Whitesburg KY

Good time for pot of soup beans

Greetings to all from the Eolia Christian Community Outreach Center.

“But those who wait on the Lord shall renew their strength; They shall mount up with the wings of eagles, they shall run and not be weary, they shall walk and not faint.” Isaiah 41:31.

ECCO, by God’s grace and generous provision, has again survived another year and we are looking forward to the year 2012 with great expectation. After these many years I’m still humbled and amazed at how folks just out of the blue will call saying they want to help our ministry.

Sincere thanks to Chris Gagnon and Doug DeBruler for repairing my leaky roof. They worked on my roof until 8 p.m. in the cold by installing a light to work by. They also installed a new faucet in ECCO’s kitchen sink and put weather strips around the doors.

Sheldon is kept busy with other projects, so is glad to have assistance from these guys.

This morning we awoke to a dusting of snow, but with the promise of more to come. With the temperature steadily dropping, it sounds like a good time for a crockpot of soup beans, cornbread and kraut and wieners. Eolia

Growing up, Mother would often make an oatmeal cake. That sounds like a good way to top off a meal. I love nothing better than to treat my family to a hot meal after they’ve worked all day, especially during these cold winter months.

I was sorry to hear that Gary Gaithner has suffered a stroke and Baylus Caudill is also very ill. I ask that you lift both these men up in your prayers.

I hear that Betty and Earl Terry are doing very well. Being such a beloved couple in the community, I know everyone is glad to hear the good news.

Speaking of good news, a few weeks ago the congregation of Eolia Baptist Church witnessed the baptism of an entire family. A full house of family and friends joyfully witnessed the baptizing of Jimmy, Ruby and daughter Sarah Maggard. After the church service a meal was served in the fellowship hall in celebration of the event. What a wonderful way to begin a new year.

With that I’ll close with this thought for the day. God makes a promise — faith believes it, hope anticipates it, patience quietly awaits it.

Community Bulletin Board: ECCO Bible study Monday evenings at 7 p.m. with Minister John Doug Hays from Pikeville, all are welcome. Cumberland River Volunteer Fire Department meets the second Sunday of each month at 11 a.m. at the Partridge Station, volunteers are 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.

This week our prayer list includes: the family of Ada Roberts, Baylus Caudill, Gary Gaithner, Stephanie Estep, Marie Coleman, Shirley Mullins, Ted Corder, Earl and Betty Terry, Jack and Marie Snell, Nora Walker, Don Brown, 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, 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.

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