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=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 Blessed weekend http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6177589 the Compassion Experience went well in our little community this past weekend. over 1,000 people went through the experience and 52 children were sponsored. as their slogan says, "one gift can change two lives". one of those lives that is experiencing this change is our teenage daughter. <BR> <BR> she is willing to pay a portion of the monthly fee from her allowance to sponsor a girl in Honduras! <BR> <BR> Epic win for the Kingdom. Mon, 6 Jun 2016 12:31:04 EST Sunday http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6177006 Anchor Fest is almost a memory. one of the exciting things is that Compassion International has already gained 40+ sponsors as of yesterday evening!! Sun, 5 Jun 2016 15:53:25 EST Saturday http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6176375 Day 2 of Anchor Fest is well under way. i will be working the Compassion Experience later this afternoon, while my wife helps with the church facility. <BR> <BR> hope your Saturday is going well. <BR> <BR> Blessings Sat, 4 Jun 2016 12:57:48 EST Friday http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6175798 our wild weekend has begun here in Centralia. Anchor Fest kicks off this afternoon. hopefully, the folks at Compassion will get a lot of traffic and some children sponsored this weekend. <BR> <BR> enjoy your Friday. Fri, 3 Jun 2016 12:23:12 EST That's the Ticket!! http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6175117 it has caused a few headaches and taken a lot of work to get the Compassion experience setup in our little community. however, it has already been a huge blessing for our family. our teenage daughter asked if we could sponsor a child as a family, and she is willing to contribute from her own allowance to the project. <BR> <BR> Epic Win for the Kingdom <BR> <BR> Blessings Thu, 2 Jun 2016 11:52:15 EST Wednesday http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6174425 The Compassion trailer arrived last night. Setup will begin in less than an hour, and then the next several days will involve staffing it with volunteers. the time slots are starting to fill up, but we still have a few bare spots for folks. <BR> <BR> hope your Wednesday is going well. <BR> <BR> Blessings Wed, 1 Jun 2016 12:02:37 EST My In-Laws http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6173689 My wife and her brothers are putting my mother-in-law in a nursing home in her hometown today. She had been staying with her son and daughter-in-law for the past few weeks. However, she kept complaining that she wanted to go back to her hometown. <BR> <BR> She is 95 years old, and still in relatively good health. Unfortunately, it has become obvious that she cannot stay home by herself anymore. <BR> <BR> Today she will be moving into the home. She will have a private room, but it is still... Tue, 31 May 2016 10:45:38 EST Interesting Quote http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6173164 "A church that does not remember its persecuted brethren is no church at all." <BR> <BR> A LUTHERAN PASTOR WHO ENDURED HORRIFIC TORTURE TO PROTECT MEMBERS OF THE UNDERGROUND CHURCH <BR> Mon, 30 May 2016 15:27:42 EST Sunday http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6172519 the holiday weekend will begin after evening worship for us. hope you've been enjoying your weekend thus far. <BR> <BR> Blessings Sun, 29 May 2016 15:03:54 EST Saturday http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6171967 this afternoon i am officiating a wedding ceremony for a young couple in our church. they are actually already married, but the bride wanted to have a ceremony in front of her friends and family. <BR> <BR> hope your Saturday is going well. Sat, 28 May 2016 14:29:19 EST Friday http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6171430 i am thankful for a safe flight back to KCI last night, and a safe drive home this morning. this evening i have a wedding rehearsal and then a wedding tomorrow afternoon. then it's back to the usual Sunday schedule before we enjoy the Memorial Day holiday on Monday. <BR> <BR> Hope you're having a great Friday. Fri, 27 May 2016 13:45:01 EST Thursday http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6170605 Yesterday was an interesting day. I saw things that I had only seen in pictures and movies, as well as enjoying some time with some gracious people. If this is where the Father wants us, then He will work out the details. <BR> <BR> Enjoy your day! Thu, 26 May 2016 08:17:45 EST Wednesday http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6169962 After a safe trip in last night, I was able to meet and have supper with four of the members of the committee. It was an enjoyable time. Today we will meet, and then this evening I will speak at a sister church. <BR> <BR> Beautiful weather here today. <BR> <BR> Blessings Wed, 25 May 2016 07:52:01 EST Tuesday http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6169601 I'm on the plane and heading off to Alexandria . Prayers appreciated Tue, 24 May 2016 16:35:42 EST And so it begins... http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6168861 today is the final day before our family takes the next step in what could be a life-changing step in our journey. I will travel to Washington DC tomorrow, meet some folks at the airport, travel to Alexandria and then spend a few days with them, which will include leading a Bible study time on Wednesday night. <BR> <BR> Either this is the next step in this process, or another dead end. we simply want what the Father wants. <BR> <BR> prayers appreciated. Mon, 