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Children have fun using imaginations


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

I call heaven and earth as witnesses today against you, that I have set before you life and death, blessing and cursing; therefore choose life, that both you and your descendants may live. Deuteronomy 30:19

Mother Nature teased us with a day of 70-degree temperatures causing a flurry of car washings and outside jobs. Just when we had settled in for winter, here comes a lovely warm day setting a yearning in our heart for spring. But we are thankful for the occasional warm days that give us a break from the chill of winter.

Emily and Caleb certainly enjoyed the warm weather as they dug up treasure from ECCO’s burn site. Items that failed to completely burn were trophies for the lucky adventurers. Of course the real fun was pretending to be pirates as they reburied their treasures. Even with all the toys children receive for Christmas it seems they have more fun just using their imagination then anything else.

I just recently learned that our good friend and ECCO volunteer, Maxine Parson, has been under the weather but is making a good recovery. We had a long phone conversation the other day and I’m glad to hear she’s doing well and plans to be back to volunteer at ECCO next week. She had recently spoke to Marie and learned that she and Sheldon are planning a trip to ECCO this month.

We had 18 to attend our Bible study, which is not only a time of learning from the Bible but also a time of sharing thoughts and ideas with each other. Now that the holiday rush is over, Pastor Dave Hammond will continue to teach each Monday when he can on Bible prophecy. Anyone interested is welcome to join us each Monday night 7 p.m. at ECCO for an exhilarating time of teaching and sharing.

For three days we were busy at ECCO clearing out the thrift store and restocking it for 2009. It was also quite a job taking down and packing up the Christmas trees and decorations. It’s sure a lot more fun putting them up then taking them down.

Thought for the day: “God loves all children, the born and unborn, we should do the same.”

News from the Ovenfork Senior Citizen Center by Jewell Maggard:

“Hi seniors, we hope everyone had a blessed 2008 and will have a Christ-filled and blessed 2009. Jesus sure has been good to me this past year and every year. I praise Him for the blessings of family and friends. Read Psalm 19:14

“We want to thank the Kingscreek and Ermine Senior Centers for being so kind and gracious to us during our water crisis at the Ovenfork Center. Thanks to all for being so helpful. May the Lord bless you.

“Sadly, three of our seniors have gone to be with the Lord, Geneva Tolaver, Louvinna Sturgill, and Charles McKnight. We sure miss them. We extend sympathy and love to the families and pray that Jesus will comfort them with His peace during their time of loss.

“Marvin and I were happy to have our daughter and son-in-law for the Christmas holidays.

“As 2009 begins let us remember to put Jesus first in our lives.”

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 Maxine Parsons, Seth Collins, Barb Shelton, Josh Lewis, Stephanie Estep, Raymond Kiser, Judy Branham, Jean Hampton, Lucy Maggard. Lillian and Nora Walker, Bear Hissom, Kess “Rusty” Halcomb, Ruth Halcomb, Olivia Blair, Jack and Marie Snell, 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 by writing to 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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