The Members Church of God International (MCGI) has launched its 24/7 prayer service site Monday, June 27, 2011, enabling global people to have easy access to its hourly community prayer and singing of praises to God.
Vice-Presiding Minister to MCGI Bro. Daniel Razon announced during the International Thanksgiving over the weekend that aside from the Philippines, other remote points across the globe will host the hourly prayer. The former schedule of MCGI’s worldwide synchronized prayer that started on March 6, 2011 was at 10 o’clock each evening.
The new Philippine schedules are from 5 a.m. to 8 a.m. and 8 p.m. to 12 a.m. where live feed emanates from Apalit, Pampanga. Church locales from other points of the world will lead the prayer service for all other hours.
According to Bro. Daniel, the varied schedules were prompted by Bro. Eli Soriano’s intent that more brethren can take part in this endeavor at a time of their choosing.
MCGI’s nonstop community singing and prayer started three years ago. In one of the Church’s worship services, Bro. Eli explained that it is God’s commandment to His people to be prayerful. He cited I Thessalonians 5:17.
Almira Cercado of the Cercado Sisters, one of the popular talents featured on Talentadong Pinoy, interpreted the winning piece in the A Song of Praise (ASOP) Music Festival last June 27 and bagged the Best Interpreter Award.
The ASOP Music Festival is a biannual event of the Members Church of God International where professional and amateur composers and songwriters Church-wide showcase their song-making talents. The event boasted 11 finalists coming from all over the Philippines to as far as Hongkong, Australia, and London with six entries in English, four in Tagalog, and one in Cebuano, a Visayas Island dialect.
Cercado sang “With You,” composed and written by Bro. Lester Abeleda from the National Capital Region who took home PHP 100,000 in cash. The song’s high notes allowed Cercado’s belting prowess to reverberate across the ADD Convention Center in Apalit, Pampanga. In the end, she won the Best Interpreter laurel tying with Sis. Dalyn Concepcion from Pampanga and beating Bro. Roderick Payabyab who won first-runner up.
It was also a tie for the first runner-up position between “Mithing Kaligtasan” (Desired Salvation) by the Bicol ASOP Organizers and “I Believe” by Bro. Edwin Friend from Hongkong. “Salamat sa Awa Mo” (Thanks for Your Mercy) by Bro. Erjay Ocampo won second place, while “Magpakailanman” (Forevermore) by Bro. Genio Dy from Cavite and “Ipasigarbo Ko” (I Will Boast Of) by Bro. Tiburcio Barong Jr. from the Central Visayas region both claimed third place.
“Brethren, work together to come up with the best melody, the best lyrics that can be created by the minds of man to praise our God,” stressed Bro. Eli Soriano via live video streaming.
Bro. Eli Soriano and Bro. Daniel Razon, Presiding and Vice Presiding Ministers to MCGI respectively, were the leading proponent and primary judges of the songwriting event. Throughout the years, they have given out millions of pesos worth of prizes to individuals in their search for the best song of praise for God Almighty.
This year, ASOP extends its arms to the public, regardless of race or religion with its brand new show on UNTV of the same title. The entries will be judged by a panel of judges including veteran Filipino composers, Vehnee Saturno and Noel Cabangon.
Hosted by Richard Reynoso and Tony Rose Gayda, the show will be airing on September, but is currently accepting entries and auditioning for interpreters. Sources confirmed that Cercado fans will be seeing again one of their beloved divas on TV, singing a song of praise.
For more information on ASOP on UNTV please read this article. For information on how you can join, please visit their Facebook page, ASOP UNTV.
As part of his commitment to public service and to looking after the well-being of the Members Church of God International, Bro. Eli Soriano recently dispensed 1,000 boxes of ascorbic acid (Vitamin C) and medicines for free, especially to low-income members in the Philippines.
The distribution commenced during the Church’s celebration of its second Quarterly International Thanksgiving this year, the last week of June.
The presiding minister to MCGI noted in his sermon that the resident doctor at the ADD Polyclinic and Pharmacy in Apalit, Pampanga had requested him for all sorts of “anti’s”: antibiotics, antivirals, and the like in preparation for the three-day event.
The bulk of ascorbic acid, however, is Bro. Eli’s additional gift, after having tried Vitamin C therapy. The polyclinic and pharmacy render services and give medicines to brethren and visitors alike for free.
