1,134 new officers added in Central Visayas districts

By NOEL DELIGERO JR.

Date Posted: July 25, 2023

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In continuous response to the call of the Church Administration that more members of the Iglesia Ni Cristo (Church Of Christ) be of help in its edification work, four ecclesiastical districts in Central Visayas region of the Philippines respectively conducted special gatherings of Church officers, during which a total of 1,134 new ones took oath of office.  These were held in this month of June.

Negros Del Norte

The Ecclesiastical District of Negros Del Norte held such gatherings on June 17, 2023 at the houses of worship of San Carlos City and Canlaon congregations, and that of Tayasan the next day. These were officiated at by Brother Raul Gonzales, district supervising minister; Brother Azriel Pelaez, assistant district supervising minister; and Brother Clark Paraguas, district Christian Family Organizations (CFO) overseer, respectively. 

“I thank God for this occasion that has truly inspired me to continue fulfilling my Church duties. I will ever value these spiritual gifts that God has given me,” enthused Gelisa Langan, a choir member from the Local Congregation of Tayasan.

Bogo City, Cebu

The Ecclesiastical District of Bogo City, Cebu held its special gathering of Church officers on June 18 at the house of worship of the Local Congregation of Bogo with Brother Dante Mujar, district supervising minister, officiating.

“I am so grateful to God for entrusting me this duty through the Church Administration. I promise to Him that no matter what happens I will fulfill my duty until the very end,” said Jocelyn Yase, newly sworn choir leader in the Local Congregation of Daanbantayan.

Negros Oriental

It was also on June 18 when the Ecclesiastical District of Negros Oriental sworn into office many officers in the Church, during the special gathering of already instated ones, at the houses of worship of seven local congregations—that of Dumaguete City, Siaton, Tanjay City, Manjuyod, Sta. Catalina, Mabinay, and Siquijor.

Brother Marcelino Magtalas, district Light of Salvation (LOS) overseer; Brother Joel Arias, district CFO overseer; Brother Camilo Gadian, district auditor; Brother Bernardo Aguirre, Church officers overseer; Brother Melchor Reyes, district edification overseer; Brother Dan Demegillo, district secretary; and Brother Kenneth De Leon, resident minister of Dumaguete Congregation, officiated, respectively.

“We’re so grateful to our Lord God for His blessings He continuously provides to the Church. These more officers newly sworn in would truly be of help to the Church Administration in caring for the brethren, thus leading them towards Christian maturity that will ensure their salvation come Judgment Day,” said Brother Magtalas.

Cebu City, Cebu

The Ecclesiastical District of Cebu City, Cebu held its gathering of Church officers on June 25 in three venues: the houses of worship of Cebu City, Himensulan, and Pilar congregations. These were led by Brother Jomar Dueñas, district supervising minister; Brother Ramil Tolentino, assistant district supervising minister; and Brother Eli Suralta, district edification overseer, respectively.

 “I’ve been through many obstacles and problems, but with God’s help, I’m still able to remain faithful in my duty to Him,” said Rodolfo Mepieza, a deacon for 38 years now, “I know that I will not be on the losing end because God promises blessings not only in this life but also in the life to come. He reserves these to His servants who remain faithful to Him until the end.”

During their preaching of God’s words, the officiating ministers reminded the Church officers, old and new, that they must remain faithful as they fulfill their God-given duties, thus being role models to the brethren. Times do come that trials hinder them in doing so, but they must always put their trust in God. — With reports from Jonathan Rempillo and Shane Fornillos of INC News Section

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