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Off to a Great Start
by: Bro. Jojo Balatbat
date posted: 9/30/2009 8:07:38 AM

On August 9, 2009, ROLIM kicked off its 7th year Anniversary with a morning worship service in the sanctuary followed by a sumptuous celebration in the afternoon. Pastor Raymond Tuvera graced the occasion and delivered God’s message from 2 Kings 2:19-21. It was about how the church, under the Lordship of Jesus Christ, is a vessel of healing, blessing and positive change in this dark and bitter world. Due to the garbage collectors’ strike in Toronto, the fiesta was held at the rear parking lot of
ROLIM instead of having it at Earl Bales Park. Nevertheless, it was a huge success.

At the sanctuary, there was a ROLIM praise song singing contest patterned after the reality show "American Idol”. The judges were Bro. Edgar Guiao, Bro. Fred Garcia (RIP), and Sis. Corrine. The winner of the contest was Sis. Ronilla. Other contestants included Mildred, Raymond, Gloria Ramos and many more. Guest singers included Liza Francisco with her undying rendition of Via Dolorosa and Bro. Jojo Balatbat with his attempt at God is Good by Don Moen.

Several kiosks were opened outside. There was the teen’s hotdog and pop stand managed by the Quinto family, the “bolabola” stand ran by the Alpay family with the cooking assistance of Sis. Edna Garcia, the “turon con langka” stand of the ROLIM praise team managed by sisters Alice Perada, Edna Tan, Jovi Bautista, Marlyn Balatbat, Flordeliza Francisco, Luz and Rosalinda Trampe; finally, there was the gulaman team led by Sis. Liz Sosa as well as the sago team led by Sis. Lina de Mesa and company. Sis. Malou Fernandez organized dancing activities with the technical assistance of the Ragucos family who provided the sound system. Some teens played basketball and skateboards while others had their face painted.

After the street party, there was a small birthday celebration in the sanctuary for Sis. Marlyn Balatbat, who is the present secretary and one of the backup singers. A two-layered offwhite cake decorated with yellow flower candies and icing leaves was presented to her. Pastor Shane Torres prayed for her and her family.




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