Whitesburg KY

Retired coal miners now play music


Greetings to all from the Eolia Christian Community Outreach Center.

“The heart of the righteous weighs its answers, but the mouth of the wicked gushes evil” Proverbs 15:28 NIV

I think this skiff of snow has surprised us all, especially for this time of year. From here in the valley it looks like Pine Mountain received a much heavier amount. All the surrounding mountains look quite lovely with their treetops all frosted over with snow. But we might as well admit it, folks, it’s that time of year and there’s beauty in every season. Sometimes we just have to look beyond the grey skies to see it.

ECCO is buzzing with activity this time of year as we prepare for our Christmas projects. We enjoyed our Thanksgiving dinner at ECCO last Thursday evening with a packed house of friends and neighbors. Our ECCO family is growing each year and that’s a very good thing.

We were glad to host a mission team from Sheldon and Marie’s home church in Pennsylvania who came for a week to help Sheldon build his workshop.

A big thanks to Darrell Caudill and his crew of retired coal miners for the great music. What started as a hobby for these fellows after they retired now has them busy playing for churches and other events.

I want to thank the Cumberland River Coal Company for its donation of gravel for our parking lot. We also want to thank the Letcher County Christian Anglers for the donation of canned foods for our Food Pantry.

During Kid’s Time last Friday, Stephanie hosted a costume party for her little band of home-schooled and pre-school kids. Nothing scary of course, they decorated cookies, sang pumpkin songs, and made treat bags. I think the moms have as much fun on Fridays as the kids do. Overall it’s a lighthearted fun time for everyone.

With that said I’ll leave you with this thought for the day. “People with tact have less to retract.”

Community Bulletin Board — Bible study each Monday evening at 7 p.m. at ECCO. Good News Club meets each Wednesday evening at the Eolia Baptist Mission for ages three and up 6:30-7:30 p.m. Cumberland River Volunteer Fire Department meets the second Sunday of each month at the Partridge Station at 11 a.m. Volunteers welcome. Partridge Lions Club meets the first and third Tuesday of each month at 6:30 p.m. at the Ovenfork Senior Citizen Center. Come and bring a guest.

This week our prayer list includes Karen Morgan, Barbara Church, Myrel Lewis Jr., Kathy Morton, Gary Gaitner, Johnny Maggard, Tim Maggard, Linda Sturgill, Columbus and Lois Sturgill, Don Brown, Raymond Kiser, Ralph Nease, Lucy Maggard, Stephanie Estep, Lillian and Nora Walker, Jack and Marie Snell, Helen Chapman and Brenda Gross.

Also to be lifted up in prayer are our military troops, the United States, our President and the leaders of our country, all the children hurt by war and the ministry of ECCO.

Until next time from the folks at ECCO, God bless.

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