Present and former WCG members reunite
By John Warren
BIG SANDY, Texas--Judy Biggs, a longtime Church of God member who lives in Big Sandy, played host to a recent get-together for old friends in the Big Sandy area.
On Sunday, July 31, from noon until about 5 p.m. in the building owned by the Church of God Big Sandy, about 150 people with some present or past connection with the Worldwide Church of God enjoyed fellowship, a potluck meal, music and a couple of surprises.
Ron and Linda Avey of Big Sandy coordinated the setup and serving of the food. David Maas of Hawkins provided lively background music on the piano.
After the meal Lee Stolley of Pritchett helped Mrs. Biggs make a few announcements that included news of an anniversary and a birthday.
The daughters of Bernie and Paula Monsalvo of Gladewater had prepared a special 40th-anniversary tribute complete with pictures, cake and punch based on the old This Is Your Life radio and television series of the 1940s and 1950s.
In another surprise move, Vi Lehman startled her husband, Jack, with a cake to celebrate his 85th birthday. The Lehmans live in Pritchett.
Mrs. Lehman said she kept Mr. Lehman in the dark about his cake.
"I told him that if he was going to get any cake it would be at Judy's party," she said. "He was surprised."
Mrs. Biggs told how she pulled off the surprises.
"Once we made it a church party, we got Bernie involved, and he worked very hard. He thought he was working on Jack Lehman's surprise birthday.
"Jack thought he was working on the Monsalvos' anniversary."
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