September 28, 2007

Ultimate Healing

{updated 9-28-07}

I suppose most who might read my blog wouldn't know Virginia Cockerill. She was our pastor's wife for a number of years here in Salisbury at Trinity Wesleyan Church. Pastor Lee Cockerill and Virginia preceded Pastor Ernest and Susan Mullins (who have just been followed this summer by Pastor Randy Addison.)

Sis. Cockerill passed away yesterday at their home in Mississippi, where they had moved to be near their son Gareth Cockerill (at Wesley Biblical Seminary.) Sis. Cockerill was such as wonderful person who was deeply loved by our church and many others.

I'll link to her obituary when the full version is available.

The viewing and service will be here in NC at Salisbury Trinity on Monday October 1st.

Viewing: 4:30 pm
Funeral: 7:00pm

Daisy Virginia Cockerill

CLINTON, Miss. - Daisy Virginia Cockerill, 85, of Clinton, passed away Wednesday, Sept. 26, 2007, at her home in Clinton.

Virginia was born in Arlington, Va., on Feb. 25, l922. Her parents were the late Rev. Charles R. Mateer and Daisy E. Mateer. She attended public school in Arlington and graduated from Washington and Lee High School in l939. She attended Strayer University in Washington, D.C.

She was married to Welby Lee Cockerill Nov. 14, l940, in Arlington. She was employed by Woodruff and Lothrop Department Store and then the U.S. Department of Agriculture.

Beginning in l945, she shared with her husband in ministry. Together they planted a Wesleyan church in Falls Church, Va. Future assignments took them to North Carolina in l968. Their ministry together lasted 60 years.

Her services included organist, pianist, Sunday School teacher, Wesleyan Women's president, office manager and various other duties. She was honored for 25 years of service to District Wesleyan Women International. She served as delegate to the International Convention on several occasions.

In retirement she and her husband moved to Clinton, Miss., to live with their oldest son.

One grandson, David Lee Cockerill, preceded her in death.

She is survived by her husband, W. Lee Cockerill; sons Dr. Gareth Lee Cockerill of Clinton, Colonel Dr. James Wesley Cockerill of Dayton, Ohio, and Daniel Timothy Cockerill, Fayetteville, N.C.; granddaughters Allene Rose Vinzant of St. Louis, Mo., Ginny Dora Cockerill of Columbia, S.C., Kathy Lee O'Donnell of Central Asia, Sarah Elizabeth Jones of Arlington, Va., Hannah Rebecca Cockerill of Papua, New Guinea; grandson Daniel Timothy Cockerill II of Appalachian State University; great-grandson Patrick Vinzant of St. Louis, Mo.; and brother Warren Wood Mateer of Arlington, Va.

Visitation and Service: Visitation will be at Trinity Wesleyan Church, 2200 Moores-ville Road, Salisbury, Monday from 4-6:30 p.m. and a memorial service will follow at 7 p.m. Interment will be 10 a.m. Tuesday at City Memorial Park, Salisbury.

Memorials: In lieu of flowers, gifts may be sent to World Hope International, P.O. Box 96338, Washington, DC 20090-6338; or Trinity Wesleyan Church; Building Fund, 2200 Mooresville Road, Salisbury, NC 28147.

Ground Floor Opportunity!

Would you just not love to "get in on the ground floor" and not have to hold on to your wallet? (It's not a multi-level business! :-))

Anyway, the folks at have just release a bible project called YouVersion which appears to be an online bible on steroids (without the unpleasant side affects.) I'm pointing you to the YouVersion Blog where you can read more about it.

From them:

Easily find a passage in one of many translations. Search by reference or use the Table of Contents to locate a specific scripture.

Share what God's Spirit is showing you, and read how He is moving in the lives of others. Contribute images, video, text or links to passages, or email something meaningful to a friend.

You can journal about what you're reading, as you're reading it. And even better, what you write is linked directly to what you are reading so you can easily reference back to those special passages.

Mark references with tags that make sense to you, and find what you want, when you want. It's like your own personal concordance. Or you can star anything you'd like to remember.

September 22, 2007

When can we do it again?

ours, theirs, ours, theirs, ours, theirs

We got a call from David and Amy Balty saying that they would be passing near our home this weekend so we met at Cracker Barrel in Mooresville, NC for breakfast. When we last saw them in Hobe Sound in `94 who would have thunk that we might meet up 13 years later with 6 kids between us.

September 20, 2007

I wonder what he blew?

This guy had this mower trailer combo parked, running, in front of Food Lion. I was on the way by church to give something to Pastor Randy and mentioned that he should stop by the Food Lion and see this guy. He had already seen him a few miles back up the road with a woman in the little trailer.

September 10, 2007

Some sort of Science experiment.

September 9, 2007

What's Cooking?

Gabrielle enjoys mixing random ingredients to see what they'll make.


Through most of my life growing up in the church, much of the "church growth" I've observed has been a result of people coming from other churches to a new church they like better (for a while) with the occasional -rare- convert story.

It was neat to read this testimony from Vince Antonucci about how the Holy Spirit had worked in his life before he had ever met or interacted with a single Christian....

September 4, 2007


I'm a big fan of Symmetry.

September 3, 2007

Get me out of here...

Tammy chooses to make Labor Day the first day of school so that I can occupy the tornado while she gets things kicked off with a full day's work.

First day of school - Take 4

First day of school - Take 3

First day of school - Take 2

Chandler and Gabrielle's topo of the Holy Land.

First day of school - Take 1

September 1, 2007

Missional Fatigue

I'm not sure why I am obsessing with church planting/planters in my Google Reader right now, but never-the-less, interesting post.

Missional fatigue

Thank you, Erica.