By Gid Ahanonu
Activities marking the 2015 Biennial Mothers’ Union Conference of the Anglican Diocese of Owerri were rounded off last Sunday with a thanksgiving services at the Cathedral Church of the Transfiguration of Our Lord (CATOL) Owerri, venue of the event.
The climax of the occasion was the conferment of Conference Mothers’ award on ten distinguished mothers. They include, the Vice Chancellor, Imo Sstate University Owerri, Professor Adobi Victoria Obasi, Barr. Lady Uchenna Stella Amamasi; Mrs Rachael U. Mbaneme, Dame Chinwe Kalu Ogba, Dame Anagam Ononuju; and Dame Maureen Nnaji.
Others are, Mrs. Grace A. Ajoku; Dame (Mrs) Helen Festa Ugoha, Lady Sophy N. Odunna and lady Carol E. Nwokoro.
Delivering his sermon at the occasion which was the 26th in the series, the Anglican Bishop of Owerri, Rt. Rev. Cyril C. Okorocha, PhD, charged Christians to be part of the theme of the conference which is “faith, obedience and service” by doing good to others, adding that they should not regret any benevolence they extend to their fellow human being.
The prelate warned against doing the right thing with fear, stressing the need for Christians to do what is right without hesitation as exemplified by the biblical Good Samaritan.
He then counseled the people to allow Christ to come into them, saying that good Christians would be judged by their services before they are allowed entry into the kingdom of God
The first lesson at the service from Genesis 22:1-18, was read by Mrs Ngozi Chukwuocha, while the president of the Women’s Ministries, Dr. (Mrs) Eunice Okorocha, read the second lesson from Mathew’s gospel 25:31-45 as the intercessory prayers were handled by Mrs Ngozi Chukwuocha, Mrs Chinyere Ofurum, Mrs Chizor Ngoka, and Lady Chinyere Okoli. The CATOL Choir, led by Rev Emma Okoroafor, and the Nkwa Praise Music Group by the Clergy wives thrilled the congregation with melodious songs at the service.
Other highlights, of the event were the cutting of the conference cake and fund raising. The service attracted worshipers across the state from all walks of life, including a front line politician and philanthropist, Chief Engr. E.C. Iwuanyanwu.