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Greetings to all from the Eolia Christian Community Outreach.

“For if ye forgive men their trespasses, your heavenly Father will also forgive you: But if ye forgive not men their trespasses, neither will your Father forgive your trespasses.” Matthew 6:14,15

We had a busy week at ECCO beginning with the heat pump that supplied heat to our pantry going down. This occurred Monday, the same day we distributed food boxes. The fan appeared to be frozen and Tony carried hot water and tried to thaw it despite my objections about his weak condition. It worked for a while then stopped. It was too cold to use the pantry to distribute food, so with the help of volunteers they carried the boxes of food to the community room where we gave them out.

The highlight of that day was when Liz Sturgill surprised Tony with cake and ice cream for his birthday and everyone sang “Happy Birthday” to him.

I missed writing a column last week mostly because Emily spent the weekend with us and I was busy doing fun stuff with her. We still didn’t get around to playing a game of bowling on the Wii or painting her skateboard. She selected the colors purple for the top, red for the bottom. Sounds good to me. I think those years of doing crafts together have brought out the artist in Miss Emily.

For three weeks ECCO will be hosting a couple from SOOP, which stands for Service Opportunities for Older People. Tom and Lois are a lovely couple from Pennsylvania and this is their first time in the mountains. While here, Tom will be volunteering for Hospice and Lois is helping out at ECCO by sorting clothes.

Sheldon and Marie also came for a week’s visit, bringing with them a trailer load of colorful comforters, foam mattress pads and pillows to sell in our thrift store.

I guess by now many of you know that Garland Couch had a toe removed as the result of diabetes. Since then he’s also had part of his foot removed and we ask everyone to lift him up in prayer.

Also, our beloved friend Rodney Sturgill is to undergo gallbladder surgery in Bristol. It seems there are complications, which gives us cause for concern.

Also, Gay Sturgill, a sister to Rodney and one of the sweetest people I know, is very ill. We ask for your prayers concerning these folks.

With Tony’s chemo side effects, we don’t get out as much as we used to, but last week we enjoyed having breakfast at the Grill with good friends Ray and Sharon Bird and Sheldon and Marie. Although it seems a slow process, I’m happy to tell you that Tony is on the mend. He doesn’t always agree with me, but I can tell he’s feeling better.

With that I’ll leave you with this thought for the day: “I can forgive, but I cannot forget,” is only another way of saying “I will not forgive.” Forgiveness is like a canceled note — torn in two, and burned up, so that it never can be shown against one.

Community bulletin board: Good News Club, Wednesday, 6:30-7:30 p.m. at the Eolia Mission for children 3 and up. Kids’ Time, Friday, 10- 11:15 a.m. at ECCO. Cumberland River Volunteer Fire Department meets the second Sunday of each month at 11 a.m. at the Partridge Station, volunteers welcome. Partridge Lions Club meets the first and third Tuesday of each month, 6:30 p.m. at the Ovenfork Senior Citizens Center, come and bring a guest. Bible study with Dave Hammond and others each Monday evening 7 p.m. at ECCO, all welcome. ECCO thrift store open Monday, Wednesday, Thursday, Friday 10 a.m. to 2 p.m.

This week our prayer list include the people of Haiti, Rodney Sturgill, Garland Couch, Gay Sturgill, Judy Branham, Bent Shepherd, Richard Mc- Farland, Don Brown, Bear Hissom, Raymond Kiser, Ralph Nease, Lucy Maggard, Stephanie Estep, Lillian and Nora Walker, Pat Shelton, Roger Shelton, Jack and Marie Snell, Dorothy Nease, Helen Chapman, Tony and Brenda Gross.

Also to be lifted up in prayer are those enslaved to 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.

Our email address is eccotruth@att.net. Until next time from myself and the folks at ECCO, God bless.


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