Greetings to all from the Eolia Christian Community Outreach Center.
“But seek first His kingdom and His righteousness and all these things will be given to you as well. Therefore do not worry about tomorrow, for tomorrow will worry about itself. Each day has enough trouble of its own.” Matthew 6:33-34
Sad to say, we recently lost another precious member of our community. Richard McFarland died after battling a long illness. Deepest sympathy goes out to his family, for I know his passing left a void in their homes and hearts that cannot be filled.
Linda Sturgill, a member of our Bible study, had surgery and I’m glad it went so well. About two years ago Linda began having health problems and she’s been in our thoughts and prayers ever since. Over the years members of our little Bible study have become good friends, making us a closeknit spiritual family. We will continue to pray for Linda’s complete recovery.
We were happy to welcome dear friends Don and Florence Billet for a visit to ECCO. They love sitting on ECCO’s porch and enjoying the view of our valley and Pine Mountain. Being a photographer, Don loves capturing shots of the birds that visit our feeders.
Later in the week Sheldon and Marie came for a couple of days to move their furniture, which was quite heavy, into the upstairs apartment. That was easier said then done since we needed at least five or six men to help. Thanks to Marvin Maggard and Ray Bird for their willing help. Glenda Brown was visiting at the time and made a call to husband Richard Brown, who promptly came across the hill and saved the day.
This was another time when I again felt the pangs of loss over Tony. Although he had health issues, he would still give it his best shot. Muscle power was never an issue when he was in good health and with us.
All three men were drenched in sweat after carrying furniture upstairs and Marie wanted to pay them. Knowing these guys, I had to laugh, telling her they would have been insulted at the off er. We appreciate these three men for doing the work of six.
Last week Liz and I made four batches of jams and jellies at the ECCO kitchen. Two were strawberry rhubarb jam and two batches of elderberry jelly. That was the first time I’d tried elderberry and I was amazed at the wonderful taste. To think it grows wild all over these mountains and is free for the picking.
With that, I’ll leave you with this quote from Gloria Gaither. “Love is the seed of all hope. It is the enticement to trust, to risk, to go on.”
Community Bulletin Board: Bible study at ECCO each Monday 7 p.m. Eolia Community Park meets the third Tuesday of each month 7 p.m. at ECCO. Good News Club meets each Wednesday 6:30-7:30 p.m. at the Eolia Baptist Mission for ages 3 and up. Cumberland River Volunteer Fire Department meets the second Sunday of each month at the Partridge station at 11 a.m.; volunteers welcome. Partridge Lions Club meets the first and third Tuesday of each month at the Ovenfork Senior Citizen Center at 6:30 p.m. Come and bring a guest.
This week our prayer list includes: the family of Richard McFarland, Linda Sturgill, Johnny Maggard, Cathy Morton, Columbus and Lois Sturgill, Judy McKnight, Don Brown, Raymond Kiser, Ralph Nease, Lucy Maggard, Stephanie Estep, Lillian and Nora Walker, Jack and Marie Snell, Helen Chapman and Brenda Gross.
Also to be lifted up in prayer are 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 time from the folks at ECCO, God bless.