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CCFI NEWSLETTER

Geneva, Switzerland

Volume II Issue 3

08 November 2009

• Special Anniversary Issue

Inside this issue:

Abounding in Christ

3rd Anniversary Guest Speaker

CCFI Mission Ministry Report

CCFI Visit to La Maison de Vessy

CCFI Geneva Family at ODC, Chatelaine

Poems

Anniversary Service Programme

On the occasion of the 3rd Anniversary Celebration of CCFI, I am very glad that you can all join us as we focus on this year's theme 'Abounding in Christ.' I am deeply pleased to have no other than the General Bishop of the CCFI as our guest speaker for our anniversary. The work of CCFI Geneva is a result of prayers with no less than Bishop Alfred rallying the brethren in the Philippines to continuously pray for us as the steady stream of God's grace flowed down freely on us and enabled us not simply to survive the founding of the ministry but actually pass the mark for our third year in ministry. This year's theme is really a call and a challenge for us as a church to live and leap beyond our normal, usual lives to fulfill the minimum standard or norm which the Lord Jesus Christ has set for His people to live by. Jesus said to His disciples, "If a man remains in me and I in him, he will bear much fruit; apart from me you can do nothing" (John 15:5). (Continued on page 3)


CCFI Address: 87 Avenue de Chatelaine CH-1219 Chatelaine Natel: 079 754 5576 Email: rmatutina@bluewin.ch Mailing: Mr. R. Matutina 12 rue des Bugnons CH-1217 Meyrin DIRECTION : Take bus No. 6 (Direction Vernier )

Tessie Aurora

Mikey

Bus stop/Arret: Chatelaine Ecole Service: Sunday 4:00-5:30 p.m.

Emily Editors:

Tess Garlinski Emily Pendos Augusto Miguel Ortiz Editor-in-Chief:

Aurora Cendana Advisors:

Pastor Romy Matutina Judith Matutina

editorial staff at work


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This pursuit to increase more and more in the grace and love for the Lord and for other people will be a continuing commitment that we as a church will be engaging together. As Christians, God has called us to make a difference in the 'world' that He has placed each of us in. Such a call is expedient in light of the greater challenge that Christianity faces because of the "end-time" culture that weighs heavily on materialism, modernism, naturalism, liberalism and even ecumenism. Add to that the voice of secular tolerance that seems to offer a very deceiving element of acceptance to whatever society considers as an acceptable norm albeit contrary to what the Bible teaches. A great divide has now expanded between what God demands His people to embrace and what the world tries to promote. While this can be a daunting challenge, this is nevertheless a great opportuIn the same way, the opportunity to minister to the elderly people in La Maison de Vessy also gave us a very nity that the Lord has allowed His people to special first-time experience to share the joy and hope face as His abounding grace and love flow that we have in our Lord Jesus Christ. Our youth and through them that they may be able to stand up the CCFI Singing Ambassadors made a 30-minute pres- for His truth and live and fulfill His call for them entation of dance and songs to the delight of around 30 to be a 'light and salt,' abounding in Christ's elderly people who were lifted in their spirits and stu- work for the lost world. por even briefly to see a glimmer of hope in their Thank you once again and may God richly bless lives. The subsequent interaction that we have with each of you as you celebrate with us God's them during the snacks-and-drinks-get-together was truly heartwarming as many of these people were long- abounding grace. ing to have someone talk to them and listen to their stories. I can't miss to share one funny but touching moment when one of the elders came in at the end of the show and asked why nobody informed her about it and requested that our singers sing one song for her. Our singers readily obliged and she, with a copy of the song in her hand, heartily sang with the group. I easily remember what the Lord said to His disciples, "whatever you did for one of the least of these brothers of mine, you did for Me" (Matthew 25:40). What a fulfilling moment! This 3rd issue of CCFI's Voice of Victory newsletter will give you the highlights for this year's activities and mission work of the church. The aftermath of typhoon Ondoy's devastation in the Philippines was a big call for us to do our share by sending relief goods and financial aid to our brethren in the hardest hit areas of Metro Manila. Some images of the magnitude of Ondoy's wrath and the relief efforts that our brethren made can be seen in this supplementary version of our newsletter. While Ondoy had already left, the rehabilitation of many people and reconstruction of many properties including our church in Marikina will be an on-going task that our church will be deeply involved in. Even in this very tragic situation, it was comforting to see our nation came together and our faith was readily challenged to exercise what the abounding grace of God means to all of us.

