NEW JERSEY, USA – As the Iglesia Ni Cristo (INC) or Church Of Christ celebrates its 107th anniversary, the city of Elizabeth, New Jersey, declared July 27, 2021 as IGLESIA NI CRISTO DAY.
Elizabeth City Mayor J. Christian Bollwage himself read the proclamation on the steps of City Hall, with some ministers and members of the INC present to witness and commemorate this momentous occasion.
Mayor Bollwage highlighted the importance of the INC’s commitment to helping the community. “What this church has done by encouraging the young people of the church to work on cleanups throughout the community is how important it is to have a safe and clean environment in which you live, work and attend church,” he said.
The INC has been a constant positive influence in this community since its local congregation in Elizabeth, New Jersey, started in July 1977.
Through the leadership of the INC Executive Minister Brother Eduardo V. Manalo, Elizabeth Congregation and the Ecclesiastical District of New Jersey, conducted various community outreach events over the years—Aid to Humanity events, INC Giving activities—and recently, a tree planting activity and blood donation drive.
All the community outreach campaigns observed government health and safety measures.
Later in the evening, in the New Jersey state capital of Trenton, the Lower Trenton Bridge was lit up in green, white, and red in recognition of the anniversary of the Iglesia Ni Cristo (Church Of Christ) on July 27.
New Jersey Assistant District Supervising Minister Brother Solomon Joves described the general feeling of the brethren as “celebrating jubilantly.”
“(We’re) so happy and thankful to the Almighty God for the many triumphs and successes that He, the Father, grants the Church,” he added.
The Iglesia Ni Cristo was first registered in the Philippines on July 27, 1914 by its first Executive Minister, Brother Felix Y. Manalo. After 107 years, it has spread to 158 countries and territories with its members belonging to 147 nationalities and races.