BRIEF ACCOMPLISHMENTS TOWARDS THE ACHIEVEMENT OF ECP VISION 2018
GOAL 1: ALL ECP CONGREGATIONS ARE FULL FLEDGED PARISHES
- Most congregation in the deanery were able to strengthen and implement their pastoral and Christian Education programs and activities: Sunday school, Vacation Church School, Bible Studies, Lay Trainings, Baptismal and Pre-marital instructions, visitations to lapsed members to encourage them to come back to Church. Stewardship education especially on pledging and tithing continues to be part of regular programs in most congregations within the deanery.
- San Isidro Labrador, Manggahan and Holy Family clustered missions continued to take part in the 10% solution program despite of life’s difficulties brought by natural calamities, and the global economic crisis. For instance, there was a significant decrease in harvest offerings because crops were damaged by the series of typhoons but the members remained faithful to their commitment.
- St. Thomas maintained its 30% in Mission Support. Sts. Augustine & Margaret Clustered Parish continues to sustain her status as Full Fledge Parish.
- Physical improvements done: the roof and bathroom of Holy Family rectory was completed. The repair of the dilapidated roofing and trusses of the St. John’s church was also completed.
- A substantial increase of 3% was added to original pledgers of St. John the Divine. This was achieved through regular distribution of pledge envelopes to members as a reminder of their Mission Support.
GOAL 2: ALL MEMBERS OF THE ECP ARE PARTICIPATING AND SHARING IN PARISH LIFE/CLERGY MINISTRY IS FULLY ENHANCED WHILE LAY MINISTRY IS FULLY DEVELOPED.
- Sunday school was strengthened in some congregations, while it was revived in others. As a result, there are more children who are actively participating not onlyin Sunday school but also in church activities. Some can even read the lessons or say prayers during Mass.
- There are a number of trained individuals—SKEP and adults in almost all congregation in the deanery who are faithful in their duties with or without honorariums.
- Seven (7) young people from the deanery participated in the diocesan wide Sunday school teachers training held at @ HIEC. This boasted the number of teachers to help in the implementation of Christian Education program especially Sunday school which is the life blood of every congregation.
- The BSA and the ECW in most congregations are actively participating in the liturgical life of the church as LEMs, and continue to help their clergy in pastoral visitations, and “Operation Sunshine” of lapsed members encouraging them to renew their commitment.
- The SKEP in Acoje continues to reach out to St. John the Divine in Masinloc to teach VCS every summer.
- Regular Bible studies are held in homes, workplace, and any convenient place for the members of San Isidro Labrador. As a result church attendance is growing, and there are non Episcopalians who are regularly attending the service.
- Retreats and prayer meetings are also being held in some congregations either conducted by lay or clergy. These resulted in improved churchmanship and commitment of members.
- The SKEP of Holy Family clustered mission, San Isidro Labrador, St. Thomas Umingan, and St. Augustine’s actively participated in the ZAMPAN Summer Camp in Lawin, Zambales. The Summer Camp aimed to build up the young people in their faith witness, and become active bearers of the Gospel. This is also a way of encouraging them to participate in the church activities e.g. Reading the lessons, and teaching Sunday school.
- To foster a better interpersonal relationship among our young people, and to encourage the out-of-school youth (OSY) to become active in church, the SKEP of St. Augustine’s and St. Thomas held the “First Pangasinan SKEP Sport Feast” last October at the church grounds of St. Thomas. It was well participated by almost 40 young people.
- For the first time since the ECW of Holy Family had long been inactive, for 2011, Holy Family clustered mission were able to send their ECW delegates to the ECW Annual Convention held at Holy Nativity in Lon-oy, San Gabriel, La Union.
- St. Thomas once again sponsored a Free Medical Mission in November courtesy of NCIP.
- The Rev. Mary Jane L. Dugue-is left last July 2011 for further studies at Virginia Theological Seminary, Virginia, USA. This is all part of our goal to fully enhance the ministry of our clergy.
