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). 

 

 
 

SYNOD 2020: Anglican Diocese of the West

10 March 2020

Lent
 
SYNOD 2020: Anglican Diocese of the West Synod Information – July 9-11. 
 
And my God will supply every need of yours according to his riches in glory in Christ Jesus. To our God and Father be glory forever and ever. Amen.” -Philippians 4:19-20
 
Our Diocesan Synod this year is July 9-11. We begin on Thursday evening July 9th with Holy Communion service at 5PM and finish at noon on Saturday July 11th. All events will happen at All Saints Anglican Church, 13403 Renn Rd, Houston, Texas.
 Clergy should bring their Cassock, surplice and tippet for the service on Thursday night.  There were be a service of ordination to the priesthood on Sunday July 12 at All Saints, Houston. Clergy and laity who are able and wish to attend are welcome to join us for the service. Attendance is not mandatory for clergy. 
The speaker this year will be the Most Revd Dr Benjamin Kwashi, OON. Archbishop Kwashi is the GAFCON Secretary and the Diocesan Bishop of the Anglican Diocese of Jos, Church of Nigeria(Anglican Communion).  He will be speaking to us on the mission of the Church. 
I expect all clergy to attend Synod, unless one has an unavoidable necessity. Make sure you write to the Bishop explaining the reason for your absence in order to receive permission to be absent. It is the responsibility of parishes to ensure (by providing the finances for registration, hotel accommodation, travel costs) that all clergy in their parish attend Diocesan Synod as attendance is not optional for clergy. Each congregation should have 2 lay representatives in attendance for voting purposes.  However any member of our Diocese is welcome to attend the Synod. 

SYNOD REGISTRATION

There is a registration fee of US $120 per person prior to your arrival to Synod. The registration fee will be used to cover the costs of the Synod including the dinner on Thursday, July 9 and lunch on Friday, July 10. 

All attendees must complete the Registration Form below.  Then mail the Form and your check as soon as possible to JoAnn Casper at the Diocesan Office in El Paso, TX. If you intend to be included for Synod dinner on July 9, you must send in your registration with your registration fee to arrive the Diocesan Office in El Paso by Monday, June 29.

Checks(US $120 for Each Person) are to be made to the Anglican Diocese of The West and mailed to : 
JoAnn Casper
Diocesan Office
St. Francis Cathedral 
470 Eagle Drive
El Paso, TX. 79912. 
Phone : (915) 269-0105
Here is the Registration information we need from each candidate:
*ANGLICAN DIOCESE of THE WEST 2020 Synod Registration Form 
REGISTRATION FEE FOR EACH PERSON is $120
First Name:                                    
 
Last Name:
 
Title: 
Name of Church: 
 
Church Address:
 
City:
 
State & Zip Code:
 
Cell Phone: 
 
Email Address:
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Book your Hotel Accommodation 
For accommodations we have contracted Houston Marriott Westchase Hotel located on
2900 Briarpark Drive
Houston-TX, 77042
Please book your rooms at the hotel as soon as you can if you intend to stay there. The rate for the Diocesan Synod (SDW2020) is $99 USD per night.   Book your Diocesan group rate using the code : SDW2020
Event Summary:
Start Date: Wednesday, July 8, 2020
End Date: Sunday, July 12, 2020
**Last Day to Book at the given rate is : Friday, June 26, 2020 
Here's the reservation link synod delegates can use to make room reservations:
For phone reservation, the Code is SDW2020. The Hotel phone number is : 713-787-4000. 
The Hotel Contact person for information is  Pamela Lewis and her direct phone number is : 713-735-2709. 
Election to the Diocesan Board During our Synod we will also elect two people - one clergy and one lay person - to the Diocesan Board. If you have any nominations, please forward the name to Venerable Dr. Myles Calvin at chaplainmcalvin@gmail.com or (915) 383-4422. You must submit your nominations by June 1st, 2020
Knights Retreat Of St Christopher Retreat (July 8-9)
1. Make Definite Plans Now to Attend:
The July 2020 diocesan retreat of the Knights of St. Christopher will be held in Houston, Texas, just before the 2020 Synod, at the All Saints Anglican Church. Since the retreat is mandatory for all Knights, be sure to make your plans now to attend. The Knights of the Houston Archdeaconry are making serious preparations to host a remarkable retreat. The retreat will be great! You do not want to miss it! Making your solid plans now to attend will help you to adjust family and work schedules and calendars appropriately. Solidifying right away your plans to attend will also greatly minimize stress for you, your family, and those involved in the planning. Do not try to put things off to the last-minute. The program will be practical, refreshing, informative, and very memorable. This retreat will be a big blessing spiritually, materially, intellectually and relationally!
 
2.The Retreat Schedule:
To make it practical and cost effective for the Knights and their families to attend both the retreat and the Synod, the retreat will begin mid-morning on Wednesday, July 8 and end promptly by Noon on Thursday, July 9, 2020.
If you have questions regarding the Knights Retreat, please contact Venerable Dr Ben Nworie, at benworie@gmail.com. You can call him at : 214-533-2192
For more information regarding the 2020 Diocesan Synod please contact the Regional archdeacon of Houston Venerable Dr Ugochukwu Okoroafor at (346) 342-8625 or revokoroafor@yahoo.com
The peace of the Lord be with you all! 

Warm regards,
The Rt. Rev. Dr. Felix Orji,  OSB. 
Diocesan Bishop | Anglican Diocese of the West
Missionary Bishop | CANA 
Church of Nigeria(Anglican Communion)
Holy Trinity Cathedral Church
"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