The Ecclesiastical District of Catanduanes, in the Philippines held a baptism followed immediately by “Welcome, Kapatid Ko (Welcome, My Brethren),” on April 27, 2021 at the place of worship of the Local Congregation of Virac.
Brother Rodolfo Erese, district supervising minister, officiated at the service prior to the would-be members’ immersion into the baptismal pool. In his preaching of God’s words, he exhorted them to greatly value their calling as Church Of Christ members because of the great spiritual blessing they were about to receive.
One of the baptismal candidates was Joel Vecina, a former pastor of Born Again Christians. “I am happy because I finally received the baptism … the Church Of Christ is indeed the true Church because all the teachings that it upholds are from the Bible,” he expressed.
After the baptism, the “Welcome, My Brethren” socializing activity ensued during which the new members were treated to inspiring musical performances and took part in fun games together and with other brethren.
The district leadership and Christian Family Organizations (CFO) officers were also introduced to the new members.
“Now that they are baptized in the Church, it is important to further strengthen the faith of the new members. Activities, such as this ‘Welcome, My Brethren,’ greatly help to edify them and for them to be closer with other brethren in the Church,” Brother John Norin Anunciacion, minister of the gospel, said. — With reports from INC News Section