Aging and Poverty Grants

Hi Folks and co-workers,
I am posting the notice for grant application for Aging and Poverty. Any interested church may connect to the website indicated below.
Application is on line,and any questions may also be answered in the website. I may also be able to answer any questions you may ask regarding the grant application. Deadline of submission is July 2014.
Francisco Bilog
COAM member
“Teri Kline
To ‘Barbara Bruce’‘Beverly Heasley’Bishop Looney and 17 More…

Today at 3:58 AM

Greetings COAM Members –


Attached is a letter of introduction about the Aging in Poverty grant funding and a copy of the application form. Please feel free to distribute this as you find appropriate. It has been placed on our website , and it will be part of the 5 Ideas newsletter from GBOD soon. My understanding is the GBOD communications office will advertise it through a press release as well.


Should you have questions, please do not hesitate to contact me.





Teri Kline
Coordinator, Office of Aging & Older Adult Ministries/Office of Best Practices
Leadership Ministries
GBOD | The United Methodist Church

PO Box 340003
Nashville, TN  37203-0003  

Toll-free: (877) 899-2780 Ext. 7177

Local: (615) 340-7177

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Board Installs Bias as New General Secretary at GBOD

HERNDON, Va. March 18, 2014 /GBOD/ – The board of directors of The General Board of Discipleship (GBOD) officially installed the Rev. Dr. Timothy L. Bias as the agency’s new General Secretary (chief executive) during its March board meeting.

The installation service was conducted at Floris United Methodist Church in Herndon, Va., which hosted the March 6-8 session as part of the board’s continuing effort to meet in The United Methodist Church’s jurisdictions, where ministry occurs.

During an evening meal, board members and agency staff engaged in conversation with lay and clergy leaders of the Virginia Annual Conference to learn about their work and how GBOD could support their efforts to make world-changing disciples of Jesus Christ.

The board voted to commission an assessment to make an up-to-date listing of current GBOD resources available that touch on Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual and Transgender (LGBTQ) issues. The action came after the board received a letter from Love Prevails, a group seeking the full inclusion of LGBTQ people in the life of the church.

The agency received special recognition from the General Board of Pension and Health Benefits for its contribution to help the church reach the goal of $25 million to help the Central Conference Pension Initiative (CCPI). The funds will provide pension support for retired pastors and their spouses in UMC’s central conferences in Africa, the Philippines and Europe.

The board’s Committee on Central Conference Matters reported about the success of the e-reader program pilot project at the Gbarnga School of Theology in Liberia. Plans are under way to expand the program, which provides e-readers loaded with theological texts, to other seminaries in Africa. In addition, expansion of the e-reader program to the Philippines Central Conference will be explored with the help of Bishop Rodolfo Alfonso Juan, a GBOD board member. The pilot project was funded by GBOD and the General Board of Higher Education and Ministry. The United Methodist Publishing House provided select texts for the e-readers.

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Bishop Han Theological Seminary Held Their Third Commencement Exercises for the Master of Divinity Degree

       The Bishop Han Theological Seminary in Laguitas, Malaybalay Bukidnon held their their graduation for the batch 2014 of their Master of Divinity Degree last March 18, 2014.Theme of the graduation is : “Unity Through Holistic Service”.

       The graduates are the following:

1. Warren Villanueva Alfeche

Church: United Methodist Church, NWMPAC


2. Angela Viniegas Awigan,

Church: United Methodist Church, NWPAC


Awards: Biblical Studies and Mission Studies


3.   Maharlika Base Cresencio,

Church:  Assemblies of God

Award:  Best Thesis


4. Dan Miller Esguerra Maglonzo

Church:  United Methodist Church, SNEPAC

Award:  Mission Studies


5. Maylyn Ramirez Marcos

Church:  United Methodist Church, NCPAC

Awards:  Biblical Studies and Mission Studies


6. Juvelyn Tornino Policher

Church:  U&nited Methodist Church, VISPAC

Award:  Best Thesis


7.Rodolfo Gacote Sandig Jr.

Church:  United Methodist Church, EMPAC,

Awards:  Biblical studies and Mission Studies


8. Roderick Anonuevo Tong-alan

Church: United Methodist Church, NWPAC


9. Edison Montero Umayam Jr.

Church:  United Methodist Church, EMPAC

Awards: Biblical Studies and Mission Studies


10. Richie Grace Chioco Verganio

Church:  United Methodist Church, BPPAC


      The graduation exercises was blessed with the presence many Korean sponsors, together their pastor and the President and Founder of BHTS, Dr. Han Sang Ho. The challenging Baccalaureate Message was giving by the Rev. Jose Ramos F.Zabarte III, and the graduation commencement message was shared by Dr. Marieta Duque Cayabas, Dean of the Graduate School, cotabato Foundation College of Science and Technology in Arakan Cotabato.

