Greetings to all from the Eolia Christian Community Outreach Center.
“Dear friends, do not be surprised at the painful trial you are suffering, as though something strange were happening to you. But rejoice that you participate in the sufferings of Christ, so that you may be overjoyed when his glory is revealed.” 1 Peter 4:12,13
No doubt about it, autumn is here in all her glory as a cool breeze gently blows down the hollow and across the yard causing a whirlwind of golden leaves to rise and do their fall dance.
At ECCO we are still in the process of preparing for the holidays with several projects behind us. This is always an enjoyable time of the year as we prepare for our volunteers’ Thanksgiving dinner and the children’s Christmas party we have each year sponsored by the First Baptist Church of Vandilia, Ohio.
Marie called and she and Shelton will arrive next week. Marie is looking forward to making gift baskets, which she does very well.
Tony had a visit from longtime friend Adean Adams. They took a trip down the river to visit Garland Couch but he wasn’t home. It’s good that Garland is able to get out more since his recovery.
Thanks to Pete and Jason for the great looking wheelchair ramp they built last week. This was a much needed project that didn’t need to be delayed, and I’m pleased ECCO and SWAP were able to partner on this much needed project. Hopefully this will be the beginning of an area ECCO can address in the future as our budget allows.
While talking with Doris Whitaker, she requested we lift her brother Bent Shepherd up in prayer who is suffering from lung cancer. I’m asking all that read this to please do the same.
Tony is beginning to feel better (now if I can only convince him of that.) He’s gradually picking up on his normal activities. Our schedule was so hectic I forgot our park meeting until Kess called about another matter, and I asked “Don’t we have a park meeting next Tuesday?”
He chuckled and replied, “We’ve already had one this past Tuesday.” Thank goodness my friends know I’m half nuts, and accept me in spite of it.
I actually did remember ECCO’s board meeting, where the board presented Marie Coleman of the Arlie Boggs Family Resource Center with a check for $1,000. Marie wanted me pass on the following information. The state is seeking input from the families of children with special needs. The survey is open online through Oct. 31. Call (502) 564-6180, ext. 4014 or (502) 564-7042. Learn more online at chfs.ky.gov/ ccshcn/.
With that I’ll leave you with a quote from Gigi Graham Tchividjian: “Make the least of all that goes and the most of all that comes. Don’t regret what is past. Cherish what you have. Look forward to all that is to come. And most of all, rely moment by moment on Jesus Christ.”
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 633-5015 for transportation, Kids’ Time Friday 10-10:15 a.m. at ECCO, 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 Tuesday of each month at 6:30 p.m. at the Ovenfork Senior Citizens Center. Come and bring a guest. ECCO thrift store hours are Monday, Wednesday, Thursday, Friday 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. We now have our Christmas decoration for sale.
This week our prayer list includes Bent Shepherd, Garland Couch, Richard McFarland, Denise Bedwell, Don Brown, Bear Hissom, Raymond Kiser, Ralph Nease, Seth Collins, 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 in prayer are those enslaved by drugs and alcohol, may they be delivered, the troops in Iraq and Afghanistan, the United States, our president and the leaders of our country, all the children hurt by war, and the ministry of ECCO.
Our phone number is 606-633-2992. Our email is firstname.lastname@example.org.
Until next time from the folks at ECCO, “God bless.”