The end of the year brings an opportunity for new beginnings, as most people reflect upon the peaks and valleys of days gone by. When times are trying, Christian leaders always remind their flock to keep the invaluable principles of Jesus in mind when finding resolve over the past in order to march on into a brighter future.
“My resolution is to just keep moving forward — the way Christ wants us to go,” says Rev. Ken Bose of Trinity Lutheran Church.
With that in mind, he says the his focus for the church will be start a community project bringing handicap playground equipment in the parks in town.
“It’s something we can do with our church and reach out to handicapped kids in the community,” he says.
Such a project is one way for the Trinity Lutheran congregation to connect with the community as a whole, which is resolution shared by many church leaders in Perry.
“My resolution for the church would be a unity and a closeness of the church that would draw everyone together,” says Rev. Charles Compton of the First Bible Church. “We’re having a really growing participation in (Bible studies). That’s something we’ll keep emphasizing this year.
“We’ve hosted the Perry High School baccalaureate in the past, and we always get really excited for that. We really want people to know that Christ cares for them and loves them, so they can spread that in their own lives wherever they go.”
Rev. Joan White at the First Presbyterian Church agrees wholly, as the tragedy of Sandy Hook Elementary continues its presence in her prayers.
“I’ve been thinking lately about one of (those) 20 kids who was killed named Jesse Lewis,” she says. “He wrote three words on the board (at home) before he went to school that day. When his mother came home, she saw them there: nurturing, healing, love. I think these three words are what I would focus on as a path to follow the ways of Christ. Trying to create this vision that he had — trying to change the world in which we live.
“My focus will be to progress on that path. This is a process. Whatever direction our church is headed, I want it to be led by God and for us to be ready for surprises.”
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