Whitesburg KY

Summer brings changes


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

“Let no corrupt communication proceed out of your mouth, but that which is good to the use of edifying, that it may minister grace unto the hearers.” Ephesians 4:29

I love summer. Not just because of the change in weather (granted that’s a big part of it), but I enjoy the activity and sounds that accompany this time of year — children laughing and riding their bikes and fourwheelers, neighbors mowing grass and cleaning their pools, and seeing our friends return for another summer with the volunteer work program at ECCO.

We were happy to see our friends from the Vandilia First Baptist Church in Ohio, Paul Swartze and Robert Lewis. They delivered a trailer load of clothing, toys and household items.

Mike and Holly Bowmen were here Saturday from their church, the Wayne Presbyterian Church in Ohio, delivering a truckload of furniture, which is now almost gone, and last but not least, our friends, Florence and Don Billet.

Don arrived bearing gifts from his Amish friend in Pennsylvania, of German and garlic bologna, homemade bread and shoofly pies for the ECCO folks, which we certainly enjoyed.

I was also very touched by a lovely angel light for my flower bed given to me by Liz Sturgill. What made it so special was the fact Liz made it herself. The older I get the better I appreciate that old saying, “Friends are better then money.”

I’m sure you’ve noticed that Bear Hissom has been on our prayer list for some time and we would like to take the opportunity to recognize and thank Bear and Ann Leslie for contributing 17 years to the Mountain Montessori Pre-School and helping many young children get a wonderful start with their education. Emily went there and loved it. Matter of fact she was downright mad when she had to attend public school.

Bear is still facing health issues and if anyone out there would like to say “thank you” to Bear and Ann Leslie for their commitment and dedication to our children, you can send a card or letter to: Bear and Ann Leslie Hissom, in care of Mountain Montessori Pre-School, P.O. Box 498, Whitesburg, Ky. 41858. You may be one of these children or a parent or grandparent. We ask everyone to remember Bear in your prayers.

I will leave you with a quote from Christian and Holocaust survivor Corrie Ten Boom, “I have held many things in my hands, and I have lost them all; but whatever I have placed in God’s hands, that I still possess.”

News from the Ovenfork Senior Citizens Center by Jewell Maggard:

“Hi seniors, I hope everyone is doing great. Lots of folks got their gardens nipped by old Jack Frost, but we need to have a thankful heart and remember our joy is from the Lord. Read Psalm 33:21.

“I hear many of our mothers got flowers for Mother’s Day. My daughter came home for Mother’s Day, and we had such a special time together. She is my angel sent from God.

“Virgie Delph had a fall a few weeks ago resulting in a broken arm. We’re glad to know she’s not in pain and mending well. Darlene Sturgill is also on the mend while receiving therapy for a broken shoulder.

“While at the Senior Games at Hindman, Letcher County seniors took almost all the medals. Winners from the Ovenfork Senior Citizens Center are: Ruby Adams won first place in ladder ball and shuttle board; Marvin Maggard won second place in ladder ball and basketball and took third place in shuttle board; I won second place in shuttle board. But most of all, everyone had a great time.

“Continue to pray for Avie Boggs, Carol Boggs, and Carolyn Couch, who is recovering from knee surgery.

“Marvin and I just celebrated our 42nd wedding anniversary this month, while Linda and Johnny Kerry celebrated their 43rd.

“Marvin and I attended the tent revival in the park and were blessed to witness four souls coming to the Lord. Remember to look up this week and count your blessings.”

Community bulletin board: Kid’s Time each Friday 10-11:15 a.m. at ECCO, Good News Club each Wednesday 6:30-7:30 p.m. at the Eolia Mission for children 3 and up. Call 633-5015 for transportation. Cumberland River Volunteer Fire Department meets 11 a.m. the second. Sunday of each month at the Partridge station, volunteers welcome. Partridge Lions Club meets 6:30 p.m. the first and third Tuesday of each month at the Ovenfork Senior Citizens Center, come and bring a guest. Eolia Community Park Committee meets the third Tuesday of each month at ECCO, all welcome. Bible study each Monday at ECCO at 7 p.m., all welcome.

This week our prayer list includes: Barb Shelton, Bear Hissom, Aubrey Wells, Roger Shelton, Seth Collins, Raymond Kiser, Ralph Nease, Stephanie Estep, Judy Branham, Jean Hampton, Lucy Maggard, Jean Hunsucker, Lillian and Nora Walker, Kess “Rusty” Halcomb, Ruth Halcomb, Olivia Blair, Jack and Marie Snell, Dorothy Nease, Helen Chapman 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; our president and the leaders of our country; all the children hurt by war; and the ministry of ECCO.

Our address is ECCO, 135 Emily Lane, Eolia, Ky. 40826. Until next week from the folks at ECCO “God Bless.”

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