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=5970865 We had an interesting worship service today @FBCC. There were two baptisms which is always a blessing. The first one was done by the grandfather of the candidate, who is a pastor in a church an hour or so away. The second was done by a former youth minister from our church who is now planting a church in Moberly. Due to some folks being gone and some confusion with our facilities, i mad an executive decision and canceled our evening services for tonight. <BR> <BR> hope your Sunday is going ... Sun, 2 Aug 2015 15:07:20 EST Vacation's Over http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5970297 Hoping to get focused upon the task ahead of me tomorrow. I'll be sharing during our morning worship service, and am looking forward to getting back into the swing of things. <BR> <BR> enjoy your Saturday. Sat, 1 Aug 2015 13:11:28 EST Friday http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5969790 i had planned for a shorter run this morning, but it felt so good out that i pushed it a little farther than expected. now i'm enjoying the rest of the day and then my wife and i will get groceries later this evening. <BR> <BR> blessings Fri, 31 Jul 2015 13:38:08 EST Thursday morning http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5969215 enjoyed a nice run this morning, and the temperate weather allowed me to go a little farther than planned. hope your Thursday is going well. Thu, 30 Jul 2015 12:49:05 EST Wednesday http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5968632 It's nice to be able to walk outside this morning without breaking into a sweat. Enjoying a visit from our daughter today. <BR> <BR> Blessings Wed, 29 Jul 2015 12:42:50 EST Steamy Tuesday http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5967958 It's a hot late July day in mid-Mo. Fortunately, i got out for my run a little earlier this morning. If you are out in the heat be sure to take care of yourself. <BR> <BR> Blessings Tue, 28 Jul 2015 11:26:25 EST Happy Birthday, Olivia!!! http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5967410 today is our youngest daughter, Olivia's, thirteenth birthday. She has opened her presents from us, and gets to decide where we will eat later this evening. Her friends are all out of town for the summer, so she didn't really want to have a party except with us. <BR> <BR> Enjoy your day. Mon, 27 Jul 2015 12:16:13 EST Safely Home http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5967117 today's drive went much better. besides some challenging rains in Southern Illinois, things went off without a hitch and we were back home by mid-afternoon. <BR> <BR> our trip to Florida was enjoyable, but it's good to be back home. <BR> <BR> Blessings Sun, 26 Jul 2015 22:49:12 EST Rough day http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5966617 our trip home was a nightmare. We spent 5 hours going 25 miles due to some maniac who was shooting at people after escaping from a trooper that he had shot during a morning stop. Fortunately the trooper is ok, and they finally removed him from the gene pool. Sat, 25 Jul 2015 22:02:08 EST Rare Reunion http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5965874 Today we head to Epcot. It was great to see on old friend from college yesterday. I am so appreciative to his wife, and my wife and daughter for indulging to old men in our rare opportunity to see each other. <BR> <BR> Hope your Friday is amazing. Fri, 24 Jul 2015 09:07:18 EST Thursday in Florida http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5965371 We're taking it easy today and doing some shopping and staying inside during the daytime as much as possible. We will head to Epcot tomorrow, and then starting heading home on Saturday. <BR> <BR> Hope your Thursday is going well. Thu, 23 Jul 2015 09:41:00 EST Wednesday http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5965144 Hope your day was amazing. My wife and our youngest daughter spent the day together at the Magic Kingdom in Orlando. It sure was hot. <BR> <BR> Blessings. Wed, 22 Jul 2015 22:44:43 EST Finally http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5964568 <em>46</em> Tue, 21 Jul 2015 22:16:10 EST Vacation Begins! http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5964054 <em>30</em> Mon, 20 Jul 2015 23:16:28 EST Sunday evening http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5963324 our church is partnering with another church in town to host a country gospel concert at our church this evening. while i enjoy partnering in ministry with other churches, i am a little frustrated with a few of the details of tonight's event. <BR> <BR> oh well, i will go and hope for the best. <BR> <BR> enjoy your Sunday Sun, 19 Jul 2015 17:38:18 EST Road Trip http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5962720 We're heading to Gower today to take our daughter and son-in-law their wedding gifts that we've been storing at our house for the past couple of weeks. hoping for a good day of travel and looking forward to seeing them both. <BR> <BR> Enjoy your Saturday Sat, 18 Jul 2015 11:22:28 EST VBS Day #5 http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5962205 Our Vacation Bible School comes to an end today. We had parent's night last night, and the students did an outstanding job sharing with their parents. After today, it is time to get ready for Sunday, then vacation for our family begins on Monday. <BR> <BR> Blessings. Fri, 17 Jul 2015 10:42:59 EST VBS Day #4 http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5961682 Our fourth day of VBS is being blessed with some nice weather in the morning. however, it may get a little brutal later today. Tonight is "Parent's Night" at our church. The kids will sing songs they have learned this week and then have an opportunity to share some of what they have learned with their parents and older siblings. <BR> <BR> hope your Thursday is going well. Thu, 16 Jul 2015 11:01:48 EST Day # 3 