Greetings to all from the Eolia Christian Community Outreach Center.
“Nevertheless I am continually with thee; thou hast holden me by my right hand. Thou shalt guide me with thy counsel, and afterward receive me to glory.” Psalm 73:23-24.
I don’t know who’s the most confused about the weather, me or the birds. On a nice sunny day they’re checking out their birdhouses and jumping on top begin singing their little hearts out. And the next day it snows and they’re back to the birdfeeder quarreling for a place to gorge themselves. Even though I know winter is not over, on nice days I can’t resist the urge to clean up flowerpots and wash windows. One hopeful sign of spring are the Easter lilies and crocuses that are peeping out.
Speaking of spring, we at ECCO are now displaying spring and summer clothing. Folks have been asking about our yearly seed giveaway and just speaking with Duane Beachy, I learned we’ll have them next week and they should be available as soon as we get them bagged and labeled.
We welcome anyone wishing to help with this project. Our hours are Monday, Wednesday, Thursday, and Friday from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m.
GED classes are now available at ECCO. I am so thrilled with this new project. It is so good seeing folks with a desire to better their lives. I’ve always had a dream of ECCO sponsoring a college scholarship fund for a student in our community. And as we all know, every good thing begins with a dream. Hopefully in the near future this will become a reality. The GED classes are the result of our new volunteer and retired high school teacher, Diane Kilgore. After a time into retirement Diane realized her desire to teach had not retired. That’s what I call a true calling to teach.
She suggested the GED classes and I’m so grateful the Lord sent her our way. Classes will be available at ECCO’s community room Monday and Wednesday 1p.m. to 4p.m. Anyone can sign up during this time.
Sunday evening church services are still going good at ECCO. The month of February we were happy to welcome visiting speaker Judge Kelsey Friend along with wife Barbara and singer Mark Sanders.
Another Sunday evening we welcomed Minister Jack Howard with his brothers Bobby and John. Last Saturday ECCO hosted a dinner for ‘Friends of ECCO’ and three guests from Cincinnati, also including ECCO’s board members.
A big thanks to the Cram Creek Pentecostal Church for their donation of two truckloads of canned food to our pantry. Since our pantry list has almost doubled, that gift was a special blessing.
With that said I’ll close with this thought for the day. Just about everybody will agree that our country is on the move, though there is plenty of argument about the direction.
Community Bulletin Board: Sunday night worship service at ECCO Chapel at 5 p.m., Bible study at ECCO community room Monday night at 7 p.m., GED classes available Monday and Wednesday at ECCO community room 1-4 p.m. Cumberland River Volunteer Fire Department meets the second Sunday of each month at 11 a.m. at the Partridge Station, volunteers are welcome. Partridge Lions Club meets the first and third Thursday of each month at the Ovenfork Senior Citizens Center at 6:30 p.m., come and bring a guest.
This week our prayer list includes Sheldon and Marie Starr, Betty Maggard, Allen Profitt, Phyllis Boggs, Ruth Halcomb, Garland and Carolyn Couch, Gay Sturgill, Pearl Baker, Betty Terry, Ted Corder, Don Brown, Marie Snell, Nora Walker, Roger Shelton, Ruby Sturgill, 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, Israel and the Middle East, our President and the leaders of our country, the United States, all the children hurt by war, and the ministry of ECCO.
Until next time from all the folks at ECCO, God bless.