Whitesburg KY

Canning brings back memories of childhood


Greeting from Eolia and the Eolia Christian Community Outreach.

“But seek first the kingdom of God and His righteousness, and all these things shall be added to you.” Matthew 6:33 NKVD

It’s harvest time with fall just around the corner which also means for some the beginning of canning season while others are winding down, depending on what folks are putting up. As I grow older I seem to reminisce more about my childhood. So was the case after canning peppers. I remember the many jars of beans, tomatoes, pickles and jellies and much more that fed us through the winter. That evening as I heard the assuring “pop” as each can sealed it brought back a flood of memories when Mother would can all day, and after going to bed I could hear that pop as each one sealed. Precious memories, how they linger.

Last week was like a roller coaster ride as we at ECCO began our seasonal projects in anticipation of the upcoming holidays. I know it seems a bit early, but in order to have them all finished we have to start now.

In addition to that, Tony just completed a battery of medical tests and is looking to have a lung biopsy soon. We ask everyone for your prayers. I appreciate the friends who’ve called asking about Tony and telling us “we’re here for you.” Friends are more valuable then gold, especially during troubling times. Don Billett has called a couple of times saying he sure misses his old Kentucky home.

Sheldon and Marie came for a short visit bringing with them several bags of handtacked throws. They are large enough to use as a throw or put on a twin bed. Marie said there were about 200, but we’re guessing there were more. A big thanks to Rodney Sturgill for helping me stack them on the table. They were all folded with the lining outside and it took us longer because we couldn’t resist turning them over to see the many different colors and designs. Some were patchwork while others had deer and horses. They were all very lovely and we appreciate the sewing outreach center in Chambersburg, Penn., for considering us in their giving. We were happy to donate them to the county senior citizens centers.

I will leave you with this thought for the day: “Be more concerned with what God thinks about you than what people think about you.”

Community bulletin board: Bible study each Monday at ECCO at 7 p.m., Kid’s Time each Friday 10- 11:15 a.m. at ECCO, Good News Club each Wed. 6:30 – 7:30 p.m. at the Eolia Mission for children three and up, call 633-5015 for transportation, Cumberland River Volunteer Fire Department meets the second Sunday of each month at the Partridge station, volunteers welcome, Partridge Lions Club meets 6:30 p.m. the first and third Tuesday of each month at the Ovenfork Senior Citizens Center, come and bring a guest. Eolia Community Park Committee meets the third Tuesday of each month at 7 p.m. at ECCO.

This week our prayer list includes: Denise Bedwell, Don Brown, Bear Hissom, Roger Shelton, Seth Collins, Raymond Kiser, Ralph Nease, Stephanie Estep, Judy Branham, Jean Hampton, Lillian and Nora Walker, Kess “Rusty” Halcomb, Ruth Halcomb, Olivia Blair, Jack and Marie Snell, Dorothy Nease, Helen Chapman, 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, our president, 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 week from the folks at ECCO, “God bless.”

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