Thousands Attend MCGI 3-Day International Thanksgiving of Dec. 2012

Thousands of global congregants of the Members Church of God International (MCGI) took part in the three-day International Thanksgiving of the quarter last December 22 to 24, 2012, which again marked another fruitful gathering of grateful hearts.

After the conclusion of the Thanksgiving, which is also called Pasalamat ng Katawan (Thanksgiving of the Body), at around 4 p.m. on the 24th, a special concert for the family was held at around 8 p.m.

The concert billed as Ngayon, Bukas, at Kailanman (Today, Tomorrow, and Forevermore) was aimed at raising funds for the construction of a bigger convention center in the National Capital Region, Philippines.

Members of the Church of God's Music Ministry render gestures of praise in an opening number during an International Thanksgiving in 2012.

With presence in six continents, the Church of God International has major coordinating centers in North and South American countries, Europe, Africa, Asia, and Australia, among many other regions in the map. While majority of members are Filipinos, new brethren who are nationals of countries abroad are also growing in number. This was the result of the Church’s ongoing global evangelization initiatives, especially through the launch of programs catering to the Spanish- and Portuguese-speaking population.

As expected, the three-day quarterly thanksgiving gathering teemed with topics prepared by Bro. Eli Soriano. Topics that were discussed before the members include the biblical wisdom that can be gained from looking beyond merely the tangible things on earth and another one about the benefits gained from understanding the secret of concealed prayer.

Using the Bible as basis, MCGI Leaders Bro. Eli and Bro. Daniel Razon also debunked beliefs about predestination to hell and showed how the Lord Jesus used the Scriptures to teach truths.

Bro. Daniel delivering the first part of the topic during one of Church of GodI's International Thanksgiving while verses are flashed on screens.

Bro. Eli also entertained questions from members and guests alike through the Consultation segments. While others take breaks, those who have questions about the topic or about a verse in the Bible may ask the International Evangelist during Consultations.

Representatives from the different regions and ministries were given time to present their Thanksgiving offering as well as brethren from the different coordinating centers worldwide who shared their Thanksgiving greetings through canned videos and live streaming. The whole congregation offered their Thanksgiving songs during the second day while members from South America and Bro. Eli’s household presented theirs on the third day.

The Thanksgiving gathering was punctuated by the special concert prepared by Bro. Eli and Bro. Daniel a few hours after the culmination of the International Thanksgiving. In the said program, a showcase of dance numbers, short musicals, and a variety of popular songs from the early 1960’s and mainstream 2012 were the night’s highlights.

 

Bro. Daniel Razon singing with the Music Ministry Core during the Church of God's concert-for-a-cause in December 2012.

Asia’s Queen of Songs, Ms. Pilita Corrales came to perform some timeless Filipino love songs together with Bro. Eli and Bro Daniel. A short film dubbed as “Ngayon, Bukas at Kailanman” (Today, Tomorrow and Forevermore), conceptualized by Bro. Daniel, was shown as clips before every new song was played.

This event serves a more noble cause other than just entertainment and fun, as how all other projects by the two leaders of MCGI are designed.

Each year is a period of toiling and hard work for the Church and its members. Looking back at the fruits of their labor and recounting what have been accomplished and what blessings were received, MCGI gave thanks for the year that was.

(Written by: Apple Arco)

Shouts of Praise and Thanks to God Almighty Echo ‘Round the World’

Merry shouts, loud praises, and lively dances dominated the final leg of the 4th quarter International Thanksgiving this December of the current year. The festive merrymaking concluded the three-day spiritual celebration by congregants of the Members Church of God International which started on December 24.

Members in the 46 countries poured out their joy as songs of praise to God came in an almost endless fashion, with each region’s year-end video documentary played one after the other.

Bro. Daniel Razon, the Vice-Presiding Minister to the MCGI, joined the congregation in offering songs of praise and thanksgiving to God Almighty.
Bro. Daniel Razon, the Vice-Presiding Minister to the MCGI, joined the congregation in offering songs of praise and thanksgiving to God Almighty.

As the ceremonies came to a close and egress in the ADD Convention Center in Pampanga was slow because of the bulk of people moving, the night became filled with the glorious songs of members who rendered them in high spirits.

Bro. Eli Soriano and Bro. Daniel Razon, Presiding Minister and Vice Presiding Minister to MCGI respectively, were all smiles at seeing the congregation in such merry mood.

Prior to the close, Bro. Soriano led the Congregation in offering two songs of praise and thanksgiving. The songs reflect a deep longing for God’s affection and mercy and at the same time show profound and unspeakable feelings of gratitude towards the Creator.

As the enthusiasm of the congregants perked high, they extended the merry-making or literally "jamming session" up to the wee hours of night, Philippine local time.
As the enthusiasm of the congregants perked high, they extended the merry-making or literally “jamming session” up to the wee hours of night, Philippine local time.

As the enthusiasm of the congregants perked high, they extended the merry-making or literally “jamming session” up to the wee hours of night, Philippine local time.

Abroad, the same scenario was seen, and time and seasonal differences seemed of miniscule importance. The sun was already up in the Western Hemisphere but the MCGI congregants continued their “electric song retreat.”

The “jamming session” as it has been called by the congregants had been a trademark of MCGI thanksgiving closings. Unlike other jamming sessions practiced worldwide, MCGI “jam” is all good, clean fun. No incident of raucous crowd bursts or tensions have been reported yet in all the years the Church has been celebrating their International Thanksgivings.

The "jamming session" as it has been called by the congregants had been a trademark of MCGI thanksgiving closings. Unlike other jamming sessions practiced worldwide, MCGI "jam" is all good, clean fun.
The “jamming session” as it has been called by the congregants had been a trademark of MCGI thanksgiving closings. Unlike other jamming sessions practiced worldwide, MCGI “jam” is all good, clean fun.

Members overseas were in the same festive mood during the finale. Smiling faces and greetings flooded the live stream, especially when the technicians flashed webcam frames on the huge LED monitor mounted on the Convention Center’s grand stage. In turn, the Philippine congregation exchanged ‘hand waves’ and hellos to all brethren who were monitoring.

The dates of the first quarter International Thanksgiving for 2011 are still to be announced by Bro. Eli Soriano. The celebration is anticipated to be either on March or April next year.

(Written by: Cecile Vizcaya)


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