Greetings to all from the Eolia Christian Community Outreach Center.
“A soft answer turns away wrath, But a harsh word stirs up anger. The tongue of the wise uses knowledge rightly, But the mouth of fools pours forth foolishness.” Proverbs 15:1- 2.
Last week the little valley of Eolia awoke to our first big snow of the year. Looking at the snow piled on top the railing around my deck, I would guess about four inches.
I can remember when this would have been a light accumulation compared to some of the knee-high snows of winters past. The older I get the more I appreciate the milder winters.
Along with blue skies and brilliant sunshine, the snow just accentuates the beauty of the mountains, especially the pines as their limbs bow under a mantle of white.
I’m happy to say that Sheldon and Liz are back at ECCO working hard as ever. ECCO volunteers are a spiritually close knit family, whom we value and love. When one hurts, we all hurt. Eolia
John Doug was absent again from Bible study with Kelsey Friend filling in. I called Brenda, his wife, and she said he was suffering with a virus that was affecting many of the folks around Pikeville. Kelsey taught an in-depth lesson on the Lord’s Prayer and how we ought to pray. I’m confident to say we were all enriched and blessed from the teaching.
I ask that you please continue to lift up Baylus Caudill and Gary Gaithner, who are very ill, along with their families in your prayers.
Speaking from experience, I know how comforting it is to know there are people praying for you at such a difficult time.
I was recently blessed with another birthday, and as most of you know there comes a point in life when you’re contented to not make mention but just let that day come and go as usual.
Now we’re used to family keeping up with birthdays and such, but imagine how surprised and touched I was to receive a Penney’s gift card from Rod and Liz, flowers from Sheldon and Marie, Chris and Mary Anne and Doug and Karen. Not only had family kept track of my birthday, but so had friends. I’m truly blessed.
We are having a great sale at ECCO’s thrift store with all the clothing half price, which puts almost every item of clothing at 50 cents. The sale will continue through the month of February, but beginning March 1 we will be displaying our spring and summer items.
We’ll be having a monthly gospel singing at the ECCO chapel the second Friday of each month beginning March 9 at 7 p.m. We appreciate Darrell Caudill for heading up the gospel singing, especially since he’s booked up every week. Nancy Hubbard gave us some old songbooks from the Franks Creek Church and I immediately recognized them as the songbooks I grew up with. So come out and join us each month on the second Friday at 7 p.m. and enjoy the old time mountain hymns of our parents and grandparents.
Marie from Arlie Boggs Elementary School wants to remind you of the following:
A reminder to parents and community people that Arlie Boggs Elementary School is participating in Food City School Bucks and the ending date is April 22. Please use your Food City card and have Arlie Boggs Elementary School registered with their school number. Arlie Boggs FRYSC also collects Box Tops for Education and Campbel’s soup labels all year.
With that I will close with this thought for the day. Anyone who angers you conquers you.
Community Bulletin Board: ECCO Bible study each Monday evening at 7 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 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: Baylus Caudill, Gary Gaithner, Garland Couch, Stephanie Estep, Don Brown, Shirley Mullins, Earl and Betty Terry, 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 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 week from the folks at ECCO, God bless.