Whitesburg KY

Getting ready for Christmas


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

Whatever your hand finds to do, do with your might. Ecclesiastes 9:10

Something I read this week kind of stuck in my mind, which I’d like to share with you. A quote from C.S. Lewis, “We ought to give thanks for all fortune: if it is ‘good’ because it is ‘good,’ if ‘bad’ because it works in us patience, humility, and the contempt of this world and the hope of our eternal country.”

All the folks on Emily Lane had a good Thanksgiving dinner with family and friends. Pete and Stephanie were visited by Pete’s parents from Canada. We had dinner with Mark and Liz along with her parents, Barb and Bill, and grandchildren.

Again as in years past, we at ECCO are happily preparing for our Christmas projects. It has always been a tradition at ECCO for the volunteers to meet throughout the year and during the holiday season to wrap and put together gifts for our clients. Even though it is a busy time of year for everyone, it is something we all look forward to doing. It also accomplishes one of the goals set by ECCO – to bring the community together.

The addition to our thrift store is finished and filled with lots of clothes, furniture and toys. We also have a huge amount of new and used Christmas items. Everything from wreathes, ornaments, tablecloths, candles, placemats and much more is available at very low cost. Our thrift store hours are Monday, Wednesday and Friday from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. Everyone is welcome. Now that our thrift store is larger we are able to carry some good used furniture.

I received a phone call from Holly Bowman. Holly and her husband, Mike, are members of the Wayne Presbyterian Church in Wooster, Ohio, and are longtime supporters of ECCO. Holly has already started a collecting campaign of clothes, household items and especially furniture for ECCO to be delivered this spring. Holly has a zest for life and amazing energy to match. She cares for a husband and two children, works two jobs, is very active in her church and in her spare time she does work for ECCO. And she does it all very well. We are truly blessed to have Holly, Mike and their church on our team.

Thought for the day: “If a task is once begun, never leave it till it’s done. Be the labor great or small, do it well or not at all.”

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 Tuesday of each month at 6 p.m. at ECCO. We encourage everyone to attend. The Eolia Community Park Committee meets the third Tuesday 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 third Thursday of each month at the Ovenfork Senior Citizen Center. Come and bring a guest.

This week our prayer list include: Mary Walker, Olivia Blair, April Hearld, Bear Hissom, Curt Sturgill, Jr. Carter, Kess “Rusty” Halcomb, Ruth Halcomb, Ralph Crane, Mable Gilliam, Dale Parsons, Dudley Short, 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.

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

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