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/ Friday http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6367044 it is a beautiful day here in the mid-Atlantic. we had a little rain last night, but it was just a little cloudy when i was able to get out for a run this morning. <BR> <BR> hope you are each enjoying your holiday weekend. <BR> <BR> Blessings Fri, 26 May 2017 21:21:49 EST focus http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6366401 distractions are always a struggle in life. our little church is having trouble staying focused on the mission due to so many good things that need to be done. <BR> <BR> prayers appreciated. Thu, 25 May 2017 09:31:00 EST Wednesday http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6366007 tonight will be our first prayer meeting after the big vote last week. hopefully, the attendance will be close to what we've had the past couple of weeks. <BR> <BR> Blessings Wed, 24 May 2017 10:05:47 EST Tuesday http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6365647 it's been a busy and amazing day here at South End. got a nice run in this morning, and getting ready for some activities this evening. <BR> <BR> Blessings Tue, 23 May 2017 14:01:05 EST Monday http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6365121 it's a rainy Monday here in Maryland today. <BR> <BR> hope you're having a good day wherever you are. <BR> <BR> Blessings Mon, 22 May 2017 10:32:26 EST Sunday http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6364871 it's been a crazy busy Sunday. <BR> <BR> hope your day went well.. Sun, 21 May 2017 19:53:08 EST Saturday http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6364383 made it out this morning for a short run downtown to the rec center where i was able to spend about an hour or so on the stationary bike. the weather is nice today, even though it's a little cloudy. <BR> <BR> hope things are going well in your part of the world. Sat, 20 May 2017 13:59:27 EST Friday http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6364024 its another muggy day here in Frederick. i was able to get the run in this morning, but the heat was starting to get a little oppressive. <BR> <BR> Enjoy your Friday. Fri, 19 May 2017 15:48:39 EST Glad that's done http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6363498 last night's meeting went well. our moderator did a fantastic job keeping us focused. now that we've made a decision, it's time to move forward. <BR> <BR> hope you have a great day. Thu, 18 May 2017 10:32:56 EST It's time to grow up http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6363064 our church family has an important quarterly business meeting tonight. we hope to settle a issue that has been festering for almost a year, regarding multiple services on Sunday morning. <BR> <BR> Please pray for the Spirit to have His way, and hearts to be open to His leading. <BR> <BR> Blessings Wed, 17 May 2017 10:10:44 EST Tuesday http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6362644 looking forward to some prayerwalking with some folks later today. tomorrow is our quarterly business meeting, and we are praying for clarity and Christlikeness. <BR> <BR> Blessings Tue, 16 May 2017 10:20:36 EST Busy Week http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6362204 today is the beginning of a busy and possilby formative week for our church family. we have an important business meeting on Wednesday evening that could impactour efforts to be an influence in our community. <BR> <BR> Prayers appreciated. Mon, 15 May 2017 10:46:12 EST Happy Mother's Day!! http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6361950 Hope that all of the women who have invested their lives into others have an amazing day. Sun, 14 May 2017 21:01:51 EST Saturday http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6361429 we're getting ready for the Love Thy Neighbor dinner this afternoon. Hopefully, we will have a turnout similar to last month. this is our monthly free dinner for the surrounding community. <BR> <BR> Blessings Sat, 13 May 2017 14:50:39 EST Friday http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6361108 finished my longest run since we moved here at just over 12 miles today. enjoying some time with my family as our youngest got out of school at noon, so we are all lazing around the house on a cloudy day. <BR> <BR> <BR> Blessings Fri, 12 May 2017 16:47:23 EST Thursday http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6360677 it's a typical Thursday here at South End. Trying to get some things done for the weekend. <BR> <BR> Blessings Thu, 11 May 2017 14:44:17 EST Wednesday http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6360145 our church famly has an important meeting tonight where we will be discussing how many worship services we will have on Sundays. <BR> <BR> Thanks in advance for your prayers. Wed, 10 May 2017 11:27:23 EST Tuesday http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6359760 looking forward to spending some time later this evening visiting a young family that has visited our church over the past several weeks. <BR> <BR> hope your Tuesday is going well. <BR> <BR> Blessings Tue, 9 May 2017 13:47:21 EST Monday http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6359224 