Pastor Romy


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P astor Romy offers streams of inspiration in every field Though all fervent prayers may not be fulfilled. A long the strong fortress of faith unassailable His words spark thru looms of life indestructible. S piritual tapestry covers our journeys on earth As our Father stretches time for each new birth. T imes can be melancholic, stormy, rough or harsh But things can be easy when in God we trust. O mnipresent Creator, grant us wisdom and courage constantly Brighten our existence with joy and serenity. R adiance and splendor of Thy Kingdom we seek Give us Heaven's Strength when days turn bleak.

R emember we are not just fractions of God's creation With the starry galaxy we shine to praise and devotion. O ur Pastor Romy shares with us fountain of Thy Holy Words to reach and touch deeply the core of every heart's chords. M arvelous Kingdom, without grief, gloom and death We ask no mortal sins to stain us till our last breath.

On the occasion of the CCFI 3rd year anniversary, we thank God for Pastor Romy's steadfast spirit together with Sister Judith whose dedicated lives inspire us. They are instruments of blessings to a better way of life with the Lord. We need true spiritual leaders of the church who could transform and lighten up our chaotic world to a life of peace and confidence, contentment and joy in meeting our challenges and difficult moments.

Y es to life, a gift to rightly use, cherish and treasure With Pastor Romy, we lift our souls for God to nurture.

“And we know that in all things God works for the good of those who love Him, who have been called according to His purpose.� Romans 8:28

The Families, members and friends of CCFI wish him good health, more blessings, and lots of happiness on his special day on 27 NOVEMBER

By:

HAPPY BIRTHDAY PASTOR ROMY !

Tess T. Garlinski


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Bishop Pat Alfred Hermosilla is the current General Bishop of the Christian Church Fellowship International (CCFI), overseeing 44 churches in the Philippines. He succeeded his father, Bishop Pat Hermosilla, the founder of CCFI, when he passed away in December 2000.

Bishop

Pat Alfred Hermosilla

Bishop Alfred is a licensed Mechanical Engineer by profession but he cannot resist God’s call and thus decided to be in full-time ministry since 1990. Bishop Alfred completed his Masters in Divinity at the Asian Theological Seminary in the Philippines. Bishop Alfred is happily married to Sis. Dolly Ricaro and has 4 wonderful children: Ester Rhodora, Alfred Martin, Andrea Rhodora, and Alfred Benjamin.

The HERMOSILLA siblings with Mommy Ester taken in December 2005. (Left to Right) Carl , Judith, Mommy Ester, Bishop Alfred, and Rei.

Remember what It Means to Have the Lord in Your Life Having the Lord in your life means that you have peace and comfort in your heart as you walk down any pathway your life has to offer. It means you can pray to a caring and compassionate Father who always has the time to listen and who never fails to understand the hurts and fears that are dwelling in the depths of your soul. Even though all of these blessings are crucial to our day-to-day existence on this earth, they are small compared to the promise of spending an eternity in His presence. Therefore, what it means to have the Lord in your life is knowing the blessed hope of tomorrow and the glorious promise of heaven that He has prepared for us! - by Cathy Beddow Keener -


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By:

Rose Steiner

Ondoy (Ketsana) Flooding Saturday, 26 September 2009 On Saturday, 26 September 2009, storm Ondoy created devastating flood in Metro Manila and in its neighboring provinces. Almost 300 people perished from the heavy flood and hundreds of thousands of people were displaced. Many houses, schools, streets, cars and many other properties were destroyed. Many CCFI brethren in Manila were also badly affected and some of our members whose families in Manila were also serious victims of the calamity. Volunteers repacking the emergency relief goods from the CCFI Geneva Mission ministry immediately responded CCFI Geneva Mission Ministry. to the need and sent an initial amount of CHF 1,000 to meet the emergency needs of our brethren. Around 200 packs of relief goods consisting of bags of rice, coffee, milk, sugar, canned goods, noodles, can- CCFI Geneva was also able to send 10 more boxes of dles, charcoal, purified drinking water and rubber clothing and shoes to CCFI Philippines for further disboots were quickly distributed to the victims of the tribution to victims of calamities and poor families. typhoon. Additional amount of CHF 1,000 in financial aid was On behalf of CCFI Geneva Mission Ministry, we would also extended to affected CCFI churches and pastors like to reiterate our big thanks to those who genenamely Pastor Danny Casuga (Marikina), Pastor Vidal rously contributed financially to help our fellow bre(Antipolo) and Pastor Richard Dizon (Caloocan), threns in the Philippines affected by the flood. Special Bishop Rex Reyes (Tatay, Rizal) and Bishop Pete Ben- thanks should go to CCFI Caloocan which took charge dana (Sta Rosa, Laguna) to help them in the initial re- in the distribution of relief goods locally through the excellent coordination of Bishop Alfred Hermosilla pair of their badly damaged churches and homes. who is currently in Geneva. Special thanks also to SisOn top of this, 2 boxes of used clothing and shoes that ter Helen of Mabuhay for the free sea cargo shipment were sent by CCFI Geneva were also distributed to of 6 mission boxes to Philippines and to those who prayed and are continuously praying for all the victims the affected CCFI churches in Metro Manila. of calamities in our country. Many thanks also to PasPastor Jojo Aguas of CCFI Caloocan spearheaded the tor Romy and Sis. Judith Matutina, and all CCFI memrelief efforts which took them to Marikina, Antipolo, bers for their generosity and compassion. Paco Manila, Taytay Rizal, Cainta Rizal, Sta. Rosa Laguna, Caloocan City and Novaliches. The most important of all “to God be the glory for all His grace, mercy, love, protection for all His people on earth, in Jesus Name. Amen.�


