by Bohol Standard Weekly
Formerly known Dr. Graham Memorial Church, Inc., United Church of Christ in the Philippines (UCCP) Tagbilaran City will celebrate its 103rd Church
Anniversary on August 15-19 with a theme: “THE CHURCH CALLED TO DISCIPLESHIP OF SERVANTHOOD.” This year’s Guest Speaker is the UCCP General Secretary, Bishop Reuel Norman O. Marigza.
Activities include: Musical Recitals on Aug 15, Wed – 6:30 PM; Galilean Fellowship through simultaneous Zonal Bible Studies in 12 different area on Aug 16, Thurs – 7 pm; Inter-organizational Variety Show Contest on Aug 17, Fri – 7 pm; Running with Jesus, Ball Games
, Novelty Games and Indoor Games on Aug 18, Sat; and Three Worship Celebration – 6am, 9am and 6pm, Booth Contest and Lunch Fellowship on Aug 19, Sun.
It may be recalled that UCCP-Tagbilaran is the First Protestant Church in Tagbilaran City with Rev. Dr. James A. Graham, a Scottish Citizen and Medical Doctor as its First Pastor. He was declared Adopted Son of Bohol on 1936 thru a Provincial Boad Resolution during the governorship of then President Carlos P. Garcia. He later on died on March 25, 1940 here in Tagbilaran City. Among its first elite members were Former Tagbilaran Mayor Don Lorenzo Torralba and Former Governor Don Fernando Rocha.
Other ministries and projects of the church are: Merne Graham Memorial School which offers Nursery to Elementary Education; Touch-A-Child Student Center in partnership with Compassion Philippines for the nurturing of indigent children to full Christian Maturity; Outreach Ministries in Cortes, Dauis and Panglao; and Grace Dormitory which offers accommodation for transients and students.
For the Schedule of Worship Services: On Sundays – 6 AM for the English Morning Service; 9 AM for the Cebuano Service and 6 PM for the English Vesper Service. Every last Sunday of the month by 2 PM is the Touch-A-Child Student Center Worship Service. Sunday School is by 8-9 AM and Midweek Service is every Wednesday at 6:30 PM. All Worship Services are conducted at the main sanctuary located at 61 C Gallares St., Tagbilaran City.
At present, the church is man by the following members of the Pastoral Team: Rev. George A. Lungay as Administrative Pastor, Rev. Ma. Concepcion T. Buscabus as Christian Education and Nurture (CEN) Pastor, Rev. Joromi Puracan as Christian Witness and Service (CWS) Pastor and Pastor Wella Hoyle as Youth Pastor.