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Picnic shelter turning into a chapel


Greetings from Eolia and the Eolia Christian Community Outreach.

“These things I have spoken unto you, that in me ye might have peace. In the world ye shall have tribulation: but be of good cheer; I have overcome the world.” John 16:33

We had another busy week at ECCO as we continue with the many programs we sponsor. Monday was food pantry day and that alone takes up much of the day for several volunteers. I was also able to enlist the help of six men who’ve offered to help with our monthly food pick-up. In the past I’ve had to decline food pick-ups because of the lack of help, and I really regret having to do that with the many needs we have in our community and county.

We’ve decided to convert our picnic shelter into a small ECCO chapel and I was so pleased with the number of men who turned out to work on the construction. During the summer it became an inconvenience for our Bible study group because SWAP uses our community room during that time. Many of us became a little grumpy with the noise and distractions and decided we needed a chapel more then a picnic shelter. The shelter was seldom used since we built the community room. An air-conditioned room free of mosquitoes and noise had just spoiled everyone.

The chapel will not be having services during the time of local church services in our area, but will be open and welcome to the public for services and events sponsored by ECCO.

I’m glad to hear that Garland Couch is out of the hospital after having gallbladder surgery and is doing well.

Stephanie was telling me that Mitzi Oplinger received a bad fall. I haven’t heard anything further, but ask that you please lift Mitzi up in your prayers. She’s a wonderful Christian lady with such a sweet spirit.

We had a very productive park meeting. Several issues were discussed and the committee voted to buy a utility sink for the concession stand, two park benches, a plaque to acknowledge park sponsors and possibly a water fountain. Despite the many obstacles we’ve faced with the park, it just keeps on keeping on.

Stephanie wants everyone to know Kid’s Time resumed on its regular schedule Sept. 18. at 10 a.m.

For those of you suffering from pain and loss, and I believe that would include all of us at some point in our lives, I’ll leave you with this thought for the day: “Jesus is a friend who walks in when the world walks out.” Community bulletin board — Bible study each Monday at ECCO at 7 p.m., Good News Club each Wednesday 6:30- 7:30 p.m. at the Eolia Mission for children 3 and up, call 633-5015 for transportation, Kid’s Time each Friday 10:00-11:15 a.m. at ECCO, Cumberland River Volunteer Fire Department meets at 11 a.m. the second Sunday of each month at the Partridge station, volunteers welcome, Partridge Lions Club meets at 6:30 p.m. the first and third Tuesday of each month at the Ovenfork Senior Citizens Center, come and bring a guest. ECCO thrift store hours Monday- Wednesday-Friday 10 a.m.-2 p.m.

This week our prayer list includes Mitzi Oplinger, Garland Couch, June Maggard, Richard McFarland, Denise Bedwell, Don Brown, Bear Hissom, Seth Collins, Raymond Kiser, Ralph Nease, Stephanie Estep, Judy Branham, Lillian and Nora Walker, Kess “Rusty” Halcomb, Ruth Halcomb, Olivia Blair, Jack and Marie Snell, Dorothy Nease, Helen Chapman and Tony 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 and Afghanistan, the United States, our President and the leaders of our country, all the children hurt by war, and the ministry of ECCO.

Our address is ECCO, 135 Emily Lane, Eolia, Ky. 40826.

Until next time from the folks at ECCO, “God bless.”

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