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Illness brings comforting response from friends


Greetings to all from the Eolia Christian Community Outreach Center.

“For God hath not given us the spirit of fear; but of power, and of love, and of a sound mind.” 2 Timothy 1:7

There is such a comforting feeling of normalcy sitting here in front of the computer, typing my column after several days of anxious trips to Pikeville Methodist Hospital. Tony had pneumonia and was in the hospital for a few days, where the doctors drained five liters of fluid from around his lungs. I want to thank the folks that lifted Tony up in their prayers, also for the thoughtful phone calls, cards and flowers.

The ECCO center has especially missed him, since he does so many little tasks that are often taken for granted. But during his time of illness local community volunteers have been so good to help out. Ray Bird made a trip to Hazard to deliver goods to the veterans home. Janie and Bennie shopped for much needed maintenance items. B.J. and Liz continue to sort and organize the thrift store. Maxine helps weekly in the thrift store and volunteers on pantry day.

I’m so thankful to have lifelong friends who step up without even being asked. This kind of friendship and unity is what makes ECCO the organization it is today.

When hearing of Tony’s illness, Don and Florence from Pennsylvania came for a visit, and Sheldon and Marie are expected. Thoughtful as always, Don brought a large bag of caramel popcorn, made by his Amish friends for the ECCO family.

Adean Adams visited Tony, bringing one of Norma’s famous butterscotch pies and a jar of homemade jam. Norma’s pies are so good, all I can say is — Martha Stewart, eat your heart out. Marie Coleman from the Arlie Boggs FRYSC wants to pass along this reminder. Everyone will be getting a Census form in the mail and they need to fill it out. It will take about 10 minutes to complete the form and if anyone needs help with filling out the form, Arlie Boggs FRYSC will help. They can call (606) 633-8160.

Speaking of food, I promised to deliver a recipe for Cabbage Casserole, and here it is:

1 head of cabbage, 2 pounds ground beef (lean), 1 large onion, 8-10 saltine crackers crushed, ½ cup Minute Rice, 1egg, 1 green pepper chopped, 1 quart tomato juice, salt and pepper to taste.

Mix ground beef, onion, egg, crackers, rice and green pepper; mix well. Shred cabbage. Place layer of cabbage in a large, covered baking dish. Then place ground beef mixture and a layer of cabbage on top. Cover with 1 quart of tomato juice. Bake 350 for 1½ hours or until done. The dish or pan must have a cover or cabbage will be tough. This makes enough to feed a small army.

With that, I’ll leave you with this thought for the day: “I’ve suffered a great many catastrophes in my life. Most of them never happened.”

Community bulletin board: Good News Club, Wednesday, 6:30-7:30 p.m. at the Eolia Mission for children 3 and up. Kid’s Time each Friday at ECCO 10-11:15 a.m. Cumberland River Volunteer Fire Department meets the second Sunday of each month 11 a.m. at the Partridge Station. Partridge Lions Club meets the first and third Tuesday of each month starting at 6:30 p.m. at the Ovenfork Senior Citizen Center. Come and bring a guest.

This week our prayer list includes: Betty Addington, Judy Branham, Mable Gilliam, Garland Couch, Hannah Burke, Judy McKnight, Bent Shepherd, Richard Mc- Farland, 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, Dorothy Nease, 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. Our email is eccotruth@ att.net.

Until next week from myself and the folks at ECCO, God bless.

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