Greetings to all from the Eolia Christian Community Outreach Center.
“I will instruct thee and teach thee in the way which thou shalt go: I will guide thee with mine eye.” Psalm 32:8
When cold weather arrives along with winter boredom, we often find ourselves entertained by almost any unusual event. So was the case last week in our little valley at ECCO. The cable truck tried crossing the field (bad idea), and immediately found himself stuck. Peering out their windows, the families on Emily Lane watched one attempt after another until the mud released him. I missed that one, but was told about it the next day in detail. Now that’s really getting bored.
The next event is a little more interesting. Getting out of bed and ambling into the kitchen to make coffee, I looked out the window and saw something big and brown lying under a pine tree. Now, I’m one of those morning people who when first getting up can barely see, hear, walk or talk. Putting on my glasses and adjusting them to make sure I was seeing straight, I took a second look and thought it was a mule. Looking closer I saw it had horns. Big ones. I thought, Lord, surely not. And then I saw its methodical chewing of his cud and I realized it was a huge bull.
About that time he stood up and stretched and I saw another smaller black bull beside him. I called Preacher Verdall Sturgill and asked who had cattle in the neighborhood and he told me the neighbors up the road, Anthony and Summer, were the only ones he knew owning cattle.
After being contacted, Anthony, his dad and Rodney arrived with a cattle trailer. Now is when it gets interesting. Around my house, up and down the lane and across the field the bulls went with their owners in hot pursuit.
Again the five families living around ECCO were glued to their windows watching the drama unfold, wondering who was going to win. They tried luring them in with food but the bulls would teasingly get within arm length, and then bolt. They finally made it to the road, stopping traffic, and the last I saw of them, traffic was herding them up the highway toward home, where I later heard they were locked in their stalls awaiting the butcher.
I hope spring arrives soon, because Mark is now talking about getting goats. Heaven help us.
Thanks to ‘Friends of ECCO’, Chris and Doug, ECCO is now sporting a fresh coat of paint and new flooring to our public restrooms. Check us out on Facebook.
Also this week we had the pleasure of meeting Paul and Mary Jo, the new directors from the Calvary Campus located at Blackey. They are very enthused about their ministry and are in the process of starting a much needed food pantry at the Calvary Campus for folks in that area. I’m sure they would appreciate any support that would help this cause.
I was very saddened to hear of the death of Ralph Nease. Ralph was a frequent visitor to ECCO and I have fond memories of him sitting on the porch, having lunch with us and attending Sunday night services at the chapel. He will surely be missed at ECCO. We extend deepest sympathy to his family.
Since this is the Valentine month I’ll leave you with this thought for the day. We are often told love is blind — it can also be deaf and dumb.
Community Bulletin Board: Sunday night worship service at ECCO chapel at 5:00, Bible study at ECCO community room Monday night at 7:00, Cumberland River Volunteeer 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 the Ovenfork Senior Citizen Center at 6:30 p.m., come and bring a guest.
This week our prayer list includes: The family of Ralph Nease, Stephanie Estep, Garland and Carolyn Couch, Pearl Baker, Gay Sturgill, Betty Terry, Ted Corder, Don Brown, Marie Snell, Nora Walker 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 time from all the folks at ECCO, God bless.