Whitesburg KY
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3 are graduated from GED Program


Greetings to all from the Eolia Christian Community Outreach Center.

“And they that know thy name will put their trust in thee: for thou, Lord, hast not forsaken them that seek thee.” Psalm 9:10

Another busy week has come and gone, winding down with a visit from the youth group and their directors of the New Life Christian Church from Benton. This church is very enthusiastic about their outreach ministry and we thank them for considering ECCO in their giving. After they unloaded at ECCO they took a family of five, including four young children, shopping at Walmart and then out to dinner. I love the personal touch this church shares with people. The message I get from this gesture is “We care what’s going on in your life.”

We have Christmas friendship angels available at our thrift store for $1. Amy took one to work at Frazier’s Supply and sold 41 to the employees. We appreciate these folks for supporting our ministry.

A few weeks ago we enjoyed a cookout at Ray and Sharon Bird’s, located at their new home at Wallins. After a great meal we enjoyed some of the best gospel music I ever heard provided by about seven singers and musicians. These mountains all around are just packed with awesome but unknown talent. Ray and Sharon have a beautiful new home and I’m very happy for them.

We are pleased that our GED Program was successful. We now have three graduates, Tim Shepherd, Paul Mast, and Lucinda Creech. Tim is now attending classes at Southeast Kentucky Community and Technical College, and Lucinda has future plans to attend. I hope this can be an ongoing program for our community. Hopefully this spring we can began recruiting students, and if 10 or more sign up we can continue having classes. I was disappointed that more students didn’t stay the course, but Cindy Blair, a GED teacher from the college, says three people graduating is a very successful number. Helping people help themselves. Maybe that’s the future for ECCO.

Jan Galloway, playing a word game, has now come up with 518 words from Eolia Christian Community Outreach, and is still going. Now that’s flexing the old brain muscles.

A big thanks to the Eolia Baptist Church youth group for assisting ECCO by making 100 treat bags for the inmates lodged at the Letcher County Jail. Twenty-six kids, along with directors Tammy Adams and Gene Smallwood, made light work Wednesday evening putting the bags together. We appreciate them for considering us in their efforts.

I was so sorry to hear that Violet Sturgill had died. We sincerely extend sympathy to the family.

Gracie Mast, Leonard Smith and June Maggard continue to have serious health issues and we ask you to lift them up in prayer.

With that I’ll close with this thought for the day. Kind actions began with kind thoughts.

Community bulletin board: Sunday evening worship service at ECCO’s chapel at 6:00, all 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 friend. Bible study each Monday evening at 7:00 at ECCO, all welcome.

Our prayer list includes the family of Violet Sturgill, June Maggard, Gracie Mast, Leonard Smith, Gloria Beachey, Roger Shelton, Jean Hampton, Pearl Baker, Betty Maggard, David Combs, Carolyn and Garland

Couch, Gay Sturgill, Nancy Oaks’s sister, Hannah Burke, Betty Terry, Ted Corder, Don Brown, Marie Snell, 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, 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 the folks at ECCO, God bless.

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