Greetings from Eolia and the Eolia Christian Community Outreach.
"For his merciful kindness is great toward us: and the truth of the Lord endureth forever. Praise ye the Lord." Psalm 117:2.
Early morning and sitting on my porch, the sun is shining brightly with the promise of a beautiful day as the mist slowly rises over Pine Mountain. A cool breeze stirs the air and all the signs that fall is just around the corner are visiting our mountains. Whether it’s the vibrant colors or the change in the weather, I don’t know, but fall is my favorite time of the year.
I’ve heard some folks say they feel a sense of sadness during this time of year because all the flowers will soon be gone and winter will be upon us. But this morning looking out on God’s glorious creation, I see the changing of the seasons in the same way our lives change. Just as the seasons change, so do we. We may not always be aware of the change as we busily go from day to day, but like the seasons of the year change, so does the direction of our lives.
Darlene Sturgill called telling me that Garland Couch had gallbladder surgery and is doing well. Garland has been ill for so long, we pray with this surgery he’ll regain his strength and make a complete recovery.
I also heard June Maggard had broken her arm as the result of a fall. My heart goes out to this family as they’ve certainly had more than their share of tragedies this year.
Jewell called telling me that Richard McFarland has been in the hospital again. Please lift these families up in your prayers.
I want to thank Duane Beachey for building a bin at ECCO to store our cardboard boxes for recycling. The boxes were a bit unsightly left on the porch for the recycle people, but the bin made from wood blends in with the rest of the building.
I was also happy to have two visiting volunteers at ECCO, Jan and Mary Sue. Jan helped me stock shelves in the pantry and saw the need for rollers to be installed on a wooden utility table we were using. The next week Duane came with the rollers, purchased and donated by Jan, which he installed.
I leave you with this thought for the week: "God never asks about our ability or our inability — just our availability."
Community bulletin board – Bible Study each Monday at ECCO at 7 p.m.; Good News Club each Wednesday 6:30-7:30 p.m. at the Eolia Mission for children 3 and up, call 633-5015 for transportation; Kid’s Time will resume Sept. 18 from 10- 11:15 a.m. at ECCO; Cumberland River Volunteer Fire Department meets 11 a.m. the second Sunday of each month at the Partridge station, volunteers welcome; Partridge Lions Club meets 6:30 p.m. the first and third Tuesday of each month at the Ovenfork Senior Citizens Center, come and bring a guest.
ECCO thrift store hours are Monday, Wednesday, Friday 10 a.m.-2 p.m.
This week our prayer list includes Garland Couch, June Maggard, Richard McFarland, Denise Bedwell, Don Brown, Bear Hissom, Seth Collins, Raymond Kiser, Ralph Nease, Stephanie Estep, Judy Branham, 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 and Iraq, our president and the leaders of our country, all the children hurt by war, and the ministry of ECCO.
Our address is ECCO, 135 Emily Lane, Eolia, Ky. 40826.
Until next week from the folks at ECCO, "God bless."