Greetings to all from the Eolia Christian Community Outreach Center.
“For unto us a child is born, unto us a son is given: and the government shall be upon his shoulder: and his name shall be called Wonderful, Counselor, The mighty God, The everlasting Father, The Prince of Peace.” Isaiah 9:6.
We wish to extend deepest sympathy to the families of Bernice Maggard and Helen Chapman. I know their passing has left a void that cannot be filled.
As we at ECCO celebrate this wonderful time of the year which marks the birth of our Lord and Savior. I am slowly marking off each party, dinner, and event as December begins to winds down.
Saturday, we hosted a Christmas party of over 70 people, including children from Arlie Boggs School and their families sponsored by the First Baptist Church of Vandalia, Oh., and the Arlie Boggs Family Resource Center.
There was some disappointment that the Cowan Music School musicians cancelled, but the kids were still very happy to devour pizza, hot dogs, cookies and cupcakes to their hearts’ content.
It was such a sweet sight to see all the little faces expectantly waiting for their name to be called to receive their gifts. I am always hum- bled by the sight of the gifts delivered by the ‘Classics,’ the group from Vandalia, Oh., that orchestrates this wonderful event for the children of Eolia.
This group is largely made up of senior citizens and they put their all into this yearly project. Many I’ve met through the years have suffered heartbreaking loss and tragedy, but instead of letting it make them old and bitter they’ve become gentle, kind and generous souls. I can say this about them, knowing they would instantly agree, it’s because of the love of God in their hearts.
We’re happy to announce another convert and baptism, Terry Niece, as the result of our Sunday evening worship services. If your church does not have Sunday night services, we invite you to join us at the ECCO chapel at 5 p.m.
Talking with Carolyn Couch, I learned Garland is having further complications as a result of his diabetes. I ask everyone to please lift Garland up in your prayers and Carolyn also for she has health issues as well.
I wrote in a previous column that I would share a recipe for Mounds cake once I tried it out on the volunteers. They loved it. So here it is: 1 box chocolate cake mix, 1 can Eagle Brand milk, 1 (8 ounces) Cool Whip, 1 small box vanilla instant pudding, 1 cup milk, 2 cups coconut.
Bake cake according to directions on box. After cake is done and while hot, punch holes in cake and pour Eagle Brand milk over cake. Let cool, add the one cup of milk to the instant pudding and mix well, then add Cool Whip and coconut.
Spread over cooled cake and store in refrigerator. So easy, but moist and rich.
With that I’ll close with this thought for the day. If it were not for hope, the heart would break. At the end of the day, Jesus is our only hope.
Community Bulletin Board: Sunday night worship service at ECCO chapel 5 p.m. Bible study at ECCO Monday evenings at 7:00. 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 Thursday 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 families of Bernice Maggard and Helen Chapman (Sharman’s mother), Stephanie Estep, Garland and Carolyn Couch, Pearl Baker, Roger Shelton, Patricia Osborne, Betty Terry, Ted Corder, Don Brown, Jack and Marie Snell, Nora Walker, Darlene and Winston Sturgill, and Brenda Gross.
Also lift up in prayer all those struggling with alcohol and drug addiction, may they be delivered, our military troops around the world, Israel and the Middle East, our President and the leaders of our country, the United States, all the children hurt by war, and the ministry of ECCO.
Until next week from the folks at ECCO, God bless.