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There is true joy in giving


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

Therefore the Lord Himself will give you a sign: Behold the virgin shall conceive and bear a Son, and shall call his name Immanuel. Isaiah 7:14

A recent evening was a whirlwind of activity as ECCO volunteers wrapped and bagged the many gifts for our community and countywide Christmas projects. This is a yearly event we all look forward to. We choose a particular evening where we get together and share finger foods, wrap gifts and just have a great time. (The men call it a hen party.)

This year we had 50 gift baskets for LKLP and we so enjoy working with Teresa Bevins. She is always so thrilled when we do something for her clients. I’ve known Teresa for a good while and she is deeply committed to helping those in need. We put together 60 home care bags, 42 gifts of Christmas mugs and candy containers filled with candy, and 80 lap robes with house shoes and a candy cane. In all the years I’ve been doing this, there is one thing I always notice – everyone is so happy when doing for others. Which only proves, there is true joy in giving.

Thought for the day: Don’t forget the reason for the season.

News from the Ovenfork Senior Citizens Center by Jewel Maggard:

“Hi seniors, it is so wonderful how the Lord takes of us each day. He provides our food, a bed to sleep in, family and friends. I could keep telling of God’s love for each of us. Read Matt. 6:31- 32 Remember to prayer for our seniors who are sick at home and in the nursing homes and hospitals.

“Ruby Adams went to Tennessee to visit her son, Paul, and his family. We sure miss our seniors when they’re gone for a few days or just one. It seems all our seniors either had family for Thanksgiving or visited with family.

“With the weather turning colder many of our seniors have ailments this time of year. Orville Collier has a cold and earache, Mae Lewis is suffering with painful feet, Norma Rhymer is still improving, Charles and Geneva Tolavar are doing fair, and Lucy Maggard is having trouble with her feet and legs swelling. Remember all these seniors in your prayers.

“Everyone have a wonderful week remembering how blessed we are.”

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 includes: Mary Walker, Olivia Blair, April Hearld, Bear Hissom, Curt Sturgill, Jr. Carter, Kess “Rusty” Halcomb, Ruth Halcomb, Ralph Crane, Shelly and Harold Mong, Dale and Maxine 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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