(This is the second and last part of an earlier blog posted four days ago.)
Shortly thereafter, the Pilar Village Community Center, Inc. (PVCCI) was organized & registered with the SEC to run and maintain PVGC.
And as the membership grew, so did the building. The members pooled their physical strength and resources together to erect a bigger and sturdier place of worship—continually being refurbished and improved until today.
Then a series of movements again shook the church. Many members immigrated and worked in other lands. And some moved to bigger churches. But the few remaining families, again, walked on and never wavered, with the help of CAMACOP pastors assigned to be our shepherds.
There is no stopping the work of the Lord.
Ministries have blossomed: visitation, musicales, celebration of important dates, children’s choir, Sunday School, Junior church, DVBS, all part of the programs outlined during Church Board strategic planning sessions at the beginning of each year.
Enlarged mission field
Village Christian Alliance School was founded to help nurture pre-school children in the ways of the Lord.
In the year 2009, VCAS was registered with the Department of Education and was renamed ACTS (Alliance Christian School and Tutorial Services, Inc.) to include grade school. Now even with the pandemic, ACTS remains strong and ready to take on fully virtual or blended learning.
Meanwhile, the PVCCI Board keeps busy and elects a Chairman yearly. Two pioneers, who never faltered in serving God despite the many trials, were:
Atty. Ireneo Espiritu+
Arch. Ephraim Santos+
The others: Bro. Art Eugenio, Bro, Rolly Balabagnp, Bro. Samuel Pagdilao, Sis. Bing Talahuron. Bro. Sam Pagdilao, Jr., Ley Sarinas (8 terms); Ernie Uy, (10 terms); Bro. Mario Ayon; Bro. Manuel Batto, Sis. Grace Chong, and Bro. JR Chong (8 terms).
Aside from Pastors Franco+ and Domingo+, and Pastor Joe Dalino, there were other lead pastors at PVGC (please refer to the timeline for names and dates).
Today we thank the Lord for Rev. Ralph Dulman (associate pastor) and Rev. Ariel Cole (senior pastor) who lead us in keeping the PVGC light shining. Sis. Kamilla Barbo recently joined the pastoral team as our intern pastor for kids. We praise the Lord for picking us up whenever we fall down and make us stand up again.
Ten decades and six years since our birth, we celebrate the ministries the Lord has entrusted to us:
• Children: outreach program, Sunday School, VBS, ACTS, children’s Sunday worship
• Auxiliaries: seminars, workshops, Life Growth
• Cottage Groups: weekly meet-ups for prayers and Bible study
• Elderly: Sunshine Fellowship
• General activities: Virtual worship every Sunday; daily prayer time; medical/dental mission; disaster relief; scholarship programs; commemoration of special occasions, and many more.
We remember the trials and the missteps, but we remember even more vividly the days of triumphs and blessings that kept us going. We, who saw those early years, now remind our children and their children’s children . . .
Never ever forget what PVGC is all about.
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(Addendum: son #3, who was born five years after we found PVGC, is now chairman of the church board. And although this piece has been published online, I am uploading it here as well, so I will always remember, for as long as my mind is intact or until the Lord comes again, or until He calls me home.)
|Son #3, in front wearing blue polo barong |