Thank you to everyone who participated at last Saturday’s Disaster Preparedness Seminar and the Family Strengthening Seminar. Congratulations to the organizers and special thanks to the International Disaster Response Network (IDRN) and Pastor Clem Guillermo.
All glory, honor, and praise belong to God!
(Official photos will be uploaded soon)
By: Ptr. Sur del Rosario
A number of us here at ICS must have asked ourselves, what’s in the 40th Anniversary Logo. Everybody knows that a logo graphically represents what an entity believes in and stands for. So, what is the meaning behind the logo that we adapted for our highly significant celebration in January of 2016?
4D+ stands for Four Decades Plus. We are celebrating four decades of God’s faithfulness in and through the church. 4D+ symbolizes every single moment that makes up the history of ICS- all the challenges and transitions it experienced as it seeks to be a “caring community connecting people to Christ” throughout its 40 years of existence.
+(Plus). Considering that there had been preparations prior to the first-ever worship celebration in 1976, we are including the plus (+). The “+” also directs us to the many more years of our undertakings as a church. ICS’ story, although shaped in the last 40 years, will continue to unfold in the years to come.
4D+ also stands for “FOR THE CROSS”. Using shortcut texts, typical to how people nowadays compose text messages, the 4D+ stands for “FOR THE CROSS”. ICS story is summed up in this phrase. The Cross of Christ is the story of every believer saved from sins and reconciled to God. The Cross of Christ embraced by ICS is why it pursues its missionary call to “reach all peoples with the Gospel of Christ.” It is the primary impetus that propels us to exert every effort so that everyone can “worship God” and be nurtured with the love of God. This phrase ought to be a constant reminder for every member of ICS to give their life for Jesus and live FOR THE CROSS of Him who suffered for us.
The boat and the ICS fire-dove. The church, no matter how it prepares for the sail, cannot move forward apart from the Wind of God, the Holy Spirit. In the logo, the characters 4 and D form the sail of the boat, aptly describing the church as the sailboat. The inclusion of the fire-dove logo of ICS is a prophetic assertion that the Holy Wind of God will work on us and lead us to sail forward. In Christ our Strength, we will move forward with the Spirit of God to go and make disciples of all nations.
The waves. These waves symbolize the discipleship movements we desire to establish as we move forward. What is truly satisfying as a church is that God would empower us so we can establish multiplying discipleship movements. We are tasked to “Go and Make Disciples” and that is exactly what we will do: establish discipleship movements or caring communities in every community.
To some, this logo may just be a drawing. To us here at ICS, this logo reminds us of our need to celebrate God’s goodness evident throughout the 40 years (and more) of ICS. Also, this challenges us, in the many more years to come, to move forward in the power of the Spirit with the mission of establishing discipleship movements here in this nation and wherever He directs us. God be praised!
Milestones are supposed to be remembered and celebrated. These are moments when we reflect on what has hap- pened while at the same time look to the future with hope and anticipation.
This coming January 2016, ICS will celebrate its 40th anniversary and while we remember and celebrate the past, we do so in the context of God’s faithfulness. Without God’s leading and guidance, we would be lost and divided as a church. We have seen a wonderful transformation in our church and we can only attribute it to the Holy Spirit’s work in the hearts of people. May we all unite in the spirit of gratitude and thanksgiving to God for what He has done.
And as we reflect on the future, we open ourselves to God’s calling to spread His gospel of love and grace so that more people may experience the life-changing power of Jesus. We are called as a church to be the light of the world and the salt of the earth. May we answer that call and may we share our time, talent and resources so that others may experience His gift of salvation.
Let us not just be spectators in this important milestone of ICS. Let us all be active participants. And as we prepare to greet one another a Happy 40th Anniversary, let us reflect on God’s word to the Israelites as they were about to enter the promised land. – By: Ardie Balderrama
“Be careful to obey all the commands I am giving you today. Then you will live and multi- ply, and you will enter and occupy the land the Lord swore to give your ancestors. Remember how the Lord your God led you through the wilderness for these forty years, humbling you and testing you to prove your character, and to find out whether or not you would obey his commands. – Deuteronomy 8:1-2 (NLT)
Your weekly offering of P40 will immensely help our 40th Anniversary celebration this coming January 2016. It’s a small amount but when all church members give regularly, it will add up to make a huge difference. We have a lot in store for everyone so be sure to support and let make our 2016 celebration a great one!
The 40th Anniversary Core Team is busy planning for our mega celebration to be held in January 2016. We’ve already started doing small presentations since last Sunday of August by showing a life testimony video of a married couple whose life was totally changed by God through the Care Group Ministry of ICS.
We aim to bless God and our church members with projects that will show how the Lord has been good to us the past four decades. Every month leading to January, expect the team to launch small productions that will make us remember our past, cherish the season we are in now, and look forward to more glorious days. More life testimonies coming to the small screen? Maybe a major production in Christmas? A fellowship night with old ICS members? How about a free evangelistic concert where you can invite all your friends?
Four months until January and we’re off to celebrating big time what God has done for our church. Plans may fail but the glory of God will manifest in each of our lives. And so…let the anticipation begin!
ADMISSION IS FREE!
“Children, obey your parents in the Lord, for this is right.
“Honor your father and mother” (this is the first commandment with a promise),
“that it may go well with you and that you may live long in the land.”
Fathers, do not provoke your children to anger,
but bring them up in the discipline and instruction of the Lord.” (Ephesians 6:1-4)