Gains and losses in Perry Ministerial Association membership

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Wishing hale and farewell at the Perry Ministerial Association meeting were, from left, Lou Hoger, retired pastor at Mount Olivet Lutheran Church, Marcy Campbell, pastor at First Presbyterian Church, Fr. Chris Reising of St. Patrick Catholic Church, Brian Parker of the First Presbyterian Church, George Eldridge of St. Martin's Episcopal Church, Tim Johnson of the First Christian Church, Tim Farmer of the Trey Sucher law firm, Paul Barrow of the First United Methodist Church and Terry Wilkinson, chaplain at Tyson Fresh Meats.

The Perry Ministerial Association bid farewell to one member and welcomed another at its July meeting Thursday.

Pastor Tim Johnson of the First Christian Church is retiring and leaving the Perry congregation after more than five years in the pulpit. Johnson said he will still be active as an interim pastor wherever  the state office chooses to send him.

The pastors association also welcomed Fr. Chris Reising, the new priest at St. Patrick Catholic Church. The Dowling High School graduate previously served at Our Lady of the Americas in Des Moines and Queen of the Apostles.

The association meeting also included a treasurer’s report on the group’s various charitable works, including buying shoes for the family who were recent victims of a fire, a window air conditioner for a person with medical needs, work boots for new brick plant workers and other items of food, clothing, shelter and medical assistance.

A food pantry report included details of the Perry Food Pantry’s contract with the Food Bank of Iowa to host mobile food pantry events every two months. A nursing home report detailed efforts to coordinate services among the town’s four long-term care facilities and the association’s six members.

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