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Greg Reynolds

District Superintendent Weekly Update

April 25, 2018

Wesleyan Teammates,

Hear the beautiful words of David in Psalm 20:4, “May he give you the desires of your heart and make all your plans succeed.” ___ God is FOR YOU!!!! Make your desires known to Him and plan, plan, plan!!!!! 😊

I hope by now that you’ve been able to review the Spotlight on SWU information that the Captain forwarded to your inbox. Would you be willing to take a Sunday or maybe two to introduce or remind your people about our great regional university in Central, South Carolina? Many of us within Shenandoah are products of Wesleyan Higher Education; it’s a good, healthy way for our students to go. Please help us create a culture of WHE with a special spotlight on SWU. On behalf of Dr. Todd Voss, I thank you in advance.

The District Youth Lock-In is THIS weekend!!!! Teens from across the region will invade Parkway, Roanoke for a crazy fun time. I appreciate Parkway opening their arms to us and allowing our youth to “destroy the place” for a day. Don’t forget, Krispie Kreme Doughnuts will be served!!! A BIG thanks goes out to DYP Wendland and his great team.

Last weekend found me in beautiful Southern West Virginia (Williamson) and then in Parkersburg at Davis Memorial. Pastor Rick Bourne has announced his plan to transition from Davis following years of service, first as an Assistant Pastor and then as Senior Pastor. I love Rick and Mae; they are loving and fun people to fellowship with. They have hosted me in their home and we always have a wonderful time; even though he is a Red Sox fan. You can only help some people so much. LOL ___Dr. Brady Stephens and I met with the small congregation on Sunday night. Would you pray for our sister church during this time of transition? Penn Forest (Myron Atkinson) had a HUGE day on Sunday; I’m excited for them! Also, Vienna Wes (Russell Wooten) just completed a series of special services (revival) that were empowered by the Holy Spirit. Almighty God is helping us, Team!!!!

I hope that you’re are gearing your children up for Kid’s Camp in June. This year’s theme is “Guardians of the Heart”.  The dates are the 17th – 22nd. Information and registration can be found on the district website….. If you have specific questions please call our District Children’s Team Captain, Dominic Alvey at 434-660-1709. Your children will have a super good time!!!!!

As we move ever closer to a new church year (May 1) I want to gently remind you about my word for the coming year. I’ve been thinking about the word GROWTH. We need to GROW in conversions; building our churches through men, women, boys and girls coming to Jesus Christ. We need to GROW through making disciples of Christ; people maturing in Christ if you please. Consider setting goals that your church can shoot at; setting goals that the church can actually hit. We have just a few days to continue building on our district goals for this year. You will recall that we’re aiming for 600 conversions, 300 baptisms and a Primary Attendance of 5,250. I want to reemphasize again that reporting no conversions and/or baptisms is not acceptable in Shenandoah anymore. I love you, but I’m serious.

On a lighter note, I hope you’re planning for a BIG day on Mother’s Day. 😊 You can “make some hay” on May 13th. Challenge your flock to invite, invite, invite!!!! I believe that you can hit the ball out of the park that day! COME ON SOMEBODY!!!!

This week’s prayer concerns:
1. Rev. Brian Cook (Brookhill) – will undergo surgery tomorrow (Thursday) for a second hip replacement.
2.  Dr. Barry Shaffer – had a little setback last week, but is doing better; he is dealing with a cancer….
3.  Rev. David Henry – continues to battle physically and his dad is nearing the end of his earthly journey.
4.  Mrs. Jenny Stephens – struggles daily with disease and pain.
5.  The V-Team – has dealt with the tension of national unrest in Nicaragua this week. Things seem to be settling down for now…… Would you pray?
6.  Rev. & Mrs. Harold Massey – need for their house to sell in the Beckley, WV area.
7.  Rev. & Mrs. Dale Reynolds – are struggling more and more.
8.  Rev. Craig and Vilene Horton – has a daughter-in-law that has been hospitalized in a very ill condition.

Have a great rest of the week.

Pastor Greg

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