Brethren from the Local Congregation of New Westminster in the Ecclesiastical District of British Columbia invited their loved ones and friends to join them in propagation and an edification activity in connection with the 108th founding anniversary of the Iglesia Ni Cristo (Church Of Christ).
They held the evangelical mission and the “Welcome, My Brethren” socializing program one after the other on July 24, 2022, inside and on the grounds of their house of worship, respectively.
During the evangelical mission, Brother Bryan Belarmino, the resident ministerial worker, expounded on what the Bible teaches that people should put their hope in during these times—God’s promises. The attendees also watched a video presentation about the successes and victories of the Church in the last few years leading to its 108th anniversary.
“We hope that all the guests that we invited, first and foremost, have learned the teachings of God recorded in the Bible concerning the importance of membership in the Church Of Christ,” said Brother Belarmino in an interview. “There is something that people should place their hope in, and that is the words of God—the promise of eternal life in the Holy City.”
Right after the evangelical mission, the “Welcome, My brethren” socializing activity was held on the grounds of their house of worship.
The Christian Family Organizations (CFO) officers prepared different kinds of group activities and games that brought delight to all attendees, including the newly-baptized ones, prospective members, doctrinal instructees, and guests. In addition, selected brethren rendered musical presentations featuring original Iglesia Ni Cristo compositions.
“I always feel very welcome, and people are friendly,” said Nadia Arai, one of the guests.
“We have our Welcome, My Brethren Activity today … It is important because, after two years, we have these in-person activities,” said Abigail Sarmiento, a choir member. “It strengthens us, edifies our faith, and we can see other brethren whom we often see. We are grateful to the Church Administration for allowing us to hold these activities.” — With reports from Jensen DG. Mañebog