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Greg Reynolds

District Superintendent Weekly Update

May 20, 2020

Brothers and Sisters in Jesus Christ,

Christian greetings. HE IS RISEN!!!

The oldest letter in the New Testament tells us, “Consider it pure joy, my brothers, whenever you face trials of many kinds, because you know that the testing of your faith develops perseverance. Perseverance must finish its work so that you may be mature and complete, not lacking anything.” James 1:2 – 4. __ As we move through these days of “trials” let’s remember that Almighty God is using them for the good of our faith. PRAISE HIS NAME!!!! 

As things began to open up a bit last week in our two great states it was good to be back on the road over the weekend. I traveled to Culloden, WV last Friday evening to chair a district camp board meeting on Saturday and to worship at Three Mile Wes on Sunday. The camp board voted to cancel the 2020 Shenandoah Family Camp due to the current pandemic. We will offer a special weekend July 31 – August 2 that will consist of 4 services; no food service of any kind is being planned. The four (4) gatherings will be simple and spaced out for health reasons. On Saturday morning, August 1st at 10:30, we’ll have a time of memorial for the late Rev. David Hurd; Brother David provided leadership to the camp for more than a decade. ___ At Three Mile (Pastor Ronnie Foreman) on Sunday I was a part of a good worship service. Pastor Ronnie preached a very good message from James 1: 16 -18. I had the privilege of sharing some words of encouragement to the online attendees. We had a great time of fellowship and dialogue following the worship hour.
 
I remind you about Pentecost Sunday (May 31st) and the Church wide plans for the day. As a denomination we’ll once again celebrate Church Multiplication, a time to challenge, give, and pray. As TWC endeavors to close the Gospel Gap we need the divine help of Almighty God. Amen? If new congregations are going to be planted and disciples made we’ll need vision, people and resources. What are the zip codes around you that don’t have a transforming presence? What is the town or city close to you that could use a local Wesleyan Church? Perhaps because of the COVID-19 virus your church has connected with an area where you might launch an online congregation. Please lean in to Church Multiplication Sunday with extra purpose this year. Also on Pentecost Sunday, Dr. Schmidt is calling the entire church to a prayer service. I invite you to go to WESLEYAN.ORG/RSVP to make preparations for the prayer gathering; the event will be historic indeed. Pastor, please lead your flock in preparing for and participating in Pentecost Sunday. Thank you very much! 

I gently remind you again about the regional discussions that are taking place this month. Pastors Corey and Tim are facilitating discussions regarding next steps in district leadership. Ministers and lay persons are encouraged to engage, learn, and be a part of shaping the future of our region. 

As our churches begin or continue to reopen I urge you to follow CDC and state guidelines. We do need to be sensitive to liability issues and our testimony. I too question some of the guidelines and think them excessive, but at the end of the day I don’t want the Church being blamed for the spreading of the virus. Much of the media is NOT a friend of the Church of Jesus Christ and would love to shed a bad light on us. As the Church we also value human life. Are you with me? By the way, you’re doing a great job with all of this!!! 

This Week’s Prayer Needs:
1.  Mrs. Ida Barnes – is very ill with a major liver disorder.
2.  Mrs. Jenny Stephens – has been struggling physically, dealing with daily pain, etc.
3.  Mrs. Diana LaPointe – continues to recover from a lengthy illness.
4.  Healthcare Workers – who have labored under heavy stress the last 2 or 3 months.
5.  Those Suffering – from emotional, mental, and spiritual sickness.

Have a great rest of the week. Please call if you need our help. 

YOU ARE LOVED!!
Pastor Greg




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