Greetings to all from the Eolia Christian Community Outreach Center.
“My son, give me thine heart.” Proverbs 23:26.
The great snowstorm predicted by the weather people is here in all its glory and I must say it is truly beautiful. Looking out my window at the nearby hillside, the pine trees are bowed low as a lovely shawl of white graces their branches. Stepping outside, it seems especially quiet as though this thick blanket of snow has muted out the rest of the world. Regardless of what the rest of the country thinks about Appalachia, I’d rather live here than any place I know of.
And I hear some folks are visiting from Florida and are also enjoying the snow. Mable Gilliam’s granddaughter Penny Debusk, her daughter Charity, and Charity’s Aunt Gina braved the oncoming snowstorm to visit family and enjoy a weekend of sledding. Mable called earlier to wish me a happy birthday and was telling me what a fun time her guests were having sledding down the hill behind her house. Seems in the garage they discovered an old sled which had belonged to Mable’s brother as a boy, and were the third generation to make use of it again.
During a phone conversation the same day with Maxine Parsons, while looking outside she saw them sledding down the hill and decided to join in the fun. So it seems while some moan at the sight of this white stuff , the young and young at heart welcome it.
I’m sorry to see our friends for SOOP leaving. They’ve been here three weeks and it seems like only a few days. I’m just now learning what an interesting life they have. It seems they’ve traveled all over the world, from visiting Nepal to riding the Amazon to hiking the mountains of New Zealand. Tom also plays the fiddle and guitar and they both sing beautifully. Lois has been a great help, especially since we’re short of volunteers due to illness. For three weeks, she has diligently sorted through donated boxes of clothes for ECCO. We truly appreciate this gracious and lovely couple for visiting ECCO and sharing their time and effort with us.
We were also very pleased to have a visit from Lloyd Hall, vice president of Compression and Pipeline Operations from EQT, to deliver a check to ECCO for $17,000. This increase to our budget enables us to meet the needs of the agencies we work with, and we are truly grateful for the generosity EQT has shown to ECCO again this year.
With that, I’ll leave you with this thought for the day: “God can heal a broken heart, but He has to have all the pieces.”
Community bulletin board: Good News Club, Wednesday, 6:30-7:30 p.m. at the Eolia Mission for children 3 and up. Kids’ Time, Friday, 10-11:15 a.m. at ECCO. Cumberland River Volunteer 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 Tuesday of each month, 6:30 p.m. at the Ovenfork Senior Citizens Center, come and bring a guest. Bible study with Dave Hammond and others each Monday evening 7 p.m. at ECCO, all welcome.
This week our prayer list include Garland Couch, Judy Branham, Judy McKnight, Bent Shepherd, 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, Sheldon and Marie Starr, Dorothy Nease, Helen Chapman, Tony and Brenda Gross.
Also to be lifted up in prayer are those enslaved to 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 time from myself and ECCO, God bless.