today is a busy day, with a rather important Deacon's meeting tonight. we are preparing for our business meeting on Wednesday where we will make a long overdue decision regarding our worship services. <BR> <BR> Prayers would be greatly appreciated. <BR> <BR> Blessings Mon, 8 May 2017 09:25:48 EST Sunday http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6358933 Enjoy your day!!! <em>104</em> Sun, 7 May 2017 16:12:03 EST Saturday http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6358502 it was a wet morning as i made my way to the rec center this morning. due to an event downtown, all of the parking was taking up, so i chose to run to the center. it was a decent morning, but the walk back was a little wet. <BR> <BR> hope your Saturday is going well. <BR> <BR> Blessings Sat, 6 May 2017 15:45:15 EST Friday http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6358127 after a run on the treadmill, i was able to spend the rest of the day with my wife. now that our daughter is home from school, it's time for us to enjoy a little down time. <BR> <BR> Enjoy your weekend. Fri, 5 May 2017 16:46:12 EST Thursday http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6357528 yesterday, i received a message from a member of the church we served just prior to coming to Maryland. Her dad, a retired pastor, is struggling with his health. He has had some challenges of the years. Please remember Frank Norman and especially his daughter, Mary Brown, as they walk this difficult road together. <BR> <BR> Blessings Thu, 4 May 2017 09:19:15 EST Prayer Request http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6357048 moving is always tough on our kids, especially after they start school. one of my former students and her husband are moving and their oldest daughter will be starting middle school next Fall, somewhere else. Please pray for Chrissy as she prepares for this move at a difficult time in her life. <BR> <BR> have a blessed day. Wed, 3 May 2017 09:24:27 EST Tuesday http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6356566 our family is looking forward to what the Father is doing in and through our lives. hope your Tuesday is going well. <BR> <BR> Blessings Tue, 2 May 2017 09:21:03 EST Monday Thoughts http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6356023 It is a cloudy and warm Monday morning. Our minds and hearts are focused upon our friends and family back in the Midwest who are dealing with all the rains and flooding. Hopefully, the end is in sight, and the cleanup can begin for many. <BR> <BR> Please pray for those who have lost loved ones during the tornado spree that hit Texas as well. My mom's family is from the part of the state that was hardest hit. <BR> <BR> Blessings Mon, 1 May 2017 09:19:09 EST Sunday http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6355658 it is a beautiful Sunday here in mid-Maryland. we are enjoying the afternoon before heading back to church this evening for AWANA, our children's ministry. <BR> <BR> hope you're having a great Sunday. <BR> <BR> Blessings Sun, 30 Apr 2017 15:12:33 EST Saturday http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6355245 after a nice run this morning, i went with some guys from our church to help one of our widows who lost her husband several months ago. we were hauling stuff out of her house that she wanted to get rid of. it seems that her late husband was somewhat of a hoarder. <BR> <BR> Blessings Sat, 29 Apr 2017 16:02:51 EST More excitement than we want http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6354859 we had more excitement then we ever want to have in our neighborhood last night. someone drove by the apartments across the street and fired several shots. fortunately no one was outside, however some cars were damaged, the police were called, and we are a little shook up. <BR> <BR> Prayers appreciated Fri, 28 Apr 2017 15:57:11 EST Thursday http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6354249 hopefully your day is going well. got a nice run in outside this morning. looking forward to some time with my wife and daughter this evening. <BR> <BR> Blessings Thu, 27 Apr 2017 09:28:13 EST Wednesday http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6353761 it's a beautiful day in the mid-Atlantic. we have been blessed with some sunshine and temps should be warming up quickly. <BR> <BR> got my cycling done this morning, and now i am getting ready for a hopefully productive day. <BR> <BR> Blessings. Wed, 26 Apr 2017 10:56:56 EST Tuesday http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6353274 it's a wet and cloudy Tuesday. I had to exercise inside again today. hoping to get outside tomorrow. <BR> <BR> Enjoy your day. Tue, 25 Apr 2017 10:29:43 EST Monday http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6352759 I am trying to get a few things done today, so I can stay ready for whatever may come my way later this week. We have a couple of families going through some challenging days, and I just want to be ready if needed. <BR> <BR> Blessings Mon, 24 Apr 2017 09:14:12 EST Sunday http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6352540 it's been a good but busy day here in Frederick. looking forward to what this coming week