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ECCO Christmas projects were completed on time


Greetings from the hills and valleys of Eolia and Eolia Christian Community Outreach.

And behold, an angel of the Lord stood before them, and the glory of the Lord shone around them, and they were greatly afraid. Then the angel said to them, do not be afraid, for behold, I bring you good tidings of great joy which will be to all people. For there is born to you this day in the city of David a Savior, who is Christ the Lord. Luke 2:9-11

We’ve wrapped up all the Christmas projects at ECCO. Friday, along with four volunteers, we bagged 100 Christmas treat bags including a New Testament written in the new English version for the inmates at the Letcher County Jail. We then made 51 small fruit baskets to be given to the Ovenfork Senior Citizens Center to be distributed.

This January Tony will be 60, which means he is officially a senior citizen. This qualifies him to receive meals at the senior citizens center. Although I’m not quite that old (I’m one year younger), being the wife of an old coot qualifies me also. Since retiring one of the things I look forward to is attending the Ovenfork Senior Citizens Center and visiting with my old buddy, Jewell Maggard. They have great meals and I wish more people would visit the center. Our senior citizens center is a very important part of our community and I’m sure the folks there would appreciate your support.

On Pantry day at ECCO, much to our surprise Pastor Lloyd Mullins showed up to help after being in the hospital the day before with kidney stones. We gave a total of 79 boxes of food away and we sure do thank all the volunteers for their help.

All our Christmas projects were completed on time this year and everything went very smoothly due to the great teamwork of volunteers. ECCO will be closed from Dec. 21 to Jan. 2. We will reopen the day after New Year’s Day. Wednesday, Jan. 2.

I’ve been busy making holiday candy and one particular candy, Christmas Treasure, is loved so much by my family they almost fight over it. I’d like to share it with you folks. This recipe was given to me by Sharman several years ago and I try to make it every Christmas.

7 cups sugar, 1/2 pint whipping cream, 1/2 cup butter, 1 pound chopped pecans, 1 pound chopped walnuts ( I chop the nuts ahead of time by using a food processor), 1 pint Half & Half, 1 pint Karo syrup, 1 Tbsp. vanilla.

Mix sugar, Half & Half, cream and syrup together in 8- quart kettle. Bring to a boil on medium heat, stirring occasionally to keep from sticking. Have pan greased. Heat to soft ball stage (234- 238 F., depending on altitude.) Remove from heat and quickly add butter and vanilla. When butter is melted and stirred in, fold in nuts and stir. Pour immediately into greased pan (17 x 11 x 1/2). Do not heat after removing kettle from stove. Once candy is removed from heat, it is necessary to move quickly as candy starts to set up. This recipe makes a wonderful fudge-like candy with a maple nut flavor.

Thought for the day: “Hope sees the invisible, feels the intangible and achieves the impossible.”

Community bulletin board: Rockvine Baptist Church youth group meets every Thursday at 6 p.m.; the bus will run. Call 633- 4948. Neighborhood Watch meets the third Tuesday of each month at 6 p.m. at ECCO. We encourage everyone to attend. The Eolia Community Park Committee meets the third Tuesday of each month at 7 p.m. at ECCO. Cumberland River Volunteer Fire Department meets at 11 a.m. the second Sunday of each month at the Partridge station. Volunteers are welcome. The Partridge Lions Club meets at 6:30 p.m. the third Thursday of each month at the Ovenfork Senior Citizen Center. Come and bring a guest.

This week our prayer list includes: Jean Hunsucker, Iona Scott, Mary Walker, Olivia Blair, Sue Cook, Bear Hissom, Curt Sturgill, Jr. Carter, Kess “Rusty” Halcomb, Ruth Halcomb, Mae Maggard, Ralph Crane, Maxine and Dale Parsons, Dudley Short, Dorothy Nease and Brenda Gross. Also to be lifted up in prayer are those enslaved by drugs and alcohol, may they be delivered, the troops in Iraq, the United States and Iraq, 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.”

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