We, the Archdeacon of Obazu Mbieri Archdeaconry, members of the Obazu Mbieri Archdeaconry Board and the 2012 Synod Local Organizing Committee, on behalf of ourselves and the entire congregation of the churches, parishes and stations that constitute Obazu Mbieri Archdeaconry, most sincerely welcome our Lord Bishop of Owerri Diocese, Rt. Rev. C.C. Okorocha, Ph.D, Mama Owerri, Dr. (Mrs) Eunice Okorocha, Synod delegates, friends, in-laws, invited guests and all participants to the 1st Session of the 19th Synod of the Anglican Diocese of Owerri that comes up from Thursday, 4th to Sunday, 7th October, 2012 at Holy Trinity (Ang) Church, Obazu Mbieri in Mbaitoli Local Government Area of Imo State. The Theme of the-Synod is “THE GOSPEL OF OUR SALVATION: WHAT IS IT AND HOW IS IT?”
Obazu Mbieri is one of the newly-created autonomous communities by the Governor, His Excellency, Owelle Rochas Okorocha’s administration. The community is endowed with virtually every thing that one can find in a civilized and stable community except good and decent approach roads. However, delegates to the present 2012 synod will enjoy reasonably good motorable roads to and from Holy Trinity Church, Obazu, the venue of the Synod.
The Anglican Diocese of Owerri held the last synod in Obazu ten years ago, precisely in October, 2002 when the present new Church building at HTC Obazu was still under construction and attempts were being made to sheet the lower roof of the dome. The hosting of the Synod helped to speed up the completion of the building. This task became a reference point to this day and introduced a new format for Synod hosting.
The Theme of the 2012 Synod is relevant to our present day happenings. The topic, like most Owerri Diocese activities sounds academic but by the time the speakers and the Chief Shepherd of the Diocese elucidate the theme, those who will not be at the Synod would regret their absence.
I, therefore, encourage you to come to this year’s SYNOD to learn, and appreciate God’s varied gifts bestowed and exhibited by Anglicans in the Diocese of Owerri.
The LOC is working very hard to address all challenges with a view to surpassing your expectations. Delegates to the synod should please remember to be security conscious and observe all measures put in place to ensure a hitch free synod.
We love you all and expect your presence at the synod to the Glory of God. OBZ London is waiting for you.
You cannot afford to miss this SYNOD, holding in a Leap Year. You will be glad you attended.