A winter wedding was the setting as Sarah Elizabeth Cool, of St. Joseph, and Cole Patrick McCauley, of Santa Cruz del Quiche, Guatemala, exchanged their vows.
The ceremony took place at 3 p.m. Sunday, Jan. 14, 2018, at First Baptist Church of St. Joseph, by the Reverend Jason Moore. String quintet, pipe organ and piano music was provided by family, friends and students of the bride. Seth Mason, a friend of the groom and pastor of First Baptist Church, of Gower, Missouri, led the singing and provided special music.
A cake and punch reception was served in the fellowship hall by the ladies of the church. Cole and Sarah left the church Downtown as snow fell and bells rang out from a church across the street. Family and friends then joined the couple for a barbecue dinner, catered by Spanky and Buckwheats. Dancing for the evening was lead by Jerome Grisanti, contra dance caller.
Sarah is the daughter of John and Pamala Cool, of Country Club, Missouri. She earned a music education degree from Missouri Western State University and a master’s of education from Park University. Her teaching experiences include being an orchestra teacher in the St. Joseph School District, conducting St. Joseph’s Symphonic Youth Orchestra at MWSU, being the elementary music teacher at St. Joseph Christian School and teaching private violin lessons. She has performed through the years with many musical groups including the St. Joseph Symphony, the St. Joseph Community Chorus and Robidoux Resident Theatre. She also enjoys providing music for churches.
Cole is the son of Howard and Beth McCauley, of Country Club. Cole’s education includes studying at Northwest Missouri State University, MWSU and a Spanish language school in Antigua, Guatemala. He earned his degree from Highland Community College. He is a missionary in Guatemala and works at a privately run Christian orphanage, Casa de Mi Padre, which is based out of St. Joseph. He is the assistant director of the children’s home and the leader of the transitional program, which helps the kids when they move out after turning 18. He coordinates funding and housing while they finish their educations. He has served there full time since 2016. He previously worked for Progressive Community Services, in St. Joseph.
After returning from their honeymoon, the couple flew to live in Guatemala, where Sarah joined Cole in his mission work at the orphanage.