Greetings to all from the Eolia Christian Community Outreach Center.
“Blessed are the peacemakers for they shall be called the children of God.” Matthew 5:9
Autumn, my favorite time of the year. The mountains are ablaze with color, the sky a robin egg blue and a cool breeze marks the beginning of the most colorful season of the year. It’s also a time that makes home, family and friends more enduring as we enjoy the simple things in life together, such as a cup of hot chocolate or the smells wavering from the kitchen of homemade apple butter or, better yet, a homemade stack cake. I use an apple butter recipe that can be made in the crock-pot. Not only is it delicious, but it makes the house smell of cinnamon and cloves.
I’ve missed writing my column, but I’ve been busy taking another round of chemo. The doc gave me a few weeks off to get my strength back, and I’m so glad to be feeling more like myself.
ECCO is a beehive of activity as we again prepare for our usual Christmas programs. I’m so grateful to Amy, our administrative assistant, for picking up the slack for me these past few days, and also the wonderful volunteers who’ve went the extra mile. Because of the love and dedication of those involved with ECCO, I’m sure the future holds nothing but continued success for this beloved organization.
Our homeless shelter project is continuing to do well. We were very successful with the radio auction which totaled over $6,000, and thankful to the various business that support us in the county such as Dairy Queen, Kentucky Farm Bureau, Hagar Trent’s Grocery, Summit City, Food City in Cumberland and Whitesburg, and Long John Silver’s. Diane is still trying to contact the party from whom we wish to acquire a property. Hopefully that will happen soon.
Beginning November 1, ECCO will open our Christmas room at the thrift store exhibiting the many wonderful new or gently used Christmas items. Come check us out for some real bargains.
With that I’ll close with this thought for the day: Life is good, life is short.
Partridge Lions Club meets the first and third Thursday of each month at 6:30 p.m. at the Ovenfork Senior Citizens’ Center.
Our prayer list includes Allan Maggard, Dovie Maggard, Marilyn Sumpter, Langley Engle, Clay Sturgill, Dudley Short, Gloria Beachy, Betty Maggard, Gay Sturgill, Garland and Carolyn Couch, Brother Verdell and Sister Vernie, Don Brown, Betty Terry, Ted Corder, Allen Profitt, Nora Walker, Marie Snell and Brenda Gross.
Also lift up in prayer those struggling with alcohol and drug addiction, 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.