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Big Sandy church outreach

New Beginnings, GCI’s church in Big Sandy, Texas is known for its service to the community. That service has been recognized formally over the years by the Big Sandy Chamber of Commerce and other organizations. Pictured below are members (with their children, some who have received awards of their own) who have received community service awards in recent years.

Honorees for cc 2014
Row one: Sarah Strub (2012 woman of the year) & George Strub (2012 man of the year) with their two children; Marilyn Canup (2014 woman of the year); Dwayne Canup (2009 man of the year); Helen Ellard (2013 woman of the year), Jane Parsons (2005-07 first lady of Big Sandy); Sonny Parsons (2002 and 2006 man of the year, 1993 fire fighter of the year). Row two: James Jackson (1993 and 2004 senior citizen of the year), Lois Peterson (2010 woman of the year), Anna Peterson (2012 Miss Big Sandy), James Peterson, Josette Peterson (2014 Miss Big Sandy), Rick Peterson (2010 man of the year), Jerome Ellard (2013 man of the year). Not shown, Melven Allen (2012 fire fighter of the year and 2004 senior citizen of the year).

Recently, the congregation honored several couples who have been married for more than 25 years, and some for more than 50. As noted in an article in the local newspaper (pictured below, click to enlarge), the congregation is utilizing this substantial marital experience to provide within the community small groups that will serve premarital and recently married couples.

Big Sandy paper