Tuesday, June 30, 2009

Pastor Nelson Flores 1955-2009

Pastor Nelson Flores went to Heaven at around 2:30pm on Tuesday, June 30th, 2009. Thankfully, he went peacefully and we know he is not suffering anymore. Please continue to pray for all of us, but especially his wife, Dulce. She has been by his side for the past 6 months as he fought this battle. Please pray that God will give us strength as we go through this time.

-Ptr. Matt & Rina-
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Monday, June 29, 2009

Father's Day

On June 21st we celebrated Father's Day at our church. Also, since our monthly theme was "Family Month", we had family pictures and a potluck after the service. We had a really good crowd. There were many first time visitors including many fathers. We gave away some prizes (leather work gloves) to the fathers who were the oldest, had the most children, been a Christian the longest, etc. Our service went well and everyone enjoyed the potluck afterward.

-Ptr. Matt & Rina
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Saturday, June 27, 2009

Philippine Independence Day Celebration

When I heard that Philippine Independence Day was coming up, and that it was on a Friday, I thought it would be fun to celebrate after church. We decided to buy some fireworks, launch them, and have a mini potluck after the evening prayer service. Everyone was excited. Apparently in the Philippines, Independance Day celebrations are usually confined to Manila, but anytime you get an excuse to launch some fireworks and eat food, that's okay by me.
-Ptr. Matt & Rina
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Tuesday, June 2, 2009

Vacation Bible School

This past Thursday and Friday our church held its annual Vacation Bible School for kids ages 3-12. We had a great turnout! There were 84 kids on Thursday and 97 kids on Friday. The theme for our camp was trusting in God. We started at 8:00am and went until 11:00am. There was lots of singing, games, Bible stories, the wordless book, skits, contests, snack time, and prizes. The kids did their skits on Daniel in the lion's den and the boy with the 5 loaves and 2 fish. We had lemonade and bread for the snack. During game time they had relay races. They also played some sort of game where there was two teams in a line and they had to hit the ball past the other line (kind of like red rover but replace the human trying to break through the line with a ball) and "tsismis" (the Tagalog name for the American game "telephone"). For the prizes, we were able to use the toys that had been donated to us from the U.S. We emptied 3 balikbayan boxes full of toys. The kids absolutely loved the prizes! All of the kids had a great time. It was a very busy yet very exciting 3 hours. There were 20 of our church members that were able to help us make this successful. It was also very encouraging to see around 70 of the kids come back on Sunday for Sunday School and Church. I pray that they will keep coming back... -God Bless-

-Ptr. Matt and Rina
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