Annie Canete

Keeping Memories Intact Over The Years

Recently my son was asked to share what he collects on the INC Radio Show Little Lambs.  As an 8-year old, he has amassed an impressive collection of things that are important to him and was eager to share his interests.

Cartoon characters. Action figures. Pokemon. (Pokemon are a class of their own.)

We acknowledged that he is a very blessed little boy when it comes to toy collections. He knows that he is in the minority when it comes to all the other 8-year boys around the world, majority of which barely have one toy car or figurine.

In silence, he wondered if we were done with our conversation, and I wondered how I could possibly turn this moment into a teachable one for my boy.

I grabbed his hand to hold it and softly stroke his supple skin while I closed my eyes in a quick prayer. I pleaded to God – what can we show him today to help him understand the most important collection of all?

I asked him, what do you collect for your faith?

He was worried for a moment, he felt embarrassed, unsure, was he supposed to talk about that? I assured him that most people don’t know how to merge faith into all aspects of life, it’s something we learn how to do.

In that moment, though, we both stepped forward into realizing what members of the Church of Christ are also able to collect as a reflection and symbol of their faith.

We Get to Collect INC Pins

My own collection of INC pins consisted solely of the INC Flag pin, which became the only pin approved for use and wear during my KADIWA days.

My mother’s collection is extensive – all of her pins from previous years and special occasions.  She brought them with her during one trip to the Philippines and had them mounted and framed.

I love her collection. I love that she collected them. I love that she knew to have them displayed. Often our collections are concealed in boxes or bins and out of sight- even though they are so precious to us.

Annie, photographed performing as a Children’s Worship Service Officer, during her time as a Church of Christ youth member.—>

My mother’s collection is extensive – all of her pins from previous years and special occasions.  She brought them with her during one trip to the Philippines and had them mounted and framed.

I love her collection. I love that she collected them. I love that she knew to have them displayed. Often our collections are concealed in boxes or bins and out of sight- even though they are so precious to us.


<—Annie inherits her mother’s INC Pin Collection, which is currently on display at her home.

This collection has travelled with me through our many homes over the years. It always has a prime space on the wall. It always allows for great conversation. I know there are others out there who also have been collecting pins.

Each pin comes with at least 4 stories.

 

  1. How they got the pin- who gave it to them or what did they have to do to earn it?
  2. What does the pin signify?
  3. The first time they wore the pin.
  4. What do they plan to do with the pin?

With each pin that we get to collect, we also get to collect stories of faith.

I think we could do more intentional inclusive wearing of our approved INC pins. This means to wear them more frequently than just when attending the worship service. We get to wear these pins. These beautiful shiny insignia signify so much and are great conversation starters when waiting in line at the post office, grocery shopping or getting our hair done.

A Church of Christ pin released in commemoration of the Diamond Jubilee Anniversary of the Church.—>

My son’s collection started with the Centennial Pin, The INC100 Pin, an INC Flag Pin, The One With EVM Pin, an INCKids Pin and now the I Am Proud to Be a Member of the Iglesia Ni Cristo pin.

We Get to Collect God’s Message Magazine or Pasugo

From my father, I have a small but inspiring collection of God’s Message Magazines from the earlier publications.

<—Illustrated magazines that Annie’s dad collected throughout the years, in hopes of passing it down to his children and grandchildren.

He was baptized in 1979. His own article about how he joined the Iglesia Ni Cristo was published in 2000.

Annie’s dad, Stephen, tells his story about finding the Church of Christ in a God’s Message Magazine published in 2000.—>

It’s a treasured copy for our family.

A secret admission: I always look forward to the September publication of the magazine, as September is my birth month. In my younger years, I would read in awe, somehow I was always represented or included in the September publication of the God’s Message magazine. One year, a brief story our KADIWA Leadership activity was featured, the next year another Youth Event that we were involved with made the issue.  It felt like a special birthday gift to me if somehow in a small way I had a direct relationship to that particular publication.

