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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Banner phone lines down
Phones lines for The Duncan Banner are down as a result of high winds Tuesday night.
Note To Readers Regarding 3-12 Duncan Banner
You may have noticed that there were no sports pages in the March 12, 2014, edition of The Duncan Banner. I apologize to you for that.
There were multiple instances of the power going out at The Duncan Banner office Tuesday night as the pages were put together. This prevented us from finalizing pages 5, 6 and 7, which are normally Sports pages in the Wednesday edition. Power was not fully restored until about 1:30 a.m., at which point the decision was made to go forward with pages that had been sent to press rather than not have a newspaper at all
County to seek bids for fairgrounds expansion project
Expansion of the Stephens County Fair & Expo Center may get underway as early as this summer.
The Stephens County commissioners, joined by fairgrounds director Mike Anderson, discussed the expansion project during their meeting Monday. The commissioners approved going out for bids to see how much it would cost to build another building the same size as the Expo Arena and to relocate the South Stall Barn south to the outdoor stalls.
Lane suspects back in court Wednesday
The preliminary hearing in the death of Australian native Christopher Lane will continue on Wednesday for three Duncan teenagers charged in the fatal shooting.
The hearing, which began on Feb. 4 but was recessed until Wednesday, will determine if there is sufficient evidence for the cases against the suspects to be taken to trial.
Chancey Allen Luna, 16, and Michael Dewayne Jones, 18 face first-degree murder charges in the Aug. 16, 2013, death of Lane, who shot while jogging in the afternoon at Country Club Road near Twilight Beach.
Vehicle burglars strike seven times
A string of seven car burglaries over the weekend has prompted Duncan police to urge residents to lock up their vehicles and take valuables inside at night.
Four car thefts were reported in Duncan on Sunday and three were reported Saturday, with over $1,000 worth of items and cash stolen from vehicles.
City council to discuss projects, half-cent sales tax
City Manager Jim Frieda hopes to give Duncan City Council members an idea of how much money the city would get from continuation of the city’s half-cent economic development sales tax.
Council members will meet at 5:15 p.m. today in the council chambers at 720 W. Willow.
Infrastructure projects, including street improvements and water conservation efforts, are on the agenda for discussion.
Lt. Gov. Lamb says he’ll look at governorship when Fallin finished
Oklahoma Lt. Gov. Todd Lamb, a Rebublican from Enid, made his formal announcement for re-election this week and made a campaign swing through Stephens County. He stopped by the Duncan Banner last week for a chat with news editor Steve Olafson. Here’s how it went:
Waurika reshuffles City Hall lineup
With the city manager now on administrative leave, members of the Waurika City Commission wanted someone to steer the ship, and they found that person Monday when Brad Scott was hired as acting city manager.
In addition, following a one-hour executive session, the four members of the commission named City Treasurer Nancy Bluml as assistant city manager.
Waurika City Commissioners reinstate Brown
Chuck Brown was somewhat surprised early last week when the Waurika City Commissioners voted to terminate him from the position of city manager.
Brown was very surprised four days later to learn he had been “un-terminated” and restored to the city manager position.
Awards handed out at livestock show
Winners were announced and students walked away vests and plaques at the end of the week-long 76th annual Stephens County Junior Livestock Show, which ended Friday.
Following the award ceremony, the premium sale began as livestock was auctioned off.
Stephens County Fair Board secretary Kathy Shorter said funds for the sale are gathered through the different clubs in support of the students in the competition.
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