Whitesburg KY

The sounds of fall have arrived


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

“Whoso keepeth his mouth and his tongue keepeth his soul from troubles.” Proverbs 21:23

There’s a different sound in the air, the birds seem quieter, the breeze blowing through the trees seems to have a different rustle, even the sound of the insects has changed. I believe it’s the sound of fall.

I’ve noticed some of our foliage is already changing colors and the days are nice with an occasional cool breeze. It’s the time of year for long walks, fresh apples, and festivals.

I’ve been busy cleaning out flower boxes where petunias have out bloomed themselves. Once the stems began to turn brown they’re just about done for. It’s now time to bring out the mums or, as some call them, fall roses.

Thanks to the efforts of Kess and Thelma Halcomb, the Eolia Park is displaying the bright colors of fall with assorted mums in several flower beds.

We’re so glad to hear Clay Sturgill is out of the hospital and doing better. His wife Linda is a regular at our weekly Bible study and we’ve all been praying for Clay and his family.

Garland Couch has also been in the hospital and in our prayers also.

ECCO received an unexpected visit from Robert Strodulski, agency services coordinator for God’s Pantry Food Bank located in Lexington. Robert does an annual monitoring each year and I didn’t have a clue he was coming. Thanks to the vigilance of our volunteers, everything was in order. One report said we “hauled, unloaded, stacked, boxed and gave out 64,392 pounds of food.”

I also received a followup report from Robert, which concluded by saying “Outstanding, Clean and safe food! See you next year.”

Brenda Sturgill was the winner of the quilt from the contest of guessing how many pennies are in a gallon jar. The proceeds went to the Eolia Park.

A word of advice, don’t ever underestimate your grandchildren. Emily has been asking for a go-kart, which Tony and I are a little wary of for safety reasons. So, her being just nine years old, Tony told her if she’d save up half the money he’d give her the rest to buy it with. He thought that would be the end of it. Wrong. Emily worked all summer at her Mamaw Barb’s dog grooming shop and saved every cent, and would you believe she has almost half the money.

With that I’ll leave you with a thought for the day: “Silence is one of the hardest arguments to refute.”

Community bulletin board: Bible sturdy each Monday at ECCO at 7 p.m., 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, Kid’s Time will resume Sept. 18, Cumberland River Volunteer Fire Dept. 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.

This week our prayer list includes Denise Bedwell, Garland Couch, Jimmy Adams, Clay Sturgill, Don Brown, Bear Hissom, Roger Shelton, Seth Collins, Raymond Kiser, Ralph Nease, Stephanie Estep, Judy Branham, Lillian and Nora Walker, Kess “Rusty” Halcomb, Ruth Halcomb, Olivia Blair, Jack and Marie Snell, Dorothy Nease, Helen Chapman, and Tony 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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