Whitesburg KY

Pets need protection in cold weather


Greetings from Eolia and the Eolia Christian Community Outreach.

If you have been trapped

by what you said, ensnared

by the words of your mouth,

then do this, my son, to free

yourself, since you have

fallen into your neighbor’s

hands: Go and humble yourself;

press your plea with

your neighbor. Proverbs 6:2,3 NIV

As I sit here typing, the thermometer outside is showing a bone-chilling temperature of 20 degrees. Earlier today at ECCO, Benny Sturgill said the temperature at his house this morning was eight below. This cold weather brings on concern for one’s family pets and yesterday evening Tony and Elizabeth were frantically putting plastic over our doghouses and setting up heat lamps with only a sliver of daylight left.

My dog Lucky is a cute little mutt, which someone had apparently set off and I found wandering beside the road on Pine Mountain. Tony put plastic over her doghouse leaving a split in the center to go in and out. She promptly hopped through and snuggled in her cedar chips for the night.

Mark and Elizabeth’s dogs are pedigrees but seemed to be confused about how to get through the split plastic. Butch, a basset hound, was a comical sight, with wrinkled forehead, cocking his head from side to side trying to figure it out. After a while, the female of the two gave up and ripped the plastic off. So much for that. I teased Mark, telling him if he wanted I’d bring my dog over to show his dogs how it was done.

The next morning when checking on them, they were all lounging around their lots as if it were sunbathing weather. They are handling this weather a lot better then we are.

On pantry day at ECCO the volunteers enjoyed a day of distributing food boxes and later sharing a meal together. For the first time ever we are being limited by the amount of commodities we can receive. Where we once could request 15 or 20 cases each of corn, beans, peanut butter, etc., we were limited to two cases each, with no explanation. Thanks to the generous donation of canned foods from the food drive sponsored by the volunteers of Double Kwik stores, we were able to give an adequate food box this month. Like so many other food pantries we’re hearing about, we are also looking for other sources in case this shortage continues.

Thought for the day: The best way to get the last word is to apologize.

News from the Ovenfork Seniors Citizen Center by Jewell Maggard:

“Hi seniors, hope you had wonderful week doing something for someone else. It is truly wonderful how God guides us through His word and the anointed message. As I was cleaning out my cabinets, the thought came to me how the Lord is continually cleaning me up spiritually to be more like Jesus. Read Psalm 32:8

“Ruby Adams had about 40 family members for her birthday. She is truly blessed. We’re glad to hear Richard McFarland is coming home from the hospital. Carmen and family celebrated with her daughter, Crystal, for her 16th birthday with a party at home.

“Seniors in need of prayer are Mae Lewis, Nettie Miles and my brother, Dudley Shortt.

“Let us all listen for what the Lord has for us to do for Him this 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 include Seth Collins, Barb Shelton, Stephanie Estep, Raymond Kiser, Judy Branham, Jean Hampton, Lucy Maggard, 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, 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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