Greetings to all from the Eolia Christian Community Outreach Center.
“And let us not grow weary in well doing, for in due season we shall reap, if we do not lose heart.” Galatians 6:9
Last week was a busy week at ECCO, and I’m grateful for the folks who gave a helping hand Thursday with bagging the garden seeds we receive each year to distribute to the community. With doctor appointments and such, I had completely forgotten that pantry day was approaching and we didn’t have a single box prepared. Fortunately, after bagging the seeds, Ray and Sharon Bird along with Rod and Liz Sturgill helped make about 40 boxes.
It had been about six days since our food delivery and I guess in my subconscious I’d hoped maybe a fairy would kindly have the boxes ready and waiting. But that just didn’t happen. So, thank goodness for good friends who come forward when the need arises.
I was also busy last week working on the old Shortstop Grocery, renovating it into rental property complete with 2 bedrooms and 1 1/2 baths. People stopped by to tell me it was a sad sight to see the store disappear, and a couple of strangers stopped asking if we were open. If I didn’t have so many irons in the fire I’d be mighty tempted to reopen one section for a deli and rent out the other end. Who knows? I might just do that someday.
Don and Florence were unable to make the trip to Eolia as expected and everyone was disappointed. Don said they would reschedule and we’d be seeing them later.
We resumed our bible study with Dave Hammond. The attendance was low because of a bug going around and because we had canceled our study most of the winter. But Dave wants everyone to know we’re up and going and everyone is welcome to attend.
Sad to say, one of the restrooms at Eolia Community Park has been vandalized a second time. The first time someone kicked in the door with such force it damaged the door and destroyed the toilet. The latest damage was done to the newly installed dispenser, which held toilet seat covers. The toilet seat covers were recently purchased along with a paper towel and soap dispenser.
This is so discouraging to those who work so hard to enhance our community. There is talk among some park members that if the vandalism should continue, the restrooms would have to be closed. How sad that the actions of one or two people could cause an unnecessary inconvenience for the dozens of people that frequent the park.
Marie Coleman sent the following message to parents enrolling their preschool children at Arlie Boggs: Arlie Boggs Elementary School will have preschool registration Monday, April 19, from 8:30 a.m. to 1:30 p.m. Please bring the following information the day you register your child: original certified birth certificate (not wallet size), current immunization record, health insurance card, current physical examination record, current eye examination by an optometrist, current dental examination record (new requirement), and Social Security card.
Arlie Boggs Family Resource and Youth Services Center wishes to thank Brenda Williamson for donating Easter candy, Easter eggs, and stuffed animals for preschool–fourth grades. The students were happy to receive the eggs, candy and stuff ed animals. It was good for all.
I ’ l l close wi th this thought for the day. In trying times don’t quit trying.
Community bulletin board: Bible study each Monday evening 7 p.m. at ECCO. Eolia Community Park Committee meets the third Tuesday each month 7 p.m. at ECCO. Kid’s Time each Friday 10-11:15 a.m. at ECCO. Good News Club each Wednesday 6:30-7:30 p.m. at the Eolia Mission for children 3 and up. Cumberland River Volunteer Fire Department meets the second Sunday of each month 11 a.m. at the Partridge Station. 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 Judy Branham, Garland Couch, Hannah Burke, Judy McKnight, Bent Shepherd, Richard McFarland, Don Brown, Bear Hissom, Raymond Kiser, Ralph Nease, Lucy Maggard, Stephanie Estep, Lillian and Nora Walker, Roger Shelton, Jack and Marie Snell, Don Billet, Sheldon and Marie Starr, Dorothy Nease, Helen Chapman, Tony 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.
Our email is eccotruth@ att.net.
Until next week from myself and the folks at ECCO, God bless.