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Coal company donates gravel, greenhouse


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

Love never fails — never fades out or becomes obsolete or comes to an end. 1 Corinthians 13:8 AMP

I was saddened to hear that Lois Young, sister to ECCO volunteer Liz Sturgill, had died. We extend deepest sympathy to the family for I know her passing has left a void that cannot be filled.

Stephanie wants to inform those attending Kids’ Time, due to the upcoming holidays there will be no Kids’ Time the next two Fridays, Nov. 21 and 28. Kids’ Time will resume at the usual time Dec. 5.

The Eolia Park Committee wishes to thank Cumberland River Coal Co. with a special thanks to John Scarbro for the donation of gravel to be used for the septic system. We appreciate having a coal company in our community with a heart for giving.

Speaking of giving, it was Cumberland River Coal Co. that donated the greenhouse to Arlie Boggs Elementary School where I am hearing a lot of good things are happening. Amy Bates, guidance counselor for the school, is very proud of the students who are studying and creating the greenhouse. She says “the students are learning about nature, protecting the environment, and how greenhouses work.” I think this is such a wonderful project for children to learn. Not only does it teach them how to be self sufficient, but I think most kids are just fascinated with watching things grow.

Emily asked us why we were removing the seeds from the pumpkins left from our fall display, and I told her, Lord willing, we plan to plant a pumpkin patch next year. She and Caleb were so happy they were ready to jump for joy. So I can just imagine how rewarding it must be for teachers to see this reaction from their students when actually nurturing and seeing plants grow by their own hand.

Those to be recognized for this project are teachers and the class of Debra Hall, Angela Craft and guidance counselor Amy Bates. Jan Sexton and Lynne Hampton have also volunteered their own time and work into this project. Hats off to all.

Last week I promised you a great cranberry salad recipe for the holidays. Well, it took a little doing but I finally tracked down the person who brought it to our ECCO dinner. I really should have know without having to ask a half-dozen people that it was none other then Sharon Bird. I’m sure you all remember Sharon, she’s the lady who bakes cookies that are so delicious that even the bears can’t resist them. But that’s another story.

This dish is great for the holidays because it is not only really good, but also very bright and festive. Matter of fact it’s called Festive Cranberry Salad.

You’ll need 1 20-ounce can crushed pineapple, 2 packages (3 ounces) raspberry Jello, 1 can (16 ounces) whole berry cranberry sauce, 1 medium red apple chopped with peeling, 2/3 cup chopped walnuts.

Drain pineapple, reserving all liquid in a large measuring cup. Add enough cold water to the reserved liquid to make 3 cups. Pour into large saucepan and bring to a boil. Remove from heat. Add Jello, stir at least 2 minutes or until completely dissolved. Add cranberry sauce, walnuts and chill.

Thought for the day: “There is no greater love than the love that holds on where there seems nothing left to hold on to.”

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 the family of Lois Young, the seniors citizens of the Ovenfork Senior Citizens Center who ask that you pray the center will soon reopen, Seth Collins, Barb Shelton, Josh Lewis, Pastor Lloyd Mullins, Rev. Verdell Sturgill and his mother Louvina Sturgill, Stephanie Estep, Raymond Kiser, Judy Branham, Lucy Maggard, Lillian and Nora Walker, Curt Sturgill, Marie and Jack Snell, Kess “Rusty” Halcomb, Ruth Halcomb, Olivia Blair, Geneva Tolaver, 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 week from the folks at ECCO, “God bless.”

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