Whitesburg KY

Large group turns out for Neighborhood Watch meeting


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

But I say unto you, Love your enemies, bless them that curse you, do good to them that hate you, and pray for them which despitefully use you, and persecute you. Matthew 5:44

We’ve been so busy at ECCO it seems this month has flown by. We received a huge load of school supplies from the Vandlia First Baptist Church in Ohio, which will be delivered to the Arlie Boggs Family Resource Center.

We also had a Neighborhood Watch meeting and were really surprised with the large turnout on such short notice. Sheriff Danny Webb said it was the largest turnout he’d ever seen for first Neighborhood Watch meeting. Sheriff Webb and Deputy Eugene Sloane gave a very interesting and enlightening presentation. He said a total of 10 churches had been robbed in Letcher County this month and for everyone, especially the elderly, to be on guard for people coming to their homes posing as insurance salesmen or people doing water surveys. A Neighborhood Watch meeting will be held the third Tuesday of each month at ECCO at 6 p.m. We encourage everyone to attend.

Lisa Maggard, one of ECCO’s volunteers, has suggested we do a prison ministry by baking cookies once or twice a month for the inmates at the Letcher County Jail. Lisa volunteered to take the cookies along with tracts to be distributed. She’s going to check with the jail to see what the rules and restrictions are. I was so touched by Lisa’s offer because she has a family of five to care for, but she still took the time to think of others.

The Bluegrass Festival for the Eolia Community Park will be Sept. 15 beginning at 6 p.m. featuring East KY Tyme, Backwoods Revival, and God’s Grace. Admission is $5 and concessions will be available. Money raised will be used for the maintenance and upkeep of the park. Bring a lawn chair, sit back and enjoy an evening of good bluegrass music.

Our good friend Ray Bird was happy to tell us that Doug is in remission and he wants to thank everyone for their prayers and please continue to pray for Doug.

I was so sorry to hear that Randy Niece had died. Randy was an employee of Cumberland River Coal Co. and often stopped by the store. He was a good man who worked hard and loved his family. He will be greatly missed. We extend deepest sympathy to his family.

Thought for the day: “Those who deserve love the least need it the most.”

News from the Ovenfork Senior Citizens Center by Jewell Maggard:

“Hi, seniors, Peace comes for God. As I was ironing this morning it came to me how the Lord wants to iron out all the wrinkles in our life. Be thoughtful, loving and more willing to serve than receive. Be bold to speak out for God. It’s so wonderful to hear from the Lord. Read Psalm 37:4

“The quilting ladies are working on a block quilt. They enjoy playing games at the center such as skip-bo, coin toss, and darts. The Family Circle will be coming to sing at the center Sept. 11. Bring a covered dish and come join us.

“Some of our seniors are still canning. Jean Hunsucker and her sister, Nina, canned green beans and Linda and Johnny Curry are harvesting their honey. If interested in buying some good mountain honey, call Linda at 633-4948.

“We’re happy to hear Richard McFarland is home from the hospital. Remember our seniors in prayer as many of them are ill. Everyone have a blessed week.”

Community bulletin board: Rockvine Baptist Church youth group meets every Thursday at 6 p.m.; the bus will run. Call 633- 4948. Neighborhood Watch meets the third Tuesday of each month at 6 p.m. at ECCO. We encourage everyone to attend. The Eolia Community Park Committee meets the third Tuesday of each month at 7 p.m. at ECCO. All are welcome. 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 first and third Thursday of each month at the Ovenfork Senior Citizen Center. Come and bring a guest. ECCO’s thrift store is open M-W-F, 10-2. All are welcome.

This week our prayer list includes: the family of Randy Niece, Olivia Blair, Doug Bird, Bear Hissom, Curt Sturgill, Jr. Carter, Kess “Rusty” Halcomb, Ruth Halcomb, Jeff Chapman- Crane, Ralph Crane, Dorothy Nease, 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.

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

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