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Greg Reynolds

District Superintendent Weekly Update

December 4, 2019

Shenandoah Teammate,

The Apostle John wrote, “The Word became flesh and made his dwelling among us. We have seen his glory, the glory of the One and Only, who came from the Father, full of grace and truth” John 1:14. May we never preach anything but Jesus Christ, for He is “the One and Only”! AMEN!!! 

I hope that you and yours had a good Thanksgiving. For some of us there were some “empty” chairs this year because loved ones have passed into glory. Although there may have been some people missing we all had the blessings and presence of the Holy Spirit. The Reynolds and Phaup families enjoyed family, food, and football; well, some of us enjoyed football. The Captain and I were back in the office on Monday and have put in some lengthy days. God is good!!!! ___ We now race/sprint towards Christmas realizing the season is here and the 25th is three weeks away. QUESTION: Will we have a white Christmas? 

This past Sunday Becky and I traveled to Stuart, VA to worship with our Five Forks family. Their small worship band/team did a very good job and I had the privilege of sharing the morning message with the church family; they listened very well. I preached from Matthew 1 and Hebrews 13. It was good to see Rev. & Mrs. Dave Henry who retired from vocational ministry in September.  Brother Mike Fain, a soon to be Ministerial Student , is filling the pulpit for Five Forks; the people and I appreciate Mike’s service. In other news from Sunday, The Gathering (Homeland Community in Parkersburg) offered public worship in their new location for the very first time. Under the leadership of the Rev. Melody Smith the old church property on Camden Ave. has been sold and the church has purchased, with DBA approval, a former United Methodist Church property complete with a big building and nice parsonage for $60,000; you read that right, all of that for $60,000! THANK GOD!!!!! 

Hopefully you saw the info about the Pastor’s Prayer Retreat that came to your inbox earlier this week. It’s time to register, roll up your sleeping bag, and make plans to be with us on January 19 -21. The theme of the retreat will be “PRAYER IS THE WORK”. The Rev. Rodney Jackson (Brookhill Wesleyan) will kick off our sessions on Sunday evening (7:30) speaking about “the Why”. All pastors, male and female, are encouraged to be present. Camp Bethel in Fincastle, VA is the retreat location. 

If the local church you serve is in current need of a portable baptistery, I believe that Rev. Brian Kiehl (New Beginnings Church, Westover, WV) may have one to sell at a good price. If you contact our brother I’m sure that you can work something out. “Thanks, Brian!”

During this season of giving gifts, I ask that we be mindful of our district churches that are “mission outposts”; they are serving the addicted, homeless, and poor. We have Charleston, Faith (Chris Shinn), Made New (Darrell Thornton), New Hope (Windy Walton), The Gathering (Melody Smith), and Three Mile (Ronnie Foreman). These ministries have very meager financial resources to work with due to those they serve; they are very much “the least of these”. As we consider who/what to give to, can we consider our district missions… missionary service within our own Shenandoah region? Thank You! 

This Week’s Prayer Needs:
1.  Rev. Roy Rogers – is struggling significally with cancer issues; Becky and I visited with Roy and Karen on Monday. What wonderful teammates!
2.  Rev. Melody Smith – will be going through some testing soon.
3.  Mrs. Jenny Stephens – as she prepares for upcoming surgery.
4.  Daughter-in law of Rev. Craig & Vilene Horton- is recovering from a collapsed lung; surgery to come.
5.  El Salvador – the teams that will be traveling and serving over the next 4 weeks or so. 

Have a great rest of the week.

Pastor Greg

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