Whitesburg KY

ECCO preparing for Christmas


Greetings to all from the Eolia Christian Community Outreach Center.

“Jesus answered, ‘Verily, verily, I say unto thee, except a man be born again, he cannot see the kingdom of God.’” John 3:3

As summer winds down and the SWAP season is over, all is suddenly quiet with most everyone gone on vacation. It’s very peaceful to sit on the porch just listening to the quiet and enjoying the cool breeze coming down the hollow.

I always enjoy the folks who visit and work so hard each summer to help with much needed home repairs. I greatly admire people willing to sacrifice a week of their summer crawling around under floors or work in blistering heat on top a roof to help low-income families with home repairs.

Last Sunday evening, our ECCO chapel group enjoyed a message from John Doug Hays from Pikeville, and guest singer Bobby Howard.

Tuesday, Amy and I went shopping for our yearly supply of home health products, which we make into gift bags for Christmas. It’s always interesting how people react when purchasing 60 bath towels and 120 washcloths. Twice I was asked if the store was having a sale on towels. And when checking out 60 lotions, shampoos, deodorant, etc., most cashiers are curious about our project. When I tell them it’s for Christmas, the reaction is always the same. “Christmas, this early?” Oh, if only they knew, and only the volunteers at ECCO know what I’m talking about.

Jan Galloway, a regular at our thrift store, plays a word game where she sees how many word can be made from a name or title. So far she has made 168 words from Eolia Christian Community Outreach.

This week we received a load of sweet potatoes, cabbage, and watermelons, and I want to thank Tim and Lisa Preston and their son Gary and girlfriend Vanessa for handing them out Friday to folks in the community.

Also, a big thanks to my daughter-in-law Amy for painting the pantry and thrift store floors. She did the job in two evenings after coming from her regular job .

Emily recently told me she was diagnosed with asthma. She is unable to participate in sports at this time and will be undergoing some further tests for her heart and lungs. Those of you reading this who have grandchildren know exactly where I am right now. I know The Mountain Eagle has thousands of readers, and if by chance you happen to read this, I’m asking you to please lift Emily up in your prayers.

With that I’ll close with this thought for the day. If it were not for hope, the heart would break.

Community Bulletin Board: Sunday evening worship service at ECCO’s Chapel at 6:00, all welcome; Cumberland River Volunteer Fire Department meets the second Sunday at 11 a.m. at the Partridge station, 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, all welcome.

Our prayer list includes Emily Gross, Gloria Beachey, Roger Shelton, Jean Hampton, Pearl Baker, Betty Maggard, David Combs, Allen Profit, Carolyn and Garland Couch, Gay Sturgill, Nancy Oak’s sister, Hannah Burke, Betty Terry, Ted Corder, Don Brown, Marie Snell, Juanita and Phyllis Boggs, Ruby Sturgill, Baby Corbin and family, Nora Walker and Brenda Gross.

Also lift up in prayer all those struggling with drug and alcohol addiction, may they be delivered, our military troops around the world, Israel and the conflict in Egypt, 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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