Christmas in October
“Everyday should be Christmas.”
“May the Spirit of Christmas be always in our hearts.”
How often do we come across those lines? Even as kids, we have been made aware on the true meaning of Christmas. We were made to understand why giving is a norm during the Christmas season. It is because Christmas is the occasion when we celebrate the act of God giving His own Son, Jesus Christ, for the salvation of the world. This He did out of love, and as Christians, we should follow His example.
A tradition was established at Jesus Christ to God Be the Glory Church International (JCTGBTG) in which every year, a Christmas Sunday Service Special is being held and themed: “Pasko Sa Atin”. At which time, each family is given the chance to share their blessings to our less fortunate brethren. Grocery items like canned goods, rice, noodles, bread, etc. are packed into bags and distributed so that our brothers and sisters in faith can have something on their tables to partake on Christmas Eve.
Last October 25, 2009, the lines we hear were put into action without waiting for the Christmas season to start. Due to the recent typhoon “Ondoy”, JCTGBTG held a Sunday Service Special in Cuneta Astrodome meant for the victims of the typhoon. This was an extension of Operation Tulong to reach out to more people not only through material blessings but to care for their spiritual needs as well. Both Gospel and relief goods were given to them. Two Sundays before the event, Bishop Luis R. Santos enjoined church members to donate grocery items and reusable clothes. It was an overwhelming surprise how the church members heeded to the simple instruction and has resulted into overflowing bags containing grocery items and clothes. It was a picture reminiscent of an early “Pasko Sa Atin” celebration. More than three hundred (300) visitors came and were blessed. The distribution of goods was done after the Sunday Service and the blessings shared by the members of JCTGBTG were sufficient for all our visitors.
Basic necessities and Salvation – enough to put the smiles on their faces.
Above: Bishop Luis R. Santos during the Altar Call.
Above: The stage overflowing with relief goods donated by church members for the typhoon victims.
Above: Faces, Comrades and Security teams took charge in the distribution of goods to the visitors.