NEWS REPORT :: November – December 2012

Dear Brethren:

Merry Christmas and a Blessed New Year to all!

Our last two months of the year is so exciting and fruitful. As we started the second semester, we had six (6) students added to our first semester. We praise the Lord for our seventy- five (75) students, all full time. Thank you, Lord!

As classes started, the music department became busy preparing for the Christmas Cantata, an annual Christmas musical concert activity of the seminary. Patience and perseverance were seen among our students as they faithfully attended choir practices with Ma’am Grace Alvarez. They met barely twice a week but they needed to extend their time just so they could master their parts ready for the presentation on the fifth week (second week of December).

The full choir, seventy three students, presented successfully at the Aparri Church of Christ (ACOC) chapel on December 12. Many brethren from nearby churches came and watched the cantata. It was such a marvelous program that everyone who came was blessed. After this big presentation, a core group (composed of 22 students) was chosen to tour the concert to various churches in Cagayan Valley and Ilocos regions. The following was the ABS concert tour itinerary.

12 Wednesday 07:30 p.m. Aparri COC
14 Friday 07:30 p.m. Minanga COC
15 Saturday 07:30 p.m. Gonzaga COC
16 Sunday 10:00 a.m. Tuguegarao COC
07:30 p.m. Babalag COC
18 Tuesday 07:30 p.m. Roxas COC
19 Wednesday 10:00 a.m. Ballesteros COC
07:30 p.m. Sanchez Mira COC
20 Thursday 07:30 p.m. Batac (Ilocos Norte) COC
21 Friday 7:30 p.m. Battalan COC
22 Saturday 07:00 p.m. Northern Isabela Churchesof Christ Association (NICCA)

NICCA composed of seventeen (17) churches and no less than a thousand individuals watched the concert.

This choir tour was tiresome yet very uplifting, encouraging and challenging to all of us as we visited brethren and presented once again the birth of Jesus through music.

To all our brethren, churches and individuals who, in one way or the other, helped and supported this ABS choir thank you so much.

To our students and other members of this concert, congratulations for a job well done! Hurray for Ma’am Grace! Thank you very much!

Again, we continue to ask for your prayers. The on-going construction of seminary building project is temporarily suspended since resources have been exhausted. We’re appealing to you all, brethren, please join us and support this urgent ministry project. May the Lord bring all the needs of this project that it may be finished the soonest.

God bless you all, brethren.

In Him,