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=5784157 our wild weekend is nearing an end. Scott and his family are on their way back to Illinois. our church will hold a special-called meeting tonight to vote on whether or not to call him as our minister to youth and children. <BR> <BR> praying that all goes according to His plan <BR> <BR> Blessings Sun, 21 Sep 2014 15:59:33 EST Saturday http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5783605 it's been a crazy busy Saturday and that's all i have to say about that. <BR> <BR> Sat, 20 Sep 2014 16:26:07 EST oh well http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5782950 <em>41</em> Fri, 19 Sep 2014 11:58:39 EST Thursday http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5782467 Drove to Moberly for a meeting this morning, and now i'm trying to catch up a little. the crazy/busy weekend begins tomorrow. Praying that the Father's will shall be accomplished. <BR> <BR> Blessings Thu, 18 Sep 2014 16:40:46 EST Wednesday http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5781567 last night i attended two meetings. the first was a budget/finance committee meeting for our local association, where we were giving our director some guidelines on allowable expenses, and he had asked us to approve a conference that he will be attending later this year. fortunately that meeting was rather short. <BR> <BR> i was able to get back in town to spend a few moments with our youth and family minister search team as we prepare for this weekend. <BR> <BR> our candidate will be arriv... Wed, 17 Sep 2014 10:41:48 EST Tuesday http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5780962 i'm heading to the dentist this morning. got far too much to do this week. hope your Tuesday is going well. Tue, 16 Sep 2014 11:21:40 EST Back in the Office http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5780265 well i'm back in the office. things are relatively calm this morning. however, i have a lunch meeting with our ministerial alliance and a finance committee meeting for our association tomorrow night. <BR> <BR> enjoy your Monday. Mon, 15 Sep 2014 11:10:46 EST The final day http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5779637 my final day of vacation has begun. i will be back in the office tomorrow and preparing for an important weekend in the life of our church family. <BR> <BR> prayers appreciated Sun, 14 Sep 2014 11:28:27 EST Saturday http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5779372 enjoyed a run in some beautiful weather this morning then off to Pleasant Hill Mo for a family event. <BR> <BR> Hope you had a great Saturday Sat, 13 Sep 2014 22:48:05 EST Friday Morning http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5778593 I was able to get a long run in this morning, and get the lawn mowed. Since we're going to visit some family tomorrow, i wanted to make sure that i didn't have some tall grass awaiting us on our return. <BR> <BR> Hope your Friday is going well. <BR> Fri, 12 Sep 2014 12:46:43 EST Thursday http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5777917 it's hard to believe that it's already Thursday. i guess time flies when you're having fun. <BR> <BR> enjoy your day. Thu, 11 Sep 2014 11:54:49 EST Travel Day http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5777427 I was able to drive to Sedalia to day and spend some time with my parents. My mom surprised me by giving me my adoption papers. It's hard to imagine how much effort, energy, and resources were necessary even in 1964 to adopt a baby in our state. <BR> <BR> i am so thankful that they were willing to go through all the hoops that were necessary. <BR> <BR> Blessings Wed, 10 Sep 2014 19:03:15 EST Day 2 http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5776579 Getting settled into day 2 of my vacation week. i will take Olivia to the orthodontist office after school for a quick check on her teeth. Hopefully, your tuesday is going well. <BR> <BR> Tomorrow i will take a road trip to see my folks in Sedalia. <BR> <BR> Have a great Tuesday. Tue, 9 Sep 2014 13:03:00 EST Time Off http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5775849 Enjoying some time off this week. Our family is not going anywhere, but i will try to visit my folks later this week. <BR> <BR> Hope your week is going well. Mon, 8 Sep 2014 12:09:52 EST Sunday http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5775199 Hope your Sunday is going well. Enjoy a beautiful Fall day here in mid-Mo and looking forward to evening worship with hoops to follow. <BR> <BR> Blessings Sun, 7 Sep 2014 14:17:57 EST Sorry for Being Confused :) http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5774576 