Greetings to all from the Eolia Christian Community Outreach Center: “But I say unto you, love your enemies, bless them that curse you, do good to them that hate you, and pray for them that despitefully use you, and persecute you.” Matthew 5:44.
The last couple of weeks have been a time of sadness in our community with the loss of Gary Gantner and Jimmy Maggard. We at ECCO extend deepest sympathy to the families. I’m sure their death has left a void that cannot be filled.
We receive produce year round for our pantry, but especially more during the summer. I’m always glad to take any amount, and thanks to local volunteers and other caring folks in the ministry we can always find those happy to receive fresh fruits and vegetables.
Pastor Ted Collins from the Seco Pentecostal Church is always willing to help when called. It’s so good to hear such an enthusiastic response when I call asking him to help get the overflow out to folks. He and members from his church travel up and down the hollows handing out to those in need.
I’m sure those of you acquainted with Brother Ted are aware of his health issues, but yet he just keeps on keeping on. I’m sure he sees this as an opportunity to witness the love of God. How we need more like him.
Marie Coleman gave me a gallon of blueberries picked from her own patch, and I made for the first time blueberry jam. No matter how much you pay for jams and jellies at the store, nothing tastes as good and fresh as home canned.
When needing a gift for someone you don’t have a clue as what to buy for, I’ve found making a basket of fruit, along with home canned jams, jellies or apple butter, and home baked bread like banana, raisin, or pumpkin is always a welcome treat.
Last week we had a cookout at ECCO, the first in a long time. Thanks to Sheldon for cleaning up and sowing grass between the chapel and ECCO building, making the area larger and more presentable. This will be a great spot to have cookouts this summer.
Present for our cookout were Chris and Mary Anne Gagnon, and Doug and Karen DeBruler from the Cincinnati area. They visit each month and bring with them a trailer load of household items and furniture. This time they brought several washers and dryers that lasted on ECCO’s front porch a total of two days before they were sold.
The Gagnons have formed an ECCO branch ministry from their church and community and are getting a wonderful response. As I have said many times over the years, I’m constantly amazed and humbled to see God’s provision to this ministry in ways I’d never dreamed.
Another prayer answered was the receiving of an $18,000 grant check from the EQT Foundation. This will enable us another year to help meet some of the needs of various agencies in our county.
With that said, I’ll close with a quote from Joyce Myers: “When we hate someone, it’s like swallowing poison hoping it will kill our enemies.”
Community Bulle- tin Board: Gospel singing the second Friday of each month at ECCO at 7 p.m., Cumberland River Volunteer Fire Dept. meets the 2nd Sunday of each month at 11 a.m. at the Partridge station, volunteers are welcome.
Bible study each Monday at 7 p.m. at ECCO, all are welcome. Partridge Lions Club meets the 1st and 3rd Tuesday of each month at 6:30 p.m. at the Ovenfork Senior Citizen Center, come and bring a guest.
This week our prayer list includes the families of Gary Gantner and Jimmy Maggard, Patricia Osborne, Sheldon Starr, Verdell Sturgill, Kess Halcomb, Pearl Baker, Dale Parsons, Carolyn Couch, Betty Terry, Ted Corder, Stephanie Estep, Don Brown, Jack and Marie Snell, Marie Coleman, Nora Walker, Helen Chapman, and Brenda Gross.
Also lift up in your prayers all of those struggling with drug and alcohol addiction (may they be delivered), our military troops around the world, the crisis in Syria, 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.