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/ Monday http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6206529 today is a typically crazy Monday. hope your day is going well. it's hard to believe that our baby girl's birthday is in a couple of days. <BR> <BR> blessings. Mon, 25 Jul 2016 16:06:30 EST Sunday http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6205886 we were blessed with a great time of Bible study and worship today at our church. now it's time to get ready for our evening service. <BR> <BR> hopefully, this week will be a little calmer than the last few. <BR> <BR> Blessings Sun, 24 Jul 2016 14:15:04 EST Saturday http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6205370 it's going to be another hot day here in mid-Mo. hopefully, this morning's funeral will offer some comfort and encouragement to the family in our church who lost a child this past week. <BR> <BR> Blessings Sat, 23 Jul 2016 12:44:43 EST Friday http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6204922 it's a wet and and about to be very hot Friday. this afternoon i will travel to Columbia for the visitation time for Jessica Robb. Thank you so much for keeping this family in your prayers <BR> <BR> have a great Friday. Fri, 22 Jul 2016 14:05:32 EST Friday http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6204921 it's a wet and and about to be very hot Friday. this afternoon i will travel to Columbia for the visitation time for Jessica Robb. Thank you so much for keeping this family in your prayers <BR> <BR> have a great Friday. Fri, 22 Jul 2016 14:05:31 EST Thursday http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6204283 it was a steamy run early this morning. fortunately, i was able to get the yard mowed yesterday evening, so i won't have to worry about it for a few days. <BR> <BR> our church family is so thankful for all of you who have shown concern and offering prayers for the family of Jessica Robb. her funeral will be this Saturday morning. <BR> <BR> hopefully, the family can sense the Father's arms around them as they walk this path together. <BR> <BR> Blessings Thu, 21 Jul 2016 10:57:47 EST Hot Wednesday http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6203726 the heat wave is beginning today in our part of the world. we still have not heard anything regarding the funeral for the young lady, Jessica Robb, who died in a car accident earlier this week. <BR> <BR> since her mother lives in Columbia, I am assuming that the funeral will be in that community. thank you so much for lifting up this family in your prayers. <BR> <BR> Blessings Wed, 20 Jul 2016 10:59:05 EST Update on Prayer Request http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6203125 I am truly grateful for those of you who have been praying for the family that I mentioned yesterday. here are a few more details so that you might know better how to pray. <BR> <BR> Allan Robb is the father of Jessica Robb, who was the young woman (20 years old) who died in a car accident yesterday morning. Allan and Tracey's mom have been divorced for several years. About a year ago, she had moved back to live with her dad, and was doing well adjusting to life in a small town. <BR> <BR> ... Tue, 19 Jul 2016 10:44:07 EST Please Pray http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6202547 i covet your prayers for a family in our community that lost their daughter in a tragic car accident this morning. <BR> <BR> I will give more information when available. Mon, 18 Jul 2016 11:48:37 EST Sunday http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6202019 today some of our children from Vacation Bible School shared a song that they learned in worship. it's always great to see future generations leading in worship <BR> <BR> hope your Sunday is going well. i have a meeting at 4 followed by business meeting at 6, <BR> <BR> Blessings Sun, 17 Jul 2016 13:57:10 EST Saturday http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6201623 today has been a busy day. after a some time on the bike this morning, i came home for a quick lunch and then headed to a visitation and funeral of one of our former members this afternoon. <BR> <BR> i had planned on going to just visitation, but ended up staying for the funeral after the widower asked me if i wanted to have a part in the service. i told him that was up to him. <BR> <BR> nothing transpired and that is fine, and now i am finally back home for a bit. <BR> <BR> hope your S... Sat, 16 Jul 2016 19:04:22 EST Friday http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6200909 we had our family night for Vacation Bible School last night. today is the final day, but it's been a great week. <BR> <BR> hope your Friday is going well. <BR> <BR> blessings Fri, 15 Jul 2016 10:58:05 EST Thursday http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6200406 Day 4 of VBS is going well. hope you're having an amazing Thursday. <BR> <BR> Blessings Thu, 14 Jul 2016 12:37:47 EST Prayer Request http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6199792 Please keep Wilma Griffin and her family in your prayers. She is on hospice, and her loving and faithful husband who has cared for her in her illness over the past several years knows that his days with her are numbered. <BR> <BR> I was able to see her last week, and she tried to squeeze my hand when i prayed for her. she has become so weak. the comfort is that she is a woman of great faith and compassion, and knows that her Lord awaits her. <BR> <BR> Blessings Wed, 13 Jul 2016 11:13:06 EST Tuesday http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6199184 we're on to day #2 of VBS. things are going well. hopefully, we won't have any cleanup needs here in town. i'm weary of dragging brush and cleaning up limbs. <BR> <BR> enjoy your Tuesday. Tue, 12 Jul 2016 11:06:03 EST Monday http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6198651 it's a busy first day of Vacation Bible School here at our church. After this crazy weekend of clearing limbs out of yards, it might feel like a welcome respite. <BR> <BR> hope your Monday is going well. Mon, 11 Jul 2016 11:56:07 EST Sunday http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6198205 