MCGI’s Special Thanksgiving for 2nd Quarter of 2018 Highlights Good Works, Accurate Bible Translations

“Our good works accomplished on a day-to-day basis are considered a form of worship and service to God. Every good work we do is recorded.” Colossians 3:24 to 25 was read as the biblical reference of the message.

This was the message that resonated as Bro. Eli Soriano, Overall Servant to Members Church of God International (MCGI), wrapped up the Special Thanksgiving of God’s People for the 2nd quarter of 2018.

For this quarter, once again, the congregants’ gratitude to the Almighty God and the Lord Jesus Christ concluded with never-before heard wisdom, and delightful thanksgiving presentations from all over the world.

A Special Thanksgiving of God’s People, held for three days, is called in the vernacular as Special Pasalamat ng Buong Bayan ng Dios.

Glorious Three-Day Convention

Filled with singing, dancing, and encouraging messages, the mirthful affair once again created memorable moments for each and every member of MCGI, as in every Special Thanksgiving celebration.

Tens of thousands of brethren from different regions of Luzon, Visayas and Mindanao in the Philippines convened for three consecutive days at the ADD Convention Center in Apalit, Pampanga and in all MCGI coordinating centers nationwide.

Across the world, brethren from Asia-Oceania, Africa, the Middle East, Europe, North America, South America, and Latin America, were unfazed by distances and differences in time zones just to attend the event..

Through faith, physical and spiritual obstacles were overcome just to be able to partake in the glorious event. Traveling stretches of miles and hours, hauling luggages, sometimes with kids and elderlies in tow, were not enough to hinder the spirit of a member longing to partake in the much-awaited celebration. This was evident in live video streams showing packed and crowded thanksgiving sites in various locations.

As the gathering commences, festive song and dance presentations that express how grateful brethren are, were showcased. This was led by the Music Ministry composed of the MCGI chorale and orchestra, and the Teatro Kristiano. These groups, for many years now, have been serving MCGI brethren with their musical and theatrical talents.

Sister Grace Checa of the Music Ministry, a sister in faith since 1998 and a Music Ministry core member for 17 years, shared with MCGI.org why she always makes it a point to sing on stage with the rest of the chorale members every thanksgiving celebration.

“His love and kindness toward us is immeasurable. What my small existence can offer is to honor and praise Him,” said Sister Grace. “To partake in the task of leading brethren in singing songs of praises to God with the Music Ministry is a joy of my heart, that I can express my gratefulness and pay my indebtedness to the Lord Almighty.”

Indeed it is a joy for brethren to use their talents and skills to offer as sacrifices of thanks to God.

One group that also made sure to put to good use their vocal talents is the National Capital Region (NCR) chorale who presented their winning Gospel Show entry “Layag, Kabataan” (Sail, Youth) to MCGI with powerful vocals, impressive choreography and colorful costumes.

Group presentations were also one of the highlights of the event. Special videos and documentaries from the Children’s Ministry, the Youth Ministry, Prison Ministry, Worker’s Ministry, Luzon, Visayas and Mindanao regions, Foreign Ministry, Mission Thessalonica, South America and Latin America were shown, recapping activities and events, highlighting charitable projects, evangelical missions and other programs that aim to strengthen members’ faith and spirituality, as written in Philippians 4:8.

A special song presentation of Bro. Eli’s household delighted members as they performed lively song adaptations to convey their heartfelt thanksgiving to God, with a cute video of their group of Kawan ng Cordero (KNC).

Digging Accurate Truths Through Hebrew Translations

Bro. Eli and Bro. Daniel, both solid advocates of truths in the Bible, put more effort than anyone else in the religious world to study the Holy Scriptures. This quarter, new wisdom were shared to MCGI through the thorough study of God’s words with the help of Hebrew translations.

According to Bro. Eli, not all translations of the words in the Holy Scriptures are correct. Therefore, “As Christians, we must know how to distinguish what’s right and wrong,” Bro. Eli shared.

He adds that truth-seekers must be diligent in studying God’s words knowing that there is what the Bible calls “spirit of error” as written in I John 4:6 (KJV), “We are of God: he that knoweth God heareth us; he that is not of God heareth not us. Hereby know we the spirit of truth, and the spirit of error.”

Bro. Eli and Bro. Daniel discussed more accurate and apt translations, not only based on context but also by referencing other verses in the Bible. They made comparisons and analysis to make sure the topic they delivered were clearly understood by brethren.

Intriguing, new truths were revealed as delivered by Bro. Eli and Bro. Daniel according to God’s will, including Job’s words in Job 2:10, the mystery of the Great Babylon that many religions claim to be the Catholic church, and about the book of remembrance and the book of life where God records benevolent acts and a Christian’s obedience.

For this heavenly gift, MCGI once again offers another Special Thanksgiving to God a week after the three-day celebration (July 15).

Inspiring Thanksgiving Reasons

MCGI brethren offered the sacrifice of thanksgiving for plenty of reasons. From simple wishes granted, adequate daily provisions, God’s safekeeping and protection, to recovery from illnesses, opportunities to show benevolence to others, incredible wisdom learned in the Holy Scriptures, God’s forgiveness are just a few of the many reasons to thank the Highest.

These brethren graciously shared their reasons for thanksgiving featured on official social media pages of MCGI.org.

Finding the one true religion and God’s messenger in this dispensation amidst the estimated 4,200 religions in the world and thousands of false preachers are indeed a unique blessing one can receive from the heavens.
Understanding God’s deep wisdom that will remain a mystery to non-believers is another reason for brothers and sisters to offer the sacrifice of thanksgiving.

