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Greg Reynolds

District Superintendent Weekly Update

June 27, 2017

Men and Women of Almighty God,

God says, “Do not get drunk on wine, which leads to debauchery. Instead be filled with the Spirit.” Ephesians 5:18 ___ Alcohol has no good ending; the best thing to do is stay away from it. The Holy Spirit satisfies, empowers, guides, helps, convicts and comforts; the best thing to do is seek Him for filling and continual filling. Heed God’s Word!

Are you gearing your teens up for youth camp? July 23 -27 is less than a month from now; we need your students! The setting of Never the Same Camp is going to be on the campus of Southern Wesleyan, our area university. DYP Isaac Wendland is making last minute preparations and the charter bus is warming its engine. You can find information on our district website or call Pastor Isaac at 540-586-2394. The DBA is fully behind this move to NTS and we are ALL IN as a district.

The last few weeks have been active to say the least. Becky and I have been to Martinsburg, WV on three occasions serving our Grace Church on Sunday mornings, to Michigan for a series of meetings, Kid’s Camp, and then in Staunton, VA. We are a bit “road weary”, but this time of the year is always active it seems. In the district office we are in full conference prep mode. Bobby is doing well, leading the charge in getting things ready for July 10 & 11; he seems to be feeling very good. PTL! We continue to rejoice in God’s touch upon his (Bobby’s) body.

You should be planning to be in Roanoke for Conference and Power. We have a lot planned starting with a missions’ fundraising dinner on Sunday evening beginning at 5:00. Please try to be at Parkway (3645 Orange Ave, NE) to enjoy fellowship and help Kelly and her team. Sunday evening service featuring Rev. Tom Harding will begin at 7:00; be a part of the rally. ___ Of course Monday morning begins early at 7:00 with a missions sponsored breakfast and information time. The Bridge Café will open at 8:00 a.m. for those who arrive a bit later and desire a hot coffee and/or muffin. At 8:20 we will enter a time of inspiration, worship and hearing The Word. Pastor Tom Harding will present, Becky will be on the baby grand piano beginning at 8:10 and I hope to have some old fashioned special music set up. District Conference (business) will begin at 9:00; Dr. Wayne Schmidt will share shortly following the call to order. Following lunch at noon we’ll go right into the breakout sessions; Teen Ministry, presented by Isaac Wendland, a Children’s Ministry Panel which Dominic Alvey will give oversight to, Dealing with the New Membership Process led by Rev. Ray Seldon, Emotional Health in the Church: the Impact of Physical Wellness facilitated by Mrs. Debbie Frye and the Critical Need to Plant Churches and Multiply led by Dr. Ed Love. We trust that these offerings will serve you and the local church well. Monday night we will provide a huge ordination service, complete with a nice fellowship reception afterwards, with Dr. Wayne Schmidt and Pastor Tom Harding. All Ordained Ministers and spouses should be prepared to march in together (6:45) for this meaningful worship experience. The ordination service is a dress up opportunity.  Please announce and bring your babies, children and teens, we are planning/preparing for them as well. Conference is scheduled to conclude by 11:30 or so on Tuesday morning. Various guests will be with us throughout our time together; let’s gather in for a wonderful district reunion! Praise the Lord!!!!!! For His glory!!!!!!!

How are YOU doing? Please be assured that I love you and value your ministry partnership. During these summer months I hope you can get some R&R; you need to get away from the load for a while. We’re planning to do that, the Lord willing, in July and August.___ The summer slump has seemingly set in from what I’m hearing. Don’t despair, hang in there and begin to focus on September…. You’re a champion!!!!

This week’s prayer needs:
1.  Rev. Ricardo Rodriguez – is still under doctor’s care.
2.  Dr. David Hurd – continues to struggle physically.
3.  Rev. Dave Henry – has an auto-immune condition that he’s trying to get on top of….
4.  Rev. & Mrs. Randy Garner – are making progress for which we praise the Lord. Cindy recently had surgery.
5.  Gwen Larue – pastor’s wife from Salem, Faith has been through significant physical issues lately.
6.  Rev. Marty Furrow – has undergone tests; waiting on final results.
7.  Conference and Power – we need the help of the Divine Helper!!! May He fall fresh on us!

Have a great rest of the week.
Pastor Greg

Something to think/pray about…… “We can never do what the Spirit can do. No amount of human talent and exertion of energy will ever grow the spiritual kingdom of Christ. We need to return to the Spirit’s fire, which not only quickens and penetrates but also illuminates our path.”   Jim Cymbala


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