Greeting from the hills and valleys of Eolia and the Eolia Christian Community Outreach.
But those who wait on the Lord shall renew their strength; they shall mount up with wings like eagles, they shall run and not be weary, they shall walk and not faint. Isaiah 40:31
The folks at ECCO are receiving a well-deserved Christmas break for a few days as we closed Dec. 24, reopening Jan. 5.
Also to reopen in January under new management is what was formerly the Shortstop Grocery. A young couple from the community will be the new owners and are very excited about embarking on a new business venture. Tentatively speaking, their new hours will be from 6 a.m. to 8 p.m. Everyone we know is happy that we’ll again have a country store and grill in our community and is looking forward to becoming regular patrons. Right now they are busy getting all the necessary red tape completed, and I’ll have more details next week.
Amy L. Bates, guidance counselor for Arlie Boggs Elementary School, was happy to welcome Freddie Maggard, a native of Eolia and former UK quarterback, to speak to the ABE students during Red Ribbon Day at school. He was presented by the ABE UNITE Club with a drug-free shirt that displayed ABE UNITE Club member. Amy says she appreciates Freddie taking a day off work, and driving from Frankfort at no cost to the school to speak to the students of ABE. He spoke to the students on the importance of staying drug free, reaching goals, and setting good examples for others. Although he lives and works at Frankfort, it’s so good of Freddie to remember the folks back home.
ABE also wants to thank Jim T. Whitaker, a Vietnam veteran, for spending time during the Veterans Day celebration to discuss his experiences as a soldier in the Vietnam War with Cecil Foley’s social studies class.
Hats off to both Freddie and Jim for being role models to the children in our community.
ECCO had a visit from Mike Burton, the new deputy assigned to patrol the Eolia and Cumberland River area. Mike also visited the Ovenfork Senior Citizens Center and was warmly welcomed by all with a big round of applause. Sheriff Danny Webb told our Neighborhood Watch Committee several months ago he was trying to get a deputy for this side of the mountain, and true to his promise he did. Thanks, Danny.
Tony and I along with Liz and Rodney Sturgill and their granddaughter, Ashley, had a delicious meal at the Mexican restaurant in Cumberland. (I’d tell you the name of the restaurant, but I can’t pronounce it, much less spell it.) Afterward we enjoyed a wonderful play at the Cumberland Church of God, called “Christmas in the Park”, where our good friend, Ray Bird, gave a star performance as a homeless man. We sat up front so we would be sure and see Ray in his shining moment. Tony and I both laughed until tears rolled down Tony’s cheeks and my jaw ached. This is truly Hollywood’s loss.
Thought for the day: “Laughter is the brush that sweeps away the cobwebs of the heart.”
Community Bulletin Board: Kids Time each Friday at ECCO 10-11:15 a.m., Good News Club each Wednesday 6:30-7:30 p.m. at the Eolia Mission 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 Dept. meets 11 a.m. the second. Sunday of each month at the Partridge Station, volunteers welcome. Rockvine Baptist Youth meets each Wednesday at 6 p.m., Bible study also at 6 p.m. — bus will run. Call Mindy at 589-6226 or Linda at 633-4948. Partridge Lions Club meets 6:30 p.m. the first and third of each month at the Ovenfork Senior Citizen Center. Come and bring a guest. Eolia Park Committee meets the third Tuesday of each month at ECCO, 7 p.m.
This week our prayer list includes Seth Collins, Barb Shelton, Josh Lewis, Stephanie Estep, Raymond Kiser, Judy Branham, Lucy Maggard, Lillian and Nora Walker, Bear Hissom, Kess “Rusty” Halcomb, Ruth Halcomb, Olivia Blair, Jack and Marie Snell, Dorothy Nease 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 email@example.com.
Until next week from the folks at ECCO, “God bless.”