     The presence of Methodist personalities such as Bishop Pedro Torio Jr., the resident Bishop of the Baguio Episcopal Area, Bishop Leo Soriano, Bishop emeritus of the Davao Episcopal Area, Rev. Francisco Bilog, the Chairperson of the PCC University Senate, and several District Superintendents of The United Methodist Church expressed the support of the church to the new graduates who will receiving appointments this June 2014.

      We tender our congratulations to the graduates and acknowledge the support of their families, but more specially we praise God for the missional ministry of Jooan Methodist, Incheon South Korea through the leadership of their pastor, the Rev. Dr. Han, Sang Ho.


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The Committee on Older Adult Ministries also urges and strongly recommends the election of a local church coordinator of Older Adult Ministries. The suggested job description of the office is enumerated below.






1.      The task of the local church coordinator of older adults ministries shall be to assist the local church congregation in its ministry with older adults.

2.      The coordinator shall be responsible for coordinating  the primary task of the local congregation with older adults.

3.      The coordinator is charged with the task of planning and coordinating an intentional  ministry by, with, and for older adults in the local church.

4.      The coordinator does not run the older adult ministries, Rather, she or he facilitates and coordinates the work of others.


            The following qualities may enhance one’s ability to be an effective local church coordinator of older adult-adult ministries.

·         Articulate- a person who can communicate well with others.

·         Faithful- A person who is involved in the life of the local church congregation and is growing in his or her Christian faith;

·         Knowledgeable- A person who is knowledgeable about older adult concerns and aging issues and is knowledgeable about the organization of The United Methodist Church.

·         Resourceful- A person who is capable of enlisting others to participate in events and programs and is capable of acquiring resources and information available to the faith community.


            The following list of responsibilities is a guideline for carrying out the work of the local church coordinator of older adult ministries.

1.      Work closely with your church:  

            Pastor,            Church Lay Leader,      Chairperson of the church council;  .

            Chairperson of the Nurture and outreach committees;   

            Chairperson of the Christian Education Committee;  

            Coordinator of adult and family ministries.

2.      Help older adult relate to God by inviting them to become disciples of Jesus Christ, and to equip them and send them out in service in the world.

3.      Study the needs and concerns of older adults in the local church congregation and community.

4.      Serve as chairperson of the older adult council.

5.      Conduct regular meetings of the older adult council and appoint committees and task force as necessary to carry out the task of older adult ministries.

6.      Organize an older adult survey file for all older adult in the congregation and develop a process for using the information.

7.      Survey the needs of older adults, church programs, and church facilities as it relates to older adult ministries.

8.      Coordinate with the local church council the planning and implementation of a unified and comprehensive plan for ministry by, with, and for older adults.

9.      Keep the needs and concerns of older adults before the church council and the local congregation.

10.  Advocate on behalf of the needs and concerns  of older adult in the local congregation and community.

11.  Inform older adults about district and conference events and other opportunities for learning and serving in the community.

12.  Serve as liaison with organizations, people, and resources in and beyond the local church as each relates to older adults.

13.  Review and evaluate programs as they affect ministry by, with, and for older adults.

14.  Continue learning and growing in the Christian faith.

15.  Participate in opportunities for continued education in areas relating to older adults ministries.


The local church coordinator of older adult ministries may serve on the following committees:

·         Church council

·         Older adult council

·         Nurture and outreach committee

·         Christian education committee

·         Other committees deemed necessary t o  carry out an intentional older adult ministry.










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The Central Conference representative to the Committee on Older Adult Ministries, Rev. Francisco Bilog, urges and recommends to the annual conferences of The United Methodist Church in Philippines to organize their annual conference Council on Older Adults base on par. 651 of our Book of Discipline 2012. If their are question regarding the programs and ministries of this council you may contact Rev. Francisco Bilog.


BOD 2012, par. 651


          In each annual conference there maybe a conference council on older adult ministries. Its purpose shall be to strengthen the older-adult ministries in the local churches and districts of the annual conference. For administrative purposes, the council shall be related to annual conference board of discipleship, or the annual conference board of the laity or equivalent structure.



1.      Majority of the membership of the council should be older adults.

2.      It may include persons who, because of their specialized interests, education, training, and experienced, have developed a passion for ministry with older adults.

