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Greg Reynolds

District Superintendent Weekly Update

June 17, 2021

Men and Women of Almighty God,

Christian greetings! HE IS RISEN!!!! 

David in Psalm 27: 13 & 14 said, “ I am still confident of this: I will see the goodness of the Lord in the land of the living. Wait for the Lord; be strong and take heart and wait for the Lord.” ___ Are you confident these days in God’s goodness and timing? Are you waiting on Him? 

Last week was a rather huge week. It was a “DBA week” with all of its prep and proceedings, as well as a SWU board session via zoom, and a planning time for the Phaup reception. Along with those things I officiated the wedding of a wonderful young couple in Kernersville, NC. I also met with my accountability partner last week for about two hours. Please keep in mind that we will celebrate the Captain and Lisa on Sunday night, July 11th following the rally that begins at 7:00. The reception will take place in the lobby area of Parkway Church in Roanoke. We will continue to celebrate their service on Monday morning; Brother Bobby will be speaking in the 8:20 gathering. 

This past Lord’s Day found Becky and me at Clearview Wes in Martinsville, VA to install the Rev. A.C. Palmer as lead pastor. Pastors A.C. and Lisa (Assistant) are off to a wonderful start; the worship hour was alive. PTL!!!! I had the privilege of preaching from the great book of Acts about the gift and power of the Holy Spirit. COME ON SOMEBODY!!! I believe some exciting days are ahead at Clearview…. Keep your ear to the rail. ___ Also on Sunday, Lens Creek (Rev. Roger Gogus)  baptized a new believer! Brother Roger is a soul winner indeed. In Salem, VA our local church (Abundant Life) welcomed a pastoral candidate; a young couple with 4 children. The LCC will vote this coming Sunday on the board’s recommendation. Stay tuned for more info next week…… 

In spite of COVID 19 restrictions, our district was able to welcome our younger students back to Kid’s Camp this week. Obviously due to no overnight lodging our numbers were down this year, but nevertheless we had students that came daily for an epic time. A big thanks goes out to Pastors Dominic, Paul, and their team for investing time, energy, and heart into the camp. If Jesus tarries until June ’22 we hope to have a full camp so kids from all over VA and WV can attend with full lodging, food service, etc. 

As we continue to move more and more out of the pandemic, I want to lovingly challenge each local church to intentionally plan on a fall push. I believe it is time to start putting “the pedal to the metal” again. Even though things have changed in the last year and a half or so, we still have to find ways to reach people with the Gospel. Our Lord has not returned so that means the mission is still on and we can’t just sit idly by. We have to get beyond the pandemic hangover and take the fight to the Enemy. I challenge you to set some goals for the fall season, try to envision what things will look like by Christmas, and lead as if it is your last fall to lead. I say let’s leave it all on the field!!!!! AMEN!!!!!! ___ “Come, Holy Spirit, we need you!” 

Allow me to wish every dad who reads this update a Happy Father’s Day! You matter so much to the family, Church, and society. In a day when many would marginalize men and their vital role, I want to say that you matter greatly! Be the leader (influencer, model) in your family, step up in your local church, and walk with your head humbly high. My late dad was a gentle giant in our home and in the Church. I thank God for his memory. 

This Week’s Prayer Needs:
1. Mrs. Jenny Stephens – continues to suffer daily as she battles various medical conditions. I had the joy of speaking with her this week.
2. Mrs. Joy Dupin – will be going to public worship this Sunday for the first time since her aneurism. PRAISE THE LORD!!!!!!!!!
3. Rev. Mike Newman – is recovering well from brain surgery; he is still under doctor’s care.
4. Mrs. Julie Voss (SWU) – received a very good report from the doctors last week; it was really a miraculous report. Our sister seems to be cancer free! COME ON SOMEBODY!!!!
5. Mrs. Lin Koppen – continues chemo treatment…..
6. Rev. Randy Watts – suffers from a significant kidney disease. 
7. Power and District Conference – July 11th (7 p.m.) – 13th. 

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

       YOU ARE LOVED!!!
       Pastor Greg