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Greg Reynolds

District Superintendent Weekly Update

July 10, 2019

Shenandoah Colleagues,

Christian greetings from Roanoke!!! 

We are now just days from the start of our annual family get together. The festivities begin on Friday (12th) when we host our Retired Minister’s at the historic Hotel Roanoke. It’s been a value of mine to honor our retiree’s from my first year as DS. Several of those who attended our first luncheon in ’08 are either enjoying their heavenly reward or are physically unable to be with us now. We owe a lot to the men and women who went before us. PTL!!! 

I encourage you to support our Missions’ Fundraiser on Sunday evening beginning at 5:00. A taco dinner will be available until 6:30; come and join in on the fun. Bring your checkbook!!!!!!  ___ Evening worship will begin at 7:00; childcare and a kid’s rally will be offered. Following the service our teens will be going bowling in Vinton. We’ll have something for everyone in the family!! Arrive to campus early to see the various displays located in Parkway’s lobby and to reconnect with district family. 

Monday (15th) afternoon at 1:30 we will be offering the following breakout sessions:
1.  We Are What We Sing
2.  The Mission Field in Your Town 
3.  In The Trenches (Pastors Helping Pastors)
4.  Changing Tires on a Moving Vehicle  NOTE: This is a must attend for Ministerial Students.
These sessions will be good learning opportunities for both clergy and laity. 

Following Monday’s day of business we’ll assemble for the annual Ordination Service at 7:00 p.m. This is the one worship gathering that we ask that all dress up. Dr. Jerry Pence, former General Superintendent, will preach and lead in the sacred act of ordination. A reception will follow the service to honor those being ordained or validated; all are welcome to enjoy food and fellowship.
As you would imagine our focus the last few weeks has been district conference prep. Other than road trips that were “a must” I’ve been in the office. I do want to share with you that Mrs. Brian Cook (Brookhill Wesleyan) lost her oldest brother to death this week. Her brother, Pat suffered from cancer and other complications. Would you pray for Pastor Brian, Marti, and family? Also, Rev. Brad Snyder’s mom, 88 years old, passed away last week following a heavy stroke. I know that Pastor Brad (FredWes) would value your thoughts and prayers. 

We have two camps yet to take place this summer. NTS Camp for teens is scheduled for July 21 – 25; District Family Camp is on the calendar for July 28 – August 4. I encourage you and the church you serve to take advantage of these gatherings. 

Have a great rest of the week. Be careful as you make your way to Roanoke. 

Pastor Greg

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