Whitesburg KY

Good things happen when people work together


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

Now after Jesus was born in Bethlehem of Judea in the days of Herod the king, behold, wise men from the east came to Jerusalem, saying, “Where is He who has been born King of the Jews? For we have seen His star in the east and have come to worship Him.” Matthew 2:1,2

The community of Eolia is mourning the loss of two mothers and grandmothers, Louvinna Sturgill and Geneva Tolaver. Both women were loved and respected by all and their passing will leave a void in the church, community and hearts of those who knew them. Their families have our deepest sympathy.

It’s hard to believe but Christmas is almost here and this month has flown by for us folks at ECCO. That’s what staying busy does, it makes the time seem to fly. And busy we have been. A lovely candlelight Christmas service was held at the ECCO community room for our Bible study group with about 20 people present. Minister Roger Burke read the Christmas story followed by Stephanie playing the keyboard as we sang carols of praise. Afterward everyone enjoyed delicious food and good fellowship.

The Eolia Park Committee met at ECCO’s community room and the drawing was held for the gas card in the amount of $100. Congratulations to Bill Kilbourne, the lucky winner. The committee voted to proceed with plans to install restrooms at the park this spring by sending the permit fee to Frankfort and to hire a lab from Pikeville to test the water, which is required by the state. We were happy to learn the funds had come through to proceed with this long-awaited project. Hats off to the diligent teamwork of the park committee for working so well together on this project. See what can happen when a few people work together to better their community.

Also, we were pleasantly surprised with a donation of food items from the Double Kwik stores located in the Whitesburg area. This was the result of a food drive sponsored by employees of Double Kwik stores in Letcher County. A big thank you to the Double Kwik stores, the employees, and all those that donated food for considering ECCO in their giving. ECCO volunteers were told that a total of 10,000 items of food were collected. Anther example of what can be accomplished when people work together for a good cause. Hats off to all.

Thought for the day: “Wise men still seek Him.”

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.

This week our prayer list includes: the families of Louvinna Sturgill and Geneva Tolaver, Ellis Maggard, Sheldon Starr, Vernell Burton, Seth Collins, Barb Shelton, Stephanie Estep, Marie and Jack Snell, Kess “Rusty” Halcomb, Ruth Halcomb, Judy Branham, Olivia Blair, Lucy Maggard, Nora and Lillian Walker, Raymond Kiser, 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 at eccotruth@peoplepc.com.

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

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