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[24 Apr 2010 | 0 | 115 views]

by Mario Baluyut, PamPAC
Last August 26, 2009, Bagong Pag-asa United Methodist Church conducted a medical mission sponsored by the Korean Methodist Church in South Korea. Bagong Pag-asa is one of the 39 local churches in East Pampanga District. It is located in San Nicolas, Mexico, Pampanga. Their medical mission reached out to the whole community in the barangay and neighboring areas.
One of the medical assistance recipients was a little girl named Liezl Dulay, born with a cyst between her eyes. The cyst was about 3cm X 5cm in diameter. Liezl’s …

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[17 Apr 2010 | 0 | 107 views]

by Katrina Loreto, QCPACE
Hi! I’m Katrina Rose Loreto. I study at Gen. Roxas Elementary School. My church is Del Monte United Methodist Church where I attend to Sunday school. I learned many. That’s why I love it! It teaches me to experience more and to be good, obedient, smart and listen to others. It is so good for children to study about the bible and Jesus. Jesus is in the bible. What about you, do you also go to church on Sunday? Me, I go for it is Sunday school …

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[10 Apr 2010 | 0 | 54 views]

By Mervin Montano, STPPACE
The Laguna District of STPPACE, led by husband and wife Rev. DS Joel and Julie Capulong, partnered with the Philippine Children’s Ministries Network (PCMN) to minister to children that were affected by typhoons Ondoy and Santi. In coordination with Sta. Cruz UMC through Rev. Leonardo Famisan, P60, 000.00 worth of school uniforms were distributed to 100 children in Silangan Elementary School and Santisima Elementary School last January 8 and 9 this year.
During the event, a feeding activity which is part of the PCMN program was conducted where …

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[9 Apr 2010 | 0 | 82 views]
Death

by Erwin dela Rosa

“And unto God the Lord belong the issues of death.”
This is the gist of John Donne’s Death’s Duel, a sermon he delivered himself, a member of the clergy, a lawyer, and a writer/poet during England’s Jacobean Period. As if by fate, John Donne died a few weeks after delivering this sermon.
Death’s Duel is inspired and based on the reality that each human will (at some point in time) encounter and be confronted by death. It is a metaphysical view of human’s inevitable fate – death. John Donne …

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[3 Apr 2010 | 0 | 80 views]

by Francis Fajardo, BulPAC
From its humble beginnings, Methodism in the Philippines has gone far. This is evident through the growing number of churches in different provinces including Bulacan, being the first province to become an annual conference.
Bulacan was then a part of the Middle Philippines Annual Conference (MidPAC). It was called Bulacan District. It was one of the first provinces where early missionaries pioneered the church planting. Today, many of the oldest Methodist churches in the Philippines are found there.
The 80s marked the fastest growth of Methodism in Bulacan. During …

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[2 Apr 2010 | 0 | 53 views]
Afterlife

by Erwin dela Rosa
While I was driving to school a couple of Monday mornings ago, I pondered: “Is there life after death?” Or, “Is there an afterlife?”
I thought such because I had been assigned to give the reflection during the wake that we were going to have in the afternoon. It was for the bereaved family of our former vice president for academic affairs.
Dr. Benigno F. Castro of Baluyot, Bautista, Pangasinan passed away on February 11, 2010 – just a day before his sixty-sixth birthday. He was a …

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[27 Mar 2010 | 0 | 59 views]

By Christine Atrero, WMPAC
Peace is like a commodity that everyone wants to buy. People will do almost anything just to attain it. At different periods in history men have worked to bring about peace. Negotiators, counselors, courts, threats, blackmail – all in pursuit of peace.
Christ’s peace should live in our hearts. It must be the place where the most beautiful things are cherished and should prosper. It should rule every area of our life. There can only be true peace when there is transformation of the heart. When there is …

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[26 Mar 2010 | 0 | 41 views]
Treasure and Nurture the Gift

by Erwin dela Rosa

“Every child is a gift from God.”
I will never forget this Scripture lesson. Especially when I eat in food shops in highly urbanized areas.
A few months ago, I was asked to be a godfather to a son of a co-faculty member. It’s my nth time to be a godparent.
The baptism was held in a solitary Mt. Carmel chapel in Carmen, Rosales. The reception was held in McDonald’s Carmen. I enjoyed it. It was fun.
While we were inside partying, just outside the window were children begging on the …

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[25 Mar 2010 | 0 | 40 views]
Interaction in the Net

I am reminded of this finger game we used to play in Sunday School:
This is the church, and this is the steeple. Open it up, and see many people!
Many people. Diverse. United in one place: Church. Isn’t the World Wide Web also our parish?
How can we bring church interaction from the physical level to the Internet?
Prayer requests can be submitted to the website, and passed on to prayer warriors. Who doesn’t want prayers said for them?
Weekly announcements can be posted to the site, like birthdays, anniversaries, births, and deaths. Members …

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[20 Mar 2010 | 0 | 61 views]

by Mervin Montano, STPPACE
The Tayabas Mission, now organized as a local church, dedicated its new sanctuary on January 9, 2010 with Bishop Lito Tangonan was their guest speaker. The 8,732 square-meter lot is located at Brgy. Calumpang, Tayabas, Quezon.
The site was referred by Pastor and lawyer Ramoncito Mison of Pansol UMC (QCPACE) to Rev. Joe and Deaconess Lilibeth Vicente of Tayabas Mission. Owned by the Anacan family, it was used for growing small organic medicine plants. The lot has a duplex that is good for camps. There are other existing …

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[19 Mar 2010 | 0 | 69 views]
Sweat, Blood and the Sun

by Erwin dela Rosa

I often find myself asking why I get a higher salary than those who do manual labor under the scorching sun in difficult circumstances. This question has bothered me since I started working almost a decade ago.
Why does a chief executive officer or a manager receive a higher pay than the laborer or farmer or construction worker? They sign documents, make decisions, sip coffee in an air conditioned room with all the amenities, while the common person labors and toils under the seemingly unbearable working environment.
The answer …

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[13 Mar 2010 | 0 | 137 views]

By Caroline Abalos-Santos, PamPAC
Differences are inevitable. People may be heading to the same destination but through different tracks. They may talk about the same idea but carry it out in different ways. It is these differences that unite and divide us.
The church is an association of people with overwhelming differences, from ways of thinking to manners of living. Coming together at the Annual Conference with personal and church issues, not to mention of the breathtaking tension of the upcoming appointment reading, leaves for a lot of aggression.
The Annual Conference is …

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[12 Mar 2010 | 0 | 62 views]
Feeding Five Thousand

By Erwin dela Rosa
Our church celebrated Harvest Festival, Thanksgiving Sunday, the first Sunday of Advent and the church’s 103rd anniversary last November 29, 2009. Traditionally every last Sunday in November is celebrated as the church’s anniversary as it was formally organized on November 24, 1906. How fast time flies. Our church is three years past its centennial.
We also celebrate Thanksgiving as practiced in the US, and the local harvest. We observe the Harvest Festival as mandated by God to the Israelites who fled Egypt through God’s provision and leading.
It’s really …

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[6 Mar 2010 | 0 | 75 views]

by Minchie Sy Quimsiam, QCPACE UMYF
Hundreds of young people gathered together to worship God during our district’s most-awaited Christmas Institute. It was held at Union Theological Seminary in Dasmarinas, Cavite. As a second-timer, I was eager and excited for the things that would happen in my five-day stay. With the theme “Siya Mismo”, Ptr. Cedillo expounded on Acts 17:27-28: “God did this so that men would seek him and perhaps reach out for him and find him, though he is not far from each one of us. For in him …