|News From Around Our Churches - August 8, 2012|
News From Around Our Churches - August 8, 2012Back|
On August 5, Sedro-Woolley Community Fellowship (SWCF) in Washington State installed their new pastors, Terry and Lindsey Rude (pictured above, left). SWCF was joined by the congregation and leadership from Fountain Community Church in Bellingham (pictured above right: L-R Verna Qualls, Jan Crouse, Jim Crouse, Terry and Lindsey Rude and Rick Qualls).
Our brothers and sisters in Yangon, Myanmar, are again experiencing very heavy rains, which is causing significant flooding and disease especially among the children.
President of the Advent Christian Conference of Myanmar, Pastor T. (name without for security purposes), recently reported:
“Nearly all of our children are sick by flu, this time is flu time in our country. One possible reason is the rain. Now in Yangon the rain is more and more, so we are in the water and facing problems every day; especially Brother J. (name without for security purposes) and me. Please pray for us.”
Pastor J. wrote as follows:
“In our place right now, raining is too much and keeps coming. No place to cook or sleep. And I ask you all to pray for us in the name of Jesus.” We urgently need your prayers once again for Rakhine State where our church planter lives (Sister T.)
“Thank you for joining us at the feet of the Lord and trusting he will be faithful to those who cry out in His name. We will sacrifice right along with you and give our all.”
Appalachian Regional Family Camp took place during the week of July 29 - August 2, 2012, at Blowing Rock, N.C., Campground. Todd and Jennifer Sherwood served as directors for this week with almost 80 campers, which included more than 20 children. The theme for the week of camp was “In the Beginning.” Many thanks to those adults who provided leadership during the week – Rev. Chris Hall, Rev. Matt Broadway, Rev. and Mrs. Travis Hutchinson, Rev. and Mrs. Rob Buchanan, Ken & Virginia Pritchett, Tammy White, Candy Hall, Edith Carter and staff for crafts along with Misty Sullivan and staff in the kitchen.
Appalachian Regional WHFMS met for their annual meeting on Friday, August 3 at Blowing Rock, N.C., Campground. Regional President Karen Hall presided over the meeting, which included Mrs. Gaye Martin from Ocala, Fla., as guest speaker (pictured right). Other events of the day included special music by Candy Hall and Glen Neal, memorial service led by Palma Neal and installation service led by Judy Tidwell.
Newly elected officers include President - Karen Hall; Vice President - Virginia Pritchett; Secretary - Freida Meade; Treasurer - Linda Spooner (pictured above, left). The outgoing secretary, Carol Chambers, from Tazewell, Va., was honored for her five years of service (pictured with President Karen Hall above, right).
Flooding in Manila
On August 6, former missionary Grant Aldridge received news that Pastor Roy Rocha’s home in Novaliches, Quezon City and five members' houses were submerged with water, knee and waist deep in some areas. Conference President Efren Miranda and Asia Pacific Area Directors Jeff and Penny Vann have been in communication with Pastor Roy. The damage they suffered is due to floods caused by heavy rain that fell throughout Metro Manila. Pastor Roy’s family has evacuated to a fellow pastor’s home within the vicinity where they are safe.
Conference President Efren Miranda reports:
Two churches recalled and requested to extend the services of their respective pastors this mid-year. Pastor Ephraim Ragumlay was reinstalled June 3, 2012, and will serve for another three-year term at Lumbia Advent Christian Church, Lumbia, Cagayan de Oro City. Pastor Eden Pallo of Loay Evangelical Advent Christian Church was also reinstalled July 1, 2012, for a one-year term as senior pastor of the church. We thank God for the faithfulness found in the hearts of these fellows.
As of mid-year, the Philippine Conference has reached 183 individuals in baptism. This figure is based on the reports submitted by 11 local churches. Some churches were unable to conduct a service, but baptism rites to committed believers will be coming up in the following months.
Rev. Pablito Molina and the pastoral staff of Maranatha Bible Church, Carmen, Cagayan de Oro, during their recent baptism. The joint Macajalar Bay and Claveria Districts Pastors’ and Leaders’ Retreat was held successfully on July 12 - 14, 2012. This was hosted by the Claveria Advent Christian Church, Claveria, Misamis Oriental. The affair was attended by more than 40 participants.
Former missionary Grant Aldridge shares reports from some of the Filipino pastors:
Pastor Benjie Ragas - This coming Sunday Pastor Melchor Jandayan is our speaker. After the service, the church will proceed to Bethany beach for a baptism. The continuing renovation of our church building is a challenge. We are praying that needed construction can be met before the rainy season.
Pastor Roy Rocha - Thank you so much for keeping us in your prayers! Truly, in Him we live and move and have our being! Your prayers and support means a lot to us as we continue to do the work of our Master.
In June, we started our Child Care Center. It is a ministry of our church towards reaching the family for Christ. Because the ministry made a positive response in the community, we decided to make it for the entire year. We are using YWAM’s Biblical foundation for pre-school. God allowed me to make contacts from YWAM trained teachers in New Zealand in which they conduct teachers’ training for us. God is good in that his church here is making great impact in the community through the change in the lives of these kids.
July was filled of praises to our God. First, we thank God that our intern, Dennis Alzula is now 100% well and is actively working his internship. He got sick for two weeks. We were worried for him, but thank God for giving us peace. Dennis shared his first sermon on Sunday, July 29, 2012.
Second, our church celebrated its 2nd anniversary since we started cell groups. It was a month-long celebration that highlighted “Inter-cell-group Sports-fest.” Bible quizzes, basketball shootout, volleyball, badminton and many parlor games made our celebration more exciting. Since we started the cell group, six people are now actively worshipping with us and are ready for baptism.
Now, we have a new Bible Study that has begun in which Richard and Dennis (pictured right) are handling every Tuesday and Wednesday.
Pastor Reniel Comajeg - I had the privilege of helping the Macajalar Bay District Youth Under Mission (MBD-YUM) officers in planning and organizing for its monthly regular fellowship.
Recently, the youth had its fellowship held at Maranatha Bible Church Tagoloan (July 29) in which I had the privileged of sharing God’s Word.The fellowship was participated in by 93 young people and 21 pastors and church leaders.
Pastor Jonathan Navacilla (pictured left) - We thank you for your partnership with us in prayer. We have concluded our basketball evangelistic league two weeks ago. We thank the Lord that he provided everything that we need for this league especially in the area of finances. As a result of this evangelistic league, we have 12 baptism commitments from our contacts. We are still continuing our Bible studies with them.
We are intensifying our discipleship program starting this year, not only for new converts but especially for the members of the church by establishing small groups.
Women’s Sunday was observed at the Princeton, W.Va., Advent Christian Church on Sunday, August 5, 2012, with Mrs. Gaye Martin as guest speaker, pictured with her husband, Phil. The service included special music by the Okes Trio (pictured) along with Pam Buchanan. The youngest girls from the church served as ushers for the offering.