MCGI Tops Off 3rd Quarter with Back-to-Back-to-Back Spiritual Revelry

Come October 2 to 4 this year, the Members Church of God International (MCGI) will once again celebrate consecutive acts of spiritual revelry.The International Thanksgiving to God (ITG) for the third year will emanate from the Philippines to different parts of the globe.

In true MCGI fashion, excitement for the much-awaited three-day event are piling up until the first day’s glorious program on October 2 commence at 6 a.m., Philippine time.

“First on our schedule is our combined Prayer Meeting and Worship Service that will be held, God willing, on September 30 and October 1,” announced Bro. Daniel before a live crowd of thousands in the ADD Convention Center in Apalit, Pampanga, and thousands more in different countries via live video streaming.

MCGI members in the ADD Convention Center in Apalit, Pampanga unitedly sing songs of praises to God during the second quarterly International Thanksgiving to God (ITG) celebration held on July 3-4, 2015. [Photoville International]
MCGI members in the ADD Convention Center in Apalit, Pampanga unitedly sing songs of praises to God during the second quarterly International Thanksgiving to God (ITG) celebration held on July 3-4, 2015. [Photoville International]
Also called as the “Thanksgiving of the Body”, Church members from across the globe will simultaneously offer the sacrifice of thanksgiving to God for a quarter-full of blessings.

As early as Saturday, September 26, 2015, Church members took their elation on social media accounts, such as Facebook and Twitter. The Church’s official Facebook page shares in the “ITG fever” by posting countdown posts, featuring Bible verses about the importance of offering thanksgiving to the Creator.

And just one week after the Church-wide event, MCGI will host another grand event.

Ang Dating Daan at 35

MCGI’s flagship religious program, Ang Dating Daan or ADD, will celebrate its 35th anniversary on the air. Its English counterpart is called The Old Path.

Hosted by MCGI Overall Servant Bro. Eli Soriano, the ADD program is regarded as one of the longest-running religious programs on Philippine television history.

“This is one big gathering of singing songs of praises to God, to show our gratitude for Ang Dating Daan’s anniversary,” said Bro. Daniel Razon, Assistant to the Overall Servant. “This will be held in different corners of the country, and the world, as well as in Smart-Araneta [Coliseum].”

Bro Daniel Razon updates Church members in Apalit, Pampanga and in different corners of the globe of MCGI's upcoming big events. [Photoville International]
Bro Daniel Razon updates Church members in Apalit, Pampanga and in different corners of the globe of MCGI’s upcoming big events. [Photoville International]
In celebration of this monumental event, MCGI will form a 15,000-piece chorale to sing songs of praises to God, and will also aim to regale some of the event’s very special guests.

“We have different groups of PWDs or persons with disabilities that we, with God’s help, want to bring happiness to, so that we can perform our duties in front of God,” said Bro. Razon before a live crowd of thousands in the ADD Convention Center in Apalit, Pampanga, and thousands more in different countries via live video streaming.

A Song of Praise Year 4

Immediately after the ADD Anniversary, MCGI and supporters of songs of praises will once more fill the Smart-Araneta Coliseum for the A Song of Praise (ASOP) TV music festival.

For four years running, the ASOP competition has established the importance of making original hymns of praises to God. Not only ASOP serves to showcase Filipino talents, but it helps promote the world-class musical craftsmanship of Original Pilipino Music (OPM).

12 new songs of praises will vie for the Php 500,000.00 grand prize.

“With God’s help, we will be able to accomplish all of these [events],” stressed Bro. Daniel, pinning hope that “we will be able to help one another in seeing our obligations in front of God through.”

(Written by Pauline Arellano)

A Quarter-Filled with Heightened Global Evangelization and Charity Efforts to Culminate in MCGI’s 3-Day International Thanksgiving to God

When the Members Church of God International (MCGI) celebrates its three-day quarterly International Thanksgiving to God next month, the whole congregation will look back to a quarter filled with a series of relentless evangelization and charitable activities efforts mounted locally and internationally.

Spearheaded by MCGI Overall Servants Bro. Eli Soriano and Bro. Daniel Razon, the ITG will be held simultaneously in different corners of the world from July 3 to 5 this year.

This event draws thousands of congregants from various parts of the world to offer the sacrifice of thanksgiving and to praise God for all His guidance and blessings.

