Greetings to all from the Eolia Christian Community Outreach Center.
“For the Lord your God is God of gods and Lord of lords, the great God, mighty and awesome.” Deuteronomy 10:17
I love all the seasons, but spring seems to be a more welcomed season. I think because we just get so tired of the gray skies of winter. This evening as I sit typing and looking out my window, a warm rain is making a soft patter on the roof and the mountains are coming alive in vibrant shades of green in celebration of another year of life.
Stepping outside, I’m immediately greeted with a symphony of frogs from a small pond near the house. The pond is actually Emily’s doing. The last time she visited she dammed up the branch near our house, creating a small frog pond so she could catch frogs this summer. And telling Emily the old wives tale that if a frog pees on you it will make a wart, doesn’t work either. It only aroused her curiosity to see if it really would. Oh, the joys of youth.
We’ve been busy as bees at ECCO doing the usual as well as getting out our quarterly newsletter. Rodney Sturgill and Bucky Kilbourne did a great job installing a birdfeeder that is so unique they could start their own business. They installed it too high for the bears to reach, but by using pulleys and a rope it is easy to let down to fill with seeds. And it looks wonderful.
Our bird sanctuary is coming right along. I also want to add B.J. was the first to suggest the design.
While recently talking to Marie Starr I was glad to hear Sheldon is being fitted for his prosthetic hand and they are planning a visit soon. Marie even made mention of whoopee pies to sell in the thrift store.
Now that warm weather is here maybe we can finish our ECCO chapel. We’ll be needing it for our Bible study this summer since SWAP uses our community room.
SWAP applications for home repairs are available at the ECCO thrift store and when filled out can be left at ECCO. The deadline for applications is May 14.
The garden seeds we receive each year to give away went really fast and I can understand why. It’s been awhile since we’ve raised a garden but the price of seeds is, well the mountain version is “higher than a cat’s back.”
The Little Dove Primitive Baptist Church sold tickets on a quilt to support its Sunday school class, and the quilt was won by Georgia Dickeson. Georgia gave the quilt to her dad, Ralph Nease. The church wants to thank everyone for their support by buying a ticket. They also want to remind everyone there will be church services the second and fourth Sunday nights at 6 p.m.
I was so sorry to hear that Bear Hissom died. He was a favorite with all the kids at the Mountain Montessori School, especially Emily. Some people are just natural kid magnets, and he was one of those people. We extend deepest sympathy to the family.
With that, I’ll leave you with a quote from Gloria Gaither. “Even in the winter, even in the midst of the storm, the sun is still there. Somewhere, up above the clouds, it still shines and warms and pulls at the life buried deep inside the brown branches and frozen earth. The sun is there! Spring will come.”
Community bulletin board: Bible study each Monday evening 7 p.m. at ECCO. Eolia Community Park Committee meets the third Tuesday of each month at 7 p.m. at ECCO. Kid’s Time each Friday 10-11:15 a.m. at ECCO. ECCO thrift store is open Monday, Wednesday, Thursday, Friday 10 a.m.-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 11 a.m. at the Partridge station. Volunteers welcome. Partridge Lions Club meets the first and third Tuesday of each month at the Ovenfork Senior Citizens Center at 6:30 p.m. Come and bring a guest.
This week our prayer list includes the family of Bear Hissom, Judy Branham, Garland Couch, Hannah Burke, Judy Corder, Bent Shepherd, Judy McKnight, Richard McFarland, Don Brown, Raymond Kiser, Ralph Nease, Lucy Maggard, Stephanie Estep, Lillian and Nora Walker, Roger Shelton, Jack and Marie Snell, Don Billet, Sheldon and Marie Starr, Helen Chapman, 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.
Until next week from myself and the folks at ECCO, God bless.