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Verdell and Vernie Sturgill celebrate birthdays


Pictured with Mickey Mouse are Letcher County students Brooke Saurer (left) and Sadie Bates. The Letcher County Central High School Band performed in a parade at Disney World this month.

Pictured with Mickey Mouse are Letcher County students Brooke Saurer (left) and Sadie Bates. The Letcher County Central High School Band performed in a parade at Disney World this month.

Greetings to all from the Eolia Christian Community Outreach Center.

“If anyone wishes to come after Me, he must deny himself, and take up his cross and follow Me. For whoever wishes to save his life will lose it; but whoever loses his life for My sake will find it.” Matthew 16:24, 25

I’ve missed a few weeks writing my column, mostly due to the many spring projects going on at ECCO and home. But I think we’re about to get caught up largely because of the hard work of ECCO volunteer Neal Creech. Thanks to Neal, among the many projects he helps with ECCO is now sporting a freshly painted porch and today he stained our new garbage shed and birdhouse planter.

Everyone has an enjoyable time at our monthly gospel singing held the second Friday of each month at 7 p.m. at our ECCO chapel. Last Friday after the service and before we were dismissed, everyone broke out singing “Happy Birthday” to beloved friends Minister Verdell Sturgill and his wife Vernie. They both had a birthday in the same week of April and we threw them a party in the ECCO community room. I must say the look of surprise on Verdell’s face was priceless. We so enjoyed planning and having the party and presenting them with gifts because Verdell and Vernie are treasured members of our community and we appreciate their faithfulness.



I was saddened to hear of the death of Earl Terry and we extend deepest sympathy to his family. While remembering Earl, what immediately comes to mind was his wonderful smile. When Earl smiled his whole face would light up and his very blue eyes would dance with merriment. His life was an amazing testimony to the kind of life we all should live.

I had known Earl all my life, and his wife Betty was my mother’s best friend and during those years I never heard him raise his voice in anger. I never heard him speak an unkind word to or about another. He dearly loved his family, which was clearly evidenced by their home life. With all the world’s riches no inheritance could compare to the legacy of a life so well lived.

I want to say how very much I appreciate the lovely crocheted table doily given to me by Jean Riddle. It is a round piece with pods of purple grapes surrounded by green and white. It is truly an intricate work of art and I’m happy to proudly display it on my dining room table.

A big thanks to those who participated in putting together the 50 Easter bags that went to the Ovenfork Senior Citizens Center. We hope the seniors enjoyed receiving them as much as we enjoyed making them.

We’ve changed our pricing system a bit at our ECCO thrift store. We now have a continuing half-price sale on selected items. The items half priced for that particular week will have a selected color dot on the label. It seems as customers are becoming familiar with the system; they’re quickly able to pick out the bargains.

With that, I’ll close with this thought for the day. Keep your chin up and your knees down.

Community Bulle- tin Board: Gospel singing the second Friday of each month at ECCO at 7 p.m., Bible study with John Doug Hays or Judge Kelsey Friend each Monday at ECCO at 7 p.m., Cumberland River Volunteer Fire Department meets the second Sunday of each month at 11 a.m. 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 family of Earl Terry, Gary Ganther, Garland Couch, Stephanie Estep, Don Brown, Clay and Linda Sturgill, Louise Boggs, Ted Corder, Betty Terry, Jack and Marie Snell, Nora Walker, Helen Chapman and Brenda Gross.

Also lift up in prayer all those struggling with drug 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 week from the folks at ECCO, God bless.

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