Bro. Eli, who in his younger years was plagued by asthma and rheumatic heart disease, asserts that Vitamin C is indeed very beneficial. Prior to endorsing the said supplement, Bro. Eli had experienced Vitamin C therapy himself.
He couples his intake with a sulfur-rich organic diet, consisting of green vegetables and bulbous roots like onions and garlic. The regimen had improved his condition, as his personal physician-dietician attested.
“I encourage all to try alternative and preventive approaches in maintaining health,” Bro. Eli said. “This is also to spare ourselves of expensive and traditional treatments we are accustomed to. Let us go for more natural ways to stay healthy.”
Bro. Eli also discussed his readings of researches of scientists and experts from reputable associations about Vitamin C. Further, member doctors, dieticians, pharmacists, and chemists gave their opinion on the matter.
The discussion, Bro. Eli said, is a healthy and relevant thing, “something that allows us to know more so that we know how to serve God better and not with sickly bodies.”
Members who are experiencing heart ailments, blood pressure fluctuations, and other Vitamin C deficiency-related diseases are first to be served.
This is not the first time that Bro. Eli is giving out medical assistance, supplements, and medicines. Back in the Philippines, he led many initiatives to ensure the health and well-being of the Congregation and his fellow Filipinos.
Witnesses and beneficiaries attest to Bro. Eli’s concern, especially for children, whenever epidemics and diseases take a toll on the health of many. He supervises the administration of vaccines and distribution of medicines in the places he visits.
The efforts eventually led to more massive health campaigns and medical missions in the depressed areas in the country capital to the provincial and remotest regions. Together with Bro. Daniel Razon, his Vice Presiding Minister, their small start-off turned to a thriving charity work, inspiring similar actions here and abroad.
Bro. Eli and Bro Daniel also introduced a mobile clinic complete with basic medical facilities, currently serving those who have to travel several kilometers to reach the nearest hospital.
The move is also of good timing since the Philippines is continuously battered by storms and other weather disturbances providing the attendant conditions for the rise of communicable diseases.
Manila, Philippines — Two days before Blood Donors’ Day this year, Members Church of God International (MCGI) donated 2,601 blood bags to the Philippine National Red Cross, just 52 units short of its 2009 record where the latter awarded the organization for its outstanding contribution.
The World Health Organization and partners anually hold the World Blood Donors’ Day every June 14th. This blood donating campaign is aimed at raising awareness of the need for safe blood and to give thanks to voluntary unpaid blood donors for their gifts of blood.
Fifty-four MCGI chapters nationwide opened its doors for the undertaking with one holding its blood donation drive on June 9; in total, MCGI has given 2,637 units of blood this year. This is the second time that MCGI has held a mass bloodletting event across the country for 2011. Their initial effort on March 13 produced 1,900 units, that is approximately 1,186 liters of blood.
While science and technology struggle to find a substitute for human blood, the need for it is increasing and urgent. In fact, dengue and other blood-related cases that need transfusion of blood have alarmingly increased this year, according to a report published on the Philippine Red Cross website.
As donating blood requires a three-month period in between donations, this year, MCGI goes full-throttle by making its blood drive quarterly.
This public service of MCGI started more than a decade ago, when its presiding ministers Bro. Eli Soriano and Bro. Daniel Razon formed the Blood Donors’ Society: the group that campaigns blood-donation within the Church. Since then, MCGI has proven to be a committed partner of the Philippine Red Cross in providing reliable blood to the masses.
The event is made possible with the help of the Philippine National Red Cross, its volunteers, and the Kamanggagawa Foundation Inc. MCGI’s next nationwide mass blood drive is expected in September.
As the first half of the year wraps up, Members Church of God International gears up for its upcoming International Thanksgiving celebration set on June 24-26, 2011.
The three-day event is a quarterly activity when all members of the Church across the world gather to offer Thanksgiving to God for His blessings. The event is apart from the regular Thanksgiving held every Saturday where individuals by the thousands express their gratitude to the Almighty.
Congregants from Philippine provinces and abroad are expected to fill to the brim the ADD Convention Center in Apalit, Pampanga, the headquarters of MCGI and the main venue of the celebration.
