Whitesburg KY

Folks like having picture taken with bear


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

By this shall all men know that ye are my disciples, if ye have love one to another. John 13:35

We were deeply saddened by the death of Doug Bird, son of ECCO Board Member Ray Bird. Doug fought a long and difficult illness with a smile and an amazing good attitude. He left a void that cannot be filled. We extend deepest sympathy to his family.

We also extend sympathy to Timmy and Heather Maggard and their families for the loss of their infant son, Timothy Vernice Lee Maggard.

We have received lots of compliments on the painting of a bear done by Pam Shelton at Eolia Community Park. Folks love having their picture taken with the bear, especially children. Hats off to Pam Shelton for a job truly well done.

ECCO hosted a church group from Lexington and friends Paul Yoder and George Brenneman from Colorado. The church group added a porch to the new addition and Paul and George have been busy drywalling the addition for the thrift store. It looks like we’re about to tie up the loose ends to all the construction that’s been going on all summer.

We’ll be having a bible study beginning Oct. 15 at 7:30 p.m., taught by Pastor Dave Hammond at ECCO. Everyone is invited. The subject lesson will be “The Joy of the Lord.”

Stephanie has another children’s program in the works beginning in November at ECCO, but I’ll tell you about that a little later.

Don’t forget the yard sale Thursday, Friday, and Saturday. I just got word that we’re receiving a large shipment of dolls for the yard sale. These would make great Christmas gifts. We also will have a large assortment of really good winter clothing along with lots of baby stuff. We are still receiving truckloads of unexpected items so we may have a few surprises yet.

Thought for the day: “It’s good to be a Christian and know it, but it’s better to be a Christian and show it.”

News from the Ovenfork Senior Citizens Center by Jewell Maggard:

“Hi, seniors, hope everyone had a wonderful week. We are all so blessed.

“A lot of folks have been suffering with bronchitis including me and Marvin. But we are trusting in Jesus no matter if we’re sick or well. Read Psalm 121:7-8

“The quilting ladies are working on a Wedding Ring quilt owned by Peggy Sturgill, which was set up by her mother.

“Linda and Johnny Curry gave us pumpkins from their garden.

“Remember Ruby Adams in prayer; she’s been having back problems for about three weeks now.

“Jean Hunsucker celebrated with her sister, Nina Hobbs, for her birthday. Nina was 82 years young.

“Several of our seniors are having health problems. Please keep them in your prayers.

“I missed going to church last Sunday, and when I returned this week the kids ran and gave me a big hug. What a wonderful blessing. That just made my day.”

Community bulletin board: Rockvine Baptist Church youth group meets every Thursday at 6 p.m.; the bus will run. Call 633-4948. Neighborhood Watch meets the third Thursday of each month at 6 p.m. at ECCO. We encourage everyone to attend. The Eolia Community Park Committee meets the third Thursday 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 first and third Thursday of each month at the Ovenfork Senior Citizen Center. Come and bring a guest. ECCO’s thrift store is open MW F, 10. All are welcome.

This week our prayer list includes: The family of Doug Bird, the family of infant Timothy Vernice Lee Maggard, Pastor Lloyd Mullins, Oliver Blair, Kathy Carter, Judy Sturgill, Bear Hissom, Curt Sturgill, Jr. Carter, Kess “Rusty” Halcomb, Ruth Halcomb, Ralph Crane, Dorothy Nease, Brenda Gross, 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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