MCGI, Basking in Bountiful Spiritual Blessings, Follows 3rd Quarter 3-Day Thanksgiving of God’s People with Another Special Thanksgiving

Apalit, Pampanga (10/9/2016) — Prompted by the bountiful blessings felt and new biblical wisdom learned during the three-day quarterly Thanksgiving of God’s People (TGP), the Members of the Church of God International (MCGI) once again celebrated another day of thanksgiving to God.

Tens of thousands of attendees sing a song of praise to God as one during the Thanksgiving of God's People event held in Apalit, Pampanga. (Marlon Bonajos, MCGI-Photoville International)
Tens of thousands of attendees sing a song of praise to God as one during the Thanksgiving of God’s People event held in Apalit, Pampanga. (Marlon Bonajos, MCGI-Photoville International)

Also referred to as the Special Thanksgiving of God’s People, this activity is when MCGI once again celebrate through thanksgiving the God-given opportunity to join tens of thousands of congregants for three days of TGP and listen to God’s wisdom. The congregation held theirs on October 9, a week after their last quarter’s TGP last September 30 to October 2 this year.

“Have we received bountiful spiritual blessings during our three-day thanksgiving? If our hearts answer ‘Yes, we did — we received bountiful spiritual blessings!’ then join us in another International Thanksgiving!”, enthused Bro. Daniel during the last second quarter TGP.

In previous quarters and years, a TGP is celebrated whole day for three days.

For this quarter’s TGP, MCGI adopted the new, shorter time slot that started at 5 p.m. (Philippine Time) and lasted for five to six hours each day. The special TGP, meanwhile started at 6 a.m. and was adjourned at 12 p.m. (Philippine Time).

Overall Servants to MCGI Bro. Eli and Bro. Daniel introduced the new time slot during the first quarterly TGP in April this year, in hopes of accommodating the growing members in foreign shores with varying time zones.

With almost 1,200 remote points connected via satellite technology, brethren and visitors from all over the world attended the back-to-back international thanksgiving events. The bulk of attendees came from the ADD Convention Center in the Philippines.

TGP Event Highlights

The three-day celebration was teeming with biblical wisdom through the topics delivered by MCGI Overall Servants, Bro. Eli Soriano and Bro. Daniel Razon — the event’s major highlight.

Bro. Daniel Razon, Assistant Overall Servant to MCGI, delivers the biblical topic during the Special International Thanksgiving held last October 9.
Bro. Daniel Razon, Assistant Overall Servant to MCGI, delivers the biblical topic during the Special Thanksgiving of God’s People (TGP) celebration held last October 9. The special one-day TGP followed the three-day quarterly celebration of Thanksgiving of the Church.

Brethren and guests jotted down notes and read along Bible verses as Bro. Eli and Bro. Daniel delivered topics ranging from the true essence and meaning of the name of the Father, as well as the events leading up to and during the millennial reign of Christ.

“I am overwhelmed,” exclaimed Sis. Kyla Marcaida, a youth member from Quezon Province who journeyed all the way to the convention center in Apalit, Pampanga to join the Thanksgiving — more or less a 265 km travel by land.

“I am very much thankful for the wisdom and learnings that I was able to hear. It was a well-worth-it sacrifice to come all the way [here to Pampanga] to join the congregation in hearing God’s words,” remarked Sis. Kyla.

Aside from hearing biblical wisdom, the event’s attendees were also given opportunities to ask questions to Bro. Eli himself. Questions asked during the consultation segment of the TGP stemmed from the topics discussed per day.

One of the attendees who asked Bro. Eli a biblical query was no other than the Philippines’ one and only Superstar, Ms. Nora Aunor, who graced the event and lauded Bro. Eli’s preaching.

Filipina actress and superstar, Nora Aunor, smiles and claps as she listens intently to the serving of the biblical topic during the 3rd day of the Thanksgiving of God's People event.
Filipina actress and superstar, Nora Aunor, smiles and claps as she listens intently to the serving of the biblical topic during the 3rd day of the Thanksgiving of God’s People event.

In return, the MCGI Overall Servant expressed his gratitude to the actress for her attendance.

“I am glad to have seen this day and we are glad to have you here,” said Bro. Eli who then proudly declared that he is a fan of the multi-awarded media personality.

The televangelist answered the actress’ question regarding the difference between MCGI and other religions.

Thankful MCGI Congregants Dominate Social Media

On social media, the subsequent Thanksgiving of God’s People events consistently landed on the Philippines’ top trending spots on the social media platform Twitter.

The official hashtag for TGP Day 1, #MCGITrulyGrateful, reached the 5th spot, while the hashtags for the second and third day, #MCGIOneInThanksgiving and #LightShinesInMCGI reached the 3rd and 2nd spot, respectively.

The special one-day TGP event’s official hashtag, #HappyPBB, reached the no. 1 spot on the Philippines’ trends and was a trending topic for several hours.
Thousands of brethren and guests from different parts of the country and even abroad shared their many reasons of thanksgiving to God, using photos, videos clips, and even voice quips via Quipsphere .

 

(Written by Sis. Yanna Faye Ferrera)

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)


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