The 1st Senior Core Group Assembly

As a new year unfolds, a new session has been created for all seniors (Servants from Unit head and above) to gather in the so called Senior Core group. 22nd January is our first session.


“For many are called but few are chosen” – Matthew 22:14


Aside from that verse, the day’s gospel is a timely call as God named his 12 apostles. We are not 12 but we are all called by name. Around 40-50 Servants gathered at St. Joseph’s church room 110 with one purpose, to ignite once again the heart of a Servant! Praise Fest was led by Tito Teting Codog, Abu Dhabi’s Family Ministry led the music ministry. Hosted by Sis Mavic Arnoza, she opened the session with a short grouping game to energize the participants and introduced our very own Country Servant, Tito Arsie Sembrano for the first talk.
Tito Arsie started with a tough warning – that this gathering of servant is not for the faint hearted. Teachings for these sessions will be solid and thus everyone is expected to receive hard teachings as we all level up with our service for the Lord. As an opening, he tackled this year’s theme from Ephesians 2:4 – But God, who is rich in mercy, because of His great love with which He loved us. –RICH IN MERCY.
The past years have given us a preparation for this year (see above notes of our themes from 2013 up to date). This means, we have been called to be an Authentic Christian: called to holiness, called to self-denial, self-emptying, called to go out and engage to a spiritual warfare.
A greater call for MERCY this year is at its pinnacle.
Teaching, lunch break and a team building activities were done.


Here is a quick look of the things we’ve learned on this day.


ITEM 1 – MERCY defined and difference with GRACE
ITEM 2 – How to respond God’s Mercy
ITEM 3 – We learned the meaning of B-U-H-O-S
by Sis Mavic
Mercy is a calling for repentance. Mercy is God not punishing us as our sins deserve. Mercy is deliverance from judgment.
·         Mercy – God not giving us what we deserve because of our actions.
·         Grace – God giving us the good that we don’t deserve, extending kindness to the unworthy.
1.       Be Humble
2.       Be Confident of His Love & Mercy
3.       Obey His Commandments
4.       Place our Lives in His hands – let Him be our driver
5.       Go to Confession and admit our sins
·         B-Believe
·         U-Understand
·         H-Humility
·         O-Obedient
·         S- Sacrifice


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Yearly Themes
2012 – Alive in Christ
2013 – Faith Works Wonders – Be.Li.Ev.E
2014 – Empowered to Witness
2015 – Look at Jesus, Look to the Poor
2016 – Rich in Mercy

Published for The Vineyard Magazine Issue 10 (Jan-March 2016)

Writer Mode … [daw]

Writer Mode … [daw]

From my instagram page.
My dream of being a writer was made possible in God’s vineyard through the community, that has opened so many doors for me. Of course this will not be possible without those people who contributed to its completion! I thank the Lord for this wonderful opportunity. 












In order after the full 4 issues – Issue one FAITH WORKS WONDERS, Issue two EMPOWERED TO WITNESS, Issue three WE ARE SAINTS, MARTYRS, WARRIORS and finally Issue four MISSION WEEKEND.
These are the 4 issues of 2014.

And now I am again excited for the next issue this 2015!
Updated mag cover will be added here soon! 🙂

#IDreamADream #AndGodGaveIt 🙂

#Happiness #HappyMe

How to Write Articles

How to Write Articles

Been encouraging some of our brethren to write for The Vineyard Magazine and found out that some of you are actually interested but didn’t know where to start. So I’m doing this post to give some basic tips on how to write an article in general. 🙂

Hey! Remember – that we don’t need a “pro” for this; what we need is your heart and commitment.


I often share during talks that I am a struggling writer. I have submitted stories and poem in my school paper but didn’t get them published. Yet I never stop writing. Writing calms me down and expressing my thoughts eases me. Way back then, my only audience was myself – because I wrote them on my diary. But my dream of being a writer comes alive when a good friend and fellow teacher from GEOS encouraged me to write a book review for Cebu’s ZEE Magazine!!!!



O diba, ayaw sa School paper dahil – sa Local Cebu magazine pala ang aking premier! Ha ha ha! 🙂


From that day on, when I saw my name on that magazine (of course I purchased one…) I never stopped dreaming.


I also had another printed short 5-8 liner quote in Cebu’s tabloid – Super Balita “Reader’s corner” where I won a grocery package for Christmas and eventually started my blog as my platform for all the thoughts on my head by writing.


Flashback 2012, with God’s grace – I end up with the community’s magazine – The Vineyard Magazine / TVM! See how God works in His ways? . . .


Anyhow enough about me, here is what this post is all about.


Let’s start…


What is an article?


·        It is a piece of writing usually intended for publication such as magazine, journal and newspaper. It is written for the wide audience that may include stories, events, reports, announcements and other information.
·        An article can describe an experience, present an opinion, compare and contrast, offer advices and suggestions.
·        It can be formal or informal (for The Vineyard, we accept it all J – allowing everyone to share their time and talent. Our goal is to inspire people, therefore I encourage that writers write their personal reflection and realization of the activities or event they are writing. Adding a quote or a bible passage suits best.


The Basic Format


Like in our English writing classes, an article has 3 basic parts: The introduction, main body & conclusion.


  • Introduction – this part clearly defines the topic to be covered and keep the reader’s attention.


  • Main Body– describe the events or stories with details for 3-5 paragraphs.


  • Conclusion– closing and summarizing the whole topic. It could be personal comment/final opinion or a recommendation through quotes ( bible verses is applicable for The Vineyard)
PLUS!!! An eye-catching TITLE!
Do you notice what you (as a reader) is attracted to when it comes to newspapers? It’s the intriguing titles and sub-heading titles. (Think of what articles – have you read lately and what made you read it?) – This one is a key to get your reader’s attention.


It may also answer the 5 Ws + H (if applicable) What, When, Where, Who and Why/How.


Remember as well to consider where the article your writing is for – a newspaper? A magazine or journal? , who are the readers and what is the aim of your article, does it follow to the goal of the newspaper/magazine you are writing for?


These are just the basics and google could offer you more ways and tips to make your article better.


As a closing to this post, let me inspire you with this:



 Happy writing everyone! 

ODW – 18 Feb 2015