Greetings to all from the Eolia Christian Community Outreach Center.
“For my thoughts are not your thoughts, neither are your ways my ways, saith the Lord. For as the heavens are higher than the earth, so are my ways higher then your ways, and my thoughts than your thoughts.” Isaiah 55:8-9
“Why do bad things happen to good people?” This is a commonly asked question, especially when it’s someone whose life is devoted to helping others. This was a question put to me when we heard about the tragic fall of Gloria Beachy. I’m sure there are theologians who can give better answers then me, but from my own experience with life’s tragedies, all I know is simply apply that childlike faith and continue like that old hymn says, “Trust and Obey.”
Gloria is still receiving physical therapy at Cardinal Hill and reading her posts almost brings me to tears, because she ends with “God is good.”
Gloria is a member of ECCO’s board and as I’ve often said, the volunteers and board members at ECCO are a true spiritual family. Regardless of what the doctors say, I believe Gloria will walk again, and I’m appealing to the readers of this column, when you pray, please lift Gloria up to the Father.
This entire month has been a whirlwind of activities including canning pickled beets and strawberry rhubarb jam. We’ve also had several visitors this month, the folks from ‘Sacks of Love’ at Cumberland, Cheryl Hammons and friends from Benton, and ‘Friends of ECCO’ from Cincinnati
I always enjoy the volunteers from SWAP who have been so helpful this month with packing up the food boxes. Since many of them work at food banks and thrift stores back home, it is so good to share ideas and suggestions.
Leah and Will, the summer
SWAP staff, are so dear, if we could get by with it, we’d kidnap them and keep them at ECCO.
During one of our soup bean dinners, Ray Bird graced us with a homecanned jar of jalapeño peppers in a rich tomato sauce. He didn’t have a name for the recipe so I just called them ‘Ray’s Saucy Peppers.’ The first batch I canned was so hot it would fry your taste buds, so unless you’re one of those people who enjoys peppers so hot you can blow smoke from your ears, I recommend using banana peppers.
Ray’s Saucy Pepper: Clean, seed and slice into rings (don’t forget to wear rubber gloves) enough banana or jalapeno peppers to fill five sterilized pint jars. Bring the following ingredients to a boil, 2 cups of vinegar (apple cider), 2 cups of sugar, 1 tsp.canning salt, 1 tsp. garlic powder, ½ cup oil, 36-ounce bottle ketchup. After mixture comes to full boil, pour over peppers and seal.
With that, I’ll close with this thought for the day. Experience makes a person better or bitter.
Community Bulletin Board – Sunday evening worship service at ECCO’s Chapel at 6:00, all welcome; Cumberland River Volunteer Fire Department meets the second Sunday at 11 a.m. at the Partridge station, volunteers welcome; Partridge Lions Club meets the first and third Thursday of each month at 6:30 p.m. at the Ovenfork Senior Citizens Center, come and bring a guest; Bible study each Monday evening at 7:00 at ECCO with Rev. John Doug Hays, all welcome.
Our prayer list includes Gloria and Duane Beachy, Roger Shelton, Jean Hampton, Pearl Baker, Stephanie Estep, Betty Maggard, Allen Profitt, Carolyn and Garland Couch, Gay Sturgill, Hannah Burke, Betty Terry, Ted Corder, Don Brown, Marie Snell, Juanita and Phyllis Boggs, Ruby Sturgill, Nora Walker and Brenda Gross.
Also lift up in prayer those struggling with alcohol and drug addiction, may they be delivered, our military troops around the world, Israel and the conflict in Egypt, our President and the leaders of our country, the United States, all the children hurt by war, and the ministry of ECCO.
Until next week from the folks at ECCO, God bless.