Greetings from the Eolia Christian Community Outreach Center.
“Have mercy on me O God, according to thy loving kindness.” Psalm 51:1.
The Eastern Bluebirds are checking out their summer home, a flock of cowbirds atop a tall poplar behind my cabin are singing their little hearts out, and the Easter lilies are up, and in some places around the county are actually blooming.
So, is Mother Nature hinting that spring is just around the corner, or could she be playing a practical joke? No matter, each day that’s sunny I’ll be outside soaking it up because the next day it may be snowing.
I was so sorry to hear about the deaths of Shirley Lewis and Baylus Caudill. We extend sincere sympathies to both families. I’m sure their deaths will leave a void that cannot be filled.
The past week we’ve been doing some serious spring cleaning at ECCO. There I go with spring again, but with so much activity during the spring and summer months, it’s impossible to do in-depth cleaning. So when the snow’s flying outside we’re inside cleaning cabinets, washing windows and putting up fresh curtains.
Much thanks to Phyllis Boggs for the difficult job of vacuuming the ceiling. I know it sounds strange to “vacuum a ceiling,” but our ceilings are rough lumber, which also serves as the upstairs floor and can accumulate cobwebs and dust in the cracks and corners. As you can guess, our center is on the rustic side.
Matter of fact, when telling folks where we’re located at Eolia, it’s common to hear “oh yeah, I know where that is, the place that looks like a big red barn.” Yep, that’s us.
Beginning March 1 we will be displaying our spring and summer clothing in the thrift store. All the clothing will be $1 each with the exception of one rack, which is priced slightly higher.
This weekend we were happy to welcome friends and sponsors Chris and Mary Anne, and Doug and Karen for a visit. They arrived with a U-haul trailer loaded with furniture.
At the present time we have a sectional couch, a recliner, a cherry armoire, a chair with matching ottoman, and a stage light used for plays and theatre productions, and several other items.
It was a productive week ending with church on Sunday along with visiting friends the Gagnons and DeBluers, who say they love attending the Eolia Baptist Church and consider it their alternate church.
With that said, I’ll close with this thought for the day. Character is like glass — even a little crack shows.
Community Bulletin Board: ECCO Bible study each Monday evening at 7 p.m. — all welcome. Gospel singing at ECCO Chapel the second Friday of each month at 7 p.m. Cumberland
River Volunteer Department meets the second Sunday of each month at 11 a.m. at the Partridge station; volunteers are 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.
This week our prayer list includes the families of Shirley Lewis and Baylus Caudill, Gary Gaithner, Garland Couch, Stephanie Estep, Don Brown, Shirley Mullins, Louise Boggs, Linda Sturgill, Earl and Betty Terry, Orville Collier, Ted Corder, Jack and Marie Snell, Nora Walker, Helen Chapman, and Brenda Gross.
Also lift up in prayer those struggling with drugs and alcohol, may they be delivered, the conflict in Syria, our military troops all around 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 time from the folks at ECCO, God bless.