Florida District adds Kissimmee Local Congregation
By AUDREY ROSAL and VINCE T. BASCO
Date Posted: December 4, 2020
The Ecclesiastical District of Florida added the Local Congregation of Kissimmee to its roster, bringing the number of its local congregation to twelve, not to mention four extensions, and two group worship services (GWS).
The local congregation was formerly a group worship service (GWS). Due to the growth of membership from the time it was established on May 10, 2016, its status was elevated to a local congregation.
Due to the lockdown to prevent the further spread of the Covid-19 pandemic at the start of this year, brethren in Kissimmee attended the household worship services in the past months.
With the easing of restrictions, the inaugural worship service of the local congregation was held in its house of worship in 1616 W Oak Street, Kissimmee, Orlando, Florida on October 31, 2020. The brethren were joyful and thankful to God for the opportunity to go back in their house of worship and worship Him.
“With God’s will, we were granted to be a local congregation even during this pandemic and it is really God’s work,” said Caroline de Guzman, local head secretary.
Brother Marlone Balason, district supervising minister, officiated at the sacred gathering. “The establishment of local congregations not only in our district, but also throughout the whole world during the time of a worldwide pandemic, is solid evidence that God’s promises are true and that nothing, not even a worldwide pandemic, can hinder these promises from happening,” he said.
In the worship service, new Church officers took oath in their respective Church duties as additional helpers of the Church Administration.
“I feel so blessed, I really felt that God has given that as a gift during the inaugural worship service,” Caroline, newly sworn in her Church duty, expressed.
Observing the brethren in holy occasion, Caroline, said, “This actually strengthens the faith of the brethren and we are so excited not only because we can see each other, but most of all, we will be worshiping God.” — With reports from INC News Section