 

<—One for you, one for me: As publications of God’s Message are released and distributed to guests and loved ones, Annie’s family keeps a copy to add to their library.

My father collected the magazines for his children and shared them with us knowing that their lessons of faith and history of the Church would fill us up with hope and understanding. We get to collect inspiration to share with those who need it too.

I have a new outlook on God’s Message Magazines now. I get to collect and read them, but find it more important to read them with the intent to share. I underline and highlight and place tabs on key parts within the magazine. This is so that when I pass it on, the new reader can hopefully join me for a discussion on the subject matter.

Annie’s son, Isaiah, enjoying the Bible stories section included with each God’s Message publication. —>

With every special gathering, special worship service, special occasion, special celebration, what makes it truly special and memorable are the hymns. The hymns are published for the worshippers in special hymnlets (Little hymnbooks) that you can keep.

My collection grows on my favorite bookshelf and I file them in chronological order from newest to oldest.

<—Annie’s collection of Special Worship Service hymlets (small hymn books), which are distributed to members in attendance.

I pass by this simple collection everyday when I start my day and when I end my day. It’s a reminder of the presence of the Holy Spirit that was felt with each occasion. I was among those singing praises to God, and yet He was the one to bless me with comfort and relief.

When I do my dusting, a trip down memory lane is ensured with each hymnlet that I open. Many times I pause to recollect the tune of a hymn, or find a line of lyric that brings tears of joy to my eyes. As I go deeper and deeper into my collection I also recall all the various themes and triumphs of the Church that I have witnessed.

When I showed my son the hymnlet from his first Thanksgiving he was touched thinking about how I remembered that special occasion for him.

We Get to Collect INC T-shirts

We traveled to my closet next. A set that brings me great joy is the growing heap of INC t-shirts from the years.

Annie’s mom passed down this vintage shirt from the Church’s 70th Anniversary Celebration in 1984.—>

Then there are all the shirts from Chicago activities, Midwest District activities, Orlando activities, SESB activities, East Jacksonville, North Atlanta and Miami local congregation activities. Recent events include INC Music events, INC Media events and INC Kids shirts. I love my shirt collections.

It makes it fun each morning to decide which shirt to wear for the day. I used to treat all the shirts like I did my mom’s vintage 1984 shirt. But I know more designs and varieties are coming – so I use each one up with pride and confidence. I get to wear my faith. When my son is of age to leave for college, I plan to make one of those really cool t-shirt quilts for him with all his INC shirts through the years.

<—Annie’s extensive t shirt collection.

We Get to Collect INC Family Photos

My favorite collector’s items are our family photos in the sanctuary or in front of the chapel façade.  Some of my best family photos have been through the generous support of a fellow brother or sister with a DSLR camera and a desire to make my children smile for the big camera after a very early morning start.

There’s something sweet though about a photo collection that depicts growth and aging of a family through the years. This collection of photos also depicts commitment and faith. We’re guaranteed that family pose with a colorful blossoming flower arrangement at least 3 times a year.We know how much bigger a blessing it is if other family members are also included in the photo.

We learned early in our marriage that there aren’t enough walls to hold up all the family photos to print out, and our INC Pin collection. Thankfully technology has definitely increased and we can keep our photos with us digitally wherever we go. I showed my son how to create a folder in my photos app and we dragged all our family photos to that new spot, and backed them up for good measure.

When Christ returns He won’t be asking me for my collections as proof that I love my membership in the Church of Christ. But the collections prove so much loyalty and commitment to my membership. And even though I will have to leave behind those collections, I know that my family and I will join him there in our new home in the Holy City.

Stephanie Canete is a staff writer for INCMEDIA.ORG from Florida. She cherishes collecting all things red, white, green and gold and is also a homeschooling mom of two . She is a firm believer in the Lord Jesus Christ and believes in Him so much that she also is a member of His Church.

