NAFAUM Convenes in Central
We rejoice in diversity, Francisco calls
3 January- Members of the National Association of Filipino American United Methodists (NAFAUM) together with the laity and the clergy from the various conferences in the Philippines gathered for a four day convocation starting today in the historic Central United Methodist Church, Manila, Philippines. The event, themed “Balik 2018 Bayanihan” is the 16th convocation of NAFAUM, and their first in the country. Underlying the theme is the claim of the organizers according to the souvenir program of the event that there is a deep longing for “…Filipinos in the United States, whether US citizen or permanent citizen…to visit the land of their roots. Ninety delegates joined the convocation.
In the Opening Plenary, officers of NAFAUM including Mr. Haniel Garibay, President, and Mr. Pros Tumonong, Treasurer, presented the status of the organization. Further, it served as a venue for a celebration as to how God has worked and is working in the NAFAUM.
The Rev. Ciriaco Francisco, Bishop of Manila Episcopal Area, the Host Episcopal Area, served as the preacher in the Opening Worship. There he pointed out that the United Methodist identity is intertwined with the celebration of the Eucharist in the gathering of the community of faith. There, he calls for the Church to rejoice in diversity as Jesus epitomized what inclusivity is as Jesus ate the first Eucharist with the disciple who later betrayed him. After the proclamation of the Word, the Rev. Pedro M. Torio, Jr, the President of the College of Bishops of the Philippines Central Conference celebrated the Eucharist with the Rev. Francisco. Also in the said Worship, members of NAFAUM who went ahead with the Lord were solemnly remembered.
To cap the day, the sons of the late Rev. Granadosin rendered musical renditions worshipping God and inspiring God’s people. The proceeds of the concert were appropriated for the Clergy Retirement Fund.
The Central UMC warmly welcomed the delegates. It is under the leadership of Rev. Dr. Menre Mendillo, Administrative Pastor, Mr. Dario Borje, Church Council Chairperson, and Justice Ruben Reyes (Ret), Lay Leader. #