Whitesburg KY

Tony Gross home from hospital stay


Greetings to all from the Eolia Christian Community Outreach Center.

“When you pass through the waters I will be with you; and through the rivers they shall not overwhelm you.” Isaiah 43:2

I’ve missed writing my column the last few weeks due to Tony being very ill. I enjoy sharing with the readers what’s happening in our little valley, even though it’s not always exciting or considered newsworthy.

First and foremost, I want to thank the many folks who are praying for the love of my life. Tony has been in ICU and on life support for several days but by the grace of God is now home where we hope to keep him.

The last couple of weeks we’ve been going to Pikeville Medical Center for Tony’s radiation therapy, and I want to thank those who so kindly brought us those wonderful homecooked meals during that busy time, especially Drew and Leah Baldwin and Jim and Charlie Scott.

Also a big thanks to the mystery lawn mower who mowed our grass last week. How touching and delightful to drive home and see the lawn all cut and neat.

Sad to say, the last few weeks I’ve seen the deaths of these friends, Judy Branham, Kenneth Sturgill, Phyllis Brown and Ronnie Pennington. We extend deepest sympathy to the families.

I’m glad to hear Carolyn Couch didn’t have a heart attack after all, but may instead have gallbladder problems, which in itself is bad enough.

Emily Collier won the $100 prize sponsored by the Eolia Community Park. Money raised is used for maintenance and repairs.

Our good friends Sharon and Ray Bird have just returned from a well-deserved 10-day vacation. They spend the first six days in Branson, Mo., where the highlight of their visit was seeing a musical of Noah’s ark at the Sight and Sound Theatre.

They then went to San Antonio, Tex,. and later Memphis, Tenn. We’ve missed them and are glad to see them safely back home.

The ECCO volunteers have done a wonderful job holding down the fort during these past weeks. My neighbors Pete and Stephanie Broserma had Pete’s folks visiting from Canada for a few days. Pete’s dad dropped by to visit Tony.

Sheldon and Marie came for a brief visit and Florence and Don are visiting now from Pennsylvania. Don came with his usual goodies of shoo-fly pie and homemade bread from his Amish neighbors. Sheldon came with the sweetest little birdhouses to sell in the thrift store.

When Don came by for a visit, I was greeted at the door with a bouquet of daises and mountain laurel. Placed in a vase sitting on the kitchen counter they look so fresh and crisp. Now I know where the expression “fresh as a daisy” came from.

The children from Kid’s Time enjoyed visiting Bobby Adams farm and seeing his animals, especially the baby goats.

With that I’ll leave you with this quote from Stormie Omartian, “Don’t be overwhelmed . . . take it one day and one prayer at a time.”

Community Bulletin Board: Bible study each Monday evening 7 p.m. at ECCO. Eolia Community Park Committee meets the third Tuesday of each month at 7 p.m. at ECCO. Kid’s Time each Friday 10-11:15 a.m. at ECCO. ECCO Thrift Store open Monday, Wednesday, Thursday, and Friday, 10 a.m.-2 p.m. Good News Club each Wednesday 6:30-7:30 p.m. at the Eolia Mission for children three and up. Cumberland River Volunteer Fire Department meets the second Sunday of each month at the Partridge station, volunteers welcome. Partridge Lions Club meets the first and third 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 families of Judy Branham, Kenneth Sturgill, Phyllis Brown and Ronnie Pennington, Carolyn and Garland Couch, Hannah Burke, Judy McKnight, Richard McFarland, Don Brown, Raymond Kiser, Ralph Nease, Lucy Maggard, Stephanie Estep, Lillian and Nora Walker, Jack and Marie Snell, Don Billet, Sheldon and Marie Starr, 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, our troops in Afghanistan, and Iraq, the United States, our President and the leaders of our country, all the children hurt by war, and the ministry of ECCO.

Until next week, from myself and the folks at ECCO, God bless.

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