By Uzo Ugwunze,

Oba (Idemili South LGA), Nov. 26, 2020 (MOI) Bishop on the Niger, Rt. Rev. Owen Nwokolo has dedicated the new Church building, St. Mark’s Anglican Church, Umueze village, Oba in Idemili South LGA, now inaugurated as a parish.

The event witnessed an induction of Rev. Joseph Anyaefena as the Parish priest and special Thanksgiving by Sir and Lady Emeka Motuanya, KSC.

In his homily taken from 1Corinthians 3v10-15, Bishop Nwokolo enjoined Christians not to depart from Christ Jesus, the True Foundation, saying that every builder’s work must be tested.

“Let every man take heed to how he builds upon the foundation of Jesus Christ. Whether gold, silver or stubble, it shall be revealed by fire. Only those their work abides shall receive rewards.’’

In an address, Chairman Planning Committee, Mr Chuba Oranusi, KSC recalled the history of the Church from 1971 of a mud house as initiated by Rev. Canon E.E. Ekwenchi.

Oranusi observed that the vision for a befitting edifice was born out an appreciation to God, when (Chuba Oranusi) was re-elected to the Anambra State House of Assembly for a second term.

“During my re-election thanksgiving service, December 2003, I urged my fellow lawmakers and other invited guests to donate to the proposed Church building, pledging to match whatever would be realised to commence the building.

“From the initial fund raising, all the funds and building materials used for building and beautifying the church were from personal donations by our sons and daughters,’’ he said.

Coordinator, Christ Ambassadors Evangelism Outreach, Umueze, Mr Ralph Chibuzor, who was among the first set of children baptized in the church thanked God for keeping him alive to celebrate the Cathedral.

President, Christian Men’s Fellowship Diocese on the Niger, Mr Emeka Anyaenetu, KSC, tasked the men to continue in the work of God, through evangelism and consistency in coming to church services.

“The child is the father of the man. The man is the shelter of the family. Let men continue as shelter their family. Keep coming to church and engage in evangelism,” Anyaenetu said.

During a special thanksgiving to God, a newly ordained Knight, Sir Emeka and Lady Nkoli Motuanya thanked God for making them worthy to serve as soldiers of Christ.

Mr Boniface Onyeka, the Okom II of Oba, enjoined Christians to see giving as a privilege to express their love of God, praying God to bless all that contributed toward the church building.

According to the President Isu Welfare Association, Oba, Mr Osita Ubadi, we as Christians should dominate our environment for Christ.

He urged Mr Motuanya to always remember that knighthood was a higher responsibility.

A Knight from St. Stephens Anglican Church, the parent church before St. Mark’s was inaugurated a parish, Mr Ejike Madunagu urged the parishioners not to relent in the work of evangelism. “I am here to celebrate and thank God with them because it is not easy for this Church to come to the level of becoming a parish,” he said. (MOI)

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