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07 April 2013

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Remembering YooHoo!

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A very special Sunday afternoon was had by the EBC Family. We celebrated the life of an endeared soul, Mrs. Leonisa Zapeda Nidea, 1921-2011; more affectionately known as “YooHoo.” She has been a source of blessings to the people who have crossed her path. Her winning personality and positive outlook drew people towards her. Many are indebted to her generosity and acceptance. A very simple but very cheerful woman, she had her large and many circles of influence. People in her community, her relatives, her immediate neighbors, public servants,  and her church family were so blessed to have experienced her cheerful spirit and generous snack servings. Yes, she’s prepared a variety of meals and snacks every day of her life. Many people counted on her to give them a cheerful and sweet respite in their daily grind. She would pass by and work would temporarily stop in local sash factories, in dress shops, in homes, and construction sites. She would be assisted by her adoring customers in lowering her overflowing “bilao,” a large round bamboo-woven carry-all atop her head, and her heavy rattan basket filled with rice cakes and maja blanca, and buchi, among others.  And then they would cheerfully choose their personal picks among her selections. She’s won many hearts in her lifetime; not just because she is a wonderful cook and food server but because of her heart and life. She would brighten any one’s day in an instant. She possessed a god-given wonderful, positive, and energetic personality.  The Lord has made a wonderful job indeed for creating her and for being IN her heart too. So she leaves us with a hope that life is not an unfair game that’s impossible to conquer. She left us with some clues on really enjoying and winning in life. Some of which we know, knowing the Lord Jesus not just as Lord and Savior, but as a Friend who would always be on our side and would always see us through everything. That’s a no brainer, “if God is on our side, who can be against us?” So we could always look forward to every new day and may choose to see life in YooHoo’s eyes.

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In this programme bulletin, Pastor Roi also wrote a brief tribute to this wonderful woman, Nanay Luning, a.k.a. “YooHoo!” Amen to your life of blessings, YooHoo!

Thank You!


Just a short but BIG “Thanks!” to Pastor & Mrs. Ed Cordero for playing a big part to the realization of our latest musical instrument, the Yamaha DGX-530 Portable Grand. The Lord is surely honored and blessed as you gave to Him without any reservations. The same goes to everyone who also gave and became part of this endeavor. This includes of course our friends who opened their homes for our caroling last Christmas 2011. We felt how sincerely they blessed us by supporting our fund-raising effort not just on this endeavor but in our previous ones. These are brethren who anticipate our yearly Christmas serenades and repeatedly signified their anticipation of our yearly Christmas visits 🙂

From all of Salmo, and the Emmanuel BC family, Maraming Salamat Po! Wow,we are very blessed indeed. And God bless you too!

“For God is not unrighteous to forget your work and labour of love, which ye have shewed toward his name, in that ye have ministered to the saints, and do minister.” ~Hebrews 6.10

The Year that was (2011)

EBC's 2011 (1st Half)

Reminiscing God’s goodness for the year that was…

EBC's 2011 (2nd Half)

Salamat, Panginoon

Rejoice in the Lord always. I will say it again: Rejoice! -Philippians 4:3 (niv)

Inviting everyone to this afternoon full of praises to God.
Let grateful hearts gather together in worshiping God for what He has done and for Who He is.
Let us lift our voices in singing and giving testimonies,
and open our hearts in pondering God’s Word.
Let us give thanks to our loving God. Hope to see you there!

EBC Gives Thanks

Prayer for the Philippines

“Do not be anxious about anything, but in everything, by prayer and petition, with thanksgiving, present your requests to God.” -Phil. 4:6

Our church theme for the month of November was Prayer. On the final Sunday night, we had our Midnight Prayer meeting in place of our usual Vesper. It naturally geared towards thanksgiving. It was a very relaxed evening (we had all the time since it had to last till midnight). Events like these are very conducive to really go into the depths of details and to savor every bit of blessing as moments pass slowly.

