OFFICIAL PUBLICATION OF CENTRAL UNITED METHODIST
YOUNG ADULT FELLOWSHIP
The UMYAFP History as an Organization
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
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
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
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
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
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,
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
10. Achieving sexual maturity and learning one’s sex
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
|Central U.M.Y.A.F. OFFICERS
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
(Tagalog) JONATHAN RAMIREZ
(Ilocano) DOVIEMAR RAQUEL
(English) LIZETTE TAPIA – RAQUEL
THELMA – LEE R. SADOY
(Tagalog Vesper) GERRY GOMEZ
(English Versper) CHRISTOPHER CARDAÑO
Advisers : REV. NORBING RAMOS
BRO. NICK SUAREZ
Central United Methodist
694 T.M. Kalaw Street, Ermita Manila
Tel. Nos.: 525-7329 • 525-7590
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!
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.
THE UMYAF COLORS
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
We are the Young
Of the United Methodist Church
Committed are we with the mission
To exemplify the life of Christ
steps,” our battlecry
In all that we do or say
We pledge to abide by Him always
And to serve Him all our lives
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