Greetings to all from the Eolia Christian Community Outreach Center.
“She opens her mouth with skillful and godly wisdom, and in her tongue is the law of kindness — giving counsel and instruction.” Proverbs 31:26 AMP
This scripture easily comes to mind when I think of my dear friend Mable Gilliam, who just recently departed this earth to be with the Lord. Mable was recuperating from a broken ankle while in the Britthaven Nursing Home when she unexpectedly died.
Mable was 81 years old as we count the years of life, but her attitude and heart was young as someone 30 years old. Mable was one of my dearest friends. Throughout the years we spent much time together sharing recipes, confiding our problems with each other knowing it would never be the next day’s community gossip.
Mable’s faith in God and love for her family was obvious to all that knew her. She was so much like a little kid when it came to holidays. She anticipated seeing her family and cooking a big meal.
I remember a few years ago while visiting right before Easter, Mable suddenly jumped up saying she wanted to show me something. She returned with a new dress and matching shoes, thrilled as a 16-yearold.
I remember so well her last advice to me during one of our talks, “Now honey, you know we must forgive no matter how badly we’re hurt.”
My dear, dear, friend, I shall truly miss you.
The ECCO thrift store is now sporting a new arrival of spring and summer clothes. We’re also in the process of turning the front yard into a bird sanctuary beginning with one birdhouse and one birdfeeder. Well, you have to start somewhere.
Don and Florence will be returning next week for a visit in which Don will give a presentation of his nature photos, April 12, 7 p.m. at ECCO. Everyone is invited. He captures scenes that are truly amazing and speaks volumes of his love of nature, and also the great patience it takes to get such shots.
Tony is doing much better on this new chemo treatment, which doesn’t seem to have the devastating side effect as before. Please keep him in your prayers.
The Little Dove Primitive Baptist Church wishes to announce starting April they will conduct church services the second and fourth Sunday night beginning at 6 p.m.
With that I’ll close with this thought for the day still with my friend Mable in mind: Kind words can be short and easy to speak, but their echoes are truly endless.
Community bulletin board: Good News Club 6:30-7:30 p.m. at the Eolia Mission for children 3 and up. Kid’s Time each Friday at ECCO 10-11:15 a.m. 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 starting at 6:30 p.m. at the Ovenfork Senior Citizens Center, come and bring a guest.
This week our prayer list includes the family of Mable Gilliam, Betty Addington, Judy Branham, Garland Couch, Hannah Burke, Judy McKnight, Bent Shepherd, Richard McFarland, Don Brown, Bear Hissom, Raymond Kiser, Ralph Nease, Lucy Maggard, Stephanie Estep, Lillian and Nora Walker, Roger Shelton, Jack and Marie Snell, Don Billet, Sheldon and Marie Starr, Dorothy Nease, Helen Chapman, Tony and Brenda Gross.
Also to be lifted up in prayer are those enslaved by drugs and alcohol, may they be delivered, our troops in Afghanistan, and 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 address is eccotruth@ att.net. Until next week from myself and the folks at ECCO, God bless.