Rather than to merely close the passing year, two activities held in the last part of December 2022 led by the Ecclesiastical District of Bataan leadership served more to prepare the brethren, beginning from the Church officers and parents, for big projects coming up in the new year.
On December 24, Church officers from all local congregations in the district assembled for a special gathering. A total of 333 new local congregations’ officers took their oath of duty.
Brother Isaias D. Antinew, district supervising minister, officiated the sacred occasion at the house of worship of the Local Congregation of Abucay, which served as the host site. Church officers from other local congregations convened in the remote site nearest them, namely the houses of worship in Bagac, Dinalupihan, Limay, and Sabang.
In his homily, Brother Antinew reminded the attendees that God expects the officers inside His nation to be the first ones to be found obedient to His commandments. By being good examples, he explained, they can be effective leaders before their fellow brethren.
“Being a role model in faithful obedience is among the effective ways to encourage the Church members to do the same zeal,” said Jaybel Beltran, head deacon at the Local Congregation of Maligaya. “I will keep striving to remain exemplary in the faith.”
The next day, December 25, married couples got together at an events venue in Alas-asin, Mariveles, Bataan for the district’s Buklod Night. They enjoyed watching uplifting performances of Iglesia Ni Cristo music and joined in several fun-filled games and other activities aimed at strengthening each couple’s marriage bond as well as the whole group’s ties as Christian brethren. The formal occasion’s highlight was the spiritual message to the attendees to all the more inspire them to lead their families in upholding their services to God.
“Other than the inspiration this activity has surely provided as we continue serving God, we were reminded of the significance of cultivating a strong marital bond,” said Jay-R Oligo, deacon and Buklod president in the Local Congregation of Roosevelt. “I thank the Church Administration for this worthwhile activity.” — With reports from INC News Section