Greetings to all from the Eolia Christian Community Outreach Center.
“For I know the thoughts I think toward you, saith the Lord, thoughts of peace and not of evil, to give you an expected end.” Jeremiah 29:11
The closer it gets to Thanksgiving the more folks are getting geared up for Christmas. We at ECCO have been geared up since August. That’s when I began making out lists and plans for the upcoming dinners and parties we have this time of the year.
Marie Coleman and Joyce Sue Gantner have been busy bagging Christmas candy in treat bags so far totaling 280 bags. I was a little hesitate to tell them we still had over half that much to go, but they just smiled and said, “No problem.”
Marie Starr has done her usual awesome job making gift baskets for the thrift store and Christmas mugs filled with hot chocolate mix, candy canes and assorted chocolates, also available in our thrift store. I’ve made jewelry to sell along with a batch of strawberry/rhubarb jam and homemade candies. Liz Sturgill donated some of her canned peppers and relishes to sell. Along with the Christmas decorations and the usual reduced priced variety, we have a pretty good selection for those looking for a bargain.
John Osborne and son Patrick did a great job scrubbing down our banquet tables and cleaning the upstairs dorms, bathrooms and bedroom. We really appreciate John since he’s about the only muscle we have to depend on. He does all the heavy lifting of boxes needed for sorting as well as making up our pantry boxes.
A big thanks of appreciation to Duane and Steve from MCC for flooring a bathroom and installing new windows and a door in the home belonging to a family at Eolia.
We have discontinued our monthly gospel singing for the winter but will be having regular Sunday night worship services at the ECCO chapel. During the winter months our Sunday night service will began at 5 p.m. Lord willing, we plan on having our gospel singing in the park this summer.
With that I’ll close with this thought for the day. A friend will strengthen you with their prayers, bless you with their love, and encourage you with their hope.
Community bulletin board: Sunday evening worship service at ECCO chapel at 5 p.m. Will be running the van. If anyone needs a ride, just call 632-9504. Cumberland River 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 Thursday of each month at 6:30 p.m. at the Ovenfork Senior Citizens Center, come and bring a guest. Bible study Monday evenings at 7:00, all welcome
This week our prayer list includes Betty and Burnice Maggard, Jamie Cook, Stephanie Estep, Garland and Carolyn Couch, Pearl Baker, Roger Shelton, Patricia Osborne, Betty Terry, Ted Corder, Don Brown, Jack and Marie Snell, Nora Walker, Helen Chapman, Darlene and Winston Sturgill and Brenda Gross. Also lift up in prayer all those struggling with alcohol and drug addiction, may they be delivered, our military troops around the world, Israel and the Middle East, our President and the leaders of our country, the United States, all the children hurt by war, and the ministry of ECCO.
Until next week from the folks at ECCO, God bless.