3.      They shall be professing members of the United Methodist church and shall include both clergy and laity;

4.      It shall include members at large to achieve racial, ethnic, gender, and geographic inclusiveness and to assure participation by people with special interests, education, training and experiences;

5.      It shall include the conference lay leader,  conference coordinator of older adults(if any)  and a cabinet representative as ex-officio with vote.



a)      To initiate  and support ministries, plan activities, and projects that are of particular interest to older adult, including retired persons, working persons, persons with handicapping condition, persons with chronic illness, single persons, widowed persons, married persons, persons living in variety of residential settings, and persons with a wide variety of family situations.

b)      To advocate on behalf of older adults;

c)      To support and facilitate, where appropriate, the formation of older adult caucuses;

d)      To identify the needs, concerns, and potential contributions of older adults in the annual conference and its districts;

e)      To  cooperate with the boards and agencies of the annual conference in receivi9ng and making recommendations to provide for the needs of older adult in The United Methodist Church;

f)       To re4commmend to the annual conference committee on nominations qualified and motivated older adults for membership on boards and agencies;

g)      To participate with the annual conference board of discipleship, or the annual conference board of the laity in the nomination of the coordinator of older adult ministries for election by the annual conference;

h)      To educate and keep before the annual conference and its district the lifelong process of aging with emphases on the quality of life, inter-generational understanding, and faith development;

i)        To serve as local point  for supplying information and guidance on older adult ministries within the annual conference and its districts;

j)        To support the development of resources that will under-gird older-adult ministries within the annual conference and its district.

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The Annual Conference of the Davao Episcopal Area of The United Methodist Church will be meeting on the following dates at the places indicated. The conferences will be presided by Bishop Ciriaco Q. Francisco.\

Northwest Mindanao Philippines Annual Confernce

March 19-23, 2014

First United Methodist Cjhurch, Mortola st. Cagayan de Oro City


Visayas Philippines Annual Conference

March 27-30, 2014

The United Methodist Church, Jimalalud, Negros Oriental


East Mindanao Philippines Annual Conference

April 3-6, 2014

Cathedral: The United Methodist Church, C.M. Recto St., Davao City


Mindanao Philippines Annual Conference

April 10-15, 2014

Spottswood Methodist Center, Quezon Blvd. Kidapawan City


Bicol Provisional Philippines Annual Conference

April 24-27, 2014

The United Methodist Church, Naga City

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Kalilangan United Methodist Church Celebrated her Golden Founding Anniversary – Feb. 15-16, 2014

Remembering the past, celebrating the present and Envisioning the Future became the spirit of the joyful celebration of the golden founding anniversary of Kalilangan United Methodist Church. 

The presence of many of the formers pastors previously assigned in the church for the last 50 years,including the presence of Bishop Benjamin Justo and Bishop Ciriaco Francisco contributed to the joy of the occasion. Previous members of the church who were recruited to become pastors also made the celebration meaningful.

The Rev. Francisco Bilog who started the church work in the Kalilangan when was only 19 years old  was also present.



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EMPAC WSCS 2014 Annual Assembly

Some Pictures of the EMPAC WSCS 2014 Assembly held at FUMC, Davao City speaks more of their life and energy in the mission of the at the Davao and Caraga Provinces.



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Northeast District of the Women’s Soceity of Christian Service annual Assembly – EMPAC

Some pictures of the Northeast Women’s Society of Christian Service Assembly held at San Francisco UMC, Agusan Sur




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22ndUMWSCS Annual Assembly

Theme Empowered Women In

                       Jesus Christ : Enabling,

                            Discipling, Transforming


Philippians 4:13, Matt 28:19-20     Romans 12:1-2,  II Corinthians  5:17

Venue: First United Methodist Church

416 Vinzon St.,Bo. Obrero, Davao City

Date:     Feb. 13-15, 2014


Day 1-February 13, 2014

  • Officer of the Day:  Juliet T. Abad

 03:00-6:00 p.m.– Registration & Bazaar:

  •          Cristy Cariaga,Lorna Lozano, Malou Adanza, Mila Agustin  

 06:00-07:00 p.m. – Dinner

 07:00-8:00 p.m. OPENING WORSHIP-

  •     Liturgist: Evelyn Luzano

       KEYNOTE: Evangeline J. Cristobal

08:00-8:30 p.m.  BUSINESS  SESSION 1

    CALL TO ORDER-  E J. Cristobal

    Roll Call-     Fidela L. Bilog

   Presentation  & Adoption of   Annual Assembly Program- Ruth  O. Labargan

   Reflection/Open Forum on the Keynote 

   Address- Moderator:  Janeth Villanueva

08:30-9:30 p.m. Everybody’s birthday& socialization

     (Snack- FUMC, Davao City: In-charge Ms. Cristy  Samson  & Host Women)

  1. Day 2  February 14, 2014
  2. Officer of the Day: Evelyn Luzano
  3. 06:00-7:00 a.m. –Breakfast
  4. 07:00-9:00 a.m. – OPENING  CEREMONIES &  HOLY COMMUNION

