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Things at ECCO are a little crazy

Greetings to all from the Eolia Christian Community Outreach Center.

“Offer to God thanksgiving, and pay your vows to the Most High. Call upon Me in the day of trouble; I will deliver you, and you shall glorify Me.” Psalm 50:14-15

I think it’s been a couple of weeks since I’ve written my column, but it seems much longer. This is the time of year when things get a little crazy at ECCO. As we work on Christmas projects it seems we no sooner finish one until another pops up.

Stephanie, Mindy and Kelly are planning a Christmas program with neighborhood children to be held at the ECCO chapel December 12 at 7 p.m. Refreshments will be served later at the ECCO community room. Everyone is invited.

The Christmas play will be a joint effort of the Kid’s Time and Eolia Youth Group. During this busy time of the year it’s good to see these youth leaders taking the time to work with these kids. Some of the best memories of my childhood are those where I participated in a church Christmas play. Kids love to play dress up and although the real meaning may be a little obscure at the time, later in life they’ll remember and know.

Monday was pantry day and we ended with a total of 72 boxes of food given out. Everyone really appreciated the chicken donated by Loaves and Fishes located at Cumberland.

Dur ing our annual Thanksgiving dinner we were happy to welcome for the first time Chris and Mary Ann Gagnon and Doug and Karen DeBruler from the Cincinnati area. These folks are friends and longtime sponsors of ECCO. I was thrilled when they volunteered to visit ECCO each month to offer some much needed help with our ongoing projects. Eolia

At our ECCO Thanksgiving dinner, Sharon Bird came with a great dish as usual, which is always a great hit. Although broccoli casserole is a common dish, this recipe is the best I’ve tasted yet. So, I’d like to share it with you.

Broccoli Casserole: 1 large package fresh broccoli (three crowns) cut in pieces and steamed, 1 can cream of chicken soup, 1 medium box Velvetta Cheese or 1 jar Cheese Whiz, 1 cup shredded cheddar cheese, 1 small onion chopped, 1 stalk celery chopped, 1 sleeve Ritz Crackers, 1 stick butter, 1 can Durkee fried onions.

Steam broccoli. Sauté onions and celery and set aside. Slowly heat cheese and soup. Add celery and onions and pour mixture over broccoli that’s been placed in a casserole dish. Mix crushed crackers and 1 can Durkee French fried onions with melted butter and sprinkle on top. Bake 350 degrees for 30 minutes.

This is the time of year when ECCO receives lots of clothes and household items. Thanks to the generosity of our sponsors, we are having a sale with all clothing items, priced $1 each with the exception of coats, which will be priced slightly higher. We also have a lot of Christmas items on display. Come check out our thrift store for some great deals.

We wish to thank the Gagonons and DeBrulers for donating a truckload and also thanks to Lonnie and Belinda Riley for donating a trailerload this week. A big thanks to Rodney Sturgill and Darrell Caudill for their help and doing such a great job at ECCO.

Like I often tell our volunteers, we’re all just a spoke in the wheel, each doing our part. And the beat rolls on.

With that, I’ll leave you with this thought for the day. We make a living by what we get, but we make a life by what we give.

Community Bulletin Board: Eolia Youth Group meets at ECCO each Thursday at 5:30 p.m., come and join the fun. 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 Ovenfork Senior Citizens Center. Come and bring a guest. Bible study each Monday evening at ECCO at 7 p.m., all welcome.

This week our prayer list includes my hairdresser Mavis, who has a nephew with cancer, please lift him up in your prayers, Shirley Mullins, Kelsey Friend, Ted Corder, Earl and Betty Terry, Marie and Jack Snell, Stephanie Estep, Charlie Scott, Nora Walker, Gary Gaithner, Phyllis Pennington, Helen Chapman, and Brenda Gross.

Also lift up in prayer all those struggling with alcohol and drug addiction, may they be delivered, our military troops around the world, our president and the leaders of our country, the United States, 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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