Whitesburg KY

Nature’s beauty is in the mountains


Greetings to all from the Eolia Christian Community Outreach Center.

“Fear not for I am with you; Be not dismayed for I am your God, I will strengthen you, Yes, I will help you, I will uphold you with my righteous right hand.” Isaiah 41:10

I want to thank my dear friend Marie Starr for emailing me this comforting verse.

With each year that passes I’m more aware of the beauty of nature that envelopes us here in the mountains. Especially this time of year, when the frost off the neighbor’s roof glistens like jewels in the sunlight, and the smell of wood smoke from a nearby chimney fills the air. I love going for walks, although they are short walks these days, and smelling the rich musty fragrance of leaves that have layered the earth as the age-old process continues in preparation for another winter. The distant gobble of a lone turkey on the ridge behind our cabin is a reminder that Thanksgiving is just around the corner.

At ECCO we are enjoying our Christmas projects as we make our yearly treats for the senior citizens center. A big thanks to Maxine Parsons and Liz Sturgill for holding down the fort while I went with Tony to Pikeville for his treatments.

I’m also grateful to ARM for donating us turkeys to give away for Thanksgiving. While talking to Pat, I was sorry to hear that ARM will be closing its center at Cumberland by the end of December, but will be moving its operation to Middlesboro to the Bimington Baptist Church Outreach.

During a phone conversation with Carolyn Couch, I was glad to hear that Garland is gaining weight and his health is improving daily.

The work on the ECCO chapel is going very well. The wiring and sheet rock are done, and now it is mostly mudding, painting and putting down flooring.

Marie Coleman from Arlie Boggs Family Resource wants to remind everyone they can still get a school annual for the sale cost of $18 and they can be purchased at the school.

I was sorry to receive the sad news that Denise Bedwell had died. She had been receiving therapy at Letcher Manor and her family was happily preparing for her to be home for Thanksgiving. This is such a close and loving family, words fail to express how much we truly regret your loss. We extend our deepest sympathy to this precious family.

With that I’ll leave you with a quote from Mother Teresa. When Mother Teresa received her Nobel Prize, she was asked, “What can we do to promote world peace?” She replied, “Go home and love your family.”

Community bulletin board: Eolia Park Committee meets the third Tuesday of each month at 7 p.m. at ECCO. Bible study each Monday at 7 p.m. at ECCO. Good News Club Wednesday, 6:30 to 7:30 p.m. at the Eolia Mission for children 3 and up. Call 633-5015 for transportation. Kid’s Time Friday 10 to 11:15 a.m. at ECCO. Cumberland River Volunteer Fire Department meets the second Sunday of each month at 11 a.m. at the Partridge Station. Volunteers welcome. Partridge Lions Club meets the first and third Tuesday of each month, 6:30 p.m., at the Ovenfork Senior Citizens Center. Come and bring a guest. ECCO’s thrift store is open Monday, Wednesday, Thursday and Friday, 10 a.m. to 2 p.m.

This week our prayer list includes the family of Denise Bedwell, Jeff Chapman-Crane, Judy McKnight, Bent Shepherd, Garland Couch, Richard McFarland, Don Brown, Bear Hissom, Raymond Kiser, Ralph Nease, Stephanie Estep, Judy Branham, Lillian and Nora Walker, Pat Shelton, Roger Shelton, Jack and Marie Snell, Dorothy Nease, Helen Chapman, and Tony and Brenda Gross.

Also to be lifted up are those enslaved by drugs and alcohol, may they be delivered, the troops in Afghanistan, Iraq, the United States, our president and the leaders of our country, all the children hurt by war, and the ministry of ECCO.

Our email address is eccotruth@att.net.

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

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