After a busy weekend, we cleared another yard this afternoon, and are now getting ready to join together for an evening at our local park. <BR> <BR> hope your Sunday is going well. Sun, 10 Jul 2016 17:18:46 EST Tough times for a couple of families http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6197583 i'm getting ready to do a funeral this afternoon for one of our long time members. yesterday afternoon, i spent some time with another couple and some of their family as she has been placed on hospice. <BR> <BR> Please pray for the Davidson and Griffin families as they walk this tough road. Sat, 9 Jul 2016 13:24:51 EST Trying to help http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6196979 Our Missouri Baptist Disaster Relief Team has a crew here in Centralia helping us out with our storm cleanup. <BR> <BR> our church is the designated command center, so hopefully, we can get the word out to people who need help. <BR> <BR> Fri, 8 Jul 2016 11:43:40 EST Stormy morning http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6196696 we had quite a storm role through this morning. power was out for about 12 hours, lots of limbs were down, a barn was destroyed. fortunately no one was hurt. <BR> <BR> cleanup is moving along quite nicely. Thu, 7 Jul 2016 22:07:52 EST Prayer Request http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6195954 today a family in our community that used to be connected to our church received some tragic news. two of their children had been struggling with a disease known as Frederick's Ataxia for the past several years. <BR> <BR> Carson, their son, passed away last night. Please keep the Trentham family in your prayers as they walk this difficult road. <BR> <BR> Blessings Wed, 6 Jul 2016 15:08:02 EST Tuesday that feel like Monday http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6195218 Hope your Tuesday after the Holiday weekend is going well. I'm just trying to catch up on everything, and get ready for another week. <BR> <BR> Blessings Tue, 5 Jul 2016 11:34:22 EST Happy First Anniversary!! http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6194754 one year ago our oldest daughter, Savannah, was united in marriage to Joshua Admire. <BR> <BR> So happy for this couple and looking forward to what life has in store for them. Mon, 4 Jul 2016 17:23:25 EST Sunday http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6194155 We were blessed with an excellent worship service this morning, as we focused upon surrendering to the King of Kings. We also honored our nation's birthday today with a reminder of the principles upon which we were founded. <BR> <BR> Hope you're having a great weekend. Sun, 3 Jul 2016 14:30:18 EST Road Trip http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6193782 today my wife and i took our youngest daughter to an anime store in St. Louis. it was a rainy and wet day, but she enjoyed looking at the stuff and getting a couple of things for an early birthday present. <BR> <BR> hope your Saturday is going well. Sat, 2 Jul 2016 20:33:52 EST Friday http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6193032 today is the beginning of a holiday weekend. enjoy your time away. we will head to StL tomorrow to take our daughter to one of her favorite places. <BR> <BR> hope your weekend goes well. Fri, 1 Jul 2016 12:54:45 EST Thursday http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6192361 we're hoping for some much needed rain here in mid-Mo. if the farmers tell me that we need it, then I will have to trust their opinion. <BR> <BR> had to run indoors this morning due to an impending storm. of course, nothing happened. <BR> <BR> enjoy your Thursday. Thu, 30 Jun 2016 10:57:21 EST Thank You http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6191774 My wife and I are truly thankful for the outpouring of prayers and support for her and her brothers as they walk through this challenging season of life. Unfortunately, the self-imposed isolation that my mother-in-law inflicted upon herself over the past few years is making her transition more difficult than it already is. <BR> <BR> Thanks again for your prayers and encouragement. Wed, 29 Jun 2016 11:51:19 EST Praying for my wife http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6191168 i am thankful for my wife and her support and love. she and her brothers are dealing with some difficult challenges from their mom, who does not believe that she needs to be in a care facility. although she has proven several times over the past several months that she can no longer stay home alone, she persists in calling each of them and telling them how horrible they are as children. <BR> <BR> please pray for Mildred in hopes that she will realize that her children are trying to do what's... Tue, 28 Jun 2016 11:45:53 EST Monday http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6190465 we begin day #4 without our washer...hopefully the new one will arrive Wednesday afternoon as scheduled. we are also hoping that the folks our landlord hires to work on our valve for the water that will be connected to the washer is able to get that fixed later today as well. <BR> <BR> Enjoy your Monday Mon, 27 Jun 2016 10:12:20 EST Sunday http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6190046 it's another busy Sunday. Hope your day is going well. <BR> <BR> Blessings Sun, 26 Jun 2016 15:45:52 EST Saturday http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6189452 we had to buy a new washer last night. now the fun comes with getting the old hoses off the tap in the wall. we've also been hearing some water running back in the wall, so it looks like it's time to call our landlord. <BR> <BR> oh well, what else are you supposed to do on a Saturday? Sat, 25 Jun 2016 14:42:54 EST Friday http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6188947 i did another funeral today for a relative of one of our members. he was a veteran who had some emotional struggles and scars from war and spent 25 years in the Veteran's home as a result. <BR> <BR> being a part of a military funeral is always impressive. Fri, 24 Jun 2016 16:55:02 EST Margaret Walters http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6188383 i