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ECCO potluck celebrates the past year with over 50 people

Eolia


Greetings to all from the Eolia Christian Community Outreach Center.

“Cast your cares on the Lord and He will sustain you.” Psalm 55:22.

Fall is such a wonderful time of the year. I love the frosty mornings as the sun rises over the mountains dappling the treetops in golden light. The brisk air with a hint of wood smoke from a nearby chimney smells so good. It turns one’s thoughts to gingerbread and pumpkin pies.

We were glad to welcome our friends Sheldon and Marie for a week’s visit. While here, Marie busied herself making wonderful gift baskets for Christmas, which will be available to purchase at the ECCO thrift store. They also spent time visiting the many friends they’ve made through the years.

They also brought a trailer load of items for our thrift store including lots of Christmas decorations. But I was most impressed with the lovely, handmade birdhouses made by Sheldon. Marie decorated them with lights and Christmas ornaments and they would be a festive addition to anyone’s holiday decoration. They are also available at the ECCO thrift store.

A big thanks to volunteers Judy Branham and Junell Sturgill for helping to sort clothes. This time of the year we receive more donations then usual and I appreciate these ladies for helping.

The last few days have been fairly hectic as we wrap up our holiday projects. At ECCO’s community room, we were happy to celebrate with a potluck dinner, another year of thanksgiving and appreciation for the many friends and volunteers of ECCO. A crowd of 50 some feasted on a meal of turkeys, babyback ribs and all the sides dishes that go with it. After the meal we enjoyed some good picking and singing from Darrell Caudill and friends.

While basking in the glow of friends, many whom I’ve known for years and enjoying a time of sweet fellowship, I thought, how wonderful if it were like this all the time. Ah, but then the hurdles and bumps in the road of life’s journey just make us more fully appreciate the good times that follow as we are encouraged by the words of scripture, “This also shall pass.”

With that I’ll leave you with a quote from Christian author and speaker Kay Arthur: “Nothing happens by happenstance. I am not in the hands of fate, nor am I the victim of man’s whims or the devil’s ploys. There is One who sits above man, above Satan, and above all heavenly host as the ultimate authority of all the universe. That One is my God and my Father.”

Community bulletin board: Eolia Park Committee meets the third Tuesday of each month at 7 p.m. at ECCO. Bible study each Monday at 7 p.m. at ECCO. Good News Club Wednesday 6:30-7:30 p.m. at the Eolia Mission for children 3 and up. Call 633-5065 for transportation. Kid’s Time Friday 10-11:15 a.m. at ECCO. 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 6:30 p.m. at the Ovenfork Senior Citizens Center. Come and bring a guest. ECCO thrift store hours are Monday, Wednesday, Thursday, Friday from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m.

This week our prayer list includes: Denise Howard, Bent Shepherd, Garland Couch, Richard McFarland, Denise Bedwell, Don Brown, Bear Hissom, Raymond Kiser, Ralph Nease, Stephanie Estep, Judy Branham, Roger Shelton, Pat Shelton, Lillian and Nora Walker, Kess “Rusty” Halcomb, Ruth Halcomb, Olivia Blair, Jack and Marie Snell, Dorothy Nease, Helen Chapman, Tony and Brenda Gross.

Also to be lifted up are those enslaved by drugs and alcohol, may they be delivered, the troops in Afghanistan, the United States, our president and the leaders of our country, all the children hurt by war, and the ministry of ECCO.

Our email is eccotruth@att.net. Until next time from the folks at ECCO, “God bless.”


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