After 24 years of compassionate service at First Baptist Peddie Memorial Church, a full day of celebrations were held in honor of Pastor Tingson’s retirement on Sunday, November 22, 2015 in Newark, NJ.
The community wanted to celebrate the work of God through His servant Rev. Tingson who joined Peddie Church as Assistant Pastor and later continued to minister to the glory of God as the Senior Pastor, working tirelessly to glorify the name of Jesus in the streets of Newark.
As expressed by Carol Gallantine in an adaptation from Oswald Chambers, Pastor Felix is “one of the Lord’s most beautiful lilies…. The people who influence us the most are not those who detain us with their continual talk, but those who live their lives like the stars in the sky and “the lilies of the field”- simply and unaffectedly. Those are the lives that mold and shape us.“
In the morning, many family and friends gathered at Peddie Church to join representatives from ABC USA, ABCNJ and ABW to offer praises, prayers and blessings for Pastor and Mrs. Tingson as they embark on a new life chapter under God’s guidance.
During the service, the congregation watched a warm video message recorded by ABC USA Executive Secretary, Rev. Dr. Roy Medley.
ABCNJ Executive Minister & Senior Regional Pastor, Rev. Dr. Lee Spitzer, delivered the morning service message titled “Celebrating a Compassionate Ministry” with texts read from Proverbs 3:1-6 and Matthew 9:35-38. The closing benediction was administered by Rev. Vernl Mattson, ABCNJ Associate Regional Pastor.
In the afternoon, a retirement banquet was organized at the Robert Treat Hotel in Newark, NJ. It was attended by more than 250 people who braved the weather to fellowship with the Peddie family in thanking God for the service of Pastor Tingson.
Warm and graceful remarks were delivered by Mrs. Rosa Sierra, ABCNJ President, Rev. Elmo Familiarian, ABCNJ Associate Regional Pastor and Rev. Li, National Coordinator for Intercultural Ministries.
Many members of the Peddie Family went to the podium to recall memories and anecdotes of their time spent with Pastor Tingson. Musical performances were also part of the occasion, with renditions by Jenmai DeAssis, Ervin Lumauag, Katy Sumrow, Jackie Ajala and many others. Pastor Tingson’s grand-daughter Jasmin performed a ballet routine. The festivities concluded with a prayer delivered by Minister Tina Koffi and the benediction offered by Rev. James Kang.
To Pastor Felix- one of the Lord’s most beautiful lilies
Living Simply-Yet Focused
from ‘My Utmost for His Highest’ by Oswald Chambers
“Look at the birds of the air…Consider the lilies of the field” Matthew 6:26, 28
Consider the lilies of the field, how they grow; they neither toil nor spin”—they simply are! Think of the sea, the air, the sun, the stars and the moon-all of these simply are as well-yet what a ministry and service they render on our behalf! So often we impair God’s designed influence, which He desires to exhibit through us, because of our own conscious efforts to be consistent and useful. Jesus said there is only one way to develop and grow spiritually, and that is through focusing and concentrating on God. In essence, Jesus was saying, “Do not worry about being of use to others; simply believe in Me.” In other words, pay attention to the Source, and out of you “will flow rivers of living water” (John 7:38). We cannot discover the source of our natural life through common sense and reasoning, and Jesus is teaching here that growth in our spiritual life comes not from focusing directly on it, but from concentrating on our Father in heaven. Our heavenly Father knows our circumstances, and if we will stay focused on Him, instead of our circumstances, we will grow spiritually just as “the lilies of the field.”
The people who influence us the most are not those who detain us with their continual talk, but those who live their lives like the stars in the sky and “the lilies of the field”- simply and unaffectedly. Those are the lives that mold and shape us.
If you want to be of use to God, maintain the proper relationship with Jesus Christ by staying focused on Him, and He will make use of you every minute you live-yet you will be unaware, on the conscious level of your life, that you are being used of Him.
Overall, Sunday November 22 was a joyful Spirit-filled day full of singing, laughing, dancing and eating that was enjoyed by all the participants. Though some feelings of sadness surfaced, the joyful remembrances overfilled the hearts.
Thanksgivings be to God for His servant Pastor Tingson and continued divine blessings be upon Pastor and Mrs. Tingson and their whole family!
More Pictures from the Celebrations
Shared Church Memories