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Thrift store filled to overflowing



Greetings to all from the Eolia Christian Community Outreach Center.

“Let the words of my mouth and the meditation of my heart be acceptable in your sight, O Lord my rock and my Redeemer.” Psalm 19:14.

With all the rain we’ve been having, one could sit by the window a short time and watch the grass grow. But I’d much rather view growing grass than that white stuff we had most of the winter.

I was sorry to hear that Columbus Sturgill had died. Columbus had been ill for a very long time. We extend deepest sympathy to his family.

After receiving four shipments of clothing, household items and some furniture, ECCO’s thrift store is bursting at the seams with the overflow. We were happy to welcome our longtime friend and sponsor Paul Schwartz along with his buddy Chester from the First Baptist Church of Vandilia, Oh. Several volunteers were on hand to unload his trailer and for their efforts were treated to a lunch of fried chicken with all the fixings.

Later that day we welcomed other friends of ECCO, Chris and Mary Ann Gagnon along with friends Karen and Doug, Minnatta and Dick, from the Cincinnati area. Another trailer and truck were unloaded.

Later that evening I was treated to dinner at the Taste of Country Restaurant located at Cumberland by Chris and Mary Ann along with friends. One can’t help but have a good time with this happy and fun-loving group. They are all volunteers for Habitat for Humanity and are returning in July to build an additional storage room at ECCO as well as other projects. They have full-time jobs but are willing to sacrifice their vacation to serve others.

We are such a blessed community to have folks like these willing to share their time and talents to better our community. Their enthusiasm and desire to help others is a spiritual tonic for my soul.

Garland Couch has been having ongoing medical problems and it was so good to see him in church Sunday. I ask that everyone continue to lift Garland up in your prayers.

Our revival will began Monday, May 9,, and will continue the 10th and 11th with John Doug Hays from Pikeville bringing the message. Singers are Thelma Bates and John T. Bentley. Services begin at 7 p.m. at the ECCO Chapel and all are welcome.

With that, I’ll leave you with a quote I remember Daddy used to say when gossip was circulating through the community. He would say, “It (gossip) began at the head of the hollow as a feather and by the time it got to the mouth of the hollow it was a goose.”

Community Bulletin Board: Eolia Youth Group meets each Thursday evening at 5:30 at ECCO. Kid’s Time each Friday 10 a.m. at ECCO. Good News Club each Wednesday at the Eolia Mission on ages 3 and up, 6: 30– 7: 30 p. m. Cumberland Volunteer Fire Department meets the second Sunday of each month at 11 a.m. at the Partridge station, volunteers are 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: the family of Columbus Sturgill, Garland Couch, Phyllis Pennington, Stephanie Estep, Ruth Halcomb, Billy Dixon, Ralph Nease, Gary Gaithner, Nora Walker, Don Brown, Kathy Morton, Helen Chapman and Brenda Gross.

Also lift up in your prayers the Middle East, our military troops all 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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