Greetings to all from the Eolia Christian Community Outreach Center.
“The Lord is my rock, and my fortress, and my deliverer; my God, my strength, in whom I will trust; my buckler, and the horn of my salvation, and my high tower.” Psalm 18:2
The ECCO center is buzzing this time of year with the many projects underway in time for Christmas. Two hundred-thirty gift bags were assembled last week, and given to county agencies for distribution, thanks to dear friends Tom and Lois Chamass, a couple who came last year to help and liked it so well they decided on a return visit. But overall it was the effort of several people from the ordering, to the pickup, and the grant writer for making it possible to purchase the items.
And thanks to Marie Starr, bless her heart, even with a painful shoulder she sewed all those gift bags up. But most of all, we’re thankful to the good Lord for inspiring these folks to help and providing the means to do so.
We have several projects ahead, one is the annual community Christmas party sponsored by the First Baptist Church of Vandilia, Ohio. This project is possible through the combined efforts of the First Baptist Church of Vandilia, the Arlie Boggs Family Resource Center, and ECCO.
Also in December, we’re having a candlelight service in our new chapel with the grandchildren of ECCO volunteers, kids from “Kid’s Time” and children of parents that attend Bible study will be performing in a Christmas pageant. With any event, a party is a must, which after the program we’ll have in the community room. The children from Kid’s Time have done a beautiful job of decorating the Christmas tree in the community room.
My little cabin sits on a knoll and is nestled back against the mountains enough so that I have critters to visit from time to time. These range from deer, bears (one visitor I can do without), opossums, raccoons, snakes (another unwelcome visitor), and the many birds which brighten my yard and birdfeeders this time of year. While I was enjoying the colorful antics as the tiny birds competed for seeds, in a matter of seconds death was on the scene. As I was watching, a hawk suddenly swooped down and attacked a cardinal, bringing it down. What was a lovely scene was suddenly marred by destruction, giving me pause to think about the fall of man and not only its consequences on mankind, but the animal kingdom as well.
On a lighter note, I was happy to meet Janet Reece visiting the ECCO thrift store from Knoxville, Tenn. She was in the community visiting family and friends from years past. During our talk I discovered how much we had in common through our acquaintances. Janet was delightful to meet and talk to and I hope she’ll make a return trip soon.
From the Arlie Boggs Elementary School, Bryan McCowan, father of Megan McCowan, won the $50 Food City gift card that the little Cats cheerleaders were taking donations on. The girls want to thank everyone for their help in the fundraiser. The Little Kitty Cats have their uniforms and they will be performing December 6 at the Arlie Boggs home game.
Friends and ECCO volunteers Rodney and Liz Sturgill received news that their son-in-law Billy has some serious health issues. I’m asking you to please lift Billy up in your prayers.
That said, I’ll close with this thought for the day. Look around you and be distressed, look within you and be depressed, look to Jesus and be at rest.
Community Bulletin Board: Bible study at ECCO each Monday evening 7 p.m. Good News Club meets each Wednesday at the Eolia Baptist Mission for ages three and up, 6:30 to 7:30 p.m. 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 at 6:30 p.m. at the Ovenfork Senior Citizens Center. Come and bring a guest.
This week our prayer list includes Karen Morgan, Billy Dixon, Myrel Lewis Jr., Kathy Morton, Gary Gaitner, Johnny Maggard, Tim Maggard, Linda Sturgill, Columbus and Lois Sturgill, Don Brown, Raymond Kiser, Ralph Nease, Lucy Maggard, Stephanie Estep, Lillian and Nora Walker, Jack and Marie Snell, Helen Chapman and Brenda Gross.
Also to be lifted up are in prayer are our military troops, the United States, our President and 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.