Whitesburg KY

Child’s ‘invention’ helps in gardening


Greetings from Eolia and the Eolia Christian Community Outreach.

“But avoid worldly and empty chatter, for it will lead to further ungodliness.” 2 Timothy 2:16 NASB

We were saddened to receive news of Tony’s stepmother, Omega Gross, dying. She lived at Sawbriar in Harlan County and was 87 years old. Although she was ill for a long time, she was blessed to have such a caring family to look out for her. Whenever we visited Omega, one of the girls was there caring for her constantly. Never was she left alone. Evidence of the love for Omega was obvious by the tender care shown by her family. She will be greatly missed for I know she left a void that cannot be filled.

Emily has been busy after school working with her papaw in the yard and helping at ECCO with the new flower bed. She was helping her papaw by shoveling dirt from the hillside into her little Red Flyer wagon to put around some newly planted shrubs, when without a word she disappeared into the barn. She returned with her four-wheeler and a latch hook. From there she attached the wagon handle to the back of her fou-wheeler, making the job a lot easier. She also used her little “invention” to pick up grass after mowing and haul rocks from the flower bed.

Not only is she a big help to us, but I can see the glow of pride on her face for a job well done. We’ve taught Emily to work since she was big enough to walk and she will do any chore we ask without complaining. I’m a firm believer in teaching children good work ethics when they’re young. I also believe it helps develop good character.

A tent revival will begin at the Eolia Community Park May 11 through May 15 with Pastor Dave Hammond delivering the message. Special singers nightly, so bring a lawn chair and join us for an evening of praise and worship.

We had our Eolia Community Park meeting and were happy to hear from Chairman Ray Bird that the construction for the restrooms is well underway. Ray has done a tremendous amount of work on this project and park members demonstrated our appreciation by giving Ray a big round of applause. Nelline Frazier from Premium was the lucky winner of the “Trip Around the World” quilt raffled off as a fundraiser by the Park Committee. We have four quilt tops which were donated to us, one of which is a Double Wedding Ring. We hope the seniors at Ovenfork will get the time to quilt it for us. It will also be raffled off for the park. Maxine Parsons volunteered to take one of the tops home to bow tack for us.

This week I’ll leave you with another quote I’ve found to be true. “A critical spirit is like poison ivy — it takes a little contact to spread its poison.”

News from the Ovenfork Senior Citizens Center by Jewel Maggard:

“Hi seniors, it’s so wonderful how the Lord provides for each of us. He blesses us each day with food, clothing and shelter. He even blesses those that don’t serve him. His name truly is love. Read Psalm 68:10.

“We seniors enjoyed a trip to Hazard College, where Ruby entered her quilts in a competition. Although she didn’t win, we had fun being with everyone and having lunch together at Burger King.

“Frances Ryan has a beautiful quilt hanging in her window.

“Marvin and I had a wonderful time at my sisterin law’s birthday party. It was great to see all the family.

“We’ve started our garden by planting potatoes, cabbage and peas.

“The quilting ladies have quilted four quilts with several more to go.

“Let us thank the Lord all this week for His continous provisions.”

Community bulletin board: Kids’ Time each Friday 10 to 11:15 a.m. at ECCO, Good News Club each Wednesday 6:30 to 7:30 p.m. at the Eolia Mission for children three and up. Call 633-5015 for transportation. Cumberland River Volunteer Fire Department meets 11 a.m. the second Sunday of each month at the Partridge Station; volunteers welcome. 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 Community Park Committee meets the third Tuesday of each month at ECCO; all welcome. Bible study each Monday evening at 7 p.m. at ECCO; all welcome.

This week our prayer list includes Roger Shelton, Barb Shelton, Bear Hissom, Seth Collins, Raymond Kiser, Ralph Nease, Stephanie Estep, Judy Branham, Jean Hampton, Lucy Maggard, Jean Hunsucker, Lillian and Nora Walker, Kess “Rusty” Halcomb, Ruth Halcomb, Olivia Blair, Jack and Marie Snell, Dorothy Nease and Brenda Gross. Also remember Sharman’s mother, Helen Chapman, in prayer. She fell, hitting the back of her head, and was transferred to Akron City Hospital in Ohio to be under the care of a neurologist. 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 from the folks at ECCO, “God bless.”

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