Whitesburg KY

ECCO’s door is always open for those in need

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

Rejoice evermore. In everything give thanks: for this is the will of God in Christ Jesus concerning you.” 1 Thessalonians 5:16,18

We were visited by Holly and Mike Bowmen, a lovely couple from the Wayne Presbyterian Church located in Wooster, Ohio. They arrived with a box truck loaded with plastic items from Rubbermaid such as trash cans, storage containers, etc. We had such a nice visit and during the conversation Holly mentioned about when the outreach was located in the back of Shortstop, where their church first began to sponsor us, thanks to Sharman who told them about ECCO, since that was her home church. Listening to Holly brought back a flood of memories of the joyful times when a group of us made quilts for each bed at Letcher Manor Nursing Home and made fruit baskets at Christmas in an area so small we could barely turn around. Our thrift store and pantry were located in one room, and the old saying, “packed tight as sardines,” well, that was an understatement. But this was how we operated for about 15 years before the Lord blessed us with the wonderful facility we have today.

We are truly grateful for being so blessed, but more important is that we never forget why we do what we do. Which is to honor God and be a blessing to people. We are raising money to expand ECCO but that is not our priority. Our primary goal is to reach out to those in need in our community and county.

I know when I say our door is always open to help those in need with whatever means available, I also speak for all the hardworking, kind volunteers at ECCO. As retirement draws nearer, I’m looking forward to spending more time at the center doing what I love.

Thought for the day: “It is good to remember that the tea kettle, although up to its neck in hot water, continues to sing.”

News from the Ovenfork Senior Citizens Center by Jewel Maggard:

“Hi, seniors, do you ever think of how wonderful the Lord protects us from harm each day? I ask the Lord to take care of me as I deliver lunches to our seniors. I pray for Carmen when she’s driving the senior citizens bus, to take care of her and I know our seniors pray for us. I’m so blessed that as soon as I go to bed I fall asleep. Read Proverbs 1:33.

“Jean Hunsucker was visited by her sister, Nina, and daughter, Terry. They went to church and later had dinner with Jean.

“Elaine McFarland has birds for sale. If interested, call 633- 4146 after 2 p.m. They are beautiful birds.

“Ruby Adams cooked dinner at home and delivered it to the center for everyone who comes in to eat. She had fried chicken, sweet potatoes, green beans, creamed corn, slaw, potato salad, cornbread and biscuits. For dessert we had strawberry pie and pig-picking cake. It was the best meal I ever had.

“Iona Scott ate lunch with us and we’re so glad she’s feeling better. Let us all be thankful for the Lord’s protection this week.

“Birthdays for May: Virsie Delph and Mae Fields. Pray for our seniors.”

Community bulletin board: Rockvine Baptist Church youth meets every Thursday at 6 p.m. Bus will run, call 633-4948. Eolia Community Park Committee meets the third Tuesday of each month at 7 p.m. at ECCO. All are welcome. Cumberland River Volunteer Fire Department meets at 11 a.m. the second Sunday of each month at the Partridge Station. Volunteers welcome. Partridge Lions Club meets 6:30 p.m. the first and third Thursday of each month at the Ovenfork Senior Citizens Center. Come and bring a guest. ECCO’s thrift store is open M-W-F, 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. and is open the first Saturday of each month by Shelly Folley from 12 to 2 p.m. All are welcome. ECCO’s cookbook Mountain Tastes & Treasures is available by sending $13 to ECCO, 135 Emily Lane, Eolia, Ky. 40826

This week our prayer list include: Curt Sturgill, Geneva Tolliver, Kess “Rusty” Halcomb, Ruth Halcomb, Randy Niece, Dorothy Nease, Jr. Carter, Lucy Maggard, Ralph Crane, Doug Bird, 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. Until next week from the folks at ECCO, “God Bless.”

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