Whitesburg KY

Volunteers share workload at ECCO


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

“Thus it is written, and thus it behoved Christ to suffer, and to rise from the dead the third day: And that repentance and remission of sins should be preached in his name among all nations, beginning at Jerusalem.” St. Luke 24:46-47

The activities the last couple of weeks at ECCO have been a whirlwind of projects from making strawberry rhubarb jam, peanut butter fudge, Easter wreathes and there’s always the job of sorting clothes. We were glad to get seeds and Tony and I wish to thank the following volunteers for their help labeling and bagging — Rodney Sturgill, Glenda Mullins, Sherry Pound, Sharelene Cornett, Maxine Parsons and Liz Sturgill. Without their help it would have taken all week to do this alone.

There was a party atmosphere and everyone seemed to enjoy the time we spent together. I was more than glad to treat everyone to a lunch of pizza, chicken Alfredo pasta and cherry pie. We appreciate our volunteers and love to show it.

Sharlene Cornett, a member of St. George Catholic Church in Jenkins, came Friday to help Liz sort clothes and brought a delicious tanglewood pie for dessert. She also gave me a recipe for another dessert, rhubarb custard pie, which I intend to make as soon as rhubarb comes in season.

Sharlene will be starting an outreach ministry located in the Hall of the Catholic church in Jenkins, hopefully by fall of this year. We at ECCO are glad to help in any way we can. I will pass along more information as it becomes available.

Also, Stephanie wants to inform you there will be no Kid’s Time on Good Friday, April 10.

I’ll leave you with a quote from Pastor Charles Stanley: “What are you doing with the amazing message of God’s love? The commission to ‘go and make disciples’ is meant to be an integral part of every believer’s life. We should share about Jesus while at home, at work, among friends, or pursuing hobbies. In other words, we are to celebrate Easter every day.”

News from the Ovenfork Senior Citizens Center by Jewell Maggard:

“Hi seniors. There are so many with health problems in our land. A lot of it is due to being overweight, which I’m guilty of, and other bad habits like smoking which destroys the lungs. We can’t blame anyone but ourselves. But it’s comforting to know that even through our bad decisions in life, the Lord is still with us. Read Exodus 23:25

“We want to thank Ms. Sturgill, a teacher from the Arlie Boggs School, and her first- and second-grade class for the beautiful colored pictures of Easter eggs that we hung around our center making it look more like spring.

“We also wish to thank T.J. from Letcher Manor Nursing Home who gave our seniors a talk about rehabilitation. They do a great job getting folks back on their feet.

“My daughter, Becky, who lives in Tennessee, is already mowing her grass.

“I was glad to hear from my dear friend, Anna Lou Combs, who is doing okay.

“Mabel Gilliam had another heart stent and is doing great. The Lord is truly blessing her. All the other seniors are about the same.

“We went for a visit and singing at the home of Jack and Marie Snell along with Pastor Lloyd and Shannon Mullins and were all truly blessed by the experience. Get out this week and visit someone who is homebound and the Lord will bless you and them.”

Community bulletin board: Kid’s Time each Friday 10-11:15 a.m. at ECCO. 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 Department 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 Thursday of each month at the Ovenfork Senior Citizen Center; come and bring a guest. Eolia Community Park Committee meets the third Tuesday of each month at 7 p.m. at ECCO; all welcome. Bible study each Monday evening 7 p.m. at ECCO; all welcome.

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