    Attire:    Filipiniana

  PARADE: Entrance of Colors:

    Emcee: Fidela Bilog     

      Phil. Flag,  Christian Flag,  WSCS Flag

     District Officers and Local Churches

     Delegates with their respective Banners 

     Annual Officers and Guests

  Preacher:  Bishop C. Q. Francisco

  Liturgist: Ms. Evangeline Cristobal

Celebrants: Bishop  C. Q. Francisco,   D.S.  I. Painit, D.S. A.  Perasol and Rev. M. Serrano

09:00:9:30  am Snacks/Break

                         ( In-charge-Cathedral WSCS)

09:30–11:30 a.m.  LECTURE 1

   Orientation – Disaster Support Management -  Brig/General Loreto Rirao-Director of Risk Management

11:30-12:30 p.m. 

Photo ops and   Lunch

      In-charge: Deaconess Ivy Duro-on

12:30-1:30 p.m.–Learning new songs

01:30 -3:30 p.m.– LECTURE 2

Psycho- Spiritual Support

Dr. Tita Francisco

(Snack in-charge- Kapalong Central 

03:30-6:00p.m.–BIBLE STUDY

Bishop Leo A. Soriano

06:00-7:00 p.m.-Dinner

07:00-8:30 p.m.BUSINESS SESSION 2

District presidents and annual officers Reports

08:30-9:30 p.m.  -CELEBRATING LIFE

(Memorial Service-SLW/Sec)

              Snack in-charge- Tagum WSCS

Day 3- February 15,2014

Officer of the Day- Ruth  Labargan

06:00 -7:00 a.m.  -World Day of Prayer

               In-charge – Ms. Divina R. Castilla

07:00-08:00 a.m. Breakfast

08:00 -10:00 a.m.–BUSINESS SESSION 3


Snack-Digos WSCS 

10:00-11:00 p.m. Closing  Worship

         Speaker- Ms. Myrna Ferrer    (EMPAC, Lay Leader) )

        Liturgist: Ma. Theresa delos Reyes

           RESOLUTION OF THANKS – F. L. Bilog

           ADJOURNMENT- E. J. Cristobal

11:00-12:00  Prizes/ lunch



Reg.  Fee for all delegates – P50.00

Plus:  FOOD (Socialized):

 Php 50.00Delegates from: Asuncion, Butuan, Cabadbaran,  Dangkias, Del Monte, Imelda, Mangagoy, San Andres, Trento , Tungao ,  Wasian,  Tagbungabong, Anuling  Tribal Churches

Php. 150.00-  Delegates from:

 Aurora,Alegria, Banaybanay, Camoning, Compostela, Kapalong, Limbahan, Manikling,New Agno, Nuevo Iloco, New Corella, New Santiago, Pag-asa, Patin-ay, San Jose, San Francisco, Sto. Tomas, Townsite.

Php. 250.00 Delegates from : Bansalan, Carmen, Cathedral,        Digos, Dumoy, Obrero, Panabo, Tagum.

 Donors for snacks:

Kapalong Central, Cathedral WSCS, Digos WSCS,

WSCS Obrero, Tagum WSCS,

Committees :

Food: Janeth Villanueva, Jojo Orense, Rose Esteban, Thelma Aguilos  Fidela Bilog

Program: E. Cristobal /  R. Labargan

Registration/Prize & Token-  

C.ariaga/ Li. Lozano/M. Adanza/, Cristy Samson  Mila Agustin

Worship -Ma. Theresa De Los Reyes &F. Bilog/ J. Rufino/Evelyn Luzano

Accommodation- J Alferez, F. Faina,  J. Abad,  Ivy Duroon

Ways & Means-  J. Deocampo, Lorna Lozano,       C. Cariaga,

Courtesy &Resolution:  F. Bilog,    M.Ferrer




President:     Evangeline J. Cristobal

Vice President:       Ruth O.Labargan

Secretary:    Fidela L. Bilog

Treasurer:    Cristy Cariaga

Auditor:         Adelfa S. Torres


Spiritual Life & Worship:   Ma. Theresa  de Los  Reyes

Service & Project : Joy P. Rufino

Study & Program:  Janeth Villanueva


Committee on Nominations:

Chairperson :  Myrna R. Ferrer-

Members: Nancy Cacayorin, Elsa Flauta

SED President :  Juliet  T. Abad

NED President :   Evelyn Luzano

Adviser: Divina R. Castilla


Fidela L. Bilog        Rody A. Lucero, Librada A. Lozano

Pat  O. Nebran, Jeanne G. Deocampo

What to Bring?

Bible, bedings, note books, pen,money for registration fee and offering, anything for sale-bazaar and most important teachable

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