Greetings to all from the Eolia Christian Community Outreach Center.
“I will restore to you the years that the swarming locust has eaten.” Joel 2:25.
Last week, friends Ray Bird and Marie Coleman shared with me the bounty of their garden. White half runners, new potatoes, cucumbers, squash, and cabbage were given with a big smile, which only demonstrated the happiness they felt in giving, and I was just as happy to receive it.
As the season winds down, ECCO’s thrift store is beginning to have great summer sales in the form of all the clothing you can cram in a plastic shopping bag for $2 and some days we’ll have all clothing for 25 cents. Check us out; you may hit the lucky sale day.
No one, not even the volunteers, knows which day is selected for sales unless we advertise it. Beginning Aug. 1, all our summer clothing will be on sale for half price.
I was saddened to hear of the death of Linuel Sumpter. He and Marilyn, his wife of 52 years, were frequent customers to our thrift store. I thought it was so sweet how he would just take a seat, cross his legs, and wait for Marilyn to shop to her heart’s content. Some days when she wasn’t feeling well, he would protectively hover over her while she browsed.
I extend deepest sympathy to the family for I know his passing has left a mighty big void in the family circle that cannot be filled.
Frances Ryan has asked that we pray for her brother Roger Shelton, who is battling cancer. Please lift Roger up in your prayers.
For our July pantry day we gave a total of 84 boxes of food compared to June’s total of 64. We saw a lot of new faces, which I’m thinking is because of the currant mining layoffs. But as long as we’re blessed to get, we’ll be giving.
We had 25 for our Friday night gospel singing at the ECCO chapel. Just at starting time we had a storm and the power went out. Well, we just lit some candles, opened the windows and carried on just like our ancestors did a few years ago. In about an hour the power came back on, but by that time it made little difference.
Among the many talented singers were Thelma Bates, Darrell Caudill and his crew, Vernon Boggs, Willie Perry, Nancy Boggs and Nola Osbourne. I’ve always admired folks with a singing talent and here in the mountains there’s a lot of it, except for me. My singing sounds like someone trying to pull barbwire through a place it doesn’t want to go.
Also, we appreciate Bro. Ted Collins for bringing us such an anointed message.
With cabbage now coming in, I’d like to share the following recipe with you for cabbage roll casserole:
One head of cabbage, two pounds. hamburger (lean), one large onion chopped, 8 to 10 saltine crackers crushed, ½ cup Minute Rice, one egg, one green pepper, chopped, salt and pepper to taste, one quart tomato juice.
Mix hamburger, onion, egg, crackers, rice and green peppers; mix well. Shred cabbage. Place layer of cabbage in a large, covered baking dish, then place hamburger mixture and a layer of cabbage on top.
Cover with one quart tomato juice. Bake for 1½ hours or until done. The dish or pan must have a cover or cabbage will be tough.
This recipe tastes just like cabbage rolls but is a lot easier to make. Serve with cornbread and a side of mashed potatoes. This makes a large dish, so be prepared to serve your family, the neighbors and don’t forget the cat and dog.
With that said, I’ll leave you with this thought about hope. Hope is faith holding out its hand in the dark.
Community Bulletin Board: Gospel singing the second Friday of each month at ECCO’s chapel beginning at 7 p.m., all welcome; 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 at 6:30 p.m. at the Ovenfork Senior Citizens Center, come and bring a guest. ECCO Bible study each Monday evening at 7:00, with Brother John Doug Hays, all welcome.
This week our prayer list includes the family of Linuel Sumpter, Roger Shelton, Pearl Baker, Patricia Osborne, Verdell Sturgill, Kess Halcomb, Betty Terry, Ted Corder, Stephanie Estep, Don Brown, Jack and Marie Snell, Nora Walker, Helen Chapman 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, the crisis in Syria, 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 the folks at ECCO, God bless.