North Island New Zealand
The Members Church of God International (MCGI) in New Zealand was given another opportunity to strengthen their minds, body, and spirit as they held another Family Day and SportsFest in the North Island. This first event for the year 2019 was held on the 28th of January at Otara Pool and Leisure Centre, Auckland.
While Auckland & Northland celebrate its birthday on this same day, brethren from different chapters gathered together for another chance to exercise not only the physical body, but more importantly, the spirit of love and unity among the brethren as described in the scripture from I Timothy 4:8 “For bodily exercise profiteth little: but godliness is profitable unto all things, having promise of the life that now is, and of that which is to come."
There were four teams represented by different colours (Teams Gold, Blue, Red, and Green). All of the teams performed calisthenics prior to the programme proper to increase body strength, fitness, and flexibility.
The friendly battle then began as each team showcased their dance moves and agility in the “Just Dance Challenge” and “Dodge Ball”, where the Red Team bagged the win in both these games. Succeedingly, the Blue Team won the “Rock-Paper-Scissors” relay, while the Gold Team nailed the “Glass Pong Game”.
Before the second half commenced, the Teatro Kristiano (TK) group graced a modern dance number while the Anytime Soon Band (ASB) and Brother Niño Miranda shared their talent in singing. This was followed by a group photo.
The excitement continued as the players competitively aimed to win in the Basketball and Volleyball Division. Red Team won the Mix Volleyball. Meanwhile, the Blue team defeated the Red team in the elimination round of Men’s Basketball whereas the Gold Team enjoyed the same victory over the Green.
The overall status of ranking was favored by the Red Team, followed by the Blue Team, next was the Gold and the Green Team filled in the last spot. Everyone went home with prizes for all the members to enjoy.
The MCGI brethren give back all the glory and honor to God for another successful and fun-filled event in North Island, New Zealand.
Written by: Sister Joane Caselene Custorio and Sister Amity Caco
North Island New Zealand
Once again, the Members of Church of God International (MCGI) brethren in New Zealand enjoyed the last leg of the year 2018 as they held another Family Bonding and Outing at the Wenderholm Beach on December 25.
This event was succeeded by the quarterly 3-day Special Thanksgiving Celebration of the church where brethren from different locales all over the North Island, namely Feilding, Rotorua, Hamilton, Auckland and Papakura gathered up to celebrate the two consecutive events.
In the scriptures from Philippians 2:2 states, “Complete my joy by being of the same mind, having the same love, being in full accord and of one mind”. The MCGI Family exercised unity and camaraderie as everyone whole-heartedly took part in every phase of the gathering from planning to execution. The unlikely weather did not hinder the participants from enjoying the day with lots of food to share with, games to engage in, Karaoke singing, grounding on the fine sand and swimming in the beach.
The programme started with a stretching exercise. When everyone was warmed up and ready, the Teatro Kristiano (TK) group performed a dance number which was enjoyed by all spectators. Afterwards, the game proper began where three groups competitively battled it out with fun and laughter. “Chase the Dragon’s Tail” and “Game of General” were among the entertainment favorites.
The rain started to pour but it did not stop the family’s enjoyment as each had found more activities to do. What a delightful sight to see the children enjoying the big puddle as they splashed water and mingled with the birds! Not only the little ones enjoyed this spot, in fact, the adults carefreely dipped their feet in the pond and played frisbee cheerfully.
Moreover, majority of the brethren took advantage of the opportunity to connect with nature as they ground with the fine sand of the shore and swam in the beach. Kuya Daniel Razon and Brother Eli Soriano recommend “grounding” or “earthing” as an antioxidant which removes toxins from our body.
Finally, the day was wrapped up with big smiles and happy hearts. 1 Corinthians 1:10 it says, “I appeal to you, brothers, by the name of our Lord Jesus Christ, that all of you agree, and that there be no divisions among you, but that you be united in the same mind and the same judgment”. The MCGI family will continue to be grateful to God for He has given another opportunity for every brothers and sisters in faith to socialize and be united as one.
TO GOD BE ALL THE GLORY!!!
Written by: Sister Joanne Caselene Custorio & Sister Amy Chan-Caco
Auckland, New Zealand
In celebration of The Old Path’s 38th Anniversary, the Members Church of God International (MCGI) in Papakura and Auckland unite as one to honour the said event. During the week-long celebration, members took their time to film a Video Greeting in tribute of the program’s founding. It was held at the Auckland War Memorial Museum where brethren gathered and merged as one.
Charitable works such as Bloodletting and Catering to the Elderly were timely conducted with MCGI’s “The Old Path” 38th Anniversary. Members from Papakura and Auckland gave their blood to save lives to fulfill the Lord’s commandment. As the advocacy of the program ensues to “Continue to advocate Love, Hope and Faith”, brethren catered to the needs of the elderly as a way of showing love to our fellowmen.
As the said event continued, members gathered once again at the Grey Lynn Library (a 94 years old landmark building), located at the heart of Auckland, to commemorate the programs’ Culmination Night on December 14, 2018.
MCGI Chapters from all around the world were able to witness the Church’s Music Ministry opening number and the Dancing Ensemble of the Teatro Kristianos.
As the event went on, the programs’ various charitable works from all around the world were shown live on Television. As the Bible states in Galatians 6:10, “As we have therefore opportunity, let us do good unto all men, especially unto them who are of the household of faith.”. By doing so, we are not only doing good to our fellow countrymen but also we’re carrying out the Lord’s will.
To God be the Glory!
Written by: Brother John Gabriel Alovera
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