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Friends show feelings through cards, gifts


Greetings to all from the Eolia Christian Community Outreach Center.

“Trust in the Lord with all your heart and lean not on your own understanding.” Proverbs 3:5

The weather has changed overnight from unseasonably balmy winds, to a cool rainy drizzle. Sitting here this morning I can’t help but notice the lovely view of Pine Mountain as the mist slowly rises from each crevice. How fortunate we are to live in these mountains and see the handiwork of God with each change of the season.

Our friends know that Tony and I are going through a difficult time in our life and sometimes they just don’t know what to say but choose to express their feelings through a card or gift. I was very touched by such a gift from two little girls, Kimberly and Tiffany Sturgill. It was a windup music box that played the tune “What a Friend We Have in Jesus.” Leave it to a child to reassure us with this much needed message.

Sharman Chapman- Crane sent me a talking greeting card featuring Lucille Ball, which made me laugh and then cry.

Thanks to all who’ve called checking on Tony and offering their help and prayers. He’s still suffering the side effects of chemo, fatigue being the most frustrating. But he’s beginning to have an occasional good day.

I sure appreciate Marvin Maggard for helping me make up the pantry’s food boxes, as well as all the volunteers who help at ECCO.

I hear that Brenda Sexton is doing better from an injury to her ankle. Also that Garland Couch, who recently had gallbladder surgery, is still on the mend.

We received a trailer load of goods from The First Baptist Church of Vandilia, Ohio, delivered by our good friend Paul Swartze. Included was a spinet piano for our chapel. We put it in the community room for the time being and Stephanie blessed all the volunteers by playing “Amazing Grace.” It may be due to all the wood in the community room, but it sounded so clear and wonderful.

I’ll leave you with a quote from noted author and holocaust survivor Corrie ten Boom: “Never be afraid to trust an unknown future to a known God.”

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 each Friday 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, Thursday, Friday 10 a.m. to 2 p.m.

This week our prayer list includes Brenda Sexton, Garland Couch, Richard McFarland, Denise Bedwell, Don Brown, Bear Hissom, Raymond Kiser, Ralph Nease, Seth Collins, Stephanie Estep, Judy Branham, Roger Shelton, Pat Shelton, Lillian and Nora Walker, Kess “Rusty” Halcomb, Ruth Halcomb, Olivia Blair, Jack and Marie Snell, Dorothy Nease, Helen Chapman, and 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, our president and the leaders of our country, all the children hurt by war, and the ministry of ECCO.

Our phone number is 606-633- 2992 and email address is eccotruth@att.net.

Until next time from the folks at ECCO, “God bless.”

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