Greetings to all from the Eolia Christian Community Outreach Center.
“He who dwells in the secret place of the Most High shall abide under the shadow of the Almighty. I will say of the Lord, He is my refuge and fortress; My God, in Him I will trust.” Psalm 91:1-2.
We’ve been so busy at ECCO, it’s amazing to suddenly look up from all the events to realize that Christmas Day is almost upon us.
Tonight will be our last Sunday night worship service and Monday night will be our last Bible study service until January 2013. Church services will resume Sunday night at 5 p.m., Jan. 6, and Bible study will begin Monday evening, Jan. 7 at 7 p.m.
It was my pleasure to meet the new site-coordinator for Arlie Boggs Elementary School, Lesley Whitaker, and more so to work with her during the Christmas season.
Our Christmas party, hosted by ECCO and FRYSC with the folks from the First Baptist Church of Vandalia and the children of Eolia, was an exciting event and Lesley managed it with calmness and grace.
Sister Georgiana from Cincinnati delivered Hasbro toys Saturday to ECCO, which she has been doing for several years now. She brings a toy for each child in school.
Lesley was happy to receive the toys and didn’t hesitate to ask me questions pertaining to them. It is obvious she loves children and is eager to do a good job. We welcome her to the community and ECCO and look forward to working with her in 2013.
Linda and Jimmy Craiger are the proud grandparents of David Benning, who has been named a Kentucky Storytelling Association winner, qualifying him to advance to the National Youth Storytelling Showcase in Orem, Utah, Feb. 6-9, as part of the Timpanogos Storytelling Midwinter event. David must raise enough money before early January to cover his travel expenses to enter the event in Utah. Best wishes to David on this wonderful endeavor.
With Christmas just around the corner, here’s a recipe for Festive Cranberry Salad: 1 can(14 ounces) sweetened condensed milk, ¼ cup lemon juice, 1 can (20 ounces) crushed pineapples, drained, 1 can (16 ounces) whole-berry cranberry sauce, 2 cups miniature marshmallows, ½ cup chopped pecans, red food coloring optional (just enough to make it pink), 1 carton (8 ounces) frozen whipped topping, thawed. In a bowl, combine milk and lemon juice. Stir in pineapple, cranberry sauce, marshmallows, pecans and food coloring if desired . Fold in whipped topping. Spoon into a 13-in.x 9-in. baking dish. Freeze until firm, 4 hours or overnight. Cut into squares. Yield, 12- 16 servings.
With that I’ll leave you with this thought for the day: About the only thing people in every walk of life will agree about is that they are underpaid and overcharged.
Community Bulletin Board: Sunday night worship service at ECCO chapel 5 p.m. Jan. 6, Bible study at ECCO Monday evening 7 p.m. Jan. 7, Cumberland River Volunteer Fire Department meets the second Sunday of each month at 11 a.m. at the Partridge station, volunteers 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.
This week our prayer list includes: the community and families suffering from the Connecticut shooting, Stephanie Estep, Garland and Carolyn Couch, Pearl Baker, Roger Shelton, Patricia Osborne, Betty Terry, Ted Corder, Don Brown, Jack and Marie Snell, Nora Walker, and Brenda Gross. Also lift up in prayer all those struggling with alcohol and drug addiction, may they be delivered, our military troops around the world, Israel and 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.