Arguably the biggest convention center in Asia, the ADD Convention Center can house more than 30,000 people inside and the same number in the immediate peripheries. Meanwhile, MCGI chapters in all points of the globe will also accommodate attendees who cannot make it to the main venue. Live streaming is provided so they can participate in the event real-time.
As part of the preparation for the big event, Bro. Eli Soriano and Bro. Daniel Razon, Presiding and Vice-Presiding Ministers to MCGI, have equipped the ADD Convention Center with high-powered audio-visual equipment to ensure that attendees will have clear reception of everything done in the entire celebration especially during the delivery of biblical topics.
Here are some of the reasons MCGI is thankful for in the past quarter:
Roughly 4,000 souls were baptized during weekly and mass baptisms from April to first week of June. Converts include a Japanese national who was a member of the Latter-Day Saints since childhood, a Buddhist from Singapore, a former pastor of the Assembly of God in Southern Philippines, a female minister from Samahan ng Tatlong Persona Solo Inc., and natives of South America, among others.
On April 7, Bro. Eli celebrated his 47 years of fruitful service to God and humanity. MCGI chapters globally joined the preacher in thanking God. As part of his thanksgiving offering, Bro. Eli granted the small wishes of some Church members who are poor by providing financial assistance.
MCGI welcomed Nisan 1, 5771 or its New Year at sunset of April 4. MCGI’s New Year is patterned after the Hebrew calendar, the timetable used in the Bible. On the 14th day of Nisan or sunset of April 17 this year in the Roman calendar, the Congregation commemorated the Lord’s Supper in memory of Christ’s sacrifices. During the celebration, Bro. Eli explained that remembering the Lord’s Supper is an obligation Christians must observe until the return of the Lord Jesus Christ.
More than 15,000 youth gathered at the ADD Convention Center last April 22 for the 14th International Youth Convention. Bro. Eli attended to the various concerns of the youth in a consultation, the much-awaited part and highlight of the gathering, during which, the preacher called on them to be a part of the Workers’ Ministry. More than two hundred young adults expressed their willingness to be instrumental in the global evangelization efforts of the Church.
The Music Ministry held its 11th International Music Summit last May 22 that assembled chorale groups and music enthusiasts in the congregation. The annual songwriting event had accummulated twenty eight new songs of praises sung by various chorale groups Church-wide. Other activities included seminars on singing and song-writing.
Moreover, members of the Church’s theatrical group called Teatro Kristiyano, showcased their acting talents in this year’s Theater Summit held last May 29.
Eyeing to reach every home in South America, MCGI started its broadcast in Peru this quarter.
MCGI in Papua New Guinea celebrated its third year anniversary this month. In June 2009, MCGI locale was established in the country after a group of natives received the preaching of Bro. Eli.
Besides offering thanksgiving, MCGI believes that the festivity is the perfect time to ask God for guidance for all Church endeavors in the coming months.
Apalit, Philippines – The official website of the Members Church of God International recently launched its Italian translation on the World Wide Web via www.mcgi.org/it/, in addition to its Portuguese translation. This is part of the organization’s continuing efforts to further the Church’s evangelization by expanding translations of the award-winning website.
The Italian translation of the Members Church of God International’s (MCGI) website aims to help make spiritual awareness understood better by the Italian-speaking populace the world over. According to a 2005 United Nations report, there is an estimated 57.2 million Italian-speaking natives in Italy alone.
Speakers of the language are also largely present in the United States, Canada and Europe. They are also present in South American countries like Argentina, with 1.5 million speakers, and Uruguay, with between 28,000 and 30,000 speakers, reside.
Incidentally, Argentina and Uruguay are two of several South American countries where MCGI holds religious TV broadcasts and live Web stream broadcasts, hosted by Presiding Minister to MCGI Bro. Eli Soriano.
While the Portuguese-speakers of South American countries benefit from the ever-growing number of MCGI TV broadcasts there, the Italian speakers in the continent will get to benefit from the Italian translation of the website.
With these new developments, Italian-speaking Web users can now read Church information, basic doctrines and works as well as visitor information on the website. Bro. Eli Soriano’s religious and scientific blogs straight from esoriano.wordpress.com are also translated in Italian and may be readily accessed on the website.
MCGI.org, the official website of the Members Church of God International, is a Philippine Web Awards winner for the year 2011.