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Rodney Sturgill recovering from heart surgery


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

To be the greatest, be a servant. Matthew 23:11 TLB

I enjoyed a long phone conversation with my niece, Karen Sees, who lives in Warren Robins, Ga. Karen was telling me about a diet she was trying, you know the kind where you eat only certain foods one day and certain foods the next and on and on. Well, the dieting discussion went on for about 15 minutes when suddenly without realizing where we made the turn, we were on the subject of good recipes for strawberry shortcakes and pound cakes. In the middle of our talk as I was telling her about a wonderful cheesecake, which is great for the Fourth of July because you make it with strawberries and blueberries (you know, red, white and blue), we both burst into peals of laughter realizing why our diets never work. Which only affirms that old cliché, “If something is that good, it’s bound to be bad for you.” So much for dieting.

Our walk-in freezer went out again. I’m beginning to think that freezer has more kinks in it than my back. Half the food had thawed but was still cold. Some we gave to SWAP and volunteers working at ECCO that day. The rest we gave to the Ovenfork Senior Citizens Center. If there was a bright side to it, we were able catch it in time to give the food away instead of tossing it out. The freezer has since been repaired and hopefully will behave itself in the future. But I think I’ll be cautious about ordering very much frozen food for a while and just wait and see.

Rodney Sturgill, the husband of one of ECCO’s volunteers, Liz Sturgill, had open heart surgery. He went to Pikeville Methodist Hospital for some routine tests where several blockages were discovered, resulting in his having surgery the next morning. Liz told me that he is sitting up and doing really well. We truly give thanks to the good Lord for being so merciful and sparing our dear friend’s life.

Rodney is so likable with a heart of gold. Since Rodney retired from the mines he and Liz have been spending time volunteering at ECCO. They’re both such willing volunteers, wanting to help those in need. Folks like that are hard to come by. We look forward to their return to ECCO.

Thought for the day: “The greatest achievements are those that benefit others.”

News from the Ovenfork Senior Citizens Center by Jewell Maggard:

“Hi, seniors, hope everyone had a wonderful week enjoying the blessings of the Lord. When the storms come into our lives through the loss of a loved one, divorce or cancer, the Lord is there to see us through. Psalm 121:7-8 The Lord says, “Be of good cheer I’m with you.”

Letcher County seniors and workers met at Boone Fork Senior Center for a senior prom with the theme being Hollywood. The decoration was beautiful and the food delicious. We were so happy that Peggy Sturgill and Jean Hunsucker were well enough to go with us. All the staff of Ovenfork looked lovely dressed in their finest. Elaine McFarland was chosen as prom queen for Ovenfork with Marvin Maggard as king. Judge Jim Ward and his wife were also present, making a good looking couple. Judge Jim is a good dancer. He sure knows how to do the twist.

“Tony, Brenda and Emily Gross came to the center for lunch and to play bingo. We were also happy to see Vernon Maggard. We miss Rodney and Liz and look forward to their return.

“Let us remember – Jesus is always in control. Keep on being thankful.”

Community bulletin board: Neighborhood Watch meeting at ECCO the second Monday of each month at 7 p.m. Rockvine Baptist Church youth group meets every Thursday at 6 p.m.; the bus will run. Call 633-4948. The Eolia Community Park Committee meets the third Tuesday of each month at 7 p.m. at ECCO. Cumberland River Volunteer Fire Department meets at 11 a.m. the second Sunday of each month at the Partridge station. Volunteers are welcome. The Partridge Lions Club meets at 6:30 p.m. the third Thursday of each month at the Ovenfork Senior Citizen Center. Come and bring a guest.

This week our prayer list includes: The family of Vickie Hudgins, Stephanie Estep, Rodney Sturgill, Raymond Kiser, Judy Branham, Lucy Maggard, Nora and Lillian Walker, Lois Young, Bear Hissom, Kess “Rusty” Halcomb, Ruth Halcomb, Mae Maggard, Olivia Blair, Curt Sturgill, Jr. Carter, Beryl Brown, Marie Snell, Dorothy Nease, Cora Sturgill, Tony 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.

You may contact us by writing to ECCO, 135 Emily Lane, Eolia, Ky. 40826 or e-mail eccotruth@peoplepc.com.

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

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