Greetings to all from the Eolia Christian Community Outreach Center.
“Now we see but a poor reflection as in a mirror; then we shall see face to face. Now I know in part; then I shall know fully, even as I am fully known.” 1 Corinthians 13:12
The snow has caused business at ECCO’s thrift store to slow down considerably, giving us an opportunity to make some jams and jellies we’ve been wanting to make for a while. We now have strawberry rhubarb jam and elderberry jelly available in limited quantities.
We would love to do some quilting but will just have to wait a couple more weeks for Sheldon to return from Pennsylvania to make our quilting frames. The last frames we had were the old-fashioned kind you suspend with hooks and pulleys from the ceiling, and they actually worked really well. Except the last time we were quilting we heard a large crack and one of boards split down the middle and that brought our quilting bee to a halt. Eolia
Folks have told me the best frames are those made with plumbing pipes. They’re light and can be disassembled when not in use. I’m sure Sheldon can make us a set. Matter of fact, we’ll probably be having quilting frames of this type for sale. I’ll let you know when we do.
Maxine Parsons told me the other day how her friend Jesse Addington had been to Letcher Manor to visit his mother Betty Addington and how much she missed her Eolia friends. Although she is happy and content at Letcher Manor and loves the staff there, she still reminisces about her days at Eolia. When I operated Shortstop Grocery Betty was one of my favorite customers. She always had a big smile and a great sense of humor.
This memory in particular comes to mind. One morning while I was enjoying a cup of coffee on the store’s porch before the day got busy, Betty pulled in the parking lot driving the little red car she and her mother shared. With a big grin she stepped out and sauntered toward the swing where I was sitting. Trying to stifle a chuckle, I ask her if she was also enjoying her morning coffee. She stopped, gave me a puzzled look and said “Yeah, I guess, why?” (Oh, how I enjoyed this.) I said, “I see you still left your cup on top the car.”
Believe it or not, before leaving home she forgot her cup of coffee on top the car and drove down the hollow with half a cup still intact . Oh, what a great laugh we had.
Betty knew I was especially fond of her mother Cora McCowan and loved telling me of her mother’s latest antics, particularly when Cora would go on the warpath and have to straighten out the whole clan. Precious memories, how they linger.
Jewel and Marvin Maggard are beside themselves with joy over having their baby girl Becky coming back to Letcher County to live and work.
I’m also glad to hear that good old brother Verdell Sturgill is home from the hospital and doing well.
Sharon Bird had hip surgery (not knee surgery like I put in my previous column). She is doing really well and I must say has a first class nurse taking care of her. Husband Ray Bird. Ray has a nurturing spirit, so he’s right in his element.
Also, Pat Brock is doing well after having heart surgery.
We ask everyone to continue to lift these folks up in prayer.
With that said, I’ll leave you with this quote from Corrie ten Boom. “Don’t worry about what you do not understand….Worry about what you do understand in the Bible but do not live by.”
Community bulletin board: Bible study each Monday evening at ECCO beginning at 7 p.m. Good News Club meets each Wednesday at the Eolia Mission for ages three and up 6:30-7:30 p.m. at the Eolia Mission. 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 6:30 p.m. at the Ovenfork Senior Citizens Center, come and bring a guest.
Our prayer list includes Verdell Sturgill, Pat Brock, Sharon Bird, Marie Starr, Stephanie Estep, Karen Morgan, Billy Dixon, Kathy Morton, Gary Gainter, Johnny Maggard, Tim Maggard, Columbus and Lois Sturgill, Don Brown, Raymond Kiser, Ralph Nease, Lucy Maggard, Helen Chapman, and Brenda Gross.
Also remember to lift up in prayer our military troops, our President and the leaders of our country, those grieving in Tucson, the United States, all the children hurt by war, and the ministry of ECCO.
Until next week from the folks at ECCO, God bless.