Greetings to all from the Eolia Christian Community Outreach Center: “And when ye stand praying, forgive, if ye have ought against any: that your Father also which is in heaven may forgive you your trespasses. But if ye do not forgive, neither will your Father which is in heaven forgive your trespasses.” — Mark 11:25, 26.
What a lovely view outside my window this morning as I watched the sun rise over Pine Mountain, casting its golden glow over the mountains as they are beginning to put on their fall finery. As the rest of the valley lies in shadows, the mountain reminds me of a crown jewel preparing to hold court for her subjects.
Regardless of what the rest of the world thinks of eastern Kentucky, I think we are a fortunate people to live here.
I received an encouraging e-mail from Helen Ayers living in Southern Indiana. She wanted to tell me how much she enjoyed the jams purchased at ECCO and gave me the names of four books she has written. They are “Appalachian Daughter,” “The Stuff of Legends,” “Being Healthy Can Kill You,” and “Murder, Relatively Speaking.” All bookstores can order them or Amazon. com, Authorhouse.com, or PublishAmerica.com will ship them.
Arlie Boggs School has a new principal, Freddie Terry, a community local, and from what I hear he’s doing a great job. While talking to him recently I sensed an enthusiasm and energy, which I’m sure will have a positive effect on the school.
The following is a thank you message from Marie Coleman, director of Arlie Boggs Family Resource and Youth Services Center:
“Arlie Boggs FRYSC is the recipient of Food City Bucks, and Mr. Shaun Marcus the manager and accountant clerk and Sherry Johnson delivered a check to the school which will help every student at school with field trips and other related costs.
“Arlie Boggs cheerleaders would like to thank Missy Matthews (Childers Oil Co.) for donating a gas card for donations to get funds for uniforms. The card is really appreciated and will help toward the purchase of uniforms. If any community person would like to donate to this worthy cause they can call the Resource Center at 606-633-8160.
“(Please let this message) be a reminder for everyone to use their Food City Card to help Arlie Boggs Elementary School with its Food City School for Bucks Program. Extra funds are always needed to provide enrichment programs and curriculum items. The program began this past Sept. 12 and will end April 23, 2011. Parents need to save their Box Top for Education all year. This program also helps student at school.”
With that said, I’ll leave you with this thought for the day: To forgive is to set a prisoner free and discover the prisoner was you.
Community Bulletin Board: Bible study at ECCO each Monday at 7 p.m.; Eolia Community Park meeting the fourth Tuesday of each month at ECCO at 7 p.m.; Good News Club meets at the Eolia Mission each Wednesday, 6:30-7:30, for ages 3 and up, and the Cumberland River Volunteer Fire Dept. meets the second Sunday of each month at the Partridge station at 11 a.m. (volunteers welcome).
The 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: Myrel Lewis Jr., Cathy Morton, Gary Gaitner, Johnny Maggard, Tim Maggard, Linda Sturgill, Columbus and Lois Sturgill, Don Brown, Raymond Kiser, Ralph Nease, Lucy Maggard, Stephanie Estep, Lilllian and Nora Walker, Jack and Marie Snell, Helen Chapman and Brenda Gross.
Also to be lifted up in prayer are our military troops, the United States, our President and all the other leaders of our country, all the children hurt by war, and the ministry of ECCO.
Until next time from the folks at ECCO, God bless.