has in store. <BR> <BR> Sun, 23 Apr 2017 20:04:21 EST Wet Saturday http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6352087 it's a wet and dreary day here in the mid-Atlantic. Thankful for an indoor facility to get some exercise in this morning. <BR> <BR> Blessings Sat, 22 Apr 2017 18:05:56 EST Friday http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6351674 enjoying a Friday with my wife. we got our grocery shopping done, so now we're hanging out at the house. <BR> <BR> Blessings Fri, 21 Apr 2017 17:39:57 EST Technology http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6351057 <em>40</em> Thu, 20 Apr 2017 10:49:37 EST just a thought http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6350591 our world is a strange and mixed-up place. we have people killing other people for sport, and young men and women throwing their lives away needlessly. <BR> <BR> our only hope for change is surrendering to the one true King, Jesus. <BR> <BR> Blessings Wed, 19 Apr 2017 09:39:03 EST Tuesday http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6350104 Olivia will be off from school all week for Spring break. this is something that she has never been able to experience before. hopefully, she and Debbie will take advantage of this time off together. <BR> <BR> Blessings Tue, 18 Apr 2017 09:08:13 EST Monday http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6349801 our family took a trip towards D.C. today to take our daughter to an anime store.enjoying a day off before getting back into the routine. <BR> <BR> Blessings Mon, 17 Apr 2017 16:14:22 EST Happy Resurrection Day!!! http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6349334 as a Christ-follower, i am overwhelmed with awe regarding what this day means to me and all who claim the name of Christ. <BR> <BR> Blessings. Sun, 16 Apr 2017 14:52:51 EST Saturday http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6348971 our church family hosted a family fun day for our neighborhood. we had a couple of inflatible games, and Easter egg hunt and lunch. <BR> <BR> Hope your Saturday has been great. Sat, 15 Apr 2017 18:27:24 EST Friday http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6348540 we celebrated Maundy Thursday last night, and now we're enjoying some time off as a family before our busy weekend begins in earnest tomorrow morning. <BR> <BR> Blessings Fri, 14 Apr 2017 17:11:48 EST Thursday http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6347931 our church has our monthly Senior adult brunch today. I have been asked to share a word with the group this morning. tonight is our Maundy Thursday service. I am looking forward to sharing this special time with our church family. <BR> <BR> hope your Thursday is going well. <BR> <BR> Blessings Thu, 13 Apr 2017 10:13:59 EST Wednesday http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6347439 we are making plans for an exciting weekend here at South End. <BR> <BR> looking forward to kicking things off with a Maundy Thursday service tomorrow night. <BR> <BR> Blessings Wed, 12 Apr 2017 10:05:56 EST Seeking Clarity http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6346972 our church family is at a crossroads. ten years ago the church moved to two services. the early service is built around a contemporary style with a praise band, while the second service is more traditional and sometimes uses our choir. <BR> <BR> over the years, the early service has fluctuated greatly in attendance. at one point there were over 100 people in it each Sunday. however, the crowd now rarely eclipses 50. <BR> <BR> of course there are some who enjoy the style and/or the convenie... Tue, 11 Apr 2017 09:41:40 EST Busy Week http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6346446 i was blessed with a beautiful morning here in Frederick for my run this morning. now it's time to get some things in order for a busy week. we have a deacons' meeting tonight, visitation tomorrow, a memorial service on Wednesday, then Maundy Thursday service, followed by a family Easter celebration on Saturday and Easter Services on Sunday. <BR> <BR> hope your week is amazing. Mon, 10 Apr 2017 10:00:45 EST Sunday http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6346043 today our choir led us in worship through a Cantata entitled "Amazing Love". there were several hymns as well as some of the more contemporary music. <BR> <BR> one song "Because He Lives (Amen)" has some special memories for me. at our previous church it become sort of an anthem for us during worship. <BR> <BR> hope your Sunday is going well. <BR> <BR> Blessings Sun, 9 Apr 2017 14:17:00 EST Saturday http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6345732 it's been a busy day. we had our biggest crowd yet at our "Love Thy Neighbor" dinner this evening. it was exciting to see so many new faces. <BR> <BR> Blessings Sat, 8 Apr 2017 21:24:37 EST Friday http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6345313 our church family celebrated the life of one of our church's long-time members today. it would have been wonderful, if i had the chance to know him before the Father called him home. <BR> <BR> however, i am blessed to see his legacy of faith all around me. <BR> <BR> blessings Fri, 7 Apr 2017 21:53:05 EST