The Christian Family Organizations in the Church

By Alejandro R. Sino Cruz Jr.

Under the leadership of its Executive Minister, Brother Eduardo V. Manalo, the Iglesia Ni Cristo (Church Of Christ) has further intensified its activities, that cater to the spiritual welfare of its members from all ages. The Office of the Christian Family Organization (CFO) launched multifarious projects aimed at providing opportunities for Church members to interact with one another and to show their talents in sports, arts, and other fields. But most of all, these activities were launched in order to cultivate the brethren’s love for one another, in fulfillment of God’s commandment to His people as taught by the Church Administration.

As the Church celebrates its 105th anniversary, here is a review of some of the CFO activities, from July 2018 to June 2019, throughout the Church under the guidance and supervision of Brother Angelo Eraño V. Manalo, the CFO Coordinator:

1.

Continental Unity Games (California, U.S.A.)

Part of the celebration of the Church’s 50 years in the West, this event was held from July 31 to August 3, 2018. Participated in by 17 ecclesiastical districts in continental North America and the Pacific, this was one of the biggest of its kind in the history of the Church in the West.

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Launching of the Iglesia Ni Cristo Sign Language App (Lipa City, Batangas)

Part of the Church’s intensified efforts to reach out and care for the deaf, INC members and nonmembers alike, this application was launched at the New Era University Lipa City branch in Batangas, Philippines on August 17, 2018 and was campaigned in various ecclesiastical districts.

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The Christian Society for the Deaf (CSD) Show on INCTV

The first program for the deaf on Philippine television held its premier screening on October 19, 2018 at the New Era University (NEU) Hall. Its maiden telecast on INCTV was on October 27, 2018.

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Excellence in Visual Media Awards (Los Angeles, U.S.A.)

The annual awarding ceremony that recognizes the brethren from various districts for their talents in film-making was held outside the Philippines for the first time. Being part of the celebration for the Church’s 50 years in the West, the event was held on October 29, 2018 at the Microsoft Theater. This was beamed live at the INC Tabernacle.

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INC Oratorio US Premiere (New York, U.S.A.)

November 25, 2018—as the celebration of the Church’s 50 years in the West continued, two oratorios premiered at the world-renowned David Geffen Hall, located inside the Lincoln Center for Performing Arts complex. The oratorios Ang Iglesia Ni Cristo sa mga Huling Araw (The Church Of Christ in these Last Days) and Felix Y. Manalo: The Messenger of God in these Last Days were performed back-to-back by the Iglesia Ni Cristo Symphonic Orchestra and Iglesia Ni Cristo Symphonic Choir.

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6.

Songs of Faith, Love, and Hope Binhi Finals (INC Tabernacle)

After months of elimination rounds, 12 finalists from the Binhi organization belt it out to compete for the first prize. The final round of the competition was held on December 9, 2018.

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7.

Kids Cooking Challenge (various ecclesiastical districts)

Even at their young age, members of the Pagsamba Ng Kabataan (PNK) or Children’s Worship Service (CWS), with the assistance of the CWS officers, showcased their culinary talents.

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Christian Society for the Deaf (CSD) Awareness and Basic Sign Language seminars (various ecclesiastical districts)

Delegates from various districts attended seminars on awareness about the needs of the deaf. They were also taught Basic Sign Language.

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9.

The KADIWA Invitation (The Garden, Ciudad de Victoria)

Members of the KADIWA organization, the Church’s organization for unmarried members 18 years old and above, had the opportunity to meet and know more about each other.

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10.

Society of Communicators and Networkers (SCAN) 30th Anniversary activities (various ecclesiastical districts)

Members of the SCAN celebrated the 30th anniversary of their organization through different activities.

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Summer Pre-Kindergarten Program Conference (AVR Museum and Gallery, INC Central Office complex)

Volunteer teachers and teacher-aides gathered on March 15, 2019 to receive the guidelines for this year’s Summer Pre-Kindergarten Program, a project that has provided free education to children in various parts of the Philippines for many years. The orientation was witnessed live by volunteer teachers who were also gathered in other ecclesiastical districts nationwide.

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12.

Conference on Autism (New Era University Hall)

In cooperation with the NEU-Integrated School Special Education Department, this project promoted awareness on the Autism Spectrum Disorder (ASD) through this conference that was held on March 30, 2019.

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13.

Unity Games CWS Edition (various ecclesiastical districts)

As part of the centennial celebration of the CWS, this sports event was actively participated in by CWS members and officers.

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14.

CFO Day (Cuneta Astrodome in Pasay City)

On May 1, 2019, the birthday of Brother Angelo Eraño Manalo, members of the different Christian family organizations gathered to attend the Band Together activity. Part of the event was the awarding ceremony for the best INC Music Videos.

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KADIWA International Conference (INC Central Office complex and other venues)

Members of the KADIWA organization from the five ecclesiastical districts in California, U.S.A., traveled to the Philippines to take part of this event. From May 5 to 13, 2019, delegates attended a series of seminars, symposiums, and the May 10 worship service led by Brother Eduardo Manalo in the Local Congregation of F. Manalo, San Juan, Ecclesiastical District of Metro Manila East. The event included a tour of the Church’s heritage sites, Ciudad de Victoria, and some houses of worship.

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16.

Unity Games Christian Brotherhood International (various ecclesiastical districts)

This sports event was participated in by members of the Christian Brotherhood International, the Church’s organization for students.

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17.

Gulayan sa Bakuran 2.0 (multiple venues)

A continuation of the Gulayan sa Bakuran (vegetable gardening) project, brethren were taught the proper use of organic fertilizers, in addition to the know-how of vegetable planting.

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18.

CWS centennial closing activities (various ecclesiastical districts)

To close the CWS Centennial celebration that began in May 2018, a variety of activities were held for CWS members and officers.

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19.

Songs of Faith, Love, and Hope PNK Finals (INC Tabernacle)

From the many PNK members from the various ecclesiastical districts who participated in this singing competition, ten finalists stood out to compete in this national event.

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20.

The Christian Medical, Dental, and Paramedical Society (various ecclesiastical districts)

As part of the Church’s projects to extend assistance to those who are in need, the Church Administration launched an organization for doctors, dentists, nurses, and other medical practitioners.

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