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ECCO community room now has gas fireplace


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

Therefore, take up the full armor of God, that you may be able to resist in the evil day, and having done everything, to stand firm. Stand firm therefore…. Ephesians 6:13,14

Being retired and getting out and about more, I’m constantly running into high school classmates and friends I’ve not seen in the longest time. Seeing Anna Sue Short at Wal-Mart, I was happy to hear Dudley is doing much better.

With the help of Liz Sturgill, we busy restocked the ECCO thrift store. We are looking forward to another rewarding year working and serving at ECCO as we again try to prove the love of God by being His hands and heart in what we do. This past year we were able to add the prison ministry to our list of projects. I’m eagerly looking forward to 2008 as a year when other doors of opportunity will open enabling us to do more for our community and county.

Over the holidays I was saddened by the death of my sister, Estelle Caudill from Milan, Mich. She was 83 years old and had previously suffered a stroke. Heartfelt sympathy goes to her children and grandchildren. She has left a void that cannot be filled.

Christmas Day I was glad to receive a phone call from my niece, Karen Sees. I hadn’t talked to Karen in a while and it was so good to hear from her. We’ve always been very close and one of my New Year’s resolutions is to stay in touch with those I love, and Karen is at the top of my list.

We finally got a gas fireplace for the ECCO community room, and did we ever need it. The room is about 30 x 20 with a concrete floor and stayed very cold. We received gas and we were all pleased to have heat in that room, especially the kids. The fireplace keeps it warm as toast now. A more pleasant place for Stephanie to have her “Story Time Program” on Fridays as well as the other meetings and activities we have there.

Thought for the day: “Courage is resistance to fear, mastery of fear. Not the absence of fear.”

Community bulletin board: Neighborhood Watch meeting at ECCO the first Monday of each month at 6 p.m. We encourage everyone to attend. Rockvine Baptist Church youth group meets every Thursday at 6 p.m.; the bus will run. Call 633-4948. 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: Becky Dingus, Mary Walker, Olivia Blair, Sue Cook, Geneva and Charles Tolevor, Bear Hissom, Curt Sturgill, Jr. Carter, Kess “Rusty” Halcomb, Ruth Halcomb, Mae Maggard, Ralph Crane, 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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