Greetings to all from the Eolia Christian Community Outreach Center.
“For He taught his disciples and said to them, the Son of Man is being delivered into the hands of men, and they will kill Him, and after He is killed, He will rise the third day. But they did not understand this saying, and were afraid to ask Him.” Mark 9:31-32.
I’m sitting at my deck as I write this column, enjoying the view as God’s creation again unfolds into the rebirth of spring. The Eastern Bluebirds have returned to their birdhouse in the backyard and are busy building a nest, but quietly and firmly holding their ground as a group of swallows darts overhead trying to intimidate them into leaving.
When we built our little cabin Tony erected a cross on the hill behind our house and each Christmas would decorate it with lights. Folks in the community would comment about how they loved seeing the lighted cross when going up the hollow at Eolia.
The purple tulips I planted around it are now beginning to bloom, as well as the tulips Emily and I planted years ago in the flowerbed. Seeing a few weeds coming up on the hill behind the barn reminds me of when Emily was little and Ray Bird gave her a small Weed Eater. Of course we didn’t turn it on but she didn’t care. She would stay outside with her Papaw earnestly concentrating on cutting weeds alongside Tony. ‘Precious memories, how they linger.’
ECCO was a busy place last week as we had our fundraiser dinner Friday. Although it was a one-day event, it took several days of planning, organization and preparation. I’m happy to say we did better then expected and the turnout was good.
Much thanks to the volunteers for their untiring efforts from the first peeled potato to the clean-up. An extra blessing was the arrival of friends and sponsors Mike and Holly Bowmen along with their two children from Wooster, Oh.
They quietly and efficiently went about doing whatever was needed. Although Holly was raised in Ohio, she has family ties in Pikeville and they are always welcome guests at ECCO. Eolia
I was so sorry to hear of the death of Johnny Maggard. We extend deepest sympathy to his family.
For low-income families in need of home repairs, SWAP applications are available at the ECCO thrift store.
May 9, 10, and 11, beginning at 7 p.m., a revival will be held at the ECCO chapel with John Doug Hays bringing the message. Singers are Thelma Bates and John T. Bentley.
I’m sure you noticed that I often request prayer for Stephanie Estep, who is battling illness. I learned from her mother Colettia that a fundraiser was held in their community by family and friends to help cover some of her medical costs. I was so pleased to hear they did amazingly well.
One heartwarming story that just made my day was when an older gentleman who had a lifetime collection of NASCAR items donated them all to their auction. In this age of greed and self-centeredness, it’s stories like this that restores my faith in the goodness of people.
With that said, I’ll leave you with this thought for the day. Thank God for Jesus!
Community Bulletin Board as follows: Eolia Youth Group meets each Thursday evening at 5:30 at ECCO. Bible study each Monday evening 7 at ECCO. Kid’s Time each Friday 10 a.m. at ECCO. Good News Club each Wednesday at the Eolia Mission for ages 3 and up, 6:30-7:30 p.m. Cumberland River Volunteer Fire 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 Tuesday of each month at 6:30 p.m. at the Ovenfork Senior Citizens Center. Come and bring a guest.
This week our prayer list includes: the family of Johnny Maggard, Louise Boggs, Phyllis Pennington, Stephanie Estep, Marie Starr, Ruth Halcomb, Billy Dixon, Kathy Morton, Gary Gaithner, Lois and Columbus Sturgill, Nora Walker, Don Brown, June Maggard, Ralph Nease, Helen Chapman and Brenda Gross.
Also lift up in your prayers the people of Japan, for conflict in the Middle East, our military troops all 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.