Edifying the elect in these trying times

Edifying the elect in these trying times

Compiled by MARK ANDRO T. MILAN

WERE IT NOT for God’s love and compassion, Iglesia Ni Cristo (Church Of Christ) members would have been overwhelmed by the pandemic and its ill-effects.

Through Brother Eduardo V. Manalo, the Executive Minister, the brethren are led, without fail, in worshiping God. He personally leads congregations in worship services either in-person, online or both. He also regularly leads the International Conference of Ministers and Ministerial Workers, further edifying his co-workers. Thus, with the Executive Minister’s indefatigable efforts as motivation, he is able to encourage the members to be one with the Church Administration in edifying the elect in these trying times.

The following are some works in edification held in the Church’s ecclesiastical districts and local congregations worldwide:

Special gathering of Church officers, oathtaking of new ones

Davao de Oro greets 2022 with oathtaking of additional Church officers
Ecclesiastical District of Davao de Oro, January 2, 2022
Special gathering in Northeast California District edifies Church officers
Ecclesiastical District of Northeast California, January 9
Ecclesiastical District of Davao City, January 10
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Ecclesiastical District of Pampanga North, February 8
Special gathering in Tokyo, Japan reminds choir members to keep on trusting God
Ecclesiastical District of Tokyo, Japan, March 27
Special gathering uplifts Church officers from Sta. Cruz, Laguna District
Ecclesiastical District of Sta. Cruz, Laguna, May 31
Bacolod City District inducts 1,000 Church officers for 73rd anniversary
Ecclesiastical District of Bacolod City, Negros Occidental, August 26
Australia East adds hundreds of new Church officers
Ecclesiastical District of Australia East, October 31

Uplifting brethren-students, lauding graduates

Youth Seminar in Koronadal fosters mental health awareness
Mental health awareness seminar, Ecclesiastical District of Koronadal City, South Cotabato, January 14, 2022
Special gathering in Quezon City District edifies CBI members
Special gathering for the Christian Brotherhood International (CBI) members, Ecclesiastical District of Quezon City, June 26
Graduates in Hong Kong drew inspiration from special gathering
Baccalaureate service for youth members, Kowloon, Ecclesiastical District of Hong Kong, August 21
Youth Summit fosters social media awareness among youth in Spain
Christian Family Youth Summit, Ecclesiastical District of Spain, November 13

Commemorating milestone anniversaries

To glorify God is the main goal of every Church activity. That is why, whenever the Church reaches milestone anniversaries in its various endeavors, the members are not remiss in giving back to Him all the glory:

Special gathering for the 33rd anniversary of the Society of Communicators and Networkers, International (SCAN), Ecclesiastical District of Calgary, Canada, February 18, 2022
Naga District convenes CEA members for 36th anniversary
Special gathering for the the 36th anniversary of the Christian Employees Association (CEA), Ecclesiastical District of Naga City, Camarines Sur, November 8
Pampanga East commemorates CWS anniversary
Special gathering for the 104th anniversary of the Children’s Worship Service (CWS), Ecclesiastical District of Pampanga East, November 12

Inaugural worship services

The rise of new local congregations, extensions, and group worship services (GWS) also further fortify the faith of the brethren, especially those in far-flung areas. To this end, inaugural worship services open a new chapter for the true servants’ lives, that leads to further activeness in the faith.

Church Administration grants opening of St. Helens GWS in Oregon
Saint Helens Group Worship Service (GWS), Ecclesiastical District of Oregon, March 30, 2022
Romblon District renovates, rededicates Tabobo-an house of worship
Local Congregation of Tabobo-an, Ecclesiastical District of Romblon, May 21
New congregation rises at the heart of Italy’s capital
Local Congregation of Roma Centro, Ecclesiastical District of Italy South, August 7
Piabetá GWS, Ecclesiastical District of Brazil, August 12
INC establishes GWS in Prince Rupert, British Columbia
Prince Rupert GWS, Ecclesiastical District of British Columbia, October 2
New house of worship constructed for brethren in Sta. Barbara, Cagayan
Sta. Barbara Extension, Ecclesiastical District of Cagayan South, November 5

A lifelong endeavor

Looking back to these activities, true members of the Church Of Christ promise to remain united with the Church Administration in edifying their fellow brethren. This is proven, among others, with the influx of new Church officers, including qualified male members who have responded to the call to join the holy ministry; they firmly believe that duties in the Church are God-given gifts (I Pet. 4:10-11 Contemporary English Version), and so He will be with them as they carry out their respective responsibilities. 

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