Whitesburg KY

Time to plant willow trees

Greetings to all from the Eolia Christian Community Outreach Center.

“And Jesus looking upon them saith, With men it is impossible, but not with God: for with God all things are possible.” Mark 10:27.

This time of the year is perfect weather for enjoying time outside. I’ve been transplanting daylilies that I’ve ignored for the last three of four years. Connie Sturgill with the County Soil Conservation Agency said the middle of November is a good time to plant willow trees. This is simply done by planting a branch from a willow tree. How easy is that, and how lovely they are.

We planted two in front of the ECCO Center a few years ago and they’re not only beautiful but provide a lot of shade. Tony always kept them nicely trimmed, but with him gone I’m afraid we’ll have a lot of broken branches come winter. I’m still amazed at all the little jobs he did over the years without giving it a second thought.

For two weeks in a row we’ve been privileged to have District Judge Kelsey Friend from Pikeville teach our Monday night Bible study. Both times he brought inmates from the Pike County Jail that either blessed us with song or gave a stirring testimony of how God has changed their lives.

We appreciate Judge Friend for taking the time from his busy schedule to give us a more in depth understanding of the Word.

Thanks again to the gals from KRCC for making our October food boxes for Pantry Day.

Our community is so saddened by the unexpected death of Travis McDaniels. Most people have a signature trait that when their name is mentioned comes to mind. With Travis it was that big wonderful smile that reached from ear to ear and made his blue eyes twinkle like diamonds. He was always friendly and pleasant to everyone. It was so easy to give Travis a big hug each time I saw him, because Travis was a “people person” and everyone knew it. Eolia

I extend deepest sympathy to family and friends because I know he left a void that cannot be filled.

ECCO was happy to welcome Holly and Mike Bowmen from Wooster, Oh. They delivered a truckload of furniture consisting of a king size bed and mattress, assorted chairs, desks, dressers, computer chairs, bookshelves, etc. We don’t often get furniture and it doesn’t last long.

Thanks to Rodney and Liz Sturgill and Sheldon and Marie Starr for helping unload.

With that I’ll leave you with an Aesop fable written by a 6th century B.C. Samian black slave, ‘The Wolf and the Kid’:

There was once a little kid whose growing horns made him think he was a grown- up billy goat and able to take care of himself. So one evening when the flock started home from the pasture and his mother called, the kid paid no heed and kept right on nibbling the tender grass. A little later when he lifted his head, the flock was gone. He was all alone. The sun was sinking. Long shadows came creeping over the ground. A chilly little wind came creeping with them making scary noises in the grass. The kid shivered as he thought of the terrible wolf. Then he started wildly over the field, bleating for his mother. But not halfway, near a clump of trees, there was a wolf! The kid knew there was little hope for him. “Please, Mr. Wolf,” he said trembling, “I know you are going to eat me. But first please pipe me a tune for I want to dance and be merry as long as I can.” The wolf liked the idea of a little music before eating, so he struck up a merry tune and the kid leaped and frisked gaily. Meanwhile, the flock was moving slowly homeward. In the still evening air the wolf’s piping carried far. The shepherd dogs pricked up their ears. They recognized the song the wolf sings before a feast, and in a moment they were racing back to the pasture. The wolf ’s song ended suddenly, and as he ran, with the dogs at his heels, he called himself a fool for turning piper to please a kid when he should have stuck to his butcher’s trade.

Moral of the story: Do not let anything turn you from your purpose.

Community Bulletin Board: Eolia Youth Group meets at ECCO each Thursday at 5:30 p.m., come and join the fun. Cumberland River Volunteer Fire Department meets the second Sunday of each month 11 a.m. at the Partridge Station, volunteers are welcome. Bible study each Monday evening at 7 p.m. at ECCO, all are welcome. Partridge Lions Club meets the first and thirdd Tuesday of each month at 6:30 p.m. at the Ovenfork Senior Citizens Center, come and bring a guest.

This week our prayer list includes the family of Travis McDaniels, Marie and Jack Snell, Ruth Halcomb, Stephanie Estep, Charlie Scott, Ted Corder, Betty Terry, Gay Sturgill, Gary Gainther, Nora Walker, Phyllis Pennington, Helen Chapman and Brenda Gross.

Also lift up in your prayers all those struggling with drugs and alcohol addiction, may they be delivered, our military troops around the world, 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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