COOP9002's SparkPeople Blog http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal.asp?id=COOP9002 COOP9002's Blog on SparkPeople, home of free diet plans and a healthy living community SparkPeople.com http://assets2.sparkpeople.com/assets/nav/logo_spark.gif http://www.sparkpeople.com/ Sunday http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5836381 This morning our choir led us in worship with the "Hallelujah Chorus" and we were blessed with a nice crowd, although we do have some folks who were away with school out next week. <BR> <BR> We'll have our monthly business meeting tonight followed by some b-ball. <BR> <BR> Hope your Sunday is going well. <BR> <BR> Blessings Sun, 21 Dec 2014 14:27:45 EST Saturday http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5835937 Another crazy weekend continues here in our community. our area churches come together for "A Night in Bethlehem" in the town square. we were unable to have it last year due to a snowstorm. hopefully, the weather will give us a good turnout. <BR> <BR> my wife is trying to finish up some last minute Christmas shopping this afternoon as well. <BR> <BR> Enjoy your Saturday Sat, 20 Dec 2014 15:01:35 EST Friday http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5835494 i was able to get a run in at the rec center this morning. After picking up our youngest daughter from school, i took a man who had been living with his relatives for the past seven months to the bus station. Merry Christmas to them! <BR> <BR> Now i am home waiting for my wife to get home so i can see what she has planned for me this evening. <BR> <BR> Blessings. Fri, 19 Dec 2014 15:38:24 EST Thursday http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5834932 our part of the country was greeted with a little snow this morning. since it's the first one of the season, things are a little crazy around here. i'm trying to get some things done around the office this morning, which is fun since our secretary is out of the office for a few days. <BR> <BR> Enjoy your Thursday. Thu, 18 Dec 2014 11:58:00 EST Wednesday http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5834365 Perhaps i am wimping out as i age, but i chose to run inside this morning at our local rec center. my threshold for the cold has gotten worse over the past couple of years, so rather than risk a cold, i exercise inside on mornings like today. <BR> <BR> now it's time to get ready for a busy evening. our church family will gather as several of us go caroling throughout our community. we will visit nursing homes, a senior adult community, and the homes of various shut-ins in town. <BR> <BR> En... Wed, 17 Dec 2014 10:29:51 EST Cooler day http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5833884 The sudden shift in our weather will force us to do more things inside than out. We had become a little spoiled here in mid-Mo with these unseasonable temps. <BR> <BR> oh well, with Christmas less than ten days away i guess it's time for some colder weather. <BR> <BR> Enjoy your Tuesday Tue, 16 Dec 2014 11:47:21 EST Who Took My Cheese? http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5833322 i'm not sure how to evaluate how our different approach to Bible Study went last night. Some people seemed to enjoy it, while others had that "who took my cheese?" look on their face. <BR> <BR> Hopefully, we can begin to prepare folks for a somewhat significant change in the way we do ministry around this place. <BR> <BR> Blessings. Mon, 15 Dec 2014 10:25:56 EST And Now For Something Completely Different http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5832888 we're going to try something a little different during our evening Bible Study time. Since our folks are already seated at round tables, i am going to walk them through the process of some inductive Bible Study. <BR> <BR> Rather than spending 45 minutes listening to me, I am hoping to give them the skills and confidence to begin to lead each other in Bible Study. <BR> <BR> Blessings Sun, 14 Dec 2014 14:22:59 EST Saturday http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5832451 i was glad to get out for a run this morning. now the crazy day gets in gear. we have a youth fellowship tonight and a retirement reception that we need to attend earlier in the evening that's about 30 miles away. <BR> <BR> blessings Sat, 13 Dec 2014 14:48:30 EST Friday http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5831967 After my longest run in quite sometime this morning, i am getting ready to host our daughter and one of her friends this afternoon. her school gets out early today, so the two of them are wanting to take advantage of the day. <BR> <BR> we're looking towards another busy weekend here in our little community. the youth Christmas party is tomorrow night, along with a reception for one of our members who is retiring from his job as a circuit court judge. <BR> <BR> Enjoy your day. Fri, 12 Dec 2014 13:23:35 EST Thursday http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5831487 I went to a meeting in Moberly this morning, and now i'm back in the office