The Ikeduru Diocesan synod for 2014 came to an end last Sunday at the venue, St. Andrew’s (Ang.) Church, Inyishi with a Eucharistic thanksgiving service and launching for funds for diocesan projects, the obvious climax being the pledge by Engr. Dr. Iwanyanwu to complete the building of the new Cathedral and the hall complex.
Dr. Iwuanyanwu was not present at the occasion but in a letter to the Bishop, Rt. Rev. Emmanuel Maduwike, which he read to the congregation, Chief Iwuanyanwu disclosed that after consultations with his family, work on the projects would commence next January.
Another aspect of the closing activities was the dedication of the hostel building of the Dora Chinyere Nwankiti Juniorate, Inyishi by Bishop Maduwike.
He noted that the hostel building was completed in three years as he commended the principal, school’s management, contractors and all those who contributed to the success of the project for their prudent resource management.
Earlier, in his sermon at the service conducted by Rev. Canon Sydney Akuwudike, the Anglican Bishop of Jebba, Rt. Rev. Sunday Timothy Adewole urged Christians to imbibe the spirit of forgiveness.
Preaching on the theme of the synod; “The Scars of sin and the beauty of forgiveness”, he submitted that “the scars of sin are forgotten when sin is genuinely forgiven”.
The preacher made extensive references to the Bible where persons got rewards for forgiving those who wronged them but stressed that God does not consider one’s qualifications before using him but that He would always equip such a person He has called to serve.
Bishop Adewole then praised the parishioners for supporting their bishop and urged them not to relent, assuring them of God’s reward.
The first lesson from Ezekiel 33:10-20 was read by Sir Cliff Unachukwu while Lady Uchechi Obiyo read the second lesson from Luke 15:11-32 with the Inyishi Central Archdeaconry Choir conducted by Mr. Grant Iheuko performing at the occasion.
The service was well-attended by worshippers from the diocese and beyond including Eze (Sir) Sam Ohiri, Prof. Anunuso, Dr. Ihejirika, Dr Osmund Ukanacho, Mummy Jane Nwankiti and many others.