Greetings from the hills and valleys of Eolia and Eolia Christian Community Outreach.
Starting a quarrel is like breaching a dam; so drop the matter before a dispute breaks out. Proverbs 17:14 NIV
This is such a pleasant time of the year. The days are warm and hazy with a stillness in the air as though Mother Earth is holding her breath in anticipation of the coming of fall when she will don her colorful frock of reds, yellows and orange. The cool mornings are also a gentle reminder that autumn is approaching. In the evening while sitting on the porch swing, another reminder that fall is peeping around the corner is the lone leaf that will swirl and dance across the yard. This is a good time of the year to sit back and reflect on all the good things in our life.
This was the last week of SWAP volunteers at ECCO and we will certainly miss our new friends, Don and Florence Billett. Don makes his living as a photographer and specializes in taking pictures of nature. Saturday evening along with a few friends we were treated to a slide show of many of his photos which were truly awesome. The pictures ranged from scenes of sunsets to birds, butterflies, flowers, and pictures of his hometown in Lancaster, Penn., featuring covered bridges and Amish farms. Afterward we were treated to banana splits. How good is that?
Tony, Emily and myself, along with Ray and Sharon Bird made a trip to visit the Shekinah Land Children’s Home located at Littcar. The road to the home is narrow and winding and appears to go nowhere, when suddenly it opens up to a lovely site where two residences are used to house the children. In the fall, when the leaves are gone, a view of the lake can be seen.
As Melissa Coleman gave us a tour, I could see this was a work in progress. Some men were building what looked to be an addition to the garage, and Melissa pointed to a large hole where a pond is to be built. I applaud the efforts of these folks and what they are doing, which is to provide for these children a safe, clean, loving home in a Christian environment. A plan is in progress to provide an additional Shekinah Land Children’s Home located at Isom that will house 40 children. This organization needs your prayers and support because our children are our greatest resource and we don’t need to lose a single one.
I’ve been more tired than usual at week’s end, and as I sit here typing, I think I know why. Not only have I been busy canning pickled beets, putting sliced apples in the freezer and making apple butter, but also we attended a fish fry sponsored by the Eolia Baptist Mission for the last SWAP group from Jackson, Va. Pastor Lloyd Mullins and Ronnie Adams did themselves proud another year by cooking up fish, hushpuppies, and wedges. Brother Lloyd gave most of the credit for the donated fish to Forster Dickerson. Singing group Backwoods Revival provided the entertainment. It was a great evening enjoyed by all.
Last but not least, on behalf of the Eolia Community Park, we want to thank the Cumberland River Coal Co. for its kind donation of $1,200 to our park to help with maintenance cost. We appreciate Cumberland River Coal Co. for considering us in its giving.
Thought for the day: “It isn’t hard to make a mountain out of a molehill. Just add a little dirt.”
News from the Ovenfork Senior Citizens Center by Jewell Maggard:
“Hi, seniors, we all may be gaining a little weight by eating our garden stuff. I don’t care; it is so good.
“God always gives us what we need. We should never complain. Philippians 1:16
“I sure did enjoy our potluck dinner. It was my birthday. I’m a joyful 61. It was also Bob Lewis’s birthday. We had the Kingscreek Center come over which even made my birthday more special. They are a precious group. They got a big surprise. Arnold Mullins, who worked at the Kingscreek Center several years ago, came up to see them and it was his birthday. The meal was delicious. We had hot dogs, chips, slaw, and ham roll.
“Bob Lewis got to come and celebrate with me. His birthday cake was good, too.
“My daughter, Becky, got to come in a few days. Marvin, Becky and I went to Shepherdsville. We used to live down there. We sure did enjoy being with Marvin’s family. He has two sisters and a brother living there.
“Marvin has been canning our beans while I’m at work.
“Everyone have a blessed week.”
Community bulletin board: Neighborhood Watch meeting at ECCO the second Monday of each month at 7 p.m. Rockvine Baptist Church youth group meets every Wednesday at 6 p.m., Bible study also 6 p.m.; the bus will run. Call Mindy at (606) 589-6226 or Linda at 633-4948. The Eolia Community Park Committee meets the third Tuesday of each month at 7 p.m. at ECCO. Cumberland River Volunteer Fire Department meets at 11 a.m. the second Sunday of each month at the Partridge station. Volunteers are welcome. The Partridge Lions Club meets at 6:30 p.m. the third Thursday of each month at the Ovenfork Senior Citizen Center. Come and bring a guest.
This week our prayer list includes Barb Shelton, Josh Lewis, Stephanie Estep, Raymond Kiser, Rodney Sturgill, Lois Young, Judy Branham, Lucy Maggard, Nora and Lillian Walker, Bear Hissom, Kess “Rusty” Halcomb, Ruth Halcomb, Olivia Blair, Sue Cook, Geneva Tolaver, Curt Sturgill, Jr. Carter, Marie Snell, Dorothy Nease, Cora Sturgill 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 e-mail us at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Until next week from the folks at ECCO, “God bless.”