To better care for the growing number of brethren who are residents of Malimpec, a barangay in the municipality of Malasiqui, Pangasinan, Philippines, the Church Administration approved the establishment of a Group Worship Service (GWS) there. The inaugural worship service of the Malimpec GWS was held on December 15, 2021.
Before the establishment of the GWS there, brethren in Malimpec had to attend worship services and other Church activities at the house of worship of the Local Congregation of Malasiqui, Ecclesiastical District of San Carlos City, Pangasinan, Philippines, about eight kilometers distant. The newly-established GWS is under the supervision of the aforementioned local congregation.
Venancio Padilla, head deacon, narrated, “When the number of brethren grew in this place, we searched for a place for us to conduct a group worship service and found a suitable place of worship. The brethren helped to prepare the place of worship and arranged the things needed. We thank God and the Church Administration. From now on the brethren have a place of worship near them.”
Brother Eduardo Olipas, the district supervising minister, officiated at the sacred occasion. He exhorted the brethren to completely do everything that pleases the Lord God, such as rendering the proper worship to Him.
“The establishment of the group worship service in this place started when we were conducting visitations to our brethren here and we saw that their place is far from the house of worship of Malasiqui Local Congregation and with God’s help, the worship service started in this place. We promise that we will all the more care for the brethren in this place for them to be active in their services to God. We will also strive for this GWS to become a full-fledged local congregation,” Brother Marcial Castillo, resident minister, said.
“I am overjoyed because we can now conduct our worship service here, and the guests that I am inviting and the returnees can now worship God in this place,” Melinda Ferrer, a Finance officer and owner of the place of worship, expressed.
The brethren followed the health and safety protocols implemented by the government as the province of Pangasinan was in Alert Level 2 during the inaugural worship service.
“We wholeheartedly thank our Lord God and our Lord Jesus Christ because through Brother Eduardo V. Manalo, our Executive Minister, a GWS was established here. Through this initiative, we can better shepherd the brethren, prepare them in receiving God’s promises, and conduct the active sharing of faith in this place so that more people may come to know the truth for them to receive the promised salvation,” Brother Olipas said. — With reports from INC News Section