Knox City Extension elevated as local congregation
By JENNELIN GUANZON and RONNIE H. MUTYA
Date Posted: April 22, 2023
After being an extension for more than three years, the group of brethren residing in and near the City of Knox in Victoria, Australia has become a full-fledged local congregation through the approval of the Church Administration.
Brother Paul Barrientos, resident minister, said, “Words can’t really express the joy and happiness we felt as Brother Eduardo V. Manalo, the Executive Minister, approved our request. We promise to all the more participate in all of the Church’s endeavors.”
The members of the Local Congregation of Knox City held the inaugural worship service on April 7, 2023 at the Central Ringwood Community Centre in Ringwood, Victoria. The supervising minister of the Australia West Ecclesiastical District, Brother Romeo Beltran, led them in the worship of God and in the study of His words for their spiritual nourishment.
Initially, the erstwhile extension was with the Local Congregation of Melbourne and then was transferred to the Dandenong Congregation in May last year. As a congregation, it now conducts worship services regularly at the HV Jones Community Hall, 33 Kingston Street, Ferntree Gully, Victoria.
Knox is situated almost 35 kilometers in the eastern suburbs of Melbourne, the capital of the Australian state of Victoria. “We’re blessed to have a local congregation where we can continue rendering services to the Lord and performing our duties,” Elmer Sunga, congregation’s organist, said. His wife Lizel, a secretariat officer, explained, “It’s important to have a place of worship near our homes because many brethren here are living in the eastern side of Melbourne.”
Brother Sanny Magdirila, once resident minister of the then Knox City Extension, who attended the said holy gathering, witnessed the humble beginnings of the Church in this part of Australia. “We were just few in numbers but the enthusiasm of the brethren to share their faith was very evident,” he recalled. “Now that it’s a local congregation, the brethren have a greater opportunity to bring the Good News of salvation to other people.”
Attesting to the Knox City brethren’s enduring zeal in their service of God, Brother Barrientos said, “They wanted to be involved in so many activities in the Church. I hope that they will keep growing in number, and ever successful in the works of propagation.” — With reports from INC News Section