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ECCO is surrounded by children and cats


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

Pray about everything; tell God your needs, and don’t forget to thank him for his answers. If you do this, you will experience God’s peace…His peace will keep your thoughts and your hearts quiet and at rest. Philippians 4:6,7 TLB

We are happy to welcome a new member to the community of Eolia and our ECCO family. Eight-pound, 12-ounce Simon Jeffrey Broersma was born Sunday, June, 1. The happy parents are SWAP coordinators Stephanie and Pete Broersma. Infant Simon was very well behaved about the whole matter, waiting until after church Sunday before demanding his entrance into the world. There are now nine children living within hollering distance of ECCO. We are truly blessed.

We are also blessed with cats. Lucy, a stray that ECCO adopted, favored us with five kittens. A storm the night before had blown a trash can over on the porch of ECCO and as I started to set it up, I noticed Lucy was inside and refused to move. I was going to put her out and set the trash can up, when beside me Emily said, “Wait, Mamaw, I hear a kitten.”

Sure enough Lucy was sporting a newborn kitten. So Emily and I found something soft in the thrift store and made a bed in the overturned trash can for Lucy and her kitten. Later that day she had four more. So now Lucy and her kittens are quite the attraction for the kids in the community as well as the SWAP volunteers that are housed at ECCO.

Jimmy Holland gave us some garden peas, which were so good with new potatoes. Jimmy must have a green thumb because he raises an awesome garden each year.

Emily has been busy this summer working at ECCO and also for her Mamaw Barb in her pet grooming shop. Emily bagged 100 treat bags for the Whitesburg jail inmates all by herself. All I did along with another volunteer, was fold the top of the bags over and box them up. Some folks think the natural resources that are so prized here in the mountains are our most valuable resources. Not so, it’s our children.

Thought for the day: “A day hemmed in prayer is less likely to unravel.”

News from the Ovenfork Senior Citizens Center by Jewell Maggard:

“Hi, seniors, hope everyone had a wonderful week thanking the Lord for another day of life.

“Some of our seniors had family visiting for Memorial Day. Becky, our daughter, visited us from Dufield, Tenn. She came early and I had intended to make her a big breakfast, but she surprised us and picked up breakfast for all of us on her way here. Although it was a short visit, we had a great weekend enjoying our time together. She left for home Sunday evening.

“I know there were many sad hearts this Memorial Day as we consider those brave soldiers that have perished in the war. Read John 16:33.

“Ruby Adams had a good time in Tennessee fishing with her family and visiting Dollywood.

“Eolia Baptist Mission will be having Vacation Bible School July 13- 17 from 6 to 8 p.m. Call Pastor Lloyd Mullins for details, 633-5015.”

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 Thursday at 6 p.m.; the bus will run. Call 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 Vickie Hudgins, Stephanie Estep, Raymond Kiser, Marilyn and Linuel Sumpter, Judy Branham, Lucy Maggard, Nora and Lillian Walker, Lois Young, Rodney Sturgill, Bear Hissom, Kess “Rusty” Halcomb, Ruth Halcomb, Olivia Blair, Curt Sturgill, Jr. Carter, Pastor Lloyd Mullins, Beryl Brown, Carroll Sumpter, Marie Snell, Dorothy Nease, and Tony 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 and our email address is eccotruth@peoplepc.com.

Until next week from the folks at ECCO, “God bless.”

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