Ottawa recognizes graduates, students in baccalaureate gathering

By LAURA BRIDGETTE IBAÑEZ and VINCE T. BASCO

Date Posted: August 1, 2021

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To recognize as well as offer Christian advice to the recent graduates and also students in the district, the Ecclesiastical District of Ottawa held a special gathering for them on July 18, 2021. The attendees gathered at the places of worship of the local congregations of Montreal and Pointe-Claire, with various remote sites connected.

Brother Jose Razon II, district supervising minister, officiated at the holy occasion from Montreal. In his preaching, which was livestreamed to the rest of the sites, he reminded the congregants of the true knowledge and wisdom they should hold on to above anything else as members of the Church Of Christ.

“The exhortation of the Executive Minister had already been imparted unto us ever since we started these challenging times—to continue to put our trust in God and just like what we learn today in our special gathering,” Brother Razon said. “If it’s important that a student would give attention to his or her studies and to acquire knowledge of this world, … they should also acquire the confident trust and faith in God and … [to] have their faith stronger and enhance … they [should] continue to listen and put into practice the words of God they receive during worship services, and even during special occasions like this,” he added.

The youth members thanked the Lord God for His help to them in overcoming the trials in their studies this past school year.

“God is my number one inspiration, so [I always] pray to God and also there are great teachers in our school and they definitely helped me in my school works and in studying well … I thank my parents and my family… ,” Leilah Nicole Valeros, a graduate, said.

Parents also attended the sacred gathering and also gave praises to God for His blessings to their children.

“I feel so blessed and grateful that my child has been recognized for her efforts and success … I am proud of her success despite the difficulties she had been through. I thank God for always being there for us guiding our way,” Deleilah Valeros, one of the parents, expressed.

During the gathering, new Children’s Worship Service (CWS) teachers also took their oath of duty.

“[I wanted to be a CWS teacher because] of the love for the children, being able to oversee them seeing how their faith is molded, and … the children are essentially the future of the Church. So when you mold them to become the best that they can be in the service of God, then we can fully know well that the Church will be in good hands in the future… ,” Jon Ross Castro, newly-sworn CWS teacher, said. — With reports from INC News Section

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