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CCFI Relief Operations during Typhoon Ondoy in the Philippines in September 2009


By:

Rose STEINER

For the first time, the CCFI’s visit of the elderly people at “La Maison de Vessy” was realized on a Sunday afternoon of 18 October 2009. Organised and coordinated by the CCFI Mission Ministry, the songs and dance performed by CCFI Choir and Youth have touched the hearts of the elderly people who came to watch the 30-minute presentation. The CCFI members helped in fetching the elders from their rooms and accompanied and escorted them to the concert hall. Though others refused help, majority walked slowly and with difficulty. Some of those who were already weak and disabled were ushered in their wheelchairs. The elders have proven that their age has not affected their ability to appreciate the beautiful songs and dance presented by the group. The atmosphere inside the hall was both exciting and touching. The brief show left many of the elders clamouring for more which led the administration to request for another similar show in the near future.

At the beginning of the show, a special short message prepared by Bishop Alfred Hermosilla in English was translated into French and delivered by Bro. Philippe Baehler explaining the purpose of CCFI’s visit to them. He emphasized that God’s love and abounding grace are available to them. They are not alone nor abandoned because God cares for them. The CCFI Mission Ministry would like to thank again the “La Maison de Vessy” administration, Mme. Fabienne Perler who coordinated the CCFI visit, Mme. Rosalinda Gentina who introduced us to the institution and who assisted and guided us during the visit. Thanks to Pastor Romy and Sis Judith Matutina, Bishop Alfred Hermosilla, Bro. Philippe and Sis. Grace Baehler, CCFI Youth and members who were present to support this important opportunity and God-given ministry for His people.


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1. Release of the Swiss Visa of Sis. Mytos, the wife of Bro. Eugene Barbon. 2. Salvation, protection and good health for CCFI members and their families. 3. Stable job for all CCFI members. Please inform Sis. Judith of any job opportunities. 4. CCFI Mission in the Philippines, Nigeria and Fiji Islands 5. Comfort, strength and provision for all the victims of the recent typhoons in the Philippines.

Class 101 (Membership Class)- To be arranged with Pastor Romy per family. Chidren’s Sunday School: Every Sunday, after the Praise and Worship Bible Study: Every Tuesday, 20:00, at Bro. George’s and Bro. Francis’ residences Every Wednesday, 20:00, at Baehler’s residence in Troinex Every Saturday, 19:30, at Sis Au’s Cendana’s residence Every Sunday, 13:30, led by Sis. Letty, venue to be announced later. **Those who would like to open a Bible Study at their home, please see Pas. Romy. Prayer Meeting: Every Friday, 20:00pm. at Pas. Romy’s Residence Film and Book Ministry – to borrow Christian books and films, please see Sis. Rose and Sis. Lally.

1. Joyce Meyer Conference 2009 with Hillsong Praise and Worship Team – Everyone is invited to this free conference on 14 November (Saturday) from 10:00 to 16:00 at St. Jakobshalle, 19-21 Bruglingerstrasse, Basel. Please see Bro. Francis if you want to go with the CCFI Praise and Worship team who will attend this conference. 2. Sarah Geronimo and Billy Crawford Concert – this concert organized by Kulturang Pinoy will be on 21 November, November Saturday, at Theatre du Leman, 19 Quai Mont-Blanc, Geneva. Gate will open from 18:00. Part of the proceeds of this concert will go to the CCFI Child Sponsorship Program and CCFI’s Family Livelihood Program in the Philippines. Tickets are sold at CHF 100 per person. Let’s support this concert for a good cause. Tickets are available at the reception desk. 3. CCFI Youth Sunday – will be on 22 November 2009 4. House Blessing of Bro. Padjie and Sis. Girlie Padiernos’ Family – will be on 28 November at Aix– Les Bains, France.


