Whitesburg KY

Sunshine is like a long lost friend


Greetings from Eolia and the Eolia Christian Community Outreach.

“Have faith in the Lord your God and you will be upheld.” 2 Chronicles 20:20

After a week of soggy weather, the sunshine is like a welcomed, long lost friend. I noticed even my flowers seem to have their little faces tilted up somewhat as if to say to the sun, “I’m so glad you’re here.”

I was sorry to hear of the death of Aubrey Wells. Although I wasn’t well acquainted with Aubrey, I’ve heard folks in the community speak very highly of him. We extend deepest sympathy to the family.

Our good friend, Linda Sturgill, had quite a scare as well as her children when she suddenly found herself unable to breathe well. After calling 911 and later seeing the doctor she learned it was due to severely swollen glands. We ask everyone to keep Linda in your prayers as she has a large family (five children) depending on her.

We’ve been busy sorting clothes and organizing shelves making more space for the work volunteers that will soon be here. Each year at ECCO we happily open our door to the SWAP volunteers that come for about eight weeks to do home improvements for low-income families. The work they do is such a blessing to those who otherwise could not afford it. We at ECCO wish to show the same gracious welcome to SWAP as they show to the families here in need.

I will leave you with a quote from author Elizabeth Elliot “Faith is not a feeling; It is action. It is a willed choice.”

News from the Ovenfork Senior Citizens Center by Jewell Maggard:

“Hope everyone had a great Memorial weekend. Several of our seniors had company for Memorial Day including Lena Lewis, Virgie Delph, and Richard and Elaine McFarland. There were several family reunions in the community including the families of Ruby Adams, Jean Hunsucker and Liz Sturgill.

“When you pray to the Lord do you have the patience to wait for an answer, or do you want the answer on your time? I’m praying that my friends and loved ones will come to the Savior. I may be gone to heaven before my prayers are answered but I believe the Lord will answer my prayers. Don’t give up on your prayers. Read Isaiah 58:9.

“As Marvin and I returned home from church, our dog was barking, using his ‘something has me upset’ bark. We discovered the object of his distress was a rattlesnake in our backyard. It had 10 rattlers and a button. Everyone be careful and watch where you step, even in your yard.

“Isn’t it wonderful how the Lord takes care of us? Let’s be thankful this week and count our blessings.”

Community bulletin board: Bible study each Monday at ECCO at 7 p.m., all welcome. 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.

This week our prayer list includes the family of Aubrey Wells, Barb Shelton, Bear Hissom, 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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