Whitesburg KY

Sheet of ice turns deck into skating rink outside cabin


Greetings to all from the Eolia Christian Community Outreach Center.

“But avoid worldly and empty chatter, for it will lead to further ungodliness.” 2 Timothy 2:16. NASB.

Over the years the deck around our little cabin has been used for riding a tricycle, playing basketball and skateboarding, but this morning it would have made a pretty good ice skating rink. And if Emily had been here, that’s exactly what she would have done. When first looking out, I thought it was going to be a rather nice day, at least most of the snow was gone. But stepping outside was a diff erent story.

A sheet of ice covered everything. Come to think of it, I haven’t seen any traffi c coming in or out of the hollow.

So I do what I love when I’m cooped up in the house — I cook. Right now I have a turkey breast in the oven getting nice and brown.

Speaking of food, Norma Adams called, telling me she had tried the recipe in one of my columns for soup bean pie. She made it a little diff erently, though, using a pack of Mexican cornbread mix, which I think would be much better.

She said she and Adean really liked it and wanted to know if I had anymore such recipes. As a matter of fact, I do. I have a recipe for cabbage casserole that is another good wintertime comfort food. I’ll try to round that one up for next week.

At ECCO, we received a truckload of clothing from some mighty nice folks in North Carolina. The bags were neatly labeled with sizes and season. I called Glenda from the Letcher County Migrant Program, and she recruited her husband, Richard Brown, to bring his truck and haul them back across the mountain.

A resource center is in the process of being developed in the science building on the old high school campus, and Glenda is going to send some information, which I’ll be glad to pass along.

Talking to Carolyn Couch, I learned that Garland received his prosthesis boot, which will enable him to walk again.

Hannah called, telling me she’ll be fitted for a back brace next week, which will enable her to get out and about again. We’ve missed Hannah at our Bible Study; she’s the life of the party. Matter of fact, we’ve missed having our Bible Study since the weather has been so bad.

Hopefully, March will usher in spring, escorted by tulips, daffodils, crocuses and other lovely spring flowers, assuring us that just as the earth is renewed, so are we.

We had our monthly park meeting for the Eolia Community Park at the ECCO center. It was voted to order four park benches, soap dispensers, soap, paper towel dispensers, paper towels and disposable toilet seat covers. Come warm weather, there are several items needing repairs at the park. Anyone interested in helping can call Park Chairman Kess Halcomb. He’s in the phone book.

And last but not least, I want to thank Ray Bird for being such a good friend. With Tony being so sick these last weeks, Ray calls or comes by almost every day. He’s picked up medicine and groceries for us, took Tony to dinner at Long John’s, and brought ointment for Tony’s aching joints.

Ray’s a six-foot mother hen, wearing an army fatigue jacket. Sharon and Ray, we love you and will never forget your kindness.

With that, I’ll leave you with this thought for the day: “A critical spirit is like poison ivy — it only takes a little contact to spared its poison.”

Community bulletin board: SWAP applications for home repairs are available at ECCO Thrift Store. Good News Club, Wednesday, 6:30 to 7:30 p.m. at the Eolia Mission for children 3 and up. Kid’s Time each Friday at ECCO 10 to 11:15 a.m. Cumberland River Vounteer Fire Department meets the second Sunday of each month at 11 a.m. at the Partridge Station. Partridge Lions Club meets the first and third Tuesday of each month starting at 6:30 p.m. at the Ovenfork Senior Citizens Center. Come and bring a guest.

This week our prayer list includes Betty Addington, Judy Branham, Mable Gilliam, Garland Couch, Hannah Burke, Judy McKnight, Bent Shepherd, Richard Mc- Farland, Don Brown, Bear Hissom, Raymond Kiser, Ralph Nease, Lucy Maggard, Stephanie Estep, Lillian and Nora Walker, Roger Shelton, Jack and Marie Snell, Sheldon and Marie Starr, Dorothy Nease, Helen Chapman, Tony and Brenda Gross.

Also to be lifted up in prayer are those enslaved by drugs and alcohol, may they be delivered; our troops in Afghanistan and Iraq, the United States; our President and leaders of our country; all the children hurt by war; and the ministry of ECCO.

Our email is: ecotruth@ attnet. Until next week, from myself and the folks at ECCO, God bless.

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