Greetings to all from the Eolia Christian Community Outreach Center.
“But they that wait upon the Lord shall renew their strength; they shall mount up with wings as eagles; they shall run, and not be weary; and they shall walk and not faint.” Isaiah 40:31.
The last few weeks there has been a quiet and settled atmosphere at ECCO as we’ve actually had a chance to sit on the porch a bit and enjoy the weather and the glorious view surrounding our center. One can feel a change in the air, a settling, a waiting as nature prepares for her age-old cycle of change.
This year we’ll be making our friendship angels for Christmas, which we’ll be selling for $1 in our thrift store. These little angels can be used for ornaments or can replace a gift bow.
We are still having services at our ECCO chapel each Sunday evening at 6 p.m. and everyone is welcome. Sometimes people ask, “Who’s preaching?” I reply, “Whoever shows up and wants to.”
A couple of weeks ago Judge Kelsey Friend from Pike County brought the message, with the Boggs Family from Wise as guest singers. We’ve had guest speakers ranging in denomination from Presbyterian to Pentecostal and everyone gets along just fine. Which just goes to show, it’s possible to have a little bit of heaven here on earth from time to time.
I was pleasantly surprised with a visit from three members of ‘Feed the Hungry’ organization. They arrived with John Fitchwater, known as the chicken man because when he receives a truckload of chicken, he very generously shares it with ECCO.
They delivered a pallet of packaged dried food staples consisting of beans and rice. With our pantry numbers almost doubled, this is an answered prayer. We truly appreciate them for thinking of our community.
I was hoping a summer could pass without my see- ing a bear. It’s just not meant to be. A few days ago glancing out my dining room window I saw one moseying around the back of the barn. Then later I saw one on the hill behind the cabin (probably the same bear), very rudely eating berries from a bush that is reserved for the birds.
I was very sorry to hear that June Maggard was in the hospital with a broken leg. We at ECCO are praying she’ll have a speedy recovery.
Emily has undergone several tests, which have all been negative, but she’ll be going next week for further tests for her heart and lungs. Watching her have an episode during a basketball game last week was very frightening. It is painful to see someone you love struggle to breathe.
I ask that you please continue to lift up Emily and June in your prayers.
With that, I’ll close with this thought for the day: Bending our knees in prayer keeps us from breaking under the load of cares.
Community Bulletin Board: Sunday evening worship service at ECCO’s Chapel at 6 p.m., all are welcome. Cumberland River Volunteer Fire Department meets the second Sunday at 11 a.m. at the Partridge Station, volunteers welcome. Partridge Lions Club meets the first and third Thursday of each month at 6:30 p.m. at the Ovenfork Senior Citizens Center, come and bring a guest. Bible study each Monday evening at 7 p.m. at ECCO, all welcome.
Our prayer list includes Emily Gross, June Maggard, Allen Maggard, Gloria Beachey, Roger Shelton, Jean Hampton, Pearl Baker, Betty Maggard, David Combs, Carolyn and Garland Couch, Gay Sturgill, Nancy Oakes’s sister Hannah Burke, Betty Terry, Ted Corder, Don Brown, Marie Snell, Juanita and Phyllis Boggs, Ruby Sturgill, Nora Walker and Brenda Gross.
Also lift up in prayer those struggling with alcohol and drug addiction, may they be delivered, our military troops around the world, Israel and the crisis in Syria, 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.