http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5961197 Wednesday is going well for our students and the adults that are pouring into them. It's been a great week so far, and the weather has been rather cooperative for outdoor activities. Today is a water war, so I need to stay clear of the firing zone. <BR> <BR> Enjoy your Wednesday. Wed, 15 Jul 2015 11:34:51 EST Day #2 of VBS http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5960614 Our VBS is in full swing. We are blessed with some outstanding leaders. Also, our Associate Pastor has stepped in and is taking the lead during our corporate worship time. It's exciting to see so many people step up and take a leadership role in our ministry to children and their families. <BR> <BR> Enjoy your Tuesday. Tue, 14 Jul 2015 10:34:05 EST Monday http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5960144 our Vacation Bible School began this morning. we also had a celebration of the life of one of our members who went home to glory this past week. of course, we are having more "normal" mid July temps this week. <BR> <BR> enjoy your Monday Mon, 13 Jul 2015 13:14:59 EST Church in the park http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5959590 our church will have a fellowship time and short service at the park tonight followed by a pool party. the heat should make that pool feel pretty good later today. <BR> <BR> <BR> Enjoy your Sunday Sun, 12 Jul 2015 14:04:06 EST Saturday http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5959228 i was fortunate to officiate a wedding this afternoon for a young couple who are both still in college. however, they seem to be ready for the challenges and joys that await them on this journey. <BR> <BR> we also got to see my daughter and our new son-in-law today. they returned from their honeymoon and stopped at the wedding and then headed home for the first time as a married couple. <BR> <BR> Blessings Sat, 11 Jul 2015 19:40:59 EST Friday http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5958661 another crazy busy weekend begins. wedding rehearsal starts at 6:30 this evening. the wedding is tomorrow afternoon, and i need to find some time to prep for Sunday morning. of course, Sunday's are always busy. this is followed by a funeral visitation on Sunday afternoon, with a funeral on Monday, and then Vacation Bible School all next week. I am so ready for vacation. <BR> <BR> Blessings Fri, 10 Jul 2015 14:59:00 EST Thursday http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5958050 the crazy weekend begins tomorrow. today i meet with a couple whose wedding i'll be doing in a few months. the bride to be is the daughter of one of my former students at a church i served in nearly 30 years ago. <BR> <BR> hope your Thursday is going well. Thu, 9 Jul 2015 11:03:05 EST Wet Wednesday http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5957537 thanks so much for your prayers for the Martin family. The funeral will be Monday. With so many from the family driving in, it is about the best time to have the service. Hopefully, the weather will dry up and cooperate with us as well. <BR> <BR> hope your Wednesday is going well. Ours is rather wet. <BR> <BR> Blessings Wed, 8 Jul 2015 13:00:16 EST Martin Family http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5956949 our church family lost one of our patriarchs. Please remember the Martin family in your prayers. Kenneth passed away in his sleep last night. He had been ill for some time, so it was not totally unexpected, but that still does not make it any easier. <BR> <BR> Blessings Tue, 7 Jul 2015 12:40:52 EST Monday http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5956381 i'm trying to get caught up on some things, and also wondering what happened to my birthday card that my parents gave me at the wedding reception. Today is the big day, so i hope to spend the evening with two of my favorite ladies. <BR> <BR> Enjoy your Monday. Mon, 6 Jul 2015 12:16:30 EST Amazing day http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5955897 the wedding ceremony went off without a hitch. the newlyweds are off to Florida for their honeymoon. we were overwhelmed by all the support and help that our families received as we brought this two together. <BR> <BR> if you would like to see pictures from the celebration, you can find them on facebook @powercouplejsa <BR> <BR> Blessings. Sun, 5 Jul 2015 15:27:21 EST The Admires http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5955385 Today is the big day. Prayers appreciated for Joshua Admire and Savannah Cooper as they begin their new life together this afternoon. <BR> <BR> Sat, 4 Jul 2015 11:54:12 EST Busy Day http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5955023 After spending about six hours working on the reception hall last night and another six or so today, we are finally done. <BR> <BR> Now it's time to get ready for rehearsal. <BR> <BR> Enjoy your Friday Fri, 3 Jul 2015 17:00:39 EST Here it comes! http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5954410 I am so thankful for those of you who are praying for Harold. I have not heard any news yet, but i will make it known as soon as i do. of course, this is "Wedding Weekend" for our family. our oldest daughter, Savannah, will be getting married this Saturday. <BR> <BR> This means that we are in for a busy and life-altering weekend. <BR> <BR> Enjoy your Thursday Thu, 2 Jul 2015 11:15:59 EST Harold Dickerson http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5954003 This morning i traveled to a care facility in nearby Columbia to see one of our members who is on hospice. Harold is 96 years old, in fact he is just over a month away from his 97th birthday. however, it is not likely that he will make it to that day. his attitude was amazing considering what is facing him. he owes all of that he tells me to his faith in our Savior. <BR> <BR> Please pray for his family and him as he faces this "next step" on his journey. Wed, 1 Jul 2015 15:14:21 EST Tuesday