This is Part 1 of 3 part series, October 20, 2017.
From Victoria to Nova Scotia, a total of 11 ANCOP areas were represented in the recent ANCOP Canada National Operations Meeting held at the Annunciation of Our Lord Parish Hall in Hamilton, Ontario from October 20-22, 2017.
It was the first ever meeting after the last ANCOP Planning held in Calgary exactly a year ago. Last year, there were 2 separate ANCOP Summits held a day prior to the CFC Conferences in Calgary and Ottawa. This meeting was a toll booth assessment of the first 10 months and a venue to celebrate a banner year for ANCOP in Canada.
As early as Friday morning, delegates from the east flew in at the Hamilton Airport to be at the venue for a 5:30 PM call time.
The CFC Youth Music Min took the opportunity to do a song teaching of “Eyes On” which will be part of the opening worship. The national anthems of the Philippines and Canada were played on video showing ANCOP Canada scholars singing both anthems. This was a touching way to open the event.
Bro Alex Beley, the CFC ANCOP Hamilton Area Coordinator welcomed the delegates to Hamilton describing the city as “Steeltown”. Followed by Bro Jon Angco, CFC Halton Chapter Head together with the CFCYouth Music Ministry, who led the lively opening worship.
Bro Ricky Cuenca, International Council member and current ANCOP Canada President, delivered his opening remarks, congratulating the coordinators for their hard work and success in the most recent ANCOP Walk. He also reminded the delegates of their roles of being Authentic Leaders, one that is always ready to serve joyfully without any motives in mind.
Bro Bong Garrucho, ANCOP Canada Chairman, gave his perspective of ANCOP in the future and how we should look at our work for the poor as growing.
A simple but filling dinner was served to the delight of other delegates who were just arriving due to Friday traffic.
Returning from their successful facilitation of the ANCOP Planning in Calgary, the power couple of Bro Greg Forbes and Sis Peachy Cuenca Forbes introduced the first activity, drawing out the participants’ expectations and purpose for being in the event, and what character traits are they contributing to the success of the meeting. This was followed by a game to prove that good results happen if we have well-meaning intent coupled with the right mechanism. It was a fun but meaningful way to start the First Day hostilities.
Bro Alex Beley, who opened the night, also closed with a joyful praise and worship songs. He reminded everyone to have a good rest and an early breakfast with their hosts to be ready at 8:30 am for the gallery walk of all the postings from all the group.