- It is our hope and prayer that the above programs and activities will continue to nourish the faith of members, improve their churchmanship, and boast of their involvement in the life and work of the Church.
GOAL 4: MISSION EXPANSION WORK RESULTS IN POSITIVE MOVEMENTS ANNUALLY.
- Social/community involvement: Holy Family church was involved in opposing the Company’s plan to construct a dam, and open pit mining because of its ill effects to the environment, to agriculture, and to the possible contamination of water source.
- Most congregations in the deanery has actively participated in the celebration of community fiestas, collaborated with Local officials for bayanihan–Brigada in the community, and other community affairs that fosters peace and order.
- Ecumenical Involvement: Sts. Augustine & Margaret clustered Parish continued its active participation/leadership in the quarterly Inmalog Ecumenical Gathering. St. John’s and St. Thomas also participated in ecumenical services.
- New work/reach-out: St. John the Divine continued to sustain its outstation in Manggahan, Palauig. St. Thomas in Umingan continued to visit its out-station in Kamanggaan, and Prado.
- The Church building in Lubas, Ansagan, Tuba, Benguet–now known as the “Episcopal Church of the Visitation” was finally dedicated and consecrated last July 16, 2011. The members although not many are always inspired, excited, and hope to contribute more in the life and work of the Church in the future.
- Solemnized a wedding in Tulnac, Pozorrubio, Pangasinan, a potential expansion area for St. Augustine’s Parish.
PLANS TOWARDS THE ACHIEVEMENT OF ECP VISION 2018
GOAL 1: ALL ECP CONGREGATIONS ARE FULL FLEDGE PARISHES
- Congregations to sustain and raise their mission support through aggressive Evangelism, Stewardship and Christian Education programs that will improved the churchmanship of members.
- Continue to educate members on the biblical/theological/practical significance of giving so that they will faithfully bring their harvest offerings, and learn the attitude of thanking God for his wonderful grace and generosity.
- Different parish organizations—SKEP, ECW & BSA will continue to sustain their commitment towards the achievement of Vision 2018. Will continue to find ways and means of funding the parish programs, and develope the attitude of being financially independent—to be less dependent from outside support.
- To improve, maximize, and extend parish communication system by the use of modern technology to even reach out to our members overseas.
- To strengthen the pledging and tithing system in every congregation so that each congregation will sustain its mission support, and to help fund potential new work within the deanery in the future.
GOALS 2 & 3: ALL MEMBERS OF THE ECP ARE PARTICIPATING AND SHARING IN PARISH LIFE/CLERGY MINISTRY IS FULLY ENHANCED WHILE LAY MINISTRY IS FULLY DEVELOPED.
- Continue to update parish every member canvass, and minister to inactive members.
- Update and continue existing lay training programs. Create/devise schedule in congregations where members cannot find appropriate time for any form of trainings or seminars.
- Involve every member of the congregation in all church activities, projects and programs to depart from the culture of “always the same person.” But to give chance to others to shine, and share their talents, skills and wisdom for the improvement of our Church life in general.
- To continue the Church’s positive influence in the local and ecumenical community where we minister.
GOAL 4: MISSION EXPANSION WORK RESULTS IN POSITIVE MOVEMENTS.
St John the Divine, Masinloc, Zambales: Painting of the church building and to find an affordable lot along the highway for church site to have better access to people in the area.
Holy Family Church, Sta. Cruz, Zambales: To relocate the CBDP irrigation project to the new site released by the DENR as upland Development Project for the Community.
St. Augustine’s, Nama, Pangasinan: To raise their Building Fund local counterpart, for the eventual construction of their new church building hopefully by 2013.
To improve existing programs in all congregation in the deanery, and create more venues for continuing education for spiritual and intellectual nourishment of members so that they will understand the greater mission of Christ in the world. Amen.