Sorry about all the confusion i caused yesterday by being confused. Our oldest daughter is on the road at her future sister-in-law's wedding. Our youngest daughter is hanging out with us after a busy Friday. I took her and a friend to our local high school football game that was delayed for a while due to lightening. <BR> <BR> Enjoying a somewhat calmer Saturday. <BR> <BR> Blessings Sat, 6 Sep 2014 12:52:56 EST Friday http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5773988 Our youngest daughter is heading to her future sister-in-law's wedding this weekend. So the three of us will have some time together. Olivia has an early out today, so i'll be picking her up soon. <BR> <BR> God a nice run in this morning and now it's time for lunch. <BR> <BR> Blessings Fri, 5 Sep 2014 12:55:36 EST Mildred http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5773419 This morning I was privileged to officiate a service for one of our longtime members. Mildred had been in a care facility for the past several years in another community so I didn't get the chance to know her as well as I'd liked. However, the chapel was full this morning of family and friends honoring her memory. <BR> <BR> Today she is rejoicing in the presence of her Savior. Thu, 4 Sep 2014 15:16:52 EST Done for now http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5772749 i am now officially in the 50 and over group. my colonoscopy is now a memory. fortunately i don't remember anything but the prep. the nurses and the doctor at the Columbia Endoscopy Center were amazing. they showed me great care and consideration during my brief stay. <BR> <BR> now i just have to wait 5 more years until i get to do it again. <BR> <BR> Blessings Wed, 3 Sep 2014 16:21:51 EST It has begun http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5771882 the preparations have begun. this afternoon i will begin drinking that wonderful stuff to help get me ready for my colonoscopy. the fast hasn't been so bad, but i am starting to feel a rumbly in my tummy, so i think that the "fun" is about to begin. <BR> <BR> Enjoy your Tuesday. Tue, 2 Sep 2014 12:23:37 EST Getting Ready for Wednesday http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5771180 Enjoying some time with my wife and our youngest daughter. This is my final day of normalcy with respect to my diet. I have my "procedure" on Wednesday, and get the joy of a cleansing and fast to prepare for it tomorrow. <BR> <BR> Blessings Mon, 1 Sep 2014 13:14:54 EST Sunday http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5770559 Yesterday afternoon was a great experience. The Tigers won after having some struggles in the middle part of the game. Unfortunately, the sun was hitting us without any cloud cover in the second half. <BR> <BR> I consider myself extremely fortunate to have been able to go. <BR> <BR> Now i'm trying to get ready for our evening worship tonight. <BR> <BR> blesings. Sun, 31 Aug 2014 15:27:50 EST M-I-Z... http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5769933 Got my run in this morning, although it was a little warmer than usual, because i slept in a little. Now, it's off to CoMo for some Mizzou Football. <BR> <BR> Enjoy your Saturday Sat, 30 Aug 2014 12:31:58 EST Friday http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5769463 The holiday weekend has begun for me since i am taking the day off. i am looking forward to going to my first Mizzou football game this Saturday. One of our deacons, Dan, invited me to go with him tomorrow. <BR> <BR> While i have been fortunate to attend several basketball games this will be my first ever trip to the ZOU!! <BR> <BR> After Sunday the rest of the weekend heads down hill, especially since i will be prepping for a colonoscopy starting on Tuesday for Wednesday morning. Oh well,... Fri, 29 Aug 2014 14:59:42 EST Thursday http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5768642 We were finally able to eat supper around 8 last night after church. Our daughter got to open her birthday gifts and spend some time with us. Today is a bit more of a relaxed day here at church. <BR> <BR> Enjoy your Thursday. Thu, 28 Aug 2014 10:18:06 EST Happy Birthday, Savannah!! http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5768041 Today our family celebrates the birth of our oldest daughter, Savannah. I can still remember that day when she came into our lives and rocked our world. <BR> <BR> Happy Birthday!!! Wed, 27 Aug 2014 11:35:03 EST A little frustrated http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5767305 Last night's associational executive board meeting went rather long. not sure if we are willing to examine as non-profits