Greetings to all from the Eolia Christian Community Outreach.
“Jesus said unto her, I am the resurrection, and the life: he that believeth in Me, though he were dead, yet shall he live.” John 11:25
Today is a welcome change from the cold and snow we’ve had all week. Although still chilly, the sun is shining and there’s not a cloud in sight.
Last week was a productive week in spite of the dreary weather because it motivated me to try a new candy recipe I’d been mulling about. Coconut Cream Pecan Fudge was a big hit at ECCO and with Emily who’d been out of school with the strep throat. I mailed her a goody box including my newest creation, and her favorite, maple pecan.
It will soon be time for the tulips to pop up in my flowerbed and it’s a reminder when Emily was four and we planted them together. She is now 13. Where does the time go? Precious memories how they linger.
I learned that B.J. Kilbourne had a bad episode and was taken to the hospital as the result of a recent surgery. B.J. was a volunteer at ECCO for a couple of years and worked two summers for SWAP. B.J. became a favorite with his smile and quiet gentle ways. We ask everyone to lift B.J. up in your prayers.
We now have SWAP applications available at the ECCO thrift store. SWAP is an organization made up of church groups that come into the Eolia community each year for six to eight weeks and conduct home repairs for low-income families. They will be housed in the upstairs dormitories at ECCO. For more information, you can contact site coordinators Steve and Nicole at 633-8029.
We’ll be giving away garden seeds next week at the thrift store, but there is no corn this year. Plenty of beans though. These are available to anyone while they last.
With Easter just around the corner I’d like to share a recipe with you that was always a favorite around our house. This was Tony’s favorite dessert. It’s simple but good and so pretty. Pineapple Bomb. 2 20-ounce cans pineapple slices, 1 small jar maraschino cherries halved, 1 small box vanilla instant pudding, 2½ cups cold milk, 1 tsp. pineapple flavoring, 8-ounce tub Cool Whip, 1 angel food or pound cake. Line 2-quart round bowl with Saran Wrap, place pineapple slices on side and bottom as close together as possible. Place cherry halves in center of each pineapple. Mix pudding and milk, add Cool Whip and flavoring, Put one-half mixture on bottom of bowl, adding thin slices of cake alternately with pudding, leaving cake as last layer. Chill overnight and invert on plate and remove Saran Wrap. It is very colorful and will be the center of attention on your table.
With that I’ll leave you with this thought for the day. The cross is easier to the Christian who takes it up than to the one who drags it along.
Community Bulletin Board: Sunday night worship service at ECCO chapel at 6:00, Bible study with John Doug Hays at ECCO community room Monday night at 7:00, GED classes at ECCO community room Monday and Wednesday from 1-4 p.m., 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 the Ovenfork Senior Citizens Center at 6:30 p.m., come and bring a guest.
This week our prayer list includes B.J. Kilbourne, Stephanie Estep, Phyllis Boggs, Betty Maggard, Allen Profitt, Ruth Halcomb, Garland and Carolyn Couch, Gay Sturgill, Pearl Baker, Betty Terry, Ted Corder, Don Brown, Marie Snell, Nora Walker, Roger Shelton, Ruby Sturgill, 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 all the folks at ECCO, God bless.