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Volunteers sort donated items from Ohio


Greetings from the hills and valleys of Eolia and Eolia Christian Community Outreach.

I know whom I have believed, and am persuaded that he is able to keep that which I have committed unto him against that day. 2 Timothy 1:12

ECCO was a beehive of activity recently as volunteers sorted clothes, toys and household items which were delivered from Wooster, Ohio, a few days earlier. Also, some local donations, about two truckloads, were left on the front porch to sort. A big thanks to Crystal Gilley, Camie Meade, Georgia Dickerson, Jamie Zazvorka- Trapnill, and Janie Sturgill for all their hard work. They just jumped in and began sorting like it was something they did every day. Janie and I tackled the boxes on the front porch and by 3 p.m. we just about had that job whipped. Team effort, amazing what can be accomplished by it.

Beginning Friday at 10 a.m., Nov 2, at ECCO a story time program will be led by Stephanie and Yolanda for preschool or home-schooled children. Parents are welcome to participate with their children or, if they like, shop the ECCO thrift store while the children attend. Come read stories, sing songs, do a craft and have a snack. If you have any questions, call 633-8029 or 633- 2992.

With the weather cooling down it feels more like autumn and seems like a good time to fill the old wagon with hay and take the kids for a ride around the bottom and later treat them to hot chocolate and cookies. We did this a couple of years ago, and the little ones love it. The adults seem to enjoy it also. It brings back memories of yesteryear when hayrides were a big event.

Thought for the day: “Faith is not belief without proof, but trust without reservation.”

I’m also happy to share with you folks an e-mail I received from Marie Coleman with the Arlie Boggs Family Resource Center.

Arlie Boggs Elementary news:

“Arlie Boggs Family Resource Center would like to remind everyone to please register our school at Food City when shopping so we get credit to purchase items for the school later. Arlie Boggs’s number is 4006; also when you purchase gasoline you need to use your Food City Value Card so it will be credited to the school. You can also use your Food City Value Card at the pharmacy and when you rent movies.

“ABES’s annual fall festival will be held this coming Friday, Nov. 2, at the school and starting time is 5 p.m. Come and join the fun! Arlie Boggs Elementary School recently showed its support to Olivia Blair, who is employed at the school as a SAVE in-school tutor. Olivia is battling cancer and she is taking chemo and radiation treatments so the staff decided to wear bandannas to show Olivia how much we care and support her. Olivia is an inspiration to everyone. She doesn’t complain and she always has a beautiful smile for all.

“ABES is beginning its Red Ribbon awareness. There are many activities scheduled during the week and several guest speakers will be at the school. Red Ribbon Week is when the schools focus on saying no to drugs and alcohol. The school has drug programs all year but this is a special week that is recognized annually by states and students are more involved in daily activities. ABES is working with UNITE to begin an inschool drug program with fifth through eighth grade students. We are very excited about this inschool program.”

News from the Ovenfork Senior Citizen Center by Jewel Maggard:

“Hi, seniors, how many of you thanked the Lord for the rain He gave? With a lot of wells going dry around us, we are still blessed to have water in our well so far.

“Pastor Lloyd is doing well after hip replacement surgery, but still keep praying for him.

“We’ve been busy tilling our garden and spreading lime over it getting it ready for next year. It was also a good time to wax the car.

“We are very excited to hear our daughter Becky will be visiting soon. We’re really looking forward to seeing her.

“Ruby Adams has one week of therapy left for her back and leg. Other then that, most of our seniors are about the same. Our seniors went to the Ermine Center to get their flu shots and later went shopping and out to eat.

“Read Psalm 150:6 Everyone have a wonderful week helping each other.”

Community bulletin board: Rockvine Baptist Church youth group meets every Thursday at 6 p.m.; the bus will run. Call 633-4948. Neighborhood Watch meets the third Tuesday of each month at 6 p.m. at ECCO. We encourage everyone to attend. The Eolia Community Park Committee meets the third Tuesday of each month at 7 p.m. at ECCO. Cumberland River Volunteer Fire Department meets at 11 a.m. the second Sunday of each month at the Partridge station. Volunteers are welcome. The Partridge Lions Club meets at 6:30 p.m. the third Thursday of each month at the Ovenfork Senior Citizen Center. Come and bring a guest.

This week our prayer list includes: Isaiah Sturgill, Pastor Lloyd Mullins, Olivia Blair, Judy Sturgill, Bear Hissom, Curt Sturgill, Jr. Carter, Kess “Rusty” Halcomb, Ruth Halcomb, Ralph Crane, Mable Gilliam, Dale Parsons, Dudley Shortt, Dorothy Nease and Brenda Gross. Also to be lifted up in prayer are those enslaved by drugs and alcohol, may they be delivered, the troops in Iraq, the United States and Iraq, 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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