By Nick Chibunna
he 2016 Chapter Meeting of the Ikeduru Council of Knights was last Sunday rounded off with a special thanksgiving service at St Paul’s (Ang) Church, Umuhu Atta in Ikeduru local Government Area, Imo State.
In his charge and subsequent sermon during the thanksgiving service, the Anglican Bishop of Ikeduru, Rt. Rev. Emmanuel Maduwike dwelt on the theme of the chapter meeting: “Laying a solid foundation: a challenge for Knights and Ladies in a growing diocese”.
He urged the Knights and Ladies to remain unshakeable, submitting that the foundation of any building determines the height and strength and therefore called on Christians to make Christ their sure foundation in order to contribute to the building of the church of God as well as render services to humanity.
The prelate posited that the beauty of Christianity is all about expectations as he implored Christians to be firm in their hope that God would actualize their dreams.
He enjoined all to draw near to God, a worthy partner, explaining that the early disciples made great exploits in their ministries because they were close to the master.
Bishop Maduwike decried the current craze for titles among the people of God which he said had male them derail from their faith.
But he assured that as Apostle Paul survived the ship wreck, so would the people of God survive the present crises and conflicts.
He thanked the Knights and Ladies and all those who have contributed in various ways towards the building of the young choices and prayed to God to reward them abundantly.
Earlier in the respective addresses and reports, the president of the council, Sir G.U. Ezeji and the Lady President Lady C.M. Nwankiti, thanked members for contributing towards the building of the young diocese and urged them not to relent.
Urging members to do more in the areas of contributions and technical assistance to the Diocesan, the two leaders decried the lackadaisical attitudes of some members and urged them to wake up from their slumber.
They reminded members of the council’s decision not to register any associate member by proxy.
The highpoint of the three-day event which featured Eucharistic service, Bible study, key note address, fund-raising for councils projects and others, was the cutting of the 2016 chapter cake witnessed by the Bishop’s wife, Mrs Anuli Maduwike.
Among the dignitaries present were Chief Dr. Emmanuel Iwuanyanum, KSC, Sir Dr. Eleazar Iwuji, Sir Dr. Joe IIonze, and Sir Sam Kamange.