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THE OFFICIAL PUBLICATION OF CENTRAL UNITED METHODIST YOUNG ADULT FELLOWSHIP

The UMYAFP History as an Organization

             The UMYAFP MOVEMENT in The United Methodist Church of the Philippines started in 1952 during the Northwest Philippines Annual Conference (NWPAC) Session at Narvacan, Ilocos Sur. With a group of visionary youth leaders spearheaded by Emmanuel Cleto, Jacobo Clave, Felimon Fernandez Jr., Anastacio Ortiz, and Daniel Javier, the UMYAF was organized.

The first National Christmas Conference of the UMYAFP that was found to be on
record kept by Cora Cabrera took place in Baguio City on December 29, 1956 to January 1, 1957. The National Officers were, Felimon Fernandez, Jr., Pablo Suarez, Josie Runez, Rufo Pacusa, Lily Lacson, Artemio Guillermo and Bishop Jose L. Valencia as adviser. Directors of the different departments representing the different young adults concerns were Ric Dantes, Emmanuel

Cleto, Henry Pablo, Juan Rodrigo Francisco, Corazon Bartolome, Aurora Casiano, Jacobo Clave, and Alejandro Valera.

On the conference level, UMYAF in PAC was led by President Rodrigo Estrada. The NWPAC on the other hand was led by President Anastacio Ortiz, Jr. Records also show that there were representatives from NPAC and MAC.

“TO SERVE THE PRESENT AGE, THY CALLING TO FULFILL,” was well chosen to be the THEME of the conference. Social Action resource persons were the following: Dr. Benjamin I. Guansing, Dr. L. Elbert Welhengton, Dr. Isidro Panlasigui, and Rev. Franscisco Galvez, Sr. challenged the young adults on the day’s complex social problems in the light of the Gospel of the

Lord Jesus Christ to find the most effective way in bringing testimony to the Christian Faith in the affairs of Human Society.

No available records were found on the activities of the UMYAFP for the years that followed the convention. However, it is common knowledge that the pioneers of the young adults movement in the United Methodist Church continued to be prime movers not only in the church but also in the community and beyond the shores of our country. It was in the 1967 National Biennial Convention that the UMYAFP was reactivated through the leadership of Engr. Manuel Gonzales. It was in this convention that the following were introduced and approved:

1. The UMYAFP EMBLEM, which is made up of a Latin Cross, the Maltese- Pattee Cross, and Three (3) Circles; and
2. The UMYAFP MOTTO, “In JESUS’ STEPS”.

The Young Adults of the United Methodist Church through the existing UMYAF organization since then have unwaveringly responded to the call to serve even without official recognition from the United Methodist Church, unlike the organization such as the UMYFP, the UMM, and the UMWSCS. In many ways however, the undefined status of the UMYAF in the UMC structure has limited the full participation of the members in decision making process within the church.

Recognizing this limitation, the National UMYAFP Executive Council 1978-1980 visited the different Annual Conferences in the Philippines to campaign for the legal status of the organization in the United Methodist Church. The PAC, NWPAC, and the NPAC voted that the petition be sent to the UMC General Conference in 1980 to include the Annual Conference UMYAF President as full voting member of the Annual Conference.


On February 28, 1980, the President of the National UMYAF 1978-1980, Brenda J. Fernandez, found no record. The petition for the UMYAF was sent through proper channels to the General Conference Secretary. On February 29, 1980, Bishop Paul Locke A. Granadosin, on the advices of Dr. Emerito P. Nacpil, sent a cable gram to inform Dr. John B. Holt of the petition to give the UMYAF Annual Conference President full voting status in the Annual Conference.

In April 1980, the UMYAF petition to the General Conference held in Indianapolis, USA was strongly approved. Thus, the UMYAF has achieved since then full status and recognition as an official organization of the United Methodist Church.

The UMYAF of today on its 23rd year of OFFICAL existence in the structure of the United Methodist Church continues to grow as prime movers in the life of the local Church, and in the community as well. It continues to contribute in the strengthening of the whole church through Deep Christian Commitment and active participation in churchmanship. Just like the tree that was planted by the waters, the UMYAF as an integral part of the United Methodist Church remains unshaken with the MOST PRIME MOVER as the SOURCE of its life, our LORD JESUS CHRIST as our guiding star on all undertakings for the development of HIS church.
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Some of the developmental experiences of UMYAF are:
1. Leaving home and achieving freedom from parental authority.
2. Leaving youth patterns and learning the tasks and roles of adulthood.
3. Forming new relationships and finding a sense of belonging.
4. Realizing the freedom to examine, to evaluate and decide.
5. Learning the meaning of existence and determining one’s destiny and life’s goals.
6. Making decisions as to a style or pattern of life, middle class standards, organization man, playboy sophistication, etc.
7. Choosing or changing one’s vocation.
8. Achieving economic independence and determining the use of one’s material resources.
9. Finding a mate, marriage and parenthood, or adjusting to singleness.
10. Achieving sexual maturity and learning one’s sex role.
11. Making moral decision based on religious beliefs.
12. Learning to accept oneself where one is at a particular moment in life.
13. Finding life meaningful and having a sense of purpose of destiny.

