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Christmas cactus blooming early

Greetings from the Eolia Christian Community Outreach Center.

“Let us come before His presence with thanksgiving; Let us shout joyfully to Him with psalms. For the Lord is the great God, and the great King above all gods.” Psalm 95:2-3

With the approaching colder weather I’ve noticed the flowers and bushes bow to the earth as one frost after another has laid them down. One exception has been a basket of potted petunias hanging over the banister of my deck. They have defiantly braved one frost after another and each day I’m thinking, this is it. But they just perked their little faces up as soon as the sun came out as if to say, “not just yet.” Said to say, last night’s freeze finally got them. But like some people, I admire their spunk.

My Christmas cactus is in full bloom and so large, as my mother would say, “You couldn’t set a washtub over it.” I wonder if there’s a secret to getting it to bloom at Christmas because each year it always blooms in the month of November. Although it’s blooming a month early according to its namesake, it is a glorious riot of fuchsia and white blooms, a little treat for this time of year when the flowers of summer are gone. Eolia

The Eolia Park Committee meeting was held at the Eolia Community Park where we enjoyed hot dogs and Janie Lou’s famous potato salad. Kess Halcomb, our park president, has a great sense of humor. He handed out the financial reports and said, “If anyone has any questions we’ll answer them, if not, meeting adjourned, let’s eat.” Now that’s my kind of meeting.

I hadn’t been to the park in a while and was most impressed with the great job the park custodians do in maintaining the grounds and facilities.

We ask each of you to lift up in pray Shirley Mullins, who, as some of you know, is the mother of Delona Maggard. She has been diagnosed with cancer and is facing a difficult road ahead. Delona called me the other night and was beside herself with worry. She said she and her sister were determined to be by her side every step of the way. Shirley is blessed to have such daughters.

I also ask that you lift up in prayer Kelsey Friend, who sometimes teaches our Bible study. He’s diabetic and is suffering from a foot injury.

Last Monday Dave called saying he was unprepared to teach Bible study and was totally exhausted. I told him I’d try to find someone else, but after a few moments he said no, he’d come but would be a little late. Well let me tell you, Dave didn’t teach but preached like I’d never heard him preach before. Afterward Bennie Sturgill said he was broke out in a sweat. It’s fine with us for Dave to come unprepared anytime.

Dave has been under the weather a bit and John Doug Hays is really good to fill in for him. We appreciate John Doug for making the long haul from Pikeville to ECCO when Dave can’t make it.

Thanks to the ministry of ‘Loaves and Fishes’ located at Cumberland for their donation of chicken to the ECCO pantry. They said they’d hoped for turkeys but got chicken instead. Chicken is fine with us at ECCO. With the drastic cuts in government commodities, we’re happy with whatever we get.

I guess everyone has received their property tax bills by now, so I’ll leave you with this thought for the day. A person doesn’t realize how much he has to be thankful for until he has to pay taxes on it. (Think about it.)

Community Bulletin Board: Eolia Youth Group meets at ECCO each Thursday at 5:30 p.m., come and join the fun. 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. Bible study each Monday evening at 7:00 at ECCO, all welcome.

This week our prayer list includes: Shirley Mullins, Kelsey Friend, Ted Corder, Betty and Earl Terry, Marie and Jack Snell, Ruth Halcomb, Stephanie Estep, Charlie Scott, Gay Sturgill, Gary Gainther, Nora Walker, Phyllis Pennington, Helen Chapman, and Brenda Gross.

Also lift up in prayer those struggling with drug and alcohol addiction, may they be delivered, 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.

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