Whitesburg KY

Big yard sale planned at ECCO


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

For we walk by faith, not by sight. ll Corinthians 5:7

I was unable to write last week’s column because of dealing with some health issues. I truly thank everyone for their prayers and ask that you continue to do so. I’m trusting in the Lord to see me through this.

A couple of weeks ago I was happy to again see my old friend, Lloyd Caudill from Florida. Lloyd came by the store for lunch along with about 10 family members. He was much thinner than when I saw him last year, but even at 89 he still had those bright eyes and big smile. He brought me three pints of that wonderful orange blossom honey for which Florida is noted.

His daughter told me he had been very ill. He had suffered a stroke and had a serious heart condition. While in the hospital he told the family he had but one wish left while here on this earth. That wish was to make one final trip to Eolia and his beloved mountains. His family saw that he got his wish. Again, as each time before when leaving, he took my hand and with a smile said “‘Til we meet again.”

That afternoon on the same day ECCO was visited by Nancy Holler, her brother and nephew from Vandlia, Ohio. Nancy’s church is a sponsor to ECCO and I had spoken to her several times on the phone and was happy to finally meet her.

We attended the first bluegrass festival to be held at the Eolia Community Park. Despite the cold evening we had a great time visiting folks from around various parts of the county. The singing was wonderful as well as the food.

October 4, 5, and 6 ECCO will again have a huge yard sale under the picnic shelter beside the center. We will have several new items including toys and clothing for children which would make nice Christmas gifts.

Here at ECCO we are again gearing up for our Christmas projects. This year the First Baptist Church of Vandlia, Ohio, is sponsoring several children in the community with plans for a Christmas party at ECCO. We are also beginning a prison ministry. We welcome volunteers that would like to do a work in ministry to join us. Just come by or call.

Thought for the week: Faith is daring the soul to go beyond what the eyes can see.

Community bulletin board: Rockvine Baptist Church youth group meets every Thursday at 6 p.m.; the bus will run. Call 633-4948. Neighborhood Watch meets the third Tuesday of each month at 6 p.m. at ECCO. We encourage everyone to attend. 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 first and third Thursday of each month at the Ovenfork Senior Citizen Center. Come and bring a guest. ECCO’s thrift store is open MW F, 10.

This week our prayer list includes: Molly Lewis, Judy McKnight, Olivia Blair, Kathy Carter, Doug Bird, Bear Hissom, Curt Sturgill, Jr. Carter, Kess “Rusty” Halcomb, Ruth Halcomb, Jeff Chapman- Crane, Ralph Crane, Dorothy Nease, Brenda Gross, 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.

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

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