23 May 2016 14:26:57 EST Sunday http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6168383 We had a great weekend and our youngest daughter enjoyed some time with her sister at Comicon in KC. <BR> <BR> now it's time to focus on a busy and possibly life-changing week ahead. <BR> <BR> blessings Sun, 22 May 2016 21:46:25 EST Anniversary weekend http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6167756 Hanging out with my bride as she shops Sat, 21 May 2016 20:35:10 EST Fun weekend http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6166920 We're heading out to celebrate our 30th wedding anniversary this weekend, while our oldest daughter and her husband take Olivia to Comicon Fri, 20 May 2016 11:34:31 EST Bye-Bye Middle School http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6166249 tonight is eighth grade "graduation". it is the end of the middle school era in our youngest daughter's life <em>224</em> <BR> <BR> we are so proud of her for sticking it out through a rather rough year, especially emotionally. <BR> <BR> hope your Thursday is going well. Thu, 19 May 2016 11:15:55 EST Class Picnic http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6165521 most of you who are parents and have survived middle school can relate to the angst that our family is feeling. our youngest daughter has not had a good year in eighth grade. she is too much like her mom and her dad to fit in as easily as she would like. <BR> <BR> today is her "class picnic" and she doesn't think that she will have anyone to hang out with. so i am going to take her some lunch, and then hang out with her until she sends me on. hopefully, she'll be surprised to hang out with... Wed, 18 May 2016 11:06:44 EST 30 Years!!! http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6164763 Thirty years ago today, a couple of kids stood before two ministers and pledged their love for one another and began this amazing journey of life together. <BR> <BR> So blessed to be sharing my life with Debbie Bottcher Cooper. Tue, 17 May 2016 10:32:38 EST Monday http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6164139 Thirty years ago, i was eagerly anticipating beginning a new life with the woman who truly completes me. We are looking forward to getting away this weekend and spending some time together as we celebrate our 30th anniversary. <BR> <BR> Following that joyous time, things get real interesting next week as i will be visiting a church in another part of the country. <BR> <BR> Enjoy your Monday. Mon, 16 May 2016 12:52:18 EST Graduation Day http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6163570 today is high school graduation. we were able to recognize several of our graduates this morning and then join them for their commencement exercises at the high school this afternoon. <BR> <BR> enjoy your Sunday Sun, 15 May 2016 18:01:02 EST Saturday http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6162822 our oldest daughter and her husband came in last night. it's been great to see them for a little while this weekend. she's picking up her best friend from high school in Columbia and they will get to spend a few hours together. <BR> <BR> it's hard to believe that so many things are up in the air for our family. we are very grateful for your prayers as we seek to discern the Father's will. <BR> <BR> Blessings Sat, 14 May 2016 13:13:13 EST Friday http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6162249 enjoying a beautiful day in mid-Mo, but this evening could be a little dicey with severe weather being a strong possibility. <BR> <BR> hope things are going well for you wherever you find yourself today. <BR> <BR> blessings Fri, 13 May 2016 15:00:20 EST Thursday http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6161489 we were blessed with a wonderful evening here at FBCC. we have a lot going on in our little community this week. graduation is Sunday afternoon, our youth pastor is getting things ready for a city-wide mission trip that will take place in about a month. we're getting things in order for the Compassion Experience coming to our community early next month. <BR> <BR> enjoy your day. Thu, 12 May 2016 12:01:02 EST Wednesday http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6160926 getting ready for a busy evening. <BR> <BR> hope your Wednesday is going well. Wed, 11 May 2016 16:03:23 EST Tuesday http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6160067 today offers a respite from the rain. i may try to get my yard mowed this afternoon since i have an appointment this evening. Tue, 10 May 2016 11:42:26 EST Monday http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6159508 It's a rainy day here in Mid-mo. Our internet is not working too well, so I will keep this short. Blessings Mon, 9 May 2016 15:27:25 EST Sunday http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6158852 getting ready to head out to baccalaureate for our high school. Our youth minister is speaking, so it should be an encouraging and uplifting time for our students and their families. <BR> <BR> Blessings Sun, 8 May 2016 15:30:51 EST Saturday http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6158369 we survived the Middle School dance. Olivia would never tell us whether or not she had a good time. she is recovering from all her social activity this past weekend with some alone time. <BR> <BR> Blessings Sat, 7 May 2016 18:56:59 EST She's growing up http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6157731 our baby girl is growing up. she decided last night to go the 8th grade dance with some of her friends. her and her mom went out last night and bought a dress for the dance and for graduation. <BR> <BR> how time flies... Fri, 6 May 2016 16:40:00 EST