Greetings to all from the Eolia Christian Community Outreach Center.
“Pure and undefiled religion before God and the Father is this: to visit orphans and widows in their trouble, and keep oneself unspotted from the world.” James 1:27.
While reading this scripture I remembered a previous conversation I had with good friend and ECCO volunteer Joyce Sue Gantner. As widows we were talking about the unexpected needs that can arise with a home that we’d never encountered before.
Joyce told me of wanting to give her yard a final mowing only to find her mower had a flat tire. Putting the mower up she decided to deal with it later. Shortly afterward her neighbor paid a visit asking if she’d like for him to mow her yard. Joyce says she is blessed with two of the best neighbors in the world. I can believe it.
Another good Samaritan I know takes the time to stop every day before going to work to take out the ashes and bring in coal and wood to an elderly couple in their 90s. He’s quietly been doing this for years.
And just the other day my salt filter went haywire, and although it needs to be serviced, I appreciate the help of friends and neighbors for checking it out. The way these folks care for others is true evidence of their inner character. How refreshing.
I was so sorry to learn that Dorothy Lewis had died. With her smile and kind words she was a much beloved member of the community. If Dorothy could be described with one sentence, it would be “She was a kind soul.” I extend deepest sympathy to the family for their loss.
Thursday evening, Elwood Cornett and Eugene Meade met with community members in ECCO’s community room to give us an update on the Federal Prison Project. This project could create between 350 and 450 jobs for Letcher County, and it’s looking very promising. I admire the tenacity of Elwood and Eugene along with the other folks involved for their time, patience and energy for the progress being made.
ECCO will be having a revival Thursday, Oct. 11, through Oct. 14 at the ECCO Chapel at 7 p.m. There will be a visiting guest speaker each night and the revival will also include singers Bobby Howard, Still Blessed, The Boggs Family and Thelma Bates. We would love to have you all join us in our little, very informal chapel for a time of revival and worship.
I received word that John L. Collins was taken to the hospital with an injury from a logging accident. I don’t know the extent of his injuries, but I ask everyone to lift John L. and his family up in prayer.
With that said I’ll leave you with this thought for the day: Kindness is the golden chain by which society is bound together.
Community Bulletin Board: Sunday evening worship service at 6 p.m. at the ECCO Chapel, 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 Thursday of each month at 6:30 p.m. at the Ovenfork Senior Citizens Center, come and bring a guest. Bible study Monday evenings at ECCO at 7 p.m., all welcome.
This week our prayer list includes: the family of Dorothy Lewis, John L. Collins, Flo Lynch, Clay Sturgill, Linda Maggard, Stephanie Estep, Pearl Baker, Roger Shelton, Patricia Osborne, Betty Terry, Ted Corder, Don Brown, Jack and Marie Snell, Nora Walker, Helen Chapman, Keith Barr, Garland Couch, Darlene and Winston Sturgill, and Brenda Gross.
Also lift up in prayer all those struggling with drug and alcohol addiction, may they be delivered, our military troops around the world, the crisis in the Middle East, 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.