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Annie Canete

Keeping Memories Intact Over The Years

Recently my son was asked to share what he collects on the INC Radio Show Little Lambs.  As an 8-year old, he has amassed an impressive collection of things that are important to him and was eager to share his interests.

Cartoon characters. Action figures. Pokemon. (Pokemon are a class of their own.)

We acknowledged that he is a very blessed little boy when it comes to toy collections. He knows that he is in the minority when it comes to all the other 8-year boys around the world, majority of which barely have one toy car or figurine.

In silence, he wondered if we were done with our conversation, and I wondered how I could possibly turn this moment into a teachable one for my boy.

I grabbed his hand to hold it and softly stroke his supple skin while I closed my eyes in a quick prayer. I pleaded to God – what can we show him today to help him understand the most important collection of all?

I asked him, what do you collect for your faith?

He was worried for a moment, he felt embarrassed, unsure, was he supposed to talk about that? I assured him that most people don’t know how to merge faith into all aspects of life, it’s something we learn how to do.

In that moment, though, we both stepped forward into realizing what members of the Church of Christ are also able to collect as a reflection and symbol of their faith.

We Get to Collect INC Pins

My own collection of INC pins consisted solely of the INC Flag pin, which became the only pin approved for use and wear during my KADIWA days.

My mother’s collection is extensive – all of her pins from previous years and special occasions.  She brought them with her during one trip to the Philippines and had them mounted and framed.

I love her collection. I love that she collected them. I love that she knew to have them displayed. Often our collections are concealed in boxes or bins and out of sight- even though they are so precious to us.

Annie, photographed performing as a Children’s Worship Service Officer, during her time as a Church of Christ youth member.—>

My mother’s collection is extensive – all of her pins from previous years and special occasions.  She brought them with her during one trip to the Philippines and had them mounted and framed.

I love her collection. I love that she collected them. I love that she knew to have them displayed. Often our collections are concealed in boxes or bins and out of sight- even though they are so precious to us.


<—Annie inherits her mother’s INC Pin Collection, which is currently on display at her home.

This collection has travelled with me through our many homes over the years. It always has a prime space on the wall. It always allows for great conversation. I know there are others out there who also have been collecting pins.

Each pin comes with at least 4 stories.

 

  1. How they got the pin- who gave it to them or what did they have to do to earn it?
  2. What does the pin signify?
  3. The first time they wore the pin.
  4. What do they plan to do with the pin?

With each pin that we get to collect, we also get to collect stories of faith.

I think we could do more intentional inclusive wearing of our approved INC pins. This means to wear them more frequently than just when attending the worship service. We get to wear these pins. These beautiful shiny insignia signify so much and are great conversation starters when waiting in line at the post office, grocery shopping or getting our hair done.

A Church of Christ pin released in commemoration of the Diamond Jubilee Anniversary of the Church.—>

My son’s collection started with the Centennial Pin, The INC100 Pin, an INC Flag Pin, The One With EVM Pin, an INCKids Pin and now the I Am Proud to Be a Member of the Iglesia Ni Cristo pin.

We Get to Collect God’s Message Magazine or Pasugo

From my father, I have a small but inspiring collection of God’s Message Magazines from the earlier publications.

<—Illustrated magazines that Annie’s dad collected throughout the years, in hopes of passing it down to his children and grandchildren.

He was baptized in 1979. His own article about how he joined the Iglesia Ni Cristo was published in 2000.

Annie’s dad, Stephen, tells his story about finding the Church of Christ in a God’s Message Magazine published in 2000.—>

It’s a treasured copy for our family.

A secret admission: I always look forward to the September publication of the magazine, as September is my birth month. In my younger years, I would read in awe, somehow I was always represented or included in the September publication of the God’s Message magazine. One year, a brief story our KADIWA Leadership activity was featured, the next year another Youth Event that we were involved with made the issue.  It felt like a special birthday gift to me if somehow in a small way I had a direct relationship to that particular publication.

