Greetings to all from the Eolia Christian Community Outreach Center.
“Let the field be joyful, and all that is in it: Then all the trees of the woods will rejoice before the Lord.” Psalm 96: 12, 13.
It seems all nature is rejoicing in this glorious sunshine we’ve been enjoying. The bluebirds are back checking out their birdhouse, and the frogs have orchestrated a band at Emily’s frog pond. I noticed the daffodils Emily and I planted years ago are peeking out and the occasional warm breeze caressing my face whispers ‘spring is coming’.
We’ve been busy as usual at ECCO getting rid of the winter items and making way for spring and summer. We’ve set up a quilt in the community room, a Dresden Plate design, using PVC pipes for quilting frames. And I have to tell you, I just love the frames. They’re small and lightweight, which makes it easy to move the quilt wherever we like, but also allows up to four people to quilt together. They measure 40×40 and are 26 inches high. We’ve been selling them at ECCO and if anyone’s interested call 633- 2992 to order. Eolia
Marie Starr is having some complications after her shoulder surgery and had to make two trips to the emergency room last week, once to Whitesburg ARH, and later to Pikeville Medical Center. And if that’s not bad enough, she was suffering with the flu along with the shoulder pain. I ask everyone to remember Marie in your prayers for she’s a dear friend with a great heart for the Lord and people.
June Maggard is home after her therapy treatment from a broken hip. June is so active, the word ‘rest’ is totally foreign to her. I ask that you also lift June up in your prayers.
I was so sorry to hear that Raymond Kiser had died. I had known Raymond for years and always found him to be a smiling, pleasant person. He loved coming to the ECCO Thrift Store and treasure hunting, as he called it. I extend deepest sympathy to his family.
I received information the other day that sometime in March, a veterinarian from Florida will be spending a day at ECCO, giving free examinations and shots to people’s cats and dogs. This will be available to everyone and I’ll have more information later on the exact date. He does this as part of his Christian ministry to help folks out with pet costs.
As brother Lloyd always said, “God is good, all the time.”
I want to say a special thanks to one of ECCO’s treasured volunteers, Phyllis Boggs, for all her hard work distributing the blankets given to ECCO. We had a trailer load of wool blankets and what we didn’t give away at ECCO, Phyllis singlehandedly packed in her Jeep and took them up the creeks and hollows to folks that needed them. Hats off to Phyllis.
With that, I’ll leave you with this thought for the day: ‘It’s the little things in life that determine the big things.’
Community Bulletin Board: Bible study at ECCO each Monday at 7 p. m. Good New Club meets each Wednesday from 6:30-7:30 p.m. at the Eolia Mission for ages 3 and up. Cumberland River Volunteer Fire Department meets the second Sunday of each month, 11 a.m. at the Partridge Station. Volunteers welcome. Partridge Lions Club meets the first and third Tuesday of each month at 6:30 p.m. at the Ovenfork Senior Citizens Center. Come and bring a guest.
Our prayer list includes: the family of Raymond Kiser, Ruth Halcomb, Jessica Maggard, Stephanie Estep, Karen Morgan, Billy Dixon, Kathy Morton, Gary Gaithner, Johnny Maggard, Lois and Columbus Sturgill, Nora Walker, Don Brown, Ralph Nease, Lucy Maggard, Helen Chapman and Brenda Gross.
Also remember to lift up in prayer our military troops all over the world, our President and the leaders of our country, the United States, all the children hurt by war and the ministry of ECCO.
Until next week from the folks at ECCO, God bless.