Greetings to all from the Eolia Christian Community Outreach Center.
"Peace I leave with you, My peace I give to you; not as the world gives do I give to you. Let not your heart be troubled, neither let it be afraid." John 14:27
On food pantry day at ECCO, 76 boxes of food were given to individuals and families in the Eolia area. One of the people largely responsible for helping with our food pantry program is Sharman Chapman-Crane. Sharman will be leaving her job with Mennonite Central Committee by the end of December. I was sorry to hear this because Sharman does the ordering, inventory, record keeping and all the paperwork that goes with dealing with the Department of Agriculture for our ECCO food pantry. This also includes regular inspections by the federal Department of Agriculture, which I’m happy to say we’ve always passed with flying colors. I’m sure there are other agencies to which Sharman has contributed much that hate to lose her also. But sadly to say, the decline in our economy is no respecter of person and affects even those making a difference in our county.
These sunny November days have delighted Emily, giving her an opportunity to ride her go-kart a few times before the snow flies. She visited last week after school for about three hours, and for a few minutes we were lavished with hugs and kisses, but the rest of the time was spent riding her go-kart. It seems they grow up so quickly; it seems only yesterday when she was about three and was happily helping me plant tulip bulbs. Now that she’s older her interest are sports, friends and school activities. But then that’s the way it’s supposed to be.
Tony had a really tough time last week from his chemo treatments. When the nurse ask him how he was doing he gave the usual, " Ah, I’m alright." Well I told her different and after some checking they found his blood platelets were lower then normal which accounted for much of his fatigue.
It wasn’t until I moved some porch furniture to the well house that I realized how much he helped out around the house. The chairs weren’t a problem, but the table was made of heavy wrought iron and I could barely lift one end. Looking the situation over I came up with the idea of tying a piece of cloth on the foot of each leg, pushing it across the deck to the gate, turning it over and sliding it through the yard to the well house for storage. It worked pretty well! But at one point while stopping for a breather, I had to chuckle seeing how funny that table looked wearing booties. I can remember days gone by when I could have pitched that table over the banisters and easily put it in storage.
With that I’ll leave you with this thought for the day — "Youth is wasted on the young."
Community bulletin board: Eolia Park Committee meets the third Tuesday of each month at 7 p.m. at ECCO. Bible study each Monday at 7 p.m. at ECCO. Good News Club Wednesday 6:30-7:30 p.m. at the Eolia Mission for children 3 and up; call 633-5015 for transportation. Kid’s Time Friday 10-11:15 a.m. at ECCO. 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 6:30 p.m. at the Ovenfork Senior Citizens Center; come and bring a guest. ECCO’s thrift store open Monday, Wednesday, Thursday, Friday 10 a.m.-2 p.m.
This week our prayer list includes: Judy McKnight, Bent Shepherd, Garland Couch, Richard McFarland, Denise Bedwell, Don Brown, Bear Hissom, Raymond Kiser, Ralph Nease, Stephanie Estep, Judy Branham, Roger Shelton, Pat Shelton Lillian and Nora Walker, Kess "Rusty" Halcomb, Ruth Halcomb, Olivia Blair, Jack and Marie Snell, Dorothy Nease, Helen Chapman, Tony and Brenda Gross.
Also to be lifted up are those enslaved by drugs and alcohol, may they be delivered, the troops in Afghanistan, Iraq, the United States, our president and the leaders of our country, all the children hurt by war, and the ministry of ECCO.
Our email is firstname.lastname@example.org. Until next week from the folks at ECCO, "God bless."