Worldwide in Big Sandy no longer meeting on Sabbath
By Ellis W. Stewart
BIG SANDY, Texas--One of the oldest congregations of the Worldwide Church of God conducted its last Sabbath service Aug. 27, although it is still providing weekly church services for its members on Sundays.
Frank "Sonny" Parsons, 62-year-old pastor of the local congregation since 1999, said he is not comfortable when hearing that the WCG has "dropped" the Sabbath service.
"I don't like the word dropped," he said. "We combined the services."
The combined services, attended by about 90 people, meet each Sunday morning at 10:30 in a church-owned building near the corner of Highway 80 and Pearl Street.
For several years Mr. Parsons has conducted weekly services on both Saturday and Sunday.
Although the "denominational" name of the church is Worldwide Church of God, Mr. Parsons said, the local congregation calls itself New Beginnings Christian Fellowship.
Mr. Parsons, an employee of the local congregation, also pastors a WCG congregation in Texarkana, Ark., which also meets on Sundays.
The recent combining of services means that, for the first time in 52 years, the WCG has not conducted Sabbath services in the Gladewater-Big Sandy area of East Texas.
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