Fervent supplications are also made during the celebration of thanksgiving. In Bro. Haminton Bustillo’s case, he prays for his family to join him in the Church someday.
Material blessings and receiving God’s kindness everyday are reasons to be grateful to God but it is also equally important for MCGI brethren to be good followers of Christ through God’s spiritual wisdom.

Spreading Good Cheer on the Internet

For three consecutive days, official social media accounts of MCGI featured hundreds of thankful tweets from members, in and outside of the Philippines. Through members’ continuous and untiring support to filling the internet world with positive vibes, the official daily trending hashtags from Days 1 to 3 landed the number one spot between 6:29 AM to 6:39 AM PHT in the Philippines.

Trending tweets including unique reasons for thanksgiving, favorite SPBB memories and songs, plus photos of joyful brethren from around the world circulated on Twitter and Facebook from July 6 to 8.

Putting social media to good use for the benefit of many is one of Bro. Eli and Bro. Daniel’s reminders, thus producing “thankful” tweets that are both inspiring and heartwarming from brethren.

For the deep wisdom learned and for understanding how God records good works, MCGI dedicate another one-day Special Thanksgiving of God’s People celebration on July 15, 2018.

Written by: Apple Arco

MCGI: All Set for 3-Day Special Thanksgiving on July 6 to 8

The Members Church of God International (MCGI) continually holds weekly and quarterly Thanksgiving of God’s People wherein songs of praise to God are offered and Biblical topics are served. (Photo: Photoville International)

Three months after this year’s first quarter Special Thanksgiving of God’s People held in Brazil, the Members Church of God International (MCGI) is all set for the second quarter Thanksgiving celebration on July 6-8, 2018.

During its quarterly Special Thanksgiving celebration, MCGI congregants offer praises and listen to new special topics for three straight days. The Church of God holds its regular thanksgiving service on a weekly basis.

New biblical topics are opened each day for three days by Bro. Eli Soriano and Bro. Daniel Razon, MCGI’s Overall Servant and Assistant to the Overall Servant, respectively.

The 3-Day Big Event

Worldwide Bible Expositions have been a continuous event this past quarter, being held each week since May 2018. (Photo: Photoville International)

Special Thanksgiving is one event that Church members always look forward to every quarter. Many members travel far to attend the event at the ADD Convention Center in Apalit, MCGI’s headquarters in the Philippines, and other main venues in different divisions.

“I look forward to seeing the brethren. There is that feeling that even if I don’t know some brethren yet personally, just thinking about being with them [in Thanksgiving] makes me excited,” exclaimed Sis. Abi Valdez of San Francisco, USA. Sis Abi is traveling north to Canada to attend the upcoming gathering.

While preparing themselves clean and acceptable to God is foremost, members also gear up their locales for the big event. The Artist Guild – the creative artwork and design committee in a locale – arranges beautiful designs for their venues, usually with eye-catching colors and decorations fitting for the jovial theme.

“The decoration of the locale is always a challenge because it needs a lot of inspiration. I consider this event very precious for the brotherhood,” Sis. Karol Klein, a Brazil local, shared her experience with decorating for the Special Thanksgiving.

Other committees and groups in the Church such as the Music Ministry and Teatro Kristiano are also preparing for their production number.

2nd Quarter Highlights

The Walk of Faith was inaugurated on April 30, 2018 at the ADD Convention Center in Apalit, Pampanga, Philippines. (Photo: Photoville International)

MCGI thanks God primarily for the many opportunities to be an instrument in His works of salvation. From April to June 2018, the live Bible Expositions, Bible studies and Mass Indoctrinations hosted in MCGI locales around the world reaped thousands of new members.

The past three months have also been fruitful with different projects, community outreaches, and Church activities launched and carried out to strengthen the members’ faith as well as to help non-members of the Church.

Inaugurated last April 30, 2018, MCGI’s The Walk of Faith at the ADD Convention Center in Apalit, Pampanga takes strollers to inspiring walks of faith of the early faithfuls named in the Bible. Along with stone tablets that engrave the names and faithful acts of those called “heroes of faith” is a fountain that dances to songs of praises.

Also in April, MCGI launched the Omega DigiBible in the Apple App and Google Play Stores, giving everyone a handy access to the Word of God. The Bible app brings unique user experience with its top features including Parallel Reading, Top of the Hour Prayer, A Preacher’s Blog and Bible Reading Plans. It currently has at least 27 Bible versions including two audio ones.

Youth in action during the International Youth Convention Sports Edition on April 30-May 1, 2018. (Photo: Photoville International)

The sports edition of the annual International Youth Convention held last April 30 to May 1 gave the youth of the Church opportunities to bond through various sports and activities, as well as listen to advice from Bro. Eli and Bro. Daniel through the youth consultation.

Recently, the Teatro Kristiano concluded their 9th Dance Play Festival where members of the theatrical group from different divisions showcased their acting and dancing talents. The Music Ministry also organized a Gospel Show Choir.

Around the globe, brethren have organized their local events such as “Mother’s Club” in Europe, “Father’s Club” in North America, “Couple’s Night” in Singapore, and KNC competitions and activities.

MCGI also conducted continuous medical missions with key media partner, UNTV News and Rescue, visiting provinces and jails to reach out those in need of medical help.

Around the world, MCGI members pro-actively organize public service activities such as bloodletting events. (Photo: Photoville International)

The Church’s blood donation drives in the Philippines and abroad have produced thousands of blood bags, benefitting Filipinos and non-Filipinos.

Written by: Jenina Bontuyan


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