Greetings to all from the Eolia Christian Community Outreach.
“ I consider everything a loss compared to the surpassing greatness of knowing Christ Jesus my Lord . . .”
As the occasional breeze blows through our little valley, it is most welcomed and appreciated this time of the year. But as it gently rustles the tops of the trees, which are now changing from green to yellow, it whispers a message. Fall in coming. It is also the time when we at ECCO begin our holiday projects. Everyone always looks forward to that.
I was surprised and pleased to receive a phone call from Appalachian Regional Missions Director John Payne, who recently relocated the ministry to Middlesboro. John said he was listing ECCO as one of their contacts to receive food items. Although Middlesboro is a long trip, it is well worth the drive for the quality and quantity we receive. We appreciate ARM for considering us in their giving.
A couple of weeks ago while looking out my kitchen window, I saw a new Lincoln Town Car circling around the barn and heading toward the house. My first thought was “who in the world could that be?” No one I know drives a car like that. Stepping out, dressed to kill and grinning from ear to ear, this strange woman said, “You don’t know me do you?” As soon as she spoke I recognized the voice, and with a squeal I ran to hug my dear friend, Judy Baker, from years past.
Judy lives in Cocoa Beach, Fla., and came back home to visit family and friends. Judy is 75 years old but still looks like a million dollars and is still wearing those fancy little high heels. But sitting down she promptly kicked them off saying her feet were killing her. That brought back memories from years ago when I remembered her saying “honey, you have to suff er to look beautiful.”
About 25 years ago when Judy left Eolia, she weighted about 89 pounds. She now weighs 175 and proud of it. I must say it looks good on her. After serving iced tea and a few minutes into the visit, I asked Judy if she’d had a facelift, which she denied. I didn’t believe her and told her so. In order to convince me she leaned over, pulled back her hair to show me there were no scars around her hairline.
We had a great time laughing and reminiscing over days gone by. When leaving, she spied a dozen or more jars of pickled beets I had recently canned and left to cool on the kitchen counter and asked what they were. Giving her a jar, I told her to take a little bit of Eolia back to Florida with her. With a big grin she said, “I’ll have these with a big pot of soup beans and a pone of cornbread.”
It seems no matter how far or how long one is gone from these mountains, when returning it doesn’t take long for those roots to resurface.
With that said, I’ll leave you with this quote from Gloria Gaither. “Line by line, moment by moment, special times are etched into our memories in the permanent ink of everlasting love in our relationships.”
From the Arlie Boggs Family Resource Center: The Arlie Boggs Back-to- School Bash was made possible by the staff at Arlie Boggs working with community people and volunteers to have a fun activity to begin the new school year, as well as giving out school supplies and other useful information. The Arlie Boggs PTO would like to thank Mike Harris for his donation of Pepsi.
Community bulletin board: Bible study at the ECCO community room each Monday evening 7 p.m. Eolia Community Park Committee 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 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 6:30 p.m. at the Ovenfork Senior Citizen Center; come and bring a guest.
This week our prayer list includes: Johnny Maggard, Columbus and Lois Sturgill, Hannah Burke, Judy McKnight, Richard McFarland, Don Brown, Raymond Kiser, Ralph Nease, Lucy Maggard, Stephanie Estep, Lillian and Nora Walker, Jack and Marie Snell, Don Billet, Sheldon and Marie Starr, Helen Chapman and Brenda Gross.
Also to be lifted up in prayer are those enslaved by drugs and alcohol, may they be delivered, our troops in Afghanistan and Iraq, 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.