Whitesburg KY

Bears bring excitement to Eolia


Greetings to all from the Eolia Christian Community Outreach.

“But I will sing of your power; Yes, I will sing aloud of Your mercy in the morning; For you have been my defense and refuge in the day of trouble.” Psalm 59:16

For the most part not a lot happens in the sleepy little valley of Eolia, but every year we can always count on the bears to bring some excitement one way or another. Carl Church found a bear robbing his hives, and if that’s not bad enough, after a disease had already wiped out half of them. We so look forward to when Carl harvests his honey. One person made the comment they hoped the bear became diabetic after his little crime scene. Of course we know it doesn’t work that way.

Again, we’ve had the door to our garbage shed ripped open twice this year. After all this, adding insult to injury, just a few days later while sitting in my kitchen enjoying the view as the sunshine spilled her joy on the day, here he comes, ambling around the barn heading toward my deck. I immediately called Mark and our thieving bear was scared away by the sound of the ATV.

We are slowly but surely making progress on our homeless shelter. ECCO is sponsoring a spaghetti dinner July 9 at our center from 11 a.m. to 6 p.m. Tickets are available at ECCO or you can just show up to eat. All proceeds go to the shelter.

Seth Long from Homes Inc. is willing to work with us as far as a location, but we must first lay a foundation to prove we mean business. Wendy’s is going to sponsor a pancake breakfast and donation jars are in place at various businesses in the county. There are some truly dedicated people to this cause. Another means of fundraising, we’re selling raffle tickets for a birdhouse made by Sheldon Starr. The last time I spoke with Diane she said we’re still waiting on paperwork to come through to make it official.

This week I received a call from a social worker looking to find shelter for a mother and three small children who had been evicted and had no place to go. They were on this side of the mountain so I recommended Christ’s Hands in Harlan.

I was so sorry to hear that Pastor Harold Kincer had died. Tony and I attended his church many times, and his wonderful smile and bright attitude was always a welcome sight at Shortstop Grocery. We extend deepest sympathy to his family.

With that I’ll close with this thought for the day — Faith with works is a force. Faith without works is a farce.

Community bulletin board – 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 at ECCO each Monday evening at 7: 00 with teacher John Doug Hays. All welcome.

Our prayer list includes the family of Harold Kincer, Dudley Short, David Combs, Leonard Smith, Gloria Beachy, Pearl Baker, Betty Maggard, Carolyn and Garland Couch, Gay Sturgill, Clay Sturgill, Brother Verdell Sturgill, Don Brown, Betty Terry, Allen Profitt, Ted and Judy Corder, Marie Snell, 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, 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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