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Sitting in the cold earns grandchild’s smile


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

And herein do I exercise myself, to have always a conscience void of offense toward God, and toward men. Acts 24:16

Winter has definitely set in and was profoundly felt Saturday at the Whitesburg soccer field where we watched two of Emily’s games. Even wrapping in a throw and nursing a cup of hot chocolate didn’t stop the chill from creeping into these aging bones. But when being spotted by a grandchild and seeing that big smile, well what can I say except it was well worth it.

Thursday evening ECCO hosted its annual Thanksgiving volunteer appreciation dinner with 60 or more in attendance. The food was great and seeing everyone together at the same time was even better. One dish in particular was the best cranberry salad I ever ate. When I track down the person who brought it and get the recipe, I’ll share it with you in a future column. After dinner we were treated to some great songs performed by Backwoods Revival.

Also present were our good friends, Sheldon and Marie Starr from Chambersburg, Penn., not only for the dinner but also to visit a few days with their Eolia friends. During their stay at ECCO Marie was happily busy making gift baskets and Sheldon was a tremendous help to us Friday making food boxes for Pantry Day. With a trailer to unload Friday, we found ourselves in need of some muscle. Thanks to Liz Sturgill for coming to the rescue and helping not only with the unloading but also with the bagging of frozen foods for Pantry Day.

Last but not least, we sure do miss the Ovenfork Senior Citizens Center and hope it’ll be opening soon. The center has been closed due to a water problem for a few weeks now and some of the men who live alone have jokingly said they would all starve if the center didn’t open soon.

While working at ECCO, our people liked to take a break for lunch and visit the senior center and the workers there as well as the quilting ladies. I feel so sorry for the quilting ladies for I know they are lost to death without the center. Hopefully the situation will soon be remedied and the seniors can have their center again.

Thought for the week: “Conscience is God’s built-in warning system. Be very happy when it hurts you. Be very worried when it doesn’t.”

Community bulletin board: ECCO Bible study Monday, 7 p.m., at ECCO community room. Kids’ Time each Friday at ECCO 10 to 11:15 a.m. Good News Club each Wednesday at the Eolia Mission 6:30 to 7:30 p.m. for children 3 and up. Call 633-5015 for transportation. Neighborhood Watch Meeting 7 p.m. the second Tuesday of each month at ECCO. Cumberland River Volunteer Fire Department meets 11 a.m. the second. Sunday of each month at the Partridge station. Volunteers welcome. Rockvine Baptist Church youth meets each Wednesday at 6 p.m.; the bus will run. Call Mindy at (606) 589-6226 or Linda at 633- 4948. Partridge Lions Club meets 6:30 p.m. the third of each month at the Ovenfork Senior Citizens Center; come and bring a guest. Eolia Park Committee meets the third Tuesday of each month 7 p.m. at ECCO.

This week our prayer list includes: Seth Collins, Barb Shelton, Josh Lewis, Pastor Lloyd Mullins, Rev. Verdell Sturgill and his mother Louvina Sturgill, Stephanie Estep, Raymond Kiser, Lois Young, Judy Branham, Lucy Maggard, Lillian and Nora Walker, Bear Hissom, Kess “Rusty” Halcomb, Ruth Halcomb, Olivia Blair, Geneva Tolaver, Curt Sturgill, Marie and Jack Snell, Dorothy Nease 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 email us at eccotruth@peoplepc.com.

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

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