Whitesburg KY

ECCO running out of walls to paint


Greetings to all from the Eolia Christian Community Outreach Center.

“My grace is sufficient for you, for my power is made perfect in weakness.” 2 Corinthians 12:9.

During these snow days we’ve been trying to catch up on some painting at ECCO, and B.J. is now beginning to paint the thrift store. I’m afraid if this weather continues we’re going to run out of walls to paint.

Tony had a doctor’s appointment at Pikeville recently, and we went in spite of a snowstorm that had cars and large trucks parked off the four lane. Some of our friends were astonished that we went in such bad weather and didn’t hesitate to tell us so.

I just replied with the fact Tony and I have been through so much the last three years, driving through a snowstorm was a piece of cake. Although I wouldn’t advise anyone to do it, I was glad we went because they were able to diagnose some of Tony’s side effects to be high potassium levels and were able to prescribe medication for it.

When returning home and as we turned into Emily Lane, we were pleasantly surprised to see B.J. Kilbourne had just finished snow plowing our lane. That boy is a keeper.

Cooped up in the house so long has brought out the Paula Dean in me, and I’ve been cooking up a storm. I made a Twinkie cake, an oldie but goodie.

I hear there are sweet, cooing sounds coming from the home of Phillip and Beth Little at Cowan. Congratulations to Phillip and Beth on the birth of 8 pound, 6 1/2 ounce baby girl, Maggie Elizabeth, recently born at Whitesburg A.R.H.

Congratulations also to the proud grandparents, Charlie and Glennis Little, and Jan and Fran Sexton, and great-grandparents Earl and Betty Terry. There’s nothing any better than a new baby in the house.

Talking to Mable Gilliam, I learned earlier in the day she was taken to the emergency room by her good neighbor Ted Corder. She had become dizzy and fell in the bathroom, bruising her chin. She was diagnosed with an inner ear infection. We ask everyone to remember Mable in your prayers.

Although for a while we were concerned for Rodney Sturgill, he is recovering quite well from gallbladder surgery. Rodney is an ECCO volunteer and we look forward to having him back soon.

Marie Coleman from FRYSC would like everyone to know that Arlie Boggs Elementary Middle School Academic Team competed in the KAAC Governor’s Cup District tournament Jan. 23, and that the middle school team is the champion of the 88th District. It is a great honor to win this districtwide.

Food City School Bucks will end May 1, so please continue using your Food City Card and make sure you have registered Arlie Boggs Elementary School.

The FRYSC saves Box Tops and Labels for Education all year. Please send them to the school. The FRYSC purchases diff erent classroom items with these extra resources.

This is census year, and everyone needs to fill out the form when it comes to their home. This helps everyone in Letcher County by bringing in extra funding for local, state and federal funding programs.

Due to the weather we have cancelled Bible Study at ECCO until next month. Our teacher works for UPS, and with the bad weather his workdays can sometimes be long.

As soon as the weather breaks we’ll resume work on the chapel and a dozen more little jobs. But for the time being all we can do is take a deep breath, relax and remember what the scripture says. “To everything there is a season, a time for every purpose under heaven.”

With that I’ll leave you with a quote from speaker and Christian author Beth Moore: “We are never stronger than the moment we admit we are weak.”

Community Bulletin Board: Good News Club Wednesday 6:30–7:30 p.m. at the Eolia Mission for children 3 and up; Kid’s Time Friday 10-11:15 a.m. at ECCO; Cumberland River Volunteer Fire Department meets the second Sunday of each month 11 a.m. at the Partridge station, volunteers welcome. Partridge Lions Club meets the first and third Tuesday of each month, 6:30 p.m. at the Ovenfork Senior Citizen, come and bring a guest.

This week our prayer list includes: Judy Branham, Mable Gilliam, Garland Couch, Judy McKnight, Bent Shepherd, Richard McFarland, Don Brown, Bear Hissom, Raymond Kiser, Ralph Nease, Lucy Maggard, Stephanie Estep, Lillian and Nora Walker, Pat Shelton, Roger Shelton, Jack and Marie Snell, Sheldon and Marie Starr, Dorothy Nease, Helen Chapman, Tony and Brenda Gross.

Also to be lifted up in prayer are those enslaved to drugs and alcohol, may they be delivered; our troops in Afghanistan and Iraq; the United States; our President and the leaders of our country; all the children hurt by war; and the ministry of ECCO.

Our email is eccotruth@ att.net.

Until next week, from myself and the folks at ECCO, God bless.

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