Whitesburg KY

Spring brings hope, new beginnings


Greetings to all from the Eolia Christian Community Outreach Center.

“Pride goeth before destruction, and an haughty spirit before a fall.” Proverbs 16:18

Spring is such a wonderful season, it’s hard not to mention how freshly washed and renewed all of nature is this time of the year. It’s a time of hope and new beginnings, not only for nature, but I think a time within all our spirits to take a deep breath and find comfort in the glory of God around us.

We at ECCO are gearing up for a couple of large projects. One includes a paint job for the ECCO facility. ‘Friends of ECCO’ are coming the first of May to take on the job. Those of you who’ve visited our center know what a task they have before them.

This weekend ‘Friends of ECCO’ along with community folks will be roofing a doublewide. We pray it doesn’t rain.

Last week Paul Schwartz and friend Doug from the First Baptist Church of Vandalia, Ohio, delivered a trailer load of clothing and household items. We welcomed them with a potluck dinner of parmesan chicken and the ladies brought delicious side dishes and desserts. I jokingly tell the volunteers if we’re not having a potluck we’re planning one. But I feel it binds a community to often “break bread together.”

Last Sunday evening we welcomed Judge Kelsey Friend and wife Barbara to our ECCO Chapel where Judge Friend brought the message to 44 community members. The service was followed with, yep, you guessed it, a meal of soup beans, ‘taters, mustard greens, kraut and wieners and Brother Verdell’s home ground cornbread.

With the warm weather here and no more snow and ice, the older folks, well this one anyway, tends to forget that we still need to take care on steps, and in our yard. That’s what happened to me last week after the rain in my backyard. Slipping on the wet grass, I took a spill and turned my ankle. Ouch! A couple of years back, Marie broke her leg the same way, wet grass. So a word of caution, when wet, grass can be slick as ice, so take care.

We ask that everyone continue to lift up Linda Kilborne in your prayers. Her condition is still listed as critical.

With that I’ll close with this thought for the day. People who talk about things they can’t afford often forget to include pride, envy, and malice.

Community Bulletin Board: Sunday evening worship service at ECCO’s Chapel 6:00, all welcome, Bible study at ECCO’ community room Monday 7 p.m., all welcome, GED classes at ECCO’s community room Monday and Wednesday 1-4 p.m.– can start attendance anytime, Cumberland River Volunteer Fire Department meets the second Sunday of each month at 11 a.m. at the Partridge station, volunteers welcome, Partridge Lions Club meets the first and third Thursday of each month at the Ovenfork Senior Citizen Center at 6:30 p.m., come and bring a guest.

This week our prayer list includes the victims and their families at Boston, the victims and their families at Waco, Linda Kilborne, Jean Hampton, Dean Hampton, Paul Mast, Charlie and Alma Day, Nancy Holler, Stephanie Estep, Betty Maggard, Allen Profitt, Ruth Halcomb, Garland and Carolyn Couch, Gay Sturgill, Pearl Baker, Betty Terry, Ted Corder, Don Brown, Marie Snell, Nora Walker, Roger Shelton, Ruby Sturgill and Brenda Gross.

Also lift up in prayer all those struggling with alcohol and drug addictions, may they be delivered, our military troops around the world, Israel and the Middle East, our President and the leaders of our country, the United States, 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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