Greetings to all from the Eolia Christian Community Outreach. “Now as He drew near, He saw the city and wept over it.” Luke 19:41 Last night we had a torrential downpour which sounded so good on my metal roof. Some people have told me the noise would drive them nuts, but I find the steady drum to be soothing. This morning the Eolia valley awoke to bright blue skies and puffy clouds, which I call God’s cotton candy. Sometimes at sunset He’ll treat us to cotton candy clouds of purple and pink. Another busy week has come and gone here at ECCO as we prepare for incoming spring shipments to be delivered very shortly. Marie has wowed everyone with her candy making by creating dark and white chocolate bunnies, peanut butter eggs, and her specialty — peanut brittle. These items are available for sale in our thrift store. I’m so glad to hear that Louise Boggs in on the mend after a life-threatening illness. She continues in our prayers. John Doug Hays and wife Brenda from Pikeville were with us last week for our Bible study. John Doug brought the message and will be the minister during our three-day revival beginning Monday, May 9, and continuing the 10th and 11th. Services will begin 7 p.m. at the ECCO chapel. Sing-
ers are Thelma Bates and John T. Bentley. Everyone is welcome. Hats off to the PRIDE group that last Saturday did a five-mile cleanup of our area.
It appears the Eolia Youth Group is doing quite well as each week its numbers are increasing. It seems Kelly Addington and Mindy Boggs have a great imagination and are used to being on their toes in order to capture the interest and attention of kids these days. From my observation, the kids seem to be having a ball. By their efforts these two young ladies are proving to be the future leaders of our community and I, for one, certainly appreciate their efforts. They are as enthusiastic as the kids. I hear June Maggard can now drive herself to church which only proves — you can’t keep a good woman down. Way to go, June. We have a new author in Letcher county, Kim Watts, who recently wrote a wonderful book titled God’s Cherokee Child. It is the life story told by Pauline Isabel Cantrell to author Kim Watts. Pauline ‘Icabee’ Isabel Cantrell is 102 years old and lives at Haymond. Why, that’s just up the road a piece. It’s not only a wonderful story but a beautifully designed book including lovely pictures of people and times gone by. It would grace the coffee table of any home and is available at the ECCO
thrift store for $15. With that, I’ll leave you with this thought for the day. Like in His day more than 2,000 years ago, if Jesus drew near and saw our community, would He still weep. Luke 19:41 Community bulletin board: Eolia Youth Group meets each Thursday evening at 5:30 at ECCO. Bible study each Monday evening 7: 00 at ECC. Kid’s Time each Friday 10 a.m. at ECCO. Good News Club each Wednesday at the Eolia Mission for ages 3 and up, 6:30-7:30 p.m. 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 at 6:30 p.m. at the Ovenfork Senior Citizens Center. Come and bring a guest. This week our prayer list includes Louise Boggs, Garland Couch, Phyllis Pennington, Stephanie Estep, Marie Starr, Ruth Halcomb, Billy Dixon, June Maggard, Ralph Nease, Gary Gaithner, Lois and Columbus Sturgill, Nora Walker, Don Brown, Kathy Morton, Helen Chapman and Brenda Gross. Also lift up in your prayers the people of Japan, the Middle East, our military troops all around the world, our president and the leaders of our country, the United States, all the children hurt by war and the ministry of ECCO. Until next week from the folks at ECCO, God bless.