: the family of Debbie Sturgill, Olivia Blair, Judy Branham, Judy McKnight, Bent Shepherd, Garland Couch, Richard McFarland, Don Brown, Bear Hissom, Raymond Kiser, Ralph Nease, Lucy Maggard, Stephanie Estep, Lillian and Nora Walker, Pat Shelton, Roger Shelton, Jack and Marie Snell, Dorothy Nease, Helen Chapman, Jeff Chapman-Crane, Tony 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.
Our email address is firstname.lastname@example.org.
Until next week from the folks at ECCO, “God bless.”