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Thursday, April 22, 1999
Youth group attends Arlington convention
Iglesia Bautista Nueva Vida (New Life Baptist Church), 301 W. 3rd St.,
was represented by 16 young persons and four adult sponsors for the 35th
Annual Hispanic and Singles "Congreso."
This year's Congreso was held during the Easter holiday weekend at Arlington
Convention Center in Arlington. "Your Faith, Your Walk, Your Talk...Put
it 2 the Test," from the Book of Romans was used as the overall theme.
Attending from Pecos were Jesse Salazar, Tony Garcia, Tammy Natividad,
DeDe Hernandez, Danny Lujan, Michael Herrera, Deida Sandoval, Sarah Vela,
Jaime Tarango, Brian Lara, Susie Sandoval, Amy Vela, Vickie Samaguey, Nikki
Reyna, Daniel Sandoval, and youth directors James and Nova Herrera.
Joining the Pecos group in Arlington and serving as youth counselors
were Chris Salazar of Irving, Jamie Herrera and Erica Gutierrez, of Austin,
all formerly of Pecos. Accompanying the group was little Dante Xavier Ramirez,
The three-day event included praise and worship, scripture and prayer,
theme interpretation, message and challenge, and age-group seminars. Special
guest speaker was J.R. Vassar with 20/20 Ministries, out of Euless. Other
program personalities included Baptist University representatives.
The Pecos group joined almost 3,000 other young people, counselors and
sponsors from all over the State of Texas. Activities included a concert
with Christian recording artist, Michael W. Smith at the Music Mill Amphitheater
at Six Flags Over Texas, a barbecue meal at the Pavilions. The group also
enjoyed the many rides available at Six Flags, and others took advantage
of the swimming pool at their hotel, La Quinta Inn.
After the convention was over, the Pecos group toured the "Metroplex"
area with Chris Salazar as their guide. They toured Dallad-Fort Worth International
Airport and drove through Dallas, Fort Worth, Irving, Grand Prairie and
Granbury. They also enjoyed shopping at one of the largest malls in Texas
Ï Grapevine Mills Mall, near Dallas.
On Saturday night, the youth and their counselors stayed with the Santos
Porras family (former Pecos residents) in Cleburne, where a barbecue awaited
them. And, on Easter Sunday, they all attended church services in the small
town of Glen Rose, where Porras serves as the pastor. James Herrera and
Susie Sandoval provided the special music for the service.
After a long drive home, the youth and their directors arrived at their
church home in Pecos late Sunday night for a brief study of God's Word...for
a time of sharing...and for prayer at the altar - thanking God for a safe
"Our young people worked hard to earn the money to attend this special
Christian convention. I'm very proud of them," said youth director Nova
The youth directors give special thanks to La Tienda Grocery, Bob's
Thriftway, La Nortena Tortilla Factory and Wal-Mart for all their help
and assistance. "We also appreciate all the support from our church members,
our pastor and his wife. We couldn't have done it without them. But above
all, we give all honor and glory to God," said Herrera.
Sanchez named employee of month
Pascual Sanchez has been named Employee of the Month of March at Freeport
He has been with the company for 15 years. He started working in the
field on the Labor Crew and later advanced to mechanic in the auto shop.
He has always kept safety first,.
He has always been willing to help promote safety on the job and off
the job, according to Freeport McMoran supervisors.
York M. "Smokey" Briggs, Publisher
Division of Buckner News Alliance, Inc.
324 S. Cedar St., Pecos, TX 79772
Phone 915-445-5475, FAX 915-445-4321
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