Whitesburg KY

ECCO volunteers care about people


Greetings to all from the Eolia Christian Community Outreach Center.

“Commit thy way unto the Lord; trust also in Him; and He shall bring it to pass.”

With the temperature continuing to drop, it’s a signal to bring in the houseplants, check out any unwrapped water lines and turn on the heater in the pump house. This Saturday Steve and Doug are busy on the new pump house for ECCO, which will also be used as extra storage for our pantry.

We are very happy to welcome Jan Galloway as the newest member to our family of volunteers. This week she sorted and put clothes on hangers, gave out about 200 10-pound bags of potatoes to local residents, and helped make friendship angels. And to think when she started she made the comment, “I may not be able to do much, but I’ll be glad to do what I can.” Which only goes to show, if one has a willing and giving heart, it’s amazing how and where God can use you.

Paul Swartze came through with his fall trailer load of clothing and household items for our thrift store. A big thanks to Paul and Chester for their devoted service to ECCO.

This summer SWAP worked on the home of Tim and Brenda Collins and they told Steve to call if he ever needed them, they would love to give back for the help given to them. Since Steve knew he’d be out of town, he requested they help with unloading the trailer. I was very touched that strangers would come from Jenkins and work as they did to help us out. I must say they were two of the hardest working people I’ve ever met. It’s heartbreaking to see people so eager to work but unable to find a job.

I also want to thank volunteer Bennie Sturgill for locating a spare tire, free of charge, for our trailer. During a food run one of the guys put the spare tire against the building and forgot to put it back. And, guess what — it went missing. We again have a spare tire thanks to Bennie and the person who donated it.

This week we had a pantry inspection from God’s Pantry and received an ‘Excellent’ rating. This is largely due to the work and diligence of the folks that help with the stocking and storing. ECCO has a good team of volunteers, because they care about people.

With that I’ll close with this thought for the day. Be kind. Every person you meet is fighting a difficult battle.

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 11a.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 friend. Bible study each Monday evening at 7:00 at ECCO, all welcome.

Our prayer list includes Willie Adams, June Maggard, Gracie Mast, Leonard Smith, Gloria Beachey, Jean Hampton, Pearl Baker, Betty Maggard, David Combs, Carolyn and Garland Couch, Gay Sturgill, Hannah Burke, Betty Terry, Ted Corder, Don Brown, Marie Snell, Ruby Sturgill, 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 week from the folks at ECCO, God bless.

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