Whitesburg KY

Children enjoy romping in heavy snow


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

But you, Bethlehem Ephrathah, Though you are little among the thousands of Judah, Yet out of you shall come forth to Me The One to be ruler in Israel, Whose goings forth have been from of old, From everlasting. Micah 5:2

The little valley of Eolia awoke to see our woods blanketed with such a heavy layer of snow it caused the pines to droop from the load. The snow clung heavily to everything from the power lines to the briar patches, creating a lovely winter scene that was fitting to decorate a Christmas card. Emily and Caleb were in their glory as they romped and played in the snow until their cheeks were rosy red.

Christmas is just around the corner and here at ECCO everyone is breathing a little easier since we’ve finished with all our projects. The Christmas party held at ECCO and sponsored by the First Baptist Church of Vandalia was a great success with some of the children receiving as many as 10 gifts each. The overwhelmed look on some of the children’s face was witness to the amazing generosity of this church. Thirty children were selected by FRYSC to receive gifts and along with parents there were about 60 people present. A big thanks to UNITE for providing refreshments of pizza, cookies, chips and punch.

We also appreciate Ray and Sharon Bird for making a delivery of Christmas items to ShekinahLand and the Veterans Retirement Home at Hazard.

The week was overshadowed with the heartbreaking news of the terrible accident that happened to Sheldon Starr. Sheldon lost three fingers and a thumb from an accident with a power saw at his home in Chambersburg, Penn. As you know, Sheldon and Marie are beloved friends and have been ECCO sponsors for several years. When talking to Marie I could hear the strain of the ordeal in her voice and I ask each of you to please lift Sheldon up in your prayers. Sheldon has a heart condition as well as being diabetic, but he is also someone most capable of doing almost anything. On one trip to ECCO he brought the cutest towel holders to sell in our thrift shop, designed like birdhouses, that he had made in his workshop. Sheldon and Marie have spent much of their life helping others and now stand in need of our prayers.

Community bulletin board: ECCO Bible study Monday, 7 p.m., at ECCO community room. Kids’ Time each Friday at ECCO 10 to 11:15 a.m. Good News Club each Wednesday at the Eolia Mission 6:30 to 7:30 p.m. 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 Department meets 11 a.m. the second. Sunday of each month at the Partridge station. Volunteers welcome. Rockvine Baptist Church youth meets each Wednesday at 6 p.m.; the bus will run. Call Mindy at (606) 589-6226 or Linda at 633-4948. Partridge Lions Club meets 6:30 p.m. the 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 7 p.m. at ECCO.

This week our prayer list includes Sheldon Starr, Vernell Burton, Tony Blair, Seth Collins, Barb Shelton, Stephanie Estep, Marie and Jack Snell, Kess “Rusty” Halcomb, Ruth Halcomb, Judy Branham, Olivia Blair, Geneva Tolaver, Lucy Maggard, Nora and Lillian Walker, Raymond Kiser, 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, the leaders of our country, all the children hurt by war and the ministry of ECCO.

You may contact us at ECCO, 135 Emily Lane, Eolia, Ky. 40826 or email us at eccotruth@peoplepc.com.

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

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