Special to the Register
Every year, a group of Christian women, strong in their faith and ecumenical in their action, get together to celebrate one of their own. On November 30, the annual Women of Faith in Service Award was awarded to Linda Lewis at the celebration luncheon held at the First Presbyterian Church in Gainesville. Over 50 attended the annual luncheon, including the honoree's family, church family and fellow staff members of Abigail's Arms Family Crisis Center. The delightful meal was provided by Old Mount Olive Baptist Church as was the highly spiritual and moving music.
Linda Lewis was nominated by Carolyn Hendricks, Women of Faith in Service Vice President. Reading from the nomination form, Carolyn stated that Linda was the mother of eight children, was very active in her church and community and served on the boards of several civic and social organizations. Linda gave of her time, reading to children in both day care and after-school programs. Serving on the steering committee for the Red River Will Graham Celebration, Linda was required to go through training education to become a counselor for the extended event.
Linda Lewis joined the staff of Abigail's Arms Family Crisis Center in 2007 as the Intake Case Manager/Advocate, the position she continues to compassionately and capably fill today. She has volunteered for CASA as a court appointed special advocate representing the interests of abused and neglected children in the juvenile court system.
Having lost a daughter to a long terminal illness, Linda focussed her energies on forming a youth based choral group called the Gainesville Community Choir in 1983. With her passion and desire to help others, Linda is dedicated to those in need of guidance and support. To unanimous applause, Linda Lewis accepted the award from Hendricks, followed by several words of thanks, praise and wisdom to the attendees. For all who were there, it was a very special day.