Whitesburg KY

Tent revival brings back childhood memories


Greetings from Eolia and the Eolia Christian Community Outreach.

“A man hath joy by the answer of his mouth; and a word spoken in due season, how good it is.” Proverbs 15:23

It was a wonderful week for the folks who attended the “tent revival in the park.” It brought back childhood memories of when I attended the Franks Creek Freewill Baptist Church and heard the word delivered by Evangelist Lloyd Pike, whom I’m sure many of you remember. Pastor Dave Hammond, known by the community as the UPS man, preached every night an anointed message resulting in four souls added to the kingdom of God.

We want to thank the singers for the beautiful songs of inspiration. We also want to thank Thelma Bates for filling in due to a last minute cancellation as well as Phillip Little for sharing his gift of song with us. I am always amazed at the talent hidden away in the hills and hollows of our mountains. Lord willing, we plan to have another revival this fall.

I was so glad our dear friends, Sheldon and Marie, could share most of this week with us. Marie said she would love to have Dave come to Pennsylvania and preach in their church. While here, Marie sewed the 50 drawstring bags we use for our HANDS program and they are so cute with the Care Bear design.

I really appreciate Marie and Sheldon’s help since last week was more busy then usual. Sheldon surprised us by bringing five wooden handmade birdhouse towel holders to sell in the thrift store. He made them in spite of a severely injured hand, which only goes to show what will power can do.

The following is news from Arlie Boggs Elementary School sent by Amy Bates:

“The District Governor’s Cup was held at Fleming- Neon Elementary on Jan. 24. ABE students Jacob Craiger placed third in mathematics and Austin Hamilton placed fourth in both social studies and arts/ humanities. They advanced to Regional in the academic tournament held at Letcher Elementary on Feb. 14. Jacob competed in mathematics and Austin competed in social studies and arts/humanities. We are very proud of these two students!

“Band students from ABE combined with band students from Martha Jane Potter to create the Letcher County South Band. This group performed in concert on April 19. at LCC. The students then performed at the Mountain Arts Center at the KMEA District Nine Concert Band Festival. For their performance, the band received a “distinguished” rating.

“Four students from ABE were selected for and participated in the KMEA District Nine Junior High All- District Band. They are Sara Maggard, Andrew Mullins, Troy Dingus, and Austin Hamilton. Dan Brennan was selected as the KMEA District Nine Middle School Teacher of the Year. The band program has achieved great successes in a very short amount of time. ABE seventh/eighth-grade students will travel to Savannah, Ga.; Beaufort, S.C; Hilton Head, S.C.; Charleston, S.C., and Asheville, N.C. We wish all the students and staff a safe and fun trip.

“Arlie Boggs UNITE Club with Letcher County USAP program had a meet/greet community information display at the end of March. Three girls who worked hard on Arlie Boggs activity display board are Kayla Lewis, Kayla Hornsby, and Ashley Jenkins. This get-together

was to inform the community about the many EYE Care different organizations in the county that are working with youth and after-school programs, and show the community how the funds are being spent.

“Arlie Boggs UNITE Club will be visiting our local senior citizens and will have lunch and do a craft with our friends when testing is over.”

Thought for the day: “We should seize the opportunity to give encouragement. Encouragement is oxygen to the s oul.”

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, Aubrey Wells, Roger Shelton, Bear Hissom, 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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