 

<—One for you, one for me: As publications of God’s Message are released and distributed to guests and loved ones, Annie’s family keeps a copy to add to their library.

My father collected the magazines for his children and shared them with us knowing that their lessons of faith and history of the Church would fill us up with hope and understanding. We get to collect inspiration to share with those who need it too.

I have a new outlook on God’s Message Magazines now. I get to collect and read them, but find it more important to read them with the intent to share. I underline and highlight and place tabs on key parts within the magazine. This is so that when I pass it on, the new reader can hopefully join me for a discussion on the subject matter.

Annie’s son, Isaiah, enjoying the Bible stories section included with each God’s Message publication. —>

With every special gathering, special worship service, special occasion, special celebration, what makes it truly special and memorable are the hymns. The hymns are published for the worshippers in special hymnlets (Little hymnbooks) that you can keep.

My collection grows on my favorite bookshelf and I file them in chronological order from newest to oldest.

<—Annie’s collection of Special Worship Service hymlets (small hymn books), which are distributed to members in attendance.

I pass by this simple collection everyday when I start my day and when I end my day. It’s a reminder of the presence of the Holy Spirit that was felt with each occasion. I was among those singing praises to God, and yet He was the one to bless me with comfort and relief.

When I do my dusting, a trip down memory lane is ensured with each hymnlet that I open. Many times I pause to recollect the tune of a hymn, or find a line of lyric that brings tears of joy to my eyes. As I go deeper and deeper into my collection I also recall all the various themes and triumphs of the Church that I have witnessed.

When I showed my son the hymnlet from his first Thanksgiving he was touched thinking about how I remembered that special occasion for him.

We Get to Collect INC T-shirts

We traveled to my closet next. A set that brings me great joy is the growing heap of INC t-shirts from the years.

Annie’s mom passed down this vintage shirt from the Church’s 70th Anniversary Celebration in 1984.—>

Then there are all the shirts from Chicago activities, Midwest District activities, Orlando activities, SESB activities, East Jacksonville, North Atlanta and Miami local congregation activities. Recent events include INC Music events, INC Media events and INC Kids shirts. I love my shirt collections.

It makes it fun each morning to decide which shirt to wear for the day. I used to treat all the shirts like I did my mom’s vintage 1984 shirt. But I know more designs and varieties are coming – so I use each one up with pride and confidence. I get to wear my faith. When my son is of age to leave for college, I plan to make one of those really cool t-shirt quilts for him with all his INC shirts through the years.

<—Annie’s extensive t shirt collection.

We Get to Collect INC Family Photos

My favorite collector’s items are our family photos in the sanctuary or in front of the chapel façade.  Some of my best family photos have been through the generous support of a fellow brother or sister with a DSLR camera and a desire to make my children smile for the big camera after a very early morning start.

There’s something sweet though about a photo collection that depicts growth and aging of a family through the years. This collection of photos also depicts commitment and faith. We’re guaranteed that family pose with a colorful blossoming flower arrangement at least 3 times a year.We know how much bigger a blessing it is if other family members are also included in the photo.

We learned early in our marriage that there aren’t enough walls to hold up all the family photos to print out, and our INC Pin collection. Thankfully technology has definitely increased and we can keep our photos with us digitally wherever we go. I showed my son how to create a folder in my photos app and we dragged all our family photos to that new spot, and backed them up for good measure.

When Christ returns He won’t be asking me for my collections as proof that I love my membership in the Church of Christ. But the collections prove so much loyalty and commitment to my membership. And even though I will have to leave behind those collections, I know that my family and I will join him there in our new home in the Holy City.

Stephanie Canete is a staff writer for INCMEDIA.ORG from Florida. She cherishes collecting all things red, white, green and gold and is also a homeschooling mom of two . She is a firm believer in the Lord Jesus Christ and believes in Him so much that she also is a member of His Church.

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