Greetings to all from the Eolia Christian Community Outreach Center.
“Let the heavens rejoice, and let the earth be glad; Let the sea roar, and all its fullness; Let the field be joyful, and all that is in it. Then all the trees of the woods will rejoice before the Lord.” Psalm 95: 11-12.
This cold morning while waiting for the coffee to brew, I heard the cheerful song of a bird near my window. In the summer there are many sounds going on in nature, but to hear the single sweet song of a lone bird in the dead of winter just makes me appreciate it more.
Stepping outside I could see why the little guy was so enthusiastically heralding in the day. A tapestry of colors adorned the heavens with a pink sky displaying purple clouds with brilliant red glowing behind them bursting forth to welcome the day.
The past couple of weeks at ECCO have been busy as usual, but our greatest concern has been for two of our volunteers, Liz Sturgill and Sheldon Starr, both who have had stays in the hospital. I’m thankful to say Liz is now home and hopefully Sheldon will be home tomorrow. I ask everyone to lift them both up in your prayers. Eolia
Our Bible study teacher, John Doug, has been a little under the weather and Kelsey Friend filled in for him last week. John Doug is very thoughtful about his little ECCO flock and makes sure there’s someone to fill when he can’t make it, which isn’t often.
I’ve heard that Stephanie Estep is making great progress with her chemo treatments and her latest PET scan revealed her to be cancer free. She still has radiation treatments and we ask for your continued prayers.
We were happy to welcome to ECCO friends Chris and Mary Anne and Doug and Karen for the weekend. Saturday, Chris and Doug along with Duane Beachy, director of Appalachian MCC, built a wheelchair ramp for a dear lady I’ve known all my life.
That evening I was happy to host a dinner party for Chris and Mary Gagnon, Doug and Karen DeBruler, Kess and Thelma Halcomb, Duane and Gloria Beachy, and Marie Starr.
Friday night we were blessed by a gospel singing in our little ECCO chapel by Darrell Caudill and Jerry Banks. Other people joining in made it a true community singing.
We’ll be having another gospel singing in the ECCO chapel this Friday, Feb. 3, at 7 p.m., and everyone is welcome. Those who are blessed to play an instrument or sing are welcome to join as well as those like myself who are just happy to sit back and enjoy the music.
With that I’ll leave you with this thought for the day: Appreciate what you have before you haven’t.
Community Bulletin Board: ECCO Bible study each Monday evening at 7 p.m., all welcome. 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 include Liz Sturgill, Sheldon Starr, Baylus Caudill, Gary Gaithner, Stephanie Estep, Don Brown, Shirley Mullins, Ted Corder, Earl and Betty Terry, Jack and Marie Snell, Nora Walker, Helen Chapman 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, 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.