Whitesburg KY

Some of the greatest pleasures in life are often free


Greetings to all from the Eolia Christian Community Outreach Center.

“And above all things have fervent chari among yourselves; for charity shall cover a multitude of sins.” 1 Peter 4:8

A few days ago while finishing breakfast, Emily said “Quick, Mamaw, look outside!” Turning to the window expecting to see a deer or elk or maybe even a bear, but seeing no animals I asked Emily what she saw that I missed. “Sunshine, Mamaw, the sun is shining!”

After several days of gray overcast skies, the sun we often take for granted was finally peeping out to greet us.

Later while sitting on the deck basking in the golden glow of the day, I thought how often we take for granted the things that bring us real pleasure in life.

While some think they’d be happy if they only owned an impressive home, fancy car or large bank account, and there is no fault to owning these things, but they do not bring lasting pleasure.

Real and lasting pleasures in life are often free. Enjoying the warmth of sunshine on our face and shoulders after a long cold winter, the beauty of nature, love of family and kind support of friends, these are our real treasures.

Don and Florence departed for home about the time Sheldon and Marie arrived.

While here, Sheldon and Marie made two trips to Pikeville Methodist with us and were most impressed with the gracious way hospital staff treated patients and family.

I’m glad to tell you, that although still weak, Tony is feeling much better.

I’m sorry to hear Garland Couch is still having problems with his foot, and Hannah Burke fell again injuring her ribs and kidneys.

I was so sorry to hear about Mable Gilliam falling and breaking her ankle. Jack Snell called telling me that Marie was in the hospital after suff ering a stroke.

We ask that you please lift these folks up in your prayers.

I have a couple of messages from Marie Colman from the Arlie Boggs Resource Center and Glenda Brown from the Letcher County Migrant Program. First from Marie, Arlie Boggs Elementary School and Arlie Boggs Family Resource & Youth Center wants to thank Cumberland River Coal Company, UNITE, and Tonya Logan for making possible the afterschool archery program. UNITE and Cumberland River Coal Company are paying her.

We are so lucky to have caring community partners who will help our students.

Everyone needs to remember that Food City School for Bucks will end soon and we need everyone to use their Food City value card to help our school.

Everyone needs to fill out their census form and return it.

If anyone needs help doing so, call the Arlie Boggs Resource Center, 606-633-8160. Glenda Brown with the Letcher County Migrant Program has this message.

There will be a clothing giveaway Wednesday, March 31, from 9 a.m.–12 noon at the old Science Building on the old campus of Whitesburg High School.

This is sponsored by the Letcher County Board of Education, Migrant Program, Letcher County Public Schools, and Resource Centers. For more information, call 633-7546 or 633-5559. Everyone welcome.

Here is more information about the Letcher County Family Needs Center: The Letcher County Family Resource Center (LCERC) mission is to off er a district-wide distribution center for clothing, school supplies, food, and other materials to enhance the welfare of our students and families.

The mission is in line with the overall mission statement of the Letcher County Public Schools. The mission of the Letcher County School District, in collaboration with students, family and community, is to ensure all students consistently achieve individual success.

Our goals are to provide a learning environment for our students and afford them an opportunity to give back to the community, sponsor a quarterly clothing giveaway at the old science building, and offer a distribution for those families in emergency need, transit, and/ or other unforeseen situations that might arise.

We will work in conjunction with other resource centers with the school system. Our vision: The LCERC provides a valuable service to our mountainous area and will offer helping hands instead of a handout, thereby off ering hope for those who feel hopeless, a future for the forlorn and serve as a refuge from the unexpected storms of life.

If you know of anyone in need, call your schoolbased resource center, KRCC, Social Services, or other agencies working for the betterment of our community. The Letcher County “Helping Hands” project number is 633- 7645 or 633-5559, Glenda Brown and Dave Chaltas coordinators.

With that I’ll end with this thought for the day: “Faults are thick where love is thin.”

Community Bulletin Board: Good News Club Wednesday, 6:30-7:30 p.m. at the Eolia Mission for children 3 and up.

Kid’s Time each Friday at ECCO 10-11:15 a.m.

Cumberland River Volunteer Fire Department meets the second Sunday of each month 11 a.m. at the Partridge station. Volunteers welcome.

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 McFarland, Don Brown, Bear Hissom, Raymond Kiser, Ralph Nease, Lucy Maggard, Stephanie Estep, Lillian and Nora Walker, Roger Shelton, Jack and Marie Snell, Don Billet, 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 the leaders of our country, all the children hurt by war, and the ministry of ECCO.

Our email is eccotruth@ att.net.

Until next week from myself and the folks at ECCO, God bless.

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