Thursday, March 24, 2011
100th year of the First Seventh-day Adventist Church in the Philippines
Sta. Ana Adventist Church, the first Seventh-day Adventist Church in the Philippines, celebrates it's centennial anniversary on March 2-16, 2011. The theme for its 100th year is- "Celebrating God's love, goodness, grace, and mercy." Hundreds of Adventists from all over the Philippines have visited and together celebrated with the members of this church. Several former members of this church that live in foreign land have once again come back for fellowship with the rest of the current members.
The program started with the Public Evangelism and Revival Meetings by Pastor Ely Magtanong who was once a little boy during the middle years of this church. It was held nightly at 7-9 p.m. from March 2-10, 2011.
On March 6, 2011 at 9 a.m. to 4 p.m., the church together with the North Philippine Union Conference headed by Lalaine Alfanoso sponsored a Medical-Dental Free Clinic. Many people attended and received free concultations, lectures, and medicines.
The children also had a Bible School from March 7-10, 2011 at 4-6 p.m. and they graduated on March 11, 2011 at 6-7 p.m. The person in-charge is Mer Ezpeleta.
After the graduation ceremony of Children's Bible School, the church had a baptism service. Many souls believed and accepted Jesus Christ as their personal Savior. The Vesper Service was next to it and the speaker is Pastor Romeo Mangiliman, the new elected President of the Central Luzon Conference for year 2011-2016.
On March 12, 2011, the Sabbath School program started at 9 a.m. and there were only few vacant seats left inside while many were already seated in mono-block chairs outside the church. The person in-charge of the Sabbath School program is Eileen Regoso. The praise team started the program and they are Lizen Aquino, FJ Mateo, Joven Custodia, Neven Abay Abay as the Song Leaders and Franky Yoshua Sumaga as the Pianist. The opening prayer was led by Ernie Ezpeleta and the welcome remarks was given by Olympia Brillantes. Special song number by Lorenz Comilang was next and it's entitled "One More Voice". Special feature was given by Tony Nantes Guevarra and the lesson study entitled "Freedom from Addictions" was lead by the sisters Eileen Regoso and Flor Guevara. The proram was closed by a prayer of Joe Ada.
To see the Sabbath School program, visit http://www.youtube.com/raegel or click the play button below.
The Divine Service started at 10:30 a.m. by welcoming the visitors and members of the church and some announcement given by the Church pastor and Pastor Alex Manlapig. During the call to worship, everyone participated in singing praises to God with the Praise team and Heidi Abot as the pianist. The Adventist University of the Philippines Ambassadors rendered the Introit. The offertory call during the Worship through giving was led by Flor Guevara. The Theme song entitled "Proclaim His grace" is the opening and closing song of the program. Pastor Ely Magtanong led the pastoral and intercessory prayer. Introduction to the speaker was given by Israel Bacdayan. Wonderful music was rendered by the AUP Amabassadors before Pastor Nepthali Manez, the new elected President of North Philippine Union Conference, give the message. The Anthem of Assurance is "When He Comes". The meal was served by a catering service and it was given individually in organize manner to all of the people seating inside and outside the church.
To see the Divine Service, visit http://www.youtube.com/raegel or click the play button below.
The Sabbath Afternoon was special because it's about "In Retrospect" and the speaker is Pastor Jerry MJ Jereos. A mini-concert refreshed the spirits of the congregation. Recognitions were given to the old members of the church by Pastor Albert Regoso. A delicious light snack completed the whole day of Sabbath.
To see the Sabbath afternoon program, visit http://www.youtube.com/raegel or click the play button below.
On March 13, 2011, the second Medical-Dental Free Clinic was sponsored by the church and the AWESNA headed by Esther Arafiles.
The Church had a Spiritual Retreat on March 14-16, 2011 at a Beach Resort in San Juan Batangas.
To read the Historical Highlights of Sta. Ana Seventh-day Adventist Church, click here.
For the mini-concert videos during the Sabbath afternoon program, visit www.youtube.com/raegel and browse the videos and the right side pane.