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Cumberland River Volunteer Fire Dept. in financial trouble


Greetings to all from the Eolia Christian Community Outreach Center.

“In God is my salvation and my glory; the rock of my strength, and my refuge is in God.” Psalm 62:7.

I was sorry and saddened to hear that Marilyn Sumpter had taken a fall resulting in a broken arm. Marilyn is a 27-year customer of the ECCO thrift store. She was one of my first customers when we began in 1987 in the back of the storeroom of Shortstop Grocery. She was usually accompanied by one of the younger grandchildren who loved to ‘treasure hunt’ as much as she did.

We at ECCO send our love and wishes for a full recovery to this dear lady. We also ask our readers to lift her up in prayer.

Another dear soul to lift up in prayer is Langley Engle who is in ICU. He is also a frequent customer of the thrift store and we miss seeing him as well.

I want to recognize and thank ECCO Vice-President and good friend Kess Halcomb and wife Thelma for making a quick run to Sam’s Club to purchase items for our homeless shelter spaghetti dinner. We were in a crunch and running behind schedule when they offered to go the extra mile (literally speaking). I appreciate them very much. Each fundraiser brings us closer to the reality of a place for the homeless in our county.

During our last meeting it was brought to our attention that the Cumberland River Volunteer Fire Department is in serious financial trouble and has funding to stay open for one year. They also need volunteers. If the fire department closes, homeowners’ insurance premiums will double, and in some cases triple. This is a critical time for our community. It’s not just about the increase to our insurance premiums, but the plain truth is — someone’s life could be saved through the efforts of this volunteer fire department, and that’s the most important thing at risk.

I remember not too long ago when they saved my neighbor’s house and my rental next door. They diligently kept vigil for several days in case of an outbreak in another area of the home.

A meeting is held each month at the Ovenfork Station the third Tuesday of each month at 6:30 p.m., or you can call Diane Watts at (606) 589-5976 or Farley Lewis at 633-7782 for more information.

There will be a roadblock seeking donations August 2 in Whitesburg at both intersections across from Rite Aid. We’re asking everyone who will to help us keep our firehouse open.

With that I’ll close with this thought for the day. Don’t give till it hurts — give till it feels good.

Community Bulletin Board: Cumberland River Volunteer Fire Department meets the third Tuesday of each month at the Ovenfork Fire Station at 6:30 p.m., 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; Bible Study each Monday evening at 7:00 at ECCO with John Doug Hays, all welcome; Sunday evening worship service at ECCO’s Chapel at 6:00, all are welcome.

Our prayer list includes Marilyn Sumpter, Langley Engle, Clay Sturgill, Dudley Short, David Combs, Leonard Smith, Gloria Beachy, Pearl Baker, Betty Maggard, Garland and Carolyn Couch, Gay Sturgill, Brother Verdell Sturgill, Don Brown, Betty Terry, Allen Profitt, Ted and Judy Corder, Marie Snell, Nora Walker and Brenda Gross.

Also lift up in prayer those struggling with alcohol and drug addiction, may they be delivered, our military troops around the world, 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 from the folks at ECCO, God bless.

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