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Guest Speaker: General Bishop of the Christian Church Fellowship International (CCFI)

“ Therefore, my beloved brethren, be steadfast, immovable, always abounding in the work of the Lord, knowing that your labor is not in vain in the Lord.� - I Corinthians 15:58 -

What does abounding in Christ mean? It means: Abounding in F_____________________ Abounding in S_____________________ Abounding in L_____________________


08 November 2009 ODC, Chatelaine, Geneva

Prelude…………………………………….... “How Great Is Our God” CCFI Singing Ambassadors Call to Worship………………..……. ……… Bro. George Arihi “Celebrate the Lord of Love” CCFI Youth Interpretative Dance Welcome……………………………. …….. Pastor Romy Matutina Special Greetings……………….…… . ……. Sis. Rosemary Dzogbewu Elder, Outreach Deliverance Centre (ODC) Elder Frank AduAdu-Gyamfi The Church of Pentecost Int’l Worship Centre Pastor Roswitha Golder Latin American Christian Community in Geneva /”Witnessing Together” Praise and Worship….……………… ……... Letty Trinidad Testimony ……….……………….. ……… Tessie Garlinski Special Song ….……………………. …… CCFI Kids Church History ..…………………………… PowerPoint Presentation Offering………………………….….. ……. “I Offer My Life” Pastoral Prayer ……………………… ……. Pastor Romy Matutina Choir Song …………………………… ……. “Firmly Committed” Scripture Reading..…………….……. .. …….. 1 Corinthians 15:50-58 Introduction of Guest Speaker …………. ……. Pastor Romy Matutina Message………………………….…. ... ……. Bishop Pat Alfred Hermosilla Choir Song ……………………………. ……. “Sing to the King” Prayer of Rededication …………………. ……. Bishop Pat Alfred Hermosilla Closing Song …….……………………………. “Shine Jesus Shine” Closing Prayer and Benediction …………. …….. Bishop Pat Alfred Hermosilla

Dinner Fellowship and Special Presentations FCCG Cultural Dances CCFI Youth Dance Medley Song after Pastoral Prayer Hear our prayer, Oh Lord (2x) Incline thine ear to us And grant us thy peace. Amen

Song after Closing Prayer The Lord bless you and keep you The Lord makes His face shine upon you And give you peace (2x) And give you peace forever, Amen

Special Greetings to our Birthday Celebrants this week *** Bro. George Arihi - 10 November (Tuesday)*** ***Sis. Ely Gaerlan-Dia - 12 November (Thursday)*** ***Sis. Lally Calaguan - 14 November (Saturday)***


The family that prays together stays together. Let us continue to praise God and share his love. May He bless us and keep our bond strong always. Happy 3rd CCFI Anniversary ! Pastor Romy & Sister Judith Matutina

What God Promises He doesn’t promise sunny days; just a rainbow at the end of a storm. He doesn’t promise silver and gold, but to provide for your needs. He doesn’t promise to make your life trouble free, just to give you the strength to see things through. He doesn’t promise all the answers, just that He’ll direct your path. He doesn’t promise you understanding, but faith that will see you through. He doesn’t promise freedom from despair; only joy and peace in believing. He doesn’t promise that you’ll never fail, just that your strength and hope will be renewed. He doesn’t promise you’ll have no fears, but that He is always there. Most of all, He promises unconditional and and ever lasting love. - by Barbara Cage


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08 November 2009 ODC, Chatelaine, Geneva

Prelude…………………………….. “How Great Is Our God” CCFI Singing Ambassadors Call to Worship………………..……. Bro George Arihi “Celebrate the Lord of Love” CCFI Youth Interpretative Dance Welcome……………………………. Pastor Romy Matutina Special Greetings……………….…… . Sis. Rosemary Dzogbewu Elder, Outreach Deliverance Centre (ODC) Elder Frank Adu-Gyamfi The Church of Pentecost Int’l Worship Centre Pastor Roswitha Golder Latin American Christian Community in Geneva /”Witnessing Together” Praise and Worship….……………...…..Letty Trinidad Testimonies ……….…………………. Tessie Garlinski Lucille Gutierrez Special Song ….……………………… CCFI Kids Church History ..…………………….. Sis. Judith Matutina Offering………………………….…. “I Offer My Life” Pastoral Prayer ……………………… Pastor Romy Matutina Choir song …………………………….“Firmly Committed” Scripture Reading..…………….……. ...1 Corinthians 15:50-58 Message………………………….… Bishop Pat Alfred Hermosilla Prayer of Rededication Special Number………………………“Sing to the King” Closing Prayer and Benediction Special Presentations and Food Fellowship Song after Pastoral Prayer Hear our prayer, Oh Lord (2x) Incline thine ear to us And grant us thy peace Amen