for a few minutes before i have to take our youngest daughter to her orthodontist appointment in CoMo.. <BR> <BR> <BR> Enjoy your Thursday Thu, 11 Dec 2014 16:09:23 EST Wednesday http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5830834 it's another typically busy Wednesday here at the church. Praying that we can get everything done and that tonight is a special evening on all friends. <BR> <BR> hope your Wednesday is going well. <BR> <BR> Blessings Wed, 10 Dec 2014 11:34:14 EST Shift in Preparations http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5830261 we are trying to get some things done at our house. my wife finished a key part of the decorations for our oldest daughter's wedding that will be this coming summer. now she is trying to focus on getting the house and our family ready for Christmas. <BR> <BR> hope your Tuesday is going well. Tue, 9 Dec 2014 11:13:28 EST Monday http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5829649 yesterday went well. Scott is fitting well into our church family and our community. it's good that his family got moved into town this week, so they can begin to have a sense of normalcy. <BR> <BR> hope your Monday is going well. Mon, 8 Dec 2014 11:26:55 EST Sunday http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5829155 Enjoying our first Sunday with our new youth minister on the field & looking forward to what the Father has in store for us in the years ahead. <BR> <BR> Blessings Sun, 7 Dec 2014 15:59:46 EST Saturday http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5828638 i just got back from helping our new youth minister move into his house. there was a great crew of folks there, so i really didn't have much to do. however, when i picked up a box i believe that i pulled something in my back.. <BR> <BR> oh the joys of getting older. <BR> <BR> Blessings Sat, 6 Dec 2014 14:04:27 EST Friday http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5828211 The yucky weather continues here in Mid-Mo. my oldest daughter and I are heading to CoMo to catch a movie tonight. I am thankful for this time that i still get to spend with her. She will be married and moved away by mid-Summer. <BR> <BR> Enjoy your Friday Fri, 5 Dec 2014 16:37:43 EST Yucky Thursday http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5827534 last night was our first Wednesday meeting of our new youth minister with our students. Things went well, and it is giving him the opportunity to get to know some of them, and to discover the vision that the Father has given him for this church's ministry to students. <BR> <BR> hope your Thursday is going well. Thu, 4 Dec 2014 11:33:57 EST Wednesday http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5826965 <em>30</em> Wed, 3 Dec 2014 11:50:24 EST Tuesday http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5826561 sorry for the late entry. our internet has been rather slow today. <BR> <BR> hope your Tuesday is going well. Tue, 2 Dec 2014 18:39:20 EST Monday http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5825782 Trying to catch up after the holiday. Our new youth minister is in the office today! Enjoy yor Monday. Mon, 1 Dec 2014 11:50:38 EST Sunday http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5825247 we had a great time of worship this morning, even though we were missing some of our regulars due to the holiday weekend. we started with some Christmas music this morning, especially since it's the first Sunday of Advent. <BR> <BR> Enjoy your Day Sun, 30 Nov 2014 14:59:58 EST Busy Saturday http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5824827 my wife and i went to Jeff City Mo to a car dealer to look for her a newer car. I will be using her car, and we will give my car to our daughter's fiance, since he hit a deer last week and his is barely road legal. <BR> <BR> we have approached this whole process with prayer and probably too much analysis. <BR> <BR> Enjoy your Saturday Sat, 29 Nov 2014 18:49:49 EST Friday http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5824287 Enjoyed an outdoor run this morning. It was breezy and a bit cool, but it was still nice to get outside. hope you're enjoying the day after Thanksgiving. <BR> <BR> Blessings Fri, 28 Nov 2014 14:18:12 EST Happy Thanksgiving!! http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5823979 <em>30</em> Thu, 27 Nov 2014 20:25:01 EST Response to Al Sharpton http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5822801 i try not to be overly political in these little posts. however, as a native of and resident of the state of Missouri, i am feeling compelled to make just a few comments regarding the unrest in Ferguson. <BR> <BR> As a child my mother taught me a very important lesson. When i would come home and go on a tirade about the way that someone acted towards me, she would simply say, "Don't be too quick to judge someone until you've walked a mile in their shoes." <BR> <BR> Now i realize that this... Tue, 25 Nov 2014 12:15:13 EST Monday http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5822375 the radical weather shift has forced me