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July 23, 2017
Sermon #7 “Shining Testimony: Our Life in Christ”
We continue with our sermon series on the book of Ephesians. Today the apostle Paul, through his epistle, will remind us how to live the Christian life that pleases God. As followers of Jesus Christ, we have been called from darkness to light. We must therefore live as children of light. P. Benjie Miranda, our Senior Pastor, will deliver today's message in our English worship services. In our afternoon Taglish worship service, Elder Manny Arnan will stand behind the pulpit as he preaches on the same subject based on Ephesians 4:17-32.
Joint Council Meeting
Calling the attention of our church leaders! Please be reminded that we will be having our quarterly Joint Council Meeting on July 29, Saturday, from 1:00pm to 3:00pm. Please confirm your attendance at the office.
The Essential Doctrines of the Bible
We will be offering a four-week module of doctrines class every Sunday from August 13 to September 3. The class will be held from 11:00am - 12:30pm. The lessons will be conducted at the GCF Foundation Office, Room 109, near the elevators at the Lower Level. Registration is free. You may sign up at the lobby.
Evangelism Explosion Training
The Evangelizing Ministry of GCF North will once again conduct a ten-week course on sharing the gospel called Everyday Evangelism. The training will begin on August 27 and will be held every Sunday afternoon from 12:30pm - 5:00pm. The course includes lectures and on-the-job training (OJT). For inquiries, you may approach me or talk to one of our EE trainers
- Jun Mayor
July 16, 2017
Sermon #6 Spiritual Unity: Our Life Together with Other Christians
We continue our sermon series today on the book of Ephesians with our senior pastor, the Rev. Benjie Miranda Jr. as he discusses how we can live, serve and grow together with other believers. This is the unity that we have as fellow believers and as a body of Christ.
Right Hand of Fellowship today at our 9am service
It is always a great joy whenever we welcome and receive new members here at GCFNorth. We welcome 7 new members today in our 9am service. For those of you who are not yet members of our church but has been regularly attending services here, we encourage you to consider being part of our church as members. To know more on how you can be a member, just approach Ptr. Jun Mayor or any of our pastors after the service.
Welcome to our New Ministry Assistant
We praise God for giving us an additional staff member here at GCFNorth. We welcome Louella “Wea” Carlos, who is our new Ministry Assistant assigned to the Edifying and Care Ministries.
The Bridge Training (Evangelism Training)
For those of you who are interested to learn a simple yet effective Gospel sharing tool, we will have a half day evangelism training on July 22. We will be learning “The Bridge (Ang Tulay)” tract and how to use it to share the gospel. Training starts at 9:00am at either the MP Hall basement (if there are many participants) or the Juniors Room.
AWANA Club resumes
We are inviting kids ages 6-15 years old to join our AWANA club which will be starting on August 5, Saturday from 9am- 12nn.We encourage you to wear your best superhero outfit. If interested, you can sign-up at the lobby. For other details, you can call our office at 9522052 or 4540134.
- Jeffrey Atanacio
July 9, 2017
Sermon #5 Supplication: Our Earnest Prayer for Fellow Believers
Today at the pulpit of GCF North, Pastor Jeff Atanacio will discuss what we can be praying for for our fellow Christians. Prayer is powerful and God can amaze us for His answer may be “immeasurably more than all we ask or imagine.” I will be sharing the same message over at GCF Montalban in their anniversary worship services.
Happy Anniversary, GCF Montalban!
GCF Montalban, our first outreach under Global Commission Fellowship North, is celebrating its first year of ministry today. At the helm of this daughter church is Pastor Arnel Aristoteles. The Lord has blessed GCF Montalban in amazing ways. Within its first year of operations, it has launched its second service in March. It is also leasing a fine-looking, custom-designed and constructed church building at a good location! Faithful is our God! The anniversary worship services are at 9 and 11 am.
Reorganization at GCF North
As an organization with changing needs, we adapt to the requirements of the ministry. The Board of Elders has approved the changes in our organization. From the 5 E Ministries, we have streamlined to 4 E Ministries- Enabling (which is the Admin and Care), Exalting, Evangelizing (And Training) and Edifying.
Welcome Our New Ministry Assistant
We now have a new staff member in the person of Louella “Wea” Carlos. She is our Ministry Assistant assigned to the Edifying and Care Ministries.
New Series for Our Midweek Prayer Service
Last July 5 we started a new series at our Midweek Service. Entitled Too Busy Not to Pray, our pastors and church leaders will be sharing the different messages. The pastors and a number of our church leaders attended the Preaching Seminar with Steve Lawson last June 15-16 at the UP Film Institute. They are on fire for the Lord and are raring to go and preach the Word of God! Join us every Wednesday at 7 pm.
