Whitesburg KY

Christmas stocking to be given away by ECCO


IN COSTUME — (Left to right) Kaitlyn Dickerson, Callie (granddaughter of Rev. Ron and Mitzie Oplinger), Kenan Broersma, Lydia Broersma, Caleb Broersma, Leah Bouldon, Isaac Bouldon, Prince Miranda, and Princess Miranda dressed in costumes for Kids' Time at ECCO on October 31.

IN COSTUME — (Left to right) Kaitlyn Dickerson, Callie (granddaughter of Rev. Ron and Mitzie Oplinger), Kenan Broersma, Lydia Broersma, Caleb Broersma, Leah Bouldon, Isaac Bouldon, Prince Miranda, and Princess Miranda dressed in costumes for Kids’ Time at ECCO on October 31.

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

Commit your works to the Lord, and your thoughts will be established. Proverbs 16:3

You know that old saying, “So busy don’t know if I’m coming or going.” Well, that’s exactly how it’s been at ECCO. I would start one project in the kitchen, the phone would ring or some other interruption and I’d find myself in the office or pantry or on the porch, thinking “What am I doing here?” But as harebrained as it may sound we actually manage to get things done.

At our last park meeting we had the drawing for the $100 gas card which was won by Ray Bird. Ray so graciously donated it back to the park to sell chances on again. Another drawing for a quilt sponsored by ECCO went to Gary Kincer.

ECCO has a beautiful threefoot, hand-quilted Christmas stocking filled with an assortment of gifts for the entire family. It includes toys, assorted bath and body items, candles, candy and lots more. The chances are free of charge for the folks visiting our thrift store. The drawing will be held Dec. 22.

We are so grateful to the hardworking volunteers in the community for doing such a great job of installing the flooring to our community room. This completes our community room and with the fireplace, there’s no doubt about it, it’s the most popular room in the building.

As several volunteers worked on Christmas projects, we were pleasantly surprised by our husbands for so kindly bringing us lunch. Rodney Sturgill treated us one day to pizza and another day to chili and burgers. Tony came through with roast beef sandwiches.

I also want to recognize and thank the folks from the Freedom Center located at Cumberland for the kind donation of clothing. Two men delivered the clothing and while here I told them about Shekinah Land Children’s Home and gave them its phone number. While talking to Melissa, I learned they have contacted her and are going to help with some of the Home’s needs. I dearly love people like that. They see a need as an opportunity to be the hands and heart of Christ. How we need more like them.

The highlight of last week was the costume party for the little ones last Friday sponsored by Kids’ Time for preschool and homeschooled children. Afterward they were treated to a hayride around the bottom. It was a perfect fall day, sunshine with a brilliant blue sky and just slightly cool. The joyful laughter of children echoed throughout the valley as they waved and called to their parents each time they passed. Life is good, life is short.

Community bulletin board: ECCO Bible study Monday, 7 p.m., at ECCO community room. Kid’s 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;s 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 include: Seth Collins, Barb Shelton, Josh Lewis, Pastor Lloyd Mullins, Rev. Verdell Sturgill and his mother Louvina Sturgill, Stephanie Estep, Raymond Kiser, Lois Young, Judy Branham, Lucy Maggard, Lillian and Nora Walker, Bear Hissom, Kess “Rusty” Halcomb, Ruth Halcomb, Olivia Blair, Geneva Tolaver, Curt Sturgill, Marie and Jack 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 at eccotruth@peoplepc.com.

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

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