Greetings to all from the Eolia Christian Community Outreach Center.
“Be anxious for nothing, but in everything by prayer and supplication, with thanksgiving, let your requests be made know to God.” Philippians 4: 6.
The lovely lady called summer is still lingering over our mountains with her radiant smile of warm, sunny days and cooler nights. I hope she will remain hesitant to leave for a good while yet.
ECCO is bustling with activity with as many as six to 12 volunteers at a time and all staying busy. This is a good thing. It means we’re growing. A faithbased outreach is like a church in the sense that it’s a living breathing organism more than an organization. If it stops growing, it will become stagnant.
Marie Coleman and Joyce Sue Ganther have been separating the winter from the summer clothing from a recent shipment we received. They are sometimes so surrounded by boxes and piles of clothes we can hear but not see them.
I teased them saying at the rate they’re going we’ll have to bring in a bulldozer to find them. But I can tell from the chatter and laughter they’re having a good time.
This weekend we hosted ECCO sponsors Chris, Mary Ann, Karen and Doug from the Cincinnati area. They’re the folks who bring furniture once a month to ECCO. They, along with Steve the new site coordinator for SWAP, sacrificed their Labor Day weekend to renovate a bathroom for an elderly widow. They have three days to complete a topto bottom renovation so I can easily say they give the term “working like fighting fire” a whole new meaning.
I think it’s a thrill for all involved to give this precious soul a totally new bathroom.
I have other wonderful news to those of you that believe in the power of prayer. Colettia called me earlier in the week saying Stephanie’s doctor called telling them the insurance company had finally relented and agreed to pay for the cancer treatment that could save her life. The reason they initially said no was because the statistics showed a 20 to 30 percent survival rate. Any parent would fight tooth and nail for the chance of a one percent survival rate, and it’s called unconditional love.
Colettia tearfully ask me express her gratitude to each of you for praying for her child. To God be the glory!
With that I’ll leave you with this thought for the day: Gratitude to God should be as regular as our heartbeat.
Community Bulletin Board: Gospel singing the second Friday of each month at ECCO’s chapel, beginning 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 Citizen Center, come and bring a guest. Bible study Monday evenings at ECCO with John Doug Hays as teacher beginning at 7 p.m., all welcome.
This week our prayer list includes Linda Maggard, Nancy Boggs, Stephanie Estep, Pearl Baker, Roger Shelton, Patricia Osborne, Verdell Sturgill, Betty Terry, Ted Corder, Don Brown, Jack and Marie Snell, Nora Walker, Helen Chapman and Brenda Gross.
Also lift up in prayer all those struggling with alcohol and drug addictions, may they be delivered, our military troops around the world, the crisis in Syria, 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.