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Mountain families are especially close


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

Enter into His gates with thanksgiving, and into His courts with praise. Be thankful to Him and bless His name. For the Lord is good. His mercy is everlasting, and his truth endures to all generations. Psalm 100:4-5

Last week was so busy and has passed so quickly I wasn’t sure if I’d have time to write a column. But I so enjoy reflecting over the week’s events and telling folks of the happenings at Eolia and ECCO I’m just making the time.

Tony and I enjoyed having Emily spend the weekend with us while her parents, trying to beat the holiday rush, went shopping in Knoxville.

This is the time of year when we are especially thankful, and people here in the mountains have much to be thankful for. The closeness of family is the first that comes to mind. We’ve even been accused of being clannish; the word clan is defined as “a group (as in the Scottish Highlands) made up of households whose head claims descent from an common ancestor.” That sounds perfectly all right to me so I don’t mind being called clannish.

A good example is when the Ovenfork Senior Center was closed for a while. The folks here in the community rallied together in a common bond to support the center any way we could. It’s that sort of concern for our friends and neighbors, and people pulling together that makes a community strong. We sure are glad the senior center has reopened because there are about 50 seniors who receive meals on wheels that really depend on it. And that doesn’t count those who go to the center for lunch.

We at ECCO are really looking forward to our Christmas party to be held at ECCO again this year, sponsored by the Vandilia First Baptist Church of Ohio. This is such a kind and generous gesture on the part of the Vandilia Church and we are very grateful to it for considering our community in their giving again this year.

Thought for the day: Thankful people are happy people.

Community bulletin board: ECCO Bible study Monday, 7 p.m., at ECCO community room. Kids’ Time each Friday at ECCO 10 to 11:15 a.m. Good News Club each Wednesday at the Eolia Mission 6:30 to 7:30 p.m. 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 Department meets 11 a.m. the second. Sunday of each month at the Partridge station. Volunteers welcome. Rockvine Baptist Church youth meets each Wednesday at 6 p.m.; the bus will run. Call Mindy at (606) 589-6226 or Linda at 633-4948. Partridge Lions Club meets 6:30 p.m. the 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 7 p.m. at ECCO.

This week our prayer list includes: Tony Blair, Seth Collins, Barb Shelton, Josh Lewis, Pastor Lloyd Mullins, Rev. Verdell Sturgill and his mother Louvina, Stephanie Estep, Raymond Kiser, Judy Branham, Luch Maggard, Lillian and Nora Walker, Curt Sturgill, Marie and Jack Snell, Kess “Rusty” Halcomb, Ruth Halcomb, Olivia Blair, Geneva Tolaver, 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, 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 email at ecco@peoplepc.com.

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

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