Adding more helpers who will care for the spiritual welfare of the brethren, the Ecclesiastical District of Kalinga in the Philippines held an oath-taking of new officers during a special gathering on September 17, 2021.
The holy gathering was officiated by Brother Franklin Villamar, district supervising minister, from the host site—the house of worship of the Local Congregation of Tabuk City. Other local congregations were connected virtually to the said gathering.
In his homily, Brother Villamar reminded the Church officers about the importance of their duties in the Church as taught in the Bible. He reiterated to them the qualities of a Church officer that were taught to them before taking their oath.
“The district continues to add to the number of Church officers who will help the Church Administration in caring for and strengthening not only the old members but also the new ones,” Brother Villamar said. He added that a greater number of Church officers is needed especially in this time of pandemic, when many people are losing hope. “In the Church, there are officers, led by the ministers and ministerial workers, who provide counsel and encouragement, as well as pray for the brethren for them not to lose hope.”
Brother Ruel Belangel, minister of the gospel, administered the oath of the new officers, among whom were deacons, deaconesses, overseers, as well as officers of the Christian Family Organizations (CFO).
“We firmly believe in the teaching of the Bible taught by the Messenger and the Church Administration that Church duties are gifts from God,” Brother Belangel said. “In fulfilling these, though there be sacrifices, we are never in the losing end because the Lord God will bless us.” — With reports from INC News Section