Whitesburg KY

Wildflower has smiley face


Greetings to all from the Eolia Christian Community Outreach Center.

“Charity suffereth long, and is kind,” I Corinthians 13:4.

As each spring brings with it the rebirth of nature and newness of life, I find it especially pleasant to receive a visit from a bird I’ve never seen before or a wildflower that makes its way to my yard. I’m revealing my age here, but I find as I get older it’s the wondrous creation of the good earth around us that one can find great pleasure and contentment.

While viewing one of Don Billet’s photos of a bright yellow wildflower recently taken in our mountains, he told me to look real close and what I saw in the middle of this tiny flower was a smiley face looking back at me. Whether it was seeds or tiny insects is irrelevant, I don’t know, but it was a smiley face just the same.

In a world of iPhones, iPads, and all the other ‘i’s,’ it’s easy to overlook the beauty of where we live waiting for us right outside our door.

We were happy to get a visit, brief as it was, from Holly and Mike Bowmen from the Wooster Presbyterian

Church. They delivered a truckload of furniture, clothes, etc., visited a couple of hours and headed back to Ohio. They would have stayed longer but Mike had to play the bells next day in their church service.

At our quarterly board meeting we were happy to vote Thelma Halcomb as our newest board member. We are so sorry to be losing two good friends and ECCO supporters from our community. Ray and Sharon Bird are leaving their Eolia nest and building a new one in Harlan County. Ray wanted to resign from ECCO’s board but I refused his resignation telling him the drive from Harlan wasn’t that far.

Ray is the kind of person you want on your side, but heaven help you if he’s not. We truly appreciate his enthusiastic support of ECCO through the years and look forward to the relationship continuing.

We are also happy to welcome John Osbourne as a volunteer to our ECCO family. John is getting his life together and trying to make a home for his children and grandkids.

One of our goals at ECCO is to “lift up the hands that hang down” and we are more then glad to offer John our friendship as well as our moral and spiritual support.

With that said, I’ll leave you with this thought for the day: A kind word picks up a man when trouble weighs him down.

Community Bulle- tin Board: Gospel singing the second Friday of each month at ECCO at 7 p.m.; Cumberland River Volunteer Fire Department meets the second Sunday of each month at ECCO at 11 a.m. at the Partridge station, volunteers welcome; Bible study each Monday at ECCO at 7 p.m.; 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 Pat Osbourne, Stephanie Estep, Gary Ganther, Garland Couch, Don Brown, Louise Boggs, Ted Corder, Betty Terry, Jack and Marie Snell, Nora Walker, Helen Chapman and Brenda Gross.

Also lift up in your prayers 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 time from the folks at ECCO, God bless.

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