NEWS REPORT :: December 2007

Dear Brethren,

We always give thanks to the Lord for what He does to all of us here at Aparri Bible Seminary.

After a two-week break from classes of our students, they returned for the second semester. Seventy two (72) are enrolled. Some returned; some transferred while others stopped.

We had our first week of classes when we were visited by 2 typhoons. Lando and Mina have not left yet and here was Mina approaching again. The two typhoons in joint forces swept Cagayan Valley with its signal number 3; thus, greatly affecting our two dormitories. The ladies dorm was totally wet because of roof leakage. The men’s dorm also was flooded – our main building which we use for classes and regular activities was also leaking. This strongly pushes us to really start the new ABS building as soon as possible.

On the second week of classes was the Rhetorical Literary Night (RLS). Congratulations to all Rhetoricians for a splendid performance. You have displayed your talents and have shown a very good cooperation. Praise the Lord!

As we were settling in our classes, that brought us to a month of hectic preparations for the Christmas Cantata. The music department headed by Sis. Grace Lopez Alvarez really took time to prepare the Christmas Concert entitled “CHRISTMAS IS FOREVER: Unchanging Love in an Ever-changing World.” As the concert choir is getting ready, we also took time to coordinate with churches as well as individuals for concert itinerary. It was planned that the tour starts from. December 8-23, 2007. Below is the concert itinerary:

DATE
(December)
PLACE/CHURCH TIME
9 Batac Church of Christ, Batac City 9:00 a.m.
Eureka High School, Batac City 2:00 p.m.
10 Sto. Tomas Church of Christ, Candon City 7:30 p.m.
11 Philippine Bible Seminary, Vigan City 7:30 p.m
12 Northern Christian College, Laoag City 9:00 a.m.
Bacarra Church of Christ, Bacarra, I.N. 7:30 p.m.
13 Namuac Church of Christ, Sanchez Mira 7:30 p.m.
14 Ballesteros National High School 2:00 p.m.
Bagu Church of Christ, Pamplona 7:30 p.m.
16 Toran Church of Christ, Aparri 9:00 p.m.
Aparri Church of Christ, Aparri 7:30 p.m.
17 Palagao Church of Christ, Sta. Teresita 2:30 p.m.
18 Babalag Church of Christ, Rizal, Kalinga 7:30 p.m.
19 Roxas Church of Christ, Isabela 7:30 p.m.
20 Lapogan Church of Christ, Tumauini, Isabela 7:30 p.m.
21 Bagabag-Calanigan Church of Christ, Isabela 7:30 p.m.
22 Calinaoan Sur Church of Christ, Isabela 7:30 p.m.
23 San Andres Church of Christ, Isabela 6:30 a.m.
Tuguegarao Church of Christ, Tug. City 10:00 a.m.

From the 72 students, 53 are enrolled in Concert Choir, 22 are members of the concert tour. We had a very hectic schedule but we had fun and enjoyed the fellowship from brethren.

Our personal congratulations to the 22 members of the concert choir (God bless all of you including your choir directors). Your willingness and your patience showed how much you love the Lord. Five faculty members joined the tour while others stayed for classes. We also thank those who in one way or another helped in this concert.

To all of those whom we visited, thank you very much for your love, support and hospitality. We came not only to perform but have been encouraged by your love in serving our Lord. May you be blessed richly as you continue to be our partners in the ministry of the Seminary.

This is our prayer – may the joy of Christmas and the rich blessing of our Lord be upon all of you. MERRY CHRISTMAS AND A BLESSED NEW YEAR!

In Him,

LEOLINDA B. COLUMNA
Administrative Officer, ABS

noted:

ESMELITO L. ACSON
Administrator, ABS

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