The Bridge Training
We will have a half day evangelism training on July 22. It will be on how to use “The Bridge (Ang Tulay)” tract to share the gospel. It starts at 9:00 am at either the MP Hall basement (if there are many participants) or the Juniors Room.
- Ptr. Benjie Miranda
July 2, 2017
Sermon No. 4: Series on Ephesians
We continue with our sermon series from the book of Ephesians and today we will learn something about Paul and his special calling as an apostle to the Gentiles. In this passage, Paul shares his testimony of how he, from being a persecutor of the church, was turned around by God to be His servant for the gospel. P. Benjie Miranda, our Senior Pastor, will deliver today's message in all our worship services. His sermon is entitled "Spiritual Mystery Revealed: Our Salvation by Grace and the Gentile's Place," based on Ephesians 3:1-13.
Growth Group for Widows
Calling the attention of the widows in our church! If you've been looking for a Bible study and fellowship group where you can truly belong, please be informed that we have such a group for you. The GG is called Precious WOOD (Widows of our Defender). The group meets in the afternoon of every other Saturday of the month. If you're interested, please look for Sis. Pat Naguit. You may also inquire from her through her mobile phone number: 0927-8225256.
Special Membership Class
We will be conducting another Special Membership Class for those of you who wish to become official members of the GCF North family. The class will be held at the Juniors Room, Basement Level, on July 15, Saturday, from 9:00am - 12:00noon. Please bring a 2x2 colored ID photo when you come to the membership class. You may sign up at the lobby.
We would like to invite everyone to come and join us every Wednesday at 7:00pm for our midweek service and prayer meeting. This July we will begin a new series of messages on prayer. Our pastors and church leaders will each take his turn in delivering the various topics from the book by Bill Hybels entitled "Too Busy Not To Pray: Slowing Down To Be With God." Come and be blessed!
- Jun Mayor
June 25, 2017
Sermon #3: “Status Change: Our Heavenly Citizenship”
We continue our sermon series today on the book of Ephesians with a message entitled, “Status Change: Our Heavenly Citizenship.” Our senior pastor, Benjie Miranda, will be sharing to us about what it is to have our Heavenly citizenship changed and how can we attain it. Let us be in prayer for him as Ptr. Benjie speaks in all our services today.
Condolences to the bereaved family
We would like to extend our condolences to the Ocampo family, as Alyssa Kristine Ocampo passed away last Monday. She was the daughter of Bro. Rey and Sis. Nemia Ocampo. Also, we are extending our condolences and sympathy to the family of Sis. Lina Mortega, as her brother passed away last Friday. Both of their remains lay at St. Peter Commonwealth near Tandang Sora Avenue. Pray for God’s comfort and peace upon the whole family.
Midweek Service Mini-Series
We invite you to join our mid-week service every Wednesday night at 7:00pm. This July, we will be starting a new mini-series entitled "Too Busy NOT to Pray: Slowing down to be with God” by Bill Hybels. We have assigned most of our elders and deacons to lead this study. Invite your family and friends to listen to the Word and pray for our personal, congregational and national concerns.
We would like to inform all the parents that our AWANA Clubs will be starting this July 15, Saturday, from 9am to 11:30am. If you would like to have your kids join our AWANA Clubs, then please sign-up at the lobby. Watch out for other details to be given soon. Look for teacher Susan Mayor for details.
- Jeffrey Atanacio
June 18, 2017
Happy Father’s Day!
Today we take time to honor the male parent of children, the person considered to be the guide, the provider and the disciplinarian in the family. Our fathers on earth may not be perfect role models or they sometimes fall short of their children’s expectations. But their crucial role in our growth is shaped by their presence and involvement in our lives. Who we are today is in part because of our fathers. Let’s thank God for them.
Our Father’s Day Speaker
To share the message at the pulpit in all our services today is one of our missionaries, Pastor Rene Bunsoy. He is currently Training Director of Global Filipino Movement Foundation Inc., a faith based NGO that Advocates for OFWs and their families, with the vision of seeing OFWs and their families become effective witnesses to the world. He is married to Baby and father to three teenage boys. Let’s welcome Pastor Rene!
The Youth Ministry of GCF North will do a part 2 of the survey they conducted earlier this year. We want to see more parents of teens and youth who attend the Sunday services answer the questionnaire they will be handing out. I understand that a token will be given after a completed survey form is handed back at the Youth Ministry booth. Please take part in this survey that seeks to know the pulse of the youth.
