Whitesburg KY

Grandparents can learn much from grandchildren


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

Not that I speak, in respect of want: for I have learned, in whatsoever state I am, therewith to be content. Philippians 4:11

Last week was spring break for the schools, and although it rained most of the week, Emily and I stayed busy cooking up goodies and working at the outreach. One of the joys, among many, of being a grandma is making a dessert while a grandchild sits with eyes shining waiting to “lick the bowl” as we call it here in the mountains. Oftentimes we can learn so much about the goodness of God through our grandchildren. Through their sweet innocence they can speak volumes to us about what’s important in life.

For instance while Emily and I were sorting items to put in the outreach thrift store, she comes up to me with a tie and asks if she can get it for her dad. Now, Mark hardly ever wears a tie, but I replied “of course you can, honey.” But what I found really touching was when she came over with four small pocket-size New Testaments and asked if she could have one for each of her family. Looking into those sincere brown eyes, I could hardly hold back the tears. I think if we listen more to our young children and grandchildren we may get a closer look at who the person of Jesus is.

We were happy to welcome ECCO sponsor Mike Rouiler from the Trinity Church of Christ in Cincinnati. Mike came bearing gifts of a computer for the upstairs and several vintage items for our e-bay sales. Mike is a retired scientist with the EPA. At the request of Marie Coleman from the Arlie Boggs Elementary Family Resource Center, he plans to come back sometime in the future and talk to the students at Arlie Boggs about his career as a scientist and working with the Environmental Protection Agency. We sure meet some interesting people through ECCO.

Thought for the day: “Contentment isn’t getting what we want but being satisfied with what we have.”

News from the Ovenfork Senior Citizens Center by Jewel Maggard:

“Hi seniors, it’s another beautiful day to worship our Lord. There are a lot of sick folks in our world, but we must be patient when troubles of this life knock us down. Read Gal. 6:9

“Some of our seniors have been seeing it pretty tough here lately and stand in need of our prayers. Virgie Delph fell in her home and broke her foot. Yvonne Mullins fell outside and broke her leg. Richard McFarland is not doing well and his wife Elaine pulled a muscle in her back. Thankfully we have a mighty God that can heal anytime and bring us back on that mountaintop in his timing.

“We’re glad to see Jean Hunsucker is improving after her stroke. Her family is so good to bring her to the center for lunch. We’re so sorry to hear Bill Hampton had a heart attack. He is receiving treatment we hope he’ll have a speedy recovery.

“May we always remember each other in prayer and everyone have a wonderful week, laughing, singing and praying to the Lord.”

Community bulletin board: Neighborhood Watch meeting at ECCO the second Monday of each month at 7 p.m. Rockvine Baptist Church youth group meets every Thursday at 6 p.m.; the bus will run. Call 633-4948. 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 includes: Barbara Shelton, Marie Starr, Nora and Lillian Walker, Lois Young, Bear Hissom, Kess “Rusty” Halcomb, Ruth Halcomb, Olivia Blair, Sue Cook, Mae Maggard, Geneva Tolavar, Jr. Carter, Curt Sturgill, Pastor Lloyd Mullins, Beryl Brown, Dorothy Nease, Tony 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 at ECCO, 135 Emily Lane, Eolia, Ky. 40826 Our e-mail is eccotruth@peoplepc.com.

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

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