Despite the cold winter weather, a good attendance was seen at the Annual Pro-life Vigil sponsored by the Pike County Pro-life Family Network on Thursday, Jan. 23.
Pastor Wayne Knipmeyer opened with a prayer. Laurie Schuckenbrock and Sara Robinson provided music selections.
Father Bill Peckman gave a challenging, but encouraging pro-life message to the group.
He stated, “We give voice to the voiceless and offer protection to the defenseless. Our goal is more than to merely transform the laws of men, but to transform the human heart.”
He offered steps to work toward this goal: supporting entities that can help women choose life, to promote adoption, to use prayer and mercy for all whose lives have been touched by abortion, to seek good for those who don’t agree with us.
Father Peckman challenged the crowd with this statement: “It would be good to see entities (crisis pregnancy center, Birthright, Rachel’s Vineyard) set up shop here in Pike County; a county that has seen the numbers of abortions go up. These women have to go out of the county to abort; they should not have to go out of the county to find help to choose life”
Following the pro-life message, awards were presented to the youth of Pike County that participated in the recent coloring and essay contests:
Kindergarten winners: Oliver Niemeyer, Mary Beth Goddard, Ella Weber, and Michala Deters.
Grade one winners: Chloe Smith, Tyler Lewis, Jesse Cox, and Brady Huber.
Grade two winners: Rachel Niemeyer, Darcci Freie, Samantha Cannon, and Hannah Akers.
Grade three winners: Theresa Sick, Sophia Sullivan, Anthony Merz, and Levi Summers.
Grade four winners: Grace Twellman, Will Twellman, Malachi Joel Parsons, and Bryson Lay.
Essay contest winners were: Therese Goddard, Jonathon Sullivan, Naviida Road, Halynna Yager, and Elizabeth Sick. Their topic was “Why I Am Pro-life and How I Show It.”
Pastor Robert Warren gave the closing prayer.
Refreshments and fellowship followed the vigil.
The Pike County Pro-life Family Network meets the third Monday of each month at the Dairy Queen in Bowling Green at 6 p.m.. Interested persons are always welcome.
The group will be sponsoring a fundraising breakfast on Sunday, Feb. 23 at the K-of-C Hall in St. Clement. Serving will be from 8:30 to 11 a.m..