By: Rev. Domingo Galagata
Church anniversary celebrations are prime time for building each other up in the Lord. It is an occasion to look back and learn, to gain new insights and encouragement. As stories were told of people who have served faithfully and how God miraculously provided every need, answered every prayer, and delivered people from poverty, sickness and distress. A new hope and strength arise to do more in the kingdom of God and new enthusiasm to accomplish the task at hand.
It’s been 11 years since EFC-Padre Garcia, Batangas had their first service. So much has happened, so many lives have changed during this entire course of time. From December 2006 till today, Pastor Domingo and Pastora Vivian Galagata passionately shepherd this church.
On December 17, 2017, members, family and friends of EFC-Padre Garcia, Batangas, gathered together to celebrate their 11th year milestone with the theme “Experiencing God’s Amazing Grace”. It’s guest speaker Rev. Jetro Novero together with Rev. Analiza Novero, lovingly shared about the grace of God. He exemplified the life of Naomi who by the grace of God survived profound disaster and lost in a foreign land. She lost it all. However, God, in His mercy, providentially preserved Naomi. He guided her back to her homeland and people, converted a heathen (Ruth) and consequently used her to save Naomi. Rev. Novero quipped that all of us can experience God’s amazing grace as we remain steadfast in our faith.
One of the highlights of the event were the presentations from EFC-Batangas, EFC-Taytay, and EFC-Veterans, laughter filled the atmosphere as children all the way to the elderly cheered, whistled, clapped and woo-hooed as participants showcased their talents. After that, EFC-Batangas extended its blessings through gift giving which were thankfully received by the kids, members, leaders and volunteer leaders.
The event ended successfully with hope that the grace of God will sustain them to do greater works in the next decade.
2 Corinthians 13:14
May the grace of the Lord Jesus Christ, and the love of God, and the fellowship of the Holy Spirit be with you all.