Whitesburg KY

Volunteers enjoy being together on pantry day


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

“For God so loved the world that He gave His only begotten Son, that whosoever believeth in Him should not perish, but have everlasting life.” John 3:16.

On our food distribution day at ECCO, we were fortunate to have lots of help from local people. Katie Dollarhide along with two friends came over the mountain to help out, but saw we had plenty of workers and decided to shop and visit instead.

On pantry day, I always like to have a good dinner for the volunteers and we were pleased that our friends from Chambersburg decided to delay their return trip until after lunch. Pastor Lloyd and Shannon joined us as well with Shannon bringing her wonderful homemade rolls. Altogether we had 22 friends and neighbors enjoying a meal of fried chicken, potato salad, green beans, baked beans, hot rolls and banana pudding. For the volunteers, pantry day has become an opportunity for us to enjoy a time of fellowship as we share a meal together.

I hope all the ladies had a good Valentine’s Day. I usually get a box of candy, but I made out like a bandit this year receiving perfume, candy, and flowers.

I’m thankful the storms we had last week were no worse then they were, even though it was still a little scary. The wind was so powerful it took down the flagpoles at our house and also the one at ECCO. At one time it sounded like a train coming down our valley but just as quickly as it came up, it was over, leaving clouds of gold and pinks and purple with breathtaking blue skies as it exited Eolia and headed for Virginia.

I ran outside with my camera, quickly taking pictures from the front porch and the back deck before the incredible scene vanished. But I wasn’t the only one taking advantage of this moment when God was displaying his handiwork in the heavens. Looking towards my neighbor’s house I saw Pete out with his camera doing the same. I later learned that Mark was also out with his camera trying to capture a picture of double rainbows on Pine Mountain.

The Arlie Boggs Elementary will be hosting a casual, drop-in parent breakfast reception in the library at 8:15 a.m. on Feb. 19.

Thought for the day: “You may give without loving, but cannot love without giving.”

Community Bulletin Board: Kids Time each Friday at ECCO 10-11:15 a.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, Neighborhood Watch meeting 7 p.m. the second Tuesday of each month at ECCO, Cumberland River Volunteer Fire Dept. meets 11 a.m. the second. Sunday of each month at the Partridge Station, volunteers welcome. Rockvine Baptist Youth meets each Wednesday at 6 p.m., Bible study also at 6 p.m. — bus will run. Call Mindy at 589-6226 or Linda at 633-4948. Partridge Lions Club meets 6:30 p.m. the first and third of each month at the Ovenfork Senior Citizens Center. Come and bring a guest. Eolia Park Committee meets the third Tuesday of each month at ECCO, 7 p.m.

This week our prayer list includes Bear Hissom, Donna Shelton, Seth Collins, Barb Shelton, Stephanie Estep, Raymond Kiser, Judy Branham, Jean Hampton, Lucy Maggard, Jean Hunsucker, Lillian and Nora Walker, Kess “Rusty” Halcomb, Ruth Halcomb. Olivia Blair, Jack and Marie Snell, Sheldon Starr, Dorothy Nease 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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