indoors for my running this week. i can handle the colder temps, but the 20-30 mph wind is more than i feel like dealing with early in the morning. we are trying to get some things done so that we can head to my folks for Thanksgiving. We will travel on Thursday since it's only about 90 minutes away. our oldest daughter and her fiance are heading the Oklahoma to spend time with his family. <BR> <BR> Enjoy your Monday Mon, 24 Nov 2014 16:49:42 EST Faithful Servant http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5821665 Our church family took the time to honor our senior adult/evangelism minister, Clyde Chiles, who is retiring this year. We were able to have a couple of gentlemen share about how the Father had used he and his wife to change their life. <BR> <BR> Good day. Sun, 23 Nov 2014 14:07:26 EST Saturday http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5821104 today, my wife, our youngest daughter and i are going to Columbia to get new phones. It's always nice to spend the day together. Hopefully, the weather will remain nice. It's a little cool and cloudy but nice to have temps back in the 50's. <BR> <BR> Enjoy your Saturday Sat, 22 Nov 2014 12:05:35 EST Friday http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5820749 my wife took a day off from work, so we've actually been hanging out on my day off. getting ready to pick up Olivia and then chill some more at home. <BR> <BR> Enjoy your Friday Fri, 21 Nov 2014 15:50:00 EST Thursday http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5820131 i was able to get a cycle at the rec center this morning. it was actually rather quiet there today. after making a quick trip to the hospital in Columbia, i am back in town and wondering what the rest of the day holds. <BR> <BR> Enjoy your Thursday Thu, 20 Nov 2014 13:10:22 EST A Little Warmer http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5819501 hopefully, the weather where you are is starting to moderate a little. We have a bearable day here in mid-Mo. Looks like i might even go out for a short walk after lunch. <BR> <BR> Enjoy your Wednesday Wed, 19 Nov 2014 11:58:09 EST Tuesday http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5818929 like most of you the "polar vortex" has us here in mid-Mo in it's icy grip. fortunately, i was able to make it to the rec center this morning and find a stationary bike to get some exercise. hope your Tuesday is going well. we are simply trying to stay ahead of the curve as the holiday season quickly approaches. <BR> <BR> Blessings Tue, 18 Nov 2014 12:34:10 EST Monday Morning http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5818314 our youngest daughter is feeling better today. she slept most of the day yesterday, and that seems to have helped. thanks to those of you who prayed for her. <BR> <BR> like most of the country, we are stuck in the deep freeze here in mid-Mo. fortunately, i have some exercise options besides running outside that should help me stay on track. <BR> <BR> i'm getting ready for a ministerial alliance meeting that our church is hosting at lunch. hopefully, we can get everything lined out for the... Mon, 17 Nov 2014 11:54:22 EST Sunday http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5817811 our oldest daughter should be on her way back from Hannibal soon, while our youngest daughter seems to have caught a stomach bug. she woke up this morning and complained of some stomach pains, then she said she felt tired. she has been in bed for all but a half-hour today. <BR> <BR> the cold weather has made things interesting in mid-Mo, and i am heading back to church for our monthly business meeting later this evening. <BR> <BR> hope your Sunday is going well. Sun, 16 Nov 2014 15:00:04 EST Saturday http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5817288 we've got a wild Saturday ahead. our youngest daughter left for Hannibal after work to see a play tonight. fortunately we've talked her into spending the night rather than trying to drive back this evening. our youngest has a youth event this evening. so after my wife picks up the dogs from the groomers, her and i will head to Columbia for some time with just the two of us. <BR> <BR> hope your Saturday is going well. Sat, 15 Nov 2014 13:44:29 EST Friday http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5816756 since today was a running day, i went to the rec center and ran lots of laps before it got too crowded. now i'm home on my day off trying to catch up on some things. <BR> <BR> Enjoy your Friday. Fri, 14 Nov 2014 12:56:24 EST Thursday http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5816155 It was good to get out early, head to the gym and get a stationary bike ride in this morning. the gentleman on the bike next to me is a retired Air Force vet. We had a nice conversation, that is between when we could actually get a word out. <BR> <BR> Hope your Thursday is going well. Thu, 13 Nov 2014 11:56:57 EST Forced Indoors http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5815481 Hope you're enjoying your Wednesday. I am fortunate to have a rec center that i can