March 18, 2020

 

An Urgent Directive to the Clergy and Congregations of the Anglican Diocese of the West:

Mandatory Suspension of Church Gatherings

-- From: The Rt Rev’d Dr Felix Orji, OSB ECCK

 

“Do not be anxious about anything, but in everything by prayer and supplication with thanksgiving let your requests be made known to God. And the peace of God, which surpasses all understanding, will guard your hearts and your minds in Christ Jesus.” -Philippians 4:6-7

 

Dear Friends,

 

Effective immediately, I am directing all parishes within our Diocese to suspend all church-related public gatherings for the next two weeks.  This includes all church services and social gatherings related to your church and congregations. If for some reason you feel you must continue to gather for worship, the Rector must inform me in writing and include the consent of the Vestry of the parish. Be aware that your decisions and actions may have legal implications for the church if mishandled. 

 

Please note this directive is for the next two weeks or more, depending on your local authorities, city ordinance, or state. This is a critical period in curtailing the spread of the Coronavirus as stated recently by the Centers for Disease Control. I will alert you of future changes to this directive.

 

This action will demand a significant sacrifice for all of us. However, we must act now in the best interest of the common good so that our ministry and mission are not hindered in the future.  

 

I recommend the following actions to keep our congregations connected and engaged with the Church:  use your Internet and Social Media directors to set up a Live Stream every Sunday to allow parishioners to virtually attend services.  This can be done via your Church’s Facebook page or Instagram account.  You might also consider using another phone or digital camcorder to video your services and uploading those videos to your Church’s YouTube page for viewing at any time.

God will guide us in how to take advantage of digital applications to ensure that our congregations receive His word, pastoral care, and fellowship. 

 

The financial viability of parishes and our diocese is a legitimate concern for many clergy and vestries, so I strongly urge you to continue to give to your churches during this time.  

 

As we look unto Jesus, who is the author and finisher of our Faith, I ask each of you to do whatever it takes within the bounds of faith and reason to support and encourage one another, especially the elderly and the vulnerable within and outside the church. He remains sovereign over us and our present circumstances. He is with us and will see us through. 

 

Let us continue steadfastly in prayer, trusting the Lord for his gracious and powerful intervention in protecting us, healing the sick, and glorifying his name in this time of crises. 

 

Be strong and courageous. Do not be frightened, and do not be dismayed, for the Lord your God is with you wherever you go. -Joshua 1:9 

 

Yours in Christ,

 

The Right Reverend Dr Felix Orji, OSB. 

Diocesan Bishop | Anglican Diocese of the West

Missionary Bishop | USA & Canada

Church of Nigeria(Anglican Communion). 

 

 
 

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