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Community, volunteers have ECCO additions under roof

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

If God be for us, who can be against us? Romans 8:31

Two of ECCO’s volunteers have been ailing. Benny Sturgill and Pastor Lloyd Mullins were both hospitalized at Pikeville Methodist Hospital, but I’m glad to hear they’re both on the mend. We ask that folks continue to keep them in your prayers.

Also continue to pray for Cora Lee Sturgill who was in a serious car accident a few weeks ago. Talking to her daughter, Dana, I learned she is doing much better although still very sore.

I’m glad to say our new additions are under roof. The walkin freezer is installed and the new pantry is almost complete. This was a huge undertaking but, by the grace of God and lots of hard work by volunteers from SWAP and the community, we’ll soon have more space to better serve the community and county.

At our park meeting, among the things discussed was our upcoming Blue Grass Festival Sept. 15 beginning at 6 p.m. at the Eolia Community Park. Along with Aster Taylor who plays traditional bluegrass, God’s Grace will also be entertaining us with bluegrass gospel. The musical group God’s Grace was founded in the late months of 2006 by Michael Kelly and Justin Grimm. It all began in a one-room church in Letcher County where these two young men grew up and attended church together. In the coming weeks I’ll share more information about this interesting group.

Thought for the week: “God plus one is always a majority.”

News from the Ovenfork Senior Citizens Center by Jewel Maggard:

“Hi, seniors, did everyone have a wonderful week? Did you ask Jesus to help and take care of you this week? Read 2 Chronicles 15:2

“The seniors enjoyed a field trip to the Hal Rogers building in Hazard. They talked to us about using caution concerning our identity with so much identify theft going on. Jim Caldwell, the weatherman, was there and Linda Curry took his picture with all the seniors.


“Many of our seniors have health problems. Norma Rhymer had a stress test to check the circulation in her legs. Lela and Orville Collier are doing fair. Iona Scott, Sue Cook and Mae Maggard are feeling poorly. Many of our seniors have serious health problems but they continue to laugh and be thankful for each day the Lord gives them. They say it could be a lot worse. Remember them in your prayers.

“Everyone have a joyful week.”

Community bulletin board: Rockvine Baptist Church youth meets every Thursday at 6 p.m.; buses will run. Call 633-4948. Eolia Community Park Committee meets the third Tuesday of each month at 7 p.m. at ECCO. All are welcome. Cumberland River Volunteer Fire Department meets at 11 a.m. the second. Sunday of each month at the Partridge Station. Volunteers welcome. Partridge Lions Club meets 6:30 the first and third Thursday of each month at the Ovenfork Senior Citizens Center. Come and bring a guest. ECCO’s thrift store open M-W-F 10-2 and the first Saturday of each month by Shelly Folley. All welcome.

This week our prayer list includes: Benny Sturgill, Pastor Lloyd Mullins, Cora Lee Sturgill, Bear Hissom, Curt Sturgill, Jr. Carter, Kess “Rusty” Halcomb, Ruth Halcomb, Randy Niece, Dorothy Nease, Ralph Crane, Doug Bird, 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.

Until next week from the folk as ECCO, “God bless.”

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