Whitesburg KY

High fuel costs may cause drop in donations


Greetings from the hills and valleys of Eolia and Eolia Christian Outreach. Let us not love (merely) in theory or in speech but in deed and in truth – in practice and in sincerity. 1 John 3:18 AMP

The gas crisis and the crunch on our present economy is beginning to have an effect on ECCO. This month 11 new families signed up for the food pantry program, making a total of 83 families served in our community. The rising cost of fuel could be a challenge for us since much of our donations come from Lexington, Cincinnati, Michigan, and Pennsylvania. One of our sponsors said it cost $1,800 to transport a trailerload of frozen food from Michigan.

Winston McCarty from East Letcher Ministries has very kindly offered to help by sharing surplus food with us each month. We are confident the Lord will make a way for us to support that which He has called us to do. We are now looking into how we can help with another program located in Perry County. It is very exciting when the Lord makes it possible to not only help those in our community and county but also to reach out to those in other counties as well. To God be the glory.

This week at our Eolia Park meeting we drew names for the winners of a handmade quilt, which was won by Elaine McFarland. There was also a drawing for a remote control Chevy truck and a camping mat, won by Bennie Sturgill. The park needs volunteers to help with weedeating this summer. If anyone is interested, call Ray Bird for details. ECCO will be sponsoring the Eolia Park by donating $100 each month to help with the utilities.

June 9 at 7 p.m., at the ECCO community room, UNITE will sponsor a Drug Information Panel Discussion. The following guest speakers will be invited – Judge Jim Ward, Magistrate Bob Lewis, LCC Drug Coordinator Christy Jackson, Deputy Bert Slone, UNITE Coalition Officer Gary Perkins, and a representative from KRCC. Information will be available on where to go to get help if someone has a drug problem, what resources are available in this area, and what are some signs that someone using drugs. There will be an anonymous box for people to put in questions who would like questions answered but do not want to ask them in person. Refreshments will be served. This will be a great opportunity for the community to get information about drug abuse and also have fellowship with friends and neighbors. If you have any questions, contact the Resource Center at 606-633-8160.

The sweetest sound in the world, the cooing of 8-pound and 13-ounce baby girl, Skylar Paig Sexton, is coming from the home of Jeff and Abbie Sexton located at Sandlick. Congratulations to the happy parents, Jeff and Abbie, and also the proud grandparents, Olivia and Billy Blair, Tommy Cook, and Roger and Donna Sexton.

Thought for the day: “The smallest deed is better than the greatest intention.”

News from the Ovenfork Senior Citizens Center by Jewell Maggard:

“Hi seniors, I know there’s a lot of sickness and sadness in our lives but just remember what King Jesus promised us in His word, that one day He would wipe away all our tears. Read Rev. 21:4.

“Everyone had a great time at our senior games. Letcher had 10 cheerleaders of which I was one. Letcher County won the cheerleading contest. After I was telling the ladies at the voting poll how we won first place and as I was going to the office, the Lord spoke to my heart, and said “Why didn’t you give me the praise, for I let you win?” I had to return and tell the ladies what the Lord put on my heart. The Lord is involved in all areas of our life and we must not forget to give Him all glory.

Perry County won second place, Knott County won third. I won the first place in shuffleboard in my age group and Marvin won second. Marvin also won third place in basketball.

“When I went to work Tuesday and wrote down the date May 20, I realized it was mine and Marvin’s 41st wedding anniversary. Neither of us had remembered. We both had a big laugh.

“Let us remember that Jesus will help us if we will humble ourselves. Happy days.”

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: Judy Branham, Lucy Maggard, Nora and Lillian Walker, Lois Young, Rodney Sturgill, Bear Hissom, Kess “Rusty” Halcomb, Ruth Halcomb, Olivia Blair, Curt Sturgill, Jr. Carter, Pastor Lloyd Mullins, Beryl Brown, Caroll Sumpter, Dorothy Nease, Marie Snell, and 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 by writing to ECCO, 135 Emily Lane, Eolia, Ky. 40826 or our e-mail is eccotruth@peoplepc.com. Until next week from the folks at ECCO, “God bless.”

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