Whitesburg KY

Cincinnati church sends clothing, household items


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

“But avoid foolish and ignorant disputes, knowing that they generate strife.” 2 Timothy 2:23

The last few days at ECCO were so busy, the week flew by, yet we can still look around and see many jobs left to do. Jim and Mary Lou Davis came to visit Friday, bringing a shipment of clothing and household items from Trinity United Community Church in Cincinnati. While here, they met with Pete about arranging a group to come down from their church and do home repairs. After seeing the upstairs apartment, which is almost completed, they ask about returning with their Bible study group for a few days’ visit. I was delighted with all the plans underway during our discussion and one visit.

I also received a call from Marie and I’m glad to learn Sheldon is doing well, but Marie is suffering with a case of the shingles. I understand this condition is quite painful and we ask that everyone remember Marie in your prayers. They’re hoping to visit us for the revival coming up in May.

Don Billet called and made plans to visit in April along with some Amish friends. They are looking forward to going turkey hunting and touring our mountains.

An interesting note for those of you who are fans of author Wanda Brunstetter, one of her books is dedicated to the Amishman coming with Don. Don also said they would be bringing homemade Amish bologna, shoofly pie, along with other goodies for the folks at ECCO. Oh joy! Volunteering your time to a good cause does have its perks.

Hopefully the seeds will arrive soon. I’m seeing a lot of gardens already plowed and ready to go. I think mountain folks are pretty savvy about preparing for hard times.

This week I’ll leave you with a quote from Pastor Charles Stanley I thought to be very true. “Gossip has the power to hurt feelings, destroy reputations, and divide churches. We do not have the right to bring such damage into anyone’s life. In fact, God is the only one we should turn to when we hear a story. Those facing trials need prayer rather then tongues wagging over their misfortunes.” Read Gal 6:2 News from the Ovenfork Senior Citizens Center by Jewell Maggard:

“Hi seniors, ‘This is the day the Lord has made, let us rejoice and be glad in it.’ Did you depend on the Lord to help you through the week? Read Psalm 33:21.

“I’m really enjoying this wonderful warm weather and am glad spring has begun. Let us begin our week by springing into God’s word and sharing his love to all.

“Some of our seniors are having health problems and stand in need of prayer, including Norma Rhymer who recently fell and suffered some bruising and Carol Lewis who is still having hip problems.

“Lena Lewis changed her hairstyle with a perm making her look much younger.

“Our seniors visited the Ermine Center where Ruby Adams entered one of her famous quilts in a craft contest and, not surprising to us, won first place. Hazard is the next place where Ruby will enter her quilt in another crafting competition. Way to go, Ruby, we’re cheering for you!

“Everyone have a great week thanking the Lord for each day.”

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 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 Park Committee meets the third Tuesday of each month at ECCO, 7 p.m. Bible study at ECCO every Monday evening at 7 p.m. All welcome.

This week our prayer list includes Darlene Sturgill, Sheldon and Marie Starr, Elaine Myers, Matt Jones, Jeff ‘s cousin Janice, Bear Hissom, Seth Collins, Barb Shelton, Stephanie Estep, Raymond Kiser, 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 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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