Whitesburg KY

Holiday season starts a little early at ECCO

Greetings to all from the Eolia Christian Community Outreach Center.

“Your word is a lamp to my feet and a light to my path.” Psalm 119:105.

We have been blessed with so many Christmas items this year that we’ll be starting the holiday season at ECCO a little earlier then usual. This week we’ll start putting out a few things, but the biggest and best will be Nov. 11, 12, and 13, from 10-2 p.m.

We’ll be having Christmas open house at the ECCO Thrift Store with tons of Christmas items, free refreshments, and drawings for two ECCO $50 gift certificates.

This week we were happy to host Paul Papanek, a retired schoolteacher, counselor, and psychologist from Dayton, Oh., who worked 45 years in education. Paul is also a wood carver who gave classes to students at the Arlie Boggs Elementary School.

Paul’s hobby in woodcarving also takes him to the inner city of Dayton and Standing Rock Indian Reservation in South Dakota.

We are so blessed to have folks like Paul who are interested in helping our school and community.

Some of our friends and community members have been ill or injured and we ask your prayers for the following.

June Maggard had a heart attack but is back home and on the mend. June is such a hearty soul it’s hard to imagine she’ll be down for long.

Jan Galloway fell while running errands for Saving Grace Homeless Shelter and fractured her hip. There’s another tough cookie. Her sister Jane has threatened to hide her car keys.


Verdell Sturgill has been in the hospital a few days and is now home feeling much better. He said he just needed an oil change.

You know Brother Verdell, he just keeps on keeping on.

With that I’ll close with this thought for the day: Encouragement is like premium gasoline. It helps take the knock out of living.

This week our prayer list includes June Maggard, Jimmy Maggard, Jan Galloway, Verdell Sturgill, Collettia Estep, Shirley Lewis, Betty Terry, Betty Maggard, Clay Sturgill, Gloria Beachy, Garland Couch, Nora Walker, Marie Snell, and Brenda Gross.

Also lift up in prayer those struggling with alcohol and drug addiction, may they be delivered; our military troops around the world; our President, and the leaders of our country, the Untied States; all the children hurt by war, and the ministry of ECCO.

Until next time from the folks at ECCO, God bless.

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