drove to Sedalia this morning, and then officiated a funeral for Margaret Walters. She is my brother-in-law's mother, and was a precious woman. when i was youth minister at their church, she always enjoyed opening her home to the students. <BR> <BR> her husband has been dealing with some dementia the past year or so. please pray for the family as they try to minister to him. this hit him hard today. Thu, 23 Jun 2016 17:39:49 EST Busy week http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6187699 today is the prep day before two funerals. tomorrow I will travel back to Sedalia to officiate the funeral for my brother-in-law's mother. She died unexpectedly while going through a routine procedure at the hospital. on Friday, I will do a funeral for a gentleman whose pastor is out of town, so the resident "chaplain" will fill in. <BR> <BR> Prayers will be greatly appreciated. Wed, 22 Jun 2016 14:50:43 EST Oh My http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6186881 today i drive to Sedalia, where we will have a small service to bury my Father's ashes. today would have been my parent's 60th wedding anniversary. my Mom chose this date a few months ago. last night my brother-in-law's mother died suddenly at the hospital. her funeral will be Thursday and I will be officiating it. <BR> <BR> Please pray for the family of Margaret Walters. <BR> <BR> Blessings Tue, 21 Jun 2016 10:49:43 EST Typical computer issues http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6186231 this computer stinks. <BR> <BR> Asus are the worst. Mon, 20 Jun 2016 10:59:24 EST Father's Day http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6185788 Hopefully all of you dads are having a great day. <BR> <BR> Blessings upon each of you. Sun, 19 Jun 2016 16:06:22 EST Pastor Search Committee's are inept http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6185261 Rather than call me and tell me that the church had chosen to go with another candidate, we discovered this reality on Facebook. <BR> <BR> My wife is more than a little frustrated with churches at this point. I am not sure why they could not have told me Wednesday, since they had already invited another candidate to come. <BR> <BR> oh well. it was not meant to be. Sat, 18 Jun 2016 15:54:20 EST Bewildered http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6184640 well it looks like the church in VA has decided to go with someone else. they met Wednesday and i have not heard from them, even though the chairman promised me he would let me know either way. <BR> <BR> oh well. time to move on. Fri, 17 Jun 2016 12:34:44 EST Hot Day in Mid-Mo http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6183982 it's another hot day here in mid-Mo. thankful that i was able to get out for a run early this morning. if you're dealing with the heat, be sure to take care of yourself. <BR> <BR> blessings Thu, 16 Jun 2016 11:22:30 EST Oh Well http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6183381 hope your Wednesday is going well. i am still trying to figure out what might or might not be going on with the church in VA. it will take an act of God to get us to consider moving, even if they offer us the position. <BR> <BR> praying for counsel and direction. Wed, 15 Jun 2016 11:22:57 EST Tuesday http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6182664 our daughter is having a miserable Summer. she hates living in this town, and i don't see any viable prospects of getting her out of here. my frustration level is high, and i am not sure what is going on. <BR> <BR> hope your day is going better than mine. Tue, 14 Jun 2016 10:44:22 EST Monday http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6182018 it's Monday. Need I say more. <BR> <BR> Mon, 13 Jun 2016 11:02:47 EST Sunday http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6181473 our Centralia Mission Project went well. the group from Illinois travels back home today. please pray for our daughter, Olivia. she is struggling with some issues regarding loneliness and despair. <BR> <BR> being a teenager in a small town, where friends have been hard to come by has been extremely hard on her. <BR> <BR> Thanks Sun, 12 Jun 2016 14:25:30 EST Saturday http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6180901 it's another Saturday with some things going on at the church. i will be helping my wife and a couple of other ladies as we make supper and clean up later this afternoon for the mission team that has been with us the past couple of days. <BR> <BR> it's been a brutally hot few days here in mid-Mo. <BR> <BR> enjoy your Saturday. Sat, 11 Jun 2016 14:13:46 EST Friday http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6180364 it's a scorcher here in mid-Mo. our youth are serving with students from a church in Illinois doing some work on a person's house today. it's gotta be rough out there. <BR> <BR> enjoy your Friday. Fri, 10 Jun 2016 15:05:04 EST Heating Up http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6179624 My run this morning was rather toasty. It looks like summer has arrived here in mid-Mo. <BR> <BR> Be sure to stay hydrated and use gird sense when exercising outdoors. Thu, 9 Jun 2016 11:08:17 EST Centralia Mission Project http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6178983 our students will begin their part of our local mission's effort this evening. they will be working on a couple of houses in our community and doing some prep work for the big project that will involve the team coming from Illinois later this week. <BR> <BR> hope your week is going well. Wed, 8 Jun 2016 11:29:15 EST Not Sure how to take that.. http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6178249 i am not sure what is going on with the church in Virginia. when i left, they were making plans to come out and hear me preach. when i asked the chairman about a possible date, he told me that they would not be going anywhere to hear anyone anytime soon. <BR> <BR> not sure what that means, unless that was his cryptic way of telling me that i am no longer being considered. <BR> <BR> it would be great if churches would simply tell you what they mean, rather than keeping you in the dark Tue, 7 Jun 2016 10:52:22 EST