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Drew & Tracey Cope
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This site was updated 12.19.2004:
Honeymoon, Reception, & Ceremony pics are now finished!!

Official Wedding Date:  May 09, 2004 @ 2:30 PM

Location:  New Castle, DE

About our wedding:
Drew:25 | Tracey:22
-- Asking Dad... Labor Day 03... done
-- getting engaged... 11/03/2003... done
-- Tracey's Graduation... May 8th @ 10AM... done
-- Getting Married after graduation... May 9th @ 2:30 PM... done
-- Having a wonderful time on our honeymoon cruise Key West, Cozumel & Belize... done

-- The Dress: Simple
-- The Ceremony: Traditional
-- The Reception: Non-Traditional, Low-Key, Non-Alcoholic, BBQ, Frisbee & FUN FOR US!
-- The Honeymoon: a week-long Cruise out of Florida
-- The Carear Path: Leading happy healthly, lives as Co-YouthPastors where-ever Jesus leads us.

Top 5 Random Facts People Know & Love about Tracey Jones
Tracey in front of a Mountain in VT before a climb 5. Tracey and her memory could take on anyone in this room and win with flying colors.
4. Tracey loves to make weird noises to make people smile (From youth group kids)
3. Tracey’s hugs can kill you—But they’re always welcome!
2. You will never really know the REAL Tracey until you spend the night in a tent with her! (From a former youth group kid)
1. Tracey can make gourmet food... in a toaster oven!

Top 5 Random Facts People Know & Love about Drew Cope
5. Drew and his laptop are attached at the keyboard – have you ever seen him without it?
4. When Drew writes, it’s not called handwriting – it can’t even be called chicken-scratch!
3. The words Drew and ‘early-riser’ are a contradiction in terms.
2. If you need something, Drew has it or can find it for you. If you need something fixed, Drew can do it—especially if it involves the use of duct tape and coat hangers.
1. Thank God Drew finally got a new car!
Drew & Tim rest during a VT hike to take in the view

Here are the ones they didn't use:
-- "Tracey is supportive and always happy to be at youth group"
-- "Tracey will sacrifice her body for the frisbee or a good wrestling match, even during an asthma attack"
-- "Drew can't ever wake up in the morning and yet he still scheduled 8:30 classes"
-- "Drew can break an apple in 1/2 with his thumb and bust a banana in 1/2 by twisting it"
-- "Drew once prayed over a car and it started"
-- "Drew is a float-making machine!"

Ceremony Excerpts
      We have been invited to hear Drew and Tracey as they promise to face the future together, accepting whatever may lie ahead. For the world that God has created for them, with its beauty and grace that is all around, with the strength that it offers and the peace that it brings, makes them truly grateful.

Tracey, Drew, nothing is easier than saying words and nothing harder than living them day after day. What you promise today must be renewed and decided again tomorrow. At the end of this ceremony legally you will be man and wife, but you still must decide each day that stretches out before you, that you want to be married.

Real love is something beyond the warmth and glow, the excitement and romance of being deeply in love. It is caring as much about the welfare and happiness of your marriage partner as about your own. But real love is not total absorption in each other; it is looking outward in the same direction --together. Love makes burdens lighter, because you divide them. It make joys more intense because you share them. It makes you stronger so you can reach out and become involved with life in ways you dared not risk alone.


Declarations of Intent
      Drew, this woman whom you hold by the hand is to be your wife. She has given you one of the most sacred things under heaven: a woman's life and a woman's love. You may bring her great joy or cause her deep sorrow. It is not what you bring her in a material way that will make true happiness--riches without love are nothing. The gift without the giver is bare. The practice of those virtues as husband that you have shown as her lover will keep her heart won to your heart. Drew, will you take Tracey to be your wife? Will you love and respect her? Will you be honest with her always? Will you stand by her through whatever may come? Will you make whatever adjustments are necessary so that you can genuinely share your life with her?
Groom -- I will.

Tracey, this man whom you hold by the right hand is to be your husband. On your life, your love and devotion he will lean for strength and inspiration. He is going to look to you for encouragement, for cheerfulness and confidence. No matter what the world may say or think, people may forget him, lose confidence in him, and turn their backs upon him, but you must not. May your life and your love be the inspiration that will constantly lead him to greater dependence upon our Lord Jesus Christ. Tracey will you take Drew to be your husband? Will you be honest with him always? Will you stand by him through whatever may come? Will you make whatever adjustments are necessary so that you can genuinely share your life with him?
Bride -- I will.

Mr. and Mrs. Jones, Mr. and Mrs. Cope; are you willing now and always to support and strengthen this marriage by upholding Tracey and Drew with your concern?
Parents -- We are.


Worship Songs
      -- God of Wonders........... Steve Hindlong & Marc Byrd © 2000
-- Here I am to Worship... Tim Hughes © 2000
-- I give you my heart...... Reuben Morgan © 1995

Scripture Readings & Homilies
      1 Thessalonians 2:8 …………………………………………… Mandy & Tim Desilets
1 Corinthians 15:58 …………………………………………… Pastor Mike Atkins

      Before God, our friends and those so special to us here, on this wonderful day of gladness and good fortune, I promise you my deepest Love, my fullest devotion, my tenderest care. I want to be your husband/wife so that we might serve Christ together. I promise I will live first unto God rather than others or even you. Together we will be vessels for His service in accordance with His plan, so that in all areas of our life, Christ will be first. I will hold you up daily in prayer before our Heavenly Father. I _________, take you _________, to be my wife. To have and to hold, in sickness and in health, for richer or for poorer, Till death do us part or the Lord comes for His own, and hereto I pledge you my faithfulness.   

Exchanging of Rings
      Wedding rings are an outward and visible sign of an inward spiritual grace, signifying to all the uniting of this man and this woman in marriage. The wedding ring is the outward and the visible sign of an inward and spiritual bond which unites two hearts in endless love. The circle, the emblem of eternity; the gold, the type of what is least tarnished and most enduring--it is to show how lasting and imperishable is the faith now pledged. Let the ring, a fit token of that which is unending, continue to be to you both a symbol of the value, the purity, and the constancy of true wedded love, and the seal of the vows in which you have both pledged your most solemn and sacred honor.

"With this ring, I thee wed. In the name of the Father, and of the Son, and of the Holy Spirit. Amen."


Announcement of Marriage
      Tracey and Drew, in so much as the two of you have agreed to live together in Matrimony, have promised your love for each other by these vows, the giving of these rings and the joining of your hands, I now declare you to be husband and wife. Drew, you may now kiss your bride.   

We've been happily married for years, months, days and :: hours!

Drew & Tracey received their Bachelor of Arts in Youth Ministry from Eastern University in 2001 & 2004.

We minister with the Ground Zero Youth Ministry and Cross Fire / Image Quest.