Whitesburg KY

Community saddened by loss of elders


Greetings to all from the Eolia Christian Community Outreach Center.

“This is the day which the Lord hath made; we will rejoice and be glad in it.” Psalm 118:24

Now that the holidays are over, we at ECCO are in the process of playing ‘catch up’ with projects that were set aside in favor of Christmas activities. This includes sorting clothes, a process I call the “good, the bad and the ugly”, and displaying only the best in our thrift store. We have a lot of winter clothing which is on sale half price, which makes most items 50 cents. And some days we have a $2 a bag day — all the clothing you can put in a plastic grocery bag is sold for $2. The sale will continue until the first of March or until the winter clothing is no more. March 1 we’ll be displaying our spring and summer items.

I wish to send a big thank you to the Letcher County HANDS program for its thoughtful gift baskets of baked goodies. We especially liked the brown butter cookies.

I was saddened to hear of the deaths of Winston Sturgill, J.B. Brock, Jack Snell, Margaret Maggard and Ruby Caudill. These people were the matriarchs and patriarchs of their family and our community. The integrity of these elders was the jewel that crowned our community and their loss is visibly felt and seen. I extend deepest sympathy to the families.

Sheldon and Marie returned last night from Pennsylvania and despite just undergoing gall bladder surgery, Marie is eager to begin making whoopee pies, Valentine candy and who knows what else. Whatever it is, we’ll gladly take it.

I happily welcome Diane Kilgore, Lucinda Creech, and Ashley Sturgill, who recently joined our little band of volunteers at ECCO. We were recently paid the highest compliment I think I ever heard about ECCO. They said they liked coming to ECCO because it was such a joyful place.

With that, I’ll leave you with this thought for the day. The greatest path to joy and happiness is losing yourself in a cause greater than yourself.

Community Bulletin Board: Sunday night worship service at ECCO chapel at 5:00. Bible study at ECCO community room Monday night at 7:00. Cumberland River Volunteer Fire Department meets the second Sunday of each month at 11 a.m. at the Partridge station, volunteers welcome. Partridge Lions Club meets the first and third Thursday of each month at 6:30 p.m. at the Ovenfork Senior Citizens Center, come and bring a guest.

This week our prayer list includes the families of J.B. Brock, Jack Snell, Winston Sturgill, Margaret Maggard, and Ruby Caudill. Also, Stephanie Estep, Garland and Carolyn Couch, Pearl Baker, Sheldon and Marie, Patricia Osborne, Betty Terry, Ted Corder, Don Brown, Marie Snell, Nora Walker, and Brenda Gross.

Also lift up in prayer all those struggling with alcohol and drug addiction, may they be delivered, our military troops around the world, Israel and the Middle East, our President and the leaders of our country, the United States, all the children hurt by war, and the ministry of ECCO. Until next time, God bless.

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