how our current styles of administration and leadership are more wasted energy than we want to believe. <BR> <BR> let's just say that is two hours of my life that i can never get back. Tue, 26 Aug 2014 11:20:31 EST Monday http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5766697 While the distance wasn't a great challenge for me this morning, the heat and humidity were. We are stuck in a late Summer heat wave here in mid-Mo. It was about 75 F this morning with 80% humidity. Needless to say, when i got home i was rather drenched. Fortunately there are some water fountains in the park that i run through to help me stay hydrated. <BR> <BR> after a busy weekend, it's time to get focused upon the week ahead. Hope your Monday is going well. Mon, 25 Aug 2014 11:48:15 EST Monday http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5766696 While the distance wasn't a great challenge for me this morning, the heat and humidity were. We are stuck in a late Summer heat wave here in mid-Mo. It was about 75 F this morning with 80% humidity. Needless to say, when i got home i was rather drenched. Fortunately there are some water fountains in the park that i run through to help me stay hydrated. <BR> <BR> after a busy weekend, it's time to get focused upon the week ahead. Hope your Monday is going well. Mon, 25 Aug 2014 11:48:12 EST Sunday http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5766129 hope your Sunday is going well. we were blessed with a great time of worship this morning and are now getting ready for the evening service and hopefully some b-ball to follow. <BR> <BR> Blessings Sun, 24 Aug 2014 15:40:53 EST Home-Going http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5765627 Thanks for all of your prayers for Lois Fenton's family over the past several days. Today's funeral was a true "Home-going Celebration". <BR> <BR> Be blessed Sat, 23 Aug 2014 18:42:39 EST Steamy Morning http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5764989 i was able to make it out this morning for a run, but it was a steamy one. fortunately i was blessed with some cloud cover that made the temps more bearable. <BR> <BR> hope your Friday is going well. <BR> <BR> Blessings Fri, 22 Aug 2014 14:24:52 EST Going Home http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5764248 on Tuesday, our church family lost one of our most godly examples of following Christ as Lois Fenton went Home. <BR> <BR> while this is a challenging time for her family and for her church fellowship, it is a clear reminder of the significance of her legacy of faith. <BR> <BR> she was blessed with 96 years of life on this earth, and was alert and healthy until the moment she was called home. <BR> <BR> Blessings. Thu, 21 Aug 2014 12:17:15 EST Wednesday http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5763526 it was nice to take Debbie and both our girls out to celebrate my wife's birthday. Since our oldest has moved out these times with the four of us are getting rarer by the week. My wife chose where we ate, and what we did and enjoyed her evening. <BR> <BR> now it's time to get ready for another busy Wednesday. hope your day is going well. <BR> <BR> Blessings Wed, 20 Aug 2014 10:51:43 EST Happy Birthday, Debbie!!! http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5762849 today is my wife's birthday. rather than tell everyone how old she is, i will simply state that she will always be younger than me. <BR> <BR> enjoy your Tuesday. Tue, 19 Aug 2014 11:26:37 EST Business Meeting http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5762120 our business meeting went rather smoothly last night. in fact, we were done in a little over 30 minutes. we are still struggling to get some churches to join us in bringing the movie "A Matter of Faith" to our area. Please pray that we will be able to secure the commitments that we need to make this a reality. <BR> <BR> We are really hoping to share the gospel message in a creative way with our larger community. <BR> <BR> Blessings Mon, 18 Aug 2014 12:19:35 EST Sunday morning http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5761492 Our worship service this morning was filled with a lot of activity. hopefully, we made it a point to focus upon our King. <BR> <BR> We were blessed to begin with a baptism and also observed the Lord's Supper along with our usual Sunday morning activities. <BR> <BR> Hope you are having a great Sunday Sun, 17 Aug 2014 14:46:12 EST Saturday with Savannah http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5760892 I am looking forward to an afternoon with our oldest daughter. We don't get to spend as much time together as we used to. So we're heading to a movie here