Greetings to all from the Eolia Christian Community Outreach.
“But as it is written, eye hath not seen, nor ear heard, neither have entered into the heart of man, the things which God hath prepared for them that love him” 1 Corinthians 2:9
It’s been a while since I’ve written my column and I must say I’ve missed it. When writing my column I feel as though I’m talking to a good friend.
Here in our little valley we currently have about five inches of snow and it’s still coming down. In my front yard I can see several birds visiting the feeders. I also have a pet house on the porch for my cat with a bowl of dry cat food inside. Even with the feeders available, I see an occasional daredevil bird chancing its fate by stealing a bite of cat food.
Being cooped up inside is a good time to work on those projects we tend to put off through the year. Sewing kitchen curtains is one project on my list.
I received two wonderful Christmas gifts. One was a visit from Emily. We had a fun time playing games and eating all that holiday junk food that’s bad for us. I was also surprised and delighted to receive a cuckoo clock from my son, which brought back a ton of memories. Growing up, I remember Mother had one in the living room beside the fireplace. Guess where I put mine. You got it. In the living room beside the fireplace. I’ve always heard that as we get older we become our mothers. I don’t have a problem with that. Those precious memories, how they linger.
On behalf of ECCO, I want to say a big thank you to the Ermine Double Kwik for its kind donation of canned foods to our food pantry. Also, thanks to Brother Lloyd Mullins for taking the time during the Christmas rush to deliver them to ECCO. Not once, but twice. God bless you all for your kindness.
It couldn’t have come at a better time since our grant funding ends December 31. During the 23 years in this ministry, one thing I’ve learned is that God always provides. We at ECCO are looking forward to seeing what another year has in store for our little ministry.
We’re hoping to begin a couple of fun projects in the way of jewelry making and quilting. We’re happy to welcome Phyllis Boggs and Phyllis Pennington to our family of volunteers and with the extra help in the pantry and sorting clothes, we may actually have time for some fun stuff . We’re going to have to pin a nickname on one of them because when we call the name Phyllis, we get a double chorus of “What!”
With that said I’ll leave you with this thought for the day. “Sometimes the Lord calms the storm; sometimes He lets the storm rage and calms His child.”
Community bulletin board: Bible study at ECCO each Monday evening at 7 p.m. Good News Club meets each Wednesday at the Eolia Baptist Mission for ages three and up, 6:30- 7:30 p.m. Cumberland River Volunteer Fire Department meets the seond 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, come and bring a guest.
This week our prayer list includes the family of Jeff Collier, Sharon Bird, Marie Starr, Karen Morgan, Billy Dixon, Kathy Morton, Gary Gaithner, Johnny Maggard, Tim Maggard, Columbus and Lois Sturgill, Don Brown, Raymond Kiser, Ralph Nease, Lucy Maggard, Stephanie Estep, Lillian and Nora Walker, Jack and Marie Snell, Helen Chapman and Brenda Gross.
Also remember to lift up in prayer our military troops all over the world, 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 the folks at ECCO, God bless.