Bishop's Note to All - May 13, 2019

May 13, 2019

The grace of our Lord Jesus Christ be with you all. Amen. 

The purpose of this email is to draw your attention to a couple of announcements. 

First, I am very excited to bring to your attention an important project that I believe will tremendously benefit and enhance the mission of our Diocese. Here it is : the Diocesan Board approved the creation of Archbishop & Mrs. Ademowo Missions Fund (AAMF) some months ago. 

Our plan is to officially launch this Archbishop & Mrs. Ademowo Missions Fund (AAMF) at our 2019 Synod in Toronto, Canada. The purpose of this Fund is to support our mission to assist church planters, plant new churches, and reach out to people in need in the United States, in Canada, and abroad. As the Bible says, “On the contrary, when they saw that I had been entrusted with the gospel to the uncircumcised, just as Peter had been entrusted with the gospel to the circumcised (for he who worked through Peter for his apostolic ministry to the circumcised worked also through me for mine to the Gentiles), and when James and Cephas and John, who seemed to be pillars, perceived the grace that was given to me, they gave the right hand of fellowship to Barnabas and me, that we should go to the Gentiles and they to the circumcised. Only, they asked us to remember the poor, the very thing I was eager to do.” Galatians 2:7-10

Paul the Apostle preached the Gospel and was always eager to help the poor in accordance with apostolic practice. He had no problems doing both, and neither should we.

Here are a couple of Scripture passages that remind us of our calling to care for the needy in addition to preaching the Gospel:

“By this we know love, that he laid down his life for us, and we ought to lay down our lives for the brothers. But if anyone has the world’s goods and sees his brother in need, yet closes his heart against him, how does God’s love abide in him? Little children, let us not love in word or talk but in deed and in truth.”  1 John 3:16-18

“If anyone thinks he is religious and does not bridle his tongue but deceives his heart, this person’s religion is worthless. Religion that is pure and undefiled before God, the Father, is this: to visit orphans and widows in their affliction, and to keep oneself unstained from the world.” James 1:26-27

Believing the Gospel, preaching the Gospel, and caring for people are imperatives for the Church. We ask you to come prepared to contribute generously to this fund on Thursday night at our opening Dinner. This fund will enable our Diocese to fulfill the Great Commission and help those in desperate need of both the Gospel of Jesus Christ and the temporary comforts of this life.

Second, I’m currently on my way to the Primatial Diocesan Synod in Abuja, Nigeria. If any need arises please contact Venerable Dr. Myles Calvin. After my return from Nigeria we (my family) will be relocating to Houston, Texas on May 31st. We will then turn around to fly to Toronto on June 4th for our Synod. There are several things that I must take care of for my family in addition to Diocesan matters. This means that I will not be able to attend to every request that comes to me until after Synod. So please contact other Diocesan officers for assistance. 

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SYNOD SCHEDULE

ANGLICAN DIOCESE OF THE WEST

7th ANNUAL SYNOD JUNE 6- 9, 2019 

At the Crowne Plaza Toronto Airport. 
33 Carlson Court, Toronto, Ontario, M9W 6H5, Canada.

Synod Host: Bishop Felix & Lilian Orji.

Master of Ceremonies: Sir Dr. Izu Nwachukwu/Ven. Dr. Barnabas Emenogu 

WEDNESDAY, JUNE 5

7:30 PM: Clergy Meeting (Algonquin Ballroom)

THURSDAY, JUNE 6 (Algonquin Ballroom)

2:00 PM Arrival & Registration

7:00 -9:00PM Dinner at Hotel

Fundraising dinner (AAMF) for Mission (Church Planting & Outreach) in the Diocese - Venerable Dr Scott Seely

FRIDAY, JUNE 7 (Algonquin Ballroom)

6: 00 AM Breakfast

8:30- 9:00 AM Morning Prayer

9:00– 10:45 AM. Bishop’s Charge - Bishop Felix Orji

10:45 – 10:50AM: Vote of Thanks- Sir Emma Abugu 10: 50- 11:00: Break

11:00– 12:00 noon: Diocesan Business:

-Canonical/Legal Matters - Mr. Christopher Milner (Chancellor) -Financial Report - Sir Charles Napier (Treasurer)

12:00 Noon – 12:15 PM Noon Day Prayer

12:15PM- 1. 30PM Lunch.

1:00PM -2PM: How to lead Children’s Bible Lessons with Canon Samuel Igwe (Bronte Room)

2:00 – 3:00 PM Plenary 1 -The Rev'd John Stonestreet

3:15 - 4:45PM : Workshops/Meetings.

-Knights of St. Christopher with Bishop Felix Orji (The Bronte Room);

-Moms at Prayer with Kathy Howell (Algonquin Ballroom)

-Postulants/Ordinands with Venerable Layne Hansen

5:00 - 7:30 PM -Dinner on your own

7:30 - 8:45 PM: Plenary 2 - The Rev'd John Stonestreet 

9:00 - 10:00 PM: Worship/Compline

SATURDAY, JUNE 8 (Algonquin Ballroom)

6:00 AM: Breakfast

9:00 – 9:30 AM Morning Prayer

9:30 – 10:30 AM: Plenary 3 - The Rev'd John Stonestreet 

10:30 -10-40 AM: Break

10:45 -11:3045AM: Diocesan Board Election & Ministry Interview.

11:30 -11:45 AM: Ministry Moment with Sir Dr. Okey Dike

11:45 AM -12noon: Closing Remarks & Dismissal- Bishop Felix Orji

SUNDAY, JUNE 9

12:00 Noon: Festal Eucharist at All Saints Anglican Church, Mississauga, Ontario.

The Most Rev’d Ali Buba Lamido- Preacher

The Rt. Rev’d Dr. Felix Orji- Celebrant.

The Most Rev’d Dr. Ephraim Ademowo.

Investiture of the Knights of St. Christopher and Admission of Women into the Women’s Guild and Mothers Union.

*All Saints Anglican Church meets at 1170 Tynegrove Rd, Mississauga, ON L4W 3B2, Canada

 

Warm regards,

The Rt. Rev. Dr. Felix Orji, OSB, ECCK

Anglican Diocese of the West

Church of Nigeria(Anglican Communion)

St. Francis Cathedral Church

470 Eagle Drive

El Paso, Texas, 79912

www.dioceseofthewest.org

www.stfrancisep.org

 

"We are justified by faith alone, but not by a faith that is alone. True faith always yields the fruit of obedience to one degree or another." Dr. R. C. Sproul