Whitesburg KY

Wood carver teaches classes


Greetings to all from the Eolia Christian Community Outreach Center.

“I will sing unto the Lord as long as I live: I will sing praise to my God while I have my being.” Psalm 104:33

What a wonderful sight to see the little birds with chests out thrust heralding in spring with their glorious songs. I enjoy a wonderful symphony of music each morning in my backyard as the birds welcome the day.

We recently had a committee meeting for our homeless shelter and things are progressing along. Of course it seems everything is going at a snail’s pace because we’re very enthused and anxious to see this happen. But before any property can be obtained we must first go through the legal process of becoming incorporated and filing for 501©(3) status. We want to thank Attorney James Hubbard for preparing the legal documents.

Diane Watts is diligently working with other homeless shelters and checking out their guidelines. The neighboring shelters are very happy we’re creating a shelter in Letcher County because they get the overfl ow from our county.

Last week ECCO hosted Paul Papanack, a retired schoolteacher from Dayton, Ohio and experienced wood carver. Paul along with Sheldon Starr and Amy Gross gave wood craving classes to children at Arlie Boggs Elementary School. Paul supplies the students with a soft bass wood and carving tools which they could keep. He plans to return again this month for another class. Paul has been teaching wood carving for several years now, mostly to children on Indian reservations. This is his first trip to eastern Kentucky and says he loves it here.

During his stay we had a week’s revival at the ECCO Chapel which he attended each night. He was delighted with the old time mountain hymns accompanied by guitars, mandolins, and banjo. Being brought up Methodist, he “got right in.”

With that I’ll close with this thought for the day. Basic for happiness: something to do, something to love, something to look forward to.

Community Bulletin Board: Partridge Lions Club meets the first and third Thursday of each month at 6:30 p.m. at the Ovenfork Senior Citizens Center, come and bring a guest. Bible study at ECCO each Monday evening at 7:00 with teacher John Doug Hays, all welcome.

Our prayer list includes the families of Ronnie Smith, Johnny Hiram Sturgill and Lois Sturgill, we extend deepest sympathy to their families; Dudley Short, David

Combs, Leonard Smith, Gloria Beachy, Pearl Baker, Betty Maggard, Garland and Carolyn Couch, Gay Sturgill, Betty Terry, Allen Profit, Ted and Judy Corder, Don Brown, Marie Snell, Ruby Sturgill, Nora Walker and Brenda Gross.

Also lift up in prayer those struggling with alcohol and drug addiction, may they be delivered, our military troops around the world, our President and the leaders of our country, the United States, all he children hurt by war, and ministry of ECCO.

Until next time from the folks at ECCO, God bless.

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