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Mark Gross wins chili cookoff

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Greetings to all from the Eolia Christian Community Outreach Center.

“The Lord will be a refuge for the oppressed, a refuge in times of trouble. And those who know Your name will put their trust in You. For you Lord have not forsaken those who seek You.” Psalm 9:9-10.

With cooler weather moving in, it’s time to bring out the jackets and scarves, light the fireplace up and settle in with a good book and a cup of hot chocolate. It’s also chili time, which we celebrated Saturday evening at ECCO with a chili cookoff.

Twenty-two people participated either in entering their chili or just eating it. Everyone had to sample each pot of chili in order to judge and vote for the entries. Each pot was marked with a number so as not to identify those entering.

First place went to Mark Gross, second to Thelma Halcomb and third to yours truly. But more important, everyone had a good time.

This time of the year brings out my urge to bake, and while leafing through an old recipe book, I spied a recipe for Mounds cake. I’ll try it out on the ECCO volunteers and if it’s a hit, I’ll put it in a future column.

We’ re now putting Christmas decorations out in the thrift store, and we have lots. Thanks to Darrell Caudill, Ed Garman, and Sheldon Starr for installing three additional electrical outlets. It will be so much easier with three refrigerators placed side by side to have refrigerated items available for pantry day.

Also a big thanks to the Meritzo Center and Lonnie Riley for their donation of appliances and furniture. When folks drive by and see our porch loaded up, within an hour almost everything is gone.

My good friend Liz Sturgill so kindly shared with me the bounty of her vegetables by giving me 11 pints of canned mustard greens and 14 quarts of kraut. Liz makes the best kraut ever.

Everyone had such a good time at our last revival we’re having another one Nov. 9, 10 and 11 beginning at 7 p.m. at the ECCO chapel. Dave Hammond will preach the 9th, Ted Collins the 10th, and Jack Howard the 11th. We’ll also have special singers each night. Everyone is welcome to join us for an evening of praise and worship.

With that I’ll close with this thought for the day. Satan doesn’t care what we worship, as long as we don’t worship God.

Community Bulletin Board: Sunday evening worship service at 6 p.m. at the ECCO chapel, 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 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 are welcome.

This week our prayer list includes: Clay and Linda Sturgill, Teddy Banks, Betty and Burnice Maggard, Jamie Cook, Flo Lynch, Stephanie Estep, Pearl Baker, Roger Shelton, Patricia Osborne, Betty Terry, Ted Corder, Don Brown, Jack and Marie Snell, Nora Walker, Helen Chapman, Keith Barr, Winston and Darlene Sturgill, Carolyn and Garland Couch, 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.



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