Greeting from the hills and valleys of Eolia and the Eolia Christian Community Outreach.
“A man finds joy in giving an apt reply — and how good is a timely word.” Proverbs 15:23 NIV
During the winter months when the fields and mountains look drab and gray, it’s a welcome scene when we see birds, especially the bluejays and cardinals adorning the bare branches. When we had our last big snow, as Tony was filling the feeders the birds were flying over his head eager for a meal of sunflower seeds. If you enjoy watching these colorful visitors, I would suggest having one of two feeders around your house.
A couple of suggestions we have learned from experience. Put them out of reach of cat and bears. We found the best way to avoid both problems is put your feeder on a metal pole so the cats can’t climb and high enough where the bears can’t reach. I know that sounds like a lot of trouble, but it’s worth it because you’ll have some cute, colorful and very grateful guests adorning your yard.
Speaking of colorful, Liz Sturgill and I have been busy making Easter wreathes with plastic eggs glued to wreaths of straw or grapevine. Topping them off with a big spring colored bow like yellow or purple, they turned out really good. Or Emily thought so anyway. If looking for a favorable response to a craft project, just ask a 10-yearold. It will make you beam with pride every time no matter what everyone else thinks.
We have been concerned and praying for two people in our community, Oliver Sexton who had bypass heart surgery and Mable Gilliam who is also recovering from surgery. We’re happy to say they’re both doing well. They are thankful to everyone for their prayers.
This week we want to pay special honor to two students from Arlie Boggs Elementary School, Jacob Craiger and Sarah Collins. Jacob Craiger, a seventhgrader, recently placed as runner-up in both storytelling and radio broadcasting at the Regional Junior High School Speech League Tournament held at Knott County. He was the only Letcher County student that received two medals. Jacob will be competing in the state tournament in March. Sarah Collins, a fifth-grade student, also qualified to compete at the state level in radio broadcasting. Arlie Boggs Elementary is very proud of these two students and wishes them the best of luck at the state competition. Hats off to Jacob and Sarah.
Thought for the day: “Ninety percent of the friction EYE Care of daily life is caused by the wrong tone of voice.”
News from the Ovenfork Senior Citizens Center by Jewell Maggard:
“Hi seniors. Wasn’t that a beautiful snow last week? We received about five inches up our way on Flat Gap, but it was too fluffy to make a snowman. Everything the Lord makes and does is a blessing, if we just look at the good in it.
“We seem to be having so much illness in our community, but we must continue to pray and trust the Lord for our healing and the healing of our friends and family. Read Jer. 30:17
“Mable Gilliam was taken to the Harlan Hospital emergency room by Judy and Ted Corder. They sent her to Hazard ARH where she received a stent to her heart. She is to receive more surgery in the future but is now doing well. Her sister, Trula, is taking care of her. It’s wonderful to have family and friends to help us in our time of need. Others to remember in prayer are Norma Rhymer and Richard McFarland.
“I was so sorry to hear that Mae Fields had died. At one time we delivered her lunch to her.
“If you are having health problems, keep trusting Jesus for your healing and knowing that He works through the doctors as well. It all comes through Jesus.
“Have a blessed week.’
Community Bulletin Board: Kids Time each Friday at ECCO 10-11:15 a.m., Good News Club each Wednesday 6:30-7:30 p.m. at the Eolia Mission for children 3 and up, call 633-5015 for transportation, Neighborhood Watch meeting 7 p.m. the second Tuesday of each month at ECCO, Cumberland River Volunteer Fire Dept. meets 11 a.m. the second. Sunday of each month at the Partridge Station, volunteers welcome. Rockvine Baptist Youth meets each Wednesday at 6 p.m., Bible study also at 6 p.m. — bus will run. Call Mindy at 589-6226 or Linda at 633-4948. Partridge Lions Club meets 6:30 p.m. the first and third of each month at the Ovenfork Senior Citizens Center. Come and bring a guest. Eolia Park Committee meets the third Tuesday of each month at ECCO, 7 p.m.
This week our prayer list includes Oliver Sexton, Mable Gilliam, Bear Hissom, Donna Shelton, Seth Collins, Barb Shelton, Stephanie Estep, Raymond Kiser, Judy Branham, Jean Hampton, Lucy Maggard, Jean Hunsucker, Lillian and Nora Walker, Kess “Rusty” Halcomb, Ruth Halcomb, Olivia Blair, Jack and Marie Snell, Sheldon Starr, Dorothy Nease 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, our president and the leaders of our country, all the children hurt by war, and the ministry of ECCO.
Our address is ECCO, 135 Emily Lane, Eolia, Ky. 40826. Until next time week from the folks at ECCO, “God bless.”