On July 10, 2022, the Local Congregation of Downtown, which is under the supervision of the Ecclesiastical District of Calgary, in Canada, conducted a Neighborhood Appreciation activity. Held in the grounds of their house of worship, the activity was well-attended by many members of the community who were thankful for the opportunity to get to know the Church and the brethren more.
“It’s amazing. It’s nice to be together. You are a group, everyone is involved,” enthused Jose Ponce, a guest.
The chapel’s vicinity is strategic for the event as “it is right by the entrance of Stampede Park,” said Brother Romel Cruz, ministerial worker assigned at the Local Congregation of Red Deer. “A lot were curious to know what the Iglesia Ni Cristo is. With this activity, they were able to see that we belong to this Church that is open to all, that is, encouraging anyone to know God’s teachings that we uphold.”
Ministers and brethren, led by Brother Rolando E. Gaviola, district supervising minister, were on-site to welcome the guests, many of whom were passersby whose attention was caught by the many activity booths. At the chapel’s function hall, photographs of the houses of worship under the district’s jurisdiction were also displayed.
Each of the 12 local congregations in the district set up their own booth that offered food and drinks and other freebies. There were also performances of Christian music by talented brethren. By groups, the guests were ushered into the house of worship where they watched a video presentation introducing the Church and its activities. — With reports from INC News Section