CFC Northern California (Nor-Cal) celebrated 20 years of God’s blessings at St. Timothy’s Church in 1515 Dolan Ave. San Mateo, California last May 12, 2012.
Twenty years ago on May 14, 1992, CFC NorCal was officially begun at St. John the Baptist Catholic Church in Milpitas with six couples (Boni and Baby Capuyan, Rolly and Nila Fajilan, Cris and Celia Nazareno, Loy and Mely Sagrado, Carl and Solly Sinsay and Larry and Lorna Tamayo). To date, three of these couples (Fajilan, Nazareno and Sinsay couples) remain in CFC which now totals 2,434 adult members, 550 YFC, and 400 KFC.
The celebration started with praise and worship led by Jun Faustino at 9AM, followed by the opening remarks from Eric Villanueva, CFC-USA National Director. He urged CFC Norcal to continue to be On FIRE for the Lord, saying: “CFC Norcal now stands at the threshold of greater things to come.” He urged CFC Norcal to offer to God all the works over the past 20 years and to recommit to God. “CFC is a way of life, designed by God to help you become all you can be.”
There was much fun, fellowship and food as the celebration continued, but this will never be complete without the Eucharistic Service which was celebrated at 10:15AM by Most Rev Fr. Richie Bueza, Pastor of St John the Baptist Catholic Church (CFC NorCal’s first Parish).
Various chapters and ministries put up booths and helped fund-raise with such offerings as halo-halo, gulaman, maiz con hielo, coffee, soda and water, and other food items. There were also game booths and a photo booth that every enjoyed. The main event was the Amazing Race were everyone participated.
In between these fun activities, door prizes and cash prizes ranging from $5 to $100 were given away. The highlight of the fellowship was the drawing of raffle tickets for cash prizes of $5,000 for first place, $3,000 for second place, and $1,000 for third place.
The celebration was ended with a praise fest led by Gerard Talampas, an SFC leader. By Mauril Mariano