Greetings to all from the Eolia Christian Community Outreach Center.
“Yes, I have loved you with an everlasting love,” Jeremiah 31:3.
The clock is ticking and the countdown is on as children and many adults look forward to the muchanticipated date of Dec. 25. This time of the year is also when the volunteers at ECCO put forth an extra effort to have more events and give more than usual.
This Saturday we hosted a Christmas party for about 50 children along with their families at the ECCO community room. Gifts were very generously provided to the families by members of the First Baptist Church of Vandalia, Oh. This was a joint effort of the Arlie Boggs Family Resource Center, First Baptist Church of Vandalia and ECCO.
There was a good turnout in spite of the snow and terrible road conditions. Everyone feasted on pizzas, subs, cookies and Kool-Aid.
Emily had a great time helping Marie Coleman hand out the gifts. I thank God that she still has a heart for others and only pray it will continue with her all her life.
Also last week, longtime sponsors of ECCO, Sister Georgianna from Saint John the Baptist Catholic Church located in Cincinnati, along with a friend, brought toys to the Arlie Boggs School donated by the Hasbro company. This year marks a 20- year milestone that Sister has been delivering toys to Arlie Boggs Elementary School, almost as long as ECCO’s existence, which is about 24 years now. My, how time flies.
As I sit in front of my window typing this column watching it snow, I remember my mother used to refer to snowflakes this size as “large as goose feathers.” Pine Mountain is blurred out as our little valley lies asleep under a fluffy down blanket of snow. It is amazingly beautiful as the mounting snow covers all that we see as barren and ugly this time of year.
I’m enjoying my gas fireplace with more appreciation after good friends Rodney and Liz Sturgill replaced the fan last week.
I also want to say how much I appreciate Bennie Sturgill for taking my car to a garage and having the tires replaced. Those Sturgill brothers are hard to beat. They both have hearts of gold.
It seems these days good news is hard to come by, but that’s what we received last week with the good report that Myrel Jr.’s biopsy revealed no cancer. There was much rejoicing at ECCO since we’ve had Myrel Jr.’s name on our prayer list for some time now.
Emily visited for the weekend, having a great time at the Christmas party and later while I prepared dinner she made a gingerbread house out of real gingerbread with icing and candy, which turned out really great.
Again, my, my how time flies. With that said I’ll leave you with a quote from my favorite minister Dr. Charles Stanley. “ Life’s greatest gift is not contained in a beautifully wrapped package, but in the humble clothes of a baby who came to Earth more than 2000 years ago.”
Community Bulletin Board: Bible study at ECCO each Monday evening 7 p.m.; Good News Club meets each Wednesday at the Eolia Baptist Mission for ages three and up, 6:30-7:30 p.m.; Cumberland River Volunteer Fire Department meets the second Sunday of each month 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 Von Dixon, Sharon Watts, Karen Morgan, Billy Dixon, Kathy Morton, Gary Gaithner, Johnny Maggard, Tim Maggard, Linda Sturgill, Columbus and Lois Sturgill, Don Brown, Raymond Kiser, Ralph Nease, Lucy Maggard, Stephanie Estep, Lillian and Nora Walker, Jack and Marie Snell, Helen Chapman and Brenda Gross.
Also remember to lift up in prayer our military troops, the United States, our President and 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.