Whitesburg KY

ECCO holds three-day revival

Greetings to all from the Eolia Christian Community Outreach Center.

“Let every man be swift to hear, slow to speak, slow to wrath.” James 1:19.

ECCO has been a beehive of activity the last couple of weeks as the SWAP people prepare for the incoming volunteers that work on low-income houses in the Eolia area.

We at ECCO have been busy with our usual programs and also preparing for our three-day revival. And what a revival it was. Each night there was a surprisingly good turnout. Minister John Doug Hays from Pikeville brought the message and the folks just loved him. The first night he introduced himself as a former senator and a lawyer of 40 years, but asked that we not hold that against him. He has a good sense of humor even when directed at himself.

Thelma Bates, John T. Bentley, Shelby Jean Feltner and Leah Sturgill did an awesome job bringing the music.

We were glad to welcome our friends from across the mountain, Richard and Glenda Brown, along with Glenda’s mother, Minister Ted Collins along with friends and our Magistrate Bob Howard. After each service we enjoyed a time of food and fellowship in ECCO’s kitchen and community room.

John Doug had such a good time he said he wouldn’t mind moving over here. Who knows, with God anything is possible.

Last week I made the first, but I hope not the last, batch of strawberry rhubarb jam. Thanks to Frank’s Creek neighbor Sharman for supplying the rhubarb. I was happy to later thank her with a fresh jar of jam.

I was sorry to hear that little three-year-old Boone Baldwin, son of Pastor Drew and Leah at the Eolia Mission, broke his arm over the weekend. An active threeyear old in a cast, now that’s a challenge for his parents. Please lift them all up in your prayers.

I am surprised that people are still asking for garden seeds that we gave away weeks ago. It usually takes two or three weeks to get rid of them, but this time they were gone in about a week. I can remember years past when we had so many left we searched for locations in the county to send them. This time we had a surplus of bean seeds, but they only lasted a couple of days.

From what I hear, people are planting gardens who haven’t raised a garden in years. I guess it just a sign of the times.

ECCO wishes to thank United Way of Southeastern Kentucky and Kathy Hall, community education director with the Letcher County Schools, for their kind donation of $ 700 to help with community needs. We appreciate them for considering us in their giving.

With that, I’ll close with this thought for the day. Failure isn’t falling down. It’s staying down.

Community Bulletin Board: Eolia Youth Group meets each Thursday evening at 5:30 at ECCO. Good News Club each Wednesday at the Eolia Mission for ages 3 and up, 6:30-7:30 p. m. 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 Tuesday of each month at 6:30 p.m.at the Ovenfork Senior Citizens Center. Come and bring a guest. Eolia

This week our prayer list includes: Garland Couch, Winston Sturgill, Boone Baldwin, Phyllis Pennington, Stephanie Estep, Billy Dixon, Ralph Nease, Gary Gaithner, Nora Walker, Don Brown, Helen Chapman and Brenda Gross.

Also lift up in your prayers the Middle East, our military troops all 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 week from the folks at ECCO, God bless.

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