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Ohio church gives Christmas party for kids


Greetings from the hills and valleys of Eolia and Eolia Christian Community Outreach.

For unto us a Child is born, Unto us a Son is given; And the government will be upon His shoulder. And His name will be called Wonderful, Counselor, Mighty God, Everlasting Father, Prince of Peace. Isaiah 9:6

The new community room at ECCO was again put to good use as several children from Arlie Boggs School were there for a Christmas party sponsored by the First Baptist Church of Vandilia, Ohio. ECCO was happy to host six people from the Vandilia First Baptist Church as they came laden with gifts of clothing, toys and food for over 30 children in the community chosen earlier by the ABE family resource center. It was a joyful time as the children tore into the wonderful gifts provided by this kind church. Some of the mothers were quite emotional over the clothes given. The people from Vandilia also provided hot dogs, chips, punch and a wide variety of delicious cookies, which were homemade by church members. This was the first of what I expect to be a yearly event at ECCO. I’m already looking forward to next year’s party.

Well folks, I’ve finally given it up. Working for a living that is. After working several years at Shortstop Grocery and Grill, I’ve retired. I’m looking forward to spending more time at ECCO now and doing what I love to do most. But Shortstop Grocery and Grill hasn’t gone anywhere. It’s still there just as lively as ever under the management of Dana Outlaw. Although Dana has been living in Whitesburg for several years, she was born and raised at Eolia and has friends and family here. Dana is very enthused about taking over the store and I noticed that she has added some lovely gift baskets, which would be great for Christmas gifts.

I would also like to say how happy we at ECCO are to have Amy Bates as the ABE school counselor. She wrote a wonderful proposal on behalf of the community to UNITE, which enabled us to make a much happier Christmas to those in need. Below is an article written by Amy telling us how UNITE is working in our community.

Drug abuse and trafficking along with a rise in community violence is unfortunately all too common for many neighborhoods in our area. Recently the Eolia community began making strides in this area to restore security, build strength in number, and reclaim the mentality that drug abuse and violence are not the norm. Community members along with Operation UNITE have recently partnered together to form a Neighbor’s UNITED program. This program will provide a collaboration between the community, Operation UNITE, law enforcement, and community agencies. Basically, Neighbor’s UNITE is neighborhood watch program that is supported with resources and funding by Operation UNITE.

Operation UNITE recently helped fund a Community Christmas Program at the Eolia Christian Community Outreach that greatly benefited the community. Turkeys, fruit baskets, decorations, and a variety of other items were purchased through the organization. We would like to thank Operation UNITE for helping to support and fund our efforts to reach out to community members and make a difference in their holiday season.

Individuals interested in becoming part of the Neighbor’s UNITED Program can contact Brenda Gross or Tom Vicini (Operation UNITE) for more information. Education and prevention along with a variety of supported activities will help develop a neighborhood program that will encourage involvement by all community members regardless of age or background. Please become part of this special program and establish hope for the future.

Thought for the day: “A positive attitude causes a chain reaction of positive thoughts, events, and outcomes. It is a catalyst, a spark, that creates extraordinary results.”

News from the Ovenfork Senior Citizens Center by Jewell Maggard

“Hi, seniors. It is so wonderful to have another day to serve the Lord just knowing He will take care of us today.

“I have to get my Christmas cards sent out soon. Carmen, Elaine and I put up a Christmas tree at the center.

“Marvin and I spent last weekend with our daughter, Becky, and had a great time shopping at Kohl’s, Lowe’s and the Home Depot.

“Read 1 Peter 3:13. I’ve been having some health problems and need everyone’s prayers. If we all get in one accord, we’ll see more miracles.

“Along with several ladies from the center we visited Jean Hunsucker in the hospital. Soon we want to visit Iona Scott at the nursing home. Have a great day and remember Jesus is the reason for the season.”

Community bulletin board: Rockvine Baptist Church youth group meets every Thursday at 6 p.m.; the bus will run. Call 633- 4948. Neighborhood Watch meets the third Tuesday of each month at 6 p.m. at ECCO. We encourage everyone to attend. The Eolia Community Park Committee meets the third Tuesday of each month at 7 p.m. at ECCO. Cumberland River Volunteer Fire Department meets at 11 a.m. the second Sunday of each month at the Partridge station. Volunteers are welcome. The Partridge Lions Club meets at 6:30 p.m. the third Thursday of each month at the Ovenfork Senior Citizen Center. Come and bring a guest.

This week our prayer list include: Jean Hunsucker, Iona Scott, Mary Walker, Olivia Blair, April Hearld, Bear Hissom, Curt Sturgill, Jr. Carter, Kess “Rusty” Halcomb, Ruth Halcomb, Ralph Crane, Dale and Maxine Parsons, Dudley Short, Dorothy Nease and Brenda Gross. Also to be lifted up in prayer are those enslaved by drugs and alcohol, may they be delivered, the troops in Iraq, the United States and Iraq, the leaders of our country, 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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