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Slow, cold months good for doing spring-cleaning


Greetings to all from the Eolia Christian Community Outreach Center.

“But without faith it is impossible to please Him, for he who comes to God must believe that He is, and that He is a rewarder, of those who diligently seek Him.” Hebrews 11:6 NKJ.

During this cold and snowy winter I’ve heard folks lamenting about being cooped up and dealing with a lack of things to do. Well, that hasn’t been the case at ECCO. We use these slow, cold months to do our spring-cleaning. We’ve cleaned out kitchen cabinets, storage rooms, and are still organizing files in the office, which I’m ashamed to say has only been done twice in 12 years.

Our records are intact, just jammed in the same place. Most of us would choose crawling under a kitchen sink and cleaning it or washing widows when compared to sorting files according to title and dates.

Our pantry list is now around 100 each month, and I would like to say ‘hats off ’ to our volunteers who do the food pickup, and also those who make up boxes of food each month. Putting together 100 boxes of food, which are done ahead, is not an easy job. I know, because Tony and I did it for years.

As always, our ‘in control God’ has supplied ECCO with a couple of men who do this each month, and I am so grateful. Also, a big thanks to the men who drive the truck and trailer to make the food pickup each month, even when the roads were ice-covered. After loading our trailer, they carry in boxes of food for the Catholic Church pantry. It’s an all-day job which they do twice a month.

The recipients of food boxes at ECCO know who these guys are, so the next time you see them let them know you appreciate their efforts.

Paul Schwartze of Vandalia, Oh., delivered a large trailer load of clothing and household items, which will keep everyone busy for awhile.

Thanks to Jackie Adams for cleaning our many windows and washing and ironing the valances. The first day of sunshine and springcleaning is in high swing.

During my last conversation with Holly Bowmen, she shared a great recipe for chocolate chip squares. They are easy and good, and believe me, the older I get the better ‘easy’ looks.

1 box yellow cake mix; stick of butter (not margarine); 2 eggs, beaten; 2 bag chocolate chips.

Beat eggs and softened butter; add cake mix and chocolate chips. Spray 9×13 pan and spread mixture. Bake 350° for 20 minutes.

ECCO will again this summer participate in the GED Adult Education Program by welcoming those who wish to enroll. Those interested can call Monday, Wednesday, Thursday and Friday between 10 a.m. and 2 p.m. for more information. The deadline for signing up is March 24. Last year we had three to graduate with one now in college and another planning to enroll.

The greatest act of faith takes place when a man finally decides that he is not God.

Community Bulletin Board: Sunday evening worship service at ECCO’s Chapel at 5 p.m., all welcome. Cumberland River Volunteer Fire 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 Thursday of each month at 6:30 p.m. at the Ovenfork Senior Citizens Center, come and bring a guest. Bible Study each Monday evening at 7 p.m. at ECCO, all are welcome.

Our prayer list includes Dudley Short, Leonard Smith, Gloria Beachy, Pearl Baker, Betty Maggard, David Combs, Garland and Carolyn Couch, Gay Sturgill, Betty Terry, Ted and Judy Corder, Don Brown, Marie Snell, Ruby Sturgill, Nora Walker and Brenda Gross.

Also lift up in prayer those struggling with alcohol and drug addiction, may they be delivered; our military troops 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.

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