On the afternoon of May 4th 2014, over 500 members of the CFC Singapore community gathered in the brand new UE Convention Centre to celebrate their 27th Anniversary. After the opening worship led by Elmer Lobusta, the festivities began with a trip down memory lane through a song and dance number from the Creatives Group featuring an original composition that narrated the history of CFC in Singapore. This was followed by colorful presentations from each chapter with singing and dancing by couples and members of all family ministries. Between the chapter performances, William Villaviray, head of the North Chapter, and his family composed of his wife, Susan, and children – Miles, Seann, and Larah, gave powerful sharings on their journey with the community, overcoming challenges and looking forward to a long future and greater service with CFC.
Midway through the afternoon, everyone was serenaded by the SFC Couple Coordinators who performed their song number that won second place in the talent competition during the recent SFC ICON. CFC SG’s National Head, Patrick Thong, then delivered an exhortation on how CFC is passionately witnessing in Singapore as evidenced by the strengthening of its membership through transitioning SFCs into CFC as they start their new families, bringing them into the community; by providing a home away from home for weary travellers and welcoming local Christians; and by sending out missionaries to other countries to help build the church of the home and the church of the poor. At this time, the CFC SG Mission Ready Teams launched the Mission Volunteers Manual that they created as a guide for those who go on mission trips outside of Singapore. Patrick led the pray over for the new couples in CFC and their families, for the Singaporean members who continue to be in the community even the inactive ones, for the youth leaders, and for the international missionaries. He closed with a call for all members to renew their commitment to the CFC Covenant by reading and pledging to the statutes of their Covenant Card.
The anniversary celebration ended with a praisefest led by Rudy Dimayacyac followed by the Holy Eucharist officiated by CFC SG’s Spiritual Director, Rev. Fr. Stephen Yim. While the event started with a view of the past 27 years, it ended with the anticipation of a vibrant and blessed future for CFC in Singapore.