Special gatherings in Negros Island fortify officers, instate new ones

By JOSE PRIMO RIVERA JR.

Date Posted: January 23, 2024

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The ecclesiastical districts of Negros Del Norte and Negros Oriental, in the Philippines, conducted special gatherings of Church officers on January 5 and 7, respectively. During these same occasions, thousands of brethren took oath of their respective offices in the Church.

For the Negros Oriental District, Brother Arnel Canicosa, minister of the gospel and the INC-SFM president, officiated the occasion at the house of worship of the Local Congregation of Dumaguete City. His preaching, as well as the oath-taking, was streamed live to the rest of the congregations in the district.

“This event is a clear proof of the immense concern of our Executive Minister for the welfare of the brethren. The myriads of brethren holding office in the Church is a manifestation of God’s blessing to us. They will be helpers in tending to the ever-growing flock of Christ,” said Brother Bernardo Aguirre, the district Church officers overseer.

In Negros Del Norte, the holy occasions officiated by the district leadership were held at the houses of worship of the local congregations of Canlaon City, Danao, Lalibertad, and San Carlos City. The ministers preached a biblical lesson on how vital it is to hold an office in the Church.

“These gatherings give inspiration to them, reminding them that their efforts in performing their duties are never in vain and they can expect God not to forsake them because He is faithful to His promises, said Brother Azrael Pelaez, assistant district supervising minister, who led the gathering at Canlaon City.

In the same light, Allyson Pascual, a newly-sworn multimedia officer in Negros Oriental said, “I truly believe that this duty is a great blessing I received from God. I promise to never forsake nor turn away from this duty. No matter what I face, I will uphold my duty.” — With reports from Blessie Rempillo and Faith Alipio of INC News Section

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