Greetings to all from the Eolia Christian Community Outreach Center.
“Whom have I in heaven but you? And earth has nothing I desire besides you. My flesh and my heart may fail, but God is the strength of my heart . . . forever.” Psalm 73:25,26.
We had another busy week at ECCO, beginning with Paul Swartz delivering a trailer load of clothing and household items including five lovely Victorian-style chairs for our new chapel. The men who built the chapel said it was the easiest and most enjoyable project they’ve done yet for ECCO.
It was mostly built from off erings given during our Monday evening Bible study and a piano was included in a donation from one of our sponsors.
Pastor Dave Hammond is anxious to have a revival, which is planned for September or October.
At the ECCO Center, Liz Sturgill and I made several pints of strawberry rhubarb jam to sell in the thrift store. Other than operating the thrift store, activities at the center are limited during the summer due to SWAP using the facilities to house and feed volunteers. But we’ve learned that Thursday is their picnic day, so we’re using that evening to make jam.
I was heartbroken to hear that after three years of remission, Stephanie Estep needs further chemo treatments. Stephanie is a young mother with a beautiful little boy who begins preschool this school.
I had a long phone conversation with Collettia, Stephanie’s mom, and being a woman of great faith, she’s asking that everyone please lift her daughter up in your prayers.
While talking to Norma Adams, I was pleased to learn that Willie Perry is recovering well from heart bypass surgery. She asks that we also lift up her friend Ronnie Morgan, who is very ill, in your prayers.
A big thanks to the ECCO volunteers for doing a food pick up in Cumberland last week. The truck was late and some of them waited two hours or longer in this heat before it arrived. A lot of work goes into preparing monthly food boxes for the Eolia community.
There are monthly inventories, ordering, pickups, filling 60 plus boxes, and finally, the distribution. It is definitely a team effort, and all on a voluntary basic. So I am thankful for the folks who each month who give of their time and effort to this project.
Don Billet called saying he heard about Marie and Sheldon moving to Eolia this fall and is very happy about it. He said he and Florence were considering doing the same to help out at ECCO but were glad to hear the Starrs are coming. Don said someone in the community had off ered them a house to live in if they should decide to move here, and I think they’re giving it some consideration. At any rate, the local folks love both couples and would welcome them to ECCO and Eolia.
With that said I’ll leave you with a quote from Holocaust survivor and author Corrie ten Boon. “I’ve learned to hold everything loosely because it hurts when God pries my fingers from it.”
Community Bulletin Board – Bible study at the ECCO chapel each Monday evening 7 p.m. Eolia Community Park Committee meets the third Tuesday of each month 7 p.m. at ECCO. ECCO thrift store open Monday, Wednesday, Thursday, Friday 10 a.m. – 2 p.m. Good News Club each Wednesday 6:30-7:30 p.m. at the Eolia Mission for ages 3 and up. Cumberland 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 includes Phillip McCray, Columbus and Lois Sturgill, Ronnie Morgan, Willie Perry, Hannah Burke, Judy McKnight, Richard Mc- Farland, Don Brown, Raymond Kiser, Ralph Nease, Lucy Maggard, Stephanie Estep, Lillian and Nora Walker, Jack and Marie Snell, Don Billiet, Sheldon and Marie Starr, Helen Chapman, and Brenda Gross.
Also to be lifted up in prayer are those enslaved to 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.
Until next week from the folks at ECCO, God bless.