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Time for apple butter, mustard greens


Greetings to all from the Eolia Christian Community Outreach Center.

“Therefore encourage one another and build each other up, just as in fact you are doing. 1 Thessalonians 5:11 NIV

As summer makes its exit, fall is on her heels entering the stage in all her glorious shades of yellow, gold and red. Cool mornings with frost on the pumpkin give way to robin egg blue skies and golden sunny days. It’s the time of year to make apple butter and that’s what I’ve been busy doing much to the delight of Emily. Thanks to friends Liz and Rod for apples and mustard greens.

A few years ago when working at Shortstop, Jack Manning, a contractor with the mines, gave me a great recipe from his wife for crockpot apple butter. I’ve used it ever since. And nothing is better this time of year then a fresh mess of mustard greens.

Sheldon and Marie are settled in their new home located in the upstairs apartment of ECCO. When going to bed at night it is so comforting to see a light in their window, just knowing someone is here. They feel like family and I thank God for them.

Along with Sheldon and Marie, Saturday we went to a breakfast sponsored by Ray Bird’s church, the Cumberland Church of God. We met up with Rod and Liz, Ray and Sharon and enjoyed a great breakfast consisting of blueberry pancakes, eggs, sausage and bacon. Later we went to the Swap Meet where I purchased a lovely hand-carved leaf pin, which was made by the late Charlie Whitaker.

Our revival last week held at the ECCO chapel was really great with Pastor Dave Hammond and visiting minister John Doug Hayes. A big thanks to singers Thelma Bates, Shannon Mullins and the Back Woods Revival for the anointed singing. The turnout was better then we expected and, Lord willing, we’re planning another one in early spring.

I was so sorry to hear that Donald Halberstadt had died. I extend deepest sympathy to his family.

Last week at ECCO was a whirlwind of activity with the revival, food shipments and good old Ray, bless his heart, made one trip to London, and one or two, I forget which, trips to Middlesboro to pick up cakes. As long as we can give them away, we’ll continue to go get them.

Working at ECCO, I feel blessed to have the opportunity to meet some very nice people that are so willing to support our ministry. This week including those are Madeline Gibson from Mayking for bringing three loads across the mountain to donate, Richard and Glenda Brown for their donation of tissue for our park, and good old Brother Verdell Sturgill for contacting his friend Ray Mullins to tune our piano. Our piano had five dead keys, (or that’s what I call them when they don’t make a sound) and Ray Mullins worked two or more hours reviving the keys and tuning it up, free of charge. All he would take was a couple of cakes. It just so happened we had a few.

With that said, I’ll leave you with this thought for the day. Friendship improves happiness, and abates misery, by doubling our joy, and dividing our grief.

Community Bulletin Board: Bible study at ECCO each Monday at 7 p.m. Eolia Community Park meeting the fourth Tuesday of each month at ECCO at 7 p.m. Good News Club meets at the Eolia Mission each Wednesday 6:30-7:30 p.m. for ages three 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 6:30 p.m. at the Ovenfork Senior Citizens Center. Come and bring a guest.

This week our prayer list includes the family of Donald Halberstadt, Myrel Lewis Jr., Cathy Morton, Gary Gaitner, Johnny Maggard, Tim Maggard, Linda Sturgill, Columbus and Lois Sturgill, 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 week from the folks at ECCO, God bless.

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