New Series at the Midweek Service
We will start a new mini-series this July entitled "Too Busy NOT to Pray: Slowing down to be with God.” Most of the speakers are our Elders and Deacons, many of whom have attended the Preaching Seminar in U.P. last June 15-16. Let’s invite our friends to listen to the Word and pray for our personal, congregational and national concerns.
- Benjie Miranda
Series on Ephesians: Sermon No. 2
We continue with our sermon series on the book of Ephesians. Today, we will be looking at how God has transformed us from our sinful lifestyle to a life that is used for God's great purposes. This He did for us out of His gracious love and infinite mercy. Today's message is entitled Sin and Salvation: Our Before and After Selfies based on Ephesians 2:1-10. I would appreciate your prayers for me as I speak in all our services today.
We will be conducting a water baptism on June 24, Saturday, from 9:00am - 11:00am. If you are among those who have already taken the membership class, please take note.
GG Leaders Training
We will be having another Growth Group Leaders Training on July 1, Saturday, from 8:00am - 12:00noon. We are looking to train new people who will lead new Growth Groups. If you had not taken the previous GG Leaders Trainings and you would like to be equipped for this kind of ministry, I encourage you to come and join us on July 1.
The Christian Online
We are hearing much about fake news these days. Fake news are intentionally fabricated stories that are designed to mislead and they are often spread via social media. It is different from satire which is just a humorous take or commentary on current events. Fake news originate from fake websites with an agenda to malign or destroy someone's reputation. Too often, people pass on these things because they agree with their perception of what's happening in the world. And even sincere Christians take the bait and share them. To spread fake news is to spread falsehood. To spread falsehood is to spread lies. We must be more discerning. How can we avoid passing along fake news? Here are some suggestions: Find out if it is true. If it is not true, don't post it. If you are unable to find out if it's true, do not post it. If it is true and helpful, post it.
Verse for the Day
"Whatever is true, whatever is honorable, whatever is right, whatever is pure, whatever is lovely, whatever is of good repute, if there is any excellence and if anything worthy of praise, dwell on these things." Philippians 4:8
- Jun Mayor
One for All, All for One! (Sermon Series on the book of Ephesians)
Starting today, we will be commencing a 10-part sermon series with the same title as our 2017 theme, “One For All, All For One.” This is a sermon series based on Paul’s epistle to the Ephesians. This also includes a Bible study guide in our bulletin back to back with each of the Sunday sermon outlines. You may use this for your personal devotions and in your office or school Bible studies. Our Growth Groups are also encouraged to use this. All of us are enjoined to invite a friend to a Growth Group, Discipleship Group or Bible Study. We are all in this together- One for all and all for One! To kickoff this sermon series, our senior pastor, Ptr. Benjie Miranda will be preaching in all ours services today on the topic, “Stewardship of Our Blessings: Our Riches in Christ” based from Ephesians 1:1-23. May we indeed be good stewards of God’s blessings. God bless!
An Announcement from the Sr. Pastor
Effective May 28, Sis. Yasmin Reyes ceases to be a deacon of GCF North.
The Exalting ministry is constantly in need of volunteers who can help us in our weekly ministry of preparing for our worship services and other special events here at GCFNorth. Here are some of the ministries where you can be part of: Worship leading (back-up singing or playing the instruments), Technical ministry (sound technicians and projectionists), Multimedia ministry (graphic designers or editors, video editors, updating our website, church app and social media accounts) and Ushering ministry. If you or someone you know is interested to be part of these various ministry opportunities, get in touch with us and we are more than glad to help you grow in the ministry.
Technology today has its positive side and down side. One benefit for us in this present time is that information that you need is available instantly on the internet. A negative point is that gossip, slander and lies are also immediately accessed. Cyber bullying also happens when freedom to express oneself is hampered by rabid followers of a religious or prominent person. And the damage it can cause may at times be irreversible. As such, I enjoin everyone (including church leaders) to be responsible netizens on social media. Verify information first before making accusations (1 Tim. 5:19). Speak the truth and put off falsehood (Eph. 4:25) in your social media posts. Don’t use unwholesome words but only those that would build up others- and take note, other people are “listening” or viewing your posts (Eph. 4:29). Don’t engage in verbal tussles online marked with “bitterness, rage, anger, brawling and slander along with every kind of malice” (Eph. 4:31). Instead we are to be kind, compassionate and forgiving just as Christ forgave us (Eph. 4:32). If there is a remark that you find offensive in the wall of someone, especially a brother or sister in Christ, better talk to him or her thru private message. At GCF North, the pastors observe the practice of not engaging in debates that show their political color. They are to remain politically neutral in public- and that includes social media.