in a bit. <BR> <BR> Enjoy your Saturday Sat, 16 Aug 2014 13:45:25 EST Aha!! http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5760351 My success as a leader is to be completely docile to the will of God." <BR> <BR> Patrick Lencioni Fri, 15 Aug 2014 14:29:59 EST Quote for the day http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5759806 "We need to invite the 'still small voice' into our organizations." - Susan Cain @GlobalLeadershipSummit2014 Thu, 14 Aug 2014 18:54:41 EST Wednesday http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5758889 We are being blessed with some amazing August weather here in mid-Mo. Our youngest daughter had her back to school night at the middle school yesterday evening. today is her last day of freedom before starting 7th grade. <BR> <BR> It doesn't seem possible that she is already that old. So thankful for the young woman that she is becoming. <BR> <BR> Blessings Wed, 13 Aug 2014 10:43:47 EST Tuesday Morning http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5758255 our committee got the budget worked out for now. hopefully, we will have something to present at our annual meeting in a few weeks. <BR> <BR> i traveled to Moberly for a ministers' prayer meeting today and no one else showed up. oh well, at least i was able to have some good time with the Father both on the road and at the meeting place. <BR> <BR> Blessings. Tue, 12 Aug 2014 12:24:52 EST oh well http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5757470 just discovered that i have a budget committee meeting tonight for our association. oh well, so much for a rare night at home with the family. <BR> <BR> Blessings Mon, 11 Aug 2014 10:25:33 EST Sunday http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5756937 getting ready for a busy Sunday evening followed hopefully by some hoops. hope your Sunday is going well Sun, 10 Aug 2014 14:14:41 EST Wedding Planning http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5756369 it looks like our family is in full gear when it comes to wedding planning mode. my wife and oldest daughter are out checking out some things for the wedding as well as booking a hall for the reception. <BR> <BR> July 4th of 2015 will be here before we know it. hopefully, we'll get everything done and mostly paid for before that day. <BR> <BR> Blessings Sat, 9 Aug 2014 13:40:26 EST Quite a day http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5755746 our search committee decided to go with Scott as their first choice. It was a difficult decision, but his maturity and experience simply gave him a leg up on Tyler. Now we move to the next stage where we will bring him and his family to our church for a weekend, and issue a call for the position of Minister to Youth and Families. <BR> <BR> on a personal note, yesterday was a landmark day for our family. Our oldest daughter, Savannah, will be getting married next July to her boyfriend (now f... Fri, 8 Aug 2014 12:12:12 EST Important Meeting http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5755215 tonight our search committee meets to discuss who our primary candidate will be. both of the young men that we have interviewed would do a great job here. however, we are seeking the one that the Father has selected for us. so we took a few days to pray about this decision, and will meet tonight and take our next step. <BR> <BR> Prayers appreciated Thu, 7 Aug 2014 15:31:03 EST Wednesday http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5754344 hopefully, we will finally will get some rain today. the farmers in our church are really in need of some moisture for their crops. <BR> <BR> Getting ready for Wednesday evening activities. Hope your day is going well. Wed, 6 Aug 2014 11:41:34 EST Seeking His Will http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5753563 Our search committee is prayerfully seeking the Father's guidance. Yesterday's evening went extremely well. Either of our leading candidates would be a great fit for our church and a blessing to our students and their families. We simply want to ask the one that our Savior wants here in Centralia. <BR> <BR> Prayers appreciated as we try to determine His will and direction. <BR> <BR> Blessings Tue, 5 Aug 2014 10:55:36 EST Blessed Night http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5752862 We were blessed with over 100 people at our outdoor concert with Jenny Gorsett last night. Here is a video clip from Youtube with her singing in our church at our youth DiscipleNow weekend back in February. <BR> <BR> Here's the link. <BR> <BR> https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=s_zVIXv2<BR>eVU <BR> <BR> Coop <BR> Mon, 4 Aug 2014 11:10:00 EST