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Former UK quarterback visits Arlie Boggs Elementary


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

For unto us a Child is born, Unto us a Son is given; And the government will be upon His shoulder. And his name shall be called Wonderful, Counselor, Mighty God, Everlasting Father, Prince of Peace. The New King James Version

Last week began in the little valley of Eolia with a cold wind delivering snow showers so heavy a times it felt like being in a snow globe. Emily was jumping with joy anticipating a sled ride down the hill behind the barn, which she enjoys doing each winter along with her dad and older sister, Cortney. But much to her disappointment, the snow stopped as quickly as it started. I assured her that winter was just beginning and a sled ride was just around the corner.

We’ve been so busy at ECCO I’ve barely been able to keep up with the days of the week, but our projects are beginning to wind down thanks to the help of loyal volunteers who have gone the extra mile.

Thanks to Valerie Saurer for e-mailing me a copy of the Arlie Boggs Elementary School newsletter. I can now keep you more informed about the happenings at the school.

Here is some school news:

“Bulldog Buddies on 103.9 — Bulldog Buddies has once again resumed on 103.9. The radio program is a student-generated school update that is broadcast weekly on the local radio station. The county schools rotate monthly to give each school the opportunity to participate. The program airs on Wednesday at 6.05 p.m. and Saturday at 11:05 a.m. The students are responsible for writing, collecting, and reading the information that is broadcast on the program.

“The PTO penny drive was a huge success this year. ABE students raised around $700 to support PTO activities for this school year. We appreciate all the parents and students who helped to make this fundraiser a success.

“FRYSC has arranged for Santa to come to ABE to give each child a gift this year. The date has not yet been determined. Volunteer record checks are also back. Please contact Marie at the FRYSC for more information. “Upcoming dates: Dec. 11 Camp Nathaniel Christmas program at 1:45 p.m. Dec. 12, Whitesburg Christmas Parade 5 p.m. Christmas in the Park at Whitesburg walking track to be held after the Whitesburg Christmas Parade. Dec. 19, school Christmas program 1 p.m. Classroom special snack. Dec. 22-Jan. 2 Holiday break.

“On Nov. 3, former University of Kentucky quarterback and ABE alum Freddie Maggard visited the school to give students a message about drug prevention and setting goals. Freddie talked to students about the importance of always avoiding drugs and staying on a good path. He also talked to the students about setting high goals and pursuing them. His inspirational message was enjoyed by all the students in primary through middle. ABE appreciates Freddie for taking time out of his busy schedule to visit with our students.

“The staff at ABE would like to wish everyone a very merry Christmas and happy New Year.”

Community bulletin board: ECCO Bible study Monday, 7 p.m., at ECCO community room. Kids’ Time each Friday at ECCO 10 to 11:15 a.m. Good News Club each Wednesday at the Eolia Mission 6:30 to 7:30 p.m. for children 3 and up. Call 633- 5015 for transportation. Neighborhood Watch Meeting 7 p.m. the second Tuesday of each month at ECCO. Cumberland River Volunteer Fire Department meets 11 a.m. the second. Sunday of each month at the Partridge station. Volunteers welcome. Rockvine Baptist Church youth meets each Wednesday at 6 p.m.; the bus will run. Call Mindy at (606) 589-6226 or Linda at 633-4948. Partridge Lions Club meets 6:30 p.m. the third of each month at the Ovenfork Senior Citizens Center; come and bring a guest. Eolia Park Committee meets the third Tuesday of each month 7 p.m. at ECCO.

A quote from Charles Stanley, “Jesus Christ, the Son of God, willingly left heaven, came to earth, and took on human flesh in order to be a Savior. What a reason to rejoice!”

This week our prayer list includes: Vernell Burton, Tony Blair, Seth Collins, Barb Shelton, Josh Lewis, Stephanie Estep, Raymond Kiser, Judy Branham, Lucy Maggard, Lillian and Nora Walker, Curt Sturgill, Marie and Jack Snell, Kess “Rusty” Halcomb, Ruth Halcomb, Olivia Blair, Geneva Tolaver, Dorothy Nease, Bear Hissom, and Brenda Gross.

Also to be lifted up in prayer are 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.

You may contact us by writing to ECCO, 135 Emily Lane, Eolia, Ky. 40826 or email us at eccotruth@peoplepc.com.

Until next week from the folks at ECCO, “God bless.”

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