Song after Closing Prayer The Lord bless you and keep you The Lord makes His face shine upon you And give you peace (2x) And give you peace forever, Amen

Special Greetings to our Birthday Celebrants this week *** Bro. George Arihi - 10 November (Tuesday)*** ***Sis. Ely Gaerlan-Dia - 12 November (Thursday)*** ***Sis. Lally Calaguan - 14 November (Saturday)***


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Bowling winners Insert photo


By:

Rose STEINER

For the first time, the CCFI’s visit of the elderly people at “La Maison de Vessy” was realized on a Sunday afternoon of 18 October 2009. Organised and coordinated by the CCFI Mission Ministry, the songs and dance performed by CCFI Choir and Youth have touched the hearts of the elderly people who came to watch the 30-minute presentation. The CCFI members helped in fetching the elders from their rooms and accompanied and escorted them to the concert hall. Though others refused help, majority walked slowly and with difficulty. Some of those who were already weak and disabled were ushered in their wheelchairs. The elders have proven that their age has not affected their ability to appreciate the beautiful songs and dance presented by the group. The atmosphere inside the hall was both exciting and touching. The brief show left many of the elders clamouring for more which led the administration to request for another similar show in the near future. At the beginning of the show, a special short message prepared by Bishop Alfred Hermosilla in English was translated into French and delivered by Bro. Philippe Baehler explaining the purpose of CCFI’s visit to them. He emphasized that God’s love and abounding grace are available to them. They are not alone nor abandoned because God cares for them. The CCFI Mission Ministry would like to thank again the “La Maison de Vessy” administration, Mme. Fabienne Perler who coordinated the CCFI visit, Mme. Rosalinda Gentina who introduced us to the institution and who assisted and guided us during the visit. Thanks to Pastor Romy and Sis Judith Matutina, Bishop Alfred Hermosilla, Bro. Philippe and Sis. Grace Baehler, CCFI Youth and members who were present to support this important opportunity and God-given ministry for His people.


Happy 3rd CCFI Anniversary ! Pastor Romy & Sister Judith

What God Promises He doesn’t promise sunny days; just a rainbow at the end of a storm. He doesn’t promise silver and gold, but to provide for your needs. He doesn’t promise to make your life trouble free, just to give you the strength to see things through. He doesn’t promise all the answers, just that He’ll direct your path. He doesn’t promise you understanding, but faith that will see you through. He doesn’t promise freedom from despair; only joy and peace in believing. He doesn’t promise that you’ll never fail, just that your strength and hope will be renewed. He doesn’t promise you’ll have no fears, but that He is always there. Most of all, He promises unconditional and and ever lasting love. - by Barbara Cage


CCFI NEWSLETTER

Geneva, Switzerland

Volume II Issue 3

08 November 2009

• Special Anniversary Issue

Inside this issue:

Abounding in Christ

3rd Anniversary Guest Speaker

CCFI Mission Ministry Report

CCFI Visit to La Maison de Vessy

CCFI Geneva Family at ODC, Chatelaine

Poems

Sunday Service Programme

On the occasion of the 3rd Anniversary Celebration of CCFI, I am very glad that you can all join us as we focus on this year's theme 'Abounding in Christ.' I am deeply pleased to have no other than the General Bishop of the CCFI as our guest speaker for our anniversary. The work of CCFI Geneva is a result of prayers with no less than Bishop Alfred rallying the brethren in the Philippines to continuously pray for us as the steady stream of God's grace flowed down freely on us and enabled us not simply to survive the founding of the ministry but actually pass the mark for our third year in ministry. This year's theme is really a call and a challenge for us as a church to live and leap beyond our normal, usual lives to fulfill the minimum standard or norm which the Lord Jesus Christ has set for His people to live by. Jesus said to His disciples, "If a man remains in me and I in him, he will bear much fruit; apart from me you can do nothing" (John 15:5). (Continued on page 3)

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