Whitesburg KY

Signs of fall are here

Greetings to all from the Eolia Christian Community Outreach.

“As he thinketh in his heart, so is he.” Proverbs 23:7

One thing I love about living in the mountains is the changing of the seasons, especially during fall. What was once a subtle hint has turned to brisk mornings and falling leaves, although it is a bit sad to see the flowers begin to fade and lose their blooms.

The blooms I’ll miss the most are the ones from two hibiscus bushes in our front yard given in Tony’s memory by Hospice nurse Lisa Lewis. Since they were first planted they have boasted large pink blossoms, but have now dwindled to a handful.

Marilyn Sumpter made the comment last week while visiting ECCO’s thrift shop how by looking at the facility, she could see Tony everywhere. Looking down Emily Lane it is disappointing to see how the weeds have grown, especially down the creek banks behind ECCO. Tony with his Weed Eater was a weed’s worst nightmare. After killing three copperheads on the creek bank behind ECCO, he was a man on a mission when it came to weeds. To me it is a reminder of how we often take for granted tasks that are quietly done by a family member, and how we need to stop during our busy lives and express our appreciation.

Liz and I have been busy making more strawberry rhubarb jam and next week we’ll be trying our hand at elderberry jelly. Thanks to Gloria and Pete for picking several bags of elderberries from Pine Mountain, we should soon have jelly available in the thrift store.

Sheldon and Marie came for a brief visit last week, bringing items for the thrift store and some of their belongings to the apartment.

Don Billet called saying he and Florence will be here for a visit around the middle of September. Don is such a card we always look forward to their visits.

The pace is picking up at ECCO as we prepare for our many holiday projects.

With that said, I’ll leave you with this thought. Whether you think you can or think you can’t, you’re right.

Community bulletin board: Bible study at ECCO each Monday 7 p.m. Eolia Community Park Committee meets the third Tuesday of each month 7 p.m. at ECCO. Good News Club meets each Wednesday 6:30-7:30 p.m. at the Eolia Mission for ages 3 and up. 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 Johnny Maggard, Kathy Morton, Columbus and Lois Sturgill, Judy McKnight, Richard McFarland, 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 prayers 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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