By Chukwudi Ikpe
The Bishop’s Court was agog on Wednesday following the 2019 St. Mark the Evangelist Chapel harvest celebration, which was marked in grand style.
Special features introduced by the Bishop, Rt. Rev. Chukwuma Oparah, Ph.D, JP and his wife, Mrs. Chidiebere Oparah (Mama Owerri), added glamour to the event.
Also the harvest planning committee, led by the Bishop’s Chaplain, Rev. Canon Jonah Nwebo, left no stone unturned to ensure that the celebration was very successful.
Speaking during the service, Bishop Oparah commended the Owerri Diocesan faithful for their efforts in taking good care of their priests and church workers and urged them to keep it up.
He also expressed gratitude to the management of Trinity Theological College, Umuahia, for their cooperation, which led to the establishment of the institution’s study centre in Owerri Diocese.
Earlier in his sermon, the Archdeacon of Aladinma, Ven. Ogechi Oforum, emphasized the importance of thanksgiving in the life of every Christian and enjoined the faithful to always show gratitude to God for His blessings.
According to him, thanksgiving is the easiest way to access God’s blessings.
Ven. Ofurum called for genuine sacrifice among Christians, stressing that God knows everything.
The service was conducted by Rev. Canon (Barr) Festus Opara while the only lesson of the service from Deuteronomy 8:10-20 was read by Mama Owerri.
The CATOL choir thrilled the congregation with beautiful anthems.
Highpoints of the occasion included harvesting of crops by special invitees, harvest proper by archdeaconries, as well as distribution of gifts by the Bishop and Mama Owerri.
There was a special presentation by the Rector of Trinity Theological College Umuahia, Ven. Prof. Udobala Onuwa, who was present at the service, to the Bishop.
The Rector expressed gratitude to Owerri Diocese for their assistance to the college and commended the Deputy Rector of the College, Ven. Paul Nwozuzu, a priest in the Diocese for his efforts at the college.