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Surprise dinner held for Sheldon and Marie Starr


Greetings from the hills and valleys of Eolia and Eolia Christian Community Outreach.

A man that hath friends must shew himself friendly. Proverbs 18:24

This time of year is very busy for ECCO with the many Christmas projects going on. Also, Sheldon was busy all week putting the finishing touches on the new additions.

On food pantry day we were able to distribute boxes of food from our new pantry. We are now able to make the boxes better according to the size of each family.

We also have railroad ties to sell for $5 each, donated to ECCO by Natural Resource Partners. If interested, call 632-9504 after 6 p.m. We also have a huge amount of Christmas decorations in our thrift store at very low prices.

We are gearing up for our home health project of making personal care kits, wrapping lap robes and house shoes, and making gift baskets.

Dec. 1, the First Baptist Church of Vandilia, Ohio, will host a huge Christmas party at ECCO for about 30 families in the Eolia area complete with toys, clothes and food. This is a joint effort between the Arlie Boggs Family Resource Center and ECCO, and we’re really looking forward to being a part of making a happier Christmas for these families.

Thursday evening, our new community room was used to host our first event. Each year we have a potluck dinner just before Thanksgiving for all the volunteers at ECCO. Well, we did the same this year but with a little different twist. We had a surprise appreciation dinner for Sheldon and Marie Starr along with 34 volunteers, friends and neighbors. They thought we were having our usual volunteer appreciation dinner for all the volunteers but had no idea they were the star guests. ECCO presented them with a plaque thanking them for the many years of service to ECCO and dedicating the community room in their name. The plaque was hung in the community room.

MCC director Duane Beachy presented them with a memory box with an engraving on the top thanking them for their many years of service to SWAP. Sheldon and Marie’s favorite singers, Darrell Caudill and Backwoods Revival, were there to sing and play for us. Everyone enjoyed an evening of wonderful food, including a huge ham, turkey, steak and gravy along with a number of side dishes brought by the guests. It was certainly an evening to remember.

Thought for the day: “The only way to have a friend is to be one.”

Community bulletin board: Rockvine Baptist Church youth group meets every Thursday at 6 p.m.; the bus will run. Call 633- 4948. Neighborhood Watch meets the third Tuesday of each month at 6 p.m. at ECCO. We encourage everyone to attend. The Eolia Community Park Committee meets the third Tuesday of each month at 7 p.m. at ECCO. Cumberland River Volunteer Fire Department meets at 11 a.m. the second Sunday of each month at the Partridge station. Volunteers are welcome. The Partridge Lions Club meets at 6:30 p.m. the third Thursday of each month at the Ovenfork Senior Citizen Center. Come and bring a guest.

This week our prayer list include: Mary Walker, Olivia Blair, April Hearld, Bear Hissom, Curt Sturgill, Jr. Carter, Kess “Rusty” Halcomb, Ruth Halcomb, Ralph Crane, Mable Gilliam, Dale Parsons, Dudley Short, Dorothy Nease, and Brenda Gross. Also to be lifted up in prayer are those enslaved by drugs and alcohol, may they be delivered, the troops in Iraq, the United States and Iraq, the leaders of our country, all the children hurt by war, and the ministry of ECCO.

Until next week from the folks at ECCO, “God bless.”

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