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ECCO gearing up for Christmas

Greetings to all from the Eolia Christian Community Outreach.

“For the Lord your God is He that goeth with you, to fight for you against your enemies, to save you.” Deuteronomy 20:4

This is the time of the year when we at ECCO start gearing up for the upcoming Christmas season. I’m sure some may think it a little early to begin thinking of the holidays, but I learned years ago it’s better to start early then to end up late.

A few days ago I attended a meeting at the Eolia Baptist Mission where a spokesman for the Postal Service informed a full house that the Eolia Post Office is on the hit list of being a possible casualty for closing. This would be such a hardship on the older folks that depend on the post office for money orders and receiving their medication. I remember the Eolia Post Office being a permanent fixture in our community all my life, back to the days of Postmaster Oscar Maggard. Eolia

Oscar and his wife Montana also operated a small country store in the same building as the post office. A boardwalk served as a means to enter and as a child it was fun to pretend to “walk the plank.” It was always so immaculate and tidy with the most wonderful smells. Oscar cleaned the wooden floors with a sweeping compound made of oils to keep the dust down from the nearby traffic. Not that there was a lot of traffic in those days.

One would be hard pressed to find a store with such a unique atmosphere in this day. I was always delighted with the assortment of candy, especially the stick candy. The times they are a’changing, but how precious are our memories.

From the 22nd to the 24th of September, ECCO was happy to host a church group of 17 from the Faith Trinity Pentecostal Church located at Shelbyville, Ind. Their ministry is called the Silly Saints Clown Ministry and they delighted community and county residents with their antics. Their pastor is Perry Fouts, a native of Letcher County and former resident of Blackey. We at ECCO were pleased to play a small part in helping with such a wonderful ministry and look forward to seeing them again soon.

We ask everyone to continue to lift up in prayer Ted Corder and Betty Terry.

With that said, I’ll leave you with a fable handed down from a sixth century B. C. Samian black slave, which only proves that wisdom and a little common sense have been around a long time.

The Wolf and the Crane: A wolf had been feasting too greedily, and a bone had stuck crosswise in his throat. He could get it neither up nor down, and of course he could not eat a thing. Naturally that was an awful state of affairs for a greedy wolf. So away he hurried to the crane. He was sure that she, with her long neck and bill, would easily be able to reach the bone and pull it out. “ I will reward you handsomely”, said the wolf, “if you pull that bone out of me.”

The crane as you can imagine, was very uneasy about putting her head in a wolf’s throat. But she was grasping in nature, so she did what the wolf asked her to do. When the wolf felt that the bone was gone, he started to walk away. “But what about my reward?” called the crane anxiously. “What!” snarled the wolf, whirling around. Haven’t you got it? Isn’t it enough that I let you take your head out of my mouth without snapping it off?”

Moral of the story — Expect no reward for serving the wicked. Community Bulletin Board: Eolia youth group meets at ECCO each Thursday at 5:30 p.m., come and join the fun. Cumberland River Volunteer Fire Department meets the second Sunday of each month at 11 a.m. at the Partridge station, volunteers welcome. Bible study with Pastor Dave Hammond meets each Monday evening at 7:00 at ECCO, All 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: Ted Corder, Betty Terry, Jack and Marie Snell, Stephanie Estep, Gloria Beachy, Phyllis Boggs, Maxine Parsons, Gay Sturgill, Gary Gaithner, Charlie Scott, Nora Walker, Phyllis Pennington, Helen Chapman, and Brenda Gross.

Also lift up in prayer all those struggling with alcohol and drug addictions, 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 time from the folks at ECCO, God bless.

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