Whitesburg KY

Arlie Boggs always advised gardeners to wait


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

God demonstrates his own love for us in this: While we were still sinners, Christ died for us. Romans 5:8

Last week on a wet, cold gray day, and while at ECCO’s thrift store the discussion of what winter we’re now having came up. Let’s see, there’s a redbud, dogwood, and blackberry winter I know. Did I miss one? Seems like there should be more. Anyway, the debate was whether this cold spell is redbud or dogwood winter. Whichever it is I wish it would hurry and pass, I’m ready for some sunshine.

One night it got so cold, even though I covered some of my flowers, they still bit the dust. As a child, I remember people talking about what a fine garden Arlie Boggs always raised. He contributed his success to waiting until May 15 to begin planting almost anything. He said folks always got in too much hurry to plant before the frosts were over. I think he was right.

We enjoyed a visit from Tony’s cousin Bulah Hubbs and her husband Jerry from Knoxville, Tenn. They lived and worked in Chicago for many years and retired to Knoxville about four years ago. We had a wonderful visit talking old times, sharing recipes and making future plans to get together.

In the daily grind of everyday life we hear so much bad news, especially in our community about sickness and disease. It is so encouraging to hear some good news for a change, and it was wonderful news we received this week about Barbara Shelton. Barbara had surgery for colon cancer several weeks ago and was later diagnosed with spots on her lungs and liver. This week after receiving a PET scan, she was told by her doctor to be cancer free. No evidence of cancer could be found. Barbara and her family believe this to be the result of the prayers of family and friends. Needless to say there is much rejoicing in the Shelton household.

And with that I’ll leave you with a quote from Mary C Crowley, “Every night I turn worries over to God. He’s going to be up all night anyway.”

News from the Ovenfork Senior Citizens Center by Jewell Maggard:

“Hi, seniors. We had a big frost at our house last week, but God knows best, and there’s a reason for the frost. It’s wonderful to know God is faithful. He’s never too early or too late but is always right on time with all He does. Read Psalm 119:89-90

“With warmer days our seniors are getting out more and enjoying this spring weather. Linda Curry had a visit from her sister-in-law, Mary. They enjoyed time together going to church, and sharing a picnic at Kingdom Come State Park where they saw an albino deer. Ruby Adams is off to the big yard sale in Tennessee with her sisterin law. Jean Hunsucker is joining us more often at the center. She is now using a cane and improving daily. We continue to pray for her complete recovery.

“Now that Marvin is retired, I’ve got him started on that honey-do list beginning with painting my kitchen chairs.

“My sister, Nadine, and her family came to visit from Indiana and we had a big family supper together at the home of my brother and sister-in-law, Dudley and Anna Sue. We shared a very special time together.

“Having a May birthday is Linda Curry. Senior pray list is Marie Snell and Jean Hunsucker.”

Community bulletin board: Neighborhood Watch meeting at ECCO the second Monday of each month at 7 p.m. Rockvine Baptist Church youth group meets every Thursday at 6 p.m.; the bus will run. Call 633-4948. 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: Judy Branham, Lucy Maggard, Cathy Nease, Nora and Lillian Walker, Lois Young, Rodney Sturgill, Bear Hissom, Kess “Rusty” Halcomb, Ruth Halcomb, Olivia Blair, Curt Sturgill, Jr. Carter, Pastor Lloyd Mullins, Beryl Brown, Dorothy Nease, and Tony 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.

You may contact us by writing to ECCO, 135 Emily Lane, Eolia, Ky. 40826 or our e-mail is eccotruth@peoplepc.com.

Until next week from the folks at ECCO, “God bless.”

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