Greetings to all from the Eolia Christian Community Outreach Center.
“Therefore, if anyone is in Christ, he is a new creation; the old has gone, the new has come.” 2 Corinthians 5:17
We were happy to again at ECCO welcome our old friend Paul Schwartz and his buddy Chester from the First Baptist Vandalia Church located in Ohio. Paul came with a trailer load of clothing, furniture and household items for our thrift store. As always, Paul was cheerful and uplifting, which makes it such a pleasure when he visits our center.
Another cause for a big smile came through the mail in the form of a check in the amount of $2,000 from the Blue Grass Foundation to be used by the Arlie Boggs Family Resource Center as needed. When I called telling Marie Coleman about receiving the check, to say she was beside herself with joy is the understatement of the year. She was happily going through a list of needs that now she doesn’t have to worry about. One great joy about this ministry is seeing someone else so happy when they are enabled to help others. A big thanks to Stephanie, ECCO’s administrative assistant, for writing the grant proposal.
Hats off to the group responsible for picking up trash alongside the road in the Franks Creek area, Eolia community and all the way across Pine Mountain. I don’t know the details but I’m sure the community appreciates your efforts.
Our Monday evening Bible study attendance is picking up. Our teachers are Dave Hammond and Drew Baldwin. Everyone knows Dave as our UPS carrier, but Drew is rather new to our community and ECCO. He is the manager of the Meridzo Horse Farm Ministry, located on Hwy. 119, and is also serving as interim pastor at the Eolia Baptist Mission. We feel so privileged and blessed to have both ministers, although busy with a full-time job, take the time to minister to the folks at ECCO.
We were so sorry to hear of the death of Dorothy Nease last week. Dorothy had been ill for a long time. My deepest sympathy goes to the family.
Another event happened last week at ECCO that left me with mixed feelings of sadness and joy so intense my throat ached. Penny, the granddaughter of my friend Mabel who recently died, came by ECCO’s thrift store to donate Mabel’s clothing. She said Mabel had once told her that when she went to heaven to give ECCO her clothing.
But first I must tell you about Mabel and her hats. She loved hats. The last time she came to the thrift store she was sporting a new bright pink and black zebrastripped hat. I remember telling her, “Mabel, that hat is definitely you.” I remember how she smiled brightly while reaching up to make a slight adjustment, saying, “You really think so?” After helping Penny carry the clothing to the storage room and turning to leave, there sitting high atop a box by the door like a jeweled tiara, was Mabel’s bright pink and black hat. Precious memories, how they linger.
With that, I will leave you with this quote from Christian author Corrie ten Boom. “Every experience God gives us, every person He puts in our lives, is the perfect preparation for the future that only He can see.”
Community bulletin board: Bible study each Monday evening 7 p.m. at ECCO. Eolia Community Park Committee meets every third Tuesday each month at ECCO 7 p.m. Kid’s Time each Friday 10-11:15 a.m. at ECCO. Good News Club each Wednesday 6:30-7:30 p.m. at the Eolia Mission for children 3 and up. Cumberland River Volunteer Fire Department meets the second Sunday of each month 11 a.m. at the Partridge Station. Volunteers welcome. Partridge Lions Club meets the first and third Tuesday of each month at the Ovenfork Senior Citizens Center at 6:30 p.m. Come and bring a guest.
This week our prayer list includes the family of Dorothy Nease, Judy Branham, Garland Couch, Hannah Burke, Judy McKnight, Bent Shepherd, Richard McFarland, Don Brown, Bear Hissom, Raymond Kiser, Ralph Nease, Lucy Maggard, Stephanie Estep, Lillian and Nora Walker, Roger Shelton, Jack and Marie Snell, Don Billet, Sheldon and Marie Starr, Helen Chapman, Tony and Brenda Gross.
Also to be lifted up in prayer are those enslaved by drugs and alcohol, may they be delivered, our troops in Afghanistan, and Iraq, the United States, our President and the leaders of our country, all the children hurt by war and the ministry of ECCO.
Until next week from myself and the folks at ECCO, God bless.