The first and last weeks of November saw the Local Congregation of Sta. Cruz, Ecclesiastical District of Zambales North, in the Philippines, held Christian Family Organizations (CFO) activities to cater for the spiritual welfare of both single and married members of the Iglesia Ni Cristo (Church Of Christ).
First off was the “KADIWA Formal” held at Seasun Beach Resort & Hotel in Brgy. Sabang, Sta. Cruz, Zambales on November 4, 2023. This activity for single members 18 years old and above aimed at creating and strengthening friendships among them.
Brother Renato Durian, assistant district supervising minister, oversaw the day’s events. The “Meet-and-Greet” activity, a variety of games, and the performances featuring the Iglesia Ni Cristo original music, brought joy to the youth.
Also part of the program was the “KADIWA Talks” wherein some of the youth volunteered in sharing their experiences. They detailed how they were able to properly address some of the problems the youth face nowadays; that is, through God’s words that the Church Administration, led by Brother Eduardo V. Manalo, the Executive Minister, advises them.
“We are grateful for the support that the Church Administration has given us to strengthen each other’s faith,” said Cindy Reynancia, a choir member.
Meanwhile, as part of celebrating the 61st anniversary of the Buklod, the organization for married members of the Church, the congregation leadership held the “Buklod Night” at the Casitaz D’Agrifin Farm Resort in Sta. Cruz on November 27, 2023.
“Having seen my fellow brethren’s happy faces, I knew the hours that we Church officers spent to organize and prepare for this activity finally paid off,” said Shadel Valeriano, the congregation Buklod secretary. “The brethren got closer to each other, which further strengthened us in the faith,” she also observed.
The program began with the opening prayer led by Brother Rodel Revisa, the district edification overseer, which was followed by Brother Durian’s opening remarks.
Making the moment more special was the “Tribute to Parents” activity, wherein the children dedicated songs to their parents. Interactive games that followed also brought fun to everyone. — With reports from Carla Mae Jose and Thijaneannee Ayuste of INC News Section