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Old friends gather at thrift store


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

Outreach. A false witness

shall not be unpunished,

and he that speaketh lies

shall not escape. Proverbs 19:5

Everyone seems to be happy that Eolia Christian Community Outreach’s thrift store is again open. We were glad to see our old friends and catch up on the latest while sharing coffee and brownies. Several of them have been fighting a cold or flu, including Dave Hammond, Roger Burke and Janie Sturgill.

Marie called and we’re glad to hear Sheldon is doing well. They plan to come for a visit by the end of the month along with friends Gary and Elaine Myers.

What was once Shortstop Grocery is now Melissa’s Country Store. We are so pleased to have Roger Dale Burke and his lovely wife, Melissa, as the new owners. Dale and Melissa are a young energetic couple with two beautiful children and are looking forward to serving the miners and folks in the community. They plan to have the same menu but with some additional treats such as home cooking and handmade desserts. The store’s phone number is the same as before, 633-4734, and they were to open Jan. 12 beginning at 6 a.m. and closing at 8 p.m.

They spent a week cleaning and painting, and the effect is great. Everyone we know is so glad to again have a grill in the community and with hours that will accommodate most everyone.

We would like to welcome a new addition to our community, Olivia Alexis Louise Layne, the new daughter of Cpl. Curtis Layne and Deidre (Cook) Layne. She is the granddaughter of Billy and Olivia Blair of Eolia, Thomas and Sharon Cook of Partridge, Rick and Linda Gibbs of Bidwell, Ohio, and Dwayne Layne of Ohio. Olivia was born Dec. 19 weighing 7 pounds, 5 ounces. Olivia is waiting to meet her daddy who is currently serving our country in Iraq.

Well, it’s time for those seed catalogs to start arriving and, as Tony says, I can begin my winter farming. But Lord willing, this year Liz and I are determined to have a pumpkin patch. Every year I plan a strawberry patch but it seems the planning stage is as far as it goes. Who knows, maybe this year?

Thought for the day: “Some people complain because God put thorns on roses, while others praise Him for putting roses among thorns.”

News from the Ovenfork Senior Citizen by Jewell Maggard:

“Hi seniors, I’m excited to began another year seeing what the Lord has in store for me to do. Read Romans 12:13 and remember to practice hospitality with all. Also have a hearing heart for those wanting someone to talk to or just listen. We all need one another.

“Richard McFarland is in the hospital and stands in need of prayer as well as his family. Jean Hunsucker’s sister, Nina, has been visiting, and Norma Rhymer says her knee really hurts, so keep Norma in your prayers. I told her to be especially careful about taking a fall. Vernell Burton fell and broke her arm and has been in the hospital but is now home.

“Mabel Gilliam has recently had visits from both sons, Vernon and Van, and their families.

“We were happy to spend time with Becky and Dean.

“We were happy to have Sheriff Danny Webb along with Deputy Eugene Sloane, Melissa Sturgill, Judge Jim Ward and Eddie Meade visit the center this week and show us a film on drug abuse and elder abuse.

This month Ruby Adams and Richard Carter had birthdays. Ruby is 39 and holding, again.

“Let us put Jesus first in our lives as we begin a new year.”

Community Bulletin Board: Kids Time at ECCO is each Friday from 10 until 11:15 a.m. The Good News Club for children ages 3 and up meets each Wednesday, 6:30-7:30 p.m., at the Eolia Mission. Call 633-5015 for transportation. The Neighborhood Watch meeting begins at 7 p.m. on the second Tuesday of each month at ECCO. The Cumberland River Volunteer Fire Dept. meets at 11 a.m. on the second Sunday of each month at the Partridge Station. Volunteers are welcome.

The Rockvine Baptist Youth Group meets each Wednesday at 6 p.m. Bible study at the church also begins at 6 p.m., and a bus will run. Call Mindy at 589-6226 or Linda at 633-4948 for information. The Partridge Lions Club meets at 6:30 p.m. on the first and third Thursday of each month at the Ovenfork Senior Citizens Center. The Eolia Park Committee meets the third Tuesday of each month at ECCO at 7 p.m.

This week our prayer list includes Seth Collins, Barb Shelton, Stephanie Estep, Raymond Kiser, Judy Branham, Jean Hampton, Lucy Maggard, Lillian and Nora Walker, Bear Hissom, 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, 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 us at eccotruth@peoplepc.com.

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

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