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Greg Reynolds

District Superintendent Weekly Update

September 17, 2020

District Family Members,

Christian greetings. HE LIVES!!!!!! 

Proverbs 16:24 says, “Pleasant words are a honeycomb, sweet to the soul and healing to the bones.” ___ Our society truly needs some significant “sweetness” and divine “healing”. Let’s try, as Shenandoah Wesleyans, to be a part of the solution!

For those laypersons who read this communique, I want to respectfully remind you that October is Pastor Appreciation Month. You have time to plan and lead a special effort in your local church; don’t hold anything back in celebrating. I fully believe that pastors are one of God’s gifts to His Church. You may use the resources that came to you from TWC a few weeks ago OR plan your own unique recognition. Thank you for giving attention to this matter.

Last week and a couple days this week have found me on the road. I’ve been to the eastern part of Shenandoah (Chesapeake) and to the western line in Huntington, WV; now that is miles and miles of driving. I enjoyed connecting with teammates like Barry & Rosemary Ashbrook, Arly Pierre-Louis, Rick Payne, Paul Gorsline, BJ Hass, Randy Garner, Corey Adkins, Cliff Pruitt, Davana Marcum, and Amanda Holderby. I also spent significant time with Jess & Charity Holmes and their two great children. I can’t forget that I too had a blast hanging out with Pastor Allen Bays, now he’s a wild man. LOL ___ Pastor Jess, our CMAD Director, will be touching base with you via video in the next couple weeks to share our vision about church multiplication. Stay tuned…….. This past Sunday Becky and I were in our home church (Roanoke, Parkway) for worship; I also had the joy of greeting the people, affirming Dr. John Ott, and praying with the worshippers. Parkway is making a very good comeback from the COVID 19 concerns with 600 or so on campus (9/13) and another 100 attending via live stream. ___ On Sunday evening we were at Brookhill Wes for our final ordination service of the year. We congratulate the Rev. Dominic Alvey on his ordination and the Rev. Brian Cook on his validation. I THANK every minister and layperson who traveled the miles (many for some) to be a part of the service on Sunday.

We launched another season of “Wise Guys/Wise Gals” in the New River and Roanoke Valley area this week. Penn Forest Wesleyan hosted us on Wednesday (9/16) for breakfast and dialogue. Rev. Myron Atkinson and Pastor Paul MacGregor treated us like kings/queens and the fellowship/food was great. We come together monthly from September through May. The late Rev. Roy Rogers helped me start the fellowship 5 or 6 years ago. What would it look like for you to start a similar fellowship in your neck of the woods? 

Did you receive the 2020/2021 district prayer calendar in your inbox? If you did receive it I hope that you’ve downloaded it and have it in your Bible or in a place that you see it daily. We need to pray for each other and cry out to the Lord for our district. IF you by chance did not receive a calendar please contact our office so we can forward one to you. PRAYER IS THE WORK!!!!! 

We want to congratulate the Rev. Melody and Brad Smith on the birth of their grandson!!!!! I don’t know any details other than the little guy is here and all are well. PRAISE THE LORD!!!! The Smith’s serve in Parkersburg (The Gathering) and the Lord is blessing, blessing, blessing! Melody is an epic leader and she goes full throttle. 

This Week’s Prayer Needs:
1. Mrs. Ida Barnes – is in need of healing; I believe that God can DO it!
2. Mrs. Jenny Stephens – has various needs…..
3. Mrs. Lin Koppen – is going through chemo treatments; the Koppen’s serve in Staunton, VA. 
4. Rev. Kenneth Reed – is suffering with Alzheimer’s disease; Brother Reed is one of our great Retired Ministers. 
5. Our Nation………… 

Have a great weekend and Lord’s Day on Sunday.


PS   A Question to Answer… “Are we growing to increase seating capacity or sending capacity?” ___ Dave Ferguson


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