Former GWS in Vaudreuil, Montreal now a local congregation
By DOROTHY CHRISTINE DE ARO and RONNIE H. MUTYA
Date Posted: December 26, 2022
In 2019, brethren living in and around Vaudreuil-Dorion, a suburb of Greater Montreal, in Canada were organized by the Church Administration into a group worship service (GWS). Before that, they attended Church gatherings in the house of worship in Beaconsfield, around 16 kilometers away from their residences.
Again, with the Church Administration’s approval, the former GWS is now the Local Congregation of Vaudreuil, under the supervision of the Ecclesiastical District of Ottawa.
The inaugural worship service officiated by Brother Jose Razon II, the district supervising minister, on December 4, 2022 marked the elevation of the GWS into a full-fledged local congregation. This momentous occasion was held at the Centre Communautaire Jean-Marc Duchame, in 21 Rue Louise-Josephte, Vaudreuil-Dorion, Quebec.
In his homily, Brother Razon pointed out to the brethren that as members of the true Church, their devotion to the worship and service of God must never waver. Upholding this divine mandate, he emphasized, will ensure them salvation come Judgment Day.
Afterwards, the first set of Church officers in the local congregation took their oath, promising to do their very best to be of help to the Church Administration in taking care of the brethren’s welfare.
One of them, Jayson Collantes, a head deacon, said, “With this development, we promise to all more show to God our commitment to our divine calling and to the Church Administration our unity with the Executive Minister, Brother Eduardo V. Manalo.”
“Despite the hardships that the brethren here went through, we truly have plenty of reasons to thank our Almighty God, especially now that we have been established as a local congregation,” said Brother Michael Dallo, appointed as the new congregation’s resident ministerial worker. “We will continue to unite with the Church Administration in giving glory to God.” — With reports from INC News Section