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Central U.M.Y.A.F. OFFICERS
C.Y. 2003-2004


President : VOLTAIRE R. VICTORIA
Vice President : TAMMY ANN REYES-MENDILLO
Secretary : GEMMA LEE ASUNCION
Treasurer : NOIMIE B. AQUINO
Auditor : SHARON V. FARALA
P.R.O. : JANET L. RODRIGUEZ
Coordinators :
(Tagalog) JONATHAN RAMIREZ
EILEEN LUCENA
(Ilocano) DOVIEMAR RAQUEL
ALEXIS BARCARSE
(English) LIZETTE TAPIA – RAQUEL
THELMA – LEE R. SADOY
(Tagalog Vesper) GERRY GOMEZ
(English Versper) CHRISTOPHER CARDAÑO
MICHAEL BARRION
Advisers : REV. NORBING RAMOS
BRO. NICK SUAREZ

Central United Methodist Church
694 T.M. Kalaw Street, Ermita Manila
Tel. Nos.: 525-7329 • 525-7590

 

Be an Active MYAF Member!

Welcome to the maiden issue of “In Jesus’ Steps”! If you are aged 24 to 35, single or married, and a regular attendee of any of Central Church’s five worship services, then you are automatically an eligible MYAFer. All we ask from you is to please fill-out completely our Membership Profile form to be distributed during today’s and next Sunday’s membership campaign.

We would also like to invite you to join MYAF’s Sunday School starting July 6, from 10:00 to 10:40 AM at the Perez Chapel to be facilitated by Rev. Ray Sison and Bro. Hazen Aspa.

Be challenged to serve the Lord. Be an active MYAF member now!

 
THE UMC SYMBOL

Each time you see the cross and flame emblem, you are looking at United Methodism's official symbol.

Known informally as the cross and flame logo but formally known as the denomination's insignia, it has been in use for nearly three decades now. It is seen in cities, towns and rural areas at every point on the globe. The insignia is a cross linked with a dual flame. This symbol relates our church to God by way of the second and third persons of the Trinity; the Christ (cross) and the Holy Spirit (flame).

Apart from Wesleyan Trinitarian theology and warmth, the flame has two other connotations. The flame suggests Pentecost when witnesses saw "tongues as of fire." And the duality of the flame was meant to represent the merger in 1968 of two denominations: The Methodist Church and the Evangelical United Brethren Church.

Source: www.umc.org

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THE UMYAF COLORS

The Official Colors of the UMYAF as emphasized in the UMYAF emblem are BLUE and ORANGE. BLUE, symbolizes maturity. ORANGE, because of its Brightness, signifies light which illumines Christ in our lives.

THE UMYAFP EMBLEM

The UMYAFP Emblem is made up of the Latin Cross, the Maltese-Pattee Cross, and Three Circles.

The LATIN CROSS signifies the growth of the United Methodist Young Adult Fellowship from the UMYF. What used to be the inner cross, limited by the end sides of the Maltese-Pattee cross is now stretched out for a greater service and responsibilities, the UMYAF is now entering a life of maturity.

The MALTESE-PATTEE CROSS is super-imposed at the center of the Latin Cross. It has eight points which stand for the eight beatitudes. The UMYAF recognizes these eight points as its way of life.

The THREE (3) CIRCLES binding the two crosses together symbolize fellowship. The inner circle represents our fellowship with Jesus Christ; the middle circle, our fellowship with one another, and the outer circle, our worldwide fellowship.

The UMYAFP Emblem
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UMYAFP HYMN

We are the Young Adults
Of the United Methodist Church
Committed are we with the mission
To exemplify the life of Christ

“In Jesus’ steps,” our battlecry
In all that we do or say
We pledge to abide by Him always
And to serve Him all our lives

We’ll rally to bring our fellowmen
At the feet of our Savior, Lord and Master
In Jesus’ steps we’ll ever be
In Jesus’ steps.

Words and Music by
Clarafe A. Aguilar

 
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