Wednesday, February 14, 2007

Remembering Brian Hall & Jerry "Nikko" Cooke

The families and friends of Brian and Nikko are planning memorial services to celebrate and thank God for the lives of these two men. As you know, Brian and Nikko are still on the mountain, and this has intensified the grief for their loved ones.

Many of you have continued to pray for them. Please keep these memorial services in your prayers as well—that they would bring comfort to the families and honor to these two beloved men and to their faith in God.

Brian Hall
Memorial Service

Thursday, February 22, 2007
1:00 p.m.
Highland Park Methodist Church
Dallas, Texas

A reception will follow.

Friday, February 23, 2007
6:30 p.m.
Brian's close friends and family will gather at Performance Playground.

Remember to pray for Brian's sister, Angela, and his parents, Dwight and Clara Hall.

Jerry "Nikko" Cooke
Memorial Service

Wednesday, February 28, 2007
3:00 p.m.
The Cathedral of St. Patrick
New York, New York

A reception will follow the service where everyone is welcome to share their sentiments with friends, family and colleagues.

Remember to pray for Michaela, Jerry's wife, and his mother, Maria.


Anonymous said...

To the families and friends of all three climbers, our prayers are still with you. I hope everyone will have closure soon. TE-Pennsylvania

Susan from AZ said...

How sad that there is no closure.
It must make the acceptance of death even harder. My prayers will be with you as you plan the memorial service and try to go on with your lives. Knowing Brian is with God, gives comfort and some peace. May God continue to show you His love and peace through this hard time.

Anonymous said...

I have been keeping up with this story,and have cried so many times. Cried again when I saw the memorial announced. I agree it's so hard to understand.These good men did nothing wrong. It doesn't seem fair. But, I have watched Karen on the evening news. She has such peace about Kelly that it actually helps me. I pray Brian and Jerry's families have the same. I also pray for Brian and Jerry. Because even though it seems impossible I know if it's God's will he can still bring them off that mountain alive. So that's why until they are found otherwise I intend to keep praying for a miracle. If that happens it will be on his schedule;as someone at my church said about a sick loved one maybe we stop praying too soon. But if it was his will to take all of them now,I pray he will allow them to be found soon. I will continue praying for families to have every need filled,and that they have peace and joy in knowing someday they'll be together again only forever this time. I mentioned Karen before but I also have to mention Frank he has truly been a blessing also. MAY GOD HOLD EACH OF YOU AND GUIDE YOU IN ALL OF YOUR FUTURES.

Anonymous said...

God Bless you during this hard time
life is tough but God makes it so much easier!

Anonymous said...

Today while surfing channels, I saw that another search is underway on Mt. Hood for hikers. This brought your three family members to my mind and as I lay here and can't sleep, I searched for information on them.

Having been on vacation in August of 2000 to visit my husband's forest ranger brother in Oregon, one of our first places to visit was Mt. Hood. It was a huge example of God's wonderous creation of nature. Just standing at Timberline Lodge I believe leaves every one with the craving to climb and take in the beauty from the mountaintop. The loss of your loved ones brought to mind the song "Go Rest High on that Mountain" (Vince Gill) and I know that even though two vessels remain there, their souls have taken flight from a higher plane and they are watching over their loved ones. God Bless You all...I pray that soon the closure will bring some solace to you all.

Praying in Tennessee

Anonymous said...

Praying for Brian's family and friends tomorrow.And praying for Jerry's next week.Also still praying for Kelly's.Praying everyday for all of you.God Bless You All.

Anonymous said...

I was wondering if teams were able to search areas that had been talked about searching in Dec.To the families you are not forgotten and neither are Brian,Jerry.and Kelly.

laura winters said...

I ask my husband every week if he has heard anything about the lost hikers. It touched me and hurt my heart to imagine the grief you all must feel. I hope you find peace in God and life. I am so sorry for your loss. I will keep watching in hopes that they are found to give you some peace. Your friend, Laura

Anonymous said...

I just read about the searches that are planned.I hope and pray that Brian and Jerry are found.And that their families have peace and comfort in knowing that in HEAVEN there is no pain or fear.I have prayed and prayed that they would be found.I have also continued to pray for all 3 families.I have read on Brian's website next week is his birthday.I hope his family and friends are able to have a day he would want for them.I thought it was very thoughtful what was done for Kelly.I don't know when Jerry's is.I just wish somehow God would bring them home alive.I truly hope one day to meet them all in HEAVEN.GOD LEAD US ALL.

Anonymous said...

Peace be with you and your families today, tomorrow, and always

Anonymous said...

I continue to pray that Brian Hall and Jerry Cooke are found. My very deepest sympathy.
South Dakota Native

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Anonymous said...

A number of former UCONN guys who lived in Lancaster Hall with Brian and myself who played soccer there with him, were thinking of him the other night when we all got together for the first time in 15 years. We had fond memories of him. Our prayers are with you - the Lancaster Hall guys from 1987-1989.

Anonymous said...

After learning of the 3 missing climbers and watching all the TV coverage, I have never missed saying a pray daily, and will continue to do so until the recovery of Brian and Nikko. I hope God blesses all 3 families with answers soon.

Unknown said...

You two guys are still thought of and your family's are prayed for. One day you will be found and bring closure to those he knew and love you. Until then, Rest in Peace and may God Bless those you've left behind.

Anonymous said...

I know if it is God's will you will be found.

Anonymous said...

Hope they will be found soon. I can't imagine.Sometimes life is so hard to understand. But he always knows best.