The Manila Episcopal Area under the leadership of Bishop Rudy Juan held the Area-wide Workers Convocation last July 19-21, 2016 with the theme “Familia Metodista: Happy. Healthy. Holy” held at the Venus Parkview Hotel in Baguio City. Eighteen of church workers of the Southern Tagalog Provisional Conference – ten from Quezon District seven from Laguna – headed by District Superintendent Rev. Francis Pera attended the event.
Church workers from the annual conferences of the Manila Episcopal Area gathers in the Philippines’ national summer capital in Baguio City for spiritual enrichment even though it is outside of the Area jurisdiction. This years’ convocation focuses on family relationships and ministry. Rev. Dr. Larry Eddings of the Wind of Spirit Ministries was one of the lecturers who speak about Healing and Wholeness. Dr. Eddings was known as a resource speaker for Spiritual Healing and Wholeness. Rev. Jacob Lee, a Korean Minister based in the US who was the director of the Korean/Asian Communications under the United Methodist Communications.
Bishop Jonel Milan who is the national chairman of the Philippine Ministerial Fellowship Network gave a lecture entitled “Family Matters” and talks about family relationships. Dr. Carlito Puno, lay leader of QCPACE who is the former president of the Philippine Christian University and former commissioner of the Commission on Higher Education, Jovito Sermonia Jr, the lay leader of the Philippines Annual Conference and Olive De Leon ay lay leader of Grace UMC were also lecturers in the conference. Bishop Juan also gave a lecture on “Discipleship as a Lifestyle”. Bishop Pedro Torio Jr, resident bishop of Baguio Episcopal Area and Bishop Daniel Arichea Jr were preachers on Opening Worship and Consecration Service respectively.
Included in the program is physical fitness facilitated by the deaconess Grace Garduque. As part of the theme and trust of the convocation. This time, five parlor games were held as an opportunity for everyone to enjoy each others fellowship and camaraderie. Area-wide convocation is also an opportunity for church workers to see old friends and former classmates beyond their annual conferences.