Top: Larry Price speaks to Kiwanis DoCo members and guest clergy people about the role of pastors and ministers in the community.
Bottom: Bill Cox of the Fellowship of Christian Athletes was first to receive his gift donated by Life Way Christian Book Store.
Pastors and ministers are the spiritual and moral backbone of a community and are to be appreciated for the role they play. That was the thrust of the message brought during the annual Pastor Appreciation Day luncheon sponsored by the Kiwanis Club of Dougherty County at Hilton Garden Inn on October 13.
Larry Price, chair of the club’s Human and Spiritual Values Committee, delivered the primary remarks about purpose of the appreciation day and the role of clergymen in the community. Price, a long-time Kiwanis DoCo member, is the retired founder and president of Albany Winnnelson, a wholesale plumbing supplies company, and is now active in Larry Price Ministries.
“This is a way for us to honor you for the vital role you play in our community,” Price told the 13 guest ministers present, “and help with the spiritual values of our community, because the work you do is in union and harmony with Kiwanis.”
Price went on to enumerate the six objectives set out by Kiwanis International: to give primacy to the human and spiritual, rather than the material values in life; to encourage the daily living of the Golden Rule in all human relationships; to promote the adoption and verification in business of high moral and professional standards; to set an example of moral, progressive, and serviceable citizenship; to provide through Kiwanis clubs a practical means of forming enduring friendships, to render altruistic services, and to build a better community; and finally, to create and maintain that sound public opinion and high idealism that makes possible the increase of righteousness, justice, patriotism, and good will.
“What you do in your church or your parish.” Price continued, “helps our community to become better because you are equipping leaders in your church or parish to become better community citizens for us as well. These are troubling times we are living in today, and yet we know from God’s Word that there is nothing new under the sun. You may say it’s never happened before, but it has. The only difference today is with high technology it’s just reported on a lot quicker.”
Price also noted the “moral values of our nation are decaying” and pastors show “us the difference between right and wrong,” inspiring and encouraging congregants to be better and more active members.
Each clergyperson was presented a Christmas carol CD and a gift card donated by Life Way Christian Book Store and allowed a brief opportunity to share with the audience a short story about pastoral experiences that have impacted their life and ministry.
The pastors and ministers attending the luncheon were Bill Cox, Fellowship of Christian Athletes; Flynn Bridges, Student Ministries; Deacon Joy Davis, St. Patrick’s Episcopal Church; Dr. Kerry Reeves and Steve Williams, Byne Memorial Baptist Church; Jeff Clark, Christ United Methodist Church; Jim Bullion, retired rector, St. Patrick’s Episcopal; Ken Chancellor, Lakeside Baptist Church; Leigh Ann Raynor, Porterfield United Methodist Church; Rabbi Holly Cohn, Temple B’nai Israel; Rebecca Rutherford, First United Methodist Church; Tom Sparks, First Presbyterian Church; and Pruince Dice, of the Albany Police Department.