Betsy Peterson mural unveiled at Perry Lutheran Homes fundraiser

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The Perry Lutheran Homes celebrated Sunday its ongoing success in delivering its portfolio of services to the Perry area with a soup luncheon and brief program that featured the unveiling of a mural by Perry artist Betsy Peterson.

“Love is the flower. Hope is the Stem. Faith is the root.” That motto forms the mural’s text, and along with flowers in the earthly garden are seen stars in the sky and birds in flight, each inscribed with the name of a donor to the Perry Lutheran Homes.

“This is really all about the creator of the universe,” Peterson said, “the way you guys show compassion to each other, staff and residents and families.” She cited three Bible passages that inspired her mural, with faith that dies to the self in order to serve others, with hope that begins in the dark and waits, watches and works and with love that binds together all things.

The Rev. Max Phillips, CEO of the Perry Lutheran Homes, outlined the wide services of the care facility, “serving people from six months to 106 and probably older,” he said. On hand to greet visitors were representatives of many of the PLH services, ranging from Acorns and Oaks Christian Daycare staff members to physical therapists, mental health therapists and spiritual therapists.

Rousing Christmas carols were performed by the choir from Christ Lutheran Church and the youngsters of Acorns and Oaks Christian Daycare, and a ringing testimonial to the PLH was delivered by Clara Long of Perry, who described the many good things she found both in the Perry Lutheran Homes assisted living community and in residence at Eden Acres. Long’s daughter, Teresa Painter of Perry, also praised the facility but noted the financial challenges of serving Medicaid residents.

Hearty chili and several soups were served to the attendees, who numbered well more than 100.

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