Getting all the records done for our annual reports is part of my work being the overseer of our worship ministry in our church. It’s also a way of assessing the condition of the musical instruments we are using. Some of them are quite old but we just need to take of it. But several needs replacements especially our two guitars. We decided to buy a new one after seeing a fender jaguar from musicians friend in the net.
We believe this is also the right time to avail the no interest scheme given to us by a local music store here in our place as part of their promotion.
Every ministry model has its
weaknesses. Small groups are no different. They have their weaknesses, and I
won’t pretend to hide behind them, but there are some benefits to small groups
that cannot be ignored:
1 - Healthy
Community…if your goal is to foster community in a church.
We have already established that small groups provide discipleship
opportunities for intentional leaders, but there are lots of other benefits
that churches experience from a healthy small group community.
2 - Help
Big Feel Small: It is no secret that there is one major fear
people have in going to a large church: No one knows them! Small groups change
that experience. Every Sunday my wife and I sit with a couple from our small
group, and I see over 100 others that do the same each week (and that's just
the people I know).
Pastoral Care: Group ministry is the front line of pastoral care
in the church. Group leaders and members are the first responders to crisis in
a large congregation. There are many emergencies that occur in our church that
I am the last to hear about, because our small groups have jumped in and
handled the situation before word of it even made it to me.
Evangelism: We have to stop thinking of small groups as
"Bible Studies." We have groups at CCV that facilitate relationships
that result in evangelism. New people have been attending our church as a
direct result of the following affinity groups: softball, kids play group,
volleyball, dog walking, tennis, scrap booking, and others.
High-Priority Communication: Do you need to get the word out
fast about something important in the church? Leverage the small group ministry
network. On numerous occasions we have done this with an important change in
the church, or even with communication for a capital campaign to build a new
facility on our campus.
Volunteer Network: I can't count how many times we have utilized our
small group ministry to rally the troops to get a job done. We would not have
been able to staff our kids program when we experimented with our Saturday
night service if it weren't for entire small groups volunteering to serve on
Saturday nights together.
I guess I look at this whole
situation kind of differently. Small groups will continue to exist in all of
our communities—with or without churches. I just hope that churches pay more
attention to group ministry, because without this vital ministry, churches are
the ones at risk, not groups.
I’m not so familiar with many technical terms especially those used in industrial works. My high school classmates that would be six of them are now working in one of the biggest manufacturer of dairy products here in our place. They were all experts in the field of work they’ve chosen. Two of them were certified Electrical engineers, one is an Electronic engineer and the other two were Mechanical engineers.
On one school reunion, they were discussing things about their work and one of them mentioned about fixturing shims and its relations to their work. I am so happy for all of them as they all were successful in their chosen careers. Maybe next time, I would also ask them to explain some technical terms which until today, I cannot still explain.
Don't yo know that , One billion people live in slums? That's almost one-sixth of the world’s
population. Of this total, 640 million children live without adequate shelter, some live in cardboard boxes, tin-roofed shacks, one-room mud huts a nd
crowded tenements. It’s been estimated that 1.4 billion people will live in
slums by 2020. In the United States, between 2.3 to 2.5 million
people are classified as homeless. In our country which is considered a yet developing one, 15% are considered homeless.
I saw this picture on facebook today. Thank you dear little sister Hannah Rosal for the effort in making the collage. Three days ago was my birthday. Me and my wife decided not to have a birthday party but just an intimate dinner with immediate family and close. I was surprised that there were young people who went to the house bring foods and gifts.
Thank you so much for the birthday surprise!!
It’s just a matter of few days now and we are on our way to Singapore! The kids are all excited knowing that we have prepared for this vacation trip and a year ago. We really planned this family get away as graduation gift for the kids who graduated their elementary and high school this school year.
One thing we also plan to do is to buy new cell phones and its accessories which we believe are much cheaper in Singapore than in our place. We have seen models of iPhone, Blackberry and Samsung cell phones with unbeatable prices when we visit ThriftyComputer.com . I hope we can find teh same gadgets with the same cheaper price when we will be in Singapore.
1. Got clean water? The next
time you uncap a bottle of water or grab a drink from the tap, remember that
one in eight people in the world (that’s 884 million people) lack access to
clean water supplies. Millions of women around the world spend several hours a
day collecting water. When you take a five-minute shower, you use more water
than a typical person in a developing country uses in a whole day. – 2 Cor.
2. Do you have a bathroom? About
40% of the world's population (2.6 billion people) do not have toilets. Lack of
sanitation facilities spreads disease and is a major reason why more than 2
million people die annually of diarrhea. – Ephesians 5:20
3. How’s your electricity? The
power in my house might be interrupted briefly three times a year because of
Florida storms. But 1.6 billion people—a quarter of humanity—live without any
electricity. And, because of unreliable infrastructure, at least 2 billion
people on earth don’t have any light at night. – Colossians 3:17
4. Got a roof over your head?
One billion people live in slums. That's almost one-sixth of the world’s
population. Of this total, 640 million children live without adequate shelter;
they live in cardboard boxes, tin-roofed shacks, one-room mud huts or filthy,
crowded tenements. It’s been estimated that 1.4 billion people will live in
slums by 2020. Meanwhile here in the United States, between 2.3 to 2.5 million
people are classified as homeless. – 1 Thessalonians 5:18
5. Is there food on your table? In
the United States they are battling an obesity epidemic. Yet according to
UNICEF, 22,000 children die each day due to poverty. Approximately 790 million
people in the developing world are chronically undernourished, and almost 28%
of all children in developing countries are estimated to be underweight or stunted.
– Revelation 11:17
6. Got a stove? In developing
countries, some 2.5 billion people use fuel wood, charcoal or animal dung to
meet their energy needs for cooking. In sub-Saharan Africa, more than 80% of
the population depends on these crude, traditional means for cooking, as do
over half of the populations of India and China. The really sad part: Indoor
air pollution resulting from the use of solid fuels claims the lives of 1.5
million people each year, more than half of them below the age of 5.
7. Got regular income? You may
have had to take a pay cut during the recession. But keep in mind that at least
80% of humanity lives on less than $10 (P410.00) a day. The world's average
income is about $7,000 (P287, 000) a year. Still, only about 19% of the world's
population lives in countries with per capita incomes at least this high.
8. Did you go to school? Nearly
a billion people entered the 21st century unable to read a book or sign their
names. Enrolment data shows that about 72 million children of primary school
age in the developing world were not in school in 2005 (and 57% of them were
9. Are you generally healthy? Americans
face illness like people in other nations—and more than 12 million Americans
are battling cancer in any given year. But many of us have access to health
care. In the developing world, more than 2.2 million children die each year
because they are not immunized. An estimated 40 million people in developing
countries are living with HIV/AIDS. Every year there are 350–500 million cases
of malaria, with 1 million fatalities, mostly in Africa.
10. Are you free to worship God?
More than 400 Christians die for their faith every day around the
world, and most of these believers suffer in Islamic countries—although the top
hot spot for Christian persecution, according to Open Doors International, is
the atheist regime of North Korea.