http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5953287 it's a cloudy and sticky day here in mid-Mo. i was thankful to be able to get outside for a run this morning and to get the yard mowed yesterday. with a wild and busy weekend coming up, i am just trying to stay on top of some things at home. <BR> <BR> hope your Tuesday is going well. <BR> <BR> Blessings Tue, 30 Jun 2015 10:44:23 EST Stormy Sunday http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5952723 we had to cancel last night's Bible study at the church since our power was knocked out for a little while last night by a storm. <BR> <BR> fortunately we weren't out too long, because after the storm left, the temps went up quickly. <BR> <BR> hope your Monday is going well Mon, 29 Jun 2015 11:23:21 EST It's Coming http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5952255 it's hard to believe that our oldest will be married and on her honeymoon this time next week. we're able to have with us for a few days as she moved out of her rental yesterday. <BR> <BR> hope your Sunday is going well. Sun, 28 Jun 2015 14:52:04 EST moving day http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5952006 today we moved our youngest daughter's stuff to the place that will be her new home after she gets married. <BR> <BR> I'm beat. Sat, 27 Jun 2015 23:01:08 EST Disappointed http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5951378 not much to say, except i am fearful that our nation has sown the wind and will now reap the whirlwind. <BR> <BR> Fri, 26 Jun 2015 13:59:54 EST Dodged a Storm http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5950772 i chose to run in the rec center this morning rather than risk trying to beat an impending storm. for once, i made a wise decision. just as my run was coming to an end, the lightning moved in and the skies dumped significant amount of rain upon our part of the country. <BR> <BR> hope your Thursday is going well. Thu, 25 Jun 2015 10:49:33 EST A Thought http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5950223 as i was pondering some of the changes that we are seeing in our culture,a thought kept coming into my mind. <BR> <BR> "Christianity is inclusive in that our Savior will accept anyone regardless of where they are, and what they are doing. However, it is exclusive in that He will not allow us to continue in our mess, and calls us to align our lives with His teaching." <BR> <BR> Just a thought. Wed, 24 Jun 2015 10:41:36 EST Spoiler Alert http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5949711 If you are planning on seeing the movie, Inside Out, you might want to quit reading this blog. <BR> <BR> It is an entertaining and enjoyable film for the most part. The characters are likable, and the overall story line is engaging and unique. <BR> <BR> However, it seems that Pixar has begun resorting to the tired old trick of trying to coerce its audience to cry. <BR> <BR> Perhaps, my thoughts are an over-reaction, but this may be the most depressing film since "Up". I'm not sure why t... Tue, 23 Jun 2015 11:18:46 EST Movie Night http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5949254 looking forward to a movie night with my wife and our two daughter. we are going to see "inside Out" this evening at a theater in Columbia. <BR> <BR> Hope the movie is enjoyable, but even if it's not the company will more than make up for it. <BR> <BR> Blessings Mon, 22 Jun 2015 15:20:24 EST Rainy Sunday http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5948692 It's a gloomy and rainy on Sunday here in mid-Mo. Still counting myself blessed and fortunate in more ways than I can express. <BR> <BR> Enjoy your Sunday. Sun, 21 Jun 2015 14:27:32 EST One Life Begins http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5948215 Today is the big day for Stuart Cox and Jamileh Abdal-Kadar. Please pray for this young couple as they begin their new life together. I am so grateful to play a small part in their special day. <BR> <BR> Blessings Sat, 20 Jun 2015 12:49:57 EST Friday http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5947836 Had a senior adult luncheon at noon, and then i will be leading a wedding rehearsal this evening along with a wedding tomorrow. <BR> <BR> Excited for this couple as they begin their life together as husband and wife. <BR> <BR> Blessings Fri, 19 Jun 2015 16:23:11 EST Thursday http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5947226 It was rather muggy during my run this morning, but at least it wasn't raining. Hopefully, things will settle down here in mid-Mo. Please remember the folks in Charleston SC in your prayers as they recover from this senseless attack at an AME Church in that community. <BR> <BR> Thu, 18 Jun 2015 12:42:43 EST Yucky Wednesday http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5946658 it looks like it's going to be a wet few days. thankful to have somewhere that i can exercise inside. <BR> <BR> Enjoy your Wednesday. Wed, 17 Jun 2015 12:28:10 EST Tuesday http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5946073 hope your Tuesday is going well. The rains keep coming for mid-Mo. however i did get enough dry time yesterday to get the yard mowed. <BR> <BR> Blessings. Tue, 16 Jun 2015 11:50:30 EST Really!?! http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5945535 while i am excited for our oldest daughter's impending wedding, i am growing weary of all the drama surrounding some of the young ladies who will (or won't be) helping with the reception and ceremony. <BR> <BR> rather than say too much, i will just make the observation that i am a little bit jealous of those who have sons. <BR> <BR> oh well. Mon, 15 Jun 2015 11:39:45 EST Rainy Sunday http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5945023 It's a rainy Sunday here in mid-Mo. we have a church council meeting later this afternoon, with Bible study tonight followed by some hoops, provided we don't get any severe weather. <BR> <BR> Enjoy your Sunday. Sun, 14 Jun 2015 14:14:08 EST