Greetings to all from the Eolia Christian Community Outreach Center.
“But I will sing of your
strength, in the morning I
will sing of your love; for you
are my fortress, my refuge
in times of trouble.”
Even though the temperatures are still ranging in the 90s, a cool breeze will occasionally blow down the hollow, giving a subtle hint that fall is just around the corner. I’m certainly ready for cooler weather, especially since fall is my favorite season.
Here at ECCO the SWAP season is about to wind down and we will soon begin our holiday projects. The last several days have been filled with various activities such as packing up food boxes in preparation of pantry day. I really appreciate help received from the Rev. Lloyd Mullins, B.J. Kilbourne, and Rod and Liz Sturgill on this project.
The Arlie Boggs Family Resource Center had a big back-to-school bash at Eolia Community Park this Saturday, and Paul Swartz, along with a friend, delivered a truckload of school supplies from Vandilia First Baptist Church located in Ohio.
The Eolia Mission hosted a fish fry at the church for a group of SWAP volunteers, which was most welcomed by the guests. Several comments of appreciation were made about the good food and the effort put forth to welcome them.
At the ECCO kitchen, Liz and I were able to squeeze in enough time to make a couple of batches of strawberry rhubarb jam. We sold four jars before it had time to cool.
It would seem everyone’s garden has done well this year since friends and neighbors have given me tomatoes, corn, and beets to put up.
I want to say a special thanks to old big-hearted Ray Bird for making two trips to Hazard to the Veterans Home to deliver donated items.
Also, he was kind enough to take Jack Snell to Lowe’s at Wise to get an air conditioner. Marie, Jack’s wife, is in poor health so please lift her up in your prayers.
With that I’ll leave you with a quote from one of my favorite authors, Corrie ten Boom. “Worry does not empty tomorrow of its sorrow; it empties today of its strength.”
Community Bulletin Board: Bible study at the ECCO chapel each Monday evening at 7 p.m. Eolia Community Park Committee meets the third Tuesday of each month 7 p.m. at ECCO. ECCO thrift store open Monday, Wednesday, Thursday, and Friday, 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. (All summer clothing is half price during August). Good News Club each Wednesday 6:30 to 7:30 p.m. at the Eolia Mission for ages 3 and up. 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.
This week our prayer list includes: Johnny Maggard, Columbus and Lois Sturgill, Hannah Burke, Judy McKnight, Richard McFarland, Don Brown, Raymond Kiser, Ralph Nease, Lucy Maggard, Stephanie Estep, Lillian and Nora Walker, Jack and Marie Snell, Don Billet, Sheldon and Marie Starr, Helen Chapman and Brenda Gross.
Also to be lifted are those enslaved by drugs and alcohol, may they be delivered, our troops in Afghanistan and Iraq, 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.”