Songs were sung, led by brother Lance. The night was planned to cover every facet of the sphere of the EBC family. Although this time, the route started from outer space so to speak.  😉

Elem and Jeda, our mass media ladies, armed with Google Earth searched for this planet (really) and  accidentally dove right in and zeroed in on the Philippines. But Lance remarked that they went past the first stop; so they zoomed out and hovered (for the second time) upon the planet, never mind the fiery reentry later, I thought.  😉

So we prayed for the vast concerns of the planet: physical, cultural, economic, political, and spiritual.

Afterwards, a call was given by Lance for testimonies. And several persons, including yours truly did not waste much time to take the mike and share our minds and our hearts’ content.  Kuya Nani, Bro. Ramil, and me grabbed the opportunity to spill out our welling hearts. I even remarked I may be speaking a lot longer with the consent of Pastor Roi (and got an affirmative nod) since we had a long night ahead of us. But of course, in the back of my mind, I would rather not bore people into too much detail so I barely scratched the surface of my heaps of blessings. Then, back on my seat, I knew I missed sharing a lot of other great blessings. But there will always be opportunities coming up later anyway. Next time I will start off by thanking quite a number of individuals inside EBC who became channels of blessings to me personally.

The night was young and at this point we prayed for special concerns. I remembered our group, the PSALMS  (Young Professionals) converged at the admin office and prayed for Overseas Filipino Workers, the nation Israel, the environment, Christian missionaries worldwide and the economy. Glo, Jaemie, Zarah, John and I were assigned one each. Lance recognizing that I felt strongly for Israel handed me the chance to pray for her.

After that session, our “spaceship” reentered the atmosphere and hovered on the Philippines, our very own. Individually, we prayed for places around the country special to each of us, then we wrote the name of the city, town or province we prayed for on strips of Post-It’s and adhered them on a Philippine map pre-drawn on manila paper.

After this session I had to exit because I had to be with my old mother as it is her waking time:10:00 PM. she needs special care.  I surely missed the rest of the night, not to mention the sumptuous comfort foods cooking up in the kitchen; by our resident “chef” Nelson with Ate Charing assisting. But surely everyone had a wonderful time with the Lord and everyone… (fade out)…

Folks, as our verse on top exhorts us, when we pray, it’s a lot better to let go of our heartbreaks (I mean, even for that moment only). With a thankful heart let us do pray. Sure enough we have our share of trials but spare God the whines of a distraught son or daughter. When we approach His throne of grace, let us with child-like wonder gaze upon His holy face with a cheerful countenance for it speaks of our faith and reverence and trust in our God. Surely He sees our sacrifices and struggles; and seeing us with a heart of a child our prayers become sweet aroma that he enjoys. Let us crave to please our King and He being the wisest God will surely bestow lavishly all that he has meant for each of us.

Surely there were days of woe but picture this. A parent will surely fall in love again with his child who upon lengthy bouts of want and despair would approach his parent with a gaze of wonder and expectancy. Remember this: God never enjoys giving us hard times and heartaches. I believe those are necessary part of life and He feels for us. So as we come to Him, let us not whine and complain for He sees our travails all. Yes, rest assured. He sees them all.

Rather, like a lowly servant, invoke His heart with our utmost reverence and awe. And He will surely be delighted in us. Our prayer then becomes a sweet scent reaching past our ceilings and travelling into the very throne of our loving Father. Let us cross the line and pray with gratitude. I mean sincere gratitude. Let us never allow ourselves to wallow in self pity as we pray. It is like praying hopelessly . The Pilgrims offered their heartfelt faith and gratitude despite the exhausting conditions and growing death toll surrounding them in their time.

Let us come unto Him not with a whining voice or a hopeless heart. When we pray, pray with child-like wonder and expect great things from Him.

¤Notice: I call on you people to share here the blessings you received that prayer night by posting your comments here. Thank you. And here’s looking up to a blessed yuletide season.

EBC, and everyone out there, Thanksgiving is the seasoning that makes our prayers edible to God. -Dr. Ralph F. Wilson

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