Greetings to all from the Eolia Christian Community Outreach Center.
“Behold, a virgin shall be with child, and bear a Son, and they shall call His name Immanuel,” which is translated, “God with us.” Matthew 1:23.
This little cold snap we’re having is a big shocker to those of us used to throwing on a light jacket, jumping in a vehicle and taking off. That one-time experience convinced me to dig out a winter coat, scarf, gloves and give the car at least 10 minutes to warm up.
Even my little dog Lucky seems hesitant to leave her doghouse and warm bed of cedar chips to venture out in the elements.
I want to thank Lester Cornett, janitor at Arlie Boggs School, for his help in delivering several turkeys and his willingness to make deliveries from ECCO to the Family Resource Center. Lester quietly and willingly helps whenever we need him. And for that we’re very grateful.
At ECCO we’ve been checking off each project as we wind down our Christmas projects for yet another year. With the upcoming year it will be interesting to see how God will supply our largest project, the food pantry, especially since ARM is relocating to Middlesboro, and the Department of Agriculture has cut back on commodities. But for 23 years He’s supplied our needs, and I’m confident He will continue to do so.
ECCO’s thrift store will be closed for the Christmas season after Dec. 23, and will reopen Jan. 4, giving everyone a much-needed break.
Is Santa for real? You bet he is. But not in the sense you see him promoted today. A question often asked by children, but as an adult have you wondered where he came from? With all the hoopla over sales, and the tinsel and glitter, have you ever wondered how it started?
Santa was originally know as Nicholas, a bishop born in an area we now know as Turkey. History tells us Nicholas was a short man with a long white beard, and wearing a red robe. Sound familiar?
His ministry of helping the poor begin when he learned that a father of three children intended to sell his oldest child into slavery in order to feed the others. When Nicholas learned of his dilemma, he secretly tossed a bag of gold through an open window enabling the father to feed his children.
And from there began a lifelong ministry of helping the poor. But what made him the legend he is today, was his love for children and telling them of the birth, death and resurrection of Jesus and His love for the whole world. After his death his followers continued his legacy of giving, and so came the tradition of gifts and the Santa we know today.
Sad to say, for most of today’s society the original message of the true meaning of Christmas presented by Saint Nicholas is lost.
With that I’ll leave you with this thought for the day: “You may give without loving, but you cannot love without giving.”
Community Bulletin Board: Good News Club, Wednesday, 6:30-7:30 p.m. at the Eolia Mission for children 3 and up, call 633-5015 for transportation. Kid’s Time, Friday, 10-11:15 a.m., at ECCO. 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 the Ovenfork Senior Citizens Center. Come and bring a guest.
This week’s prayer list includes the family of Gale Surber, I was so sorry to hear of her passing and we extend deepest sympathy to her family; Olivia Blair; Judy Branham; Judy McKnight; Bent Shepherd; Garland Couch; Richard McFarland; Don Brown; Bear Hissom; Raymond Kiser; Ralph Nease; Lucy Maggard; Stephanie Estep; Lillian and Nora Walker; Pat Shelton; Roger Shelton; Jack and Marie Snell; Dorothy Nease,; Helen Chapman; Jeff Chapman-Crane; Tony and Brenda Gross. Also to be lifted up in prayer are those enslaved by drugs and alcohol, may they be delivered; our troops in Afghanistan and Iraq; the United States; our president and the leaders of our country; all the children hurt by war; and the ministry of ECCO.
Our email address is firstname.lastname@example.org. Until next week from the folks at ECCO, “God bless.”