- Jeffrey Atanacio
Giving of Your Treasure to the Lord
Our last installment in this month’s mini-series is about using our treasure or God’s blessings to us. Of course we can do what we want with these according to what we think is the best way to use them. But we should know what the Bible says about it. To give the exhortation here at GCF North in the morning services is Bro. Bertram Lim. He is the Chairman of the Board of United Neon, the largest outdoor advertising company in the Philippines. He is also the Board Chairman of the Center for Community Transformation. Additionally he is the author of several best-selling books like Practical Discipleship for Young People, Practical Discipleship for Couples and Practical Christian Living.
In the afternoon service, our speaker is GCF North’s Church Administrator, Elder Joe Navarro. He worked at Colgate Palmolive Philippines as Group Manager for Financial Audit and Systems Audit. He also lent his financial expertise at Back to the Bible as their External Auditor. He has the heart to teach and proclaim God’s Word in a small group or worship setting. He is married to Sis Carmeling. They are blessed with four children (one is with the Lord now) and 6 grandchildren.
The Bakit List
The Singles Ministry of GCF North invites young professionals and even college-level youth to a fellowship today after the second service. Happening at the Penthouse Multi-Purpose Hall, their guest speaker, Pastor Jem Quesada, will address questions regarding love, courtship and marriage from God’s Word. Invite your friends!
Growth Group Assembly
Attention all GG Leaders! The GG Ministry, under Pastor Jun Mayor, will be having its 2nd Quarter GG Assembly today after the second service, 12:30pm at the Lower Level Multi-Purpose Hall. One of the items for discussion is the Bible study lessons for our next sermon series that begins next Sunday.
New Sermon Series Commences Next Sunday!
On June 4 we will be starting a 10-part sermon series with the same title as our 2017 theme, One For All, All For One. These sermons are based on Paul’s epistle to the Ephesians. There will be an accompanying Bible study in our bulletin back to back with each of the Sunday sermon outlines. You may use this for your personal devotions and in your office or school Bible studies. Our Growth Groups are also encouraged to use this. All of us are enjoined to invite a friend to a Growth Group, Discipleship Group or Bible Study. We are all in this together- One for all and all for One!
Missions Sunday Testimony
Creative Prime Movers for Transformation (CPMT) is a missions organization focused on reaching out to the remaining thirteen unreached peoples group in the Philippines. All of these groups are ethnic Muslims and are mostly concentrated in Mindanao with the exception of the Molbog tribe in Palawan. Today, a representative from CPMT will be sharing to us what their ministry is all about and how we can be partners in the ministry.
- Benjie Miranda
Giving Your Time to the Lord
Someone has said, “God has perfect timing; never early, never late. It takes a little patience and a whole lot of faith… but it’s worth the wait.” For most of us, “Time” is very precious. How we make use of it matters a lot. But God’s timing is different from ours, and how we make use of our time to honor God is something that we need to reflect on and pray how we can honor God by giving Him our time. Today we will be hearing a message about how we can use out “Time” for the glory of the One who gave it. WE will be hearing challenging messages in our 9am and 11 am services, to be brought by Pastor Boris Joaquin and at 3rd Service, Pastor Art Handog. Come one, come all! God bless us all!
Tarlac Mission Trip
GCF North, in partnership with Medical Ambassadors Philippines, will be going up the mountains of Tarlac to reach out to the Abellen Aetas of Sitio Tangan-tangan, Barangay Maamot in the municipality of San Jose from May 22-26. The GCF North team, all Kairos Course graduates, will be led by Pastor Jun Mayor. Please pray for their protection, safety, strength, good health, and for a fruitful ministry during the week.
Building Committee Meeting on June 3
Elders, deacons, pastors, ministry representatives and those who would like to be part of the GCF North Building Committee are invited to come to this meeting on June 3 at 1:30 pm at the Lower level multi-purpose hall.
This coming June 2 and 3 we will be throwing a fun-filled fellowship, INTECITY way! Inviting all the Youth of GCF North! J
- By Ptr. Jem Quesada
Welcome to GCF North! Feel free to browse through our website and get to know us- our statement of faith (what we believe), our history and our various ministries that cater to families, couples, men, women, children, singles and youths.
We'd love hear from you so please leave a comment or even a prayer request. Better still, we'd love to meet you in person. Check our worship service schedule that is convenient for you and worship with us with your whole family one Sunday.
We look forward to your future visits here at our website or at our worship services at GCF North.
God bless you!Ptr. Benjie Miranda