use when this weather gets a little crazy for outdoor exercise. Usually, i can run when it's about 20 degrees F, even with a single digit windchill. however, i need to have some time (usually a week or two) for my body to adjust to more frigid temps. this sudden Arctic drop is too much for this old guy, so i headed inside where i was still able to get a nice run. <BR> <BR> Blessings Wed, 12 Nov 2014 11:00:38 EST Tuesday http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5814990 the beautiful Fall weather is gone for a while. Our temps here in mid-Mo dropped about 40 degrees (F) from yesterday. At least we are not dealing with 18 inches of snow like the folks in Minnesota and Michigan. <BR> <BR> It looks like i will be using the rec center quite a lot over the next few days. <BR> <BR> Blessings Tue, 11 Nov 2014 14:56:40 EST Monday http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5814220 We are being blessed with one more gorgeous Fall day, before the bottom falls out here in mid-Mo. Of course, i am not complaining. We have been blessed with some amazing weather this Fall. <BR> <BR> Enjoy your Monday. Mon, 10 Nov 2014 12:03:21 EST Sunday http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5813636 we had a wonderful morning worship time at church today. a couple of ladies joined our fellowship this morning after being away for a while. <BR> <BR> now i am trying to help our youngest daughter with her math <em>24</em> <BR> <BR> then i will get ready for Bible study tonight and hopefully some hoops later. <BR> <BR> Enjoy your Sunday Sun, 9 Nov 2014 13:48:47 EST Thanks for your prayers http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5813146 thanks to all of you who have been praying for Olivia. It seems that she did have some sinus issues, but it had not turned into an infection. we are beginning to wonder if some of her health challenges are not the result of her stress at school. hopefully, we can help her to work through them and begin to focus upon a more normal approach to her life. <BR> <BR> oh the joys of being a teenager. <BR> <BR> Blessings Sat, 8 Nov 2014 14:35:57 EST Friday http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5812601 i was able to get a nice run in this morning, although it was a little cold out there. now i am getting ready to take one of our dogs to the vet for her shots. this should be an experience. <BR> <BR> our youngest daughter, Olivia, has not been feeling well the past few days. she went to the doctor yesterday, and they didn't find anything wrong, except for some sinus issues. it looks like her lack of desire to go to school is causing her to try and make excuses not to go. <BR> <BR> Enjoy you... Fri, 7 Nov 2014 13:01:08 EST A Thought http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5812001 I just felt that this verse gives us a word for the times in which we live. <BR> <BR> "Indeed, all who desire to live godly in Christ Jesus will be persecuted" (2 Timothy 3:12). <BR> <BR> Blessings Thu, 6 Nov 2014 13:02:57 EST Typical Wednesday http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5811376 it was nice to get outside for a run this morning, even though it was a little cool. now i am trying to stay focused and get some things done before the craziness that is Wednesday hits here at FBCC. <BR> <BR> Enjoy the day. Wed, 5 Nov 2014 13:49:00 EST Happy Birthday, Dad!!! http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5810670 Today is my dad's 77th birthday. Fortunately he is still in good health, even though he has a low-grade leukemia. It was good to talk with him this morning, and i am truly blessed to not only have had him for a father, but to still have him around. <BR> <BR> Enjoy your Tuesday. Tue, 4 Nov 2014 11:44:18 EST Another Nice Fall Day http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5809899 we're enjoying another nice day here in mid-Mo. i was able to get outside for some exercise, however that may start to be a little more challenging throughout the rest of the week. hopefully, you have some alternative activities that you can do when the weather is not as cooperative as you'd like. <BR> <BR> Enjoy your Monday. Mon, 3 Nov 2014 10:31:57 EST Sunday http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5809454 i'm trying to get ready for Bible Study tonight at church. after that, i hope to get some exercise by playing some b-ball with the guys at the middle school. not sure what this week has in store, but i'm sure that my Savior does. <BR> <BR> Enjoy your Sunday Sun, 2 Nov 2014 16:31:20 EST Prep for the Wedding http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5808822 a new month has begun and we are busy trying to get things organized for an event that won't take place for another 8 months. Our daughter's wedding preparations are consuming much of our spare time and resources. We want this to be a memorable and exciting time for her and her future husband. However, i am looking forward to the days when my wife isn't cutting and sewing fabric four or five hours a night. <BR> <BR> back to wedding prep. Sat, 1 Nov 2014 17:37:16 EST