For Mike Peercy, Father’s Day isn’t about making grand plans.
Instead, it’s about spending as much quality time with as many of his children as he can. As a father of six, that is quite a chore but this Father’s Day, Peercy has even more to celebrate as he recently had an addition to his family nest.
Pastor of Calvary Baptist Church in Duncan, Peercy performed the wedding of his eldest son Mickey, 21, to his bride Jessica just one week ago. His other children are Kari, 19; Andrew, 18; Jon, 16; Tommy, 14 and Daniel, 13.
“Five teenagers; it’s good for my prayer life,” Peercy said as he chuckled. “They all get along and it’s a fun dynamic.”
After officiating his son’s wedding, Peercy is glad he only has one daughter because even marrying off Mickey was an emotional moment. The pastor said he got many of his emotions out while preparing for the event alone in his church office.
“In that moment (at the wedding), the responsibility of communicating the purpose to them far outweighed my emotions,” Peercy said.
“You spend 21 years praying for this young man but you also spend most of that time praying for that young woman. It was an honor to be asked to perform the wedding because I certainly didn’t expect it.”
Peercy did take a moment to express to his son how proud he was of him and of the partnership between he and Jessica. Now, when it comes time to think of Kari’s wedding day, Peercy said he just can’t go there just yet, just as most daddy’s find that hard to do.
With six children, finding the best ways to raise each individual personality was a challenge Peercy and his wife Tori met head on. Peercy said he feels that he has a special bond with each one of his children and is happy they are a large family.
“(Being a father) is the most excruciating and most exhilarating work I could have ever imagined and love has taken on a dimension I never understood before,” he said. “I’ve learned more about the heart of God through being a dad than 43 years of reading and studying the Bible.”
He explained that as much as an earthly father would do for their children, how much bigger must the heart of God be for his children? Peercy said Christmas, Thanksgiving and all the other times with his children have become about the joy of giving to them rather than thinking of himself, he said.
Through six children in eight years, Peercy said he and Tori carried around a diaper bag for 10 straight years and it was a breakthrough moment when all the children could go to the bathroom by themselves. It was also a lesson learned on how to raise each child at the same standards of the others, yet meet them on an individual level.
“Just as God comes to connect with each of us uniquely, we have to meet each kid where they are while the expectations are the same,” he said. “It’s hard work but there are some things we all share.”
The two biggest consistencies for each member of the Peercy family are faith and music.
“All the kids are very musical and have been in band,” he said. “And faith is central to who we are.”
For this Father’s Day, Peercy plans to fulfill his pastor role at Calvary in the morning, then have a nice evening with his family.
“I get to pick what’s for dinner but no big fancy plans because that’s not us,” he said. “If you spend all your time making big plans, you miss out on living and I don’t need major plans, just to be together.”
For Mike Peercy, Father’s Day isn’t about making grand plans.
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2014 proposed budget shows decrease in debt
The first draft of the proposed 2014 budget for the City of Duncan reflects a decline in debt and an increase in reserves.
Tuesday, members of the Duncan City Council reviewed the tentative budget, while City Manager Jim Frieda and City Financial Director Patti Clift discussed trends in the budgeting session and within various departments.
Police investigate theft at Cameron Measurements
Duncan police officers are investigating theft of steel stock and a 2006 Ford F-350 float bed pickup truck from Cameron Measurements.
Police are looking for three individuals who broke into the industrial business around 9 p.m. Sunday. The incident was reported before 8 a.m. Monday.
Two nights left to bid on Christmas Auction items
If you haven’t viewed the Christmas Auction yet this year, there are only two more nights to check out the many items up for bid.
Bids will be taken for various items from 6:30 to 10:30 p.m. tonight and tomorrow and live viewing can be watched on Duncan Channel 10 or at duncanauction.org. Though several items have been sold, there are still plenty to catch your eye.
Outstanding warrant issued for third man in Comanche home invasion
Six felony charges have been filed and an outstanding warrant issued for a third Walters man thought to be involved in a January home invasion in Comanche.
Andrew Glenn Travis, 26, was identified by one of the arrested men as having driven the two men Jan. 29, to and from the home invasion. Charges against Travis include conjoin robbery, burglary in the first and second degrees, two charges of conspiracy, and assault and battery with a dangerous weapon. His bond has been set at $50,000.
Filing period ends, elections imminent
Marlow City Council, and Bray-Doyle and Central High school board will all have elections, while a new member will join the Duncan Board of Education uncontested.
The filing period for various school board positions and two Marlow City Council ward seats began Monday morning at the Stephens County Election Board Office. The period closed at 5 p.m. Wednesday. The election for those positions will be Feb. 11, 2014.
Demetra Cox was the only person to file for Office No. 4 of the Duncan Board of Education. The position is held by Lisa Presgrove, who has been on the board longer than any of the board’s other members.
Duncan man faces charge of bringing contraband into jail
A Duncan man, arrested for driving under the influence of drugs, received further charges after arriving at the Stephens County Jail, including the felony charge of introduction of controlled dangerous substance to penal facility.
Andrew Clint McCormick, 22, was arrested Friday, after being pulled over for speeding and failing to pass various sobriety tests. Officer Jason Downs was the arresting officer in the case against McCormick.
City Council reviews proposed budget
The Duncan City Council reviewed the proposed 2014 Budget during a special meeting Tuesday. The total funding available through the budget is $59,750,719.75.
“The process is not easy,” City Manager Jim Frieda said. “Budgets are tough. Budgeting isn’t always a pleasant process.”
CU-Duncan holds annual tree lighting
Unlike the past few years, weather was not frigid during Cameron University-Duncan’s annual Christmas Tree Lighting.
This event is something special for Cameron students, faculty and their families, as well as the community. Chosen to help John McArthur, Cameron president, and Ole Kim, CU mascot, light the tree this year were the Lehman siblings: Chris, Alex, Maddie and Paige.
Kiwanis Club happy with new sale venue
As it seems, a new location for the Kiwanis Club Christmas Tree Sale has been a positive change, according to its members.
After several years in the Elk Plaza parking lot, the sale was moved to Kiddieland in Fuqua Park. Sales began about a week ago and will continue through Dec. 15 or until the organization runs out of trees.
Community prepares for inclement weather
Hope for the best, prepare for the worst. This is the thought process being yielded by the Stephens County, the City of Duncan and Duncan Public Schools as they prepare for possible inclement weather.
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