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Greg Reynolds

District Superintendent Weekly Update

October 21, 2020

Champions of Christ,

Christian greetings. Our God reigns!!!!!! 

Paul in writing to Timothy, his son in the faith, said, “.. I remind you to fan into flame the gift of God (the Holy Spirit), which is in you through the laying on of my hands. For God did not give us a spirit of timidity (fear), but a spirit of power, of love and of self-discipline (sound mind).” II Timothy 1:6 & 7 ___ The flame of the Holy Spirit needs to be fanned so it will burn brighter and stronger. The Holy Spirit is a sanctifying, enabling, and attracting flame; without Him we are living and laboring alone. 

I want to ask you to join us or continue to join us in praying for the Richmond, VA area. Our CMAD Director, Pastor Jess Holmes is leading us in this prayer endeavor. If my understanding is correct, Richmond is one city that has never experienced a true revival. Why is that? Would we Wesleyans join together to intercede for that city and surrounding area? Richmond needs a modern day Paul, a planter of churches, and a man totally, radically committed to Jesus Christ. No doubt the job would be massive and costly. Who shall we send? Who will go? Contact Pastor Jess at jessholmes@yahoo.com. 

Last Sunday our leadership team was out and about across the district. The Captain was at Jordantown Wes (Lewis Brandon)to preach and work with the LBA; Dr. Brady was at Len’s Creek Wes (Roger Gogus) to preach and represent me. Pastor Roger shared with me that Brother Brady did a wonderful job serving them. Becky and I were in Martinsville at Clearview ( Rev. Dr. Salome Smalling) where had the joy of serving in the worship hour and sharing in an excellent meeting with the LBA. Clearview is rejoicing in their newly refurbished worship center; the room is beautiful indeed. The people in Martinsville gave and worked to turn an antiquated sanctuary into a fresher and warmer look. PTL!!! Bobby, Brady, and I appreciate you all allowing us to serve the Shenandoah District. ___ Also on Sunday, Davis Memorial (David Jones) celebrated the baptism of two new believers! COME ON SOMEBODY!!!!! One of those new believers crossed the line of faith last week; her pastor pulled his vehicle to the side of the road and led her to Jesus while he talked to her on the phone! JESUS SAVES!!!!! Roanoke, Parkway (John Ott) was at 800 in attendance; that’s not bad for COVID-19 days. Emmanuel Wes (Matt Reynolds) publicly received new members into TWC; weekly now new people are making their way to EWC. Some of our churches are having to make decisions about safe seating as their attendances are growing again. As people are making their way back to campus more and more I encourage you to maintain your online presence; let’s not relax and slide backwards. As a matter of fact you are going to be asked to report your online figures on the upcoming mid-year report. 

As we prepare to report at the midway point of our church year allow me to prep you with a few points:
1. You will receive contact from our office next week regarding midyear reporting.
2. The reporting will be info from May 1 (’20) – October 31st (’20); attendance, new members, conversions, baptisms, etc. 
3. Check with your treasurer to make sure the church’s USF is up to date, in other words through October. 
4. Give some thought to the next 6 months of the church year. What will November through April look like? What do you dare ask the Lord for by April 30, 2021? 

Please pray for Miss Becca Miller, Missionary to the Czech Republic. Becca, one of our young women, had emergency surgery over a week ago; she has just been discharged from the hospital. Also, would you continue to pray for the Carpenter and Reed families in their recent losses? The country of El Salvador is beginning to open up a bit and thus COVID-19 cases are rising a tad. Our sister Wesleyan churches are trying to reopen to see what’s left and of course to reboot. Would you pray for Superintendent Melendez and our fellow colleagues? Your DBA also needs prayer as they continue to navigate the transitional matters during a season of continued uncertainty. Thanks for praying; prayer IS the work.

Have a great rest of the week and a supernatural day on Sunday!

YOU ARE LOVED!!!
Pastor Greg

PS    I hope that you are having and enjoying a special Pastor Appreciation Month!
   



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