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Greg Reynolds

District Superintendent Weekly Update

April 14, 2021

Dear Colleagues,

Christian greetings. HE IS RISEN!!!!!!

“Praise be to the God and Father of our Lord Jesus Christ! In his great mercy he has given us new birth into a living hope through the resurrection of Jesus Christ from the dead, and into an inheritance that can never perish, spoil, or fade…” I Peter 1:3-4 ___ What a Mighty, Loving, Gracious, God We Serve!!!!!! 

We are nearing the halfway point in April already and are clearly seeing the finish line of this church year. The portal for year-end reporting will officially open on May 1; you will receive an email from Indianapolis (HQ) that will instruct you on how to proceed. Allow me to remind you once again that all reports are to be completed and entered by May 20th. Next week you will be receiving from the district office information for all year-end reporting….stay tuned. 

Last Lord’s Day, Becky and I had the privilege of being at Blacksburg, First Wesleyan (Rev. John Hopkins). Pastor John and Carrie were great hosts and the people could not have been more gracious. First Church had their largest on campus turnout since the pandemic began last year!! Our brother shared the pulpit with me and I had the joy of preaching to a responsive group of fellow Wesleyans. The Hopkins’ have served in Blacksburg for over 25 years and they are dearly loved.  Following an excellent and engaging LBA meeting we spent a good portion of the afternoon with Pastor John and Carrie. ___ I have received other very good reports from last Sunday. Usually, the Sunday after Easter is a significantly down day, but that wasn’t the case in all churches this year. Davis Memorial (Rev. David Jones) in Parkersburg, WV had more in attendance (4/11) than they did on Easter! How about that!!!! Oak Grove (Rev. Barry Ashbrook) reported a “wonderful day”! The local church had their first all church dinner in over a year and the people were excited to be together. One of the encouraging notes at this time is that people are beginning to return as vaccinations increase. Praise the Lord!!!! ___ I encourage and challenge you to “press the envelope” a bit more as we move deeper into spring. The Church is designed to be together, but the enemy wants to keep us disconnected. Fear and deception are huge tools of the Devil; he has used those tools in a significant way during the pandemic. I say with the hymnist, “Rise up, O men of God! The Church for you doth wait. Her strength unequal to her task; Rise up, and make her great!” We truly need the help of the Holy Spirit. 

Mother’s Day is right around the corner (May 9th). As we endeavor to “rebuild” in these days a special day like Mother’s Day could serve us well. As you well know planning and prayer are keys to experiencing something special. Please don’t allow Mother’s Day to slip up on you and then wish you had put more eggs in that basket. 😊

I try to thank you pastors for all that you do because you deserve to be thanked. For those lay people who read my weekly update I now want to THANK you for all that you bring to our local churches. When we visit our district churches I find myself thanking the laity for being a part of us. Your DS appreciates your investment of time, talent, tears, and treasure; you are mighty important to the Church of Jesus Christ! The Lord BLESS every layperson!!! 

This week’s prayer concerns:
1. Mrs. Joy Dupin – is slowly making progress following a frightening medical emergency. PTL!!
2. Mrs. Lin Koppen – continues treatments for cancer that is quite active. 
3. Rev. George Larue – suddenly and unexpectedly received word of his sister-in-law’s death.
4. Rev. Ricardo Rodriguez – would value your prayers for health issues; he is not feeling well. 
5. Mrs. Jenny Stephens – is battling cancer along with other disease. 
6. Church Multiplication – in VA and WV; we have a ton of work to do. How can your church help? 

Have a great rest of the week.

Pastor Greg