It was all smiles in the face of more than 38 elders of the church when the Bishop of Ohaji/Egbema Anglican Diocese, Rt. Rev. Chidi Collins Oparaojiaku, gathered them to express his appreciation for their efforts in the growth of the church in the Diocese.
Addressing the elders who were aged 80 and above, Bishop Oparaojiaku thanked them for their zeal and labour in the Lord’s vineyard during their active days.
He said that it would amount to ingratitude if they were forgotten, hence, he invited them to show appreciation.
At the Holy Communion and covenant service to mark the first Sunday in 2014 at St. Peter’s Cathedral Church, Umuokanne, Ohaji, Bishop Oparaojiaku admonished Christians to always ask for God’s grace in whatever situation they found themselves.
The Bishop, who also conducted the service, assisted by Rev. Stephen Ugorji, said that anything got without the grace of God would not last.
He called on the faithful in the Diocese to renew their faith in the completion of the Cathedral building sooner than three years from then and tasked them to donate generously.
The Bishop, however, pledged that the building would be roofed before December, this year.
The elders present went home with special gifts including towels, clothing materials, food items and more.
Present at the special occasion were HRH Eze Mojo Nwokoma PhD, Sir Engr. Ray Ogara, president of the council of knights in the Diocese, Sir Desmond Nwokoma, Sir Barr. Chidi Ononogbo, Malsuny Dikeocha, among others.