Whitesburg KY

Ladies are guests at Valentine’s dinner


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

“For if ye forgive men their trespasses, your heavenly Father will also forgive you: But if ye forgive not men their trespasses, neither will your Father forgive your trespasses.” Matthew 6:14,15

As I sit here typing this weeks column, the sun is coming up with the promise of a lovely warm day, which everyone has been longing for. The snow is almost completely gone and the forecast promises us three days of spring weather.

We were happy to see our dear friends Sheldon and Marie Starr, along with friends Gary and Elaine Myers from Chambersburg as they stayed at ECCO for a few days’ visit. We were also glad to see that Sheldon is recovering well from his hand injury and is starting to use a prosthesis.

The ladies of the church from the Eolia Baptist Mission were treated to a Valentine’s dinner where we were served a steak dinner at the fellowship hall cooked by the men. They wouldn’t let us lift a finger to help, as they held our chairs, served our drinks, and hovered in attendance. I’ve never seen so many smiling women at one time. That was different, but I think I could get used to it real fast. The room was decorated beautifully by Georgia Dickerson.

ECCO wishes to thank the many volunteers that helped with our food delivery by using their trucks for the pickup at Cumberland, and helping load and again unload. It was an all-day job in the snow and cold and we really appreciate these guys for their help.

Thought for the day: “To forgive is to set a prisoner free and discover the prisoner was you.”

News from the Ovenfork Senior Citizens Center by Jewell Maggard:

“Hi seniors, hope everyone is doing well. We had six inches of snow at my house and I didn’t get to work for two days. But I must say I really enjoyed being home.

“When you pray do you believe God will answer your prayer? Do you sometimes give up when it seems no answer is coming? I’ve learned that God answers our prayer during His time, not ours. I’ve learned to continue in prayer until that prayer is answered and then thank God for the answer. Marvin and I have been praying for a couple for three years now to be saved, and every night we would lift them up to God in prayer. Three weeks ago they were saved. Our prayers were answered. Please don’t give up on prayers that haven’t been answered. Read Matthew 21:22

“Becky and Dean called from Tennessee and they’ve also been battling the snow, but Dean was able to make it to work.

“I’m glad to report that our seniors are doing better. Ruby Adams is over her bronchitis. Peggy Sturgill’s potassium level has been high but is now back to normal. Jean Sturgill went to a foot specialist and will be having surgery in April. Richard McFarland is happy to be home from rehabilitation.

“I heard from my good friends, Anna Lou Combs and Cromer, and we enjoyed a good chat.

“Have a happy week.”

Community Bulletin Board: Kids Time each Friday at ECCO 10-11:15 a.m., Good News Club each Wednesday 6:30-7:30 p.m. at the Eolia Mission 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 Dept. meets 11 a.m. the second. Sunday of each month at the Partridge Station, volunteers welcome. Rockvine Baptist Youth meets each Wednesday at 6 p.m., Bible study also at 6 p.m. — bus will run. Call Mindy at 589-6226 or Linda at 633-4948. Partridge Lions Club meets 6:30 p.m. the first and 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 at ECCO, 7 p.m.

This week our prayer list includes Seth Collins, Barb Shelton, Liz Sturgill, Stephanie Estep, Raymond Kiser, Judy Branham, Jean Hampton, Lucy Maggard, Jean Hunsucker, Lillian and Nora Walker, Kess “Rusty” Halcomb, Ruth Halcomb, Olivia Blair, Jack and Marie Snell, 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, our President and the leaders of our country, all the children hurt by war, and the ministry of ECCO.

Our address is 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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