Greetings to all from the Eolia Christian Community Outreach Center.
“But the fruit of the spirit is love, joy, peace, longsuffering, kindness, goodness, faithfulness, gentleness, self-control. Against such there is no law.” Galatians 5:22-23 Eolia
It’s been two or three weeks since my last column, but somehow it seems longer. The month of December is the busiest month of the year for ECCO. Along with our usual monthly programs, there’s always more going on during the Christmas season.
It’s always good to have a visit from Sister Georgianna, who brings a load of donated Hasbro toys to Arlie Boggs School. I was glad to see her looking so well since she has a chronic kidney disease to deal with. Still, I know it’s a physical challenge for her to make the trip from Cincinnati to Eolia each year in order to deliver toys for the children. This year marks 25 years Sister Georgianna has made toy deliveries to our community. And she always does so with a spirit of love, peace and joy. We at ECCO appreciate her love and commitment to our community. In a world where we deal with so much hate, bitterness and anger, a visit from someone like Sister is like a soothing balm to the soul.
Other friends from the Cincinnati area, Chris and Maryanne Gagnon, surprised all of us with the donation of a king cab pickup truck. Wow! Yeah! I mean how often does someone just out of the blue give away a perfectly good truck? I’ll tell you who. Folks committed to their faith, who believe in what ECCO is doing and love the people of Eolia. Chris and Doug are seasoned veterans from Habitat for Humanity and will be coming to ECCO once a month to help with repairs and building maintenance.
Two stray bobtail kittens found their way to ECCO’s porch where Chris, Maryanne, Doug and Karen fell in love with them. Oh by the way, these people also love cats and dogs. The night before a coyote raid had awakened several people so our guests had great concern for the kittens. I just happened to remember there was a pet carrier in my barn loft, and after mentioning that after coyotes attacked cats all that was left was a fur ball, Doug and Chris were happy to take them home with them. I know, I know it was a little sneaky of me, but sometimes you gotta do what you gotta do. Besides from what I hear, they absolutely adore the kittens.
I also want to thank the girls from the Letcher County Health Department with the HANDS Program for the generous gift basket from Yoders. What a wonderful surprise. Another big thanks to Chris and Maryanne for the lovely floral Christmas centerpiece. And thanks to our sponsors for their generous Christmas donations. Speaking for myself and the ECCO board, we appreciate it from the bottom of our hearts.
I was so sorry to hear of the death of Jonathan Sexton. I remember when I worked at Shortstop Jonathan would come in almost every Friday evening for a pizza. He was a quiet, rather shy young man, but after getting better acquainted I quickly saw another side to Jonathan. I saw a kind, friendly and outgoing person behind his quiet veneer. I’m sure everyone in the community has fond memories of Jonathan as someone who loved to coon hunt, fish and attend car races. I extend deepest sympathy to his family. I know he left a void that cannot be filled.
With that, I’ll leave you with this thought for the day. “What the nations of the world needs is a peace conference with the Prince of Peace.”
Community Bulletin Board: 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 at 6:30 p.m. at the Ovenfork Senior Citizens Center, come and bring a guest. Bible study Monday evenings at ECCO at 7:00 with Brother Dave Hammond or Brother John Doug Hays. All are welcome.
This week our prayer list includes the family of Jonathan Sexton, the family of Cathy Terry, Marie Coleman, Shirley Mullins, Earl and Betty Terry, Ted Corder, Jack and Marie Snell, Stephanie Estep, Nora Walker, Helen Chapman, Emily Gross and Brenda Gross.
Also lift up in prayer all those struggling with alcohol and drug addiction, may they be delivered, our military troops 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.