Whitesburg KY

Bluegrass festival planned at Eolia Community Park

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

Blessed be the Lord, who daily loadeth us with benefits, even the God of our salvation. Psalm 68:19

It’s been mighty quiet at the center. The SWAP program is over for this summer, Sheldon and Marie have gone home to Pennsylvania for a while, and Pete, Stephanie and the kids are gone on vacation to Canada. I’m glad they’re returning this week for I sure do miss them, especially the little ones. The new additions are at a standstill until Sheldon returns in a couple of weeks.

We’re planning to start a Bible study about the middle of September with Dave Hammond as our teacher. I’ll have more details about the date and time later.

Sept. 15 beginning at 6 p.m., is when the Eolia Community Park Committee will sponsor a bluegrass festival featuring East KY Tyme and God’s Grace. In former years before God’s Grace was born, Mike Kelly and Justin Grimm were enrolled in the Cowan Creek Music School, where they learned great backgrounds for their musical skills. The Appalshop also played a big role in the development of God’s Grace. By visiting different churches, this band was exposed to many different types of gospel music. We’re looking forward to a wonderful evening of old-time mountain and gospel music along with friends, neighbors and good food.

I belong to the Splenda recipe club and each month I receive different recipes by e-mail. I would like to share this recipe since there are so many folks diabetic or on a low carb diet.

Corn Relish: l cup white vinegar, l cup water, 1 cup Splenda, l teaspoon dry mustard, 1 teaspoon celery seed, 1 teaspoon ground turmeric, 1 teaspoon salt, 3 cups fresh or frozen corn kernels, 1 cup chopped onion, 1/3 cup chopped green bell pepper, 1/3 cup chopped red bell pepper.

Combine vinegar, water, Splenda, mustard, celery seeds, turmeric, and salt in a large Dutch oven, stirring until dissolved. Add corn, onion, and bell peppers and bring to a boil; reduce heat and simmer, covered for 15 minutes. Pack hot vegetables immediately into prepared jars using a slotted spoon, filling to within 1/4 inch from top. Ladle liquid into jars, filling to within 1/4 inch from top. Wipe rims and threads. Cover with 2- piece lid. Screw bands tightly. Place jars on rack in canner. (Water must cover jars by 1 or 2 inches. Cover; bring to a gentle boil. Process 15 minutes. Remove jars and place upright on towel to cool completely. Store in cool dark place for up to 1 year. Once opened, store refrigerated and use with 2 weeks.

Thought for the week: God always gives His best to those who leave the choice with Him.

News from the Ovenfork Senior Citizens Center by Jewel Maggard:

“Hi, seniors, we have been having some really hot days, but the Lord knows what we need so we should continue praising Him for His love. Read Proverbs 8:17.

“We took our seniors to Norton, Va., where we had lunch at Prime Sirloin. We had a great time.

“Carmen, Elaine and I, along with other workers from the senior citizen centers, had a meeting in Hazard.

“The quilting ladies are working on a Basket Pattern quilt top. Some of our seniors are still putting up vegetables from their garden.

“Senior birthdays this month are Bill Collier, Marie Snell, Jack Snell, Ruby Sturgill, and Jewel Maggard. These seniors need your prayers – Iona Scott, Lela Collier, Elvert Maggard, Betty Elkins, Sue Cook, Geneva Tolliver, and Charles Tolliver.”

Community bulletin board: 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. All are welcome. 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 M-W-F, 10-2. All are welcome.

This week our prayer list includes: Jan Sexton, Olivia Blair, Pastor Lloyd Mullins, Bennie Sturgill, Cora Sturgill, Bear Hissom, Curt Sturgill, Jr. Carter, Kess “Rusty” Halcomb, Ruth Halcomb, Randy Niece, Dorothy Nease, Ralph Crane, Doug Bird, those enslaved 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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