 An elderly brother repairing a worn-down classroom chair during a Brigada Eskwela project held in Maria Concepcion Cruz High School in Pateros, Manila. (Photo courtesy of Photoville International)
An elderly brother repairing a worn-down classroom chair during a Brigada Eskwela project held in Maria Concepcion Cruz High School in Pateros, Manila. (Photo courtesy of Photoville International)

A Quarter-full of Charities

For the past quarter, the Church’s Youth Ministry teamed up with the Bible Readers Society International (Bread Society) and participated in the “Brigada Eskwela” campaign being held by the Department of Education (DepEd).

With the goal of gearing and sprucing up classrooms for the opening of another school year, the Youth Ministry and Bread Society members donated materials, cleaned and repainted rooms in several public schools across Metro Manila.

The MCGI’s Youth Ministry, Bread Society and the DepEd have been partners in this project since 2003.

Sis. Rhea Jane Lopez, a youth member of MCGI, donates blood for the first time during the Church's blood donation drive event in New York, USA, in partnership with Elmhurst Hospital Center, held on June 21, 2015. (Photo courtesy of Photoville International)
Sis. Rhea Jane Lopez, a youth member of MCGI, donates blood for the first time during the Church’s blood donation drive event in New York, USA, in partnership with Elmhurst Hospital Center, held on June 21, 2015. (Photo courtesy of Photoville International)

Locally and abroad, MCGI has made a name for itself for its blood donation efforts; and the past quarter has proven to be as fruitful as before.

Blood drives have been scheduled in various points in the country, with the ADD Convention Center in Apalit, Pampanga as one of its major event venues. For the past quarter, the effort kicked off on June 14, 2015.

MCGI coordinating centers abroad also joined the charity effort by conducting blood donation drives in their respective locations.

Church members from Brazil, the United Arab Emirates, Singapore and the U.S., to name a few, participated in the Church’s scheduled blood donation drive programs, in partnership with government and non-government associations.

A brother from Angeles, Pampanga, volunteers to donate blood in the simultaneously held Mass Blood Letting Drive in June 2015. (Photo courtesy of Photoville International)
A brother from Angeles, Pampanga, volunteers to donate blood in the simultaneously held Mass Blood Letting Drive in June 2015. (Photo courtesy of Photoville International)

Due to the concerted efforts of the brethren in Asia during its blood drive in Southeast Asia, MCGI was recognized by Singapore’s Red Cross Society and awarded the group the Top Donor Prize last June 6, 2015.

Meanwhile, medical missions reached even more indigents as the Clinic ni Kuya Daniel branch located in the UNTV Motorpool in Congressional, Quezon City, has gone mobile this quarter.

This mobile effort aims to cover one barangay area on a daily basis – both near and far – to bring free medical assistance to more citizens daily. The effort has been going on since May this year.

MCGI, through UNTV, also continues its People’s Day visits in baranggays across Metro Manila. The outreach project provides medical support, such as general, dental and eye check-ups, as well as free pharmaceutical drugs to those in need.

Sharing the Anticipation, Spiritual Propagation on the Web

The Church’s official social networking pages have launched a PNK or Pasalamat ng Katawan Countdowns, where different brethren share what they are most thankful to God for.

Meanwhile, brethren looking forward to the event took to social media to express their reasons for giving thanks to God.

Also utilizing the web to do good is Bro. Soriano, who had written more than 10 blog articles on his ControversyExtraordinary.com blog during the past quarter.

Apart from blogging, the international televangelist also conducts weekly Bible Expositions for his constituents in South and Central America, particularly Brazilian and Spanish-speaking audiences.

The Bible-based symposium is being streamed through the Church’s official Youtube channels.

For his global work in bringing God’s words to people of different nations, Bro. Eli was conferred the Outstanding Global Evangelist award by the National Consumer Affairs Foundation (NCAF).

The multi-awarded Bro. Soriano also continues to frequent Twitter, answering spiritual Q&As of his growing number of Twitter followers.

Twitter is also the birthplace of his successful invitation to launch a benefit concert for the Fallen 44’s families and loved ones – the “Songs for Heroes” concert. The first “Songs for Heroes” concert gathered more than six million pesos for the families of the brave soldiers who fought for the nation’s safety.

Marking the end of the quarter will be the follow up concert entitled “Songs for Heroes 2: To Die for Thee,” to be held at the Mall of Asia Arena on June 30, 2015.

The International Thanksgiving to God celebration of the Members Church of God International will be participated by different points across the world, with the ADD Convention Center in Pampanga serving as its main venue. The event will commence at 6 a.m. (PHT).

(Written by Yanna Faye Ferrera)


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